Donald Trump the Mullah

(By Rabia Ahmed) This particular less pleasant side of the USA was known and seen, but like the dark side of the moon it was ignored for the most part. Now starkly exposed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the startling thing about it is its familiarity.

In Lahore, recently, the Mall was blocked by a . . . → Read More: Donald Trump the Mullah

KP Police foil terror bid in Bannu

(By ALI AKBAR) A special unit of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police claimed to have foiled a terror plan in an intelligence-based operation in Bannu on Monday.

At least six suspected militants were arrested in the raid, security sources said.

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Pak Army Chief approves death sentence for 9 terrorists

Army chief General Raheel Sharif confirmed on Friday the death sentences for nine terrorists convicted by military courts, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

“The hardcore terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including attack on Parade Lane Mosque, Inter Services Intelligence Headquarters, Multan, attacks on Law Enforcement Agencies, kidnapping . . . → Read More: Pak Army Chief approves death sentence for 9 terrorists

Can Heart of Asia change Pak-India relations

(By Habib Wayand) A regional conference in Islamabad this week offers another chance at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Pakistan will be soon hosting a crucial regional conference in Islamabad. The conference will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the war-torn country’s economy, although the security situation will doubtless also be . . . → Read More: Can Heart of Asia change Pak-India relations

Obama-Sharif meeting: An agenda behind the agenda?

In light of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s second official visit to the US since 2013, the media was abuzz with speculating what the agenda of the meeting would be. With Obama’s decision to retain troops in Afghanistan till 2017, this meeting gained even more significance as the decision meant that the two countries will continue . . . → Read More: Obama-Sharif meeting: An agenda behind the agenda?

The absurdness unlimited

Mr Dhruva Jaishankar’s article — The Definition of Insanity is US Af-Pak Strategy — is perfectly in line with the current anti-Pakistan insanity sweeping India. What is amazing is that Foreign Policy published it. Mr Jaishankar starts by quoting Donald Trump when he calls US leaders stupid and losers. He links this to the top . . . → Read More: The absurdness unlimited

The bumpy path of war against terror

(By Asif Haroon Raja) By the time PPP regime took over in March 2008 Fazlullah had created a state within state in Swat and adjoining districts. Former President Zardari and PM Gilani were forced to order a big operation in Swat in April 2009 after Fazlullah broke the peace deal signed two months earlier and . . . → Read More: The bumpy path of war against terror

Pakistan gets full support from China in Fight against terrorism

China on Sunday condemned the brazen Taleban attack on a Pakistani air force camp near Peshawar that killed 42 people, including 29 security personnel, and vowed to support Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.

“We condemn the attack which caused severe losses of lives, and we express our condolences to the families of the victims,” said Chinese . . . → Read More: Pakistan gets full support from China in Fight against terrorism

Can PPP be brought back to life?

(By Irfan Ghauri) Beset with charges of corruption and flagrant mismanagement in Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party, which had coalition governments at the centre and in three provinces from 2008 to 2013, is in hot water. And many within the PPP believe a change of command could salvage their foundering party.

According to them, a . . . → Read More: Can PPP be brought back to life?

TTP’s need for media presence

Ever since its creation in December 2007, Pakistan’s most vicious terrorist group the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been at odds with the country’s mainstream media. At times coalescing and often intimidating, particularly against journalists whose parent companies would deny space for the TTP propaganda. Ironically, in the absence of stringent enforcement of regulations of the . . . → Read More: TTP’s need for media presence