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Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT, The Newyork Times WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted […]

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Mainstreaming Terror

Mainstreaming Terror

by Khaled Ahmed It is now certain — unless Pakistan’s powers-that-be intervene — that the process of “mainstreaming” or deradicalising of Pakistan’s proxy warriors recommended by retired military officers figuring on TV talkshows has been shipwrecked. The Foreign Office under PMLN foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has decided that Hafiz Saeed’s Milli Muslim League (MML) should not have taken part […]

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Seedbeds of radicalism

Seedbeds of radicalism

Religion-based education in Pakistan has made universities a fertile ground for extremists. By Khaled Ahmed Pakistan is in the grip of terrorism unleashed by university-educated youth who kill in the name of Islam. A Karachi gang that was recently nabbed was found to have connected with university-level teachers and their students who were on the take from the Islamic State […]

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Campaign Posters in Pakistan

Campaign Posters in Pakistan

By MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK,   The Newyork Times LAHORE, Pakistan — For years, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, one of the most-wanted militant leaders in South Asia, has lived in the open in Pakistan despite a $10 million American bounty on his head. He has mocked efforts by the United States to capture him and led large public gatherings in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. Now he is trying […]

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Why Trump Is Right to Get Tough With Pakistan

Why Trump Is Right to Get Tough With Pakistan

By ZALMAY KHALILZAD President Trump deserves high marks for his new Afghanistan strategy. It is bold, reasoned and offers the prospect of success against the violent Islamist groups of the region. But it will also face opposition in the region. The president will have to show an unflagging commitment to the cause and be prepared to respond to moves by adversaries […]

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A Masjid In London

A Masjid In London

    by Khaled Ahmed In June 2017, the month of Ramzan, a vehicle driven by 47-year-old Darren Osborne of Cardiff, Wales, near London’s Finsbury Park mosque, crushed a group of people, marking another incident of Islamophobia in the UK. It came in the wake of three consecutive killings of innocent citizens by radicalised UK Muslims. The Muslim Council of Britain […]

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After Nawaz

After Nawaz

By Khaled Ahmed The Supreme Court of Pakistan has removed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office. Sharif is accused of money-laundering in the case relating to the Panama Papers in which he was not named. An inquiry set up by the court under a Joint Investigative Team (JIT) found him guilty of acquiring wealth he couldn’t account for. The […]

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prepares to address the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 21, 2016 in New York City. Presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers are gathering this week for the United Nation's General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sharif’s Ouster Is Bad News

By Mihir Sharma In Pakistan’s 70 years of existence, not one prime minister has served a full five-year term. They’ve been fired by governor-generals and army chiefs and judges. So it was always fruitless, I expect, to hope that Nawaz Sharif, elected with a massive mandate in 2013, would become the first. And so it has proved: Sharif was “disqualified” — in […]

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Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs

In a report titled ‘War no solution to problems, says Nawaz’, the Pakistani newspaper The News, said in its edition of June 25, 1999: “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his call for dialogue with India for defusing a war-like situation along the Line of Control (LoC). Report by The Indian Express Around 8.45 am on Thursday, June […]

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Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

Pakistan, Lebanon Among ‘Terrorist Safe Havens’

By Patrick Goodenough | (CNSNews.com) – Countries identified as “terrorist safe havens” in the annual State Department terrorism report released Wednesday include major recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, including military aid. Pakistan and Lebanon stand out, since in both cases the report indicates that their governments’ approaches towards terrorism are part of the problem. Although several other key U.S. aid recipients, notably […]

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To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

To Win Afghanistan, Get Tough on Pakistan

By  HUSAIN HAQQANI, The New York Times President Trump’s review of American policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a tougher approach to Pakistan. Although the Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan. United States incentives since the Sept. 11 attacks have failed to dissuade Pakistan from supporting the Taliban, and Mr. Trump must now […]

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Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Trump ponders crackdown on Pakistan over terror ties despite experts’ warnings

Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul and Julian Borger in Washington -The Guardian The Trump administration is considering taking a harder stance against Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but experts warn that pressure alone will not bring peace. Similar tactics have failed in the past, and analysts warn that the US can only influence the south Asian country by coupling force with diplomacy, […]

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Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Poisonous Pedagogy- Learning Prohibited

Sibte Hasan Poisonous pedagogy meanders silently through the social weft of a society and it produces people. This is supported by a curriculum introduced for formal education in schools. In the oppressed societies, curricula are still promoting pedagogies which were used in political system during medieval times. In these curriculum, not life but order and obedience are the highest values. […]

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The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

The Islamic World Has a Blasphemy Problem

How have such bad laws gotten on the books in Muslim countries? It’s complicated. BY KRITHIKA VARAGUR AKARTA, Indonesia — This month, Jakarta’s embattled former governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, based on his flip quotation of a Quran verse that addresses whether Muslims can elect non-Muslim leaders. The presiding judge declared […]

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From NASA with love: new bacteria named after Kalam

From NASA with love: new bacteria named after Kalam

The Hindu In great news for India, scientists at NASA have named a new organism discovered by them after the much-loved A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Till date, the new organism — a form of bacteria — has been found only on the International Space Station (ISS) and has not been found on earth! Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the […]

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Genealogy of Pain

Genealogy of Pain

by Sibte Hasan Alice Miller thinks that trans-generational perpetuation of violence is rooted in ‘poisonous pedagogy’. Under the influence of poisonous pedagogy, a society itself becomes criminal. Crime does not remain society’s subsidiary activity. It becomes a way of life and every individual commits them being a father, mother, employer, employee and even society at large; collectively. These are the […]

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Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate

Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate

By Mohammed Hanif KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan has found a new ally in its never-ending war against India — and he is the public face of our most ruthless killers. For years Liaquat Ali, better known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, was a familiar and dreaded figure on national media. It seems that after every atrocity committed by the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan […]

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The First lady of Punjab

The First lady of Punjab

by Seema Mustafa NEW DELHI: I first met Aroosa Alam years ago as a very attractive member of the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) that was very busy promoting peace and amity between India and Pakistan scribes in particular. SAFMA hosted considerable to-ing and fro-ing of journalists, and often politicians, between the South Asian countries with Alam emerging as one […]

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Denial of Experience

Denial of Experience

by Sibt e Hasan Why do people listen to orators spell bound and perpetrate violence in the name of his/her political agenda? Why people are compelled to kill their personal acquaintances (living together for years) in the name of ideology based upon the stories of war heroes from past? Why do people try to prove that they are the Chosen […]

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My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

If and when the appeals process is concluded, my ‘attackers’ are likely to be hanged. I don’t know when but the prospect worries me. Almost like a twilight zone of morality By Raza Rumi The Parliament has extended the military courts for another two years. Cited as a desperate measure in extraordinary times, there has been a widespread acceptance, almost […]

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