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Pakistan NSA’s views on Pak-Afghan relations and role of USA

Speaking at a business conference in Islamabad the other day, National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Nasser Janjua (retd) dwelt at length with the Afghan war as it affects Pakistan, expressing the lament that this country’s contribution to the war against terrorism, at the cost of tremendous sacrifices, is not appreciated. Instead, it is accused of playing a double game vis-a-vis …

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Pakistan – India circular foreign policy

The ‘surgical strikes’ and talk of covert support to Balochistan activists has [further] alarmed the establishment and helped in building public opinion that India is destabilising Pakistan. This is an unfortunate reality of a circular India-Pakistan relationship. Hardline towards Pakistan is cheered in India and it bolsters the establishment’s narrative in Pakistan. I see no immediate chance of normalisation let …

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Pakistan must show internal strength and unity

Pakistan must show internal strength and unity

Pakistan is under a double attack: (1) from India because Kashmir, the Indian-occupied part of it, is on the boil and nothing that India is doing is having any effect; and (2) from Afghanistan and the United States because the Taliban are on the march and are refusing to be defeated. Pakistan, even if it wanted to, can’t settle Kashmir …

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An improved state

An improved state

‘INTERESTING’ times are upon us. From Turkey to Brexit to the Donald Trump phenomena to the militant Islamic State group, there is much uncertainty about the future of international politics and global stability. State after state has all but collapsed in the Middle East and North Africa region. Syria, Libya, and Yemen survive only in name. Even some stable states …

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Pakistan’s Taliban

On Wednesday Amjad Sabri was assassinated on the streets of Karachi in cold blood. The Hakeemullah Mehsud group of the TTP reportedly claimed ‘credit’. Sabri’s stirring voice helped many recognise the strength of their bond with the Creator. But the TTP and their ilk thought he was a bad Muslim for he sang qawwalis. The day Imran Khan condoled the …

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Did the Lahore attack drift Civil, Military apart?

In the recent years of Pakistan’s war on terrorism, the government has increased the force of its measures in response to particularly severe attacks. A real crackdown against terrorists and their facilitators only began after the attack on Karachi Airportthat compelled the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to abandon its ill-fated peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). It …

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How Pakistanis view extremist groups and war against terror

The bombing that took place on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, was a devastating reminder that the scourge of terrorism is not confined to the recent headlines from the Middle East and Europe. Pakistan has dealt with multiple extremist insurgencies over the last couple of decades, with a variety of groups operating in the area, including the Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani …

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India – Pakistan relations not likely to improve in 2016

Much like in all the previous 67 years of its existence, Pakistan finds itself on the crossroads even in the 68th year. The good things that happened in 2015 on the economic, security, diplomatic and political fronts are fragile and not irreversible. In 2016, Pakistan will have to consolidate the gains made in 2015. If it does not, matters could …

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Special police unit of KP arrests 6 militants

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. Based on prior intelligence, special police unit Bannu raided an under-construction house in Pir Dil Khel Sorani area of Bannu where the armed militants were …

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Army Chief gives go ahead for execution of 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 and killing civilians in Lahore. These convicts …

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