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The boy who saved hundreds by sacrificing own life, his family needs protection

The family of Aitzaz Hasan, a schoolboy who sacrificed his own life to save hundreds of his classmates by tackling a suicide bomber in 2014, has sought protection from the authorities after receiving threats from the Taliban. On April 3 this year, the family received a threat letter from the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who wrote that Aitzaz was neither …

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Pakistan’s regional foreign policy shift

Pakistan’s relations with both India and Afghanistan are at their worse. Narendra Modi refuses to talk and the expectation that after elections in Uttar Pradesh and other key Indian states New Delhi would move towards engagement has not materialised. Major skirmishes between Pakistan and Afghan security forces on the Chaman border in the last two weeks have resulted in heavy …

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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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The snooze button

I shall refrain from talking about how devastated or heartbroken I feel after the tragedy that took place in Peshawar on Tuesday. Mainly because it is a futile exercise as I am struggling to find the words to express what I am feeling. I will also refrain from delving into the details and statistics, because our sensationalist media has done …

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Rallying the Rally

Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri Rally

May 11 was D Day at D Chowk Islamabad. People converged there from all over on the call of the political party that formed the government in Khyber Pakhtukhwa after the elections on May 11, 2013 just one year ago. No one was sure what they were rallying for but they came to protest their many grievances — power shut …

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All-out operation against TTP unlikely, but targeted operation unavoidable

The administration of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who came to power last year promising to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban, has been trying to engage the militants in talks but these efforts have faltered in past weeks. The Pakistan Army on Wednesday said more than 100 soldiers had been killed by Taliban militants in the last five months: …

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A change of heart

Afghan War

A question in dire need of tackling: whether or not we can ‘go get ‘em’? In the recent years Pakistan has contemplated many possible solutions to our biggest problem. As the Venn diagram of possibilities expanded to the likes Sequoiadendron giganteu, the people remain equally perplexed. We place the blame on our leaders’ shoulders, while the government remains silent, except …

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Change that Pakistan believed in…

PTI Change

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice Party promised many changes, but the changes and transformations it has itself undergone – by plan and design, or by twists of fate – have surprised, startled, and even disappointed many Pakistanis, including their followers and voters The PTI started out as a political party in the late 1990s, led by a …

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