This article written by (late) Syed Saleem Shahzad and published in the Asia Times on August 9, 2009 remains relevant today.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and United States officials are scrambling to verify reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, head of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US Predator drone attack in the South Waziristan tribal area on Wednesday. Read more »
By Mohammad Nafees
How can a society indoctrinated for years on a self-righteous ideology be led to take an inquisitive look at itself? An irresolvable dilemma has gripped the country and its establishment
Indoctrination leads a nation to progress or self-destruction, depending on the way it is inculcated in the minds of the people and how they follow it. Read more »
Appeal in the name of humanity
The following are some of the killings which reportedly have been carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi during 2012. I request all political parties, civil rights groups including lawyers’ groups/ associations, and journalists to email this to the Supeme Court of Pakistan Read more »
We are pleased to publish copy of a classified internal document prepared by a special operations team of the US/NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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Do you know that:
In 2000, there were 14 bomb blasts in Pakistan; 5 in Punjab, 4 in Sindh, 3 in Balochistan, and one each in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in which a total of 79 people died; 55 in Punjab and Sindh, 18 in Baluchistan, 5 in FATA and only one in the KPK. Read more »
By Peter Chamberlin
Continuing and expanding upon their policies of being both blunt and devious, the Generals are getting in the faces of tribal leaders, doing their utmost to persuade them to take-on a policing function in their areas of control. Read more »
Osama is dead, Obama is enjoying a surge in popularity, Pakistani military high command is hiding in embarrassment, and the big question for Pakistan is where do we go from here? Read more »
Shahbaz Bhatti was a principled and brave politician. Which General ever stood up for his beliefs and sacrificed his life? Salmaan was killed by a fanatic. Whether he acted alone or not, we may never find out. But Shahbaz Bhatti’s killing and the pattern of claims and condemnation is rather peculiar and deserves thought. Read more »
By: MARTHA RADDATZ and KIRIT RADIA
U.S. forces in Afghanistan have allowed a Taliban member to travel to Kabul from Pakistan to attend peace talks with the Afghan government within the past two weeks, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. Read more »
Pentagon Diverts Drones From Afghanistan to Bolster U.S. Campaign Next Door
Onlookers in Pakistan’s Sindh province after suspected militants set fire to tankers Friday carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan. Read more »
The following article by Bob Woodward was published today in the Washington Post. It is a combination of insights into Obama administration’s thinking, carefully- fed selected information and spin by the top U.S. officials. Read more »
Wall Street Journal
By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
KABUL—Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent attempts to placate the Taliban haven’t made him many new friends among the insurgents. But they have definitely alienated some crucial old friends: the country’s ethnic minorities, who have been a linchpin of Mr. Karzai’s American-backed government. Read more »
By Syed Shoaib Hasan
BBC News, Karachi
“We are doing our best to prevent them from taking over,” says Mohammad Rafiq earnestly as he sits in the crowded room in Karachi.
He is referring to Taleban militants who have come to the city from Pakistan’s tribal areas such as North and South Waziristan who “want to take over Karachi”.
Rafiq, a primary school teacher, is a resident of Baldia town, a suburb of Karachi. Read more »