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A corridor of conciliation

A corridor of conciliation

Khaled Ahmed On 9 November 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan got together with thousands of Sikh pilgrims to inaugurate the Kartarpur Corridor on the bank of river Ravi in Punjab in Pakistan. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi thanked Pakistan for opening up the route to the last resting place of the great Sikh founder-guru Nanak Dev in accordance with […]

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Does the Human Mind Need to be Evolved to the Next Level?

Does the Human Mind Need to be Evolved to the Next Level?

Reviewer: Habeeb Sheikh I have read a few self-improvement books but “A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” stands out significantly reading on this topic.  The author, Eckhart Tolle, based on human history, is convinced that we have inherited a Dysfunctional mind that needs to be evolved to Consciousness. A Dysfunctional mind creates suffering for itself and for […]

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China and Terrorism in Pakistan

China and Terrorism in Pakistan

Khaled Ahmed The Paris-based 39-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), against money-laundering and terror-funding, strongly urged Pakistan last month to comply with its demands by February 2020 or face being included in the FATF “black list” meaning sanctions. It said: “To date, Pakistan has only largely addressed five of the 27 action items, with varying levels of progress made on […]

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After Taliban retakes Afghanistan

After Taliban retakes Afghanistan

Khaled Ahmed It is another cut-and-run moment for America in Afghanistan, this time after the longest war in its history. Will Trump repeat in 2019 what Nixon did to South Vietnam in 1973, leaving when 150,000 men of North Vietnamese army were in occupation of parts of South Vietnam where people knew they would be massacred at the hands of […]

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The doctor who helped the CIA find Bin Laden

The doctor who helped the CIA find Bin Laden

By M Ilyas Khan, BBC News, Islamabad A Pakistani doctor who helped the US find al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is appealing against his jail sentence. It’s the first time Shakil Afridi’s case has been heard in open court. The judge adjourned the case until 22 October at the request of prosecutors. Dr Afridi’s role was a huge embarrassment for […]

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A Terrible US Deal With the Taliban Delayed

A Terrible US Deal With the Taliban Delayed

Mohammad Taqi US President Donald Trump has cancelled what had appeared to be an imminent deal with the Afghan Taliban. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump blasted the Taliban for not agreeing to a ceasefire and continuing to kill in order to buttress their negotiating position. He cited the death of a US soldier last week as the reason for his decision. But […]

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Kashmir Issue: It is time now for a permanent settlement

Kashmir Issue: It is time now for a permanent settlement

Kamran Siddiqui The recent revocation of Articles 370 and 35(a) of the Indian constitution by the Modi government has created an uproar across South Asia. There is a divided option on this action, where those in favor, primarily BJP supporter are hailing it as a historic and overdue move. On the other hand, the opponents are arguing this action as […]

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Pakistan needs to stop thinking of Kashmir

Pakistan needs to stop thinking of Kashmir

Pakistan has repeatedly altered the status of the parts of Kashmir it controls, weakening its current protestations. Hussain Haqqani For decades, Pakistan has sought to internationalise the problem of Kashmir, hoping that it could change the territorial status quo over the erstwhile princely state. India’s decision to repeal Article 370 of its Constitution, ending the special status of Kashmir territory […]

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Pakistan had no solid right on Kashmir

Pakistan had no solid right on Kashmir

Mobarik Haider PM Imran Ahmad Khan said he will now be the global ambassador for Kashmir. Since ambassadors of India and Pakistan are gone and borders between the two countries securely sealed, Mr. Khan seems to think that the world arena of diplomatic conquest is free for him. So he will be on a world tour to talk about an […]

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A bad Afghan deal won’t help

A bad Afghan deal won’t help

HUSAIN HAQQANI The Donald Trump administration flattered Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Bajwa, hoping that Pakistan will use its influence over the Taliban to advance the Afghan peace process. The recent spate of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, including the one targeting vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh over the weekend, makes it obvious that the Taliban see […]

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Crackdown on the press is getting worse by the day

Crackdown on the press is getting worse by the day

By Steven Butler July 16 was just another night for Najam Sethi on his show at Pakistan’s 24 News BD, where the sometimes jocular veteran journalist sits and analyzes the day’s news, answering questions interspersed with video clips. Yet as he got to the last item on the show — nationwide demonstrations by journalists against censorship and layoffs — management suddenly pulled the […]

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Imran Khan’s US visit

Imran Khan’s US visit

AYESHA SIDDIQA Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who once accused the US of ‘destroying Pakistan’ and blamed his country’s politicians for fighting American wars for money, will soon be in Washington DC. His objective will be to rekindle the warmth in the bilateral relationship that seems to have died since Donald Trump took oath as President of the US in 2016. While opening channels of American money […]

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Is Pakistan’s General Bajwa the new Musharraf?

Is Pakistan’s General Bajwa the new Musharraf?

AYESHA SIDDIQA Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Bajwa was recently in London to meet his counterpart and many other bigwigs of the security establishment of the UK ostensibly to discuss issues of strategic cooperation. However, the visit – his second in nine months – was more than the usual tête-à-tête. If anything, there were four objectives of the tour: find a via-media to improve relations with the US that […]

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Why Pakistan’s economy is sinking

Why Pakistan’s economy is sinking

Pakistan’s new budget will not fix the country’s economic woes. Here is why. by Taha Siddiqui The Pakistani government unveiled its first annual budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 on June 11 and was only able to pass it on June 28. The considerable delay was due to strong resistance from the opposition in parliament which threatened with protests over […]

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New ISI chief Faiz Hameed a manipulator

New ISI chief Faiz Hameed a manipulator

Pakistan Army replaced its ISI head within 8 months with an ‘average’ officer close to chief Bajwa, whose hold in country’s politics grows by day. AYESHA SIDDIQA The Pakistan Army’s strategic intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, got a new chief this week, Lt General Faiz Hameed, making the world wonder what has he done to deserve the position. Or what will now be […]

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Espionage case shatters Pakistan army’s myths

Espionage case shatters Pakistan army’s myths

  Husain Haqqani Espionage case shatters Pakistan army’s myths – and the belief its nuke secrets are secure The court-martial of three individuals, including a recently retired three-star general, on charges of espionage and revealing classified information to foreign intelligence agencies seriously, dents the charisma that helps keep Pakistan’s army in charge of the country. The fact that senior military officers […]

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In search of the truth at Miramshah

In search of the truth at Miramshah

Farhatullah Babar By official account three – but by unofficial account, many more – were killed and injured in firing after Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) marchers were stopped at a military check post in North Waziristan on Sunday. MNA Ali Wazir, arrested on charges of terrorism, has since been remanded in the custody of the Counter-Terrorism Department by an anti-terrorism […]

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Indian thymos

Indian thymos

Khaled Ahmed Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won his election and now India will have to adjust to his worldview in the coming five years more completely, judiciary a little more and the minorities quite a lot. Prime Minister Imran Khan his neighbor wanted him to win so that he could readjust to India, change policy from the ground up, […]

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An open letter to Prime Minister, Imran Khan

An open letter to Prime Minister, Imran Khan

Dear Mr. Khan, On May 5, 2019, you laid the foundation stone of Al-Qadir University in Sohawa near Jhelum in the Punjab province. You emphatically, albeit with some difficulty, announced that “we will convert Spirituality into a Super Science”. The government of Pakistan’s Twitter account wrote “Al-Qadir University would provide both Islamic and scientific education to the students and help […]

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Ali Haider Gilani, son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who is contesting in the upcoming general election, speaks during a campaign meeting at a house on the outskirts of Multan May 9, 2013, before his abduction by unidentified gunmen.  REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

No one tames Taliban

by Khaled Ahmed American commentator Michael Kugelman recently wrote: “The US government appears to be acknowledging that Pakistan, given its influence over the Taliban, is an important and potentially helpful player in the peace process in Afghanistan.” A Pakistani will ask: What influence? Pakistan’s main unacknowledged threat comes from the Taliban and their patron, al-Qaeda. Mehr Tarar, in her wonderfully […]

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