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Pakistan's Anti-Terrorist Enthusiasm Wanes. . . Again

Farheen Rizvi | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Farheen Rizvi

When terrorists killed 160 teachers and children at a Peshawar school last December, a burst of commentary suggested that Pakistan would now change its ambivalence about Islamist extremism. Two months later, it seems that Pakistan's government and military are back to business as usual.

Pakistan School Massacre Suspects Arrested In Afghanistan

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan security services have arrested five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month t...

Taliban Massacre Survivor Posts Devastating Back To School Photo

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

The young students who survived one of Pakistan's worst terrorist attacks returned this week to the school where the massacre took place, but without ...

Pakistan Approves Military Courts For Terrorism Cases

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and ZARAR KHAN | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases in the latest government effort to ...

Benazir Bhutto -- The Muslim Leader Who Saw Jihadis Coming

Farahnaz Ispahani | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Farahnaz Ispahani

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by the jihadis on December 27, 2007 after addressing a rally where she repeated her warnings about the Taliban and other extremist groups. Today, events such as the recent massacre of school children in Peshawar, reflect what Bhutto was warning against. Extremist Islamist ideologues opposed her because as a western-educated Muslim woman leader she symbolized all that the jihadis hate.

How Pakistan's Unregulated Madrassa System Sows Religious Strife

Religion News Service | Naveed Ahmad | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

ISLAMABAD (RNS) The gruesome killing of 134 children in a Peshawar school has renewed concerns about Pakistan’s unfinished agenda of uprooting milit...

Pakistani Santa Claus vs Taliban

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

Pakistan was still reeling Sunday from a devastating attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that left 132 children dead. Shortly after the De...

Pakistan Hangs 4 Militants As Execution Campaign Widens

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2015 | World

By Syed Raza Hassan and Nadia Saleem ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in th...

Officials: U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 5 Taliban Militants

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, t...

Our Future Generations Will Never Forgive Us If We Do Not Act Now

Wasif Shakil | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Wasif Shakil

The barbarous targeted attack on helpless children has done what a decade of terrorism couldn't -- Pakistan reacted venomously. The outpouring of grief for the victims and their families from across the country, the region and world has changed the very paradigm of how terrorism has been tackled by the government.

Pakistan's Tolerance of Jihadis Backfires Badly

Husain Haqqani | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

The policy of allowing militant groups to operate on Pakistani soil has proved disastrous. The jihadi militants do not accept the neat divisions between global, regional and local conflicts. Once they are convinced of the righteousness of their cause, they are willing to fight and blow themselves up anywhere. Rising militancy coupled with a significant decline in the capacity of the state has enabled Pakistan-based jihadi groups to wreak havoc not only in India and Afghanistan but also in Pakistan and its friendly neighbors, Iran and China.

Pakistan Says Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed In Raid

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 02.05.2015 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani soldiers killed a top al-Qaida operative Saturday who was indicted in the U.S. for his alleged involvement in a plot to b...

Family Sentenced To Death In Pakistan For Lynching Pregnant Woman

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan Nov 19 (Reuters) - Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one of ...

Pakistani Police Officer Axes Man To Death Over Blasphemy

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A policeman in Pakistan hacked a man to death for allegedly making derogatory ...

Mob Lynches Christian Couple In Pakistan, Dozens Arrested

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Police in Pakistan arrested dozens of people on Wednesday after a mo...

Dozens Dead In Pakistan-India Border Bombing

AP | ZAHEER BABAR and ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a Pakistani paramilitary checkpoint near the country's eastern border with India ...

Pakistan Army Chief 'Overruled Generals Calling For Coup'

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Weeks of mounting anti-government protests in Pakistan had been enough to conv...

Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Many Pakistanis are torn between their support for democracy and civilian control of the military, on the one hand, and their desire for social and political reform, on the other. Just as Sharif is the flawed advocate of democracy, Khan and Qadri's calls for reform have been tainted by their covert ties with the military and its intelligence arms.

Pakistani Protesters March To PM's Home Demanding He Step Down

AP | By ZARAR KHAN and ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...

Pakistani Premier Denies Asking Army To Mediate

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 08.29.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters wh...

Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.

Thousands Of Pakistani Protesters Try To Bring Down Prime Minister

Reuters | Mehreen Zahra-Malik | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD, Aug 21 (Reuters) - An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the governm...

Clashes In Pakistan After Shots Fired At Opposition Leader Imran Khan

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Clashes broke out Friday as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two an...

Officials: U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 6

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected American drone strike has killed six militants in a northwest...

Plane Comes Under Fire At Pakistani Airport, Casualties Reported

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 08.24.2014 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan were looking for a gunman who opened fire at a plane Tuesday evening just as it was landing in the...