iOS app Android app

Pakistan Taliban

Why Hamid Gul Was Pakistan's Bin Laden

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammad Taqi

General Hamid Gul was the military equivalent of Osama bin Laden. He died with his boots on and blood of the innocents on his hands. One must never speak ill of the dead; it is the jihadist life and legacy of General Hamid Gul, however, which is impossible to ignore if further bloodshed and mayhem in Pakistan and the region is to be averted.

The Real Victims of India and Pakistan Proxy War

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been ongoing now for about four decades, whereas hostility between Pakistan and India has been present since 1947. The proxy war between between India and Pakistan lies in Afghanistan.

Mullah Omar's Death Breaks the Back of the Taliban

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Mohammad Taqi

The height of the Pakistani state's chutzpah is that it does not only harbor these terrorists for decades and unleash them on the neighbors and the world, but also that it wants to be given credit and a thank you note even when America or Allah takes them out. The fundamental question about Mullah Omar's death in Karachi is who in Pakistan knew about his presence there, when did they know it and what, if anything at all, did they do about it.

It's Time for Pakistan to Face Its Terrorism Menace -- And Stop Blaming the Usual Easy Targets

Farheen Rizvi | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Farheen Rizvi

It is almost as if Pakistan's government wants to absolve jihadists just to cling to its traditional view on what threatens the country.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

The Often Frustrating Partner America Needs In Afghanistan | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After their first official meeting earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and President Barack Obama faced cameras together i...

Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation.

Asif Ali Zardari: Pakistan's Political Patriarch

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Suffering from the lingering image of a money-laundering husband of a world-famous political icon, Benazir Bhutto, former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is fast emerging as an intellectual patriarch of Pakistani politics.

American Sniper Misfires at the Oscars

Adele Barker | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Adele Barker

In the minds of those who live with ongoing daily violence in the Middle East and Pakistan, America has become part of the problem. We have become the terrorists we seek to eradicate. And that is what is the matter with American Sniper. It celebrates the very values that are driving a wedge between the U.S. and the Muslim world.

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

Farheen Rizvi | Posted 04.13.2015 | 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.

Measles, Hobby Lobby and the Real Problem with Vaccinations

Steven Conn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

What do the measles outbreak, Islamic fanatics in Pakistan, and the Supreme Court's execrable Hobby Lobby decision all have in common? Answer: all three are examples of how society suffers when people's religious beliefs are put ahead of the greater good.

'We Are All in This Together, Like It or Not': On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and Non-violent Islamism

Elham Manea | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Those who killed the journalists in Paris were followers of violent Islamist extremism. Those who lashed Raif are followers of non-violent Islamist extremism. The first kills in the name of God and the second violates in the name of God.

Pakistan School Reopens After Taliban Massacre

AP | ZARAR KHAN and REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 03.13.2015 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani children returned on Monday to the school where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers last ...

Counter-Terrorism Kickstarter

Michael Conniff | Posted 03.12.2015 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Silbi Kelly Stanton comes by her interest in counter-terrorism honestly. The daughter of both Irish Catholic and Protestant Irish descendants, Stanton also studied The Troubles in Ireland before turning to the Al-Qaeda conundrum.

Five Middle East Predictions for 2015

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Only a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following shorter term predictions about the Middle East for 2015.

Pakistan Strikes In Tribal Regions Kill 31 Militants, Drone Kills 7

AP | RIAZ KHAN | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani airstrikes killed 31 militants and a suspected U.S. drone strike killed another seven, officials said Sunday, as...


Zaheen Fatima | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Zaheen Fatima

We live within the same borders as these unlucky people, perhaps even a few kilometers away from their hell on earth, but as we cross over to the better half of our country, we easily forget the turmoil our personalized war on terror has caused to millions.

Pakistan Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Raza Habib Raja

Nothing will change until this narrative changes and our mindset which accommodates it changes. Pakistan has to realize that it is its own worst enemy.

The Peshawar Tragedy Shows That Pakistan Needs a New Religious Narrative

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Junaid Jahangir

When will the Pakistani masses realize that exploiting Islam to recreate the glory of past Caliphates and to justify the subjugation of religious minorities is based on a supremacist ideology born out of immense inferiority complex and colonial baggage?

Pakistan: When Children Fear to Learn

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

This "war against education" from the Taliban has effectively crippled the future of Pakistan, ensuring that the vast human potential of the nation will be going to waste. However, in the wake of the attack in Peshawar, there needs to be a concerted attempt by the state and people of Pakistan to reform and support the education system.

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.

Is There a Moses Basket for Persecuted Children?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The story is as old as the tale of Moses but to see it repeated and repeated is shocking - the deliberate killing of children for political or religious reasons.

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...

132 Dead Children: Only Obeying Orders

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Shahid Mahmood

Pakistan should ensure these extremists never claim they are not guilty of these heinous charges. Killing children is never justified. "Only obeying orders" - divine or otherwise is simply not an excuse.

When Sole Military Action Is Not Enough!

Sameer Siddiqui | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Sameer Siddiqui

Once the dust settles on the military response, we need to collectively learn as citizens of this 21st century that people different from us are not a binary 0 to our 1 or an off to our on switch