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Turkey's anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

James Dorsey | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A Turkish demand that Pakistan close 28 primary and secondary schools associated with controversial, self-exiled Turkish preacher ...

An Interview With A Suicide Bomber

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Raza Rumi

What makes one a suicide bomber? Much has been written about it; and researchers continue to offer plausible theories and explanations. Religion is often used as a tool by terrorist organizations in recruiting and in seeking aid from abroad, but is not always the root cause.

Pakistan's Karachi Becomes a Human Rights Nightmare

Farheen Rizvi | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Farheen Rizvi

Pakistan's financial capital and largest city, Karachi, has witnessed several gruesome incidents within one week.

Peace is at Hand in Afghanistan -- Or Not

Wahab Raofi | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

The peace process in Afghanistan relies on an unholy trinity consisting of the Taliban, Pakistan and the United States. Sadly, Afghanistan doesn't wield sufficient strength or influence to extricate itself from this war.

How Pakistan's Religious Right Uses 'Blasphemy' to Usurp Political Power

Beena Sarwar | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Beena Sarwar

Since the 1980s, patronized by the security establishment, the religious right has gained political ground in Pakistan. The goal is to grab political power and impose a harsh version of Islam on a country founded in the name of the religion.

Pakistani Taliban Are on the Run and Leaving Destruction in Their Wake

Mosharraf Zaidi | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
Mosharraf Zaidi

ISLAMABAD -- For years, the refrain of "fear of blowback" kept the government from going after the Taliban in certain regions. But the slaughter of children in Peshawar was the last straw. Especially after the recent bombing of women and children in a park -- the softest of targets, many of us in Pakistan believe that the terrorists' depravity is fueled by the desperation of knowing that their space is shrinking.

Pakistan Needs Deradicalization Programs. Force Alone Won't Cure Intolerance.

Raza Rumi | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
Raza Rumi

A key lesson for Pakistan's elites is that short-term military action and executions, important as they are, are no substitute for structural reforms, especially of school curricula and religious institutions that breed intolerance and Islamic nationalism.

Pakistan Detained More Than 5,000 After Easter Bombing Killed 72

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.29.2016 | World

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has rounded up more than 5,000 militant suspects, then released most of them, in the two days since a suicide bomber ki...

Wake Up Obama: Jihad Attacks on Christians Not A Sideshow

Daniel Williams | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

The vicious attacks on Christians celebrating Easter at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, seemed to have confused the U.S. government as well as some politicians and reporters because many of the 70 or so dead were Muslims as well as Christians.

Pakistanis Hunt For Militants Behind Lahore Easter Bombing

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.28.2016 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities launched a hunt on Monday for militants behind a suicide bomb that killed at least 65 people in an ...

Pakistan Shifting Blame to Afghanistan for Its Jihadist Blunders

Mohammad Taqi | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Mohammad Taqi

Unless the Pakistani army planners see the disastrous errors of their ways and decide to roll back both the theory and practice of their jihadist enterprise, there will likely be more attacks like the one on Bacha Khan University. Blaming Afghanistan for the Pakistan army's sins and dereliction may be a good excuse, but it makes for a horrible solution to Pakistan's terrorism conundrum.

Bringing back the Dead: Why Pakistan Used the Jaish-e-Mohammad to Attack an Indian Airbase

C. Christine Fair | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
C. Christine Fair

Bringing back the Dead: Why Pakistan Used the Jaish-e-Mohammad to Attack an Indian Airbase C. Christine Fair January 7, 2015 Most analysts contend th...

Pakistan: Change but No Change

Aparna Pande | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Aparna Pande

From New Delhi's perspective every step forward in India-Pakistan relations results, within a short period of time, with a stab in the back that harms relations between the two countries.

Pakistan Observes Two Sad Anniversaries

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

December marks two anniversaries in Pakistan's history, one through which more than half of Pakistan's population seceded to form a separate country, and the other marking the most heinous attack on schoolchildren ever in that country.

Pakistan's Insistence on Denial

Aparna Pande | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

An inability to reconcile errors and genocide of the past is a sure recipe to making similar blunders in the future. Right now the picture inside Pakistan is not pretty. Every province is facing insurgency or conflict of one kind or another.

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 06.08.2016 | 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.