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Pakistan Needs Boring Democracy -- Not Mesmerizing Mutinies

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

A nation facing existential problems needs silence, not agitation; patience, not protest; cool-headed hard work, not emotional eruptions. A boring democracy has no use for rebels.

Until My Life is Written By God: One Man's Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

Rebecca Novick | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Rebecca Novick

Peshawar, in the North-Western Khyber region on the edge of the country's tribal areas, has been dubbed the "terror capital" of Pakistan for good reason.

NATO Air Base Hit By Taliban Rockets

Reuters | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

KABUL, June 21 (Reuters) - Taliban militants fired eight rockets into a NATO air base at one of Afghanistan's main airports on Saturday evening, pro...

Pakistan Needs Regional and Global Alliances to Fight the Extremists

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Muqtedar Khan

As Americans have discovered in Iraq and elsewhere popular insurgencies are hard to suppress. It is difficult to separate the civilian from the enemy; the innocent from the malignant and every misstep increases the intensity of the insurgency and undermines public support for use of force.

Pakistan's Fighter Jets Strike Insurgents In Full-Scale Offensive

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

By Haji Mujtaba MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, June 16 (Reuters) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded North Waziristan on Monday, a day after the ar...

What's Happening in Pakistan?

Harris Zafar | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Harris Zafar

What is happening in that country that makes people so hard-hearted, vicious, and sadistic? If Pakistan will not come to the aid of its own people soon, it will be too late for anyone to save the country from being completely overrun by extremists.

The Taliban Revival

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.12.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Believing that they are actually winning the battle against the United States and regional governments, the Taliban want to be recognized as a legitimate political entity.

Pakistan Should Launch War to Get Rid of Taliban -- Not Halfway, but Once and for All

Saeed Qureshi | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Saeed Qureshi

If the rulers cannot ensure the safety of the people, then better they resign and quit power. The present government's endeavors to build a bridge of understanding with the Taliban are a mere waste of time. The Taliban, who have scant regard for the sanctity of human lives, do not deserve -- nor should be shown -- any mercy. If the government is reluctant to unleash a ruthless crackdown on the Taliban, then let the army on its own volition take this most indispensable onslaught and finish the job of eliminating these latter-day assassins once and for all. Otherwise, Pakistan is doomed and will remain subservient to the killing sprees and criminal and bulging demands of these murderous thugs.

Worst Effect of U.S. Afghan War

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Much of what U.S. service personnel died or were wounded for will have been lost. Although extremely tragic, however, this bad outcome may not be the worst effect of the war. That would be the destabilization of nearby Pakistan, which has 100-200 nuclear weapons and an insurgency trying to overthrow the Pakistani government.

The Problem With Pakistani Attitude Towards USA

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

It is true that the current superpower is not an angel, but the way we are viewing things has seriously affected our own welfare and virtually made us unable to self introspect.

Ad Agency Apologizes For Cashing In On Tragic Shooting Of 14-Year-Old

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

Advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather apologized on Thursday for a controversial ad featuring a gory cartoon of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai being ...

One Pen and Six Bullets

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Marium Chaudhry

At 5:13 p.m. on April 19 this year, I was sitting in my car when I got a text message from Mir. Two years after our first hello, I had become Mir's producer for special shows he hosted when he came to Karachi. My phone pinged and the message read: "I'm attacked."

Can Disaster Be Averted for the Women of Afghanistan?

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ida Lichter, M.D.

There is a potential catastrophe looming when foreign troops leave Afghanistan, as the central government could well sacrifice women and girls in future negotiations with the Taliban.

Donors Pledge $1 Billion To Pakistan For Education

AP | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says international donors have pledged to provide Pakistan with about a billion dollars ...

Being Pakistani, Hearing That Your Government Hid Bin Laden and Believing It

Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Akbar Shahid Ahmed

We Pakistanis are long past faith in our institutions -- often, we're the first to suspect that they've played a hand in ruining our nation. We just don't like it when the West points that out. All this fear and cynicism make for a heavy burden.

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad government asked for restraint...

U.S. Curtails Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Report

The Washington Post | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration has sharply curtailed drone strikes in Pakistan after a request from the government there for restraint as it pursues peace t...

A War Isn't Over Till It's Over

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Any substantial threat to the United States that emanates from Afghanistan or Pakistan can be dealt with from outside either country by America's global intelligence and military capabilities.

PTI Anti-NATO Route Campaign Will Directly Affect Pakistan's Economy and Innocent Truck Drivers

Kiran Nazish | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Kiran Nazish

While there are two sides of the story: Popular parties like PTI confuse the public narrative and have made their large fan following to believe in good Taliban and evil U.S.

No Peace Talks for Pakistan

Mina Sohail | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mina Sohail

After Hakimullah Mehsud's death in a drone strike recently, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) now have a hardliner, Mullah Fazlullah, as their new leader.

Death Of Leader Could Make Pakistan's Taliban More Violent Than Ever

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Maria Golovnina and Asim Tanveer ISLAMABAD, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The killing of one of Pakistan's most wanted Islamic militants in a ...

Pakistani Taliban Choose 'Mullah Radio' As Leader

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban chose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist ...

Taliban Militant's Killing Brings Little Joy In Pakistan

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 11.03.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD -- ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban leader killed in a recent U.S. drone strike was behind hotel bombings, assaults on political ral...

Why South Asia Is the Next Tinderbox

Sunil Sharan | Posted 12.28.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

The Middle East is mired in sectarian strife, but with the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year, a bigger tinderbox awaits in South Asia.

The Reluctant Heroine: Celebrity Aside, Malala's Cause Is Real

Anushay Hossain | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

I admire and respect Malala's journey. But this level of Western applause, this tendency to over-celebrate anybody from the East is all too familiar. It makes it clearer than ever that Yousufzai polarizes her global audience.