July 26, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize Choice is Off The Mark

Malala Yousafzai World Bank photo

The Nobel Peace committee has failed to read the legend of Malala Yousafzai for what it’s worth. While it would be well-nigh impossible to fully configure her potential, the nearest anyone came to immortalizing her universal avatar was a banner in Nepal that read: “Every child’s sister, every parent’s daughter”. While this may be an emotional call even if well ... Read More »

Neo-liberalism and Militancy in AfPak

Masked terrorists of Pakistani Taliban.

In Pakistan, over 24,000 containers carrying arms for NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan have been allegedly missing for the last four years or so, but the Coalition authorities are silent. From retired Pakistani army generals to serving bureaucrats and from politicians to the Taliban, beneficiaries of the scandal belong to powerful institutions. This seems the reason behind Pakistani media’s reluctance to ... Read More »

Pakistani Militants’ Media Front

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  Militancy poses a serious threat to the security and stability of Pakistan. While the government and various state institutions are trying to respond in their own way and according to their own capacity, persistent ideological, political and operational ambiguities about the nature and level of militancy not only compound the problem but also add to its intensity. One critical ... Read More »

Tugging At The Heart Strings

(Photo via Dawn.com)

  About half a kilometer (.3 miles) from Karachi’s famous Banaras Chowk, to the left side of Banaras Nullah, stands a tiny old shop. The exterior is far from impressive; the interior even less so. A small space has been cleared out on the floor to provide seating; two old exhaust fans are tied to the roof in place of ... Read More »

Appeasement Has No Future in India-Pakistan Relations

Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh at their summit meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  There was speculation but little expectations about the (September 29) meeting between prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Indian government functionaries and almost all political leaders have fallen over themselves competing with the vociferous Indian media in consistently attacking Pakistan. In their near unanimous opinion, conditions were not conducive for ... Read More »

Guarded Optimism in India, Pakistan over Singh-Sharif Summit

Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Mian Nawaz Sharif at their meeting in New York on September 29. (ViewsWeek photo)

  Media in India and Pakistan is carefully welcoming the September 29 meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh in New York. The guarded optimism in newspaper editorials is touching the limits of skepticism. A review of the editorials of leading dailies of the two countries reveals some identical views on the summit outcome. Newspapers on either ... Read More »

Understanding The Terrorism Tripod

A view of burning cars after powerful explosions rocked Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on September 29, killing 41 people. It was the third terrorist attack in the city in one week killing more than 140 people. (Photo off video stream)

  Capital suggestion Insurgency cannot do without physical terrain – terrain that insurgents can call home. Insurgents cannot do without safe sanctuaries – safe havens to plan and to train. Physical terrain of their own is the first and the foremost prerequisite. Two others – along with physical terrain – that complete the terrorist-insurgent cycle are: money and manpower. In ... Read More »

Security Fears Hamper Relief Work in Quake-Hit Pakistan

A man in Awaran stands amid the remains of what used to be his home. (Photo by Islamic Relief via IRIN)

QUETTA: Many times before, Abdul Rashid, 30, a general practitioner, has volunteered in emergency situations. “I believe it is my duty to use my medical skills to help. I went to Sindh Province in 2011 to help flood victims; I helped victims of the 2007 cyclone in Balochistan; and I worked in Pakistan-administered Kashmir as a medical student after the 2005 earthquake for months,” Rashid ... Read More »

15 Days in Taliban’s Captivity

Pakistan Army flushed out militants from Swat valley, known for its natural beauty, after a massive operation in 2009. (Photo by Junaid Rao, Creative Commons License)

  Ali Khan, 42, is probably the only taxi (cab) driver in the Serene Swat Valley who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. The father of three, Khan had been a truck driver in Saudi Arabia too for a few years. He was one of those few people who did not leave Swat when the Pakistan army launched an ... Read More »

Enforcing Peace in Pakistan’s Largest City

Much of the police in Pakistan's most violent city is politicized and is blamed for crimes. (ViewsWeek photo off video stream)

  Having obtained consensus from all the political parties for a dialogue with those terrorists who are misusing religion as a platform, the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan turned its attention to the militant-infested crucially important city of Karachi. Law and order being a provincial subject, the federal government cannot deal directly with the problem without sending the provincial government ... Read More »