Tag Archives: North Waziristan

Book Review: Cheegha — A Call from Waziristan

A fascinating account of life in one of the most turbulent regions of the world. Cheegha unlocks the many mysteries about North Waziristan and challenges the many perceptions about its people, culture, traditions and code of life.

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Left Behind in North Waziristan

Some Pakistani journalists estimate that 40% of the population in some areas of Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan region, despite government denials. Many of those who decided not to flee are now far from basic services and must cope with bombed houses and destroyed land, adding to their difficulties in eking out any kind of livelihood.

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Reclaiming Pakistan’s North Waziristan

The military operation in North Waziristan is only one dimension of the wider battle against militancy and violent extremism in Pakistan. The militant groups have strong networks across the South Asian country. For a long-term solution, Pakistan needs to develop a coherent and overarching counterterrorism strategy in order to strengthen the capacity of the civilian law-enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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Pakistan’s Response to Terrorism: Will it Work?

Pakistan has launched the much-anticipated operation against Taliban and foreign militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. Aerial bombing of militant targets in regions close to the country’s border with Afghanistan has left dozens of militants dead. A ground military operation is also underway. But one analyst thinks that “targeted” military operations against terrorists may not be enough. The country, he says, needs a new and comprehensive socio-political narrative to educate the civil-military bureaucracy, media and judiciary about the primacy of the internal enemy and the need to build peace with, and diffuse, the external threat.

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Peace Management Through Warlords

The relentless bombing on Al Qaeda-linked foreign militants’ bases in North Waziristan by Pakistan’s military is unfolding a new militant alignments, forcing Punjabi, Uzbek, Uighur Chinese, and Arab Al Qaeda militants to search for new safe havens in the regions bordering the eastern Afghan province of Kunar. The biggest problem with the new realignment is Pakistan’s continued dependence on regional warlords for peace management.

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Waziristan’s Displaced Tribes’ Search for Spring

It’s springtime in Sadat Ullah Dawar’s beautiful village of Issori. The hills in front of his mud house rise from among the lush green fields, which are covered with blue colour flowers, ‘Sparleh’, bathing the valley with their scent. In the backdrop stands the majestic mountain of Shawal in North Waziristan still covered with white snow. The graying patches show …

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Pakistan’s North Waziristan Close to Full-blown Conflict

Guns have fallen silent in Mirali — a bustling town 35km to the east of North Waziristan’s regional headquarters of Miramshah, but now with rows of burnt down and bombed shops and houses.   The sudden flare-up and military’s fierce response to a suicide bombing at one of its main camps in Khajori on Dec 18 have shown that the …

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