How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit In February 2017, Pakistan suffered the worst wave of terrorist violence since the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. Three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), and the Islamic State of Khurasan (ISK) carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks shattered […]

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The Recent wave of Terrorism in Pakistan: a Critical Evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction “Terrorism is (largely) a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.” —Patrick J. Kennedy The spectre of resurgent terrorism has become the most threatening challenge of the twenty-first century. The monster of terrorism coupled with bubbling militancy has continued to […]

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By: Mariyam Suleman Fishermen’s children play at the “PadiZir” (west bay) beach of Gwadar, the projected regional trade hub, while seeing their toiling fathers and elder brothers  optimistically dragging their boats toward the  tidal waves of the Arabian Sea abuts the shores of Makran coast. “Things have  dramatically changed over the years. As a little […]

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Pakistan: the land of contrasts

By Zafar Bangash Despite its immense potential, corruption, environmental pollution and religious divisions are tearing the country’s social and political fabric. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where one encounters every kind of geography, topography, and weather. In the north lies the great Himalayan mountain range towering thousands of feet above sea […]

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A critical evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled the organisational structure of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), causing it to disintegrate into splinter groups. Both the TTP and its offshoots have shifted their operational bases to eastern […]

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India says Pakistani shelling kills two soldiers at Kashmir border

The Indian army said Pakistani shelling killed two of its soldiers at posts along the border of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, and five others including three civilians were injured. It said it retaliated by destroying several Pakistani posts. Artillery tit-for-tat exchanges and skirmishes between the two have intensified along the frontier running through the disputed Himalayan […]

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The water war

By Ayaz Ahmed The right-wing government of India is bent on accusing Pakistan of terrorism and militancy. After facing diplomatic failure in its smear campaign against Pakistan, the supremacist BJP has lately displayed its inclination to employ water as a weapon against Pakistan. In this context, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a special meeting […]

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A climate of mistrust

By Ayaz Ahmed Pak-Afghan relations have been marred by mutual mistrust, acrimony and blame game. Under the visible tentacles of a regional power, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has recently threatened to block Pakistan’s trade access to energy-rich Central Asian States (CAS) if Islamabad does not formally permit Kabul to import Indian goods via the Wagah […]

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World ignores South Asia tensions at its peril, says PM Nawaz Sharif

United Nations  – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue with Islamabad and said the world would ignore the dangers of rising tensions in South Asia at its own peril. Sharif told the annual United Nations General Assembly that Pakistan could not ignore India’s “unprecedented” […]

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The Iran factor in CPEC

By Ayaz Ahmed After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of  CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor. If  CPEC is converted into the China-Pakistan-Iran Economic Corridor (CPIEC), it will make the corridor a greater and safer game-changer in terms of regional trade and connectivity. Both Pakistan and China should […]

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Sanctioning Pakistan can backfire, US lawmakers warned Washington

By News Desk Washington: American lawmakers were warned at a congressional hearing that imposing sanctions on Pakistan or calling it a state sponsor of terrorism could backfire with adverse implications. A lively and extensive discussion was held on Sunday on the delicate issue of US-Pakistan relations at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his […]

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Pakistan rejected Ghani’s demand

By News Desk ISLAMABAD: A top government official in Pakistan has rejected  demands of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to let India participate in transit trade with Afghanistan via Pakistan.  During a meeting with the UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had threatened to impede […]

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Lessons from Quetta

By Ayaz Ahmed Like other terrorist and militant attacks, the incumbent government has largely forgotten the recent deadly attack on the lawyer community in Quetta. It is axiomatic that the cowardly attack has deprived the already under-developed and backward Balochistan of some of its intelligentsia, but the democratic government is still doing nothing serious to […]

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