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[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

By staying the execution of six persons, stated to be convicted terrorists, the Supreme Court has made it plain that the 21st Amendment, passed by the National Assembly early this year, is not a final part of our legal structure and is open to question. The executions of the six men had appeared imminent after the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, on April 2 this month ratified a military court decision that they be hanged. But the matter has now become far less clear-cut, with a 17-member full …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is Project Director of Peace and Development Unit at the Planning Commission.
Pakistan may be the “worst neighbour in hell” as the sentiment goes in Afghanistan. However, the recent shift in Afghanistan’s policy on Pakistan depicts a new Afghan mindset — a new-found ‘respect’ for Pakistan, freeing it from the accusation of being a state that caused instability in Afghanistan.
Just a few years ago, while attending seminars on Afghanistan in the US, the UK, or Australia, it was rare to find Pakistan not being targeted as the barrier to …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

By MICHAEL KUGELMAN in the Wall st Journal, Apr 17, 2015
The writer is senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
On April 16, in the volatile Pakistani megacity of Karachi, gunmen shot a 55-year-old American woman named Debra Lobo. They attacked her as she drove home from her job as an administrator at a medical college. Luckily, Ms. Lobo survived.
The attack was a troubling reminder of the dangers of Karachi, one of Pakistan’s most violent cities. But it was also highly unusual. Despite Pakistan’s well-earned …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of officials of Pakistani and Afghan health departments in Kabul, which was also to be attended by representatives of UN agencies, was cancelled because of security concerns.
The meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday was cancelled on the request of Afghan government. A proposal to hold the meeting in Islamabad is now being considered.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries which have been transferring polio virus to each other. The major reason is their porous border which is about 2,500km long.
Although children are vaccinated at the border crossing …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Top military commanders of Pakistan and Afghanistan have pledged to continue coordinated offensives on their respective sides of the Durand Line in order to ensure terrorists find no place to hide.
Army chief General Raheel Sharif and Afghan chief of general staff General Sher Mohammad Karimi, who met at the GHQ in Rawalpindi on Friday, also reaffirmed their commitment to “continue targeting terrorists on [their] respective sides [and] ensuring total denial of space [to militants],” said chief military spokesperson Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa on microblogging site, Twitter.
The two commanders …

Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

REPORT In Dawn,April 18, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Afghan Army Chief Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi will be the chief guest at the passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul, on Saturday, the military’s public affairs division said.
Gen Karimi would have the distinction of being the first foreign dignitary to be the chief guest at the ceremony, which marks the commissioning of officers on completion of their two-year-long training course at the country’s premier military academy.
The Afghan army chief’s participation as chief guest at the passing out parade of the 132 …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School.
Earlier this month, the Army Chief “confirmed” the death sentence for six TTP militants, who had been tried in the military courts, recently established under the 21st Constitutional Amendment, and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015. On Thursday, these death sentences were suspended by a seventeen member bench (Full Court) of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan, in a petition filed by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), which challenges the constitutionality …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released its annual report, State of Human Rights (for 2014), which confirms that the situation in Pakistan remains worrisome as ever. The reports covers human rights, labour and unemployment, the justice system, journalists’ safety, prisoners’ rights, forced disappearances and missing persons, universal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution, and the state of education, health, housing as well as law and order in the country.
Perhaps the most distressing finding of the report is that there has been a significant increase in sectarian violence. There …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Targeted attacks have returned to Karachi. On Thursday, the vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College Debra Lobo was shot in the face by militants who claimed to be linked to the Islamic State. The American citizen has survived the attack – but only just. On the same day, the SHO of the Preedy police station, Ejaz Khwaja, was shot dead by two gunmen. The SHO was travelling to the police station in civilian clothes and was unarmed when he was shot. The disturbing thing is that Khwaja was the …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

GIVEN the menu of items discussed at the last apex committee meeting in Karachi, it would appear that the Rangers’ operation in the city is approaching an important turning point. They appear to be moving beyond simply apprehending violent elements, to actively draining the swamp that breeds them, — with a particular focus on the sources of funding which come from “extortion, illegal hydrants, kidnapping for ransom” and other such activity.
Additionally, a computerised record of all seminaries in the province will need to be compiled with details on size as …