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[30 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

How will Gwadar become a world-class port city without a fresh water supply? A drought-like situation has hit the Gwadar city for the fourth time in the last six years. The use of a Pakistan Navy tanker to supply the city with 1,200 tonnes of water over the weekend may have served as a reprieve for the residents of the port city, but it has only served to further highlight the precariousness of the situation. It must be remembered that Gwadar still has a meagre population of about 283,000 …


[15 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Earlier this month, vice chancellors from 60 universities of the country huddled at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) head office to discuss ways to end intolerance and radicalisation in higher education institutes. The policy seminar at HEC was held in the wake of the unprecedented lynching incident of a student, Mashal Khan, at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.
There was consensus among all attendees that universities needed to be made relevant to our social needs and that extremism could be curbed through changes in curriculum. Alongside, more than a dozen attendees …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: The United States on Wednesday pledged to provide $81 million (over Rs8.5 billion) to the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) for the construction of first stage (Kaitu Weir) of the Kurram Tangi Dam project in North Waziristan Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
In this regard, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Wapda signed an agreement at a ceremony.
Federal Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, US Ambassador David Hale and Wapda Chairman Lieutenant General (Retired) Muzammil Hussain were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the …

Pak Media comment, PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[4 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army and a former federal secretary.
The impediments that Pakistan is facing in the procurement of a meagre eight F-16 fighter aircraft are a sad reflection of the current state of Pakistan-US relations. For Pakistan, in the 1980s, the F-16 symbolised its strong alliance with the US and the West. It fed the Pakistan military’s pride to aspire for the best in technology and performance, and defend itself from any potential threat emanating from the east or west. Not to mention, …

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[18 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a senior police officer posted to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
By carrying out a suicide attack outside a court’s premises in Shabqadar, militants once again registered their presence in Charsadda. Through an attack such as this, the militants not only wanted to inflict damages but also send out certain clear-cut messages. In the backdrop of the Army Public School (APS) and Bacha Khan University (BKU) attacks, law-enforcement agencies primarily invested their energies in the enhancement of security of educational institutions. Consequently, an over-reactive approach was witnessed. On the part of militants, …

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[16 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: The National Peace Committee for Interfaith Harmony on Sunday took out rallies in favour of the Pakistan Army and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.
The rally in Karachi ended outside the Karachi Press Club. A large number of participants, carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of the Pakistan Army and General Raheel Sharif, chanted slogans of “Long Live Pakistan” and “Long Live Pak Army”.
They also displayed portraits of General Raheel Sharif. Addressing the rally, Syed Amin Shah Rashdi, Naveed …

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[28 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Afghan Charge d’Affaires Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi was summoned by the Foreign Office on January 27 to convey Pakistan’s concern regarding the use of Afghan soil by terrorist elements to direct the horrific attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda in which unidentified gunmen opened fire on students and faculty members, leaving at least 21 people dead. This attack, reminiscent of the devastating Army Public School (APS) massacre of December 2014, traces its origins to the same source, with the mastermind of APS, Umar Mansoor of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) …

India, Pak Media comment, PAK SCENE - ARMY/POLICE/ISI/COURTS, Pathankot Attacks »

[9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Recent attacks against Indian interests – one in Pathankot inside India and the other in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan – show how terrorists remain able to not only strike at sensitive locations, but also disrupt crucial, landmark diplomatic advances. To a large extent the terrorist attack has achieved its aim, though not completely. New Delhi has acted more responsibly than expected, but it has associated further advancement in the recent ‘thaw’ with progress, from Pakistan, on investigating the attacks. In addition to bringing perpetrators of this particular round of attacks to …

Af -Pak Scene, Afghanistan, Featured, Pak Media comment »

[8 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

In Javid Nama, Allama Iqbal says: “Asia is like a human body, made of Water and Clay, And the Afghan nation in that body is like the heart!” The recently concluded Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad and the four preceding such conferences derive their name from the verse quoted above.
This verse was referred to by the prime minister of Afghanistan as well as the Afghan president in Islamabad. The declaration adopted by the foreign ministers and high-level representatives of the 15 participating countries, supported by 17 other countries acknowledged …

Pak Media comment, Pak Media Report »

[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a former visiting fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, California.
For a country to dissuade an adversary from undertaking an action that the former considers undesirable, it has to first communicate to the adversary that the cost of any action might out-weigh the benefits. This communication must be backed by the capability to inflict that cost and the credibility or the political will to undertake that action if need arises. Sans these elements, deterrence, as the theory goes, may not prevail and may be viewed as …