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[11 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sartaj Khan in The News, July 11, 2017
The writer is an independent researcher.
In his series, ‘The mullah and the Pakhtun’ published in the News pages on June 29, June 30 and July 2, Zalan Khan has contributed to a very important debate. Unfortunately, his analysis of the mullah and his position in Pakhtun society received less attention than it deserves.
It is a great misconception that the mullah was considered inferior in social organisation, especially in the era of Pakhto, governed by the unwritten code of Pakhtunwal (the way …

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[11 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Khursheed Sardar in The Nation, July 11, 2017
Pinning the burden of responsibility for all of Pakistan’s ills on a certain Gen Zia-ul-Haq has been a Pakistani summer ritual for decades. This, of course, does not mean that it isn’t observed during other seasons. But the 43-day window between July 5 and August 17, allows many of us to reiterate the most lethargic of clichés regarding Zia.
That Zia is still alive is almost as nauseating as Bhutto not being dead. But while the latter is supposed to be a token …

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[5 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Khursheed Sardar in Pakistan Today, July 5, 2017
The author is a freelance writer
On June 26 the US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council (UJC) commander Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which “imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.”
The sanctions on Salahuddin, who operates Hizb and UJC from Azad Kashmir, expectedly drew a strong reaction from Islamabad. The Foreign Office called out Washington ‘equating …

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[26 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nasir Jamal in Dawn, May 26, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has cut direct and indirect losses to its economy on account of terrorism by slightly above 40 per cent to $3.88 billion (Rs407.21bn) in the first nine months of this fiscal year.
Economic Survey 2016-17 attributes this to an improving security condition in the wake of ongoing military-led counterterrorism operations in the nation’s tribal regions and elsewhere.
The latest survey, which has recorded the losses to the national economy under the chapter ‘Impact of War in Afghanistan and Ensuing Terrorism on Pakistan’s Economy’, …

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[14 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a human rights activist and civil society professional
Noreen Laghari, a second-year student of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro disappeared in February 2017 and later surfaced as a terrorist-suspect when law enforcement agencies nabbed her after an encounter with a terrorist gang in Lahore. The incident generated a tremor across Sindh, which has hitherto remained insulated from perilous extremism. Although some heinous acts of terrorism occurred in Sindh during recent years, the perpetrators were not locals.
Jamshoro, a small town near Hyderabad …

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[7 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mohammad Nafees in The News on Sunday (TNS). May 7, 2017
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) is a militant outfit that was born and raised in South Punjab with one basic agenda — counter Shia faith through militancy. Its ancestor, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), was established in Jhang during the military rule of General Ziaul Haq whose prime objectives were to get rid of the deposed secular leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and introduce laws that can target minority religious communities of the country. Like the ruler of the time, SSP also had one basic …

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[2 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

PESHAWAR – Awami National Party (ANP) local leader Raheem Barkzai was killed in firing on his vehicle here on Saturday.
Another man injured in firing. Police managed to arrest three attackers.
Police said that armed men ambushed vehicle of ANP leader Raheem Barkzai in Mithra locality of the provincial capital Peshawar.
Raheem Barkzai died on the spot in firing while another sustained wounds who was rushed to hospital for treatment.
The police after arresting the culprits involved in the attack registered a case against them and started an investigation.http://nation.com.pk/national/01-Jan-2017/anp-leader-shot-dead-in-peshawar
 

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

On October 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Pakistan constituted an inquiry commission on the Aug 8, 2016 incidents that killed Advocate Bilal Kasi and at least 70 people at the Sandeman Civil Hospital, Quetta. The single member commission, led by Justice Qazi Faez Isa, was designed to “look into from all the relevant aspects of this multi-dimensional tragedy.” The inquiry commission worked from October 17 to December 14, 2016, and produced a comprehensive inquiry report.
Since Balochistan does not have any forensic agency, the commission utilised the services of Punjab …

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[10 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance journalist specialising in international law, rural development and public policy, and a director of Centre for Social Justice
In an extremely unusual judgment of 2006 on the MisriLudhani Vs Amjad Shahzad and others, the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry exercised a “parental jurisdiction” of the court deciding on an appeal from the father of the Hindu woman who had converted and married a Muslim man simultaneously. He ordered submission of a surety bond worth 1.5 million rupees to ensure that the woman would not be …

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[10 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

BARKHAN – The security personnel arrested five terrorists of a banned outfit besides recovering weapons and explosives during a crackdown here on Wednesday. FC spokesman said the paramilitary troops and sensitive agencies personnel conducted joint operation against the extremists in Karmi area of district Barkhan. The LEAs after minor resistance apprehended five commanders of a defunct organisation and recovered rocket launchers, eight rockets, two three-knot-three rifles, five fuses, SMGs, hundreds of rounds and explosives from the possession of the nabbed extremist commanders.http://nation.com.pk/national/08-Dec-2016/five-terrorists-of-banned-outfit-arrested-in-barkhan