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Pakistan’s Post-2014 Chaos

Pakistan’s Post-2014 Chaos

By Malik Siraj Akbar The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P.), in their deadliest attack on the Pakistani security forces so far in 2014, killed at least 20 personnel in a bomb blast on Sunday, January 19, in Bannu district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the country’s northwest. The bombing took place two days after the worst terrorist attack on foreigners in neighboring [...]

The General Pakistan Can’t Punish

The General Pakistan Can’t Punish

By Malik Siraj Akbar The Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, during his recent visit to Islamabad, brushed aside suggestions that his country was planning a deal to provide a safe passage to Pakistan’s former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf. Prior to his visit, speculation was rife that Musharraf would flee the country under [...]

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

From Bangladesh to Balochistan: Pakistan Owes an Apology

By Malik Siraj Akbar A few prominent Bangladeshi writers have also begun to publicly endorse theirgovernment’s demand that Pakistan should apologize for the war crimes of 1971 during the country’s freedom struggle. Tahmima Anam, a Bangladeshi novelist, sought a similar apology from Pakistan in an article in the New York Times on December 26, 2013. Interestingly, she hadn’t been born [...]

Deepening Pakistan-Bangladesh Tensions

Deepening Pakistan-Bangladesh Tensions

By Malik Siraj Akbar The execution of a top Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (BJI) leader on December 12 on war crime charges and the Pakistani parliament’s subsequent expression of “concern” over it have sparked an unprecedented diplomatic row between Dhaka and Islamabad. While the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shiek Hasina “strongly condemned” Pakistan’s interference in her country’s domestic affairs, hundreds of Bengali veterans of the 1971 War [...]

Why Liberals Failed to Defend Malala

Why Liberals Failed to Defend Malala

By Malik Siraj Akbar During last year’s SAFMA [South Asian Free Media Association] conference, Imtiaz Alam, the organization’s secretary general, grumbled with the chief guest, the then president Asif Ali Zardari, about the government’s inaction against the Pakistani Taliban. Mr. Alam went on to warn the president that if Islamabad did not quash the Taliban, [...]

Pakistan Divided Over Slain Taliban Chief’s Legacy

Pakistan Divided Over Slain Taliban Chief’s Legacy

By Malik Siraj Akbar The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P.), an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in a drone strike in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region on Friday is a spectacular counter-insurgency gain for the United States. The State Department had enlisted the T.T.P. among the Foreign Terrorist Organizations while the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) had announced a reward of $5,000,000 [...]

Why Pakistanis Are Talking About Salman Rushdie Again

Why Pakistanis Are Talking About Salman Rushdie Again

By Malik Siraj Akbar Salman Rushdie and his controversial 1988 novel The Satanic Verses have ignited a series of fresh zealous discussions in Pakistan, a country known for its love for conspiracy theories and controversies. We vividly remember books, such as The Satanic Verses and movies likeThe Innocence of Muslims that sparked violent protests in Pakistan, as well as in [...]

Closed Cases, Open Wounds

Closed Cases, Open Wounds

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur On October 21, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in the Inés del Río Prada detention case, found Spain guilty of breach of convention, and termed its ‘Parot doctrine’ illegal. Prada, sentenced to 3,828 years in jail in 1987, was denied release in 2008 under the Parot doctrine. [...]

Dear Mr Prime Minister

Dear Mr Prime Minister

By Sanaullah Baloch In this very critical moment of history I am compelled to write this brief letter to remind you about your role as the chief executive of Pakistan, and the commitments you have made to the people of Pakistan, more particularly the downtrodden people of Balochistan. While your government may have pleasant stories [...]

Powerful earthquake in Pakistan hits home for Seattle man

Powerful earthquake in Pakistan hits home for Seattle man

By Muatasim Qazi Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest. “Will there be any more earthquakes?” asks Zahid Ali’s mother on the phone from southwestern Pakistan. Ali, 21, is a new transplant to Seattle from Pakistan’s Balochistan region. Last week an earthquake [...]

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