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Learning From the Present: the IDP Crisis

Half a million people. That’s more than the entire population of Sialkot. Or Quetta. Nearly as many people as there are in the whole of Islamabad. That might give you an idea of how enormous the tragedy is that is being faced by refugees fleeing from the fighting in North Waziristan. We call them “Internally … Continue reading

To mediate or not to mediate

The Taliban are reported to have named Imran Khan as part of their five man mediation team. From what I understand, this group (which includes four leaders from religious parties) will be intermediaries between the government negotiations committee and the nine-man ‘siyasi’ team being set up by the Taliban. Besides all the orgasmic “told you … Continue reading

Duplicity and Lies

Another day, another bomb blast. Whether it is men of the security forces or innocent citizens going about their daily routines, for the second day in a row they are called upon to offer the ultimate sacrifice. From explosives in van at the parade ground inside the Bannu cantonment to a suicide bomber in a … Continue reading

Taking Sides

Until yesterday it seemed the stage was set for imminent US-Britain-France led military intervention in Syria. That President Obama has said no final decision has been made, the fact that Cameron is looking to get approval from parliament and the expectation that the UN Security Council’s position on this is going to far from unanimous … Continue reading

We Have the Answers

This morning, Pakistan woke up to another day of mourning. Close to 50 people are dead and nearly 150 are injured, many seriously. A vehicle laden with 150kg of high explosives, laced with ball bearings was used to attack a shia community at prayer in the Abbas Town area of Karachi. Forty to fifty homes … Continue reading

Peace March Media Coverage

A primary stated objective of the peace march that Imran Khan led from Islamabad to the border regions of South Waziristan over the last two days was global media attention to the harm that the CIA’s drone program is doing in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Drones are not only illegal and contrary to principles of fundamental … Continue reading

Drones: A Price Worth Paying?

If it fails to do anything else, the proposed Peace March to Waziristan on 6-7 October, under the leadership of Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has at least achieved this: it has reignited global debate about the CIA drone program. In my mind, there is no doubt that drones cannot help solve, or even reduce, … Continue reading

What’s Missing is the Outrage

About a week ago, late one night, I watched Hamid Mir present his regular show Capital Talk, not from the studio but from outside the parliament buildings in Islamabad, where a peaceful protest was taking place. Literally hundreds of people were camped out on Constitution Avenue for several weeks, demanding to know where their sons, … Continue reading

Hand in Glove – Drone Wars

US drone strikes, which were temporarily suspended following the Nato attack on the Salala check-post, have now resumed. This, in itself, is not as surprising as the lack of comment from the government and the army. The very same ISPR, that couldn’t stop issuing press releases and making television appearances following the November incident, and that proudly … Continue reading

Fire from the Sky – Drone Wars

From a Distance During the last two years or so, news of drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas and along our border with Afghanistan have become a regular occurrence. For me, and many others who I have spoken to, it was very difficult to form an opinion about whether these strikes were good for our country … Continue reading

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