Karachi, MQM and Establishment
By Atta Rasool Malik

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) part their ways soon after their merger. A day earlier Press conference of Mustafa Kamal and Farooq Sattar had captured nationwide attention and their statements and pledges made headlines on national media. Then it appeared that Muhajirs were ready to say goodbye to infamous legacy of Altaf Hussain. In the press conference, both the leaders announced to form a new political party with fresh charter and agreed to contest next elections under unified new symbol. They happily named this unification as a 'marriage' between PSP and MQM-Pakistan. The people all over the country hailed the development and considered it a new dawn, a good omen for prosperity and development of Karachi. But the very next day everything changed. Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal accused and blamed each other for enjoying patronage of the establishment.

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The Sponsored Game in Afghanistan
Atta Rasool Malik

The US and the Western Allied forces remained the major chess players in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region through proxies since 2001. Pakistan had no influence on Afghan policies being drawn by those powers. The main reason attributed to the turbulence in Afghanistan was exclusion of Pashtun faction from the Afghan government and Indian investment which paved way to interfere in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s internal affairs.

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Indian Held Kashmir is Being Ripped Apart
Atta Rasool Malik

“It is very difficult to give an exact figure but, we have killed around 200 In Kashmir.” The assessment of local terrorists is around 110-120. Similarly, the foreigners are about 100”.

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Faizabad Sit In – A Neutral Perspective
saras

As the Faizabad sit in seems to be nearing an end, it leaves many questions in its wake. The chequered history of Pakistan has witnessed yet another event where its rulers were almost overtaken by events and took the corrective action only at an eleventh hour. From a neutral perspective, following questions come to the mind.

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The US Dilemma
Lt. General Tariq Khan (Retired)

The US finds it does not know how to dismount the tiger. The US is finding the war in Afghanistan a little too hot for its liking and why not; it was a war that remained in search of strategy and failed to find it. It’s not that I wish to gloat, nor that I want to say ‘I told you so’, but that one is forced to respond when confronted with accusations that the US failed in Afghanistan on account of Pakistan.

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Dear America: It’s Your Turn to ‘Do More’
Ishaal Zehra

“We need to give attention to the important role Pakistan plays in the Afghanistan issue, and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and security concerns”, said the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi over a telephone conversation with US State of Secretary Rex Tillerson on August 23.

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US Stuck In the Graveyard of Empires
Ishaal Zehra

Media reports claim that the American President, Donald Trump, has let loose to his advisers who were tasked to craft the new US strategy in Afghanistan, blasting them strikingly for their startling failures in America’s longest war in Afghanistan. According to some senior officials, he even suggested firing the war's top military commander Gen. John Nicholson during a tense meeting at the White House on the pretext of “not winning the war”. Officials said Trump pointed to maps showing the Taliban gaining ground, and that Defense Secretary Mattis responded to the president by saying the US is losing because it doesn't have the strategy it needs.

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Trump is grossly misled on Pakistan, here it is how?
Atta Rasool Malik

On 21 August 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump spelled out his long awaited ‘Afghan Policy’ while addressing American officers and soldiers at historic U.S military base, Fort Myer, Virginia. His speech was televised nationwide during prime-time in the United States. Millions of others around the globe also listened to American President live on TVs and YouTube. Here in Pakistan, he was followed with a lot of interest and keenness because people of Pakistan are greatly affected by the war in their neighborhood.

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Burhan Wani’s 1st death anniversary
Sultan M Hali

THE first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, Commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen is approaching on July 08, 2017. He was brutally martyred last year during a joint operation by security forces in south Kashmir’s Bumdoora village in Kokernag area; since then the Valley of Kashmir has erupted in protest rallies.

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About USCIRF Report on Religious Freedom
Sajjad Shaukat

In its 2017 annual report on religious freedom in the world, released on April 26, 2017, US Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended 16 countries, including Pakistan for their deteriorated condition of religious freedom and demanded from US Department of State to designate these countries as Countries of Particular Concern (CPC).

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Prevention of Terrorist Funding by Zakat and Fitrana
Sajjad Shaukat

In the holy month of Ramadan, people of Pakistan prefer to offer Zakat and Fitrana to the poor. These charity and various other donations, significantly, increase the funds of various militant outfits, as under various disguises, they collect this money which is ultimately used for purchasing weapons and financing terrorism in the country. Hence, preventive measures need to create awareness in the general public on this issue to deny funds to the militants in the month of Ramadan.

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Kulbhushan: The Spy of India’s Ruthless Terrorism
Sajjad Shaukat

Relations between Pakistan and India further deteriorated since May 9, this year when on the appeal of India, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) stayed the hanging of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadhav who was arrested by Pakistan’s security forces from Balochistan on March 3, 2016.

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London Attack: Mossad-led ISIS Again Targeted the UK
Sajjad Shaukat

Seven people were killed and 48 persons injured in the terror attack on London Bridge and at the adjacent Borough Market on Saturday (June3, 2017).

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Afghanistan’s Illogical Blame Game against Pakistan
Sajjad Shaukat

Even in the modern world of today, if any country accuses any other country of supporting terrorism or militancy, there is some logic. But, it is quite surprising that Afghanistan continues illogical blame game against Pakistan in this respect. Therefore, Kabul’s such a policy needs analysis.

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Why Controversy over JIT Accelerates?
Sajjad Shaukat

Deliberately created controversy over the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up on April 20, 2017 by the Supreme Court (SC) to probe the business dealings of the Sharif family abroad in connection with the Panama Papers’ verdict accelerated on June 12, this year, when the JIT team told the SC that some governmental departments have shown reluctance in handing over relevant records.

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