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Opinion: Remembering SMBB

By Afrasiab Khattak-It is not surprising that the debate about the murder of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB), even ten years after its occurrence, is raising such deep emotions. After all, she was one of the most charismatic and popular leaders in Pakistan’s history, who was killed on December 27, …

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Opinion: The Geopolitics of the Lapis Lazuli Corridor

By: Shoaib A. Rahim-The New Silk Road initiative of the United States came to life in June 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted at regional connectivity through rail lines, highways, and energy infrastructure — presenting the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project as an example — in a speech …

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Opinion: The fundamental contradiction

By Afrasiab Khattak-Important  developments during this week (public explanation by the Chief Justice about recent court orders and the COAS’s Senate briefing) seem to have somewhat helped in defusing the crippling tension that had gripped the political situation  during the last few weeks with a severely negative fall out for …

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Battle for Lahore

By AfrasiabKhattak-After politically almost choking Islamabad to death through a sit in by a violent band of religious zealots in November, the action of the unfolding coup has shifted to Lahore in December to demolish the provincial government which is the actual base of PML-N rule over the country. By …

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Opinion: Government in opposition?

By Afrasiab Khattak-The pro establishment tv anchors and the so called defense analysts disparagingly comment on the “oppositional” attitude of PML (n) government. They ridicule it for making demands like a party sitting in opposition. But with the three years plus old creeping coup having entered quite an advanced stage, …

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What literate Afghans owe next generations?

By: Pashtana Durrani-As much as we are obsessed with promoting education, do we really ask the educational system? Yes, education is important, but do we ask or at least compare the quality of education that is provided to a student in government schools and to students in private schools? Do …

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THERE IS NO “FRIENDLY” TERRORIST

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam,-Former Afghan Ambassador to Vienne, Brussels, Rome and Vatican The Dalai Lama has said, “there is no Muslim or Christian terrorist, because terrorists no longer religious once they embrace terrorism.” Terrorism is the use of violence against innocent people as a means of achieving political, religious, …

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