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Opinion: Sindhi beyond the borders

By Zulfiqar Shah-Sindhi of all faiths and paths, reside in all continents. There are Sindhi that are historically submerged in some nations, like in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sindhi who are now indigenized there with the tribe or clan name Al-Sindi. Some Sindhi families are submerged in Java and Sumatra …

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Opinion: A heated neighborhood

By Afrasiab Khattak-Last Monday, Iranian General Mohammad Albaqiri, warned Pakistan of attack inside her territory to destroy what he called terrorist sanctuaries. The threat came about two weeks after Jaish ul-Adl (Army of Justice), a Sunni militant organisation, with a history of launching attacks in Siestan-Balochistan of Iran, accepted the …

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Opinion: A wrong path

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam, Former Afghan Ambassador to Vienne, Brussels and Rome Making the elimination of ISIS and Al Qaeda the highest objective of the US-led coalition and seeking to compromise with the Taliban and Haqqani terrorists is the wrong path to peace to Afghanistan. The main cause of …

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Opinion: Sindh and Balochistan: Sociological polity

By Zulfiqar Shah-Sindhi and Baloch today have transformed into modern social and cohesive entities, as they were historically however the linguistic, ethnic and sub-cultural additions that were resulted by the Partition of British India, (after the creation of Pakistan) initiated the process of integration in the societies. Politics is patchy …

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Opinion: The crippling standoff

By Afrasiab Khattak-Before the political uncertainties generated by the Supreme Court decision on Panama leaks could subside, a fresh public standoff between the civil and military leadership on what is called the Dawn leaks ushered a new challenge to the state system. So much has already been written about the …

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Opinion: Implosion?

By Afrasiab Khattak-The deepening contradictions of the post Zia “republic” do not seem to be manageable anymore. The de facto isn’t ready to live with even the semblance of the de jure. The deep state is ready to attack the leadership of every institution that comes in the way of …

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Opinion: Colonial South Asia

By Zulfiqar Shah- After the dismemberment of Pakistan in 1971, and defeat in war with India, Pakistan Army launched a military operation in Balochistan. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto neither gave orders for Balochistan operation, nor did he tender suggestion for the military action in East Pakistan (now Bangaldesh). It is, thus …

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Opinion: Pakistan Establishment

Pakistan establishment is hegemony of military over civilian sections of establishment By Zulfiqar Shah-If briefed, Pakistan establishment has many layers of political and strategic decision making, governing and coordinating within and between Centre and the Provinces. For example President, Prime Minister, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chiefs of Army, …

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‘Silence is betrayal; I object’

Rangin Dadfar Spanta-KABUL: When Donald Trump was elected as president of United States, many politicians and intellectuals around the world were shocked. Western political circles, who considered themselves liberal and libertarian for several reason was opposed of his elects. But the fact is that Mr. Trump was headed as political …

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Pakistan: Change of flags

A journey of nations beyond federalism By Zulfiqar Shah-Mohammad Ali Jinnah (M. A. Jinnah), joined hands of Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (M.K. Gandhi) in the movement for the provincial autonomy in united India during British Raj. Pakistan was realized formally as a viable idea after 1945. The idea of Pakistan, …

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