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The Afghan problem

October 20, 2017

The past few days have seen the revival of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) meeting involving Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and the United States and a return of US drone strikes in Afghanistan. The QCG meeting is a welcome development and it came as a result of the recent visit of Chief of Army...

Another attack

October 19, 2017

The city of Quetta has perhaps suffered the most at the hand of terrorists and despite repeated claims of peace returning to the province the city remains far from safe. On Wednesday at least seven people, including six policemen, were killed in a blast. Quetta has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists in the last decade with attacks against law enforcement agencies and...

Mockery of justice

October 18, 2017

Despite the stay order of Lahore High Court (LHC), a UNHCR-protected Turkish family reportedly extradited back to Turkey from Pakistan. A Turkish couple associated with the Pak-Turk International Schools & Colleges system in Pakistan has been deported to Turkey. Mesut Kacmaz, his wife and two daughters, Huda Nur and Fatima Huma were picked up from their residence in...

Carnage in Somalia

October 17, 2017

At least 300 people were killed in what was the deadliest attack in war ravaged Somalia on Saturday with an equal number seriously injured. The Mogadishu bombing is one of the deadliest attacks in sub-Saharan Africa, larger than the Garissa University attack in Kenya in 2015 and the US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. There has been no claim of responsibility...

Child Marriage Bill

October 15, 2017

Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control in its meeting on Wednesday has rejected ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Bill was moved by Senator Sehar Kamran aiming to increase this to 18 years from 16. But it is referred to Council of Islamic Ideology for any future review. Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik was of the...

Ominous signs

October 14, 2017

With effects of climate change getting more ominous Pakistan now routinely faces the risk of floods during the monsoon season and scarcity in rains during winters. On the other hand in cities there is severe issue of water shortage during each summer. There is no way to prevent floods or ensure more rains; however taking steps to reduce the damage is something that can...

Economy woes

October 13, 2017

The ruling Pakistan Muslin League Nawaz government has for long being claiming of an economic turnaround and Pakistan’s immense progress on the economic front in the last four year. Facts on the ground are contrary to this claim. Experts have been continuously warning of mounting debt. According to the latest available reports Pakistan’s total debt and liabilities...

It is alarming that death toll from the dengue outbreak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has risen to 50, but still there seems no respite in sight. According to a report, over 300 fresh cases have been surfaced from various parts of the province. Continued rise in the new cases shows that provincial government despite tall claims is unable to control dengue. Government in fact...

At least five people belonging to ethnic Hazara Shia community were killed and one other seriously injured on Quetta’s Kasi road in Balochistan on Monday after few unidentified armed men opened fire at their vehicle. As per police report armed motorcyclists opened fire at their vehicle and fled the scene unhurt. This is not first incident of its kind. Hazara Shia...

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif after visiting China, Iran and Turkey in a short succession is now visiting United States in order to highlight the sacrifices...

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