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How Pakistan is killing its own Muslims

By Manzoor Ahmed On December 12, 2016, when Pakistan was celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi, over 2000 Sunni muslims, led by local clerics, attacked a place of worship used by Ahmadi community in Chakwal, Rawalpindi and threatened the worshippers, damaged the place and forcibly held prayers. The attack was so fierce that ...

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DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL CHALLENGES TO GEN QAMAR JAVED BAJWA

By Samuel Baid Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must be feeling relaxed after the retirement of country’s Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and the appointment of his successor Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who pledged he would always support the civilian government.  This pledge must be very reassuring to Sharif who ...

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Over 23pc seminaries in Sindh found to be illegal

HASAN MANSOOR Out of more than 10,000 madressahs functioning across the province, the Sindh government has sealed 2,309 seminaries which were unregistered or being run ‘illegally’, while all the remaining 7,724 seminaries have been geo-tagged, it emerged on Friday. Close to a million students, including 818 foreigners, are enrolled with ...

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Pakistani refugees returning from Afghanistan to be screened

By Umair Muhammadzai Repatriation of thousands of tribesmen who had fled to Afghanistan following the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency will start on January 15, 2017, says a top administration official. “The exodus of tribesmen from the border regions was understandable, but those who fled to Afghanistan ...

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Tales of horror from new arrivals at Rohingya camp

By Maliha Khan & Naushad Ali Husein Cox’s Bazar : Every day, new arrivals at the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar bring familiar horror stories of murder and rape from across the Naf River. But Mohammed Shah Alam will not be able to tell his story. Shah Alam, 45, ...

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Judicial report: an eye-opener

Talat Masood The writer is a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army and a former federal secretary. December 16 once again reminded the nation of the two great tragedies that shook it to its core. The separation of East Pakistan in 1971 that was accompanied by bloodshed and the ...

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Ethnic cleansing of Ahmadis

Yasser Latif Hamdani The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore and the author of the book Mr Jinnah: Myth and Reality. What happened in Chakwal on 12 December, while the nation celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi, is yet another reminder that Pakistan’s systematic exclusion of Ahmadis, which started in 1974, is ...

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Retracing history

By Murtaza Shibli The writer is a journalist, author,and communications and security specialist. He lives between London, Lahore and Srinagar, Kashmir.  Bahukutumbi Raman, a former spy master at the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – India’s premier Indian spy agency created with a special focus on Pakistan –  in his ...

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Dangerous expectations from Pak Army

Farooq Ganderbali With a new General taking over as the Chief of Pakistan Army from the rabidly anti-India and overambitious Raheel Sharif, there has been lot of frivolous talk about how the new incumbent was “pro-democracy“ and how there could be a possibility of a reconciliation between India and Pakistan. ...

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Sindhi Law Against Forcible Conversion Angers Islamists

By Samuel Baid Islamists, especially Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) led by Hafiz Saeed, in Pakistan are up in arms against Sindh Assembly’s recent legislation which makes forcible conversions punishable by jail terms. The assembly recently adopted the Sindh Communal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill 2015. It provides for a five-year jail term ...

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