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Pakistan

Tragedy turning into strength

PAKISTAN has been weeping since last Tuesday. We have wept many rivers of tears in just a few days. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced it would organise more attacks the very next day after the brutal massacre. Taliban militants proudly released pictures of seven militants who killed 133 young students in Army Public School Peshawar, including their principal and some teachers, on December 16. TTP declared that “seven soldiers of Islam took the revenge of our children who were killed...

The Taliban attack: Message Pakistan and the world can't ignore

MASS scale violence is sadly not uncommon in Pakistan, and the Tahrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has shown few scruples in attacking civilians in the past, yet the massacre of school children in Peshawar on Tuesday is unprecedented by all measures. The attack on a church in September this year, which cost 80 lives, and that on a Shia shrine a year earlier costing 120 lives were ghastly, but they pale in comparison to what happened on Tuesday at a school...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

The massacred children are 'Ours'

The massacred children are 'Ours'

Ever since the massacre of children in Pakistan I have been thinking about the mindset of the people who carried it out. I was trying to understand what sort of a narrative could have made the assailants so barbaric and how could events have been so perversely interpreted for them as to make...

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48-hr: Pak army chief to Sharif

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48-hr: Pak army chief to Sharif

Army chief general Raheel Sharif, arguably the most powerful man in Pakistan, tweeted on Wednesday, "Asked PM Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours." A day later, Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi was out on bail. General Sharif, who has frontally taken on the...

Mumbai attack 'mastermind' Lakhvi detained under MPO

Mumbai attack 'mastermind' Lakhvi detained under MPO

Alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi who was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad yesterday has been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail today. Pakistan government has also decided to appeal against the approval of Lakhvi's bail in superior courts, reports Dawn...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Extremism, Pakistan and the missing counter narrative

DECEMBER 16, 2014 is a sad day for Pakistan. But it is also a day of infamy for those who use Islam to justify evil actions, and a day of disgrace for those Muslims who choose to remain silent in the face of such barbarity. The killing of 146 students in a school in Peshawar run by the Pakistan Army is one of the most brutal and senseless massacres of innocent people in the hands of Muslim radicals. The Tehrik-e-Taliban...

Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

Fresh air strikes kill 57 terrorists in Pakistan: ISPR

In the aftermath of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan’s military on Wednesday launched 20 air strikes including “dynamic targeting” killing 57 terrorists in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley, Army spokesman said today. Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that the fresh operation...

Barbaric Killing of Children

Survivors tell of chaos, terror

Survivors tell of chaos, terror

The scene outside the Army Public School is deathly quiet, like the Cantonment graveyard opposite the school in Pakistan. Outside the main gate, a solitary light shines on a TV correspondent doing a live broadcast. Nearby, a weary TV crew waits in a couple of cars parked at the roadside. It's dark and quiet all...

Sharif vows to end Pakistan terrorism

Sharif vows to end Pakistan terrorism

Pakistan's prime minister has vowed to rid his country of terrorism after a Taliban attack at a school in Peshawar killed 141 people, mostly children. Nawaz Sharif spoke after talks between political parties about the massacre. Gunmen went from class to class shooting the students in the Pakistani Taliban's deadliest attack to date. Funerals of...

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