Farooq Yousaf

  • Pakistan’s PM Nawaz finally ordered the reopening of the Pakistan Afghanistan border crossing yesterday. The order comes after Pakistan’s sudden closure of the border on 17th February after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in the Pakistan. And even when state and civil society ...

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  • Militants, guns, lawlessness, drugs, kidnapping for ransom, and illicit trade: these are some of the terms Pakistanis, elsewhere, have long associated with the country’s ilaqa-e-ghair (land of the unknown), or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (commonly known as Fata). Fata, since ...

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  • Donald Trump, who was recently inaugurated as the US president, had made headlines long before his election victory over Hillary Clinton last year. His right leaning and anti-immigration narrative – which helped him to his victory – was coupled with ill-informed policy statements not ...

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  • December 14, 2016, witnessed a surprising unfolding of events in Syria, with the Assad forces declaring a victory over the rebel groups in Eastern Aleppo. There were mixed scenes of misery and jubilation on the social and electronic media, with majority of the social media focused on the alleged ...

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  • October 7, this year, marked 15 years of US invasion of Afghanistan and its - still ongoing - war on terror post 9/11 attacks. With little, or no, progress over the years, the situation on ground in Afghanistan remains bleak in terms of security and economy. And with the international media losing ...

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