Momin Iftikhar

  • TAs if the brazen and pitiless carnage of the Shias in Quetta and Karachi in the beginning of this year was not an apt enough reminder of the diabolic shadow of Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) looming large over Pakistan’s polity, the ongoing operation by Pakistan Army in Tirah Valley serves to ...

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  • TIndia has made it manifest that it is not happy in the way the Sri Lankan government of President Mahindra Rajapaksa is treating the Tamil minority, following the defeat of one of the most virulent strain of terror-laced insurgency. The insurgency ended four years ago with the death of the ...

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  • TThirteen ‘Friends of Bangladesh’ were recently honoured in Dacca for raising their voice against the launch of military operations by Pakistan in March 71. An account published by one of the participants, a leading anchor who received the posthumous award  conferred on his father, ...

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  • TThe filing of corruption charges against the ex-Indian Air Chief (2004-2007), Air Marshal Shasi Prakash Tyagi, in a mega defence scandal, has once again brought under sharp focus the endemic corruption pervading at the highest levels of political and military leaderships. It has also bared the ...

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  • TThe passing of Pakistan Resolution on March 23, 1940, at the Minto Park Lahore, for its impact and importance, remains a watershed in the struggle of Muslims in the subcontinent for a separate homeland. In terms of timings, it was most fortuitous - not a day too early. By 1934, the All India Muslim ...

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  • T In the recent international media propaganda Pakistan’s tribal areas has figured again as a global jihad hub, consisting of thousands of foreign fighters from diverse countries. The AFP reported: “Pakistan is still a major destination for radicalised Muslims bent on a life of jihad, ...

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  • TWith the execution and burial of Afzal Guru inside Tihar Jail complex at New Delhi on February 9, 2013, the curtain has finally come down on the charade of attack on the Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001. Hanged 12 years after that fateful episode, Guru emerged as the ultimate ‘fall ...

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  • TThe secession of East Pakistan in 1971, following a bitter civil war aided and abetted by an Indian aggression, undeniably, remains the most traumatic watermark of our national history. The birth of Bangladesh is by now an reality duly accepted in Pakistan with a concomitant reservoir of goodwill ...

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  • TThe virtual evaporation of the dividends of an intricately built peace process in Kashmir with a small yet emotionally-laden skirmish on the Line of Control (LoC), following a well kept nine-year long ceasefire, has prominently endorsed the commanding importance of Kashmir as the issue that needs ...

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  • TAs if on a cue, the routine of peaceful vigil on the Line of Control (LoC), separating the Indian and Pakistani forces in the disputed Kashmir region, has undergone a wakeup jolt without a warning. The guns in Kashmir are silent due to a ceasefire being in effect since 2003. It is worthwhile to ...

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  • TThe keen interest displayed and active participation of legislators across-the-aisle during the passage of the ‘Fair Trial Bill’ in the National Assembly is indicative of the relevance of the need to tamper the virtually limitless freedom in the communication mediums with a degree of ...

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  • T“Do you remember when they said there were 1,000 bodies and they had the graves and then we couldn’t find twenty?”– Henry Kissinger Time is a great healer of psychological and physical wounds. Yet, the pain of Pakistan’s breakup in 1971, still maintains its dull throb. ...

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  • TJust days before elections to the UN Human Rights Council were held, the US Ambassador, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, harangued Pakistan at a meeting of HRC’s Universal Period Review at Geneva by referring to military operations in the Balochistan province “aimed at silencing ...

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  • TGeneral Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s November 5 address to a gathering of officers in the GHQ, in which he raised issues that were having an impact on the professional efficiency and morale of the Pakistan Army, was a sombre and realistic assessment of the military’s pulse. The message ...

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  • T“Let us take a pause and examine the two fundamental questions; one, are we promoting the rule of law and the constitution? Two, are we strengthening or weakening the institutions?”–(Excerpt from General Kayani’s statement)General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has a ...

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  • TOctober 27, 1947 - the day when India landed its forces in Srinagar - veritably marks the birth of an unending tragedy that continues to bleed to this very day. The day marked the culmination of a conspiracy hatched by the Indian leadership in connivance with Lord Louis Mountbatten, the then ...

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  • TThe postponement of President Valdimir Putin’s eagerly awaited visit to Pakistan has caused much disappointment to observers, who were attaching great hopes of reaching prominent benchmarks in the rough and bumpy history of Pak-Russian relations. The sense of anticipation attached with the ...

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  • TTwo arguments made by the Indian Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna, from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), leaves in doubt as to where the composite dialogue process (CDP) that commenced in January 2004, following the rolling back of India’s Operation Parakram (December ...

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  • TOn the eve ofAugust 14, 2012, when the nation was celebrating the heroic defence ofPakistanin face of an Indian imposed war, it was rather unbelievable to see via media a blitz of uninformed derogatory remarks streaming out of the National Assembly that targeted the armed forces. A member of the ...

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  • TFor a military commander, there is, perhaps, no better platform to share his wisdom, concerns and anguish than the podium of his alma mater, and no better audience to express his vision than the impressionable young officers waiting in the wings to march out as commissioned officers. When the ...

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  • TThe foiled terrorist attack on Kamra Aeronautical Complex, repulsed through a resolute and determined response by defenders of the base, two of whom sacrificed their lives during the episode, has once again served to focus attention on the threat posed to the country by the cancer of indigenous ...

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  • TIt has been long in coming, but the increasing frequency and viciousness of attacks launched by the TTP elements and the Afghan Taliban, across the Pak-Afghan borders into Pakistan, has reached a stage where the issue has acquired the status of a major irritant that is capable of seriously ...

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  • TThe heart-wrenching photographs of dinghy borne Rohingya families begging for their survival from the maritime patrols of Bangladesh, to let them through and to safety of refugee camps are powerful enough to melt hearts of stone. Yet, there is a stunning silence commanding the global podiums and ...

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  • T The brouhaha over the return of Surjeet Singh, on June 28 this year, has once again served to underscore the issue of spies being relentlessly pushed into Pakistan by the Indian agencies, through controlled gates of the formidable fence, erected by India along its entire border with Pakistan ...

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  • Tn Momin Iftikhar Every freedom struggle has a defining moment; a benchmark that ignites the powder keg of history and sets into motion the inexorable march of a people towards their destiny of freedom. For the oppressed Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir, this occurred on July 13, 1931. The importance of ...

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  • TThe recent arrest of Naamen Meziche, a Frenchman of Algerian descent who had deep-rooted links with Al-Qaeda leadership, by Pakistani agencies came as another blow to the dwindling hierarchy of the terrorist organisation. Meziche, who had lived in Germany since long, had been intimately acquainted ...

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  • T “They seated themselves, engaged in aimless conversation and then dispersed.”A Persian quote describing the ambience of futile talks. If the peace process and the diplomatic engagement between India and Pakistan have to inch forward incrementally towards reaching the pinnacle of ...

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  • TThe release of the long overdue Memo Commission Report on June 12, coinciding with the appearance of Malik Riaz in the Supreme Court, whereby the tycoon claims to have injected over Rs 39 crore to subvert the judiciary, once collectively viewed, is symptomatic of an unfolding diabolic design to ...

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  • TThe event was so calamitous that even a distance of 28 years has not dulled the pain of Operation Blue Star; the storming of the Golden Temple at Amritsar on June 6, 1984. Like a lacerated wound, it continues to throb and bleed despite conspiracy of silence by the Indian establishment to blot out ...

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  • TThe Americans are masters of creating catchy acronyms and the latest one gaining global recognition is F3EA (Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit and Analyse), which is being heralded as a major tool in the US armoury for conduct of the global war on terror. When the SEAL team lifted away from the suburban ...

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