Muhammad Tahir Iqbal

  • The current sharpness in the ethno-nationalist trend in the Pashtun tribal belt of Pakistan is not new. The affiliation with the ideals of Pashtun nationalism was there since decades; but there has been vicissitudes in the intensity of attachment with the cause. The state’s policy of ...

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  • This time, it is Jawaharlal Nehru University – one of India’s most prestigious universities – which came under attack by a pro-government mob. The students and their teachers were attacked by men wearing masks over their faces and chanting “Jai Shri Ram” – a ...

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  • Weeks ago, the university students appeared at the city squares of Pakistan to raise their concerns. Clad in red, they were chanting in rhythmic notes the chunks from the poems of rebel poets whose poetry disseminates the message of revolution. The posture of the students amazed many. Some called ...

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  • The lawyer’s attack on Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and the subsequent support from many big wigs of the legal fraternity should not shock those who are not lawyers and condemning the raid in worst tones. A layman on the street is profoundly perplexed as to why the legal community is ...

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  • Of late, Lars Thorsen, a member of the ‘Stop Islamisation of Norway (SIAN)’ tried to desecrate the Holy Quran in Norway. The outrageous attempt was foiled by the reaction of a young man who swooped upon the agitator and thereby stopped the act. Thanks to world media that this time the ...

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  • When five member bench of judges headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, issued the much anticipated verdict of allotting the 2.77 acres of the Babri Masjid’s land for the construction of Lord Ram’s temple, most Indians rejoiced the judgment. Pro-BJP commentator Swapan Dasgupta ...

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  • Some years back, I happened to read an Urdu novel by a famous female novelist. She wrote, “A man is never helpless, he gets whatever he craves for in his life”. The theme of the novel explicitly gloats over the coquettish nature of a man who keeps changing his loyalties. A slew of such ...

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  • Shehla Rashid, a rights activist from Habba Kadal locality of Srinagar, says that huge support has erupted for Pakistan from some nooks of Kashmir in the form of celebrations and protests with mixed feelings of angst and glee. Angst – for being incarcerated for last two months without mobile ...

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  • ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is primarily a religious uttering used by the Hindus to hail the victory of Lord Ram, the Prince of Ayodhia; but unluckily it has entered the political life of India carrying a fatal threat to minorities. People in charged mobs bearing deep puckers on foreheads and bosoms ...

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  • In his book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, Bob Woodward notes how Trump emphasised that “Afghanistan is a total disaster. We don’t know what we are doing. Let’s get out”. What later develops is the outcome of what Trump and his cohort plan accordingly. To put ...

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  • Afghanistan is the pivot – an axis around which political, economic and strategic moves of the regional countries rotate, and then America’s relation with neighbouring countries, too, hinges upon their reaction towards the disruptive Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan entered its 18th ...

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  • Skipping for the time being the mention and detail of the doleful Pulwama where the Indian army, who has rampantly embarked upon a relentless shooting spree, has indiscriminately killed scores of guiltless Kashmiris, let us confabulate about a relatively calm region which has, in 1990’s, been ...

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  • Given the harsh economic crunch Pakistan is passing through, there emerged two kinds of opinions ever since the new government perched on the throne of power. One opinion says that the government took up the reins in dwindling pecuniary conditions with no option but to levy extra taxes and thereby ...

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  • Water is the basic ingredient that maintains life on this planet. Countries or nations sharing the same flow of water have often been in turbulent conflicts as the misuse of water has the potential to cause agricultural, economic, climatic and political disturbances in the region. In recent times, ...

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  • Last week was the worst for the MQM and this week sets the perilous trends following the Youhanabad tragedy. Clever diverters are at play crafted by ingenious brains. Pakistan again burns. The media has only one story. The talks about MQM are no more. What started last week in the aftermath of the ...

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  • The dusky evening of November 26, 2012 in New York City was fairly calm. Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Police Department, Paul Browne, strode out of his office with quite an expression of satisfaction. Not a single violent crime was reported – no shooting, no stabbing, no ...

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  • Henry Jhon Temple was a British Whig who served twice as Prime Minister of England in the mid 19th century. Once while speaking to the House of Commons on March 1, 1848, he uttered words inscribing the most pragmatic policy principle in the world of politics. He said, “We (England) have no ...

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  • Whenever there is talk of purging the country of terrorism, the debate on the role of religious seminaries picks up steam. Most members of Afghan and Pakistani Taliban have been students of these seminaries, and so, building the premise on this reason, these seminaries are termed incubators of ...

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  • As the country strives to trudge through the circumstances generated by the pitiless killings of innocent kids in Peshawar, the demand for a stringent action plan to eradicate extremism is increasing manifold.So to devise a strategy, the saner political and military brains – with puckered ...

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  • The children must have departed that morning with shining faces, waving their hands, fully assured they would come back to play in the backyards of their homes. Their mothers could never have imagined that the children they tucked into green sweaters that day would come back to them in coffins.And ...

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  • You may raise a finger at his youthful salad days. You may castigate the ever changing angles of his politics. You can maul his double standards, criticize his way of criticizing others, while his own performance at KPK remains by no means promising. There are a hundred and ten ways by which he can ...

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  • Just three years ago, US-Pakistan ties were dipping the lowest with the harshest of allegations from the US against the Pakistan army and its prime spy agency ISI. Here, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Admiral Michael Mullen, was lambasting ISI for having links with elements bent to harm ...

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  • I recently had an insightful discussion with a security analyst against the backdrop of the Wagah border attack that took the lives of more than sixty innocent people. He was of the view that the army would take three to four years to crush the sphinx of terrorism. I dared not chime in, that in my ...

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  • Resultantly, the MQM, which carries the banner to safeguard the rights of migrants from India, has tucked up its sleeves and broken with the PPP. The use of the word ‘Muhajir’ by Syed Khurshid Shah has created quite a furor in and out of the legislature.The conflict is not new. The ...

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  • Roads blocked, barricades erected, universities and colleges closed, vehicles halted, mobile services suspended, ads published, and trains carrying listless people- this is how the PPP tried to flex its muscle and stood sharply in contrast to PTI’s political gatherings- where there is freedom ...

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  • Ever since the start of political hullabaloo at the federal metropolis, wagging tongues and thoughtful brains both in and out of parliament have been giving oblique and overt references to the khakis reining in the dual shows at Islamabad. Nobody had the nerve to unfold the furls of their obliquity ...

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