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Taliban, Pashtuns and the state

By Ayesha Ijaz Khan The writer is a London-based lawyer turned political commentator If I were not married to a Pashtun, I too may have been inclined to suspect the survey results carried out by Peshawar-based NGO, AIRRA, first brought to my attention in a …

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Caste Battles Development in Lawless Bihar

There’s an old joke in Bihar: “People don’t cast their votes, they vote for their caste.” Caste allegiances have dominated the political landscape of Bihar, a possible swing state in the country’s April-May general election, as well as much of India, for decades.

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Obama Sets New Tone for Europe Aides

On the eve of a NATO summit meeting here, President Obama offered a compact for a renewed partnership with Europe, saying “America is changing but it cannot be America alone that changes.”

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Violence against women in NWFP,FATA

BY NADIA KHAN Amidst reports of threat by the militant to women in Charsadda to wear veils or face acid attacks, an act which runs contrary to the concept of Islam which prohibits violence against women.

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Sports versus terrorism

UNS OPINION SERVICE In the second match Sri Lankan team came under fire, though without casualty of guests, at a time when they were going to commence the unfinished test match. In our region(South Asia)cricket is one of the popular game which is a spectator …

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Media still mourns

BY MUHAMMAD FAROUK Gruesome murder of Musa Khankhel was the most tragic incident for media and entire country. He was reporting the return of pace in Swat valley but unfortunately reporter was silenced by the anti peace elements. Unknown persons shot dead the correspondent for …

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Is Osama in Parachinar?

BY DR GHAYUR AYUB I was born in a village six miles from Parachinar and received my primary education in a local school. Since then, I have been visiting Parachinar off and on till the present day. During all this time, I haven’t noticed any …

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“Sino-Pakistan relations higher than Himalayas\”

BY ASIF ALI ZARDARI Perhaps no relationship between two sovereign states is as unique and durable as that between Pakistan and China. On the Pakistan side of the Himalayas, the mighty range that separates the two countries, China is seen as a true, time tested …

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Understand FATA and Pasthuns

DRTANVIR ORAKZAI From the days of Alexander the Great, FATA (Tribal belt of Pakistan) has been the most important route to the Indian subcontinent. Being a transit route for invaders, the Pasthun  tribes in FATA  have remained in eternal peril of captivating doom making them …

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Murder of Journalist in Swat: Conspiracy against peace Accord

  The gruesome murder of Musa Khan Khel, a correspondent of The News and Geo News in Swat, on Wednesday has sent a wave of shock, indignation and grief all over the country.  He was brutally killed in Matta while covering the peace march of …

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