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Girls education adversely affected in FATA, Swat

WTP EXCLUSIVE REPORT After the domination of Taliban in FATA the girls education has been adversely affected. The ratio of girls education was already very low and its only 1.3 percent in FATA. In the recent past in some Taliban dominated areas the girls education …

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The Army, Allah, and America

Shuja Nawaz Although the Muslim way of life was a motive behind the call for the creation of Pakistan, its early political leadership did not provide an Islamic blueprint for its political development or goals. In fact, the movement for Pakistan was not an Islamic …

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Risks in peace agreements in NWFP and FATA

Khalid Aziz Many controversies have arisen about finalisation of peace agreements between the government and the militants. They are being perceived as a panacea for ending insurgency on the one hand while on the other they are termed as sell-outs. Tribal areas have a long …

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FCR and administration of FATA

BY SAQIB SALEEM FCR the blackest of the block law, became the foundation of the colonial control system, and was inter-linked to the heart of Pashtunwali, both culturally and legally. It has been alleged that in creating the FCR, the British stole the pashtun idiom …

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Learning from Nepal

Hussain H Zaidi Until recently, Nepal’s fame rested principally, if not exclusively, on the fact that it contains some of the world’s highest peaks including the highest one—Mount Everest. While these lofty peaks continue to attract foreign tourists and explorers, their place as Nepal’s hallmark …

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Mountbatten\’s role in the partition

M. ASGHAR KHAN A recently published book, The Secret History of the end of an Empire, by Alex Von Tunzelmann, published in America, throws new light on the intrigues of Lord Louis Mountbatten and the role of Lady Mountbatten during the partition of India. In …

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A misplaced visit

Shamshad Ahmad It is as much unfair to the new civilian democratically-elected government in Pakistan as it should be embarrassing for China. General Musharraf is paying a six-day visit to China at a time when his own status in the country is highly controversial and …

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The FCR must go

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A strategy for peace

Hamid Nawaz Khan “In a dark room it’s hard to catch a black cat, especially, if it is not there”.– Confucius. Last year witnessed an upsurge of terrorism and suicide attacks throughout the country. There are no signs of any letup even this year so …

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The Ojhri Camp disaster

COMMODORE PN (RETD)TARIQ MAJEED On the morning of April 10, 1988, a dreadful blast ripped through the big ammunition and missile depot of the Ojhri Camp, located midway between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Live armament and ammunition, missiles, rockets, shells, bullets shot up skyward and rained …

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