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Unstable Afghanistan – The India

BY MASHAAL JAVED It was the fall of Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001 that paved the way for foreign powers to intervene in Afghanistan to secure their strategic interests. The strategic location of Afghanistan provides a perfect conduit for extracting and channeling vast energy …

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Mysterious airlifting of TTP leaders

BY M S TANVIR THERE are two major developments which indicate that some foreign powers were actively engaged to undermine the military operation, called Rah-e-Nijat, in South Waziristan. According to reports, there has been mysterious airlifting of some Taliban elements from Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas close …

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West’s threat to Iran to escalate tension

EDITORIAL COMMENTS BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI CRISIS over Iranian nuclear programme has escalated ominously after the leaders of the US , Britain and France accused Tehran of operating a secret uranium enrichment facility buried deep in a mountain bunker and describing Iran ’s activity a direct …

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Foreign Connection in Balochistan

BY ABDUL HAYEE BALOCH While Pakistan has taken some meaningful steps to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, India is using Afghanistan’s territory to launch attacks in Balochistan leading to further balkanize Pakistan.  In the 1971 war, India discreetly used the unrest …

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Might should not be international law

BY AFSHAIN AFZAL US is continuously experimenting on the developing countries, trying to bring the fruits of democracy and capitalism at the grass root level. For doing this, no matter the US may have to slaughter the whole population of that country, it will go …

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Baluchistan Quagmire

BY AHMAD ALI Baluchistan is Pakistan’s one of the largest among four federating units,the desolate,least populated and most backward province but in abundance of mineral resources.As this province has witnessed movements for autonomous and independent status for six decades.Hence, Baluchistan for the last few years …

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Afghan elections blow to Taliban

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI The large turnout of voters in the Afghan presidential elections despite threats from militant groups is a blow to Taliban.It  demonstrates that Afghans support the democratic process and not the Taliban’s version of harsh Islamist rule which is a wrong perception of …

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Punishing terrorists

BY AHMAD ALI Now Sufi Mohammad is in the custody of security agencies while his son in law Maulana Fazl ullah is on the run and the Pakistan army is in the hot pursuit with the blood of hundreds of  innocent civilians on his hands …

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Is Iran the Islamic State?

BY ATIF SALAHUDDIN Iran ’s domestic political situation has once again boiled over with demonstrations and bloodshed on the streets of Tehran. Whereas the Presidential election outcome is the overt casus belli, it is also evident from the nature of the confrontations that this situation …

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Looking history in the face in Iran

DR TERRY LACEY Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not feeling quite as supreme as he did. (Jakarta Post 20.06.09). President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks off balance. He won the election with a big majority. But his opponents seem stronger.Ken Ballen and Patrick Doherty confirmed in …

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