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Swat waiting for justice and peace that has been denied

BY JAMAL KHAN The power of FM radio was never recognized to this extent before in any part of world. Maulana Fazlullah first used it to create a militant mindset and later creating one.  FM radio initially gave Maulana Fazlullah popularity all around Pakistan when …

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Scaling down operations in FATA inadvisable

Under threats by India to carry out surgical air strikes against suspected terrorists and even ground attacks in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks has forced Pakistan to thin out its forces on the Western border seems to have emboldened the militants who have …

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Escalating militants violence

BY M.A. KHAN Brutal acts like beheading the innocent people and chopping of ears have now become the order of the day as the militancy coupled with sectarian violence claims dozens of lives.A casual look at the events reveals that in  Mohmand Agency, several check …

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Swat practically under militants controle

Swat practically under  militants controle WTP REPORT Swat in general and Mingora in particular has now virtually fallen into the hands of Fazalullah and his militants. Is Swat still part of Pakistan? If yes then where is the government writ? After change of government in …

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Denial of education to girls will retard country’s development

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI The Taliban has imposed restrictions on education of girls in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan after banning girls education in Swat. Pamphlets attributed to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were distributed in the tribal areas, asking school owners and teachers to close down all …

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Frustration in Pakhtoons

BY AHMAD ALI The story of death and destruction is not new for Pakhtuns which started since launching of operation against militants in South Waziristan Agency in Feb 2004, but dates back to 1974-75 and USSR intervention into Afghanistan. The loyalty and patriotism of tribal …

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Unrest in Swat out of control

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI The people in Swat have been agitating for years for enforcement of Shariah in the former princely state. Once a picturesque valley, Swat has now become the most dangerous place for the tourists let alone the local people who have lost their …

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How to deal with mounting pressure?

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI INDIAN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has come out with the harshest statement indicating that New Delhi is all out to continue mounting pressure on Pakistan in the case of Mumbai terrorist attack. While addressing Chief Ministers meeting in New Delhi he accused …

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The India Doctrine– 1947-2007

REVIEW BY A.K. ZAMA It is almost two years since the first edition of The India Doctrine appeared on Bangladesh bookshelves to wide acclaim and appreciation. The newly revised edition now titled The India Doctrine (1947-2007) is an astonishing work of exceptional depth and analysis …

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Afghan drug money fuelling extremism,militancy

BY AHMAD ALI Afghanistan has difficult rugged and mountainous terrain of 251825 square miles of area inhabited by multi ethnic population of nearly 32 million divided by ethnic,sectarian,regional,tribal and family feuds. Afghanistan is one of the most poor and backward country in this global village …

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