Muhammad Tahir Iqbal

  • TShehla 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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  • T‘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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  • TIn 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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  • TAfghanistan 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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  • TSkipping 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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  • TGiven 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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  • TWater 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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  • TLast 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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  • TThe 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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  • THenry 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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  • TWhenever 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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  • TAs 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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  • TThe 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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  • TYou 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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  • T 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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  • TI 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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  • TResultantly, 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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  • TRoads 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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  • TEver 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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