Sikhs Demand Independence and Release of Political Prisoners

Faheem Belharvi The Sikh Community in the UK celebrated the 26th Anniversary of the Khalistan Declaration with wide support from MPs of all parties and British Muslims who recognise that the “Sikhs are a Nation” Birmingham: Following the recent massive peaceful protests demanding freedom by their brethren in Punjab, including a total shut down of the state on 28 March 2012, an international Conference at on ...

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Implications of ‘US-Afghan Pact’ on Pakistan

Khalid Khokhar The new strategic pact titled "Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States", has redefined the US terms of engagement with Kabul that goes beyond another decade following NATO troops withdrawal in 2014. The details of the strategic alliance have yet to be released, however, some of the most important salient of how the US will operate after the accord ta ...

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US-Afghan pact leaves door open for drone strikes

A pact signed between the US and Afghanistan on the future of their relationship could leave the door open for continued drone strikes against insurgent targets in Pakistan after 2014, according to US Ambassador Ryan Crocker. "There is nothing in this agreement that precludes the right of self-defence for either party and if there are attacks from the territory of any state aimed at us we have the inherent ...

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Dealing with American Challenge

Amanat Ali Chaudhry At a time when the relations between Pakistan and US go from bad to worse, it is important that Pakistan formulates a comprehensive national policy to deal with the security challenge. As the anti-Pakistan cacophony by the top American administration officials reached frenzied pitch accusing Pakistan of supporting the Haqqani network, Pakistan bounced back with a vengeance. Both politica ...

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May 2, Pakistan and War on Terror

By Sajjad Shaukat While the United States had already been playing a double game with Pakistan as paradoxical approach of American high officials coupled with their media displayed from time to time, the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in a covert military operation by the US commandos in Pakistan’s city, Abbottabad on May 2, 2011 clearly proved this duplicity. In the aftermath of Osama’s death, US ...

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CIA and OBL

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER If we suppose for the time being that the intelligence agencies of Pakistan failed in tracing out the presence of Osama in Pakistan, what about the CIA; world’s most powerful intelligence agency? What had the CIA been doing for more than five years when allegedly Osama was residing here in Pakistan before his murder? This question leads us to a different story. If someone on the eart ...

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India must withdraw from illegally captured glacier

Asif Haroon Raja In early hours of the morning on 7 April 2012, an extraordinary avalanche struck Battalion HQ of 6 NLI regiment located in Gayari sector of Siachen Glacier.  135 officers, men and civilians paid out of defence establishment got buried under 1000 meters wide and over 25 meters high landslide. Round the clock rescue operation is in progress since the day of tragic occurrence despite bad weath ...

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US shortsighted policy only hurts its ‘ally’ Pakistan

When the United States officially withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014, it will leave behind a neighbourhood that is even more unstable than it was a decade ago. Washington has failed to achieve permanent progress on most of its goals in the region. It is far too early to conclude that the country will fall back under the control of the Taliban - what a post-withdrawal Afghanistan will look like is still uncl ...

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