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Pakistan’s Response to Charlie Hebdo

Pakistan’s Response to Charlie Hebdo

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan must do a better job ensuring the protection of journalists in 2015. On Jan. 7, a gruesome terrorist attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris resulted in the murder of 12 people including a police officer, cartoonist and journalists. The response in pursuit of the suspects started within just a few minutes after the incident. It was condemned wholly worldwide and the newspapers declared this one of the biggest cowardly acts on […]

January 15, 2015 · 1 comment · Pakistan, Politics
Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

Nearly Two Million Children in Balochistan Out of School

By Mir Behram Baloch, Journalist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Balochistan faces massive education challenges to encourage nearly two million children to return to school. QUETTA —1.8 million children in Balochistan are out of school, said Sardar Raza Barech, education advisor to Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan on Monday. Mr. Barech made the revelation while speaking at a program titled “Education Governance” that was organized by Mishal Pakistan in Quetta Press Club. According to Barech there are 800 high schools and 1,165 middle schools in […]

Pakistan: Between Coup and Constitutional Engineering

Pakistan: Between Coup and Constitutional Engineering

By Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research, South Asia Democratic Forum
Location Germany Germany

Pakistan started the New Year 2015 with another unfortunate episode in its truncated political history. One could once again hear the momentous military rhetoric of the “doctrine of necessity” in order to justify direct intervention into the country’s politics, to establish formal prerogatives and an institutionally ensured role for the military. On January 6, the National Assembly and the Senate approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and Pakistan Army Act 1952 (Amendment) Bill 2015, unopposed. […]

January 15, 2015 · 3 comments · Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Why the Taliban is Turning to China

Why the Taliban is Turning to China

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The Taliban wants China to help negotiate a political settlement with the Afghan government. After Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s landmark visit to China in October 2014 the Chinese government announced its full support for the Afghan peach process. Beijing’s efforts include an invitation for the Taliban to visit China, which was accepted by the Taliban. According to a leading Pakistani newspaper, two senior Afghan Taliban visited China last November. The Taliban, particularly after they closed […]

January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics
Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Dedicated to a daughter of a missing person The clay made-dreams of a kid Grow flowery spikes in each remembrance Ever since you promised for a gift Why don’t you come back shortly? She has waited, waiting and will wait In every single jiffy of absurd reminiscences, She made a castle with a shabby walls around She has bade all her friends once And now calling them over As she dreamt your entrance in preceding […]

January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Pakistan, poetry
Three Factors Contributing to Afghanistan’s Instability

Three Factors Contributing to Afghanistan’s Instability

By Abdul Rashid Faizi and Shahabuddin Roufi, Researchers
Location United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

These three factors have strongly affected Afghanistan’s political stability. Political scientists believe that higher population size and concentration raises the risk of civil conflict. It could also lead to higher probability of revolutions to overthrow governing elites in non-democratic countries. This claim, supported by political scientists, does not refer to the number of people that eventually join an insurgency, but only the number of people that start one. They constitute enough rebels to pose a […]

January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics
Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

Paris Attacks a Wake-Up Call

By Rev. Majed El Shafie, Founder of One Free World International
Location Canada Canada

The Paris attacks should be a wake-up call to the Muslim community which must begin a serious internal dialogue about its religion. The recent terrorist attacks in Canada, Australia, and now in Paris are not a surprise for anyone monitoring the rise of Islamic extremism throughout the world. They are the logical result of a murderous political religious ideology focused on its ultimate goal of world domination being met with a response that uses every […]

January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · France, Islam, Spirituality