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Pakistan Pashtun rights movement grows, defying military

AFP PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s powerful military, long accused by outsiders of backing Islamist militant groups, is facing an unexpected challenge — a charismatic young Pashtun man who won’t keep quiet. Fellow Pashtuns have rallied behind Manzoor Pashteen in a dramatic outpouring of frustration over accusations of discrimination and extrajudicial killings at the hands of men …

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The real story of ‘Pakistani mystery man’ mentioned in Trump tweet

Wajid Ali Syed WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump mentioned a ‘Pakistani Mystery man’ in his tweet yesterday while announcing to counter the lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party. “Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news that we will now counter for the DNC …

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Something bigger is unfolding

Cyril Almeida TRY and put the pieces together. It’s not the easiest — partly because we don’t have all the pieces yet and partly because the last pieces may not have been shaped yet. But a picture sure is emerging. It ain’t pretty. This isn’t about Nawaz. Not solely about …

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China supporting Pakistan’s sovereignty through arms sale: Global Times

BEIJING: There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty, state-run Global Times said in a commentary. Pakistan has been shunning the US in favour of Chinese high-technology weapons, the Financial Times reported earlier …

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From fake to real

Cyril Almeida THE lie at the heart of the quest to oust Nawaz from politics was that there was a crisis. That without getting ridding of Nawaz the crisis would metastasise and swallow the rest of us. There was no crisis. Sure, could Pakistan have been doing better? Yes. Was the economy …

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A social democratic alternative

Imtiaz Alam The mainstream parliamentary parties are being eroded as the alignment of democratic forces breaks down and the Charter of Democracy evaporates at the altar of expediency. With this erosion, the spectre of religious extremism and militaristic nationalism is emerging as a principal challenge to progressive democratic forces. It …

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How Chahbar port could heighten India-China tensions

Bloomberg TEHRAN: A remote Iranian port could be the next trigger for geopolitical tensions between rivals China and India. India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar — roughly 1,800 kilometers (1,110 miles) from the capital Tehran — since it first expressed interest in 2003. …

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The Pakhtun age of enlightenment: rejection of obscurantism and oppression

Zahid Hussain LISTEN to their cry of pain. Listen to the multitudes demanding justice and a life lived with dignity. They are young Pakhtun men and women who grew up in the midst of conflict and were uprooted from their homes. They saw their near and dear ones being blown …

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Will Pakistan go through a smooth and uncontroversial caretaker nomination process?

PRIME MINISTER Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah are scheduled to meet today for the next round of a constitutionally mandated consultation to nominate a caretaker prime minister ahead of the next general election. With parliament’s term set to expire in less …

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The Nadiya story

Syed Talat Hussain It is alright if you have not heard of Nadiya Savchenko. Ukraine is a country located at a bird-fly distance of 2,356 miles from here and in a region almost totally removed from our geographic orientation maps. Moreover, it is a place pulled apart by global and …

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