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About malikfz

Malikfz, a born and bred in the heart of Lahore’s historic centre is an MBA with majors in marketing. His interests include politics, human rights, business and advertising among others.

Pakistan Attacks Show Tightening of Militant Links

By JANE PERLEZ

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A wave of attacks against top security installations over the last several days demonstrated that the Taliban, Al Qaeda and militant groups once nurtured by the government are tightening an alliance aimed at bringing down the Pakistani state, government officials and analysts said. Continue reading

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Filed under Al Qaeda, Lahore, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence, war, War On Terror

On Kerry-Lugar bill

Like everyone else, I too was taken aback by the fierce opposition to the Kerry Lugar bill. Not sure what the fuss is about, I decided to read about it. So, I read everything that was available on-line about the bill. During my research, I realized that the government of Pakistan has done nothing wrong. It is an aid bill, conceived and finalized by a foreign government to help Pakistan. And, there is nothing new in this bill that Pakistan has not seen or dealt with before. Continue reading

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Filed under Obama, Pakistan, USA, Zardari

Terror’s Training Ground

By Ayesha Siddiqa

A few years ago, I met some young boys from my village near Bahawalpur who were preparing to go on jihad. They smirked politely when I asked them to close their eyes and imagine their future. “We can tell you without closing our eyes that we don’t see anything.”

It was not entirely surprising. South Punjab is a region mired in poverty and underdevelopment. There are few job prospects for the youth. Continue reading

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Filed under Pakistan, Punjabi, Religion, Taliban, Terrorism

What Happened with Kerry-Lugar

By David Ignatius

It’s a classic example of the law of unintended consequences: Congress triples its assistance to Pakistan as part of a deepening strategic relationship. But members of Congress, always eager to tell other countries what to do, insert conditions that Pakistanis find insulting. Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Partial War on Terror

The deadly results of cooperation with terrorists.

By C. CHRISTINE FAIR

The past week’s spate of suicide bombings in Pakistan and the siege of its military headquarters are again casting the spotlight on that country’s war on terror. Attention will—and should—focus in particular on Islamabad’s many failures to control militants on its own soil. Continue reading

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Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, FATA, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, war

Separating Myth From Fact on the Kerry-Lugar Bill by U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2009

Contact: Frederick Jones, Communications Director, 202-224-4651

Separating Myth from Fact on The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 Continue reading

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The Military’s Ideology

By Ayesha Siddiqa

The country’s ruling elite and the military have traditionally used a particular aspect of religion to gain strategic dividends. —File Photo

PAKISTAN observers often wonder what the Pakistan military’s primary ideology is. Is it a secular institution or one which is high on religious values? Since the military is considered the strongest institution of the Pakistani state, the question becomes critical in determining what direction the country will take or how its armed forces will fight the war on terror. Continue reading

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Filed under Army, Pakistan, Religion