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9/11: reality of ‘war on terror’

"The United States has confirmed it is asking Pakistan for help in facilitating the Afghan government's direct peace talks with the Taliban insurgency"- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Had there…

Cost of the war on terror

A key magnitude which is quoted frequently by the Government is the cost to Pakistan of the war on terror. According to the estimates by the Ministry of Finance the…

Rethinking The War On Terror

Rethinking the war on terror

I don’t have anything to offer in terms of advice on how to combat terrorism. Heck, I don’t even know who to call a terrorist. Is it someone who resists…

New And Unimproved ‘war On Terror’

New and unimproved ‘war on terror’

Last week, as Pakistan was reeling from an onslaught of terror attacks, and analysts and ordinary people alike were wondering what this new and sudden spate of blasts meant, similar…

Budgeting For War On Terror

Budgeting for war on terror

By end June this year the Zarb-e-Azb would have completed two full fiscal years since it was launched in mid-June, 2014. Notwithstanding its resounding successes in the last 22 months…

From War On Terror To War Against Corruption?

From war on terror to war against corruption?

COAS General Raheel Sharif’s call for across-the-board accountability to ensure enduing peace has come at a time when the political class was playing games over the mechanisms to probe the…

Between Terror And The War On Terror

Between terror and the war on terror

Another terror attack, this time in the heart of Europe and at the seat of the EU’s political and economic power, and another mad rush to blame it all on…

The New ‘war On Terror’

The new ‘war on terror’

The wave of atrocities over the last two weeks — from the downing of a Russian passenger aircraft to a bloodbath in Beirut and now the massacre in Paris —…

War On Terror: The Sequel

War on terror: the sequel

A new kind of war is in progress in Iraq and Syria as the US and its western allies bomb Islamic State targets. They are being helped by their Arab…

Footnotes From ‘war On Terror’

Footnotes from ‘war on terror’

A New narrative is in the making, that the fight against terrorism has been compromised because of civilian failures. That it has been lost so far is seared into our…