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The Zarb-e-Azb And After

The Zarb-e-Azb and after

The Army's well-planned military operations to rid North Waziristan of militants has been a major success; there is a sharp drop in acts of terrorism throughout Pakistan. The frequency of…

Zarb-e-Azb In Danger Of Losing Its Way

Zarb-e-Azb in danger of losing its way

t’s not the same as before; the zing has gone out of it. In Fata the operation is becoming a stalemate. Terrorist forces have been hit, badly hit, but they…

Zarb-e-Azb And Beyond

Zarb-e-Azb and beyond

As the Pakistani civil-military leadership looks via hindsight and takes stock of Operation Zarb-e-Azb with a sense of satisfaction, I am trying to do a bit of crystal-ball gazing as…

Zardari, Zarb-e-Azb And Malala

Zardari, Zarb-e-Azb and Malala

What is hovering over Pakistan’s politics like a dark cloud this week is Tuesday’s outburst by Asif Ali Zardari. Also this week, the first anniversary of Operation Zarb-e-Azb was celebrated…

Peshawar, Zarb-e-Azb And IDPs

Peshawar, Zarb-e-Azb and IDPs

Spare a thought for Afshan Ahmed, a 24-year-old teacher who stood up to the killers at the Army Public School (APS) to defend her students. They responded by dousing her…

The Spirit Of Zarb-e-Azb

The spirit of Zarb-e-Azb

A tersely worded press release issued by the ISPR last Sunday read: “On the directions of the government, the armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign…

Zarb-e-Azb, Smoking And Lung Cancer

Zarb-e-Azb, smoking and lung cancer

Zarb-e-Azb has begun. The stern military action that various circles in and outside Pakistan have demanded for years is now finally taking place. Some Pakistanis have expressed their support for…

Strategic miscalculations regarding TTP

Given the political and economic instability and uncertainty afflicting Pakistan, it is all too easy to forget the continuing biggest security challenge for the country: the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Fortunately,…

Bad things that have happened before

Pakistan is in the midst of a polycrisis, and there are no signs that the elite – bureaucratic, military, civilian, business, or religious – have any real clue about how…

A counterterrorism future again?

Thirteen years ago, in December 2007, the Pakistani military completed Operation Rah-e-Haq, ostensibly cleansing Swat of the threat of a terrorist takeover by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This would not…