Peshawar: Today’s blast hits close to home, killing a family member

Blog, News, Pakistan

October 28, 2009

A horrific explosion in a crowded market place in Peshawar has killed up to 90 people – One of them a member of my family.   We hear about these attacks everyday, we see and read about them in the media, but we never really realise, or want to realise the human cost. It really hits …...

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Pakistan heats up… Yet again…

Blog, Pakistan

October 21, 2009

Two back-to-back suicide attacks at the International Islamic University in Islamabad have left at least two dead and scores injured. One explosion was in the mens section of the University, whilst the other targeted the cafeteria in the women’s section – all victims were students aged between 18...

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Pakistan’s Dirty Laundry

Articles, Blog, Pakistan, Politics

July 4, 2009

My following article, “Pakistan’s dirty laundry” was published in Online Opinion – Australia’s leading journal for social and political debate. It also made an appearance at a lovely little place called Window Dresser’s Arms, Pig & Whistle The ongoing war with the...

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Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba

Blog, Pakistan, Politics

June 22, 2009

LONDON (Reuters): ” If Pakistan’s battle against the Taliban seems difficult, a much tougher challenge lies ahead: deciding what to do about the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group it once nurtured to fight India in Kashmir. Security experts from the United States and India believe the Pakistan Army...

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If I pay you enough, will you listen to me?

Blog, Pakistan

June 13, 2009

Exactly how much does it cost to have your voice heard in Washington? — Mother Jones: In his memo to Afghanistan’s finance minister, Omar Zakhiwal, which is dated April 21 and marked “confidential,” Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad surveys the competition. Pakistan, he writes, employs nine...

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Lahore attacked… Again

Blog, Pakistan

May 27, 2009

Armed millitants detonated a car bomb outside Pakistan’s spy agency (ISI) offices today, killing 30 and wounding over 250 others.   The attack is speculated to be retaliation for the governments military action against the Taliban in the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies:   Associated Press: At...

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Swat Valley returns to Dark Ages

Blog, Pakistan

April 16, 2009

Human Rights Watch has said the deal between the Pakistani Government and the Taliban, that enforces islamic Law in the Swat valley, “presents a grave threat to the rights of women and other basic rights in the troubled region.”   “The Taliban have imposed their authority in Swat and...

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The Taliban eat haggis?

Blog, Pakistan

April 15, 2009

“A SCOTTISH Muslim convert, dubbed the “Tartan Taleban”, has re-emerged in Pakistan where he has reportedly been arrested as a terror suspect. Pakistan television paraded images of a man said to be James Alexander McLintock, who had been detained in the north-west city of Peshawar in late...

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Obama calls for a world without Nukes

Blog, Middle East, Pakistan, Politics, USA

April 4, 2009

President Obama is going to call for a world free from nuclear weapons in a speech he is to deliver on Sunday in Prague.   “Even with the Cold War over, the spread of nuclear weapons or the theft of nuclear material could lead to the extermination of any city on the planet – this weekend in...

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US: A safe nuke is a happy nuke

Blog, Pakistan, USA

April 3, 2009

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  said the US has invested in an effort to keep Pakistan’s nuclear weapons secure and that Pakistan has “taken significant steps in recent years, so I’m comfortable.” “My biggest concern is that if Pakistan gets to a point where it...

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