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Deaths, blame game and Indo-Pak ceasefires, when will it end?

While celebrating Eid, it was quite tragic to hear about the trade of attacks, continuing till date, across the Line of Control (LoC), near the Sialkot border, resulting in heavy causalities – of civilians, mostly. Like always, both sides are shifting the blame on each other for the “unprovoked violation of ceasefire”. This is followed by expressions of intense, outrageous emotions in both countries, all escalated to the point that many seem excited for a full-fledged war between the two countries. it must be asked clearly to INDIA,what do they want "Peace" or "War" Pak is ready for every option.dont kill ...

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No, Arnab Goswami, Pakistan is not an “untrustworthy neighbour” or “a strategic wreck”

On September 26, 2014, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in which he emphasised the urgent need to resolve the Kashmir issue “in accordance with the aspirations of the people” living in the disputed Himalayan region. “We cannot draw a veil over the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” An Indian television anchor had apprehended that Pakistan would once again raise the Kashmir issue at the UNGA to ‘internationalise’ the dispute. The anchor believed that Kashmir was neither ...

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Maqbool Butt: Kashmir doesn’t want any of it, no Indian rulers and no Pakistani generals!

Kashmir is the epicentre of Pakistan’s foreign policy in the region. The state of Pakistan continues to take pride in portraying itself as the most prolific advocator of the freedom for Kashmiri people.  But the harsh reality is that the establishment of Pakistan is very selective and biased in portraying the freedom movement of Kashmir to the Pakistani masses. If you belong to the right-wing militia and equate freedom of Kashmir to annexation with Pakistan, only then will you be projected as a ‘freedom fighter’ and a ‘hero’ of Kashmir in Pakistan. Otherwise, your struggle and sacrifices for the freedom of Kashmir are going to ...

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Kashmir may never become a part of Pakistan…

Kashmir has always been a hotbed of political discussions as far as our foreign policy goes. Even though the issue has lost a lot of its steam off late, it is something that remains etched in the mind of every Pakistani, every time India is mentioned. We celebrate Kashmir Day today, as the cold hard truth stares at us – it has been over 60 years and the Kashmir issue shows no signs of being settled. The area is claimed by both Pakistan and India because of its obvious strategic importance. There is no point in going into details of what caused ...

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Mr Bilal Lakhani, Pakistan is not a dying nation

This is a rebuttal to Bilal Lakhani’s article titled “Pakistan’s Obituary”, published in The Express Tribune on November 6, 2003. The esteemed author has rendered the verdict that Pakistan had been afflicted with a fatal cancer and has now lost the battle for survival. Mr Lakhani has masterfully used analogies from the medical field to substantiate the salient premise of his article – which, in a nutshell, is that Pakistan’s lifeline has expired. Although quite eloquent with his expression, Mr Lakhani has failed to address the issue from a logical perspective. Instead, Mr Lakhani’s article is ripe with speculations and jugglery of adjectives. The article is ...

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This Independence Day I long for peace with India

“Panchee, nadiya, pawan kay jhokay, Koi sarhad na inhay rokay, Sarhad insaanon kay liye hai, Socho tum nay aur mainay kya paya insan hokay ” – Javed Akhtar (Birds, streams, the flowing breeze No border can stop them Borders were made for mankind Just think,  what did you and I get for being human?) Monday, 5:45am, December 7, 2012: I am at the India-Pakistan bus terminal in Lahore. It’s bitterly cold and yet the throng of well-wishers outside the gate is ever growing. Some are waving goodbye to their relatives about to embark on the bus for Delhi. Others are crying into their shawls or trying to put on a stoic face ...

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When Pakistanis can love Indians and vice versa

The India-Pakistan conflict has spanned decades, keeping the news channels on tenterhooks with every turn of events. However, while years of struggling to keep each other at bay have taught the two political arch-rivals strategies to abate tension wherever possible, the media in both countries has largely refrained from employing any peacemaking tactics. Newsmakers on either side jump at the prospect of magnifying any hint of strain in relations. Harping on how evil the other side has proved to be one of the most effective methods of attracting new audiences. On either side, reports are one dimensional, biased and indifferent to the ...

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Art should transcend politics: Gulzar Saheb and Shobha De, you have disappointed us

There is always a disconnect between artist and establishment. It is in the nature of the state to control and put limitations on freedom, to tag artistic expression with national interest. Yet art travels; it is not the prisoner of a boundary, it defies all limitations and connects people divided by politics and religion. Indian movies and serials might be produced and directed by Indians but they are appreciated by people of different nationalities. They are as popular within the national boundaries as they are across the border. Coke Studio Pakistan is not the property of the Islamic republic- other ...

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Why the UN fails humanity in Kashmir

Kashmir is an open-air cemetery sprinkled with corpses of hopes and dreams, ambition and laughter, on which government officials shovel piles of “investigations” to hide the truth of long-standing crises. There are over 500,000 Indian troops patrolling the Kashmir Valley. It is the most militarised zone in the world, bearing the highest soldier-to-civilian ratio for any given territory. In the past twenty years, thousands of Kashmiris have disappeared, over 70,000 have died (only since 1990), and countless women and children have become orphans and widows. New graveyards flourish in Srinagar, with epitaphs that bear the journey of resistance. The inscription on the ...

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India and Pakistan, please stop before it is too late …

With the pressure being built up in India about the Line of Control situation, it has brought to the fore the question of how we Pakistanis respond to it. Do we aggressively answer back in the press and other media? Is it better to continue to quietly urge a resolution through discussions? Or is it an option to just ignore the furor and let everything settle? The stakes are extremely high, simply because this is a nuclear region and any error can lead to huge unintended consequences. Just to paint a scenario in the future of such a cataclysmic error… —————————————————— Imagine a few months from now ...

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