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Why has Malala Yousufzai’s speech at the UN on July 12, her 16th birthday, created such admiration all over the world, only to be met with a nasty backlash against the young education activist in Pakistan?


Among many bad news there was good news for Pakistanis last week. Watching Malala Yousafzai speak to the UN Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday and listening to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown shower praises on her was a proud moment for many of us.

We sent the Taliban to Afghanistan to maim, kill and torture and they did it so well, and certainly did not have enough, that they sent their offshoot breeds to do likewise in Pakistan. Mohammad Ali Jinnah fought hard to amalgamate Pakistan, and all that he could pull in one loop of a country, he did by virtue of ‘their’ existing vested interests and his supernatural powers of argumentation. Oh yes, his elocution would invite the very envy of Englishmen; Jinnah for one used to read Shakespeare after a 14-hour work day.

With no precedent available, it is premature to predict whether the civilian government will prosecute Pervez Musharraf or let him off to avoid confrontation with the military


More than 50 innocent people killed in one day would wake up the most somnolent of nations and their governments. June 30, 2013 started with a bomb targeting a government paramilitary convoy in the hapless Badaber area, just outside Peshawar. The terrorists chose a busy intersection to target the soldiers, killing 17 and injuring about 50, including young children. Later during the day a suicide bomb ripped through the Hazara Shia community gathered for a religious service at their Imambargah in Hazara Town, Quetta. Over 30, including at least nine women and three children, were killed and scores wounded


The state-and-citizen consensus in Pakistan over how to explain terrorism received a serious blow on June 17, when leader of the Balochistan-based Milli Awami Party, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, stood up in the National Assembly and revealed the truth that everybody knows but will not articulate.


The recent elections portend a democratic deepening in Pakistan. This is a moment to build on. The surprising landslide of Nawaz Sharif marks a historic moment in Pakistan's political history. Many are optimistic that Pakistan has taken a momentous step towards strengthening its democracy. But for this opening to endure, Pakistan must overcome the long odds of history.


The public is now demanding the ‘promised peace’ from Nawaz Sharif and the provincial governments. This has thrown open the question of the role of civil and military security agencies, especially for their repeated failure to prevent terror attacks.


Pakistan’s foreign policy towards India is based on nurturing some of the most dangerous international terrorist organisations and their local protégés: “groups such as Sipah-e-Sahaba and Jaish-e-Muhammad commonly resort to threats to browbeat opponents.


The latest bloodbath in Quetta is yet another grim reminder of Balochistan’s dangerous slide into anarchy. The gruesome killing of women students and the subsequent siege of the Bolan Medical Complex indicate the growing stridency of the militants and raises serious questions about our counterterrorism efforts.


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