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‘Z A Bhutto hanged, buried in Naudero.’ This was the first sentence of my first-ever op-ed in December 2011. My elementary school mind in 1979 couldn’t grasp the enormity of the act that shadowed headlines in badly-printed newspapers and darkened screens of grainy, black and white television screens.

 

The tribespeople of Fata are fully committed to reforms in the region and the abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). But they also deserve the democratic right to be consulted and associated with the process that directly affects their future as an integral unit of Pakistan.

 

Much has been said about Pakistan’s participation in the Islamic Military Alliance and its former Army Chief heading the latter.

 

Within the next 72 hours or so, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be meeting US President Donald Trump for the first time at the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Riyadh.

 

Pakistan is the only country in South Asia where military courts have the power to take civilians for closed-door trials, even though that goes against its constitution.

 

Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reform says that the news report claiming to have ‘revealed’ the CPEC ‘master plan’ was half-cooked and an attempt to defame the initiative.

 

India missed out on the chance of attending the One Belt One Road Forum held in Beijing by refusing to send an official delegation to the forum.

 

The entry of the Alibaba Group in Pakistan will not only boost the country’s e-commerce sector but will also serve as a tipping point for other tech giants to tap into the market.

 

Appeals have been made by displaced Pashtun tribesmen – their numbers running into the thousands – to help them return to their homes before Ramazan begins later this month.

 

If one goes by some of the public response to the televised appearances of TTP’s Ehsanullah Ehsan and ISIS recruit Noreen Leghari, there is something about the possibility of rehabilitating jihadi militants that can turn the most hawkish of Pakistani politicians and right-wingers into reconciliatory peaceniks.

 


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