It has been 2 weeks since Kashmir has been under lock down. There are soldiers outside every house, the ratio of troops to civilians is almost 12 : 1 . https://twitter.com/Vidyut/status/1163204016232206336 People have started to run out of food stocks and medicines, there have been reports of as many as 4000 people under forced detention. …
By Inamul Haq A ‘state of exception’ is a lawless void, in which the state authorities act in extreme situations with the force of law. The force of law makes law and life indistinguishable. via Kashmir: A Letter to my Mother — Cafe Dissensus Everyday
https://twitter.com/sannareya/status/1158693209847017472 Yesterday morning, I left Kashmir with an extremely heavy heart. Here is a (very long) thread from a Kashmiri who was just inside the Valley, on curfew and what I saw going on Rumors have been going all summer that Modi’s government was cooking up some way to abrogate Articles 35A and 370. …
Kashmir, heaven on earth is about to be turned into a genocide zone by the Indian occupying forces. Kashmir was already a highly miliarized zone with 0.7 million Indian troops deployed in the valley, in February 2019, India deployed an additional 10000 troops and this resulted in a short scale war between India and Pakistan …
In my view, the most lucid commentary on yesterday’s mosque shooting in Christchurch comes from international security analyst Dr Paul G Buchanan, director of 36th Parallel Assessments. The latter is a non-partisan non-governmental geopolitical risk and strategic analysis consultancy located in Auckland, New Zealand.
Buchanan, an American expatriate, is a former intelligence and defense policy analyst and consultant to US government security agencies.
As quoted in a Radio New Zealand interview, Buchanan points out that automatic and semi-automatic weapons are extremely hard to come by in New Zealand without a license. “The weapon, from what I can tell, may have been modified. It takes some technical skills to modify a hunting weapon into something that’s semi-automatic. [The shooter] had high capacity magazines and may have used a bump stock which was used by the Las Vegas shooter.
Buchanana adds that the shooter’s skill set indicates he is…
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Three people are currently in custody in New Zealand for terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. As of this writing, 49 people are dead and 48 people are being treated for gunshot wounds. Explosives were found in two vehicles but none were detonated. It was the worst attack of its kind in New Zealand’s history.
One of the three individuals, a 28 year-old Australian man, live-streamed himself shooting mosque attendees and published a white nationalist manifesto explaining his motives. I don’t feel like linking to either of these things, the former because sharing it would be gross and the latter because the manifesto contains calls for further acts of terrorism and suggestions as to how they might be carried out, as well as instructions on how best to circulate white nationalist…
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A native Kashmiri carried out the deadliest fedayeen attack against Indian occupation forces in history after he drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a 78-bus convoy and killed over 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitary troops, instantly drawing global attention to the indigenous struggle of his people and threatening to tip the electoral scales against Prime Minister Modi during this May’s general election.
The Pulwama “Surprise”
The world is still trying to make sense of the strategic significance of this week’s Pulwama attack, but there seems to be a consensus that it’ll have far-reaching political consequences that will reverberate for the indefinite future. A native Kashmiri just shocked all of India by carrying out the deadliest fedayeen attack against occupation forces in history after he drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a 78-bus convoy and killed over 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) paramilitary troops. The global reaction was swift…
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The car stopped on the side of the road. The army man had waived driver for the same.
“What is in the bag?” asked the man in the khaki uniform.
“Clothes,” I replied.
“And in that one?” The muzzle of his gun pointing towards the other bag.
“Books”. I said a little frightened.
“Open it”, he dictated.
As much as I wanted to show this man a strong fist, I didn’t. I felt like the kid who didn’t want to do the things but was forced too. I unzipped the bag and showed this ungentlemanly security personnel the book in my bag.
He now turned to the bag lying in the front seat of the vehicle and started looking for God-knows-what in that bag. I am so sure that he had hoped to find this mysterious thing in my bag too but was disappointed. And I could certainly see…
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Not all heroes wear capes, some collect food which the affluent don`t have need of while some provide much needed assistance to girls so they can follow their dreams. Robin Hood Army and Hamara Ghar are 2 such charity based initiatives in Pakistan.
By Javid Ahmad Ahanger
The founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s 201st birth anniversary was celebrated on 17 October 2018 at a time when the whole debate is about nationalism and hyper-nationalism in India. We are living in strange times where false narratives are constructed by none other than ruling establishment [BJP] to push their political project. The party is working overtime to erase the past and create new versions of past on falsehood and lie. The past lies are now accepted as final truths because the rulers of the day don’t like to accept the past reality.
The divisive politics of right-wing parties is the only accepted norm in present-day India. From South to North and East to West, the only principle that has helped the ruling establishment to capture power is mobilizing the voters on a communal platform and other similar issues. It is…
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By Najrin Islam
Music has traditionally been received as an art form that carries with it the capacity to stir emotions. It is precisely this quality that renders music vulnerable to censorial complaints from self-proclaimed guardians of the ‘culture’ of a community who attempt, from their position of influence, to regulate its content and by extension, control that community. I discuss here this phenomenon in the context of two such societies – Palestine and Kashmir, which, owing to their status as conflict zones (as many others in the contemporary global moment), are under perpetual institutional surveillance on constant lookout for potentially condemnatory works of art and literature: ‘condemnatory’ to the hegemonic narratives that function to discursively nullify the minority cultures in question. The link between these two conflict zones is the use of hip-hop and rap by local musicians to counter the official discourses about the conditions of their region…
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It has been a long time since I have written anything for the site, my apologies. This prolonged absence was partly due to lack of time and partly deliberate. The last few months in Pakistan have been anything but sane. Ever since the Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified the then Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef over …
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The nature of this relationship is not easy to be analyzed.it has passed through a number of different stages.the era of cold war was full of different surprizes for pakistan.History has proven tuhat big powers dont feel reluctant to use developing powers for their own purposes.so usa-pakistan relationship is no exception.At the end of world war 2, the u.s.a emerged as a major power.This further caused a number of issues for the rest of the world.A power tussle was started between two major blocks.The U.S.a found pakistan an important ally because of her geographical location that further helped u.s.a to increase its sphere of influence in Asia.This relation further strengthened after signing SEATO and CENTO.furthermore the u.s.a had no issue in seeking permission from pakistan to use her military bases for spy purpose,Such a U 2 incident.Moreover,Aghan war further played role in strangthening the relationship beween both countries.Though Afghan war…
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Children at their school in Jhang, Pakistan, before the project provided new chairs, blackboard, and books.
By Michelle Tanner, past president Rotary Club of Matamata, New Zealand
A random Facebook message with an invitation to present at a Rotary polio conference in Lahore in 2014 was the start of an amazing journey that took me from rural New Zealand to Pakistan and culminated in a project to improve the education of children of garbage pickers in Jhang, Pakistan.
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A link to the PDF version of my recently published paper: 'The Future of the UK-EU Trade Relationship in a Post-Brexit World' The paper analyses the potential frameworks for the future trade relationship between the UK & the EU in a post-Brexit world. https://www.academia.edu/36186383/The_Future_of_the_UK-EU_Trade_Relationship_in_a_Post-Brexit_World https://twitter.com/MUmair_92/status/975085638579032064
Official link : http://www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk/vd/dgpr/media/doc/Report%20of%20Inquiry%20Tribunal%20by%20Mr.%20Justice%20Ali%20Baqar%20Najafi%20Judge%20Lahore%20High%20Court%20Lahore.pdf Secondary link : Report of Inquiry Tribunal by Mr. Justice Ali Baqar Najafi Judge Lahore High Court Lahore
The great emancipator of the Indian Muslims Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was born in Delhi on Oct 17, 1817 . He belonged to a family which held prominent positions in the reign of Mughal emperors and his maternal family had already joined the East India Company where his maternal grandfather served in Iran and Burma under the British government. Sir Syed himself , was bestowed with the title of Jawa’d-ul-Daula and Arif-e-Jang by Bahadur Shah Zafar II. But he soon realized the crumbling position of the Mughals and their deviancy from religion, and hence kept at distance from them. This is the period when the great Mughal Empire was close to a complete collapse.
The next few months are going to test the mettle of Pakistan`s economy as the repayments of the loans taken in last 3 years are starting to come up. With rapidly falling reserves, reduced foreign investment and growing social and political unrest it remains to be seen if Pakistan will go once again to IMF for a bail out package or will CPEC really turn out to be a life line.