Oct 072017

As the US-led invasion of Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year, Taliban militants have been reported saying that they are not tired of the war at all, according to Afghanistan’s Khaama Press. In a statement, the group called on all the American forces present in the region to withdraw, claiming that only the Taliban represented the Afghan people as a whole. Pakistan urges Afghan Taliban to shun violence The statement spoke at length about the Taliban’s long-term commitment to the war, insisting that they did not feel disappointed but instead had even higher morale for the continued war effort. It also said that the Afghan nation had not become tired of war, nor will it ever become tired of it. “Taliban remain fully committed to driving the Americans out of the country,” the statement reads. RAW supports Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, acknowledges Indian analyst in top daily The group though, did not comment on the recent efforts of the international community to bring it to the negotiation table, aimed at furthering the peace efforts in Afghanistan on behalf of the Afghan government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had called on the Taliban to opt for “ballots instead of bullets” and to renounce the use of violence as a political tool last week. Ghani has repeatedly asked the group to join peace efforts in the past. Afghan Taliban leaders are in Quetta and Peshawar: Gen Nicholson The Taliban statement comes merely weeks after US President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy for the conflict-ridden South [Read More…]

Sep 292017
Fate of Fata

It is heartening to note that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reassured that bringing Fata at par with other regions of the country and the permanent rehabilitation of temporarily displaced people remained top priority of the government. According to some media reports, during a briefing by Ministry of SAFRON held a couple of days back at the prime minister’s office, Abbasi asserted that the people of tribal areas have paid the heaviest price in the war on terror. He said that these people have rendered huge sacrifices for a national cause. During the meeting, the PM reviewed various measures being taken for the mainstreaming of Fata and bringing the people of the tribal areas at par with rest of the country through socio-economic development and uplift projects. It is good to note that out of the 237,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) now remain only 16,000 families which are to be rehabilitated. Around Rs53 billion have been spent for the permanent rehabilitation of displaced persons. This good work should be continued with all sincerity and commitment. The prime minister should review the progress on a periodical basis in order to keep a strict check and balance on the work performed. Asim Munir (Rawalpindi) Click for detailed story

Sep 262017

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an “ethnic war” in the region. Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in independence vote “If (Massud) Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” Erdogan said in a televised speech. The post Erdogan warns of ‘ethnic war’ risk over Iraqi Kurdish independence vote appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 242017
In times of war

While addressing the UN General Assembly session, US President Donald Trump has proposed the complete destruction of North Korea. In his zeal to overpower Korea, the president has perhaps ignored the war’s disastrous consequence that will affect the entire world. The war is never a solution for any problem. On the other hand, North Korea should try to settle its disputes in an efficient manner. Obviously the world is shocked over such an irresponsible statement of the American president. Proper steps should be taken to let the world know that the war is not a solution. All countries must work through international organisations to find peaceful solutions. Trump seems to be caught up in asserting his dominance in the world. Being a world leader, it is his responsibility to act wisely and lead the world with his political acumen. The ongoing war in Afghanistan shows the serious consequences of a wrong decision. Millions of civilians including women and children have lost their lives in the ongoing war. And millions have sought refuge in other countries. What has the US gained from these wars? The UN should play its role and take measures to keep the US and North Korea away from war. Javaid Bashir (Lahore) Click for detailed story

Sep 232017
Heal the world

Created and sponsored by the UN, International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 across the world. The day is observed to seek the global cessation of violence and war. On this day, countries pledge to do everything they can to stop war and violence. Wouldn’t it be nice if such days are observed more than once a year so that every country could be reminded of the importance of peace and harmony? In today’s world of nuclear weapons, a war means the instant destruction of the earth. If a war breaks out between any two countries, nothing will be left behind. Will we ever see the time when peace prevails in the world? Aisha Maheen Karachi Click for detailed story

Sep 202017
Give peace a chance

September 21 is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. World peace is defined as freedom, peace and happiness among and within all nations and people. Today, peace has predominantly become political work towards settlement of issues between the nations through military involvement, cessation of arms and weapons and dialogue on less-violent, civilian matters. Peace has also included some humanitarian efforts that stretch its helping hands to the calamity-hit regions in the world. Today, the world is in chaos. World powers are threatening each other and are hinting at the possibility of a nuclear war. Under such situation, the desire for peace is supreme in the hearts of the people. Powerful countries should give up the race of arming themselves and their friendly countries to the teeth. Peace and prosperity can be attained by giving freedom to people anywhere in the world. They are freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment, and freedom from fear. Peace is the mother of progress. Without peace, a nation cannot make any progress. So peace is ever desirable. World peace is absolutely necessary. It is said ‘Peace begins with a smile.’ A smile can light up a room, so imagine what a world of smiles can do. If every day, someone does something kind for someone, it will create a ripple effect. Peace is certainly something we must seek. History is a record of wars. Peace is still a dream. People talk of peace but [Read More…]

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