21 August, 2014 / Shawwal 24, 1435

Syed Irfan Ashraf

TTP turf war

IS the turf war within the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan an outcome of muscle-flexing or a shift in the militancy...

Let’s play ‘talk, talk’

AFTER several days of sustained air strikes against militants’ hideouts in the tribal belt and adjacent settled...

Media under fire

WHY would the Taliban try to recruit insiders from the ranks of journalists? This was the first question that came ...

Anatomy of a jailbreak

THE Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak was alarming. But the government’s response was equally embarrassing. Over 100...

Behind the conspiracy theories

ON television, a couple of celebrity anchors were discussing the rising tide of conspiracy theories in Pakistan. One...

A drama called terrorism

TO borrow an idea from sociologist Victor Burner, terrorism in Pakistan has become a social drama. Almost every...

Perils of reaching out

IN his first press conference after winning the elections last month, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez...

Farcical debate

WITH a congressional hearing in the United States on the drone issue set for April 23, some groups in that country are making efforts to create a consensus for bringing an end to drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere.

Manufacture of the militant discourse

FOLLOWING an embedded visit to the terrorism-hit Waziristan last December, an Islamabad-based journalist broke a story about cracks appearing in the leadership of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The Malala effect

MILITANCY may have been overcome to a large extent in Swat, but the disruption it caused in the lives of so many families, individuals and institutions has yet to be replaced by normalcy. For this, both the militants

Predatory politics and Malala

THE attack on Malala Yousufzai’s life was shocking for people around the world, but I see no reason to be surprised.

Military-media relationship

THE world over, the media and the military have never had an easy relationship.

Weak security apparatus

IT would be wishful thinking that in future, our security institutions will prevent the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or other militants from repeating something such as the Bannu jailbreak two months ago.

Drone strikes: boon or bane?

DURING a visit to Tank, a Mehsud tribesman surprised me with some blunt remarks. Supporting drone attacks in Fata, the young tribesman from South Waziristan Agency said, “We see in the drones our only hope to go back home.”

Hard times for journalists

“I AM already on their hit list. I don’t want to win a race against a natural death by writing something about the Taliban,” said Mukarram Khan Atif, with a reluctant smile as he tried to put off my request to publish something from his vast repository of

Understanding militancy

DOES poverty have anything to do with militancy in Pakistan`s Pakhtun belt? This question attracted much focus a few years ago when the insurgency inflicted the Malakand division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

TTP losing its clout?

FOR many militant commanders of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan who operate from Fata, reconciliation with the government appears to have become a priority.

Cost of self-censorship

JOURNALISTS in Pakistan are familiar with `pre-censorship`. However, few focus on self-censorship and the harm that does to the ideal of the public`s right to know.

Heroes of Swat

“I curse my name Malala — mournful — which keeps happiness away from me,” she said.

The Kurram blockade

A DAY before the Thall-Parachinar road reopened, I was at the Peshawar Airport along with other passengers climbing...