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... Published May 19, 2014 06:50am

Let’s play ‘talk, talk’

AFTER several days of sustained air strikes against militants’ hideouts in the tribal belt and adjacent settled... Published Mar 10, 2014 07:49am

Media under fire

WHY would the Taliban try to recruit insiders from the ranks of journalists? This was the first question that came ... Published Feb 15, 2014 06:37am

Anatomy of a jailbreak

THE Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak was alarming. But the government’s response was equally embarrassing. Over 100... Updated Aug 17, 2013 07:57am

Behind the conspiracy theories

ON television, a couple of celebrity anchors were discussing the rising tide of conspiracy theories in Pakistan. One... Published Jul 23, 2013 07:19am

A drama called terrorism

TO borrow an idea from sociologist Victor Burner, terrorism in Pakistan has become a social drama. Almost every... Published Jul 08, 2013 04:54am

Perils of reaching out

IN his first press conference after winning the elections last month, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez... Published Jun 18, 2013 05:02am

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. Published Apr 22, 2013 05:10am

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). Published Feb 12, 2013 02:46am

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 Published Dec 29, 2012 10:03pm

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. Published Oct 20, 2012 10:03pm

Military-media relationship

THE world over, the media and the military have never had an easy relationship. Published Aug 17, 2012 02:03am

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. Published Jun 11, 2012 12:10am

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.” Published Feb 20, 2012 11:35pm

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 Published Feb 01, 2012 12:10am

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. Published Jan 17, 2012 02:04am

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. Published Dec 31, 2011 08:12pm

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. Published Dec 19, 2011 07:53pm

Heroes of Swat

“I curse my name Malala — mournful — which keeps happiness away from me,” she said. Published Dec 05, 2011 10:53pm

The Kurram blockade

A DAY before the Thall-Parachinar road reopened, I was at the Peshawar Airport along with other passengers climbing... Published Nov 09, 2011 11:00pm