What is missing in Obama’s anti-militancy approach is the lack of recognition of the real issues.
Blood comes cheap in Pakistan’s largest city, and any resistance to intruders could cost people their lives.
Predictably, the MQM leaders have dismissed the JIT report as a conspiracy of the establishment.
The extremists have gained ground because of the moral bankruptcy of our political leadership.
Transparency and accountability are in short supply in our political culture.
The military is asserting itself while the government seems to have abdicated responsibility.
Militancy and extremism cannot be dealt with without eradicating their ideological sources.
The militants who massacred schoolchildren and beheaded soldiers surely committed war crimes.
Footprints of Haqqanis are visible all over Miramshah. Most have fled but the troops have orders not to spare anyone.
Radical madressah networks in Punjab lie at the heart of Pakistan’s terrorism problem.
There is no shortage of anti-terrorism laws in the country; the real issue is of their enforcement.
The PTI’s arrogance has become increasingly evident with the swelling of the crowds at its rallies.
The apparent collaboration between Afghanistan and Pakistan signifies the mending of ties.
What is most dangerous in this situation is the return of the government to its former ways of hubris.
It is one thing to draw large crowds at rallies and quite another to sustain the momentum.
Five months after the launch of Zarb-i-Azb the fighting is far from over.
The IS has become a source of inspiration for radical Islamists across the world.
The local government system, and not divisive slogans, should be the MQM’s focus.
Lofty promises appeal to a frustrated populace; the danger is such pledges raise expectations that cannot be fulfilled.
The PPP leadership seems frozen in time, and the party appears to be losing even its traditional support base.