Funeral bridges religious and ethnic dividesMarvi Sirmed February 14, 2018 Daily Times

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Asma Jahangir’s funeral was an emotionally draining yet an energising experience in unique ways. People of all ages, genders, ethnicities, religions, and social classes came to bid adieu to her. Only she could manage to amass such a wide spectrum of the society at such an occasion. There were trans people, women, men, youngsters, older people, people descending from SUVs …

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Prominent Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies aged 66 Lawyer who was outspoken critic of country’s Islamist extremism had a heart attack in LahoreThe Guardian UK (Feb 11, 2018) Courtesy AP

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Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activists, has died of a heart attack aged 66. She was rushed to hospital in Lahore on Saturday night and died the following day, her daughter Muneeze Jahangir said. Friends, relatives, activists and journalists thronged to her residence in Lahore to express their grief. Local TV stations broadcast footage showing public …

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A symbol of resistance: Veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch laid to restThe Express Tribune (Feb 6, 2018)

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KARACHI: Veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch was laid to rest in Mewa Shah Graveyard Tuesday afternoon. He passed away early Tuesday morning in Karachi, while fighting pancreatic cancer for many years. Siddiq, 78, was a renowned journalist, senior political economist and democrat. He was the chief editor of Daily Azadi Quetta, an Urdu newspaper started by him in 2002 and Balochistan …

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Battle for Kabul Has Begun By Nafisa Hoodbhoy VOA (Extremism Watch Desk) January 28, 2018 https://www.voanews.com/a/analysts-say-battle-for-kabul-has-begun/4228724.html

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WASHINGTON — Taliban attacks on two consecutive weekends in Kabul, which have killed hundreds of people, including Americans, have occurred in the midst of stepped-up efforts by the Trump administration to find a way out of the 16-year-old Afghan imbroglio. While the Trump administration has doubled its troop level in Afghanistan to 16,000, the U.S. Central Command led by Gen. …

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Evening Get-together by St. Louis community

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An evening get together at a local restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri picked up on some of the issues raised by the author at the Ethical Society earlier on Jan. 20. Convener Sohail Ansari introduced the author at the event, attended by men and women from all the communities that are represented in Pakistan. During the evening address at Kababish …

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Author Presents Excerpts of `Aboard the Democracy Train’ in MissouriEvent Held in Ethical Society of St. Louis

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The author of Aboard the Democracy Train gave a presentation of her book at an event sponsored by the Pakistani community in Missouri on Jan. 20. Held at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, Nafisa Hoodbhoy was the guest speaker during a two hour long session that explored specific topics relating to the effects of partition on Sindh, the ethnic …

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills Militants in Pakistan but Angers Its GovernmentBy SALMAN MASOOD JAN. 24, 2018 The New York Times

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A leader of the militant Haqqani network and two of his aides were killed Wednesday in an American drone strike in northwestern Pakistan, an attack that was denounced by the Pakistani government. The attack took place on Wednesday morning in the Speen Thal Dapa Mamozai area of the Kurram tribal region and was directed at a house …

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Americans Were Among 22 Killed in Kabul Hotel Attack, U.S. SaysBy MUJIB MASHAL and JAWAD SUKHANYAR JAN. 23, 2018 The New York Times

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The State Department said on Tuesday that United States citizens were among the victims of the Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, which killed 22 people. American officials said they were not yet able to publicly identify the citizens who were killed or injured, but Afghan officials said it appeared that at …

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The C.I.A.’s Maddening Relationship with PakistanBy Nicholas Schmidle January 12, 2018 (The New Yorker)

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Thirteen years ago, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Pakistan with a list. He pulled it from his shirt pocket during a meeting with President Pervez Musharraf, and told the general how, during a recent Oval Office gathering, President George W. Bush had expressed bewilderment and annoyance that most of the terrorists on the list were suspected of hiding out …

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Body of MQM leader Dr Hasan Arif found in a car in KarachiDawn Newspaper

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Professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif, MQM-London’s deputy convener, was found dead in a car in Karachi’s Ilyas Goth area on Sunday, police said. “The body of Hassan Zafar Arif, son of Maqbool Hassan, 70-72-years-old, was found from car number ANC-016, Lancer silver at Ilyas Goth,” station house officer at Ibrahim Hyderi police station confirmed. “The body was shifted to Jinnah …

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Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping attemptCommittee to Protect Journalists (Jan. 10, 2018)

New York, January 10, 2018—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Pakistani authorities to investigate today’s attempted abduction of journalist Taha Siddiqui, and prosecute the perpetrators. Siddiqui, the Pakistani bureau chief for the New Delhi-based television channel World Is One News, was in Islamabad on his way to the airport when 10 to 12 men stopped his car on the highway, …

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Review of Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan’s Last Decade of DemocracyKaustubh Kirti's Reviews Dec 29, 2017

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A thrilling tale that follows the death of Zia on 1988 and folllows much of Pakistan’s history till the shahadat of Benazir Bhutto. The book gives a close acccount of what goes behind the scene in the political landscape and how specific events change the functioning of democracy in Pakistan. Fragility of the civil institutions have directly been related to …

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Trump’s Twitter Attack On Pakistan Is Met With Both Anger And Support In South AsiaLeeza Mangaldas Forbes (Jan 3, 2018).

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In one of his first tweets of the new year, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of deceiving the United States and harboring terrorists while accepting billions of dollars in foreign aid, an equation that would no longer be tolerated. Along with the tweet came reports that the U.S. is likely to withhold more than $250 million in aid that …

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Iranians chant ‘death to dictator’ in biggest unrest since crushing of protests in 2009Saeed Kamali Dehghan & Emma Graham-Harrison The Guardian (Dec 31,2017)

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At least two protesters were killed in the city of Doroud, in Iran’s western Lorestan province, as riot police opened fire to contain a group of people said to have been trying to occupy the local governor’s office. Clashes between demonstrators and anti-riot police became violent in some cities as the demonstrations spread. The two men killed in Doroud have …

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A sisterhood with nerves of steelBy Naziha Ahmed (Dawn Newspaper) Dec 2017

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“The truth does not change when a government does. Like freedom, truth is open to misuse, but, again like freedom, it can’t be withheld on that count,” wrote the late Razia Bhatti in one of her searing editorials. These were not merely fine words: Ms Bhatti, editor of the Herald and later of Newsline – not to mention the women …

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Frustrated U.S. Might Withhold $255 Million in Aid From PakistanBy ADAM GOLDMAN, MARK LANDLER & ERIC SCHMITT The New York Times

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WASHINGTON, Dec 29 — When Pakistani forces freed a Canadian-American family this fall held captive by militants, they also captured one of the abductors. United States officials saw a potential windfall: He was a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network who could perhaps provide valuable information about at least one other American hostage. The Americans demanded access to the man, …

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Benazir Bhutto assassination: How Pakistan covered up killingBy Owen Bennett Jones BBC News (Dec 27, 2017)

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Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim country. The decade since an assassin killed her has revealed more about how Pakistan works than it has about who actually ordered her death. Bhutto was murdered on 27 December 2007 by a 15-year-old suicide bomber called Bilal. She had just finished an election rally in Rawalpindi when he approached …

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Trump looks to the sky to force Taliban to the tableAFP (Dec 23, 2017)

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KABUL: The war in Afghanistan may be entering its 17th year, but screams of military jet engines in the twinkling skies above Bagram Airfield show no sign of quieting. This city-scale military base just north of Kabul has — like similar facilities in Kandahar and Jalalabad — become central to Donald Trump´s promise to succeed where his predecessors failed, and …

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?By Sebastian Kettley Fri, Dec 22, 2017 Express UK

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An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s …

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Pakistan Church Attacked by 2 Suicide Bombers By SALMAN MASOOD DEC. 17, 2017 (The New York Times)

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers attacked a church packed with worshipers on Sunday in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 35 others, several critically, officials said. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan Province, in the country’s southwest. The group’s Amaq …

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