Why 4500 Children Must Die in Thar Where a 4.5 Billion Dollar Coal-Fired Power Plant’s Being Built

It would take almost 3 years to get the two plants fired up from the time financial closing was done. During this time, 1500 times 3 = 4500 children would die never to benefit from these coal plant’s trickling fortunes. Khan Sahib probably hasn’t been told the ongoing deaths figure–that by the time these plants […]

New Zealand Was Warned a Terror Attack Was Possible, But its Govt Chose to Ignore the Warning

ALEXANDER GILLESPIE — Before the attack in Christchurch, very few people expected New Zealand would witness a terror incident of such magnitude. To all outward appearances, we were a very safe and tolerant society. The Global Peace Index had New Zealand as the second most peaceful country on the planet. Our terror rating was “low” […]

Opinion: New Zealand Attacks Are Not Inevitable

By Waleed Shwaila — In the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks, we are reminded of the power of idea, the influence of media, and the cons of mass interconnectivity. Such events root from perceived ideologies. Any system of beliefs incorporating hate towards a certain type of people or lifestyle, will inflict harm sooner or later. […]

‘Razia’ Needs a Startup: Her Net Worth Is Rs60 Billion, But She Doesn’t Know (Video)

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) –‘Razia’ (I’ve named her) is one of the 1.5 million street children we have in our country and the number’s growing if our youth bulge is a benchmark to consider. According to a survey, ‘Razia’ (female) belongs to the 6% of the 1.5m figure– and the rest (94 %) are boys. Gender […]

Was Buying or Building JF-17’s a ‘Blunder’?

Aircraft industries of 10 countries have shown interest in Pakistan’s homemade fighter jets JF17 Thunder after the jet destroyed two MIG21, and the stock value of Chinese firm that manufactures these in China has reportedly gone up. IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) — In May 2011, the New York Times’ local partner Express Tribune carried a story […]

Kashmir: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Rushdi’s Dil Ko Jalana Hum Ne Chor Dya

IRSHAD SALIM — Back in November I pointed out several competing wannabe Beethoven’s in our homeland. I included PM Imran Khan, Khadim Rizvi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Tariq Jamil, Siraj ul Haq, or et al–for different and competing albeit conflicting reasons though. I should have then included Maualana Saeed Azhar by name rather […]

Israeli, Indian Ying Yang Behind Escalating Conflict On Kashmir: Robert Fisk

Signing up to the ‘war on terror’ – especially ‘Islamist terror’ – may seem natural for two states built on colonial partition whose security is threatened by Muslim neighbors ROBERT FISK — When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were […]

Connecting the Dots: Modi’s Bid to Upstage Politics, Geopolitics Thru Brinkmanship

Adil Dar (Pulwama attack suspect) belonged to occupied Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahidin (HM), a local militant outfit–he was not from Jaish-e-Mohammad which India claims operates from across the boarder. PKONWEB Report (New York/Islamabad) — In September 2018, Pakistan’s newly formed government led by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan held out an olive branch to India’s PM Narendra […]

Strategic Shift: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Asia Tour

LI WEIJIAN — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud traveled to Asia last week, visiting Pakistan, India and China. The main purpose of this trip was to step up the country’s diplomatic outreach by boosting relations with these Asian countries. Riyadh used to rely on the West. However, having realized that […]

Roses Not Guns Option For Kashmir Settlement Between India, Pakistan

“There is a need to win the hearts and minds of the (Kashmiri) people”; “War is not a picnic”.  PKONWEB Report (New York/Islamabad) — Amid blow hot and blow cold statements and talk shows in the aftermath of February 14 Pulwama attack, observers, analysts, ex-spy chiefs and former brass tacks are generally saying that war […]

Modi’s Popularity Polls Ahead of Election: Trick or Treat?

IRSHAD SALIM – On January 25, India Today Mood of the Nation survey report confidently predicted the end of Modi wave in upcoming elections. “Just a year-and-a-half ago, Narendra Modi’s re-election as prime minister was considered a given. Now, it is no more a certainty,” it said. Forget the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) repeating its […]

Rangeela Foretold Pitfalls of Political Populism Thru ‘Insaan Aur Gadha’

IRSHAD SALIM (Islamabad) — It’s been almost five decades since the Constitution of our country was unanimously approved and signed off by all political parties then. The landmark document considered by many envisaged an egalitarian society and pluralism intertwined together to move the nation forward. But many now say that the parliamentarian system the document […]

Essence and Brasstacks Of PM Khan’s Interview To Newsmakers

IRSHAD SALIM (ISLAMABAD) –The newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Khan’s interview with Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT World is a must-watch for those not addicted with binary results and telegraphic positioning in the practice of nation-building albeit statecraft. From US and China relations with Pakistan and Asia Bibi to corruption, rule of law, and India and […]

Holy Cow, OMG: ‘Bomb Indians Who Feel Unsafe in Present Day India’

PKONWEB Report — With parliamentary elections months away, India’s ruling BJP party appears gung ho at repeating its 2014 diabolical tactic–galvanize right-wing support base by whipping up nationalist sentiments, convert realpolitik by opening up religious faultlines to come back to power. Two currencies have therefore been floated: Anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim narratives in a cold-start followed […]

Sans CPEC Pakistan Would Be Losing 80 to 120 Billion Dollars

SHAKEEL AHMAD RAMAY: Way back in 2010-11 it was calculated that the energy crises was costing Pakistan 2 percent of GDP. Pakistan was energy hungry, thus, the Industry started to relocate out of country. Employment opportunities started to shrink. Export sector suffered due to lack of competitiveness and a higher cost of production. The energy […]

Karachi Killer Assassinated In Afghanistan: RAW False Flag Or Modi’s Blunder?

ANDREW KORYBKO: The Baloch separatist mastermind behind the recent terrorist attack against the Chinese consulate in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi has been assassinated by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan after he was reportedly sent there by India in an effort to distance New Delhi from its proxy after that audacious incident, raising serious questions […]

OPINION: Squandering Five Billion Dollars Of Our “Little House On The Prairie”

IRSHAD SALIM (Dec 22, 2018) — The PPP-led Sindh government is ‘missing records of Rs300 billion’, said Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Political Affairs Naeemul Haq on a TV Talk Show Friday. “The Auditor General’s report for 2016-17 says that out of Rs600 billion allocated to the Sindh government, the government does not have expenditure […]