Reforms Announced for FATA on Independence Day

Posted on August 13, 2009
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Jauhar Ismail On the eve of Pakistan’s 63rd independence day, President Asif Ali Zardari announced major reforms in the political, administrative and judicial make up of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) – a combination of seven semi-autonomous tribal agencies bordering Afghanistan. It should be noted that as per the constitution of Pakistan, FATA is […]

Decisive offensive against Baitullah Mehsud?

Posted on June 15, 2009
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Jauhar Ismail The Pakistan government on Sunday announced a “decisive offensive” against the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) chief and Pakistan’s public enemy number one, Baitullah Mehsud. Baitullah is widely “credited” for dozens of brazen and spectacular attacks across Pakistan, the most recent being the Pearl Continental (PC) bombing in Peshawar and the killing of a prominenet anti-Taliban […]

Growing Consensus Against U.S Drone Attacks

Posted on April 16, 2009
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Jauhar Ismail The recent visit to Pakistan by the U.S Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke and Admiral Mike Mullen highlighted the growing differences between Pakistan and the United States on how to tackle the threat of Pakistani Taliban. At another level, their visit also signified an emerging consensus between Pakistan’s political leadership and security establishment that […]