Who’s fighting whom in Pakistan? Why does the country’s powerful army continue to support some militant groups? DW examines the protracted conflict in the nuclear-armed nation and its possible effects on the region.
By Shamil Shams, Hans Spross
Over 60 Pakistani liberal intellectuals from all over the world gathered in London on Saturday, October 29, to discuss the future of their country. Organized by South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights forum, the conference issued a “London Declaration for Pakistani Pluralism” that highlighted a number of issues facing the country, but most prominently Islamic extremism and the role of Pakistani army in politics.
The group also has longstanding ties to the ruthless militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, whose militants have killed hundreds of Shiites in Baluchistan and Karachi in the past two years. Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar, is also a vice president of Ahle Sunnat.
MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan — In a country roiled by violent strife, the southern province of Sindh, celebrated as the “land of Sufis,” has long prized its reputation as a Pakistani bastion of tolerance and diversity.
Glittering Sufi shrines dot the banks of the river Indus as it wends through the province. The faithful sing and dance at exuberant religious festivals. Hindu traders, members of a sizable minority, thrive in the major towns.
Pakistan’s on-off dialogue with the Taliban has been commanding headlines and the attention of politicians and diplomats. But there has been little interest in a dialogue that could end the longest civil war in Pakistan’s history, says guest columnist Ahmed Rashid.
BALOCHISTAN: A woman Lashkar-e-Jhangvi suicide bomber carried out the devastating attack on a university bus carrying women and her male accomplice struck a hospital in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, police said, as the death toll on Sunday rose to 26 in the multiple strikes.
The banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks on the bus and at the Bolan Medical Complex, saying they were carried out in retaliation for a raid against the group by security forces.
London, April 12 (ANI): A senior Baloch leader has described Pakistan as a rogue state that has and will never serve the purpose for which it was created by the British in 1947.
Harbiyar Marri,Nationalist Leader, Balochistan, said in an interview given to ANI here recently that Pakistan has conducted five military operations in Balochistan which had claimed thousands of lives and resulted in the abduction and disappearance of several others.
“Since 1948, Pakistan has conducted five military operations in Balochistan in which, thousands of people have lost their lives, people have been abducted, and, we don’t know the whereabouts of 14000 people. The international community is not taking any action against Continue reading
Occupied Balochistan: At least eight innocent Baloch including a child and a woman have been killed by Pakistan’s armed forces in different areas of Balochistan on Monday.
Sources reported that Pakistani forces raided and attacked a house in Besima area of Balochistan. Two occupants, Mr Qasum Baloch and his sister Rozina Baloch, were killed due indiscriminate firing and shelling on their house.
I was all packed and ready when PIA suddenly decided to cancel its flight from Quetta to Turbat, which I was supposed to take to attend a family wedding the very next day. I panicked and called my uncle in Turbat to inform him that I couldn’t make it. But he was persistent and insisted that I had to come. So I decided to take a bus for Turbat the same evening.
As the bus left the station, I realised that I was wearing black clothes and that my surname was Hussain – enough reason to get killed on my journey to simply see two cousins tie the knot. Details of massacres of bus passengers who had taken similar bus journeys were quite vivid in my mind.