July, 2018

IN THE NEWS: AFGHAN PRESIDENT SUGGESTS TALIBAN COULD JOIN PEACE TALKS, DESPITE REJECTION (JULY 17, 2018)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Afghan President Suggests Taliban Could Join Peace Talks, Despite Rejection SOURCE: Gandhara Tuesday, July 17, 2018 (Posted) KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has dismissed the Taliban’s rejection of his offer of peace talks, suggesting that the militant group can still be persuaded to come to the […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN, IRAN VOW TO IMPROVE MILITARY TIES (JULY 17, 2018)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Pakistan, Iran vow to improve military ties SOURCE: Dawn Tuesday, July 17, 2018 By BAQIR SAJJAD SYED ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran on Monday pledged to further deepen their military cooperation. This was the upshot of Iranian Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri’s visit to Pakistan. […]

IN THE NEWS: REAL RULERS: HOW ELECTABLES TIGHTEN THEIR GRIP ON POLITICAL POWER (JULY 16, 2018)

Written by admin on Monday, July 16th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Real rulers: How electables tighten their grip on political power SOURCE: The Express Tribune Monday, July 16, 2018 By IRFAN GHAURI and TAHIR MALIK ISLAMABAD: A recent social media post quoting little known Khalilur Rehman, apparently a doctor from South Punjab’s Rajanpur district, attracted many hits. When […]

IN THE NEWS: SHADOW OF ‘ENGINEERING’ HANGS OVER PAKISTAN ELECTION (JULY 16, 2018)

Written by admin on Monday, July 16th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Shadow of ‘engineering’ hangs over Pakistan election SOURCE: Al Jazeera Monday, July 16, 2018 By ASAD HASHIM *Political leaders in Balochistan province claim they are being threatened to switch parties, alleging army involvement Mastung, Pakistan – Surrounded by the arid mountains of the Chiltan range, Aslam Raisani’s […]

IN THE NEWS: TOWARD A HINDU PAKISTAN? (JULY 15, 2018)

Written by admin on Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Towards a Hindu Pakistan? SOURCE: The Indian express Sunday, July 15, 2018 By TAVLEEN SINGH If the BJP does manage to win a second term, the Prime Minister would do well to ask himself why we have violent Hindutva instead of a Hindu renaissance that could make […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS DEEPENS IN AN ELECTION YEAR (JULY 15, 2018)

Written by admin on Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Pakistan’s economic crisis deepens in an election year SOURCE: Asia Times Sunday, July 15, 2018 By KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID *Pakistan desperately needs to borrow to stave off a major economic crisis. But the IMF says it is in no position to service existing debts The Pakistan government […]

IN THE NEWS: AS PAKISTAN’S NAWAZ SHARIF IS SENT TO JAIL, HIS RIVAL IMRAN KHAN SHOULD NOT CELEBRATE (JULY 14, 2018)

Written by admin on Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten As Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif is sent to jail, his rival Imran Khan should not celebrate SOURCE: The Washington Post Saturday, July 14, 2018 By BARKHA DUTT Right after sweeping the 2013 elections in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif told me that as prime minister he would show the world […]

IN THE NEWS: PAKISTAN READIES FOR DISGRACED EX-PM SHARIF’S RETURN FROM UK (JULY 13, 2018)

Written by admin on Friday, July 13th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Pakistan readies for disgraced ex-PM Sharif’s return from UK SOURCE: The Washington Post Friday, July 13, 2018 By ZAHEER BABAR LAHORE, Pakistan — Disgraced ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter to the federal capital of Islamabad when he returns Friday to Pakistan’s eastern […]

IN THE NEWS: TALIBAN ATTACKS ON AFGHAN FORCES LEAVE 40 DEAD (JULY 13, 2018)

Written by admin on Friday, July 13th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Taliban attacks on Afghan forces leave 40 dead SOURCE: Dawn Friday, July 13, 2018 KUNDUZ: Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north have caused “heavy casualties”, officials said on Thursday, putting the number of soldiers killed as high as 40 in ongoing fighting. Militants […]

IN THE NEWS: A DIRTY WAR ON FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN PAKISTAN (JULY 13, 2018)

Written by admin on Friday, July 13th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten A dirty war on freedom of the press in Pakistan SOURCE: The Nation Friday, July 13, 2018 By HAMEED HAROON As Pakistan heads toward its next democratic elections on July 25, the transition to a new government is likely to be a hazardous one. The main reason: […]