July, 2019

IN THE NEWS: PERILS OF AUTHORITARIANISM (JULY 31, 2019)

Written by admin on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Perils of authoritarianism SOURCE: Dawn Wednesday, July 31, 2019 By ZAHID HUSSAIN “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” — George Orwell ONE year down the road our second democratic transition remains […]

IN THE NEWS: BISP AND SOCIAL PROTECTION (JULY 31, 2019)

Written by admin on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten BISP and social protection SOURCE: The News International Wednesday, July 31, 2019 By FOQIA SADIQ KHAN The more than ten-year old social protection scheme, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), has survived its second transfer of power since it was launched in 2008 by the PPP government. It […]

IN THE NEWS: SOPKO DOUBTS AFGHAN FORCES’ SELF-SUSTAINING CAPACITY (JULY 30, 2019)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Sopko Doubts Afghan Forces’ Self-Sustaining Capacity SOURCE: TOLO News Tuesday, July 30, 3019 *SIGAR estimates the US has spent about $18 billion to equip Afghanistan’s security forces * Sopko Counts Daesh As A Big Challenge In Afghanistan * It’s ‘Getting Harder’ To Track US Progress In Afghanistan […]

IN THE NEWS: AFGHAN TALKS TO BE HELD IN OSLO, QURESHI TELLS NA (JULY 30, 2019)

Written by admin on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Afghan talks to be held in Oslo, Qureshi tells NA SOURCE: Dawn Tuesday, July 30, 2019 By AMIR WASIM ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly on Monday that the next round of the intra-Afghan dialogue would be held in Norwegian capital Oslo and […]

IN THE NEWS: POMPEO SAYS TRUMP WANTS TO ‘REDUCE’ FOREIGN FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN BY NOVEMBER 2020 (JULY 29, 2019)

Written by admin on Monday, July 29th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Pompeo Says Trump Wants To ‘Reduce’ Foreign Forces In Afghanistan By November 2020 SOURCE: Gandhara Monday, July 29, 2019 WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump wants combat forces of the United States and its allies reduced in Afghanistan before the next […]

IN THE NEWS: TALIBAN REJECT DIRECT TALKS WITH AFGHAN GOVERNMENT (JULY 28, 2019)

Written by admin on Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Taliban reject direct talks with Afghan government SOURCE: The Express Tribune Sunday, July 28, 2019 KABUL: The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with the Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold such a meeting in […]

IN THE NEWS: THE PAK-US RESET (JULY 28, 2019)

Written by admin on Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten The Pak-US reset SOURCE: The News International Sunday, July 28, 2019 By BABAR SATTAR Prime Minister Imran Khan did a grand job in official meetings in DC this past week. Our PM’s first meeting with an unpredictable and egotistical US president, who had blamed Pakistan for deceit […]

IN THE NEWS: REMOVING AC FROM NAWAZ’S CELL ‘DIRECT ATTACK’ ON HIS LIFE: SHEHBAZ (JULY 27, 2019)

Written by admin on Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Removing AC from Nawaz’s cell ‘direct attack’ on his life: Shehbaz SOURCE: The Express Tribune Saturday, July 27, 2019 *PML-N president hopes Punjab chief secretary is aware of ‘extreme consequences of this step’ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has said the government’s move to […]

IN THE NEWS: IN PAKISTAN, POLITICAL STANDOFF SWITCHES INTO HIGH GEAR (JULY 26, 2019)

Written by admin on Friday, July 26th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten In Pakistan, Political Standoff Switches Into High Gear SOURCE: Gandhara Friday, July 26, 2019 By ABUBAKAR SIDDIQUE Political temperatures in Pakistan are rapidly rising as the opposition takes to the streets and the government doubles down on stifling dissent and imprisoning its critics amid rising economic troubles. […]

IN THE NEWS: BLASTS ROCK KABUL AS US, AFGHANISTAN VOW TO SPEED UP PEACE TALKS, (JULY 26, 2019)

Written by admin on Friday, July 26th, 2019

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Blasts rock Kabul as US, Afghanistan vow to speed up peace talks SOURCE: Asia Times Friday, July 26, 2019 By THOMAS WATKINS and USMAN SHARIFI *With election season kicking off, country is at a crossroads A series of bombings rocked Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, killing at […]