Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cricket for peace, Peshawar fills with smiles

“a game of hope” I haven’t the first clue about cricket but today that didn’t matter, I saw the people of Peshawar full of smiles as an estimated 24k filled the Arbab Niaz stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan. The cricket for peace … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Taliban, politicians and campaigners call for drones to stop to enable ceasefire and dialogue to start

“for every militant killed by drone another young person is radicalized so its a pointless operation that is counter productive and the US is only reinforcing violence”   Hakimullah Mehsud leader of Pakistan Taliban (TTP) In a rare interview with … Continue reading

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“Brand Malala”: Western exploitation of a schoolgirl

“Brand Malala”:  Western exploitation of a schoolgirl As Malala Yousafzai has told the media, that second when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan changed her life, (it is also changing the lives of others too), Malala has become … Continue reading

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Pakistan, drones must stop for dialogue to start: Letter to UN rapporteur investigating drones

“I condemn both drone strikes and bombing of civilians, both are equally wrong, both acts of terror and one leads to another”         All Parties Conference (photo left) and Ehsanullah Ehsan, Political Commission with Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud … Continue reading

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Iran/Israel: The targeted killing of Iran’s nuclear scientists!

Back in December 2010, I wrote an article for Asia Despatch website on the assassination of scientists in Iran’s nuclear industry. In October 2013, I note the killing of yet another person working in this field, Mojtaba Ahmadi, who served … Continue reading

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Constitution, killings and the battle for dialogue, will Pakistan fall at the first hurdle?

“The first casualty of peace may be truth”      Victims of bombings and a vigil for families of “enforced disappearances” Pakistan At a time when the All Parties Commission, APC (government and opposition parties) voted for dialogue to end … Continue reading

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