Taliban Play Trump with Peace Talks in Pakistan
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Taliban Play Trump with Peace Talks in Pakistan

The Pakistani government finally announced their negotiating team for peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The banned militant outfit responded with their own team, which includes politicians from the very parties that were backing the government’s peace talks, including cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan, who declined the role. In an analysis piece written for the daily Dawn, Peshawar-based … Continue reading

BBC, Guardian, Play Cricket With Facts: The Real Tendulkar-Taliban Story
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BBC, Guardian, Play Cricket With Facts: The Real Tendulkar-Taliban Story

Record-breaking batsman Tendulkar recently played his last cricket game ending a legendary 24-year career. The “news” about his retirement and flood of tributes across South Asia, UK and Australia were soon trumped by an alleged “warning” from the Pakistani Taliban. “Stop praising Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Taliban warn Pakistani media“: variations of this sensational headline were circulated by … Continue reading

Pakistan Government Blames Social Media for Fanning Sectarian Clashes
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Pakistan Government Blames Social Media for Fanning Sectarian Clashes

A three-day curfew was imposed in Rawalpindi city, after eleven people were killed and a market was burnt, following a clash reportedly between Sunni and Shia crowds on Ashura, the 10th day of the Islamic month Muharram, a day of mourning and processions for Shia-muslims. Soon after the clash on November 15, 2013, images – some doctored and some manipulated with … Continue reading

Peace Unlikely as Pakistan’s New Taliban Chief Swears Revenge
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Peace Unlikely as Pakistan’s New Taliban Chief Swears Revenge

The Pakistani government has shelved planned peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, following the election of a new Taliban chief. Mullah Fazlullah has shunned the negotiation table and sworn to avenge the death of his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month.  Following Mehsud’s death, the Pakistan Taliban also known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a loose coalition … Continue reading