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National Internal Security Policy of Pakistan and the Road Ahead

Pakistan’s federal cabinet approved the National Internal Security Policy (NISP) on Feb. 25. The document has taken about eight months to prepare. Its draft was completed end-November/early-December, and was to be placed before the cabinet on Jan. 20 but was taken off the agenda. Press reports at the time said that the draft was not discussed because of certain shortcomings. However, the Ministry of Interior rejected the news reports and said that given the schedule of the interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, it was decided the draft would be tabled for the cabinet’s approval in the next meeting. This draft was shared with me in the last week of December. I wrote a brief review of it and sent it to the interior minister on Jan. 3. The review only included my quick thoughts about certain areas of the policy. Given the interior minister’s interest in getting my input, the review was essentially meant as talking points rather than as an extensive critique. While that meeting neve

Noam Chomsky: Truth to power

Often dubbed one of the world’s most important intellectuals and its leading public dissident, Noam Chomsky was for years among the top 10 most quoted academics on the planet, edged out only by William Shakespeare, Karl Marx, Aristotle. Noam Chomsky  on Speaking the  Truth  - YouTube ► 1:16 ► 1:16 ‎ Noam Chomsky  talks about the idea of "speaking truth  to  power ". Excerpt from " Power  and Terror" (2002). Chomsky elaborated on this point in    ... ----------------------------------------------------------------- An unrelenting critic of U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s, much of his intellectual life has been spent stripping away what he calls America’s “flattering self-image” and the layers of self-justification and propaganda he says it uses to mask its naked pursuit of power and profit around the world. Now aged 85, Chomsky is still in demand across the world as a publ

Pakistan most terror-hit nation

Pakistan is the country most affected by terrorism in the world after Iraq, but if the severity of the incidents is considered, it even surpasses the Middle Eastern nation, according to a policy document on internal national security. The draft of National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2013-2018, currently being fine-tuned by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan before presentation to the cabinet, describes the scenario as dangerous, posing an existential threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the state. “From 2001 to 2013, there were 13,721 incidents in Pakistan which is marginally less than Iraq. From 2001 to 2005, there were 523 terrorist incidents in Pakistan but from 2007 to November 2013, the total number of incidents has risen to 13,198.” Similarly, the number of suicide bombings between 2001 and 2007 stood at 15 only, but from 2007 to November last year, suicide attacks jumped to 358 – the highest anywhere in the world. According to data released by the US Nation

From Bhagat to a Terrorist- RSS Terrorism against Indian Muslims

بھگت سے دہشت گرد بننے تک آر ایس ایس سے تعلق رکھنے والے اہم رہنما،سوامی آسیمانند کی چشم کشا داستان،اسی پوشیدہ سازشی کی زیرنگرانی بیسیوں پاکستانی و بھارتی اسلامیوں کو خون میں نہلا دینے والا خطرناک منصوبہ پروان چڑھا رات کے ساڑھے گیارہ بجے تھے کہ سمجھوتہ ایکسپریس پانی پت اسٹیشن سے روانہ ہوئی۔ دہلی سے لاہور جانے والی اس ریل پر تقریباً 750مسافر سوار تھے۔اکثریت کا تعلق پاکستان سے تھا۔19فروری 2007ء کا دن صرف آدھا گھنٹہ دور تھا‘ مگر کئی بدقسمت لوگوں کو خبر نہ تھی کہ اس سے قبل ہی موت دبے پائوں ان کی سمت بڑھ رہی ہے۔ جب بارہ بجنے سے سات منٹ قبل ریل دیوانہ نامی بھارتی گائوں سے نکلی، تو پچھلے دو ڈبوں میں زبردست دھماکے ہوئے ۔انھوں نے پوری گاڑی کو ہلا کر رکھ دیا۔ ڈبوں میں چھپائے گئے کیمیائی مادوں نے فوراً آگ پکڑ لی اور وہاں کہرام مچ گیا۔ آگ نے دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے 68 بچے ،عورتیں اور مرد خاکستر کر ڈالے۔پچاس سے زائد انسان زخمی ہوئے۔ اگلے دن بھارت و پاکستان کے اخبارات دہشت گردی کے اس گھنائونے واقعے کی تفصیل سے بھرے پڑے تھے۔ٹی وی نیٹ ورک جلے ڈبوں کے روح فرسا مناظر دکھا رہے تھے۔انتہا پسند ہندو رہنما پرگ