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Time for action, not consultations

The nation observed three-day mourning over martyrdom of 141people including more than 130 students and as many injured in a dastardly act by the terrorists. Although nation has suffered death and destruction caused by the horrific acts of the terrorists, yet after dismemberment of Pakistan this is the second time the nation has witnessed national tragedy. The entire world condemned the massacre at Peshawar school, and messages from all over the world including Secretary General United Nations Ban Ki-moon poured in extending sympathies and condolences for the grief-stricken families of the innocent children killed and injured. It is indeed a national tragedy, as hundreds of nation’s children have been targeted by the terrorists who are not only enemies of Pakistan but also enemies of humanity. Those who have been sympathetic with them considering them as misguided elements should review their flawed thinking.

After the tragic event, all political parties and the nation stand united on one point i.e. to fight and eliminate terrorism. But they should not have waited for a tragic event to take place to show this rare unity. Anyhow, Imran Khan has done well to withdraw 18th December strike call and ended dharna, which is appreciable. It is hoped the government would expedite formation of judicial commission as demanded by Imran Khan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had convened ...
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Old tales die hard

After a couple of weeks of Pakistani enthusiasm about the newly found approach to our country by the new Afghan government we can easily see on the smoke screen the old images re-emerging. Even after over a trillion dollars of US taxpayers money gone waste on terror phobia and Pakistan’s socio-economic infrastructure destroyed in the hope of promised re-imbursement of this colossal loss, we finally end up receiving peanuts under the coalition support programme in delayed installments and not on actual basis.

Afghanistan is reported to have again asked Pakistan to play a more ‘visible’ role in persuading the Afghan Taliban to come to the negotiation table in a move suggesting that Kabul continues to believe that Islamabad still holds the key for a peace deal, while Indians are allowed a free hand in Afghanistan to settle its old scores with Pakistan. At the bottom of this request or even demand for mediation is the belief that the Afghan Taliban are somehow run by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. This assumption as true as it may have been at one point in time is surely not true anymore today – a fact that has been voiced time and again by the government, the army and the intelligence agencies.

That the same demand is cropping up again after the much tooted visit of President Ghani to Pakistan and other reconciliatory meetings in London is now showing two t ...
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National resolve to eradicate terrorism

The scars of the tragedy that unfolded at the Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday, may not heal for a long time to come, bur like all such cataclysmic events, it has produced a rare unity among the nation and given it a new zeal and determination to take the fight against the terrorists to its logical end. The move by the Prime Minister to convene the APC immediately was indeed a very visionary step to channelize the sentiments of the nation and the unity among the political forces towards evolving a concrete and unanimously backed plan of action to deal with the phenomenon of terrorism. It has provided a much needed breather to the government from the political crisis in the country which has been hampering government efforts to focus on dealing with terrorist single-mindedly, with Imran showing the prudence and sense of proportion to call off the sit-in and agitation against the government. The Prime Minister expressed his unflinching resolve to continue Zarb-e-Azab and avenge every drop of the spilled blood. The COAS said that the armed forces would chase those beasts to their dens and bring them to justice.

The promptness with which the civilian and military leadership responded to this diabolical episode deserves unqualified appreciation of the nation. Both dashed to Peshawar to assess the situation and to monitor the operation against the terrorists. They ...
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The alarming climate change

THE Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives. With rapid climate change, one-fourth of Earth’s species could be headed for extinction by 2050. The United States Global Change Research Programme (which includes the Department of Defense, NASA, National Science Foundation and other government agencies) has said that “Global warming is unequivocal and primarily human-induced and climate changes are underway in the United States and are projected to grow”

In addition to impacting our water resources, energy supply, transportation, agriculture, and ecosystems, the United States Global Change Research Program concludes that climate change Carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun’s heat and causing the planet to warm up. Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a globa ...
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RSS to ensure a ‘Hindu’ India only

The trouble started a few months ago, when members of right-wing Hindu group RSS swept into a small village where several families had converted to Christianity more than a decade earlier. They held a fire purification ceremony with the villagers, tore a cross off the local church and put up a poster of the god Shiva. The space was now a temple, they declared. They announced a Christmas Day ceremony where they planned to welcome hundreds of Christians and Muslims into Hinduism. A fundraising flier solicited donations for volunteers to undergo conversion — about $3,200 for each Christian and about $8,000 for each Muslim.

After a nationwide furore, organisers postponed the ceremony. But one of them, Rajeshwar Singh Solanki, said in an interview Thursday that his group will demonstrate against any church baptisms performed on the holiday. He said his group’s ultimate aim is to ensure that Islam and Christianity “cease to exist” in India. Christians in Aligarh say they are afraid of what might happen on their holy day. “We just want security from the government, particularly on Christmas,” said Ajay Joseph, 39, a lab technician.

His fears echo those of other religious minorities in majority-Hindu India, where some Christians and Muslims worry that incidents of religious tolerance will rise with the advent of a conservative government led by Narendra Modi, himself a ...
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