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NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan

NewsDaily: U.S. drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in Pakistan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A U.S. drone attack killed a senior al Qaeda commander in Pakistan's northwest on Sunday, military intelligence officials said, the second militant leader to be killed in strikes by the unmanned aircraft in three days.

 

'Unmanned aerial attacks have crushed al Qaeda's network along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan but have drawn trenchant criticism in the two countries

 

Al Qaeda has been weakened steadily in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. special forces on a Pakistani garrison town in May 2011.'

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Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow

Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'A new and significant force is taking form in Pakistani politics, coalescing around the person of former cricket champion Imran Khan, and his party, Tehreek-e-Insaf. Once dismissed in US cables as a “one-man party,” Khan’s persistent critique of the status quo began last year to resonate with the population. Since late 2011, he has been drawing tens of thousands into the streets to rally against corruption and national subservience to U.S. interests. He promises to dislodge from power Pakistan’s cartel of dynastic political parties, and to restore to independence a judiciary weakened by successive constitutional crises. Now regularly topping popularity polls, Imran Khan’s party has become a serious contender in forthcoming national elections – which may be called during the next year.'

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The price of blasphemy in Pakistan

The price of blasphemy in Pakistan | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Critics say controversial laws are ripe for misuse and abuse, with accusations often stemming from personal disputes.

 

'"You may belong to any religion, caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state. In due course of time, Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims will cease to be Muslims – not in a religious sense for that is the personal faith of an individual – but in a political sense as citizens of one state," declared Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's founder, in his first address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.

 

But more than 65 years on, Pakistan is again generating headlines because of its controversial anti-blasphemy laws that some analysts say are far removed from the founder's vision of the state.'

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With Pakistan Vote Looming, Ballot Symbols Prove A Tricky Topic

With Pakistan Vote Looming, Ballot Symbols Prove A Tricky Topic | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

It is perhaps unsurprising that Pakistani politicians, after daylong deliberations on November 28, reached a unanimous decision that cats should be thrown out of the country's marshy politics. 

 

'Same for radishes, carrots, okras, bananas, and the much-despised lotas, or ewers.

 

Implications did not extend to the proverbial "greater national interest," as is the case with so many decisions in Pakistan. Rather it was a matter of mutual personal and party interests. And so the decision came quickly.

 

The election commission says there are 216 registered political parties in Pakistan, while there are so far just 171 electoral symbols available. Many independent candidates will need their own symbols.

Symbols are used in elections in many countries to help illiterate voters distinguish among parties or even individual candidates. Such images, used for years in Pakistan, accompany campaign materials and must appear alongside the names of the respective individuals or groups on the ballots.

 

General elections are expected in April or May, and some parties have objected to the presence of certain symbols on the ballot.'

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Why The Hazaras Are Fleeing | newmatilda.com

Why The Hazaras Are Fleeing | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

Hazaras are the largest ethnic group coming to Australia by boat.

 

'Hazaras are the largest ethnic group coming to Australia by boat. They're escaping sectarian massacres that may get worse after the end of the Afghan War, writes former refugee Hadi Zaher'

 

Members of the community are the target of execution style killings and massacres by Taliban and Al-Qaida affiliated militants who have vowed to rid Pakistan of the presence of minorities such as Hazaras. The frequency of these attacks has gone from a few attacks a month to multiple attacks per week.

 

The Hazaras are disappointed with apathy of the international community, in particular the inaction of the United Nations. In both Afghanistan and Pakistan, they continue to be victimised by militants who enjoy support from powerful elements within the government. They cannot turn to Pakistani security agencies in hope of protection and have for too long appealed to the international community to come to their aid — all to no avail.'

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