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North Waziristan IDPs in Bannu District

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 3:02 pm (UTC+0)
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Pictures by VOA Deewa Recent military operations conducted in North Waziristan by the Pakistani Army has displaced an estimated half a million people from the region. Below are pictures of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan that have fled east 62 km to the adjoining Bannu District in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. IDPs are standing in […]

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Pakistani Operations Against Miliants Cost Women Dearly

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 6:50 pm (UTC+0)
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By Wagma Jalawan Ameena’s life has changed for the worst since 2008, when Pakistani jets started pounding suspected militant positions in the mountains of Khyber tribal area. The mother of two and her family were forced to flee their home and village as militants began fighting the military onslaught and the ensuing fighting made life […]

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Khyber Pukhtunkhwa: From Tobacco to Lethal Addictions

Posted June 17th, 2014 at 8:25 pm (UTC+0)
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By Niala Mohammad and Wagma Jalawan According to a recent UNDOC survey conducted in Pakistan, 5.8% or 6.45 million people of the population in Pakistan between the ages of 15 and 64 use drugs. The thought of a third world country and its people entrenched in war, terrorism and poverty almost justifies these staggering statistics […]

Universities Help Fighit Extremism, says Dr. Ihsan

Posted June 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm (UTC+0)

Deewa Radio Report Establishing a net-work of Universities and institution of higher education standard across Pakhrunkhwa and particularly in FATA will not only attract more and more students, but help in countering the growing extremism in the region, Prof. Dr. Isan Ali Told VOA Deewa Radio. “We have enrolled about 7000 students including 36 percent […]

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Carrot Or Stick? What to Give Tailiban? Pakistan’s Dilemma

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 6:32 pm (UTC+0)
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By Mujeebur Rahman Pakistan government finds itself in a catch-22 situation whether to launch a full-scale military operation in the tribal areas or to give yet another chance to the hitherto failed peace negotiations to curb the growing militancy in the country. After the attack on the airport in Karachi leaving 36 people dead including […]

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Music For Social Change in Pakistan

Posted June 11th, 2014 at 6:07 pm (UTC+0)
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By Aurangzeb Khan “I listened to you a lot-Maulana! But my fate didn’t change so far.” Many would have tuned into this song of the Pakistan-based Laal musical band. Laal’s music products address issues such as low wages, military might and religious bigotry which led to a short-term ban on the band’s  Facebook page. It […]

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CPJ and RSF Reaction on GEO Suspension

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 7:04 pm (UTC+0)
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By Rahman Bunairee The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) regard PEMRA’s action as “punitive and an overreaction on the [Pakistani] governments part.” Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), has suspended GEO TV’s license for 15 days and fined them Rs 10 million for a complaint issued by the Defense Ministry.  […]

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The US-Taliban Prisoner Swap

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 3:30 pm (UTC+0)
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by Niala Mohammad On May 31st, 2014 the US-Taliban prisoner swap took place, just weeks after President Barack Obama announced his withdrawal strategy from Afghanistan. Reactions about the prisoner exchange have been mixed. Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, a senior Afghanistan analyst at the Middle East Institute told Deewa Radio that although Americans applaud the release of […]

Release of US Soldier Brings Taliban Gitmo Detainees Into Focus

Posted June 4th, 2014 at 7:45 pm (UTC+0)
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By Iftikhar Hussain   I am not sure whether I have seen any of the five former Taliban detainees, who have been released in exchange for the U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but I have seen prisoners at the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during a visit in the summer of 2010. […]

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Pakistan’s New Budget, FATA, KP, Baluchistan Overlooked?

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 7:34 pm (UTC+0)
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By Iftikhar Hussain Pakistan’s budget for the year 2014-15 is an ambitious one and full of promises as usual. If one takes Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on his words that said in his budget speak in Parliament on Tuesday, Pakistan will be a beautiful place and most of its problems would be gone by next […]

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