Gilgit, September 26: People in Gilgit-Baltistan continue to remain victims of police brutality and discrimination by the Pakistan government. Recently Gilgit Baltistan police, Rangers and Northern Squad jointly cracked down on the victims of Attabad Lake disaster in Hunza Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. A massive landslide in Hunza Valley on 4th January 2010 had left two dozen villagers dead and displaced over 250 families. The government, however, failed to provide aid for their rehabilitation.
Pakistan, September 19: Pakistan's spy agencies and security forces continue targeting political activists who want an independent Balochistan. In August 2011, Pakistan's security forces twice raided the house of Former Balochistan chief minister Mir Humayun Marri. Backed by the police, they planted arms and ammunition at his farmhouse as a part of bigger plot to kill him. While addressing the media Marri said the raids were a clear message that the security forces and the establishment could kill or arrest anyone in Balochistan in broad daylight without any fear of being held accountable. Marri is the son-in-law of Nawab Akbar Bugti, the leader of the Bugti tribe killed by Pakistani security forces in 2006.
Pakistan, September 12: Pakistan’s continuing repression of Gilgit Baltistan is leading to a change in religious, ethnic and cultural demography. The region has abundant natural resources but people here lead a miserable life as Pakistanis ruthlessly exploit its assets and control the region. To address the violation of human rights and other issues concerning Gilgit Baltistan, experts came together at the Henry Stimson Center in Washington DC in an event titled “Resources on the Roof of the World: International Politics and Sustainable Development in the Greater Himalayan Region”. They expressed their support for people of Gilgit-Baltistan, who want self-rule.
Pakistan, September 5: Madrasas or Islamic seminaries impart Islamic education. But, in recent years, the perception of madrasas, especially in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan has changed as they have become factories that churn out `jihadis’. Children are brainwashed here to become `Jihadis’ and carry out suicide attacks. Two-decades of war has severely affected education in Afghanistan and going to school has become increasingly dangerous for students and teachers. The insurgents tacitly encourage parents to send their sons to religious schools in neighbouring Pakistan for Islamic studies. The Islamic seminaries brainwash students and teach them religious extremism, armed jihad and hatred against the government in Afghanistan and the West. Almost all Taliban leaders, including Mullah Mohammad Omar, were trained in Pakistani madrasas.
Karachi, August 29: Political and ethnic violence has escalated in Karachi. Over 300 people were killed in July 2011 and over 250 people lost their lives in a mix of gang war and political violence in the first three weeks of August. Residents of Karachi are nervous and angry at the government's failure to contain the growing violence. A city of more than 18 million, Karachi has a long history of violence, ethnic, religious and sectarian disputes. Political rows can often explode into battles engulfing entire neighbourhoods. Fighting erupted on August 17 in and around the old district of Lyari, long a focus of battles between rival gangs and a stronghold of President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People's Party (PPP).
Afghanistan, August 22: Targeted violence against women, dismal healthcare and desperate poverty make Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and denied women education and jobs, forced them indoors and violently punished them for infractions of a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Women accused of adultery were stoned to death; those who flashed a bare ankle from under the shroud of a burqa were whipped. More than a decade after the ouster of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan many women still suffer domestic violence, discrimination and lack of access to unbiased justice. For girls, going to school daily is no regular affair. Most of these girls risk their lives by walking to school, as there is a chance they may be attacked by hard-liners, who believe women should not be educated.
Pakistan/Afghanistan, August 15: The Taliban is responsible to a great degree for the mess in which Afghanistan finds itself today. The volatility in the country is also a result of its neighbour Pakistan's backing of Taliban leaders. And as US-led NATO forces start leaving, the Karzai government is seeking reconciliation with the Afghan Taliban. Unfortunately, Pakistan's spy agencies, the ISI and Military Intelligence hold the key to Taliban leaders and are undermining any peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The Taliban leaders living in Pakistan include Mullah Muhammed Omar, Hakimullah Mehsud and Mullah Mohammad Omar Akhund.
London, August 08: The barbarism of Pakistani security agencies in Balochistan continues to infuriate the Baloch people. A Human Rights Watch report titled "We can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years': Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan" exposes the fact that Pakistani agencies are responsible for widespread disappearances of Baloch political activists. The 32-page report slams Pakistan authorities for taking people into custody and then denying all responsibility or knowledge of their fate or whereabouts. The rights group investigated several cases in which uniformed personnel of the Frontier Corps, an Interior Ministry paramilitary force, and the police were involved in abducting Baloch nationalists.
Washington / London, August 01: Pakistan's spy agency ISI in the doghouse of the international community for its nefarious activities which include providing safe havens to terrorists like Osama bin Laden, funding and training terrorist outfits and even helping some like Lashkar-e-Taiba to carry out strikes such as the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Pakistan's relations with America have been strained in recent times. They took a turn for the worse with the arrest of Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmir lobbyist from Virginia, on July 18 by America's FBI for secretly working as an agent of Pakistan's notorious spy agency, the ISI in the US and driving Pakistan's Kashmir agenda. Fai ran a Washington-based non-profit organization called the Kashmiri American Council- better known as Kashmir Center- for decades using, said an FBI affidavit, money routed to him through the hawala network by the ISI.
Karachi,July 25: An irresponsible and a rash remark by a senior provincial minister of Pakistan's ruling Pakistan's People Party (PPP) added to the woes of Karachi,a city that is victim to unending political, ethnic and sectarian violence.Angry mobs went on the rampage in protest against Mirza's criticism of the city's dominant political group, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). 16 people were killed and over 40 vehicles torched in the violence.A city of 18 million people, Karachi is facing violence that goes unchecked by police and is fueled by thuggish politicians.