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Time to leash the dogs

To start off, let me fill you in with a little background for this article. All the facts have been taken from Wikileaks when they published the reasons behind the termination of contract between the Jang Group/Geo TV and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). BBG is an independent federal agency of the United States government responsible for supervising all US government-supported, civilian international media – it was previously a department within the United States Information Agency until 1999.

According to the report on Wikileaks, the Jang Group increased its criticism of the US government policies and it engaged in anti-Semitic behavior. The sentence in the original document (found here) is posed as if, the Jang Group had agreed not to criticize the US government. Furthermore, the reports claims that the Jang Group purposefully used the reach of its TV network to amplify hate speech and promote violence.

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Why PML-N is worse than PTI?

I was going to vote for PTI even before yesterday’s accident but even if it’s a conspiracy to generate more votes – as it is being touted by the anti-PTI sectors – it is still a much better option than what we have had in over 20 years of PML/PML-N governments.

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Tehreek-i-Taliban’s Fazlullah and United States’ command to “do more”

Lets get straight to the point. There is something interesting I came across while revisiting the events of criminal investigation of the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai:

Mullah Fazlullah, the cleric who heads the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and who ordered the attack on Malala, is hiding in eastern Afghanistan – as confirmed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Even with hundreds of thousands of personnel on board in Afghanistan along with the most advanced war equipment worth millions of dollars, ISAF has chosen not to even track Fazlullah at the moment.

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Tolerate This

Our enemies have a scheme for a new order in our region, which is maintained by a secret police, and we on our side talk about rebuilding our Pakistan. The architects can sharpen their pencils, contractors can get their estimates ready and statesmen can mark out their spheres of influence; which is all very well. But is there really a point in constructing or rebuilding something that will not endure?

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If we all celebrate Basant…

What will happen if a large part of Lahore starts celebrating Basant simultaneously? How many of us will the police be able to arrest? With the already over-flowing jails and lock-ups, I reckon, not many. It is a small price to pay for an event that we miss so much.

There is also a more civil and politically correct (relatively) way around it. (Continued)

The Dexter’s: Trading places

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