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THE KARACHI CRISIS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

By amicus • Mar 25th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On the eve of emergence of Independent Pakistan in 1947, Karachi was a beautiful port city of about half a million souls that was predominantly Sindhi, Baloch, Kachchi, Okhai Memon, Ismaili, Bohri, Parsi, Ghanchi, Christian and Hindu, who migrated in large portion to India.
Mr Mohammed Ali Jinnah chose Karachi as the capital of the Dominion, [...]



PAKISTAN: THE NEW PHASE IN COUNTER-TERRORISM

By amicus • Jan 29th, 2015 • Category: Features

Part I
The dastardly terror-attack on the Army Public School, Peshawar, on 16 December 2014 jolted the country. Along with pain and anguish, the people and the government are determined to confront the terrorists with all the might at their disposal and eliminate the scourge that has so far cost nearly 50,000 lives since 9/11.
In prompt [...]



Beware of This Monster Pakistanis!

By amicus • Oct 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The purpose of this article is to make sure that Pakistanis understand the curse and danger of this IS monster and to show the world that Pakistanis are united with world against this fight against ISIS. We at pkhope.com fully support US, NATO, and their allies in this fight against this curse IS. We stand [...]



Breaking the Political Impasse

By amicus • Sep 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The stark reality is that the federal capital, Islamabad, is virtually under siege due to the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek. It’s now more than a month that the sit-ins began but the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)’s government has not succeeded in resolving the crisis.
It is wary of getting the sit-ins vacated [...]



The Long March August 10-14, 14 Implications

By amicus • Aug 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The military perforce is sucked to take over the administration when the civilian set-up fails to deliver on its promises or to provide good governance and, instead, pushes the country to a point where chaotic conditions prevail and there are threats to country and/or the Federal Compact. The polls for the National Assembly took place [...]



The Political Balkanization of Pakistan?

By amicus • May 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

As far back as in 2005, a report by the US National Intelligence Council and the CIA forecast a “Yugoslav-like fate” for Pakistan “in a decade with the country riven by civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries, as seen recently in Balochistan.” (Energy Compass, 2 March 2005). According to the NIC-CIA, Pakistan is slated to [...]



Bleak Prospect of Survival of Government

By amicus • May 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Lately there has been much speculation as to whether Pakistan is fast heading towards another stint of military rule. In the backdrop of tension between the civilian leadership and the military establishment caused due to the developments related to the trial of General Pervez Musharraf and attack on reputed TV anchor Hamid Mir and other [...]



THE DYNAMICS OF MILITARY COUPS IN PAKISTAN

By amicus • May 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

There are two opposite viewpoints concerning what prompts the military to act:
The military perforce takes over the administration when due to one or other reason the civilian set-up fails to deliver on its promises or to provide good governance and, instead, pushes the country to a point where chaotic conditions prevail and the country’s very [...]



Youm e Shuhda e Pakistan

By amicus • May 1st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Youm e Shuhda-e-Pakistan. Pakistan Army Zindabad. Long Live ISI, our very own Inter Services Intelligence. May our security apparatus remain the legend and role model for the world to emulate and keep being taught about as the text book case of success in addressing non traditional security threats.
The formidable and hand-picked chief of army staff, [...]



THE SAUDI BAIT - TO BITE OR NOT

By amicus • Apr 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Although the PML (N) – led federal government has repeatedly stated that there are no strings attached to Saudi grant of $ 1.5 billion to Pakistan, most of the analysts find it difficult to believe that in inter-state relations such benevolence is shown without reasons. Since the Iranian Revolution of February 1979 and the inception [...]