At last, there appears to be some semblance of normalcy in the tense Pak-US relations after President Trump’s issued a softer statement regarding Pakistan in the wake of a successful operation by Pakistani forces to rescue a kidnapped Canadian couple and their kids from tribal areas of Pakistan on October 12. He said, “The early …

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Truth Tracker in its editorial for September 1, 2017 issue had forecasted, “He (President Trump) looks toward India for a military role in Afghanistan, but India cannot do that effectively because it has no ground link to Afghanistan.” On September 26, India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, after talks with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on …

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Founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, despite being an elitist in his lifestyle, strongly believed in people’s power. Once, he said, “If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.” After …

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President Trump’s new Afghan Policy and finger-pointing at Pakistan has widened the gulf of differences between the two old allies. He said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from …

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PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on ethical grounds.  Constitutional and legal experts term this a controversial verdict. Sharif now tells people that he has not been disqualified on corruption charges but for minor reasons like taking salary from his son’s company. In sugar-coated words, he indicates that …

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Findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), constituted to probe offshore companies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children on the order of Supreme Court of Pakistan, has reverberated through Pakistan’s political system. The Supreme Court of Pakistan will review the report and come up with a final verdict in the Panama Papers Case. The JIT’s …

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Parachinar has suffered four terrorist attacks during first six months of 2017 – after Pakistan launched Operation Radul Fassad to clean up the country of terrorism. The latest twin blasts that hit Parachinar June 23 at Toori Market claimed more than 70 lives. The sad chapter that followed was the clash between protesters and Frontier …

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Pakistan, in the national and international context, is going through crucial times. Military and civil forces are not on the same page on numerous internal and external issues. The state has badly failed to provide a unanimous narrative to counter extremism while critical state institutions including the army, judiciary, executive and parliament have been unable …

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  It looks strange when an editorial writer ignores the major issues and focusses instead on apparently petty affairs. Ideally, Truth Tracker’s editorial for its current issue should have been about corruption cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children, Pakistan’s role in Saudi Arabia – Iran conflict or the expected resignation of General …

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“Journalists should ensure that they are not perceived as trying to influence the outcomes of a political conflict,” writes Professor Julianne Schultz, describing the role and duties of journalists in democratic states. Professor Schultz, founding editor of Griffith Review, an Australian journal for current affairs, describes in her book ‘Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability …

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