David Vs Goliath

On Monday, participants from different religious parties and banned outfits gathered under the so called Difa-e Pakistan Council (DPC) umbrella at Islamabad. Banners were explicitly strung up days before the programmed rally, advertising the event. It was actually surprising that despite the warnings by the government, and a bold move of suspending a station house...
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Rotten Apple of the Eye

Recently, Qari Yaqoob of Pakistan Defense Council (PDC), while speaking at the rally in Karachi, accused the media of following a Western agenda and warned of literally grave consequences, due to their sudden abstinence from coverage of events arranged and participated by the organization. In response a senior anchorperson Hamid Mir in his TV show...
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Permitted by State

In a recent statement the interior minister announced that the SHO of the concerned police station will have to face the consequences, if a banned organization initiates any activity in their jurisdiction. In fact station house officer of a police station in Islamabad has already been suspended on this premise, where Sipah-e Sahaba held a...
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Prominent Exposure

Someone is getting all the limelight in the upcoming rally of Pakistan Defense Council (PDC) at Rawalpindi on 22nd January, 2012 and that someone is no other than Hafiz Saeed himself. Guess where are the banners displayed, bearing his prominent image along with the picture of a leading politician? Well of course, in the capital...
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Broken Silence

Jamia Hafsa is back and under the same administration, while being initiated on a much larger scale. According to news reports 20 kanals of land in H-11/4 has been provided by the government for the seminary, perhaps 40 times larger than the original site. This seems to defy any logic, where radicals had occupied government...
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Are they really defending Pakistan?

Why does terror sweep over me, when I observe the coverage of the “Difa-e Pakistan” rally in Lahore? It seems that the genie is out of the bottle now and radical elements are now flexing their muscles. Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), an internationally notorious entity, probably second to Al-Qaeda, openly participated in this rally along with...
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