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Monday, November 18, 2019 | Today's Paper

Definition of ‘terrorism’

By Editorial

November 6, 2019 – 6:00 am

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has defined terrorism and directed the parliament to review the law to make in clearer and more precise. New definition also clarifies that the ‘design’ of the act, not its ‘effect’ shall determine whether it’s terrorism or not. The judgment said “Terrorism as an ‘ism’ is a totally different concept which denotes commission of a crime with the design or purpose of destabilizing the government, disturbing the society or hurting a section of the society with a view to achieving objectives which are essentially political, ideological or religious. “The international perception is also becoming clearer on the point that a violent activity against civilians that has no political, ideological or religious aims is just an act of criminal delinquency, a felony, or simply an act of insanity unrelated to terrorism.


Appalling condition of Education

By Editorial

November 5, 2019 – 6:00 am

Balochistan has failed to recognize the emergency it faces with respect to out-of-school children.  Notwithstanding the efforts made by the Provincial government to improve education in Balochistan, the situation persists in remaining dismal in the province. However, Balochistan has been confronting manifold deep-rooted issues, but yet most of these issues remain unsolved.


The Maulana‘s deadline

By Editorial

November 4, 2019 – 6:00 am

Maulana Fazal ur Rehman’s Azadi march has reached Islamabad, ostensibly its final destination, but in the process the cleric has touched quite a few raw nerves in the government as well as within the opposition. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has given two days to Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign. Mr Khan has pooh-poohed the demand making it clear that he is no way going to oblige the opposition. What is more, he has made fun of the JUI-F chief and the leaders of the entire opposition, calling them a gang of political orphans, thus adding fuel to the fire. A Prime Minister is expected to reduce political tensions instead of exacerbating them. Those who have PM Khan’s ear need to advise him to avoid provoking the protesters which he is constantly doing, even at the risk of worsening the law and order situation.


Peace with Afghanistan is very important

By Editorial

November 2, 2019 – 6:00 am

Pak-Afghan border in Chitral district has left five civilians and six soldiers hurt on the Pakistan side, and an indeterminate number of casualties among the Afghans, with the ISPR limiting itself to saying that the Afghans used APCs to remove the corpses of the dead. The clash is said to have developed out of a dispute over Pakistan constructing border fencing, supposed to be part of the fence being constructed to prevent anyone crossing the border illegally. Afghanistan portrayed the construction as of being of a border installation. There have been previous incidents of the Afghans firing on Pakistani working parties, which include civilian labourers, because of suspicions about what exactly is being done.


Another tragic accident

By Editorial

November 1, 2019 – 6:00 am

At least, 73 people died after a fire broke out in Tezgam Express travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi – after a gas canister reportedly exploded on board as the train was passing through the Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab. “According to information reaching us from the site of the accident, more than 70 people were killed and over 40 injured,” said provincial health minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid. The injured were being rushed to hospitals in the nearby city of Bahawalpur and elsewhere in the district, she said, adding that only 18 of the bodies were identifiable.