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Malik Ayub Sumbal is Senior Broadcaster, Political Commentator, and Media Consultant. Malik has been associated with world-leading media outlets and news channels. He has more than 18 years of experience while working on key editorial positions. Malik was President at the Consortium for Press Freedom (CPF), a leading organization working for the Press Freedom and Free Speech around the world.

How to resolve Pakistan’s polio crisis

Misconceptions, service provision failure, insecurity and foreign involvement are to blame for Pakistan’s polio crisis. As the number of polio cases reached 74, the inevitable finally happened: The World Health Organization (WHO) imposed a six-month international travel restriction on Pakistanis to prevent the possible spread of the polio virus from Pakistan to other countries. Of the …

Pakistan’s moral dilemma: To talk or not to talk

Why this latest round of talks with Pakistan’s Taliban is bound to break down – again. After months of arguments, the government has once again offered to hold peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and the banned group has responded positively. Could this mark the end of the years’-old standoff between the TTP and Pakistan’s Security Forces? The …

Can Pakistan save Erdogan?

Facing a widening crisis at home, Erdogan goes on a charm offensive in Pakistan. The time seemed right to most observers, the place not entirely thought out. Why would the sitting, though troubled, prime minister of a country visit another sitting, but less troubled, premier of another country at a city other than the capital? …

Pakistan’s most powerful man?

Will the appointment of a new army chief end the era of military meddling in politics? If there is one thing ironic in the appointment of Pakistan’s new army chief, it is the timing of his appointment. The appointment of Raheel Sharif, the highly-decorated, four-star general, as the new chief comes at a time when …

The dying roar: endangered Snow Leopards of Pakistan

Snow leopard is considered as an indicator of health for mountainous ecosystem in region Amongst the family of large cats, Panthera Uncia or the Snow Leopard is one of the most charismatic species. Like most animal species with a majestic skin, the snow leopard is at the verge of extinction. The animal is listed as …

Pakistan’s Iran overtures test Saudi faith

Saudi Arabian concerns over Pakistan’s improving ties with Iran will likely be worsened by reports that Islamabad sent a secret delegation of hard-nosed and devout Sunni scholars to Tehran with the aim of fostering interfaith harmony with their Shi’ite counterparts. Asia Times Online has learned that more than a dozen Wahhabis (hardline Sunni Muslims) from …