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Book Review: Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

Book Review: Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Picture right below Bashart Peer American author and academic Alastair Lamb wrote of the Kashmir dispute as “incomplete partition”.  He wrote that had it not been for the Kashmir dispute, Pakistan and India might have worked out their differences and existed as two prosperous nations “evolving towards each other” –which was the stated objective of partition in the first place- instead of away from each other. The cleavage instead has widened and Kashmir … Read entire article »

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Dark forces still potent year after Bhutto's slaying

Source by SAEED SHAH ISLAMABAD — A year after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, Pakistan is still struggling to embed democracy and battle Islamic extremism, the causes for which she died. The same dark forces that appear to have killed Ms. Bhutto on this day last year – Islamic extremist groups based in Pakistan – seem to be behind the carnage in Mumbai last month, an event that pushed Pakistan into an even deeper crisis. Tensions between Pakistan and India, which blames “elements from Pakistan” for the Mumbai attack, escalated sharply yesterday after Pakistani military officials said that troops had been “pulled back” from the Western border with Afghanistan. Unconfirmed reports said that thousands of troops had been redeployed to the border with India in what would be the first concrete sign that either side … Read entire article »

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A Sonnet

by Saad Sultan For my mouth being long by silence tied I would in unquestioning blindness blame My guiltless eyes, for in your heart they spied No flicker breath’s blow could kindle aflame. … Read entire article »

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Remembering Bibi

by Raza Rumi It was only yesterday that we were mourning for the loss of an icon of our times. The much loved, and passionately hated Benazir Bhutto whose tragic murder in broad daylight was the greatest metaphor of what Pakistan has turned into: a jungle of history, ethnicity and extremism. Little wonder that Bhutto’s worst enemies cried and lamented the loss of a federal politician whose life and times were as unique as her name. The populist slogan – charon soobon ki zanjeer (the chain of the four provinces, literally) could not have been truer than the most tested of axioms. As if her death were not enough, the state response was even more brutal. Why did she participate in public rallies? On that fateful day of December 27, 2007, … Read entire article »

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ye jo karbala, is baar barpa ki gai..

Wajid Ali Syed’s touching poem ye jo karbala, is baar barpa ki gai.. vo karbala jo hum ney apni ankhon sey dekhii… jismey Hussein ki bajayee is baar Zenab shaheed hui.. us karbala per bayn karney waly.. kisi kandhey key mutlashii rahey.. aur koi qalam TooTtney per.. marsia bhi na keh saka… … Read entire article »

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Volumes of praise

For someone who writes introductions for respected literati’s books, Khalid Hasan himself needs no introduction By Saad Sarfraz Sheikh Born in Srinagar, Khalid Hasan is a senior Pakistani journalist and writer. His journalistic legacy and proficiency as a writer began with The Pakistan Times as senior reporter and columnist in 1967. Upon Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s request, he had the prestigious honour of becoming his first press secretary. He held the additional honour of postings in … Read entire article »

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NWFP policy needs a paradigm shift

by Manzoor Ali Shah When Lord Curzon took over as the Viceroy of India in 1899, the British were trying to recover from the affects of 1897 rebellion in northwestern parts of India, that beginning from Malakand took the most parts of the tribal areas in its spiral. Around 10,000 British forces were deployed in Khyber, Waziristan and Malakand areas at the time of his arrival. Lord Curzon in 1901 created a new province by the name of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) from areas lying west of Indus under the policy known as ‘Withdrawal and Concentration.’ The British first interaction with the Frontier came when Monstuart Elphinstone visited the area in 1809 and his ‘ An Account of Kingdom of Kabul’ was first British account of this area, which was gaining … Read entire article »

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Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammed Ali Jinnah: A Man for All Seasons

Kashkin To achieve your own dreams it takes a lifetime but to achieve the dream of millions, it’s a feat only a few can perform in the history of mankind. And Jinnah was one of them. And to achieve that one has to rise above the fear and display courage. The ability and skills which he manifested in the process of creation of Pakistan and the fight he carried in all quarters, with reason and logic to bring the dream of a lifetime for millions of souls was unsurpassable. We will always remain in debt to this man and those millions of sacrifices. There has been a lot written about him; there is a lot that has been said of him.  From Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre to Stanley Walport- all agreed on … Read entire article »

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Conquering by Embracing

By Mozaffar If you go in and conquer a people, your rule will be shortlived. You will be regarded from start to finish as an outsider occupying and imposing the brutal ways of an outsider. If you seek legacy, meaning, if you seek to last in that land, you have a few choices. … Read entire article »

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Pakistan girl band creates a stir

By Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Islamabad “We have been doing music together since we were six years old – as long as I can remember,” says Haniya Aslam, as her cousin Zeb (Zebunissa) Bangash sits beside her. “It started out as a fun thing at family functions. “Music was very much a part of our family set-up – my father was an aficionado and all my uncles could play an instrument. “Our grandmother was … Read entire article »

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In Peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons

In Peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons

BY FRANK HUZUR (picture on the right) There never was a good war or a bad peace! In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons. Humphrey Hawksley was the face and voice of BBC television and radio broadcasts in Asia from 1986 to 1997. It was Hawksley who was chosen to open the BBC’s first television bureau in China in 1994. Indian and Pakistani public, not the least movers and … Read entire article »

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1971: the forgotten silence

by Raza Rumi This week marks the 37th anniversary of the tragic events of 1971 that led to the dismemberment of Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. This time the sixteenth day of that deadly December invited little attention in the mainstream media as the new Pakistan struggles to manage the multiple crises of statehood, governance and cohesion. Whether we like it or not, history and its bitter truths have to be confronted. When the united Punjab was … Read entire article »

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Pakistan: Conditions attached to IMF “bailout” will exacerbate slump and poverty

By Vilani Peiris at WSWS The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in it first “bailout” of an Asian country during the current world financial crisis, approved a 23-month, US $7.6 billion loan to Pakistan last month in order to avert a current accounts crisis and Pakistan’s default on foreign loans. On November 27, the IMF released to Islamabad a first installment of $3.1 billion. Under its emergency financing mechanism, the IMF has approved more than $40 billion in loans in recent weeks to countries such as the Ukraine, Serbia, and Iceland. The conditions the IMF is attaching to its loan to Pakistan will severely impact the country’s workers and toilers. They include: eliminating all subsidies on energy, petroleum products, and fertilizer; slashing government spending, including “non-priority” development spending; and raising taxes. … Read entire article »

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Open Letter to all Pakistanis: Bombay, Faridkot and us

By Yasser Latif Hamdani Dear fellow Pakistanis, I wrote an open letter recently to our neighbors in India which got a lot of attention- both from India and Pakistan.   The letter was written by a citizen of Pakistan to a citizen of India but it is only fair that I write a similar letter to my own compatriots.  Let me begin by thanking those of you who wrote emails of praise and appreciation.  At the time I wrote that letter, I genuinely could not conceive of a young boy from the remote village of Faridkot, too small to be visible on the map of Pakistan,  in Khanewal district to strike at the heart of India’s financial capital.  Given the motive, timing and the unfortunate demise and martyrdom of Hemant Karkare,  a true … Read entire article »

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I am Allergic to Prediction Articles

by Mozaffar We turn to scholars, experts, and pundits to help make sense of the information and phenomenon in the world around us. On September 11, 2001 we faced an event that — as Americans — did not fit into our scheme of understandings (and for this discussion it is besides that point that our nation has a history of imposing worse atrocities on millions of others). Thus, when witnessing 9/11/01, we flocked to “experts” to tell us how to make sense of the event. We were taught that a band of bearded freedom-hating savages in the mountains of Afghanistan organized it. But, it did not end there. We were taught that there would be more such attacks. … Read entire article »

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