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Pakistan’s Costly Controversy

 Nirupama Subramanian – Op-Ed, The Hindu 27 Oct 2009 The dust has settled somewhat over the Kerry-Lugar Bill. It has been signed by United States President Barack Obama and is now the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009. In Pakistan, the protests against the conditions attached to the legislation enabling an annual $1.5 billion non-military aid have quietened down. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Democracy, Media, Pakistan

Poem: Baba, Mujhko Dar Lugta Hai!

Poem: Baba, Mujhko Dar Lugta Hai!

I received this poem in one of the Email FWD.It is in Urdu titled ” Baba, Mujhko Dar Lugta Hai”…Its a beautiful poem- a poem to reflect how children see the situation around them and how these children willing to trade in their presents to avoid this danger. I wanted to keep the originality of the poem in translation. So its a very simple translation. I did add two lines in the end. Once you have … Read entire article »

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India's Pakistan Question

We posted Rajmohan Gandhi’s piece for Dawn a couple of days ago. Here’s what Coomi Kapoor wrote in the Indian Express on the same day: Stop the obsession with Pakistan! Out of the mouth of a babalog politician recently came words that warmed my heart. “We are giving too much importance to Pakistan. It is just a small piece of land, India can’t be compared with Pakistan” was Rahul Gandhi’s wise comment to the media in Shimla. … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan

Let Us Return To The Kindergarten

Let Us Return To The Kindergarten

A Poem by F S Aijazuddin, written in the summer of 2003.   Let us return to the kindergarten of 1947. Let us learn another alphabet, un-form words, deconstruct sentences, erase paragraphs that have lidless form but contain no meaning, … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Pakistan, south asia

Drone Attacks Help Pakistan TV Hosts Fan Distrust of U.S.

By Naween A. Mangi and Farhan Sharif Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Pakistani talk show host Waheed Hussain interrupted a guest discussing the U.S.-led Friends of Democratic Pakistan, which had pledged $5.3 billion in aid to the nation. “You mean foes of Pakistan,” Hussain said. In the same Oct. 8 Waqt News program, Hussain stopped another guest who was talking about a bill by U.S. Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar to triple non-military aid, subject to curbs including an end to army support for terrorists. … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Media, Pakistan, USA

This Unnatural Obsession With Sex

by YLH While  the terrorists that Our Mullahs provided the ideological basis for and helped create continue to wreak havoc on Pakistan – a country whose creation the Mullah-in-chief Maududi had doggedly opposed and had worked to weaken throughout his miserable, pathetic and parasitic existence –  it should be placed on record what flute our Maududian Neroes are playing while Rome burns.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism

Islam's Darwin Problem

By Drake Bennett in the Boston Globe Three weeks ago, with much fanfare, a team of scientists unveiled the fossil skeleton of Ardi, a 4-foot-tall female primate who lived and died 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. According to her discoverers, Ardi – short for Ardipithecus ramidus, her species – is our oldest known ancestor. She predated Lucy, the fossilized Australopithecus afarensis that previously had claimed the title, by 1.2 million years. The papers announcing the find described a transitional specimen, with the long arms and short legs of an ape and strong, grasping big toes suited to life in the trees, but also a pelvis whose shape allowed her to walk upright on the ground below. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Science

Ideas Can Win the War

Shahid Javed Burki (Dawn) Now that the military has begun its Rah-i-Nijat operation in South Waziristan, the question has begun to be asked whether it will succeed. We will not know the answer for several weeks, perhaps not even then. The real victory will come only when the people not just in the tribal areas but in all parts of the country decide that they have been misled by a small of group of extremists. … Read entire article »

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The Peshawar Blast: Is There No End?

The Peshawar Blast:  Is There No End?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani How many more Pakistanis have to die before this godforsaken war comes to an end?  The blast in Pipal Mandi has already claimed a death toll of 87 people and this is before they’ve started to clear the rubble. Frankly I am not going to guess who did it.   I am sick of people smelling a foreign hand and declaring “No Muslim could have done this”.  The hand that placed the bomb … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Peshawar, Terrorism

The Bible of Militant Atheism

The Bible of Militant Atheism

by Aasem Bakhshi Contrary to the mainstream religious belief, incredulity and skepticism regarding the ultimate nature of truth, existence of God and eschatological claims of scripture is not an entirely modern phenomenon. In his famous thought experiment Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, Ibn Tufayl the famous Muslim philosopher of 12th century Spain, aesthetically described discovery of God as the “joy without lapse, unending bliss, infinite rapture and delight” and inability to find Him as “infinite torture”. The curious … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Philosophy, Religion, Science

Understanding the ‘Jihad Print Media’ in Pakistan and its Impact

This is a cross-post from PIPS ( Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) conducted a national seminar on Understanding the ‘Jihad Print Media’ in Pakistan and its impact on 20 October in Islamabad. The seminar brought together a large number of media representatives, scholars and academics to discuss and comment on PIPS’ recently produced report on the subject. Dr. Tariq Rehman, Director National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad chaired the seminar while Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director Centre for Civic Education, Islamabad was the key speaker and discussant.  Other speakers included Mr. Taufeeq Asif Advocate, President Rawalpindi Bar Association, Mr. Afzal Khan, South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), Mr. Amir Zia, Director News at Samaa TV, Islamabad, and Mr. Javed Siddique, Resident Editor Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Islamabad. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, journalism, Media, Pakistan

A panic-proof resolve: Rajmohan Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson wrote in the Dawn of 26 Oct, 2009… Let me start this piece with a declaration of faith. As an Indian who knows the neighbouring country, I affirm that Pakistan has enough courage, commonsense and diligence in its people to survive the tough challenge it faces. … Read entire article »

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Sense and Sensibilities on Pakistan

T N MADAN comments in the Economic & Political Weekly on Farzana Sheikh’s Making Sense of Pakistan Ideological, identity and policy confusions have marked Pakistan from the moment of its birth till the present. Much of the country’s domestic problems and its international relations can be explained through this confusion. While Jinnah was successful in wresting a state, he never invested efforts into building the nation. Therefore, there is no consensus over what Pakistan represents. Farzana Shaikh’s Making Sense of Pakistan is a brave attempt to understand these confusions and can be a resource for those who want to rescue this Partition twin from its present conditions. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jinnah, Pakistan, Partition, south asia

Kerry Lugar Bill and Pakistan’s Internal Power Game

The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of PTH by Ali Malik The cat is out of the bag. Pakistan is heading for the most decisive moment of its political history. The issue at stake is not merely the survival of PPP government but also of future direction of Pakistani politics, foreign policy and social fabric. What bothers me the most is that all the debate around this bill is mere rhetoric. The opponents of this bill in Pakistan are playing on rhetoric and have no substance to offer. Not even one article or discussion has actually pointed to the sections of the bill on which the opponents of the bill have objections. The usual buzz words of ghairat, sovereignty etc are used without substantiating the points of contention … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Pakistan

Civilian government needs international support

The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of PTH by Bilal Qureshi My heart sank when I read “ISLAMABAD: A wave of suicide bombings, coordinated grenade, bomb and gun assaults, and drive-by shootings  blamed  on militants has left more than 190 people dead in Pakistan so far this month.“ on Dawn. Is this the same Pakistan that some Western countries accuse of ‘not doing enough’ in the fight against terror? Yes, it is nauseating, but Pakistan has been accused of ‘secretly’ working with the Taliban for reasons still unknown. Unfortunately, so far, no one has come forward to accept his/her mistake about being wrong about Pakistan’s sincerity in the fight against the Taliban. Worse, the support that is being offered is still measured and cautious with room for later criticism, if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan