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Forging Faith and Freedom – Iqbal and Jinnah

AA Khalid has written this thoughtful article for PTH Pakistan has been unfortunate that two of its founding fathers Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Muhammad Iqbal died before the country were properly on its feet. Iqbal died years before he saw Pakistan come alive and Jinnah died in its infancy. Their deaths represent more than just their earthly demise; it represents the death of their ideas in the public sphere of Pakistan. Every nation has a series of figures and architects of the country that leaves behind an intellectual legacy about the type of ideas they wish to see flourish in their new nation. With Pakistan this has not happened, from the earliest days of its existence there has been a vacuum with the political and indeed religious discourse. What does Pakistan … Read entire article »

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BLUNDER

by YLH An example of a collossal miscalculation by our otherwise very cautious founding father:  Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State. The truth is that Pakistani Muslims are incapable of growing up and to hold such expectations from them is to set yourself up for disappointment. … Read entire article »

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Redefining national interest

Raza Rumi Courtesy The Friday Times: – The elusive quest for peace between India and Pakistan remains hostage to the military-industrial complex at both the global and regional levels. Such is the dynamic unleashed by two imagined “nations” that their existence as states is dependent on a perpetual state of confrontation. More so for Pakistan, given its deeply embedded paranoia, which has assumed a reality of its own. Sixty-two years ago, it was hardly envisioned that the two states would erect an iron-curtain and fight forever. From actual wars to propaganda campaigns the task seems complete now. The oft-repeated phrase ‘trust deficit’ is a natural culmination of this ugly process. Of late, another dimension has been added, i.e. information-deficit as India had marched towards a new phase of its economic development, … Read entire article »

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Wikileaks and our fantasies

Raza Rumi The Wikileaks’ damning half-truths pertain to the anti-war movement within the US. This has caused embarrassment to the US war architects and stirred the military industrial complex and its cousin, the corporate and embedded media. Similarly, what has been said about the role of Pakistan and its globally famed Inter Services Agency (ISI) is not something that is really a revelation and is more or less an open secret. Three important questions need to be considered before Wikileaks can be taken seriously. Do field reports from individual sources, especially disgruntled, anti-Pakistan Afghan nationals constitute ‘evidence’? No. Is there sufficient evidence to substantiate the startling sensational pieces of information? Perhaps not. Is the Pakistan-ISI role central in the Taliban insurgency within Afghanistan? No clear answers can be determined due to the … Read entire article »

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General Zia, Pakistan & Mistreatment with Minorities.

Amnesty International Report 2010 – Millions of Pakistanis suffered abuses as a result of a sharp escalation in armed conflict between the government and armed groups. Pakistani Taleban and other anti-government groups targeted civilians throughout the country, while security forces used indiscriminate and disproportionate force and carried out suspected extrajudicial executions. In areas controlled by the Pakistani Taleban and allied armed groups, civilians faced severe abuses, including arbitrary arrest and detention; torture and other ill-treatment; a near total absence of due judicial process; stringent restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly; religious and ethnic discrimination; and violence and discrimination against women and girls. Violence against minorities increased, with the government failing to prevent attacks or punish perpetrators. There were no executions, although 276 people were sentenced to death. – Pakistan 28 May … Read entire article »

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Crosspost from Jahojalal: As I gather details from Reference Document on Pakistan Crash (see my earlier link to this post) and understand the use of 12 and 30 ends of the runway, using the ILS at end 30, I drew a sketch on Google’s Earth image of Islamabad. The white arrows show the route ED-202 should have adopted. The red arrow shows the much longer drifted path towards north rather than north-west, that led the airbus to the valley of death. … Read entire article »

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The Margala Disaster

The Margala Disaster

Written in memory of all we lost,this morning, 158 people on board Air blue plane in Margala Hills, Islamabad. As the news reaches us From Margala Hills, … Read entire article »

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Islamabad tragedy – a close call

Raza Rumi from Islamabad Ten minutes before the air crash this morning I was in a PIA aircraft that was unable to land at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport for 45 minutes. We were meant to land at 8.50 am but the pilot informed around 9 am that he was unable to land. He kept on circulating around Islamabad avoiding a major storm, heavy rain and lack of visibility. The passengers were quite petrified. Even I woke up from my early morning nap and could not help wondering if these were my last moments. It was rocky, turbulent ride. The plane finally landed at 9.45 am. The pilot was clever as he took different air routes and navigated the plane well. As we landed, my phone started to ring and just outside … Read entire article »

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Tragedy In The Margalla Hills

PTH’s condolences to the families of the victims who died this morning in the terrible crash in Margalla Hills. -YLH on behalf of all PTH moderators. The airliner, on its way from Karachi to the capital, Islamabad, had been flying through heavy fog and rain when it lost contact with air traffic control. … Read entire article »

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The Man Called Edhi

By Natasha . Charity , credibility , humanity are a few words that instantly come to mind when the name Edhi is mentioned. Abdul Sattar Edhi ,the declared ‘faqeer’ or ‘beggar’ as he describes himself is one man the country adores and admires unanimously. With an entire life dedicated to the uplifting of the poor, Edhi sahib inspires millions of Pakistanis around the world to work for the cause of humanity.  A mirror to the blind , Abdul Sattar Edhi is one man who has unconditionally loved this nation plagued with countless problems. His life is a blessing to this country , to the world and to all those who are wasting their lives in persuit of insignifacant goals. The passion for charity sown into his heart in his childhood by his mother … Read entire article »

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Living On A Prayer

Living On A Prayer

By Yasser Latif Hamdani (courtesy Daily Times) The truth is that we are living on a prayer in sport, in politics and even in our economy. And prayer usually means a handout, which itself is a reprehensible thing for any self-respecting people and, may I remind the self-styled Islam-pasand types, a clear violation of the dignity with which a Muslim ought to live his life under Islamic injunctions As I write these lines, editorials and blogposts all … Read entire article »

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Fallibility and Democracy

 Ahmad Ali Khalid  Source : THE DAILY TIMES Many Pakistani commentators have spoken on the absence of a charismatic figure that can bring about change; however, this is a mistaken analysis. Yes, charismatic authority can be a source of inspiration, but also of corruption and unchecked power.  The issue of fallibility has been a source of great inspiration and discussion throughout literature and the arts. It is a sobering examination of the human condition, about the fragility and vulnerability of human beings in their thoughts or actions. In the political context (disregarding philosophy and epistemology), however, in the works of great political theorists, the issue of fallibility can be one of the crucial psychological and social bedrocks for democracy. Since human beings are fallible and equally fallible at that, and none of us can … Read entire article »

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VIEW: Towards the ‘quartet’? —Imtiaz Alam

VIEW: Towards the ‘quartet’? —Imtiaz Alam Enforcing the writ of the state in every nook and corner of Pakistan is General Kayani’s primary job that he must focus on rather than allowing it to dissipate at the hands of the so-called strategic assets turning against their benefactors due to their anti-state paradigm By conceding a three-year-term to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani thinks the continuity of the … Read entire article »

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Plots in Pakistan's press

Courtesy Foreign Policy Magazine By Manzoor Ali Wearing army fatigues and a red cap, Zaid Hamid is perhaps Pakistan’s best-known television personality. The strategic affairs expert, who coined the term ‘Hindu Zionist’ to describe the hypothetical Indian and Israeli nexus against Pakistan, has become a household name across the country for his conspiracy theories on economic terrorism and Indian-U.S.-Israeli plotting. His Facebook page currently has a following of 66,000, among them students of expensive schools and even pop singers and fashion designers. Whether it is explaining Taliban militancy, Pakistan’s ever-present electricity crisis, Blackwater’s involvement in planning terrorist attacks, or plans for the U.S. to take over Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, conspiracy theorists call the shots in Pakistan. Pakistan’s booming television industry, allowed to operate by ex-dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf, helped lead to his … Read entire article »

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Good luck, General Kayani

Raza Rumi http://tribune.com.pk/story/30713/good-luck-general-kayani/ In a hurried non-speech, the prime minister has confirmed that the incumbent army chief will stay on for three years. Unprecedented as the decision might be, it is perhaps the best option under the current circumstances. Pakistan is battling against domestic and external terrorism. Given how the army works, it is clear that the military establishment wants a continuation of national security policy. Lack of policy continuity has been the hallmark of Pakistan’s governance.  At least with General Kayani’s extension, the military operations in the northwest and approach to the Afghanistan imbroglio will also remain unchanged. This is good for Pakistan for three reasons. … Read entire article »

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