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Political parties and elections

by Saad Hafiz

Pakistan’s historic path has been ridden by intrigue, strife and bloodshed overseen by power-hungry generals and money grubbing politicians. The chaos in the country also proves that a common religious identity is not a guarantee of stability, security, democracy and free elections. Past elections have not been able to foster a feeling of common destiny. Some elections were so widely and flagrantly rigged that civil rebellion broke out requiring the army to be called in, thus exposing the weakness of political leadership in the country. The army simply shoved the political leadership aside through a coup d’état when it realised that political power depended on it. The Pakistani electorate has an opportunity this week to reverse the country’s anti-democratic legacy. The people can choose the political parties that can change the historic travesty of governance that the people have endured since independence. Moreover, the holding of timely and fair elections is a significant defeat for those obscurantist elements that have labelled elections as un-Islamic and have attempted to disrupt them through violence.

Democracy as we know it today owes its development to the western liberal idea of fundamental human rights that are inherent in all human beings in the sense that they are the birthright of all men. This liberal idea is captured in the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, which among other things said: “We take these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain inalienable rights, that amongst these are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” These rights are also inalienable and cannot be given up nor can people be denied them. They are also universal since they apply to all regardless of nationality, gender, status or race. If Pakistan is to remain together, ways and means have to be found to harmonise individual and group rights within an overarching federal architecture.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, democracy is increasingly seen as a universal norm to which most of the countries in the world aim to conform. While government of the people, by the people, for the people seems to be a reasonable proposition, the process of attaining this political utopia is sometimes fraught with difficulties. The other aspect that is progressively more accepted is that the practice of democracy is no longer the exclusive preserve of certain races and geographies. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule such as China and a few others. These exceptions, however, do not invalidate the universal acceptance of democracy as the best form of government.

Unlike dictatorships, in the practice of democracy, political parties and elections are of vital importance. It is normal within a democratic space to have a few political parties with different ideas and ideologies trying to convince the electorate that their way is the right way. This is always welcome because progress is made through a clash of ideas in the pursuit of progress. In advanced democracies, political parties are usually grounded in these ideologies or tendencies such as Conservative or Rightist, Socialist or Leftist and also Centrist viewpoints. Usually the party with the best platform, plan and ability to propagate its ideas always has a fair chance of winning a contest for political supremacy. The number of political parties in a country is a reflection of either its ethnic, social, cultural or ideological plurality. Holding of periodic elections is central to democratic governance. Universal suffrage is, however, relatively new in the long march of democracy from its ancient Athenian roots of direct democracy to the current global practice of representative government. Elections have become investments and like any business, people take risks with the hope of reaping some dividends.

There is a clear nexus between democracy and elections and political realignment and transformation in a dynamic world. The immediate focus of Pakistani voters is to elect the right political combination that can address immediate challenges like the stuttering economy, chronic power cuts, crumbling infrastructure and severe internal security issues. The electorate also has an opportunity to consider the political parties that are best equipped to address longer-term structural issues like corruption and poverty, economic mismanagement and social disharmony. The parties need to deliver on economic deregulation, better budgetary management, enhancing tax revenues, significantly lowering borrowing costs and on speeding up economic growth. They must address the increasingly fissiparous tendencies and ethnic divide in Pakistani politics as well as the growing bitterness of the country’s ethnic minorities towards the dominant Punjabi majority. There is need for reducing the power of the Centre so that controlling the Centre will not be a matter of political and economic life or death as it is presently. Moreover, Pakistan would probably be better served by an all-comers political combination devoid of any rigid ideology but ‘the equitable sharing of the national cake’. The upcoming elections should not just be about the simple shuffling of the political deck but about fundamentally altering the country’s overall political and economic direction.

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42 Responses to "Political parties and elections"

  1. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Democracy as we know it today owes its development to the western liberal idea of fundamental human rights that are inherent in all human beings in the sense that they are the birthright of all men.

    Saad sb,

    a couple of questions. Wasnt it the Athenians who first conjured up this monster? And does it apply to women as well?

  2. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    AbraHarami GMast says

    chutiapantee kee bhi ek hoti hai hadd.u want another on your ass.just wait.

  3. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    AbraHarami GMast

    Corruption dents India’s global image, says Prime Minister
    “Holy Hindustan”, land of spiritualism, is stinking with corruption
    : Brahminical rulers, like their Jewish cousins, are experts in propaganda which made the gullibles in the West to believe that India is the “land soaked in spiritualism”, that the people are so god-fearing that they do not kill even an ant. Their biggest gas balloon is Gandhi whose “saintly appearance” deceived the whole world.
    Such a “great land of spiritualism”, with 330 million gods, is buried under mountains of corruption and destroying every wing of the society. Its very pillars of “Hindu spiritualism” are shielding and defending the corrupt rascals

  4. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    The rest is taqiyya!”

    islam has no taqiyya.taqiyya is base ofbrhnsm and zoinism.

  5. Jamal United Kingdom Lynx Unknow Os says:

    The last paragraph strongly suggests this article was written before the election (all but proves it).
    Taking that into account, you’ve been overtaken by events.
    I wonder if it’s too early to hope that the first civilian democratic transition in Pakistans history can mean the end of articles on the merit of democracy, and birth articles on the direction of Pakistans future?
    You hinted at Pakistans low tax revenues, given PMLNs national mandate do you think it will have the power to enforce universal taxation properly? There was an embarrassing report by British Parliament condemning aid giving to the PPP government as it observed all ministers were tax cheats, a discussion on strategies to implement this would be of great merit in Pak Tea House.
    Regards,
    Jamal.

  6. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    An excellant article, it was a delight reading it. However, let me be a bit clever and without disturbing the reverence Saad Hafiz apparenty has for the Yanks, and try to eliminate the political rhetoric from the term ‘Western’ replacing it simply with ‘European’ and link universal liberal human rights with straight “UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS”, which are imbedded in the Old testaments of the holy Bible as well as the holy Quraan.
    The success story of the Homo Sapiens began from the ARABIAN peninsula 100,000 years ago who spread around the world, and the renaissance and the industial revolution took place in the European continent. And as Romain said the term ‘democracy’ monster is attributed to Athenians. The bigger monster which which comes to my mind is the forced slavery not lberty, which is the masterpiece of the American history and a unique one in the history of the mankind.

    Rex Minor

  7. saad Canada Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Quite right Romain sb, it is a monstrous system which we all love! The Athenian democratic system was probably the first to resolve contradictions between the ideal of political equality and the reality of social inequality which is an essential for democratic success. However, modern mass democracy rooted in western inclusivist ideals is more relevant today than the more elitist Athenian model. It even applies to women, although Pakistan would probably like its women to play an invisible role in it or simply disappear altogether!

    Jamal: Appreciate your feedback. I will not stop writing about the merits of democracy as this subject is close to my heart! Please read the attached article that I wrote in ET on taxation. Regards, Saad

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/389757/pakistan-and-its-massive-tax-problem/

    Rex: Many thanks for your kind appreciation. I understand your reservations on attributing anything good to the Yanks! In my humble opinion, all civilizations have made some contribution to where humanity is today.

  8. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Saad Hafiz,
    Your creative thoughts and writing style is crossing over as world class, as long as you stay original and become more aware of the stregnths of your culture, you faith and your own philosophy. The European civilisation is the living example and has come a long way towards reaching part of what is prescribed in the scriptures. There has been a period of stabilisation and more and less no major conflicts and wars and this has brought the Europeans the peace and tranquility that evry one wants. The Americas were never a civilisation, a buble here and there for a very short period of time and like the Romans it is on its last stretch. It has lost its credibility in a similar way as the Soviets Union did. Now its President talks about being the commander-in-chief, war on terror, red lines and all options are on the table.

    The European Union economy is the largest in the world and the Saudia Arabia remains the largest enrgy source for the world.

    Your beloved land needs a period of calm without violence but aware of the inherent stregnths and weaknesses within the civil society. The golden age is yet to come and the media with intellectual writers have a great role to play. Each people must evolve the democracy which is suitable for Pakistan without following foreign democratic structures.

    Rex Minor

  9. Ex-Paki United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Good article, I think Pakistan needs few more cycles of civilian rule and free elections before democracy takes firm root in the country. I hope next government will focus more on governance and less on keeping their control over power at any cost.

  10. Tajender United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: A Chinese man working on an energy project in PoK was held on Saturday after hundreds of protesters attacked his company offices over the alleged desecration of a Quran, officials said.

    Lee Ping, administration manager of a Chinese consortium building the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project, was accused by co-Pakistani workers of throwing the Quran on the ground.

    “We have taken Ping into protective custody after protests erupted in the company when Pakistani labourers saw him throwing the belongings of a Pakistani worker including the Quran,” Sardar Gulfraz, a senior police official, told AFP.

    Lee Ping was moving the belongings of a Pakistani doctor after he had refused to vacate his room for relocation.

    “Doctor Sajid had a dispute with the company management about the relocation of his room. He refused to vacate the room and Ping threw out all his belongings in anger,” said local police official Raja Anser Shahzad.

    “Local labourers saw Ping throwing out luggage including the Quran and they started protesting. Later, people from outside the company also joined the rally and around 1,000 protesters attacked the offices,” Shahzad told AFP.

    Police said the incident happened at midday on Friday, when local Muslims were preparing to offer their main weekly prayers.

    “They broke vehicles and windows inside the company premises. We have called in extra police to protect instalments and have also moved Ping to a secret location for protective reasons,” Gulfraz said.

    Authorities said a commission had been formed to determine whether Ping was involved in a desecration or not.

    Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97% of the 180 million population are Muslims, and even unproven allegations can spark a violent public backlash.

    Rights campaigners argue the blasphemy laws, for which the maximum penalty is death, are often abused to settle personal scores and should be reformed.

    “(Ping) will be charged under the blasphemy law only after this commission confirms that he was involved in a serious violation,” Gulfraz said.

    In March, more than 3,000 furious Muslims rampaged through the Joseph Colony area of Lahore, looting property and burning buildings after a Christian was accused of blasphemy.

    Pakistan and China have close friendly relations and Chinese firms and engineers are working in development and energy projects across Pakistan.

  11. Tajender United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan legislator says conservative lawmakers have blocked a law that aims to protect women’s freedoms, saying parts of it violate Islamic principles.

    The failure highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years after the ouster of the hard-line Taliban regime, whose strict interpretation of Islam kept Afghan women virtual prisoners in their homes.

    The law has actually been in effect since 2009 by presidential decree. Lawmaker Fawzia Kofi wants to cement it with a parliamentary vote to prevent its future reversal.

    Among its provisions are bans on child marriage and the traditional practice of selling and buying women to settle disputes.

    Kofi said the law was introduced in parliament Saturday but met such fierce opposition that it was withdrawn. It wasn’t immediately clear to which parts they objected.

  12. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Tajender,

    Your two posts have less to do with Islam, but simply reflect clash of traditions and cultures! The clash of cultures is a norm and over a period evolves and gets integrated by the majority. The clash of civilisations, however, is more sinister and must at all costs be avoided with the culture of tolerence.

    Fawzia Kofi must learn a lesson or two about democracy, which is by majority and not by minority. The swiss women were given the rights to vote in 1973 and not before. She better migrate to USA while she has the time; the Talibans after 2014 will have to start the whole process all over again to clean up the mess the foreigners will leave. Iraq and Libya are the living examples!!

    Rex Minor

  13. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    REXIE, so when are you moving to Afghanistan to be with your Taliban heroes? You will get some man love too, which you crave so much

  14. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    rex i cannot awnser u last 2 posts are not mine.

  15. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Tajender,
    Your name is getting very popular. I should have thought that PTH will not allow such a sabotage! In any case the Afghan Tussi Miss Kofi complained on CNN that even women parliamnterians were against her poposed bill. She should better migrate to France whose President has today signed into law allowing same sex marriage.

    Rex Minor

  16. Satbir Singh Bedi India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Will the new Pakistan Govt. enforce the following rights for Women:

    1. No woman should be subject to Female Genital Mutilation which is very common in Muslim countries as it is so painful and adversely affects a woman’s health.
    2. There should be no female foeticide. Any person found guilty of indulging in female foeticide must be sentenced to death.
    3. Every woman should have a right to education so that not only she can educate herself but educate her children also.
    4. No woman should forced into prostitution and anybody doing so should be given a life term punishment.
    5. No woman should be raped or sexually assaulted and the rapists must be physically castrated so that they realise how a raped woman suffers.
    6. There should be no honour killing.
    7. No women should be subject to marital rape that is no husband should force even his wife to have sex with him against her will.
    8. Every woman should have the right to marry after the age of 18 years the man of her choice irrespective of the caste or Gotra to which he belongs. She should not be married off without getting her written consent.
    9. No woman should be forced to wear a veil. She may wear the dress of her choice subject to the condition that she is decently dressed.
    10.If laws of a religion permit men to have four living wives, then the women should also be entitled to have four living husbands.
    11.Women should be allowed to choose her career.
    12.There should be no child marriage. The age limit for the marriage should be 18 years when the girl becomes an adult.
    13.There should be no domestic violence.
    14.If laws of a religion permit a husband to divorce his wife by saying “Talaaq” three times, then the wife should also be entitled to divorce her husband by saying “Talaaq” three times.
    15.The divorce laws should be made easy so that if husband and wife want to divorce, then they could do so without going through the lengthy legal process.
    16.Every woman should have 50% share in the property of her husband.
    17.50% of the jobs in Government sector should be reserved for the women irrespective of their caste or creed so that they do not become destitute in case of being divorced or deserted by her husband or in the event of her husband’s death.
    18.Dowry laws should be made more strict and anybody burning a bride for not bringing dowry must be sentenced to death.
    19. There should be no temporary contract marriage between Muslim men and women.
    20. Women should be given the same nutritious food that is available to men.

  17. Ex-Paki United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Maggu,
    Only a narrow visioned person like you will ask Rex such a question. You do not have the capacity to understand that even though Rex’s soul and mind are with the Taliban and Afghanistan he has to be in Germany because Germans need him. You are too selfish to see that even though Rex is already on the only right path to salvation, he has to spread the knowledge to the misguided people in the world. Muslims are selfless in this respect, it is their duty to bring the non-muslim misguided people to the right path as well. It is a spirit of sharing and leading which you cannot comprehend until you are on the one and only true path yourself. Go and find a Rex in your neighborhood before it is too late and you are condemned to eternal hell.
    As for Taliban, you will see that once foreign invaders leave Afghanistan, it will be turned around by Taliban, give them, may be a decade or two and you will see an economically vibrant, progressive, prosperous Afghanistan leading the world in science and technology, the scientists from higher learning centers there will finally solve the riddle of ToE, people from world over will be turning towards Afghanistan for guidance. You, and millions of oppressed Indians like you, will be praying to their gods for an invasion of Afghans so that they can bring the old golden and glorious days of Mughul rule of India back so that your gdp will again be 30% (or 35%, Tajender knows the exact number) of the whole world. Just be patient.

  18. Ex-Paki United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Maggu,
    Only a narrow visioned person like you will ask Rex such a question. You do not have the capacity to understand that even though Rex’s soul and mind are with the Taliban and Afghanistan he has to be in Germany because Germans need him. You are too selfish to see that even though Rex is already on the only right path to salvation, he has to spread the knowledge to the misguided people in the world. Muslims are selfless in this respect, it is their duty to bring the non-muslim misguided people to the right path as well. It is a spirit of sharing and leading which you cannot comprehend until you are on the one and only true path yourself. Go and find a Rex in your neighborhood before it is too late and you are condemned to eternal hell.
    As for Taliban, you will see that once foreign invaders leave Afghanistan, it will be turned around by Taliban, give them, may be a decade or two and you will see an economically vibrant, progressive, prosperous Afghanistan leading the world in science and technology, the scientists from higher learning centers there will finally solve the riddle of ToE, people from world over will be turning towards Afghanistan for guidance. You, and millions of oppressed Indians like you, will be praying to their gods for an invasion of Afghans so that they can bring the old golden and glorious days of Moghul rule of India back so that your gdp will again be 30% (or 35%, Tajender knows the exact number) of the whole world. Just be patient.

  19. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    Ex-paki, you wrong the Taliban. Why would they need ‘a decade or two’? They have the canes and whips ready, the executioners fingers are already twitching on triggers to shoot adulteresses, they are ready to burn all corrupting books etc. Soon the light of the final guidance will shine with a final solution and make Afghanistan a beacon for mankind.
    .
    I know the Nobel committee have already arranged for a Pashto/Dari translator.

  20. Mohan United Arab Emirates Google Chrome Windows says:

    Ex Paki,

    Thanks vm for telling us the future of Afghanistan. I will make sure that my grand children go there for their studies.

  21. Mohan United Arab Emirates Google Chrome Windows says:

    Ex Paki,

    Thanks vm for telling us the future of Afghanistan. I will make sure that my grand children,who are yet to be born, go there for their studies.

  22. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    ExPaki, Singh Bedi
    People are divided into two categories of believers and nonbelievers. Each side usualy preaches to its own, but the problem is that the nonbelievers all the time speak to believers and conveniently have identified muslim believers for their communications.
    You are the infidel nonbelievers from the world of antique which disappeared in Europe and middle east with the scriptures arrival and the population over time became enlightened after completion of aufklarung when humanism took roots.
    There are those who belong to the world and its ruler and satan and those who belong to God, those in darkness and those in light, those who have peace with God and those who are at war with him, those who believe the truth and those who believe in lies, those on the narrow path to salvation and those on the broad road to destruction….this is what the Bible says and this has been my painful experience as well.

    Rex Minor

  23. Maggu India Google Chrome  GT-N7100 Build/JZO54K) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166 Mobile Safari/535.19 says:

    Rexie, your random word generator is working well i see. The followers of Satan seem to be giving you severe anal trauma. The pain comes through.
    .
    You wait for the higher power to smite the disbelievers but the power of Satan is strong

  24. kaalchakra United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    If anyone here needed proof that everything Rex and Tajender write about Americans and Hindus is completely true, they should just read this extreme Islamophobbic and Pakistanoophobic mockery of journalism by a bigoted Irish Zionist -

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/world/asia/pakistans-railroads-sum-up-nations-woes.html

    Every accusation the zionist author makes against Pakistan can be made much more justly against Hindu zionists in India and Christian zionists in Amrerica. So sad to see the standards of journalism fall so low in a nation that is not even supposed to be polytheist.

  25. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Kaal Mian,

    So true. I like Paki bashing as a sport but even I would not stoop so low. Must be a Joo and Hindoo conspiracy :)

  26. Mohan United Arab Emirates Safari iPad says:

    Beware of scriptures. They can brainwash you.

  27. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    ndia talibans are represented by rss.with exit of americans they will finish.now they are needed to fight occupation.pak general election has shown their auqat.religious parties got around 4% of votes .in india nazi fascist rss has far bigger base of around 30%.maggu why u are not worried about them.

    pakistan was created by jointly by ghandhi and britisherss,ghandhi gave slogan of ramraja to isolate muslims.then ordered rss to beat them.when large numbersof muslims were killed,secular jinnah and secular masses of muslims india agreed for partition.secular jinnah agreed to leave his india after bilood bath.they suceeded in elimination 5 million from innocent muslimms and hindus.

  28. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    pls read in india as first wordthanks

  29. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    pls read in india as first word thanks.

  30. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    kaal highly corrupt elite pak liberal and seculars and shrine goers are also responsil for growth of talibans.good governance bring things back on track.it will not take long time.what new times writer has written is known to everybody.that is why they could not come on street to ask for votes. theft amount is in pakistan.will come out soon in some other form.india mein bhagwan ko taaj pahna dete hain.yeh bhi koi rasta dhoonde gein.succes story of chechenya and bangladesh are example.what pakistan need is yusuf bin hajjaj
    regaring zoinist/brhmnsts what is written is ccorrect.actually no derogatory adjective can match their deed.

  31. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Tajendar: So good, “secular jinna” got his secular country. Everyone lived happily ever after
    .
    Where do you get your statistics from?

  32. Maggu India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Tajendar:Al-Hajjaj killed the last companion of the Prophet Muhammad, Jabir ibn Abd-Allah. He is recorded as one of the four men to have killed more than one hundred thousand men the others being Abu Harb, Abu Muslim and Babak
    .
    So you want this Al-haram?

  33. Jamal United Kingdom Lynx Unknow Os says:

    The owners of PTH should put up a pay wall on the comments section.
    A subscription of 5USD per month should be ample to afford a server that doesn’t throw up so many 503 errors.
    The greatest benefit will of course be profitting from the Pakistan and Muslim hating trolls.
    Regards,
    Jamal

  34. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    He is recorded as one of the four men to have killed more than one hundred thousand men the others being Abu Harb, Abu Muslim and Babak

    some say he killed 900000.strict man like him is needed to correct pakistanis.may be he will come in foem of taliban.the corrupt elite of pakistan has no heart at all for common man women and children of pakistan,roberry of such high scale,even brits will be ashamed.

    jaber ibn abdullah was executed by changez khan in baghdad after defeat of abbasids.
    4% is coming in result,allah aur kashmir ka koi zikr nahin tha.election commission also put band for asking vote in the name religion.
    jinnah was secular in public and personal life both.ghandhi ne ramghun bajai thee muslims ko bhagane ke liye.rss and ghandhi were playing in tandem.

  35. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    ghandhi ditched rss mean brhmns also, so brhmn nathuram killed him and distributed sweet all over india.practice they are doing even today.

  36. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    read ramdhun instead of ramhun.

  37. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Kaal,
    I ave not read the reference poster of the Irishman yet, but the word Irish reminds of two stories;

    . the barkeeper in a Moscow Hotel asks the guest, excuse me sir, are you an Irish? The guest angrily replies, is it not bad enough to be a black?

    . this irishman approaches the english man with a bowler hat and asks, excuse me sir, could you give us a six pence I am short to pay for the train ticket to Dublin? The engish man gives two six pence coins an replies, paddy here are two six pences and make sure that you take your cousin with you as well!

    This is nothing personal against the blacks or the irish but simply a story.

    Rex Minor

  38. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Kaal,
    No wonder, the people of Pakistan reacted and voted out their railway minister. In any case, the USA vice President must have enjoyed reading his fellow irishman story since he is equaly frustrated with the train he has been using to take him to washington, especially after having had the taste of high speed trains in Europe. Everything is relative!

    Rex Minor

  39. kaalchakra United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Tajender, wherever there is corruption, injustice and exploitation, Islam rises to wipe these ills out from their roots. Taliban is a natural consequence of the Hindu, Brahminical, and South Asian practices still lingering in Pakistan despite its claims to being an Islamic nation. The Hindu Tribune describes the shameful preIslamic Polytheist practice of men raping men being common in Pakistani hostels. Now if Sharia is introduced to clean out such unIslamic, unjust, and unnatural practice – what is the harm? If opposing such Polytheist, Hindu, brahmin, practices is being a Talibani, then every Pakistani is and should be a proud Talibani.

    Nawaz Sharif has called for talks with the Taliban, and that is the best news for Pakistan.

    ——

    Rex, spot on.

  40. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    kaal i told that talibans are result of evilness of elite class of pakistan.nawaz sherif is talking to them.i also welcome this act.weapon of language is more lethal than language of weapon.i hope americans will also understand this.

  41. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Kaal, Tajender,

    Please note the word ‘talk’ not negotiate! Nawaz Sharif must appease or confront; we are back to th basics of ww2! People of the south east Asia take time to understand, and unnecessarily complicate things. The talibans are not from the USA “think tank”, the Pashtuns demands are usualy very straight forward such as introduction of Sharia in their controlled territory. Why not, I am simply guessing, but if a strict prohibition in the Bible land of USA iS possible , why not in some areas of Pakistan? Homo sexuality is evil, says the catholic church and a decease says the orthodox church, is a very natural says the French and the USA Governments.

    Rex Minor

  42. Maggu India Safari iPad says:

    REXIE: aren’t you a great fan of man love? Why would you hate homosexuality? Or you are making this drama because you feel guilty?
    .

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