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Imran Khan’s USA Conundrum

Gohar Qureshi Having read Mr. Imran Khan’s recent statement about TTP, that they do not seek to enforce Shariah in Pakistan rather liberate it from the US war. I might be the only one who supports PTI manifesto for what it is and NOT because Imran Khan leads the party. Being a law abiding Pakistani American it is offensive to come across anti American narrative that Mr. Khan leads his followers with. Has he ever attempted to educate his followers on what led the US war on terror. The youth of today who must have been very young when 9/11 happened have no awareness whatsoever on how tolerant US was and still is. That we could travel domestically in the US without body scans which we were always subjected to flying … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics, secular Pakistan, Society, Taliban, Terrorism, USA

Rural Blues, inhumanity on a different level!

Ahmer Muzammil Bilawal talks the talk and in environment like ours and the context in which he physically exists, its no small feat. He has to do better than just wax poetic here however. Heads must roll and not at a district level either. He must take on the likes of qayim ali shah and agha siraj durrani’, if bilawal is to champion the cause of a true socialistic reform. What has transpired in THAR is not a surprise. At least not for folks who are familiar with provincial PPP leadership cadre in sind. They mostly hail from rural areas and comprise of have’ and quite frankly have no stake or even pressure to change the subhuman conditions of rural SIND. Fahd Hussein of Tribune have recently written an extremely powerful … Read entire article »

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A conversation with a constitutional Kaafir

Balal Haider Ahmadis are constitutional Kaafirs in Pakistan. The best part is Pakistan is the only country in the world which proudly presents us with such a Politico-Religious categorization of its people. Below is a conversation from a daily life of a constitutional Kaafir (CK) and Radicalized Constitutional Muslim (RCM)… CK: “Asalam o Alikum my dear friend” RCM: ” Yala Harama, you go to jail, how dare you speak the words which sends peace to me, you!!, let me call the police station.” CK: “I am so sorry my friend I am just used to spreading peace and teachings of love. I am sorry to have offended you, Let me do some Astagfar.” RCM: ” Toba Toba, you are using an Arabic word, how dare you act like a muslim” CK: ” I am sorry, I … Read entire article »

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AAP & Not PTI:The power of democracy!

Ahmer Muzammil I am not fascinated or infatuated with India, like some of our Indian readers and mostly for the wrong reasons I might add. I do however acknowledge that it is the land of my forefathers and at a macro level, I am impressed with their dedication to and insistence on democracy. I am under no illusion that indian society is without ills or that democracy has solved all of their issues But compared to Pakistan, they look like rock stars. Compared to Pakistan however, young men and women -some who were wronged and mostly those who are uneducated, impressionable and indoctrinated – aren’t blowing themselves up in cinemas, bazars and places of worship, killing their fellow innocent citizens in cold blood, and to me that alone is a winner every … Read entire article »

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Jamat-e Islami, A Common Inheritance of Pakistan and Bangladesh

By Obaidullah Khan Bangladesh and Pakistan have some common features with respect to their foundation. Both were made for the Muslims of the Subcontinent (not for Islam). A sense of deprivation and desperation played the key role behind their coming into being. And then a common inheritance, Jamat e Islami, with an identical part to play in the formation of these two sovereign and independent states, was another similarity. Unfortunately, for both states that role was antagonistic and in support of the parent unified countries, united India in case of Pakistan and united Pakistan in case of Bangladesh. So in a sense Jamat e Islami in both the cases supported the preexisting scenario and opposed the independence movement of these states. Surely as patriot Pakistanis we are aggrieved in the case … Read entire article »

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Begin by Wailing

By Ahmer Muzammil The perpetrators should at least apologize to this unfortunate nation! TTP for killing our 60,000 human beings! Security Establishment for creating the Frankenstein so they can prosper financially, Rishtay karanay wali Khala who got unkil ejaz ul haq’ dada and dadi hooked up Musharaf for slaughtering the constitution (and for ahmed raza qusoori) Taher Shah for eye to eye Nawaz Sharif for absconding and looting. Shaheed bibi for Asif! Asif Ali Zardari for Asim Hussein! Iftikhar Chaudhry for Arsalan dada PTI for Shireen Mazari’ hairdo MQM for bhai’ singing. Jamat-e-islami for being themselves Religious fundoos like fazloo and hafiz saeed for egging us on for jihad while they are not able to do istinja (translation kurkay sawab-a-darayn hasil karein) properly (due to girth)! But I digress. Joking aside, the least this nation deserves is a sincere apology. Call it truth and reconciliation … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

Drawing a Line o the Events of 1947

Drawing a Line o the Events of 1947

By Ghazala Akbar The division of the Sub-continent into India and Pakistan and eventually into Bangladesh reverberates 66 years after the event. Partition as we are painfully aware did not begin or end in 1947. Not a single day passes, in the collective memories and in the present day politics of our three countries when we are not reminded or are rueful of the consequences of this cleaving. It is a continual work-in-progress, a chapter that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Identity, Jinnah, Politics

The Structure of Power in Pakistan

M Asadi A class/power structure analysis of the country reveals that it has changed dramatically since the military backed by the Americans incorporated itself in the power equation formally in 1958, in what was hitherto a feudal dominated, agrarian state, cultivated by the British during their colonization of India. The next big change in the power equation was the military dictator Ayub Khan promoting the underdeveloped local bourgeoisie as a bulwark against the feudal elite whose power he was attempting to usurp, (we cannot talk about a “developed” business class at this time when the country’s production and trade is dominated by primary products and most of the population is rural) leading to SOME industrialization, massive inequality and also land reforms for that very end- i.e. to weaken the feudal elite and … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Politics

Bhutto – a reluctant hero?

Bhutto – a reluctant hero?

Mohammed Rafiuddin We have a tendency to whitewash our history. It’s not exclusively our forte, most nations do the same but we’ve developed a particular expertise in it. With a single stroke of a brush our heroes are painted as enemies and foes become friends. Murderers are painted as martyrs and brave hearts become interlopers. A recent article by Nadeem F. Paracha (NFP) has attempted to dig deeper and find out ‘what really happened’ during a dark … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, human rights, Politics

Balochistan cabinet conundrum

By Adnan Aamir On 9th June, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch took oath as Chief Minister of Balochistan. He is the first Chief Minister in history of Balochistan who belongs to the middle class. The selection of Dr. Malik triggered a wave of happiness amongst the people of Balochistan that some of their problems will be solved. In the Balochistan assembly, PML-N had clear majority but Nawaz Sharif made a landmark decision by nominating Dr. Malik for the Chief Minister-ship of the troubled province. Since then, there has been a long wait for the formation of the cabinet of Balochistan. Three ministers took oath soon after Dr. Malik but they have not been allotted portfolios.  Now it has been almost 100 days that Cabinet has not been formed and the Balochistan cabinet … Read entire article »

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Why MQM Wants Army in Karachi

By Waqas Habib   Democracy is going to bring some long due respite for Karachiites, as soon we will see a major targeted operation in the city. An operation that will not be carried out by the Army but by the Police and Rangers   After May 11, 2013, few things have changed – call it the loyalty of the people of Sind or a strategic initiative by them. They elected a PPP government into power with a clear majority – a no compromise strategy. Hence they are free to make their decisions on an executive level in Sind. They do not need MQM or ANP’s support to sustain their government in the province.   PMLN too is not carrying baggage in the Federal government. They want peace in Karachi so they can fulfill their biggest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Karachi, Politics

The Defenders

By Tamoor Zafar We are so used to listening to and believing in these politicians, they show their faces and defend their political parties and their fused leaders on TV, no matter how serious the issue is they will come up with some kind of defence but no shame and we still listen to them, let’s call these representatives the Defenders. These Defenders love to use precedents from the West. I always feel that If I could be there I could present a better defence, as I cannot be at two places at once therefore I came up with this idea to write some Western precedents which can provide defence to the Defenders on different issues. Nowadays a very common question the Defenders are facing is the question of the violation of sovereignty … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drones, Pakistan, Politics, USA

Tale of Musharraf’s Coup in 1999

Tale of Musharraf’s Coup in 1999

Parvez Musharraf, ex-Dictator, landed in Karachi today, amid much fanfare(and while wearing a suicide jacket). He was ousted democratically on 18th August, 2008 and left the country. Pakistan has successfully completed transition from an elected government to a caretaker setup without direct intervention of the Military for the first time in its history. This does not mean we forget the history of military interventions and the disastrous consequences. To commemorate the arrival of Musharraf, we … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Army, Civil Service, Constitution, Democracy, drama, History, ISI, Islamabad, Pakistan, Politics, Society, state, Uncategorized

Jennifer Ali- A great shining star of Pakistan passed away!

Jennifer Ali- A great shining star of Pakistan passed away!

Syed Mahmood Kazmi   How would one describe a young person full of energy, social activist, trainer, a person who is always ready to help people? Sometimes we don’t find words to describe such beautiful young souls and here we were with one, Jennifer Ali. Her affiliation with the humanity and serving others was very strong.  She went to UAE few weeks ago due to her work. On the night of February 27, she was walking on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Citizens, Civil Service, obituary

A case for evolutionary change

By Saad Hafiz: The recent “anti-establishment” rallies confirm that Pakistanis are more politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive than ever.  It is heartening to witness the quest for personal dignity and economic opportunity in a country painfully scarred by memories of decades-long domination by the “status-quo”. The pattern is also consistent with the political turmoil and stirrings against the established order so widespread today around the world. The youth in Pakistan are particularly restless and resentful and politically alert and engaged.  The demographic revolution they embody is thus a political time-bomb, as well.  The rapidly expanding demographic bulge in the 25-year-old-and-under age bracket is creating a huge mass of impatient young people. Their minds have been stirred by sounds and images that emanate from the region and beyond and which … Read entire article »

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