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Pakistan is in pieces

[There is plenty here to stimulate a robust debate; Not that surprising, considering who the author is. PTH does not necessarily agree with the views expressed in this article.] Belfast Telegraph, Tuesday, 6 April 2010             By Robert Fisk I tried, in Pakistan, to define the sorrow which so constantly afflicts this country. The massive loss of life, the poverty, the corruption, the internal and external threats to its survival, the existentialism of Islam and the power of the army; perhaps Pakistan’s story can only be told in a novel. It requires, I suspect, a Tolstoy or a Dostoyevsky. Pakistan ambushes you. The midday heat is also beginning to ambush all who live in Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province. Canyons of fumes grey out the vast ramparts of the Bala Hisar fort. “Headquarters Frontier … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Colonialism, Democracy, History, Identity, India, Judiciary, Pakistan, Partition

Pakistan’s War of Choice

NYT, March 24, 2010   By MICHAEL E. O’HANLON   Peshawar, Pakistan: WHAT are Americans to make of all the good news coming out of Pakistan in recent weeks?   First, the Afghan Taliban’s military chief, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was arrested in a raid in February. Around the same time, several of the Taliban’s “shadow governors” who operate out of Pakistan were captured by Pakistani forces. Last week, the C.I.A. director, Leon Panetta, announced that thanks in large part to increased cooperation from Pakistan, drone strikes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border are “seriously disrupting Al Qaeda,” and one killed the terrorist suspected of planning an attack on an American base in December that caused the deaths of seven Americans. Meanwhile, Pakistan has mounted major operations against its own extremists in places ranging from the Swat Valley … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Taliban

Saving Pakistan

We are posting an impassioned voice of reason by Shaheryar Azhar, moderator of a thinking group of Pakistanis called “The Forum”. We are posting it for it represents the anguish most Pakistanis feel about the current situation in our beloved homeland. [Raza Rumi] The Unraveling of Pakistan “Pakistan is NOT unraveling”, I said in a voice pregnant with passion on February 7, 2009. The occasion was a small dinner at our apartment and I was responding to another forum member, who is an expert on terrorism with a well-reviewed book on Pakistan. She had just finished saying, “Pakistan is unraveling”. And in support I had said the following: 1.    Pakistan has just won a victory in Bajaur. And is now gearing up for a major fight in North and South Waziristan. The type of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activism, Politics, public policy

Citizens' Aid to the People of Bajawar

We are publishing a note drafted in early October, 2008 by Shandana Khan – a citizen activist – who has been visiting the camps and raising funds for the displaced residents of Bajaur. The note is an eye-opener, it has that earthy, real feel to it and of course one need not agree with the conclusions on the war on terror. However, it displays that citizenry in Pakistan is alert to the menace of war, aggression and displacement of unarmed people – the real victims of war. In Shandana’s words, she is not only assisting but also “keen to tell their story, a story much ignored”. (Raza Rumi ed.) In a span of about six weeks, starting in August 2008 and ending on 30th September 2008, we have collected PK … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, FATA, North-West Frontier Province, Taliban, Terrorism

Greeks in Chitral, Pakistan?

Salman Rashid debunks a few myths here: There is no historical evidence of Alexander or his men straying north of the ridges of the Hindu Kush Mountains into Kafiristan. But we know that the Greeks and the Kalasha themselves are today sold on this piece of charlatanry. The simple answer would thus be to turn to DNA testing Every half-baked expert who writes on Chitral has to tell us of the Kalasha people of Kafiristan being … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, Media