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The tragic burning of a DharamSala in Larkana

Last night on 16th March 2014, a Hindu DharamShala in Larkana was set ablaze over alleged Desecration of Quran. Following are the tweets comprising the reaction by Raza Rumi on the tragic and condemnable incident. [View the story "The tragic burning of a DharamSala in Larkana" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hinduism, minorities, Pakistan, Religion, Rural, Sindh, violence

Insanity continues…

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This is just a quick comment on a vile, sectarian blog’s latest attack on me, PTH and colleagues here. I recently met Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and tweeted my picture with him.  It apparently has caused massive heartburn to the nameless faceless folk over there at LUBP.   Everything nasty I have ever said about the PPP is now being paraded out, as if I have joined the PPP or said that I support it.  I have not. I support Bilawal Bhutto here and now. Bilawal Bhutto’s speech in Thatta was an extraordinary moment in the fight against the Taliban. He showed immense courage in taking on the Taliban.  My constant is Pakistan.  I will support anyone who supports the cause of a modern, democratic Pakistan.  At the moment only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

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

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

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

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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Liberal Democratic Pakistan

PTI and PPP: What Went Wrong?

Raza Habib Raja I must admit one thing: I had never expected around two years ago that Imran Khan’s Facebook supporters will actually come out on the polling day and vote. In fact not only they came out but they actually instilled passion and enthusiasm in the entire election campaign. Imran has motivated them and touched the raw visceral nerve of the class which previously has largely been apolitical. His appeal also influenced many of the youngsters from major urban cities who all came out during the campaign filling huge venues like Minar-e-Pakistan. Apart from that Imran’s influence was also dominant in conservative belt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP). These three set of demographics formed the core constituency of Imran Khan. Moreover, another set of voter, has voted for PTI is the PPP voter … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Elections

Election Update – 29th April, 2013

PPP could offer PM slot to Imran: Wattoo A senior leader of the PPP predicts that his party and PTI could form the next coalition government at the centre. He also foresees the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as coalition partners in Punjab. “The PPP could also offer Imran Khan the office of prime minister in the coalition government,” Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, the president of PPP’s central Punjab chapter, said in a candid interview. < Read More – >   ANP candidate’s brother shot dead by militants Brother of the Awami National Party candidate of PK-35, who was attacked Saturday night by unknown suspected militants, succumbed to his injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, said party leaders in Swabi on Sunday. < Read More – >   Explosion near ANP office in Charsadda … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections

Election Update – 28th April, 2013

Imran asks Taliban to stop deadly attacks PTI Chairman Imran Khan, condemning a recent wave of terror attacks at the offices of political parties, especially in Karachi, has asked the Taliban to stop targeting people during elections and allow them to choose their future leaders. “I strongly condemn deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban in Karachi,” Imran said. < Read More – >   PML-N worker dies in scuffle with PPP workers At least one person died in a fight between workers of the PPP and PML-N in Dadu on Sunday. According to initial reports, the fight broke out over an issue of putting up party banners and flags in an area. The brawl led to an exchange of fire between the two parties, resulting in the death of one person belonging to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections

Election Update – 26th April, 2013

ECP vows not to delay polls as TTP attacks continue The election commission of Pakistan  vowed not to delay the elections even by a ‘single day’ as polls related attacks killed at least six more people while Taliban distributed pamphlets in some cities warning citizens against participating in the elections. A bike bomb explosion at an MQM election office in Karachi’s Nusrat Bhutto Colony at around 10pm on Thursday killed at least five people and injured 15 others. Earlier, in the day, two bikers hurled a grenade on an election office of a PPP candidate in Baluchistan’s in Nushki district, killing one person and injuring another. < Read More – >   ANP protests against JI’s use of mosque The Awami National Party has decided to approach the Election Commission of Pakistan to protest … Read entire article »

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Election Update – 25th April, 2013

15,629 in race for 849 general seats A total number of 15,629 candidates are contesting the general elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies on 849 general seats while 1,063 candidates are eyeing reserved seats comprising of women and minorities, according to the ECP’s latest data. < Read More – >   Blasts rattle 3 provinces in 24 hours Another explosion rocked Quetta Wednesday evening, the ninth blast in three different provinces of Pakistan in the last 24 hours, raising fears for deteriorating law and order as the historic May 11 polls draw nearer. At least two people were injured in the latest attack on Jan Muhammad road area of Quetta, the capital of volatile Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. < Read More – >   PTI to hold local government elections after 90 days To … Read entire article »

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Election Update – 24th April, 2013

• ECP fails to prevent 55 persons charged with terrorism from contesting elections The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has simply failed to prevent 55 candidates from the Punjab, belonging to 10 different sectarian groups, from contesting the general elections despite the fact that intelligence agencies had warned the ECP that they were on terrorist lists and had provided all the names. These names are also listed on the 4th Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. According to well-informed sources in the Ministry of Interior, the intelligence agencies had provided to the ECP a complete list of 55 candidates who had filed their nomination papers to contest the national and provincial assemblies’ polls from 20 districts of the Punjab. • Surge in electoral violence kills 23: FAFEN • Most … Read entire article »

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Election Update – 23rd April, 2013

Caretaker government refuses to try Musharraf, says trial beyond mandate The caretaker government on Monday flatly refused to initiate treason trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, telling the Supreme Court that it was beyond its mandate to take any ‘controversial’ step that is ‘irreversible’.In a statement read out before a three-judge bench, the interim administration noted that less than three weeks were left to the elections, and overseeing the vote was a full-time job, given the threat level against candidates. < Read More – >   Ahmadis to boycott upcoming elections Some 200,000 members of Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community will boycott next month’s election in protest at their treatment by the authorities, a spokesman said Monday.  It is against the law for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims, but they still see themselves as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections

Election Update – 21st April, 2013

No significant rise in female candidates contesting on general seats of the NA Despite the welcome addition of a woman candidate contesting independently from Bajaur Agency, the overall number of women candidates contesting on general seats of the National Assembly (NA) has stayed much the same since the 2002 election.Even in the ranks of mainstream political parties which champion equal rights and participation of women, the number of women candidates contesting in the upcoming general elections has remained unchanged or, worse still, gone down. According to details of candidates filed by eight mainstream political parties, there is no significant increase in the number of women candidates in the 2002, 2008 and 2013 elections.Moreover, the two main religious parties — JamiatUlema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) — have maintained their tradition of totally … Read entire article »

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Election Update – 20th April, 2013

Musharraf given judicial remand by ATC The anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday remanded former president Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks as judges pushed ahead with plans to put the former army chief on trial for a crackdown on the judiciary during his time in office.  Hundreds of lawyers jeered at Musharraf and scuffled with his supporters as he appeared at the Islamabad court a day after police arrested him at his home — a breach with an unwritten rule in Pakistan that ex-generals are above the law.  The judge ruled that he be detained until his next court appearance on May 4. Musharraf’s spokesman said authorities had decided that he would be placed under house arrest at his farmhouse residence on the edge of Islamabad. < Read More – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Uncategorized