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Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

Pakistan Peoples Party: A Bird’s Eye View

Azhar Ali However great ‘reservations’ people may have about Zardari, the phrase ‘giving the devil his due’ may help in painting him in less pale light. But because of him the Pakistan Peoples Party would have become irrelevant, marginalized and radicalized after it was most wantonly deprived of its highly charismatic leader. He let the establishment wallow in the success of its weird grand design by not shying away from seeming to cooperate with it and annoying party’s sympathisers, but what he succeeded in accomplishing in the bargain is not mean achievement by any standard. From the perspective of the establishment, Benazir’s murder was the final nail in the coffin of a party which kept on harrowingly bouncing back. After installing Zardari, a craftly maligned figure by the establishment itself in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy

“Audacity of Hope” (An open letter to all Pakistanis)

Sultan Babar Mirza Reportedly, two foreign players have historically played the role of major kingmakers in Pakistan. Be it Ayub, Bhutto, Zia, Benazir, Nawaz Sharif or Musharraf – plenty of rumours say these ‘leaders’ largely owed their thrones to either the United States of America or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have some evidence of this as well (not as much as one would like, but enough). Before going further, let us … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics

‘Gates’ in Pakistan (Scamistan)

By Prof. Farakh A Khan: Since inception of Pakistan in 1947 we have been rocked by scams and ‘hidden hands’ with unfailing regularity. Before we got hyperactive media scams were buried deeply in accusations and rumours. Now we are bombarded with Pakistan shaking news items glaring at us from our TV screens. With an active independent judiciary exposures are made at the highest levels putting in jeopardy our new ‘democratic’ defenders of democracy leaders. A plaint Supreme Court and Election Commission headed by a person who will not rock the boat (i.e. corruption) of nascent democracy is the desire of most of our present rulers. The massive Balakot earthquake of 2005 and floods of 2010 had shown us that governance in Pakistan was non-existence. Post disaster management efforts by the NGOs and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media

Islamabad Diary: Zardari is in jail since November 1996, says the PPP Website

By Shahzad Raza: President Zardari should better fire the PPP’s webmasters. Or he may think of luring those who manage the PTI’s web-desk. Why? Let me tell you. A google search of “Pakistan People’s Party” would display the top result,, which I believe is the official website of the ruling People’s Party. Hardly, any surfer has time or desire to call the PPP headquarters to reconfirm the web address. Anyways, the is a mixture of nothing – some haphazard and obsolete information. The website still finds Asif Ali Zardari in jail, and Ms Benazir Bhutto abroad in self-exile. “Benazir Bhutto is in forced exile these days and her husband Asif Ali Zardari is in jail since November, 1996 facing bravely a number of cases engineered by Sharif Govt. as process of victimization…,” it reads. Whoever manages the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

Zardari: Made of tougher mettle

By Saria Benazir The rumors of an impending coup further perforate into the already adverse political situation in the country, following the memo gate issue. This is another incredible issue, much like the incredible memo-an unsigned paper seemingly no importance to the White House has subjugated the whole country to a farce played out by our very laudable Supreme Court and the establishment. And now this new addition furthers the attack on Pakistani democracy. The likelihood of President Asif Ali Zardari’s resignation, as stated by the American Foreign Policy blog has created a hullabaloo throughout the country, and people seem to have unquestioningly placed their convictions in that blog. The army and ISI already own Pakistan, what about the Head of State? Does the US decide the resignations of Pakistani officials as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Media, Pakistan, Politics

The Case of a Curious Memo

PTH is proud to publish this exclusive piece written by Ali Aftab Saeed (who made his mark as the creator of the famed Aalu Anday song by the beghayrat brigade band). Ali is remarkable for his clarity on progressive politics and he dispels the myth that Pakistan’s youth have been brainwashed by right wing media and doctored history textbooks. All power to him and hundreds of thousands like Ali – who need a voice. PTH … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy

Unpacking the governance debate

Raza Rumi If the intent of the unregulated media and a recalcitrant establishment is to dismiss the government to achieve better governance then this is at best a delusional goal Recent weeks have witnessed a supercilious debate on how the current government’s misgovernance is a potent reason to boot it out. Governance is about decisions, resources and management of public affairs. The sad reality is that Pakistan’s media now controls and spins the public discourse on these issues. The popular media never wanted this government to begin with. Since 2007, it sided with the ‘clean’ and morally correct lawyers’ movement that presented an alternative to the corrupt politicians and shunned the 2008 election. First, it vilified Benazir Bhutto for making a deal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Pakistan, Politics

Pakistan has to make a choice

Bilal Qureshi For my mental health, I never watch Pakistani television, be it state run or the so-called ‘private’ channels.  And if I am forced for whatever reason to put up with it for an hour or so, it is, and I am not exaggerating here, the most painful experience; an experience I find difficult to explain in language that is utterly unacceptable in any civilised society. Personally, I am convinced that as soon as the media became independent in Pakistan, it has been a race to the bottom by these anchors and other personalities on T.V.  And except for one or perhaps two voices of reason, majority of the talk show hosts in Pakistan are narrow minded, one dimensional,  Zardari hating, Osama worshiping, illiterate gangsters who are determined to destroy logical … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media

Disaster management – which way now?

Raza Rumi When the earthquake hit us on the morning of 8th October 2005, we said that the disaster caught us with our pants down. The mini disasters of Cyclone Yemyin in 2007, the Ziarat earthquake in 2008 and the presently unfolding mega disaster suggest that we never bothered to pull our pants up and are continuously trying to cover our nether regions with Post-It stickers. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was launched in 2007 with a lot of fanfare but a quick look at the (recently lapsed) National Disaster Management Ordinance tells us that it is another toothless tiger whose job is to ‘coordinate’ among its provincial, regional and district-level counterparts. Now, we are a very funny nation. When it comes to taking responsibility for public, we quickly don … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Floods and the Existential Threat

By Adnan Syed  The existential threat comes from disowning the democratic structure, giving up on it and looking yet again for another instant messiah in face of tremendous adversity and hopelessness.  We were wrong in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s when the elected governments were overthrown. And if we continue with our mindless obsession with artificial stability, we would be wrong in 2010 yet again.  (AZW)   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, baluchistan, Constitution, Democracy, Judiciary, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, poverty, public policy, Rights

Pakistan's disaster could lead to a systemic collapse

Raza Rumi The colossal humanitarian tragedy and the imminent economic meltdown, will now shape a new Pakistan or rather, exacerbate its predicament in the months and years to come. Pakistan’s chronic political instability, structural economic constraints and a warped national security policy are all going to be affected by the unfolding drama of the national disaster, perhaps the severest, in the country’s history. Whilst the challenges have snowballed within a short duration of ten days, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Pakistan, strategy, Terrorism, violence, Zardari

“The more they hate, the more we love…”

PTH is publishing this post submitted by Riaz Ali Toori. The views expressed are those of the author’s; however, in the interest of free speech and noting the biases of mainstream media, we are giving space to such pieces here. “The much they hate Zardari, the more we love Zardari” the slogan I read over twitter by a worker of PPP. The comments on facebook attracted more I read “thanks to the opponents of PPP and Asif Ali Zardari for arousing the languid feelings of Bhuttoism inside my soul as a result of their chauvinism”. Forcibly ruling over bodies is possible but rule on hearts is thorny. Nasty Zia ruled on the people of Pakistan for more than a decade but he couldn’t create a place in hearts of the people. Today Zia is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Politics, Zardari

Zardari's UK visit: 'Shoe Fiction' to 'Gun Reality'

by Ahmed Nadeem Unprecedented floods in hundred year’s history of region are wiping away towns, villages and infrastructure, leaving hundreds dead and over a million homeless. Over two hundred thousands troops are engaged in a battle for future of Pakistan against blood thirsty ‘creatures of intolerance’. Criminals and terrorists are playing a bloody game in streets of Karachi and killing innocent. Perhaps there has been not been the worst times in sixty years of nations existence. The government with limited resources, inefficient and broken institutions, is trying to rescue those who lost everything in unprecedented floods. It is also seeking help from international community to overcome the financial burden for relief operations. Several countries have pledged assistance while USA has initiated a government lead relief campaign and helicopter rescue operation in effected … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

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 »

Filed under: Pakistan