Daily Archives: July 6, 2008

Islamabad is ablaze again

ISLAMABAD: A suicide blast near Melody Chowk area has left 19 people dead including 15 policemen and over 40 have been injured.

The IG Islamabad has termed it a suicide attack, Police has cordoned off entire area, according to Geo News correspondent, the blast occurred in front of Aabpara police station after the Lal Masjid conference. Body parts were scattered in the area and ambulances reached the site of the blast.

Nearly 40 injured have been shifted to Islamabad’s Poly Clinic hospital and most of the injured include policemen. Emergency has been declared in all the hospitals of Islamabad.

Bomb disposal squad has reached the site of the blast. According to information, Reserve police personnel were targeted in the blast and the dead include policemen from Islamabad and Punjab. Death toll is expected to mount considering the intensity of the blast.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Amir Ahmed Ali along with other senior officials has reached the place. Station House Officer Sehala, Inspector Sarwar has also been killed in the blast.

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The Race for NWFP: The beginning of the new great game

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The coalition of PPP-PML-N-ANP has brought together historical and even ideological foes under one banner. The ceremonial oath taking of Amir Haider Khan Hoti, the maternal grandson of the famous Pushtun leader Bacha Khan, was viewed and presented as a landmark and a “verdict of history” by some enthusiastic corners. This they say marks the reversal of the “historical wrongs” committed against the Khan family 60 years ago by the country’s founding party, the All India Muslim League and its provincial body the Frontier Muslim League, as well as by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan’s People’s Party which is today an ally of the ANP. Most of this is political rhetoric, because historians tend to see reconciliations and re-orientations in terms of the coming together of groups formerly opposed as an essential part of the modern democratic process. It is therefore essential that we revisit the history of the Center-Frontier relations from the creation of Pakistan onwards.

The partition of British India into Muslim-Majority Pakistan and Hindu-Majority India in 1947 was an earth shaking event. If stripped of rhetoric and emotionalism, the partition of India was the result of the inability of the two most representative Indian parties to come to a workable arrangement on a constitution for United India. These two parties were a) The Indian National Congress, which claimed to represent all Indians though electorally it could claim mostly Hindu support and b) The Muslim League, which claimed to be the sole representative of Indian Muslims. The League’s claim was that Muslims were more than a minority in 1940, but a nation looking for a multinational solution to India’s future. Continue reading

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