Daily Archives: September 17, 2008

Mangrove destruction; Testing times for democracy and more

Beena Sarwar shares her recent writings and some relevant links with the Pak Tea House

Found a piece I’d written back in 2005, pubished in The News & Chowk and also circulated to this group – ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being Asif Zardari’ –. Interesting in the current context. Below:
1) Excellent little report on the mangrove destruction on Pakistan’s coastline: ‘With nary a thought to the environment’ By Shahid Husain, The News, September 17, 2008 – “Reclamation of land by two of Karachi’s mightiest civic agencies, the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) is damaging the environment and will leave the city prone to tsunamis, warn experts.” Full story here:

2) My recent story for IPS PAKISTAN-POLITICS: Testing Times for Democracy (please also see  ‘The perils of democracy‘ by Aasim S. Akhtar in The News on Sunday’s Political Economy section)

KARACHI, Sep 17 (IPS) – Political opposition against President Asif Ali Zardari –fuelled by the recent U.S. military incursions into Pakistani territory and rising food prices — appears to be tempered by the realisation that the only alternative to the current democratically elected dispensation is military rule. Continue reading

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