LAHORE, Pakistan | Fear of Taliban rules and retribution has descended on this cosmopolitan city near the Indian border, with militants taking aim at fashion shows, nightclubs, sports and other entertainment that made Lahore the cultural capital of Pakistan.
With recent terrorist attacks and more subtle threats from black-bearded strangers in turbans and skullcaps, the city’s artists and performers have stopped appearing in public. University coeds are being warned to cover their faces, and merchants are pulling CDs and DVDs from store shelves. Continue reading
By Yasser Latif Hamdani
It is people like Hamid Mir who are the problem with Pakistan. Today on his silly little show which has somehow managed to capture the imagination of the illiterate and ignorant conspiracy mongers, he declared that while bombs are going off in the Indian elections and Maoists are on a rampage, we are over-sensitive about Taliban. He said Indians were unfazed by terrorism there and so should we. On the same show we had Haji Adeel of the ANP who, while defending his party’s decision to sign the Nizam-e-Adl, broke into song and dance about the valiant struggle to drive the British out in by Khudai Khidmatgar. All this while both NWFP and Pakistan are at war. Continue reading