Daily Archives: April 28, 2009

Hillary says US also responsible for crisis in Pakistan

Shaheryar Azhar, The Forum

Long time coming, but nevertheless good that it came…..

Saturday, April 25, 2009
ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said the US was also partly responsible for the present conditions in Pakistan as it had virtually abandoned the country after the Soviets left Afghanistan.

“It wasn’t a bad investment to end the Soviet Union, but let’s be careful what we sow, because we will harvest. So we then left Pakistan. We said, okay, fine, you deal with the Stingers that we’ve left all over your country. You deal with the mines that are along the border. And by the way, we don’t want to have anything to do with you,” Clinton said while testifying before a Congressional committee according to a foreign television channel. After the downfall of the Soviet Union, Clinton said the US stopped dealing with the Pakistani military and with the ISI. “We can point fingers at the Pakistanis, but the problems we face now, to some extent, we have to take responsibility for having contributed to,” she said. Continue reading

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Naseebo Lal – another victim of Pakistan’s right wing

by Farough

Taliban are imposing a moral code on society, they have banned music and murdered dancers and singers in Pashtunkhhawa and Swat, even yesterday a Pashtu singer was murdered in Peshawer, Gul Bahar Bano the famous Gazal singer has lost her sanity according to Dawn, Pakistan’s parliament recently conceded to Talibans and passed Nizam e Adal regulation which according to human rights experts is against Universal Charter of Human Rights and Basic Human Rights enshrined in constitution of Pakistan. High hopes were laid on the judiciary which has been declared “free” after restoration of the Chief Justice. The secular pressure groups were on the forefront of this understanding of judicial freedom and its effectiveness in ensuring freedoms.

Things appear to be no different than the parliament, first Maulana Aziz of Lal Masjid was released on bail by Supreme Court of Pakistan and now moral policing and censorship is being practiced. It must be kept in mind that legendary singer Noor Jahan also sung songs which can be called “vulgar” and “obscene” and whose artistic value can be questioned. Manto was also tried in courts for being “obscene”. Nizam e Adal was not declared unconstitutional by free judiciary which threats the entire legal system but Nasebo’s songs are considered far greater threat by our honorable courts. Continue reading

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Pakistan isn’t falling: CNN Commentary

By Peter Bergen
CNN National Security Analyst

(CNN) — In the past few weeks as the Pakistani Taliban have marched ever closer to the capital, Islamabad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sounded the alarm about the threat posed by the militants, who she said in congressional testimony pose “a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world.”

Some media commentators have even warned that the populous, nuclear-armed state might fall into the hands of the religious zealots. Continue reading

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Obituary:Javad Nurbakhsh- A Sufi Soul

A leading Iranian Sufi, he was also a noted psychiatrist, author and medical clinic director

The master of a branch of the Nimatullahi order of Sufism in Iran, Dr Javad Nurbakhsh not only furthered the cause of his religion, but was also one of the country’s leading psychiatrists. When the upheavals of the Iranian revolution in 1979 caused him and many others to emigrate, he continued to organise the practice of Sufism abroad till his death in Britain at the age of 81.

Sufism is the mystical tradition within Islam whose followers – Sufis, or dervishes – espouse a religion of love based on poetry, music, and utilising various esoteric contemplative practices, the most important of which is a type of interior prayer of the heart known as dhikr, practised privately. Sufis consider service to society and one’s fellow man to be the supreme form of worship, so ethics is also very important in Sufi discipline. The Sufi centre for worship, and thus social integration, is the khanaqah, a rather private place that shares some features with the European monastery, where Sufis gather for weekly meetings for meditation, chanting of Sufi poetry, and prayer. Thus it differs from the mosque of mainstream Islam, which, traditionally being state-funded, is often more associated with political authority. Continue reading

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Cripps and India’s Partition-II

Further to Usman Sadozai’s post on this subject, here is a second part of the article by A.G. NOORANI

The concluding part of the captioned article.

ALLEN CLARKE records the secret parleys between Sir Stafford Cripps and Pethick Lawrence (and A.V. Alexander) with Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel. Colin Reid of The Daily Telegraph told Wavell on August 3: “He had recently had an interview with Jinnah, and had some interesting impressions. He is sure that J. wants a settlement and thinks that J. himself does not believe in Pakistan… From what Reid said, it was obvious that Jinnah knew all about Cripps’ interviews with Gandhi and Patel and the way in which Congress acceptance of the May 16 statement was obtained. It was obvious also that the disatrous interview of June 26 had completely upset Jinnah who complained that he had been ‘bullied.’ Reid also mentioned an interview with Gandhi, at which Reid had said something to him about: ‘Your relations with those other celebrities, the Mission and the Viceroy.’ Reid said that Gandhi turned on him and said with great malevolence and venom: ‘They are not celebrities’.” (Penderel) Moon (Ed.); Wavell: The Viceroy’s Journal; 1973; page 328). Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Swat Nightmare

By Simon Tisdall 

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Rather than endlessly engage in inconclusive, on-off guerrilla warfare with Taliban insurgents, Pakistan’s security forces cut a deal. The Islamists would have de facto local administrative control, including implementation of sharia law. In return, they would accept federal government authority, stop fighting, and lay down their arms. Continue reading

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Time to make a choice: Jinnah or Taliban

Dr. Ijazul Hassan (Writing in The Nation)

The time has come when we have to decide whether we want a Pakistan of the Quaid or the Taliban. The latter had said: “You are free to go to your mosques, to your temples, …because that has nothing to do with the business of the state…and that Pakistan will not be a theological state.” However, as soon as we lost our beloved Quaid, we passed the Objectives Resolution in 1949 which was directly in conflict with the basic concept of the state he had created at the risk of his life. Continue reading

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