Monthly Archives: May 2009

Take our hand of friendship, India tells Pakistan

* Indian foreign minister says Islamabad must take credible action against terrorists

* Says New Delhi will like to cooperate with Pakistan against terrorism

By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: India has extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan through its new foreign minister SM Krishna.

But the foreign minister said that dialogue between the two nuclear neighbours might, however, not be forthcoming unless Islamabad dismantled terrorist camps inside its territory and took a more determined action against terrorist organisations. Continue reading

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Pakistan religious schools get scrutiny

The madrasas, schools that teach the Koran and little else, are suspected of nurturing extremism. Under U.S. pressure, the Pakistan government has pledged to reform the system.

By Mark Magnier

Reporting from Akora Khattak, Pakistan — The Darul Uloom Haqqania campus is a sprawling labyrinth of ashen buildings where young men in black beards and white skullcaps spend their days and nights on hard concrete floors learning all 77,701 words of the Koran. Some people call it the University of Jihad. Continue reading

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A Better Bargain for Aid to Pakistan

By C. Christine Fair

The Obama administration pledged more than $100 million in aid last week to Pakistanis fleeing the fighting between the Taliban and the military in the Swat Valley. All told, since 2001, the United States has spent about $12 billion to help Pakistan. Yet last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared Pakistan a “mortal threat” to international security.

Washington needs to strike a far better bargain for its billions. Continue reading

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VIVA LA BRADISTAN MELA

THIS IS BRADISTAN

(courtesy Daily Times – this article was first published.Sir Cam was the Guest columnist for Bradistan from Mela 2003.Dil Nawaz’s comments and updates for2008 will appear within brackets 2009 Mela will be held on weekend of 13th and 14th of June 2009)

Here in was a mighty fusion of cultures: Eastern, Western, English, Pakistani, Indian, African, Arab and others — a potpourri of sounds, smells, and sights Continue reading

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Iraq redux? Obama seeks funds for Pakistan super-embassy

By Saeed Shah and Warren P. Strobel     | McClatchy Newspapers

ISLAMABAD — The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, U.S. officials said Wednesday. 

The White House has asked Congress for — and seems likely to receive — $736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad Continue reading

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PAKISTANI STUDENTS ARRESTED IN TERROR RAIDS IN U.K

PRESS RELEASE:  PAKISTANI STUDENTS ARRESTED IN TERROR RAIDS IN NORTH WEST.*

National Campaign formed.

On Saturday 9th May, people from across the UK met in Longsight, Manchester and formed a national campaign called ‘Justice for the North West 10’.

The meeting was addressed on mobile phone by three families of the students from disparate areas of Pakistan. They expressed support for the campaign and have been mobilizing their own campaign in Pakistan. The meeting was also addressed by legal representatives of the students and other innocent victims of the Terrorism Act. Continue reading

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After Strategic Depth: Remembering Eqbal Ahmad

Posting by Raza Rumi

Eqbal Ahmad’s death anniversary passed away without the pomp and galore that we assign to such events. Perhaps the best way to remember Eqbal Ahmad is through his insightful, almost prophetic writings. This one in particular is a grim reminder of the blunders that we have committed in the past that are now haunting us in our face. Pak Tea House pays tribute to EA by posting this piece and inviting a discussion on the key issues highlighted therein.

What After Strategic Depth? [Dawn, 23 August 1998]

Eqbal Ahmad

In his letter to Zarb-i-Momin, the Taliban publication, Mr. Azam Tariq, leader of Pakistan’s violently sectarian Sipah-i-Sahaba party, is ecstatic over his ideological brothers’ recent victories.

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