Daily Archives: May 12, 2009

Reality Check on Imran Khan!

Posted by Malik
Courtesy: Secular Pakistan

Why the West craves materialism & why the East sticks to religion

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=9&section=0&article=11965&d=14&m=1&y=2002

By Imran Khan  (2002 ARTICLE)

“Science had replaced religion and if something couldn’t be logically proved it did not exist. All supernatural stuff was confined to the movies. Philosophers like Darwin, who with his half-baked theory of evolution had supposedly disproved the creation of men and hence religion, were read and revered.”

PITY THE GREAT CRICKETER SPENT MORE TIME ON THE GREEN RATHER THAN READING BASIC TEXTS IN SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY.  HIS IGNORANCE DISGRACES OXFORD, HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE PROPONENTS OF DARWINIAN THOUGHT. Continue reading

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Pre-budget advice from Lahore

By Dr Pervez Tahir

INDEPENDENT think-tanking, especially on matters economic, has not been an established practice in Pakistan. In the run up to the budget, a plethora of unhelpful ideas do flood the system from various interest groups. There is also a tradition of Continue reading

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Humanitarian Crisis of NWFP – Urgent Appeal

Posted by Raza Rumi

Let us all us join hands to alleviate the sufferings of the people who need our help

Situation Background

North West Frontier of Pakistan faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as more than 1,200,000 displaced people flee the mountain districts of Swat, Buner, Shangla and Lower Dir as the war between insurgents and the government of Pakistan intensifies. As the army has moved into these to initiate military action to evict the area from the insurgents, the people of these areas are leaving their homes behind in hundreds to safer sanctuaries in other parts of the province. The displaced people are leaving in a hurry carrying barely anything from their homes to help them through this tribulation. About 10% of these are being accommodated in camps established by the government at fourteen locations. Another 90% are finding refuge with social networks of families, tribes, clans, schools etc in districts far removed from their homes. The main districts where the pressure is falling are those of Mardan, Swabi, Malakand, Nowshera, Upper and Lower Dir, Peshawar, Charsadda. Continue reading

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IDPs’ lot holds key to winning hearts and minds

By Zahid Hussain

The latest military offensive against militants in Swat appears to be more effective than the previous ones, which had ended inconclusively and after massive destruction and significant civilian deaths.

 A major difference this time around is greater public backing for the military action against the insurgents responsible for breaching the peace accord. A consensus is finally emerging among major political parties on the militant threat to national security. 

But all that could be lost if the government does not take emergency steps to deal with the rising humanitarian crisis caused by displacement of more than a million people because of escalation in fighting. Continue reading

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Pakistan can defy the odds

Our friend Hassan Abbas has sent his report for the ISPU that is an excellent compendium of hope and promise for a country that has been called a failing state ad nauseam. I agree with Hassan’s analysis and his message that needs to circulated and widely read by all concerned. Raza Rumi

Is Pakistan collapsing? How far are the Taliban from Islamabad? Can al-Qaeda grab the country’s nuclear weapons? These are the types of questions raised every day by the American media, academia and policy Continue reading

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Pakistan: Avoid Civilian Casualties – Taliban Atrocities No Excuse for Abuses by Military

(New York, May 11, 2009) – Pakistani armed forces and Taliban militants should take all necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in fighting in Pakistan’s volatile Swat valley and adjoining areas of the North West Frontier Province, Human Rights Watch said today.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled their homes since the Pakistani army began major military operations on May 7, 2009, to oust the Taliban from the valley and other areas of the Malakand region of the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA). Continue reading

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India, The Antiseptic

Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu

Pakistan’s not the best of our friends, but India should play stabiliser Salman Haider
Pakistan is in a big mess. Its internal decay is advancing at an alarming pace. The government’s authority has seeped away through rapid reversals of policy and embarrassing genuflections before its foes. While politicians weaken, fundamentalist forces have become more assertive and are able to impose their will on the state. The Taliban are on the rise, extremist violence is seemingly unstoppable. A crippling economic crisis afflicts the country. Faced with these dire problems, the civilian leadership appears ineffective. So eyes turn again to the army. Its limitations are all too well-known, and it may prefer to keep to the wings. But it can be brought centrestage if politicians keep fiddling while the country burns.

These events represent a threat not to Pakistan alone but Continue reading

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