Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

Emergency Response Unit NWFP

Emergency Response Unit (ERU) has been setup to strengthen the working of the Provincial Relief Commissionerate (PRC) to provide shelter and relief to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), migrated to down districts of NWFP from Buner, Swat & Dir Districts due to military operation carried out by the security forces against the miscreants. Continue reading

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U.S. stirs a hornet’s nest in Pakistan

PARIS — Pakistan finally bowed to Washington’s angry demands last week by unleashing its military against rebellious Pashtun tribesmen of North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) — collectively mislabelled “Taliban” in the West. 

The Obama administration had threatened to stop $2 billion US annual cash payments to bankrupt Pakistan’s political and military leadership and block $6.5 billion future aid, unless Islamabad sent its soldiers into Pakistan’s turbulent NWFP along the Afghan frontier.  Continue reading

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Tommorrow is too late!

by Ghazala Minallah

On October 8th 2005 the Pakistani nation rose to the occasion and proved their worth. We all stood as one and tried to ease the pain and suffering of  the survivors of that awful calamity. Why is that spirit missing today? Why isn’t every single one of us doing our bit in this hour of desperate need?

Why don’t we realize that these poor innocent souls are paying the price for the policies of our successive governments ? They did not leave their homes out of choice; nor did they invite those inhuman scoundrels to shatter the peace of their beautiful valleys; nor did they ever expect that they would be forced to leave their homes in such a hurry that other than the clothes on their backs they would have nothing. Continue reading

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UK teenager reveals how he was trained for jihad

LONDON – A teenager has revealed how he was recruited and trained to be a suicide bomber by Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists in Britain.

 The youth was first approached by Islamists at a mosque in south London that was used by the failed 21/7 bombers, and indoctrinated at a secret network of squats.

 The then 15-year-old was the youngest of about 50 recruits who were shown “martyrdom” videos and encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive terrorist training. Continue reading

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State follies and the dangerous IDP situation

Pak Tea House is supportive of Pakistan’s military operation. It has revived hope among many that perhaps the Pakistani state is trying hard to overcome the mistakes of the past. PatExpat has sent this exclusive piece for PTH that traces the trajectory of some unwise decisions, sins of commission that we as a country are paying, in the words of the author. It also points to the dangers that we face if the IDP crisis is not handled properly. (editor RR)

It is a fact that does not need reminding that Taliban are our own creation. In their search for ‘strategic depth’, the army has created a monster, a Frankenstein that has gone out of their control. This is not the first time we have done something like this. The short history of Pakistan is replete with such examples where we have taken steps without actually thinking through the consequences.

Unlike Congress which already had committees in place for constitution making, foreign policy etc., Muslim League did not expect to get Pakistan till 1946. As such, when Pakistan was carved out, we had not devised or even thought about a system to govern it. Had Muslim League drafted or even worked towards a document similar to Bill of Rights in US, we could all refer back to when we make laws or constitution or system of government. In the absence of such a document, every one quotes his favorite part of Quaid’s speeches to justify the kind of system he or she believes was meant for this country i.e., secular, Islamic democracy, shariah etc. That nearsightedness of the time (not intentional but forced upon us by circumstances), focusing on getting the country without thinking through the system of governance etc, has become part of our DNA, our national trait. Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Existential Challenge

The trouble for a country defined mostly by what it is not.

By Bret Stephens

About Iran, Henry Kissinger once asked whether the Islamic Republic was a country or a cause. About Pakistan, the question is whether it’s a country or merely a space.

Mr. Kissinger’s point was that if Iran were a country like France or India, its bid to acquire nuclear weapons wouldn’t pose an apocalyptic threat: It would merely be seeking the bomb in pursuit of rational, and limited, national interests, like prestige and self-defense. But if Iran is a cause — the cause being world-wide radical Islamic revolution — then there’s no telling where its ambitions end. Continue reading

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