The horrific tragedy in Lahore has done little to either bring the country together. There is the usual condemnation; people voice their anger, especially if they are in front of the camera or talking to a reporter. The talking heads on television channels repeat the same mantra – India with the help of Israel and America wants to destabilize Pakistan because of its nuclear capabilities, etc. In other words, nothing new in analyzing the causes and no effort to actually examine internal facts that might be a cause of suicide bombings or terrorists acts in the country.
I have believed it for a while that unless people of Pakistan take a good hard and realistic look at themselves, they will never understand their standing in the world today. They would also fail to understand that yes, there is always the possibility of external involvement, but we can’t shift the entire blame to a “foreign hidden hand” every time we are attacked. There should be a process of self examination. Continue reading
PARTITION OF INDIA SERIES
[Dawn, 24 August 1997]
By Eqbal Ahmad
The cold war’s end has yielded a rich harvest of ethnic conflicts. Hence, there is renewed interest in the subject, and some experts in international relations have revived the argument in favour of territorial division as the best way to resolve such conflicts. At a recent conference in Italy a dozen “experts” from the world gathered to discuss the matter. They generated much information, yielded some insights, and offered few answers.
The conference considered five cases: India, Palestine, Cyprus, Ireland, and Bosnia. Since it was the first partition to take place after World War II, the South Asian event came up for discussion first. Most participants judged it to be a successful instance of partition in the sense that even though East Pakistan separated to become Bangladesh, the international boundaries which resulted from the 1947 division of India have remained largely stable, and it is possible today to envisage normal relations among South Asia’s constituent states. Continue reading
Dr Ishaq Inqilabi
For Developing Pakistan
Some may feel that the state must allow the northern campaign against the Talibans to succeed before opening another front. This thinking is flawed on several counts. There may be under 5000 Talibs but probably two orders of magnitude (ie 500,000) supporters of the Talibs spread across Pakistan’s madrassas that teach them violent Wahabi Islam with money from Saudia and elsewhere.
The Pakistani public is slowly beginning to see the nastiness of the radicals. Sad events like the callous bombing of Lahore on May 27th, makes them more receptive to eliminating the corrupted madrassas which preach violence. Continue reading
Did Bibi Box Obama In?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
On Sept. 20, 2002, as the War Party was beating the drum for preventive war on Iraq, lest we wake up to “a mushroom cloud over an American city,” The Wall Street Journal introduced an eminent voice to confirm that, yes, Saddam was driving straight for an atomic bomb.
“This is a dictator who is … feverishly trying to acquire nuclear weapons,” wrote Bibi Netanyahu, former prime minister of Israel.
“Saddam’s nuclear program has changed. He no longer needs one large reactor to produce the deadly material necessary for atomic bombs. He can produce it in centrifuges the size of washing machines that can be hidden throughout the country — and Iraq is a very big country. Even free and unfettered inspections will not uncover these portable manufacturing sites of mass death. … Continue reading
By ARYN BAKER
A few weeks ago a group of Pakistani journalists and foreign correspondents based in Pakistan gathered to meet visiting representatives of the Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress. Its members were “on a listening tour,” they said, and wanted to hear the journalists’ perspectives on the U.S. and Pakistan. The response was caustic. Correspondents and editors belonging to Pakistan’s top local print and TV outlets let loose with accusations and complaints, particularly about American concerns that Pakistan was failing as a state. “There is no Taliban threat,” said one Pakistani journalist. “Do you really think a bunch of hillbillies from the tribal areas can take on our military?” sneered another. “It’s all propaganda,” said a third, designed “to weaken us, so the U.S. can fulfill its agenda to break Pakistan into pieces.”
In the course of my reporting on Pakistan, I hear conspiracy theories all the time: Continue reading
Well, here is what everyone expected. The Supreme Court has overturned the case against Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif and now, these two brothers are eligible to run for any office.
Apparently, justice has been done!
But, why was Nawaz Sharif, who had the opportunity to be Prime Minister not once, but twice, Chief Minister of Punjab for a long time, and before all this, Punjab’s finance minister, was banned in the first place? Continue reading