Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Pakistan is here to stay


By Yasser Latif Hamdani
It is not uncommon for those afflicted with the “India shining” ailment to speculate from time to time on the demise of Pakistan. Sadly this has been going on for more than 60 years and we in Pakistan are now used to it. Kapil Komireddi’s article “Pakistan’s Demise is Inevitable”  therefore is at best an amusing read and more seriously an insight into an Indian mind obsessed with Pakistan to the point of wishful thinking.

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An extremist amongst American Muslims

By Wajid Ali

Sheikh Gilani has roots in the US?
In the 1980s, when Pakistan was acting as a conduit between the United States and the mujahideen in Afghanistan, small towns in the FATA were turning into recruiting centers.  Much has been written about the ensuing blowback following the Soviet withdrawal and the vacuum left behind in Afghanistan. But the seeds of jihad have taken hold and bloomed in some unexpected places. In two small towns in the United States, radical fundamentalism is alive and well – and flourishing out in the open. Continue reading


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Cantonment in Swat ?

by Ibrahim Khalil

At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, let me quote a joke that was making the round couple of years ago.

After a meeting between Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf, an announcement is made that Kashmir issue has been resolved. At the press conference, Manmohan Singh says that “Pakistan has agreed to give up its claim of holding a plebiscite in Kashmir. General Musharraf will inform you of the rest of the details”. General Musharraf comes on the microphone and says, “We have fought three wars with India over Kashmir. Continue reading

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