Daily Archives: July 5, 2009

Secular Blunders

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Nadeem Farooq Paracha writing in Dawn:

 

The late President Anwar El-Sadat of Egypt was assassinated in 1981 by a faction of Egypt’s leading Islamist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is that this was the same organisation that Sadat had purposefully patronised.

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Dr. Afia was free between 2003-2008: Report

After a lot of propaganda by a lot of people, chief amongst them a weird British journalist,   it now seems that the Pakistan government and the US government were telling the truth after all.

From DAWN today:

NEW YORK: Reports prepared by Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s psychologists claim that she was living freely in Pakistan and Afghanistan for portions of the five years before her arrest last year, disputing claims that the scientist had spent those years in the custody of foreign authorities. Continue reading

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Cost of Flouting Principles

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In the everlasting public debate on constitutional matters, opinions differ on the division of powers between the president and the prime minister. But all sections of civil society appear to agree that civil servants of all vocations, police included, should be neutral, the judges independent and soldiers not meddling in politics. Continue reading

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Constitutional Anomalies

From August 1947 to 1970, no general elections at the federal level were held in Pakistan. When Yahya Khan grabbed power from Ayub Khan, he promulgated the first Legal Framework Order (LFO), abolished One Unit in West Pakistan, restored the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and the NWFP and gave Balochistan provincial status for the first time. Continue reading

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