Daily Archives: July 27, 2009

Bitter Realization for Musharraf

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Chaudhry Shujaat, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League Q which was created by Musharraf himself,  has started to bad mouth Musharraf publicly.  How ironic! Continue reading



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Revisiting Pak-Afghan trade arrangements

By M. Zafar Haider Jappa

Pakistan has two types of trade ties with Afghanistan. One is bilateral trade set-up as it has with the rest of the world. The other is exclusive under Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA). Continue reading


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US Warms Up to India. What Should Pakistan’s Reaction Be?

This analysis by Cato Institute in Washington and reported by the Chinese Press should be an eye-opener for complacent Pakistani policymakers.  Obama might have deepest of affections for Pakistan and Pakistanis, strong faith in Pakistan’s ability to overcome difficulties and he may cook Daal and Qeema better than our non-existent Khansamas as one champ put it,  but his administration views – in very substantial terms- India to be a major global power which it is desperate to have on its side in the coming multi-polar global scenario.   This doesn’t mean that we go into a perpetual state of depression but realize that as much as we like Obama and we think he likes us,    we cannot put our eggs in one basket. 

 Whatever military relationship between us and the US,  the War on Terror will ultimately fade away in terms of strategic importance.   The natural post-cold war re-configurations were disrupted by the Al-Qaeda nuisance and proved to be a Halala for Pakistan-US marriage.  However we must warm up – as once we did to China-  to Russia, France,  Brazil, South Africa and other major emerging nations including Israel .  An analysis of our geo-strategic location and priorities must be made on hard boiled realism and not religious and national emotions.  In a world not ready to accept us a sustainable economic and military giant, our quest is to remain relevant.  Our importance can only be recognized if we believe in ourselves and take up the challenge to find that inherent strength that is always expected of us.  -YLH

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) — U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s visit to India earlier this month will set the stage for future relations with a nation now designated as a critical U.S. ally, experts say.

    The July 18-20 visit underscores a shift toward integrating India more into the global economic community.

    “It’s an attempt to extend an olive branch,” Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank, told Xinhua in a recent interview. Continue reading


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Made in Pakistan


Basic Info
Entertainment & Arts – Movies


Still Waters Productions presents
“Made in Pakistan,” a Talking Filmain documentary.

“Made in Pakistan” is a 60 minute documentary that was motivated by Newsweek’s cover story of October 29th, 2007 that declared Pakistan to be “The Most Dangerous Place in the World.” The film documents the lives of four ordinary Pakistani citizens during military rule in an effort to break Western stereotypes about the country.

Featuring the lives of:
Waleed Khalid – Lawyer & religious moderate
Rabia Aamir – Journalist & working mother
Mohsin Waraich – Aspiring Politician
Tara Mehmood – Event & PR Manager

This acclaimed documentary will premiere in Karachi on 31st July 2009 at the Arts Council Auditorium. The show will be followed by a Q&A with the Director, and Red-Carpet interviews.

Show times:


Friday 31st July, 2009, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 1st August, 2009, 8:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 2nd August, 2009, 8:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m.


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Albert Einstein’s Nuanced Zionism

Stamp of Approval: Israel celebrated the scientist unequivocally but Einstein’s Zionism was more nuanced.
By Glenn C. Altschuler
Published July 15, 2009, issue of July 24, 2009.
Judaism Does Not Equal Israel
By Marc Ellis
The New Press 232 pp. $24.95
Einstein on Israel and Zionism: His Provocative Ideas About the Middle East.
By Fred Jerome.
St. Martin’s Press. 334 pp. $25.95
‘The Arabs have attacked us unexpectedly, wanted to destroy our settlement work, have murdered and plundered,” Chaim Weizmann wrote in 1929. Although until now, the Jews “have given everything” to Arab leaders who “want only one thing, to chase us into the Mediterranean,” he added, “we are now pressed from all sides to conclude a pact with them.” Weizmann vowed to accept nothing less than a society in Palestine, “as Jewish as England is English and America is American.”

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Islam Retakes Spain

AGA-KHAN-EXHIBITIONStunning exhibition from Aga Khan Museum Collection in Madrid
Videos on website: http://www.onculture.eu/story.aspx?s_id=897&z_id=25

4/6/2009 – 6/9/2009
Mo–Fr, Su: 10:00-20:00
Sa: 10:00-22:00
Su: closed
How Much
admission free
Caixa Forum Madrid

Paseo del Prado 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain
T: +34-91-3307300
F: +34-91-3307325
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Mixed Messages

The following post, I’ll be the first to admit, is the perfect definition of a storm in a teacup, which is rather apt, since we’re going to be talking about tea-sipping socialites. I’m about to make a mountain out of a molehill, or, more exactly, an academic exercise out of an amateur effort.

Like most Pakistanis, I’ve read my fair share of articles bemoaning this country’s ongoing identity crisis, the corruption of its youth, the erosion of its core values. Personally, I believe the greatest danger to our social fabric – 100 per cent cotton, Made in Pakistan – is polarisation. Rather than politely fan across the social spectrum, Pakistanis repel each other and huddle in clusters around distinct poles. We’re beings in binary opposition: male/female, rich/poor, burger/bun kabab, urban/rural, Wahabi/Sufi, extremist/moderate, overeating/dieting … I could continue ad nauseum.

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