Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

The War Within

A re-edited version of this was published as the cover story “Can Pakistan Be Saved?” in India Today…

By Hasan Zaidi in Karachi

The massive car bomb that ripped through the congested Meena Bazaar in Peshawar on October 28, leaving human limbs, charred torsos and bloodied women and children under rubble in its wake, was probably the starkest reminder to ordinary Pakistanis of what they are up against. The hellish scene of helter-skelter panic, bodies being carried to ambulances, wailing people in shock and raging fires as entire buildings collapsed, only drove home the point that the rules of engagement in Pakistan’s long-running war against militancy had changed. Continue reading

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Filed under Islamism, Pakistan, Taliban, War On Terror

Anchorless Rambling

By Raza Rumi

p9b We did it again. A hallmark of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Pakistan was her meeting with the stars of the Pakistani media – the all-knowing anchors who have taken it upon themselves to be the “representatives” of Pakistan. Forget the President elected by all the legislatures, the Prime Minister who enjoys the confidence of the National Assembly, and even the Foreign Minister, who at the end of the day was elected from a constituency with a huge majority and nominated by the ruling party. Continue reading

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Filed under Democracy, Islamism, journalism, Kerry Lugar Bill, Media, Pakistan

We Want Answers

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We want answers
Pakistan and its people
Where are those souls?
The missing people
Dr Aafia, Amina’s husband
Where are they all?
Only in echoes and memories
The missing souls
Abducted and tortured
Through years of absence
From their homes and loved ones
Through years of solitude
In distant lands, in distant hands
For crimes not proven
For games, not ours
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We Want Answers
Pakistan and its people
To all what you have done
To all what you have destroyed
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We want to hear
The truth and justice
For all what you have taken
From our lands and taxes
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We want answers
From all what you have taken
From our banks and resources
From all the loot and plunders
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We want answers
To the crumbling infrastructure
The roads, rails and transport
The deteriorating systems
Health and education and your policies
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We want answers
Pakistan and its people
What you have done
In our names, for your gains
To PIA and Steel Mill
What you have done
About electricity and flour crisis
What you have done
About sugar crisis and death all around
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
We want action
Pakistan and its people

We want answers
For all your lies
In our names, for your gains
For all your promises
For 62 years of invasion
By your greed and plunder
We want answers
Pakistan and its people

We want answers
Pakistan and its people
How you destroyed us
Our dignity and our soul
For all your promises
For all your lies
In our names, for your gains
We want answers
We want action
Pakistan and its people!

Kashkin

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Filed under Democracy, human rights, Justice, Pakistan