Daily Archives: December 6, 2009

The Demons that Haunt the Pakistanis

Cross post from New York Times, Published: December 5, 2009

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By Sabrina Tavernise

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — These are emotional times in Pakistan, particularly since President Obama told its leaders last week to fight harder against Islamist extremists, and expanded a deeply unpopular covert air strike program in Pakistani territory.

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Filed under Army, Democracy, Islamabad, Pakistan, Parliament, Partition, Religion, Terrorism, War On Terror

He hears and heeds the trees

By Ardeshir Cowasjee                Dawn, 06 Dec, 2009

The planet we live on is insignificant in the universal scheme, and parts of it will always be ruled over largely by the ignorant and those who are significant only because of their capability to do immense damage. They heed neither the elements nor the environment.

There is of course the rare bird. Queen Anne of England once asked an honest courtier what the cost would be were she to include London’s Green Park within the precincts of her palace. She was told: ‘A monarchy, Madam, a monarchy.’ We in Pakistan are now fortunate to have a chief justice of our country who can hear and heed trees and who understands the environment. Continue reading

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Filed under Activism, Citizens, Conservation, Environment, Justice, Lahore, Law, Pakistan

Prime Minister Gillani: Do not trivialise Benazir Bhutto’s Murder

by Omar Khattab

Prime Minister Gillani pulled an impossible, unthinkable surprise when yesterday in a joint press conference with Britain’s Gordon Brown in London he claimed that it was Baitullah Mehsud who was behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Anyone who has any respect for Benazir and the rule of law in Pakistan must be shocked by Gillani’s statement. The question is: who is Gillani is working for? Who is he trying to please?

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Filed under Al Qaeda, Army, Benazir Bhutto, Justice, Pakistan, Politics, Taliban, violence, war, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Zardari

The Loan Writeoff Scam; Myth and Reality

by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla

The government banks and private financial institutions waived loans worth Rs60 billion during the 8 year from 1999 to 2007.

Those who got their loans written off include politicians, bureaucrats, former military officials and various business groups. The finical institutions which got their loans written off include National Bank, Pak-Kuwait Investment, IDBP, Pak-Oman Investment, Agricultural Development Bank, SME Bank, Bank of Khyber, Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank, Pak-Libya Holding, Saudi-Pak Investment and IDBP. All these institutions are incorporated under ‘Banking Companies Ordinance’ and supervised by State Bank of Pakistan.

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Filed under Economy, Islamabad, Justice, Pakistan, Parliament