Daily Archives: December 15, 2009

A military coup in Pakistan?

Restive generals represent the backers of the Taliban and al-Qaeda – bad news for the war next door

By Tarek Fatah   09 Dec 2009 The Globe and Mail (Canada)

A military coup is unfolding in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan, one that will have adverse consequences for Western troops deployed in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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What Remains

By Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

Every day I am asked the same question: Where do you want to go?

Proceeded by a request to show identification. I reach out for my purse at the back seat of the car, open my wallet and pull out my Pakistani national ID. After it is scanned and my numbers are jotted down in a dog-eared journal, I can’t help but ask: Do you have to do this every day? You can see my car has a Government employee sticker for the secure area. Why do I have to go through a security check every day?

The answer: Because the terrorists are part of us.

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Communist Party Of Pakistan Moves Against Presidential Immunity

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

This news story caught my attention

The Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) on Monday challenged the immunity to president under Article 248 of the constitution, asking for the article to be struck down, as it “violates all teachings and injunctions of Islam”. The petition – filed by CPP Chairman Jamil Malik – also asks the court to hear the party’s view along with the ongoing NRO cases being heard by a 17-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The petitioner cited China as an example, saying the constitution of that country gave courts the right to summon any leader, including the president, to punish him/her if a crime was proven He asked the court to strike down and interpret Article 248 in its true perspective. staff report Continue reading

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