Daily Archives: June 6, 2010

Bleak prospects

Raza Rumi

It is evident that the Pakistani state faces a crisis of legitimacy and survival. Twelve years ago, on May 28, the Pakistani state displayed its nuclear prowess to the world especially to the ‘infidels’. After a decade, statehood and its compromised effectiveness stand exposed. True that the victims of the Lahore attacks were an underclass or at best residents with partial citizenship, i.e. the Ahmadis. But the inability of state agencies to fight splintered terror networks is worrisome.

The federal government had warned the provincial authorities of the impending attacks. The usual slovenliness and chaotic governance of the Pakistani variety treated it as just another communiqué. The police arrived late; and terrorists had implemented the plans rather adroitly making a mockery of Pakistan across the globe. Imagine a terrorist was nabbed through civic action, not the torture-friendly police. And guess where an injured miscreant was taken? No surprises here. A brutal murderer backed by large terror networks was admitted to Lahore’s busy public hospital where security was minimal given the level of threat. Continue reading


Filed under Islamism, minorities, Politics, public policy, Punjab, Terrorism

India’s Young and Poor Rally to Another Gandhi

Reproduced from The New York Times


Published: June 4, 2010

 AHRAURA, India — Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter descends out of the boiling afternoon sky and a restless, sweat-soaked crowd of 100,000 people suddenly surges to life. Men rush forward in the staggering heat. Teenage boys wave a white bedsheet bearing a faintly cheeky request: We Want to Meet the Prince of India.

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Filed under dynasties, History, India, Pakistan, Politics

Nawaz Sharif Shows Spine, Terms Ahmadis “brethren” and “asset for Pakistan”


In a remarkable turn around,  Nawaz League chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif described Ahmadi Muslims as his “brethren” and an “asset for Pakistan”.   Thank God Mian sb that you have woken up.  But this is not enough.  You must join with the PPP and other forces to repeal the horrendous and horrible 2nd Amendment!

Nawaz seeks Govt focus on inflation, employment
Bureau Report

LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that the government should focus to hiking of prices and unemployment. Talking to media persons here on Saturday, Nawaz Sharif said that people of the country were facing massive problems like prices hike and unemployment and urged the government to take comprehensive steps for enhancing investments in the country for providing relives to the people.
“Today people are recalling steps PMLN government took to increase investment in the country,” he said adding that people were benefited through theses investments. He said the government should give special attention to price hike and unemployment in the country, which he said were the root cause of most of the problems faced by the countrymen.
The PMLN chief said that it was nations which fight terrorism, and not the governments, and urged the masses to forge unity among their ranks to fight the menace of terrorism as well as to resolve their problems. “Terrorists have no religion and no limits. They can attack anyone anywhere,” he said and condemned the attack at Qadyanis’ worship places in Lahore. Mian Nawaz Sharif said the minorities were also part of this nation and an asset to the country and added that it was the responsibly of the government to provide protection to everyone.
PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif said that nations have to struggle against terrorism adding that governments alone cannot eliminate the menace of terrorism and extremism. Talking to media on Saturday, he said that Nation should get united to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country as the government alone cannot do anything concrete against the increasing terrorism incidents in the country.
He also termed terrorists attack at the worship places of Ahmadis in model town and Ghari Shahu condemnable adding that Ahmadis are our brethren and asset for the country. He also informed that the elements involved in firing at Ahmadis worship places have been arrested and law enforcement agencies have been carrying out investigations with them.

Tehreek-e-Khatme-Nabuwat has meanwhile warned Nawaz Sharif against making such statements  if he still wants to stay popular with his voters.



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