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Obama and Jamaat Islami Youth Wing

Bradistan Calling

Note: The views expressed are author’s,PTH does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed.Some names have intentionally been omitted to protect privacy.

It was a long afternoon,with cricket T20 in the background, and the location was a Lebanese restaurant in St.  John’s wood, in the shadow of Lords cricket ground in central London and we were enjoying a long outdoor meal.

My guest was a childhood friend (alumni of  “Physics under Hoodbhoy”  and Islami Jamiat Talba), now an analyst with an American Bible-Belt Neo-Con Think-Tank, visiting London for a seminar on “Preventing Islamist Extremism” in the disenfranchised Muslim youth of U.K. He also ran a blog called “Friends of Pakistan” before the name was  artfully stolen by President Zardari’s team (Allegedly by Ambassador Haqqani, who is rumoured to ghost-write Zardari articles in NYT, WP and WSJ). Continue reading


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Pakistan: Intolerance running riot

The nation of 175 million no longer sports a kind, gentle face and is being transformed into a stern, unyielding and humourless entity.


By Pervez Hoodbhoy


MOULDING LIVES: Many village mosques are now giant madrassas that propagate hard-line beliefs through oversized loudspeakers


For 20 years or more, a few of us in Pakistan have been desperately sending out SOS messages, warning of terrible times to come. Nevertheless, none anticipated how quickly and accurately our dire predictions would come true. It is a small matter that the flames of terrorism set Mumbai on fire and, more recently, destroyed Pakistan’s cricketing future. A much more important and brutal fight lies ahead as Pakistan, a nation of 175 million, struggles for its very survival. The implications for the future of South Asia are enormous. Continue reading


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The flawed boycott mantra? Pakistan’s urban intelligentsia should rethink its politics

The NEWS (Thursday, February 21, 2008)
Raza Rumi

Much has been said on how the election results are a referendum against the policies of General Musharraf. While there can be little disagreement with this, there is a clear lesson for Pakistan’s urban intelligentsia that had been screaming about the futility of this election.

True, Pakistan’s troubled polity will not transform overnight, nor will the endemic civil-military imbalance dissipate in the air with the formation of the new civilian government. But this is the magic of electoral politics — it allows the least risky path to a civilian transition. The road ahead is messy we know, but that is the only road that a fractured polity can tread.

The classic failure of the Pakistani urban educated will not go unnoticed. Led by the rhetoric Imran Khan, the delusions of the lawyers’ movement and the rake opportunism of Qazi Hussain Ahmed and General Hameed Gul, the boycott chanting individuals and groups should re-examine their standpoint and ultimately their “politics.”

Unwittingly, they took the risky path of de-legitimising the main political parties that have had the roughest time during the Musharraf years. This was also the time, which the electorate vividly remembers, that Qazi and his allies were feasting on the fruits of power in two provinces and were de facto beneficiaries of the establishment. Not to mention that Mr Imran Khan was campaigning for the general during his referendum. The urban classes term the mainstream politics as “feudal” and the participants “uneducated.” This has to change, lest the opinion leaders are relegated to the dustbin of history. This dustbin already contains some rudiments of political streams, not to mention the left parties, such as the one headed by Mr Abid Hasan Minto, harping on the boycott mantra and middle-class pretensions over the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

In a country of 160 million people with strong traditions of democratic yearning, the process of change cannot be articulated outside the mainstream electoral politics, however faulty the political parties. This is the biggest lesson we have learned. Mian Nawaz Sharif who was lambasted for his pragmatism now stands vindicated. And, above all, the vision of Benazir Bhutto, who was attacked left right and centre for insistence on the electoral route, stands validated. There could not have been a better tribute to her legacy. Continue reading


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To the Pakistani Left

Raza Rumi

Pakistan Labour Party‘s spokesperson and a Left activist Mr Farooq Tariq wrote this essay entitled,  “A Golden prospect to oust Musharraf” after the recent results of the election. Interestingly, Mr Tariq boycotted the election under the umbrella of the All Pakistan Democratic Movement (APDM). Now his renewed enthusiasm to make capital out of this victory of mainstream parties was a little hard to digest. Sitting on the margins and assailing the credibility of the political process is the last thing that Pakistan’s political class, especially by those who claim to be progressive, should be indulging in.

So I wrote this little note to him – hope he reads it.

 Dear Mr Farooq Tariq

thanks for this analysis – but with due apologies your post dated defence of boycotting the election does not inspire much confidence. If anything the Left undermined itself by allying with General Hameed Gul and Qazi Hussain Ahmed. And now the strategy of the so called “pragmatic” political parties – the PPP and PML-N – to defeat the King’s party against all odds, has succeeded, you are terming it as a golden prospect. If anything the APDM contributed to a low turnout, cast aspersions on the legitimacy of the political parties – had it not boycotted the electoral process would have led to a parliament that might have had a two thirds majority of anti-establishment forces.

This will be remembered as yet another histrocial mistake of the Left or lack thereof in Pakistan. Pray, tell me how will you bring about a revolution while working with Qazi Hussain Ahmed? It escapes my humble mind and limited understanding of politics and history.This is my personal view and I am not trying to undermine any individual or party.

thanks, RR

Read the full piece by Mr Tariq below Continue reading


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