As, once the city of lights, Karachi continues to bleed, a joint interrogation team (JIT) set up by the federal and Sindh governments to interrogate the accused arrested on the charge of being involved in targeted killings in Karachi, has
When will we wake from this deep and intoxicating sleep? When will the people of the land of the pure draw the line? Surely, there has to be a limit and beyond all doubt, there always is. When Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man, her personal decision changed the lives of the entire black community in the United States of America. Her one
‘It is no longer important if I become the prime minister for the third time. What is important is that my country is in danger. So I had to return even if it meant risking my life…’—Benazir Bhutto, hours before she was assassinated in Rawalpindi. Drawing on personal anecdotes, meetings, off-therecord conversations with Benazir Bhutto, and the
The death in custody of retired ISI officer Colonel Amir Sultan, alias Col Imam, who had been abducted by the Taliban early last year, points, once again, to the blunder of ‘strategic depth’ as national policy towards neighbouring Afghanistan. Some reports have ‘Taliban sources’ saying that he died of a heart attack, but his mentor General (retd) Hamid Gul says Col Imam was never a heart patient and that he had been killed by Indian agents and
Cross-posted from I Opyne
By claiming responsibility for lashings, public beheadings and suicide bombings, the Taliban have declared themselves villains of the caliber that can not be found even in the goriest of movies. But like anywhere else, the emergence of these villains has also prompted the rise of heroes.
Take for instance the case of Liaqat Ali Khan, of the Dagai village of Matta in Swat. On October 17, 2008, Liaqat received an unexpected guest at his house; the guest was Zhang Guo a Chinese telecom engineer, who had escaped the captivity of the Taliban. They were holding him hostage to secure the release of their own
Sindh Minister, Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza in a fiery and emotional outburst on 13th December, 2010 at the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry had indicated who is responsible for target killing in Karachi for the last 1 year or so. He pointed fingers at MQM as the cause of the menace facing Karachi, where extortion and ransom of businesses has reached highest possible levels. He had also mentioned that 26 target killers had been arrested and majority of those arrested belonged to a political party that rules Karachi. Off course he didn’t name the party nor the arrested killers. One can see the video of Dr. Mirza’s emotional
Personally I do not like Veena Malik. I think she is a bad actress and does not espouse any sophistication. Moreover, she likes to gain attention and stands ready to resort to loud means in order to get it. Having said so, the current hue and cry over her role in the “Big Boss” is typical nonsensical moralist garbage; an outcome of our society’s twisted fascination with female virtue. Somehow or the other we equate female lack of sexual expression with “honour” and assume that the “good” women display chastity. Of course we consider that men will always be men and therefore no one would expect Atif Aslam or Ali Zafar to display same
In his Friday sermon, the prayer leader at a mosque in Gulberg, Peshawar asked the congregation to offer Fatiha for the departed soul of a child who was killed in a terrorist bombing four days ago.
“God’s wrath be upon those committing such dastardly acts in our country, irrespective of their caste and creed,” wailed the prayer leader, followed by a loud, impassioned Ameen from the people in attendance.
Across the street, in front of the boy’s home, people sat on cots and chairs, consoling his family.
I could not agree more when I read this line in Declan Walsh’s article on Sherry Rehman (Guardian, 23 January 2011):
“A sense of siege is setting in among Pakistan’s elite.”
Is Tariq Ali a reporter, a Marxist activist or an author of fluffy Islamist novels reminiscent of Nasim Hijazi? Or is he just an ideologue past his sell by date, cashing in on his Communist Cows. Nonetheless, he clearly has his prejudices and his article “Salman Taseer Remembered” (London Review of Books) reveals some of them.
In what should have been a tribute to a childhood friend, Tariq Ali can’t help himself and resorts to his typical petty digs based on his own prejudices and neurosis. He remembers their childhood memories but cannot bring himself to appreciate the late Salman Taseer’s business