Archive for ‘Newspaper Article’

October 10, 2012

Malala Yousufzai sok daa? by Murtaza Haider

by Syed Haider Karrar

Malala Yousafzai

At 14, she is more courageous than I or Ghulam Ahmad Bilour will ever be. The Minister for Railways caved in recently to the Taliban to have his name struck from the Taliban’s hit list. Malala Yousafzai, however, stared down the Taliban until the very moment they shot her in the head yesterday.

While I write to express my disgust with the extremists from the safe confines of a Canadian

October 8, 2012

Imran Khan, knowingly or unknowingly ‘Taliban’ Khan by Ibrahim Pataudi

by Syed Haider Karrar

Imran Khan          

Imran Khan is guilty of one of two things. He is either guilty of deliberately and knowingly legitimising the Pakistani Taliban as a political force for what he perceives to be his own populist gain, or he is guilty of colossal naivety and unintelligibility.

October 8, 2012

Mr.Khan- a Better Player than Politician by Affan Khan

by Syed Haider Karrar

Imran Khan
Imran Khan the name that has once again become the topic of almost all drawing room discussions. There is not a single gathering where Mr. Khan is not talked about. The discussions have varying views regarding him, many feel that he is the next Prime Minister and the only hope we as a nation are left with, while others feel that the roar will soon be over and the so-called tsunami will settle down and Khan will disappear.

October 6, 2012

PTI march: Is peace real objective of Imran Khan? by Ismail Khan

by Schimi

IK addressing a press conference

Few people outside South Waziristan knew Kotkai — a mesh of small hamlets strewn across a hilly area — until, of course, PTI chairman Imran Khan announced his plans to hold his peace rally against CIA-operated drones in Pakistan’s tribal borderlands.

March 23, 2012

Tahaffuz-e-KhatameNabuwwat: Killing of Ahmadis be allowed through legislation – Pakistan

by Schimi

According to news accounts reported in Pakistan’s Urdu newspaper, Daily Express, an anti-Ahmadiyya conference held in Lahore by Khatima-e Nubuwwat Tahafuz Majlis ended with demands that killing of Ahmadis be allowed through legislation.

December 28, 2011

On the fourth death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto – by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

by admin

On the fourth death anniversary of my mother
by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

To the world, she was an icon. To me, she was my mother. On the fourth anniversary of that dark day, indelible in the history of Pakistan, when our greatest leader and our best hope was ripped from our lives and our

November 16, 2011

Hajj concludes ‘peacefully’ with bloody batons — by Abbas Zaidi

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Hajj is a great opportunity for freedom of expression and a great opportunity to breathe freedom in the holiest Muslim place in the world. But then freedom is anathema to the House of Saud

According to AFP and SPA news agencies, Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz has hailed the ‘success’ of this year’s hajj “despite the risk of chaos feared in the wake of the Arab Spring”. He especially referred to “some pilgrims” (read Iranian/Shia), who he said had planned to “exploit the international and regional changes taking place to cause chaos”.

When Nayef was elevated to crown prince a few weeks

October 19, 2011

Did someone say “Dr General-CMLA Ziaul Haq” too? — by Abbas Zaidi

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When General Zia was awarded an LLD, there were no dissenting voices other than those of a few Punjab University professors. Most of them were sacked, and many of them were removed from department chairmanship

Ninety-nine percent of Pakistani (electronic and print) media (Urdu as well as English) is right wing, and 100 percent of it has run amok in fury over an honorary doctorate awarded to Interior Minister Rehman Malik by Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad Khan. A newspaper editorialised its anger thus: “The huge smile on ‘Dr’ Malik’s face as he accepted his degree reaffirms his own sense of surety that all that he is doing is right.” A columnist wrote in

September 30, 2011

The suicide path – By I.A Rehman

by AZ

A SERIES of atrocities recently committed against members of minority communities shows that the canker of sectarian violence is posing for Pakistan a much greater threat than is generally realised, especially by the establishment.

The killing of 29 Shia pilgrims near Mastung set some kind of a record in bestiality; the innocent travellers were forced to alight from their bus, lined up and cut down in cold blood. That this was no isolated act by some mentally

September 27, 2011

Pakistan’s little Great Game — II — by Dr Mohammad Taqi

by Mureed Bizenjo

One such consequence of Pakistan’s little Great Game in Afghanistan will be a repeat of 1990s-style civil war, sucking in not only the Afghans but also regional and world powers. The blowback into Pakistan of such misadventure — like the 1990s — is inevitable

Discussing a recent report on Afghanistan by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Jinnah Institute (JI), Pakistan, I had noted last week that nothing kills inquiry and scientific method like prejudicial certitude, and had pointed to the very first sentence of the

report: “The importance of Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and as a US partner in South Asia is indisputable.” This is a pretty strong conviction to form the premise of an analysis of a situation as complicated as Afghanistan.

January 29, 2011

26 target killers shook Karachi: Pulse Exclusive Report

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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

January 24, 2011

Police unable to arrest or interrogate the two mullahs who encouraged Mumtaz Qadri to kill Governor Taseer

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Of course, the fake civil society (FCS) will never write against their heroes, the Islamofascist judges, who are granting bail to terrorists and their abettors nor against the GHQ’s Jihad Enterprise which is single major source of the

January 24, 2011

Book Review: The Bhutto Murder Trail: From Waziristan To GHQ – by Amir Mir

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About the Book

‘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

January 24, 2011

Colonel Imam’s execution: Another epitaph for ‘strategic depth’

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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

January 24, 2011

Peshawar school blast: A father’s last day with his only child – by Manzoor Ali

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Children peering out at the bomb site from Shah Faisal Model School minutes after the blast.

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.

When six-year-old Shazeb woke up to go to school on

December 31, 2010

New man of Australian cricket Usman Khawaja represents much more

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Source: The Australian

THE first Muslim to wear the baggy green will represent his culture proudly.

That’s the culture that listens to Wolfmother, spends hours on PCs playing Call of Duty and claims Ricky Ponting is a “legend” who could

December 31, 2010

Benazir Bhutto: torchbearer of freedom and democracy — by Amjad Ayub Mirza

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Her initial act after coming to power for the first time in 1988 was to lift the ban on student unions and to legalise labour unions. She restored the free operation of NGOs and for the first time in the history of the country became the first Pakistani prime minister to

December 31, 2010

Tripping democracy again? — by Dr Mohammad Taqi

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I write these lines on the evening of December 27, 2010 at exactly the same time when Benazir Bhutto breathed her last, three years ago. Her martyrdom remains one of those immense tragedies where one cannot forget the place where one was or the thoughts that crossed one’s mind upon receiving the tragic news.

I was visiting Lahore to see Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan who was under house arrest at the time, with his residence having been designated a sub-jail. Thanks to his family, I managed to slip past the police to see him for almost an hour-long session in his living room. After seeing Barrister sahib, I was ushered back to his law chambers next to the

December 31, 2010

The sinister side of Pakistan’s Sharif brothers – by Rajeev Sharma

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For decades the Indian political and military establishments have been convinced that the deep anti-India mindset in Pakistan is rooted in Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). However,

December 31, 2010

BB assassination probe: ‘Murder plot hatched at brigadier’s home’

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GHQ ready to put any accused officer on trial as president keeps military leadership in the loop.

A fresh probe has uncovered the role of nine men, including an army brigadier, in the December 27, 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Theassassination plot was hatched in the official


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