Posts Tagged ‘India’

Sadiq Saleem – Singh in Washington — and Pakistan’s options

November 25, 2009

An Excellent piece by Canada-based Pakistani analyst, Sadiq Saleem. This piece appeared in The News on November 24, 2009 

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official visit to the United States should have been the major story in Pakistan’s media. But our right-wing anchors and columnists and “get-Zardari” editors are far more focused on the domestic power struggles to realize that the nightmare of Pakistan’s strategic encirclement may already be on the brink of becoming reality.

 

The less attention Pakistanis pay to fighting terrorism and figuring out a way of dealing with the world, the more likely it is that India — the country with which Pakistan has fought four wars in 62 years — will continue to gain ground. India already has better relations with the governments of Afghanistan and Iran, our western neighbours. The more we demonstrate hatred towards the United States, the more we contribute to making the India-US relationship into an anti-Pakistan alliance, which need not be. We could complain and get angry with the US, as the Jamaatis and the Ghairat lobby advocate, or we could analyse the rising Indian influence and figure out ways of combating it.

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Late Khalid Hasan on Pakistani neocons

September 15, 2009
Pakistani Neocons and UN sanctions
By Khalid Hasan
This article appeared in Daily Times and Khalid Hasan’s website on December 28th, 2008
 
Like bullfrogs out after heavy summer rains, Pakistani cyberspace and the realm of the printed word are full of the croaking of neocons who have convinced the already ignorant that the Security Council sanctions against Jama’at-ud Dawa and certain individuals only came because Pakistani officials were either sleeping at the post or had conspired with the 15-member Security Council to let the axe fall.
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Taliban Apologist Ahmed Quraishi Instigates Followers to Harm Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.

September 14, 2009

This post appeared on RealPakNationalists on September 14, 2009

Ahmed Quraishi who is a Taliban and Jihadist apologist and once took pride in calling himself the Master of “Immaculate Deception” has now openly called on his Jihadist/Conspiracy Theorist/Taliban sympathizing right-wing nuts to harm or kill Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ahmed Quraishi’s instigation comes in a post titled ‘Husain Haqqani to ISI: Let Blackwater In.’

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Pakistan’s Conspirators of the Past and Their Confessions

September 13, 2009
By Wasiq Ali

The conspiracy brigade of the yesteryears is back at their games by
spinning stories on what they did and how they did it. Brigadier
(retired) Imtiaz wholse name once rang terror for the political
workers today is claiming that he had a sudden awakening of the
conscientious and that he wants to share with the people of Pakistan
some details of his past.

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Campaign Against President Zardari: Elections matter, not polls

August 20, 2009

By Wasiq Ali
This article appeared in The News on August 20, 2009

Opinion polls are new to Pakistan but they have been around for decades in the West. Even then, they are seen for what they are – a snapshot in time of how people feel. Opinion polls are not a substitute for elections and no one in any developed democracy demands that the result of an election be reversed simply because of opinion polls. Unfortunately, some elements full of hatred against the current elected government and particularly President Asif Zardari, are trying to do just that based on recent opinion polls. It is important, therefore, to discuss polling and its relationship with democracy in Pakistan.

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Hysteria over New US Embassy by Sadiq Saleem

August 18, 2009

This article appeared in The News on August 18, 2009

The usual America-bashers in Pakistan are going hysterical over the planned expansion of the US embassy in Islamabad instead of seeing it as a symbol of the US commitment to remain engaged with the country. If these people are to be believed, there is something sinister about the expansion of the US embassy.

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The Case for Supporting Asif Ali Zardari by Ali Malik

August 17, 2009

This article was posted on Demo Pakistan on August 16, 2009

Gossip circles of the power centers of Pakistan are ripe with the buzz of a “minus-one” formula aimed at removing President Asif Ali Zardari from country’s political map. This might be a wishful desire on part of the regressive circles that have dominated this nation for decades and are responsible for most of its miseries in economic and geo-political realm. From where I see, there is no reason to remove Mr. Zardari. More so, despite the wishes of many to get rid of the widower of Benazir Bhutto, there is no way he could be removed from the presidency or political scene. And if at all, the vultures succeed in removing him, the repercussions for the nation and our social order will be nothing short of a fiasco.

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Rascist Nature of Punjabi Politics by Tarek Fatah

August 13, 2009

These are the comments I posted on an article written by Canada-based Pakistani writer Tarek Fatah. This article was published on Averroes Press on August 12, 2009

I wish people would read Mr. Fatah’s piece in the light it was written and look self-critically at themselves. What we forget in our passion is that chauvinists do not have horns which helps us identify them. Most chauvinists do not even know they are chauvinists.

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Pakistan: Punjabi Chauvinism and Corruption Allegations

August 7, 2009

By Wasiq Ali
August 7, 2009

 The recently released report of Transparency International has been much talk about. It is once again an instrument to malign the incumbent government. The report highlighted public perception (repeat perception) that corruption had gone down in Punjab while it increased ‘manifold’ in NWFP, Balochistan and Sindh.

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Why The Editor of The News Hates Pakistan’s President?

July 22, 2009

By Wasiq Ali
This article was written in response to Shaheen Sehbai’s article titled ‘The Limited Options of President Zardari’ on Jul 22, 2009

Regular readers of the Pakistani newspaper The News would by now know what is patently obvious. The paper’s group editor Mr. Shaheen Sehbai does not like President Asif Zardari and is anxious for the establishment to get rid of him. The question, however, is whether Mr. Sehbai is analyzing things as they are or projecting his wishes as a scenario.

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