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RIP Naseer Kavi (author of ‘tum kitnay Bhutto maro gey’): The LUBP team is deeply saddened to hear the news of Naseer Kavi’s death. We urge the PPP office bearers and government officials to provide every possible moral and financial (if needed) assistance to Mr. Kavi’s family. We also
The dream of a new start in Pakistan – by Omar Ali:   The rise of Imran Khan and memogate have enthused those who dream of a “reformed” democracy under the guiding hand of the army. A few days ago, I was planning to write about Imran Khan. Pakistan’s most successful
Sincere Advice to Nawaz Sharif: Is it really fair to say that the PPP is now pro-establishment (when in fact it has decided to tow the line simply to survive and protect all the good legislation enacted by its government) or equally is it
On Imran Khan: Messiah or Demagogue – Abdul Samad:   Imran Khan has emerged as the Messiah for a nation long clamoring for the arrival of a noble soul, who would, with sincerity and clarity of vision, uplift millions from the abyss of poverty, despair and disrepair and propel Pakistan into
PTI’s financial scruples — by Dr Mohammad Taqi: If one red US cent goes towards putting a US soldier in harm’s way, that does not reflect well on the US officials who had been cosying up to Imran Khan and had a meeting with him just before
On BBC’s Secret Pakistan and Ejaz Haider: Their denials and propagandists – by Abbas Daiyar: Related post: Secret Pakistan: BBC documentary on how Pakistan’s ISI trains and arms Taliban Human Rights of Pakistan Army – by Riaz Malik Urgent Petition: Stop Pakistan Army’s Crimes against Humanity The world may help Pakistan through United Nations
Farhat Taj exposing Deep State’s plausible deniability: With Thanks : BBC Urdu  We are pleased to post this excellent eye-opening interview by Farhat Taj where she exposes the Deep State and the false narratives of the likes of Imran Khan.   قبائلی لشکر لمبی جنگ کے
Revisiting the LBOD issue: Related :  Flood in Sindh & Design of Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD). LBOD: The culprit behind recurring floods in Sindh? REVIEW OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LEFT BANK OUTFALL DRAIN STAGE I With Thanks : Dawn Revisiting the
Ethnic Cleansing of Kalash tribe: There are about 3,500 Kalash people living in northern Pakistan. Their culture and language are endangered. They are a remarkable, spiritual and peace loving, animistic people. In the time of the Moghuls (rulers in this region in the 15th
APC: civil façade of foreign policy — by Farhat Taj: Related post: APC: Pakistan army-orchestrated response to USA – by Ayaz Amir Since the recent attack on the US embassy in Kabul by the Haqqani network Taliban, Pakistan came under immense US pressure, including veiled threats of attack, for
This is not a carrot – by Nadeem F. Paracha: Are ‘soft’ Islamic evangelical organisations playing an unwitting role in the radicalisation of urban youth?   Storm after storm After the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), the Pakistani society was flushed
Liberal façade of strategic depth — I —Farhat Taj:   At least three of the ‘elite’ who contributed to the controversial report, ‘Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan: Perceptions of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Elite’, by Jinnah Institute (JI) and the United States Institute of
Tribute to Martyrs of MRD Movement September 1983: “My patriotic and heroic countrymen, my honorable brothers and sisters, my brave sons and daughters! The aim of our movement, a civil disobedience, for six long years we have been facing persecution and oppression. Our cause for resumption of
Happy Birthday Shahbaz Bhatti:   ” I have accepted the post for the sake of the “oppressed, down-trodden and marginalized” of Pakistan, and that he had dedicated his life to the “struggle for human equality, social justice, religious freedom, and to uplift and empower
Target killing of Ahmadiyah Muslim:   PML N leader Mulana Ilyas Chinoti has demanded government to end all agreements with Ahmadiyah community . In addtion ,  All Pakistan Khatam-e-Nabuwat Conference is demanding removal of Ahmedi’s working in  civil services  and armed forces  .Ahmadiyah community is
Liberal face of religious bigotry: A response to Jinnah Institute – by Farhat Taj: Related post: Pursuing Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan? A rebuttal to Sherry Rehman’s Jinnah Institute’s report The report is aimed at justifying the establishment’s long-standing Afghan policy, the strategic depth policy that has brought nothing but destruction to the Pakhtun
Well said Nawaz Sharif, well done SAFMA —Dr Mohammad Taqi: Related : SAFMA sends defamation notice to TV channel The security establishment frets that a strong politician from Punjab, who always had the wherewithal to cut them down to size, has been consistently expressing his will to do so too
Polaroid Progressiveness: A rebuttal to Yasser Latif Hamdani:   Blog Cross Post :  I Opyne “God has created men and women to be partners in the development of civilization. They are the two wheels of humanity’s carriage which cannot run on one wheel alone”. (Khan Abdul Ghaffar
The System Works: Related : Gilani announces Musarrat Hilali as first WOP Blogs Cross post :Individual Land It is a welcome precedence set by the Federal Ombudspersonfor Protection of Women against Harassment at Workplace, to dispose a case in two hearings and
Who is to blame- Fasihullah Marwat: Related :  Taliban regrouping in Dir to strike back – Zia ur Rehman The flawed impression that Army has fully done its job in Swat and the Civil Administration now is responsible for sustaining peace in the region is
Pakistan at the Crossroads – Benazir Bhutto Interview with YaleGlobal: Benazir Bhutto came back to Pakistan in backdrop of an inconclusive dialogue with the former military dictator general musharraf. Before her return, she was highly critical of the terrorist activities of the Lal Masjid Clerics and amidst a hostile
Pakistan Today Editorial : Satanic verses:   Pakistan Today Upside down, inside out. The laws of logic don’t apply to debates over Karachi. Many a cart is put before the horse, many a correlation is accepted as causation. The current spate of killings in Karachi
Raza Rabbani: A National Hero, by Dr.Fouzia Saeed: Senator Raza Rabbani One has mostly seen political leaders falling in the eyes of public, especially in this time and age where media puts the spotlight on too many undesirable aspects. Scandals of all sorts get attributed to them;
Who’s role was it in renaming NWFP? – A Rebuttal to Saleem Safi: Saleem Safi  wrote renaming of Pakhtunkhuwa was never PPP/Zardari agenda . Truth is it was PPP who wanted to move a renaming resolution in NWFP assembly in 1988. And later on I think was Akbar Khan of PPP who
LUBP Interview with Amna Paracha: Related : Revisiting Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s trial – by Amna Paracha Amna Paracha was Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s political secretary through the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s trial. Her husband (late) Saleem Zulfiqar Khan was on the original defence bench. Mr Khan was
The demise of the world’s most wanted: The future of Pakistan US relations – Ali Asghar Poonawala: Editor’s Note: This post does not reflect the views of LUBP in general The rise of Osama Bin Laden to the last circle of hate previously reserved for states (Cuba, USSR), and statesmen (Castro, Stalin), by the global media
The Lion in Winter – Bashir Riaz:     Dr. Mohammed Taqi who is also a regular columnist at the Daily Times, remembers him: “I met him last during the lawyers movement at his ISB residence and asked if he would write his memoir. He said
Renovation of religious and cultural heritage of minorities – Sindh Budget 2012: Related : 1000 year old Hindu temple in Pak in desperate need of upkeep Will Pakistan wake up to it? Apprehensions of Pakistani Hindus The Pakistan Peoples’ Party has been a sole voice for the minorities of Pakistan. We
In the Memory of My Teacher–Professor Saba Dashtyari—Part 1- Kamber Ali Baloch: Blog Cross Post : Baloch Hal On the 1st of June 2011 at 23.58 EST, my mobile phone beeped while I was reading an online article. When I clicked to see the message from my cousin in Karachi, the
Not doubting, just concerned – Raja Fatah Ali: Blog Cross Post :Frequency Fellow What about our Nukes? Are they save enough? Who were they? They belong to CIA, MOSSAD, even RAW. They can’t be Al-Qaida. Well after claiming the responsibility, if someone say, “How claiming the attacks
Anti – Militancy Long March that changed Punjab: Sunni Ittehad Council is an alliance of traditional Barelvi religious / political parties, which is moderate in its essence and is popular with traditional and folk Muslims in Pakistani villages of Sindh and Punjab. The Council started a long
PAF airbase attack: The costs of promoting Devil’s Advocates like Imran Khan: Pakistan has once again been beset with yet another terrorist attack undertaken by the frankensteins that are have been created and still being protected by the powerful security establishment. The day began with the news of two more Shias
Pakistani Ex-Servicemen Help Imran Khan Block Supplies to NATO Forces in Afghanistan – Arif Jamal: Cross Post : Jamestown As the date for the drawdown of NATO troops in Afghanistan nears, some Pakistani ex-servicemen and cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan are working on a two-pronged plan to prevent the movement of logistical supplies
Safwat Ghayur and other poems – by Ejaz Rahim: BOOK REVIEW: Living in poetry —by Nasser Yousaf A scrimmage in a Border Station A canter down some dark defile Two thousand pounds of education Drops to a ten-rupee jezail – Rudyard Kipling. It was a relatively calm and
Farhat Taj’s rebuttal to Ejaz Haider’s misleading information on Taliban: More misleading information — I —Farhat Taj Mr Haider’s most misleading information about the Ali Khels is that the Pakistani state supported their resistance to the Taliban. The fact is that the state abandoned the Ali Khels by design
Pervez Musharraf: Butcher of democracy or architect of development? – Dr. Niaz Murtaza: The dismal situation today is feeding nostalgia for Musharraf. Was his rule worth it? Not for democracy-idealists like me! However, since many people can tolerate dictatorships if they deliver, I consider this question pragmatically. Even pragmatically, dictatorship cannot be
President signs law to protect foreign investment: With thanks : Tribune Islamabad : In a major move to reassure international investors about security of their investment, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday signed “Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Bill 2011” into law. At a ceremony held at
Mukhtaran Mai verdict: Where the court went wrong – Abira Ashfaq: With thanks : Tribune Human rights activists are rightfully outraged that the Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the acquittals of five of the accused in Muktar Mai’s case, except Abdul Khaliq. (The State v. Abdul Khaliq, Criminal Appeals No.163
Meet the apologists: Fake liberals and right-wing proxies come to the aid of pro-rape Islamofascist judiciary: Editor’s note: The following is a rush draft of a syndicated post comprising comments and contributions of various team member of the LUBP. Dilshad Chandio: Since Aitzaz Ahsan was the lawyer of Muktharan Mai and the ‘azad’ (now pro
Supporting Moratorium on Capital Punishment – by Amjad Hussain: Reprieve for the Condemned and Islamic Law October 10th was marked as anti-death penalty day worldwide. Its sham that government’s July 2nd decision to commute the death sentence of 7400 death row prisoners that was applauded across the globe