Monthly Archive:: July 2010

مصیبتوں نے اس ملک کی راہ دیکھ لی ہے – by Kashif Naseer: یوں لگتا ہے کہ مصیبتوں نے اس ملک کی راہ دیکھ لی ہے، ایک سانحہ کے بعد دوسرا اور دوسرے کے بعد تیسرا کہ گویا سانحات کا ایک لامتناہی سلسلہ ہے جو ختم ہونے کا نام نہیں لے رہا.
Redefining national interest: Raza Rumi The elusive quest for peace between India and Pakistan remains hostage to the military-industrial complex at both the global and regional levels. Such is the dynamic unleashed by two imagined “nations” that their existence as states is
We got leaked- by Sindhyar Talpur: Wikileaks, an international whistle-blowing website, recently leaked US and Allied forces military documents highlighting the situation on the ground in Afghanistan. One of the many things highlighted is Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI’s, double game in the War. If you
Prem Chand We Are Ashamed – by Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi: Cross-posted from his blog There have been very few times when I have not found the right words to express my grief, sorrow, anger or passion for something and today is one of those days as today I write
Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kill hundreds: From BBC The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool says whole villages have been washed away Over 300 people have been killed in floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northern Pakistan, officials say. The Edhi Foundation – a privately run aid
Confessions of a desensitized journalist – by Sadaf Khan:  Source: As Pakistanis we should now all be well versed with disaster coverage. Bomb blasts, terrorist attacks, violent protests, military operations, natural disasters – you name it and we have seen it all. However, instead of making us
Why Look For The Black Box When You Have Saaleh Zaafir?: Source: Cafe Pyala The Jang Group in general and The News in particular are just so lucky. On their staff they have someone who is not only a fearless and insightful reporter who is never one to shy away
Pakistan, Afghanistan and politics of US withdrawal- by Shehrbano Taseer: WASHINGTON DC: On Wednesday, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) co-sponsored an event featuring Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian. The speakers discussed the present crisis in Pakistan regarding the Taliban
After Habib Jalib – by Alia Amirali: Published in The Baloch Hal By Alia Amirali When I was asked to do a write-up on ‘Balochistan after Habib Jalib’s assassination’, I found cynicism bubbling up inside of me. Balochistan appears in the media only after death and
The road to perdition- by Dr. Muhammad Taqi: First published in Daily Times In the Obama lexicon, the word victory does not exist in the Afghan context. Indications are there that the Pakistani security establishment has been outsourced the effort to tame the Taliban to allow the
Two interesting articles from a leftist perspective: Our contributor Irfan Urfi has sent us two interesting articles, one by Noam Chomsky and the other by Arundhati Roy (translated into Urdu by Manzoor ul Hasan Hashmi) The Corporate Takeover of US Democracy – by Noam Chomsky (originally
Hamid Gul callling Baitullah Mehsud and Faqir Muhammad “Mujahids”: Watch this video clip (submitted by Zalaan) which shows Hamid Gul in 2008 calling Baitullah Mehsud and Faqir Muhammad “Mujahid” and well wishers of Pakistan. Isn’t this treason? Now explain how and why our talk show hosts persist in
Dangerous Conspiracy Theories – by Peter Chamberlin: Dangerous Conspiracy Theories By: Peter Chamberlin How could a bunch of “lone wolf” researchers be considered dangerous to the United States? The official explanation given is that we confuse those who hear or read what we have to say,
David Cameron: manners please! -by Bahadar Ali Khan: The British Prime Minister David Cameroon, choose the wrong audience, wrong time and wrong proof to castigate Pakistan in later’s efforts against terrorists and terrorism. Mr. Cameron may have been over charged by the prospects of leveraging its position
Yet another report to never see the light of day: At this blog we have previously discussed the case of the Gojra report which, while commissioned and produced by the one-man tribunal of Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and submitted to the Punjab government in October 2009, has yet
Sugar Crisis coming forth!: LAHORE: The government will have no other option but to further raise sugar prices at Utility Stores in order to narrow the gap with the open market, to cope with the impending sugar crisis. Industry sources believe that the
Rivers burst, floods kill at least 110 in KP: PESHAWAR: Rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains, washing away streets, battering a dam and killing at least 110 people in most severe floods in decades in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said Thursday. Hundreds of thousands more
Pakistan has its own battle to fight – by Syed Saleem Shahzad: Source: Asia Times ISLAMABAD – Some of the 92,000 American classified military documents released by WikiLeaks at the weekend point to Pakistan’s intelligence service backing the Taliban, an issue that has been seized on by the international media, although
China carries Benazir Bhutto’s dream – by Antoaneta Becker: Source: Asia Times BEIJING – When President Asif Ali Zardari appeared at a Pakistan-China renewable energy forum in Shanghai on July 10, he rekindled a vision of his assassinated wife and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, who had envisaged
Pakistan’s status Post-WikiLeaks leakage – By Sehrish Khan: Source: PICTURES BEYOND THE PICTURE As the week ends, the most controversial and conflictive details of  the Afghan war come to surface, marking the greatest information leak-out of the US military. The details were provided to The New York
The Saraiki subjects of the Takht-e-Lahore: Is flood affected Rajanpur a part of Pakistan?: Source: Saraiki Waseb Development Organization (SWADO) SWADO editor’s note: Here is a compilation of newspaper reports from the last two days (27-28 July 2010) which points towards the intensity of suffering facing the flood affected people of the Saraiki
Uncoverings Of The Flood : Balochistan Govt’s Inaction : Are We Nurturing The Deprivation In Balochis?- by Hafsa Khawaja: “Balochistan has a history of bearing the brunt of feudalism, the chameleionic political scenario and  the extreme natural calamities of flooding and drought, both which blow the remaing normalcy of life there into smithereens. Latterly, Southern Pakistan has been hit
Fighting against Terrorism: ANP loses 485 diehard activists- by Javed Aziz Khan: PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) lost about 485 diehard activists during the ongoing ‘war on terror’ for its tough stance against militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas over the last many years. Most of the casualties were
Reconciliation between Pakistani nationalities – by Shahid Ilyas: This article is exclusively written for the LUBP by our valued reader and member of the Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum (PPF) Shahid Ilyas. We are thankful to him for sharing his thoughts with us on this very important issue. (aliarqam)
Amin Fahim clarifies terms of Afghanistan-Pakistan transit trade agreement: Published in The News By Makhdoom M Amin Fahim Afghanistan is a landlocked country and we are obliged to provide it with access to seaports under our international treaty obligations. Before I start writing on the issue, it would
Dawn News Reporter – Pakistan Military’s support for militants: Dawn News recently aired a very bold show discussing the Pakistan army’s support for militants. It examined the historical ties with groups such as Jaish-e-Muhammad, Jundullah and the Taliban and whether these ties still exist. Of special note is
Its not just a poem but my heart’s voice for my fellow countrymen – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Pride of Pakistan, Mian Iftikhar Hussain – by Abbas Ather: Which political party in Pakistan has taken most clear and most daring stance against extremist Deobandis of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba? ANP Which political party has offered most sacrifices in Pakistan’s war on terror? ANP Which political leader in
Air Blue plane crashes in Islamabad – 152 were on board: An Air Blue plane flying from Karachi to Islamabad has crashed just outside Islamabad. Till now only a few bodies have been recovered and thick smoke is rising out of the Margalla Hills. Let’s pray that casualties are as
Waris Shah’s battle against mullah shahi—Dr Manzur Ejaz: with thanks : Dailytimes WASHINGTON DIARYWaris Shah’s battle against mullah shahi—Dr Manzur Ejaz In his first encounter with Heer, Ranjha teaches the arrogant and pampered daughter of the feudal chief that ‘human love’ is not based on good looks
Balochistan after Habib Jalib’s murder – by Jan Assakzai: Increased militant activities mean renewed conflict with the army, even marginal could lead to defensive measures by the BLA and an escalation of violence in Balochistan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa revises curriculum to teach peace – by Iqbal Khattak: Published in Central Asia Online PESHAWAR – “Soft words” are replacing “strong words” as schools and colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa discard old textbooks that critics say promoted radicalism and violence. An effort is under way nationwide to modify school
Army and Baloch separatists are responsible for violence in Balochistan: ’ٹارگٹ کلنگ‘ کے واقعات میں تیزی کیوں اعجاز مہر بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد پاکستان کے شورش زدہ صوبے بلوچستان میں قومپرست سیاسی رہنماؤں اور کارکنوں کی ’ٹارگٹ کلنگ‘ کے واقعات میں حالیہ دنوں تیزی نظر
Private schools in Pakistan must focus on character building instead of spreading the English language complex – by Muhammad Amir Khakwani: Source: Express, 27 July 2010 Also of interest is the following extract from a lengthy article on this topic by Shamaila Ali Hasan: Discussing about the situation he (Javed) further writes: While the reason for students taking up English
Another Glaring Example of Yellow Journalism by The News Investigative Cartel – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi: I have not been very keenly following the matter of “massive losses” of Pakistan Steel and the alleged perpetrator of those losses. All fingers are pointed towards Riaz Laljee and a connection is somehow or the other made with
To have debt or not to have debt – by Ali Wahab: Source: Express Tribune To have debt or not to have debt by Ali Wahab July 26, 2010 KARACHI: Every now and then we read statements or comments in newspapers and blogs that Pakistan’s economic situation is not good. Points
Blast from the past – Imran Khan celebrating Shariah in Swat: Thanks to our co-author Farhan for this video:
Breaking News: Latest video of Colonel Imam Sultan Amir Tarar kidnapped by the Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists: Find: Laila Ebadi Here is an evidence of how extremist Deobandis (terrorists of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba) are now attacking the very institution, i.e., the ISI, which once groomed and nurtured them. Yet, Generals Kayani and Pasha are unable
Let’s mourn the engineered demise of Pakistan Railways: Shame on the ‘people’s government’ – by Abdul Nishapuri: For the last few weeks, I am experiencing mixed feelings of nostalgia, personal and collective loss, anger and frustration over the demise of Pakistan Railways under the able leadership of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and
All Baloch shouldn’t be tarred with same brush – by Cyril Almeida: ISLAMABAD: A week ago, a war of words between the National Party and BNP-M on the one side and insurgent groups demanding independence for Balochistan on the other erupted out in the open. According to the Baloch Hal, an