Monthly Archive:: September 2011

Ali Dayan Hasan’s (HRW) statement to Saleem Shahzad Inquiry Commission: Statement by Ali Dayan Hasan, Human Rights Watch, To Syed Saleem Shahzad Inquiry Commission 9 August 2011  I.               Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization that monitors human rights in more than 80 countries around the world.
APC: Pakistan army-orchestrated response to USA – by Ayaz Amir: Related post: APC: civil façade of foreign policy — by Farhat Taj Working the levers of patriotism Ayaz Amir Friday, September 30, 2011 No one can work the engines of patriotism better than the army and its ideological wing,
Courage to Differ: 10 Historical Facts that our Textbooks forgot to mention – by Abdul Majeed Abid:   Editor’s Note: We are pleased to cross post  this well-researched debunking of narratives, which in our opinion, have been disastrous for the country.  More power to Abdul Majeed and his blog for writing this and we look forward to more of
Hate Amrica; crush Amrika – by Kamran Shafi: So then, who saw the photograph in the Wall Street Journal of this last Wednesday that showed Pakistanis in some bazaar, shouting hate slogans against the United States? If you didn’t, do see it on the Internet, reader: there are about 15 or
The strange case of Laibaah Ahmad Marri – by Sumantra Maitra: Cross-posted from Citizen Journal For the uninitiated, Laibaah Ahmad Marri is a US based, Baloch activist, who was suspended from Twitter. The interesting part is, she was suspended, for the “fourth” time, after being reported as a “bot”…even
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
پاکستان میں شدت پسندی کے چالیس سال۔ بی بی سی اردو: آصف فاروقی، ظفر ملک: پیش لفظ: بی بی سی اردو  پر شائع ہونے والے اس آرٹیکل کا خلاصہ لکھنا مقصود تھا لیکن اس جامع مضمون میں کٹوتی کرنا نا انصافی ہوگا۔ پیش ہے ہم پاکستانیوں کا اعمالنامہ جس سے صاف ظاہر ہے کہ
Pakistan floods: Want to help – By Beena Sarwar: Pakistan was still reeling from the devastating floods of last year when fresh disaster struck. “The situation is worse than reported,” messaged the journalist and activist Aslam Khwaja, back in Karachi after a recent five-day visit to six rain-hit
Jalaluddin Haqqani with US President Reagan???: A fake picture purporting to show Jalaluddin Haqqani with US President Reagan in several Pakistani dailies recently was issued by Online news agency of Mohsin Baig. Online, along with several other media agencies and outlets, serves as a convenient
Pakistan’s future: Of misleading reports and false prophets (Part II) – by Rusty Walker: My illustration is merely a depiction of the absurdity of the Pakistan military inserting itself into Afghan affairs at this crucial point of NATO draw-down of forces. I mean no disrespect to General Ashfaq Kayani. In fact, our own
Human Rights of Pakistan Army – by Riaz Malik Hajjaji: Related posts: Appeal to international community: Impose travel restrictions on all senior officers of Pakistan army Urgent Petition: Stop Pakistan Army’s Crimes against Humanity On BBC’s Secret Pakistan and Ejaz Haider: Their denials and propagandists – by Abbas Daiyar
Story of Laibaah: Death of free speech in Pakistan – by Sumantra Maitra: Cross-posted from Daily World Watch Hey guys! Yet another of my post starting with a “sorry” to you all. I have not been regular, I know, guilty as charged. Preparations of shifting to New Zealand, being one of the
Where is the beacon of freedom?: With its brutal and bloody crackdown on the peaceful demonstrators of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, the New York police demonstrated that the United States doesn’t deserve to call itself a “beacon of freedom” and cradle of democracy anymore.
Tibetans in Baltistan – by Salman Rashid: Until the beginning of the 8th century CE, Baltistan was a country inhabited by the Indo-European Shin tribe. This was a time when the superpowers of the region were China and Tibet, both vying for supremacy in High Asia.
Time to say good bye to strategic assets: The time has come for Pakistan to take decisive steps and needs to change policy on terrorism. Pakistani citizens who are paying taxes for human security: Health, education, protection and quality life need it now, just like any other
Amnesty’s statement masks Deep State’s role in Shia massacres in Pakistan: Cross-posted from: Pakistan Blogzine It was amusing as well as educating to see how some urban (seemingly) liberal Pakistani tweeps and media persons uncritically recycled and reported the Amnesty and HRCP’s recent statements on the systematic and ongoing Shia
Arshad Mahmood on Pakistani Generals and their double game: Originally published in ‘Daily Aajkal’
American Empire takes over American Republic—-By Shiraz Paracha: Warmongers in the Empire of America are preparing for their ‘Pakistan Adventure’ as helpless but peace loving citizens of the Republic of America watch with horror how a very powerful group of people and institutions is pursuing a murderous agenda in the
Najam Sethi’s support for Pakistan army and their Haqqani Network – by Lakshmi Khatri: Since being flown around in a military helicopter in 1976, Mr. Najam Sethi’s relationship with the military establishment has always been cosy. If there is a consistent theme to Sethi’s journalism, its his soft critique for military dictators and
Our US problem -by Babar Sattar: Last week our leader of the opposition felt obliged to address a press conference to reiterate his undivided allegiance to Pakistan after Wikileaks revealed that his children are US citizens. How did we get to this pass where a
US accuses Pakistan of backing terrorism: The Haqqani network acts as a virtual arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency,” Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said the agency was implementing Pakistani government policy in
Activists slam rights organization statement as ’very weak,’ lacking integrity – by Ahmadiyya Times: Related posts: Bold statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on Shia massacres in Pakistan under the patronage by Pakistan army An open letter to Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of HRW: A call for help from Pakistan Ahmadiyya Times
Najam Shady ringing alarm bells – Dilshad Chandio:    On wednesday night ( September 21st, 2011) in his show, Najam Sethi alluded to a joint ghairat brigade assault on the PPP govt given deteriorating relations with America on the Haqqani network issue. His analysis went thus: the US
Google this, Your Honor! – by Nargis Khan: Yesterday, Justice Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court issued orders to the Ministry of Information and Technology, asking to block access to all those websites that spread religious intolerance. This order was given out at the conclusion of
Pakistani Shias, rights activists reject HRCP’s statement on Shia killings in Pakistan: Source: Pakistan Blogzine Related posts: Intellectual dishonesty in misrepresenting Shia massacres in Pakistan Laibaah, the liberal fascist, must refrain from attacking human rights defenders   A humble request to Mustafa Qadri (Amnesty) and Ali Dayan Hasan (HRW) Petition: Silence of
Qawwali legend Maqbool Sabri passes away: LUBP authors and affiliates are saddened to report the passing away of Pakistan’s legendary qawal Maqbool Sabri.  Qawalli (Sufi devotional music) is at the heart of Pakistan’s diverse cultures.  Before the onslaught of the Taliban and their like minded copies,
Of False Prophets and their recipe for Disaster (Part I) – by Rusty Walker:    Even a basic understanding of the Jinnah Institute (JI) report and the related testimony to Congress by Moeed Yusuf of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) should make certain things very obvious to Pakistanis, Americans and the global
You cannot murder a legacy -by Saria Benazir: “My mother always used to say that democracy is the best revenge”. The very statement symbolized the audacity of the teenager and his adherence to the democratic principles of his martyred mother, Benazir Bhutto. The 19 years old Bilawal
Intellectual dishonesty in misrepresenting Shia massacres in Pakistan: Local Pakistani residents gather around the bodies of Shiite Muslims after an attack by gunmen in Mastung. Related posts: Petition: Silence of Human Rights Organizations on Shia Genocide in Pakistan You know you are a Pakistani Shia when… 50
Jinnah: Secular or Islamist? – By Dr. Niaz Murtaza: The controversy about Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan rages on. Did Jinnah want a secular or a Sharia state? The two sides buttress their arguments by quoting his words selectively. Liberals quote his August 11, 1947 speech which says, “You
TTP-SSP proxies of the Deep State massacre at least 26 Shia Muslims in Balochistan: Gunmen opened fire on a bus in the Mastung area of Balochistan, carrying passengers to Iran on Tuesday, killing around 26 Shia pilgrims, police said. “The bus was travelling to the town of Taftan when it was attacked,” a
Beware: Dengue mosquito / media – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Politics of recognition -by Mushtaq Gaadi: OF all the claims for the creation of new provinces, that of the Seraiki demand has the most potentially constructive consequences for state, democracy and federalism in Pakistan. If and when a Seraiki province is carved out of Punjab
UN humanitarian chief appeals for funds to help Pakistani flood victims: The top UN humanitarian official on Monday added her voice to the global appeal for donors to fund a $357 million plan to help the Pakistani Government provide vital assistance to more than five million people affected by massive
Sandesh: How to publish a Hindu newspaper in Pakistan: Pakistan’s One Man Hindu Newspaper: The Message Is Peace A rural bootblack with an antiquated PC spreads the good word. Print lives. Source: Take Part On your next visit to southern Pakistan, look up Harji Lal. Lal is a
Google, youtube and Rehman Malik: For the past two days there is an uproar in Pakistan’s social and mainstream media about the Government of Pakistan’s alleged plan to block google, youtube etc if they did not assist the GoP in criminal investigations against terrorists.
Intelligence agencies & security forces continue to target Baloch activists: Pakistani intelligence agencies and security forces Continue to Target Baloch Activists Pakistan’s spy agencies and security forces continue targeting political activists who want an independent Balochistan. In August 2011, Pakistan’s security forces twice raided the house of Former Balochistan
Minorities, particularly Hindus, increasingly at risk in Balochistan: HRCP: Editor’s note: LUBP stands with its fellow Pakistani Hindus in these troubling times.   While more is being written about Balochistan, most urban writers wilfully obfuscate the role of the primary agency that is calling the shots in Balochistan. Hint,
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
Tracing the roots of religious extremism – A lecture by Dr. Mubarak Ali: “Tracing the roots of Religious Extremism: A Seminar series” is a program arranged by Institute for Peace and Secular Studies.  Well known historian Dr. Mubarak Ali delivered a lecture on April 16, 2011 under this program and talked in