Myth of the Mandate

Dear Sajjad Ahmad

There exists a very wrong notion among the politicians each one of whom claims the support of 16 crore (some now say 17 crore) people of Pakistan. For almost everything that they want for themselves – essentially the power – they attribute it to the cause of the 16 or 17 crore masses. Do they really enjoy the support that they keep haranguing about so incessantly? Let’s analyse the figures a little dispassionately and without any bias or favour to any.

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Vande Mataram – An Enduring Legacy of Vitriolic Hate

All national songs are meant to rally and unite nations, but one keeps wondering as to what is embodied in Vande Mataram, the Indian national song that has become such an unceasing source of friction and acrimony between the Hindus and the remaining communities in India, particularly once its title means; Salute to the Mother? We in Pakistan are lucky thatthe issue remains of peripheral interest but Vande Mataram’s threatening message keeps stalking the psyche of the Indian Muslims, constantly reminding them of the threat of being swamped over by a strident Hindu nationalism. The song’s potential to divide the polity in India was in full view recently by the extent of furor caused when a convention of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind supported an earlier Fatwa issued in 2006 by Darul Uloom which prevented a recitation of the song by Muslim children in state run schools. The reaction by Shiv Sena’s Executive President Uddhav Thackerey sums up the communal passions that the song stirs; “If you don’t want to salute the motherland, then whom do you salute? What is the shame in saluting Bharatmata? Those who don’t want to salute Bharatmata should go to Pakistan, Bangladesh. There is no such place for traitors in India,” he said.

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Taliban and Jihad – what’s the thought? by Nadia Khan

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What if we read Holy Quran and Hadiths of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) without the context of Jihad, there could be number of people, both in West & East, who would feel happier than before? Because they feel that the root cause of today’s crisis is Jihadi approach of radical Muslims. If radicals could give it up then the world would be much safer!

This argument for world’s peace looks…

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Could Taliban become real Islamic force for Islamization? by Nadia Khan

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Nadia Khan

Beside the hardest hitting media campaign by secularists against Taliban -though the real target is religious forces- this question remains there, “Could Taliban be cleansed to become a true source for Islamization in Pakistan?” To find out the answer we need to review the status of present day Taliban and yester years religious forces, those were engaged in Afghanistan during its occupation phase.

The kaleidoscope of Taliban in FATA & Northern areas of Pakistan is reflecting different picture than what was perceived by Pakistani…

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US & NATO Forces Silence over Terrorist’s Border Crossing

 

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Zaheerul Hassan

Pakistan Security Forces are successfully fighting an enforced battle all along her western boundaries since 2001. In the on going operation, the Security forces killed more than 1300 militants till May 27, 2009 and taken over the control of eight Mingora city intersections after intense clashes with the Taliban. As per Army Spokes man, Major General Athar Abbas, during the operation and clashes with the militants, security forces have encountered with number of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) besides hitting suicide bombers in various areas. The whole nation is supporting…

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Failure of religious forces in Pakistan – Part II by Nadia Khan

 

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Nadia Khan

Earlier, we had discussed as why religious forces lost ground in Pakistan in last five decades – how and where? Here we will analyse as how many opportunities brought up for religious forces to move back the nomenclature of the country towards Islam.

A country, where 91% population (according to independent survey) is Sunni Muslims and the basic ideology is Islam then why the country lacks the true sprit of religion – peace, social justice, and equality!!!

First of its kind, came up during General Auyb Khan…

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Failure of religious forces in Pakistan – Part I by Nadia Khan

 

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Nadia Khan

Pakistani citizens, in or out of the country, as a nation, are quite religious (probably conservative) in all aspects of life. However, failure of religious forces in Pakistan is also quite obvious. The formation of Pakistan is based on “two nation’s theory” as Hindus & Muslims were two distinct nations and a separate homeland was needed for Muslims where they could exercise their rights within the frame work of their religion. The founding fathers of this homeland had dreamt a piece of land where Muslims…

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Bhasha Dam and Foreign Involvement

 

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Zaresh Khan

Site for Bhasha DamDams are an instrument of development, yet every dam small or large carries inherent risks of failure. In the case of a larger dam it could be catastrophic for life and property down the valley. Large dams are therefore planned and designed with utmost care to preclude as far as possible any risk of a failure. Keeping in view the risk factor and the growing population of Pakistan in view (estimated at 170 million at the start of 2009), the proposal of Bhasha dam was regulated…

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Beginning From The Middle – Let’s give it a new start

 

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Sajjad Ahmad

Ah! Both things are not easy. Neither you can convince others nor you could be convinced by others. The tragedy is that this story does not end here. Both of you never tried to think about the reasons that why this happens to both of you each time, you come face to face.

So let’s think and try to figure out the reasons of differences between two sets of people with different thoughts.

There are lot of reasons of such differences. For example, missing information on one or each side, conflicting interests, affiliations with non-stake holders of one or both parties, conflicting personalities, age differences, social factors, religious differences, pre-decided agenda or propaganda etc. Now, we will look at each of these reasons, one by one.

But, before we look on each of the reasons of such differences, you must note that this is not a complete list. However, we had selected few of the reasons, which mostly cause…

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Taliban Militancy – Pak Security Forces Means Business

 

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Zaheerul Hassan

COAS, during his visit to North WaziristanAccording to the media reports and credible sources, Pakistan Security Forces has killed more than 1000 militants, hundred of insurgents suffered serious injuries and many arrested too in the recent anti militancy drive of Swat and FATA areas. During the ongoing operations, huge quantity of ammunition, latest weapons, number of training camps and hideouts of the terrorists have been destroyed. On May 17, 2009 Pakistan Security forces have been entered into Matta (Swat village) and are fighting the battle of Pakistan bravely and courageously. The whole nation is backing her forces against terrorism. Taliban has now realized that Security Forces…

 

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