Archive for August, 2008

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Peaceful Protests In Kashmir Alter Equation for India

August 28, 2008

Political analysts and human rights activists say the Indian government has failed to adjust its strategy to deal with a separatist movement committed to nonviolence. Some Indian political leaders, even those who disagree with the push for Kashmir’s independence, are beginning to wonder whether India’s democracy is mature enough to handle such widespread but peaceful dissent.

“India calls itself the world’s largest functioning democracy. But if we are really a democracy, can’t we let people express their dissent?” asked Omar Abdullah, a Muslim member of India’s Parliament and president of the National Conference, a mainstream political party in Kashmir. “In every other part of the country, police or army fire tear gas or rubber bullets during agitations. Why do they shoot first and ask questions later in Kashmir?”

Read Full Washington Post Article

Related Posts & Articles
Hai Haq Hamara, Azadi
A Jihad Grows in Kashmir
We are Pakistanis – Says Geelani
Land and Freedom – Arundhati Roy, The Guardian, UK
India, minus the K word – Jug Suraiya | Times of India
Kashmiris in India Savour Sense of Freedom – LA Times
Mission Kashmir – Times of India Editorial

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Bugti, Mehsud, and the Indian Connection

August 28, 2008

MUST READ (Urdu)

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Pakistan Ditching China?!

August 28, 2008

The new Pakistani government is not thrilled about the country’s longtime ally, China. Prime Minister Gilani has decided to downgrade Pakistani representation in this week’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. And our ambassador in Washington, a known ‘American enthusiast’, has given verbal instructions to Pakistani Foreign Office to lessen its fixation on China and focus more on India. His government undermined Pakistani participation in Beijing Olympics twice in the last four months. And we are still without a Pakistani ambassador in Beijing while our London and Washington embassies are run by strong supporters of Washington and London.

Read Full Article  (Ahmed Quraishi, August 28, 2008)

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Mayor of Kabul admits Taleban were better.

August 27, 2008

The Mayor of Kabul, Mr Karzai has admitted in his latest interview in TIME magazine, that his Government is falling behind The Taliban in winning the hearts and minds of his countrymen.

TIME: Last week I went to Jowzjan province where I met an 11-year old girl who had been raped about 6 months ago. Her family had to pay bribes to pursue the case in the courts. Her sister told me that under the Taliban that man would’ve been executed. “We want the Taliban back,” she said, “because they gave us justice.”

Karzai: The Taliban did provide that sort of justice. They were much better in that way. Yes, thats true.

TIME: So you are falling behind a competition for hearts and minds with a regime that was one of the most horrific in recent history?

Karzai: Unfortunately, yes.

Read the full interview – He does come across as a bit of a dickhead, detached from the realities surrounding him on the ground.

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A Jihad Grows in Kashmir: NYT

August 27, 2008

The Indian government’s insistence that peace is spreading in Kashmir is at odds with a report by Human Rights Watch in 2006 that described a steady pattern of arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial execution by Indian security forces — excesses that make the events at Abu Ghraib seem like a case of high spirits. A survey by Doctors Without Borders in 2005 found that Muslim women in Kashmir, prey to the Indian troops and paramilitaries, suffered some of the most pervasive sexual violence in the world.

Read full article: New York Times

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Asif Zardari: The ‘Money’ Manager

August 27, 2008

His wife’s party men looked down at him. But he beat them all. Zar-Dari means the money manger. And he lived up to his name. A wife-beater who dragged the Prime Minister of Pakistan out of her official meetings by the hair. When he bought a palace in England, he liked a local pub and ordered that an entire replica be constructed inside the palace. The Americans used to back military men or politicians as henchmen. Now they has a feudal lord. At least he speaks better English than the Chaudhries of Gujrat. Read Full Article

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The Accidental Presidency (Cyril Almeida)

August 27, 2008

Coming soon to a television near you: President Zardari. You could almost hear the gasps and cries and shrieks across the country when Raza Rabbani made the announcement.

From playboy to first husband to public enemy to regent to president — Asif’s journey confounds even those who thought they had seen it all. Continue Reading