Letter to Pakistan Print E-mail
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By Zachary Latif

 

Dearest Pakistan, I apologise for forgetting to wish you a happy birthday. Imagine just another year before you hit retirement but I digress let's dwell on the now. I don't really know where to start; I think of you often enough but as you know I don't like to visit. Its not that you're dirty, messy or poor, I could live with that. Or even that you're experimenting with religion in a way in a pretty radical way. Or that you simply don't consider me really as one of the family but insist I troop along anyway.

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Pakistani and Indian, hand-in-hand Print E-mail
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By Kuldip Nayar

 

In the darkness of night, we lit candles to let the world see the beginning of a new chapter in the annals of India and Pakistan. Ours was the 17th pilgrimage — we have been doing it every year since 1994 — to the Attari-Wagah border this week. Today I am convinced that even though the journey is long, there is no reason to doubt that we will not be able to make the destination.

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Interfaith unity from the ashes of the riots in England Print E-mail
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By Jai

 

Despite all the violence and destruction that occurred across England during the recent riots, there were also some heartening developments. Most well-known, of course, is the reaction of Tariq Jahan, the inspirational father of one of the young men murdered in Birmingham as they attempted to protect the local population from the rioters. Mr Jahan’s extraordinary dignity and calls for peace on the basis of our common humanity played a huge part in preventing the situation from spiralling into even worse violence.

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Opinion: Riots, prisons and us Print E-mail
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By Sam Phripp

 

The speeches this week by David Cameron and Ed Milliband made for a very interesting bit of bed-time reading. For me, both the Prime Minister and the Labour leader were pretty wide of the mark.

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SAFMA seminar: ‘Pakistan, India should develop common interests’ Print E-mail
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By Ali Usman

 

Pakistan and India need to resolve bilateral issues and increase trade for the betterment of the people of the two countries, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has said. Addressing a seminar titled ‘Building Bridges Together’ arranged by the South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) in connection with Independence Day here on Saturday, Sharif said India and Pakistan had a common heritage and culture and he supported talks between the two countries to solve all problems.

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Not being able to buy food Print E-mail
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By Syed Mohammad Ali

 

The government’s inability to curb a predictable spike in food prices during the month of Ramazan is receiving much media attention and criticism. However, this recurrent trend is just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem of persistent food price volatility and overall food inflation.

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David Starkey, Newsnight & the responsibilities of historians Print E-mail
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By Keith Flett

 

David Starkey [1945-] is a Tudor historian who has made the leap from being an academic to one of a small group of ‘TV historians’ who popularise history for a wider audience.

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Does Gaddafi’s end in Libya strengthen the interventionists? Print E-mail
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By Sunny Hundal

 

I think it is safe to say, after the events of last night – that Col. Gaddafi is no longer in control of Libya. Three of his sons have been arrested and the International Criminal Court is preparing to indict one of them – Saif Al-Islam.

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The new face of India Print E-mail
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By Ravindar Bawa

 

It’s the dawn of a new revolution in India. Social activism is a new trend among the commoners. From ‘gandhigiri’, following the principles of non-violence, to joining protests and marches, the citizens are raising voice for their rights.

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A Breakdown of Karachi’s Violence (Part III) Print E-mail
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By Kalsoom

 

For those of us on the outside looking in, Karachi’s violence seems exceedingly complex. I’m often left perpetually confused. But last October, journalist Huma Yusuf told me that the mechanics of the conflict are often the same - ethnically driven conflict over turf and power in the city. As we continue to delve into the underlying causes of each upsurge in violence, we observe this same pattern in different iterations.

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Karachi: reading between the lines Print E-mail
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By Avinash Paliwal

 

Kinship ties are crucial in Pakistan, not only for gaining political legitimacy but for maintaining power through well-oiled patronage systems. These linkages restrict political parties from thinking beyond the ambit of their own community and political interests.

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Brits are among the most wary on immigration/Islam in Europe Print E-mail
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By Matthew Goodwin 

 

The belief that Muslims and Islam threaten European societies was central to understanding what pushed Anders Behring Breivik to murder 77 Norwegians last month.

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As India celebrates 64 yrs of freedom, PM vows to end graft Print E-mail
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today affirmed his commitment to root out corruption but said there is no magic wand to do so and decried hunger strikes as a means to achieve the objective, in an apparent reference to Anna Hazare who is scheduled to begin fast tomorrow.

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