The Political Economy of Intolerance in Pakistan

Intolerance in society – an individual with an intolerant mindset, or a community with values of intolerance and hatred – is the prime incubator for extremism, which manifests itself in the form of violent militancy and terrorism. Counter-terror policies are completely inadequate if they do not include the necessary social, political, educational and . . . → Read More: The Political Economy of Intolerance in Pakistan

Mouths louder than gun shots!

Karachi’s shooters targeted a prominent journalist and were promptly let off the hook by a segment of the media that immediately began making wild unfounded allegations about ISI (Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence Agency) being behind the attack.

The actual attackers and those who launched them must be laughing themselves silly because no one was really . . . → Read More: Mouths louder than gun shots!

36 hours in Lahore

(by Paul · in Uncategorized) A popular travel column in the New York Times called “36 hours in…” has covered over 700 cities ranging from Lijiang, China to New Haven, Connecticut.

But never a city in Pakistan.

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Understanding the real Balochistan

(By Muhammad Faheem Belharvi) Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan with a history of supporting Resolution of Pakistan-1940, which envisaged creation of a separate homeland for Muslim majority areas of sub-continent India.

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US$ 400,000 for a camel statue???

The State Department plans to spend $400,000 in taxpayer dollars to purchase a camel statue for the new American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The sculpture by artist John Baldessari depicts a fiberglass camel staring into the eye of an oversized needle in play on a passage from the New Testament about the difficulty the wealthy have in entering heaven, BuzzFeed . . . → Read More: US$ 400,000 for a camel statue???

A game of Bangladeshi Whispers

How often have we been told that Bangladesh came into being because of a history of unequal treatment of East Pakistan by the western wing? In the same corollary, the demand for asking forgiveness for the atrocities of 1971 has recently become a part of popular discourse. Stories of selective genocide by . . . → Read More: A game of Bangladeshi Whispers

The Illegitimate Government of Bangladesh

By Azmaish Ka Waqt NEWSVINE

Digging up a bitter past full of memories that all sides need to forget and get over, and sometimes distorting – and other times, playing lying about – established historical facts and ground reality; the incumbent Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina Wajid has constructed a fictitious “external enemy” to build . . . → Read More: The Illegitimate Government of Bangladesh

Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?

Relations between the two wings of the same country had soured in utero and culminated in a bitter and bloody civil war in 1971 that left lasting scars, more so for the former East wing. The promise of normalization of relations came in 1976 – when the diplomatic missions of both countries took their positions . . . → Read More: Pakistan – Bangladesh relations: From conflict to cooperation…and back?