Tag: Benazir Bhutto

Julius Salik: A National Icon

Julius Salik was born in a modest Christian home in Lahore in 1948, a year after Pakistan had come into existence as a new country on the map of the world. He has spent the last 30 years in his tireless sacrifice for the peace and liberty. He has been struggling for the World Minorities…

Memogate or the Grand Delusions of Mansoor Ijaz

Delusions of grandeur – a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are. (Source) Much has been said and written about this hackneyed non-issue in the Pakistani and international media but mostly in speculative and sensationalist way. My purpose here is to basically lay bare…

Is President Zardari replacing Gilani with Aitzaz as PM?

ISLAMABAD: In an intriguing political development, PPP leader and former president Supreme Court Bar Association, Aitzaz Ahsan, is being tipped as the likely replacement of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Highly informed sources close to President Asif Ali Zardari told The News that barring certain procedural hiccups, the decision to bring in Aitzaz may be…

The cruelest decade

Ten years after worlds collided on September 11, 2001, Pakistan remains a post-9/11 state with a pre-9/11 mindset. What is worse, the United States has also failed to treat Pakistan for what it is: A country stuck in the past. Good judgment comes from bad experiences, they say. In Pakistan, every year of the 9/11…

For God’s sake!

If possession of liquor, and not its consumption, is a crime, Odho should face justice. The question is: is possessing two bottles of liquor such a big crime that the Chief Justice of Pakistan feels forced to take a suo motu action? In March 1977, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto spoke to the people of Lahore for…

Intelligence overkill?

We all know what went wrong in the weeks before, and during, the US operation to take out Osama. The bewildering array of Pakistani intelligence groups messed up: no real skills, no good information, no action. We know what went wrong a few weeks later at PNS Mehran: the spooks ignored all warnings of an…

Long live the dynasty!

Political dynasties in the context of South Asia are the product of socioeconomic factors, class-based social structures, gender dynamics, and the lack of political consciousness of our masses. The institution, however, legitimizes status-quo in the society, keeps the class system intact and slows down the democratic process in the society Just last year when Pakistan…

PPP+PML (Q) = A Coalition of Shame

Today fourteen members of the PML (Q), all allies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, joined the Pakistan People’s Party’s cabinet. This is a moment of shame for the PPP: Mr. Zardari has, true to his own shameful history, betrayed the trust of PPP workers and the general public of Pakistan by aligning himself with those…

Waiting for Ayatollah Godot

Even in the intensely divided and zero-tolerance society of Pakistan, we do have a consensus on something. If you ask a man in the street what the cure to Pakistan’s problems is, the invariable answer is: a messiah. We need a Pakistani Ayatollah Khomeini who can rid us of the immoral, the corrupt, the inept…