Tag: Pervez Musharraf

Arab Spring in Pakistan? No, Thanks

In an interesting and slightly misguided article about the possibilities of an Arab Spring in Pakistan, Michael Kugelman, (a senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) begins his opinion piece with the following profound assertions: Will Pakistan experience an Arab Spring? The question has been…

Pakistaniaat: Dec 12 Issue Published

Dear All: I just wanted to share that we have now published the last issue of 2012 and the full issue is now available on our website: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/current. My thanks to all our contributors and to the dedicated editorial staff of Pakistaniaat. Table of Contents: http://www.pakistaniaat.org/issue/view/963 Refereed Articles (مضامین) ——– Citizenship Education in Pakistan (1-16)…

“(Karachi) Thou shalt be the Glory of the East…”

The recent violence in Karachi and the rest of the country reminds me of an alarming day in November 2007. The General had declared a state of emergency in the country. There could have been a coup to oust him; a counter coup could have followed to restore him. People feared more bomb blasts, even…

Lal Masjid: Rewarding an Insurrection

The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan says he is losing patience with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). In a court-initiated (suo motu) action, he wants a quick rebuilding of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, flattened by bulldozers in 2007, after it became the centre of an insurgency. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by…

Punished for 30 seconds

Gilani or no Gilani, the democratic process should prevail and the current government should be allowed to continue and complete its term for the first time in political history of Pakistan. Continuing its tradition, Pakistan has revealed another surprise in its political basket that has astonished the whole world.The Supreme Court of Pakistan has pronounced…

Pakistan Civilian-Military Relations

According to an apocryphal story, immediately after General Pervez Musharraf launched his infamous Kargil offensive, the Indian Prime Minister contacted Mr. Nawaz Sharif, then Prime Minister of Pakistan. “Mian Sahib” asked the Indian PM, “What are you doing to us? Why has your army launched an offensive in Kargil?” “Let me ask my generals and…

Pakistan Should Re-evaluate its Relationship with the US and NATO

In wake of the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers as a result of NATO bombing, Pakistani government has gone into a crisis mode and so has the Pakistani public: while the civilian government and the army have issues some powerful rhetorical statements, including the ultimatum to the US to vacate their base in Balochistan, the…

Peace activist who looks like a Sufi: An Interview with Sandeep Pandey

Militancy is a dangerous thing. What is more dangerous is that they feed on each other and it becomes a vicious cycle. Islamic terrorism provokes Hindutva terrorism and vice versa. Only strong democratic governments backed by solid mandate of people can curb the rise of fundamentalist forces. Besides Anna Hazare, who has received media attention…

A post-9/11 state with a pre-9/11 mindset?

For Pakistan, every year of the 9/11 decade has been harsher than the last. But ten years after worlds collided over New York City, has Pakistan learnt the right lessons? Did it fully understand the flux of strategic opportunities and threats that 9/11 produced and undertake the long-term course corrections necessitated by a post-9/11 world?…