Tag: United State

Three cheers for Obama and status quo!

Barack Obama is a one lucky guy who happens to be a presidential candidate at a historical juncture when America is transforming fast demographically from mostly a white nation to a more diverse country where women, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians are able to determine the outcome of national elections. For the first time in…

J Salik and the World Minorities Alliance

By far the crowning event of my recent visit to Pakistan was a meeting with Julius Salik. A towering figure in the history of Pakistani activism, J Salik has fought all his life for the rights of the poor and the weak. He has now launched a more ambitious and revolutionary project: The World Minorities…

Memos and mysteries

Sunshine bores the daylights out of the folks in Islamabad. Chasing shadows, moonlight mystery – that’s the stuff. In this city of rumours and allusions, we’ve learned to understand political life mostly in terms of conspiracy. It’s a surprise the spy novel hasn’t come into its own here. But while a little intrigue never hurt…

Creatures of a lesser God

After listening to an “enlightening” oration of a young Moulana educated in the United States, who was speaking at my university on the status of women in Muslim societies, a student asked him why all the prophets were men? To my surprise his response was, “As women are unable to think rationally and make correct…

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants in Bin Laden Case

The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence has arrested five Pakistani informants who gave the CIA information leading to the raid on Usamah Bin Laden’s compound at Abbotabad, according to the NYT. The arrests appear to have happened some time ago, and were part of the recent consultations of Leon Panetta, who is transitioning from CIA chief to…

Obama and the End of Al-Qaeda

(From Informed Comment) An American president, himself the son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, has taken down notorious terrorist Usama Bin Laden. Despite being a Christian, Obama, it seems to me, had a personal stake in destroying someone who had defamed the religion of his birth father and his relatives. His 2007-2008…

Maverik Mullah & his Jamiat Ulema

(From Viewpoint Online) WikiLeaks reveal Maulana Fazl ur Rehman approached the US embassy in India through Maulana Madni. The embassy was informed: Mr. Rahman “could not speak freely in Pakistan, that he would say one thing in Pakistan and something else in India if asked”…Mr. Madani was also carrying another message on behalf of Mr.…

List of Recent Pakistan-Related Texts

Abbott, David.  Pakistan (Changing World). Franklin Watts Ltd, 2010.  48 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0749695323. Amin, Shahid M.  Pakistan‘s Foreign Policy: A Reappraisal.  Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition, 2010.  364 pages.   ISBN-13: 978-0195479126. Arif, Iftikhar and Waqas Khwaja, eds.  Modern Poetry of Pakistan (Pakistani Literature Series).  Dalkey Archive Press, 2011.  352 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-1564786050. Aziz, Sartaz. …