Ata Rabbani

  • The life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah makes fascinating reading. There are many facets of his brilliant career: Lawyer, constitutionalist, parliamentarian, politician, ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity, the Quaid-i-Azam, architect and creator of the miracle of the twentieth century and so on. He simply ...

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  • It was past midnight on May 2, 2011, that two US helicopters loaded with Navy SEALs commandos, violated Pakistans airspace to attack a specific target inside the territory. Two additional helicopters were hovering on the Afghanistan side, as standby and waiting for a call to join if required. Sure ...

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  • The US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, on September 21, 2006, said: You are with us or you will be bombed back to the Stone Age. This one telephone call after 9/11 swept Dictator Pervez Musharraf off his feet and he succumbed to more than what the Americans had actually demanded. That ...

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  • The days of miracles are not yet over and imponderables do happen and the tension ridden Raymond Davis episode is one of them. Raymond Davis flight to freedom is no better than a Fukushima for Pakistan. It was a no win situation for the country with all lost and no gain; in terms of loss of ...

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  • On October 27, 1958, General M. Ayub Khan moved into the presidency, and thus the drama that started in April 1953, with the General appointed as the Defence Minister in uniform, came to its logical conclusion. He stayed in power for over a decade, which is considered as the golden era of ...

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  • Pakistan, by the mercy of AIlah-Subhana-wa-Taala, is already 63 years old. But, unfortunately, there are a few stray and insignificant voices that challenge the legitimacy and the need for the establishment of the Islamic state. Why Pakistan? they ask. Surely, this is nothing but their ignorance of ...

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  • In the wake of my article titled Raymond Davis Fiasco published in TheNation on February 19, 2011, there were more astonishing developments: First, the sacking of Shah Mahmood Qureshi as Foreign Minister of Pakistan and his disclosure that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned asking him to ...

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  • The Raymond Davis affair is shrouded in mystery: First, the name of the American national is suspect because, according to the State Department, it is not his original name. Secondly, the weapons, electronic gadgets and maps recovered from his car make it an enigma. Also, the information from his ...

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  • Rumours are afloat that the US diplomatic enclave in Pakistan is going to be the biggest in the world. To achieve this, the US has acquired from the Government of Pakistan 18 acres of land in Islamabad for building their chancery to house their staff and also provide accommodation for a garrison of ...

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  • President of the United States of America Barack Hussain Obama. Real name: Burrack Hussain Obama. "Burrack" being the ride on which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) rode to heavens to meet his Lord. By the passage of time with slight confusion in spellings Burrack came to be pronounced and written as ...

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  • Lately there has been some criticism of Pakistan going nuclear. These self-styled nuclear experts expounding unrealistic anti-nuclear Pakistan theories should know that Pakistan's security measures are India oriented and so also vice versa. India is a bigger country, more than five times the size ...

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  • Why be nuclear? Some affluent, powers particularly of the West became nuclear as a hobby and to show off their power but a few others did that out of necessity for their existence as an independent and sovereign country; Pakistan included. Admitted, to become nuclear is costly, shall we say, very ...

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  • This has reference to the lecture delivered by Prof. Dr. David Lilmartin of North Carolina University, organized by the Pakistan Study Centre Punjab University Lahore and reported in practically all major newspapers on 19th May, 2009. The topic of the lecture was "The Creation of Pakistan: Role of ...

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  • Impeach usurpers, is the cry of the nation. We have been in the past, repeatedly forgetting and forgiving all the usurpers, and those who violated the constitution and wrecked all the institutions. A great blunder indeed on our part. The result: Pakistan is in deep morass up to our ears. We all ...

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  • Pakistan First is good rhetoric but the nation is entitled to ask the originators of this clich as to what had they done during the past eight years to make it a reality Amongst the many necessities for the successful development of a country on modern, dynamic, progressive, enlightened and ...

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