M Asghar Khan

  • MARYAM ISMAIL Walking down Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem you can see scraps of dreams, hopes and promises of a better world. Scattered on walls of half torn down buildings, testifying the attempted greatness of the a nation within a nation, the African American advertisements for Shabazz ...

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  • Muhammad Ayub Khuro, when he was the Defence Minister of Pakistan, before Ayub Khan's martial law, decided to visit the air headquarters at Mauripur in Karachi. He informed me that he wanted a Guard of Honour on his arrival. I was surprised at this request but provided him with a Guard of Honour, ...

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  • It is now six months since the new government has been functioning but it is still not clear who is running the country. Inspite of, or possibly because of, frequent high level meetings and press conferences, TV interviews by ministers, advisers and party office bearers and with little or no change ...

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  • When Ghulam Muhammad was the governor general, he had implicit faith in General Ayub Khan who bided his time even when Ghulam Muhammad was bedridden, paralysed and could hardly speak. When he was taken to London for treatment, he telephoned Ayub Khan in Rawalpindi and spoke with him for fifteen ...

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  • The news, since contradicted, about the government placing the Inter Services Intelligence Directorate under the ministry of interior, draws attention to the action taken by the PPP government in 1975 when the ISI was given a political role by the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to assist it in ...

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  • I do not know of any county in the world where a territory is given a status similar to that of the Federal Administrative Tribal Areas of Pakistan, which is considered a part of the county and yet enjoys virtual independence. The government at the centre or in the province has had nothing to do ...

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  • A retired Pakistan Air Force officer had an interesting experience recently which is indicative of the ruling party's attitude to law and order and does not auger well for the future. He was driving in Karachi behind a land cruiser with dark black windows, "zinda hai BB" in place of the number ...

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  • After the assassination of the PPP leader, Ms Benazir Bhutto, the PPP had expressed its lack of confidence in the enquiry ordered by the government of General Pervez Musharraf and had demanded a UN enquiry into the circumstances of her death. Considering the situation at the time, the demand of the ...

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  • Democracy does not come easily to countries that have been under authoritarian rule for centuries and nowhere is this more true than in Pakistan. After sixty years of experiments with democracy and with three major interruptions by the military, we are still far from establishing a democratic ...

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  • The shifting of the Army's General Headquarters from Rawalpindi to Islamabad has been planned for some time and was given a fresh impetus during 2007. We have not been told what the total financial burden of this move will be but the cost of land alone at the prevalent rates in Islamabad is about ...

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  • When General Pervez Musharraf overthrew the elected Government of Mian Nawaz Sharif, one of the points he made, which was hailed by the majority of the people of Pakistan, was his determination to end corruption in the country. At that time too, the country stood as it does today, near the top of ...

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  • One would have expected that with the place given to justice in Islam, Pakistan would have maintained the high standards of judicial traditions that form an important part of Muslim teaching and history. This was all the more expected when an eminent lawyer of the calibre of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad ...

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  • In a recent United States senate hearing it was reported that the United States Intelligence had concluded that the next 9/11 type attack on the its soil might come from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. This assessment of the situation by the US Intelligence is likely to have ...

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  • In 1997 the role of the Inter Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) in the 1990 elections, was discussed in the National Assembly of Pakistan and it was revealed that the ISI. Directorate had distributed large sums of money to politicians. I wrote to the Chief Justice of Pakistan at the time, ...

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  • For one who saw the birth of this nation, saw  and heard the Quaid-i-Azam on the role of the armed forces and played a part in building the country's defence; to see the values which the Quaid held dear wither away, is an unhappy experience. Politicians and generals alike, have destroyed the ...

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  • At a reception that the Prime Minister held recently in honour of the senior officers of the armed forces, he made some dangerous observations. He charged them with the responsibility of defending the ideological frontiers along with the geographical frontiers of Pakistan. It is this very kind of ...

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