Zaheer Bhatti

  • TNotwithstanding whoever could be backing Dr Tahirul Qadri, his long march, indeed, has served as the real catalyst for ‘change’. Instead of questioning his credentials, the politicians should thank him for waking them up from a deep slumber. This clearly reveals that Dr Qadri is not a ...

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  • TThis present government would hardly have any parallel for its misgovernance, lack of forward planning and inability to tap Pakistan’s natural resources. It has failed to build consensus among the political leadership of the country over the direly needed Kalabagh Dam to meet the energy ...

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  • TA Congressional Research Service report of the US lamented that any goodwill generated by the US aid is offset by widespread anti-American sentiment among the Pakistanis; this was revealed in an article by Michele Langevine Leiby published in Washington Post. One hopes that Leiby realises that this ...

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  • T Doyle McManus, an American journalist, in his analytical piece that was published in Los Angeles Times, counselled the Obama Administration that since its plans to convert Afghanistan into a smoothly functioning democracy and hand the war to the Afghan Army with US advisors, has failed, it ...

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  • T Despite announcing the Aaghaz Huqooq-e-Balochistan package, the government has failed to engage the aggrieved Baloch into a purposeful dialogue. In fact, they are accusing the federal government of cleansing the province of Baloch nationalists. This triggered a strong backlash among them resulting ...

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  • TJustice (retd) Nasira Iqbal and Barrister Shahida Jamil were unambiguous in their interpretation of the presidential immunity being quoted out of context by the government in defiance of the court orders, in the context of the so-called National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Both said that the ...

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  • TOne is inclined to ignore PPP Secretary Information Fauzia Wahab’s often ignorant reasoning on various issues, where she could better serve her party by keeping mum. Former American National Security Advisor General James Jones, reportedly, came out with a testimony to the effect that Hussain ...

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  • T Just when Pakistan was emerging as an unplayable side in world cricket, intrigue, personal greed and misfortune struck the squad as Salman Butt, the promising and cultured looking Skipper who had established himself as a dependable and flamboyant opener, dirtied his linen along with his lethal ...

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  • T Instead of apologising and compensating for its misadventures on Pakistani soil, USA’s arrogance and lack of impropriety has been shown by its administration yet again, especially by releasing ‘peanut’ aid conditional to Pakistan’s action against the Haqqani network, ...

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  • TFrom his looks, manner, lingo and vision reflected through his brush, Ghulam Rasul, commonly known as GR, comes out as a soul deeply ingrained in the beauty of nature and its multiples colours, and the old nostalgic tradition of Pakistani people and landscape he proudly traverses, owns and ...

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  • TWith the memo issue thrown in the open, along with another stunning revelation alleging that the President of Pakistan and the just relieved Pakistani Ambassador to Washington were privy to the May 2 US Abbottabad assault, one does not need to go far back to recap for public consumption, how the ...

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  • TOration not being Imran Khans forte, he nevertheless exuded sincerity and commitment at his historic Minar-e-Pakistan display on 30 October, heralding that someone of reckoning had emerged on the political horizon of the country making headlines worldwide. One saw the political pundits who had been ...

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  • TAnother good start in the second Test despite Taufiq Umar, Hafeez and Younus dropping catches again, and the debutant Indian Umpire missing out on a plumb LBW. But it was strange to rest Cheema, the performing third seamer for a spinner. Postmortem First Test; not the first time that Pakistan ...

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  • TMohammed Saleem, who often interacts with me over my columns, said: Since I, as an ordinary citizen of Pakistan, have no diplomatic obligation to react decently to indecent allegations, Mullen, Panetta, Ambassador Munter, Hillary, the American Congress and for that matter Barack Obama, can all go ...

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  • TSadanand Dhume, an Indian-sounding contributor to the Wall Street Journal, in his piece titled Playing Chicken with Pakistans Generals, joins the Western press campaign continuing to turn the heat on Pakistan. Most in this side of the hemisphere, particularly Muslim countries in and bordering South ...

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  • TI had decided to take a break from the irksome monotony of the Pakistani political scene, which, despite warnings, moaning, demands and reprimands from all quarters, promises nothing, but despondency, trade-marking, continued insensitivity and apathy of its faceless leadership to public issues, ...

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  • TThe electronic media in Pakistan exploded to plurality on the media horizon at the turn of the century, and gave the country the strength of opinions that started to impact beyond the hitherto solitary official media mouthpiece, which no one took seriously until a wake-up call was served to it by ...

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  • TThose perennially resigned to the subservience of their imperial masters believe that the only way to infuriate Washington was to allow those it terms as 'terrorists to freely operate from their safe havens established within the Pakistani borders and strike at the Afghan and occupation forces, and ...

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  • TThe US administration and the media these days appear to be obsessed with the Pakistan Army, as they allege that its Chief is fighting to keep his job. Far from it, who does not know that an unambiguous position on defence related matters impinging on the security of Pakistan by General Ashfaq ...

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  • TUS Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator John Kerry have come and gone, repeating their refrain to 'do more, but demanding specific measures to prove what Pakistan has done, in particular over their obsession with action against the Haqqani faction of the Afghan Taliban, which was hurting them the ...

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  • TIn the release and bailout of Raymond Davis and the drop scene on Osama bin Laden, the Pakistani nation has suffered an ignominy, much worse than the East Pakistan debacle, ironically both times the PPP leadership enacting the pantomime. As if that was not enough, bin Laden is reportedly spotted ...

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  • TThe United States of America, having failed to get its undercover double murderer Raymond Davis released unconditionally, has resorted to an arm-twisting of the Pakistani government by suspending the strategic dialogue process with Pakistan; the tripartite parleys between Pakistan, Afghanistan and ...

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  • TFrom the day the highly discriminatory and corruptive ordinance was promulgated on October 05, 2007 it betrayed abuse of authority by the dictator, the quid pro quo of which was his re-election the following day to the office of the President. He planned to use the instrument to subsequently ...

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  • TThe army has been tested, twice in the space of a few months and come good by the grace of God, much to the consternation of the enemies of Pakistan, who had firstly, not envisaged swift success of the men in khakis in the Malakand Operation, and the traditional exemplary unison shown by the nation ...

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  • TWith those in the saddle actually doing far more than their predecessor in the khakis, one-window it still is, and even better served with a democratic faade. Quietly and discretely, the US seem to have been allowed to entrench itself to breathe down our strategic assets which are in the process of ...

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  • TI have no doubt that the army chief before agreeing to the difficult decision of launching the Operation against elements backed, trained, equipped and financed by foreign powers and challenging the writ of the state and the armed forces, must have cautioned the government about its part of the ...

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  • TThe US during Ms Clinton's recent visit to India, has inked another 'defence' deal to beef up Indian defences with sophisticated and heavy armament, including provision of a couple of nuclear reactors, in exchange for what it hopes to find access to India's nuclear facilities. India, with its own ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court judgement just made, in response to several petitions in hearing before it, has struck down all acts and orders made by Musharraf between November 3 and December 22, 2007 as illegal, but the decision essentially relates to the judges case, although it has far-reaching ...

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  • TUncle Sam has stage-managed the State of Pakistan through various backdoor inducted and supported governments, and brought it down on its knees to the point of total indignation, as witnessed last week in Washington, where the Pakistani president together with Afghan puppet President Karzai, was ...

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  • TThat the People's will cannot be wished away forever, has been proven twice within a span of two years in recent Pakistani checkered political history. The symbol of re-germination of the quest for rule of law and constitutionalism, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has been re-instated along with his ...

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