Azizuddin Ahmad

  • TA R JERRAL There was a great clamour in Pakistan after what the British Prime Minister said in India about Pakistan. There was even a greater cry when he refused to apologise. Adding insult to injury, the British media published a disfigured flag of Pakistan. But the event passed without any ...

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  • TAZAM KHALIL Wickedness is weakness. Milton One wonders at the public reaction, in the media, over the reports of police torturing suspects, as well as innocent citizens, in various parts of the province of Punjab. The latest incident of police brutality, aired on almost all the television channels, ...

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  • TWhile Governor Salman Taseer has invited MQM to extend its activities to Punjab, the Jinnahpur episode has left the party more isolated than it ever was. Altaf Hussain's attempt to prove MQM's innocence has backfired. He has now to answer for much more than the Jinnahpur maps. In the first place ...

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  • TAltaf Hussain who had declared three years back that the division of India, and by implication the creation of Pakistan, was the greatest blunder in human history cried his eyes out on Monday protesting against those who called his patriotism to question. As if awakening from a spell of memory ...

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  • TFirst we had Taliban terrorists killing their opponents, decapitating them and hanging their corpses in the squares. Sometime they disinterred dead bodies and hanged them in public, forbidding people to remove them for burial on pain of death. These were rightly condemned as a barbaric acts that no ...

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  • TCan the Supreme Court judgement block the way of an ambitious COAS as the judges of the apex court and Prime Minister Gilani have hoped? Earlier in Asma Jilani case (1972) the Supreme Court had rejected the law of necessity and held that the army chief was bound by oath to defend the constitution ...

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  • TThe way the two houses of Parliament are functioning does not strengthen democracy. Absenteeism, the bane of the Musharraf era Parliament, is too common. On Monday, the Senate had to defer almost all of its 12-point agenda due to the absence of the concerned ministers and two of the movers of ...

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  • TThe limited mandate of the International Independent Inquiry Commission (IIIC) appointed by UN Secretary General to probe Benazir Bhutto's assassination has disappointed many in Pakistan. Unlike the body which was formed to look into Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's death its mandate does not ...

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  • TA sense of insecurity characteristic of parties losing popularity haunts. The threat by Rehman Malik to apply the Draconian Cyber Crime Ordinance to those sending harmless jokes through SMS is the latest example of the panic that is fast overtaking the party leadership. Being an intelligence man by ...

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  • TThe PPP Central Executive Committee has passed resolutions aimed at repealing the 17th amendment and 58(2)b. President Zardari who is seen by many as the main hurdle in the implementation of the Charter of Democracy and purging the 1973 constitution of distortions reportedly told his party's top ...

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  • TWhile the issue of a separate Seraiki province has so far been raised mainly by the intellectuals and out-of-mainstream politicians, it is now on the agenda of the political elite also. The Seraikis have a language of their own. They also have a geographical habitat which is different from much of ...

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  • TThe sudden death of Michael Jackson popularly known as the King of Pop has saddened million of his admirers. His death was unexpected as he was in good shape training for his comeback tour due to launch on July 13 in London. While the West has produced great Pop singers, he was the one who had a ...

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  • TThe military operation in Swat would end in a few days. The army has secured almost the entire valley besides Buner and most of the Lower Dir, while in Upper Dir the local population has taken up arms against the Taliban on its own. The army has succeeded in killing most of the second and third ...

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  • TThe brave talk of taxing the big landlords who have turned agriculture into industry and are rolling in sugar has turned out to be no more than smoke and mirrors. The government has deprived itself of considerable revenue at times of extreme monetary crunch by continuing to exclude from the ...

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  • TA popular slogan in the campaign during the Presidential elections in Iran is "Ahmadi, Bye-bye." Thousands of Iranians hope that there would be big changes in Iran's policies if the moderate Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi wins on Friday. However, thanks to the political system devised ...

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  • TUN World Food Programme Country Rep Wolfgang Harbinger has said the number of malnourished has reached 45 million in Pakistan. Under UN millennium development goals Pakistan had to reduce the number from 26 million in early 90's to 13 million in 2015. But the country, he maintained, is moving in ...

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  • TMian Nawaz Sharif has got the verdict that he really deserved. He had been debarred from getting elected on the basis of cases cooked up by a military ruler who staged a coup against him, put him in solitary confinement and would have gladly hanged him if the influential Saudi ruler had not ...

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  • TPunjab under Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has turned into a province with one-man rule. Instead of strengthening the institutions on which democracy depends, the peculiar style of governance is in fact weakening them. The Cabinet system is the foremost casualty. With a hyperactive chief minister, ...

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  • TThe upward revised revenue target of Rs 1.3 billion is going to be a challenge for the government. Unless the government is able to achieve the crucial target, it would find it difficult to pursue any meaningful agenda of social development. However despite reports of the economy being on the way ...

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  • TDefending the economic performance of the Musharraf led government on a TV channel an economist associated with the previous regime has repeated the claim that the middle and lower middle classes had expanded under the military ruler and that the gap between the poorest and the richest was the ...

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  • TThe ongoing operation in Buner reminds one of how the government has flip-flopped between all-out talks and all-out military action without either producing the desired result. What is worse the activity has brought down whatever trust the people had in the government and the Army. Even those who ...

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  • TThe Swat agreement will not hold. Those who thought that signing the Nizam-i-Adl agreement with the militants would bring peace to the region are going to find they were sadly mistaken. The TTP did not fight the security forces for months only to hand over the control of the valley to the ...

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  • TThe HRCPs report Human Rights in 2008 presents as usual a dismal picture. Whatever progress was made during the first ten months of the elected government vis--vis human rights was both meagre and marginal. The overall situation remained as bad as before, and in certain areas it deteriorated First ...

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  • TSpeaking before the Turkish Grand Parliament Obama sought rapprochement with the Muslim world. What he said and the way he said it was a welcome departure from the big power rant of his predecessor George W Bush. "Let me say this as clearly as I can," Obama said, "The United States is not and will ...

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  • TAfter two humiliating defeats, one on the issue of the restoration of deposed judges and the other on the Governor's Rule in Punjab, the PPP is in pretty bad shape. The setbacks have weakened the position of Co-Chairman Zardari, demoralised the party rank and file and caused divisions within it, ...

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  • TFinally, Mr Zardari has recalled that Balochistan too has a place in his scheme of things. He is scheduled to arrive in the province today where he would hold meetings with stakeholders. There has been little respite to the miseries of the people of Balochistan during the first year of the PPP-led ...

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  • TPresident Zardari has wasted much of the advantage he enjoyed as Benazir's spouse by committing one political blunder after another during the last one year, opposition to the restoration of CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry being the mother of all. The obstinacy he has displayed over the issue has damaged his ...

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  • TThe PPP is trying to swim with two millstones around its neck, President Asif Ali Zardari and Governor Salman Taseer. Both are apolitical, out of touch with the masses and live in a make-believe world of their own. They have got themselves surrounded by sycophants in order to be assured on daily ...

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  • TWhen ANP leadership brokered peace with Swat TTP last year the move was widely hailed and hopes expressed that it would end the fighting in the valley. The accord however could not be sustained as there was no respite to the burning of the girls schools and government installations. While the local ...

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  • TDespite the resolve shown by Sufi Muhammad not to leave Swat till he persuades local TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah to put down arms in return for the promised Nizam-e-Adl, there seems to be little hope for peace in the Valley. The NWFP government is committed to the five-point accord brokered with ...

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