Basharat Hussain Qizilbash

  • TMany Pakistanis are eager to establish strong friendly relations with India; however, the more cautious ones remind us not to be totally oblivious of its past attitude towards Pakistan. Why is there such a trust deficit? Trust, in plain words, means that the entity you trust will not fail you in ...

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  • TA few weeks ago, Reuters reported that some Muslim states demanded of the United Nations to take a tough action against the wave of 'Islamophobia sweeping across the Western countries. Pakistan and Egypt, in particular, complained to the UN Human Rights Council that the treatment of the Muslims in ...

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  • TSay no to racism was the message on the banners that were specially displayed just before the kick-off of some of the soccer matches in the recently concluded World Cup. This clearly indicates that racism has been practised in the past and remains a practice even now. Racism is a negative human ...

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  • TEven in this age of globalisation when established social structures and cultural values are cracking up, the Pashtuns steadfastly hold on to Pashtu-nwali - their centuries old code of socio-cultural ethics. In addition, they are widely recognised for their courage and hospitality. Stories of their ...

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  • TSecularism is a tricky term with different definitions and interpretations. A general assumption is that those societies which modernise as a result of growing industrialisation and urbanisation become secular in the sense that religious thinking, practice and institutions begin to lose social ...

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  • TLets admit that the 'Hindus of Hindustan are smart people. They have intelligently projected themselves as pacifists throughout the world despite several facts to the contrary: they have fought three wars with Pakistan; engineered the break-up of Pakistan and mid-wifed the creation of Bangladesh; ...

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  • TLahore is a welcoming city and Lahoris by nature are kind and generous. That is why the Indian delegation holding peace parleys in connection with the Aman Ki Asha initiative received a patient hearing. However, the mindful Lahoris have not forgotten that back in 1965, at the time of the Indo-Pak ...

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  • TThe cold days of early January rekindle the warm memories of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founding chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Among his many achievements was his resolve to make Pakistan a nuclear power against all odds. As a nation, the Pakistanis do register his efforts but they hardly ...

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  • TFor quite some time now, the US media has been propagating scary stories about Pakistan's nuclear weapons while maintaining a deathly silence about the Indian nukes,. On the one hand, the Americans strongly oppose the possession and proliferation of nukes, but on the other they possess the highest ...

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  • TThe burning of Jaswant Singhs book on Jinnah and partition in India shows that passions have not cooled over this issue as yet. There must have been something 'seriously toxic in the contents that caused this Hindu fury. In the last six decades, the 'secular Indian state has consistently taught its ...

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  • TAlmost two centuries of colonial rule has created a subcontinental mindset, which, till today, in both - India and Pakistan, enthusiastically defends the alien British rule. These apologists of the Raj are generally educated Indians and Pakistanis, the celebrated Sikh journalist, historian and a ...

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  • TWhis a dictator? Someone, who is the ead of a state and cannot be dethroned from power through the legal system. A dictatorial government indulges in gross violations of basic civil, human and political rights of its subjects. It often rules through violence and refuses to accept any constraints ...

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  • TAlmost two centuries of the British colonial rule is a fact of our history. An alien power can resort to two tactics to strengthen its hold over the conquered people: it can either resort to coercion by brutal use of superior force or can resort to persuasive means to co-opt the natives in the ...

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  • TWhile taking a stroll along the Mall Road in Lahore, one comes across several imposing architectural structures such as the Aitchison College, the General Post Office and the Mayo Hospital - all of these are a perpetual reminder of our British colonial heritage. The last mentioned building is still ...

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  • T"No occupation force can stay in Afghanistan against the will of the Afghan people. None ever has, none ever will" - these are the words of the incumbent Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is seeking a second term in the upcoming presidential elections in August. He knows the Afghan history and is ...

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  • TBarack Obama ensconced White House on the slogan of 'change'. However, he is proving no different from his predecessor George W Bush. Mr Bush invaded Iraq and Obama is repeating the mistake by sending tens of thousands of additional US soldiers into the war-torn Afghanistan. The American ...

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  • TThe district of Swat in the north-west of Pakistan has been the focus of world attention for the past several months. There was armed insurgency coupled with the call for jihad and imposition of the 'Shariat system' in the area. Educational institutions, particularly the girls' schools were ...

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  • TThe noted American scholar Samuel P. Huntington is dead but his idea of 'the clash of civilizations' is raging in the world with full fury. Just before the disintegration of the 'evil' Soviet Empire with whom the capitalist Western world fought with all its might for half a century during the Cold ...

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  • TOften what happens in future is a corollary of past. The future of US-Iran relations also hinges on their mutually shared past. The current Iranian reluctance to meaningfully engage with the West in general and the US in particular is rooted in its exploitation at the hands of the Western imperial ...

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  • TNo matter how much the moralists emphasise upon equality among the nations of the globe, the realists know well that it is merely a utopian dream of the weak. The economically, militarily or politically powerful states have always dominated the less powerful as per the terms and conditions laid ...

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  • TSoldiering and politics are poles apart but they did find a perfect amalgam in the person of M Asghar Khan. After retiring as Pakistan's Air Force Chief, he threw himself headlong in politics in 1968 on Z A Bhutto's urging to fan the flames of the popular upsurge against President Ayub Khan. ...

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