Raoof Hasan

  • TThe speed at which the US is being allowed to spread its tentacles in Pakistan is simply alarming. There has been a spate of rumours regarding the unquestioned expansion of the US embassy in Islamabad with the prospect of stationing a fair number of marines in the federal capital so much so that ...

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  • TWhile it may not be difficult to pinpoint the forces at play behind the brutally unfurling drama with regard to the insinuated role that various institutions and individuals may have played back in the eighties, one thing can be said with relative certainty: whatever is unfolding is not conducive ...

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  • TA vituperative campaign has been unleashed by the players of the establishment with the apparent motive of shifting attention away from the prospect of instituting a treason case against the former dictator General (retd) Musharraf. Since the effort for his trial for having unlawfully abrogated the ...

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  • TOne of the absolute pleasures of my stay in London has been watching Usain Bolt clock 9.58 seconds in the 100 metres and 19.19 seconds in the 200 metres at the IAAF Athletics World Championships at Berlin, both new world records by far The incredible performance provided another measure, if one ...

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  • TPossibly, I am that one person who has written the most on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and its belittling impact on the legal and moral character of a society. I continued to do so through times when most thought that the benefits accrued to a select few under the controversial ...

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  • TThe bestial madness that descended upon the hapless Christians of Gojra on July 31 and August 1 cannot be described in simple words. The pain and anguish that it caused to the residents of the Christian Colony resulting in the death of nine people and burning of over sixty five homes has been felt ...

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  • TFinally it appears that things may be moving in the right direction in Pakistan. The notice issued by the Supreme Court to General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to appear in person or through his lawyer before the court on July 29 to defend his position regarding the proclamation of emergency on November ...

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  • TThe return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) marks an auspicious occasion in the context of the immense suffering that over 2.5 million people have been made to endure as a consequence of the launching of the military operation in the restive tribal areas. But, there are numerous doubts ...

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  • TThe signing of an ordinance by Mr Zardari imposing development levy on the petroleum products is indicative of a mindset that is geared to thwarting the relief that the interim Supreme Court injunction had carved out for the people by suspending the carbon surcharge. The late-night signing of the ...

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  • TBecause of a massive disconnect between the government claims and the ground reality secured from independent sources, the level of faith in the prospect of any early peace returning to the restive areas in the North-West is fast disappearing. Only in the recent days and weeks, numerous conflicting ...

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  • TThe multi-dimensional conflict raging across Pakistan continues unabated, generating new demons with every fresh onslaught. The military operation in the North-West has added to the political unrest that is perpetuating the state of uncertainty. Mr Zardari's article in the New York Times demanding ...

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  • TIt has been generally quiet around the corridors of power. The budget has been presented and a lacklustre discussion has ensued in the National Assembly. There is little chance of any benefit accruing to the common man. On the contrary, his woes are bound to increase amidst a major escalation in ...

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  • TI was at the Seminar organised by Imran Khan in Islamabad to discuss the prospect "Beyond the Military Operation". While there was widespread scathing comment on the dynamics of the operation and the way things were being handled by the incumbent dispensation, practically no one had any credible ...

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  • TPresident Obama has delivered his landmark speech sending a message of 'redefining relationship' with over 1.5 billion Muslims of the world. He called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" and said that, together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and ...

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  • TWe are living through times that make the heart bleed and the mind numb. There is so much bloodshed around and so many innocent lives lost on a daily basis that one is lost for words even in matters of condolences. There is sadness, there are tears, there is mayhem: there is just about every thing ...

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  • TA friend of mine called me a couple of days ago sounding rather disturbed. He asked me if I had taken note of two statements that had appeared in the press the same day. The first of the bloomers was by Mr. Zardari, who recently returned from a three-week hiatus away from troubled Pakistan, vowing ...

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  • TPakistan seems to be riding a rudderless vehicle with destination unknown and a driver who, amidst mounting confusion, has decided to jump off. Even a cursory glance over the nature and extent of the existential threats that have been created for the federation through gross misrule and a display ...

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  • TWhile the menacing spectre of militancy bedevils the entire country, the unfolding events in Balochistan reflect a hardening of the nationalist upsurge that may cast a defining spell on the future of the federation. Already there are reports emanating that the playing of the national anthem is now ...

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  • TThe fact that the army had to start a military operation in Dir, Buner and other adjoining areas ostensibly to flush out militants within less than two weeks of the proclamation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation is a case that calls for the government's trial for sheer incompetence in comprehending the ...

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  • TAs predicted, the militants of Swat have proceeded with alacrity to demand the next pound of flesh: Buner, Shangla...Islamabad? Sufi Muhammad, the self-anointed authority on the Shariah, has declared that the superior courts are 'un-Islamic' and, therefore, it would be against the injunctions of ...

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  • TThe promulgation of the Nizam-i-Adl Regulation in Malakand Division is reflective of an abject capitulation by the state before the diktat of the arms-brandishing militants. It sets a dangerous precedence of accepting the right of a group to impose its will as a consequence of forcing a stalemate ...

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  • TA statement issued to the press and the public after a recent meeting of the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) makes for interesting and provoking insight. The statement begins: "The ex-servicemen have always represented the best of traditions of the armed forces. They have a very proud ...

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  • TThe new American rhetoric on Pakistan, though rich in emotion and hyperbole, is riddled with serious flaws. The principal ingredient of this so-called new strategy is that there are going to be no blank cheques and all future assistance to the country is dependent on Pakistan doing much, much more. ...

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  • TIn an article published in this newspaper on December 27, 2008 titled "Judicial Coup", I had written: "In the midst of an unimaginable mess, the PPP leadership sits sanguine in its assumption that it has every one fighting and that no one would have the time to pay any attention to its numerous ...

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  • TMuch is being made of Mr Zardari having agreed to the restoration of the November 2 judiciary with Iftikhar Chaudhry taking over as the chief justice from March 22. This was expected as, otherwise, Mr Zardari and his batch of un-elected cronies and sycophants would have come across as patent ...

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  • TThe brutal manner in which Mr Zardari's government has let loose its state apparatus on the protesting lawyers, political workers and members of the civil society in denying them their inalienable constitutional right belies its grandiose claims to be a democracy. In the process, it has also laid ...

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  • TIn the wake of the dastardly attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket team in Lahore, there are disturbing questions that haunt the mind. The manner in which the twelve accused terrorists continued hurling a barrage of bullets, even a rocket, at the convoy for over thirty minutes and then managed to ...

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  • TThe inevitable has happened. The romance that started more than three years ago in London with the signing of the Charter of Democracy and was laboriously sustained through empty proclamations regarding the restoration of judiciary and annulment of all edicts of the former dictator lie buried under ...

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  • TI am told by the one whose membership of the PPP Central Executive Committee has been suspended and who has been served with a notice for having violated the party discipline for supporting the Lawyers' Movement, of an incident back in 1992. Benazir Bhutto was addressing a public meeting in Lahore ...

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  • TThere is much controversy raging regarding the advisability of holding the long march with the intention of bringing about a change of policy in the ruling hierarchy. Much is being said on the subject wherein the moral and political aspects of the move are being extensively debated and contrasting ...

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