“Taliban” a threat to sufi society

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
I agree with the  observations and inferences about so called inability of security forces to defeat few thousand Taliban. Indeed, the rulers of Pakistan think that this game lets them secure much-needed “big bugs”. However, the menace of “Taliban” and its threat to sufi Islam in the long run cannot be under-estimated.

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Three Cups of Tea

Talibanization is not a mere threat. It is a clear and present danger that has already hit our cities and villages alike.
by Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX, USA

The writer can be reached at mamahar@hotmail.com
I was reading a book, “Three Cups of Tea”, which is based on the true story of a mountaineer who got lost in the wilderness of Himalayas in the early 1990s and ended up being in a small village named Khorpe – the last Pakistani settlement at the feet of the mighty mountain range . I am not going to repeat the whole biographic account of Greg Mortenson, the mountaineer, here. However, it was at that time that he saw the scourge of Talibanization worming its way into the Pakistani society. If a complete stranger could see it coming, and predicting the outcome, was it merely an intelligence failure that Pakistani security agencies could not see Taliban building a strong foothold in the country?
Drive from Karachi to Rohri on any given day and you will see busloads of Afghanis with turbans and beards, and who knows what in their luggage, driving into Sindhi cities. Go to Sohrab Goth area and you would think you were in Kabul. Sometime back, a Pukhtun (an Afghan refugee, and, who knows, a Taliban?) even tried to grab a previous piece of land on the Gorakh Hill!
Also, please read Dr. Manzur Ijaz’s column to see how these Taliban are making inroad to even the far flung areas of Thar.
I would be blind if I could not see Taliban’s intentions of taking over Sindh, and the rest of the country, authorities permitting.

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State Bank of Pakistan’s Dada Pota policy announcement

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh
On 20th April 2009, a quarterly monetary policy was announced in a press conference by the Governor SBP sitting at his both sides Advisers looking like his grandsons in age emerging as a Dada Pota policy announcement.The main factor from their presentation was that Governor himself and his two advisers were non central bankers and outsiders, the adviser with a beard joined SBP direct but some how he has worked a lot being a central banker and a local man since about 15 years to whom no chance was given to explain any complexive point before the audience.The Governor looked over-aged about more than seventy years old and also physically so weak, even his throat did not allow him to read the written statement in clear, vocal and clean voice. How, has he been appointed as Governor State Bank of Paksitan for which according to amended SBP 1956 act, the age limit has been prescribed as 65 years.

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“The People of Kashmir are the Masters of their own Destiny”: G. M. Mir

Washington, D.C. April 19, 2009. “The people of Kashmir are the masters of their destiny, ” said Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Mir, former President of Jammu Kashmir Plebiscite Front at a reception given in his honor by the Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, Washington, D.C.

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