Conspiracy Theories Are Clear and Present Danger for Pakistan

Courtesy: NewPakistan, Dec. 14, 2009

Gul Bukhari’s column in today’s Dawn makes a near-perfect case for why the conspiracy theory media is a clear and present danger to Pakistan. Bukhari points out that there are certain media personalities like Nadeem Paracha and Fasi Zaka who are countering this conspiracy trend. There are also a growing number of reasoned voices in the blogs who are speaking out against such conspiracies like the blogs Chagatai Khan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan Media Watch, and Agha Haider Raza among others.

Hopefully more voices will be rising up to counter the conspiracy theory media and to show clearly to the media companies that we want honest and objective journalism, not conspiracies. Our nation depends on it.

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Regime Change… Who will be the main loser?

by: Zulfiqar Halepoto

Who will be the main loser, if present government is going to be dislodged? Off course majority of the progressive, secular and democracy loving people of the country. They don’t have choice. PPP is still a lesser evil choice for them. They are in dilemma. They are at the cross road. Conservative forces have lot of choices, JI, MMA and PMLN…extremist mindset. But progressive people have to have their choices and options too.

PPP has a habit to take people for granted. Today their lack of commitment, poor governance, corruption reaching the heights of Himalayan mountains, favoritism, nepotism, zero accountability, weak social services delivery to the poor people and crisis of credibility and leadership is not only a threat to present democratically elected government and PPP as a party but it is a great below to the progressive and secular people of Pakistan, who want to see Pakistan a true democratic state with strong institutions and rule of law and constitutionalism.

We hate military dictatorships and authoritarian rules by conservative forces but is there a chance for PPP to mind its business. Most of the leaders will run away from country and others will bargain with NAB and other agencies.

But the progressive values, democratic polity and we will be the ultimate losers. So we shall demand that let the people decide to change the government in coming elections. Let the voters to decide the fate of the regime. They are elected by the people…but are they ready to listen to the sentiments of the people.

The federal government’s lawyer Kamal Azfar on Monday stunned the Supreme Court bench hearing challenges to the controversial NRO by saying that he alluded to the American CIA and the GHQ (General Headquarters) when he cautioned in the petition he had filed last week about threats that could derail the democratic system in Pakistan.

‘You want me to say it more openly? The danger comes from the CIA and the GHQ,’ Mr Azfar responded after the 17-judge bench repeatedly asked him what apprehensions he had in mind about the democratic set-up. ‘Look what we have done to Pakistan which otherwise (was) destined to become an Asian tiger, but one prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was hanged while the other, Benazir Bhutto, was killed,’ Mr Azfar bemoaned…

Courtesy: e-lists, December 15, 2009

An old paradigm!

by: Omar Ali

IF this is true (one never knows in this dirty business) then its bad news for Pakistan. Some people think its mostly bad news for the Americans and feel delighted at that, but I am one of those who thinks its actually worse for Pakistanis. Because it means the old ISI paradigm is alive and well and that paradigm is going to lead to a new and much bigger Afghan war and eventually to war with India. The whole thing is based on the mistaken notion that India is a soft target and will never cross the ISI’s red lines. Unfortunately, the ISI’s own pets will cross all red lines and will force India, Iran, Russia and NATO to cooperate against Pakistan and win or lose, that will not be pleasant.

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Courtesy: CRDP, Dec 14, 2009

British court issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni on war crimes

British court issued arrest warrant for Livni – report

Courtesy: Reuters & YahooNews

A British court issued an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni on war crimes charges but withdrew it on finding she had cancelled a planned trip to Britain, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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