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Analysis: Why attack Lahore?

questBy Syed Shoaib Hasan

Courtesy: BBC News, Islamabad

Lahore – Pakistan’s cultural capital – has faced its share of militant attacks, but it has not had to put up with the kind of sustained campaign it now appears to be facing.

Wednesday’s suicide bombing of the police emergency response headquarters on a heavily guarded section of Lahore’s Mall road underlines the fact that the cultural heart of Pakistan is a city under siege. It is a clear statement from the militants seen to be under siege in Swat and elsewhere – they are alive and can strike back.

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usaPakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says

By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER

Published: May 17, 2009

Courtesy: New York Times

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan’s nuclear program.

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Mumbai violence will adversely affect Pakistan and India relations

Op-Ed Columnist
Calling All Pakistanis
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: December 2, 2008
Courtesy and Thanks: The New York Times
On Feb. 6, 2006, three Pakistanis died in Peshawar and Lahore during violent street protests against Danish cartoons that had satirized the Prophet Muhammad. More such mass protests followed weeks later. When Pakistanis and other Muslims are willing to take to the streets, even suffer death, to protest an insulting cartoon published in Denmark, is it fair to ask: Who in the Muslim world, who in Pakistan, is ready to take to the streets to protest the mass murders of real people, not cartoon characters, right next door in Mumbai?
After all, if 10 young Indians from a splinter wing of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party traveled by boat to Pakistan, shot up two hotels in Karachi and the central train station, killed at least 173 people, and then, for good measure, murdered the imam and his wife at a Saudi-financed mosque while they were cradling their 2-year-old son – purely because they were Sunni Muslims – where would we be today? The entire Muslim world would be aflame and in the streets.

So what can we expect from Pakistan and the wider Muslim world after Mumbai? India says its interrogation of the surviving terrorist indicates that all 10 men come from the Pakistani port of Karachi, and at least one, if not all 10, were Pakistani nationals.

First of all, it seems to me that the Pakistani government, which is extremely weak to begin with, has been taking this mass murder very seriously, and, for now, no official connection between the terrorists and elements of the Pakistani security services has been uncovered.

At the same time, any reading of the Pakistani English-language press reveals Pakistani voices expressing real anguish and horror over this incident. Take for instance the Inter Press Service news agency article of Nov. 29 from Karachi: ” ‘I feel a great fear that [the Mumbai violence] will adversely affect Pakistan and India relations,’ the prominent Karachi-based feminist poet and writer Attiya Dawood told I.P.S. ‘I can’t say whether Pakistan is involved or not, but whoever is involved, it is not the ordinary people of Pakistan, like myself, or my daughters. We are with our Indian brothers and sisters in their pain and sorrow.’ ”

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Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) condemns Mumbai attack, calls for global action for peace and justice

Press release by: Sarfraz Memon, Information Secretary, SANA

Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) has condemned the terrorist attack in Mumbai and expressed grief and sorrow at the loss of life in the major South Asian metropolis.

In a statement issued in Houston, Texas, SANA president Aziz Narejo said the most inhuman and barbarian attack in Mumbai, India and acts of violence in Pakistan speak of the failure of the world leaders to cope with the militancy and terrorism. He called upon the United Nations, world leaders, intellectuals and statesmen to urgently hold a global conference to discuss the growing militancy and terrorism and devise a comprehensive action plan to save the future of the mankind.

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