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Zardari’s Courage – By Selig S. Harrison

COURTESY: NEWSWEEK

In response to U.S. pressure, India and Pakistan recently conducted their first diplomatic dialogue since the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba staged its terrorist attack on Mumbai in November 2008. The discussions were acrimonious, and the blame game began almost immediately after. As a precondition for substantive negotiations, India demanded punishment of the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack and a crackdown on Lashkar-e-Taiba’s paramilitary operations. Pakistan repeated its longstanding position that negotiations on other issues cannot proceed unless the Kashmir issue is addressed.

To promote a détente, the U.S.should support Pakistan’s embattled president, Asif Ali Zardari, in his escalating struggle with the generals in Islamabad over the terms of peace with New Delhi. The principal obstacle to peace is the Pakistan Army, which needs tensions with India to justify the enormous, U.S.-subsidized defense budgets that underpin its privileged status in Pakistan. Serving and retired generals run a variety of Army-linked business conglomerates with net assets exceeding $38 billion.

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Indo-Pak : Violent neighbourhood

Editorial- Violent neighbourhood

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Hinduism is said to be a non-violent religion, Buddhism is supposed to be synonymous with ahinsa and Islam, they say, means peace. Yet the followers of these faiths inhabiting the countries of South Asia have been perpetrators and victims of violence as perhaps no other region of the world in the last two decades.

In the early ’80s we thought that, like others in the world, it was time we too came together as good neighbours and worked out a pact of mutual cooperation and collective welfare. Thus in 1983 the Declaration on South Asian Regional Cooperation was adopted by the foreign ministers of seven countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – in New Delhi. Two years later the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was formally established. On India’s initiative, Afghanistan was welcomed to the SAARC club in 2005 as its eighth member.

The objectives of SAARC as defined in its Charter are noble:

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‘This is radio Pakistan from New delhi’

Our source of national pride

by Sana Saleem

Courtesy: Dawn.com

Nationalism is best understood in contrast to patriotism. Patriotism is simply love for one’s country, whereas nationalism is the sense that one’s nation is the best, often because it is more sacred than other nations. For the past few months, ‘Wake Up Pakistan’ – a campaign targeting this country’s youth – has been making waves both in the mainstream and social media.

The campaign aims to bring about an ideological revolution in Pakistan:

Pakistan today is in the eyes of the world, what we do and what we don’t will decide the future of Pakistan and the generations to come. We face internal and external threats which are shaking the very foundations of our motherland. Never before were we in such a dilemma, never before did our soil need us more and never before were we called upon to unite. We are not afraid but we are in danger. We have to WAKE UP!

The youth-oriented campaign promises to revive the ideology of the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. Spearheaded by Zaid Hamid, and supported by fashion designer Maria B and popular rock-star Ali Azmat, the country-wide campaign has comprised lectures at various educational institutes and has gathered quite a fan following.

Hamid’s official fan page left me stunned, and not only because he has a striking 24,682 fans online. What’s really shocking is Hamid’s irresponsibility in the face of his popularity and broad-based access to Pakistani youth.

The latest update on the page reads: ”Inshallah one day you will hear this………’This is radio Pakistan from New delhi’.” Even more startling is the fact that Hamid’s fantasies of invading a neighbouring country were received with messages from young Pakistanis such as “Inshallah” and “we are eagerly waiting for that time!” Such statements contradict Hamid’s claims of reviving the ideology of Jinnah and Iqbal. Indeed, his anti-India stance makes the Wake Up Pakistan campaign delusional, provocative, and downright demagogical.

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Top army General face court martial in land fraud

New Delhi: A top Army General faces the prospect of “termination of services”, while three other Generals either a court martial or administrative action with a probe holding them responsible for a land fraud at Darjeeling.

The Army headquarters in New Delhi said it had received the inquiry report on Wednesday from the authorities, who ordered the inquiry, and that it would analyse the details to the details to initiate action in accordance with military law.

The report, according to sources, had recommended “termination of serves” of Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash, the military Secretary at the Army headquarters, as per Army Act and Army Rules “for unduly influencing” the transfer of the civilian land adjacent to Sukhna military station in Darjeeling to a private institution. It also directed court martial proceedings against Deputy Chief of Staff designate Lt Gen P K Rath and Major Gen PC Sen, under whose tenure at 33 Corps headquarters in Sukhna the land fraud took place for issuing a No Objection Certificate to the private institution, which falsely claimed to start an affiliate of Ajmer-based Mayo College in the 70-acre land, they said.

The report also recommended that Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, who is at present the 11 Corps commander at Jalandhar, and had a minor role in the NOC episode in his earlier tenure in Darjeeling, should face administrative action, sources added. Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen V K Singh, the convening authority of the probe, had a couple of days ago sent his recommendation to Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor seeking action against the four Generals for their alleged involvement in the land fraud.

“The Court of Inquiry has been completed and received by Army HQ today. The proceedings of the Inquiry will now be analysed as per the existing Standard Operating Procedures in accordance with the military law,” a Army spokesperson said in a statement in the capital. “It is reiterated that the Army is amongst the few organizations which which is very sensitive to any irregularities and have proactively sought immediate and teimely action against those indulging in worongs,” he added.

The Court of Inquiry (COI), headed by Lt Gen K T Parnaik, the General Officer Commanding of the Tezpur based 4 Corps , had held the four officers culpable for their role in issuing the NOC to Dilip Aggarwal Geetanjali Education Trust, much against the earlier Army stand that the NOC should not be issued.

After the Darjeeling land controversy broke out, Defence Minister A K Antony had ordered an independent  probe and instructed the Army that even the top brass should not be spared if the charges were proved.

From Kabul to Kashmir

By Selig S. Harrison | Courtesy: NEWSWEEK, Nov 13, 2009

By all rights, the United States and India should be bound together by the shared tragedies of 9/11 and last year’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. India’s size, economic-growth trajectory, and rising power as a stable, secular democracy in a dangerous part of the world ought to make it a key U.S. partner.

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Ready To Face Any Threat : Indian Army says

New Delhi: The Indian armed forces are “ever ready” to tackle any imminent threat India faces in the wake of the worsening security situation in its neighborhood, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Thursday. “Armed forces every now and then review their preparedness. Whenever needed, they’ll be ready to face any situation,” Antony told conference 2009. “Armed forces are ever ready to tackle any (security) threat,” he stressed. Antony was asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cautioning the armed forces  “to be equipped to deal with all threat scenarios”, particularly in view of the escalating tensions in Afghanistan and Paksitan.

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Kashmir Peoples Right of Self-determination Celebrated

Washington, D.C. August 13, 2009. All Parties Committee for Kashmiri Peoples Right of Self–determination, comprising 16 main political parties of Azad Kashmir is observing August 13, 2009 as “Kashmir Peoples Right of Self-determination Day” on national as well as international level.

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India – Police abuses’

A report – titled Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police.

NEW DELHI – Inida’s police force has been accused of extrajudicial killings, torture and carrying out illegal detentions, human rights campaigners have said. “India’s status as the world’s largest democracy is undermined by a police that thinks it is above the law,” Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), said on Tuesday. Indian police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats…

Free education bill passed in India

NEW DELHI:  The Indian parliament has approved a landmark education bill which seeks to guarantee free and compulsory education for children aged between six and 14. The bill, passed by the lower house of parliament, will set up new state-run neighborhood schools. It will also force private ones to reserve at least a quarter of their of their places for poor children.

The Other Islamist Threat in Pakistan- by Selig S. Harrison

By Selig S. Harrison

– Mr. Selig Harrison is an eminent American Scholar and a director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, Washington DC and a highly renowned expert on South Asian politics.

Courtesy: Boston.com, June 17, 2009

THE DANGER of an Islamist takeover of Pakistan is real. But it does not come from the Taliban guerrillas now battling the Pakistan Army in the Swat borderlands. It comes from a proliferating network of heavily armed Islamist militias in the Punjab heartland and major cities directed by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a close ally of Al Qaeda, which staged the terrorist attack last November in Mumbai, India.

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A Sindhi travelogue of India – Delhi Darshan

The book titled, Delhi Darshan, written by Zulfiqar Halepoto, has been published. This book is a travelogue of India. The book is published by Pakistan’s leading publishing center, FICTION HOUSE. Forward of the book is written by, renowned historian and intellectual, Ahmed Saleem. This is more about political discourse and it discussed Sindh’s decade’s old role in promoting peace, tolerance and secular values to make this region a diverse and peaceful region. It discussed the pains of partition of sub-continent, soreness of migration, crisis of ethnic identity and language, introduction of politics of violence and racism in Sindh, influx towards Sindh and disturbances in Sindh’s socio-economic and cultural landscapes,

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India can help stabilize South Asia

New Delhi: Coming from a country that was one of the first victims of .. terrorism, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is acutely aware of its destructive power. That’s the reason, on his first visit to India in 25 years, Mubarak is calling for a greater role by India in ensuring that terror wracked Pakistan and Afghanistan emerge as stable nation states.

Indeed, the stability of these two nations is crucial for the security.. Mubarak said during an interaction. “Innocent victims of terror are everywhere. In India, we lost the Gandhis, Indira and Rajiv. In Pakistan, we lost Benazir Bhutto. In Egypt, we lost Sadat just to mention a few examples, he said.

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