SAARC is the body with the full form – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. But the body is anything but about cooperation. Cooperation cannot be brought about by formal bodies but bringing together hearts. Some wonder why the nations are not cooperating. Its a good question, but does the hurt of “My land for my God at all costs” inflicted on others ever go away? Is 60 years enough for that? What have we done to get away from that madness? The answer is very little.
Anyways, the Secretary General now says that “nations in the region miss business opportunities worth $8 billion a year due to non-cooperation and could double the amount of investments they attract by checking corruption.”
Personally I feel, for India, there is a great opportunity in reducing corruption. But it cant be wished away. It will require change in attitudes and thinking. That has been the bane of many a generation for all these years in India… and a question that has stumped many intellectuals and thinkers.
Britney Spears may be converting to Islam and moving to Pakistan. All the best to her! She is going around with Adnan Ghalib, who runs after such “prize catches” and works with a photo agency! His parents – Ghalib and Saghra – have disowned him due to his run in with the Spears bombshell.
It is something about the Pakistani men that attracts women of other nations. I know of Indian women – who went in with a relationship with some Pakistani men.. and the Western women – specially of the high society. Hasnat Khan has come out now talking of his affair with Diana.
Then there was Imran Khan and Jemima Khan.
But some Pakistani women are left wondering, as to what is it that these Western women find so appealing about their men, since they seem so chauvinistic from close quarters.
Shahida Haq, another homemaker, wondered what is it about Pakistani men that make them so “special” to Western women.
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That the country has many people in power with vested and twisted interests is bad enough.. but when the educated people start thinking and believing in nonsensical scenarios that are make-believe – it becomes truly scary! This interview with a software engineer from Lahore – Hamid, Pakistan is one such example.
This guy believes in the following:
1. Islamic fighters are Mujaheedins and are now – used by the Pakistani agencies – killing its own people.
This was her last picture. Seconds before she was assassinated. The park was where Pakistan’s first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated in October 1951. This was Bhutto’s first election rally in Rawalpindi after her return
And this is the last cup of tea she had before being assassinated.
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There are reasons why I call the American administrations dealing with Pakistan blind. Indians knew the reality behind the “alliance” between US and Pakistan when Pakistan got into it! We all knew that the money – in billions – that they were going to get would end up in weapons that would be aimed at us. For, to fight with Al Qaeda, Pakistan did NOT need any weapons. They just needed to “tighten” those idiots. Pakistan’s top brass had their main organization in their hands firmly and tightly! And this is a verity that no one can argue with me on! IN fact, Musharraf had made this claim unabashedly from a Chinese Hotel to his Lieutenant at the height of the Kargil War.
Now, the US Administrations acknowledge that the money given to Pak, in fact has made its way to fighting India as opposed to fighting Al Qaeda! As if the Americans will learn….
In interviews in Islamabad and Washington, Bush administration and military officials said they believed that much of the American money was not making its way to frontline Pakistani units. Money has been diverted to help finance weapons systems designed to counter India, not Al Qaeda or the Taliban, the officials said, adding that the United States has paid tens of millions of dollars in inflated Pakistani reimbursement claims for fuel, ammunition and other costs.
This is a rather intriguing news byte that I came across. The incidence in the consumption of liquor amongst Muslim men, women and children in Pakistan is very high – higher than the other communities. Specifically interesting is that more and more youth and women are consuming increasing quantities of alcohol! In an Islamic nation this is indeed an amazing statistic! These numbers are reflective of urban population. Which in some ways shows how removed the Urban population is from the ultra-Islamic posturing of the mullahs and Islamic parties. Yet, they do accept them tacitly in the jingoism.
On the other hand, is this reflective of the high change and churn/tensions in the society coupled with increased prosperity for some? The stock exchange has done well in the last few years in Pakistan and I am sure many have made enough fortunes.
Through data collected over five years, Waseem Haider, a surgeon at the Medico-Legal Punjab office in Lahore, found that addiction to alcohol is far higher among Muslim men and women in urban areas than members of the Christian, Hindu and other minority communities.
Of the 1,560 intoxication cases detected by police and reported to the medico-legal office in the past five years, Muslims accounted for 92.89 per cent while people from other religions comprise 7.11 per cent, said a report in The Nation newspaper on M.
Nearly two per cent of the reported cases were of women. However, only 15 per cent of the alcoholics showed up for treatment at the medico-legal office.
It seems Pakistan has given a “general warning” – that it possesses retaliatory capacity to defend its strategic assets. The big unanswered question: Retaliate against whom and with what?
Its the same pattern all over again!
How tough it is in Pakistan is not for ordinary observer to understand and appreciate. The incident at Benazir Bhutto’s return where almost 140 people got killed is a reminder of the mess that is in Pakistan. Here is the scenario:
Omar Sheikh was used by the then ISI chief to send USD 100k to Mohammad Atta. Daniel Pearl was in Pakistan investigating a lot of things – including this probably. He was killed by Omar Sheikh and company. On the other hand Ejaz Shah was the handling officer for Mulah Omar and Osama Bin Laden from ISI. Omar Sheikh gave himself in to Ejaz Shah – when according to the world… Paki Army / Police had arrested Omar Sheikh! Now, here is the rub… when Benazir Bhutto returns back home…. who is charge of her security? Ejaz Shah!!
And people were surprised that there were blasts? Its a miracle she wasn’t killed! So, Shah for once has failed in his “mission”! He serves Musharraf “despite” his jehadi roots dearly! So, that should tell one of the leanings – intrinsically at least – of Musharraf! The next few months would be interesting in Pakistan. I expect a turmoil of gigantic proportions!
Pakistan’s situation worries me. I am amazed it worries not many people around the globe. Until now, they exported terrorism unabashedly. Then terrorism started hurting them itself! But until now, however much fundamentalist the Pakistani Army was they would use the poor and brain-washed as cannon-fodder. Now an incident has come to light where an Army officer himself became a suicide bomber!
According to reliable sources in the local police, a Pashtun army officer belonging to the elite Special Services Group, whose younger sister was reportedly among the 300 girls killed during the Pakistan Army’s commando raid on the Lal Masjid in Islamabad between July 10 and 13, blew himself up during dinner at the SSG’s headquarters mess at Tarbela Ghazi, 100 km south of Islamabad, on the night of September 13, killing 19 other officers.
The incident coincided with United States Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte’s visit to Kabul and Islamabad for talks with leaders and officials of the two governments.
The cartoon says the following:
* Boy, what is your name?
– My name is Babu.
* It is customary to mention Muhammad before the name
* What is your father’s name?
– Muhammad Abu
* What’s this in your lap?
– Muhammad cat