The root of the problem lies in the unease of the opposition parties who have been calling for a neutral caretaker government to oversee the election process, until elections are called for in more than a month's time. The prime minister's reluctance to concede to these demands has led the opposition to believe that the elections may not be managed in an objective and neutral manner, and would thus favour the incumbent.....
After reading the statement, it seems convincing that this meeting was dominated by a few words: thanked, noted, reaffirmed and suggested. It does not seem difficult to assess ‘who used which word’. Ironically, nothing was discussed that was used as a base to get votes and manipulating the public sentiment against competing political players during the May 2013 elections in Pakistan. For instance, the word ‘drone’ is not used even a single time in the whole statement…..
The main architects of misplaced and wrong national security policy in both countries – Generals Pervez Musharraf, Ashfaq Kayani and Ahmed Shuja Pasha in Pakistan, and President George Bush, General David Petreaus and Admiral Mike Mullen in the USA – have retired, opening up the possibility of gainful review by both sides. The most hopeful sign of all is the arrival of Nawaz Sharif, a pragmatic leader determined not to be a prisoner of past national security establishment paradigms……
Putting aside his prepared text, Sharif told the audience in Urdu that he met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and CIA Director John Brennan the previous night. "What can we do for you?," Kerry had asked Sharif. "Nothing," Sharif said he replied, adding that he was probably the first leader of Pakistan not to ask America for anything. He emphasized he was looking for trade, not aid….
Shall we at least see the beginning of an end? Probably not. We might see clashes; some blood may be spilled and some lives may be lost. But the possibility of unlocking the deadlock looks far-fetched. There’s a slim chance that the incoherent monologues of our politicians will add up to a meaningful dialogue. The defiance of each side will further widen differences between them......
Disparate groups are competing for power in Iraq – religious, secular, peaceful and violent – but it's not true that the splits run only along sectarian lines. On the ground, affiliations aren't so narrow either. Since 2003, polls show that even as towns and cities have become less mixed, even as there is sectarian-based fear of travel across regions, the majority of the population still wants a unified Iraq and a centralised political system….
There is a tendency to posit a false dichotomy or antagonism between free speech and privacy on the one hand and security in cyberspace on the other. If cyberspace is a global commons... there can be no absolute rights or obligations in the commons. The issue really is how much and the nature of regulation that we can agree among all the stakeholders...
Truth be told, the fierce opposition of the “Hindu nationalists” to the bill is rooted in their guilt-ridden fear of the far-reaching consequences of a critical provision in the proposed bill. Though the BJP and the Sangh Parivar are conveniently castigating the bill on account of it allegedly being “anti-Hindu” and “pro-minority”, what frightens them — and the Indian police and the bureaucracy — the most is the principle of “chain of command responsibility” that is embedded in the proposed law...
Chinmaya R Gharekhan
The official statement in Riyadh, inter alia, essentially mentioned these factors: Syria; working methods and double standards; and Palestine and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. “Allowing the ruling clique in Syria to kill and burn its people by the chemical weapons, while the world stood idly by, without applying deterrent sanctions against the Damascus regime is also irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and responsibilities”.....
Muhammad Waqar Mustaqeem
I believe that the US will be eagerly seeking Pakistan’s aid in establishing a pro-American government in Kabul – the meeting has no significance to Pakistan and will not better any Pakistani’s life. Thus, America is our colonial master and the reason we must see them as so is because the state of Pakistan has, to an extent, lost its sovereignty, especially after the infamous attacks on Salala and the Abbottabad operation....
Ayesha Ijaz Khan
Contrary to many of my peers, I never felt as hopeless or dejected about Pakistan’s future as I did during the past election. Some were hopeful because they saw in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) ‘a new political force’ that would take on the ‘corrupt politicians’ and usher in a ‘Naya Pakistan’. Others were hopeful because a democratic transition had taken place, with one civilian government passing on the mantle to another….
Anyone who knows anything about Muslim politics will tell you that outside a few Muslim-predominant pockets of Assam or a city like Malegaon, either of the factions would find it difficult to ensure the victory of their candidate even in a civic election. Not surprisingly, the politically ambitious Mahmood Madani wisely chooses to stay away from the electoral arena, content to negotiate a seat for himself in the Rajya Sabha from this party or that…….
Had Dr. Mukwege won the Nobel, the fans of Malala Yousafzai would have most certainly said he was a worthy recipient. However, with the Nobel Committee in Oslo overlooking this brave teenager in favour of the OPCW, can ordinary people around the globe be blamed for believing the Nobel Peace Prize is nothing more than one more tool of propaganda?...
Myanmar needs to take a firm stand on the side of human rights, pluralism, and security for all of its citizens, promote the rule of law, and, at a more basic level, recognise the existence and the suffering of the Rohingya. Only then can a democratic Myanmar be recognised as legitimate in the eyes of the international community and its own people…..
The word Love Jihad must be a creation of an evil genius and it has come to be used to further demonise the Muslim community. The propaganda has been that some Muslim organisations are funding Muslim youth, to lure the non Muslim girls, to marry them and to increase the Muslim population. These youth are given money to buy motorbike, mobile etc and lure the non Muslim girls….
“It was in that moment”, the satirist Tom Lehrer wrote of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, “that satire died”. For all the prestige surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize, the sad truth is this: like Miss Universe pageants, it’s ephemeral, arbitrary and, ultimately, banal. The reasons for this aren’t hard to seek. …..
Farooq Sulehria, a friend and comrade from Stockholm and a Pakistani, who is doing his PhD on India, Pakistan state televisions was in town to do field research. I also met Dr Amit Ranjan, a prolific writer and debater on India-Pakistan relations and Ashish Shukla who is doing his PhD on the same subject. A new generation of Indian scholars specialising on Pakistan is a good development....
Despite being well-known among people interested in Sufi culture including many national and international celebrities, the Nizami household today is the victim of a vicious ploy to snatch their ancestral property…..
It is all the RSS progeny which comes together to put in their best for BJP’s prospects. So while Modi will be projecting that for him now, after Babri demolition two decades ago, toilet is more important than the temple. This surely is a very tactical move. RSS operates at various levels at the same time…..
After several weeks of relative calm, the Islamists had said they would escalate their protests by trying to rally in the symbolic Tahrir Square......
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To most Americans, these two nuclear powers have a history of a difficult and often violent relationship, having fought three wars with one another over the disputed region of Kashmir. President Bill Clinton referred to this region as “the most dangerous place in the world.” This perpetuates the stereotype that India and Pakistan are two nations standing a constant level of readiness for war with one another. The reality is far more complex....
The proposed charter should in no way shed a doubt on the open-mindedness, tolerance and receptiveness of Quebec’s society. Respect and appreciation of diversity are deeply-rooted values in Quebec. One only has to enter a school or a university, go to a public park or down a crowded street to see the mingling of ethnic, cultural and religious symbols. And these are only the visible aspects of the beauty of Quebec’s diverse population....
Going by our year-on-year falling India-Pakistan standards, the Sunday meeting between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif was something of an achievement....
They failed to appreciate that greater autonomy was given to local affiliates. "Many in the international security establishment, however, dismissed such affiliates as local problems and did not consider them part of the global war against al-Qaeda." I would like to add here that the same attitude applies even towards the Lashkar-e-Taiba….
I land at the airport of a city in a foreign country. The airport is spotlessly clean, the lines for immigration are reasonably orderly, and the immigration process is smooth. I sail through the customs green channel. Taxis are waiting outside in an orderly manner. The road from the airport is wide and lined with trees. The city is very green. I encounter a traffic jam at one location but otherwise the ride is unhindered – It is a good start. The city I am in is not somewhere in Europe or North America; actually, it is just a two hour flight from Karachi. I am in Delhi….