Shireeen M Mazari

  • TIf the state of Pakistan - that is the government, political elite and establishment - had managed to retain even a shred of doubt over its subjugation to an imperial United States of America, the Davis case laid this bare. Today, the Pakistani nation stands orphaned with its rulers acquiescing to ...

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  • TKashmir brings out the worst in the Indian state and its mainstream media; but it is also bringing out the best on some Indian human rights groups, courageous individuals and other subjugated minorities. Of course, Arundhati Roy is, perhaps, the most visible symbol of an individual speaking the ...

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  • TFollowing the framing of Adnan Mirza by the FBI and subsequent arrest of his cousin Shiraz Qazi in an equally framed set-up where he was merely photographed with an unlicensed hunting gun (which was given to him by the FBI undercover agent for the photograph only), more developments in the case ...

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  • TNon-proliferation has over time become in creasingly discriminatory and a vehicle for the powerful to pressurise states they consider unreliable, and the fact that these targeted states happen to be primarily Muslim states, with the sole exception of North Korea, reflects a further bias within the ...

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  • TAfter the farcical trial of Dr Aafia Siddique in a US court, another Pakistani has fallen victim to the US through yet another travesty of justice. This time it is a student, Adnan Mirza, who has been jailed for 15 years ostensibly for conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and ...

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  • TThe so-called Pak-US Strategic Dialogue has commenced again in Washington - this being the third round since the present process began post-9/11, in 2007 - but now it has ostensibly been upgraded to the Ministerial level, no doubt to allow our extremely US-friendly FM to 'lead the discussions. Of ...

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  • TPrime Minister Gilanis address to the nation on Sunday only succeeded in raising more questions and suspicions. To begin with, seating the PM AJK alongside three Chief Ministers, Sindh Senior Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq (due to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shahs illness) and Senior Minister ...

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  • TBRUSSELS Does the Government of Pakistan tell its UN Envoy how to vote or is he a law unto himself? That is the question Pakistanis are asking after Indias election to the UNSC as a non-permanent member. After India got elected, its jubilant UN Ambassador boasted to the international media on ...

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  • TWhile the Pakistani leadership both the present one and the previous one have effectively paralysed Pakistani diplomacy as a result of a total submission before US diktat post-9/11, our friends in our larger operational neighbourhood are showing how one can live and thrive globally without either ...

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  • TWhile one can accept that the UN and its Secretary General cannot by themselves bring about a resolution of the Kashmir conflict, without the support and active participation of the five permanent members, nevertheless one does expect the Secretary General to be more active in calling attention to ...

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  • TAs one looks at the chaos around us, both in terms of governance within the country, as well as the non-existent external policy, two conclusions come to mind: In terms of internal chaos, one can simply hope that some democratic change comes about before we descend into total anarchy. However, ...

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  • TIn these trying times, when India is hysterically accusing Pakistan of all manner of fanciful evils of terrorism to divert from its quagmire in Occupied Kashmir, our diplomacy has suffered an unexpected blow from an unexpected source. On crucial matters at the UN or any other international forum ...

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  • THow far is the Pakistani state prepared to go to undermining its national sovereignty and the safety of the lives of its citizens? Since 2004 mainly innocent Pakistani citizens have been killed by US drone strikes inside Pakistan. This is beyond the list of those Pakistanis handed over to the US in ...

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  • TThat realpolitik dominates global politics today, as has always been the case, has never been in doubt despite US propaganda post-bipolarity to the contrary. However, for international agencies to use the monumental flood devastation as a means of forcing through their agenda on Pakistan - an ...

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  • TIf any single theorist explains in its entirety, not only the internal workings of developing states but also their relationship with external powers, it is the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. The more one observes the Pakistan-US relationship, the more one realises that to understand fully its ...

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  • TThe Government of Pakistan has truly shown its subser vience to the United States on whose orders it chose to accept the puny amount of $5m Indian aid for the flood relief. This money has the blood of Kashmiris on it and one wonders how our Kashmiri brethren must be feeling as they face the bullets ...

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  • TThe present rulers have certainly tried to reduce Pakistan to a joke in the eyes of the world. Here we are confronting one of the largest natural disasters of the world, as even the UN has conceded, and our President has been busy frolicking in Europe with his team of loyalists who are giving out ...

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  • TWould that our leaders were as sensitive to the plight of their own people, as they are to kowtowing before the US and its allies Certainly, the nation would have been far better off with a sensitised leadership which would have been there to console and offer succour in times of dire crises - as ...

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  • TIt should be abundantly clear that the British government and media have commenced a campaign against Pakistan both at the diplomatic and propaganda levels. Prime Minister David Cameron fired the first salvo deliberately choosing India so as to have the proper impact in Pakistan. Our state, seeming ...

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  • TISLAMABAD Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has displayed an unlimited and patient capacity to show the righteous course his government was pursuing and that all perceptions to the contrary were factually incorrect. He said this while giving an exclusive interview with the Nawa-i-Waqt Group ...

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  • TIt is ISI bashing time again and this comes easy for the Western and Indian media especially, but also for the media at home since the ISI has figured as a larger than life organisation since the US-led war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. And undoubtedly the ISI has at times been highly ...

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  • TAs the US continues to deepen its intrusiveness in the affairs of Pakistan, there is a growing sense of disquiet as one senses increasingly strange developments within Pakistans policy-making circles. It is not just the absurdity of witnessing the public signing of minutes of negotiations and ...

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  • TThe Americans cannot under stand mainstream Pakistan because they never get beyond the selected few amongst even the elite, the rulers and the civil and military bureaucracies. Ms Clinton never got the real picture on her earlier visit and surely she will not understand the depth of the ...

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  • TWhile our politicians once again lose themselves in trading barbs on almost any issue they can lay their hands on, and simultaneously try and dupe the people, India continues to further its threatening agenda towards Pakistan even as it suppresses yet another indigenous uprising in Occupied ...

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  • TCountering terrorism in a holistic manner is often difficult because the easier option is to simply resort to the use of overwhelming military force which is always available to the state. Unfortunately, as in any asymmetric or unconventional conflict, this response undermines the effort and ...

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  • TThe PAF and the Americans certainly tried to create the perfect photo op with the US Viceregal ambassador Ms Patterson and the Air Chief Rao Qamar smiling for the cameras at Jacobabad air base - once Pakistans sove-reign territory but now controlled effectively by the US military. All this apparent ...

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  • TNothing can be as demeaning as Prime Minister Gilanis declaration that Pakistan would abide by US sanctions on Iran. While UN sanctions under Chapter VII are obligatory for all member states, why should Gilani lay the country prostrate before the US? And this at a time when we are being cornered on ...

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  • TBy now one should not be surprised by any statement coming from the present leadership in the context of foreign policy. After all, if President Zardari could declare, contrary to all historical facts, that India was never a threat to Pakistan; and FM Qureshi could become virtually hysterical in ...

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  • TAs a Pakistani and a Muslim I am ashamed to see how brutalised we have become that we massacre people in the midst of prayer. The targeting of the Ahmadi places of worship by terrorists claiming to belong to the TTP at a time when this besieged community was in the midst of their Friday prayers is ...

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  • TIf ever there was a reaffirmation of the present independence of the judiciary and its absolute determination to dispense justice come what may, it was the decision of a three-member bench of the Supreme Court to reject the federal and Punjab governments' appeals against the release of Hafiz Saeed ...

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