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The Political Balkanization of Pakistan?

By amicus • May 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

As far back as in 2005, a report by the US National Intelligence Council and the CIA forecast a “Yugoslav-like fate” for Pakistan “in a decade with the country riven by civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries, as seen recently in Balochistan.” (Energy Compass, 2 March 2005). According to the NIC-CIA, Pakistan is slated to [...]



Bleak Prospect of Survival of Government

By amicus • May 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Lately there has been much speculation as to whether Pakistan is fast heading towards another stint of military rule. In the backdrop of tension between the civilian leadership and the military establishment caused due to the developments related to the trial of General Pervez Musharraf and attack on reputed TV anchor Hamid Mir and other [...]



THE DYNAMICS OF MILITARY COUPS IN PAKISTAN

By amicus • May 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

There are two opposite viewpoints concerning what prompts the military to act:
The military perforce takes over the administration when due to one or other reason the civilian set-up fails to deliver on its promises or to provide good governance and, instead, pushes the country to a point where chaotic conditions prevail and the country’s very [...]



Youm e Shuhda e Pakistan

By amicus • May 1st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Youm e Shuhda-e-Pakistan. Pakistan Army Zindabad. Long Live ISI, our very own Inter Services Intelligence. May our security apparatus remain the legend and role model for the world to emulate and keep being taught about as the text book case of success in addressing non traditional security threats.
The formidable and hand-picked chief of army staff, [...]



THE SAUDI BAIT - TO BITE OR NOT

By amicus • Apr 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Although the PML (N) – led federal government has repeatedly stated that there are no strings attached to Saudi grant of $ 1.5 billion to Pakistan, most of the analysts find it difficult to believe that in inter-state relations such benevolence is shown without reasons. Since the Iranian Revolution of February 1979 and the inception [...]



Best Valentine Day Message in Pakistan Ever

By amicus • Feb 15th, 2014 • Category: Entertainment

Dhikr (also written as Zikr or Dzikr) is the sacred practice of remembering the Divine, a living tradition of the gnostics still carried, practiced and transmitted by the Sufis. And the practice indeed is a practice of valentine with the Real Beloved. Its the creation of a sacred moment, a moment with Hu and you, [...]



Talk about Talks

By amicus • Feb 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

They are big names but do not carry any influence amongst TTP. No power, messengers at best. Nothing in common.  Temperamentally poles apart.  They may not be able to come to terms with what, when where and terms of reference. For them to even evolve a structure, composition and methodology has proved to be a [...]



MUSHARRAF AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL TANGLE -II

By amicus • Jan 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On that fateful day in March General Musharraf, (by one account ‘summoned’ and the other the CJP had sought an appointment), the then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had come to his camp office in Rawalpindi and in the presence of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and chiefs of military-controlled intelligence agencies sought his resignation. The Chief Justice did not accept pressure and refused to resign.



MUSHARRAF AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL TANGLE

By amicus • Jan 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On two facts there is no disagreement: First, on 12 October 1999, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dismissed the Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, when he was about to board a PIA plane in Colombo for return journey and, secondly, the Army Generals had successfully carried out the coup to oust Nawaz Sharif before General Musharraf’s plane landed in Karachi.



Negotiating With The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

By amicus • Oct 3rd, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Although the All Parties Conference held on September 9, 2013, said to have discussed the whole gamut of Pakistan’s national security, its focus was primarily on the threat posed by the Tehrik-E-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

As in the past, this time again the participants of the APC by and large agreed to give peace a [...]