Watandost in Urdu, Turkish and Farsi means "friend of the nation or country". The blog contains news and views about Pakistan and broader South West Asia that are insightful but are often not part of the headlines. It also covers major debates in Muslim societies across the world.
Report on U.S. - Muslim Engagement
Report of the Leadership Group on U.S. - Muslim Engagement Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World Convened by the "Search for Common Ground" and "Consensus Building Institute" September 2008
Inside Story about Musharraf-Mahmood Tussle Hassan Abbas: September 24, 2006
General Pervez Musharraf’s memoir In the Line of Fire is expected to generate a lot of debate and discussion in the days to come. Except some western journalists and Musharraf’s close friends (three ghost writers) hardly anyone has had a chance yet to read the book from cover to cover. The excerpts of the book leaked through Indian media and General Musharraf’s statements to some American media outlets however have already created some controversies. In the United States, controversy is considered a positive thing, so the book is bound to become a bestseller here, but in Pakistan probably the opposite is true.
This article is not a review of the book (as I haven’t got hold of a copy yet), but it endeavors to throw some light on the widely reported Musharraf comment about the Armitage threat conveyed through Lieutenant General Mahmood Ahmed, the then Director General of the ISI. I had done research on this speci…
Dawn, May 15, 2005 Political feudalism in Sindh By Ameer Bhutto
A FEW months ago, the Baloch tribal sardars stood accused of acting like warlords and toying with the destinies of the poor and suppressed people by depriving them of development and other opportunities. The traditional tribal system of Sindh, maliciously portrayed in the press and media by cliched caricatures of waderas, has long been under siege from vested interests in the establishment who seek to discredit Sindh’s stand against Kalabagh Dam, Thal Canal and the unfair distribution of national wealth under the present NFC Award, among other issues.
Not only this, but Sindhi waderas have become easy targets on a plethora of issues for NGOs and organizations related to human rights, women’s rights, social welfare, etc. But all the evils associated with so-called tribal feudalism, whether real or concocted, pale into insignificance before the looming sceptre of a new brand of state-sponsored political feudalism that is being …
Remembering Dr Hussein Mullick The News, August 12, 2008 Haider Ali Hussein Mullick and Mushaal Hussein Mullick Washington and Islamabad
In 1971 war breaks out between India and Pakistan. The India-supported nationalists of East Pakistan demand a separate homeland. A few months and a bloody war later they succeed as Pakistan loses its eastern wing – present day Bangladesh. Away from all this chaos a young man in his late 30s listens to the news anxiously in Germany with moist eyes and an aching heart. 'I have to go back my friend, the country needs me'.
The tall man, our father's friend, sitting beside him listens while looking at his friend astonishingly – a five and a half feet tall, dark, slender man wearing a black tailored suit and a black tie with white flamingos embroidered on it. "But Hussein you're burning your boats." Hussein listens with closed eyes and then suddenly opens them wide, "the destiny of your life doesn't knock twice – I must leave…