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.
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The News, June 24, 2006 Saudi ban on umra visa Rahimullah Yusufzai
As expected, the government of Saudi Arabia has refused to lift the ban on Pakistanis below the age of 40 years from performing umra. It was futile on the part of federal religious affairs minister Mohammad Ejazul Haq to visit Riyadh to try and make the Saudis change their mind on the issue. The Saudis formulate their policies after much thinking and in line with their national interest and decisions once taken are rarely changed.
Back home, Ejazul Haq sounded defensive when he told reporters that the ban would stay because the Saudi government had complained that over 100,000 Pakistanis had overstayed in Saudi Arabia after reaching there on the pretext of performing umra. Before leaving for Saudi Arabia, he had expressed concern over the Pakistan-specific umra restriction and had promised to take up the matter with the Saudi authorities. One could understand that he was on a weak wicket and could only request the Saudis…
Exclusive by Daily Times, July 13, 2006 Nawaz was briefed on Kargil and he was on board: Musharraf By Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hasan Mansoor and Farhan Sharif
KARACHI: President Pervez Musharraf has challenged former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s allegations that he (Musharraf) did not take him into confidence on the situation in Kargil by presenting pictorial evidence of Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kel in Kashmir in the south of Kargil and his briefing there by the army high command on February 5, 1999, before the visit of the Indian prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee to Lahore on February 19, 1999. The president was responding to allegations by Mr Sharif in a recently released book that that he (Sharif) first learnt of the Kargil ‘adventure’ from Mr Vajpayee.
In an exclusive interview with Business Plus Channel at the President’s Camp Office at Rawalpindi on Wednesday (Business Plus will be airing his wide ranging exclusive interview at 10pm Thursday July 13), General Musharraf spoke on a variety…
Measure for measure: What Pakistan needs to do for effective and sustainable counterterrorism By Hassan Abbas,
Herald, January 2015 Annual edition
“Extremis malis extrema remedia,” is how a famous Latin saying goes, expressing the idea that “extreme situations require extreme remedies”. This sounds logical on the face of it but in reality it is a myth. Over the years, I have heard from so many Pakistani friends with various backgrounds that “Pakistan needs an Imam Khomeni”, implying that nothing short of a bloody revolution, which may take thousands of lives, is going to work for the country. Those who make this argument know little about the causes that led to the Islamic revolution in Iran – or for that matter the factors leading to the French or Russian revolutions.
The idea of military courts to tackle terrorism is a similar notion based on the fallacy that the use of hard power can deliver goods under all circumstances. Military means can indeed be – and, perhaps, must be – part o…