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Why Pakistan Lost Bengalis - Some Insights

Knowing Thyself
By Saroop Ijaz, The Express Tribune, December 21, 2013

The State of Pakistan wants the 16th of December to pass silently and quickly every year. Theexecution of Abdul Quader Molla made this extraordinarily difficult this time around. Enough has been said on the execution and its implications, and saying any further will be surplus to requirements. However, not nearly enough has ever been said about 1971. There is some talk every year, lament mostly, meticulously avoiding the specifics. The attempt sometimes it seems is to make the fall of Dhaka look like a natural catastrophe, beyond the locus of human and state control. Let bygones be bygones, Bangladesh is a sovereign nation and the vile Yahya Khan lives in eternal infamy, where he belongs. By all means, however, let’s trace our steps a little and briefly revisit the statements made by the architect of the “decade of prosperity” (according to our textbooks), Field Marshal Ayub Khan.

Ayub’s ghost-written, and unironicall…

'Policy Seminar on Counterterrorism Strategy' - Pakistan Senate's Defense Committee - November 2013

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‘Law Enforcement Model’ and ‘mutual coordination among LEAs’ are tools towards counter terrorism'

Associated Press of Pakistan, November 25, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Law Enforcement Model and mutual coordination among Law Enforcement Agencies are the fundamental tools towards countering the prevailing challenge of terrorism. Institutional policy support and relatively effective judicial practices must be brought together to resolve counter terrorism strategy mechanism. This was said by the speakers at the seminar on “Counter Strategy: What is to be done” which held today at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS)”.


The policy seminar, organized by Senate Defence Committee was addressed by various think tanks, policy makers, diplomats and academia. In his welcoming address, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Chairman Senate Defence Committee said Pakistan was going through a phase where all the stakeholders have to have collective inputs towards the solution. Referring to Sri Lankan l…

'The Genuis of Mandela' - A Glimpse of Tributes to the Great Leader

The Genius of Mandela
By I.A. Rehman, Dawn, December 12, 2013

MOST of those paying tributes to Nelson Mandela are focusing on his qualities that they themselves hold precious and thus they present a variety of portraits. But he was a greater person than the aggregate of his qualities and achievements.

No comment on Mandela’s life is complete without reference to his 27 years in prison, his release and his becoming the first black president of South Africa. But there was much in his life, between these milestones, that should be of interest to students of politics and social change.

When the 46-year-old Mandela told the court in 1964 of “his ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunity”, an ideal for which he was prepared to die, he mentioned his ideal and not the means. For he was changing from a hardline champion of the use of force into a man of peace. It may be useful to recall Mandela’s years as a militant revolut…