Pakistan: Now or Never?

Guest contribution: Zardari’s approach to Kashmir

March 18, 2008

Earlier this month, Asif Ali Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, said relations between India and Pakistan should not be held hostage to Kashmir.  The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the author’s alone.

from FaithWorld:

Ramadan wants Muslims to ignore far-right Dutch film on Koran

March 17, 2008

Logo for Fitna movieAs the premiere of the long-awaited Koran film by far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders nears, it's not uncommon to hear Muslims call for some way to censor what they expect to be a blistering condemnation of their faith.

The moving story of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the CIA

March 10, 2008

I just came across a feature on Salon.com headlined Killing ourselves in Afghanistan which I’d recommend to anyone interested in U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s new coalition, a brief triumph?

March 9, 2008

Benjamin Disraeli, one of Britain’s foremost prime ministers of the 19th century, once said that, “Coalitions, though sucessful, have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.”

Pakistan: Naming a prime minister

March 8, 2008

Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party has delayed naming its prime ministerial candidate, setting off Internet chatter about a power struggle in the party with backroom machinations stretching from Washington to Islamabad. And not far behind is the fear that a prolonged political vaccum at the top will embolden even more lethal militant strikes than the ones witnessed over the past week or so.  PPP vice chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim remains the frontrunner as he has from the time Bhutto was assassinated, the Pakistani Spectator says, but her husband and successor Asif Zardari had other ideas and wanted the issue to be debated further and that had opened the way for more pulls and pressures. One comment on its blog complained: ”Will the voices of the people count or will the American and Saudis control this nation’s future ?”

Zardari on Kashmir – realpolitik or betrayal?

March 3, 2008

Kashmir - Dal lake/Fayaz KabliAsif Ali Zardari has raised hackles in Kashmir and Pakistan by telling Indian news network CNN-IBN that relations between India and Pakistan should no longer be held hostage to the Kashmir dispute. The leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and widower of Benazir Bhutto said in an interview that the two countries should focus instead on building trade and economic ties.