Comments on: Towards a review of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/ Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: pakistan http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36912 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:26:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36912 China has high technic, India has large labour force and Pakistan is strtegically important for China, USA, Europe and the Russians. Turkey and Pakistan are in the next power ircle. India has a choice, hang on to kashmir and ts military or cme out in the open and compete with China? Super power club is not in sight and the americans and the europeans are fed up for the progressive whih is lyingflat on its haunches, after all they were in the wto for a long time. And what is the achievement, which match the chinese such as fastest rail track in the world as an infrastructure. They are still marching on the sweat of the poor labourers. Every visitor to BBC tak show blames the Govt. yes the Govt. which they sayis democratically elected.

Rex Minor

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By: salaam_sultan http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36867 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:32:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36867 A question for fellow Pakistanis,

There is certainly poverty in Pakistan and it needs to be eradicated but who is eating grass here? Where does this come from?

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By: 007XXX http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36833 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 03:34:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36833 The only positive that can possibly come out of Arab revolution and Japanese nuclear disaster is that the west and other advanced nations will start working on alternative and sustainable sources of energy. The day anyone finds an alternative to Petroleum the Arab economies will go up in flames even if there are no dictators. Probably UAE realised this truth before anyone else. The race is on.

As for Pakistan economy and India economy, the differences of scales will always remain. Now Pakistanis have two choice, one is to join hands with India and grow along with it or two to keep the current hatred and jealousy growing and hence ruin themselves. Nukes cannot feed people and millions cannot go on living on grass forever.

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By: Matrixx http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36825 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 01:57:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36825 Prasad
What economist are warning of is the financial imbalance but that is only one part of economic welfare. I deal with broader perspective including economy and politics in medium term. What does India offer that is so attractive for Pakistan? If it is free trade then it has to be really free for both sides.
If you double the per capita income, then the energy consumption also has to double. This what described as resource constraint. Just to get to Malaysian level, the energy consumption would have to triple. Energy is available beyond those hills but America has reserved it for xxxx.

@Netizen
Friends of Pakistan consider it as the Silk road.

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By: netizen http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36818 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:15:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36818 “This is the end of nuclear industry as we have known it. Three strikes and you are out. There is not enough oil to sustain economic growth of EU, Japan, China and India at the same time. I will leave it to you to find the weakest link to be cut.”

IF ONLY wishes were horses, you could ride them.

You have omitted the even weaker link called Pakistan.

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By: pakistan http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36817 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:14:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36817 Arab yuth is running around like headless chickens to recover their dignity which their leaders, Pseudo monarchs and Kingsand other dictatos whowere partners of the USA in so called war against terrorism, and were feeding the USA adminstration incorrect info and sending innocent citizens to Gitmo. What the youth primary demand is the retirement plan of their Kings and dictators, who just got used to being their masters. This is not an easy task and resistance s getting stronger as the revolution move into the Beduin land where desert has been pouring out black tar and providing energy for the Industry in western countries and beyond. The melt down has just begun; the consequences are for any one to guess.

Rex Minor

PS Taliking about the interior minister, his residence in London is awaiting his arrival. Pakistan cannot afford such a liability and should let him go to his PP friends in London.

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By: prasadgc http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36815 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:55:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36815 Matrixx,

We certainly live in interesting times.

You’ve said a number of things, and I would like to comment.

> Whole of North Africa is in turmoil and it would be very hard to put together again dictatorial cabals beholden to the West.

That is one interpretation and I would also hope that is true. There is another interpretation that you missed. The Arab world is demographically very young (60% of the population is below 25), and the current unrest is (1) fuelled by youth discontent and (2) secular. So another interpretation is that the Islamists have lost the Arab world for a generation.

> This is the end of nuclear industry as we have known it. Three strikes and you are out.

There will definitely be a slowdown in the take-up of new conventionally designed nuclear reactors. But the newer “nuclear batteries” could become very popular.
http://bit.ly/gYlWr1
http://bit.ly/6ZH9f
http://ti.me/gj9giY
http://ti.me/gln6r4

Plus, there will be renewed interest and investment in alternative sources of energy, which is always a good thing.

> There is not enough oil to sustain economic growth of EU, Japan, China and India at the same time. I will leave it to you to find the weakest link to be cut.

You’re implying that India will suffer disproportionately. It doesn’t work that way. There is more than enough oil in the short term. What will happen is that oil prices will probably go up, impacting everyone. India may not achieve this year’s growth target of 9.2%, but anything beyond that is probably wishful thinking.

> Regarding India-Pakistan conflict, it is a stalemate. We can track the trend in near term. More of the same.

Superficially, yes. But the Pakistani economy is weakening very fast. I’m not the one saying this. Warnings are being sounded all the time by economists. The stalemate is on the surface. Beneath the surface, the fundamentals are being altered in India’s favour. I keep saying Pakistan should settle with India quickly while there is still a semblance of parity. India will be too arrogant to negotiate in a few years’ time, which I personally think is a different worry, because hubris has historically led to the loss of empires.

Regards,
Ganesh Prasad

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By: KPSingh01 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36813 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:39:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36813 For the first time, I agree with Matrixx.

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By: Matrixx http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36811 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:43:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36811 Here is my humble submission to Anglos and Indian ego-maniacs. Pay attention to what is going on around you.
Whole of North Africa is in turmoil and it would be very hard to put together again dictatorial cabals beholden to the West. Now add to that Japanese earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruptions and nuclear meltdown in progress. Nikkei stock average drops 10 percent in one day. It would take hundreds of billion dollars just to stabilize Japan.

This is the end of nuclear industry as we have known it. Three strikes and you are out. There is not enough oil to sustain economic growth of EU, Japan, China and India at the same time. I will leave it to you to find the weakest link to be cut. World depression is a distinct possibility. I predict much higher food prices because input prices are going to be much higher.

Regarding India-Pakistan conflict, it is a stalemate. We can track the trend in near term. More of the same.

In this new situation NATO would have no option but to speedup withdrawal from Afghanistan. AfPak says not so fast. You have the responsibility to fix what you have destroyed.

These are a few words to the wise. May you live in interesting times.

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By: netizen http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2011/03/12/towards-a-review-of-pakistans-blasphemy-laws/comment-page-1/#comment-36809 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:31:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/?p=7009#comment-36809 The discussion of Jinnah is not to score brownie points against Pakistanis.

It is very much relevant to PRESENT DAY reality of Pakistan and what Pakistanis think of themselves. It is futile to lament present day poisonous fruits with out addressing/exposing the roots of the poisonous tree.

Indian curriculum, outlook is secular. Attempts to make India, a Hindu Pakistan have been resisted. Our history books teach Indians of all stripes fought against British and some muslims wanted a separate country and we are one people. Historical religious fault lines are downplayed.

However, Pakistanis are taught lies, hatred of hindus, falsified versions of Jinnah/partition story in Pakistan Studies. This subject is a required even in medical, dental and engineering colleges.

These are examples of REAL questions in Pakistan Studies exam paper:
1. Write short notes on why Congress was a hindu organization

2.What are the 4 castes of Hindus, and outline how they are classified

3.Explain how Congress worked against the interests of Muslims.

Rex Minor, Shahid Khan, Ajmal Kasab are all produced through this education. Hatred of non-muslims, specifically of hindus, Hinduism, portrayal of Indic heritage as pure evil, degraded society is imparted to all Pakistanis.

Most Indian muslims were Congress supporters until early 1940s, and even in 1947 many rejected Muslim League policies. Congress had Muslim Presidents including Maulana Azad. Thus teaching lies has produced a fascistic state, hell bent on violence inside and outside.

Unfortunately, for 63 years, 4th generation now, Indians have just downplayed the reality of Pakistan problem and consistently have underestimated the magnitude of the problem.

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