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The list of challenges facing Pakistan that require a strong, centrally organised response is growing with alarming speed. This week has seen the World Health Organisation (WHO) add Pakistan to a brief list of other countries exporting the polio virus. It recommends that Pakistani nationals and others who have spent any time in the country be required to present proof of polio vaccination before being allowed to travel.


Leaving aside as to who conspired for an attack on Hamid Mir, let us review the role played by the media and the government in leading the country to the point where we are today. 


Religious issue is a whole can of worms for Pakistani nation which cannot be thrown away. 

Pakistan, where over 80 per cent of people hate America, is greatly upset over the yet-to-be-published book by reporter Carlotta Gall — a woman and a Jew — who has written in The New York Times that Pakistan was keeping Osama bin Laden in a safehouse in Abbottabad; and that it actually faked shock followed by populist rage at “discovering” him there after America’s dastardly attack to kill him on Pakistani soil.  

After 25 hearings at a special court, former President and Chief of the Army Staff Pervez Musharraf was indicted on March 31 for high treason, contrary to expectations that a civil court would not try a military dictator. For a country ruled for the most part by the Army this is a first, and its Defence Minister described the day as a milestone for democracy.


A fundamental question emerging and one that hasn’t been asked, not directly in any case, for sometime now, is ‘who wields political power in Pakistan?’

Two major developments that variously affected the social organisation of Pashtun society took place at the same time. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the opening up of the Middle East labour market in the 1970s disturbed Pashtun harmony and changed the network of relationships among the members of Pashtun society.

Pakistan is clearly falling back on culture to bring down the ideological temperature that the state has been enduring since the rise of the Taliban after September 2001. 

The Tehreek-e-Taliban see themselves as patriots — and that goes to the rupture at the heart of the idea of Pakistan  
The recent interview on television of Islamic scholar Javed Ghamidi in which he attributed the Taliban’s beheading and stoning to death to tribal Pashtun culture has triggered a debate on social media. 

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The India-Pakistan diplomatic war-dance and military brinkmanship continues unabated. India on Thursday (October 21) asked a Pakistan High Commission staffer in New Delhi to leave the country for allegedly running an espionage ring that was busted with the arrest of two Indians possessing sensitive defence documents.


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