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Obama Under Fire For Pastor's Views

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Jeremiah Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001. This is not all. Sen Barack Obama's pastor Rev Wright went on to touch the third rail of the American politics: He criticized the US support for Israel against the Palestinians.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on March 15, 2008 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Insights into a Suicide Bombing in Pakistan

While Pakistani authorities have had little success in catching perpetrators in most of the bombings, there have been several arrests in a November suicide attack on a Pakistan Air Force bus near an air base in Sargodha, 120 miles west of Lahore.

According to Associated Press, the probe by police and intelligence agencies into the attack provides insight into how the NWFP-based militant groups function and shows they are attracting recruits in other regions and ethnic… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on March 13, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

ist step of 25 engineering university's in Pakistan


1 step at a time we are getting there,All the people who feel happy pl

make dua

with 1000 acres and $150 million the dream is coming into a reality

salim mastan

LOS ANGELES: The Friends Of Pakistan (FOP) has announced its support for the efforts of a group of expatriate Pakistanis to establish a new research oriented technical university of international standards with an accompanying technology park in Pakistan.

This… Continue

Added by salim mastan on March 11, 2008 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Malaysia's Ruling Coalition Suffers Setback

Malaysia's opposition made significant gains in Saturday's elections. The alliance of three opposition parties won 82 of 222 seats in the national Parliament, up from only 19 seats. By controlling one-third of Parliament, opposition parties will be able to block government efforts to amend the constitution. They also took control of five out of 13 states, up from one state previously. They included Penang, home to much of Malaysia's industrial base and to billions of dollars in U.S. and other… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on March 10, 2008 at 10:12am — No Comments

A Tale of Two Indias: Forty Billionaires In A Poor Country

The booming Bombay stock market in 2007 and the benefits of globalization have seen India's billionaires list swell to 40 on the Forbes Billionaires List. The Indian billionaires combined wealth has more than doubled from $170 billion to $351 billion in 2007. While Bill Gates has slipped to number three spot from number one, the number 4, 5, 6 and 8 spots in the top 10 are now occupied by Lakshmi Mittal, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani and KP Singh from India.

The news of the…


Added by Riaz Haq on March 8, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Tribal Turmoil in Pakistan

Fundamental Change in Tribal Order

The latest of a series of suicide bombings in Pakistan's north west frontier tribal belt targeted a meeting of the elders in Dara Adam Khel town. There were reports of 40 dead and scores injured. Traditionally, tribal leaders were held in high respect and their decisions were generally accepted by the tribal population in all matters. This attack further reinforces the belief that there is a fundamental change taking… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on March 2, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Wheat Price Up 400 Percent

Wheat Price Touches $900 Per Ton

Triggered by wheat export curbs by Kazakhstan and the lowest world inventory in 26 years, wheat price hit a new record at $25 per bushel or about $900 per ton. This translates into Pakistan Rs. 55 per kilo for raw wheat in bulk excluding transportation, milling and bagging. It represents a 400% increase in less than a year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, Kazakhstan is the sixth-largest exporter of wheat,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 29, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Obama's Web Success

Obama Success With Social Networks

By Riaz Haq

Haq's Musings

Election Campaigns Transformation:

President John F. Kennedy's campaign in the early 1960s transformed the way the US presidential campaigns use Television as a medium to reach the American electorate. This year, Barack Husain Obama's campaign is re-writing the rules as it embraces Web 2.0 technologies to reach out to the young voters across the nation.… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 24, 2008 at 4:08pm — 1 Comment

ISI General's Mea Culpa: I Rigged 2002 Polls

ISI General: I Rigged 2002 Polls

By Riaz Haq

Haq's Musings

General Ehtisham Zamir, the former head of ISI's political cell, has admitted playing a key role in rigging the 2002 polls to favor PML(Q), the pro-Musharraf faction of the Pakistan Muslim League. This was a joint effort of the ISI's political cell and the National Accountability Bureau. While it has been considered an open secret by many, this is the first time the ISI's… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 24, 2008 at 8:55am — 1 Comment

Pakistan People's Party's National Character

In addition to winning the largest number of seats in Pakistan's National Assembly, Pakistan People's Party has demonstrated its national appeal by winning seats in all four provincial legislatures. In spite of its losses and third place finish, PML(Q) is the only other party with this distinction. All of the other parties, including the PML(N) with the second place finish, have won seats in only one or two Pakistani provinces.…


Added by Riaz Haq on February 23, 2008 at 7:17am — No Comments

Zardari Pursued By Swiss Prosecutors

Months after the amnesty signed by President Musharraf, Switzerland is continuing to pursue corruption charges against Mr. Zardari. Asif Zardari, the widower of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is accused of depositing $55 million worth of bribes in Swiss bank accounts. Swiss judicial authorities have been investigating Zardari and Bhutto for the past 10 years over allegations that they took bribes from Swiss cargo inspection firms and transfered them into their accounts,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 21, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Pakistan Vote: Hierarchy of Needs in Action

Many commentators in Pakistan and the World are in overdrive talking about mandates and profound meanings of the February 18 vote in Pakistan. Some are claiming it is a mandate to restore an independent judiciary, media and democracy while others are talking about it as rejection Musharraf's pro-US policies, "extremism" and "war on terror" etc.

In my humble opinion, there is a far simpler explanation for it: People voted in a predictable way based on the issues that affect them directly on… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 20, 2008 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Illegal Immigration From India Jumps 125 Percent

Illegal Immigration From India Jumps 125 Percent

By Riaz Haq

There are an estimated 270,0000 illegal Indian immigrants in the United States, according to 2006 figures from the US Department of Homeland Security. With 125% percent increase from 2000 to 2006, India represents the fastest growing source of illegal immigrants to the United States, reports San Jose Mercury News, a major Silicon Valley newspaper. In absolute numbers, Central and… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 19, 2008 at 6:37am — 4 Comments

Kosovo: A New Muslim State Is Born In Europe

Kosovo: A New Muslim State Is Born In Europe

By Riaz Haq

Haq's Musings

As Kosovo-a small, pro-West, secular and mostly Muslim state of 2 million people dominated by ethnic Albanians- declared its independence on February 18, the moment was pregnant with history. It reminded the world, in particular the Serbs and the Turks, of the Battle of Kosovo fought here in 1389, which pitted Prince Lazar of Serbia against Sultan Murad I of the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 18, 2008 at 11:59am — No Comments

All Hell Will Break Loose

All Hell Will Break Loose

By Riaz Haq

On the eve of the voting in Pakistan, someone responded on Facebook to

my post Pakistan Election Rigging 101 as follows: "All Hell Will Break

Loose" tomorrow. As much as I would like to disagree with this

comment, the history of elections in Pakistan makes me pause and

ponder on it. Regardless of whether the elections are free and fair,

there is usually trouble in the aftermath. The… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 17, 2008 at 9:34am — No Comments

Pakistan Questions Safety of US Nukes

Pakistani nuclear weapons safety has been in the news lately. There are widespread concerns being expressed in the Western media about the possibility of Pakistani nukes falling in to the hands of Al-Qaeda or the Taliban or their alleged sympathizers. Even Mohamed El-Baradie of IAEA has chimed in on this issue. However, the Pakistani nukes are not the only ones making the news recently. The US nuclear weapons safety and handling procedures have also raised concerns, especially since the news of… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 15, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Pakistan Elections Dominated By Feudals

As Pakistanis go to the polls on Feb 18, 2008, the role of the feudal class in Pakistan as power brokers is getting scrutiny from the world media. Some Pakistani feudals and politicians, including Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PPP, Syed Fakhr Imam of PPP, Imran Khan (Tehreek Insaf), and others argue that the feudal influence is overrated. They say the feudal power is declining and represents more of a mindset than reality. However, the media men traveling through rural Sind and rural Punjab… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 14, 2008 at 6:53am — 1 Comment

ISI Election Cell De-activated?

Is Military Brass Cooling To Musharraf?

By Riaz Haq

Haq's Musings

General Kayani's Orders

Pakistan's Army Chief Gen. Kayani has initiated a number of changes that establish a divide between the uniformed army and Mr. Musharraf, say senior Pakistani officers. Last month, Gen. Kayani, 55 years old, issued an order barring officers from any unauthorized meetings with Pakistani politicians, including the president.… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 13, 2008 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

RAND Report: US Strategy Counterproductive

RAND Report: US Policy in Muslim World Counterproductive

By Riaz Haq

The RAND Corporation, a highly respected non-profit policy research

institute in the United States, says in its latest report on the

ongoing War on Terror: "Large-scale U.S. military intervention and

occupation in the Muslim world is at best inadequate, at worst

counter-productive, and, on the whole,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 11, 2008 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Poll: Musharraf Hits New Low

Poll: Musharraf Hits New Low

By Riaz Haq

A new poll in Pakistan conducted by the US-based International

Republican Institute shows President Musharraf's opposition receiving

support from 72% of respondents. Only 15% of the poll participants

approve of Mr. Musharraf, lowest ever positive rating registered for

him to date. The sympathy wave for PPP in the wake of Benazir… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on February 11, 2008 at 10:32am — No Comments

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    South Asian Contrast: Ayodhya and Kartarpur

    November 9, 2019 will go down in South Asian history as a day of sharp contrasts: While Pakistan restored and opened Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur for Sikh pilgrims, the Indian Supreme Court ordered the construction of a Hindu temple on the site where Babri Masjid stood for centuries. Can India and its western apologists still claim to have shared values?…


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