· May, 2007

Stories about Pakistan from May, 2007

Pakistan: East and West Punjab

  30 May 2007

I, Me, Myself in Punjab, Pakistan – and reflecting on the similarities with the Punjab in India. “Then there were the sights and sounds of a Punjab that I had only read about in books or heard about from my elders. There were children studying in a village school in...

Pakistan: Jobs for country runners

  30 May 2007

The Pakistani Spectator has an interesting list of job profiles. “A matriculate or having a bachelor degree from an un-recognized institution having 30 years political / no-political experience and the age should not be less than 45 years. The candidate will be reporting to relevant institutions abroad but not reporting...

Pakistan: The Urs

  30 May 2007

Metroblogging Islamabad with a brief post on the urs of Bari Imam. “His yearly urs, celebrated in these days of the year, is attended by thousands of devotees from all over the country. The urs, now becoming a festivity for many city dwellers and people coming from across various villages,...

Pakistan: Begum Nawazish Ali

  29 May 2007

The Pakistani Spectator on a delightful talk show where a man presents himself as a woman named Begum Nawazish Ali. “One thing is clear and established that the program “Late Night Show with Begum Nawazish Ali” broadcast by AAJ channel, is in striking contrast with the Pakistani values, but its...

Pakistan: Doing business with spammers

  28 May 2007

the olive ream doesn't take very kindly to the offers of money pouring in his spam box. “My father was a highly reputable magnet-[Would that be a fridge magnet or a babe magnet?] who operated in the capital of Ivory coast during his days. [And where did he operate during...

Pakistan: Transporting Students

  25 May 2007

Metroblogging Islamabad on the inadequate transport facilities for students in the city. “I talked to a few students on the road, about the transportation availabilty in their schools and the responses were quite shocking. Most came back with complains that their schools, including the private and the public ones were...

Pakistan: Thinking as a Nation

  24 May 2007

The Pakistani Spectator on the importance of thinking like a nation. “We have totally disregarded thinking as a nation, if symbol of unity and integrity is thinking on such lines then we cannot blame a poor who is only thinking of his wages. We need to think like a nation...

Pakistan: Violence, Terrorism and Islam

  24 May 2007

iFaqeer on Islam, leadership, terrorism and the politics of it all. “Given that, the problem as I see it, both with Muslims in the West and globally, and “communities of concern” in places like Karachi, and Kashmir, and Palestine, is that, now that there is “leadership” in place that a...

Pakistan: Any woman in two minutes

  22 May 2007

Metroblogging Islamabad with some insight into the not too successful Prime Minister. “Shaukee's charm failed to work its magic on US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, according to a new biography of her. The book, titled Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power. describes in excruciating detail...

Pakistan: The Budget

  21 May 2007

The Pakistani Spectator on the upcoming budget. “Prices of milk products is actually increased by 20%. How does a common man survive in such an economic situation. Up-till now currency reserve and reduction in debt payment have no impact on the life of a common man. Increase in salary in...

Bangladesh: On Pakistan and the US

  21 May 2007

Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying on how the US is supporting the Pakistani Military. “In pursuit of its War on Terror, the Bush Administration has been subsidizing General Musharraf and his military as they continue to cling to power in Pakistan. Pakistan is most definitely not a poster...

Pakistan: About Karachi

  17 May 2007

iFaqeer compiles reactions of Karachiites on the recent events in the city. “A lot of the discussion around what happened in Karachi starting on the 12th of May has been centered on the role of the MQM. I thought readers might appreciate reading the following exchange between a few people...

Pakistan: Check flags for the Czech

  15 May 2007

All Things Pakistan has some rib-tickling photographs of bureaucratic error. “. But right now the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic is visiting Islamabad, and the Capital’s PR people have adorned a number of (very) large banners to welcome him in the spirit of good hospitality. The only problem is...

Pakistan: Blog-o-furious

  15 May 2007

Procrastination be damned (for now), as the situation in Pakistan gets progressively worse, I feel the desperate need to highlight the views of Pakistani bloggers because I think it is imperative that GV readers be updated on what is going on in my homeland, and the bloggers are providing the...

Pakistan: Islam and Democracy

  11 May 2007

The Pakistani Spectator on why democracy is part of Islamic commitment. “Islam being the only religion teaches us about the rule of law & justice. People have the right to ask even the ruler (president or prime minister) about any issues related to the country, masses or the individuals. In...

Pakistan: The troubles of commuters

  11 May 2007

Metroblogging Islamabad on the transport crisis for commuters. “Commuters faced problems as traffic police in collaboration with the Regional Transport Authority started impounding vehicles across Punjab to meet the ruling party plan of taking some 500,000 people to Islamabad for the May 12 rally. According to Punjab Law Minister Raja...

South Asia: 1857, and 150 years later

  10 May 2007

An interesting discussion at Sepia Mutiny on the nature of the 1857 Rebellion against the British in the subcontinent, as official commemoration appears to suddenly be the mood of the hour. “I know shamefully little about this fundamental event in the history of the Indian Subcontinent, and even less about...

Pakistan: Blog-o-comments

  7 May 2007

Like phoenix rising from the ashes, I return renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated into a new, enthused blogger self. Actually, that is a slight exaggeration, it is more like panic rising from a crisis, I return depleted, drained and depressed added to my existing procrastinating blogger self. Not wanting to disappoint...

Pakistan: The Economy and Politics

The Pakistani Spectator on the relationship between politics and the economy. “Most of time in political history of Pakistan, military dictators have been in power. Being not answerable to people and being dependent on American's blessings, they never thought of well being of the masses. The temporary boom in economy...

Pakistan: Dalrymple's Last Mughal

  2 May 2007

chapati mystery has a post with a response to a review, and a wonderful discussion follows. “Dalrymple posits a connection between the mythmaking that passes for history in the subcontinent and the absence of credible “popular” histories. To a certain extent I absolutely agree with him, which is why I...

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