Stories about Pakistan from July, 2010
Raza Rumi at Pak Tea House analyzes the disclosure of Wikileaks documents on Afghan war and opines that the civil-military leadership of Pakistan should take corrective actions against the extremists within Pakistan.
Hundreds have died and more than a million people in Pakistan have been affected by floods caused by monsoon rains in the last three days. Kalsoom at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan has details.
“The Bollywood movie, ‘Tere Bin Laden’ (Without You, Laden), has been banned in Pakistan because it caricatures Osama Bin Laden”, informs Sonya Rehman.
Hina Safdar at Chowrangi reports in details about an Airblue Airbus 321 flight originating from Karachi, which has crashed in Islamabad’s Margalla Hills today morning. 152 passengers including the crew members were killed.
Effendi at The Spittoon comments: “the Pakistan government has gone into damage control mode after the evidence of the ISI’s involvement in Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan was exposed and confirmed on WikiLeaks.”
Tazeen at A Reluctant Mind talks about the perils of a single Pakistani woman traveling alone.
Mohammad Yusha at Chowrangi talks about a new menace in Pakistan – girls are being harassed on cell phones and an website listed cellphone numbers of some girls to aid that.
Kiss My Roti says that the perceptions of “terrorism” and militant violence in Pakistan is shaping the social, political and cultural response to it by the Pakistanis. The blogger asserts the need for “a paradigm shift in narratives from assigning blame to accepting responsibility”.
Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts criticizes the urge of some Pakistanis to ban any problematic thing: “a ban is never an answer to any dilemma since it is an extremely inefficient way of proving one’s point.”
Faisal Naqvi at Monsoon Frog explains in details the authority and activities of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) of Pakistan, which is a deterrent to solve energy problems in the country.
Raza Rumi at Pak Tea House is optimistic about positive bilateral relations as Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet today.
Faheem Haider at Pakistan Foreign Policy Blog reacts on the recent incident of an Iranian scientist seeking refuge in Pakistani Embassy, USA.
Pak Tea House highlights a grim news which was not reported in mainstream media in Pakistan: “a Muslim mob in Jhelum, Pakistan murdered the wife and four children of a Christian last month, but local authorities are too afraid of the local Muslim leader to file charges.”
Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts analyzes the fragmentation of the Pakistani society into different groups and how they are placing the blame on each other instead of joining hands to tackle the grave problems in the country.
Pakistan faces yet another episode of terror as one of it's more revered shrines in Lahore, popularly known as Data Darbar, came under attack. Pakistani bloggers criticize the official stance of the Punjab government which stays far from admitting that Talibans are the real enemies.
Raza Habib Raja criticizes Pakistanis for their state of denial and apologetic defense of the homegrown terror by pointing fingers at the USA for the attacks at the holy shrine in Lahore.
Faheem Haider talks about the conflict between democratic decision-making and representative government in Pakistan.
Hasan Mubarak at Lahore Metblogs comments on the suicide bomb blasts at the shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh in Lahore: “an attack on this very symbol of harmony, humanity and peace, as well as at something more like our city’s identity, strikes at the very heart of every Lahori.”
Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan, has been a hotbed of anarchy. The central government has long persecuted Balochis for their nationalist sentiments and repressive policies have led to frequent uprisings in the past.
Anwer Khan at Pak Tea House examines the cause of the recent Ahmadi massacre in Lahore.
As per a recent court ruling the Pakistan government has decided to keep a close eye on popular websites including Google, Youtube, Facebook, Hotmail which could be posting blasphemous content objectionable to Muslims. Pakistani bloggers react.