Pakistan’s Economy Hurt By Attacks On Government
Attacks on Pakistan’s democratically elected government by opposition parties and a hostile judiciary are damaging the nation’s economy according to Moody’s Investor Services analyst Aninda Mitra. According to an interview Mr. Mitra gave to Reuters news service on Wednesday. “The government is constrained in its focus on long-term economic issues,” Aninda Mitra, Moody’s sovereign analyst for Pakistan, told Reuters in a telephone interview from Singapore. | Read More »
Pakistan’s Court Appointees Should Be Independent
Just as Pakistan’s first democratically elected government in decades was on the brink of undoing a number of power grabs by past military dictators, a wrench has been thrown in the works by an opposition politician and party leader. Mr. Nawaz Sharif, head of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) is holding up passage of a package of constitutional reforms that would restore proper | Read More »
Nawaz Sharif Accused In Violence Against Christians
The attacks on Christians in the Gojra region of Pakistan over the weekend shocked the world. Especially troubling was the reaction – lack thereof – on the part of Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N. Today, though, new allegations have arisen that Sharif wasn’t just silent, he may have been complicit. Today’s Asia Times reports that the attacks were carefully planned by Taliban and al Qaeda | Read More »
Nawaz Sharif Silent On Anti-Christian Violence
The latest violence in Pakistan has targeted not the state, but religious minorities in the country. Over the weekend, Christian residents of Gojra were targeted by an angry mob of Islamic activists who sought revenge for alleged acts of desecration of the Qur’an. When the dust cleared, there were at least seven dead and dozens of homes burned to the ground. Amidst the destruction, one | Read More »
Islamists Buy Children for Suicide Bombings, Pakistan Fights Back
Just when you thought Taliban couldn’t get any more sick, new reports from Pakistan that terror chief Baitullah Mehsud has been buying and selling children for suicide bombing missions. Baitullah Mehsud is associated with al Qaeda and the Taliban and is considered the architect of the assassination of PM Benazir Bhutto, wife of current President Zardari. The current Pakistani government appears to be taking this | Read More »
Pakistanis Reject Religious Extremism. Why Doesn’t Nawaz Sharif?
A new poll shows that Pakistanis overwhelmingly see the Taliban and al Qaeda as a critical threat to the country. According to the report, “An overwhelming majority think that Taliban groups who seek to overthrow the Afghan government should not be allowed to have bases in Pakistan.” This should come as no surprise, Pakistanis have had a close look at what life would be like | Read More »
What the Iran elections tell us about Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif
The eyes of the world have been on Iran in recent weeks as the hardline Ahmedinijad regime, with the backing of the Ayatollah’s, appears on the brink of stealing a national election to keep hardline fundamentalists in power. While the world reacts in horror to the utter contempt for democratic practice, the rule of law, and basic human rights, one might wonder what, if anything, | Read More »
Did Nawaz Sharif approve Kargil attacks?
Back in 2006, then Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif told the world that he did not know about plans to attack Indian forces in Kargil. In fact, Sharif accused Musharraf of derailing potential peace accords between Pakistan and India. Through the Kargil operation Musharraf, the then Chief of the Army Staff, had “sabotaged” the understanding reached by him with Vajpayee at Lahore to resolve all Indo-Pak | Read More »
Nawaz Sharif – The Jihadist’s and General’s man in Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif – The Jihadist’s and General’s man in Pakistan Nawaz Sharif who is currently vying for power in Pakistan against President Zardari, has had a long history of siding with extremists and terrorists in his lust of power. This tendency, which started early in his national career in Pakistan, continued through his first tenure as national leader, and may continue today. As a protege | Read More »
Nawaz Sharif: Anti-Semitic on a level with Iran’s Ahmedinejad?
When Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was running for President of Iran, he was fawned over in Iranian and regional media as a simple man, a man of the people, and a real populist. In short, no critical examinations of his policies or beliefs occurred, much to the later dismay of the Iranian people and the the international community. Rather than pursue policies to build an effective | Read More »