A young investigative journalist has caused a stir in Pakistan’s media circles by exposing a veteran columnist from the same newspaper group. The story in brief is about media persons on the take from the army and the political masters. The men in the middle of the storm: Jang newspaper’s noted columnist Nazir Naji and Ahmad Noorani of The News, an English daily published by the same group. Read more

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The Indian media betrayed once again its lack of proper understanding of the Taliban surge in Pakistan by playing down a very important New York Times’ report. I reproduce the excerpts with additional facts culled from authoritative accounts to place in perspective the gravity of the terrorist challenge:

“The  Taliban  have  advanced  deeper  into Pakistan by engineering a class revolt  that  exploits  profound  fissures between a small group of wealthy landlords and their landless tenants (locally known as Haris)… Read more

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I was in a television discussion the other day with former BSF DG Prakash Singh, a venerated security expert whom I’ve always resented for his hawkish views on Pakistan. But to my own surprise I ended up endorsing his fears of a possible mini-invasion by extremists from across the LoC in J&K and international borders in Rajasthan and Gujarat to disrupt elections in India. If those mad caps didn’t think twice before taking out the charismatic Benazir Bhutto in December 2007 to disrupt polls within their own country, what prevents them really from going the extra mile to foment mayhem and violence on our side of the border?  Read more

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No foreword to a blog on contemporary Pakistan can be complete without some mention of Asif Zardari, who promised to model himself after India’s Sonia Gandhi but fell to the lure of de jure power so assiduously shunned by Indira’s bahu. Read more

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