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The First Book based on Articles and Forum Discussions of South Asia Tribune has been published in Pakistan. It is a compilation of articles written for the SAT by Dr. Zafar Altaf, former Federal Secretary and Ex-Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board. It includes most of the Messages and Comments posted on these articles on SAT Forums. The Book will soon be available through the Internet Book outlets. It is already on sale in Pakistan.

 

The Final Goodbye from South Asia Tribune
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, Oct 17:
I thank all those friends, journalists, writers, analysts and officials, all my secret sources of information, all the well wishers and supporters, who helped SAT achieve its name and credibility.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 88)

The Politics of the Killer Saturday Quake
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, Oct 17:
The only, and so far the obvious, beneficiary has been General Musharraf himself as the toll of death and misery has diverted all attention from his rule and misrule of the last 6 years.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 30)

After a 50-km Walk in Kashmir, a Disturbing Report
Special SAT Report
ISLAMABAD, Oct 16:
Not only the entire civil administration and the political leadership of Azad Kashmir has evaporated, the military struggle for liberation of Kashmir has also been buried under the killer earthquake.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 31)

A First Hand Account of Devastated Balakot
By Anees Jillani
ISLAMABAD, Oct 15:
If you ever want to see a Government failing, and in fact, want to see a collapsed state, then visit Balakot, which is two and a half hours drive from Abbotabad.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 21)

Black Saturday Exposed Ruling Elite
By Imtiaz Alam
LAHORE, Oct 13:
A State that failed to mobilize its over-pampered machinery to rescue its citizens is not, perhaps, capable to even estimate the scale of the destruction.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 36)

Musharraf Completes Six Years of Flip Flops
By M. Ziauddin
ISLAMABAD, Oct 12:
Musharraf in the last six years has changed the meanings of democracy, parliamentary system of government, press freedom and the rule of law.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 16)

Karzai Cannot Control, Confront New Parliament
By Ahmed Rashid
LAHORE, Oct 12:
Karzai is unlikely to either control or confront the new parliament as he believes that political parties were responsible for destroying Afghanistan and its politics.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 6)

Quake Victims Should Not Become Cash Cows
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, Oct 11:
General Musharraf spun the war on terror into a cold cash of $20 billion. He should not be allowed to turn the blood of thousands of earthquake victims into another spigot of cash.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 74)

New Afghan Parliament is a Fractured House
By S Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct 10:
Landmark elections in Afghanistan have expectedly thrown up a parliament that can be appropriately called a mixed bag with MPs of all descriptions.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 3)

Pakistan Army's Tribal Policy is Not Working
By Wajahat Latif
LAHORE, Oct 9:
Experts believe the Government policy ignores the laid down procedures of ensuring good order in the tribal area, which has been enforced on the tribes for generations.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 3)

Even Under the New King, PIA Remains an Orphan
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, Oct 8:
Despite the six-month old change at the top, from a shoe maker to a gas dealer, the cancer that hit Pakistan's national airline, PIA, has not been diagnosed.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 18)

Was India Used as a US Puppet Against Iran
By Prem Shankar Jha
ISLAMABAD, Oct 6:
India has an onerous task of persuading Iran to return to the Paris agreement, observe the enhanced protocol on safeguards that it signed with the IAEA and not resume making nuclear fuel.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 20)

Chicken-Egg Dilemma of India and Pakistan
By Anand Giridharadas and Salman Masood
ISLAMABAD, Oct 5:
On both sides, old inflexibilities are softening. Musharraf has gradually rescinded the country's demand for a plebiscite in the region and has accepted publicly that India will never hand over territory.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 8)

Why Iran Feels So Hurt and Betrayed by India
By MK Bhadrakumar
NEW DELHI, Oct 4:
In 72 hours, as India wanted, Iran went ahead in 1994 with surgical skill and literally killed the OIC move to table the Kashmir resolution at a UN forum.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 72)

Opposition Must Resign En Masse From Parliament
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, Oct 3:
The Opposition must remember that it cannot see its resolve taken seriously unless it is ready to pay the price, although insignificant, for its cause: Resign en masse.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 1)

Musharraf is Silly and Stupid, says Washington Post
SAT Report
WASHINGTON, Oct 2:
In a stinging editorial the Washington Post on Saturday slammed Pakistan's General Pervez Musharraf saying he actually was 'silly and stupid'.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 32)

Faulty Afghan Elections are Still a Step Forward
By Aarya Nijat
KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct 2:
The people of Afghanistan could not see the reflection of the real representatives of their country in the candidates and so were not enthusiastic about voting.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 3)

Sardar Qayyum Should Go Back to Secularism
By Samuel Baid
NEW DELHI, Oct 1:
There is another side to Qayyum and his Muslim Conference which can make them relevant to the current peace efforts in Kashmir. He belongs to a party that once stood for an independent Kashmir.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 6)

Musharraf Lost Ample Clout in US Visit
By Azizuddin Ahmad
ISLAMABAD, Sept 30:
The visit has seemingly been a damper. Consequently there was no address to the nation after the President's return. No effusive statements or attempt at giving spin to the talks.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 22)

Can Anyone See the General's Missing Clothes
By Dr. Maqbool Halepota
ARIZONA, USA, Sept 29:
Although he claims never to lie, but he probably holds the record for being caught lying on tape, starting from his infamous promise to the world about taking off his uniform.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 20)

Musharraf's Missed Opportunities on Jewish Debut
By Judea Pearl
LOS ANGELES, Sept 28:
Musharraf has missed the historic opportunity of being the first Muslim leader to jolt his countrymen from the pit of rejectionism to the height of mutual acceptance.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 5)

Kashmir: Both Peace and Jihad Escalating
By Praveen Swami
NEW DELHI, Sept 27:
Terrorist groups have also demonstrated considerable inventiveness in bypassing Indian counter-measures, rendering at least some well-established defensive postures redundant.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 2)

Kashmir: Is There a Change of Heart
By Shabir Choudhry
LONDON, Sept 27:
Who could have imagined that one day Sardar Qayyum Khan who was at one time regarded as an'undesirable person' would be allowed to visit India.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Blundering Musharraf Losing His Balance
By Ayaz Amir
ISLAMABAD, Sept 26:
General Musharraf's thoughts on rape in New York, where he lost his cool, reveal a problem of psychology: The helmsman in a dictatorship is beginning to lose balance.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

Finally Musharraf Admits he is Dispensable
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, Sept 25:
Musharraf also ended up with lot of domestic and foreign flak on his face. His overall performance has done more damage to Pakistan's already tarnished image than ever before.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 12)

Musharraf Must Apologize to Pakistani Women
By Samuel Baid
NEW DELHI, Sept 24:
No head of a country, no matter how backward, has ever fouled the image of his own country's fair sex like General Musharraf has done in the eyes of the American public.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 26)

Pakistan, India Betting on Same Kashmir Horses
By Mohammad Sayeed Malik
NEW DELHI, Sept 23:
The ground reality in Kashmir suggests that, in the given circumstances, the Indo-Pakistan peace process can go in one direction only -- forward. It might slow down but there is no going back.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 10)

Pak-India Intelligence Agencies Protecting Dons
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, Sept 22:
The split between Dawood Ibrahim and his one time accomplice Chota Rajan, has turned into a war between the super intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 4)

Pak Army General Declared Unfit for Mayor
By M Afzal Khan
ISLAMABAD, Sept 21:
A retired Lt General of Pakistan Army has now been declared unfit to become a District Mayor because his educational papers appear to be suspicious.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 13)

Will PM Singh Talk Tough to Kalam on Gujarat
By Sampathkumar Iyangar
AHMEDABAD, India, Sept 20:
President Kalam's blatant attempt to cover up the role of Vajpayee in the shameful anti-Muslim carnage unleashed by the Gujarat government in 2002 is coming unstuck.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 18)

Musharraf and the Business of Getting Raped
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, Sept 19:
One cannot blame Musharraf, since soldiers speak in this slang, perhaps he cannot grasp the difference between softer image and soft porn and has got mixed up.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 46)

Media Knocks Out Human Development Crony
Special SAT Report
NEW YORK, Sept 18:
Dr Nasim Ashraf, defended his project at a Press conference at the Media Center but the tables were turned when he failed to answer probing questions from journalists.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 8)

A Dialogue for Civilizations, Future of Mankind
By Akbar S Ahmed and Judea Pearl
WASHINGTON, Sept 17:
As we have been actively involved in such dialogue over the last two years, we believe that Musharraf can benefit from our findings and experience.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 10)

Don't Expect Free Elections in Afghanistan
By S Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 16:
Some commander candidates have been barred from contesting the vote under a patently flawed vetting procedure, but dozens of criminals have managed to slip through the net.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 5)

Musharraf: Photo Ops, Legitimacy, Democracy
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, Sept 15:
The very fact that he is in New York brings the question of his democratic legitimacy into bold relief, and gives the lie to his claim that Pakistan has been put back on the democratic rails.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 6)

Taliban Militants Take Control of Waziristan
By Behroz Khan
PESHAWAR, Sept 14:
Militant groups opposed to the United States and Pakistan Army have almost taken over control of the volatile and troubled South Waziristan Agency.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 16)

Musharraf, His Crony and Scandal of Millions
By Shaheen Sehbai
NEW YORK, Sept 13:
All the assurances and explanations of General Musharraf before he gave away the billions to his crony, have now come to a point where they will soon come back to haunt him.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 73)

A Battle Royale or the Farce Called Elections
By M Afzal Khan
ISLAMABAD, Sept 13:
While the vanquished opposition is smarting under the blows dealt it by pre-poll rigging and polling-day fraud, the triumphant coalition partners are experiencing the pangs of victory.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 9)

Taliban Minister Shies Away From Truth
By S Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 12:
Mutawakil insists Pakistan never meddled in his country's internal affairs, something which would be hard to believe for anyone with even the minimum knowledge.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 27)

Hi, I'm Musharraf, Which Way to Israel?
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, Sept 11:
General Pervez Musharraf's outreach to Israel is a tactical diversion from a mounting strategic domestic challenge to his military dictatorship. But will he succeed?
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 43)

Delhi Isolates Kashmiri Hardliners, What Now
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, Sept 10:
Already there are many signs that the APHC leaders are receiving a cold shoulder from the common Kashmiris. APHC leaders met PM Singh in a hush-hush manner. Why?
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 26)

Officially Certified Oil Rip Off in Pakistan
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, Sept 9:
OCAC is the regulatory body that manages the prices of oil products in the country. That it has turned into a hand maiden of oil companies to screw the consumers is another matter.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 10)

Opposition's Crucial Step to Strike Musharraf
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, Sept 8:
The 4th of September will go down in history of Pakistan as the beginning of the end of military dictatorships. A call for a General Strike may strike the General.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 41)

India's Fast Breeder Nuke Bandwagon is Doomed
By Sampathkumar Iyangar
AHMEDABAD, India, Sept 7:
The futile attempts at reinventing various types of reactors have turned DAE into a grand flop show but the mandarins have lately climbed on to the Fast Breeder bandwagon.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 25)

Russia was Ready to Recognize Taliban Regime
By S. Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 6:
Former Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil has disclosed that the Russians had offered to recognize the Taliban regime if the then Kabul Government de-recognized Chechnya.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 1)

Recognition of Israel is Musharraf's US Agenda
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, Sept 5:
The difference between Bhutto's stand and Musharraf's is obvious. While she would not cause worry to the people of Palestine, Musharraf has gone more than an extra mile towards recognizing Israel.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 23)

Musharraf's Buddy Challenges Him in Top Court
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, Sept 4:
Gen. Kiyani and four members of the FPSC have filed a constitutional petition in the Lahore High Court challenging Musharraf's ordinance as mala fide, illegal and unconstitutional.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 14)

Casualties of the Fraudulent Local Polls
By Senator Farhatullah Babar
ISLAMABAD, Sept 4:
The three serious casualties of the just concluded local polls are the Election Commission, citizens' trust in the State and Enlightened Moderation of General Musharraf.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 9)

Every One Knows Where the Terrorists Are
By Khawar Mehdi
WASHINGTON, Sept 3:
Professionally filmed and edited, the CDs narrate the stories of militants' victories over the Pakistan Army. Details of preparations and attacks can be seen in step-by-step sequences.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 8)

You Have to be Either Pro-India or Pro-Pakistan
By Dr Shabir Choudhry
LONDON, Sept 1:
Those who are pro-Pakistan or pro-India are appropriately rewarded and looked after either by Pakistan or by India, and in some cases by both, generously.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 80)

Hanging Military Court Victims is Murder
By Gull Rukh Khan
PESHAWAR, August 31:
Execution of Siddiqui, without letting him to appeal against the verdict handed down by the Court Martial in superior courts of the country was unlawful by any legal interpretation.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 16)

Musharraf Faces Sarabjeet Release Dilemma
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, August 30:
Sarabjeet's case is in the Supreme Court of Pakistan which confirmed his death sentence, but the five Pakistani accused facing death are not even allowed to appeal in any court.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 25)

Rise and Impending Fall of Two Pashtuns
By Ben Tanosborn
VANCOUVER, WA, August 28:
Karzai is seen as another drug kingpin, indirectly controlling one-third of the world's opium supply. Truth be said, Khalilzad has been a disappointment.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 3)

What Musharraf Must Do Before Talking to Jews
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, August 27:
Musharraf's problem is that his claim of speaking for Pakistan will be bitterly contested and while he may speak for Pakistan Army, he would appear to be lacking credibility otherwise.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

In Polls Pakistanis Vote but Musharraf Elects
By Dr Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, August 26:
Stealing was exactly what 20 per cent of the eligible voters, who turned out to vote on August 18, witnessed. They were dumbfounded to see ballot boxes already stuffed.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 1)

Musharraf to Address Jewish Congress in NY
Special SAT Report
WASHINGTON, August 25:
General Musharraf will become the first Pakistani leader to address the American Jewish Congress on September 17. The Congress says the event “may mark a turning point in our relations."
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

Shocked Bangladesh Bracing for a Bumpy Ride
By Prof. Taj Hashmi
VANCOUVER, Canada, August 25:
The most alarming part of the story is not the first most synchronized bombing in history but the widely perceived assumption of direct involvement of a group having links with Al Qaeda.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 151)

Budding Mansurul Haq of Pakistan Army: Part-II
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, August 24:
The General who almost got away with a $21 million extra profit in June but was stopped by Gen. Musharraf at the last moment, is now trying his hand at another $27 million deal.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 10) | Part-I | Mush Saves $37M

Karzai Does Not Practice What He Preaches
By S Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, August 23:
President Karzai himself appears to have little, if any, interest in practicing what he is preaching to galvanize his nation into standing up to warlords and gunmen.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 4)

Army Manipulating Votes in Fake Democracy
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, August 23:
It goes to the credit of the people of Pakistan that despite subversion of democracy by frequent military interventions, they have stood by their commitment to democratic ideals.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 5)

BD Nears Tipping Point After Fundo Bombings
By Anand Giridharadas
MUMBAI, India, August 22:
Hundreds of bomb blasts across Bangladesh have triggered concerns that the country is nearing a tipping point in the advance of militant Islamic fundamentalism.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 18)

How Balochs Celebrated Aug 14 With Bombs
By Nizamuddin Nizamani
QUETTA, August 21:
The center of militant activities is shifting from mountainous tribal areas of Kohlu, Barkhan, Marri and Bugti to comparatively peaceful plane lands of Sibbi, Much, Mundh, Kalat, Khuzdar and Turbat.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

US Views Shujaat as Main Challenger to Musharraf
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, August 20:
US diplomats are intrigued by Choudhry Shujaat Hussain repeatedly embarrassing General Pervez Musharraf. They think Shujaat is backed by Punjabi Corps Commanders.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 20)

West Has No Moral Standards on Nuclear Affairs
By Eric Margolis
WASHINGTON, August 19:
While the White House encourages India's nuclear power, it is moving closer to attacking Iran's nuclear infrastructure, as President Bush indicated last week on Israeli TV.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 24)

After Apology, Congress Trashing Sikh Report
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, August 18:
Manmohan Singh apologized to Sikhs but now Congress is throwing the Nanavati Report back to the shelves by ordering re-investigation of cases against Congress leaders.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 36)

The Shattered Pakistan Dream and the Army
By Ahsan Iqbal
ISLAMABAD, August 17:
The Pakistani Dream of Jinnah has been shattered but there is still time to pick up pieces and start rebuilding. But the Army is the main hurdle. Will they ever understand their role.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 12)

Afghan War Criminals Poised to Stage Comeback
By S Mudassir Ali Shah
KABUL, August 16:
With the much-hyped parliamentary elections weeks away in Afghanistan, dozens of candidates accused of war crimes remain in the field.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 4)

A Provocative View of Indo-Pak Partition
By Farzana Versey
MUMBAI, August 14:
Godse died after killing Gandhi because he wanted the sub-continent not to be divided. His last wish was that his ashes be spread over an undivided or reunited Indus. That wish still stands unfulfilled.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 27)

Pakistan Opposition Unites Against Musharraf
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, August 12:
In a landmark development, the entire Opposition in Pakistan, represented by over 30 parties and 63 human rights organizations, announced a united movement against Musharraf on Thursday.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 10)

Cheney Covered up Pakistan's Nuclear Sales
By Jason Leopold
LOS ANGELES, August 12:
Ironically, Pakistan, critics say, was let off the hook so the United States could use its borders to hunt for al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 12)

SAT Story Embarrasses Natwar Singh in Dhaka
By Mizan Rahman
DHAKA, Bangladesh, August 11:
During Natwar's visit, Bangladesh media splashed SAT special report on how Indian intelligence agencies bribe journalists for writing against Pakistan and BD.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 20)

The Unwanted Pakistani Clerics Roaming the Globe
By Irfan Hussain Mazdak
KARACHI, August 10:
Musharraf is concerned for Pakistan's image without realizing that he cannot fix the image without fixing the product. Until he does, the people who have damaged it had better stay at home.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 12)

A Taliban Government, Helped by Musharraf
By Khawar Mehdi Rizvi
WASHINGTON, August 9:
Once a wanted terrorist, Commander Ubaidullah Mahsood is now Musharraf's favorite and has been allowed to run a Taliban-style Government in South Waziristan, a hotbed of Islamic militants.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Signs of Weakening US Support for Musharraf
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, August 8:
The latest statement of Christina Rocca is a clear sign that Washington is pulling out some of its eggs from the overloaded Musharraf basket. This may mean the beginning of his end.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 34)

Parallel Maoist Govts on Indo-Nepal Border
By Arun Rajnath
NEPAL-INDIA BORDER, August 7:
Maoists have set up parallel administrations on the Indo-Nepal border. Both Kathmandu and New Delhi are helpless, a visit to the border areas by a SAT correspondent has revealed.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 29)

Musharraf's Survival Linked to War on Terror
By Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, August 6:
Last week General Musharraf (GM) held two back to back news conferences. One was for the benefit of Desi(native) media and the other for their privileged kin - foreign Press.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 1)

Musharraf Looks Two Ways to Fight Extremism
By Aamer Ahmed Khan
KARACHI, August 5:
Musharraf's latest crackdown on extremism, outlined in his July address to the nation, appears to have been aimed in two directions, to his fellow Pakistanis and to the world.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Is India a Super Power or a Failed State
By Mohan Guruswamy
NEW DELHI, August 4:
Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, and significant parts of Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are anarchic.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 68)

Who is More Corrupt, Generals or Politicians
By Senator Farhatullah Babar
ISLAMABAD, August 3:
Rs432 million have been recovered from politicians but nearly two billion from the civil-military bureaucracy under plea bargains. Who said the politicians were more corrupt.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 9)

Pakistan Getting Too Hot to Handle for Generals
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, August 2:
Both Washington and London must get down to tell Musharraf point blank that he cannot combat terrorism by isolating the great majority of the people in his country.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 37)

We Need Enlightened Moderation for Dummies
By Ghazi Salahuddin
KARACHI, August 1:
There is the need for a primer on Enlightened Moderation. The concept should be made easy for people to understand. That would be 'Enlightened Moderation for Dummies'.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 35)

Musharraf Failed to Control Jihadis, as Promised
By Amir Mir
LAHORE, July 31:
The pattern of treatment being meted out to leaders of the four major Jihadi groups Musharraf had banned in January 2002 shows his intelligence establishment continues to maintain its long alliance with them.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Musharraf Admits He was Soft on Jihadis
Special SAT Report
ISLAMABAD, July 31:
"One million Taliban would have stormed Pakistan's streets and our country's boat may have capsized if I had gone after the Jihadis in a big way," Musharraf explained to the world media.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 9)

From Milk to Tanks, Pakistan Needs a Change
By Ayaz Amir
ISLAMABAD, July 30:
Pakistan is criticized for every sin under the sun. The time has come to reach for the substance of things. It is not even certain that with this extravagance we get the kind of defence we need.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 13)

PM Shaukat Aziz May Join World Bank
By MA Siddiqui and Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON/KARACHI, July 29:
Since Musharraf has not given any powers to the PM, Aziz wants to get out of the Pakistan mess with his honor and image intact and the WB job may be the best chance he could get.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 21)

India Must Open Nuke Facilities for Inspection
By Sampathkumar Iyangar
AHMEDABAD, India, July 28:
Spin doctors have gone to town with the claim that the Indian delegation has struck a great deal with the US. The factual position is not as dramatic.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 43)

SAT Correspondent Harassed by Indian Officials
Special SAT Report
WASHINGTON, July 27:
After failing to bribe him, an Indian intelligence agent threatened Arun Rajnath of dire consequences. The agent said many top Indian journalists were on the payroll of secret agencies or ministries.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 54)

Sharif's Hard Stance Cost Him His Passport
By M. Afzal Khan
ISLAMABAD, July 26:
There is also another question. How can any member of a family enter into an agreement condemning the entire family to a life of exile? There is no provision in the Constitution to send anybody into exile.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 6)

Seen as a Stooge, Musharraf's Hands are Tied
By Imran Khan
LONDON, July 26:
Musharraf lacks the moral authority to reform the madrassas or take on the sectarian militants. Sadly, he is more likely to exacerbate both militancy in our society and anti-American feelings.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 31)

An Angry Column: We are All Dead Inside
By Masood Hasan
LAHORE, July 25:
Those in authority are compulsive liars and have absolutely no moral scruples when it comes to saving their own hides. Integrity is a commodity in perpetual and increasingly short supply.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Pakistan Facing United Militants, Divided Leaders
By Syed Saleem Shahzad
KARACHI, July 24:
Musharraf's has announced a public divorce between the military and the mosque. Now, the key question is whether the Pakistan Army as an institution approves this divorce.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 11)

Maoists are Working Hard to Create Their Country
By Arun Rajnath
JALPAIGURI, July 24:
Maoists have included Bhutan as a part of 'Dandkaranya Desam' that starts from Nepal-Bhutan and covers North Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, South Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 19)

Musharraf Will Have to Close Militant Madrassas
By Ahmed Rashid
LAHORE, July 23:
Pakistan's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has done even less to curb extremism, despite the daily hemorrhaging of his citizens on the streets of Pakistani cities due to terrorist attacks.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 28)

Musharraf Asks US to Silence US-based Critics
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, July 22:
General Musharraf has informally asked the US authorities to "contain" his critics living in US as Editor of the South Asia Tribune has been placed on the infamous Exit Control List.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 35)

Strong Army, Strong Economy Cannot Co-exist
By Dawood Mamoon
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 21:
The strong economy and strong army proposition presented by Musharraf has nothing to do with the country and every thing to do with perpetuating his rule over Pakistan.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 9)

How a Pakistani Views the London Bombings
By Husain Haqqani
WASHINGTON, July 20:
For decades, Pakistan's aloof bureaucratic rulers have blamed everyone but themselves for Pakistan's problems. Perhaps it is time to wake up and face the reality.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 30)

How a Kashmiri Views the London Bombings
By Murtaza Shibli
LONDON, July 20:
Despite my familiarity with bombs, the events in London shocked me, not because they exhibit the endless capacity of human beings to turn to savagery, but because the bubble of security around me had burst.
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How an Indian Views the London Bombings
By Kanchan Lakshman
NEW DELHI, July 20:
Extremist and terrorist actors have, for long, secured physical space to operate within Pakistan, and it is the ideology of Islamist extremism partially reflected in parties such as the MMA.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 26)

NWFP's Religious (Riot) Act Read to Pentagon
Special SAT Report
WASHINGTON, July 19:
"Yes I visited the Pentagon and gave them a copy of the Hasba Act," Chief Minister Durrani told the South Asia Tribune. He said it was not at all odd that he was trying to convince Washington.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 24)

Who is Really to Blame for London Blasts
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, July 18:
If the West sincerely gets down to tracing the root cause of terrorism it would find it leading to the door steps of military rulers in Pakistan.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 33)

The HEC Junk Purchase Controversy Continues
By Mamoona Amjed and Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy
ISLAMABAD, July 18:
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy continues to distort, falsify and twist facts to fit his own viewpoint, says HEC. Dr Hoodbhoy says HEC is terribly confused and his statements are correct and can be verified.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 16)

Bill Gates to Visit Arfa's Home in Pakistan
By Todd Bishop
SEATTLE, Washington, July 17:
Sitting down for a personal meeting with Bill Gates this week, 10-year-old Arfa Karim Randhawa asked the Microsoft founder why the company doesn't hire people her age.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 14)

Pakistan Buying Costly, Obsolete Scientific Junk
By Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
ISLAMABAD, July 16:
HEC needs to know that the academic world, not to mention India, will laugh at Pakistan for wanting to order this dinosaur. The czars of the HEC are exposing their scientific underbellies.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 20)

Will Nuclear Commerce Mean More Proliferation
By Michael Krepon and Ziad Haider
WASHINGTON July 16:
Because India is not a party to the Nuclear NPT and has not signed the CTBT, New Delhi has no constraints on testing nuclear weapons and is free to produce fissile material for its nuclear stockpile.
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India's UN Dream Sinks in US Waters
By Chidanand Rajghatta
WASHINGTON July 15:
"Let me be as clear as is possible: the US does not think any proposal to expand the Security Council, including our own, should be voted upon at this stage," Tahir-Kheli, a US official told UN.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 52)

A Strong HEC Rejoinder to Dr Hoodbhoy
By Dr. S. Sohail Naqvi
ISLAMABAD, July 15:
Corruption. Dishonesty. Incompetence. Cronyism. These are only a few of the very serious charges laid by Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy at the door of the Higher Education Commission.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 21)

The Inside View, as Seen by an Outsider
By Dr. Maqbool Halepota
ARIZONA, US, July 14:
The odds are that the loser at the end of the next round, in all probability, will be the country itself, early signs of which are already visible in what is happening in Balochistan.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

Rule of Law, Nay, Law of the Ruler
By Husain Haqqani
WASHINGTON, July 13:
Where does Pakistan's constitution empower the Chief of Army Staff to deprive a Pakistani of the right to return to his country or to secure a passport for travel.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

The Crumbling World of General Musharraf
By Najam Sethi
LAHORE, July 12:
The political system and strategy cobbled by General Pervez Musharraf's advisors in 2002 seems to be unraveling in the run up to the local body elections in 2005.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 5)

An Asian Reaction to the London Attacks
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, July 11:
The July 7 series of bomb blasts have floundered all hope. It made me hopeless and weary, my tears have stopped flowing and each beat in the heart brings more pain.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 54)

A Matter of Great Shame but No Surprise
By Khalid Hasan
WASHINGTON, July 11:
The ruling class has an intrinsic, if not genetic, dislike, indeed ill-hidden contempt, for writers, poets and journalists. In its book, they are the lowest of the low.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 11)

Clueless Indians Grope in Ayodhya Attack Mess
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, July 10:
Though security agencies are naming Lashkar-e-Tayyaba for the attack, a senior official told SAT we do not have any concrete evidence. The whole matter seems to be suspicious.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 31)

A Reveal All Interview of a Maoist Rebel
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, July 8:
In a recorded conversation, the Maoist rebel said the Tamil Tigers were helping in formation of human bomb squads for suicidal missions. Women, teenage boys and girls were being prepared.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 13)

The Only Fate Awaiting Musharraf: Prison
By Dr. Tarique Niazi
WISCONSIN, July 7:
Over the past nearly six years now, he has been living from day to day. He has never been sure of tomorrow. This abiding uncertainty is anchored in his distrust of everyone around him.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 1)

Islamabad, Riyadh Worry About Nuclear Ties
By Amir Mir
LAHORE, July 6:
The recent dash of Gen. Musharraf and his meeting with the Royals was aimed at chalking out a joint strategy on what stance should be adopted to satisfy the IAEA and Western capitals.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 21)

On This Day, When Generals Shamed Us
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, July 5:
There is a consensus that our Generals have pushed Pakistan into a quagmire of problems that pose much more serious a challenge than that of 1971.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 30)

How Indian Analysts View the US-India Pact
By Vinod Vedi
NEW DELHI, July 5:
It is too much to expect the US to change its attitude towards Pakistan on which it has bestowed the status of major Non-NATO ally for 'cooperating' in the War Against Terror.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 40)

Can We Trust Musharraf's Judgment Anymore
By Nighat Yasmeen
SARGODHA, Pakistan, July 1:
Pakistan is being scrutinized as never before only because of one man's high handedness, his total intellectual bankruptcy and his awful supporters and advisers.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 17)

Religious Right Raking Up Rancorous Rape Issue
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, July 1:
The Muslim clergy of the country has also put forth weak religious arguments in the Imrana case that has given an opportunity to the Sangh Parivar to push its anti-Muslim agenda.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 142)

The Budding Mansurul Haq of Pakistan Army
By MT Butt
RAWALPINDI, June 30:
The Generals under Pervez Musharraf have just ordered inferior quality equipment for Pakistani tanks at a $21 million higher price. The GHQ and Ministry of Defence is stunned and officers are angry.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 34)

Indian Nuclear Mafia Needs a Ruthless Purge
By NM Sampathkumar Iyangar
AHMEDABAD, India, June 28:
India's nuke Mafia is keen to push ahead with Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) project that aims to build a bigger, and potentially more disastrous, plutonium-producing 500 MW reactor.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 49)

It is Time to Stop Talking to Musharraf
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan
LONDON, June 27:
A close PPP adviser and insider suggests that time has come for the Opposition parties, mainly PPP, to stop vacillating and take a do-or-die decision to stop Musharraf's political games.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 44)

Sacking of Ahmed Faraz Slurs Pakistan's Image
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, June 25:
Pakistan's most famous and fearless poet Ahmed Faraz has been dismissed from Government Service by Musharraf and Company, only to keep his political allies happy.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 59)

Mai Has Demolished Credibility of Musharraf: WP
By Jim Hoagland
WASHINGTON, June 24:
But one Pakistani woman has shown that, like all autocrats, the General needs to be constantly monitored and challenged, not conspired with and consoled with rewards.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 77)

Time to Re-Write History of Indo-Pak Partition
By Nayeema Ahmed Mehjoor
LONDON, June 24:
LK Advani's visit to the Jinnah mausoleum and calling Jinnah a secular leader means India now accepts the partition and that requires re-writing history as it was.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 120)

Condi Rice Snubs Musharraf Over Mai Episode
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, June 23:
Musharraf was snubbed by US Secretary of State Condi Rice when she called Pakistan's Foreign Minister to ensure that Mai was returned her passport and allowed to visit US.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 58)

How Indians See the Kashmiri Leaders' Visit
By Kanchan Lakhsman
NEW DELHI, June 21:
The visit strongly established that the APHC continues to be a faithful Pakistani proxy, although its dramatis personae may be gradually changing. Mir Waiz is now the new surrogate.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 95)

The True Ghastly Stories of Mohan Meghwals
Special SAT Report
KARACHI, June 20:
These are two almost exactly similar stories of Mohan Meghwals, their true names. One was brutally murdered by Thakurs in India, another is facing a humiliating jail of Thakurs in Pakistan.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 87)

The Big Indo-Pak Disconnect on Kashmir
By Ammara Durrani
LOS ANGELES, June 18:
South Asian hawks have hijacked the political agenda of peace and economic co-operation as their own, leaving the local left-wing doves with egg on their faces.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 22)

The Many Mocking Masks of Master Musharraf
By Ali Dayan Hasan
LAHORE, June 16:
Enlightened moderation is a hoax perpetrated by Musharraf for international consumption. What is known in Pakistan as the mullah-military alliance remains deeply rooted.
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Deceptive Cloak of Musharraf's Enlightened Face
By Husain Haqqani
WASHINGTON, June 15:
Musharraf's U-Turn in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 has been selective and aimed more at pleasing the United States than at ridding Pakistan of domestic militant groups.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 37)

PIA Finally Concedes, Signs Integrity Pact
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, June 14:
The new PIA Chairman has finally signed the Integrity Pact with international watch dog organization Transparency International, something the previous Chairman had refused to do for 3 years.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 5)

Advani Episode Leaves Deep Cracks in BJP
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, June 12:
Although LK Advani hastily retreated to keep his top BJP post, he has opened up the Pandora's Box against his leadership and now a serious campaign is beginning to dislodge him.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 18)

Defying Parliament to Protect a Corrupt General
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, June 8:
A landmark battle has begun between the Generals and the Parliament over who has the upper hand. The Army claims Parliament cannot probe into private businesses of Generals.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 18)

Musharraf Fails to Fight Sectarian Monster
By Amir Mir
LAHORE, June 12:
The problem for General Musharraf is that it is difficult to promote jihad in Kashmir without patronizing the Pakistani sectarian outfits. In the process, State authority stands eroded.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 28)

Iran-Pak-India Gas Pipeline is Getting Real
By By Kanak Mani Dixit
NEW DELHI, June 6:
Once a pipe dream, the gas pipe line from Iran to India through Pakistan now seems real. And it may bind these countries in relations which may resolve intricate issues like Kashmir.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 86)

Foreign Militants Being Isolated in Kashmir
By Arun Rajnath
SRINAGAR, June 4:
Syed Salahuddin, the most important militant commander fighting in Kashmir has directed all foreign militants to stop killing innocent civilians in what is being seen as a major change.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 63)

Indian Muslims Think Kashmir is 'Atoot Ang'
By Arun Rajnath
NEW DELHI, June 2:
The man who is becoming the voice of Muslims in ruling Congress coalition says Indian Muslims consider Kashmir as an 'atoot ang' of India, something which will shock Pakistanis.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 138)

Saudi Prince Exposed Army's Biggest Land Scam
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, May 31:
A Pakistani cook, who worked with a Saudi Prince, was swindled by Lahore DHA but he told his boss who called General Musharraf and thus Army's biggest land scam was exposed.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 35)

Despicable Check List of Musharraf's Pakistan
By Visionary
LAHORE, May 31:
What is going on in Pakistan under General Musharraf. Does anything matter anymore. Here is a list of what does not matter. But some things do matter.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 36)

New PIA Chairman Facing Blackmail by Colonels
By MT Butt and MS Siddiqui
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, May 29:
Two retired Colonels of Pakistan Army, appointed in PIA, are reportedly blackmailing the new Chairman, who seems helpless.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 28)

Sindh Lists New Terms, Charter of Demands
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, May 23:
In a Landmark Charter of Demands, leaders and intellectuals of Sindh have demanded re-writing of Pakistan's Constitution and have stated their new terms to stay within the Federation.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 24)

AKU in a Soup After Student Booked for Murder
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, May 22:
Police finally arrested the AKU student who was being protected by the University after three students murdered their colleague in September last year. AKU now faces some embarrassment.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 22)

Credibility, Corruption Deface Singh Government
By Rajeev Srinivasan
NEW DELHI, May 21:
Unfortunately, despite his pedigree, Singh and company, especially Finance Minister P Chidambaram, have not been able to make much of an impact on the economic front, despite great expectations.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 11)

Musharraf's Farcical Theater of the Absurd
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, May 14:
The day Asif Zardari is declared 'Kosher' by Musharraf and the Army, what charges would be left against Benazir and who would then stop her from becoming Pakistan's Sonia Gandhi.
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Karachi's Super Project Goes to Musharraf's Kin
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, May 12:
Father-in-law of Musharraf's son has been awarded a $300 million Karachi mass transit project which would push 3 miles of Karachi into the age of the future, but at what cost.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 63)

New Pak CJ: A Good Omen or a Political Game
By M Afzal Khan
KARACHI, May 9:
new Chief Justice has been named two months ahead of time when a number of issues involving the higher judiciary are being debated, in courts, the bar councils and the media.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 7)

Musharraf's Generals Exposed by His Generals
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, April 29:
This is the story of how Musharraf's own Generals are now exposing his tall claims of eliminating corruption at the top level, by exposing corruption of Musharraf's Generals.
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Indian Muslims say: Musharraf Went Empty-Handed
By Zafarul-Islam Khan
NEW DELHI April 22:
A leading Indian Muslim Editor argues that General Musharraf was accorded all the protocol in New Delhi but was not given an iota of concession on key issues.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 24)

PIA's Saeed Finally Sacked: Kirmani New Chief
By MT Butt
ISLAMABAD, April 17:
PIA Chairman Ahmed Saeed was officially sacked during a presentation to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday ending his infamous tenure. As predicted by SAT Kirmani was named new Chairman.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 25)

An Exit Strategy for Musharraf, Pakistan Army
By Shaheen Sehbai
WASHINGTON, April 11:
This is a well-considered paper written after long discussions between thinking friends to come up with concrete proposals to let the Army get out of politics. There could be no better way.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 58)

Musharraf's Key ISI General in $100m Scam
By Mahr Ahmed
WASHINGTON, April 8:
The China deal is already shaping up as the test case between politicians and Generals with the parliamentarians testing their limits as if they were shadow boxing with General Musharraf himself.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 30)

PIA Chairman Finally Being Booted Out
By MT Butt and MA Siddiqui
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, April 1:
This is not an April Fool's gig. General Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have finally decided to appoint a new Chairman for troubled national airline, PIA, oil man Tariq Kirmani.
Complete Story | Discuss (No of comments 60)

Musharraf's Blue Eyed MQM Minister is a Fraud
By MA Siddiqui
KARACHI, March 9:
For General Musharraf and his PM it would be a triple disaster in just a few weeks as Dr Aamir is the third cabinet minister who has been caught literally with his pants down in the middle of the road.
Complete Story | More Lies |Web of Lies | Discuss (No of comments 49)

 

 
 

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