Aasim Sajjad Akhtar is a renowned left intellectual and currently the general secretary of the Punjab section of the newly formed Awami Workers Party (AWP). The new party was formed last month after a merger of three progressive and left forces, the Awami Party Pakistan, the Labour Party and the Workers Party and vowed to "build a new programme of socialism for 21st century Pakistan". Com. Sajjad speaks about the challenges before the AWP, it's goals and its immediate aims to Pragoti Edit Group Convenor, Srinivasan Ramani in this interview (via email).
Acres of news space has been devoted to the finding and the ultimate killing of wanted fugitive and global terrorist, Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Everywhere the same question is being asked - how did the Pakistan security apparatus manage to keep the most wanted terrorist in safe haven in an area close to its capital hoodwinking seekers from the United States for nearly a decade. But the more important question seems to be seldom asked - what on earth was the Pakistan security establishment's calculus in providing safe haven at all to the likes of Osama Bin Laden?
The rejuvenation of jihadi forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its traditional backers in the Pakistani Army and the changed emphasis of the US vis-a-vis these forces, points to the failure of the Indian reliance on the "Am-Pak" strategy - using US leverage to take on terror directed at India, from within Pakistan.
The Nizam-e-Adl (justice) regulation was signed on April 15th, as a concession to a demand for the same in the Swat Valley region in Pakistan. This formaly enforced what many call Sharia laws in the area. The same day came the news of the Sikh Community living in Orakzai Agency being asked to pay jizia by the Taliban. Whats going on over there? C.M.Naim reports and analyses in the Outlook magazine.
The past few days have been momentous in our neighbouring country of Pakistan. If the beginning of the month had us all despairing at the rising wave of Taliban inspired fundamentalism and terrorism which did not even spare the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team, the past couple of days have seen the vindication of popular struggles for democracy and rule of law. Most of us must have read the news reports of the "Long March" to Islamabad by the lawyers' movement, which was also joined recently by the Sharif brothers.
For those who believe that one can effectively fight and defeat the Taliban by aligning with this destructive troika live in a fool's paradise,writes Ammar Ali Jan.
It has been a long haul. The people-to-people contact which we fostered like a gardener tending a sapling. My tryst with friendly relations between India and Pakistan goes back to September 13, 1947. That was the day when I crossed the border at Wagha after journeying from Sialkot, my hometown. I had seen murder and worse. Like millions of refugees, I too had been broken on the rack of history,writes Kuldip Nayar.
The US never considered India 'special' as we were made to believe,says M.K. Bhadrakumar
India’s demand for action against jihadist groups is entirely legitimate. But this must be done through international pressure upon Pakistan, says Pervez Hoodbhoy,who is the chairman of the physics department at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, is a distinguished scientist and a consistent voice for peace, democracy, and friendly relations between Pakistan and India.