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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Rich Muslims advising poor MusLIMS- Ayesha Ijaz Khan

The Khaled Al Maeena Ayesha Khan mentions in this post has Karachi connections. He is a KU graduate (Int'l Relatins.) ~ t

At the bottom of the article, however, it stated that "The writer is a Saudi socio-political commentator and lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." I wondered if he was any relation to Mr Khaled Al-Maeena, editor for life of Arab News, Saudi Arabia's most widely read English daily. As a child, I lived in Saudi Arabia and recalled reading Mr Khaled Al-Maeena's patronising editorials on Pakistan. Since the Saudi press was very controlled and he could not dare speak out against his own government, the editor of Arab News had focused his energies on other parts of the world. Pakistan was very high on the list of problem cases and incessant unsolicited advice was offered on how to correct Pakistan's problems. My family having left Saudi Arabia several years ago, occasionally, I still glance at Arab News on-line, and although its focus has rightly shifted inward, with young journalists like Ebithal Mubarik bringing to the fore important issues of forced divorces and gang rapes, as well as the plight of foreign workers within Saudi Arabia, the old guard's attitudes towards developing countries like Pakistan have changed little.


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