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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Author has deep roots in Pakistan - and Elroy, Putting out a fire with gasoline

“But, Babboo, true or false, the fact is we can’t live without newspapers. We are not only enlightened people but we also believe in enlightened moderation.” – Photo by AP.

Painting the current war as just the Pashtuns’ war might become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It compartmentalises and isolates the Pashtuns even from their direct neighbours in Peshawar, Kohat and DI Khan. It is our war — of the Pashtuns, Hindko and Farsi speakers of Peshawar, Hazara-wals, Chitralis, the Shiite of Kurram and Barelvis of Swat. It is as much a Punjabi, Baloch or a Sindhi war

The army and the people —Dr Mubashir Hasan

The Pakistan Army may train the Rangers, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) or other paramilitary units but should not lend officers from its permanent cadre to serve in the paramilitary units, as it amounts to direct confrontation involving arrests and opening fire on the people


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