Monthly Archives: November 2004

The debate must continue

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

The national debate on Kashmir which President Pervez Musharraf had called for appears to be running out of steam. Now the president, who saw light at the end of the tunnel only a few weeks ago, has been speaking of vibes that are not “encouraging” from India.

A month ago – on October 25 to be precise – the president had suggested at an Iftar party that new options be explored since the status quo in Kashmir was unacceptable. To kickstart the debate he had suggested that various regions in Kashmir be identified in terms of their local culture and demographic composition and then be demilitarized.
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Denationalization: why this delay?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

While the Sindh education department has dragged its feet over issuing the notification of the cabinet decision to transfer the St Joseph’s and St Patrick’s colleges (SJC and SPC) to the Catholic Board, some quarters have continued to protest against the move.

Statements issued by the nazim of Karachi and the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) have created much uncertainty. Why they are trying to stall the move is intriguing, especially when the arguments advanced by them do not carry weight.
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