Monthly Archives: May 2009

How many bombs will deter

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

AS Pakistan plods on with its war in Malakand against the Taliban and struggles to cope with the hundreds of thousands who are being displaced, controversy over its nuclear arsenal would be the last thing it would ask for.
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Why Zulfiqar Ali should not die

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

ZULFIQAR Ali, a prisoner on death row in Adiala jail since April 1998, is to be hanged. There is confusion about the date.

Since September 2008 when President Asif Zardari rejected Zulfiqar`s final mercy petition, the condemned prisoner has been granted three stays of execution. The last expired on May 6.
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Arundhati Roy with WAF

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

“WOMEN to reclaim public spaces a programme of defiance and resistance”. That is how the Women`s Action Forum defined the meeting it held last Friday to mobilise public opinion against extremism.

Although WAF`s concern to protect the space women have created in the public mainstream has been on its agenda for some time, this goal has acquired urgency in the wake of the events in Swat. The Nizam-i-Adl Regulation in Malakand Division has brought people face to face with the ugly reality of the Talibanisation phenomenon in the rural backwaters as well as in modern urban centres.
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1 Comment | Posted in Social Issues, Women |

Is Obama’s concern justified?

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

NOTWITHSTANDING the rumpus created by President Barack Obama`s remarks about the Zardari government being “extremely fragile” the latter observation should provide some food for thought to Pakistanis.

In a damage-control attempt the US special envoy Richard Holbrooke tried to explain off the reports on the president`s statement as being “journalistic garbage, journalistic gobbledygook”.
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