Author Archives: Mansoor Alam


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Sectarianism and its fallout

The state is unable to bottle this genie   The menace of sectarianism, though old, has of late intensified in Pakistan. The Shi’a-Sunni conflict in the Indo-Pak subcontinent, particularly Lukhnow, is almost


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Liberalism

Simply getting it wrong   The orthodoxy in Pakistan has been speaking against liberalism and liberals in a very derogatory manner. Perhaps they think that it is an un-Islamic concept and means


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The audacity of failure

I feel sorry for President Obama. He reminds me of Mr Hussain Shaheed Suharwardi, a former PM of Pakistan, who once said, in reply to a question about his helplessness in policy


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The man named OBL

Osama is dead. Long live Osama. That is what thousands of his Pakistani and non-Pakistani sympathisers and followers believe. A large number of them even refuse to accept that he is dead,


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A promise unkept

During the last few weeks a number of articles, some by highly informed columnists have appeared in the newspapers, castigating President Obama for not fulfilling his promise to prevent the Israeli government


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The enemy within

“What is wrong with Muslims”; this is the name of the book written by a well known Western author. In this book, the author has listed the various causes of the decline and downfall of the Muslims in the present time. Extremism and terrorism are of course the main focus of the book.
It is one of the several books written by Western authors on Islam and Muslims since the 9/11 attack in the United States. Most of these books contain negative perceptions and interpretations of


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Right time for peace?

The world thinks of India as old, exotic and mysterious. It is impressed with its vibrant democracy, its centuries’ old culture and history, its present day growth rate of about 8-9 percent, its prowess in modern IT industry and so on so forth. The West seems particularly certain that India will become a prosperous world power in forcible future.
However, personally I cannot help being skeptical about India’s bright future because I see a serious lack of timing, priorities,


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The minorities

The status of minorities is well defined in Islam. Throughout the Islamic history, starting with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), minorities in an Islamic state were accorded equal status with the Muslims except that they had to pay the jiziya or poll tax for their protection and exemption from war services.
The Meesaq-e-Madinah signed by the Prophet (PBUH) with the residents, including Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims, granted them full freedom to observe their religious practices


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Not so simple a matter

The day, 7 February, 2011, when the young wife of one of the victims of Raymond Davis committed suicide having become hopeless of receiving justice, was a very sad day. I would put the blame for this mainly on the concerned ministries as they should have sent an official to meet the victim’s family and offer them solace and assurances of justice.
I have no doubt that even if the accused cannot be convicted for some reason, the US government would have agreed to pay a reasonable


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The Af-Pak equation

Bob Woodword’s book, Obama’s Wars, printed last year still remains valid as it contains the assessment and thinking of President Obama and his senior ministers and officials. The book is devoted almost entirely to the problems and difficulties being faced by the Obama administration in defeating Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other extremist/terrorist organizations allied with them.
According to Mr. Levoy, the top expert on Pakistan in the Obama administration, “Pakistan is obsessed with


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Pakistan-US relations – Interests before emotions

The US Vice President Mr Biden’s recent visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan has intensified the debate about the nature and durability of relations between the two countries. In a PTV program on 14th January 2011, the anchor repeatedly asked the participants if the US would prove to be reliable partner in the future or would once again abandon Pakistan, what its real intentions in befriending Pakistan are etc.
The most interesting issue raised by a statement of the foreign office


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It’s a win-win

The idea of a no-war pact between India and Pakistan was first floated by former President of Pakistan Ayub Khan. However, the idea was rejected by India and later by Pakistan when the former made the proposal. Now, both countries are vehemently opposed to it.
Consequently, they have fought 3 full fledged wars, twice as conventional weapon states and once as nuclear weapon states and are constantly fighting on the frozen heights of Siachen, where general winter, to quote Mani

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