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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Defense | Islam | Indo-US Relations
Gen. Pervez
Musharraf | Pakistan | Terrorism 



Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan, or Jamhouri Afghanistan, is landlocked country, located in Central Asia.  Pakistan is to its east and south, Iran and Turkmenistan to its west, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to its north.  The country has a small border with India and China to the north-east. Kabul is the capital. The predominant religion is Islam (with 84% Sunni & 15% Shiite). India provides humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and also helps in establishing education centers, hospitals and other amenities.  Afghanistan has been a hotbed of Islamic extremists like Taliban  and Islamic terrorist organizations like Osama-bin-Laden's Al-Qaeda.  Hence relations with Afghanistan has been of security & strategic importance to India.              

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Although Bollywood is much maligned for churning out mindless blockbusters, at times, it also obliquely depicts the ground realities. (Nation In Distress , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Nov 08, 2007)

The last, wan defence but one is that Pakistan is too vast for any minority to rule effectively (Proud But A Failing State , Deccan Herald, Peter Preston, Nov 08, 2007)

Islamic militants have seized more than two-thirds of a key tourist valley in northwest Pakistan, despite a state of emergency imposed to tackle extremism, the police and residents said today. (Militants Seize Over Two-Thirds Of Swat Valley , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday it was “foolish” of U.S. President George Bush to have compared Lenin with Hitler. (Bush Ignorant Of History: Karat, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistan on Wednesday denied that it had withdrawn thousands of troops from its border with India to deploy them against militants in the restive tribal areas. (No Pak Pullback From Loc, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistan has pulled tens of thousands of troops from its border with India in a bid to quell rising violence by pro-Taliban militants in the northwest, officials said here Wednesday. (Pakistan Pulls Troops From Indian Border, Frontier Post, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Half a century ago D. D. Kosambi — whose birth centenary merits celebration at the national level — characterised the great uprising as ‘feudal’ and yet the final verdict on its significance was positive and it was perceived as a glorious struggle. (1857: What Does It Mean To Us?, Hindu, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistan dismisses “excessive” foreign criticism (We’Re Keen On Early Elections: Kasuri, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

ONGOING political turmoil and deteriorating security have purportedly touched off the proclamation of emergency rule in Pakistan. (Other Voices - Pusto Press, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

THE US, believed to be the biggest benefactor of Gen Pervez Musharraf, appears to be putting considerable pressure on him to quickly right the wrongs he has done in Pakistan, resulting in chaos all over that country. (From Bush To Mush, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

The issue of deployment of Central forces in strife-torn Nandigram has apparently divided the Left Front as well as the ruling CPI(M) in West Bengal. (Bengal Lf Says Keep Crpf Out, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

President Musharraf’s declaration of a state of emergency against his own government on November 3, followed by large-scale arrests of his opponents, was a slap in the face of Washington and the Bush Administration. (America’S Choice, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 08, 2007)

Call it the new realism or maturity in Indian diplomacy. Days after Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency in Pakistan, the Indian assessment is centred on the fact that New Delhi will concentrate its energies on persuading the general to go after . . . . (India Ok With Gen If He Can Check Jihadis, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

A top Pentagon official said the fate of Pakistan's military arsenal was a "primary concern" after President Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in his country. (Pentagon Says Pakistan Nuclear Arsenal Of Concern, The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Warlord Fazlullah has taken another town in Swat, and the local police have surrendered in routine, its personnel promising never to fight against him again. (The Challenge Of Swat, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Nov 08, 2007)

President-General Pervez Musharraf’s “second coup” amounted to a serious personal blow for Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State, and American counterterrorism and nation-building policies in the Pakistan-Afghanistan badlands. (Gloomy Days For American Influence, Hindu, Simon Tisdall, Nov 07, 2007)

The Bush administration is reviewing the sale of F-16 fighter jets and P-3 aircraft to Pakistan in the wake of President Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule. (Us Moves, To Review Sale Of F-16 Jets To Pakistan, Tribune, Ashish Kumar Sen, Nov 07, 2007)


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