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Ali Ahmed Rind

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Nuclear Culture

KARACHI, PAKISTAN — Children here are taught to virtually worship Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb. So it was with respect and shock that the country watched him confess on TV to leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. He admitted his sin to......

Prophet, Speak

Support for Osama bin Laden is once again on public display throughout Pakistan. On July 18, Karachi‘s most popular pro-jihad morning newspaper, Daily Ummat, published a rather remarkable story suggesting a divine role in bin Laden’s survival. ”Osama bin Laden is in Afghanistan at the directive of Prophet Muhammad,“ the......

A Blasphemer Dies

The car bombing that killed 14 people and wounded three dozen others outside of the U.S. Consulate‘s Office in Karachi got most of the attention last week. But two days earlier, a little-known crime occurred that sheds light on the current state of chaos in Pakistan. An inmate shot and......

A Nuclear Mood

On the street corners of Karachi, the talk is of war. How it’s inevitable, how our leaders are vowing to teach the enemy a lesson. “What do you think, will India cross over the Line of Control?” I hear someone ask a friend. “No, it will dare not. Pakistan has......
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Edging Toward War

PAKISTAN'S NEXT WAR APPEARS INEVITABLE. AND IT'S UNCLEAR HOW MUCH LONGER PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf, who changes key positions almost daily, will be able to keep his tenuous hold on the country. On our eastern front, the military is embroiled in the sixth month of its standoff with India. We have......

General Mayhem

President General Pervez Musharraf is losing control of his country. The Sunday-morning grenade attack on a church along Diplomat Row is the latest telling example. It’s one thing for Musharraf to announce to the international community, as he did months ago, that he was cracking down on terrorists. But the......

Somewhere Else

From the very start, the investigation into Daniel Pearl‘s kidnapping was mishandled. Investigators should have sought, on the first day Pearl came up missing, the long list of intelligence officers involved with tensions in Afghanistan and Kashmir during the past five or six years. In turn, these officers could have......

The Hunt for Daniel Pearl

Christina Lamb, a reporter for London’s Sunday Telegraph, is well-known in Pakistan’s sociopolitical circles. She wrote “Waiting for Allah,” an examination of the 1990s, our decade of turmoil. A few days before Kabul fell to anti-Taliban forces, she was staying at the Hotel Serena in Quetta. During the night, a......

Reign of Chaos

After two decades of civil war and three years of drought, the most desperate are reduced to eating grass to survive the harsh winter that has set upon towns and villages. A flu epidemic could kill as many as 15,000 people, and serious health problems are common. The other day,......

The Last Stand

Pakistan’s leaders have proven to be very gullible when it comes to dealing with the United States. Way back on September 19, President Pervez Musharraf explained to his countrymen why Pakistan was turning against the Taliban and supporting the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Wouldn‘t you know, his reasons touched on......