November 29, 2011

Delusion of communism: Pakistan Army uses leftists as weapon

By Habib R. Sulemani 

FRENCH writer Jean-Paul Sartre with philosopher partner
Simone de Beauvoir meet Che Guevara in 1960. (Wikipedia)
FORGET about Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his desi tribe, just look at that French public intellectual, existentialist philosopher and globally admired writer who refused Nobel Prize in Literature but played rugby with Marxism – the immature sociopolitical worldview! Yes, I'm talking about Jean-Paul Sartre.

Sartre didn't go to Stockholm to receive the prestigious prize from the Swedish King but with his philosopher partner Simone de Beauvoir went to Cuba probably for a political debate with the like-minded revolutionists! There Sartre sits obediently before an uncanny young Taliban-like communist warrior, Che Guevara. This is what I've seen in a thought-provoking black-and-white photograph and it appears that the warrior talks mostly while the intellectual couple listens silently!

November 27, 2011

Global village — internet will play vital role in next elections

 "Pakistan’s 70 per cent rural population is also joining the cyber world, and with the use of the internet ‘urbanisation’ is taking place rapidly, and the ‘great divide’ between the rural and urban societies is taking a new shape. Now, at least in the field of information, a ‘rural guy’ is not more equal than a ‘shehri babu’ or urban guy. The internet has made the world a ‘Global Village’ in the real sense."

By Habib R. Sulemani

November 26, 2011

Writers and poets are founders of globalization

By Habib R. Sulemani

Writers, poets and other creative people are actually founders of the concept of globalization not business tycoons of recent times. Thus William Shakespeare, Mir Taqi Mir, Khwaja Ghulam Farid, Emily Dickinson and many other creative geniuses are part of the total intellectual asset of the human race on planet earth. With this vision, how to promote art and literature in our militarized and terrorized Pakistan? The answer to this question can guarantee peace and prosperity.

November 23, 2011

Resistance literature: Pakistani writers are powerful than generals

The Terrorland Report

HRS for The Terrorland
THE four-day 4th International Urdu Conference has started in Pakistan’s business capital Karachi. Senior writers, poets, critics and journalists, as usual, are urging their favorite targets government and the youth to promote Urdu language and literature, particularly stressing on the need to translate scientific works into the national language (without any contribution to the sciences).

These elderly guys have gathered to talk bookish, eat lavishly and go away hopefully to meet again next year. This is the general impression among the youth, and it's the way people often do at such conferences in Pakistan. The gurus of “organized literature” and leaders of “organized religions" work in almost the same authoritarian way especially under the influence of an unknown fear within! And thus the condition of both is crystal clear in our polarized world.

Ah! Urdu language and literature! 

November 20, 2011

People seek global action against Pakistani leaders

The Terrorland Report

IN an amateur caricature, being circulated on the Facebook, a Pakistan public artist explains what the common people think about the almighty military and political leaders' relationship with the United States of America.

Four Pakistani leaders - starting with the heavyweight Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, MQM chief Altaf Hussain, President Asif Zardari, former premier Nawaz Sharif - are on the left side of President Barack Obama while another four - Home Minister Rehman Malik, Prime Minister Gilani, former military dictator Gen. Musharraf and Moulana Fazl Rehman - are on the right side of the American President.

A caption in Urdu reads: "These leaders have the same interest, ideology and mission... but their ways of committing crime differ..." 

November 19, 2011

Global peace — countries need women as leaders

The Terrorland Report

A woman is a peace-maker and man is worrier by nature, and our world needs independent female leaders today. 

November 18, 2011

Leadership – women can resolve issue of Kashmir

The Terrorland Report

MLA Shaheen Kausar Dar
IF there were even a single woman leader in either part of Jammu and Kashmir, the issue would have been resolved so far. Traditionally, both India and Pakistan use stooge men with conservative and liberal looks to suppress demands of the people of the divided region. They are handicapped... not allowed to be able to decide their fate freely... to join any of the two fighting neighboring countries or stay as an independent nation state in South Asia. 

Although there are some female leaders on either side of the divide, but they are not independent enough to make own decisions as leaders. They mostly depend on their male relatives in politics or some secret agencies of the oppressive powers on either side of the Line of Control. 

November 16, 2011

Stalinism & Police Services of Pakistan

The Terrorland Report

21st century Pakistani Stalin versus 20th century Russian Stalin
"STALINISM," according to Encyclopædia Britannic, "is associated with a regime of terror and totalitarian rule."

Wikipedia says: "It's characterized by a high degree of centralization, totalitarianism, the use of a secret police, propaganda, and especially brutal tactics of political coercion."

This term is associated with Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) who was leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which came into existence in 1922 and disintegrated in1991. As a communist leader, Stalin was known for creating a totalitarian state out of Russia by purging all opposition.

November 15, 2011

Leadership crisis — where are women of Balochistan?

The Terrorland Report 

Young and energetic Provincial Minister 
Raheela Durrani can fill the leadership 
vacuum in Balochistan if allowed.
ONCE upon a time there were some important woman leaders in Islamabad. Today there is none. The few seen around are either someone's wife, relative or in relationship with someone in the corridors of power!

Among the vanished women leaders are Dr. Noor Jehan Panezai and Zubaida Jalal who represented Balochistan in the federal capital of Pakistan. They both have disappeared from the political scene, and no one seems interested in the whereabouts of the lost women leaders of a province that is bleeding!

Dr. Panezai, a medical doctor, was Deputy Chairperson of the Senate of Pakistan in the early 1990's. She had been a member of the National Assembly and a Minister for Health and Women Division as well. She was the only female senator in Pakistan in the late 1980's.

November 14, 2011

Imran Khan & ISI-gifted paradise in hell

The Terrorland Report 

Two-faced Imran Khan (by Habib Sulemani-1995)
LATELY, some readers have asked why The Terrorland ignored the recent “political somersault” of former cricketer-turned-philanthropist-turned-politician, Imran Khan. 

Well, it’s an understandable phenomenon!

Anyone, with a little bit understanding of the Pakistani military establishment's mindset and political tactics, knows the reason that Imran Khan, 59, is a puppet of the generals. So, instead of writing about the puppets (which the mainstream media is doing very well to please the military) why not talk about the puppet-players (generals)? And that is what The Terrorland Team has been doing since the beginning of this group blog.

Imran Khan is an ambitious and greedy poor soul with a lavish lifestyle! And this is the criteria for a political puppet in Pakistan. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is happy for having such a puppet that is equally famous in- and outside Pakistan. 

To be frank, the generals have made Mr. Khan their spy-bridge to the hearts of the liberal West and the conservative Islamic East! Being an excellent chameleon – like any member of the Pakistani ruling class especially in dealings with the West – Imran Khan is “Mr. Brown” in London and a clean-shaven “Mullah” in Islamabad.  

November 12, 2011

Warning: Pakistan's brinkmanship game could be a global disaster

The Terrorland Report

BRINKMANSHIP strategy of the Pakistan Army has created a very dangerous situation in the country, and people fear that the incompetent and coward generals can further let it ‘loose’ in an effort to protect their own lives and properties; so there could be a situation like Bosnia and Rwanda if global leaders kept silent spectators.

November 11, 2011

Global Music Therapy – Balochistan to the heart of Europe

The Terrorland Report

MUSIC Therapy of Nations series started with Pashto music and relations among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States of America. The post, while talking about a song of famous singer Naghma, said: “A wrong interpretation of the song can cause a global war and a truthful understanding of it can make the world a real heaven!

November 10, 2011

Kashmiri music - Gilgit-Baltistan wants no less than Parliament

The Terrorland Report

HOW the 'oppressed' Kashmiris have become an 'oppressor' in the case of Gilgit-Baltistan, locals say, that can be witnessed by the statements of Kashmiri leaders especially from the Azad Kashmir. And the socio-historical background of this notion has been discussed in detail by bloggers of The Terrorland, particularly in the popular post: Gilgit-Baltistan in search of hijacked independence for 64 years.

November 9, 2011

Khowar music unites people of Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan

The Terrorland Report

PAKISTANI military establishment, through a traditional puppet government, separated Chitral from Gilgit-Baltistan after the so-called independence, and gave it to the NWFP (now officially called Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, don't know what will be tomorrow its name?).

November 8, 2011

Burushaski - a unique language & music in Gilgit-Baltistan

The Terrorland Report

BURUSHASKI, according to experts, is a language isolate, not known to be related to any other language of the world. It's spoken only in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. It has three dialects in Hunza, Nagar and Yasin valley. Rough estimates say there are about 100,000 native speakers known as Brusho or Hunzakuts.

November 7, 2011

Shina music & resistance literature in Gilgit-Baltistan

The Terrorland Report

RESISTANCE literature and Shina language seem synonymous in Gilgit-Baltistan. This thing has greatly influenced other languages in the region especially Burushaski, Wakhi, Khowar and Balti. Thus it makes the people proud of Shina language no matter they live in Pakistan or any other part of the world.

November 6, 2011

Wakhi music: don't doubt strength of bridge to China & Central Asia

The Terrorland Report

THERE are, according to some natives, about 100,000 Wakhi-speaking people in the world today. A large number of them lives in Pakistan; mainly in Gilgit-Baltistan's upper Hunza area known as Gojal and Ishkoman valley in Ghizar district. Some Wakhis also live in Chitral district of Pakhtunkhwa province.

November 5, 2011

Balti music can do what the bloody 'strategic assets' can't

The Terrorland Report
PASHTO music can improve Af-Pak-US relations! Yes! This post was appreciated and there were demands of similar posts to make the tribal narrow minds of the people-in-power broader... to meet challenges of the globalized world in the Cyber Age! 

November 2, 2011

95% Pakistanis don't know Gilgit-Baltistan's story: F. M. Khan

The Terrorland Report  

F.M. Khan - historian and a
veteran of Gilgit-Baltistan's 
liberation war 1947.
RESEARCHERS and historians are aware of the name of F. M. Khan (1930–2002). His only book, The Story of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, is a must-read for those who want to know the real story of the strategically important region.

The book was still in the press when the author died in Gilgit city. Habib Sulemani says: "I was contacted to compile and edit Mr. Khan's book. I worked hard on it as he was not in good health, and badly wanted to see his book published. The Pakistani style publication plus, as is said, haste makes waste, the proofreading and font errors couldn't be corrected at the other end."

However, many historian believe, still the book is a big achievement regarding the local perspective on their history and political issues. The flap of the book introduces the author in this way:

November 1, 2011

Gilgit-Baltistan in search of hijacked independence for 64 years

On November 1, 1947 Gilgit-Baltistan became a republic and 15 days later acceded to Pakistan to get a provincial status. But for the last 64 years, it's being denied basic rights and ruled like a ‘colony’ from Islamabad. Today is considered as the "Independence Lost Day" by the locals. Therefore, the over 2 million people of this strategically important region demand representation in Pakistani Parliament so that they can reclaim their lost liberty.