Pakistani Islam do you know about? The answer to this question would most
likely depend on the kind of news and information about Pakistan that has reached the majority of people
through the print and electronic media during the past decade i.e. especially
after 11 September 2001. However, this is how it is in most modern societies
where information about the world reaches us through the media. Only those few
who venture out to distant geographical areas are themselves able to experience
the ground reality of these societies.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon who
visited Pakistan a week
after the unprecedented monsoon rains that started in July 2010 described the
scenes that he saw as far worse than the havoc unleashed by the recent Haiti earthquake and the infamous tsunami of
2004 that hit Southeast and South Asia. To
some casual listeners that may sound strange because in terms of loss of life
the floods in Pakistan
claimed much fewer lives: some 2000 as against the hundreds of thousands of deaths
that took place at the time of the Haiti earthquake and the Asian
Timo Kivimäki, Senior Researcher, NIAS and Gerald Jackson, Editor in Chief, NIAS Press
In the West, Islam is often presented in a very simplified manner (much as the West is interpreted in simplified terms in many parts of the Islamic world). This is no surprise but in fact is typical in situations where there is tension between two parties.
Let me start with the proposition that terrorism has had an adverse impact on relations between India and Pakistan – and for two reasons. First is the cross border movement of terrorists (who say they are motivated by oppression of fellow Muslims) from Pakistan to India.
Når pakistanernes jubel over Musharrafs afgang har lagt sig, er spørgsmålet, om prisen for demokratiets sejr har været for høj.Taleban står stærkere end længe, tvivlsomme politikere regerer, og de demokratiske institutioner har slagside.
Stig Toft Madsen
18 February 2008
For the last twelve months the telos of events in Pakistan have been the elections, postponed once, but now most likely to be held tomorrow on February 18th.
Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Stockholm
Stig Toft Madsen
30. december 2007
Med attentatet på Benazir Bhutto den 27. december har det pakistanske politiske drama nået et foreløbigt klimaks. Dræbt på næsten samme sted som landets første ministerpræsident Liaqat Ali Khan, i samme by som hendes far blev hængt, nær den pakistanske hærs hovedkvarter, og tæt på landets hovedrige hovedstad, indskriver mordet på Benazir Bhutto sig i landets korte historie som endnu et tilbageslag for demokratiet og for den personlige sikkerhed.