Air travel, Mullahs and exploding bottoms!

The hazards of air travel Irfan Husain // <![CDATA[// // <![CDATA[// The recent terror attempt in Detroit has shaken the country.— Photo from Reuters/File During the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, papal investigators would insert a pointed stick into the rectum; this interrogation technique became known as questioning somebody in ‘the Spanish fashion’. I was reminded of this arcane bit of history by the recent arrest of a suspect who was trying to blow up the Delta Airline jetliner as it approached Detroit airport. The Nigerian passenger is supposed to have been carrying the deadly explosive PETN in a strap … Continue reading Air travel, Mullahs and exploding bottoms!

Demystifying mysteries

Demystifying mysteries By Ayesha Siddiqa Friday, 01 Jan, 2010 // // “Every other day there is some news of suspicious cars being stopped by the Punjab police and the passengers being interrogated and then released under pressure from unknown and unnamed people in the government.” – Photo by APP. The Pakistani media is playing its role by informing citizens about the threat posed by the American security contractor Blackwater. Every other day there is some news of suspicious cars being stopped by the Punjab police and the passengers being interrogated and then released under pressure from unknown and unnamed people … Continue reading Demystifying mysteries

India-Pakistan: military angle

India-Pakistan: military angle Capital suggestion Friday, January 01, 2010 Dr Farrukh Saleem The Himalayan ranges have shaped the culture, politics, religion, mythology, climate and military doctrines of all six countries — Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan — that the ranges stretch across. The Great Mountain covers an area of about 650,000 square-kilometres and the width varies from 180 kilometres to 350 kilometres with a total glaciation area of over 33,000 square-kilometres. The Great Mountain Arc, from the Indus River all the way to the Brahmaputra River, encircles five countries — India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan — and … Continue reading India-Pakistan: military angle

The road to hell — and similar destinations

The road to hell — and similar destinations Islamabad diary Friday, January 01, 2010 Ayaz Amir We have a developed talent, honed over the years, for counting the trees and missing the larger picture. We see things in one dimension and forget that there may be other sides to reality. This leads to false conclusions and the begetting of great tragedies. Let us for argument’s sake accept that Asif Ali Zardari, the luckless president of a luckless country, is the author of a thousand villainies, the darkest thing to have happened to the Islamic Republic. But let us at least … Continue reading The road to hell — and similar destinations

New Year messages

J Sri Raman The common Indian can send this common message to Advani, Gadkari, Sushma, Jaitley, and the two Thackerays: “I showed in 2009 that I had learnt the lesson from 2008. Will you show in 2010 that you have learnt your lesson from 2009?” “The most important lesson that the outgoing year teaches us is that India cannot afford to have a government in which the prime minister has no real authority, and the leader who has the authority has no accountability…[The events of 2008] have taught an important lesson to India: to have a strong leader.” That was … Continue reading New Year messages

The party’s over?

by Imran Kureshi Strangely enough, today it is Ziaul Haq who is almost universally condemned and his rival, whom he had ignominiously executed (rather assassinated) as a murderer, is idealised. Who could have imagined such a turnaround 25 years later? Oh boy! It really got my adrenaline flowing in November when I heard an acknowledged TV anchorman gleefully say, “The party’s over!” at the critical juncture when TV was erroneously announcing that the MQM had asked President Zardari to resign and it seemed he’d had it. And sort of like history repeating itself, I even read the statement in an … Continue reading The party’s over?

Asian Doctor causes terror alert in Birmingham Hospital.

A full scale anti terror alert erupted in the course of a routine back surgery operation at City Hospital Birmingham on Sunday as hospital patient Maya Semour-Butts, 31 was having surgery to have her appendix removed. Dr Ejaz Ahmed, said that the explosion, triggered by an electronic device he was holding at the time, knocked him down ‘on his bottom’ and that gas was passed which in turn ignited alcoholic fluid on the surgery table which in turn ignited fellow surgeon Dr Harinder Singhs surgical gown who ran out cursing Dr Ahmed calling him names and a terrorist. A Community … Continue reading Asian Doctor causes terror alert in Birmingham Hospital.