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CAN INDO-PAK TALKS AFFORD TO FAIL?


Can Indo-Pak talks afford to fail? Sherry Rehman As the Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan wound down to an unceremonious finish, headlines all over the world scrambled to draw a red line between success or failure. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks in Riyadh brought some emollient to a crusty diplomatic standoff, while the

GIVE DIALOGUE A CHANCE


THE NEWS Give dialogue a chance  15th Feb, 2010 By Sherry Rehman Resuming dialogue is always weighed down by anxiety about outcomes. But India and Pakistan need not worry. Nobody realistically expects too much out of tentative renewals. Yet, just the mere return of dialogue signals recognition from both parties that ritual has its uses.

GOJRA AND PAKISTAN’S IDENTITY


The News August 13, 2009   Gojra and Pakistan’s identity By Sherry Rehman   Gojra has exposed fundamental fissures in the crafting of a national identity inPakistan. We all now know that large mobs of ordinary Pakistanis, with police impunity, went on a rampage of communalist frenzy to kill eight people and injure many more.

THE COST OF IGNORING PAKISTAN’S IDPS


THE COST OF IGNORING PAKISTAN’S IDPS By Sherry Rehman  Jul 2009   There is nothing more tragic than being a refugee in ones’ own homeland. Exile is no longer an imagined place or ambiguous choice. It is a reality forced on by the trauma of a natural or man-made crisis, sharpening the pain and loss

LIP SERVICE CANNOT REBUILD SHATTERED LIVES


Lip service cannot rebuild shattered lives By Sherry Rehman, Special to Gulf News Published:June 08, 2009,23:22   There is nothing more tragic than being a refugee in one’s own homeland. Exile is no longer an imagined place or ambiguous choice. It is a reality forced by the trauma of a natural or man-made crisis, sharpening

MALAKAND: THE NEXT TEST


The News June 6, 2009   Malakand: the next test By Sherry Rehman Before the military operation began in Swat, the militant hijack of the valley had become a potent symbol of what went wrong withPakistan’s response to the growing terrorist challenge emanating from the tribal areas borderingAfghanistan. Yet, the military operation, so desperately awaited

AN UNSETTLING PROBLEM


HINDUSTAN TIMES MAY 29, 2009   An unsettling problem There is nothing more tragic than being a refugee in one’s own homeland. Exile is no longer an imagined place or an ambiguous choice. While Pakistani families have opened up their homes to the refugees in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), the collective expression of support,

WHY THE IDPS MATTER


The News May 21, 2009 WHY THE IDPS MATTER By Sherry Rehman   There is nothing more tragic than being a refugee in ones’ own homeland. Exile is no longer an imagined place or ambiguous choice. It is a reality forced on by the trauma of a natural or man-made crisis, sharpening the pain and

REINVENTING AFPAK


REINVENTING AFPAK By Sherry Rehman   Summits don’t usually sign off on much that isn’t promised in advance. The trilateral exercise in Washington DC, by that count, should not have been loaded with the baggage of high public expectations. What it may have done, and certainly appears to have accomplished, is a lowering of the

A CALL TO ACTION


April 4: A Call to Action By Sherry Rehman Every year, as April 4 approaches, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s spirit and memory looms large on the hearts and minds of the Pakistani nation. As many expect, his 30th death anniversary is a time to recall his contribution, but also an occasion to reflect on the state