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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

INDOPAK PEACE


Beyond Mumbai  by Sherry Rehman   Like all episodes that trigger trans-national crises, the Mumbai attacks have seemingly altered our world. Not since the 2000-2001 military stand-off betweenIndiaandPakistanhave relations between the two stood at such a low point as they do today.   We were not always like this, mired in a debilitating tableaux of

MOVING BEYOND MUMBAI


The News January 26, 2009 Moving beyond Mumbai Sherry Rehman Like all episodes that trigger trans-national crises, the Mumbai attacks have seemingly altered our world. Not since the 2000-2001 military stand-off between India and Pakistan have relations between the two stood at such a low point as they do today. We were not always like

MOVING BEYOND MUMBAI


Beyond Mumbai  by Sherry Rehman The News, 26 January, 2009   Like all episodes that trigger trans-national crises, the Mumbai attacks have seemingly altered our world. Not since the 2000-2001 military stand-off betweenIndiaandPakistanhave relations between the two stood at such a low point as they do today. We were not always like this, mired in

FORTY YEARS OF PROGRESSIVE POLITICS


Forty Years of Progressive Politics  By Sherry Rehman         A political party is best judged for its performance over time by two fundamentals. One is the voters it pulls, and the second is the policy programme it stands for. On both counts the Pakistan Peoples Party emerges as the only mainstream party inPakistanthat has

PPP AND THE POLITICS OF HOPE


PPP and the Politics of Hope  By Sherry Rehman           Today the Pakistan Peoples Party marks its fortieth year in mainstream politics. Why does this party hold a unique place inPakistan’s history, politics and social transformations? What animates its diehard support-base, and why do people seek its banner? Firstly, it is the one federal

A DECISIVE MOMENT OR THE ECP MUST ACT NOW


A Decisive Moment or The ECP Must Act Now By Sherry Rehman   Two recent developments inIslamabadstand out as significant for their public questioning of the unchecked, and therefore unnatural, hold on power by the executive inPakistan. One was more emphatic than the other, but both deserve a second glance. The fact that the Supreme

BALOCHISTAN AFTER BUGTI


Balochistan after Bugti By Sherry Rehman History and nature have one thing in common. They rarely teach lessons without bloodshed and trauma. Although we have never officially embraced it as a potentially preventable wound, one of the lessons etched like a deep scar on our body politic is the partition ofPakistan. Perhaps because of, not