Wednesday, September 23, 2009

steps to second partition: and these people raised a bogey of Hindu domination in 1947

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    • There is a chorus of Pakistani voices opposing Islamabad's latest plan to sell vast tracts of agricultural land to Saudi Arabia. Yet, the weak civil society next door may not prevail over the ties that bind the Pakistan's ruling elite to the House of Saud.

      In the recent past, there had been reports that the military government led by Gen Pervez Musharraf was considering the sale or lease of land to the Chinese and Gulf investors. That policy appears to have acquired a new momentum.
    • Many Indians would wonder at the Pakistan's elite's seemingly casual approach to land and territoriality. The reality, however, is that Pakistan's politics are not a mirror image of ours. Pakistan's affirmation of sovereignty tends to be only in relation to India.