This Week Trends
"Given the politicians’ crass opportunism and lack of commitment, the optimism generated by recent elections is likely to prove short-lived. Some observers have gone so far as to opine that the present arrangement will not last even a year and that people will be forced to go to the polls again. Both leading parties--the PPP and PML-N--will aim to get a clear mandate to rule on their own; power-sharing is neither familiar to them nor something they enjoy. Pakistani politicians, feudal to their bone-marrow, want everything for themselves. It would take a very great optimist to predict any light at the end of the dark tunnel in which the hapless people of Pakistan are trapped."
"If indeed Sheikh Yassin has developed a solution for Gaza that can stave off anarchy, and foresees peace and security at some juncture, for both the Palestinians and the Israelis who are also victims of the militarists, hope has retuned to Palestine/ Israel, and where there is hope there is also God, however you envision or imagine Him. Whether one supports, or abhors the resistance movement in Palestine, none of us can ignore the importance of their struggle to the security and future democratization in the Middle East, and perhaps the world, since the preponderance of power must always belong to the people, as balanced against the limited power of the state."