Indian PM invites Zardari, Gilani to watch semi-final in Mohali


Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Every body has made comments according to her/his wisdom. Now here is my $0.02.

1. Pakistanis remember the famous trip by Asma Jahangir attired in Bal Thakrey's symbolic color, ORANGE. Its irrelevant whether she was coached by Pakistani gov't to visit him or not, fact is that she did visit a terrorist. There may well have been a fruitful discussion which can not be verified because we do not know the exact script of the conversation.

I have noticed that Asma has quickly endorsed the invitation and welcomed it. This alone leads me to believe that:
A. This invitation is an outcome of her meeting with Thakrey
B. Her quick endorsement and the timing of the invitation (continent-wide accepted game) gives people of both countries that both are desperate to make mends with each other. If this is really the case then Pakistan should accept the invitation but the president and PM should avoid taking a large contingency of their entourage to avert big expenses.

2. We also know for fact that India has been defeated in Afghanistan and all the terrorist activities, over $1B investment to build several RAW offices disguised as visa offices, are coming back to haunt them. Primr Minister Singh must now be feeling a pinch in his conscience for what they have done on behest of their masters Americans and Israelis and now US is pulling out in July.

PM Singh may be losing sleep because he has 100's if not 1000's RAW agents in Afghanistan and Pakistan carrying out subversive activities against the two countries, Af/Pak. Mr Singh is nervous because he sees revenge from ISI, for ISI will take revenge (and they should) of the killings that India has done to our nation. Also, after the Uncle Sam's exit in July, India will be left alone in the hands of brave Afghanis, therefore he sees another war - except this time it would between centuries-brave Afghans against Hind's RAW agents who have no bravery at their hearts due to their religion, useless fight for nothing, and simple fear that no nation has been able to subdue the brave nation of Afghanistan in the history of man kind yet - British, Soviets, and now the American- yeh sub hi dum daba kar bhagey hain.

Allah has chosen Af/Iran as a 'transmission point' for the Pakistani Muslim soldiers while traveling to Damascus (Jesus (as) will arrive in Damascus) to help Jesus. Some Muslims don't velieve in this hadeeth, but Singh, Natanyahoo, Cameron, and Obama totally do believe in it. Or there would not be a fear for any other reason given that Pak is puny little country on map of the world compared to US/UK.

In this contest I think Mr. Singh's invitation is an act of 'sucking up' to protect their ownself because India is now at a disadvantageous position and could lose big time in next election if bodies of the RAW agents start flying in from Kabul.

Therefore, its my humble opinion that the invitation should be outright rejected. India has not been very receptive to our invitation when we wanted to extend an olive branch. They always rejected using excuse such as: Mumbai attack, Hafiz Saeed etc.

We have to wait n see which way the two, Zardari/Gilani decision swings.


Muhammad Tauseef A. Bajwa

Senator (1k+ posts)
Gilani accepts Singh's invitation to visit Mohali

Gilani accepts Singh's invitation to visit Mohali
Published: March 27, 2011

Gilani says government will protect rights of parliament

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday accepted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs invitation to visit Mohali to see the Pakistan-India World Cup semi-final match which will take place on Wednesday.

The prime minister decided to go to India to see the match after holding a two-hour long meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari in the capital.
Other important national issues and the recent political situation in the country were also discussed in the meeting.

India had, on Friday, renewed its cricket diplomacy engagements with Pakistan after a six-year gap, inviting President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to watch the high-voltage clash between the two countries.

Muhammad Tauseef A. Bajwa

Senator (1k+ posts)
Pak-India dialogue: Delegation reaches New Delhi

Pak-India dialogue: Delegation reaches New Delhi
Published: March 27, 2011

Indian MP Mani Shankar Aiyar admits Pakistan worst-hit by terror, says important to move ahead from 26/11.

Interior Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry reached New Delhi on Sunday to hold interior secretary level talks, set to begin Monday.

Earlier, as he crossed the Wagah Border, Chaudhry, who is leading a three-member delegation, said he was going to India with the gift of love and peace.
Sources said both countries are likely to hold talks on a number of issues including the Mumbai attacks, the Samjhotha Express case, prisoner exchange and drug trafficking.

The interior secretary said terrorism is one of the challenges being faced by the region and it will be discussed during the dialogue with India.

Earlier, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua had said that Pakistan will approach the upcoming talks with India with an open mind and a constructive spirit to ensure an uninterrupted dialogue process with its neighbour.

Pakistan believes that dialogue, which is uninterrupted and uninterruptable, is the only way forward, she had said, adding that the officials would discuss issues pertaining to terrorism, the narcotics trade and other humanitarian issues.
The commerce and trade secretaries of both countries will also meet in Islamabad next month.

Muhammad Tauseef A. Bajwa

Senator (1k+ posts)
The moulting of Manmohan Singh

The moulting of Manmohan Singh
By Jyoti Malhotra
Published: March 28, 2011

The writer has written for the Indian Express, Times of India, Khaleej Times and Wall Street Journal. She currently writes for the Business Standard in Delhi [email protected]

Can poetry change the course of war? Can the iambic pentameter, irrespective of language, extract the sting from the frontal assault but nevertheless ensure that the message reaches home? Can the hero reach out to the bad guys and change the ending of the formula film?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has appeared singularly lacklustre or damaged or both in recent weeks, ruling over a disparate coalition that is at once corrupt and seemingly bereft of ideas, looks like he has undergone a moulting in the last 48 hours. And surprisingly, it was an Urdu couplet that came to his desperate rescue.

Imagine if you will, an unlikely opposition consisting of both the left and the right, whose strength is inversely proportional to the determined suicidal tendencies of the government. First, there was the utterly scandalous matter of the Commonwealth Games last year, in which senior Congress party members have been caught with their hands in the till. Then, the Congress party in power wanted to appoint a tainted man as the countrys top vigilance bureaucrat. As if all this wasnt bad enough, Indias fantastical economic growth story took a big beating when it was found that former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja had siphoned off a few hundred crores from the sale of precious spectrum for expanding national mobile telephony, without as much as batting an eyelid.
Was this the same prime minister who, as finance minister in 1991, launched the economic reform that had set India upon its path of self-confident growth? How could Manmohan Singh, circa 2011, condone this rank and unadulterated mess?
No wonder Sushma Swaraj, senior leader of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, taunted him in parliament: Tu idhar, udhar ki na baat kar/yeh bata ki kaafila kyon luta/Hamein rehzanon se gila nahin/teri rehbari ka sawaal hai.

As the House erupted in derisive laughter, the PM got up to reply, his voice soft and hesitant as he read his defence from a piece of paper. That was only to be expected, the barely-controlled chortling indicated. Then Manmohan Singh put the piece of paper down on the table and invoked Iqbal: Maana ki tere deed ke kaabil nahin hoon main/Tuh mera shauq to dekh/mera intezaar to dekh
Sushma Swaraj began to smile, LK Advani hid his own behind his hand, Sonia Gandhi was suppressing a grin but the packed House had no such compunctions. The sudden gust of relief underwrote the triumphant comeback. The PM had belied all his opponents, that too in the idiom of the day. He had won. The Congress party had succeeded in putting the opposition in its place.
Within the next 36 hours, as Yuvraj Singh played his bit role in the larger picture of returning the people-to-people relationship between India and Pakistan to its rightful place at the centre and gave India a shoo-in at Mohali the PM played his second card: He invited Pakistans president Asif Ali Zardari and his counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani to watch India and Pakistan in combat.

Make no mistake, the Mohali match is war by another name, especially since this is the first time that both countries are confronting each other on the sporting arena since the Mumbai 2008 attacks. But the question is, how badly can you behave when the top leadership of both countries are watching from the same box?

Since cricket is religion in India/Pakistan, all the political heavyweights are bound to be at the stadium too. Can both sides do what they have been claiming on the front pages of newspapers forever, which is to separate the desires of ordinary people play cricket, travel to each others countries, perhaps to Moenjodaro, or Ajmer Sharif, go out for dinner in Lahore or Amritsar from the high politics of government?

If the ball is at silly point, how long before both leaderships are leg before? The short lesson is that Singh seems to have realised that this is his last shot at the history books. Perhaps Gilani can take a page from the same tomes?
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2011.

Muhammad Tauseef A. Bajwa

Senator (1k+ posts)
Culture, peace and Manmohan Singh

Culture, peace and Manmohan Singh
By Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Published: March 28, 2011

The writer is professor of political science at LUMS [email protected]

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a remarkable friendly gesture in inviting our president and prime minister to watch the Pakistan-India semi-final with him in Mohali. Overnight, the mood of the media and the people, at least in Pakistan, has turned positive towards India. There is as much talk about the players, the game and how to win the match, as there is talk about why India-Pakistan are distant neighbours, to use the title of a book by Kuldip Nayyar.
It is not the lack of subjects or issues that are important to Pakistan, its the people and the region that we are going to be transfixed to at the match and our relations with India over the coming days and weeks. It is the centrality of this relation, both in the positive and negative sense, that has triggered so much interest. A purist sports lover may enjoy the match, regardless of the colour of kits and nationality of the teams. But that is not the case in the modern-day world of sports, let alone the game between India and Pakistan.

What are sports competitions all about? Victory, defeat or experiencing life through a different window? Having watched sports for decades, I cannot make up my mind whether the joy is over the win of my team, or over the loss of yours.

True, it is all about competition and one has to win on the expense of the other. Since there are so many issues that we have to deal with in our
complex world, the thrill of victory and agony of defeat could be left to the grounds where the games are played.

For me, the Mohali semi-final has tremendous symbolic value, beyond the game itself, in bringing together the teams, the fans, the billion-plus people, the top leadership of the two countries and cricket fans all over the world watching the showdown together from different locations.

The game of cricket has deep roots in the subcontinent as a cultural tradition. It is as local now as it is English in its origin a sign of cultural globalisation. There are many other common cultural streams between India and Pakistan languages, literature, music, religious traditions, and thousands of years of togetherness under local rulers and competing empires.

With so much in common, cultural streams remain unexplored and an untried agent of change. Fear, insecurity and politics have captured the centre stage. The moment we turn to culture, we will see each other in a different light as humans and friends, desiring to meet each other.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2011.


Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Let us request that they should accepts the Invitation and take with them all their friends to "Enjoy the match and later on the Firework"
Kaash yeh loag hamarai baat maan lain aur yeh invitation accept kar laiyn.

hawk bhai, aap ki khwahish puri ho gayei, ub mithai khilao subhon ko :)

swisspak - Blogger
they should come and fly back with all pakistanii player after semifinal[hilar][hilar]

Array "Pappua", tu phir se bola apun ke saamne. Jeh baat kaan dho ke sun lay sasuray, tohar dhoni ki dhoti utar jayegi akkha india ke saamne is shukrwaar ko parintu tohar thakray se uhh jani dhoni ko hum naahi bachawat hain chaturay munna!!!


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Mana ki tere deed ke kaabil nahi hoon main,
tu mera shauk to dekh, mera intezar to dekh

The above sher taken from post#24. Can somebody please explain the second line?
I uderstand shauk and intezar, but how does they fit in?
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MPA (400+ posts)
Array "Pappua", tu phir se bola apun ke saamne. Jeh baat kaan dho ke sun lay sasuray, tohar dhoni ki dhoti utar jayegi akkha india ke saamne is shukrwaar ko parintu tohar thakray se uhh jani dhoni ko hum naahi bachawat hain chaturay munna!!!

Lol @ swisspak