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Contents - October 2003

Wishing Hillary Clinton
in the White House

Columnist Dr S M RAHMAN makes a case for Hillary Clinton to be in the
While House and gives his reasons.

It is a great paradox of the US electoral system that despite very expensive and long drawn system of canvassing by the two rival parties – the Republicans and the Democrats – often an odd independent candidate also runs in the Presidential race, the final contenders emerge through a very complex process of primaries, besides series of debates on electronic media, the ones who gets into the White House are not often the good choices made by the US citizens. Sometimes home issues like inflation and economics assume relatively greater salience over security or otherwise. Bill Clinton won a decisive victory over his rival by his powerful verbal punch: “It’s the economy stupid”. He promised and delivered and never did his credibility diminish, despite the conspiracy to tarnish his personal image during his second tenure through the planting of a young female internee in the White House. The plot was hatched by the lobby that kept Zionists’ interest as the determinant of USA’s Middle East policies. Clinton had initiated the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Had this been achieved the world would not have been as chaotic as it is today..........more

Predestination: The Misperceived Doctrine
Columnist Brig (Retd) AFTAB AHMAD KHAN says that the world works on the principle of 'cause and effect' - no one knows his own destiny. Complete knowledge is with Allah alone.

“It is not possible for anyone to believe except by the permission of Allah, and He lays the loathsome evil (of disbelief) upon those who will not use their reason.”
(Qura’n 10:100)

Predestination is the most misconstrued doctrine of theology; the misunderstanding has been catastrophic for people and even nations: “That is because Allah has never changed the grace which He has bestowed on any people until they themselves first changed the condition of their inner selves; verily Allah is Hearer, Knower” (Qur’an 8:53). Predestination has been defined in different ways, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “‘Predestination’, is a doctrine teaching, the action by which God is held to have immutably determined all (or some particular) events by an eternal decree or purpose, specially the preordained salvation of God’s elect. The Destiny is the predetermined course of events; that which is destined to happen; the fate of a particular person, country, etc the ultimate condition; a person’s lot in life.”.........more

Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose
Columnist FAZAL HABIB CURMALLY dwells on the politics of Dynasties, Sardars and Nawabs, and hopes that a new group of thinking Pakistani politicians will emerge to serve this country, instead of themselves.

“Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose, nothings good if it ain’t free
– Lines from “Me and Bobby McGee.”

This month, I want to continue where I left off last month and this article is meant to serve as a mirror for all the things we Pakistanis are in the main and there are exceptions. I sincerely hope the National Elections bring about a generational change as far as our political leaders and members to the assemblies go. We need a new way of thinking. My generation has been the bridge for my children and grandchildren. I want them to love this country. I don’t want them to cultivate our bad habits, especially the one of bad mouthing Pakistan. And this will be the subject I am writing on...........more

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