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“deeper than the ocean and higher than the mountain” – Teil I der Sino-Pak Serie

Jänner Ausgabe der Sino-Pakistan Serie – Anlässlich des 60 Jahr Jubiläums der sino-pakistanischen Beziehungen wurde heuer ein China-Pakistan Freundschaftsjahr ausgerufen. Im Zuge dessen werden wir hier unregelmässig auf Aspekte dieser Beziehungen eingehen. Continue reading

Of boots, horses and lands

If ever there was a doubt about President Asif Ali Zardari’s love for horses over his people, he established another stable in President house with horses supplied by Pak Army – raised on taxpayers’ money. This time, though, Army gave a hush call to political parties and popular media to neglect the incident. And like … Continue reading

[Satire] ‘Tumhara dil nahi chahiye yar!’

I just saw this small interview of Imran Khan where he talks about recent incident in Lahore where a US diplomat(?) shot two people dead. Khan’s statement that ‘US has lost battle for our hearts’ reminds me of this funny scene from an Indian movie; a sultry heroin warns the villain who is about to … Continue reading

Creation of new provinces in Pakistan

While surfing through facebook, I found this interesting write-up by Ayub Khattak where he proposes to divide Pakistan into 18 administrative units or provinces. I am not aware of any other concrete proposal but this one looks an interesting starting point. Continue reading

Descent into Information Chaos

Focusing on the geographical core of the problem, the Afghanistan- Pakistan region itself, unfortunately most of the material available comes from American sources – which is problematic in two aspects. Firstly, most of the US writers on AfPak focus foremost on the impact of the conflict on their homecountry, judging from Washington, often calling themselves „National Security Experts“ and often missing the gerater picture when imminent threats to the US are not given. Secondly when staying in the area itself the foreigners one meets in public space are non-American. Americans are mostly barred from moving around freely or don’t even come in the first place. Continue reading

Literary Post Colonialism Debates

Highly overreacting on both sides, Hartosh Singh and William Dalrymple lash out at each other (while assuring to mean it differently – so why exactly don’t you write in Punjabi?) over Goras in India writing about India getting more attention than Indians doing so. It is a valid debate in any case and the Jaipur … Continue reading

Hitler’s Popularity in Pakistan – Jumping to conclusions

Kazim is right though in not jumping to a wrong conclusions that many Europeans immediately take – adoration of the person Hitler and Aryanism being equal to Anti-Semitism. Still he points out (and thus suggests a link)

In the Islamic world, not just in Pakistan but right across from Iran to northern Africa, anti-Semitic sentiment of course plays a role. Conversations with German visitors rapidly turn to the injustice being suffered by the Palestinians who were robbed of their land. Continue reading

wei ding guocie – no more?

So China aquired a piece of land, 1000 somehow unidentified sqkm of the GBAO region from Tajikistan. They haggeled over that since years, the new demarcation is already under way (I am currently trying to find out via people on the ground where exactly that would be). The Chinese say they were humble since in their interpretation of the border treaties with the Russian empire from the late 19th Century they would be eligible to much more (between 20 000 and 40 000 sqkm in different interpretations). Continue reading

RugPundit Library

I would like to ask for your contributions, what have you read about Pakistan, what Pakistani literature would you recommend? I (and if Yasir and Florian have muse, they) will pick from the suggestions and put them up. Only stuff we read makes it on the list. Whether it’s bad or good quality, does not really matter. I am just reading through recent German works on Pakistan (will review) – up to now it’s all crap. We read Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Punjabi and Urdu. Continue reading

Language Proficiency Necessity

When your language routinely obliges you to specify certain types of information, it forces you to be attentive to certain details in the world and to certain aspects of experience that speakers of other languages may not be required to think about all the time. And since such habits of speech are cultivated from the earliest age, it is only natural that they can settle into habits of mind that go beyond language itself, affecting your experiences, perceptions, associations, feelings, memories and orientation in the world. Continue reading


January 2011