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Talking Points: 5 May

_45697439_007213821-1-pakistajn-talebanIs it too late to save Pakistan? A top Pakistan official has urged residents in the Swat region to leave the area, because of fears of Taliban violence.

Meanwhile as Taliban fighters edge closer to Islamabad,  Washington is growing concerned about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

So it doesn’t seem surprising that yesterday, one Pakistani journalist said that the country was heading for ‘galloping Talibanisation’. But can anything be done to stop it?

Tomorrow Barack Obamaill be meeting the Pakistani and Afghan Presidents.  Some journalists are wondering whether the US will be able to do anything to solve Pakistan’s problems. Anatol Lieven thinks that one of the that the country’s problems with extremism is because some Pakistanis don’t trust the West. We’d like to hear what Pakistanis think, do you think Pakistan needs Western help or is the solution to extremism closer to home?

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One study which has gained a lot of attention this week has been the findings that the contraceptive injection for men. could be just as effective at preventing pregnancy that taking the Pill. It sounds like an interesting development in theory, but could men be trusted to take it?

Ladies, would you like your partner to take more responsibility over contraception? or would you rather have the peace of mind of knowing that you are the one in control?

And men, would you be interested in taking the contraceptive injection? 

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Here’s an interesting solution to the economic crisis from China, where one county has ordered its officials to smoke more cigarettes in order to boost the economy. What do you make of this? Should individuals put themselves at risk for the sake of the greater good?


16 Responses to “Talking Points: 5 May”


  1. May 5, 2009 at 12:17

    US State Dept: Pakistani Nuclear Arsenal in Safe Hands!
    TEHRAN – Iran allocated $300 Million to Pakistan last week. $5 billion over five years it was agreed in Tokyo. Not bad for a week’s work. That’s the price of peace and stability in Pakistan.
    Pakistan has one of the best armies, ready to take on all-comers, but at a price. Zardari is not the man for the job. Nawaz Sharif is the real powerhouse, but let the money roll in, for it’s the only way to appease the government in Islamabad and fight terrorists and Taliban.

  2. 2 Dr.M.Shafi
    May 5, 2009 at 12:37

    That is really good to have comment on Pakistan, Taliban party was established to capture Afghanistan by Pakistan ISI, but now that is headache for them.
    No Taliban in Pakistan if the Pakistani government and ISI want to close down them, ISI and Pakistan government support them to tell the USA give us money. If it is wrong think Pakistan has huge army and near good system then why Taliban near to Islamabad.
    Now the time for Obama to think deeply to this issue that is not only related to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Now it become a big problem for whole world.

  3. May 5, 2009 at 12:37

    this is a lesson to upcoming world powers to exercse restrain in their pursuits of dominance. a monster has been created and i fear there is no end to extreemism. all nations should try and pursue foreign policies consistent to all nations. no double standards america.

  4. 4 Kelly, from Chicago, IL, USA
    May 5, 2009 at 14:29

    I would love for more men to take responsibility for contraception! What a great equalizer. I think it will take women insisting on men doing it though–I think men will have a natural aversion to it, like having their tubes tied. Men are “supposed” to be fertile and many men have problems with reducing their ability to have a child at will.

    If use becomes widespread I can see this doing at least something for equalizing men and women.

  5. May 5, 2009 at 14:43

    Men are such big wusses when it comes to needles, I can’t imagine “The Shot” for men would be a success. There would have to be a different delivery method. That said, can anyone regardless of sex be trusted to take a medication when the ultimate consequence affects another human being? Women have been in control of this because its their bodies that are ultimately affected. So, I can envision a handful of very responsible men doing this but not a lot.

    Also, keep in mind that it’s China where this is coming from, where they have mandatory abortions if you already have one child. Men have government incentive to keep themselves sterile.

  6. May 5, 2009 at 15:25

    The west should keep out of Pakistan and let them sort out their own affairs. Russia , China and India , all having common borders are not fretting.

  7. 7 viola
    May 5, 2009 at 17:05

    Men are not big wusses about needles if it will help them achieve an erection. That argument is sexist.

    The point is for each person in a relationship to take responsibility for contraception. The man must have a reliable method as well as the woman. The time for the lame excuse for denying responsibility for fatherhood, “She told me she was on the pill,” is over. The time for women being able to “trap” men into marriage is over.

    If you do not want children and your partner does, move on. Even if your partner loves you, he or she will not love you for long if you deny them this. Honesty between men and women about what they want from each other and from the relationship can only be a good thing.

  8. 8 viola
    May 5, 2009 at 17:17

    Is it too late to save Pakistan? No, but it is unlikely that Pakistan will be saved because of the factors against it.

    The country has:

    1. Very weak civilian government
    2. Excessive, debilitating rivalry among the estates
    2. Parties that ignore rule of law for self gain
    3. Politics equal family business
    4. No civilian control of military
    5. No platform-based parties
    6. No rule of law
    7. Blind distrust of non-muslims
    8. Blind trust of muslims

  9. 9 Tom D Ford
    May 5, 2009 at 17:41

    A recent news report mentioned that the Swat valley is a Feudalistic region. I thought that feudalism ended hundreds of years ago! I think that the world ought to make change them to a democratic type economy.

    This is the second time I have heard of feudalism in recent governments, the first was Tibet before the Chinese apparently freed the Tibetan people from feudalism.

    Feudalism is bad for people and it ought to be stopped!

  10. May 5, 2009 at 19:03

    CLEARLY ATOM BOMBS MUST LIE UNDER CONTROL .
    AS LONG AS THE PEOPLE WHO HOLD THEM CAN BE TRUSTED OR CONTROLLED A MEASURE OF SAFETY CAN BE SAID TO PREVAIL .
    ANOTHER MEASURE THEREOF BEING OF COURSE ENSURED BY THE
    AVAILABILITY OF MEANS WHEREBY THEY CAN BE DEALT WITH IN CASE.
    THE DEGREE OF IMMINENCE BEING THE DECIDING FACTOR AS TO WHETHER OR WHEN THE SAID MEANS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO BEAR.
    AT PRESENT THE QUESTION THEREBY DEPENDS ON THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE PAKISTANI MILITARY AND THE TALEBANS.
    SHOULD THAT BALANCE INCLINE ON THE WRONG SIDE IT IS CLEAR THAT THE POPULATIONS WHICH WOULD BE FACED WITH THE IMMINISCENCE OF BEING THE TARGETS OF THOSE WEAPONS WILL HAVE TO ACT ADEQUATELY.
    THERE MUST BE NO ERROR AND NO FALTERING.
    THERE IS HOPE NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.
    ATOM BOMBS ARE THEIR OWN DETERRENT.

  11. 11 globalcomedy
    May 6, 2009 at 04:07

    The last thing the States need is to send troops into Pakistan. Obviously, Obama’s acting there to preserve U.S. interests. But also, here’s a key point that the MSM never mentions. The Taliban were not involved in 9/11. Yet, Obama keeps using this as a selling point to justify our involvement in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. This from a country that is this close to bankruptcy.

  12. 12 Dinesh
    May 6, 2009 at 11:19

    This is entirely a made-up situation by Pakistan to blackmail for international financial aid.

    Conditional Aid to Pakistan is like demanding 110% from Mr 10% (Zardari).

    The money will be 3 way distributed – Zardari Govt, Afghan Govt and Taliban will be the receivers. Its difficult to accep this fact.

    Wait and watch – this antire mess will be silenced in few days immediately after receiving the aid and a new game plan will be designed for next aid.

    Actaully this is Global money going into wasteful Pakistan – how? – US is already in huge deficit – countries around the world buy US debt – and finally its other countries who are paying the AID BILL of US and US get the credit of extending the AID. This AID gets distributed under the table and the money again finds its way to arming the Taliban and other such terrorist groups.

    This aid is nothing but helping the growing global arms business and the cost of innocent lives who wish to live a happy family life.

  13. 13 Dinesh
    May 7, 2009 at 07:40

    I AM SURE ONE DAY – PAKISTAN AND PAKISTANIES WILL BE GOVERNED BY AFGHANI TALIBAN – TALIBAN KNOWS – AFGHAN IS GOING NOWHERE – WHY NOT INCREASE TERRITORIAL COVERAGE SLOWLY AND SWALLOW PAKISTAN.

  14. May 9, 2009 at 12:24

    Pakistan and the world will continue to stew in its own juice. It’s God’s Will.

  15. 15 zehra javed-islamabad
    May 9, 2009 at 16:20

    honestly 2 answer that we first need 2 ask ourselves a question that ” how is the west – (US &UK in particular.) aiming to help Pakistan?”. Actually the answer lies in the questions they put 4 us i.e ,”do we want more foreign involement? answer is “no! why? because involement in Afghanistan . Iraq and lately in North Pakistan has uptil now NOT helped in any way , instead undermined the soverinighty of the countries . Moreover the statistics and offical data(though they to give understated figures) show that not only has the issue aggravated but has lead to many new crisis – in short its gotten worst!!& just if i might remind this talibanisation is a result of US policies during cold war, when Pakistan was not only asked to shelter afghans but also supported jihad call&training seesions back in 80s…so for staters the west should stop blaming Pakistan for this mess, instead they owe us BIG TIME cuz its us who r suffering!!

  16. May 11, 2009 at 22:56

    dear bbc, i have to complete the story i wrote you. holmes would say, watson do you know what can defeat philosphy?


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