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'Bugging' of Pakistan' London HC building

07 November, 2003

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Government of Pakistan taking serious notice of the reports on installation of spy apparatus in its high commissioner building at London. Pakistan has already made a high level contact with British government and called for conducting inquiry into the incident besides taking measures to avert occurrence of such incidents in future.

Foreign Ministry sources informed that it is Pakistan embassy in London, which has been mentioned as unknown embassy by British daily Sunday Times while relating the story of installation of apparatus.

Pakistan is going to seek assurances from London on non-recurrence of these events in future.

1. Do you consider such practices of espionage as fair or against the norms of hospitality ?

2. What should be the reaction of Pakistan ?

Reader Comments:

Is that so?

I wish when Makhdoom Amin Fahim was told that he had been nominated for premiership he would have said, Is that so? Again when indications were that he had been out of race, instead of all question-answers with the journalists he simply would have answered, Is that so? Even I wish all the other aspirants acted that way but alas! It was not like that. To act like that one needs a bigger heart, heart of a saint. To prove my point let me share a story of a saint named Hakuin Ekaku (16851768) who possessed an unusual ability to convey the meaning of Zen to large numbers of people from all classes and religions. Though he chose to work at a small temple in the countryside, he was frequently invited to lecture, and his writings were published, eventually bringing him fame. His writings could be rough, humorous, or sometimes even shocking, intended to rouse his followers from their complacency into a deeper contemplation of religion and spiritual life. His copious writings continue to maintain pivotal importance within the Rinzai Zen sect. His work, both as spiritual leader and as painter, had a profound effect on all subsequent Zen study and Zen painting.
He was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. Once a beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin. In great anger the parents went to the master. "Is that so?" was all he would say. After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the little one needed. A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth - that the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket. The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back again. Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: "Is that so?"

Mir Tabassum Mairaj, Pakistan - 26 March, 2008

Childish achievement

As reported in the section of a press on 18th June 2008, Musharraf's portrait was removed from Governor House on Tuesday on the orders of co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. The portrait had been hanging alongside the portrait of Quaid-e-Azam, on the wall of the Darbar Hall of Governor House for the last eight years. Asif Ali Zardari , on more half a dozen occasions, had expressed his intention that Musharraf would be compelled to resign from his post. Sir, if this last action of Mr Zardari is part of his strategy to remove the president then I am disappointed and don't expect any positive and matured policies from the present regime. Simply it appears to be a childish achievement. Every business is conducted in the name and approval of President of Pakistan. Even, when a government servant applies for a loan, he/she has to fill certain forms which mention that president or on his behalf some authority is involved. If president is not legal in the mind of some politicians, how state is being run in their opinion? I am not justifying what president himself has accepted illegal. But even committing of some sins does not deprive a Muslim of his Eman. Same way he is president but he has done huge illegal actions, for which he must be brought in the court of law.

Mir Tabassum Mairaj, Pakistan - 23 June, 2008

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