Canada: Lumber workers among first to lose work after Trump’s softwood tariffs

Hundreds of Quebec lumber workers among first to lose work after Trump’s softwood tariffs
Starting Monday, one Quebec company is cutting shifts and delaying the start of forest operations, a move that will affect more than 1,200 workers.

MONTREAL—Hundreds of Quebec forestry workers are experiencing the first sour tastes from the softwood lumber battle with the United States as they prepare for the start of layoffs.

Starting Monday, Resolute Forest Products is cutting shifts at seven sawmills and delaying the start of forest operations that will affect 1,282 workers.

Read more >> The Star
See more >> https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/05/14/quebec-forestry-workers-feel-the-heat-from-donald-trumps-new-lumber-tariffs.html

Ehtaram-e-Ramadam bill is a ridiculous law: Bakhtawar Bhutto

bakhtawar-bhutto-300x180Daughter of the murdered ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Bakhtawar bhutto Zardari, has tweeted on tuesday against the Ehtaram-e-Ramazan bill which was approved by the Senate Standing Committee for Religious Affairs.

In her tweet she claimed that not every one was fit enough to fast. Those who cant might die of dehydration or heat stroke. Hence, she claimed that it is a “ridiculous law”.

Read more >> Pakistan Today
See more >> https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/05/12/ehtaram-e-ramadam-bill-is-a-ridiculous-law-bakhtawar-bhutto/

Iran warns will hit ‘militant safe havens’ inside Pakistan

The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.

The border area has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.

“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1331829

China invites India to join One-Belt-One-Road project

india chinaBy Jawed Naqvi

Excerpt:

NEW DELHI: Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui has called on India to join its One-Belt-One-Road project and assured New Delhi that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not impinge on anyone’s sovereign rights.

The Chinese embassy on Monday released the text of Mr Luo’s remarks made to an Indian think-tank on Friday.

“Some people in the West misread China and tend to think that the ‘Dragon’ and the ‘Elephant’ are inevitable rivals, and that China would not like to see India developing. This conception is wrong. We hope to see India develop well and we are more than happy to help India develop to achieve common development,” he said in an address at the United Services Institute.

Despite recent tensions between the two countries, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have opportunities to meet each other on the sidelines of summits to be held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, G20 and BRICS.

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The perception that China was partial to Pakistan over others was erroneous. “Some Indian media say that China always puts Pakistan first when handling its relations with South Asia countries. I want to tell you this is not true. Simply put, we always put China first and we deal with problems based on their own merits. Take Kashmir issue for example, we supported the relevant UN resolutions before 1990s. Then we supported a settlement through bilateral negotiation in line with the Simla Agreement. This is an example of China taking care of India’s concern.”

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See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1331943/china-invites-india-to-join-one-belt-one-road-project

“There are hundreds of sympathisers in my force and if I take too much interest in Mashal case I might be killed too,” KP Police officer

(Pakistan) – No evidence to suggest Mashal Khan committed blasphemy: K-P IG

Read more >> The Express Tribune
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1385975/no-evidence-suggest-mardan-university-students-committed-blasphemy-k-p-ig/

via – Siasat.pk and Facebook
https://www.siasat.pk/forum/showthread.php?540206-%93There-are-hundreds-of-sympathisers-in-my-force-and-if-I-take-too-much-interest-in-Mashal-case-I-might-be-killed-too-%94-KP-Police-officer

Pakistan – Challenging barbarity

By Lal Khan

The gruesome murder of Mashal Khan is yet another incident that illustrates that ours is a diseased society with elements of pre-medieval barbarism looming more viciously. There is no proof whatsoever of Mashal Khan’s blasphemous remarks on social media or elsewhere.

Read more >> Daily Times
http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/16-Apr-17/challenging-barbarity?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

UN condemns lynching of student in Mardan, Pakistan

UNISLAMABAD: The United Nations family in Pakistan has condemned the heinous lynching of a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan.

“We are especially saddened this happened in place of education done by young people who were his fellow students.   The brutality of their actions are a discredit to the millions of students in Pakistan working for a better future in the principles of tolerance and social justice central to Pakistan’s constitution and the United Nations,” a statement issued here Saturday said.

“Our thoughts today remain with the student victims and their families. We urge the authorities to take firm action and bring the perpetuators to speedy justice. Pakistan has strong legal institutions and it is unacceptable for anyone to take the law into their own hands,” said Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan.

Read more >> Pakistan Today
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/04/15/un-condemns-lynching-of-student-in-mardan/

Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal

Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…”

Jalal has taught in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University and Columbia University, and is now working as Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. She also delivered the Lawrence Stones Lecture Series at Princeton University in 2011. These lectures gave shape to her book The Pity of Partition – an intellectual history of the life and works of Saadat Hassan Manto, who is also closely related to her.

The Sole Spokesman is the single most influential academic work on the dynamics of the Pakistan Movement and the role played by Muhammad Ali Jinnah in it. In a follow-up book, Self and Sovereignty, Jalal meticulously worked through colonial archives and multiple other sources to trace the origins and shaping of the Muslim community and its identity in British India.

Read more >> Herald
See more >> http://herald.dawn.com/news/1153717

Sindh not in India makes me sad: Lal Krishna Advani

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BY PTI

NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch L K Advani today rued that the Pakistani province of Sindh, where he was born, is not a part of independent India.

Readm More >> The Economics Times
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/sindh-not-in-india-makes-me-sad-lal-krishna-advani/articleshow/58106414.cms

Sindh should be Seceded out of Pakistan: says India’s BJP minister Subramanian Swamy

Separate Balochistan from Pakistan if it hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav: Indian Minister

DELHI – “If Pakistan hangs (Kulbhushan) Jadhav, then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country,” said BJP minister Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, reacting to Pakistan’s announcement of the death sentence to RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav.

The minister asked the Indian government to ‘declare Balochistan as independent state.’

Sawamy

The minister further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be “seceded out of ” what’s left.

Sawamy on Balochistan

Swamy also urged the Balochis in Delhi to form a government in exile. “Ultimately Pakistan will end up in four pieces,” he said. Accusing Pakistan of being a ‘terror friendly state’ Swamy said New Delhi cannot deal with Islamabad in a civilised manner.

Read more >> Daily Pakistan
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/separate-balochistan-from-pakistan-if-it-hangs-kulbhushan-jadhav-indian-minister/

Read more details in Sindhi daily Awaami Aawaaz
http://awamiawaz.com/124501/

Read more >> Indian Express
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/apr/10/pakistan-should-be-warned-of-consequences-of-executing-kulbhushan-jadhav-subramanian-swamy-1592130.html

Read more >> The Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/now-we-must-recognise-baluchistan-as-country-subramanian-swamy/articleshow/58123824.cms

More >> ZeeNews
http://zeenews.india.com/india/if-kulbhushan-jadhav-hanged-india-must-recognise-balochistan-an-independent-country-bjp-mp-subramanian-swamy-1995136.html

More >> BBC urdu
http://www.bbc.com/urdu/regional-39568941?ocid=socialflow_facebook

Germany announces €109 million for Pakistan

Germany announced a financial package of €109 million for Pakistan in order to develop economic ties between the two countries.

The Declaration of Intent, which was signed following a meeting between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Muller on Thursday, promises €109 million to Pakistan in the next two years.

Malaysia wants to utilise Gwadar port

“Muller proffered the prospect of new funding for bilateral technical and financial cooperation,” said an official handout issued by the German Embassy in Islamabad.“The bilateral economic cooperation could reach a significant level of up to €109 million for the two-year period of 2017-2018.”

Read more >> The Express Tribune
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1376578/germany-announces-e109-million-pakistan/

Pakistan – New Islamabad airport to be named Xi Jinping airport

pak-chinaAs relations between China and Pakistan continue to grow stronger, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to honour the Chinese president by naming the new Islamabad airport after him.

“The new Islamabad airport will be named after Chinese President Xi Jinping,” sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune. The airport will now be called Xi Jinping airport, he added.

Read more >> The Express Tribune
http://linkis.com/tribune.com.pk/story/HV07y

Pakistan Is No Friend to America

by: C. Christine Fair

Since the earliest years of the so-called global war on terrorism, Pakistan has played a double game. With one hand, it has taken some $33 billion from the United States in the name of partnering with it to fight Islamist militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Yet, with the other hand, it continued to kill Americans and their Afghan partners, as well as NATO and non-NATO allies in Afghanistan, through its varied proxies such as the Afghan Taliban, the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba and others. And increasingly, it seems likely that Pakistan colluded to protect Osama bin Laden—the very reason why the United States invaded Afghanistan in the first place. While Pakistan has tenaciously maintained the viability of these so-called Islamist militant assets, it has prosecuted a brutal campaign of violence and threats of violence against Pakistanis who are fighting for a saner Pakistan, one that it is at peace with itself and its neighbors.

Read more >> The National Interest
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/pakistan-no-friend-america-19955

Advocate and introduce legislation promoting the free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties.

Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand.

We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls.

Read more >> Change.org
https://www.change.org/p/parliaments-of-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom-advocate-and-introduce-legislation-promoting-the-free-movement-of-citizens-between-canada-australia-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom?recruiter=78012716&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-no_msg

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British Parliament condemns Pakistan’s move over Gilgit-Baltistan, says it belongs to India

The British Parliament has declared that Gilgit-Baltistan, currently under Pakistan’s control, belongs to India. It condemned Pakistan’s move to declare it as its fifth province. The British Parliament also called the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as illegal.

Read more » India Today
See more >> http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/british-parliament-pakistan-gilgit-baltistan-india/1/912572.html

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani terms Pakistan an enemy state

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said optional routes are available for Afghanistan if the enemies of the country think to block the trade route to the country.

Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh, President Ghani said Afghanistan has become an inseparable part of the Central Asia.

President Ghani further added that the northern Kunduz, Mazar and Herat provinces will be connected via railway network that will eventually connect Iran and China via Afghanistan.

Read more >> The Times of Islamabad
https://timesofislamabad.com/78991-2/2017/03/25/

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MQM chief Altaf Hussain repents mistake of his ancestors to migrate from India to Pakistan

Mr. Narendra Modi, please speak out for “Muhaajirs” (India’s refugees living in Karachi and other parts) in Pakistan: MQM chief to India’s PM

Courtesy: Youtube
Via: Above news and heading adopted from facebook news feed.

Read more >> ZeeNews
http://zeenews.india.com/india/mr-narendra-modi-pls-speak-out-for-muhajirs-in-pakistan-mqm-chief-to-indian-pm_1989219.html

Documentary on Mohen jo darro

This documentary is produced by National Fund for Mohenjodaro, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities – Government of Sindh for awareness of Mohenjodaro development and history after first excavation by Sir John Hubert Marshall. There are rare video clips in this short documentary.

Courtesy: National Fund for Mohenjodaro, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities – Government of Sindh

Urdu-speaking to Muhajir politics

By Mazhar Abbas

Excerpt:

Those who settled in cities like Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur and developed in the last seven decades, but their mistake was their failure to mould themselves as Sindhis. Political and economic clash also widened their differences and the establishment used both Sindhi and Muhajir nationalists to delink them from national politics.

Muhajir’s DNA is simple. Ideologically they are Muslim Leaguers, politically, they are liberals as evident from their role in labour, student and political movements, and the name ‘Muhajir’ as identity as a reaction to the post-70s politics. Whether it was the right decision or not, the fact remains that the making of MQM has a lot to do with the politics of religious parties in Sindh during and post-Sindhi language bill, which later gave birth to Muhajir Qaumi Movement.

Read more >> The News
More >> https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/193860-Urdu-speaking-to-Muhajir-politics

Forgotten Sindhi Script – Waranki

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The search for any indigenous Brahmi based scripts often starts & terminates at Hat-Wanaki. This despite that fact that Sindhu-Saraswati civilization of Sindh had the very nucleus of not only Indus valley civilization but of Vedic civilization as well.  Arabic Writer Al- Burni in his writings on ancient Sindh did mentioned three  scripts to be in vogue before the Arab invasion of Sindh  viz. Malwari, Hinduvi & Ardhanagri. Yet confusion remains. One of the reasons of such confusion had been lack of historical evidences to counter verify the usage of Brahmi based scripts in Sindh. In 1958 a team led by researchers led by F A Khan did find some sort of evidences of the scripts used in ancient  Sindh city of Bhanbhor which was approximately 40 Miles from the Sindh’s capital Karachi. Unfortunately the volume of such evidence is too little to construct the entire script as it existed in ancient Sindh.  One of the main reasons needless to say had been the massive Arab Invasion of Sindh which swept all traces of Hindu culture. What Arabs destroyed never got rebuild.

In the context of Writing Systems in Sindh one can conveniently divide Sindh’s History in two parts. Viz. One before the Arab invasion and the other that followed after the massive upheaval that changed Sindh in all possible manner – culturally, socially and politically. Needless to say while almost all the North and west Indian Scripts could easily be traced to its brahmi , Sindhi never been that much fortunate. A close analysis revels more than once reason for loss of Historical loss of archeological evidence viz.

A)    Post Arab Invasion there was an virtual slaughter of Sindhi Hindu Sadhus- the custodian of Learning in ancient India  – Such void had a disastrous effect on Sindh which never could be reversed.

B)     Post Arab invention every attempt was made to wipe out Hindu civilization & Culture including language from Sindh

C)    In Kashmir & Punjab where even Hindus regained power from Muslims, the contemporary rulers reintroduced Brahmi based scripts but in Sindh Post Dahir Hindus never to could settle themselves and even those who did settle themselves after accepting Islam never bothered to reintroduce Sindhi Language in Sindh leave apart the Brahmni scripts

D)   Ever since the massive Arab invasion Hindus were in a bitter struggle of existence. A struggle that continues even today in post-partition Sindh

Read more >> Indigenous Sindhis
https://hindusofsindh.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/forgotten-sindhi-script-waranki/

‘A Complaint’

Poetry by Hassan Dars

Translated from Sindhi by Mohammed Hanif and Gobind Menghwar.

You do not have the time
To feel with your own hands
The sharp edge of history’s sword
You curse love itself,
You mock it
You do not even know
The love they give you
You don’t know the assassins’ intent
You haven’t met their new generations
Their daggers’ thirst
Unquenchable
I swear by the martyrs of Makli
Time is the lost ring of an unknown soldier
That can fit around the finger of any thief
Now you are walking into the circus with them!
Our rope is broken midway
We have fallen into the open jaws of crocodiles.
While we lie here buried deep in our defeat
You are in the midst of their victory feast!
I wish you’d remember your land
I wish you’d remember your country
Your street

French team uncovers mysteries of Indus civilisation’s ‘industrial hub’

KARACHI: Head of a French archaeologists’ team Dr Aurore Didier has said they have successfully completed the fresh season of excavation at Chanhon jo Daro in Benazirabad district and found it to be a busy industrial centre of the Indus Valley civilisation.

Indus Script
Indus Script

This was the second round of excavation of the ancient site since 2015 by the French mission that had begun work on it along with students of different universities in January and completed it on March 5.

Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1319466/french-team-uncovers-mysteries-of-indus-civilisations-industrial-hub

Pakistan: Chinese firms to invest $35bn in 19 power projects

ISLAMABAD: Chinese companies will be investing $35 billion in 19 power projects which will generate 12,134 MW of electricity under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said Secretary Water and Power, Mohammad Younis Dagha on Thursday.

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See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1319576/chinese-firms-to-invest-35bn-in-19-power-projects

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