First clean the mess of home then blames others

By Shakeel Nizamani, Calgary

The recent event of burying women in Balochistan and then defending it by one of them showed some real picture of these Balochistan, who claim to be terrorized by Islamabad security forces, rightly so, but at the same time they themselves are committing the acts of terrorism on their women. Keeping quite and not condemning act, to me, simply is nothing but HYPOCRISY and it makes them accomplice to this act.

In such circumstances, if they get freedom or whatever you call it, it may be freedom for these Sardars but not for common people of Baluchistan and specially not for vulnerable ones like women.

Everybody was clamoring on the death of , rightly so, but these women were as human as he was… No Baloch/Sindhi is making noise for the cause of justice specially not those ones who are in the power and the silence of so-called nationalists/ progressive leaders unmasks their hypocrisy.

These so-called progressive Sardars and freedom fighter should, at least, condemn this act in no certain terms. First clean the mess of  home then blames others.

August 31, 2008

Ayaz Palejo, Yong Sindhi Leader and Local Sindhis Meet in Washington DC

By: Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)

Washington DC, August 24, 2008: A group of Washington DC Sindhis and Ayaz Palejo, a young political leader from Sindh, met at a local restaurant and exchanged views about the current affairs of Sindh and Pakistan.

Ayaz Palejo is a prominent Sindhi lawyer, intellectual, nationalist, and a key leader of AWAMI TAHREEK. His recent book QANOON SABHNEE LAE” (Law for All) has received critical acclaim in Sindhi press for its clear explanation of laws governing human rights, rights of women, and rights of laborers.

The discussions covered a variety of subjects but mainly were focused on the protection of Sindhi interests and Sindhi rights. The following are the key take-aways from the meeting:

PPP GOVERNANCE and SINDH

* For Sindh to overcome poverty and Sindhis to advance, it is imperative that the present Sindh government maintains highest standards of integrity and strives to reduce poverty and corruption and promote merit.

* There is a general perception among people that much more improvement is needed in governance with rumors that some ministers are charging fees for jobs and influence paddling remains key currency as was in the previous government. Some PPP operatives and government officials have taken over government lands and profiting from them in a variety of ways. Any government officials who complain about such actions are simply transferred.

* Many people are unhappy about re-structuring of Sindh coal agency that has effectively give control of coal resources of Sindh to federal government officials. Most Sindhis see the transfer of three highways in Sindh to the federal government for maintenance and toll fee collection as another usurpation of provincial jurisdiction by the federal government.

* Except for the chief leader of PPP, there is a lack of clear chain of management in the Sindh government. Multiple persons have become mini-decision- making centers. This often confuses government officials resulting in a lot of inaction, hesitation, re-issuance of orders and re-work.

* There is a substantial migration of people from rural Sindh to Hyderabad. This has put tremendous pressure on real estate market in Hyderabad, particularly in the Sindhi neighborhoods, where the real estate prices have skyrocketed. In contrast, Karachi is seeing a downturn in the real estate values.

* In Sindh, none of the top government officials (Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, etc.) are Sindhis. Some people say that Sindhis are being asked to continue to accept non-Sindhi top officials to enable PPP to gain more ground at the federal level.

* An improvement that was mentioned at the meeting involved appointment of government officials with better reputations as District police and administration officials. However, conflicts between honest officials and corrupt local PPP chieftains are also seen having some negative affect on good governance.

* Longevity of a government where Sindhis have some say in the decision-making process should remain the most important goal. To achieve this goal, it is important that intellectuals and writers do not hesitate in criticizing the government for good governance.

SINDH POLITICS – PPP and MQM

* In the last government, MQM succeeded 15.000-20,000 persons recruited in police. Thus, the armed presence of MQM and its sympathizers is quite large. The PPP government has to start addressing these issues if they wish to see survival of their base.

* In previous government, MQM had a control of almost everything. Now, their control is limited to their share and PPP controls their share. This has encouraged community to slowly start moving back from other towns to Karachi to look for better job opportunities.

* There is a consensus among Sindhis in Sindh that they are better off under the present government than they were under the previous MQM/General Musharraf government. People have started seeing some relief. More important is the emotional relief that Sindhis have started feeling.

FEDERAL and SINDH POLITICS – PPP and PML-N

* The general impression is that this is the last chance for PPP to remain as a federal party. PML-N operatives are slowly succeeding in reducing the PPP popularity in Punjab, where restoration of Chaudhry Iftakhar as Chief Justice of Supreme Court remains has become a popular demand.

* In Sindh, PML-N remains largely unpopular, as it has very few seasoned and experienced Sindhi politicians in its ranks. Most people of smaller provinces consider PML-N as a Punjabi patriotic party and do expect them to have politicos that are friendly to small provinces. However, recent appearance of Ghaus Ali Shah could help PML-N to show some presence in Sindh.

* One interesting contrast is that Nawaz Sharif and some of the top leaders of PML-N appear to be little progressive but their grass root membership and followers are conservative and follow Punjab-first policies in the name of Pakistan. The people of smaller provinces do not expect PML-N to have policies that will be friendly to smaller provinces. On other side, grassroots membership of PPP is more progressive and prefers fair and equitable policies for all provinces but PPP leadership is acting more conservative, cautious, and fearful of taking any bold actions that they think will not be perceived well in Punjab or by MQM leadership.

* The big risk for small provinces is that if PML-N gets into power solely because of its dominance in Punjab, it will not be good for Sindhis, Baluch, and Pashtuns. PML-N is almost like Pakistan military except that only Pashtuns have reasonable presence in military.

* An observation was made that in the previous coalition government, all PML-N ministers were from Punjab (none from Sindh, Balochistan or Pushunwa provinces). On the PPP side, most powerful ministries and a dominant number of ministers in the federal cabinet were also from Punjab.

OTHER KEY TAKE-AWAYS

* A striking observation was made that it appears that PPP’s leaders are keeping mum about defending PPP and talking about PPP’s progressive policies. It seems that only the office of the top PPP leader is half heatedly defending PPP in the face of criticism. The net result is that attacks against PPP in media and other forums largely go unanswered further fueling anti-propaganda.

* The actions of the present PPP government display more business brinkmanship and shrewdness but is short on “principles” in dealing with friends and foes. This may work well in the short term but abandonment of principles will prove harmful in the long run.

* The support in Sindh for Chaudhry Iftikhar is largely on account of his standing up to the military and saying NO to its arbitrary governance as Military dictatorships are perceived as tools to deny rights to Sindhis and Baluch.

* In Sindh, there is a strong dislike for fundamentalist forces. It is not only because of the traditional Sindhi values of secularism and tolerance for religious differences but increasingly because Sindhis are viewing “fundamentalism” as their enemy. Many Sindhis hold “fundamentalists” responsible for the assassination of their hero Benazir Bhutto.

* In Northern provinces of Pakistan, fundamentalism is securing more ground. The latest tacit used by terrorists to recruit suicide bombers is to tell them that as soon as they die, Prophet Mohammed and his friends will welcome them at the gates of heaven. They are being told that any loss of innocent lives is actually good for those people. They are told this is only a transitory life and since most people who will die in a suicide attack are living poor lives anyway; their accidental death is doing a favor to them. It shortens their wretched lives and takes them quickly to a better world, where their lives will be much better than what they can hope to ever get in this world.

Sindhi speakers in India

States of India by Sindhi speakers
This is a list of States and Union Territories of India by speakers of Sindhi as of census 2001. Gross population figures are available online. Sindhi speakers; India 2,571,526,  Gujarat 957,682,. Maharashtra 707,214, Rajasthan 378,598, Madhya Pradesh 259,496, Chhattisgarh 89,585, Delhi 42,937, Uttar Pradesh 33,240, Karnataka 15,855, West Bengal 8,018, Andhra Pradesh 7,621, Haryana 6,343, Tamil Nadu 6,241, Uttarakhand 5,094, Orissa 3,680, Jharkhand 2,695,  Goa 539, Meghalaya 232, Daman and Diu 221, Dadra and Nagar Haveli132, Arunachal Pradesh 110, Pondicherry 97, Chandigarh 90.

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ECONOMIC PROSPERITY LIES WITH RURAL DEVELOPMENT

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY LIES WITH RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN SINDH
By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan
1.Do not concentrate at one place. It should be avoided by restricting migration of people from other places. 2. At the distance of each 50 kms, along the both sides of Super and National highways, Model Industrial towns may be established and there all Industries and Factories may be installed. 3.Saperate Funds may be allocated for such new places of Industrial settlements.

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The World Sindhi Institute Board of Directors undergoes restructuring

WSI- Press Release    

President and Members, Board of Directors of The World Sindhi Institute (WSI), convened a meeting on 28th June 2008. After discussing a full agenda, the resignations of Mr. Munawar  Laghari (Executive Director) and Mr. Maqbool Aliani (General Secretary) which had been tabled in March ’08 at the 11th anniversary of the World Sindhi Institute, and pending since then, were finally accepted by the Board, albeit with regret.

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What next?

Zardari & Nawaz: Younger ‘brother’ dupes elder. What next?

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had realized the need to bury the hostility and bitterness of 1990s between the PPP and the PML-N and had made serious efforts to build working relationship between the two major Pakistani political parties to strengthen democracy in the country, defeat undemocratic forces and bring in a positive change for the people. She had traveled to Jeddah to hold talks with Mian Nawaz Sharif. The two had later continued their deliberations and finally signed a document “Charter of Democracy” (CoD) in London in 2006.

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Sindh Bank

The case for Sindh Bank
THE former chief minister of Sindh, accepting the long-awaited public demand, had announced establishment of the Sindh Bank. Then advertisements were splashed in daily newspapers, not once but twice and thrice during the year 2007. Afterwards a lot of money was also incurred on spadework in the chief minister’s secretariat.

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Asif Zardari for President of Pakistan and Sindhi Interests

Candidacy of Asif Zardari for President of Pakistan and Sindhi Interests

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

Every one has right to express their opinion about public figures. In a vibrant democracy robust disagreements are not only acceptable but ought to be encouraged, as it is often necessary and right for the development of best course of action. At the same time, sarcasm, summary judgments, heresy, and innuendo, particularly against the chief of the largest party that only few months ago secured overwhelming majority of votes in Pakistan and Sindh is not only unfair but an insult to the people of Sindh. Indeed, Mr. Zardari is a controversial figure in Pakistani politics. However, if one takes a closer look at the facts surrounding the allegations against him, one would realize that almost all of these allegations are pure heresy and driven by anti-PPP and anti-Bhutto sentiment. Even a fair-minded enemy of Mr. Zardari would agree that he has been the central figure in finding solution to peaceful departure of General Musharraf. He has been instrumental in the holding of the coalition government in spite of inflexible attitude of Nawaz Sharif, and has ensured that the voice of smaller provinces is given its due weight in decision-making process. For these reasons, I believe he will be a great President of Pakistan, balancing views of all provinces until constitutional amendments are made to grant provincial autonomy in accordance with the 1940 Resolution and equal seats to each province in the Pakistani Senate.

A recent editorial in The Daily News, one of the largest newspapers in Pakistan, said the following about Mr. Zardari:”. . he is the only man in the political system who can communicate with all the components of it, including the military establishment with whom he has worked out safe passage for General (retted) Pervez Musharraf and with which he needs to work closely on the war on terror in order to keep Washington in the right humor.”

“He has handled the inflexible Mr Nawaz Sharif right by using resilience in the face of the “pledged” party position of the latter on the judges issue.”

A keen observer of Pakistani politics would easily recognize that where as other partners in the coalition (ANP, JUI, and MQM) have largely played as team players in the PPP-led government, PML-N has been playing all kinds of tricks to pull down PPP and discredit its leadership. PML-N has refused to cooperate with PPP in bringing about the necessary constitutional amendments that would restore the deposed justices in an orderly manner. It has played the games of leaving and then re-joining the coalition. This leaves no option for PPP and other coalition partners to ensure that the next President does not have any overt or covert sympathies with Nawaz Sharif and PML-N to dismiss the PPP-led government as happened before to PPP.

The rumor is that PML-N is going to nominate a former justice as President, who opposes the PPP-proposed method of restoring deposed justices. However, simple math tells us that except in Punjab, an overwhelming majority of the legislators in three smaller provinces would vote for Mr. Zardari.

Let us objectively look at the known facts about Mr. Zardari:

FACTS

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1. The last government incarcerated Mr. Zardari for more than eight years. They left no stone turned in their attempt to prove that Mr. Zardari had siphoned large sum of monies. They even approached foreign governments and promised to give evidence about his guilt. After spending millions of dollars and taking exceedingly long time, they did not find any evidence and had to set him free.

2. After joining PPP, various anti-PPP governments have charged Mr. Zardari with a litany of bizarre allegations ranging from tying a remote-controlled bomb to the leg of a businessman, murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, corruption, kick-backs, and firing on MQM camps. A newspaper quotes Mr. Zardari saying the following about such allegations against him:

“A corrupt person wouldn’t have taken on the establishment, wouldn’t have sacrificed eight years of his life in prison. I could have accepted a deal and got out, and kept them happy — that’s what would have benefited me most.”It must be noted that not a single case of corruption has been proved against him so far.

2. No Pakistani politician with the exception of his father-in-law, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who was judicially murdered, has suffered for such a long time in a Pakistani prison3. In spite of several well-documented offers to Mr. Asif Zardari to make a political compromise, Mr. Zardari stood on his ground until the government became tired of hold him in a jail.

4. Many NGO and other impartial observers say that since the PPP government has formed the government, some signs of improved opportunities for Sindhis have started appearing. The Sindhis, who have suffered many years of neglect during the regimes of Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif are beginning to see some hopeful signs for overcoming poverty. In a recent e-mail by Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Halepoto told North American Sindhis that:

“How I can tell you that how things are getting changed here in Pakistan? And especially for/ in Sindh. MQM is exposed, PML-Q ministers are voting in the favor of impeachment, agencies are exposed, and Musharraf is humiliated because of his illegal and unconstitutional conduct. Democratic forces (yes we know it is not an ideal situation) are led by Sindhis.”

POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS IN LAST FEW MONTHS

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1. Played a central role in convincing the dictator to resign and peacefully resolving one of the major issues of Pakistan that many feared would result in much blood shed. 2. Consistently, Mr. Zardari has showed the Sindhi trait of “Nuiwarat” (humility) by disarming his political opponents with love and forgiveness and avoiding any conflicts. He was instrumental in creating a grand coalition of three largest political parties of

Pakistan representing all four provinces. Using the same traits, he has succeeded in diffusing situation in Sindh, where the racial divide between Sindhis and Mohajirs was fast approaching the boiling point. 3. PPP Government announced permanent shelving of Kala Bagh Dam. The “establishment” had sold this project to the people of Punjab as if constructing this dam was a non-negotiable patriotic duty. No federal politician would speak against the project and yet PPP led by Zardari made the historic decision.

NEGATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS IN LAST FEW MONTHS

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1. “Federalization” of Coal Authority. This was an attack on Sindh’s rights that even present centralization- centric constitution does not allow. 2. The apology to MQM that implied as if Sindhis were the only wrong doers even though they were the real victims of terrorism of MQM.

SARCASM, INNUENDO, and HERESY AGAINST MR. ZARDARI

As I said disagreements on political matters are expected and criticism of political figures is a norm. Any allegation or point of view must be supported valid arguments. The sarcasm, innuendo and heresy I see in some e-mails on Mr. Zardari have no place in political discourse.

August 24, 2008

Remembering Leon Trotsky

By: Hisam Memon

A man of revolution, brave, demagogue and replete with wisdom and sincerity “LEON TROTSKY” was assassinated 21st August in 1940 by Stalinist faction with ice axe. He was a friend of great revolutionary hero Lenin, who revolved in Russia in 1917. Which is known as “OCTOBER INQLAB” in our Sindh and I have been observing Russian Revolution has been a mental monument for the people, who learnt much from the Russian literature and revolution.

Now the radicals inclinations have been dimmed and the minds of the people have been dipped into the lust of gaining status and hoarding money.

I know the people talk of revolution, they have memorized their political role and they still have from the past….

How long the same attitude of greatness would be lasting, people plasticize and memorize the things, but are not pragmatic. People searches behind short cut and they are cut from the actual political role.

People are mentally filled with the certain experience and feel that they have done that all individually. ..

I just remember the things and could not have concession in this regard, because it’s a matter of history and history does not forgive.

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DR. AAFIA’S CASE: GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN VIOLATES BOTH NATIONAL AND INETRNATIONAL LAW

Ali Palh

Writer is Masters in Human Rights from Office of Human Rights and Social Development (OHRSD), working as Head of District Office, with   NonviolentPeaceforce, Sri Lanka.

apalh@nonviolentpeaceforce.org, nomipalh@yahoo.com

 

(What national and international standards and mechanisms protects Pakistani doctor)

 

Once read somewhere that an Ambassador of a country, based at Islamabad, commented for Pakistanis in this way:

 

“Price of a Pakistani oscillates between a bottle of whisky and a trip to United States; which has now been further degenerated into a trip to United Kingdom and a bottle of Pakistani gin.”

 

I remembered above words again when I was asked a question by one of my friends from Nigeria, during a dinner party at Colombo, Sri Lanka that how much time, you Pakistani people will take in delivering Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan to United States, if US increases few dollars in your annual aid?

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Let’s leave a better world for our children

Larkana needs Univeristy

By: Mukhtiar Samo

Larkana is the one century old district which had population of 2.2 million before its recent bifurcation into two when district Kambar Shahdadkot was carved out from it in the second half of the year 2005. It has now population of 1.2 million people. Larkana has been the centre of education, business and the politics throughout the history. It is the home town of Two Prime Ministers, three Chief Ministers and many ministers, present education minister of Sindh included, prominent politicians, intellectuals and the professionals.

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The question of a new Chief Justice of Pakistan

The question of a new Chief Justice of Pakistan is referred to a special commission with representatives from judiciary, legislative, and Executive branches

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

An article in today’s Dawn provides glimpse of points of view by PPP and PML-N on the restoration of deposed judges as they try to win the American support. The newspaper claims that these arguments are being made by the representatives of the two political parties in meetings with various US officials. It seems that PPP‘s main point is that independence of judiciary in Pakistan can be achieved without meeting exactly what every lawyer or political leader wants. However, the PML-N’s point of view appears to be that restoration of Chaudhry Iftikhar’s reinstatement as the chief justice is a mandatory requirement for independent judiciary. 

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Sindh: The Sehwan Sharif festival

sehwa-sharif-festival.jpg The greatest party on earth?

By Declan Walsh

(Women dance outside the ‘golden gate’ at the central Shrine of the Sehwan Sharif festival. Around 1 million people attend the three day event that combines partying and prayer to mark the death of the Sufi mystic Lal Shahbaz Qalander, who died 755 years ago. Photograph Declan Walsh.)

Pakistan’s tourism ministry designated 2007 as “Destination Pakistan”, the year when tourists were urged to discover the country’s sights and delights. Their timing couldn’t have been worse. A military ruler clinging to power, al-Qaida fanatics hiding in the mountains, suicide bombings booming across the cities – in 2007, Pakistan has become a byword for peril and turmoil.

But there is another Pakistan, one the majority of its 165 million people are more familiar with. It is the thrusting software entrepreneurs and brash new television stations. It is the kite flyers and partygoers and the strangers who insist you sit for a cup of tea. And it is Sehwan Sharif.

A sleepy town on the Indus river, Sehwan Sharif is on the heroin smuggling route that runs through Sindh from Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea. In summer it is a sauna – stepping from my air-conditioned car last month, the heat carried a five-knuckle wallop.

I joined about 1 million people who come to Sehwan Sharif for three days every year, to mark the death of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, an ancient Sufi mystic. It is one of south Asia’s greatest parties.

A giant, infectious drumbeat fills the night air. Red-clad women spin like dervishes and old men dance like teenagers. Men kiss the railings of the shrine; some burst into tears. A conga line of worshippers pushes into a glittering shrine at the heart of festival. The soft aroma of hashish and cooked bread wafts through the tiny alleyways; old men with watery eyes suck on clay pipes; barefoot families doze on the rooftops.

A million people – it’s enough to give an embassy security officer a heart attack. Yet I’ve rarely felt so secure. Impromptu singing sessions erupt by the roadside. People offer strangers a bed, a meal, or a drag from their joint. Smiles and handshakes are everywhere. Qalandar, a sort of medieval hippy, would have approved. Wandering through this area almost 800 years ago, he preached tolerance between Hindus and Muslims and peace to all men. Legend had it that he could transform himself into a falcon.

One night I met Muhammad Fiaz, a burly bus driver from Gujrat with glitter on his cheeks. He had taken his annual holiday to come and sit at the feet of a pir, or holy man. He brushed off any talk of politics. “Musharraf and his lot are one thing,” he said. “This is entirely another”.

Thursday October 4, 2007

Courtesy: The Guardian

Source – http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,,2183119,00.html

Herpes Zoster Vaccine

New Shingles vaccine OK’d

by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

Courtesy and Thanks: Toronto Sun News, Wednesday, August 22, 2008

Health Canada has approved a vaccine that helps prevent painful shingles outbreaks in older people who had chinkenpox earlier in life. The vaccine, which has been available in United States since about mid- 2006, boosts immunity to the vericella Zoster virus- the bug that causes chickenpox- which lives in latent form in the nervous system of people who have had the disease.

Reactivation occurs later in life in about 15% to 20% of people who had chickenpox, according to Public Health Agency of Canada’s website. The reactivation produces a painful rash that typically lasts a couple of weeks; it’s a condition known by the names shingles, herpes zoster or just zoster. In some cases the pain endures for months and even years after the rash subsides, a condition know as post-herpetic neuralgia. It (shingles) occurs in all age groups but it increases in incidence slowly and the curve starts to increase more rapidly some where around (age) 50,” explained Dr. Allison McGeer, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital. “And then the increase gets steeper and steeper as you get older  and older.”

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Musharraf: TIT FOR TAT (i)

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh
What a man sows, he reaps the same i.e Wheat for wheat, rice for rice, cotton for cotton etc.It is a natural law and not man made rule or procedure.The land is the same but it grows that thing which we sow or plant in it.The same natural law is working for the actions of a man. The killer is killed, the fraudulent is facing fraud and mischief monger is mischieved.

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Sassi Bhutto proud on Sindhi language

Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX, USA

Sassi Bhutto, 26 — only daughter of Shaheed Shahnawaz Bhutto and his Afghan wife, Rehana — who has come to Pakistan for the first time, has filed for the national ID. In her papers, she described Al-Murtaza, Larkano, as her residence and in the mother tongue column, she put: Sindhi.

To read full story by  BBC reporter Nisar Khokhar at BBC Urdu.com, please click here

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ALTAF BHAI VINDICATES SENATOR ASIF ALI ZARDARI’S (SAZ’S) ROLE

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain
Altaf Hussain

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan, London

Please note: The Writer is  Pakistan High Commissioner to UK.

 

Skies had fallen on me when Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was assassinated. It seemed end of the world. Not that part of my body had died with her. There was much more than that. It was manifested in the abysmal pain that got hold of me—my soul, my heart and my mind. It was something more horrendous—my profound apprehensions regarding the future of Pakistan —predestined to be a failing or a failed state– long before her cold-bloodied murder.

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Beyond Musharraf- Nawaz Sharif never misses an opportunity to try to pull down the PPP

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Today’s Washington Post contains a very interesting analysis of the current and future tussles between PPP, PML-N, and Pakistan military and some scenarios in Pakistan now that General Musharraf is no longer in the political picture of Pakistan. The author’s comments about Nawaz Sharif that that he is “Busy pandering to his right-wing supporters” and that “Sharif believes that his popularity and the parliamentary seats he controls in the majority province of Punjab will eventually regain him the prime minister ship. ” should alarm progressive Pakistanis and those who wish to see de-centralization in Pakistan and a new structure of checks and balance that would guarantee equal seats for each province in Pakistan’s Senate.

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Ahsan Iqbal: PML-N to support national languages status for Sindhi, Punjabi, Siraiki, Pushto & Balochi

Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

PML-N leader and former federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that PML-N accepts the rights of Punjabi, Sindhi, Siraiki, Pushto and Balochi languages and would support giving them national languages status. In a response to a question at 24th annual SANA Convention in Dallas , TX he said his party would include this demand in its program. In reply to another question, he said Kalabagh Dam will not be constructed as Sindh didn’t want it. He made a categorical statement that any project, however important it may be should not be undertaken if it was harmful for the federation in any way.

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Opinion: General’s last speech – Audacity of Shame

By Iqbal Tareen

As I watched Retired General Pervez Musharraf descending into the darker side of history he appeared to be angry and filled with venom. He lifted his hands in the air and said “Pakistan Kaa Khuda hafiz” meaning only God can now save Pakistan. What a bitter thing to say and wish for a nation that he claimed to be very dear to his heart. His words spoke volumes about typical mindset of a despot who assumes that with the fall of his dynasty the sun will never rise again and the life on earth will freeze for ever. Many around me protested saying that his last words were unbecoming of anyone who held such a high office in the nation.

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The Rogue Police of India

Our Country Needs Freedom Fighters

Report by: I K Chhugani, India

61 years of Independence. From the oppression and enslavement at the hands of the British, and straight into the brutal and corrupt hands of some of our very own countrymen. The corrupt bureaucrats and law enforcers of our great country who do everything but enforce the law of the land, the Rogue Police of India.

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Another Resolution Soon in Sindh Assembly on Oil and Gas Companies’ Injustices

Ishak Soomro

Another Resolution Soon in Sindh Assembly on Oil and Gas Companies’ Injustices  

MPA Sindh Mandhro Visits PDI Office and Appreciates PDI Research and Campaign  

This is to share with you Mr. Sikander Mandhro MPA – the mover of resolution on the injustices with the local communities of Sindh by the oil and gas companies, on Monday visited PDI office and held detailed meeting with PDI Director Sikander Brohi and Program Officer Ishak Soomro.

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Musharraf steps down: what next?

By Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh

President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation on Monday in the face of an impending impeachment motion by the ruling coalition government. His resignation has ended a period of turmoil and uncertainty.
Read the reaction of various national and international leaders and views being covered by Reuters,
AFP, AP and Bloomberg on

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Nothing to change if Musharraf given safe passage

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA
It is being reported that the Pakistani Government and military dictator Musharraf have reached a deal and the latter may fly out of
Pakistan soon. He could resign and leave as soon as tomorrow (Monday). If that happens, it would be another black day (we have plenty of them, more than we deserve) for rule of law, justice and democracy.

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Establish a Truth & Reconciliation Commission

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Restore judges today, establish truth commission, try Musharraf & his collaborators

The first order of the day for the government should be acting on the 3rd November, 2007 order of the 7-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and restore the judiciary as it stood that fateful day. They don’t have any excuse any more.

 

As I join the masses in Pakistan in their very well-earned celebration and jubilation at the departure of a military dictator, I write these lines to address the present rulers in Pakistan.

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WASHINGTON DIARY: Mastering the mother tongue

Dr Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com

Credible research has proven that children who know their mother tongue well have a much better chance to master other languages. But in the Pakistani educational system, the poisonous injection of alien language to tender minds results in a deep inferiority complex

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