Joining hands for peace- Free India and Pakistan from the agencies!

Free India and Pakistan from the divisive roles of the agencies, read what the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi says.

By Raj Mohan Gandhi

– Daily DAWN, July 22, 2008

MANY in India have been troubled over the charge publicly levelled by a senior official that Pakistan’s agencies planned the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, and over suggestions that Indian agencies should consider retaliating in like fashion against locations in Pakistan where hits against Indian targets are allegedly planned.

If New Delhi had found evidence of the ISI’s role in the destructive act in Kabul, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee should have confronted their Pakistani counterparts with it.

If the evidence was confirmed, the Indian premier should have solemnly presented it to the Pakistani and Indian peoples, and to the world.

Given the power and secrecy of the subcontinent’s intelligence agencies, anything, it is true, can occur. Yet if extremist pro-Taliban groups in Afghanistan and in Pakistan’s tribal areas have on numberless occasions targeted Pakistani leaders and its security forces for supporting the US-led war on terror, the Indian embassy in Kabul would also be a natural target for them.

Apart from the fact that Indian backing for the war against terror has been unambiguous and well known, India’s role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan’s infrastructure also invites the Taliban’s hostility.

Therefore assertions in New Delhi (or Kabul) that a Pakistani agency rather than one of Afghanistan’s Taliban-related extremist groups attacked the embassy have to be backed by solid evidence.

And if the ISI or sections of it are indeed in cahoots with the Taliban, it is the people of Pakistan who should worry the most and devise steps necessary to break the unholy alliance. In the struggle against the threats of extremism and terrorism, the people of Pakistan are the Indian people’s natural partners, and a key constituency for Indian leaders perturbed by the threats.In fact the Kabul incident should trigger a much-needed partnership between the people of Pakistan and the people of India.

Pakistanis should demand from Islamabad the truth about the charge that an intelligence agency was involved, and Indians should likewise ask New Delhi how its agencies quickly reached the conclusion that not pro-Taliban extremists but the ISI was responsible.People on both sides of the India-Pakistan border (and on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border) have the right to know the facts about the embassy bombing, for their security is at stake. And if security agencies are engaged in dirty work or in disinformation, then the peoples of Pakistan and India must jointly take up the daunting yet inescapable task of putting the agencies in their place.To take our countries back from the agencies may well be the need of the hour.

Ministers are our servants, and the agencies our servants’ mazdoors. Of course servants too are always entitled to respect, and to appreciation when they do their job well. I for one refuse to endorse the assessment of some of India’s Pakistan-watchers that elected leaders will prove worse than the military in dealing with extremism.

The late Bhutto’s powerfully articulated rejection of extremism is a strong legacy that is shared, as far as I can see, across the spectrum of mainline Pakistani politics, by PML and ANP leaders as by the PPP.

However, for figuring out effective ways of addressing grievances and defeating extremism and terrorism these politicians may need to consult more closely with one another across party, provincial and ethnic divides, and also with military and security experts.Perhaps intellectuals on both sides of the Pak-India border should prepare an updated manifesto for the subcontinent.

Some items on such a manifesto are obvious: mutual respect, including unreserved respect for the other nation’s independence; an equally unequivocal rejection of violence, whether direct or indirect, open or concealed, for solving internal, bilateral or international disputes; a clear rejection of the clash-of-civilisations theory; a solution for Kashmir acceptable to Kashmiris and to India and Pakistan; and a commitment to minority rights in both countries.

Also critical to such a manifesto, yet not so obvious in our dazzlingly globalised world, is a commitment to search for subcontinental and regional solutions instead of looking to global powers or a superpower for interventions.

The US and China are formidable countries, and both India and Pakistan have tried to build relationships with them. Given the history of India-Pakistan mistrust, such relationships have seemed attractive.Yet geography is stronger than history.

Oceans and mountains remain large impediments even in the 21st century. For years India and Pakistan have tried to involve distant powers in their dealings with each other, with poor results. It is time to put the subcontinent first. Whether we like it or not, geography mandates coexistence. We can decide to enjoy what cannot be helped and seek to profit from it.This does not mean that Pakistan should give up on its China links, or that India should turn its back on Afghanistan or on India-US relations.

What it does mean is that India-Afghanistan or India-US links should not grow at Pakistan’s expense, or Pakistan-China links at India’s cost. It also means that our peoples should be vigilant against inviting external conflicts to the soil of the subcontinent.We should acknowledge, in both India and Pakistan, not only the divisive roles of the agencies but also the hegemonic character of our societies.

The arrogance of the high-born, the high-placed and the man with the stick is known to both countries. While Pakistan may not formally accept caste hierarchies the way India continues to do (despite progressive laws and the emerging political power of the so-called lower or ‘untouchable’ castes), Pakistani society seems to tolerate armed elites and private jails.In India and Pakistan alike, muscle-power or gun-power is celebrated in posters and movies. In real-life interactions between the citizen and the policeman or the government functionary, the citizen usually comes off second best in both countries.

Correcting this equation, and honouring the listening policeman or politician rather than the macho one, has to be part of our subcontinental manifesto.

If despite disasters and misgovernance our economies have grown, the credit should above all go to the subcontinent’s hard-working and enterprising people. Our countries are on the move because of what our ‘common’ people grow, create, repair or remit, and the millions of vehicles they skilfully drive on hazardous roads.Should we be betting on the subcontinent’s civil society, on the sanity and energy of our peoples?

Though not permanent, hates and fears can after all continue for long, especially when politicians feed those fears and hates instead of working on education and healthcare. Still it may be a good idea to bet on our peoples and on their willingness to become partners. Better to bet thus and lose than concede that mutual destruction is the subcontinent’s destiny.

Joining hands for peace

Source: http://southasiatimes.blogspot.com/2008/07/joining-hands-for-peace.html

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai is an act of cowardice

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Terrorist attacks in Mumbai is an act of cowardice

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the violent attacks unleashed in Mumbai by an underground armed group calling itself the Deccan Mujahudeen. As reports come in, an estimated 107 innocent persons have lost their lives and more than 300 persons injured in the incident. More than 200 persons are currently being held hostage by this armed group. The attack has prompted the government to impose curfew in many parts of Mumbai, which is also the financial hub of the country.

The pattern of attacks on soft targets, like innocent persons in a railway station, three hospitals, at least three hotels, other public spaces and government establishments like the police headquarters shows the military-style coordination of the assailants and their absolute disregard of human life.

The fact that most of the assailants are relatively young is alarming. It is of particular relevance given the fact that several terrorist recruitment cells were reported be operative throughout the country. The topography of the city, the widespread and simultaneous nature of the attack with high level of coordination and the sophisticated weapons reportedly being used by the assailants suggests the possibility of a large-scale preparation prior to the attack.

While world leaders have condemned the ongoing terrorist attack, the terrorists through their actions have made it clear that they have nothing in common with Islam, the religion they claim to represent or defend.

It is reported that the Indian authorities have taken steps to contain the ongoing violence and to end the hostage situation. It is reported that in at least two hotels, the Obroi Trident and the Taj, the terrorists are holding hostages.

Mumbai and several other cities in India have been subjected to similar attacks by underground forces in the past. On 11 July 2006, 147 persons were killed and an estimated 439 persons injured in Mumbai when bombs planted in suburban trains went off. On October 30 this year, 62 persons were killed and an estimated 300 persons were injured after 12 high-intensity bombs went off in Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road and Bongaigaon – three towns in the state of Assam.

A hundred persons were injured and 20 killed when five bombs went off in busy market places in the national capital New Delhi on September 13 this year. Forty persons were killed and over 100 persons were injured in bomb explosions that rocked Ahmedabad in Gujarat state on 26 July. Sixty persons were killed and 150 injured when 10 bombs went off in Jaipur in Rajasthan state on 13 May 2008. Most of those who lost their lives or were injured in all these incidents, like many other terrorist attacks across the world, were innocent civilians.

Violence against innocent persons is an act of cowardice. Loss of human life can never be an excuse for the propagation of an ideology or conviction. Those who resort to murder and violence as a means of communication rule out the possibility of a peaceful space to settle disputes and are a threat to democracy and its norms. Violence is only a crude tool for societal fragmentation. The assailants who murdered innocent civilians in India in this incident and those in the past have only increased the unwarranted divides among religious groups in the country.

The AHRC iterates that it condemns the violence and wishes to express its concern for those who have lost their dear ones and have been injured in this incident. It also calls upon the authorities in India to ensure that all possible measures are taken so that the least damage is caused in putting an end to the violence.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

AHRC-STM-300-2008, November 27, 2008

The Assault on Mumbai- India’s Leaders Need to Look Closer to Home

India’s Leaders Need to Look Closer to Home

The Assault on Mumbai

By TARIQ ALI

The terrorist assault on Mumbai’s five-star hotels was well planned, but did not require a great deal of logistic intelligence: all the targets were soft. The aim was to create mayhem by shining the spotlight on India and its problems and in that the terrorists were successful. The identity of the black-hooded group remains a mystery.

The Deccan Mujahedeen, which claimed the outrage in an e-mail press release, is certainly a new name probably chosen for this single act. But speculation is rife. A senior Indian naval officer has claimed that the attackers (who arrived in a ship, the M V Alpha) were linked to Somali pirates, implying that this was a revenge attack for the Indian Navy’s successful if bloody action against pirates in the Arabian Gulf that led to heavy casualties some weeks ago.

The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has insisted that the terrorists were based outside the country. The Indian media has echoed this line of argument with Pakistan (via the Lashkar-e-Taiba) and al-Qaeda listed as the usual suspects.

But this is a meditated edifice of official India’s political imagination. Its function is to deny that the terrorists could be a homegrown variety, a product of the radicalization of young Indian Muslims who have finally given up on the indigenous political system. To accept this view would imply that the country’s political physicians need to heal themselves.

Al Qaeda, as the CIA recently made clear, is a group on the decline. It has never come close to repeating anything vaguely resembling the hits of 9/11.

Its principal leader Osama bin Laden may well be dead (he certainly did not make his trademark video intervention in this year’s Presidential election in the United States) and his deputy has fallen back on threats and bravado.

What of Pakistan? The country’s military is heavily involved in actions on its Northwest frontier where the spillage from the Afghan war has destabilized the region. The politicians currently in power are making repeated overtures to India. The Lashkar-e-Taiba, not usually shy of claiming its hits, has strongly denied any involvement with the Mumbai attacks.

Why should it be such a surprise if the perpetrators are themselves Indian Muslims? Its hardly a secret that there has been much anger within the poorest sections of the Muslim community against the systematic discrimination and acts of violence carried out against them of which the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in shining Gujarat was only the most blatant and the most investigated episode, supported by the Chief Minister of the State and the local state apparatuses.

Add to this the continuing sore of Kashmir which has for decades been treated as a colony by Indian troops with random arrests, torture and rape of Kashmiris an everyday occurrence. Conditions have been much worse than in Tibet, but have aroused little sympathy in the West where the defense of human rights is heavily instrumentalised.

Indian intelligence outfits are well aware of all this and they should not encourage the fantasies of their political leaders. Its best to come out and accept that there are severe problems inside the country. A billion Indians: 80 percent Hindus and 14 percent Muslims. A very large minority that cannot be ethnically cleansed without provoking a wider conflict.

None of this justifies terrorism, but it should, at the very least, force India’s rulers to direct their gaze on their own country and the conditions that prevail. Economic disparities are profound. The absurd notion that the trickle-down effects of global capitalism would solve most problems can now be seen for what it always was: a fig leaf to conceal new modes of exploitation.

Tariq Ali’s latest book, ‘The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power’ is published by Scribner.

Courtesy and Thanks: CounterPunch.org

http://www.counterpunch.org/tariq11272008.html

Mumbai Carnage: Terrorism has no nationality or a religion

Terrorism has no nationality or a religion

by Tareen, Iqbal, Herndon, Virginia, USA

The writer can be reached at: iqbal.tareen@gmail.com

Mumbai terror attack reminds us that we live in a New World Disorder forced to cope with terrorism just like any natural disaster. Although we can’t fight nature but we can defeat man made carnage if we heal the root cause and isolate few terrorists from many, who want to live in dignity and peace. Just remember, if you react emotionally, the terrorism wins.

Pakistanis Saddened At News of Mumbai Attacks

Islamabad: Pakistanis watched with despair and sorrow as images of the Mumbai terror attacks were played out by local television channels Thursday, even as they strongly condemned terrorism in the neighbouring country. Almost all leading channels of Pakistan showed live footage from Mumbai and also telecast Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s address to Indians.. “This is so sad that this region is in the grip of violence and terrorism, Shamim Bano, a student of the Quaid-e-Azam Universily, told IANS. She said her mother was in tears after seeing the horrible incident on television. People remained glued to their TV sets throughout the day and were seen visibly sad over the deaths of more than 100 people.”..
Several Indian journalists from Mumbai also appeared on Pakistani televisions to detail the latest situation. “This is unprecedented, the way Pakistani television channels presented details of the incidents and the way Pakistani people reacted to it, Abdul Hameed told IANS, adding that since the partition of the sub-continent in 1947, he had never seen such sympathy among Pakistanis for the Indians. “This is all because of the media that people in both the countries have developed likeness for each other, he said.”
Pakistani leaders, both from the ruling coalition and the opposition, also strongly condemned the killings. President Asif Ali Zardari, while condemning the blasts and firing, called fro strict measures to deal with terrorism. “President Zardari stressed the need for taking strict measures to eradicate terrorism and extremis from the region,” a brief message issued by the ministry of information said. It said that Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the terrorist attacks…
An official of the Indian High Commision in Islamabad said that the mission has received a number of messages and phone calls to condemn the blasts and firing incidents. “We are thankful to the (Pakistani) people for expressing their sympathies,” the official told IANS…

Pakistan lifts ban on Dostana

While the whole of India couldn’t stop rolling with laughter looking at the antics of two on-screen self confessed homosexuals in Dostana, the Pakistanis were having it otherwise. The Lahore High Court had imposed a ban on the film stating that it has some highly objectionable “gay contents”, following a writ petition filed by Khuram Khan. The petitioner maintained that Dostana promoted gay marriage which is prohibited in all religions. Now Pakistanis can join their Indian counter parts, as Lahore High Court has lifted the ban and given a go-ahead for provincial screening in four cinemas of Lahore.

November 29, 2008

Mumbai train blasts accused nabbed in London

London, United Kingdom: The Interpol in London has arrested Rahil Shaikh, one of the key accused in the July 11, 2006, suburban train blasts in Mumbai that killed 187 people. Shaikh is accused of organising finances for the Mumbai terror operation that left 187 dead and a shopping 817 injured. Shaikh, a suspected activist of he banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

LPP protest against Mumbai terrorist attacks in Lahore Pakistan

Report by: Farooq Tariq, Spokesperson, Labour Party Pakistan

Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) is organizing a protest against the terrorist attack on Mumbai, on 28 November at 4 pm at Shimla Pehari Lahore. This is to protest the growing terrorist attacks by religious fundamentalists and American imperialists. Ordinary people are paying the price of this bull fight. LPP will show solidarity with those killed and injured in Mumbai attacks. Please join if you are in Lahore.

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The doctrine of jihad be denounced as inhuman- The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC)

MCC shocked at Mumbai terrorist attack “Doctrine of Jihad must be denounced as inhuman”

TORONTO – The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), in expressing shock and dismay at the terror strikes in Mumbai has condemned these egregious acts of violence .

In a statement, the MCC said, there is little doubt that which ever jihadi outfit was behind this heinous crime, it was motivated by hate and a want to sabotage the recent thawing of relations between India and Pakistan. The bombings come barely a week after peace overtures by President Asif Zardari who stated he did not see India as an adversary and had called for closer relations.

The MCC statement called on world leaders to confront the scourge of Islamist terrorism by challenging the validity of the doctrine of jihad as laid out by the worldwide Islamist movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda, and a myriad of soft jihadi organizations in the West.

Unless and until this doctrine of jihad is confronted at the ideological level, fighting the war on terror is like shooting individual mosquitoes to combat malaria. Without challenging the Islamist doctrine of armed Jihad, it is futile to confront the jihadis. Just as Canada and its allies waged a war against Nazis as part of the war against Germany, today Canada and its allies should expose the doctrine of Jihad as pronounced by such Islamists as the later Syed Qutb and Syed Maudoodi, as inhuman and unfit for the modern world.

The MCC hopes that Muslims all over the world will unite to fight the curse of extremist and militant ideologies that sully the name of Islam and bring much disrepute to Muslims.

The MCC is also calling upon the Canadian government to do all it can to help get a speedy release of the six Canadian hostages held by militants.

November 27, 2008

Terror in Mumbai- India’s Suspicion to Pakistan

The Pakistan Connection
Evidence is still sketchy, but tensions are already rising between India and its nuclear-armed neighbor.

Courtesy and Thanks: Newsweek
Ron Moreau and Sudip Mazumdar
November 27, 2008

Around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a band of 10 young armed militants zoomed up to a fishermen’s colony in Colaba, on the Mumbai waterfront, in inflatable Zodiac speedboats. Locals confronted them: unlike the dark-skinned Mumbai fishermen, who speak only Marathi, the regional dialect, the intruders were young, tall and fair-skinned and spoke Urdu with a northern accent. According to local press, the gunmen reportedly told them to mind their business, then gave a raised-thumb gesture, and splitting into small groups, walked off into two different directions. The fishermen reported the suspicious men to a police post nearby, but the tip-off failed to rouse the cops to action.

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Baloch King, Khan of Kalat, Suleman Khan seeks Asylum

Baloch royal leader Khan of Kalat seeks asylum
by Mir Raza, mirsalimraza@yahoo.com

London – 27 November 2008

His Highness Beglar Begi, Suleman Khan Ahmedzai, the Khan of Kalat, aged 45, will appeal for asylum in the UK on Friday, 28 November, at a tribunal in Newport, Wales. Regarded by many Baloch people as their monarch and head of state, he was refused asylum in October 2007. Fridays appeal hearing will take place at 10am at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Newport, Columbus House, Chepstow Road, Langstone, Newport , NP18 2LX (0845 600 0877). …

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Does United States really wants the breakup of Pakistan??

Courtesy and Thanks: NewYorkTimes.com
Memo From IslamabadRinged by Foes, Pakistanis Fear the U.S., Too

By JANE PERLEZ
Published: November 22, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A redrawn map of South Asia has been making the rounds among Pakistani elites. It shows their country truncated, reduced to an elongated sliver of land with the big bulk of India to the east, and an enlarged Afghanistan to the west.

That the map was first circulated as a theoretical exercise in some American neoconservative circles matters little here. It has fueled a belief among Pakistanis, including members of the armed forces, that what the United States really wants is the breakup of Pakistan, the only Muslim country with nuclear arms.

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Russian Warships Enter Venezuela

Caracas: Russian warships have sailed into a Venezuelan port in the first deployment of its kind in the Caribbean since the end of the Cold War. Thevessels were greeted by a 21-gun military salute on Tuesday at the start of a week of joint manoeuvres as Moscow and Caracas seek to strengthen their political and trade ties. The ships, including the nuclear powered cruiser Peter the Great and the destroyer Admiral Chabankenko, arrived at La Guaira, a port near to the capital Caracas, to coincide with a two day visit by Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president. However, the move has been widely interpreted as a demonstration of the Kremilin’s anger at the US or both its plans to install a missile-defence shield in eastern Europe and its decision to send aid-laden warships to Georgia this summer. Russia and Georgia were briefly at war during August over the disputed independence of border states South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The US administration played down any concerns over the joint show of force by two of its sharpest critics. Sean McGormack, the US state department spokesman, said: ” I don’t think there’s any qustion about.. who the region looks to in terms of political, economic, diplomatic and as well as military power. “If the Venezuelans and the Russians want to have a military exercise, that’s fine. But we’ll obisously be watching it very closely,” he said.

Pakistan To Free 101 Indian Prisoners In Goodwill Gesture

Islamabad: One hundred and one Indian prisners being released by Pakistan will cross the Wagah border Wednesday when Foreighn Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be in New Delhi to discuss confindence building measures with his counterpart Pranab Mukherjee. Pakistan on Sunday announced that 99 Indian fishermaen arrested for illegally entering into Pakistan’s territory and two other prisoners who have completed their jail terms will be handed over to the Indian authorities at the Wagah border on Wednesday. An official of Karachi’s Malir jail said that 99 fishermen left for Lahore on Tuesday morning while tow prisoners will be released from the Lahore jail. The official said that 302 fishermen than 100 Indian prisoners in other jails, besides more than 100 Indians in other jails, most of whom have completed their terms. This also includes Indian prisoner on death row Sarabjit Singh, whose mercy petition is pending with the president. There was speculation he may be released after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in August said he had requested the president to consider his mercy petition. However, the officials refusing to give the names of prisoners being released from the Lahore jail but said that Singh is not among them.

Pakistan: Tax troubles

WASHINGTON DIARY: Tax troubles (comment on IMF loan)
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

November 25th, 2008
Courtesy and thanks: Wichaar.com
There is no way out of our perpetual economic crisis without enforceable progressive taxation. It is not possible for Pakistan to avoid such crises when the taxable don’t pay up and those eligible for state handouts foot the bill.

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Opinion: Talibanization of Karachi – Fact or Fear?

 

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain
MQM Chief Altaf Hussain

Report by: Center for Research and Security Studies, crss.pager@gmail.com
This is the weekly pager from the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Islamabad, Pakistan. CRSS firmly believes in academic neutrality and takes up issues that both the State and Society of Pakistan are faced with. We are a non-profit and non-political organization committed to promoting rational and critical thinking. This pager is also available in PDF format from our website.

Mutihidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) is the political party that dominates Karachi, Pakistan’s largest metropolis. Hyderabad, the Sind province’s 2nd largest city, is also under MQM’s political domain. MQM draws its strength from working class and lower/middle strata of the society and prides itself for being an anti-feudal and a secular party. Karachi is among the most literate cities of Pakistan and is dominated by two ethnicities, Urdu speaking Mohajirs and Pashto speaking Pashtuns. In fact, Karachi has more Pashtuns than does Peshawar, the provincial capital of NWFP. Addressing a large gathering of Karachites via telephone in early November, the Quaid (supreme leader) of MQM, Altaf Hussain warned the “Sufi-loving people of Sindh” and “peaceful people of Karachi” that a systematic campaign was underway to “Talibanize Karachi.” He pointed that the areas of Pakhtoon Abad and Sultan Abad were particularly of great concern to both the MQM and the government of Sindh. “Now, Baitullah Mehsud is sending his people to Karachi and many cable operators, CD shop owners and girls schools have been asked to shut down their operation because they are un-Islamic,” Altaf said. He alleged that the Taliban elements have “collected nearly 2 billion rupees” in ransom over the past two years and there were nearly “5 million small arms in the city.” He urged the MQM activists to “be ready to defend themselves and get training in self defense and get arms’ licenses.” Altaf criticized the sluggish response and flawed intelligence of the government and announced that every party worker of MQM will defend their city and “you should be able to keep waking up in the night to check such miscreants.”

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Opinion- Raising Taliban bogey, MQM prepares for massive bloodshed in Sindh

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Taliban are coming! But what is the real agenda of MQM? Are they preparing for a massive bloodshed in Sindh to cause final blow to the unity of the province and the country? The civil society and the Government have to take notice before it is too late.

How come one of the major partners in the ” Britain is allowing Pakistani chief terrorist Altaf Hussain to use its land to launch terrorism in Pakistan?” Speak of double standards and hypocrisy!war on terror

(I know people are rightly preoccupied with events related dictator Musharraf’s impeachment but this is very important issue too and it should not be ignored).

MQM is known for terrorism, violence, use of force and its undemocratic, racist and fascist ways to establish its hold in the urban areas in Sindh. Who has forgotten Pakistani terrorist chief Altaf Hussain’s call to his followers in 1980s to sell TVs and VCRs and buy Kalashnikovs? People are witness what happened in Sindh in late 80s and 90s.

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Thoughts for life

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. When you say I love you, mean it. In disagreement, fight fairly. No name calling. Don’t judge people by their relatives. Talk slowly but think quickly. Remember that great achivements involve great risk. When you lose don’t lose lesson. When you realize you have made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. When some one asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, why do you want to know.

Generex launches oral insulin for diabetes

Oral-lynT is the first non-injectable insulin
(WORCESTER, MA AND MUMBAI) Generex Biotechnology Corporation, the leader in drug delivery for metabolic diseases through the inner lining of the mouth, and Shreya Life Sciences, the Company’s importation, marketing and distribution license in India and the fourth largest marketer of insulin in India, jointly announced the launch of commercial retail sales of Generex Oral- lynT in India. Generex Oral-lyn is approved in India for the treatment of adults and children with Type 1 and Tupe 2 diabetes and will be marketed and sold in India under the brand name “Oral Recosulin”… India expects that the product will eventually be available in more then 2,500 pharmacies in the country. The launch of Oral-Recosulin, which offers a simple, convenient, fast, effective, flexible, familiar and pain-free alternative to prandial injection of insulin… Oral-lynT is the first non-injectable buccal insulin approved in India

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India can help stabilize South Asia

New Delhi: Coming from a country that was one of the first victims of .. terrorism, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is acutely aware of its destructive power. That’s the reason, on his first visit to India in 25 years, Mubarak is calling for a greater role by India in ensuring that terror wracked Pakistan and Afghanistan emerge as stable nation states.

Indeed, the stability of these two nations is crucial for the security.. Mubarak said during an interaction. “Innocent victims of terror are everywhere. In India, we lost the Gandhis, Indira and Rajiv. In Pakistan, we lost Benazir Bhutto. In Egypt, we lost Sadat just to mention a few examples, he said.

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Pakistan is legging behind in education than it’s neighbouring countries

Report by: Prof. Mukhtiar Ahmed Samo, Larkana, mukhtiarsamo@yahoo.com

“It is disappointing to note that our country is legging behind in education even from our neighbouring countries, which shows lukewarm response of our governments of all times to the education in the country. It is crucial to take measures for educating and safeguarding children because if we fail to ensure good education, and protection to the child today we can not expect stable, peaceful and prosperous society tomorrow because child is the foundation of the society. Firm foundation is essential for fortified building”. This was stated by the girl students while speaking in speech competition on ” Education to child is like water to crop” held here by Knowledge Centre Larkana. It was presided over by panel of educationists Nawab Ali Khokhar and Prof. Mukhtiar Ahmed Samo.

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Simplicity

by Munawar Ali, Washington, USA

The writer can be reached at: munawars88@gmail.com

Simplicity is one of the great traits of human beings. It keeps life simple and enjoyable. A simple person can have everything without getting into the complexities of life. A simple person tends to be a good human being, healthy and satisfied person. Therefore simplicity has been advocated by all the religions and philosophies.

Life is all about having fun and being good. If a person has got everything but s/he is too busy and messed up his/her life then s/he is no good for himself or for anybody else. Even if you don’t have riches, you can enjoy life more than anybody else if you believe in simplicity. Fun and satisfaction in life does not come from riches rather from the state of mind and approach of a person towards life. A simple life gives you more peace of mind and joy than a complex and tiresome life which makes you wealthy but drives you nuts.

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Scientists slow cancer’s growth

By destroying stem cells that drive tumor’s expansion, melanoma can be controlled

Targeting cancer stem cells

Boston researchers have isolated small population of dangerous cells that initiate melanoma skin cancer- and, for the first time, found a way to halt the growth of these rogue cells. Experts believe that destroying these so-called cancer stem cells is akin to killing the roots of weeds and say attacking them may emerge as one of the most promising ways to treat most types of cancers by injecting special antibody are able to fight melanoma skin cancer.

This is how business is done! Think +++++ve

This is Awesome Father : “I want you to marry a girl of my choice” Son : “I will choose my own bride!”

Father : “But the girl is Bill Gates’s daughter.” Son : “Well, in that case…ok”

Next – Father approaches Bill Gates. Father : “I have a husband for your daughter.” Bill Gates : “But my daughter is too young to marry!” Father : “But this young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.” Bill Gates : “Ah, in that case…ok”

Finally Father goes to see the president of the World Bank. Father : “I have a young man to be recommended as a vice-president. ” President : “But I already have more vice- presidents than I need!” Father : “But this young man is Bill Gates’s son-in-law.” President : “Ah, in that case…ok”

This is how business is done!!

Moral: Even If you have nothing,You can get Anything. But your attitude should be positive. Think +++v.

TYPE OF GIRLS

HARD-DISK Girls: She remembers everything, FOREVER. RAM Girls: She forgets about you, the moment you turn her off. WINDOWS Girls: Everyone knows that she canтАЩt do a thing right, but no one can live without her. SCREENSAVER Girls: She is good for nothing but at least she is fun! INTERNET Girls: Difficult to access. SERVER Girls: Always busy when you need her. MULTIMEDIA Girls: She makes horrible things look beautiful. CD-ROM Girls: She is always faster and faster. E-MAIL Girls: Every ten things she says, eight are nonsense. VIRUS Girls: Also known as тАЬWIFEтАЭ; when you are not expecting her, she comes, installs herself and uses all your resources. If you try to uninstall her you will lose something, if you donтАЩt try to uninstall. 

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PPP and MQM love story

MQM-backed LGs exempted from audit

by S. SHAHNAWAZ SHAH, Tando Adam, Sindh

Courtesy and Thanks: Daily Dawn

The news report (?MQM – backed LGs exempted from audit?, Nov 18) that the Sindh chief minister has issued instructions for ?special audit for 2002 – 2008? of the local bodies in the whole of the province but allowed exemption to the city district governments of Karachi and Hyderabad must have shocked every sensible citizen of the country.

Why has the CM exempted only the city governments headed by a particular political party from special audit, otherwise a mandatory requirement under the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2001?

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What are the Signs of an allergy?

Frequent sneezing, watery eyes and cold-like symptoms,  A crease above the tip of the nose caused by regular upward wiping of the nose (allergic salute), Coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptom, Dark circles under your eyes as a result of increased blood flow to the sinuses.

What are the more common things which causes Allergy and asthma?

Dust, Tobacco smoke, pollen, Air pollutants, weather, Heard exercise, stress, pets etc