Democracy is the best revenge

By Mumtaz Langah, Edmonton

Congratulations to all those friends to believe in democracy and respect the authority of elected parliament. All assemblies have voted and elected Asif Ali Zardari. Great credit goes to Sindh Assembly where Mr. Zardari’s opponents got zero votes. This is a great slap on the face of beauracracy and establishment. This a matter of proud that after Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari has become elected President of Pakistan who is a Sindhi leader. Democracy is the best revenge.

“Girls Cricket Championship 2009” held at Sindh University on Jan. 24

Creeping Talibanization in Pakistan’s ‘Paradise’ Valley


FRACTURED PAKISTAN — Cricket matches take place during the “Inter-varsity Girls Cricket Championship 2009″ held at Sindh University on Jan. 24. But hundreds of miles northwest at the foothills of the Himalayas, where the Taliban rule, female teachers stay at home, while lands are barren and trees grow fruitless, and video shops are torched, and barbers are afraid to shave beards.

LAHORE, Pakistan — People in Swat – once called the ‘paradise’ on earth or Switzerland of Pakistan – are living in tense times. The Pakistani Taliban have stoked fear in parts of the valley, and their control is growing. They gave demolished schools and bombed bridges;

political workers are assassinated, journalists are tortured, girls are forbidden from going to school. Even dead bodies have been exhumed from their graves and put on gallows. The power of the government has shrunk to a limited area in the district.

Lands are getting barren and trees are growing fruitless. Female teachers are forced to live in their houses, video shops are burnt and barbers are warned against shaving beards because the Taliban see this act as un-Islamic. In the last two years, more than 800 hotels and 405 restaurants have been closed in the picturesque Swat Valley – one of Pakistan’s main tourist hubs for decades and a major source of foreign revenue – as law and order deteriorates.

Around 40,000 people connected with the valley’s hotel industry are unemployed, as are thousands of others who are indirectly linked to the industry. Militancy, which has disrupted every walk of life in the picturesque Swat Valley, has dealt a massive blow to its once fabulous tourism industry that once enchanted tourists from around

the world.

The population of Swat district was 1.5 million, but two-thirds have migrated to other areas of the country. More than 200 people, including important personalities, had been killed in targeted killings and bomb blasts in Swat.

But Islam teaches us to show care and compassion, even toward the plants and animals. To inflict destruction, harm or injury toward them is deemed as a major sin, so how can anyone under any circumstances justify the killing or maiming of innocent human beings?

Besides banning female education in Swat Valley, the militants have torched or completely destroyed more than 165 girls’ and boys’ schools and colleges thereby stopping students from taking their annual examinations.

In Pakistan, literacy figures for women had risen steadily since the 1990s. In the Swat area they were up 75 percent over 2002, with 30,000 more girls in schools. Foreign donors helped establish NGO-run schools, pushing up enrollment levels.

The recent resurgence in militant extremism has come as a bitter blow indeed.

Current circumstances condemn millions of children, particularly girls, to a life without education — and, therefore, to a life of missed opportunities. Many girls say their parents are too afraid to send them to school. An estimated 80,000 girls have had their education cut. They are trying to keep up with their studies at home.

But it is hard.

Traditional Islam views religion as a pact between man and God and therefore in the domain of spirituality. In this belief, there can be no compulsion or force used in religion. From the time of the Prophet Mohammed, peace and tolerance were practiced between different religious groups, with respect to distinctions in belief.

Contrary to this, the Wahhabi ideology, which the Taliban follow, is built on the concept of political enforcement of religious beliefs, thus permitting no differences in faith whatsoever. In Wahhabi belief, faith is not necessarily an option; it is sometimes mandated by force.

Similarly, extending the sphere of their activities aimed at enforcing Sharia, the followers of Fazalullah, a Taliban leader in the Swat region, are making a state within a state in the valley. He has established his own administration on the pattern of the Saudi monarchs and created a private army, equipped with the latest weapons

and controlled by his trusted and loyal commanders. Besides establishing a parallel judicial system, Fazalullah has also established a “baitul maal” (fund for the needy) for which his commanders collect “ushr” (tithes) from the locals.

The Pakistani government should provide protection and alternative institutions and mechanism to the students of Swat besides establishing relief camps and financial support to the affected people. The government and the army should place security in front of all the girls’ schools and colleges as soon as possible. The government must not surrender to the threats of extremists groups who

are exploiting the laws in the name of religion. Peace pacts with militants remain a tradition from the early history of Islam and always produced good results. So far, peace agreements with the Taliban in Swat should be given a go-ahead, with the hope that girls will return back to their schools in the ‘paradise.’


January 26, 2009

World Sindhi Congress appeals the government to take back its charges against Sindhi nationalists

Press release by Information Secretary Ali Memon
29 January 2009
World Sindhi Congress, a leading Sindhi organisation working for the cause of human rights Of Sindh and Sindhis, is deeply concerned at the present government’s act of charging more than 350 leaders and activists of Jeeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz (JSQM) for sedition for delivering speeches on the 105th birth anniversary of the founder of the Jeeay Sindh Tehrik, Saeen G.M. Sayed on 17th January, 2009.

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Remembering Tajal Bewas

Culture Department has organized a reference and Mushairo to remember one of Sindh’s famous poet Tajal Bewas today at Liaqat Library, near PTV Station Karachi at 4 pm on 31-01-2009. Leading Sindhi poets and writers will share their litrary contribution. Though it is short notice but please do come to pay tribute to Tajal’s literary contribution.

Worst terrorism in Pashtun region is deplorable: Zar Ali Khan Musazai

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Pashtun Democratic Council deplores the ongoing worst situations in Pashtun region
Chairman Pashtun democratic council Zar Ali Khan Musazai has strongly condemned the ongoing worst situations in Swat saying that the non-state actors with the assistance of some agencies. The situations of Swat are deteriorated to the extent that even dead bodies of the human beings are exhumed out of the graves and put on the gallows in the busy market places under the very nose of the security forces to terrify the Pashtun to keep mum and bear the mental and physical agonies on their own and not to disclose the atrocities of the terrorists and the agencies involved in the crime against genocide of the Pashtun nation .

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Partnering With Pakistan

asif_smileBy Asif Ali Zardari, Islamabad
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan looks forward to a new beginning in its bilateral relationship with the United States. First, we congratulate Barack Obama and the country that had the character to elect him, and we welcome his decision to name a special envoy to Southwest Asia. Appointing the seasoned diplomat Richard Holbrooke says much about the president’s worldview and his understanding of the complexities of peace and stability and the threats of extremism and terrorism. Simply put, we must move beyond rhetoric and tackle the hard problems.

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Life of Afzal Khan Lala is under threat

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai, Peshawar
Please note: The writer is the Chairman of Pakhtun/ Afghan Democratic Council, Peshawar. He can be reached at-
Afzal Khan Lala is a Pakhtun Afghan leader who spent most of his time struggling for getting the rights of this nation. The enemies of Pashtun/ Afghans are bent upon to eliminate him physically and create a vacuum in the Pashtun for a leader of the caliber of Khan lala. It is evident to all including international community that Pashtun region is engulfed by the terrorists and their promoters

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Getting our act together

WASHINGTON DIARY: Getting our act together
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
January 27th, 2009
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In neglecting to protect the Pakhtuns and establishing law and order, the Pakistani state failed Pakhtuns miserably. It is this failure of the state that has led to the violation of its sovereignty, first by the Taliban and now by the US.

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we have to inform that SINDH SOCIAL FORUM has this year completed 25 years’ journey in the sphere of social service and service to humanity. All-out efforts are made for amelioration of culture and language of our community during this period. On the occasion of Silver Jubilee Year, we have decided to publish a Souvenir. Our main aim behind this is to create awareness in our community of Sindhi Language, Culture, Literature and about our Freedom Fighters, Poets, Authors, Dramatists, Politicians and Literary personalities of Sindhi community.

Taluka Pano Akil- High Negligence of Education Department

Letter to Editor – by Rahmat Ali

It is informed that I visited a village with my friends. The village’s name is “That” Mullali U.C-43 Taluka Pano Akil District Sukkur Sindh. There was a big structure of school but it wasn’t working/ functioning. It also didn’t have a single teacher for providing education to the children’ of the above village. When we asked Mr. Jeedan & Mr. Gumtar, the villagers, they informed us that the teachers are posted by the Government but no teacher is coming/providing education services to their children for a long period of time. It is a high negligence by Sindh Education Department with the villagers as well as their children. Therefore, I request to the high-ups of education department to take necessary action against the posted teacher and their heads that are not coming when they are supposed to be. I hope the Sindh Education Department will give an urgent attention to this matter.

January 27, 2009

Moving beyond Mumbai

by Sherry Rehman, Islamabad

Like all episodes that trigger trans-national crises, the Mumbai attacks have seemingly altered our world. Not since the 2000-2001 military stand-off between India and Pakistan have relations between the two stood at such a low point as they do today.

We were not always like this, mired in a debilitating tableaux of the cold war. In 1988-89, in fact, on the sidelines of a SAARC conference in Islamabad, the groundwork for peace was laid, and years later, amidst cheering populations on both sides of their border, the two countries had embarked on a historic composite peace dialogue. It was a fragile sapling, but by 2004 the Pakistan-India peace process had begun to spread its roots, beginning what looked like the dismantling of a costly trust deficit.

After Mumbai, though, the vulnerability of the peace process, stood too quickly exposed. Of particular alarm was a recent statement by India’s minister for external affairs, Pranab Mukherjee, who said that the composite dialogue between the two countries was meaningless, and that Pakistan’s position had put a large question mark on the achievements and utility of the peace process. This ame on the heels of Pakistan setting up a tri-member committee to probe in 10 days the Mumbai evidence provided by India, followed by trials of any suspects inside Pakistan.

In fact, one can trace a curious pattern in Pakistan-India relations during the last two odd months. Pakistan’s consistent and steadfast offer to India for cooperation and joint investigations, coupled with appeals not to let Mumbai reverse the peace process have, by and large, been met with a baffling intransigence. The insistence on implicating the Pakistani state’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks is unhelpful, to say the least, and refutes Pakistan’s efforts as meaningless. In this context, India’s questioning of the efficacy of the composite dialogue only ratchets up a war of words that is unhelpful and dangerous.

The questions are not new – but they need to be revisited. Where will this war of words lead to? Does anyone profit from it in any sustainable sense? If not, does Pakistan have to carry the burden of this borderless scourge of terrorism alone?

For a start, Pakistan is now a different country than the one that was engaged in a proxy war in Afghanistan as part of a super power great game in the region. Today, non-state actors make its own citizens victims of a war with no name. There is now a democratic civilian government in place which is challenged by a global financial crisis as well as high food and oil prices at home. The struggle to create a national security consensus is long and hard, but it has found space in a plural arena where democracy co-exists with unprecedented security challenges.

Important shifts are taking place in the perception of Pakistan globally as well. The world does not think that Pakistan alone can fight one of the most critical battles that define the 21st century. While acknowledging its numerous sacrifices made in the fight against terrorism and its ongoing efforts to root out extremism from within its borders, the international community has said unequivocally that terrorism can only be eradicated from South Asia by a closely coordinated and collaborative effort of both Pakistan and India. This vision naturally includes Afghanistan as well.

This message was carried by several visiting dignitaries from the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, and also from Interpol on their recent visits to the region. The chief of Interpol in particular had said that “any country that has suffered as much at the hands of terrorists as Pakistan” was “in need of international support, not international condemnation”. He had further said that one primary lesson of Sept 11 was that the only way to fight terrorism effectively was by sharing information nationally and internationally and that in this regard India and Pakistan needed to cooperate.

Earlier this month, America’s ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, had said that the evidence given by India to Pakistan was credible but that India should give Pakistan time to act on it. More recently, British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband argued in an article published in The Guardian during the time he was visiting South Asia that the “best antidote to the terrorist threat in the long term” was cooperation.

The world is beginning to recognize that Pakistan is itself a primary victim and target of terror. No country has offered and, in turn, suffered more in the global fight against terrorism since 9/11 than Pakistan. In doing so, it has incurred tremendous loss of life and erosion of social peace, economic stability and political security.

There are no pre-packaged instant solutions, but the world now understands that only a democratic Pakistan can defeat extremism. More importantly, there is a new sense of urgency and local buy-in for policy responses at home. Pakistan’s fledgling democratic government has made a clear policy departure by owning, with the clear stamp of legitimacy, the fight against violent extremism as Pakistan’s own. Having lost its leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to a cowardly terrorist attack, the Pakistan People’s Party-led government is committed fully to the task of tackling this scourge.

There is no equivocation in Pakistan’s democratic government, for instance , that in the knowledge that extremism poses a clear and present existential danger to Pakistan’s own national security. The historic National Security Resolution unanimously passed by the parliament last October was a step in that direction. It was an endorsement of the government’s efforts to build a national political consensus and support for fighting violent extremism as a national battle.

The point here is simple: Pakistan does not need more external pressure for a fight that has stretched its resources and consumed in its fires its own iconic leader, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Yet, our new democracy cannot fight this borderless enemy alone. We need the international community, particularly our neighbours, to understand and pursue our shared goals of countering extremism and terrorism. Clearly, these are global problems that require global solutions based on cooperation.

A recent RAND corporation report tells us that the Mumbai attacks indicate “an escalating terrorist campaign in South Asia and the rise of a strategic terrorist culture.” It goes on to say that the “focus on Pakistan should not obscure the fact that the terrorists likely had help from inside India” and that “local radicalization is a major goal of the terrorists, and will be a major political and social challenge for India”.

India’s prevarication, and often hostile stance, therefore, is not productive. To shoot down the importance of the peace process as an exercise in futility is a grave miscalculation, the repercussions of which would be disastrous if the composite dialogue is abandoned. For South Asia’s stability and security, there cannot be and must not be an alternative to peace. Not too far from our region, the ongoing developments in the Middle East hold important lessons for both India and Pakistan. Gaza teaches us that a military confrontation only takes human lives, brutalizes the region and earns international renunciation.

Both India and Pakistan need to understand and value this contemporary reality, and look for ways to provide their citizens with economic and human security, so that South Asia does not descend into a spiral of senseless violence sponsored this time by our two nuclear-armed states. India must understand that a military confrontation with Pakistan will only serve to make our populations more vulnerable than they already are. Ending the endangered peace process will only empower the non-state extremists who are challenging both our states.

Putting a premium on tactical military action at the sheer cost of human security is not an answer. This kind of solution flies in the face of the political traditions of any democracy, be it India or Pakistan. Terrorism cannot be eliminated from any region without letting the local democratic political order take ownership of this battle in cooperation with neighbours and international community alike.

In peace, as a general rule, democracies are safer. They thrive more. The democracy-loving people of India and Pakistan have worked too long and too hard to build a strong constituency of peace, which gave birth to the composite dialogue between the two governments. Let not an impulse for muscle-flexing spin events out of control, when one state is compelled to use force against the other out of the sheer cold-war imperative to equate posturing with maturity. No nation-state will leave its borders and its citizens undefended. So let us not throw democratic India and Pakistan into a vortex of claim and counter-claim, action and matching response so that our far larger strategic goal of sustainable peace is jettisoned along the way. The region needs bridges, not more bombs.

January 25th, 2009

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300 activists of JSQM charged with sedition for attending GM Syed’s birth anniversary

Dr Safdar Sarki
Dr Safdar Sarki

Report by Riaz Sohial, BBC Urdu
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DADU, Jamshoro: The top leadership of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) along with hundreds of activists, have been charged with sedition on Jan 25, 2009. On the complaint of Jamshoro police station SHO Rafique Ahmed Panhwar, an FIR logged allegedly that the JSQM and the JSQPP leadership had made anti-state speeches on the occasion of the 105th birth anniversary of late G.M. Syed. Those booked included JSQM chairman Bashir Qureshi, vice-chairman Akash Mallah, general-secretary Dr Safdar Sarki, deputy general-secretary Zafar Korejo, press secretary Hanif Sagar Burdi, Khalil Ahmed Ansari, Dr Niaz Kalani, JSQPP Chairman Qamar Bhatti and at least three hundred activists of the parties. Later, Bashir Qureshi vowed that they will not be intimidated by such acts and they will continue their struggle.
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Oil, Obama, And Pakistan- By Ahmed Quraishi

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan-Publicly, America’s most immediate challenge after the government change is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil.

Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains.

Oil is running out, fast. And the remaining oil, including new reserves, lie in other people’s lands, closer to Russia, China, Europe and other powers. America’s global supremacy rests on an economic system based on easy access to oil. If someone else gets that oil, America loses.

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Jeay Sindh Leader Bashir Qureshi appeals World to help liberate Sindh

Bashir Qureshi
Bashir Qureshi

(Editor’s Note: Bashir Qureshi is a Sindhi nationalist leader, he heads his own faction of Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz (Long Live Sindh National Front) based on ideology of late G.M. Syed who called for independence of Sindh from Pakistan in 1970s. G.M. Syed was founder of movement for independent  Sindh into a separate country he called “Sindhudesh”, that means land of Sindh. Qureshi lives in Karachi, originally hails from a small city of Larkano district called Rato Dero. He became prominent when he was student leader in early 1980s at Tando Jam University, where he was studying. It is not confirmed that he completed his graduation from there or not because he was frequently arrested and remained in jail for several years.)

On January 5th, 2009  Syed’s birth day was observed in his ancestral native village called Sann.
Few passages of speech made by Bashir Khan Qureshi, Chairman JSQM are taken from Sindhi newspaper “Awami Awaz” (means voice of people) are given below;

G.M. Syed is an ideological leader not only of Sindh but of globe, Syed considered Pakistan’s creation precarious not only for people of this country but for world at large”. This reality is now established universally that Pakistan’s existence is precarious not only to region but world at large.

We consider meaning of Pakistan as Punjabistan. Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. Foreign Secretary of State/Minister, said openly that “Pakistan is a Migraine for the world”. International Community committed error by not accepting G.M. Syed’s advice, and now this same mistake should not be repeated again, to get rid of religious extremism, international community should support Sindhis, Bashir Qureshi said.
“We Sindhis, though are stronger than Balochistan in terms of ideology but in fighting and resistance Balochs are far ahead than us. We demand end to operation in Balochistan and fully support independence of Balochistan, and further demand freedom and independence of all nations who have separate existence, he (Bashir Qureshi) said

The Birth Anniversary of G.M. Syed was attended by some five thousands men & women on January 5, coverage of the event widely reported on January 6th 2009.

Background: At present there are four major groups/parties following into the political footsteps of late Jeay Sindh group led by Bashir Qureshi called JSQM is considered to be successor of G.M. Syed’s movement and most popular among its Jeay Sindh’s workers.

Other groups are JSQM-Areesar Group and Jeay Sindh Mahaz-Junejo Group, the fourth group is led by Syed’s own family called Sindh United Party (SUP), it is led by G.M. Syed’s grandson Syed Jalal Shah, who is a former member of Sindh Assembly and Deputy Speaker & acting speaker of Sindh provincial assembly. SUP has moved from demanding separation of Sindh to provincial autonomy of Sindh while remaining into Pakistan’s framework. Where as other three groups still demand independence of Sindh.

Federalism, Decentralization, and Provincial Autonomy in Pakistan- A meeting with Jami Chandio in Washington DC

Report by: Khalid Hashmani, USA

EVENT: Luncheon Meeting with Mr. Jami Chandio in Washington DC
DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 1:30 PM Sharp VENUE: Aabshar Restaurant, 6550 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22150
Mr. Chandio is currently doing work with Washington DC-based The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The focus of his work on the studying of the problems of federalism and prospects for provincial autonomy, including constitutional mechanisms that can be used to prevent, manage, and resolve intra-state conflict in Pakistan.

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‘Sindhyat & Essence of Secularism’ International Seminar at Mumbai University

N.C.P.S.L. Ministry of H.R.D. Govt. of India Department of Sindhi, University of Mumbai cordially invite you at an International Seminar on ‘Sindhyat, Essence of Secularism’ on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, at 11.00 A.M., at

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Islam for Pluralism- More Hindus than Muslims in West Bengal Madrassas!

More Hindus than Muslims in Some West Bengal Madrassas!
By Sreya Basu, Kolkata
Jan 20, 2009

Contrary to popular belief that madrassas are schools for fundamentalist Islamic teaching, madrassas in West Bengal are attracting an increasing number of Hindu students with their shift in focus from Islamist education to science and technology. Hindu students now outnumber Muslims in four madrassas of the state. These include Kasba MM High Madrassa in Uttar Dinajpur district, Ekmukha Safiabad High Madrassa in Cooch Behar district, Orgram Chatuspalli High Madrassa at Burdwan district and Chandrakona Islamia High Madrassa at West Midnapore district.

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Call to rehabilitate Indus

by Zaheer Ahmed Qureshi, Qasimabad, Hyderabad
Courtesy: Daily Dawn,  31.1.2009
The decision to constitute rehabilitation and revival commission for restoreing Indus delta as reported “Call to establish Indus rehabilitation body” (January 20) though much belated; when damage caused is already immeasurable, yet as the maxim goes ‘better late then never’, if implemented, without fear and favor can still bring back one of the great river systems of the world to its original shape.

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Obama’s tough challenges

senatorobamaWASHINGTON DIARY: Obama’s tough challenges
Dr Manzur Ejaz
January 20th, 2009
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Many of Obama’s staunch supporters from the left-liberal sections have already been disillusioned by some of his appointments. They feel betrayed by the way he is accommodating conservatives, and fear that the Obama presidency may turn out to be more of the same.

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First Sindhi Hindu Doctor is inducted in the Pakistani Army (Door open to all others)

Dr. Aneel Kumar, now Captain Aneel Kumar is inducted in the Pakistani Army and is now serving near Bannu. The doors are open for everyone. Therefore Sindhi deewan doctors can choose to join the Pakistani Army as a medical officer without any delay. The closing date for registering online is January 26, 2009. Everyone can register online by visiting Looking at Pakistan’s history and influence of the army in the country’s day to day matters, it is vital for Sindhis to join the Pak army and try going up in hierarchy so that Sindhis have sufficient representation in the ranks of the army.
For that Sindhis might have to face tough behavior and politics initially from those in majority. Although, this way Sindhis can make their foundation in Pak army. This situation applies everywhere and to everyone new. They have to face office politics, regardless of where and which department or country they are working. And a Sikh belongs to Sikh Community from Lahore also inducted as 2nd Leiutinent in one of the unit of Pak Army too.


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President Obama spent 3 weeks in Sindh

Obama’s College Trip to Pakistan

At a fundraiser in San Francisco, Ca., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., claimed he had more world experience than his rivals, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and introduced a new bit of biographical information.

“Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain,” Obama said, according to the Huffington Post.

“It’s ironic because this is supposedly the place where experience is most needed to be Commander-in- Chief. Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world. This I know. When Senator Clinton brags ‘I’ve met leaders from eighty countries’ — I know what those trips are like! I’ve been on them. You go from the airport to the embassy. There’s a group of children who do native dance. You meet with the CIA station chief and the embassy and they give you a briefing. You go take a tour of a plant that [with] the assistance of USAID has started something. And then — you go.”

“You do that in eighty countries,” Obama said, “You don’t know those eighty countries. So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa –knowing the leaders is not important — what I know is the people…I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college — I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

This last part — a college trip to Pakistan — was news to many of us who have been following the race closely. And it was odd that we hadn’t hear about it before, given all the talk of Pakistan during this campaign.

So I asked the Obama campaign for more information.

Apparently, according to the Obama campaign, In 1981 — the year Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University — Obama visited his mother and sister Maya in Indonesia. After that visit, Obama traveled to Pakistan with a friend from college whose family was from there. The Obama campaign says Obama was in Pakistan for about three weeks, staying with his friend’s family in Karachi and also visiting Hyderabad in Southern India.

April 08, 2008

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Nine words women often use…

1.) Fine : This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes : If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour.Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) Nothing : This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4.) Go Ahead : This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh : This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That’s Okay : This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks : A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome. 8.) Whatever : Is a women’s way of saying ‘to hell with it’!

9.) Don’t worry about it, I got it : Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.Then you RUN!

What are allergies?

An allergic reaction is an exaggerated response of the body’s immune system to a foreign substance such as dust or pollen. The immune system reacts by overproducing large amounts of the immunoglobulin E molecule, releasing histamine which in turn triggers inflammation and produces allergy symptoms. Antihistamines provides the most effective allergy symptom relief when taken at the first sign of your allergic symptoms.

Asif Zardari was imprisoned for 8 years by ruthless rulers

Asif Zardari
Asif Zardari

by A. Latif Khuhro, Columbus, OH, USA
…11 years of persecution where BB was hounded, Asif Zardari was imprisoned for 8 years by ruthless rulers, Mush and Nawaz Sharif who were not just political opponent but personal enemies of Bhuttos and Sindhies could not prove any thing. Probably they needed another 30 years to prove the allegations. BB was appearing in court in Lahore in the morning, in afternoon in the Rawalpindi and next morning in Karachi. She was late for one hour in court at 8.30 and she was imprisoned in court for whole day…

G. M. Syed Memorial Awards

gm_syedJanuary 17th, 2009
Two Luminaries Honored for their Contributions to Sindhi Society
HOUSTON, TX and LONDON, UK, Two Sindhi luminaries, Abdul Wahid Areesar (59) of Umerkot, Sindh and Sunder Agnani (73) of Jaipur, India, were conferred with the prestigious ‘G. M. Syed Memorial Awards 2008’ in recognition of their contributions to Sindhi identity, culture and Sindhi Rights movement..

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Ayaz Amir: Punjab and Ranjeet Singh

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People have been predicting a Punjab centered political awakening for years and it hasnt happened, but this time may be different. Is the Punjabi elite going to recover from its one-unit hangover and get with the program? Why not trust the people and use their pent up energies? A democratic Pakistan suits Punjab more than anyone else, but direct links with the army and bureaucracy have long channelled Punjabi energies into self-defeating authoritarianism and its problem child, religious fundamentalism. Will that finally change?
This particular article, by the way, takes Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s name almost in vain. he starts the topic and then moves on to making snide remarks about Salman Taseer. – Omar.
Punjab and the study of Ranjit Singh

Islamabad diary
Friday, January 16, 2009
by Ayaz Amir
At this juncture, when the seven tribal agencies along the Afghan frontier are lost to any form of government control, and Swat–once paradise on earth, now very much a picture of hell–is returning to the Middle Ages, and most of Balochistan is stricken with discontent, and the army no longer commands the moral authority it once did, does Punjab, elder brother in Pakistan’s besieged federation, understand its historic responsibility?

It is no manifestation of Punjabi chauvinism, and no disrespect to the other provinces, to say that Punjab is the pivot around which Pakistan revolves. This is a simple statement of fact based on geography, population and economic clout. For too long Punjab’s greater weight relative to the other provinces got translated into an argument for political domination which did Pakistan no good. In fact, Punjabi domination was one of the curses leading to East Pakistani alienation and the breakup of Pakistan.

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