Dehant of Sindhi writer Lal Pushp

It is very shocking to know that great Sindhi modern story writer and novelist Lal Pushp passed away. It is no doubt an irreparable loss. He was known as the founder of modern school of thought and Sindhi fiction.

SDF shares its heartfelt condolences with his family, near ones and the men of letters.

March 31, 2009

WSC is deeply shocked on the heartbreaking and untimely demise of Sorath Luhana

Report by: Information Secretary Ali Memon
Press Release march 30th, 2009
World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is deeply shocked and shaken on the heartbreaking and untimely demise of Ms Sorath Luhana (1982 – 2009), a young active member of WSC.  She was also elder daughter of Dr Lakhu Luhana, Secretary General WSC.
Sorath, 27, was the only daughter of courageous parents and the only elder sister of 3 young brothers. Sorath was prominent pharmacist by profession, very intelligent and genuinely involved in the human rights activities of WSC. Sorath was 18 years old when she started to helping WSC activities.

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TIMELINE-Attacks destabilise strife-torn Pakistan

(Writing by David Cutler and Carl Bagh; Additional writing by Jijo Jacob, Editing by Dean Yates);
March 30 (Reuters) – Militants holed up in a police training centre in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday after storming the complex and killing cadets, with estimates of the dead ranging up to 20.
Militant violence has surged in nuclear-armed Pakistan since mid-2007, with numerous attacks on security forces and government and Western targets. Following is a timeline of major attacks in Pakistan since late 2007:

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Misconception about Fat/ Oil

There is a misconception that low fat diets prevent us from heart disease. But the truth is that the low fat diets have not help people to lose weight and prevent from cardiovascular disease. The major culprit of obesity/over weight are refined carbohydrates (Sugar, cake, potato, rice, soda pop, bread/Roti or flour products).

Fats have always been a part of human life. Fats and oils are technically known as Lipids. Without them, we could not survive. Four vitamins – A, D, E and K are fat- soluble vitamins. Our brain is also fat. Therefore, the moderate amount of fat is good for health. Especially, Coconut oil is good for health. Omega-3 oil also promotes the health. Moderate amount of Coconut oil is good and it supports the healthy heart.

Dr. Lakhu Luhana of World Sindhi Congress expressed his solidarity with Baloch people

Report by: Information Secretary Ali Memon
March 29th , 2009
Press release- Interfaith international with the collaboration of UNPO, Baloch Human Rights Council, World Sindhi Congress, Sindhi Baloch Forum and Balochistan Rights Movement held a peaceful protest rally on Friday 20 March 2009 from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm in front of the United Nations office in Geneva Switzerland. The slogans on the placards high lighted various aspects of human right violation.
A conference on Human Rights situation in Balochistan was also held in the UN conference room at 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm ,chaired by interfaith international president Mr. Charles Graves.
Senator Sana Baloch presented a detailed graphic accounts of injustices, atrocities, human rights violations, political, social deprivations, abduction & extra judicial killing of Baloch civilians including women & children, Target killing of Baloch leaders and Baloch intellectuals by the State.

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Sabihuddin Ghausi: Pro-Sindh veteran English journalist

by Mohammad Khan Sial
.. Sabihuddin Ghausi was one of the respected, honest & hardworking journalist. The people of Sindh are shocked on the sad demise of veteran journalist Mr Ghausi. He pleaded case of Sindh in a leading English daily Dawn vigorously for the last many years.
While addressing SANA convention in Orlando, FL, USA in July 2007, I had suggested that those Urdu speaking journalists who are working in English dailies, they have pleaded Sindh-case very well and they must be given Awards to acknowledge their love for Sindh, whereas the attitude of Urdu newspapers towards genuine problems of Sindh has remained irrelevant since creation of Pakistan.
The services of Mr Ghausi would be remembered for long by the people of Sindh. I salute this great man for his dedicated services to Sindh.

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Munawar Laghari Attends Briefing at White House

Washington – March 27th 2009: Former WSI Executive Director and Sindhi Activist, Munawar Laghari recently attended President Obama’s briefing on the new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, at the White House Thursday morning. Sufi Laghari, proudly wearing a Sindhi cap and Ajrak, also met with Paul Montero, White House Liaison on Religious Freedom and discussed the current situation in Sindh. He briefed Mr. Montero about Sindhi Sufism and tolerance, stressing the historical opposition of Sindhis to religious fundamentalism in all guises. Mr. Laghari also met with various diplomats, officials from State Department, and representatives of Think Tanks and distributed copies of “Sindh Monitor” and “Human Rights Situation in Sindh.” Mr. Laghari’s invitation and subsequent visit to meet President is an honor for the Sindhi community of DC.

Developing a proper method of accountability- Watchdogs on the judiciary, parliament, executive, police, or for that matter

Issues to consider

–  Aqil Sajjad

I’m listing down some political issues that we should consider taking up now that the deposed judges have been restored. Each one of these issues is very important, and we need someone to take it up.

1. Judiciary and police reforms:

..Developing a proper method of accountability for the judges because the existing SJC structure is flawed. – Reforming the lower judiciary. – Police reforms

2. Devolution:

This is very important because devolution has the potential to open up opportunities for ordinary citizens to enter electoral politics. Union councils are small, and you can contest elections even if you are not filthy rich. Once you have been a union councilor, you can gradually go on to contest elections for bigger constituencies and move up in politics.

Things to do: convince the media to have more constructive discussions on devolution, and promote the idea to the people at large, so that it becomes increasingly difficult for any government to roll it back.

3. Intra-party democracy:

This requires engaging with the media and political party workers at the grass roots to highlight this issue.

4. Demanding live debates on local radio:

Due to the wider reach of radio, and considering the fact that TV channels can generally only talk about national issues, there is a real need for local city/district radio stations to come up and hold live debates on local issues. During elections, the election commission should even arrange for regular structured debates at the local level for all constituencies.

We need to highlight this issue and press the govt to remove unnecessary restrictions and giving live debates proper air time on govt-owned local radio stations.

5. Corruption:

Highlighting the need for a constitutionally independent NAB, which can investigate and prosecute corruption cases against anyone including those in power without political interference.

6. Provincial autonomy:

A first step should be to make an attempt to understand what people outside Isb, Lhr and Khi think and want…

7. Constitution revue:

Understanding our constitution, and then determining whether it really serves our needs even if it’s restored to the original 1973 form. Then figuring out the kind of amendments that are needed for the genuine empowerment of the people. Some of the earlier points related to judiciary reforms, devolution, NAB and provincial autonomy would automatically be a part of such an effort, but here the goal would be to have a comprehensive review of the constitution rather than a single issue focus.

8. A political party Watchdog:

Looking at things like

a. The extent of intra-party democracy. This should include how party tickets are awarded.

b. Whether the parties have proper think-tanks for policy formulation.

c. Whether the parties have competent people and intra-party mechanisms for bringing such people forward.

d. whether there are any intra-party mechanisms for accountability, how many members of the parties have criminal or corruption cases etc.

e. How many of the MNAs and MPAs elected on party tickets are lotas with a history of switching loyalties.

9. Media watch:

This can include things like

a. keeping an eye on the political connections of newspaper and TV channel owners, and making knowledge of such connections well known to the public;

b. keeping track of whether journalists are consistent in applying the same principle. Example: if someone said that Iftikhar Ch should be restored when he was first removed by Musharraf, then did they continue to propagate the same position when the PPP came into power or did they suddenly do a ‘lota’ on this?

c. rating various talk-shows on the diversity of guests they invite, so that our national discourse does not remain monopolized by a very small group of people.

d. Pointing out instances of yellow journalism.

10. Other watchdogs:

Watchdogs on the judiciary, parliament, executive, police, NAB, or for that matter, any regulatory authority, like PEMRA or SECP.

March 28, 2009

Huge Corruption in Sindh Health Department

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

A big part of Sindh’s sorrows is the rampant corruption that prevents substantial amounts of funds being spend for common good in Sindh. With the spread of dangerous diseases such as Hepatitis, rural Sindh has one of worst health facilities in South Asia. Just imagine how much of private effort and time would be required to collect Rs. 299 millions (US $ 3.7 million) in donations. This much amount was siphoned away just in one year.

We are in a tough situation! One one hand, we try our best to put pressure on USAid and other international aid organizations to ensure that Sindh is not denied its due share in the distribution of aid and loans and then we read the news such as below that some scrupulous Sindhis are shamelessly looting from educational and health budgets.This is quite discouraging!

It is imperative that local (Sindh-based) and overseas Sindhis should start a campaign against increasing corruption in Sindh. This will definitely in the reduction of misery for common people.–za

Rs. 299m irregularities detected in health dept

Tuesday, 24 Mar, 2009 | 05:45 PM PST |

KARACHI: The health department of Sindh accepted Rs53.48 million worth of medicines without determining their quality and potency, failed to replace drugs worth Rs1.99 million that were declared substandard by the drug test laboratory, and suffered a loss of Rs1.68 million due to the expiry of medicines during the year 2005-06.

Involving an amount of Rs57.15 million, this is only a fraction of the total Rs299.52 million in financial irregularities unearthed by auditors in their report for the year 2005-06.

The Public Accounts Committee of the Sindh Assembly, headed by Sardar Jam Tamachi, will take up the audit report for consideration and subsequent suggestions once it finalises its recommendations for the 2004-2005 audit report.

The audit report for the year 2005-06 says that six offices of the health department – additional secretary health (procurement) , Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad, Chandka Medical College, Larkana, People’s Medical College Hospital, Nawabshah, Services Hospital Karachi, and the Inspection and Import Depot of Karachi – made purchases of Rs87.10 million but the details of the procurements are not mentioned in the relevant stock register.

The auditors found that the Liaquat University Hospital of Hyderabad purchased machinery, equipment and stationery articles worth Rs76.41 million; Chandka Medical College, Larkana, bought crockery items for Rs0.64 million; and People’s Medical College Hospital, Nawabshah, procured medicines worth Rs0.36 million.

On account of various hospital dues, fees and rent, a total of Rs61.80 million were realised. However, the amount was not deposited in the treasury, which was a violation of Rule 41 of the Sindh Financial Rules, Volume-I. Besides, the auditors say, dialysis machines worth Rs22.90 million were purchased while the lowest bids in this regard were ignored without any reason.

According to the report, tenders were invited for 16 dialysis machines equipped with complete RO system but the contractor quoted the rates separately as Rs0.696 million for each dialysis machine and Rs0.5466 million for each portable RO system. Instead of 16 complete sets 27 dialysis machines and six portable RO systems were purchased without carrying out any consultation with hospital administrations.

Procurement office

The scrutiny of the expenditures’ statement revealed that machinery and equipment costing Rs86.93 million were purchased by the office of the additional secretary health (procurement) but the statement of the Import and Inspection Depot revealed that they only received machinery and equipment worth Rs71.12 million. There is no mention of the machinery and equipment costing Rs15.81 million in the Import and Inspection Depot’s record.

The office of additional secretary (procurement) purchased X-ray films worth Rs14.08 million without obtaining clinical efficacy report from the Civil Hospital Karachi, which was a violation of Clause 18.3 of the contract agreement. The office paid Rs7.20 million on the purchase of a 500 KVA generator to M/s Allied Engineering instead of the lowest bidder, M/s Irfan & Bros, who quoted its rate as Rs6.44 million. Advance payment was made to the bidder in violation of the rules. Besides, medicines and equipment costing Rs1.34 million were purchased without calling tenders and without approval of the technical committee.

Similarly, the office of additional secretary health (procurement) and Lyari General Hospital ignored the lowest bid for the renovation of buildings and provision of medical services without assigning any reason, including the purchase of equipment for a surgical operation theatre at a cost of Rs7.27 million.

The directorate of the malaria control programme purchased laptop and multimedia projection and secretary health department purchased five laser jet printer HP-1200 and five P-IV machines at the rate of Rs37,000 each. A total of Rs0.6445 million was spent in violation of para-67, chapter-IV of the Sindh Purchase Manual, 1991.

Sindh Medical Faculty

The office of director-cum- controller of examination, Sindh Medical Faculty, Karachi, granted loans of Rs5.24 million to different officers/hospitals not related to the Sindh Medical Faculty for various purposes during the year 1993-2004. The auditors say that there is no provision in the faculty rules for grant of loans to an employee outside the faculty.

The office incurred Rs2.96 million on honoraria, paid without any policy and criteria at a rate other than the one duly approved by the governing body. A total of Rs3.11 million was incurred on account of POL expenditures by unauthorised persons. Besides, no logbook and relevant records were maintained.

On account of ‘Medical Camp at Jacobabad’ and ‘Tasman oil leakage,’ the office of director-cum- controller of examination issued Rs2.0 million out of faculty funds to deputy director of the school health services, Karachi, without obtaining approval of the governing body.

Import, inspection depot

The Import and Inspection Depot Karachi without awaiting the report of medicine samples from the drug test laboratory released medicines to various hospitals. Later, some of the medicines worth Rs2.75 million were found substandard. Similarly, the depot spent Rs0.07 million on purchase of uniforms.

A loss of Rs1.68 million was incurred due to expiry of medicines in the Inspection and Import Depot and Civil Hospital, Karachi.


The report says that residential quarters of the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases, Karachi, were in unauthorised possession and the authorities concerned could not recover Rs7.68 million rent for the quarters. A loss of Rs4.60 million was incurred due to fixed monthly recovery of water and gas dues at the rate of Rs26 and Rs75, respectively. Similarly, electricity charges of Rs5.58 million were not recovered from officials residing in government accommodations at the Ojha Institute and Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana.

The report finds that Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, has been making an annual payment of Rs4.5 million to M/s Fazal Din & Sons Karachi on the maintenance/ service of lithotripter machine for the last 10 years. The auditors say a new machine could be bought for 20 per cent of the total service charges paid during the decade.

Besides, an amount of Rs2.06 million was fraudulently drawn from the treasury/district accounts office of Larkana on account of electricity charges of the medical college. The medical college hospital retained Rs1.45 million in a private account and did not deposit the amount in the government treasury.

The civil hospital failed to recover to Rs2.33 million for X-ray services.

People’s Medical College Hospital retained Rs0.05 million in a private account and did not deposit the amount in the government treasury.

The Lyari General Hospital Karachi and Services Hospital Hyderabad paid Rs0.751 million and Rs0.157 million, respectively, to an NGO ‘Patients Welfare Society’ out of government receipts realised on account of laboratory charges, which should have been deposited into the government treasury.

March 28, 2009

An other declaration of war against Pashtun/Afghan

by Zar Ali Khan Musazai
I try my best to forget the shocking news of a misery in mean time other engulfs me,( Khushal Khan baba)
Pashtun nation once again bled by the hands of terrorists who committed suicide attack on a mosque in Jamrud, Khyber Agency FATA in which more than 100 innocent Pashtun martyred while more than 150 were serious wounded. This is an other declaration of war against Pashtun nation when their worship place was attacked after the explosion at the shrine of great Pashtun/Afghan poet Rehman baba which was targeted by the terrorists few days ago. Pashtuns’ blood has turned cheaper than water in the area administered by the Pakistan.

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No PPP-PML-N coalition please. Both must play their due, constructive role

azizby Aziz Narejo, TX, USA
About a year back it could have been desirable to see PPP and PML-N form coalition governments in Islamabad and Lahore to stop military intervention in civilian affairs, strengthen democracy and steer the country out of the troubled waters.

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The first-ever local Sindhi Meet-up in Calgary by Word Sindh Congress

by Siraj Makhdoom, Calgary, Canada
On Saturday, April 18th, 2009, the World Sindhi Congress North America chapters will host the first-ever local Sindhi Meet-up in Calgary. This event will feature internationally distinguished speakers conducting workshops aimed at educating our community on human rights, civic rights and international peace activism.
More information about the event can be obtained by contacting, Asif Panhwar via phone 403-804-2743 or email,

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U.S. Sees Chinese Military Rise, and a Need for More Contact

Courtesy: The New York Times
By Thom Shanker
March 26, 2009
China is seeking technology and weapons to disrupt the traditional advantages of American forces, and secrecy surrounding its military creates the potential for miscalculation on both sides, according to a Pentagon study released Wednesday.

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Bhagat Singh life and work

“Bhagat Singh Day”:
Lecture by Prominent Marxist, writer, political Analyst, Dr. Bukshal Tahlo
SUNDAY, March 29 at 3:30pm, Suit # 628, Mashreq Center, and Gulshun -E-Iqbal Block #14 Karachi
This Sunday, March 29th at 3:30 pm, to mark the anniversary of Revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, Progressive Youth Front (PYF) Karachi is going to organize a lecture deliver by Dr. Dr. Bukshal Tahlo Prominent Marxist, writer, political Analyst, on Comrade Bhagat Singh life and work.

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The Long Walk

The Long Walk is an odyssey through the wastelands of Asia and the vastness of the soul – a classic of triumph over despair, of beauty found in the Void.- Benedict Allen

Slavomir Rawicz was a young Polish cavalry officer. On 19 November 1939 he as arrested by the Russians and, after brutal interrogation and a farce of trial, he was sentenced to 25 years’ hard labour in the Gulags. After a three-months journey to Siberia in the depths of winter he escaped with six companions, realising that to stay in the camp meant alomost certain death. In June 1941 they crossed the trans-Siberian railway and headed south, climbing into Tibet and, finally, freedom nine months later in March 1942 after travelling on foot through some of the harshest regions in the world, including the Gobi Desert. This is one of the world’s greatest adventure, survival and escape.

Afghan Strikes by Taliban Get Pakistan Help, U.S. Aides Say- (New York Times)

Published: March 25, 2009
Courtesy: New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Taliban’s widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials.
The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements.

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Simone De Beauvoir

With the publication of her classic manifesto of the liberated woman, The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir became an intellectual force that the world  could not ignore. Her ideas, although extremely controversial, were expressed with a power and a passion that inspired a generation of women to explore their own lives and to question the values they had been taught… When Simone met the young Jean Paul Sartre, she was instantly attracted to him, having finally found a man who affair, however, was anything but traditional… Simone de Beauvoir’s work included novels, a play, and nonfiction. Her memoirs, written in four volumes, present her own view point of her struggles and achievements, but leave many questions unanswered.- Calude Francis and Fernande Gontier have authored critical works on Simone de Beauvoir. Ms. Francis teaches at the University of Southern Illinois. Both authors currently live in St. Louis, Missouri.

– “The comradeship that welded our lives together made a superfluous mockery of any other bond we might have forged for ourselves What, for instance, was the point of living under the same roof when the whole world was our common property? Why fear to set great distances between us when we could never truly be parted?” – Simone De Beauvoir

FACTS ABOUT SINDH- Ameer Sindh Jo Ghareeb Awam

By: Sindh United Party (SUP)
The Material, facts and figures given in this article have been taken from a booklet compiled by Dr. Ershad Kazmi and published by Sindh United Party under the title “Ameer Sindh Jo Ghareeb Awam” in June 2008. That booklet was distributed in the “Provincial Autonomy Seminar” held under the auspices of SUP at Hotel Beach Luxury on 7th June 2008.
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Senior reporter of DAWN, Writer & Journalist Sabihudin Ghausi passes away

He got a great level of respect  in Sindhi society due to his courageous & professional stand on the rights of Sindh, as an equal level federating unit of Pakistan

Dr Ayoub Shaikh, United Arab Emirates.
Mr Sabihudin Ghausi , we used to call him Ghausi Sahib was an eminent journalist. Many times we had lovely discussions on different issues. He always received PAINS on different landslide policies against Sindh, cause great inequality in one country. He never bow down before any big and small threat. He always put truth in worthy newspaper DAWN. He was a very good human. He will be remembered whenever Sindh gets unjust NFC awards, wrong policies, bad rulers, inhuman dictators. People always and concerned quarters occasionally knock his door and ring his phone to understand the complexities of the Financial Matters. He was authority on many Fiscal approachs and always uncover the lies within lies for the sake of TRUTH. Its a Loss to entire community who talk truth and put Facts before the people to Judge. He will be admired and remembered by all democrats.

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Report by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

On Friday, March 20, 2009, the World Sindhi Institute (WSI) organized an international seminar on the topic of “Federalism and Democracy – Pakistan’s Experience and Challenges” at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC… The very well-known expert on Pakistan affairs, Mr. Stephen Cohen (Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution) attended the seminar and made brief comments.

A report of this meeting based on the notes that I took at the meeting is shared with you below and I hope you would find it worthy of inclusion in Indus Asia Online Journal.


The enemies within

by Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
…Now come to the enemies within i.e. sardars, waderas, bhotars, gadi nashins, pir and mir. I’ve extensively written on this topic and do not want to reproduce the same here. There are some 33 articles on Sindh and Sindhis on my blog
Most of the articles are about the incompetence of Sindh’s sardars, waderas, bhotars, gadi nashins, pir and mir.
The presence of this nakara class is an inherent problem of Sindh and almost all developed nations have gone through such processes. We Sindhis are still a part of a developing society and striving to make our society a developed one.
In the given scenario, you’ll have to be focused on efforts which contribute to the advancement of the Sindhi society. Do you think Sindhi society will make strides by supporting the PML-N chauvinists? What we saw during the recent long march that some Sindhis mistakenly supported chauvinists and obscurantists who are the great enemies of the Sindhi society…

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They will never learn

by M. Raza

Why don’t the establishment accept 1940’s Lahore resolution of Pakistan ??? which says clearly the word **SOVEREIGN STATES**!! After losing half of country (east Pakistan or Bangladesh), the establishment still dreaming? Why shall the provinces who share 70% of revenue suffer? For what? In which AYAT it is written that Islamabad/ establishment can  exploit other provinces in the name of Islam and Pakistan.


Article Six of the constitution of Pakistan

by Muhammad Saleem Jami
Since long politicians of Pakistan, specially Mr. Nawaz Sharif, his party leaders, Imran Khan, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, journalist, anchorss and thier followers and many others are urging, pressing and demanding the government or parliamnet to fix the General Pervez Mushraf Under Article Six and this is true, correct and appropriate demend from the people and politicians that the General Pervez Mushraf had abrogated, conspired and subverted the constitution by inserting the 17 th amnedement and other unconstitutional acts and he is guilty of doing high treason but prior demanding this one should remember and keep it in his mind that article six has sub articles too and for your convenience I reproduce the Article Six of Constitution as under:-
6. (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subverts the constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

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CJP to remain PCO judge without fresh oath: Fazlur Rehman

fazal-al-rehmanCourtesy and Thanks: Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry will continue to remain a Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) judge if he does not take a fresh oath under the constitution, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Monday. A private TV channel cited him as saying that he had not been taken into confidence over the reinstatement of the CJP. He claimed he had merely been a spectator in the decision taken by the government. He said that while the judicial crisis had been ostensibly resolved, there were still several glaring contradictions.

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Pakistan militants strengthen in heartland (Punjab)

by Chris Brummitt
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) – The compound bore no sign. Residents referred to it simply as the school for “jihadi fighters,” speaking in awe of the expensive horses stabled within its high walls – and the extremists who rode them bareback in the dusty fields around it. In classrooms nearby, teachers drilled boys as young as 8 in an uncompromising brand of Islam that called for holy war against enemies of the faith. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Dar-ul-uloom Madina school, they rocked back and forth as they recited sections of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

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Pakistan could collapse in six months: Kilcullen

pakistan-federal-assemblyCourtesy and Thanks: The News,

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Centcom adviser warns Pakistan in danger; says Pak security services a rogue state within a state
News Desk
WASHINGTON: The Pakistani state could collapse within six months if immediate steps are not taken to remedy the situation, warned a top adviser to the US Central Command.
David Kilcullen, who advises CENTCOM commander Gen. David H. Petraeus on the war on terror, urged US policymakers to focus their attention on Pakistan as a failure there could have devastating consequences for the entire international community.
In an interview with The Washington Post (Sunday Edition), Kilcullen, who is credited with the success of the US troop surge strategy in Iraq, warned that if Pakistan went out of control, it would ‘dwarf’ all the crises in the world today. “Pakistan hands down. No doubt,” he said when asked to name the central front in the war against terror.

Asked to explain why he thought Pakistan was so important, Kilcullen said: “Pakistan has 173 million people, 100 nuclear weapons, an army bigger than the US Army, and al-Qaeda headquarters sitting right there in the two-thirds of the country that the government doesnít control.”

He claimed that the Pakistani military and police and intelligence service did not follow the civilian government; they were essentially a rogue state within a state. “Were now reaching the point where within one to six months we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state, also because of the global financial crisis, which just exacerbates all these problems,” he said. “The collapse of Pakistan, al-Qaeda acquiring nuclear weapons, an extremist takeover – that would dwarf everything we’ve seen in the war on terror today.”

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