Report by Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)
The UN Council on Human Rights is currently in session (March 2 -27) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Council will hear reports from many human rights experts on various human rights issues. A Sindhi delegation comprised of Mr. Munawar Laghari, Dr. Khalid Ul zaman and Mr. Abdallah Soomro is in Geneva conducting an advocacy campaign on behalf of Sindh and Sindhis. In addition to other activities, the delegation is also distributing a publication titled “Sindh Monitor – Plight of Sindhis in Pakistan” at the conference. The publication has several reports/articles on critical problems faced by Sindh. Reproduced below is an article from that publication for those who are interested in Sindhi Rights. More reports/articles from the “Sindh Monitor – Plight of Sindhis in Pakistan” will be posted in coming days while the UN Human Rights Council remains in session
Sow flowers so your surroundings become a garden
Don’t sow thorns; for they will prick your feet
If you shoot arrows at others,
Know that the same arrow will come back to hit you.
Don’t dig a well in another’s path,
In case you come to the well’s edge
You look at everyone with hungry eyes
But you will be first to become mere dirt.
Humans are all one body,
Whoever tortures another, wounds himself.
Elite Pakistanis are not happy with Zardari Government!
Report by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
Last Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, I attended a presentation at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC on Pakistan. The topic was “Towards a Secure Democratic Future: Pakistan’s Challenges and Opportunities” . The presenter was Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, who is a former Senator and currently associated with GEO Television and daily English newspaper “The News”. In the past, Mr. Mahmood has represented Pakistan as a delegate to the UN. The tone and content of his presentation was to introduce the notion that Pakistan’s 15,000 elite were uneasy about the present Pakistani government headed by Mr. Zardari and ready to embrace yet another military intervention.
Mr. Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador to the US was also present in the meeting hall before the session began but tactfully left the meeting before Mr. Mahmood began his presentation to avoid embarrassment and critical comments against the present government.
Men who have excessive faith in their theories or ideas are not only ill prepared for making discoveries; they also make very poor observations. Of necessity, they observe with a preconceived idea, and when they devise an experiment, they can see, in its results, only a confirmation of their theory. In this way they distort observation and often neglect very important facts because they do not further their aim... But it happens further quite naturally that men who believe too firmly in their theories, do not believe enough in the theories of others. So the dominant idea of these despisers of their fellows is to find others’ theories faulty and to try to contradict them. The difficulty, for science, is still the same. – Claude Bernard, An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine, 1865