Pakistan is undergoing very interesting times

pak_usby Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
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Those of you who live within the commuting distance of Washington DC are urged to attend an important discussion on Federalism and Democracy in Pakistan on Friday, March 20 at 12 PM at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Pakistan is undergoing very interesting times with developments that are both encouraging and alarming at the same time. The good news is that the present Government listened to the overdue demand of people to restore justices that were illegally fired by General Musharraf. The bad news is that some are declaring PPP and President Asif Zardari as villains and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N as heroes in the crisis that just ended. The fact is that PPP and President Zardari did display admirable flexibility by announcing restoration of justices. As more and more news of what happened in the last few days trickles, it appears that PML-N had chosen the part of confrontation and wanted to instigate inter-provincial fighting in order to put pressure on the Pakistan military to over-throw the present government.
This seminar is an opportunity to probe into questions such as what motivated Punjab and federal security forces to refuse maintain the writ of duly elected federal government in Punjab, where as the security forces become ruthless in other provinces? Were any anti-Sindh slogans raised during the long march demonstrations? Why are anti-Sindhi slogans raised in at least some of the gatherings organized by PML-N, Jamait-i-Islami and Tahrik-e-Insaf. These are important questions, particularly for the people of small provinces of Pakistan.
I have also noticed that some Pakistani academician and Think-tank people continue to feed wrong information to the US policy advisors. I am also alarmed that in the last couple of Washington DC seminars, the same people are proposing creation of 16 provinces/divisions .
It is imperative that overseas Sindhis should show renewed energy and participate vigorously in advocacy activities to ensure that the same forces who ensured that the writ of elected government is ignored in Punjab do not succeed in securing US support for the proposal to create 16 provinces in Pakistan.

“The hell it should had!?

A disappointed salesman of a Cola returns from his Middle East assignment.
A friend asked, “Why weren’t you successful with the Arabs?
The salesman explained
When I got posted in the Middle East , I was very confident that I would make a good sales pitch as Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn’t know to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through three posters
First poster: A man lying in the hot desert sand…totally exhausted and fainting.
Second poster: The man is drinking our Cola.
Third poster: Our man is now totally refreshed.
And then these posters were pasted all over the place
Then that should have worked!” said the friend.
The hell it should had!? said the salesman. Didn’t realize that Arabs read from right to left

Pakistan in the weeks to come

by Manzoor shaikh, Karachi
Its a triumph of Pakistan or Punjab, would be proved by the way the Supreme Court and PML – N would function in the weeks to come. Good change must be welcome but one should not forget that only one pillar of the state could not bring about the change in Pakistan. It also creates a risk of creating imbalance between the pillars of state. so be mindful and keep illusions at bay.

Justice Chaudhry returns!

iftakharWASHINGTON DIARY: Justice Chaudhry returns
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
March 17th, 2009
Courtesy and Thanks: Daily Times
The restoration of Justice Chaudhry may neutralise him as a symbol of the movement for justice and equality. However, on closer examination, for the masses supporting the independence of judiciary, the concept of equality and justice is about more than placing independent judges in the superior courts.

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25 years of MQM: a critical analysis

MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain
MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
By Gibran Peshimam, Karachi, Sindh
Courtesy and thanks: The New
What is it about the acronym “M-Q-M” that stirs up polarized views of either unbridled apprehension or unquestionable devotion? What is it about this party and its leader that has made it so potently vilified or sacredly defended that even the most innocent of discussions on the topic end up in heated debates?

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Ramday urged to resign after restoration

Report by Mansur Ahmed,
Islamabad: People from all walks of life have requested all the restored judges including Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday to respect the great sacrifices rendered by the nation and immediately join the superior judiciary and start playing their constitutional role.

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GEO TV’s child Molester Correspondent in USA

Mansoor Hallaj,

Nayyar Zaidi used to wrote for Jang/The News International and Akhbar-e-Jahan but look what is happening right under the nose so-called Snow White and Beacon of Press Freedom i.e. GEO TV and Jang Group of Newspapers.
Man arrested for trying to meet teen
By Staff reports
Courtesy and Thanks: The Independent

Posted Mar 20, 2008 @ 10:16 PM
Authorities arrested a Virginia man Thursday accused of traveling to Jackson Township to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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Restoration of Chief Justice is a business deal that brings only profit!

By Nisar Ahmed Nizamani
I see the restoration of Supreme Court Judgeg in a different way. This is not the battle which is won by Punjab, but it was an opportunity that is unwisely missed by Pakistan Peoples Party lead by Mr. President Zardari who has the most “brilliant” advisor like Salam Taseer and etc
Restoration of Chief Justice at any cost is a business deal that brings only profit as it has no loss stake in it. And Nawaz Shrif has gotten the opportunity. Therefore, the whole profit has gone into the pockets of Sharif brothers.