A documentary on Sindh and Sindhi Life

A Sindhi attorney in Los Angeles is currently working on a small documentary through the Sindhi Association of Southern California which is to be presented at a Sindhi Sammelan/ conference this July in Los Angeles, and potentially posted online. She is interested in using pictures of Sindhi singers, Sindhi art, and Sindhi historical monuments.

The documentary will be an interview of 5-10 elder Sindhis who left Sindh as refugees during the 1947 partition. The idea is to document their journey and recognize their ability to re build their lives and retain their culture. This movie will be made only to document their lives for younger generations to have a glimpse of how Sindhi culture survives in their lives. (this is strictly a non profit- educational and cultural video).

April 10, 2009

Balochistan breaking point?

By: Yasir Babbar, Islamabad
Please note: Yasir Babbar is an Islamabad-based journalist working at The Frontier Post and the Pakistan Press International.
Courtesy: Himal Mag
After national elections in February 2008, optimism in Pakistan was brimming over. Perhaps nowhere did the elections have a more immediate impact than in Balochistan, the province that has been attempting to break away from Islamabad’s control for decades. The first positive signs from the national capital came after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman (and now President) Asif Ali Zardari formally apologised to the people of Balochistan for the excesses committed against them in the past. He also announced that the new PPP-led government would call an all-parties conference to address the province’s long-entrenched problems, while also promising to form a truth commission to investigate the abuses. Such pledges, rarely if ever heard before, created a sudden blossoming of hope in the province. The three leading armed militant groups – the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) – even announced a joint unilateral ceasefire.

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Like Father.. Like Son..

by Mazhar Lakho, Belleville, IL, USA
The writer can be reached at m_lakho@yahoo.com
There are many friends who quietly continue to work without any concern for the name or fame. One of them is the former President of SANA Sani Panhwar son of the few top Sindhi educationist, intellectual, Scientist and writer Late Mohammad Hussain Panhwar who graced some SANA Conventions with his papers and presence. Sani also in his own way has been working to bring Sindhi History and Literature to Cyberspace besides working for SANA. Below are some links to his works. In short he is a wonderful person like his father.
Click here to seen Sani Panhwar’s literary works

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World Sindhi Congress condemns the killing of three Baloch political leaders

Press release by Information Secretary Ali Memon, London
April 11th , 2009
World Sindhi Congress (WSC) is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the killing of three Baloch political leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Sher Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer Baloch. The three leaders were steadfastly involved in the struggle of defending the genuine democratic rights of Baloch people. WSC on behalf of Sindhi people show their solidarity with Baloch people at their national loss.

Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors.

The State and the Taliban: ‘countering internal threats’

by Asim kaghzi
They are not hiding their tails in front of Taliban, the reality is that these people have been trained, funded and supported by all the along, further they do not want to waste their investment, that’s why you hear the term “de-mobilization” . If they cut their ties and go against these forces then who would fight tomorrow the proxy and ghost wars for them. They are two faces of same coin, and Taliban are their B team as well, just to give you two simple examples: 1) PML-N brothers have not spoken against Taliban and Talibanization clearly, perhaps they never will.
2) during the elections almost all partys’ processions were attacked except them. Why is that the case, why is he and his brother an exception, because they have made exception for Taliban and extremism, they will fight anyone and everyone except the people who are direct and indirect product of Zia era.

Courtesy: Asim Kaghzi & SANAlist, April 10, 2010

Crackdown against Pakhtoons in Lahore

Report by: Zia Ur Rehman
It is learnt that after Manawan episode, Punjab government has started crackdown against Pakhtoon people living in Lahore in the name of action against Taliban militants, mostly were the poor fruit vendors and labours who migrated to Lahore for earning bread and butter for their families. According to the media reports, Punjab police arrested more than 400 Pakhtoon people from different parts of Lahore.

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Realize now and do something, before it’s too late!

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
The writer can be reached at khashmani@hotmail.com
It appears that our adversaries are organized, determined and have every intension of fully controlling Balochistan and Sindh by using any means that would work. In these difficult times, Sindhis and Baluch have no choice but to unite and save our identity and our homeland. I volunteer my time and energy to participate, organize, lead, or follow an action plan to do some serious advocacy on behalf of our people. However, to make some headway we need at least a dozen persons who are ready to devote 8-10 hours per week to this cause.
In Sindh, they have divided Sindhis in several groups (Sindhi-vs-Sindhi, Sindhi-vs-Mohajir, Mohajir-vs-Pathan) . Having succeeded in weakening the present PPP government, both at the federal and provincial levels, and by dividing people of Sindh, they are now boldly moving to gain complete control of smaller provinces.
In Balochistan, they are on the killing spree to eliminate Baluch leadership. I suspect that these killing cadres have been unleashed against Baluch first. Once Baloch leaders have been killed, the same  forces will move against those Sindhi leaders who do not toe their line and give up demands for provincial autonomy and the abolition of concurrent list.
In NWFP, the provincial government has lost all control to Taliban and it is just matter of few months before Taliban will be controlling Peshawar as well.
The way I see the situation, there is a long struggle ahead for smaller provinces to achieve their political rights and protect their identity and culture. We might as well realize now and do something, anything, before it is too late!