by Omar Ali, USA
The real point on which inquiry is needed (but doesnt look very likely) is why things got to this pass? why are thousands of armed militants moving around different parts of Pakistan? if foreign countries have sent them in, then shouldn’t out security agencies have made some attempt to stop this foreign intervention long before it got to this point? If Pakistanis are involved, shouldn’t our security agencies have taken notice of these trends long before they reached the point of civil war? What role did our super duper intelligence agencies play in all this? And given that these agencies have been running the country for most of the last 10 years (and longer), what have they done to improve governance and reorder the state so that the majority of the people have a real stake in the health of the system? And what IS the system they are committed to? We need to know because until we get an open and transparent accounting, this fog of confusion will allow the real criminals to get away TO COMMIT NEW CRIMES, maybe even bigger ones than the last set of stupid policies…
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Pakistan Is Rapidly Adding Nuclear Arms, U.S. Says
By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: May 17, 2009
Courtesy: New York Times
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have been told in confidential briefings that Pakistan is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan’s nuclear program.
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For Internally Displaced Persons of Pakistan
More than a million peace loving people of Swat, Malakand, Buner and Dir have chosen the way to sacrifice the lives of their beloved family members, their homes and belongings, and the assets built over generations, for the sake of Peace and Security of Pakistan and its implications for the whole world. A recent UN report indicates this Internal Displacement of well over one million souls as the biggest in the past fifteen years
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– ALI MEMON, London, UK
May 17, 2009
London: World Sindhi Congress is arranging a seminar hosting eminent writer, journalist, historian and scholar Ms Alice Albania, on Saturday 20th June 2009 from 13.00 – 16.00 pm at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, City Centre, Manchester, M2 5NS, UK.
Alice Albania, is author of ‘Empires of Indus’ book on religious and political history of the Indus region. Empires of the Indus is her first book, for which she won a Royal Society of Literature / Jerwood Foundation Special Prize for non-fiction work in progress.
The title of the seminar is ‘People of Sindh’ and will focus on the relationship of Indus River with its people, its ancient multi-religious roots and the advancement of its oldest civilizations spreading from Indian Ocean to Tibetan plateaus. In addition, seminar will also provide an opportunity to understand the current struggle of Indigenous people of Sindh and their national identity as juxtaposed to the increasing religious identities in other parts of Pakistan.