The so-called secret agencies are the root of the problem

by Omar Ali, USA

.. The so-called secret agencies are the root of the problem. The Jihadis are just cannon fodder, used to get even more money from America, threaten India, dominate Afghanistan and (most important) maintain the army’s monopoly of power .. (because in the presence of these “militants”, no one else can possibly govern unless the army stands with them). The average jihadi foot soldier probably thinks he is fighting for Allah, having no idea that he is fighting for GHQ and will be killed when he is worth more dead than alive..

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IS PUNJAB USURPER?

aliakbardhakan(A Weekly column of Jawed Choudry Published in the Daily Jung, Dated: 15-06-99)

Translated By Dr Ali Akbar M. Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

This is story of those days when Bangladesh was called as East Pakistan. A bengali Federal Government servant, Mr. Noor-ul-islam was sent to America for higher studies on Government Expenditure. He was an intelligent officer. He was graced by God with both qualities of intelligence and hardworking. Being an intelligent, hardworking, and efficient, Noo-ul-islam was highly regarded in the whole American University.

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Harachandrai – Father of modern Karachi

Father of modern Karachi

Courtesy: Daily Dawn, Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

By HASHIM ABRO

BORN in an affluent Hindu business family, Advocate Harachandrai (1862-1928), the pioneer of modern Karachi, was a paragon of virtue. He was honorary secretary of the Karachi Bar Association from its very inception in 1880 till his death in 1928. It is also a matter of historical significance that the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was his pupil.

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Books on Yoga in Sindhi

HYDERABAD: Book on Yoga launched

Bureau Report

Courtesy: Daily Dawn

HYDERABAD, Oct 13: The first ever Sindhi language book on Yoga in post-partition Sindh, titled as ‘Yoga Assan and Paranayam’ was launched at the Mumtaz Mirza auditorium, Sindh Museum, here on Sunday. The launching ceremony of the book, written by Khempal Sharma, was performed by human rights activist comrade Rochi Ram.

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Ecuador: Firmly Left

By John Cherian

Courtesy: Frontline,  Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Rafael Correa’s emphatic victory makes him the first Ecuadorian President since 1972 to win a re-election.

THE leftward swing in Latin America is being further consolidated. The avowedly socialist President Rafael Correa of Ecuador again won an emphatic victory at the polls in the last week of April. The other Latin American countries to have elected leftist governments are El Salvador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil. It is the first time in many decades that a President has been re-elected for a second consecutive term in office in Ecuador.

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Changing course

manzoorejzWASHINGTON DIARY: Changing course

by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, May 26th, 2009

Foreign pressure may have played some role in getting the government and the military to confront the Taliban, but it was the Taliban’s own actions that triggered the operations. Every day, I run into people who were all committed to Islamisation and indirectly support the Taliban by putting the entire blame on the United States. In a dramatic turn, they now blame the military for taking so long to fight back against the Taliban! For the first time, a group hastily organised a rally demanding strict action against the Taliban in front of the hotel where President Asif Zardari was staying in Washington during his US visit. Two main Urdu weekly newspapers, the Pakistan Post and the Urdu Times, have announced a major convention to be held in New York against Taliban terrorism.

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MQM is trying to shift a Muhajir-Pashtoon wedge to Sindhis

by Iqbal Tareen, Washington

Let me join Khalid Hashmani in applauding Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) for its gallant and timely historic protest. I must also commend the conference called by AT, which raised very important issues. I was very happy to see the the religious right totally absent from this event. Here is a very sincere and candid advice for Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSMQ) and others. MQM is trying to shift a Muhajir-Pashtoon wedge to Sindhis. It is incumbent upon JSQM and other Sindh Rights movements in Sindh and overseas to make a clear distinction that Sindh was never and can never be against the nation of Ghafar Khan who had eternal ties with Sindh and her national leaders. Sindhis are all for the right of self-governance of Pakhtoonkhwa. We just don’t want our nation to be subjected to ethnic re-engineering and reduced to insignificant minority. JSQM should show its guts to expose an ethnic organization of Karachi and its betrayal in painting Sindhis as Pashtoon haters.

THIS IS VERY CRITICAL FOR SINDHIS GOING FORWARD… We are against Taliban not Pashtoons. Taliban come in all races, nationalities, sizes, and ethnicities. Many of today’s Taliban are successors of Jamaat’s para-militay forces Al-Badr and Al-Shams who were forward blocks of the West Pakistan army in East Pakistan.

Remember my friends, Pashtoons and other ethnic minorities in Karachi are vital deterrent to MQM’s runaway absolute power. Do not lose this goodwill. Make it clear we are not against them and other ethnic groups but against agencies’ cheap tactics to set Sindhis and Pashtoons against each other by shoving mass migration into our homeland.

May 27, 2009

India’s first Airborne Warning & Control System (AWACS) arrived from Israel

India’s first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) arrived from Israel, significantly boosting India’s capability to detect missiles and fighters deep inside enemy territory. AWACS, an IL-76 transport aircraft with unusually powerful engines and fitted with an array of Israeli radar and surveilance systems. Israel had to cancel a Chinese order for the same Phalcon AWACS system, one of the most powerful snooping systems in the world, under US pressure a few years ago. AWACS will altogether “alter the dimension of the see-through capability and tethered electromagnetic sensors. The AWACS is mounted with radar that can detect missiles and aircraft in a few hundred kilometers radius. Simultaneously it can also collate surface information about troop movements and missile launches, while listening to communications between enemy frontline units. As the AWACS entered the Indian airspace, a formation of three Mig-29 and three Jaguar aircraft received the aircraft mid-air and escorted it to the Jamanagar airbase. The commanding officer of the first AWACS squadron group, captain B Saju, was quoted as saying, “It was a great feeling to be escorted by our fighters and it feels really good to be back.