Suggestions for Higher education (HEC) actions in Sindh

by Ali Nawaz Memon, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

1. The discussion about admission policy in Karachi University in today’s paper. It appeared that the Education Minister made some statement and MQM MNA disagreed. Statement of the Karachi VC was non committal. I am not sure if any action will take place. WE NEED A CLEAR ADMISSION POLICY DECISION WITH TEETH WHICH WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY A FIXED DATE.

2. The admission policy should APPLY TO OTHER PUBLICLY FUNDED UNIVERSITIES SUCH AS DOW MEDICAL, ENGINEERING ETC OF KARACHI.

3. The discussion about opening doors of universities in Punjab to Sindhis. However, we know that most Sindhis will not be able to go to study in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad etc for financial and other reasons. Accordingly, THERE MUST BE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT SINDHI STUDENTS TO GO TO UNIVERSITIES IN PUNJAB. THIS IS CLEARLY NEEDED FOR SAKE OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION.

4. As far as I know, in rural Sindh we have only two general universities- – Sindh and Khairpur. The Khairpur one does not have a proper campus due to the unfortunate happenings at the Shadi shaheed campus. KHAIRPUR UNIVERSITY NEEDS A PROPER CAMPUS. FURTHER MORE, THE STANDARD OF KHAIRPUR MUST BE RAISED.

5. WE NEED ABOUT 3 MORE GENERAL UNIVERSITIES IN SINDH– ONE IN UPPER SINDH (E.G) GARHI KHAIR BUX/ LARKANA), ONE IN THAR (MIRPURKHAS/ SANGHAR/ MITTHI/ ISLAMKOT), AND ONE IN THE MIDDLE (NAWABSHAH/ BADIN).

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Muslim ‘Terrorists’ Manufactured By The Media

Courtesy: countercurrents.orgvia- Globeistan

By Yoginder Sikand

It is not just the ‘loony’ ‘vernacular’ media, as many are given to believe, but even the ‘respectable’, ‘mainstream’, ‘national’ English-language press in India that have sedulously cultivated the notion of ‘Islamic terrorism,’ so much so that the image of Muslims in general being either terrorists or their sympathizers enjoys wide currency today. While it is true that some of the most dastardly terror attacks that India has witnessed in recent years have been the handiwork of some Muslims—and this is something that the vast majority of the Indian Muslims themselves deplore—it is also undeniable that Muslims have been unfairly blamed for many other attacks or alleged ‘terror plots’ by the police as well as the media in which they have had no role to play at all. Many Muslims—and others, too—believe that these false allegations are not innocent errors, but can be said to represent a deliberate and concerted effort to defame and demonise an entire community and the religion with which it is associated.

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SAPAC announces its inaugural event

Press release: Washington, D.C. September 4, 2009- Sindhi American Political Action Committee, (SAPAC) will hold its inaugural event Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Washington Court Hotel (525 New Jersey Avenue NW). SAPAC was established to engage in political advocacy and lobbying activities on behalf of the Sindh province in Pakistan, and the Sindhi people internationally.

This event will include an opening reception with brief comments from SAPAC’s President, Mr. Maqbool Halepota and a keynote address from the distinguished writer Mr. Selig Harrison of the Center for International Policy. Following dinner, commentary will be heard from Dr. Marvin Weinbaum of The Middle East Institute, Special Guest Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY5) and Chief Guest Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA27) regarding the status of Sindh and its relations to the United States of America. The topic of the discussion is “The role of Sindhis and Baluchis to Counter Jehadis in Pakistan”.

Baloch Girls Cry! Slaves have no future!

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Once again, here comes a heart-wrenching cry from Balochistan in the form of audio interview with two Baloch college students. This BBC interview displays unparallel determination and commitment of Baluch youth for their freedom. The students are highly critical of Pakistan and talk about in a despising manner. They relate the tragic killings of their fathers and brothers and call the present situation of Balochistan being an occupied land. They pledge to fight for their freedom until death. Their final message is that they would prefer honorable death over the life of slavery.

Please click here to listen BBC interview in Urdu/Hindi

or click the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/09/090903_radio_feature_as.shtm