Kerry-Lugar Aid Bill, A Step in the Right Direction, says World Sindhi Congress

World Sindhi Congress Calls US Congressional Aid Bill to Pakistan, ‘A Step in the Right Direction’

Protection of common Peoples Must be Made Part of Future Checks and Balances

LONDON, The World Sindhi Congress joined many civil society groups in praising the decision of the US congress to promote regional peace and civil society in Pakistan by conditionally allocating civilian and military aid to Pakistan, based upon the Pakistani government’s adherence to democratic principles and international human rights agreements. The ‘S.962 Enhanced Partnership to Pakistan Act of 2009’, also known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill, was signed last week by President Obama, and authorizes the five-year allocation of US $7.5 billion dollars to Pakistan for civilian, educational, technical and capacity-building purposes. Furthermore, this bill incorporates new checks and balances designed to ensure the proper distribution of the money for civilian government, and deter the appropriation of the funds by Miltary establishment…

As representatives of the global Sindhi community, World Sindhi Congress deeply appreciates Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar for their efforts in safeguarding the rights of oppressed nations and other religious minorities in Pakistan by introducing a bill that upholds the fundamental human rights of citizens and demands an end to the disappearances of dissidents…

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It all started with a kiss – Pakistan university to ban kissing

Top Pakistan university to ban kissing

By Issam Ahmed

Courtesy: CSM, October 14, 2009, via Globeistan

Lahore, Pakistan – It all started with a kiss. When an unsuspecting female student at Lahore University of Management Sciences turned to peck her boyfriend on the cheek during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan last month, she probably thought her private moment would remain just that.

Instead the kiss – which a fellow student witnessed, documented, and then blasted in an email to the entire university as part of her “dossier” on campus PDAs (public displays of affection) – has sparked a passionate, headline-grabbing debate about how conservative Pakistani society should be.

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What is Sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep, perhaps hundreds of times, usually for periods of 5 to 10 seconds or longer. In most cases the person is unaware of it. Apnea is usually accompanied by snoring.  People who have sleep apnea may not even be aware of the disorder, but it causes weight gain, heart and lung disease, high blood pressure and pre-diabetic conditions. Ask your partner or family if you have snoring or sleep apnea disorder.

On CIA’s payroll: Was never a secret, but its official now!

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CIA Recruits

By Bobby Ghosh / Washington

During his 46-year rule, the Hashemite monarch was frequently accused by his enemies — Israeli and Arab alike — of being a CIA stooge. The agency became his paymaster in 1957, inheriting that role from the British: Hussein received $1 million a year until 1977, when President Carter ended the payments.

Courtesy: Thanks to Feroze A. Ursani for posting above post/News at SANAlist.

Utho meri dunyA ke gariboN ko jagA do

– B. R. Gowani

Utho meri dunyA ke gariboN ko jagA do

KAkh-e-umrA ke dar-o-deewAr hilA do

Jis khet se dehkAN ko muyassar na ho rozi

Us khet ke har khosha-e-gandam ko jalA do

Rise and rouse my world’s wretched ones

Shake fiercely the palaces of the rich ones

Scorch every cluster of wheat in the field

That denies livelihood to the tilling ones

– Poet Iqbal (1877-1938)

To read full article named “Capitalism Zindabad” written by B. R. Gowani, please click here

How Dry Skin Occurs

The job of skin is protection of other organs and body parts against germs, infection, heat, cold and sunlight. Skin has three layers- Epidermis, Dermis, hypodermis. Dry skin results when protective oils in the stratum corneum are lost and the water that is normally present in the skin is allowed to escape. As the stratum corneum dires out it shrinks, causing small cracks which expose the underlying living cells to the environment.

Militants Unite in Pakistan’s Populous Heart

By SABRINA TAVERNISE, RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and ERIC SCHMITT

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan – Taliban insurgents are teaming up with local militant groups to make inroads in Punjab, the province that is home to more than half of Pakistanis, reinvigorating an alliance that Pakistani and American authorities say poses a serious risk to the stability of the country.

The deadly assault in March in Lahore, Punjab’s capital, against the Sri Lankan cricket team, and the bombing last fall of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, the national capital, were only the most spectacular examples of the joint campaign, they said.

Now police officials, local residents and analysts warn that if the government does not take decisive action, these dusty, impoverished fringes of Punjab could be the next areas facing the insurgency. American intelligence and counterterrorism officials also said they viewed the developments with alarm.

 

Sabrina Tavernise reported from Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan; Richard A. Oppel Jr. from Peshawar, Pakistan; and Eric Schmitt from Washington. Mark Mazzetti contributed reporting from Washington, Waqar Gillani from Dera Ghazi Khan, and Pir Zubair Shah from Peshawar.

Read more » New York Times

Courtesy: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/world/asia/14punjab.html?emc=eta1

Whither Pakistan? A five-year forecast

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Courtesy: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

First, the bottom line: Pakistan will not break up; there will not be another military coup; the Taliban will not seize the presidency; Pakistan’s nuclear weapons will not go astray; and the Islamic sharia will not become the law of the land.

That’s the good news. It conflicts with opinions in the mainstream U.S. press, as well as with some in the Obama administration. For example, in March, David Kilcullen, a top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, declared that state collapse could occur within six months. This is highly improbable.

Now, the bad news: The clouds hanging over the future of Pakistan’s state and society are getting darker. Collapse isn’t impending, but there is a slow-burning fuse. While timescales cannot be mathematically forecast, the speed of societal decline has surprised many who have long warned that religious extremism is devouring Pakistan.

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The Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization and Shikarpur

By Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh

There is no doubt that Shikarpur is the cradle of Sindh’s culture and heritage. Once upon a time, it was a great centre of trade and commerce linking South Asia with Central Asia. Now all this is history and Shikarpur, as the entire Sindh, has lost that status.

Therefore, there is need for reviving our lost glory like the European did in 14th to 17th century through renaissance. The best thing we can do is that we must learn more about our unique heritage and civilization- – the Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization.

Like the renaissance, meaning rebirth, began from Italy and spread throughout Europe, our civilization’s promotion must began from Sindh.

In this connection educated Sindhis can play the role like the European played in reviving the Roman civilization. The only thing is that we must own our heritage and civilization with pride and be assertive in introducing ourselves as the inheritors of the Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization.

The ‘tornado’ awaiting India

Courtesy: The News, Tuesday, October 27, 2009, via Globeistan

by Rahimullah Yusufzai

“I fear there will be a bloody revolution in India,” a retired Indian military officer remarked to this writer and other guests during a recent visit to New Delhi. It was shocking to hear the comment from a soldier, in a country that supposedly had given a voice to its huge population and was believed to be all-inclusive.

It is obvious that India’s much-praised democracy hasn’t brought any real change in the lives of millions of Indians. That some of the poorest men and women are now up in arms in parts of India is evidence enough that democratically elected governments must do more to provide rights and justice to the rural poor and ensure even-handed development in different parts of the country.

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Charlatans of democracy

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Fatima Bhutto

Courtesy and Thanks: Guardian.co.uk

Triumphalism over a Musharraf impeachment won’t hide the failings of Pakistan’s ruling coalition

Fatima Bhutto The Guardian,

Friday August 15 2008

The murky abyss of Pakistani politics has been especially murky over recent months, and true to form it just keeps getting murkier. The one thing that is absolute when dealing with the dregs that run my country is this: nothing is ever as it seems. Nowhere is that more true than in the current scenario involving President Musharraf’s likely impeachment by the ruling coalition.

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JSQM supports the Kerry Lugar bill

“I am the big supporter of Kerry Lugar bill which also contains rights of Baloch, Sindh, and Pashtun nations. Few days back few journalists misquoted my press statement. Jeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz, JSQM (Long Live Sindh National Front) supports the Kerry Lugar bill and it will also spread awareness about the importance of Kerry Lugar bill among the nation,” JSQM Chairman Bashir Qureshi Said in his press statement.

October 26, 2009

Long march not against democracy; party to participate in coming polls: Army won’t accept Kerry-Lugar: AT

Courtesy: daily Dawn, Thursday, 15 Oct, 2009

SUKKUR, Oct 14 Leaders of Awami Tehrik have said that the people and army of Pakistan would never ever accept the Kerry-Lugar Bill because it is against the interests of the country and its people.

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Sindhi NGOs/other Organizations Need to show Initiative and Drive

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Khalid Hashmani

Where are the Sindhi Organizations when other Pakistani NGOs showcase their Wares?

By: Khalid Hashmani

October 2009 — Washington, D.C. has seen many visitors from Pakistani NGOs in the last two weeks. They were here to secure funding for their pet projects under the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009. A State Department official commented that no final decision has been made whether the new assistance will be channeled mainly through the Pakistani Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or through the traditional way through USAid department with focus on government-to-government transactions. The Pakistani NGOs, some in collaboration with their US partners showcasing their capabilities and marketing their expertise. The irony is that none of these organizations have any roots in Sindh or Balochistan, where Human Development Index (HDI) is one of the lowest in the world. None of the NGOs officials making presentations had any abilities in the Sindhi and Balochi languages; much of their focus was securing projects in Sindh. A presenter even commented that the Punjab Government does not want much privatization of their public education system. Many in the local Washington Sindhi community are fearful that just as Islamabad government officials have not been fair in distribution of resources to Sindh and Balochistan, so will these Islamabad-based NGOs would divert major portion of the new US funding for their pet projects at the cost of Sindh and Balochistan. In order to ensure that such malicious designs do not succeed, this article provides information about these NGOs, about their claims that they are already running many private schools, health centers, and micro finance projects in Sindh. It is hoped that people of Sindh and Balochistan would be diligent and help verify whether or not such claims are true. Further, in the event that non-Sindhi organizations do win major projects in Sindh, Sindhis ought to monitor their performance and report on any discrepancies to ensure that true beneficiaries of the funds allocated to any projects in Sindh would be Sindhis.

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Poll Shows Public Wants Medicare for All

Courtesy: Black Agenda Report, Wed, 09/30/2009

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

“Most people favor a public option that is a lot more “robust” than anything the Congress is offering.”

Despite the infamous Max Baucus Senate committee’s long-anticipated rejection of even a fig leaf of a public health care “option,” public opinion remains remarkably firm in support of allowing everyone access to a comprehensive government health plan. A New York Times/CBS News survey last week provided the best polling evidence in recent months that most people favor a public option that is a lot more “robust” than anything the Congress is offering, aside from straight-up single payer.

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Sohrab Faqeer passes away

Sohrab Faqeer, the Sufi singer of Sindh, Pakistan has passed away at the age of 73, left hundreds and thousands of listeners morning on Friday, October, 23rd, 2009. His full name was Sohrab Fakir Khaskhely. He was born in 1934 in Khairpur, Sindh. He was folk singer playing yaktaro (single stringed instrument) and chaparr (wooden clappers) in his tradition sufi way.

Courtesy: YouTube, KTN

Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjORi7Wi-FQ

Democratic Forces of Sindh welcome the Kerry-Lugar Bill

Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF)

Press Conference : Gentlemen, a raging debate has started in the country about the about the contents of the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Electronic media has especially had a field day and so has the print media which is also plastered with the news of the Bill on daily basis.

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Ready To Face Any Threat : Indian Army says

New Delhi: The Indian armed forces are “ever ready” to tackle any imminent threat India faces in the wake of the worsening security situation in its neighborhood, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Thursday. “Armed forces every now and then review their preparedness. Whenever needed, they’ll be ready to face any situation,” Antony told conference 2009. “Armed forces are ever ready to tackle any (security) threat,” he stressed. Antony was asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cautioning the armed forces  “to be equipped to deal with all threat scenarios”, particularly in view of the escalating tensions in Afghanistan and Paksitan.

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Google map shows Arunachal Pradesh in China

In Google China map, Arunachal is in China

BEIJING – While China continues to claim Arunachal Pradesh as its own, technology giant Google seems to have decided to take a line to please both Beijing and New Delhi. On the Google Maps site locatelised for users in China (http://ditu.google.cn), Arunachal Pradesh appears as part of China. On the site for users in India (http://maps.google.co.in), Arunachal appears in the way India sees it – as an integral part of India. And for users in other parts of the world, the site http://maps.google.com shows Arunachal Pradesh as a “disputed region”, like Kashmir.

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Glycemic Index

The glycemic index was first developed in 1981 by a team of scientists lead by Dr. David Jenkins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto, Canada. Carbohydrate foods that find their way into the bloodstream gradually (fruits, green vegetables, and legumes) produce minimal insulin responses are called low glycemic indexes. Foods bread products, rice, sugar, honey, soda bottle, fruit jice, potatoes corn and etc) that increase the general circulation with glucose induce a surge of insulin are called high glycemic indices. High glycemic foods give sharp rise to high blood sugar is extremely unhealthy for the body. High blood sugar causes insulin resistance/ diabetes-II, irreversible damage to nerves, blood vessels, and organ specially kidneys and heart. Poorly controlled blood sugar is the main reason of the diabetics, increased risk to kidney disease, heart attack, and blindness.

Symptoms of Swine flu

Symptoms of H1N1 are similar to seasonal flu, including headache, chills and cough followed by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches and fatigue, runny nose, sneezing , watery eyes and throat irritation. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur in adults as well as in children. In more severe cases, or in people with chronic conditions, complications such as pneumonia may develop. These tips may help – Wash hands with soap, do not share personal items like pens, pencils,  and drinks, brush teeth and rinse mouth 2 to 3 times, avoid contacting other people until feel well. Don’t exercise if you have flu like condition, take rest. Drink green or black tea without milk and sugar, Take vitamin C from natural sources like orange juice, lemon juice, take Joshando or Joshanda or herbal tea. Drink water.

NS-Zardari meet: Resolve against undemocratic moves

Nawaz Sharif-Zardari meet: Resolve against undemocratic moves

by Aziz Narejo, TX

So it is official. They are meeting again over a dinner at the presidency. To make some promises – to keep – or to break – depending on the situation, the motives or the priorities.

After all their agreements and pledges or promises are not verses from Quran or Hadith!

There surely is lack of trust between the two. Outcome is uncertain. Could be that Zardari is facing the heat due to NRO, minus one stories and other rumors doing the rounds among the chattering classes that he might be forced to take a flight to another exile at only an hour‘s notice.

But if the two are really serious and mean business, they should make a resolve against the undemocratic forces in the country which are reported to be active again. These forces have created such a vested interest that they could not afford to part with civilian decision making even for short periods. As they have created a furor against KL Bill coming out openly against it as well as through their proxies, it seems that the snake is raising its head one more time.

NS and Zardari who head two major political parties bear huge responsibility. They should join hands to defeat these anti-democratic forces.

Zardari might seek NS’s support on NRO bill in Parliament while the two are certain to discuss CoD and repeal of the 17th Amendment. I think the two should focus on some more issues.

They should work on a new social contract listening to the voices of the people. Autonomy or sovereignty, distribution of resources, law and order and protection of the citizens especially the weaker sections of the society and other matters that have the potential to strengthen or destroy the foundations of the country. They have to resolve against all kinds of terrorism, violence and use of force in politics.

They should also resolve to preserve, safeguard and act upon all the Articles and the provisions of the Constitution. There should not be any classification of doable or undoable clauses or Articles of the Constitution. Otherwise there would be no sanctity of the supreme law of the land.

Courtesy: – SANAlist, October 23, 2009

Maybe I am being too harsh on the army, I would love to be proved wrong…

by Omar Ali

In Pakistan, the chickens are definitely coming home to roost. And its not just jihadis killing brigadiers and soldiers from the same army that raised them and used them for so many years; even more important is the blow back from decades of military psychos that has decimated informed opinion in the country. Very reasonable and thoughtful people will spout the most amazing conspiracy theories: All politicians are evil (except a few corrupt politicians who happen to be saying what the army wants them to say),”America and Israel and India” are somehow coordinating their efforts in one smoothly oiled anti-Pakistani conspiracy and the army is the last line of defense and so on…

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Origional KL bill contained important points in favor of the indigenous people of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP

by Shakeel Nizamani, Calgary, Canada

…Origional bill contained important points in favor of the indigenous people of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP. The negotiating team from Pakistan got it amended and deleted the point in our favor. Right Wing extremists and establishment has been protesting against even the present aid bill that demands continuity of civilian and democratic set up. We need to encounter right wing propaganda by demanding the implementation of original version.

Courtesy: SANAlist

Unlikely Scenario?

By B. R. Gowani

Courtesy: Globeistan.com

10% is the official unemployment rate

Nor is the unofficial rate too great:

The Economy is on a downward slide

And by now, people’s hopes have died

So all of the employed make a plan

To join the jobless; to form a clan

They declare a total general strike

To break the rulers’ disparity-dyke

Most dependent is the capitalist class

That forms a part of the exploiting brass

To maintain the greatest democracy façade

They appealed calmly while hiding the rod

Patriotism, nationalism, enemy, and flag

The usual bull shit were used to gag

But the people have really united this time

And are in no mood to join the elite’s chime

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Quaid-e-Azam university Islamabad

islamabad-mosqueeby Munawar Ali

I did graduation from QAU Islamabad in 93. The atmosphere in QAU is relatively quite better. All people are generally nice to each other including punjabi students. There are some bad people everywhere so you will find but generally speaking there is better treatment. There are though some students and teachers who cleverly treat sindhi students in an unfair way. I do not know now but till i was there that was what we heard and saw generally to be true.

Coutesy: Meharan e-group

Kashmir: Not a Movement of Terrorism: Dr. Fai

New Haven, Connecticut. October 21, 2009. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center said, “The persistence of the Kashmir problem has been a source of weakness for both India and Pakistan. It has diminished both these neighboring countries. The resolution of this dispute will guarantee peace and prosperity not only to Kashmir but also to the whole region of South Asia.” Dr. Fai was invited as a guest speaker by the South Asian Society (SAS) at the Yale University. The lecture was moderated by Mr. Ashish Mitter, Chair, Political Forum of SAS.

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