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Deteriorating Political and Security Situation in Sindh

World Sindhi Institute , Washington DC, Press Release

On Saturday 14th November 2009 , a board meeting of the The World Sindhi Institute was convened in Washington D.C., to deliberate on the deteriorating political and security situation in Sindh, one manifestation of which was the recent targeted killing of Nisar Baloch , a highly respected and committed social justice and environmental activist of Lyari-Golimar, in Karachi Sindh.

World Sindhi Institute , endorses the formation of the recent Sindh Joint Action Committee(SJAC) , convened by Usman Baloch and endorsed by Chairman Jiay Sindh Mahaz Abdul Khaliq Junejo, central leader of Baloch National Front Wahab Baloch, President JSQM Karachi chapter Elahi Bakhsh Bikak, Sindh Tarraqi Passand Party STPP’s Gulzar Soomro, Awami Tehreeq’s Mazhar Raojo, Sindh National Front’s Nawaz Summo, Labour Party’s Younus Rao, Sindhiani Tehreek’s Fehmida Soomro, Nasir Kareem Baloch and Gattar Baghicha Bachao Tehreek’s Nadir Baloch and others

The World Sindhi Institute is of the view that coordinated, peaceful , nonviolent and united action of political forces in Sindh is the need of the hour. The SJAC has been convened to protect the rights of Sindh and against all the forces that continue to hatch conspiracies against the indigenous people of Sindh, thereby depriving them of their historical and fundamental rights of living in peace on their own land…

Humaira Rahman, General Secretary, The World Sindhi Institute, Washington D.C & Toronto, Canada

WASHINGTON DIARY: Tourism and the extremist threat

by Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar, November 18th, 2009

Despite finishing the Taliban, the core conservative ideology may survive and keep suffocating the country. Such an ideology will not allow the economy to grow in many new areas in which Pakistan has a lot of potential. Tourism is one such sector, but it needs an open society where everyone is welcome

Sitting at Frankfurt airport, waiting for my flight to Delhi, I indulged in conversation with an American couple, both in their 70s, who were on their way to see the Taj Mahal. The retired executive of a big corporation was treating his wife to see this world marvel. Similarly, standing at a small bazaar in Jodhpur, a city in Rajasthan, India, I saw hordes of Western tourists, all there to see a city that is no different than Sahiwal or Sargodha other than an old palace, a common sight in Rajasthan.

The road infrastructure is better in Rajasthan than most parts of Utter Pradesh, with new highways and roads connecting even remote parts. Most of the major cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner are just old beaten down towns with some new life in the largest city Jaipur. Some of the tourist destinations are tiny cities like Chichawatni — the neighbouring town to Harappa — with nothing much to see except a castle in need of serious repair. And yet, Rajasthan and many other parts of India have become the preferred destination for tourists. It will not be surprising if the statistics show that revenue from tourism has become the bread and butter of many states like Rajasthan.

Most parts of Pakistan have equally good or better road infrastructure than Rajasthan but lack in every other facility that tourists seek. Pakistan has an abundance of important historical sites, including Harappa, Mohenjodaro and Taxila, prime locations of the Sikh faith and many castles and palaces to attract tourists from all around the world. After all, the remains of the Indus Valley Civilisation and structures built by Hindu rajas and Muslim rulers are all over Pakistan. Hilly states, the Cholistan and Thar Deserts add to the stunning beauty of Pakistani territory. Yet, touring Pakistan is horrifying for its own expatriates.

Everyone knows that proliferation of religious extremism and jihadists have scared away foreign capital and potential tourists who can bring billions of dollars to Pakistani coffers. Leaving aside the old story, the problem is that Pakistan’s permanent establishment is trying its best to protect its core faith-centric ideology, which is the reason for all the trouble Pakistan now faces.

A recent issue of the fake “The Dawn”, not the Karachi-based respected daily, by a group of fifth columnists and ‘patriotic’ journalists was circulated on the internet. The fifth columnists included some enlightened opinion-makers. The short list of ‘patriots’ included the ones who are still sticking to the ideology and foreign policy that has brought the country to the brink of collapse. Most observers believe that circulation of such a list, through a fake newspaper, was the work of the intelligence agencies, notorious for triggering such malicious propaganda stunts.

Of course the Pakistani military is fighting the Taliban with full force. Despite the cynical view in some circles about its sincerity, it is easy to see why the military has to finish such a force. The military, as a group along with its industrial complex — the largest in the country — is at the top of the beneficiaries of the Pakistani state. Therefore the military’s interests are directly threatened if the Pakistani state is endangered. Using jihadists for proxy wars was another matter but when its own interests are at stake, the military is not going to be a bystander. Therefore the military action against the Taliban is very real and most probably will succeed, though it may take some time.

Despite the crusade against the Taliban and some other extremist groups, it seems that the military is trying to hold on to its own core ideology that has evolved during the last 60 years. The key components of this core ideology comprise an anti-India obsession and the use of religion as the state ideology. Both are linked: Muslim identity is deemed essential to fight Hindu India and vice versa. An anti-India religious identity has been made so pivotal that to fight the Taliban, the military has to dub them as Indian agents. This may be partially true, but everyone knows who created and trained the Taliban.

In this backdrop, the danger is that despite finishing the Taliban, the core conservative ideology may survive and keep suffocating the country. Such an ideology will not allow the economy to grow in many new areas in which Pakistan has a lot of potential. Tourism is one such sector, but it needs an open society where everyone is welcome.

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If wishes were horses…

by: Omar Ali

I think they are hunting for a way out, but there is no easy way out. In the end, its likely to be a messy exit, not a brilliant victory for any side. Those of us who are a safe distance away will have the satisfaction of gloating over the defeat of the great satan, but within Afghanistan and Pakistan, the defeat will be followed by some very nasty “re-balancing” .

In the end, the “West” will suffer much less than the victorious tribes. And I don’t just mean Afghanis. I think Saudi Arabia is getting ready to play “regional power” in Yemen and will regret the day they got suckered into that mess. ISI will again rent itself out to Saudi intelligence and China. India and Iran may cooperate. Sharp operators on all sides will make big bucks, but the prospects for the common people are not rosy.

It would be much better if NATO was able to establish a working regime and exit smoothly without getting India, Iran and Pakistan to restart their stupid proxy war in Afghanistan. but, if wishes were horses…. And what happened after the Soviets left? We should not stop our discussion at celebrations of the great satan’s defeat. The United States is still a great power and will remain one for many years even if current trends are not reversed. What will happen to the Afghan people after “victory”?

Courtesy and Thanks: Omar Ali and

Sindhis would welcome U.S. consulate in Sukkur

by: Gul Agha

The Pakistani press has no problem keeping the consulates in Karachi and Lahore. But now that the US is taking an interest in disbursing billions of dollars in education and development assistance funds directly to Sindhi areas, they are screaming against US consulate in Sindhi area, calling it “suspicious”. A consulate in Sakharu should a…lso help Sindhis get visas and improve cultural exchanges, as I have heard that the Pakistani staff in the cities is sometimes hostile and biased against their cases. For Sindhis, it would be a very welcome move to have a consulate in Sakharu, and it will help the US understand the Sindhi perspective, thus improving relations with U.S.

Courtesy: Gul Agha and Sindhi e-lists.

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Why not a civilian head of ISI?

By Kamran Shafi

Courtesy: Daily Dawn, Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009

IN view of the fact that the cardinal sin of the federal government to try and put the ISI under civilian control is cited as a reason behind all the obituaries presently being written about the imminent fall of a) just the president; b) all the major politicians; and c) the whole shoot, I’ve been trolling through the Internet to see how just many of the world’s top intelligence services are headed by serving military (in Pakistan’s case, read ‘army’) officers. And how many are appointed by the army chief. Consider what I’ve come up with.

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Meera she is!

by Shazia Habib

Meera is one of the biggest film stars in Pakistan. How did she become so big is the question. Sure, she is one of the most beautiful women in the world and beauty is always a plus.  But that is not all. Not only she is an actress, she is a true celebrity! She knows how to do it.

She is in the media all the time, be it totally denying a marriage that she does not want anymore, or a kissing scene in an indian movie that Pakistani standards do not allow her to do, or getting caught on Camera rehearsing for her show, she is always in the news.

I call it rehearsing. There is a video on the net of meera in which she is repeating few sentences in English over and over again, before the taping of her show. She is trying to memorize her lines, like anyone else who has a show would do.

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Sindh Ja Qudrati waseela – Sindh je hawaley kario

By: Raja Jee

Rasool Bux Palijo’s Quomi Awami Long March is on its way to Karachi and will reach at Ghaghar Phattak, the outskirt of Karachi on 18th November and will march four days in Karachi. On 22 November as its last 46th day it will be turned in Grand Peaceful Public Gathering from Mazar-e-Quid to Press Club Karachi, Sindh.

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Power struggle threatens Pakistan’s leader

Zardari attempting to fend off maneuvers by military, intelligence

[(Extract from the article)…The prospect of a military takeover — long an option in Pakistan — is overblown, say officials in both the government and the military. Kayani is indeed ambitious but he understands the consequences of a military takeover, particularly with regard to continued U.S. military aid, said one official…On the other side, Pakistani officials say Zardari understands the very real and dire consequences of firing Kayani]

By Robert Windrem, Senior investigative producer

Courtesy: NBC News, Mon., Nov . 16, 2009

Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders are tangling in a series of political confrontations that could lead to a constitutional crisis or worse after the New Year, officials in both Islamabad and Washington tell NBC News.

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A wonderful folk Sindhi song – Peirein Pawandee Saan..

by: Ahmed-Makhdoom, London, U.K.

A wonderful young man from my motherland, an illustrious and brilliant son of Jeejal Sindhrree, Joji Shaikh Saaeen, may Lord reward him for his Sindhyat and Sindhiness, sent me a video of an old nostalgic Sindhi folk song:پيزين پوندي سان چوندي سان Peirein Pawandee Saan..

Beautiful rendition of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s Peirein Pawandee Saan, Chawandee Saan – an immortal and immaculate Sindhi folk song – ably and comfortably sung by Renu Gidoomal and beautifully and decently presented in a dance form by a young Sindhi girl. Thses were the Sindhis, who are not living in their motherland, – they live in India. Still, they have not forgotten their beautiful heritage and what their culture is, traditions, norms, practices, principles and decent ways of life are.

Like a true  Sindhi, Saainni Renu gave a beautiful rendition of ‘peirein pawandee saan,’ that brought age-old memories trickling by, when I used to go to the shrine of  Bhittai Saaeen and listen to the faqeers of the Bhittai darbaar. At one such pilgrimage to the shrine, I was in company of Madam Annemarie Schimmel, according to her, a true “joggiaannee” and “faqeeriyaannee” of SaaIeen Bhitai ghottu. She used to call me ‘Cactus of Thar’ (Thooharr)

On that occasion, too, she asked me, “Thooharr, can you ask faqeer saaeen to sing, ‘peirein pawandee saan, chawandee saan‘?” She was mesmerised by this song and with quivering voice and tears wailing from her eyes she started to sing in whispers along with the noble faqeers. She was a foremost, formidable and famous admirer of Bhittai Saaeen, and used to refer to him as her ‘murshid.’

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Obama’s Sindh connection

senatorobama– Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia
The story about Obama’s connection to Sindh is posted on several other Internet resources. Some of these are quoted below. It appears that in addition to Larkana, Karachi, and Shikarpur, he may also have traveled to Hyderabad.

My guess that Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Bill Burton’s quote that “also traveling to Hyderabad, in India” is based on his ignorance about our Hyderabad in Sindh, Pakistan. If confirmed, we ought to contact Mr. Hasan Chandio and approach Senator Obama (who may be President-elect tomorrow) and brief him on the violation of Sindhi rights.
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In late eighties, after bearing considerable resistance of federal government and State Bank, the provinces of Punjab and NWFP were able to establish provincial Banks such as Bank of Punjab and the Bank of Khyber. Both banks are functioning as commercial Banks providing people of their provinces benefits of employment, finance, training and economic development.


Reasons of constipation

Reasons of constipation are unhealthy diet, Digestive health imbalance, Lack of exercise, parasites in colon and others. May help>> Take- Psyllium Husk/Isapgul (in Sindhi- Ispanger Jee Tooie) 3 grams, Vitamin C 250mg two times (morning and evening), Magnesium 20 mg, Plain yogurt (early in the morning and bed time), fresh washed vegetables and 8 to 10 glasses of clean fresh water.

Crises emerged in Pakistan is a result of last 62 years’ policies

Wrong policies gave birth to crises in Pakistan

The Jeay Sindh Mahaz has said that the crises being faced by Pakistan are not the product of one day but the outcome of wrong government policies during the last 62 years. Central executive committee of the party, which met in Radhan on Friday, discussed the political situation of the country. The meeting said the crises that had emerged in the shape of Kerry-Lugar bill, NRO, religious terrorism, bankruptcy of the state institutions, judicial crisis and corrupt practices of ministers and advisers were the logical result of bad governance of the rulers during the last 62 years.

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WSI International Seminar in Washington DC – Sindhi Rights and US-Pakistan Partnership Law

by: Khalid Hashmani

Washington DC – The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) ( organized an International Seminar in Washington DC on November 13, 2009. The topic of the seminar was “US-Pakistan Relations in the Back-Drop Of Kerry-Lugar Bill” and held at the Middle East Institute. The panelists included Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, Dr. Stephen P. Cohen Cohen, and Zahid Makhdoom. The session was moderated by Mr. Sohail Ansari, General Secretary of WSI. Several prominent Americans and Canadians of Sindhi, Baloch, and Pathan origin attended this highly interactive and candid session.

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Digestive problems

If you are experiencing abdominal gas, burping, burning, bloating, abdominal swelling, abdominal discomfort, winds more than normal, constipation or diarrhea, cracked nails, food allergies, irregular bowels, mood swings, anxiety, poor memory, skin problems and you are more than 40 years then it might be possible that you have Low stomach acid levels (low stomach acid levels symptom, are mostly as same as Acid reflux symptoms), low digestive-enzyme levels and leaky-gut syndrome.

May help>> Cut sugar and refine carbohydrates (cakes, cookies, candies etc), chew properly, do not drink water just after meal, eat beetroot (Chakunder), eat raw vegetables and fruits, (especially radish/moori/mooli), papito/papaya, gineger (adraq), Onions (basr), Garliq (thoom), take multi-vitamins and mineral, and plain yogurt early in the morning with a glass of water (lasi) every day up to 6 months to 2 years, depends on the severity of problem.

From Kabul to Kashmir

By Selig S. Harrison | Courtesy: NEWSWEEK, Nov 13, 2009

By all rights, the United States and India should be bound together by the shared tragedies of 9/11 and last year’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai. India’s size, economic-growth trajectory, and rising power as a stable, secular democracy in a dangerous part of the world ought to make it a key U.S. partner.

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WASHINGTON DIARY: Their rich and ours

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar, November 11th, 2009

One can detect the difference of behavioural patterns of the rich and powerful in the western and developing world. It is likely that the members (or their spouses) of the highest legislative bodies of the US would be going to stores for grocery shopping and to take care of other chores. Many of them can hardly afford domestic help. Therefore they remain close to the basic realities of their society.

Forty-six of the richest Germans have startled the world by posting an online petition asking their government to raise their taxes to help society out of the economic downturn. Similarly, when President Bush was cutting taxes for the rich Americans Warren Buffet, one of the richest US investors protested and said that he is already paying lower taxes than his secretary. Why do some rich people in western countries, unlike their counterparts in countries like Pakistan, preach higher taxes for themselves?

Most probably the western rich class, or part of it, believes that they are an organic part of society. Probably they feel that if society gets sick, their well being will be jeopardised as well. On the contrary, the rich in countries like Pakistan are used to the impoverishment of the general masses. They do not relate to society as an organic whole and consider themselves a separate category from it. Consequently, when the economic conditions deteriorate and the general public suffers, they remain unconcerned. As a matter of fact they thrive on the impoverishment of the common man.

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Properties of Altaf Hussain in UK

Courtesy: The Asia Journal &

by Roger Harding for The Asian Journal

For years the founder of leader of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has spoken about financial misappropriation and irregularities of the country’s feudal and industrial rulers through alleged or real misuse of power.

But British Land Registry records now revealed that Altaf Hussain, the charismatic middle class leader of Pakistan’s third largest political party could not curb the temptation of acquiring a series of expensive and middle class properties in the British capital – one of the most expensive cities in the world. [To view MQM Chief, Altaf Hussain’s properties in UK, click here or click the following link]

Does your face match with the area under your eyes? Here’s help for combating dark circles and under-eye puffiness

Causes : Dark circles are often caused due to sleeplessness or disturbed sleep. If you find yourself developing dark circles, you need to first catch up on your sleep. Genetics too could predispose you to developing dark circles.?

Other factors causing dark under-eye circles include: Drinking an excess of beverages that contain caffeine? Smoking, Allergies, Thyroid problems, A lack of iron in your body during menstruation. This often contributes to dark circles, which is why some women have a tendency to develop dark circles during their period.?
Remedies – First of all, try and figure out the reason you have developed dark circles. Have you always had them? Are they a recent occurrence? Does your mother have dark circles under the eyes as well? Once you can pinpoint the cause for dark circles, it would be much easier for you to get rid of them.?

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Khairpur, Sindh : Now strawberry being cultivated in Sindh

Khairpur gets ‘sweet charlies’ from US

By Amin Ahmed

Courtesy: daily dawn, Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Strawberry is no longer a fruit grown only in cool, hilly areas, as it is now being cultivated in the plains of Sindh.

Pakistanis will be able to taste two new varieties of the fruit in the beginning of the next year.

‘Sweet Charlie’ and ‘Festival’ are the varieties of strawberry whose saplings have been imported from the United States and planted in Khairpur, an area also known for the production of dates. The varieties have never been grown in Pakistan before. The Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) is working on the project in collaboration with the Sindh government.

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World Fisheries Day on November 21st, 2009

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21st throughout the world by the fisher folk communities. From the very of it’s inception in 1998, Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum has been celebrating and observing this event every year. Maintaining the tradition this year, PFF has also decided to celebrate World Fisheries Day as a one week celebrations from 16 to 21 November.

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Opinion : Why this March is not so much effective?

by Jamil Junejo, Hyderabad, Sindh

Long March of Awami Tehrik from Kashmore to Karachi designed for multiple agendas is in way with vigor and enthusiasm towards its destinations. We can’t resist the temptation of paying glowing tribute to the marchers, walking in scorching sun, especially to daughters of this soil.

Awami Tehrik enjoys a large amount of proportion in contribution towards nationalist politics of Sindh. Some of the most significant aspects of politics of Awami Tehrik can be summed up thus: To evaluate and the analyze the issues in very scientific manner in light of local and international changing realities and to formulate its policies accordingly ;to highlight and create role of women in politics;to explode the myth that nationalist politics of Sindh is only confined to the parties and groups affiliated with ideology of Saeen G.M Sayed and to discard the impression that the from and manifestation of nationalist politics determined by G.M Sayed’s affiliated groups is final an determintal ; to integrate art with politics where by producing it vigiour,enthususiasm,spirit and charm;to create a reasonable and balanced blending of various existing political trends in Sindh viz, democratic, leftist and nationalist into its slogan of Qomi, Awami, Jamhoori, Tabqati Inqalab; and to promote trend of ideological orientation and training into politics.

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Kerry-Lugar bill – by Farooq Sulehria

A letter to Nawaz Sharif on KLB

Dear Mr. Sharif,

Salam. To be honest, I was not surprised at all to find you and khakis on the same side of fence in case of Kerry-Lugar Bill (KLB). Only a naïve would have believed the radical statements you made about army’s role in politics in the waning months of Pervez Musharraf. How unfortunate! our politicians oppose GHQ’s intervention only selectively. The late Benazir Bhutto welcomed Musharraf’s move on October 12, the way you had hailed her military-sponsored expulsion from Prime Minster’s palatial secretariat. Back in 1980s, many believed her when she would challenge General Zia. On coming to power, she pinned Democracy Medal on General Beg’s malicious chest. Many believed you too when you would grill Musharraf ‘Saab’ (you did not like to call him a general). A year down the line and Shahbaz Sharif was found sneaking his way to GHQ’s in the thick of night.

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Opinion : Power slipping away from Zardari’s hands

by: Tausif Kamal

It seems that the GHQ and the right wing fundamental lobby in Pakistan are rattled by the pro- civilian, pro-democracy policy towards Pakistan of President Obama and this US Administration as indicated by the provisions of the Kerry Lugar Bill…The GHQ and its fundo lobby I think senses the power slipping away from their hands and hence they would do anything to weaken the democratic govt. and to overthrow President Zardari, for instance by playing the ‘national security’ card…Towards this end they would use the media and their reactionary columnists, editors, reporters and TV hosts to plant stories and write against Zardari for starters…They think once Zardari is gone, PPP will split and the elected govt will become impotent or it will be toppled and replaced by right wingers and fundoos (PML N, JI etc)….

Courtesy: – CRDP, Nov 10, 2009

Opinion : Jeay Sindh & Bashir Qureshi

by Chitrkar, Lahore

The only problem is that anyone who thinks that the Jeay Sindh will demonstrate to save Zardari is not familiar with the facts. Bashir Qureshi group is the real Jeay Sindh, they have a very solid dedicated worker base, and they have constantly worked hard to develop sympathies and support within Sindhis. Yes MQM could support as they have already collaborated in various cities of Sindh in district govt elections and afterward (remember Altaf Hussain was very close to  G.M Sayed). I think this is a hint towards post BB, PPP which will loose support fast amongst Sindhis, the political vacuum will give the nationalists a long over-due chance.

Courtesy: Pakistani e-lists/ e-groups.

November 11, 2009