The Republican versus Pak jihadis – Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

The Republican jihadis

Courtesy: WICHAAR

Extremist forces of the world pretend that they represent the people at large. For them the opinion polls and surveys do not matter. For the US and Pakistani jihadis, the only people that matter are the ones who agree with them. The dissenting public is just sub-human, the misled herd

When Pakistan’s delegation arrived in Washington for the strategic dialogue with the US, every noteworthy American politician was overwhelmed with the healthcare debate. I am sure Pakistan’s army chief, foreign minister, key cabinet ministers and top ranking bureaucrats may be wondering why Obama is making such a big deal about providing healthcare to every American instead of focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan since Pakistani ruling collectives have never wasted their time on such an outlandish idea of thinking about people’s health and forgetting Kashmir, India or Afghanistan even for a day. However, the health debate must have brought a smile on the Pakistani delegation’s faces by watching the Republican Party’s protests.

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SINDH ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE

Forwarded by: Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)

THE SINDH MONITOR IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A GROUND BREAKING ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE ENTITLED: “SINDH: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS”

THE CONFERENCE IS TAKING PLACE MAY 5-7 IN LONDON, ENGLAND, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON’S SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES (SOAS)

THE NINE TOPIC PANELS ARE:

“GEO-POLITICAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE PRESERVATION”

“EDUCATIONAL DETERIORATION AND CURRICULUM CHOICES”

“CIVICS AND HEALTH” “LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL RIGHTS”

“ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES”,

“ ECONOMIC GROWTH”

“HUMAN RIGHTS: POLITICAL AND CIVIL LIBERTIES”

“ETHICS AND MEDIA FREEDOM”

AND

“INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING: WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL BODIES OF GOVERNMENT, NGOS AND IGOS”

EACH PANEL WILL HAVE AN EXPERT MODERATOR AND INVOLVE OPEN, INCLUSIVE DISCUSSION. EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS STEM FROM SINDH MEDIA, POLITICAL, ACTIVISM, EDUCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC SECTORS, AMONGST OTHERS.

ADDITIONAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.SINDHMONITOR.ORG.

FOR INFORMATION ON ATTENDANCE, CONTACT “THE SINDH ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE” AT SINDHMONITOR@GMAIL.COM

DG FIA sent to Adiala jail

Source – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nti6SbO55s&feature=player_embedded

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Add’l DG FIA arrested, sent to jail

ISLAMABAD: Additional DG FIA Ahmad Riaz Shaikh has been arrested from courtroom and sent to Adiala jail after the six-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, restored his conviction in a corruption case for five years imprisonment and Rs 20 million fine.

PPP secretary information Fouzia Wahab while talking to Geo News said Ahmed Riaz has served his conviction and PPP will file an appeal against the decision.

He was taken into custody from the courtroom as ordered by Supreme Court, Geo News reported.

According to the details, six-member bench of SC restored the conviction of Ahmed Riaz Sheikh and ordered NAB to seize his assets and submit report within three days.

On Monday, SC gave the bureaucracy 24 hours to explain the appointment of Ahmed Riaz Sheikh in the FIA in violation of its verdict that had revoked the National Reconciliation Ordinance.

Courtesy: The News, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Source – http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101822

Source – http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101810

NAB Chairman ordered to Jail on contempt of court

SC announces to send NAB tops to jail

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to put behind bars the Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Naveed Ahsan and acting Chairman Irfan Nadeem, Geo News reported Tuesday.

The six-member SC bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry heard the Court Contempt notices against the NAB, Interior Ministry, the FIA and high-ups of Establishment Division for not implementing the SC’s NRO verdict.

The court also slammed the Swiss cases record’s being kept at Pakistan’s High Commission in London and said in its remarks that the matter relating the President’s immunity could be scrutinized if put before the court.

The NAB counsel Abid Zuberi told the court that Swiss cases record has been taken from the Pakistani High Commission, adding the record is sealed.

Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday wondered who would be responsible if the record is mishandled at the High Commission, adding this is the record which is under the custody of the criminals.

NAB chairman Naveed said the issue of President’s immunity is stumbling block in the matter relating Swiss cases. The CJ responded that if somebody faces problem over the issue, he would contact the court; addressing the NAB top official not to advocate it for nothing, as he (the President) did not claim the immunity.

The CJ Chaudhry told the NAB official that he will remain jailed until the NRO verdict is materialized.

Justice Chadhry Ijaz bristled in his remarks that the Executive is above the court’s verdict stemming its implementation.

NAB chief said he was on leave from March 9th in the wake of court verdict on the NRO.

Ahsan said he unconditionally apologizes to the Court, arguing that he was under wrong impression with regard to presidential immunity. The Chief Justice reprimanded Chairman Nab, saying that if someone has any thing to claim regarding immunity, he or she should come to the court to claim it, and that how could Chairman NAB decide on this matter on his own.

The CJ said if he does not send the responsible persons to the jail then he himself would fail his duties.

Though, the Swiss cases were not opened; but, the 60 million dollars of the country were searched for, he interrogated.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry addressed the NAB chief, ‘You had 80 days; but, you didn’t take any action before going on vacations. The Court gave you one-day notice tomorrow. Now, we are sending you to jail on one-day notice, as you are the responsible for no implementation.’

‘You will stay in jail until the SC’s verdict on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is implemented; the NAB wasted over three months,’ the court scolded.

The CJ Chaudhry told Ahsan that he is being sent to Adiala Jail on contempt of court and the court would see about if the government shows up for his rescue.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Source – http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=101804

Baloch and Sindhi activists demand Pakistan be declared as ‘*** state’

From ANI

London, March 29: Baloch and Sindhi activists here have demanded that Pakistan be declared a ‘*** state’. A large number of people from the two communities converged in front of the BBC World Service office in London to protest and observe Pakistan’s *** *** of the “independent state” of Balochistan on March 27, 1948, a day that has since been declared as ‘Black Day’.

“This is the time the world should realize and they should, I think, this is the time for the security, for the peace and for the stability of the region, and the international community that they should declare Pakistan as a *** state,” Samad Baloch, a member of the Baloch Human Rights Council, said.

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A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT ON THE BASIS OF 1940 LAHORE RESOLUTION-THE ONLY VIABLE WAY TO SAVE PAKISTAN

NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT ON 1940 LAHORE RESOLUTION BASIS

(March 29, 2010) -The resolutions of National Conference’ on ‘A New Social Contract On The Basis Of 1940 Resolution-The Only Way To Save Pakistan organised by Save Sindh Movement. Leading political leaders, intellectuals and thinkers addressed the conference.

Rasool Bux Palijo, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, Mir Hasil Bazenjo, MNA Marvi Memon, Abrar Kazi, Shah Muhammad Shah, Zamir Ghumro, Ali Hasan Chandio, BNP leader Jhanzaib Khan of BNP, Yousuf Masti Khan, Ayub Shar, Zulfiqar Halepoto and others addresses the conference.

Conference was attended by a large number of political leaders and workers, civil society leaders, writers, intellectuals, lawyers and concerned citizens.

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A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT ON THE BASIS OF 1940 LAHORE RESOLUTION-THE ONLY VIABLE WAY TO SAVE PAKISTAN

The All India Muslim League vide its Resolution dated 23rd March 1940 (Lahore Resolution), promised an arrangement whereby the states/units will be sovereign and autonomous. The 1940 Resolution had clearly envisaged Pakistan as “a federation comprising autonomous units which shall be completely sovereign.”

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WSC demands right to self determination of Sindhi people at the 13 session of UNHRC Geneva.

A delegation of World Sindhi Congress (WSC) participated in the 13th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The session is being held from 2nd to 26th March 2010.

Interfaith International, a United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accredited NGO, provided an opportunity for a briefing to WSC on 11th March to deliberate on the gross human rights violations against

Sindhi and Baloch people. The briefing was attended by the representatives of UNHRC, European Union, representatives of a number of countries and various human rights organisations.

Speaking at the briefing, Dr Haleem Bhatti Chairman of WSC, said that Sindh is an ancient civilisation of secular people. Sindh contributes more than 70% of the budget of Pakistan and is the largest producer of oil and gas. He reiterated that establishment is committing worst human rights violations…

Muslim League, Military and Media: making of the Pakistani Sangh Parivar

By Dr. Mohammad Taqi

Courtesy: Taqi.blogspot.com

“… the (class) struggle (in France) created circumstances and relationships that made it possible for a grotesque mediocrity to play a hero’s part.” (The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon)

As the strategic dialogue – a euphemism for diplomatic hardball – starts between the USA and the Pakistani delegation, including Generals Kiyani and Pasha, there is more at stake then just the very ruthless endgame in Afghanistan.

It is a matter of time before the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) replaces the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to form federal government in Pakistan.

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PAKISTAN: A battalion of army grabs 3500 acres of land and seals the centuries-old grave yard

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AHRC-STM-051- 2010

March 22, 2010 : A battalion of the Pakistan Army has grabbed the land of old villages of the coastal area of Karachi, the capital of Sindh province. The fisher folk have been forced out of their ancestor villages and pressurised to leave the area. In a latest event Battalion 42 of army, stationed at Karachi, has grabbed the land of the centuries old grave yard of Chashma goth along the Rehrhi coastal line.

The fishermen, whose ancestors are buried there have been prevented from burying their loved ones or even visiting the existing graves which is a ritual for Muslims. On March 18, when the body of fisher man, Abdullah Khaskheli, was brought by the fisher folks for burial the army officials stopped the ceremony. The army officials announced that the grave yard was now under their jurisdiction and no one was allowed to bury bodies. The army has also sealed the graves by putting earth walls around the graveyard.

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Dire Health Situation in Sindh

Reflection by: Sindh Monitor – Translation by: Dr Khalid Zaman

The health situation in the Sindh province of Pakistan, specifically pertaining to those epidemics preventable and manageable, reflects a general lack of concern and commitment to the Sindhi people by the central Pakistan government. Using government reported facts, clear levels of inadequate health funding are shown. To demonstrate this point, the following article highlights cases of Hepatitis and Dengue Fever currently raging across the Sindh province and then reports on the general dismissal of these scourges by the Pakistan government. It then summarizes inadequacies in accepted health care standard measurements. Devaluing the lives of Sindhi people is a clear form of discrimination, and the handling of these epidemics requires international review.

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NAWAZ, DARLING OF THE ESTABLISHMENT

Dekho, dekho, kaun aya

by Gibran Peshimam

Courtesy: The News

Once a darling of the establishment, always a darling of the establishment. They say a leopard never changes its spots.

It is with this statement on the latest setback to the political process that I begin, because what has happened in the last few days is an essential part of a greater cause against civilian supremacy, and more specifically a besieged PPP. I hesitate to use the word “conspiracy” because it tends to make logic sound fanciful and unfairly so.

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18th amendment: who derailed it and why? It seems he got a message ..

To read Nazir Naji’s article on the same issue in urdu, please click here

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Spanner in the works

Courtesy: Dawn Editorial

Mr Sharif has now suggested that he wants there to be a majority of serving judges on the judicial commission, a position that has been championed by those in the media and the legal community who have fervently supported the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry-led superior judiciary.

Thursday was supposed to be a day of celebration. The Raza Rabbani-led committee on constitutional reforms was supposed to complete its task and the country was supposed to be on the verge of getting what it has not had in decades: a constitution enjoying the broad support of a legitimately elected parliament. But then Nawaz Sharif held a press conference and announced that a consensus had still not been reached. It was dramatic, it was thoroughly unexpected, it was, sadly, vintage Pakistani politics.

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SONGS OF BLOOD AND SWORD by Fatima Bhutto

– Zulfiqar Halepoto

Despite lot of differences and disagreements with their politics, style of governance and ideology, Sindh has an inimitable relationship with BHUTTOs.

It is either BB (Benazir) Shaheed or Mir (Murtaza) Shaheed; Sindh still enjoys a sentimental and emotional attachment with Bhutto’s, who has buried 4 martyrs in the graveyard of Garhi Khuda Bux.

Have you ever heard from any other political leader of Pakistan, who says that s/he would love to be known as martyr instead of living an illusory life? It is only Bhutto family (whether we like it or not but it is a fact and a great reality).

Last year during my Indian visit, a communist leader of Bengal told me that “lot of revolutionary groups and political parties of sub continent has a long history of martyrs in their struggle against different colonial and dictatorial powers….But Bhutto’s are the only family who has offered 4 martyrs from one compound wall…. This brave example has no match…..”

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Runa Laila – great singer

One of the great singers .. was Runa Laila, but we know what big boots did to Bengalis and we lost such great people and only left with boots. Well here is unforgettable song of Talibulmaula by Runa Laila. Please Note the song is great but quality is not that high on internet. Please click here to listen Runa Laila

or click the following link;

http://sindhimusic.com/mplayer.php?song1=595

Courtesy: Munawar Ali and SindhMusic.com

PAKISTAN : Rawalpindi, Christian burned alive is buried. Police suspected of setting him on fire

by Fareed Khan

Arshed Masih’s funeral was held today amid tight security. The silence of the Pakistani media and government on the matter. AsiaNews sources denounce the attempt at misdirection and reveal the last words of the victim: “The police set me on fire” following the instructions of the Muslim employer. In the past his wife repeatedly raped by officers.

Courtesy: AsiaNews

Rawalpindi (AsiaNews) – the funeral of Arshed Masih, a 38 year-old Pakistani Christian, burned alive because he refused to convert to Islam was held today in Rawalpindi, under tight security. Hundreds of people attended the funeral, including members of civil society and NGO representatives. So far the police have arrested none of the alleged perpetrators and neither have steps been taken by the Federal Government or Ministry of minority groups. Meanwhile, more details have emerged on the crime: a well-informed source has told AsiaNews that police officers were the ones to set fire to the man, on the “instructions” of Arshed Masih.

The 38 year-old Pakistani Christian, married and father of three children, aged7 to 12, died on 22 March following the serious injuries sustained during the assault. He suffered burns on 80% of his body excluding any possibility of salvation. The violence of his assailants was sparked by the man’s refusal to convert to Islam.

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Remembering Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Lahore : Institute for Peace and Secular Studies [IPSS] organised a gathering of writers, intellectuals and activists from Lahore on March 23, 2010 at Shadman market chowk to pay homage to Bhagat Singh.

To see, a RARE document! Death certificate of Bhagat Singh » http://yfrog.com/nms709j

VIEW: Pak-Afghan relations —Agha H Amin

Courtesy: Daily Times

I fail to understand how some of the country’s leading analysts can dub Afghanistan as being Pakistan’s backyard. Afghanistan is an independent state that boasts a great history. Seen in this context, how would Pakistanis feel if India tried to coin Pakistan as its backyard?

Since Pakistan’s foreign minister does not control a substantial part of Pakistan’s foreign policy — the part that concerns Afghanistan and India — Pakistan’s army chief, General Kayani is also visiting Washington for a Pak-US strategic dialogue.

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Changing realities of Afghanistan – Dr Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar

It is highly probable that arrests of key Taliban leaders were meant to scuttle a deal being negotiated between Kabul and the insurgents without Pakistan’s involvement. Therefore, Pakistan has established the fact that no deal in Afghanistan can be negotiated without its involvement

Pakistan is going into a strategic dialogue with the US, believing that it has staged a policy coup against India with reference to Afghanistan. There are many versions of the coup, making it hard for commoners like us to believe which one is true. Furthermore, the question arises if Pakistan’s new or rehashed policy is based on emerging economic realities in Afghanistan or the old assumptions.

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SINDHIS IN PAK -USA STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

– Zulfiqar Halepoto

…During current PAK -USA STRATEGIC DIALOGUE, a lot of important development issues are going to be discussed and it is a healthy news that on the invitation from US Secretary of State yesterday two Sindhis attended the reception on the occasion of the U.S.- Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, they were Ali Nawaz Memon and Sarfraz Memon.

The entire Pakistani delegation was present there. They got the opportunity to handshake and say hello to Hillary Clinton and they got the chance to talk and lobby with some very important US senators and congressman.

They had special chance to meet Pakistan based US diplomats. Sarfraz Memon had a unique opportunity to spend some time of discussion one on one with US Ambassador Anne Peterson. He briefed her about the current socio-economic and political developments taking place in Sindh. He conveyed to her the concern of Sindhis about Kerry Lugar Bill Assistance and Sindh’s share and that may be Sindhi job applicants are disqualified at very early stage , and lower level of sorting of candidates for the embassy jobs.

Second item he brought to her attention that the visa policy of US towards our Sindhi visitors, students and artists.

There is still a great need to follow the dialogue and see what good is coming for Sindh in near future.

Courtesy: e-lists, March 24, 2010

Restore equity and fairness for Sindh

Pakistan Academy of Sciences – Where are all the Sindhis Gone?

by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

My experience with the Pakistani statistics is that the probability of finding Sindhis in proportion to their population in any federal department, institution, or agency is almost zero.

However, from time to time, Pakistani “establishment” does appoint/facilitate Sindhis in unique positions such as President, Prime Minister, Speaker, etc. so that they can continue the charade that Sindhis enjoy equal opportunities and are well-represented in jobs, educational opportunities, and receive at par health and other services.

Some Sindhis are really naive and think that the root cause of this discrimination is that Sindhis in top positions such as Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, etc. are to be blamed for this sorry state of affairs. The fact is that only Z. A. Bhutto was able to partially succeed in creating a level playing field for Sindhis and after his judicial murder the Pakistani exploitation system is so much entrenched that not even ten Sindhis in top ten positions could bring any meaningful change to restore equity and fairness.

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Enough is enough : WE WANT CHANGE NOW!

I call on people to hold government responsible.

by: Ali Nawaz Memon, Gaithersburg, Maryland

For too long we have complained but have taken little practical steps to hold our government responsible. By this I mean elected officials– President; Prime Minister; ministers; MNAs; MPAs; secretaries; DCOs; police chiefs; all the way down to clerks and all others who have oppresses and neglected people.

We have waited too long. Waited for election of our own parties and personally known ministers. Not much has happened. OUR RULERS KNOW THAT WE DO NOT HAVE POLITICAL OPTIONS AND WE SHALL NOT TAKE ANY ACTION. But enough is enough.

Let us have an active people who are doers. I urge you to unite at local; district; province and national level.

Let us start by supporting good people in the forthcoming local body elections. Forget about which party they are from. Vote for good people who will work for welfare of our people. Judge individual candidates on basis of atleast what they have done to:

GET JOBS FOR OUR UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE

IMPROVE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF EDUCATION

STOP CRIMNAL ACTIVITIES IN OUR AREA

STOP ROBBING OF PEOPLE THROUGH PERSONAL CORRUPTION

You can add more criteria as applicable in your area.

This morning I have watched a tragic video about what is happening to our people whose lands are producing most of oil and gas of our country. The video shows that disease and poverty has increased for those who are giving millions to our country. SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT WHO IS NOT ABLE TO SHARE THE WEALTH WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. The link of the video is given below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ICtI3lQF0

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Reinventing Pakistan – by Pervez Hoodbhoy

Courtesy: dawn

PAKISTAN is not a nation although it has been a state since 1947. Missing is a strong common identity, mental makeup, shared sense of history and common goals. The failure to effectively integrate flows from inequalities of wealth and opportunity, absence of effective democracy and a dysfunctional legal system.

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Sindh: A heart-twisting video Story of Thari and other Sindhi – A struggle for Water, Education, and Jobs

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Once again comes the heart-wrenching story about the plight of Tharis whose struggle for dignity and simple essentials of life continues unabated. This time, it is a video documentary produced by a Pakistani reporter named Kamran Shahid for a Television program. The video focuses on the daily struggle for for water, education, and jobs for this small Sindhi village and assails the uncaring attitude of politicians, particularly those of PPP. Many of Sindhis if they watch this video are likely to be impacted emotionally and strengthen their resolve to vigorously participate in the alleviation of their plight.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

The video shows the daily struggle of village men, women, and children to find drinkable water. It depicts animals and human beings drinking water from the same pond and the effort it takes to pull water from a deep well with the help of donkeys that must pull ropes for almost 100 yards. The broken Urdu that these broken people will convey the sense of helplessness that these people feel to communicate in broken Urdu that they hardly understand. They wish people who knew their own language would come to listen to their sorrows and have heart-to-heart chat about the misery that they suffer.

The reporter is taken to a a site where bare walls of a school that was supposed to start long time ago stand on an empty lot. The video shows disappointed and loitering kids roaming in streets without any where to go without a village school. The kids and their parents demand schools, education, and other opportunities to improve their livelihoods.

The reporter points to the border between India and Pakistan one mile away and asks the villagers if they knew how people lived in villages across the border. They reply immediately that the villagers on the other side have much better lives – they have piped dirking water, many tube-wells, and access to schools. The reporter comments that what is the fault of these people on this side of the border (Pakistan) that they should suffer so much and what makes the people living on other side of the border (India) to live better lives.

The reporter asks if the village has a dispensary or a medical clinic. The villagers reply that such they are not fortunate enough to have such a facility. They must carry their very sick relatives on carts to a hospital 30-40 miles away in the town of Umerkot. Many die sooner as the medical help cannot reach them on a timely basis.

I hope we will double our efforts to put pressure on Pakistani and international governments and institutions to come to rescue of poor Tharis and other Sindhis.

Via – http://pkpolitics.com/2010/03/20/front-line-20-march-2010/

For a reformed Pakistan – Dr Manzur Ejaz

Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: WICHAAR

Being in power, directly or indirectly, for the last 30 years, the establishment has been endorsing legal and illegal methods of accumulating wealth. Whether in India or the US, military men do not retire as millionaires!

It appears that Pakistan’s ruling class knows something that we do not about the judiciary’s promise to treat every citizen equally and punish everyone violating the laws of the country. Along with the Taliban’s murderous suicide attacks, Pakistanis are bombed everyday by price hikes, hoarding, load-shedding, cheating by every influential person — political or otherwise — and the list goes on. It is evident that either the ruling classes believe that the judiciary and other state agencies working for accountability are mere show casings, or that they have been reined in.

Last week, Lahore witnessed the worst kind of suicide attacks and multiple bomb blasts. However, while the bodies of the innocent people were being buried in Lahore, Karachi, and many other places, we learnt that two high officials of an intelligence agency made two dacoits disappear from police custody. The DSP who had nabbed them despite the discouraging attitude of the higher ups, had refused to release them. The DSP was rewarded with an undesirable suspension for catching the dacoit and his mafia head. The incident was so brazenly unlawful that the people of that area staged demonstrations in support of the DSP — a rare show in favour of a policewala.

This week we learnt that officials were involved in the theft of natural gas, costing the nation billions of rupees. We also learnt that the prime minister has ordered the reorganisation of eight national institutions like PIA, the railways, WAPDA, etc, which are sustaining losses of billions of dollars. Who is going to reorganise the biggest money losers? Is it going to be the political leadership, which does not pay taxes on their own real income, costing the national exchequer an unknown huge amount, or the same officials who have been plundering every national institution? Probably, the same old set of officials sitting in the eight money losers will be rotated.

The prime minister and chief ministers keenly rush to the places of tragic happenings to announce monetary compensation for the victims. Records show that the prime minister has paid zero tax while the chief ministers — all four being billionaires — have paid nominal or no taxes. These powerful heads of the state and provinces do not pause to think for a moment whose money they are distributing. It is clear that this is not their money!

The prime minister and chief ministers belong to different parties but, as a class, their behaviour is identical. Therefore, it is clear that replacing one individual/party with the other will not change anything.

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