Singapore Airlines sacks staff, closes all operations in Pakistan due to increase in violence and bloodshed

Singapore Airlines sacks staff, closes all operations in Pakistan

Lahore, Mar.20 : Singapore Airlines (SIA) has closed its operations in Pakistan due to the deteriorating security condition in the country.

According to a private television channel, the airlines, which had four flights a week from Pakistan to Singapore, has closed its offices and sacked its entire staff, The Daily Times reports.

Several multi-national companies (MNC’s) have stopped their operations in Pakistan, which has seen a considerable increase in violence and bloodshed over the past two years.

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Pakistan : Punjab can no longer live in a state of denial

by Ayaz Amir

Courtesy: The News

If FATA represents the cutting edge of terrorism in the name of Islam, Punjab, unfortunately, is the hinterland of this phenomenon. Or, to borrow a phrase from the repertoire of military folly, Punjab is the strategic depth of bigotry and extremism masquerading in the colours of Islam.

Religious extremism took root in the soil of Pakistan thanks to the so-called Islamisation policies of Gen Ziaul Haq and his role in pushing the first Afghan ‘jihad’. The dragon’s teeth of our sorrows were scattered by Zia. We are reaping the harvest.

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Creating Awareness about Sindhi Issues at UN Human Rights Council – Circulation of Sindh Monitor

by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

As many of you know the 13th UN Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) meeting is in session in Geneva, Switzerland. In order to create awareness of about the poverty and other plight of Sindhis, Issue 4 of the SINDH MONITOR document tiled “Sindh: A Calculated Persecution of Sindh” is being distributed to delegates of that session. The editors of SINDH MONITOR have requested me to share this issue with larger Sindhi community. For more articles on Sindh and access to previous issues of SINDH MONITOR, visit www.SindhMonitor.org

March 20, 2010

Kashmir is not an issue of bad governance but of self-determination: Mirwaiz

Geneva, Switzerland. March 20, 2010. During the 13th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, a seminar entitled, “Overcoming Barriers to Realizing the Self-determination” was organized by “The International Educational Development”, an NGO accredited with the United Nations. The seminar was chaired by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council, Kashmir Center. In his opening remarks, Dr. Fai was keen to remind listeners that self-determination was a basic principle of the United Nations and that self determination and peace and international security are interrelated. The denial of self determination, he said, has brought India and Pakistan – both important countries – to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. ‘For last 63 years they have been talking about Kashmir but there was no face of the people of Kashmir. We want to make it clear that when the UN gave the right of self determination, they gave it to the people of Kashmir, whatever their religion, wherever they live.’ Therefore, Dr Fai said, the genuine leadership of Kashmir must be included in the talks. For the talks to be meaningful Dr. Fai suggested that there would have to be an envoy of ‘an international standing’ that was acceptable to both India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris and he proposed that Bishop Desmond Tutu should be appointed special envoy.

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