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…
By Dr. Mohammad Taqi
“… 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.
Continue reading Muslim League, Military and Media: making of the Pakistani Sangh Parivar
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.
Continue reading PAKISTAN: A battalion of army grabs 3500 acres of land and seals the centuries-old grave yard
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.
Continue reading Dire Health Situation in Sindh
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.
Continue reading NAWAZ, DARLING OF THE ESTABLISHMENT