18th Constitutional Amendment and rights of small nations in Pakistan

You are invited to attend a meeting in Washington DC Metro Area on 18th Constitutional Amendment and rights of small nations in Pakistan. We encourage you to send us a page or two (Maximum) on your behalf or on behalf of your organization to be read in this session.

Recently proposed constitutional changes through “18th Amendment” cause serious concerns in small nations of Pakistan. Throughout its history, the country has been governed by its elite, under military dictatorship or with selective freedoms for its peoples. As a result eastern wing of the country walked away from the union and remaining stakeholders have very little or no faith in the present setup.

Although the 1973 constitution of Mr. Bhutto imposed a top-down framework on small nations but that document has yet to see the light of the day. People of Balochistan have declared their intent to part ways whereas in Sindhi people are increasingly having doubts about their salvation within Pakistan.

Given the state of the union, the common sense and pro-active statecraft dictate making every effort to create sense of ownership in the constituent units instead of tightening the noose. Even high hopes of gaining individual and collective freedoms in a representative democracy are coming to a screeching halt.

Civic groups, political parties and thought leaders across the country including in the province of Punjab, Pakhtoonkhwa, Sindh, and Pakistani Diaspora in USA and Europe feels a need for sea change the way Pakistani constitution is framed. A consensus is emerging in favor of granting greater national autonomy to save Pakistan from disintegration.

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Prime Minister’s (Gilani) wife gets Rs38m bank loan written off

PM’s wife gets Rs38m bank loan written off – by Syed Irfan Raza

DAWN

ISLAMABAD, April 8: The wife of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is one of the main beneficiaries of the recent loan write-off policy of the National Bank of Pakistan. The bank waived a loan of over Rs 38 million loan taken by Pak Green Fertiliser Limited (PGFL) which she owned as one of its main partners.

According to NBP’s annual report of 2009 and its advertisement published in newspapers on April 1, the bank wrote off the PGFL loan last year.

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Meet Jaswant Singh in Karachi, Sindh

– Zulfiqar Halepoto

Prominent politician, parliamentarian and author of a popular book ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’ is coming to the heart of Sindh, Karachi.

Come, meet and listen to him on ‘Culture, Politics and change in South Asia’, a lecture series by Oxford University Press and Mohatta Palace Museum on April 13th, 2010 @ 5 PM @ Mohatta Palace Museum, Hatim Alvi Road, Clifton, Karachi.

He became popular when on 17 August 2009 a book of his titled ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’ was released in which he claimed Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s centralised polity was responsible for partition. He was later expelled from the primary membership of BJP as a result of the ensuing controversy. In interviews with media he quoted BJP as narrow-minded and to have limited thought. His book was later banned in Gujarat. Singh said of the ban “The day we start banning books, we are banning thinking”.

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For invitation please contact: 021 11 683873 the Oxford University Press

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Key Excerpts from: Jinnah: India – Partition – Independence

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Sindhi Nationalists settling illegal Afghan Refugees Near Sindhi Society

by Marvi Memon, TX

NOTE: I am writing below after investigation. Please do not issue unnecessary denials. Instead, you may personally investigate matter in detail at yourself.

A valuable piece of land about 30 acres owned by the Sindh government situated at Main National Highway (Bin Qasim Town) in Karachi has been grabbed by a Sindhi nationalist leader of Hyderabad [A**** Bh*******o] and has been demarcated into residential and commercial plots. He is selling the plots illegally and according to reliable information, 80% such plots have been sold to Afghan Refugees.

Unfortunately, the grabbed land is opposite Sindhi Jamaat Cooperative Housing Society, Main National Highway, Karachi where overwhelming population is of Sindhis.

After the settling of illegal Afghan Refugees, the Sindhi people who are residing in abundance in Sindhi Society (Opposite) and adjoining Sindhi villages would face culture of arms and ammunition besides drugs in the area and there is strong possibility that future of coming generation would be ruined compeletly.

They are openly using the name of Sindh Home Minister *** *** as their leader but I am not sure Mr *** is involved or not but it is confirmed that without the support of Sindh Govt officials, it was not possible to grab the valuable land.

In order to hoodwink the people, they have given the fake name of Village Hassan Punhawar Residency to the illegal settlement.

All Sindhis are requested to take up this matter seriously as we fear that the new generation of Sindhis living in Malir District would be ruined due to arms and ammunition besides drug culture which they would introduce.

This is very serious issue.

Thu, April 8, 2010