Pakistan’s worst flooding

Hundreds of people have died in northwestern Pakistan after floods triggered by monsoon rains swept through the region.

More than a million people have been affected and thousands forced to flee their homes as bloated rivers washed away villages and triggered devastating landslides.

Rescue operations are underway to save the stranded, but submerged roads and destroyed infrastructure are proving to be major obstacles.

Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reports from Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital.

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Pakistan’s lucky generals

– Ayesha Siddiqa

Pakistan can definitely claim to have lucky generals who are far stronger than civilians in surviving crisis. The latest name in the list is that of the current army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani. His wish of getting an extension was fulfilled beyond anyone’s expectations. Perhaps, he bargained for a complete tenure rather than just one year. While many in Pakistan may consider this as a surprise decision, noises in the US capital were pretty audible regarding the issue. The US Pentagon was keen to see General Kiyani stay. A lot of prominent Pakistani analysts and political commentators, who are otherwise upset on alleged American intervention in Islamabad’s affairs, seem to endorse this one decision. It is being argued that the general’s extension is critical to provide continuity in communication with the US. ..

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Super high floods in Pakistan brings disaster

At least 500 killed, over 400,000 affected by floods

By Zulfiqar Ali

PESHAWAR: As raging floods wreaked havoc across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and some Fata regions, inundating large parts of Nowshera, Charsadda and Swat, the people of Dera Ismail Khan were warned on Friday of a similar disaster after 400,000 to 500,000 cusecs of water discharged from the overflowing Tarbela reservoir threatened all natural and man-made protective barriers in the district.

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Sindh – Entering another Realm- Mast Qalandar!

sehwa-sharif-festivalPakistan’s Sufis Preach Faith and Ecstasy

By Nicholas Schmidle
I stopped taking notes, closed my eyes and began nodding my head. As the drummer built toward a feverish peak, I drifted unconsciously closer to him. Before long, I found myself standing in the middle of the circle, dancing beside the man with the exuberant earlobes.

“Mast Qalandar!” someone called out. The voice came from right behind me, but it sounded distant. Anything but the drumbeat and the effervescence surging through my body seemed remote. From the corner of my eye, I noticed photographer Aaron Huey high-stepping his way into the circle. He passed his camera to Kristin. In moments, his head was swirling as he whipped his long hair around in circles.

“Mast Qalandar!” another voice screamed.

If only for a few minutes, it didn’t matter whether I was a Christian, Muslim, Hindu or atheist. I had entered another realm. I couldn’t deny the ecstasy of Qalandar. And in that moment, I understood why pilgrims braved great distances and the heat and the crowds just to come to the shrine. While spun into a trance, I even forgot about the danger, the phone calls, the reports of my disappearance and the police escort.

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Turmeric is good for arthritis patients

Turmeric [(in Sindhi= Head) and (in Hindi= Haldi)] is used from centuries in South Asia (Indian Sub-continent) as yellow spice and common remedy is a powerful anti-oxidant. The new scientific studies revealed that it has Curcumin compound which has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has anti-aging properties and it counter the inflammation in skin and intestine. It heals wounds and helps control or cut ulcer. Even larger amount of Turmeric has showed no signs of side effects. Curcumin found in turmeric is good for arthritis patients. It means the grounded turmeric is efficient medicine for arthritis patients.

“When They Go, They Leave Their Fragrance Behind”

By Dr. Ahmed Makhdoom

Extremely shocked and grieved to learn about the sad demise of a wonderful, courageous, brilliant and extraordinary son of Mother Sindh, Haleem Brohi.

Personally, I did meet him few times and we had great ‘kutchehries.’ ‘But, he was more near to my brother Zahid Makhdoom, who always made a point to bring Haleem Brohi to our house at Hyderabad as well a Karachi for some discussions! I was extremely enamoured by his humour and forthright straight forwardness.

Halim Brohi was a prolific writer, an innovator and inventor, who was always thinking about bringing changes in our society! Whether it be the language and literature, he was always out there in the forefront in a different way! He will certainly be missed by not just his family and friends, but, by each and every person of our society.

Yes, when such remarkable souls depart, they certainly leave their exuberance behind and surely, leave their fragrance with those left behind!

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Bangladesh Supreme Court bans religion in politics – when will this happen in Pakistan?

Bangladesh SC bans religion in politics

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has reinstated a ban on Islamic political parties in the latest blow to ‘religious hardliners’ in the impoverished South Asian country, a minister said on Thursday.

In a detailed, 184-page verdict released late on Wednesday, the Supreme Court scrapped the bulk of the 1979 fifth amendment, including provisions that had allowed religious political parties to flourish and legalised military rule.

“Secularism will again be the cornerstone of our constitution,” law minister Shafiq Ahmed told AFP on Thursday.

After independence, Bangladesh’s first constitution made secularism a key pillar. Following a 1975 coup, the army-led government amended the constitution’s guiding principle to “faith in Allah” in 1979.

Religious parties, which were banned in the original 1971 constitution but legalised by the 1979 amendments, are now banned again as the above provision has been thrown out, said Ahmed.

“Islamic parties cannot use religion in politics any more,” he said.

In 1988, a second military-led government made Islam the state religion in the Muslim-majority nation.

“But following the scrapping of the fifth amendment, these later amendments can now be challenged in court,” Ahmed said.

In the verdict, which was issued in January but became trapped in an appeals process until Wednesday, the Supreme Court also declared the 1975-1990 military rule illegal, and recommended punishing military dictators, Ahmed said.

“This means that, in theory, any Bangladeshi citizen could initiate a lawsuit against a former military dictator,” he said, adding that the repeal of the amendment would also limit the possibility of a future military coup.

“It is a landmark verdict,” Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik, who is also dean of law at the private BRAC university told AFP, adding that lawmakers would now have to clarify how the verdict would be applied by law.

Since the Awami League’s landslide election win over the Islamist-allied Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 2008, the government has cracked down on Islamic groups and parties.

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Tomatoes and Green Tea Will Keep You Cancer- Free

Scientific research suggests that who eats tomato products ten or more times a week have a 34% reduction in prostate cancers compared with those who eat tomatoes less than twice a week. Similarly, the risk of developing breast cancer is 30 to 50 percent lower among women who frequently eat foods containing tomato paste. How can tomato be such a wonderful drug? The reason appears to be, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power. Ingredient, lycopene. Lycopene helps retard or reverse the aging of cells and reduce the cancers.

Green tea also appears in the prevention of prostate and breast cancer. Different studies found that those who drink large amounts of green tea with out sugar have lower rates of prostate cancer and women who consume green tea have reduced ratios of breast cancer. Studies shown that flavonoids which are present in Green tea are such a powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory even more than that vitamin C and E combined.

SAVE SINDH, SAVE KARACHI

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi

Sindh has suffered more and more due to migration of uncontrolled, unorganized, and unplanned population influx from all over the World. It is all because of the ignorance of the leaders of the Political Parties and ruling class of the time. The result is vary harmful for the indigenous people who are mentally and financially disturbed as all doors of their prosperity, education, commerce, employment etc have been closed. Only the people in power are enjoying and living without any trouble and difficulty but others are very much perplexed and dejected for the future coming time. It is therefore advisable to control over the migration and also establish industrial units not only in the urban areas but in the rural areas throughout the Sindh. All the roads in the Sindh may be selected for industrial units at every tenth Kilometers distance and establish more towns and urban cities at the both sides of all roads throughout the Sindh province so that people should not make abode and create social and economic problems for the local people living in a city. Other suggestions will be gathered from gentry of  Sindh.

July 29, 2010

Alas! Haleem Brohi

Written by Aijaz Sindhi

We are deeply grieved to learn that one of the most prolific multi dimensional Sindhi writers, Haleem Brohi passed away on Wednesday, in Hyderabad. He was a lawyer, a playwright, a humorist, a columnist, and a very unique critic in Sindhi language and literature. He was famous for his thorny humor and bold critique. …

Haleem Brohi had written hundreds of short stories, and columns, and published several books. He had briefly worked for University of Sindh as well, but due to his cut-throat straight forward personality, and telling truth on the face, he could not adjust into a typical red tape, and bureaucratic atmosphere.

He was passionate about seeing Sindhis breaking out the clutches of feudal lords, and corrupt politicians, and never minced words to say what was on his mind. He was a very good friend, and a compassionate human being. I had a privilege to have close relationship with him during my stay in Hyderabad in early seventies. He was my mentor, my friend, my advisor, and a regular contributor and staff member in my monthly magazine, Sindhi Publications.

During his last days it was said that he had lost a lot of memories, but never lost a touch of humor. I was honored to visit him in 2007, at his home in Hyderabad. He was very frail, and weak, but resented the idea that people think he was a weaker Haleem Brohi now. …

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Noted Sindhi humor writer, & a pioneer of Roman-Sindhi script Haleem Brohi passes away

“A giant” of Sindhi language well-known writer and thinker Haleem Brohi has passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 4 pm in Hyderabad, Sindh. Haleem Brohi has great contribution in Sindhi humor, Sindhi novel and in a way journalist, a real columnist of Sindhi and English language. He was a pioneer of Roman-Sindhi Script named “Haleem Brohi Jee Roman Sindhee.”

India and Pakistan can never be Good Friends

By Saeed Qureshi

Mark my words Pakistan and India can never be good friends. Their coexistence as peaceful neighbours will remain doomed as long as either Pakistan is further dismembered or India is fragmented into many states like the Soviet Union way back in 1989.

India and Pakistan will never be able to sort out their mutual disputes and hammer out their amicable resolution. There is no precedent in the past that they finally found a mutually acceptable solution or agreement: be it the demarcation of borders, the apportionment of water from rivers flowing down into Pakistan or the paramount Kashmir issue.

There is no record of accomplishments for the two neighbours liberated from the British colonial yoke in 1947 of sitting down and coming up with a recipe of veritable peace and friendship. India will not give up her hold on Kashmir, nor will Pakistan or Kashmiri nation relinquish or forego their claim about holding a pledged plebiscite to elicit the local population’s opinion as to which country they would prefer to join. Indian deems Kashmir as an integral part of Indian federation while Pakistan’s standpoint is that Kashmir is a disputed territory whose final status has yet to be determined by the people of Kashmir though a referendum.

The three wars, in 1948, 1965, and 1971 followed by brief skirmishes in Kargil in July 1999 have failed to bring about change of hearts on both the sides. The fact is that primarily it is Pakistan that would be the major beneficiary of the illusive settlement of the outstanding issues between India and Pakistan. For that matter, India would not let Pakistan off the hook lest it can move forward on a course of stability, progress, and prosperity.

India’s military intervention in Bangladesh in 1971 led to the dismemberment of Pakistan …

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Unanimous resolution against MQM for target killings passed in Kyber Pukhtunkhwa

KP resolution urges Sindh govt to protect Pukhtuns

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly through a unanimous resolution on Monday demanded of the central and Sindh government to take stern action against the people and those political parties who are involved in targeted killings of Pukhtuns in Karachi and provide protection to them.

The resolution was moved by senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour and Opposition leader Akram Kan Durrani after Speaker Kiramatullah relaxed rules 240 under rules 124 to allow the resolution. The resolution stated that member of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly strongly condemned the target killings of Pukhtuns in Karachi and demanding of the federal as well as Sindh government to take action against the political parties and the persons involved in the killing of Pukhtuns.

The resolution, which was also read out by PPP Sherpao’s Sikander, Nighat Aurakzai of PML (Q), Munawar Khan of PML (N) and Qalander Lodhi of PML (Q), stated that Sindh government must bring the culprits tobook and provides protection to Pukhtuns.

The resolution stated that members of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly are on the back of the Pukhtuns.Bashir Ahmad Bilour, debating in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly said Pukhtuns in Karachi are being targeted while government is not taking enough steps to protect their lives.PML (Q) female member Nighat Aurakzai said MQM was ‘terrorist’ group and if they are not controlled similar terrorist actions in other cities of Pakistan could also be initiated.

Bashir Ahmad Bilour in his talks with media at Assembly premises also labeled MQM as a terrorist group and urged the government to take steps for protection of Pukhtuns.

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British PM calls Gaza ‘prison camp’

ANKARA : British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged Israel to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, slamming the current state of the Palestinian enclave as a “prison camp”.

“Let me be clear that the situation in Gaza has to change … Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp,” he said in a speech to a business association during a visit to Turkey.

Speaking later after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Cameron defended his description, saying that “even though some progress has been made, we’re still in a situation where it’s very difficult to get in, it’s very difficult to get out … “We’ve long supported lifting the blockade of Gaza,” he said.

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A Sanctuary for Terror

The militants wage war in Afghanistan while using Pakistan as a place for rest, recuperation and recruitment.

BY SADANAND DHUME

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the so-called Afghanistan war logs released by WikiLeaks Sunday is our continued capacity to be shocked. That the war isn’t going as well as advertised is already painfully evident—last week alone, the Taliban kidnapped two American sailors and killed five soldiers. Allegations of Pakistani double-dealing—of accepting a torrent of American dollars with one hand while arming and sheltering the Taliban with the other—are hardly new.

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WSC Raises issues of Sindh

WSC Raises Appropriation of Water from River Indus and Plunder of Natural Resources of Sindh in Liberation AGM

London- (PR) : World Sindhi Congress raised the appropriation of water from River Indus and plunder of natural resources of Sindh at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Liberation held in London on 24th July 2010. World Sindhi Congress was represented by Dr Haleem Bhatti, Suraiya Makhdoom, and Dr Rubina Greenwood.

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Depression

Vitamin B complex and magnesium are important factors for the treatment of depression. Patients with depression was low in folic acid and other vitamins causes’ depression. The optimum level of Vitamin B complex and Magnesium are the good treatment of depression. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 reactions in body and it’s shortage in body causes depression and diabetes and many other illnesses. Different seeds, nuts and vegetables are good source of magnesium.

Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert

By MARK MAZZETTI, JANE PERLEZ, ERIC SCHMITT and ANDREW W. LEHREN

Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.

The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders. …

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The human rights situation in Pakistan is getting worse

Baloch, Sindhi expatriates protest before UK PM’s residence

London, July 26 (ANI): Baloch and Sindhi expatriates living in London protested in front of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister on Sunday to seek international intervention in the killing of innocent people in Balochistan.

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Can India and Pakistan mend the rifts? Yes.

Can India and Pakistan mend the rifts? Yes. Here are a few good tips to make sure we get there

BY MANI SHANKAR AIYAR

Fifteen years ago, Jaswant Singh and I were invited to represent India in a Track-II attempt to delineate the logic of the Iran- Pakistan-India gas pipeline. Our principal Pakistani interlocutor was Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, fingered by Destiny to guide India-Pakistan relations into the second decade of the 21st century. And, boy, has he made a right royal mess of it!

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Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine

by John Reimann

It has been three years since Naomi Klein’s book, “The Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” was published. Since that time, capitalism’s economic crisis has metastasized, and part of Klein’s analysis has proven extremely useful in understanding much of the response of the capitalist politicians. Another part of her analysis has also been shown to be faulty (at best).

CIA’s mind control experiments

Klein opens her book by recounting a series of mind control experiments organized by the US ‘s CIA. The thesis of these experiments was that one could basically erase an individual’s personality, thereby leaving a blank slate upon which anything the experimenter wished could be written. Leaving aside the question of whether such psychologists and their handlers – the CIA – could be trusted to create a new human being from scratch, these inhuman experiments showed that far from creating a blank slate, what they created was an immensely scarred and hurting human being, one who could never fully recover from all the pain – physical and psychological – that they underwent.

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