A documentary on water problems of Sindh Kohistan

Sindh Kohistan region is a mostly hilly and partly plain area in the south west of Sindh province. It is consisting on Kirthar mountain, which is hilly strip at the western border of Sindh and Baluchistan, stretching from Karachi in south to District Dadu in the North.

Water is a rare commodity here. People use to fetch water either from dug wells or rainwater collection ponds. The water in dug wells is usually brackish that is why people use to prefer water in rainy ponds, which could be highly contaminated. Water borne diseases are very common here. As most parts of Pakistan women bear the burden of fetching water from dug wells, ponds and hand pumps. One can witness the poor, feeble and malnourished women waiting for hour for their turn to fetch water and carry it on their heads and walking for miles in the scorching sun. Situation worsens during summer and drought seasons, when water dries up in the village ponds, springs and wells. People are forced to drink very dirty water which is beyond ones imagination. Livestock and other animals also shares the same water from stagnant rainwater ponds. Drinking water from the pond and open dug wells causes water born diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, , typhoid, cholera, malaria and gastro-enteritis particularly among young children. Child mortality is serious issues in this area, especially during the drought season.

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Democratic Political Forces Retreat in Pakistan

by K. Ashraf

It is not the question that general Kiyani is a capable army chief or not. It is also not the question whether the situation on the ground in Pakistan calls for extending general ’s term of employment up to three more years.

The question is whether democratic forces have taken this decision with free will or under internal and external duress.

Extension in general Kiyani’s employment has proved that democratic forces have accepted their inability to prevail in decision making process in Pakistan . It is definitely a decision made by the army high command and delivered by the political forces.

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On Venezuela

The Labour Movement and Socialist Struggle in Venezuela Today – An Interview with Pedro Eusse

by Susan Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber

In mid-June, 2010, we met with Pedro Eusse, National Secretary of the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and part of the provisional executive committee of the labour confederation, Unión Nacional de Trabajadores (National Union of Workers, UNT). Revolutionary figures from times past stared down at us from the paintings hung on the walls in the office of the PCV in central Caracas. Refusing to be interrupted by the constantly ringing phone, Pedro spoke passionately for two hours about the centrality of organized workers in the revolutionary struggle and the need to unite the labour movement. He expressed his hopes for rebuilding the UNT at its third Congress planned for fall 2010.

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Balochs March On Towards Freedom

Tyranny is tyranny…


The assassination of Senator Habib Jalib Baloch has not only shaken Balochistan but a wave of grief and anger has gripped entire Sindh. The conscientious people everywhere are condemning this act of atrocity. We are all of the view that certain elements within the Pakistani state itself are gnawing at its vitals from inside in an attempt to make Aborigines out of whole populations of Sindh and Balochistan. They are organised, armed and well-supported within the country’s establishment and have the potential to undertake massacre and mass murder at a very large scale without any qualms or fears of retribution. They can splatter whole cities in blood in the blink of an eye. The murder of Habib Jalib Baloch is a continuity of the murderous spree that has been going on for years in Sindh.

Sindh and Balochistan, though, are very fertile in the intellect and valour that stands up to such a tyranny, sheds his/her life but leaves a legacy of courage for the offspring of his/her nation. The vicious cycle of cruelty and intimidation is not stopping but neither are our sacrifices because we understand they are a necessity of the historical process through which nations free the lands occupied by usurpers. The murderers never learn from history to ever stop murdering, nor do the fighters ever stop sacrificing their lives. Sindh and Balochistan have kept their originality and separate identity intact …

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