London – The World Sindhi Congress AGM and International Conference “SINDH & SINDHIS – CRISIS THE ISLAMIC WORLD” was held in Sindh House & Conway Hall, London, on 18th – 19th June 2011. The conference was held in the background of increasing conflict, violence, bloodshed and unnecessary loss of innocent lives. The world is going through a historic change, and there is an unprecedented ‘Crisis in the Islamic World’ partly because of the misunderstanding and religious & cultural difference and partly because of the slowness in adapting the change and progression. As a result we are witnessing war in Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Yemen and not to mention Bahrain, Indonesia, Philipines, Nigeria, Sudan, India, Afghanistan & Pakistan.

The delegates discussed the ongoing issue of ‘Kala Bagh Dam’ resulting from the intransigence and arrogance of Punjab, violating all the treaties and accords, along with other important issues of economic collapse, unemployment, settlement of illegal immigrants, military colonisation and victimisation of Sindhis by the security forces.


Superficially Inside Pakistan’s ISI

By: Khalid Hashmani

A panel discussion on the topic of “Inside Pakistan’s ISI” was jointly organized by the Middle East Institute (MEI) (headed by The Middle East Institute is headed by former US Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlain) and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The seminar was held in Washington D.C. on June 13, 2011. The discussion was moderated by Walter Andersen (Director, South Asia Studies Program at SAIS) and panelists included Karen DeYoung (National Security Correspondent, Washington Post), Aturo Munoz (Senior Political Scientist at Rand Corporation), and Shuja Nawaz (Director of the South Asia Center at Atlantic Council). The attendance at the discussion was overwhelming with many standing at the back of the large SAIS’s Kenny Auditorium. Although audience appeared to be facilitated by some of the information presented by the panelists, many of the details were not new. Shuja Nawaz warned that the information being presented at the seminar should be taken with a grain of salt as none of the panelists have really have much inside track on what goes inside the ISI. Karen DeYoung qualified her presentation by saying that she is no expert on ISI as her interaction with ISI has been mainly “transactional” in nature.

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Flashpoint women rites

by Waseem Altaf

An educated, healthy and mature lady is required to have a mehram even if he is frail, uneducated, maybe mentally retarded as there should be somebody to guard her as she is highly susceptible to molestation. And if not, she also has the potential to seduce other males, especially during Hajj. Even if she is 80 years of age, she is highly vulnerable to molestation and seduction. So every woman who exits her house should have a male accompanying her …

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‘Stable Afghanistan not worth abandoning strategic interests’

By Shahbaz Rana


…. The German cabinet member appeared reluctant to commit to additional assistance for security. “We know that for our work we need a secure environment but we cannot make payments as much as you require,” he said. …

…. The German minister urged Pakistan to implement tax reforms. “For us as donors, a strong, big and proud country must do more than have revenues from only 1.5 million people out of a 180 million population as it is important for us to explain our taxpayers,” he added.

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