Nawaz Sharif, a visionary statesman? Has he grown up!

– According to reports, speaking the other day at a SAFMA function, in Lahore, Mian Nawaz Sharif made an important speech. Basically, he said three things, not exactly in these words but to this effect:

1. The Two-Nation theory is irrelevant now. It was needed as a tool to create a separate country, Pakistan, but we don’t need to perpetuate it to remain in a state of war.

2. We need to be friends with India, live as good neighbors, increase mutual trade, give up the arms race while trying to solve our mutual problems peacefully.

3. Culturally, Pakistan has more in common with India and than with any other country, including the use of the word Rab, the Lord.

4. Our Rab (Lord) is Rabbul Alameen (the Lord of the world), not Rabbul Muslimeen (the Lord of Muslims alone).

5. He also added, in a lighter vein, that he never ate “siree-paaye” as is commonly attributed to him. His favorite dish, he said, was “Aloo-gosht”.

All in all, it was a good speech, and Mawaz Sharif sounded more like a statesman and a visionary than a reactionary or a closet-mullah he is generally painted as.

Courtesy: → Internet + Pakistani e-lists/ e-groups, August 17, 2011.

Flooding makes 60,000 homeless in Sindh

SINDH – KARACHI: Devastating rains have triggered floods in southern Pakistan, affecting at least 700,000 people and forcing 60,000 from their homes, officials said Wednesday.

Villages have been flooded and crops destroyed in Pakistan’s Sindh province, one of the worst-hit areas in the unprecedented floods of 2010 that affected 21 million people and caused losses of $10 billion.

“At least 700,000 people have been affected by the floods caused by the recent rains in the six districts of Sindh province,” Sajjad Haider Shah, an official in the provincial disaster management authority, told AFP. …

Read more → DAWN.COM

SAVE SINDH RALLY IN LONDON BY BALOCH BROTHERS

London: Join In the Rally to Tell on 21 August 2011, around 1-4 pm at Opposite 10 Downing Street and tell the anti-Sindh forces that; · Sindh is a historical motherland of people of Sindh for last thousands of years· We reject any administrative or political or geographical division of Sindh.  We reject the anti-Sindh system imposed by military dictator Musharaf· We want the pre-Musharaf historical status of Hyderabad and Karachi to be restored. We want the unjust, undemocratic, anti-Sindh hegemony of city terorist established by general Musharaf over Sindhi people to end. We want permanent peace to be established in Sindh, all illegal weapons to be confiscated and terrorist killings to be stopped· We want the political, historical, educational, lingual, cultural and human rights of people of Sindh to be respected· We want a peaceful, just and proportionate conflict resolution to represent all permanent residents of Sindh.

Courtesy: → Baloch Human Rights Council

Sindh – Ex-MP and PPP’s senior leader Waja Karim Dad Baloch shot dead in Karachi

– PPP member Waja Karim Dad killed in Karachi

KARACHI: Ex-MNA and Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) senior leader Waja Karim Dad was shot dead in the Kharadar area in Karachi on Wednesday by unknown men, DawnNews reported. Waja was at a restaurant along with friends for Iftar, when unknown gunmen opened fire on him. He sustained critical injuries and breathed his last at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), said police.

Courtesy: → DAWN.COM

Quotes from the Quaid – How frustrated will you feel reading the following?

Quaid said: “Those days have gone when the country was ruled by the bureaucracy. It is people’s Government, responsible to the people more or less on democratic lines and parliamentary practice…Make the people feel that you are their servants and friends, maintain the highest standard of honor, integrity, justice and fair play.” ….

Read more: → Book Review: Quotes from the Quaid 

Is Democracy as We Know It on Its Way Out?

By Frank Viviano

A decade ago, only paranoid alarmists would have posed that question.

 Today, it may be an expression of cold, brutal realism.

Is Western democracy coming apart at the seams? A decade ago, only paranoid alarmists would have posed that question.

 Today, it may be an expression of cold, brutal realism.

On both sides of the Atlantic — from the fires that raged in large stretches of London, to the political chicanery that brought the U.S. economy to its knees in early August — the institutional framework that came to define modern democracy in the 19th century is in deep trouble.

The principal organs of financial oversight and management are in tatters. Ferociously xenophobic political movements, an entire constellation of Tea Parties, now play important roles in nearly every European nation, as well as the United States.

Faith in elected leaders and legislatures, the central and defining institutions of democracy, has never been lower.

According to the Pew Research Center, the proportion of the U.S. public expressing trust in the federal government has fallen from just under 80 per cent in the late 1960s to barely 20 per cent today. 

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Read more → AlterNet