About the US soldier going postal in afghanistan…
By Omar Ali
I wrote this comment on the SWJ site and I just thought it would be interesting to see what people here think of the American “strategy” (or lack of one) in Afghanistan.
The killings today, while tragic and awful, are themselves indicative of nothing new beyond one soldier going nuts…could and does happen in most wars and more likely when a war has stretched on for a while and more likely with soldier and locals being different people (not necessarily different nationalities..pakistani soldiers in Bangladesh or even some Indian soldiers in Kashmir could feel equally surrounded by aliens). It will have a huge propaganda effect though. Anyway, my comment is more about the US strategy: what is it? what should it be? What would it be if you were president?
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SINDH – Karachi: Sindh’s Minister for Finance, Murad Ali Shah, informed the Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Monday that the federal government was tending to unilaterally reduce Sindh’s share in the Gas Development Surcharge (GDS) and had fixed a formula for GDS distribution without consulting the province.
“The Chief Minister of Sindh and the finance department have written, cumulatively, around 20-25 letters to the federal government asking for transparency in the GDS matter,” he said, and added that in the year 2008-09, the federal government had reduced Sindh’s share in the GDS to Rs11, 328 million. “The federal government has not consulted the Sindh government while finalizing estimates for the GDS,” said the finance minister. He observed that Sindh had only started getting GDS since 1991. …
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By Dilip Tekchandani, India
Please write a post card to the Prime Minister of India to demand for the DD SINDHI channel, the text for the letter is given below;
Dr. Man Mohan Singh,
Honorable Prime Minister of India
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, 11 00 01
Dear Sir, I am a SINDHI speaking Citizen of India. We sacrificed our motherland SINDH for the Independence of India.
Help us to preserve our Language, Culture & Identity through TV. Give us 24 Hours DD SINDHI channel to preserve our Identity.
Sindhi Citizens of India
World Sindhi Institute organizes SINDH DELEGATION to attend Alternative World Water Forum in Marseille France
Two of Sindh’s premier Water Experts on Rivers and Dams and renowned scholar activists Mr Naseer Memon and Mr Abrar Kazi to attend and speak at Forum Alternatif Mondiale de l’Eau “FAME” taking place in Marseille France on 16th March 2012
They will present the Case of Sindh and how the mega dams of Mangla, Tarbela and as well other structures on the Indus have devastated lowest riparian Sindh’s economy; In spite of this new dams are still being planned without Sindh’s permission.
By Jahanzaib Haque
….. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) must issue a list of the blocked websites with explanations for who blocked the site and for what reason, under which law, along with the length of the ban. No ban should be put in place without court approval and due discourse with independent entities set up to safeguard the rights of the citizens. Any ban on a site should be preceded by a prior warning sent to the webmaster, possibly including a two/three strike system. A notice of an implemented ban should be sent to the site owners and announced publicly and there should be a clearly established system for challenging the ban.
As yet, the PTA and the government have made no overtures to suggest they want to be held accountable or want to develop a system after consultation with the citizens they serve. Till they do, the ongoing and upcoming censorship of the internet in Pakistan must be fought tooth and nail.
Read more: The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2012.
By Joseph Guyler Delva
PORT-AU-PRINCE – (Reuters) – Two U.N. peacekeepers from Pakistan have been sentenced to a year in prison for raping a 14-year-old Haitian boy after being convicted in a Pakistani military trial in Haiti, authorities said on Monday. ….
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By Munawar Laghari, SAPAC
Please join me and Sufi Secular Sindhis in appreciating Honorable Congressman Brad Sherman who sent a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari about Rinkel’s issue and issues facing Hindu community in Pakistan.
Read more » Congressman Brad Sherman Letter to President » http://lockerz.com/s/192156333
Missing persons: Petition filed for placement of Pasha’s name on ECL
By Azam Khan
ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday asking that the name of outgoing Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) chief, Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The petition was filed by Advocate Tariq Assad, counsel for the relatives of missing persons.
In the petition, Assad argues that the missing persons case is still pending before the court, while Pasha is due to retire on March 18 and there are chances that he might leave the country.
He states that around 3,000 people were still in ISI custody centres set up on the orders of Pasha and it would be better if he is bound by the court to stay in Pakistan till the case is resolved. “He may be of great assistance in resolving all the cases of missing persons too.”
The petition states that eleven missing persons had been “abducted on May 29, 2010 by the DG ISI (as evident from DSR of Special Police annexed with the main petition) after their release orders passed by the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench.”
It says that later Pasha in a statement before the court on December 9, 2010 and June 1, 2011 had said that they had arrested the men and they would be tried under Army Act 1952, and hence they were not in illegal conferment. “But they were never tried under the Army Act and four of them died in the custody of ISI,” states the petition.
Courtesy: The Express Tribune