“Violent religious extremism is threat to security and stability of South Asia,” – World Sindhi Congress

WSC 25th International Conference Concluded

London, UK: Violent religious extremism patronized by Pakistan is threat to South Asia and the world. Sindhi nation because of its deep secular roots and strategic location can play a decisive role in the region to avert the threat. This was the consensus at the 25th International Conference on Sindh, organized by the World Sindhi Congress (WSC), held in London on 9th November 2013.

Several distinguished scholars and activists from Sindh, USA, EU, Canada and UK gathered to present papers and speeches on the theme of ‘REGIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA: ROLE OF SINDHI NATION.’

Dr. Hidayat Bhutto, the conference chair, opened the conference and said “the conference provide us an opportunity of a discourse on a plethora of inter-related issues such as violent religious extremism, dominance of military establishment in Pakistan, nuclear threat, human rights violations against Sindhi and Baloch people and finally last but not the least what role Sindhi nation can play to avert the threats to regional and global peace and security.’

Dr. Rubina Greenwood, Secretary General WSC, presented the report of activities for the year 2012-2013. She detailed the activities that WSC have carried out to plead the case of Sindhi nation on the international platform of UN, US Congress and European Union. She also delineated the cooperation between WSC and other Sindh and Baloch organisation.

I in 5 Americans suffer from mental illness

Some Alarming Facts About Mental Illness In America

By Pamela Engel

Mental illness is a increasingly widespread in the U.S., affecting around one in five American adults every year, according to survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Of the 45.6 million adults who had diagnosable mental illness in 2011, 11.5 million had serious mental illness. Other surveys put those numbers even higher.

Pakistan – Is the mullah-military nexus crumbling?

By Mubashir Zaidi

The latest statement from the military blasting chief of the Jamaat-i-Islami Munawar Hasan for undermining the sacrifices made by the soldiers fighting terrorists has shocked many in the capital. The JI traditionally, has been the mouthpiece for the military during the 1980s Afghan jihad and fighting in Kashmir. It’s also established that the army had used the Jamaat’s street power to put democratic governments under pressure through controlled or sometimes out of control protests. It is also believed that there is a huge following of JI in the armed forces. Even the arrests of Al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, from the residences of JI activists has not affected the military-JI relations in the past.

So, is it a signalling of sorts that the military is trying to portray itself as a national army now as compared to its earlier image of an ideological force whose notion of jihad is similar to Jamaat-i-Islami?

But what prompted this strong reaction by the military needs to be examined. Even pragmatic military rulers like Pervez Musharraf had to seek help from the JI to prolong his tenure. Then why is it that the Jamaat and the military are finding themselves at the crossroads today?

The issue of missing persons that began in 2006 started the rift between the traditional partners when JI followers that included lawyers approached the courts for the release of what they claimed were innocent civilians who were arrested by military intelligence agencies on the allegations of supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The courts took up the cases and started questioning the role of the military behind these forced disappearances. JI-backed lawyers were pressurised by the military to drop these cases and to stop pursuing the matter. But the cases continued, despite the fact that they did not reach their logical conclusions.

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