Sindh government to ‘gift’ 9000 acres of land to Pakistan Army

Sindh govt allots 9,000 acres of land for families of slain army men

By IMTIAZ ALI

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Friday decided to allot 9,000 acres of forest land to Pakistan Army for onward distribution among the heirs of slain and war-wounded military personnel.

He took this decision while presiding over a meeting here at the Chief Minister House.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Forest Gianchand Israni, Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Almuddin Bullo, Senior Member Board of Revenue Shoaib Siddiqui, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Forest Sajaad Abbasi and other concerned officers.

The chief minister said that an application of Pakistan Army was received by the Sindh government for allotment of 35,521 acres forest land in Garhi Yasin, District Shikarpur in 2001. The file had been moving from one office to another, he said.

“Since the request has been made for the rehabilitation of the slain army personnel’s families and war-wounded military personnel, therefore this request must be honoured. Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had personally asked for the allotment of the land,” he said.

The Minister for Forest Gianchand Israni told the chief minister that the land in question was located in the area of Golo Daro of Garhi Yasin. “Its 5,000 acres were under illegal occupation of some influential people which was cleared by the Rangers recently,” he said.

The minister further said out of 25,000 acres forest land, 5,000 acres belonged to private owners.

Presently, 9,000 acres of land was available, said Israni, adding that his department had no objection allotting it to slain military men’s families.

Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon said the army’s request for land is for families of 500 army personnel, of which 200 belong to Sindh.

“Since the request is genuine, therefore it should be entertained,” Memon said.

Senior member Board of Revenue Shoaib Siddiqui said under the policy, forest land can be allotted only for agricultural purposes. The Pakistan Army has already made a request to use it for agriculture purposes, therefore government was authorised to allot the land, he said.

Secretary Forest Sajjad Abbasi said lease holders of forest lands were bound to cultivate forests on 20 per cent of total holdings and use 80pc for agriculture purposes.

The chief minister, in principle, approved the allotment of the land to Pakistan Army and directed the chief secretary to move a summary for the purpose.

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Sindh Govt to allocat 9000 acre forest land to Pakistan army

Charleston shooting: Black and Muslim killers are ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs’. Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?

BY ANTHEA BUTLER

This is not an act of just ‘one hateful person.’ It is a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continues to pervade our society

Police are investigating the shooting of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as a hate crime committed by a white man. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique event in American history. Black churches have long been a target of white supremacists who burned and bombed them in an effort to terrorise the black communities that those churches anchored. One of the most egregious terrorist acts in US history was committed against a black church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Four girls were killed when members of the KKK bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church, a tragedy that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

But listen to major media outlets and you won’t hear the word “terrorism” used in coverage of this latest shooting. You won’t hear the white male shooter, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, described as “a possible terrorist.” And if coverage of recent shootings by white suspects is any indication, he never will be. Instead, the go-to explanation for his actions will be mental illness. He will be humanized and called sick, a victim of mistreatment or inadequate mental health resources. Activist Deray McKesson noted this morning that, while discussing Roof’s motivations, an MSNBC anchor said “we don’t know his mental condition.” That is the power of whiteness in America.

US media practice a different policy when covering crimes involving African Americans and Muslims. As suspects, they are quickly characterized as terrorists and thugs, motivated by evil intent instead of external injustices. While white suspects are lone wolfs — Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston already emphasized this shooting was an act of just “one hateful person” — violence by black and Muslim people is systemic, demanding response and action from all who share their race or religion. Even black victims are vilified. Their lives are combed for any infraction or hint of justification for the murders or attacks that befall them: Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie. Michael Brown stole cigars. Eric Garner sold loosie cigarettes. When a black teenager who committed no crime was tackled and held down by a police officer at a pool party in McKinney, Texas, Fox News host Megyn Kelly described her as “No saint either.”

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