In books I have travelled, not only to other world, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself. But I felt that I, too, existed much of the time in a different dimension from everyone else I knew. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. My real, true world. My perfect island. - ANNA QUINDLEN.
In the past I have been jack of all trades- Now my focus is on Indus Asia Online. My off time after my office/job/work is spent mostly with my family [wife & two children (son daughter). I am also a citizen journalist and affiliated with a Sindhi daily as a columnist. I believe in positive mental attitude and dedication. I am living in Canada and my destiny is hope. "
... and the Truth will set you free." - John 8:32
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations family in Pakistan has condemned the heinous lynching of a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan.
“We are especially saddened this happened in place of education done by young people who were his fellow students. The brutality of their actions are a discredit to the millions of students in Pakistan working for a better future in the principles of tolerance and social justice central to Pakistan’s constitution and the United Nations,” a statement issued here Saturday said.
“Our thoughts today remain with the student victims and their families. We urge the authorities to take firm action and bring the perpetuators to speedy justice. Pakistan has strong legal institutions and it is unacceptable for anyone to take the law into their own hands,” said Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan.
Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…”
Jalal has taught in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University and Columbia University, and is now working as Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. She also delivered the Lawrence Stones Lecture Series at Princeton University in 2011. These lectures gave shape to her book The Pity of Partition – an intellectual history of the life and works of Saadat Hassan Manto, who is also closely related to her.
The Sole Spokesman is the single most influential academic work on the dynamics of the Pakistan Movement and the role played by Muhammad Ali Jinnah in it. In a follow-up book, Self and Sovereignty, Jalal meticulously worked through colonial archives and multiple other sources to trace the origins and shaping of the Muslim community and its identity in British India.
Read more >> Herald
See more >> http://herald.dawn.com/news/1153717
Separate Balochistan from Pakistan if it hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav: Indian Minister
DELHI – “If Pakistan hangs (Kulbhushan) Jadhav, then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country,” said BJP minister Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, reacting to Pakistan’s announcement of the death sentence to RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav.
The minister asked the Indian government to ‘declare Balochistan as independent state.’
The minister further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be “seceded out of ” what’s left.
Swamy also urged the Balochis in Delhi to form a government in exile. “Ultimately Pakistan will end up in four pieces,” he said. Accusing Pakistan of being a ‘terror friendly state’ Swamy said New Delhi cannot deal with Islamabad in a civilised manner.
Germany announced a financial package of €109 million for Pakistan in order to develop economic ties between the two countries.
The Declaration of Intent, which was signed following a meeting between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Muller on Thursday, promises €109 million to Pakistan in the next two years.
“Muller proffered the prospect of new funding for bilateral technical and financial cooperation,” said an official handout issued by the German Embassy in Islamabad.“The bilateral economic cooperation could reach a significant level of up to €109 million for the two-year period of 2017-2018.”
Since the earliest years of the so-called global war on terrorism, Pakistan has played a double game. With one hand, it has taken some $33 billion from the United States in the name of partnering with it to fight Islamist militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Yet, with the other hand, it continued to kill Americans and their Afghan partners, as well as NATO and non-NATO allies in Afghanistan, through its varied proxies such as the Afghan Taliban, the Jalaluddin Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba and others. And increasingly, it seems likely that Pakistan colluded to protect Osama bin Laden—the very reason why the United States invaded Afghanistan in the first place. While Pakistan has tenaciously maintained the viability of these so-called Islamist militant assets, it has prosecuted a brutal campaign of violence and threats of violence against Pakistanis who are fighting for a saner Pakistan, one that it is at peace with itself and its neighbors.
We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties.
Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand.
We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls.
The British Parliament has declared that Gilgit-Baltistan, currently under Pakistan’s control, belongs to India. It condemned Pakistan’s move to declare it as its fifth province. The British Parliament also called the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as illegal.
Read more » India Today
See more >> http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/british-parliament-pakistan-gilgit-baltistan-india/1/912572.html
This documentary is produced by National Fund for Mohenjodaro, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities – Government of Sindh for awareness of Mohenjodaro development and history after first excavation by Sir John Hubert Marshall. There are rare video clips in this short documentary.
Those who settled in cities like Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur and developed in the last seven decades, but their mistake was their failure to mould themselves as Sindhis. Political and economic clash also widened their differences and the establishment used both Sindhi and Muhajir nationalists to delink them from national politics.
Muhajir’s DNA is simple. Ideologically they are Muslim Leaguers, politically, they are liberals as evident from their role in labour, student and political movements, and the name ‘Muhajir’ as identity as a reaction to the post-70s politics. Whether it was the right decision or not, the fact remains that the making of MQM has a lot to do with the politics of religious parties in Sindh during and post-Sindhi language bill, which later gave birth to Muhajir Qaumi Movement.
Read more >> The News
More >> https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/193860-Urdu-speaking-to-Muhajir-politics
The search for any indigenous Brahmi based scripts often starts & terminates at Hat-Wanaki. This despite that fact that Sindhu-Saraswati civilization of Sindh had the very nucleus of not only Indus valley civilization but of Vedic civilization as well. Arabic Writer Al- Burni in his writings on ancient Sindh did mentioned three scripts to be in vogue before the Arab invasion of Sindh viz. Malwari, Hinduvi & Ardhanagri. Yet confusion remains. One of the reasons of such confusion had been lack of historical evidences to counter verify the usage of Brahmi based scripts in Sindh. In 1958 a team led by researchers led by F A Khan did find some sort of evidences of the scripts used in ancient Sindh city of Bhanbhor which was approximately 40 Miles from the Sindh’s capital Karachi. Unfortunately the volume of such evidence is too little to construct the entire script as it existed in ancient Sindh. One of the main reasons needless to say had been the massive Arab Invasion of Sindh which swept all traces of Hindu culture. What Arabs destroyed never got rebuild.
In the context of Writing Systems in Sindh one can conveniently divide Sindh’s History in two parts. Viz. One before the Arab invasion and the other that followed after the massive upheaval that changed Sindh in all possible manner – culturally, socially and politically. Needless to say while almost all the North and west Indian Scripts could easily be traced to its brahmi , Sindhi never been that much fortunate. A close analysis revels more than once reason for loss of Historical loss of archeological evidence viz.
A) Post Arab Invasion there was an virtual slaughter of Sindhi Hindu Sadhus- the custodian of Learning in ancient India – Such void had a disastrous effect on Sindh which never could be reversed.
B) Post Arab invention every attempt was made to wipe out Hindu civilization & Culture including language from Sindh
C) In Kashmir & Punjab where even Hindus regained power from Muslims, the contemporary rulers reintroduced Brahmi based scripts but in Sindh Post Dahir Hindus never to could settle themselves and even those who did settle themselves after accepting Islam never bothered to reintroduce Sindhi Language in Sindh leave apart the Brahmni scripts
D) Ever since the massive Arab invasion Hindus were in a bitter struggle of existence. A struggle that continues even today in post-partition Sindh
Translated from Sindhi by Mohammed Hanif and Gobind Menghwar.
You do not have the time To feel with your own hands The sharp edge of history’s sword
You curse love itself,
You mock it
You do not even know
The love they give you
You don’t know the assassins’ intent
You haven’t met their new generations
Their daggers’ thirst
I swear by the martyrs of Makli
Time is the lost ring of an unknown soldier
That can fit around the finger of any thief
Now you are walking into the circus with them!
Our rope is broken midway
We have fallen into the open jaws of crocodiles.
While we lie here buried deep in our defeat
You are in the midst of their victory feast!
I wish you’d remember your land
I wish you’d remember your country
KARACHI: Head of a French archaeologists’ team Dr Aurore Didier has said they have successfully completed the fresh season of excavation at Chanhon jo Daro in Benazirabad district and found it to be a busy industrial centre of the Indus Valley civilisation.
This was the second round of excavation of the ancient site since 2015 by the French mission that had begun work on it along with students of different universities in January and completed it on March 5.
Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1319466/french-team-uncovers-mysteries-of-indus-civilisations-industrial-hub
ISLAMABAD: Chinese companies will be investing $35 billion in 19 power projects which will generate 12,134 MW of electricity under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said Secretary Water and Power, Mohammad Younis Dagha on Thursday.
Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1319576/chinese-firms-to-invest-35bn-in-19-power-projects
This restaurant in Multan is providing Robotic Waiter service to its customers
A pizza place in Multan, Pizza.com, is all set to provide robotic waiter service to its customers. The amazing thing is that this robot in question and all of its underlying technology is completely made from the ground up in Pakistan.
The face behind this technology
The main force behind this whole operation is Syed Usama Aziz, an electrical engineering graduate from NUST. He is the son of restaurant’s owner and has a keen interest in the field of Robotics.
Source of motivation
Usama enrolled in Electrical Engineering department of NUST in 2011 and graduated in 2015. He wanted to study further and explore the field of Robotics by going abroad. His father, the owner of Pizza.com, encouraged him to stay in Pakistan and prove his mettle here.
Upon failing to convince his parents on going abroad for further studies, he decided to follow his passion right here in Pakistan. In order to improve his fathers’ hotel, he struck the notion that whole serving process should be automated to increase efficiency by many folds.
But when he realized that the cost of importing an automatic serving machine from other countries would set him back millions of rupees, he decided to develop one in Pakistan from scratch.
Meet the first Robotic Waiter of Pakistan
After 8 months of hard work, and investment of around 0.4 million Pakistani Rupees (4 lakh Rupees/ around 4 thousand dollars), Pakistan’s first robotic waiter is finally ready to be put to work. Usama is currently beta testing the robot in Multan branch of Pizza.com.
Read more » Tech Juice
See more >> https://www.techjuice.pk/this-restaurant-in-multan-is-providing-robotic-waiter-service-to-its-customers/
India has responded to Pakistan’s allegations of rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by highlighting alleged atrocities in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The two countries clashed at the UNHRC session on Wednesday evening, with India’s permanent representative, Ajit Kumar, saying the “monster” of terrorist groups created by Pakistan is now “devouring its own creator”.
Under India’s “right to reply” after a statement by Pakistan law minister Zahid Hamid, Alok Jha, counsellor in the Indian mission, said Islamabad’s “trust in the methods of terror” was so deep it did not hesitate from using it against its own people.
Read more > Hindus Times
See more >> http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/india-raises-balochistan-sindh-at-unhrc/story-UenNnhZf7dQcUOtzIF0IrL.html
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan army on Friday targeted militant hideouts across the Afghan border, killing several militants including a top commander of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, an offshoot of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Read more >> The News
See more >> https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/186995-Pak-army-destroys-militant-hideouts-near-Pak-Afghan-border
Congressman Sherman Responds to Terrorist Attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh Province
Press Release (Feb 17, 2017): “My sympathies are with the peaceful Sufi worshipers and the people of Sindh, who were attacked at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan on Thursday. The shrine, dedicated to the Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, is an important site for the Sufi faith and attracts many thousands of pilgrims each year.
“Including today’s attack, over a hundred innocent Pakistanis were killed in multiple attacks around the country this week.
“As the Chairman of the Sindh Caucus and Ranking Member of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am well aware of the proliferation of terrorist organizations within Pakistan, and the need for more concerted efforts to combat terrorism in South Asia.
Read more » Congressman Sherman
See more >> http://sherman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-sherman-responds-to-terrorist-attack-on-the-lal-shahbaz
Sindhi remains the second-most widely spoken language in Pakistan, according to MoveHub, a website for people looking to move abroad.
To facilitate people thinking of moving abroad, the website has come up with a map of the world where the names of countries are replaced with their ‘second languages’. While in most cases this shows the effects of colonialism and cultural imperialism, in the case of Pakistan, it reflects post-independence policymaking.
Sindhi is a regional language spoken which is not widely spoken outside of Sindh province, somewhat similar to Punjabi – the first language – which is mostly used in Punjab province.
Incidentally, Pakistan is one of the few countries where the official language is not the first or even the second language. The official language is Urdu.
An Indo-Aryan language, Sindhi is spoken in both India and Pakistan, with some 75 million native speakers around the world. It is the official language of Sindh province of Pakistan and is recognised by India as one of its scheduled languages.
Read more » The Express Tribune
See more >> https://tribune.com.pk/story/1324502/sindhi-turns-second-language-pakistan/
LARKANO: Archaeologists from the Unites States, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Japan and Italy attending the three-day ‘International Conference on Moenjodaro and Indus Valley Civilisation’ at the ancient site read out their research papers on the second day on Friday.
The papers focused on technical aspects dealing with the discoveries made and research carried out hitherto, measures undertaken so far to protect and preserve the site for posterity, mid-term plans for the site’s preservation, promotion of tourism, the Indus script discovered so far, seals’ carving techniques etc.
Dr Ayumu Konasukawa, an archaeologist from Japan, presented his paper on ‘Chronological change and continuity of seal carving techniques from the early Harappan to the Harappan periods in the Ghaggar basin’. According to his research, the data for analyses comprises fired steatite seals discovered at Kunal, Banawali and Farmana. Through scanning electron microscope and 3D analysis, it has become evident that the seals found in the basin during the said periods are characterised in various carving techniques. Although the seals have a lot of difference in terms of manufacturing technique and design, such as the motif of the surface, they also have commonality as regards a part of carving techniques.
Read more » DAWN
See more >> http://www.dawn.com/news/1314054
If 2008 was the year of the financial crash, 2016 was the year of the political crash. In that year we witnessed the collapse of the last of the four major economic-political ideologies that dominated the 20th century: nationalism; Keynesian Pragmatism; socialism; and neoliberalism. In the 1970s and 80s the centre right in many countries abandoned Keynesianism and adopted neoliberalism. In the 1980s and 90s the centre left followed, largely abandoning democratic socialism and adopting a softer version of neoliberalism.
Haji Suleiman is a resident of Bbani, Kachh, India. He writes Sindhi poetry, much of which is unpublished. He is sad about the fact that Sindhi language is no longer taught in the schools in Bbani (ٻني), India.