Press Release – JAMSHORO, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018: Dr. Hassan Abbas, a renowned hydrologist and water expert of Pakistan said that a mega vision and strong will were needed to tackle the water challenges of Pakistan. While speaking in the graduate seminar on Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management, held at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro on Friday organized by the Center in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC), he said that one of the biggest challenges the country was facing is water pollution instead of water scarcity. He said that water resources were not diminished as perceived by all and sundry but the natural abundance water resources were being diverted which ultimately affect the lower riparian region. Talking about the Indus Delta, he said that the balance between the sea and the delta was only possible with the natural flow of water. He said that 24 acres of land in delta were being affected and 8 acres were completely inundated due to sea intrusion on a daily basis.
ذرا اس تباہی کو بھی دیکھ لیں
Sea incursion and intrusion has inundated & destroyed large areas of land in coastal areas of Thatho and Badin districts of Sindh. Historically prosperous indigenous people have become the poorest. They have lost their source of livelihood & many have been forced to leave their abode.
Indus Deltta jee tabaahi pahinjay akhhyun saan ddiso
انڊس ڊيلٽا جي تباهي پنهنجي اکين سان ڏسو
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The basic source of irrigation for Pakistan agriculture is the Indus River. Water resources are becoming shorter due to the irregular flow of water in the Indus River. To overcome the problem of water shortage and to meet the water demands of rising populations, the Punjab and the federal governments are in favor of constructing more dams in order to store the water which is being wasted otherwise. On the contrary, the Sindh holds the point that the construction of dams such as KBD and Bhasha dam would deprived them of their due shares from IBIS. There has been a distrust regarding water sharing between the two provinces.
The conflict between the two provinces exists since pre-partition and the issue is still a bone of contention between the two provinces as Sindh have reservations regarding the construction of KBD and other dams i.e. they see the building of KBD as a cause of desertification and water scarcity, however Punjab feels it necessary to construct more dams in order to save our coming generations from severe water scarcity.
The Sindhi language act was passed on this day on 17 July 1972, 46 years ago. After a passage of about half a century its yet to be implemented in its true letter and spirit. This reminds us to continue our struggle for the right full status of our language.
Read more >> The Sindhi language act
Via – Above information is adopted from Social media
Filling in the Dots: Why PILDAT is Reviving Kalabagh Debate: Introductory Note by Kamran Shafi
Kalabagh Dam is a very bad idea indeed. If ONLY for the reason that 3 out of 4 federating units of this blessed country have rejected it.
I am familiar enough with the Mardan-Nowshera-Charsadda area well enough to know that when without this monstrosity there is water standing along the roads just three feet below the level of the road there has to be a big problem of water-logging already.
I can only hope that sense prevails and that our already frayed federation is not damaged further.
We also must ask the question WHY an organisation whose goal is “to strengthen and sustain democracy and democratic institutions” in this poor country should re-raise a hugely contentious issue like the Kalabagh Dam? Which has been DEMOCRATICALLY rejected by three-fourths of the country.
This is not the first time that PILDAT has done this kind of thing – recall the “report” on the riches of our parliamentarians that PILDAT published just at the time when there were rumours afloat that the Establishment was about to move against the elected governments some months ago. Far more than that, there was no analysis – just a re-printing of the Election Commission’s data. In many cases the information was dated too, and had very little relevance to the present parliament.
Indeed if PILDAT was doing such a public service, why did it not publish the riches of our Air Marshals and Admirals and Generals and bureaucrats in comparison? (Kamran Shafi’s note courtesy criticalppp.com)
A case Against Kalabagh Dam – by Aziz Narejo
By: Mushtaq Rajpar
Excerpt: it is the MQM’s own politics and the use of other non-political means to maintain its hegemony on the city that have caused the party’s decline. An open political competition without an environment of fear – the fear of being kidnapped and killed – will definitely produce different results. If this had not been the case, why were violent means used against opponents? …
China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, broke into the Pakistani market on Tuesday by fully acquiring the Daraz Group.
“With the acquisition, Daraz will be able to leverage Alibaba’s leadership and experience in technology, online commerce, mobile payment and logistics to drive further growth in the five South Asian markets that have a combined population of over 460 million, 60% of which are under the age of 35,” said a press release issued by Daraz.
Founded in Pakistan in 2012, Daraz has since expanded in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It will continue to operate under the same brand, said the press release.
Hailing the move, Daraz Co-CEOs Bjarke Mikkelsen and Jonathan Doerr said that there is still a long way to go on the e-commerce journey. “We have still only scratched the surface of the potential,” they said.
By Rahul Aijaz
Excerpt: …. TV personality and politician Mahtab Akbar Rashdi criticised the timing of the video’s release. “Maqsood is an intellectual satirist and has a way of looking at things. But now at this juncture we are getting sensitive about so many things, about culture, language, etc and we are intolerant about so many things, and taking everything personally. In this scenario, releasing this video shows insensitivity,” she said. “People are taking it seriously and Maqsood should know that people are sensitive about certain things regarding the land of Sindh. It’s not intolerance but because of love for their land. Sindhis can’t compromise about anyone talking about Sindh. When it comes to their culture, land and water, there is no compromise.” …
A Pakistani student at Cornell University has translated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Sindhi language. The full text and audio versions of the Sindhi translation is now available on the United Nations website.
When the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s 10-year project #Standup4humanrights was initiated in December 2017, Sindhi language was not included in the list of languages in which the declaration was to be promoted across the globe, primarily because there was no proper translation of the Universal Declaration in Sindhi Language.
Four people, including two women, were booked on blasphemy charges in Jamshoro on Thursday for solemnising a marriage under what is known as “Shariat-i-Latifi” (the Code of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai) police told Dawn.
Khanot police lodged first information report (FIR) No. 22/17 under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) after a video clip surfaced showing a woman solemnising the marriage of a man and a woman under “Shariat-i-Latifi”.
“I have bond and love with people of my land (Sindh) who will reclaim me one day. Bharat’s leaders also reclaim their Liaqat who has sent me in exile. Leaders exported from Bharat are telling me this land doesn’t belong to me. It is now Pakistan.”
~ Hashoo Kewal Ramanni
Note: Above quote of Hashoo Kewal Ramanni is adopted from Social meida (Facebook).
The discussion of the talk show is in Hindi/Urdu language. Program host: Dr. Buland Iqbal and guest: Zeeshaan.
Courtesy: Rawal Tv >> Password, ep 113
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – More than half of the languages spoken by India’s 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50 years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation’s endangered tribal communities.
The People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PSLI) raised the alarm during the launch of the latest 11 volumes in its planned 50 volume survey of the country’s languages. India’s people speak as many as 780 different languages, the PSLI said.
“At least 400 Indian languages are at the risk of dying in coming 50 years,” G.N. Devy, the chairman of PSLI, said.
Each time a language is lost, the corresponding culture is killed, Devy said, adding that India had already lost 250 languages in last five decades.
The group of scholars and teachers at PSLI documents Indian regional languages in order to conserve cultural heritage and diversity.
Most at risk are marginal tribal communities whose children receive no education or, if they do go to school, are taught in one of India’s 22 officially recognized languages.
“Maithili, which is spoken in the eastern state of Bihar, is at least 1,000 years old. Similarly there are several old languages which are surviving somehow in India, but we are hardly passing them on,” said political psychologist Ashis Nandy.
Devy said the PSLI will start work on a project to document about 6,000 living languages spoken around the world. The report is scheduled to come out by 2025.
Reporting by Mohi Narayan; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Christian Schmollinger
Read more >> Reuters
See more >> http://in.reuters.com/article/us-india-languages-idINKBN1AJ1CA
MOVE OVER, DUBAI. Some day soon, cruise ships will disgorge frolicking pensioners not by the palm-fringed Persian Gulf but on the balmy Pakistan Riviera. From the muddy delta of the Indus to the barren Baloch coast, a twinkling constellation of attractions is set to rise: luxury hotels, water parks, golf courses, health spas, yacht harbours, night clubs, the works. To top it all, this “vacation product” will be developed in such a way that “Islamic culture, historical culture, folk culture and marine culture shall all be integrated.”
Read more >> The Economist
See more >> https://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21725101-leg-up-all-weather-friend-china-makes-pakistan-offer-it-cannot-refuse
Japan is known for manufacturing and selling millions of vehicles across the globe yet it has expressed strong interest in three-wheeler rickshaws from Pakistan. Exports of the rickshaws from Pakistan have risen over the past months. The Japanese market has been importing 4-stroke CNG auto rickshaws from Pakistan. These rickshaws are manufactured by Sazgar Engineering which is based in Pakistan.
Read more >> Tech Juice
See more >> https://www.techjuice.pk/japan-now-importing-three-wheeler-rickshaws-from-pakistan/
Daughter of the murdered ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Bakhtawar bhutto Zardari, has tweeted on tuesday against the Ehtaram-e-Ramazan bill which was approved by the Senate Standing Committee for Religious Affairs.
In her tweet she claimed that not every one was fit enough to fast. Those who cant might die of dehydration or heat stroke. Hence, she claimed that it is a “ridiculous law”.
Read more >> Pakistan Today
See more >> https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/05/12/ehtaram-e-ramadam-bill-is-a-ridiculous-law-bakhtawar-bhutto/
The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.
Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.
The border area has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.
“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1331829
By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI: Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui has called on India to join its One-Belt-One-Road project and assured New Delhi that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not impinge on anyone’s sovereign rights.
The Chinese embassy on Monday released the text of Mr Luo’s remarks made to an Indian think-tank on Friday.
“Some people in the West misread China and tend to think that the ‘Dragon’ and the ‘Elephant’ are inevitable rivals, and that China would not like to see India developing. This conception is wrong. We hope to see India develop well and we are more than happy to help India develop to achieve common development,” he said in an address at the United Services Institute.
Despite recent tensions between the two countries, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have opportunities to meet each other on the sidelines of summits to be held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, G20 and BRICS.
The perception that China was partial to Pakistan over others was erroneous. “Some Indian media say that China always puts Pakistan first when handling its relations with South Asia countries. I want to tell you this is not true. Simply put, we always put China first and we deal with problems based on their own merits. Take Kashmir issue for example, we supported the relevant UN resolutions before 1990s. Then we supported a settlement through bilateral negotiation in line with the Simla Agreement. This is an example of China taking care of India’s concern.”
Read more >> DAWN
See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1331943/china-invites-india-to-join-one-belt-one-road-project
(Pakistan) – No evidence to suggest Mashal Khan committed blasphemy: K-P IG
via – Siasat.pk and Facebook
By Lal Khan
The gruesome murder of Mashal Khan is yet another incident that illustrates that ours is a diseased society with elements of pre-medieval barbarism looming more viciously. There is no proof whatsoever of Mashal Khan’s blasphemous remarks on social media or elsewhere.
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.
The US State Department on Wednesday updated its travel advisory for Pakistan and advised US nationals against all non-essential travel to the country.
“Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks.,” said the state department advisory.
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
NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch L K Advani today rued that the Pakistani province of Sindh, where he was born, is not a part of independent India.
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.”