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Graduate Seminar on Pakistan’s Water Challenges: Need for Integrated Water Resources Management held at USPCAS-W MUET

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.

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Destruction Of Indus Delta As A Result Of Dams On Rivers In Pakistan

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

To watch special report on environmental and human disaster of Indus Delta, please click here
https://saveindusriver.com/2018/09/19/destruction-of-indus-delta-as-a-result-of-dams-on-rivers-in-pakistan-a-video-report/

Indus River: Water Scarcity And The Conflict Between Sindh And Punjab

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.

Read more >> Water Politics
http://www.waterpolitics.com/2013/03/03/indus-river-water-scarcity-and-the-conflict-between-sindh-and-punjab/

The role of women in Sindhi society

Sorathh used to share the crown with Raai Ddiyaach in their monarchy, hence proving the gender equality”

Suhinni being married, dared to remain in relation with Mehaar, yet not killed for the sake of honour proven the freedom of expression.

“Maaruee even being kidnapped was not forcefully married hence discouraging the force marriages”

“Moomal being caught sleeping with soomal in diguise of Seetal Raai, was not killed. Hence denying the Karo kaari on behalf of doubts”

“Sasui wandered throughout Bhambhor to Pabb lonely yet not any male harassed her upto the borders of Sindh. Hence preserving the social rights”

  • This is the Culture of Sindh, taught by Latif.
    Writtedn by: Barkat Noonari and translated by Anaisha Ahmed

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The Sindhi language act

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
http://sindhlaws.gov.pk/setup/publications_SindhCode/PUB-15-000291.pdf

Via – Above information is adopted from Social media

A Case Against Kalabagh Dam: Aziz Narejo

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

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Sindh’s political temperature

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? …

Read more >> The News
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/315922-sindh-s-political-temperature

Anwar Maqsood’s offensive satire on Sindhis causes online outrage

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.” …

Read more >> The Express Tribune
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1693045/4-anwar-maqsoods-offensive-satire-sindhis-causes-online-outrage/

UN declaration of rights now available in Sindhi language

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.

Read more >> Daily Times
https://dailytimes.com.pk/204567/un-declaration-rights-now-available-sindhi-language/

Pakistan: Four booked on blasphemy charges in Jamshoro

Report by: Mohammad Hussain Khan, Dawn

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”.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1360603

Sindh not in India makes me sad: Lal Krishna Advani

L.K.Advani

BY PTI

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.

Readm More >> The Economics Times
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/sindh-not-in-india-makes-me-sad-lal-krishna-advani/articleshow/58106414.cms

Sindh should be Seceded out of Pakistan: says India’s BJP minister Subramanian Swamy

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.’

Sawamy

The minister further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be “seceded out of ” what’s left.

Sawamy on Balochistan

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.

Read more >> Daily Pakistan
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/world/separate-balochistan-from-pakistan-if-it-hangs-kulbhushan-jadhav-indian-minister/

Read more details in Sindhi daily Awaami Aawaaz
http://awamiawaz.com/124501/

Read more >> Indian Express
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/apr/10/pakistan-should-be-warned-of-consequences-of-executing-kulbhushan-jadhav-subramanian-swamy-1592130.html

Read more >> The Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/now-we-must-recognise-baluchistan-as-country-subramanian-swamy/articleshow/58123824.cms

More >> ZeeNews
http://zeenews.india.com/india/if-kulbhushan-jadhav-hanged-india-must-recognise-balochistan-an-independent-country-bjp-mp-subramanian-swamy-1995136.html

More >> BBC urdu
http://www.bbc.com/urdu/regional-39568941?ocid=socialflow_facebook

MQM chief Altaf Hussain repents mistake of his ancestors to migrate from India to Pakistan

Mr. Narendra Modi, please speak out for “Muhaajirs” (India’s refugees living in Karachi and other parts) in Pakistan: MQM chief to India’s PM

Courtesy: Youtube
Via: Above news and heading adopted from facebook news feed.

Read more >> ZeeNews
http://zeenews.india.com/india/mr-narendra-modi-pls-speak-out-for-muhajirs-in-pakistan-mqm-chief-to-indian-pm_1989219.html

Urdu-speaking to Muhajir politics

By Mazhar Abbas

Excerpt:

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

French team uncovers mysteries of Indus civilisation’s ‘industrial hub’

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.

Indus Script
Indus Script

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

Pakistan: Chinese firms to invest $35bn in 19 power projects

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

India raises Balochistan, Sindh at UNHRC

By Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London

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

Calls on the government of Pakistan to change its policies towards terrorist organizations

Brad ShermanCongressman 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 turns out to be second language of Pakistan

Sindhi 2Sindhi 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.

Pakistan’s regional languages face looming extinction

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/

International Conference on Moenjodaro and Indus Valley Civilisation’

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

INDUS SCRIPT FONT

indus-script-font
Photo credits: Shabir Kumbhar

The Indus signs have been under constant analysis and study. These have been subjected to various examinations where these were identified as primary and composite signs.

Asko Parpola has made a continuing contribution to research on the Indus writing system. He collected and critically edited the Indus signs as he attempted at structural analysis. His objectives were to find out the number of graphemes, and the word length. His search for primary signs and identifying composite signs resulted in preparation of the sign list of the Indus script, with principle graphic variants, each with one reference.

The Indus signs have been largely used as drawing images in computational analysis and studies. Present effort is to create the Indus signs in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) based font for installing in computers.

National fund for Mohenjodaro has developed this font for installing on computers and embedding on websites by researchers and users around the world. This font is developed by Mr. Shabir Kumbhar, engineering / embedded and mapping by Mr. Amar Fayaz Buriro with the consultation of Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari.

Indus Script font is available to be downloaded for further studies, computational exercises and statistical analysis, free of charge; the only encumbrance is that user acknowledge our website.

Read more >> Mohen Jo Daro Online
See more >> https://www.mohenjodaroonline.net/index.php/indus-script/corpus-by-asko-parpola

India ‘incomplete’ without Pakistan’s Sindh: BJP patriarch LK Advani

NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch LK Advani feels that India appears “incomplete” without Sindh in its territory.

The 89-year-old leader made the remarks at an event here today while lamenting that Karachi, the capital of the Pakistani province, where he was born in a Sindhi family was not a part of India anymore.

Read more >> THE ECONOMIC TIMES