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When Fatima held everyone’s gaze

– Khushwant Singh,

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

“I have been to dozens of book launches, but I have yet to see one on as grand a scale as this one,” said my daughter Mala Dayal as she came home from the launch of Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword (Penguin Viking). She continued “There must have been nearly 1,000 guests; it was a packed house. On the stage sat William Dalrymple in white kurta-pyjama and the Bhutto girl. She is a stunner. She was very craftily dressed to please her Indian audience and also maintain her Pakistani identity. She was draped in a sari instead of salwar-kameez and wore a red bindi on her forehead. That warmed the hearts of her Indian audience. Her sari was green — the colour of Pakistan. She spoke in flawless English about her country.”

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The Road to Hell

by: Ayaz Amir

Courtesy: Khaleej Times, 1 January 2010

[Excerpt] …The temple of democracy is a cohesive whole. There is no such thing as smashing one pillar and hoping the rest of the structure will survive. It won’t. And when the slabs come crashing down, we will be the losers while those who have always operated in the shadows will have the last laugh. So Happy New Year. Our curse is to live forever in interesting times. May the New Year be a bit less exciting than the one which has just gone by.

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Power struggle threatens Pakistan’s leader

Zardari attempting to fend off maneuvers by military, intelligence

[(Extract from the article)…The prospect of a military takeover — long an option in Pakistan — is overblown, say officials in both the government and the military. Kayani is indeed ambitious but he understands the consequences of a military takeover, particularly with regard to continued U.S. military aid, said one official…On the other side, Pakistani officials say Zardari understands the very real and dire consequences of firing Kayani]

By Robert Windrem, Senior investigative producer

Courtesy: NBC News, Mon., Nov . 16, 2009

Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders are tangling in a series of political confrontations that could lead to a constitutional crisis or worse after the New Year, officials in both Islamabad and Washington tell NBC News.

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Opinion : Power slipping away from Zardari’s hands

by: Tausif Kamal

It seems that the GHQ and the right wing fundamental lobby in Pakistan are rattled by the pro- civilian, pro-democracy policy towards Pakistan of President Obama and this US Administration as indicated by the provisions of the Kerry Lugar Bill…The GHQ and its fundo lobby I think senses the power slipping away from their hands and hence they would do anything to weaken the democratic govt. and to overthrow President Zardari, for instance by playing the ‘national security’ card…Towards this end they would use the media and their reactionary columnists, editors, reporters and TV hosts to plant stories and write against Zardari for starters…They think once Zardari is gone, PPP will split and the elected govt will become impotent or it will be toppled and replaced by right wingers and fundoos (PML N, JI etc)….

Courtesy: – CRDP, Nov 10, 2009

AN OPEN LETTER TO All POLITICAL PARTIES OF SINDH

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

MQM is a party which raised from the status of an ethentic group to a political force in our Sindh particularly in Karachi, Sindh, where majority of population belongs to migrants from India and comprise of a middle class. Sindh not only ruled by MQM, chief Altaf Hussain and establishment but it has also controlled and ruled by the land lords, jagirdars, fuedal class of tribes and creeds. If they become the part of the govt. then they try to grab all resources and fill their bellies with luxuries and therefore do not care for the fates of poor people of Sindh who gave them their valuable votes. That is why at present, the ministers and even President belonging to Sindh are very careless to offer their sympathies and respect to the poor people of Sindh. Therefore, I want to suggest Asif Ali Zardari, Qaim Ali Shah, Altaf Bhai, Rasool Bux Palijo and other stake holders of Sindh (a)offer sympathies to whole Sindh for solving problems (b)call people of Sindh who have remained victims in different fields (c)direct all Ministers and MPAs and MNAs to meet the people of Sindh (d)mix with the people of Sindh by organising their offices and units in whole sindh (e)organise conferenes in Sindh and announce sympathies with the people of Sindh. In this way, you all political parties will get sure success in Sindh and by serving the poor people of Sindh, you all can be effective force in Sindh.

Pakistan conflict map

A map produced by the BBC suggests only 38% of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and surrounding areas is under full government control.

The map, compiled by the BBC’s Urdu language service, was based on local research and correspondent reports as well as conversations with officials. It shows the Taleban strengthening their hold across the north-west.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari rejected the findings, telling the BBC it was an “incorrect survey”.

He was speaking after talks in London with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who pledged £12m ($18m) in humanitarian aid for north-west Pakistan.

Mr Zardari said the two countries were united in fighting the threat to their countries’ democratic way of life, and also repeated assurances that his country’s arsenal was in safe hands.

There was an international outcry recently when the militants moved into Buner district, just 100km (67 miles) from Islamabad.

Pakistan has continued its military offensive to regain control of the region, and has reported the deaths of 11 militants in the Swat valley in the past 24 hours.

Residents trapped in Mingora, the main town in Swat, told AFP news agency by telephone that militants had planted mines and were digging trenches.

“People are becoming mentally ill, our senses have shut down, children and woman are crying, please tell the government to pull us out of here,” said one shopkeeper, who did not want to give his name.

“Forget the lack of electricity and other problems, the Taleban are everywhere and heavy exchanges of fire are routine at night.”

Mapping lawlessness

The report the BBC map was based on covered the 24 districts of NWFP and the seven tribal agencies and six frontier regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

nts over the past 18 months, backed up by conversations with local officials, police officers and journalists.

They concluded that in 24% of the region, the civilian government no longer had authority and Taleban commanders had taken over administrative controls.

Either the Taleban were in complete control or the military were engaged in operations to flush them out.

Another 38% of the region was deemed to have a permanent Taleban presence, meaning militants had established rural bases which were restricting local government activities and seriously compromising local administration.

In those areas – three districts in FATA and 11 in NWFP – the Taleban had repeatedly shown their capability to strike at will, says the report.

Militants had made their presence felt by carrying out periodic attacks on girls’ schools, music shops, police stations and government buildings.

The map gives a snapshot of the current situation. However continuing fighting between Pakistani troops and the Taleban means the situation on the ground could change in the future.

The Pakistani army’s spokesman, Gen Athar Abbas, rejected the BBC map as “grossly exaggerated”.

“The ground situation doesn’t give any indicator of such influence or control of Taleban in this area,” he told the BBC in Rawalpindi.

Thousands flee

The region is notorious for its lack of law and order, so the researchers applied a series of rules to differentiate Taleban activity from general lawlessness.

The incidents had to be of a recurring nature, there had to be an official recognition of Taleban presence, Taleban militants must have appointed local “commanders” and religious schools sympathetic to the militants must be operating in the area.

Pakistan has been stepping up its campaign against the Taleban in the north-west.

Tens of thousands of people have fled from the region to escape the fighting.

The research also indicates areas to which researchers believe Taleban-style militancy may further spread inside Pakistan.

The report found that, based on current perceptions of religiously motivated violence, there were strong indications that in 47% of Punjab Province there was a high likelihood of an increase in Taleban militancy in the near future.

The BBC’s Barbara Plett in Islamabad says that while the research indicates the strength of the Taleban in the region, the various factions and groups are only loosely co-ordinated.

Observers have warned against overstating the existence of one unified insurgency against the state, says our correspondent.

Are you living in an area that is not entirely controlled by the government? How does the Taleban affect your daily life? Send us your comments and stories using the form below.

Courtesy: BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8047504.stm

America’s Two weeks notice to Paksitan

manzoorejzWASHINGTON DIARY: Two weeks notice

by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

The writer can be reached at manzurejaz@yahoo.com

Courtesy- Wichaar.com, May 5th, 2009

The US is clear on the point that the Pakistan Army, and not the civilian government, is the one to decide about the war against the Taliban. If the army can manifest its sincerity, the US will support Pakistan’s security, integrity and viability as a country.

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Columnist’s opinion

By Selig S. Harrison
Courtesy: USATODAY
Unless the Obama administration can get Pakistan’s army to stop supporting the Taliban with weapons and logistical support, the insurgency will continue to threaten the U.S.-supported Kabul government – no matter how many more troops the U.S. sends to Afghanistan.

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PM Gilani breaks tradition

by Manzoor Chandio, catalyst2pk@yahoo.com
Blog: http://manzoorchandio.blogspot.com/
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday broke the tradition of speaking national language during official ceremonies and made his speech in Seraiki at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Multan Airport’s upgradation.
PM Gilani even doesn’t shy speaking Seraiki in the PM house with all delegations from south Punjab. PM Gilani and President Zardari also communicate in Seraiki which is mother tongue of both of them.
This assertiveness on the part of the head of state and the head of government should be a lesson for all Sindhi ministers who have inferiority complex of speaking

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The state has given up

Courtesy: Daily Times Editorial
April 6th, 2009
President Asif Ali Zardari has “ordered an inquiry” into the public flogging of a 17-year-old girl in Swat, and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken his famous suo moto notice by asking the IGP NWFP to produce the girl in court. But we all know nothing can be done against the Taliban who did the evil deed, and that the girl will not come to the court unless the Taliban allow it. More likely, she may be killed instead of being allowed to attend the CJ’s court. As for the ANP government, it had better look after Peshawar because it is once again under siege from the Khyber warlord.

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President Zardari refused to sign Swat deal with Taliban

Asif Zardari

by Gul Agha, USA, gul.agha@gmail.com
President Zardari has refused to sign the Swat deal with the Taliban. However, for some reason, he is delaying sending the .. Army to Swat to Swat the Taliban and liberate its people ;-).  I think he is waiting for the Americans to help...

Already, President Zardari declared peace in Balochistan and apologized. Condemned terrorism in Kashmir. Ordered his ISI chief to go to India and answer all questions about the Mumbai attack. Declared Pakistan will not be the first to use nukes. And put Pakistan in support of peace and an economic union with India. What else do you want him to do? It is hard for him to do anything else. His agenda is in full swing (well, in some Dreamland). After all, he won the election

The struggle for the restoration of judiciary is not a Punjab struggle or Punjab cause; it is a struggle of a vast majority, including Sindhis

judges The following is an excellent example of a good Sindhi debate on the restoration of judiciary that really enriches the mind. It shows the finer differences between various point of views in an intelligent way with excellent articulation.

-Suraya Makhdoom, U.K,   smakhdoom3@yahoo.co.uk

Sindhis shouldn’t feel depressed, sad and defeated by the restoration of pre Nov 2007 Judiciary, including the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohd Choudhry. The said judiciary was illegally and highhandedly removed by the dictator General Musharraf and the struggle, which included long marches, had started from that very day. Hence initially, it was a struggle against Musharraf and his dictatorial policies. Almost all the opposition political forces, including PPP, supported that struggle at that time. Would you deny that late Shaheed Benazir marched up to Justice Choudhry’s dwellings and declared him as the Chief Justice of Pakistan? Restoration of judiciary was an election manifesto of many parties, including PML-N and PPP, who also entered into an alliance to that effect.
But after the 2008 election, PPP backed off its promise and delayed the issued under legal and constitutional wrangling. Zardari, thus, took upon himself to fight the battle of a dictator, which made the struggle look like directed against him.
The struggle for the restoration of judiciary is not a Punjab struggle or Punjab cause; it is a struggle of a vast majority, if not all the people, including Sindhis, who supported this cause from day 1. As a nation and as apeople, Sindhis have proud traditions to support the cause of justice and the oppressed. We should be proud of our principled stance. Many Sindhi people and parties/organisations are a part of that struggle and have given their lives for it. Hence the restoration of Justice Iftikhar is a triumph for Sindhis as well.

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Is Sanam Bhutto living under financially difficult situation? Is this true?

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
I strongly doubt that the subject story, which is widely reported in Pakistani media is true.
A report in Khaleej Times in yesterday’s edition says that the story is
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile= data/international/2009/March/international_ March1588. xml&section=international&col=
a fabrication. According to the newspaper, Ms Sanam Bhutto talked to the media in London at the Pakistan High Commission, and said the report is a ” vicious attack on ‘me, my family and the memory of Benzir Bhutto Shaheed’.
I doubt that Bhutto family would need charity from any one. I would think, there are millions of poor Sindhis in rural Sindh who need our urgent help more than the affluent Bhutto family.
Now a days, the conspiracies are bountiful in Pakistan. The objective of many of these conspiracies appear to see the destruction of PPP which is the only platform that support of overwhelming majority of Sindhis. Let us not fall victim to these conspiracies unwittingly.

Opinion: Why don’t we support the great struggle of lawyers?

by: Sabir Hussain

Today most of “intellectuals”, “columnist” “professors”, “and all who have love & sympathy for Sindh & Sindhi nation, demanding from those who struggled for independence of judiciary, to raise issues of Sindh before Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhery in order to prove their struggle justified, but none of them have dare to raise voice on crucial issues of Sindh (like issue of water, NFC, resource, Jobs, Education, peace & justice in every subject, karo kari & wadera shahi, problems of jobs & admission for sindhies in colleges & universities of Karachi, and many more) in front of elected “SINDHI PRESIDENT” whose party is elected by votes of Sindhi people & whom for Sindh & sindhi people have given sacrifices in every age…

These leaders of Sindh who always got power because of the votes & sacrifices of Sindhi people have made life miserable of Sindh, peoples of Sindh are forced to sell their beloved child because there is no water even for KAFN DAFN, number of Sindhi women killed in the name of KARO KARI, there are no roads, no shelter, no food, no jobs for sindhi people, few agents & mafia is destroying education of Sindh since last 30 years in the Universities of Sindh, day by day sindhi people have been murdered socially, politically, economically but these MNAs, MPA, WADERAS and President have never wanted to arrest those people, the heart of Sindh Karachi is no go area for Sindhi people, there is no jobs and admission for Sindhi students in Karachi but these sold agents parliamentarian have done nothing against this illegal & horrors acts.

And even these columnists, journalists, have never even

written on these issues, they have not protest against these issues in front of the government of PPP.

In above said status Quo if Chief Justice wants to build independent judiciary  to provide justice & peace to the people of Sindh & Pakistan than what is wrong with it? If he refused to follow illegal actions & orders of a Dictator than what sin has he committed? And when he has taken sueo moto actions against following criminal acts than what illegal & unethical act has Choudhery done?

Remember that:

1)He took against action Federal Minister of PPP Hazar Khan Bijarani as he had done illegal act of SANG CHATTI and sold five younger innocent girls of a poor people.

2)He took actions against the administration of a hospital when a poor non Muslim farmer women dead on the road during her pregnancy because the administration of Hospital refused to admit her.

3)He took action against Qasimabad police as they arrested two younger innocent children.

4)He took action against illegal & unconstitutional sell of Steel Mill, as it was national assets of Sindh,

5)He took action against missing persons,

6)He took action against a police officer on murdered of poor labourer Rasool Bux Birohi

7)He took against Zamindar Abdul Rehman Mari as he murdered the whole family of a farmer Mano Bheel.

These and other positive and legal actions taken by CJ

Iftikhar, without any greedness, he did not differentiate that he is sindhi so he should not provide justice, or any other thing.

I think there is game played by the agencies to keep away

Sindhi people from great struggle of Judiciary, this struggled was done by every Pakistani without any fear & force only to see law & order in the country, every one wants independent judiciary and independent courts in Pakistan.

Now as for as issues of Sindh & Sindhi people concerned

so we don’t forget that every sindhi must play their role and ask elected MNAs, MPA and president to do justice with Sindhi on every issue, we should demand from this PPP Govt to make clear, legal & fair policies on main issues of Sindh, I am regret to say that still PPP Govt has not any clear policy against issues like Education, Water, NFC, Kala Bagh Dam, natural resource, if they have than

must announce to whole Sindhi nation that how they are going to resolve these burning issue.

In last I will say that please don’t misguide whole nation, and don’t irritate them by telling kiddy stories. Focus on struggle to resolve crucial and burning issues of Sindh and demand from your elected members & Govt to be fair with Sindh and do justice with sindhi nation & prove yourself as real son of great soil.

21 March, 2009

Pakistan’s Zardari Isolated and under Pressure

Courtesy and Thanks: The Irish Times, March 20, 2009
Many within the ruling party fear the president will leave the country politically adrift after the recent crisis, writes PAMELA CONSTABLEin Islamabad
PAKISTAN’S RULING party, which narrowly survived a meltdown this week in the face of massive street demonstrations, is working to regroup and regain credibility despite the weakened position of its top leader, President Asif Ali Zardari. Many Pakistanis hope Zardari, who was forced to capitulate to a coalition of opponents on Monday and reinstate a group of deposed senior judges, will rise above his personal defeat and reach out to forge a permanent reconciliation, especially with his arch-rival, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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Reinstatement of Judges- vigilance is required

by Saifullah Shaikh, saifoojee@yahoo.co.uk
This is really good analysis,and overall I agree(at personal level),and in my opinion there is no need for celebrations which is premature act—Time will tell us and indicate more about this so-called independent judicial system(INCLUDING RECENT EVENT of restoration of Judges).Yes,this is true that Right Wing parties (WHO ARE PRODUCTS OF MARTIAL LAW OF ZIA REGIME)who have damaged Democracy always—are now celebrating their first success and have proved once again supremacy/upper hand of Punjab dominance in Pakistan? particularly after assassination of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto!.Considering all factors/players involved in Pakistan politics(domestic and internationally) in my best judgment this so called victory of lawyers movement will be short-lived and same politicians particularly from Punjab will create a huge resistance against struggle of provincial autonomy and other national Rights of small provinces.Also we will closely watch the role of present/future Supreme courts(including their composition) in Pakistan and their likely decisions in regard to Rights of small provinces. Again, in my opinion it is still too early to celebrate for Sindhis because sooner or later we may come across another wave of political turmoil/turbulence in the country with involvement of new faces of JI, TI and other products of Martial law like Shareef brothers and so called Sindhi nationalist elements inside Sindh- –therefore extreme vigilance is required here as PAST indicates only disasters in Pakistan politics and who controlled that Past?? Without any doubt,same elements as mentioned above.

Pakistan is undergoing very interesting times

pak_usby Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
The writer can be reached at khashmani@hotmail.com
Those of you who live within the commuting distance of Washington DC are urged to attend an important discussion on Federalism and Democracy in Pakistan on Friday, March 20 at 12 PM at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Pakistan is undergoing very interesting times with developments that are both encouraging and alarming at the same time. The good news is that the present Government listened to the overdue demand of people to restore justices that were illegally fired by General Musharraf. The bad news is that some are declaring PPP and President Asif Zardari as villains and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N as heroes in the crisis that just ended. The fact is that PPP and President Zardari did display admirable flexibility by announcing restoration of justices. As more and more news of what happened in the last few days trickles, it appears that PML-N had chosen the part of confrontation and wanted to instigate inter-provincial fighting in order to put pressure on the Pakistan military to over-throw the present government.
This seminar is an opportunity to probe into questions such as what motivated Punjab and federal security forces to refuse maintain the writ of duly elected federal government in Punjab, where as the security forces become ruthless in other provinces? Were any anti-Sindh slogans raised during the long march demonstrations? Why are anti-Sindhi slogans raised in at least some of the gatherings organized by PML-N, Jamait-i-Islami and Tahrik-e-Insaf. These are important questions, particularly for the people of small provinces of Pakistan.
I have also noticed that some Pakistani academician and Think-tank people continue to feed wrong information to the US policy advisors. I am also alarmed that in the last couple of Washington DC seminars, the same people are proposing creation of 16 provinces/divisions .
It is imperative that overseas Sindhis should show renewed energy and participate vigorously in advocacy activities to ensure that the same forces who ensured that the writ of elected government is ignored in Punjab do not succeed in securing US support for the proposal to create 16 provinces in Pakistan.

Benazir Bhutto was, in the eyes of many, that is why she was killed

bbBenazir Bhutto was, in the eyes of many, the last national figure capable of doing this. Perhaps that is why she was killed.
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Courtesy: The Guardian, Tuesday 17 March 2009
Back from the brink
The latest nail-biting crisis in Pakistan ended yesterday with jubilant scenes on the streets of Islamabad and sighs of relief in Washington and London. Just as protesters were about to descend on the capital in their thousands, President Asif Zardari backed down by agreeing to reinstate the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. And Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition, called off a sit-in outside parliament which would have ended in the overthrow of the government.

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We lost moral ground!

by Haider Bhurgri, Islamabad
.. It is a war fought on pragmatic para meters not on our ethnic emotions. It would have been a good decision had it been taken timely (soon as the PPP govt was installed), but it was held back to brew creating enemies among the friends (like Aitzaz Ahsan, Rashid Razvi etc are friends of Sindhis). I saw some of the friends expressed paranoid that Aitzaz is hatching a conspiracy against Sindhis, though he was not there.
And now what is good about decision of reinstatement of CJ! It is not taken on principle, it has been forced by Army, America and mob. We lost moral grounds, allowed Nawaz Sharif Saheb who became hero at our cost…

Chief Justice reinstated

iftakharPakistan said to give in to protesters’ demands
by Laura King,
Courtesy and Thanks: LA Times
March 15th, 2009
– Wichaar.com

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan – Wild rejoicing erupted in the Pakistani capital early Monday amid news reports that the government would capitulate to protesters’ demands to reinstate the popular chief justice fired by former President Pervez Musharraf. Word of the reversal by the government of President Asif Ali Zardari came as a huge caravan led by opposition leader Nawaz Sharif bore down on the capital in defiance of a government ban. Police resistance had melted away hours earlier as the convoy left Lahore, a center of Sharif’s power, with the crowd that accompanied him dismantling barricades along the 200-mile stretch of road to the capital. As the night wore on, thousands of followers flocked to the slow-moving convoy’s route, throwing rose petals and dancing by the roadside.

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Is A Military Coup In the Wings?

Pakistan: Is A Coup In The Wings?
by Farhan Bokhari
– Wichaar.com
March 15th, 2009
(CBS) Pakistan’s growing political turmoil risks drawing in the military into a political role, and endangers U.S. interests in the war on terror across the Pak-Afghan region, two western ambassadors in Islamabad warned Sunday night, in separate interviews with CBS News. These warnings came after a day of mayhem in Lahore, the country’s second-largest city and its political nerve center, where supporters of opposition leader Nawaz Sharif clashed with police and security services.

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Opinion- Sharif Conspiracies!

gulaghaby Prof. Gul Agha, Illinois, USA
No one said anything about Zardari, but I have no reason to think that he is not a friend of Sindh. And, yes, we know the title “President” is a mirage — as Zardari has found out when he tried to fight the Taliban, influence Balochistan policy and promote peace and trade with India (he can’t even order his Intelligence chief to meet Indians! or keep his security advisor from being fired for acknowledging what the whole world already knew).
But with the current regime has come a Sindh Assembly and Govt. that is much better than before. The stronger Saaiin Zardari feels, the more room to maneuver Sindh PPP will have. Until they decide to remove him.. then they will go after all these Sindhi folks too. History repeats itself, first as tragedy than as a farce.
I do think the majority of this Sindh Assembly is a friend of Sindh. Reading the papers has been a breath of fresh air. I have been impressed by their honesty about the situation and the nature of the problems as well as their demands

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No where in history judiciary has been independent in the absence of democracy

protest2by Abdul Latif Khuhro, latifk@hotmail.com
No where in history judiciary has been independent in the absence of democracy. Normally, parliament is the forum where political battles are fought. That is the democratic norm to which the PML-N continues to be publicly committed. However, Nawaz Sharif’ pronouncement indicates that the PML-N has jettisoned the parliamentary route and opted for flexing its muscles on the streets…

Opinion

Govt. on suicide mission; Raza Rabbani, others must speak up, join long march
by Aziz Narejo, Huston, TX, USA
The writer can be reached at anarejo@yahoo.com
The situation is as bad as it gets. Political forces in the country have finally collided with each other against the wishes of the people who wanted them to bury the hatchet, work together, strengthen democracy, eradicate corruption, terrorism and poverty, provide education and health to citizens, solve other serious issues facing the country, end inequalities and discrimination and build a system based on justice and fairness.
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Zardari Follows Musharraf? Nawaz Sharif says

nzPakistan Muslim Leage- Nawaz (PML- N) chief Nawaz Sharif had said that people are not willing to accept the judges appointment by former president Pervez Musharraf. Addressing a public rally in Norwal on Monday, he said that massive public turn out was prelude to change. “Zardari has embraced Musharraf- appointment judges,” he said, adding that change was indispensable. Addressing to general public meeting, he said President Zardari offered him to compromise with the PCO judges but he refused to do so and sacrificed the CM-ship and government of Punjab. He appealed to the people to participate in the long march for the supremacy of the constitution and for the restoration of the judiciary.

Opinion- Chaos and Collapse

by Mumtaz Ali Bhutto
Mind boggling bungling, among other more heinous faults, has come to be the identifying characteristic of the Zardari government. From the inept way administrative matters are handled to the fact that Zardari can not open his mouth without something startling pouring out of it, one gets an overwhelming sense of incompetence all around.

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