Highlighting action against Lashker-e-Toiba and detained Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Maulana Masood Azhar as evidence of Pakistan’s commitment in fighting teror, president Asif Ali Zardari maintained that Mumbai attacks were targeted at his government and blamed non-state actors for the security situation within Pakistan. Portraying Pakistan as a victim of terror, Zardari in an Op-ed piece in The New York Times puts the blame on non state actors for targetig the peace process between India and Pakistan. “The Mubai attacks were directed not only at India but also at Pakistan’s new democratic government and the peace process with India that we have initiated. Supporters of authoritarianism in Pakistan and non-state actors with a vested interest in perpetuating conflict do not want change in Pakistan to take root, said Mr. Zardari…
Are educated Sindhi pragmatists or simply influenced by wishful thinking? Can Zardari prove to be the savior of Sindh?
by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
The following positive developments have occurred so far that are beneficial for Sindh and Sindhis:
Announcement that Kala-Bagh dam is shelved permanently, Securing of $ 26 million technical assistance from World Bank to kick-start development of Thar Coal project, Establish of Rs. 1 billion for Sindh heritage, Brought some justice & fairness in hiring in Sindh and appointment few Sindhis at the federal level.
The article about dilemma of the Sindhi educated class poses some interesting questions. Is the support shown by Sindhi educated class for Zardari’s presidency misplaced or do they genuinely feel that a Sindhi President is better than other candidates who want to assume this powerful role? The author without any justification says that PPP does not appear to be eager to come to Sindh’s rescue. In my view, so far PPP has acted fairly to all provinces and put an stop to the step-motherly treatment that Sindhis had been suffering in the last several years since the last PPP government. I suspect that author’s motivation for writing this article is to instigate an internal quarrel among educated Sindhis on the issue of supporting or opposing PPP and/or Zardari.
By Farhan Soomro
.. 1. Will he stop the genocide of Balochs and bring the security forces back to barracks? 2. Will he give right to self determination to the federating units and nations which is inherited right of every nation as said by the Canadian court? 3. Will he give fare share in water to Sindh? 4. Will he give fare share to Sindh and Baloch in NFC award? 5. Will he give justice to Dr. Safdar Sarki who is being tortured for more than 20 months?
Unfortunately, some Sindhi intellectuals and writers are too much obsessed with PPP government and judiciary reinstatement. I am not for independent judiciary but I am for non-partisan judiciary.
There are more critical issues we need to worry about. Like Dr.King said and president hopeful Obama repeated on campaign trail here “fierce urgency of now”. We all need to keep out “eyes on the prize” and struggle for the rights of common people.
Sep 07, 2008
Dear Fellow Citizen,
This is an auspicious occasion for me to be standing here and address you as the President of Pakistan. With deepest humility and sense of gratitude I accept this responsibility that is bestowed upon me. This is truly an honor for me which I could not have imagined. Twenty years have passed since the Peoples Party was in power with the first term ofBenazir Bhutto. Much has changed since. I was thirty three years old man then. I have been to jail and I have been accused of many things. While I will not hesitate to admit my shortcomings in the past but I must say many of the charges were politically motivated as you all well know.
By Javed Qazi, Karachi, Sindh
And finally the Bhuttos have entered in the most powerful office of the country, through a democratic process, after a marathon struggle, asylum and assassinations. They had been to this places three times before and every time they were rolled off from here un-ceremonially. They had met the cost this time too but well before getting in here when MBB was assassinated right at the very epicenter of establishment, the town where their grandfather was sent to gallows in a pitch dark night. It was Bakhtawar standing at the right of President Asif Ali Zardari (just short of formally to be the president of Pakistan as he has yet to take oath) and to his left was standing Asifa, when he was addressing the gathering in PM house today to say thanks to those who have voted him.
Zardari & Nawaz: Younger ‘brother’ dupes elder. What next?
By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had realized the need to bury the hostility and bitterness of 1990s between the PPP and the PML-N and had made serious efforts to build working relationship between the two major Pakistani political parties to strengthen democracy in the country, defeat undemocratic forces and bring in a positive change for the people. She had traveled to Jeddah to hold talks with Mian Nawaz Sharif. The two had later continued their deliberations and finally signed a document “Charter of Democracy” (CoD) in London in 2006.
By Wajid Shamsul Hasan, London
Please note: The Writer is Pakistan High Commissioner to UK.
Skies had fallen on me when Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was assassinated. It seemed end of the world. Not that part of my body had died with her. There was much more than that. It was manifested in the abysmal pain that got hold of me—my soul, my heart and my mind. It was something more horrendous—my profound apprehensions regarding the future of Pakistan —predestined to be a failing or a failed state– long before her cold-bloodied murder.