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Arshad Sharif discusses issues highlighted by the Corps Commanders

As Pakistan’s military commanders speak out about revisiting Pakistan-US relations, the internal and external factors are rapidly threatening the very fabric of the state. In this episode of Reporter, Arshad Sharif discusses with the panelists issues highlighted by the Corps Commanders and the steps being taken by the government to address national security issues.

Courtesy: DAWN News (Program Reporter with Arshad Sharif – Dangers Facing Pakistan – Ep 195 – Part 4), YouTube

Conference on Partition – Past and Present

Conference on Partition – Past and Present, on Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sub topics: 1947 Indian Subcontinent Partition, past and present; Partitions of Bengal; Partitions of Punjab, Kashmir and Assam; Partition studies in the Indian Subcontinent; Effects of partition on Assam, Tripura and Sindh; Bangladesh War of Independence; Reconciliation and forgiveness; Unity; Identity; History; Divided peoples of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Former Soviet Union; Narratives of refugees, survivors and protectors; Division’s long-term effect; Effects of displaced peoples on host population; Minority issues in divided lands; Indigenous peoples, their language, culture and religion; Longing for home. Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011, Time: 8:30 AM, Place: Politics, Economics & Law Department, State University of New York, Old Westbury, Long Island, New York 11568.

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New Developments in Bibi Assassination case : ex-director general of ISI faces interrogation

Benazir case: ex-director general of ISI faces interrogation

By Azaz Syed

Excerpt:

…. In the latest challan submitted to an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, paragraph 42 relates to the subject. “In this press conference the then DG, NCMC, not only announced the cause of death of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but also declared that the terrorists belonged to Baitullah Mehsud, chief commander of TTP. The credibility of investigation of this case was affected by the premature press conference.”

… Interior ministry sources said they believed that Brig (retd) Cheema had acted only on the instructions of his immediate boss Kamal Shah who accompanied him at the ISI headquarters. They said the decision to address the press conference had been taken at a meeting held the same morning at the Rawalpindi camp office with the then president and the chief of army staff Gen Pervez Musharraf in the chair. Brig (retd) Ejaz Shah, the former chief of Intelligence Bureau and a trusted aide to Gen (retd) Musharraf, confirmed in his statement, a copy of which is also available with DawnNews, that the meeting had been held. “The intercepted CD and medical report was provided by the ISI. The briefing was given by DG-C to the participants.”

According to sources, the JIT has not yet interrogated Maj-Gen Naeem who is living in Rawalpindi and reportedly working at the Bahria Town.

Read more : DAWN

http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/15/benazir-case-ex-director-general-of-isi-faces-interrogation.html

The possible role of Premier Sensitive Agency of security establishment in Benazir Bhutto Assassination

ISI official provided content for BB murder press conference: Cheema

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Ministry’s spokesman Brigadier (retired) Javed Iqbal Cheema had revealed in the documents obtained by DawnNews that material for the press conference which was held on December 28, 2007 after the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was provided to him by a high ranking Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official.

DawnNews has obtained from the Interior Ministry and FIA sources the statements of Cheema and former director general of Military Intelligence (MI) Ijaz Shah.

The statements revealed that Cheema had confessed before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that Maj. General Nusrat Naeem, the then director general of Counter Intelligence wing of ISI, had provided him the content for the press conference.

Naeem who works in Behria Town Rawalpindi after his retirement could be included in the investigations, said sources.

Courtesy: DAWN

Source – http://www.dawn.com/2011/03/15/isi-official-provided-content-for-bb-murder-press-conference-cheema.html

ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY INVITING ARMY & JUDICIARY TO PLAY UNCONSTITUTIONAL ROLE AGAINST ELECTED DEMOCRATIC GOVT.

N’ reaffirms judiciary, army proposal

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (N) on Wednesday said it considered the army and the judiciary major stakeholders in the country’s national affairs as it justified Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s controversial call for inviting representatives of the two institutions at a proposed all-party conference to prepare a broad-based national agenda to steer the country out of crisis.

“Since the country’s constitution has assigned roles to both the judiciary and the army, besides the executive, the call for inviting the army chief and the chief justice for consultation on national issues is not something extra-constitutional,” PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal told a joint news conference with the party’s former information secretary, Siddiqul Farooque, and MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry at the party’s central secretariat here.

The PML-N leaders announced that if the government did not stop recruitment in state-owned corporations on ‘political grounds’, their party’s parliamentarians would ‘gherao’ (besiege) these institutions.

The Punjab chief minister told journalists after inaugurating a three-day polio campaign in Lahore on Monday that the deteriorating situation in the country demanded that all stakeholders, including the political leadership, army and the judiciary, sat together and discussed the challenges facing the country.

He also said he had already contacted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani “on the advice of (party chief) Nawaz Sharif to suggest to him to sit together with the army and the judiciary and discuss a strategy to steer the country out of the current situation”.

Wednesday’s news conference seemed aimed at countering criticism of Mr Sharif’s statement from the federally ruling Pakistan People’s Party and various sections of society and media, with some political observers terming the call as an open invitation to the army for a direct intervention in the country’s political matters.

Read more : DAWN

Mir Thebo’s Notes From Memory: Sindh politics of 1960s …

Read second part of Mir Thebo’s notes from memory. He tells about the Sann Conference, Comrade Hyder Bux Jatoi’s criticism of Syed, the gathering at the Keenjhar Lake, How G. M. Syed sheds tears as Rais Karim Bux sings Shaikh Ayaz, parting of ways of the Communist Party with G. M. Syed, formation of Sindh United Front, how landlords apologized in public, how feudal lords would rush to Syed and then leave him suddenly as they see a new leader on the horizon …

Read more : Indus Herald

Bhit Shah

Sindh for grant of visas to Indian intellectuals

Karachi – Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said on Sunday that she had approached Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for issuing visas to the poets, writers and intellectuals from India and other South Asian countries who wanted to participate in the 267th annual Urs of Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

She said a similar facility was granted to the participants of the recently held International Urdu Conference.

Ms Palijo said this during a meeting of officials of her department to review the arrangements of the annual Urs.

She said her department would erect a monument of Shah Abdul Latif at Sea

View in Karachi, while a cultural village would be set up at Bhit Shah on the occasion of the Urs. “A round-the-clock Sufi Mehfil will also be organised.”

Secretary Culture Ilmuddin Bulo apprised the minister of arrangements, including face-lifting of the historical Karrar lake, setting up of 12 different entrance points and security arrangements. …

Read more : The News

Speech of Dr. Zafar Baloch (BHRC) to the conference on South Asia

The conference on South Asia was organized by International Center for Peace & Democracy (ICFPD) in collaboration with Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada). The conference took place at Hotel Radisson Toronto, Canada on December 11, 2010.

SOUTH ASIAN PERSPETIVE ON REGIONAL STABILITY THE ROLE OF THE STATE: DEMOCRACY, DICTATORSHIP, AND EXTREMISM

ICFPD

Following is the speech delivered by Dr. Zafar Baloch, president of Baloch Human Rights council (Canada) in the conference.

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The 22nd International Conference on Sindh, London, UK

London: World Sindhi Congress ( WSC ) is organising their 22nd International Conference titled ‘the National Self Determination of Sindh’ in the Context of International Peace and Security on Saturday, 9th October 2010, in London, UK. The conference will be held at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, London E3 3HJ UK. Rubina Greenwood, PhD, Program will Chair, the International Conference on Sindh.

May 31, 2010

Long live Sindh, South Asia and long live the world – Sindh Round Table Conference in London

by: Javed Qazi

London round table conference on Sindh, organized by Sindh Monitors a Washington based advocacy group, whose main activist are Dr Maqbool Halepoto, Dr Safdar Sarki, Hanne Bursech and Mr Munawar Laghari, held from May 5rd to 8th, was indeed a successful event. It was first of all a novel in its format, and it had taken place in one of the prestigious educational Institution of the World, and also in its department of oriental sciences. It was mainly academic and well recognized people in this respect had participated in its different session. Almost all issues and corners of Sindh and its society and about its politics had been discussed. Its all sessions were brain storming. I give the organizers congratulations for its success.

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Will the Roundtable Conference on Sindh’s Problems and Prospects in London achieve any Tangible Results?

by Khalid Hashmani (McLean, Virginia, USA)

The Washington DC-based global advocacy organization “Sindh Monitor” has organized a round table conference on Sindh’s problems and prospects in London, UK from May 5 to May 7. The conference covers various contemporary topics including Heritage Preservation, Education and Curriculum choices, Health and Civics, Political Rights, Human Rights, Economic Growth, Environment, and Networking of NGOs and IGOS (International Government Organizations) . The conference is expected to be attended by delegates from Sindh, Pakistan and other countries. This is the first time that such a conference taking place to examine the multi-dimensional issues and finding their solutions. Many Sindhis and non-Sindhis are curious about what will be said and what will not be said at the conference. They are also anxious whether there will be any positive results or will it be yet another get-together with a lot of talking but nothing much to be followed-up to achieve some tangible results. If one looks at the history of such conferences among Sindhis, some achieve success only on tactical fronts but most fail to achieve anything in strategic terms. However, if a scale of hopes is to be used to measure the expectations from the upcoming conference, there is likelihood that this first large-scale moot of homeland Sindhis and overseas Sindhis may break some historical barriers of weariness and apathy…

International Conference on The Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization

by Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh

An international conference on the Sindhu-Sarasvati Valley Civilization will be held in Los Angeles, at Loyola Marymount University, Feb. 21 and 22, 2009. Prominent scholars in the field will present their findings regarding the people and culture of ancient..

The aim of the conference is to discuss, reconsider and reconstruct a shared identity of the Sindhu (Indus) and Saraswati cultures using archaeological and other scientific evidences as well as Vedic literature.

Discussion Themes:

1. Time: Chronology of Indus Valley and Vedic Cultures.

2. People: Linguistic Relationship

3 Place: Geographical location: The Saraswati and the Indus cultural habitats

4. Patterns of Cultural Interactions: Trade, Religion, Polity.

5. Origins: Homeland, Migration.

6. Continuities: Biological, Ethnological

Individual talks for 30 minutes, with 15 minute Q&A time.

Time: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm – Feb 21, 2009

9.00 am to 2.00 pm-Feb 22, 2009

Participants:

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer ( University of Wisconsin)

B.B. Lal (Former DG, Archaeological Survey of India)

Jim G. Shaffer ( Case Western Reserve University)

Carl C. Lamberg-Karlovsky ( Harvard University)

S.R.Rao (Archaeological Survey of India and NIO)

Edwin Bryant ( Rutgers University)

Vijendra Kumar Kashyap (National Institute of Biologicals, India)

Maurizio Tosi ( University of Bologna , Italy )

Ashok Aklujkar ( University of British Columbia)

R.S. Bisht (Archaeological Survey of India)

Louis Flam ( City University of New York)

Dennys Frenez ( University of Bologna)

Shiva Bajpai (California State University, Northridge)

Nicholas Kazanas ( Omilos Meleton Cultural Institute , Athens )

Subhash Kak ( Oklahama State University)

The papers presented at the conference will be made available to the people at the venue and later published as a volume about the origins, people and culture of the Indus/Sindhu Valley and Saraswati Valley civilizations.

Sponsors:

Doshi Bridgebuilder Endowment, Loyola Marymount University

Nalanda International

Soka University of America

Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University.

College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University

Advisory Committee:

Damodar Sardesai (Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA)

Navin Doshi (President, Nalanda International)

Nalini Rao (Professor of Art History, Soka University of America/ Director of Sindhu-Saraswati Conference)

Christopher Key Chapple (Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, LMU),

Debashish Banerji (Art Historian, Executive Director, Nalanda International)

Manzoor Chandio’s Blog: http://manzoorchandio.blogspot.com