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Khwaja Asif on Pakistan Army

Khwaja Asif shows Ainay Ka Doosra Rukh!

Khawaja Asif of PML-N revolts against Army Feudalism in a fascinating budget 2006/7 speech in National Assembly. Legislators shall respect such leaders so others can follow the EXAMPLE. The language of speech is urdu (Hindi).

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The khaki-green alliance

by Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja

Between the mullahs and the military, the future of Pakistan is being squandered in the name of God and security respectively

There are certain necessary fictions that underwrite the project of departmental Pakistani historiography and current explanations of the Pakistani body politic:

· The Ulama, by and large, claim that Pakistan was created as an Islamic state and must, therefore, have an “Islamic System of government.”

· The military keeps reminding us that the integrity of Pakistan depends upon the existence of a strong military force to forestall against any aggression against our status as a free nation by our so-called “arch enemy,” India. …

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Pakistan – Big boots are marching in!

Boots are marching in! – by Dr. Qaiser Abbas
Any political change, constitutional or unconstitutional, imposed by the military in Pakistan  will further complicate the internal chaos by creating more political conflicts rather than resolving them as we have seen during the last military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf.
History shows military leaderships in Pakistan never learn from the past but surprisingly it was different this time around. In the “fine” tradition of military dictators coming to power by force and clinging to it until they are forcefully removed, the situation was ripe again during the  last two weeks when rumors were abound that the big boots were coming again to “save” Pakistan. …
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Muddled Washington

By Huma Yusuf

…. In Washington, too, politicians and pundits are rethinking their strategy for engaging with the two faces of Pakistani power. Recent talk of coups, revolutions, orphans and actors have left many scratching their heads, wondering what the Pakistani political set-up is fated to be in coming months.

Previously, Washington has known that it could rely on the Pakistan Army in turbulent times to stabilise the country, check the excesses of the civilian government, and protect US interests on the ground. At this juncture, too, the US needs to be confident about the reach of GHQ’s puppet strings. In the run-up to November’s mid-term elections, with the situation in Afghanistan deteriorating, Washington will be counting on our army to keep bickering politicians on a tight leash, and instead focus on striking at Pakistan-based militants and, eventually, brokering a deal (the key to a US exit strategy) with the Taliban. …

To read full article >> DAWN

U.S. may not happy with present model in Pakistan

Generals in Pakistan Push for Shake-Up of Government

By JANE PERLEZ

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country’s devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieutenants.

The military, preoccupied by a war against militants and reluctant to assume direct responsibility for the economic crisis, has made clear it is not eager to take over the government, as it has many times before, military officials and politicians said.

But the government’s performance since the floods, which have left 20 million people homeless and the nation dependent on handouts from skeptical foreign donors, has laid bare the deep underlying tensions between military and civilian leaders. ….

Read more >> The New York Times

Are you ready for a ‘judicial murder’ of the PPP government?

“Judicial change”!

By Aziz Narejo

We have seen all kinds of weird politics and political ‘changes’ in Pakistan. We have seen serving PM’s murder; overthrow/ change of governments by first Governor General and then by the next GG; overthrow/ change of governments by presidents; overthrow/ change of governments by military generals; now are you ready for a ‘judicial change’ of the government?

We have even seen a ‘judicial murder’. If they can kill an elected PM, why can’t they just dispose off another elected PM? Pakistani Adliya zindabad!? …

The “independent” judiciary went after the judges who took oath under PCO in 2007 but they can’t go after the judges who took oath under PCO in 1999. They don’t like extensions of other government officials but extended services of chosen brother judges. They opened some cases settled under infamous NRO but can’t do so with thousands of criminal cases settled under same NRO because they don’t have the spine to take on the … MQM.

They can’t take up the Mehrangate scandal case, which is sitting on their desks right under their noses since so many years but they have declared ‘Jihad’ against a singled out culprit. May be they don’t like his teeth!

How about a suo motu action against the judges who legalized the Musharraf coup? That is a fit case of High Treason under Article 6?

Courtesy: Sindhi e-llists/ e-groups, September 27, 2010

Pakistan – Rs. 110 billion increase in defense budget!!?!

Govt projects Rs 110bn increase in defence budget

* Consolidated expenditures of federal, provincial govts to increase by Rs 33bn

By Sajid Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: The government has projected an increase of Rs 110 billion in the defence budget and informed the International Monetary Fund that according to the post-flood situation, the defence budget will be Rs 552 billion against the budgetary allocation of Rs 442 billion for the ongoing fiscal year 2010-11.

This increase in the defence budget has been projected by the government at a time when development and non-development budgets of the civil government are being slashed by 50 percent and 20 percent respectively to create fiscal space for the rehabilitation of the flood-affected population. …

Read more >> Daily Times

Sain Logon Ki Hukomat Hay (Sindhis rule the country)!?? – but the facts speak loudly!!

Only 1000 Sindhi employees out of 86,000 federal employees. Islamabad needs to open its eyes – PPP too!

Ratio of Sindhis in Federal jobs, please click here to read a News item in urdu

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Representation of Sindhis in Federal Govt Jobs: What do the facts & figures say?
A lead article Published in Sindhi Daily

by Sohail Memon

This is a strange thing that Sindhi speaking come across whenever PPP comes in Government, we are told that ‘Saiin: it is your (Sindhis) government’, despite the fact the Prime Minister is from Multan, who belongs to Punjab’s Siraiki belt. Well, to some extent this perception is right because after all PPP is led by Sindhi leadership. President Zardari is also a Sindhi speaking, thus we hear frequently “Sain Logon Ki Hukomat Hay” (Sindhis rule the country) but the reality is different, rather contradicts this perception, government ministries and departments are still filled up with hundreds of Gen. Musharraf’s era contractual employees from lower grade to higher rank, people continue to work who were appointed by Gen. Musharraf, and in his era Sindhis were banned from jobs, government jobs were prohibited to Sindhis.

Continue reading Sain Logon Ki Hukomat Hay (Sindhis rule the country)!?? – but the facts speak loudly!!

Pakistan economy on the verge of collapse?

Economy: on the verge of collapse?

Finance Minister Hafeez Sheikh’s warning to officials of the state, delivered in a sombre meeting late last month, could not be clearer: the government, federal and provincial, is on the verge of financial collapse. So dire is the state of affairs that the government may not have money to pay salaries in a few months. Lest this be dismissed as hyperbole, Mr Sheikh’s comments have been echoed privately by many economists and experts familiar with state finances in recent weeks. In fact, if anything the finance minister’s comments are on the more optimistic side of dire.

The basic problem is clear: the Pakistani state, all tiers of government, spends twice as much as revenue generated, while neither is expenditure being curtailed nor are revenues being meaningfully increased. At the level of the citizenry, the immediate impact is felt in the form of rising inflation (sustained budget deficits of the kind Pakistan has had over the last few years are highly inflationary in nature) while in the long term it will be felt in terms of debt servicing crowding out investments in development and infrastructure.

The blame must be shared by everyone. …

Read more >> Dawn Editorial

Promotion of Martial Law? Are they paid to do this or are they just stupid?

Promotion of Martial Law?

by Omar Ali

There is a well-coordinated campaign in Pakistan to get rid of “.. politicians” and bring back the holy army, with its power to “clean up society” once and for all. Never mind that they have tried it at least 4 times before, for up to 11 years at a time, and each time their sacred intervention has left the country MORE corrupt and more violent and its institutions more degenerate. I only have access to … TV channel, and all I see is shameless promotion of the army as if it is not an arm of the government, but an independent opposition party which is doing good work the govt wont do! This is beyond ridiculous, but its promoted non-stop by every newscast and anchor of that particular TV channel. One has to question: Are they paid to do this or are they just stupid?

And of course, the various ISI-friendly politicians have started coming out of the woodwork to prepare the ground for another round of military rule. Mushahid Hussain and Durrani and every other sorry piece of work is on TV, claiming to represent the will of the people as they beg for the army to come and clean house.

It is possible that at this time, they are not actually taking over, but they are just using this campaign as a convenient opportunity to further undermine civilian rule, so that the worthless prime minister can grovel even lower before the army chief and the army can collect credit for doing its job (like flood relief) while getting none of the blame.

Whatever the case, … TV channel’s shameless promotion of this “good army versus bad politicians” framework should be condemned.

Courtesy: — CRDP, August 24, 2010

Irrigation Secretary Sindh is responsible for devastation /Negligence of Irrigation

Letter to Editor From Sukkur

Dear Editor

I am surprised no anchor person or any media person has yet interviewed or focused over the present secretary irrigation, Sindh, who is posted as secretary since last eight years despite his retirement continued to remain on the post for three consecutive contracts.

Obviously on the basis of being a good pay master to higher authorities. He may be asked as how much funds he has so far utilized for so called maintenance of the river banks of sindh.

Actually it is the non maintenance (maintenance on papers only for utilization of funds worth millions per year) which is basic and root cause of such huge scale devastation e.g. breakage/ leakage of river banks on various places. It is strange that the government has so far taken no action against him, obviously for his capacity to bribe the higher authorities from the share of billions of rupees of funds which he has earned in his tenure of about 40 yrs in irrigation department being an engineer/technical person with extra ordinary maneuvering qualities. It is suggested that he be brought on media and questioned about utilization of funds for maintenance of river banks. And his efficiency to remain on the job continuously for 3 contracts.

I wonder why every anchor person calls the retired secretary and other retired engineers and has so far ignored the present secretary. The Irrigation Secretary Sindh has been serving/plundering this department since last 40 years. Ministers and governments change but he remains on the seat continuously. Even PPP, MNA complained about his corruption on the floor of national assembly but failed to arise any action against the blue eyed boy.

August 19, 2010

Courtesy: The Capital Post

http://www.thecapitalpost.com/news_detail.php?cid=12&nid=1683

… A Criminal State

By Dr. Khalil Ahmad

….. In view of the above analysis, it is obvious that at least and at best what we must aim at is trying to save the law of the land, i.e. basically the Constitution. No doubt, we should not raise moral questions, because raising moral questions before a government which is thoroughly Machiavellian in its intent is just useless. It is only on the ground of laws that this government may be confronted with, perhaps convinced, or in case it cannot be convinced which has been the case till now, then we must put as much pressure as may force it to be acting within the confines of laws and the constitutional provisions. That minimum achievement will be the maximum gain for this nation and the country upon which we may be able to build a decriminalized state. If we fail to halt the further criminalization of the state of Pakistan, we the people should be ready to be ruled not by laws, but by criminals instead of persons!

To read full article >> Asinstitue

Unanimous resolution against MQM for target killings passed in Kyber Pukhtunkhwa

KP resolution urges Sindh govt to protect Pukhtuns

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly through a unanimous resolution on Monday demanded of the central and Sindh government to take stern action against the people and those political parties who are involved in targeted killings of Pukhtuns in Karachi and provide protection to them.

The resolution was moved by senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour and Opposition leader Akram Kan Durrani after Speaker Kiramatullah relaxed rules 240 under rules 124 to allow the resolution. The resolution stated that member of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly strongly condemned the target killings of Pukhtuns in Karachi and demanding of the federal as well as Sindh government to take action against the political parties and the persons involved in the killing of Pukhtuns.

The resolution, which was also read out by PPP Sherpao’s Sikander, Nighat Aurakzai of PML (Q), Munawar Khan of PML (N) and Qalander Lodhi of PML (Q), stated that Sindh government must bring the culprits tobook and provides protection to Pukhtuns.

The resolution stated that members of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly are on the back of the Pukhtuns.Bashir Ahmad Bilour, debating in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly said Pukhtuns in Karachi are being targeted while government is not taking enough steps to protect their lives.PML (Q) female member Nighat Aurakzai said MQM was ‘terrorist’ group and if they are not controlled similar terrorist actions in other cities of Pakistan could also be initiated.

Bashir Ahmad Bilour in his talks with media at Assembly premises also labeled MQM as a terrorist group and urged the government to take steps for protection of Pukhtuns.

Read more >> The News

Democratic Political Forces Retreat in Pakistan

by K. Ashraf

It is not the question that general Kiyani is a capable army chief or not. It is also not the question whether the situation on the ground in Pakistan calls for extending general ’s term of employment up to three more years.

The question is whether democratic forces have taken this decision with free will or under internal and external duress.

Extension in general Kiyani’s employment has proved that democratic forces have accepted their inability to prevail in decision making process in Pakistan . It is definitely a decision made by the army high command and delivered by the political forces.

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Sri Lankan Government orders expulsion of a Pakistani human rights activist‏

Peace Force Directress and Human rights protection officer ordered to quit country

–ordered on intelligence unit report –Imm. and Emigration Director

(Lanka-e-News, July 08, 2010, 10.50AM) Peace Force and non violence Directress, Tiffany Eastham of the SL division and Human rights protection coordinator Ali Pal have been informed by the Dept of Immigration and Emigration that their visas have been cancelled, and they cannot stay any longer in SL.

When Chulananda Perera, the Immigration and emigration Director General was asked about this visa cancellation, he stated that he had acted on the report furnished by the Govt. intelligence unit.

The decision to expel two chief Peace Force officers from SL amidst protests staged against the appointment of a Committee by Ban Ki Moon to advise him on the human rights violations in SL during the war has invited the focus and attention of all Organizations acting on behalf of human rights protection.

Read more >>- LANKAENNEWS

Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan’s foreign policy, India, Afghanistan, democracy and other issues

Former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif with Najam Sethi on Pakistan’s foreign policy, India, Afghanistan,  democracy and other issues. The language of interview is Urdu (Hindi).

Courtesy: Dunya TV-Tonight With Najam Sethi-05-07-2010-11 >> ZemTV

Corrupt and badly governed – India among 13 corrupt nations

India is among thirteen countries that have been declared to have a high level of corruption and abysmal government performance. According to the report prepared by the Washington based Results for Development Institute (R4D) …

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http://www.indiatimes.com/India-among-13-corrupt-nations/Corrupt-and-badly-governed/photostory/6082211.cms

PAKISTAN : PUNJAB GOVT GAVE 82 MILLION TO JAMATUD DAWA

Punjab govt gave Rs82m to JD: papers

Rana Sanaullah said the purpose of giving this grant was to continue the welfare services provided by the organisation’s sc hools, dispensaries and hospitals.

LAHORE: The Punjab government gave more than Rs82 million to the Jamatud Dawa (JD) during the outgoing financial year, according to the budget documents for 2010-11.

The supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal presented before the provincial assembly for its approval reveals that the provincial government gave a grant of Rs79 million to the Markaz-i-Tayyaba, the JD headquarters in Muridke.

Another sum of Rs3 million was given as grants to the schools run by the JD in the different districts of Punjab, according to the supplementary budget 2009-10.

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Enemies of Pakistan trying to stop Sindh Government taking over jurisdictions freed from Federal Control by 18th Amendment

Enemies of Sindh trying to stop Sindh Government taking over jurisdictions freed from Federal Control by 18th Amendment

by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

.. Manzoor Chadio points out several cases at different Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, where enemies of Sindh are engaging in activities to stop the Sindh government from taking over the control of those subjects that have returned back to provincial jurisdiction after decades of federal usurpation. It is imperative that Sindhis in Sindh and overseas Sindhis to jointly show support for the provincial take over and criticize those who are still maneuvering to retain control over these subjects. We must stand guard and insist that the PPP governments at the provincial and the federal levels do not waiver from implementing their responsibilities.

Chandio sahib has pointed several specific cases where the daggers have been drawn and the role played by so-called national press in trying to slow down the take-over by the Sindh government. In particular, the three federal hospitals and several educational institutions are at the stake, where enemies of Sindh/ Pakistan are wedging wars on various pretexts.

I urge all to study this critical development and show our collective support for the provincial take over the institutions that we lost because of our apathy few decades ago.

June 13, 2010

Development of Sindh: Shallow Promises

– Mushtaq Rajpar

PPP ruled Sindh government is about to present third budget of their tenure. Be ready for new promises, pledges and schemes. Are you interested listening and read all that? What did Sindh government achieved in the current outgoing fiscal year 2009-10?

People of Sindh want to know. Can Sindh government publish a Development Review or Economic Review and inform the public on state of economy, development and projects announced last year in the budget.

Rs 113 billion were allocated for development, including Rs 16 billion by federal government. How much actually has been achieved?

Newspapers report suggest development funds were not utilized more than 42%. This is height of negligence and ineptness of an elected government. Sindh continues to live in backwardness; people live under hard socio-economic conditions.

Budget 2009-10

· Rs. 113 development out lay included Rs 75 billion ADP: Where did this money go?

· The federal government was to be asked to settled the issue of Rs204 billion arrears of GST on services. Did they get arrears back?

· Rs. 2 billion were allocated for Thar Coal Development

Enough is enough : WE WANT CHANGE NOW!

I call on people to hold government responsible.

by: Ali Nawaz Memon, Gaithersburg, Maryland

For too long we have complained but have taken little practical steps to hold our government responsible. By this I mean elected officials– President; Prime Minister; ministers; MNAs; MPAs; secretaries; DCOs; police chiefs; all the way down to clerks and all others who have oppresses and neglected people.

We have waited too long. Waited for election of our own parties and personally known ministers. Not much has happened. OUR RULERS KNOW THAT WE DO NOT HAVE POLITICAL OPTIONS AND WE SHALL NOT TAKE ANY ACTION. But enough is enough.

Let us have an active people who are doers. I urge you to unite at local; district; province and national level.

Let us start by supporting good people in the forthcoming local body elections. Forget about which party they are from. Vote for good people who will work for welfare of our people. Judge individual candidates on basis of atleast what they have done to:

GET JOBS FOR OUR UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE

IMPROVE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF EDUCATION

STOP CRIMNAL ACTIVITIES IN OUR AREA

STOP ROBBING OF PEOPLE THROUGH PERSONAL CORRUPTION

You can add more criteria as applicable in your area.

This morning I have watched a tragic video about what is happening to our people whose lands are producing most of oil and gas of our country. The video shows that disease and poverty has increased for those who are giving millions to our country. SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT WHO IS NOT ABLE TO SHARE THE WEALTH WITH LOCAL PEOPLE. The link of the video is given below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ICtI3lQF0

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Corruption in Pakistan hurts common People and Breeds Extremism

By Khalid Hashmani

The Transparency International has ranked Pakistan 139th among 180 countries in its 2009 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) issued in November 2009 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2009/nov/17/corruption-index-transparency-international#data). Pakistan’s 2009 vs. 2008 score further reduced by 0.1 (2.4 vs. 2.5). A recent World Bank report lists corruption and lack of transparency as the two core reasons that hamper Pakistan’s drive for development. However, these indices do not convey the terrible pain and sufferings that the brutal practice of corruption has caused to common people of Pakistan.

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A military coup in Pakistan?

Restive generals represent the backers of the Taliban and al-Qaeda – bad news for the war next door.

by: Tarek Fatah

Courtesy:  Globe and Mail

A military coup is unfolding in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan, one that will have adverse consequences for Western troops deployed in Afghanistan.

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Lost in Space!

by Nadeem F. Paracha

Courtesy: Dawn

Nadeem F. Paracha asks whether Pakistanis have lost the capability to separate the religious from the secular?

When there is talk of Islamisation, we are not just discussing Islamic laws being implemented by the state and government. What we should also study in this respect is the Islamisation of public space, or space that was historically and inherently secular in nature.

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Pakistan: No money, No energy, No government!

New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’
By Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott | McClatchy Newspapers
Courtesy and Thanks: McClatchy
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Severe economic crisis threatens Pakistan’s stability
Wave of violence worsens Pakistan’s security, economic crisis

WASHINGTON – A growing al Qaida-backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army’s reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America’s key ally in the war on terror deeper into turmoil and violence, says a soon-to-be completed U.S. intelligence assessment.
A U.S. official who participated in drafting the top secret National Intelligence Estimate said it portrays the situation in Pakistan as “very bad.” Another official called the draft “very bleak,” and said it describes Pakistan as being “on the edge.”
The first official summarized the estimate’s conclusions about the state of Pakistan as: “no money, no energy, no government.”
Six U.S. officials who helped draft or are aware of the document’s findings confirmed them to McClatchy on the condition of anonymity because NIEs are top secret and are restricted to the president, senior officials and members of Congress. An NIE’s conclusions reflect the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

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