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Major gas field discovered in Sindh

Major gas field discovered in Pakistan

ROME: Italian energy major ENI said on Wednesday it had discovered a major reserve of between 300 billion and 400 billion cubic feet of gas some 350 kilometres north of Karachi in Pakistan.

The discovery was made in the Khirthar Fold Belt region close to the ENI-operated Bhit gas processing facility, the company said in a statement.

ENI said it “confirms the presence of significant exploration potential that can be exploited through the application of new geological models.”

The company said it had begun talks with Pakistani authorities on creating a joint venture, adding that it would “help to reduce the national gas deficit.”

ENI has been in Pakistan since 2000 and is the country’s largest producer, with average production of 54,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2011.

Pakistan has had an endemic energy crisis for years, characterised by frequent blackouts, which has crippled the economy.

The crisis is blamed on chronic mismanagement and corruption.

Courtesy: DAWN.COM

http://dawn.com/2012/09/19/major-gas-field-discovered-in-pakistan/

Pak-China ties changing? By Zafar Hilaly

One constant in our foreign relations since the early 1960s has been our singularly positive relationship with China, unlike our ties with other countries, which have had their highs and lows. But how well we manage this relationship will determine whether it proves to be an all weather highway or something more mundane.

While our geostrategic value to China is self-evident, especially our ocean frontage, which would give them commercial access to the sprawling Indian Ocean and the countries on its rim, yet there are challenges to be met before that can be turned into a reality.

The problems are numerous, like religious extremism that has made us particularly inhospitable to foreigners; congenital political infighting; gross economic mismanagement and a serious erosion of state authority and state coherence. Another problem has been the mediocrity of our leaders who are totally unschooled in foreign affairs. If these problems persist, China may conclude that we are too big a risk for them to make grandiose long-term investments.

And that’s not all. Our international isolation is another risk that might make China cautious about strategic investments which would increase its dependence on us while exposing them to danger and uncertainty. All of this may cause China to revise its thinking and adopt a much less ambitious approach – not withstanding all the gibberish about our friendship being ‘higher than K-2 and deep than the Indian Ocean’.

Hence, there was alarm when the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman praised Zardari’s trip to India. Not just that. He also accused ‘a country in South Asia’, for providing sanctuary to six Muslim Uighur leaders of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement who ‘not only threaten China’s national security’ but, according to the official Xinhua news agency, ‘poses the most direct and real safety threat that China faces.’ Xinhua also made brief references to how important India-Pakistan normalisation is for China today because Beijing sees subcontinental stability to be in its strategic interest.

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Politics In Pakistan: SHAME & HYPOCRISY

Politics in Pakistan can not be described in black & white. More of it is in gray. And also in red – with the blood of so many. But it is mostly dominated by the colors of infamy, shame, hypocrisy, corruption, mismanagement, greed, barbarism, lies, deceit, terrorism, long boots, lotacracy (turncoats), injustice, massacre, rape, racism, discrimination & other crimes.

Courtesy » Indus Herald

The wretched of Sindh – by Asghar Soomro

 …. Last year, donors generously funded the relief work but they must have been shocked to see the way it was managed. Donated materials included food and non-food items, which generally did not reach the needy people on merit. A lot of it was openly sold in the markets or distributed among party loyalists. Moreover, in some places, it was dumped without any reason.

For example, in district Dadu, more than 10,000 mineral water bottles, 12,000 blankets, thousands of warm clothes and drinking water tanks have been destroyed by the recent heavy rains in the area. They did not distribute the items among the people, letting them rot away since last year’s floods in the district. This is a criminal act. ….

Read more → Daily Times

CIA – ISI, impending divorce or trial separation?

Lovers tiff, impending divorce or trial separation?

by Omar Ali

Excerpt:

…… 2. The romantic Left delusion. This is the belief that Pakistan’s corrupt elite deserves to be overthrown by the lower classes and the Taliban are (an unfortunate but expected) instrument of this necessary revolution. Actually the first part of this delusion is not a delusion. The Pakistani elite is not just corrupt, they have been practically suicidal. Where other corrupt third world elites have mismanaged the state, provided poor governance, oppressed the poor and failed to evolve a stable political system, Pakistan’s elite (which in this case means the army high command and their supporters) have done something no other third world elite has managed. They have armed, trained and encouraged their own executioners in the course of a demented scheme of trying to wrest Kashmir from India while laying the foundation for a mini-empire in central Asia. But the second part of this delusion is the real delusion here. The Pakistani Taliban is not the Bolshevik party; in fact, they are not even the Iranian Mullahs. They were created by the army as an outgrowth of the American-sponsored Afghan jihad. Their leadership is derived from the Madrasahs and think tanks sponsored by Saudi money and inspired by Syed Qutb and the most virulent Wahhabi and Salafist clerics in the world. They were guided by the jihadist faction of GHQ, men inspired by Maudoodi and his children, not by Marx or even Ali Shariati. They have absolutely no workable social or economic plan. If they do overthrow the elite, what follows will be a nightmare of historic proportions. If the whole thing does not dissolve into anarchy, it will be stabilized by an army coup. After purging liberals and hanging Veena Malik, the dictatorship of the mullahtariat will degenerate into an Islamic version of Myanmar, not revolutionary Iran or Castro’s Cuba.

Cia So, coming back to our original topic: does the Raymond Davis affair reflect a lover’s spat or an impending divorce? My guess is that its not a divorce. The US has few options and neither does Pakistan. We are probably in for more of the same, but with a chance that one of these days the ISI will find itself the victim of too much success and will not be able to pull back from the brink of divorce. Meanwhile, when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything is a nail. So I expect the state department to pass out more money to GHQ, I expect the CIA to fund some new insane lunatic fringe to counter their last lunatic fringe, I expect the Pentagon to ask for more money for weapons and a good hard “shock and awe campaign”, I expect professors in San Francisco to blame colonialism, and I expect Islamists to blow themselves up with even greater devotion. May Allah protect us from anything worse.

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Due to mismanagement of Shahbaz Sharif Punjab is almost bankrupt!

Punjab government is almost bankrupt?

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif requested the federal government to convert the Rs. 50 billion overdraft of Punjab government into a loan. The federal government requested the state bank to do so which they oblige. If it was not converted then there was a danger that Punjab government default. The total overdraft of Punjab government is Rs. 70 billions. Shahbaz Sharif is not managing it properly?

Courtesy: Siasat

Notices issued to govt officials over flood ‘mismanagement’

By Mohammad Hussain Khan

HYDERABAD, Sept 28: The Sindh High Court Hyderabad circuit bench on Tuesday issued notices to Chief Secretary, Secretary Irrigation, Relief Commissioner Sindh, DCOs of 10 districts, General Manager Nadra, Secretary Health Sindh, Chairman and Managing Director Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA), DG Health Sindh, EDOs revenue and health of various districts and others on a constitutional petition filed by Ayaz Latif Palejo and six other petitioners. The notices are issued for October 6.

The petitioners have sought registration of cases at concerned police stations against people responsible for creating artificial breaches and those displaying criminal negligence towards such acts.

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SOCIAL DISORDER IN SINDH

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

Due to long political disorder in the country, social and economic disorder prevails in every government department.This has brought misfortunes and mishaps for the whole of Pakistan. Even the elected government has been in perplexion to handle all the affairs of the country in easy and relaxed manner.The country is facing terrorism and infidelity of all evils and crimes from the side of terrorists and enemies of the country. People feel insecurity and turmoil in economic and social fields.At one side high prices have put the people in difficult days to make their both ends meet and on the other hand,people are being harassed and looted by dacoits,thieves and criminals.It is also being observer in Sindh that no department of the government in the districts are working without taking bribes and corruption.It is because of the reported mismanagement in the affairs of running the government under rules and regulations.

All the ministers and their courtiers try to get their own people posted not in accordance with their experiance and qualifications.Mostly teachers and lacturers working in education department have been posted in local goverment offices in various posts and designations while the original people working and posted in local goverment offices have been made idle and without any posting for long times without salaries and facilities with the result that their families are facing financial hardships and difficulties so much so that they are prepared to make suicides because of the injustice done to their relatives who are the only solace for their livelihood.The Chief Secretary of Sindh is therefore requested to kindly inquire this fact and take disciplinary action against the delinquent officers of various department and streamline the whole system of good governance particularly in Sindh.

29,035 schools in Sindh without power

by Prof. Gul Agha

It is great to see the govt. of Sindh focusing on these problems. Wish them luck to do what they can in whatever little time they have these ministries for, and with the meager resources that they can control.. the only hope is that a lot of international resources have been pouring in, particularly for education of Sindh but they have been mismanaged and lost to corruption…

Jun 25, 2008