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IQRA Program

– Information on 30 million “Improving the Quality of Reading Activity (IQRA)” Program in Sindh

by Khalid Hashmani, McLean

Recently, the US government issued “Request for Agreement (RFA)” documents for engaging NGOs for a US $ 30-million “Improving the Quality of Reading Activity (IQRA)” Program in Sindh. This RFA was issued in conjunction with the $ 155 million agreement between Government of Sindh (GoS) and the US Aid Agency. The full RFA document is available at http://www.usaid.gov/pk/docs/USAIDPakistanRFA-391-11-000005.pdf

Those interested to be active participant in the “Improving the Quality of Reading Activity (IQRA)” Program must read read the full document at above link.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, September 30, 2011.

Catch 22 for Pakistan’s left

– by Nayyer Khan

I do not expect a balanced outlook from a common man in Pakistan who lives behind a smoke screen created by Urdu press and brain washed through 60 years of antagonistic indoctrination against the non-Muslim world, except China. However, the views of old friends from left Wing (now liberals mostly associated with NGOs or civil society) and laissez-faire intelligentsia astonish me. The old cult is still deep seated in their minds, in which America takes the position of the devil. They go so far in their prejudice against America that they lose their ability to pick the lesser of the two evils.

I fully agree to the universal rule that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, yet the issue is to identify who the current enemy is. It is a well established fact that a smaller but irrational enemy is much more dangerous than a bigger yet rational enemy. Hence the later becomes a friend when an irrational enemy is the immediate threat. …

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Did Pak envoy deliberately leak official classified communication?

By: Ahmed Quraishi, Islamabad

Courtesy: The Nation, September 17, 2009

…Ambassador Haqqani has complained about a secret blacklist of US journalists and NGO-types and strongly protested denying them visas to enter Pakistan. Haqqani warned his government in the letter that this could hurt military hardware transfers and US aid pledges…

…A Pakistani source that has worked closely with the US government, and does not want to be named, described this ‘leak’ in this way: “I feel so bad to read the CNN-IBN claim that, and I quote-’Dated July 28, 2009, the letter [is] in CNN-IBN’s possession’. What are we, a banana republic?”

That is not all. The unnamed analyst adds: “Also keep in mind that this (most likely a) “classified” letter (which also “bears the seal of the Pakistan Ambassador”) was written by our Ambassador to the Foreign Secretary (classified) , Interior Secretary (classified) and DG, ISI (double classified!) .”

So, the big question is: Who leaked the letter and its detailed contents?…

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