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International Rivers: Bhasha Dam Project

Since Kalabagh Dam issue have been put to sleep [not to rest], here is a new crisis for Sindh, now you have to take on our “friends” in NWFP, besides Punjab.

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Diamer-Bhasha Dam

The new government of Pakistan is considering another big dam project. The Diamer-Bhasha Dam on the Indus River in northern Pakistan comes with an astounding price tag of over US$8.5 billion. The 200-square-kilomete r reservoir would flood 100 kilometers of the Karakoram highway, and the villages and farms of over 35,000 people would disappear. Tens of thousands of thousand-year old rock carvings would vanish. The project, after an eight-year construction period, would provide 4500 MW of electricity for the national grid, but it would not address the far more pressing issue that half of Pakistan’s population (around 80 million people) have no electricity access whatsoever. Diamer-Bhasha is a costly project that would only benefit industries and wealthy Pakistanis.

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Sindh – Balochistan Lowest & most neglected in Pakistan

children-of-sindh-out-of-schoolsHDI shows Balochistan, Sindh most neglected – Sindh below Punjab, NWFP in all sectors except education

The News

By Mehtab Haider

ISLAMABAD: The Centre has found that Balochistan and Sindh, the most neglected federating units in terms of Human Development Index (HDI), will ultimately cause inclusion of backwardness as an indicator for multiple criteria for finalising the NFC Award.

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18th amendment: who derailed it and why? It seems he got a message ..

To read Nazir Naji’s article on the same issue in urdu, please click here

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Spanner in the works

Courtesy: Dawn Editorial

Mr Sharif has now suggested that he wants there to be a majority of serving judges on the judicial commission, a position that has been championed by those in the media and the legal community who have fervently supported the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry-led superior judiciary.

Thursday was supposed to be a day of celebration. The Raza Rabbani-led committee on constitutional reforms was supposed to complete its task and the country was supposed to be on the verge of getting what it has not had in decades: a constitution enjoying the broad support of a legitimately elected parliament. But then Nawaz Sharif held a press conference and announced that a consensus had still not been reached. It was dramatic, it was thoroughly unexpected, it was, sadly, vintage Pakistani politics.

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Pakistan : Punjab can no longer live in a state of denial

by Ayaz Amir

Courtesy: The News

If FATA represents the cutting edge of terrorism in the name of Islam, Punjab, unfortunately, is the hinterland of this phenomenon. Or, to borrow a phrase from the repertoire of military folly, Punjab is the strategic depth of bigotry and extremism masquerading in the colours of Islam.

Religious extremism took root in the soil of Pakistan thanks to the so-called Islamisation policies of Gen Ziaul Haq and his role in pushing the first Afghan ‘jihad’. The dragon’s teeth of our sorrows were scattered by Zia. We are reaping the harvest.

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SINDH : Peace Coalition Resolutions

House demanded that all provincial languages of federating units shall immediately be declared as national languages and all the illegal immigrants shall expelled from Sindh

– Zulfiqar Halepoto

March 18: Leaders of civil society organizations have condemned the spate of terrorist incidents in the country, especially in the Province of Punjab and the NWFP and demanded that serious efforts should be made to get rid of extremist elements from the country.

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Lahore: suicide bombers kill 39

by: Omar Ali

Very sad indeed. Unfortunately, the supply of suicide bombers exceeds the ability of our security forces to catch them and will likely do so for several years to come. The Jihadi militias are the Pak security establishment’s gift to the nation and its the gift that keeps on giving.

I know that now the security establishment itself is at the recieving end and we all need the security establishment to stop this menace, but it bring up this unpleasant business about “the gift that keeps on giving” because it is not only important that the security establishment now changes sides and eliminates these militias, it is also important that we develop better civilian institutions that can keep the security establishment in check so they don’t create new monsters in the future. Our security establishment is a professional institution, with reasonable good capabilities when it comes to actual army work like fighting conventional wars (at least by third world standards), but the average military officer (in most armies, not just in our army) has a very narrow and distorted world view. If they are allowed to decide national priorities and strategy without civilian input, they are guaranteed to make at least one big blunder every few years….I remember an exchange with an Indian historian who had spent some time with Indian

officers in Kashmir. He said the thing that struck him was that many of these officers are brave and are doing a tough job in harsh terrain and he admired them for that, but when they sat down for conversation after dinner, their naive and even silly theories about history, their total ignorance of economics and sociology, their “world view” basically knocked his socks off and he realized for the first time how lucky India was that these fine officers are NOT in charge of making public policy. Now, this historian was a fairly typical left wing product of higher education, so I am not saying everything he regarded as silly was really silly….sometimes the shoe is on the other foot, but I think he did have a point.

Anyway, coming back to the tragic bombings. We also need to improve the civilian police and dedicated anti-terrorist force. Ultimately, this is a police matter. Man for man, the Punjab police is more effective than most subcontinental police forces (that is not saying much, ALL subcontinental police units are riddled with corruption, use torture, abuse the poor and gang up with the rich to rob them and so on, but my guess is that the police in Lahore is probably more effective than the police in Delhi or Karachi) and given some time and effort, this menace will eventually be tackled mostly by the police in the settled areas while the army eliminates their bases in the tribal areas and suchlike. It will be a very unpleasant and nasty war…

Courtesy: crdp@yahoogroups.com, Mar 12, 2010

People of FATA are grateful to His! Excellency Karzai

People of FATA are grateful to His! Excellency Karzai for his statement against FCR in FATA

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai

President Hamid Karzai was right to say that Frontier Crimes Regulations commonly known as FCR is a terrible legacy of the British colonial rule being applied on Pashtun People in FATA. The sooner it is taken out the better. It is also against human dignity. As for as I understand this important question was posed a Pashtun journalist no less than the incumbent President of Peshawar Press Club in Pashto language in Islamabad when his Excellency! Hamid Khan Karzai was there on his official visit to Islamabad. Some of the Pakistani- minded Journalists who were present on that occasion criticized the remarks of Pashtun President Hamid Karzai and termed his reply as an intervention in internal affairs of Pakistan. This criticism was illogical and non sense. These so called journalists should realize that FATA is a place where Pashtun live and Karzai is also a Pashtun/Afghan and he has the right to ask for his people’s right in FATA. This unfortunate part has always been used for the nefarious designs by the establishment of Pakistan. First this part was used by the British rulers to block the forward movements of the then Tzarists and latter on was used by Pakistan with support of international community and Arab world to stop socialist block of former USSR to remain in Kabul. This time this part is again being used as proxy to thwart the good intentions of international community to prevail peace and promote democracy and developmental activities in Afghanistan. People in FATA do want change and are not ready to remain in old and out dated system which has given them nothing except humiliation and destruction. FATA is an area where there are no human rights. Political parties are not allowed to do politics and political parties act has never been extended to this part. Resultantly, extremist religious forces.

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Guerilla journalism

Report by: Shiraz Paracha

I would like to share with Indus Asia Online readers a journalistic effort that is 15 years old and yet people are watching it. Between 1994 and 1996, I presented a TV show in Peshawar, Pakistan. Till date no one, in Pakistan, has tried a journalistic adventure like it on TV again. I would take government ministers, even the chief minister (equal to state governor in the USA) unannounced to trouble spots and in the middle of people/ action without any security. I would like to share with you one program where we caught on camera corrupt and fake police officials taking bribes. The minister Qamar Abass and I went secretly to a police post along with TV camera and a team of journalists. The rest you can see in the program ‘Awami Jirga’ the language of the program is Pashto and it is in three parts on YouTube even after 15 years. Incredible!

Present day Pakistani TV news and current affair programs are anything but journalism. Qamar Abbas (my buddy and best friend) was killed in 2007. People like him don’t live long! Please follow the links below. You may also find other episodes of the series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmZ-A5b7FE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoVKjUpi0q4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDHQQyHxTMA&feature=related


Ajmal Khattak: the Revolutionary Dervish

by Dr. Mohammad Taqi

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them”.

Courtesy: Wichaar

He was a true polymath – a poet, journalist, broadcaster, linguist, scholar and a politician .However despite all his patrician qualities this Renaissance man was a plebeian at heart.

Despite his capability to – and opportunities available to him for – upward social mobility, Ajmal Khattak chose to live and die in his dignified poverty. In a polity where comprador bourgeoisie, feudals and their quislings were rising to power, Ajmal stood head and shoulders above that upstart crowd, relying solely on his intellectual and political acumen. He was a giant in a political landscape dotted with pygmies.

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90 killed in Lakki Marwat bombing

PESHAWAR: SUV loaded with 250kg of explosives detonated in middle of volleyball match in Shah Hasan Khel village in Bannu division of Lakki Marwat. At least 90 people were killed and dozens were wounded including children and elderly in attack when  a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden pickup truck  on New Year’s Day.

Pakistan on course to become Islamist state, U.S. experts say

McClatchy

A growing number of U.S. intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials have concluded that there’s little hope of preventing nuclear-armed Pakistan from disintegrating into fiefdoms controlled by Islamist warlords and terrorists, posing a greater threat to the U.S. than Afghanistan’s terrorist haven did before 9/11.

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Pakistan : ANP, MP killed in suicide attack

Suicide bomber kills ANP lawmaker – by Hameedullah Khan

Courtesy: Dawn, Tuesday, 01 Dec, 2009

MINGORA: A teenaged suicide bomber blew himself up, killing ANP lawmaker Shamsher Ali Khan as he was seeing off guests who had come to his house here to offer Eid greetings on Tuesday. Shamsher Khan’s two brothers and nine other people were injured. The man with explosives strapped to his body had walked unchallenged into the Hujra of the MPA’s house, witnesses said. Shamsher Khan died on the spot while his brothers Shaukat Ali Khan and Mohammad Ali Khan were injured.

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Whither Pakistan? A five-year forecast

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Courtesy: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

First, the bottom line: Pakistan will not break up; there will not be another military coup; the Taliban will not seize the presidency; Pakistan’s nuclear weapons will not go astray; and the Islamic sharia will not become the law of the land.

That’s the good news. It conflicts with opinions in the mainstream U.S. press, as well as with some in the Obama administration. For example, in March, David Kilcullen, a top adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, declared that state collapse could occur within six months. This is highly improbable.

Now, the bad news: The clouds hanging over the future of Pakistan’s state and society are getting darker. Collapse isn’t impending, but there is a slow-burning fuse. While timescales cannot be mathematically forecast, the speed of societal decline has surprised many who have long warned that religious extremism is devouring Pakistan.

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Origional KL bill contained important points in favor of the indigenous people of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP

by Shakeel Nizamani, Calgary, Canada

…Origional bill contained important points in favor of the indigenous people of Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP. The negotiating team from Pakistan got it amended and deleted the point in our favor. Right Wing extremists and establishment has been protesting against even the present aid bill that demands continuity of civilian and democratic set up. We need to encounter right wing propaganda by demanding the implementation of original version.

Courtesy: SANAlist

Most wanted Taliban

From much sought after to ‘most wanted’

By Zahid Hussain

Courtesy: daily dawn, Sunday, 31 May, 2009

The faces of militant commanders for whose capture the government has announced millions of rupees seem all too familiar. Just three weeks before the start of the latest round of military operation in Swat I met most of them — not in their mountainous hideouts, but in the official residence of a top bureaucrat in Mingora, barely a few hundred metres from the army garrison.

Accompanied by dozens of well armed Taliban fighters, Muslim Khan, Sirajuddin, Mahmmod Khan and some others (who are said to be responsible for killings of hundreds of soldiers and civilians) were being hosted by the former commissioner of Malakand, Syed Mohammad Javed.

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Military seeking revenge against Taliban in Swat for heavy causalities, senior offical says

Pakistan army tied to killings

by Jane Perlez and Pir Zubair Shah, Islamabad

Courtesy: Toronto Star, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Mingora – Two months after the Pakistani army wrested control of the Swat Valley from Taliban militants, a new campaign for fear has taken hold, with scores, perhaps hundreds, of bodies dumped on the streets in what human rights advocates and local residents say is the work of the military. In some, cases, people may simply have been seeking revenge against the ruthless Taliban, in a society that tends to accept tit-for-tat reprisals, local politicians said.

But the scale of the retaliation, the similarities in the way that many of the victims have been tortured and the systematic nature of the deaths and disappearances in areas that the military firmly controls have raised suspicions. Local residents, human rights workers and some Pakistani officials conclude the millitary has had a role in the campaign. The Pakistani army, which is supported by the United States and in the absence of effective political  leadership is running much of Swat with an iron hand, has strenuously denied any involvement with the killings. The army has acknowledged the bodies have turned up, but its spokesmen assert they are the result of civilians setting scores with collaborators. “There are no extrajudicial killings in our system,” said army spokesman Col. Akhtar Abbas. “If something happens, we have a foolproof accountability system.” Neighbours of the victims and Swat residents say there is something more going on than revenge killing by civilians. A senior politician from the region and a former interior minister, Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, said he was worried about the army’s involvement in the killings. “There have been reports of extrajudicial killings by the military that are of concern,” he said. “This will not help bring peace.” The operation in Swat, begun under public pressure from the United States, has been hailed by Washington as a showcase effort of the army’s newfound resolve to defeat the militants. The American ambassador, Anne patterson, visited Mingora, the biggest town in Swat, last week, becoming the first senior American official to go to Swat since the army took over. Now, concerns over the army’s methods in the area threaten to further taint Washington’s association with the military, cooperation that has been questioned in Congress and has been politically unpopular in Pakistan. The number of killings suggests the military is seeking to silence enthusiasm for the Taliban and to settle accounts for heavy army causalties, said a senior provincial official who declined to be identified for fear of reprimand by the army. – Source – Toronto Star, page – A12, Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009.

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To read more about Army Torture video at BBC Urdu, click here or click the following link of BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/10/091002_army_torture_video_zs.shtml

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Link to watch video of human rights abuses click here or click the following link;

http://pkpolitics.com/2009/10/01/human-rights-abuses-by-pakistan-army/

Jacob-j-Lew US Deputy Secretary, FATA Secretariat and CSOs of FATA

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai

The money provided to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill will not go directly to the Government of Pakistan. This was reported in a Pakistani newspaper few days ago.

Jacob- j- Lew , US Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources who recently visited Pakistan and NWFP (Pashtunkhwa) Province is said to have uttered these words.

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There is no Islam in Swat. The Taliban have finished it.

The Women of Swat and ‘Mullah Radio’

By a group of NWFP women

Courtesy: AIRRA.ORG

Islam started as soon as we fled from Malakand. People outside Swat think we had Islam and Shariat. There is no Islam in Swat. The Taliban have finished it.

woman from Mingawera, Swat, in a Sawabai camp

Where does one begin to tell you what they have been saying? It is difficult to explain because it is difficult for some of us to believe, to understand, and at times, even to empathise with. Between their rage and their tears, between giving each other solace and laughing at lighter moments, they opened up to talk to us. They shall not be named but they shall be heard by all of us today.

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People Not Celebrating Eid with Sauids are Qadiani -ANP Leader

Courtesy: PkPolitics, September 20, 2009

PESHAWAR: Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has said those who are fasting on Sunday stand by the side of Qadianis and ‘we’ can only be Muslims if we celebrate Eid with Saudi Arabia. He said this while talking after offering Eid prayers on Sunday, according to a private TV channel.

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Taliban – Fazlullah and his gang!?

by Abdul Nasir Khan

The following news items in two different dailies, if put together, would seem to indicate that there may be a surrender deal in the offing with Fazlullah and his gang. Maybe we will get to hear the good news before Eid. The News also suggested in a news item today that Muslim Khan’s capture was also a surrender under some deal (probably to release his family members) and made to look like a catch in order to protect him from his own Taliban.

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Poverty highest in Punjab, NFC told – Punjab needs more money – Oh Yes!!

Poverty incidence highest in Punjab, NFC told

Courtesy: The News, Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two committees to finalise vertical, horizontal resource distribution

By Khalid Mustafa

ISLAMABAD: On the second day of the meeting of the National Finance Commission (NFC), the participants were in for a rude shock when they were told by Punjab that it had the highest poverty incidence in the country, even more than Balochistan. The revelation came in the form of an exhaustive presentation made by the Punjab delegates here on Friday.

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Pashtun nationalism

manzoorejzWASHINGTON DIARY: Pashtun nationalism

by: Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 18th, 2009

Most of the time, secular Pashtun nationalists have highlighted their economic deprivation. But if the Pashtuns’ share in the army, the bureaucracy and the economy in Pakistan is higher than the proportion of their population, such an argument becomes a very hard sell.

In response to my last column (“Competing in Afghanistan”, Daily Times, August 12), a reader raised a very interesting question: what are prospects of secular Pashtun nationalism if the present turmoil across the Durand Line subsides? Although it is very difficult to make any forecasts in such a complicated and fluid situation, it appears that there are more chances that the existing state boundaries will continue to exist for a long time to come than otherwise.

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Even at the time of subcontinent’s partition, Sindhis’ decisions and thoughts were not influenced by religious extremism and Hindus were protected and safeguarded!

The following BBC urdu reports shows how religious extremism is coming into Sindh from NWFP through Maulana Fazal ur Rehman’s party and is affecting Sindh’s secular face. Otherwise, where even at the time of subcontinent’s partition, Sindhis’ decisions and thoughts were not influenced by religious fanatism and Hindus were protected and safeguarded!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/08/090812_shikarpur_music_rh.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/08/090814_nawabshah_marathon.shtml

Pakistan Energy Report- Sindh produces 31% more than what it consumes

Pakistan Energy Book 2008 Report
By Mohsin Babar
Please note: Mohsin Babar is an Islamabad based senior journalist, he writes for fortnightly Sindhi Magazine “Affair”, Sindhi Daily “Kawish”, and hosts a TV program from Islamabad for KTN News, a Sindhi News Channel.
Government of Pakistan has announced 7th Petroleum Policy yesterday on April 5th, 2009. New policy binds oil and gas exploratory companies to give maximum 50% of unskilled jobs to people of local districts.
Province-wise Oil per day Production
Total 70145
Sindh 39370 56%
Punjab 17856 26%
NWFP 12847 18%
Province-wise Consumption
Sindh produces 31% more than what it consumes
Punjab produces 30% less than what it consumes
NFWP produces 9% less than what it consumes
Balochistan produces 10% more than what it consumes
Gas Production in country

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Mr. Drone you are the real triumphant

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai

Oh, Mr. Drone you are helpful to Pashtun/Afghan and you are the only one to having capability to hit the real and actual target. Pashtun are your friends and do not feel that they will forget you. They will remember you as long as the world is there. You proved your efficiency at last and killed the one which was the blue eyed boy of the intelligence Agencies. You proved that you have the capability to strike those terrorists who make terrorism in Pashtun region.

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Taliban chief is probably dead

By Kamran Haider

Courtesy: Reuters, YahooNews

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan believes Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, was probably killed with his wife and bodyguards in a missile attack two days ago, the interior minister said on Friday. An intelligence officer in South Waziristan told Reuters that Mehsud’s funeral had already taken place, while Pakistani media cited their own security sources, saying Mehsud was dead.

“He was killed with his wife and he was buried in Nargosey,” the officer said, referring to a tiny settlement about 1 km (half a mile), from the site of the attack, believed to have been carried out by a pilotless U.S. drone aircraft.

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UNHCR Official Assassination is deplorable

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai, Peshawar

(The writer is a political and Social worker and can be reached on his email, srd.org.pk@gmail.com, musazai1975@gmail.com)

It was shocking to know that terrorists shot an official of UNHCR and his security guard at Kacha Ghari Camp in Peshawar where they had gone to see the condition of IDPs who have migrated from the restive districts of the Pashtunkhwa Province and FATA due to ongoing military operation against militants. Now a day in provincial capital Peshawar the incidents of kidnapping have risen to the extent that any one who is on road will have to feel the warmth of it and no one’s life and property are safe. Abductors can do any thing they want and any one comes under their vicious eyes will have to be taken away by them and then abductees will have to surrender to their conditions which they put before the poor soul.

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What do people in Buner think about ongoing war?

By Zar Ali Khan Musazai

About 3 million people from restive Swat, Buner and Dir migrated to comparatively safer areas of Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar and some others in down Pakistan , a small number where these IDPs were restricted to settle or encamp. In other three provinces of Pakistan some political parties and individuals opposed the entry of IDPs from Pashtun areas.

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