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Getting our act together

WASHINGTON DIARY: Getting our act together
by Dr Manzur Ejaz, USA
January 27th, 2009
Courtesy and Thanks: wichaar.com
The writer can be reached at manzurejaz@yahoo.com
In neglecting to protect the Pakhtuns and establishing law and order, the Pakistani state failed Pakhtuns miserably. It is this failure of the state that has led to the violation of its sovereignty, first by the Taliban and now by the US.

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Oil, Obama, And Pakistan- By Ahmed Quraishi

Courtesy and Thanks: RiseTheMag.com

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan-Publicly, America’s most immediate challenge after the government change is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil.

Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains.

Oil is running out, fast. And the remaining oil, including new reserves, lie in other people’s lands, closer to Russia, China, Europe and other powers. America’s global supremacy rests on an economic system based on easy access to oil. If someone else gets that oil, America loses.

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Obama’s tough challenges

senatorobamaWASHINGTON DIARY: Obama’s tough challenges
Dr Manzur Ejaz
January 20th, 2009
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com
Many of Obama’s staunch supporters from the left-liberal sections have already been disillusioned by some of his appointments. They feel betrayed by the way he is accommodating conservatives, and fear that the Obama presidency may turn out to be more of the same.

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Sindhi-American Get Together in Houston- Sindhis continue to play an important role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights

On Saturday, January 17th, 2009, the G M Syed Memorial Committee and World Sindhi Congress are hosting a gathering in Houston, TX to commemorate the 105th birthday of G. M. Syed, a leader who waged a nonviolent struggle against  fundamentalism and strove toward the emancipation of Sindh, territory  that is now a province in Pakistan. It is our pleasure to invite you to this event. Your participation would let Sindhis know that people around the world support their struggle for human rights, democracy and secularism.

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World Sindhi Congress will celebrate Saeen G.M. Sayed’s birthday in England, Scotland and USA

Report by Ali Memon, Information Secretary, WSC
Press Release January 13th , 2009
WSC TO CELEBERATE 105th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SAEEN G. M. SYED
London (UK): World Sindhi Congress will celebrate Saeen G.M. Sayed’s 105th birthday in England, Scotland and USA on Saturday 17th January 2009.
In England the ceremony will be held in London, in Scotland it will be in Hawick and in USA, World Sindhi Congress and G.M. Sayed Memorial Committee will conduct the celebrations in Houston. The events will include speeches, cake cutting ceremony and music. Saeen G. M. Syed (1904 -1995), a great Sindhi leader, who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement, remains a beacon of light for the Sindhi people’s struggle for national self-determination. He was repeatedly detained and imprisoned by authorities, spending more than thirty years without trial or ever being charged. He died in custody in 1995. The Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience. Mr. Sayed wrote extensively on Sindhi identity, history, and political conditions in Sindh. His views continue to inspire Sindhi writers, poets, political and civic leaders, and social and religious activists. He is widely respected for his forthrightness, courage, simplicity, and insightfulness.

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Old shoes waiting for ex- President Gen (r) Musharraf in New York

According to BBC Urdu Service, the activists of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf, and Pakistan – US Freedom Forum would ‘welcome’ former army dictator General (r) Musharraf and his former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz with old shoes.

PAKISTANI AMERICAN COMMUNITY EXPRESSED ANGER AND FRUSTRATION AGAINST THE GRAVE CRIMES OF MUSHARRAF REGIME BY PARTICIPATING IN A SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR MUSHARAFF’S RECEPTION AT PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF NEW YORK (USA) CALL. PAKISTANICOMMUNITY DEMAND FROM PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS CRIMES .

Asma Bajwa

Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf NY (USA)

SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE

PLEASE DROP YOUR OLD SHOES FOR GEN. MUSHARRAF’S WELCOME RECEPTION STOP BY BETWEEN 3-5 PM SATURDAY JAN 10.

ADDRESS: GORMAY RESTAURANT, 786 CONEY ISLAND AVE BROOKLYN NY

Musharraf treated Pakistan like a personal “Darbar”

uspkWhen are we going to grow a spine?

by Iqbal Tareen, Washington, DC
The writer can be reached at: iqbal.tareen@gmail.com
November 19, 2008

Musharraf should be tried for hundreds of disappearances, billions of dollars of mismanaged foreign aid, political assassinations including that of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, May 12th Karachi massacre, and
targeted killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was one of a few Baloch leaders who believed in a fair union in Pakistan.

General Ayub had the decency of living a private life after being deposed. General Yahya also followed the same suit. As far as General Zia-ul-Haq is concerned, God delivered the verdict on him. Even Pinochet had some sense of discretion. I do not understand what moral compass are we using to justify “Business as usual” with General Musharraf? He pitched Pakistanis against each other, he used political parties and groups as hit groups against his opponents, he treated judiciary and the Constitution of Pakistan like a personal “Darbar” and a scrap paper, he perpetuated religious extremism through his agencies as a insurance policy and a scare crow to stay in power, and he left Pakistan in a total disarray and in shambles. His last words were “Abb Pakistan kaa khuda ee hafiz hae” meaning “Only God can save Pakistan now” He was damn right. He had left no room for Pakistan to get back on its feet.

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Unwarranted fears

WASHINGTON DIARY: Unwarranted fears

People from India and Pakistan have an eternal inner bond, sooner or later the love of belonging to the same place overcomes all differences
by Dr Manzur Ejaz
The writer can be reached at manzurejaz@yahoo.com
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com

Vichoray da Dagh (Pain of Departing)

November 18th, 2008
It was evident that the hateful ideology taught at our schools and colleges could not overcome the eternal compassion that people of the same culture have for each other. It revived my faith in humanity and the capacity of human beings to forgive and love each other.

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Pakistan: Foreign Policy Past Its Expiration Date

Pakistan: Foreign Policy Past Its Expiration Date

Courtesy and Thanks: Brookings

Pakistan, Transnational Security Threats, Terrorism, Diplomacy, Foreign Aid

Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

The Washington Post

September 09, 2008- Bruce Riedel reviews The Duel, by Tariq Ali.

Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world. No other country poses the issues of al-Qaeda, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, nuclear war and peace, drugs, democracy, military dictatorship and Islam in such a volatile and combustible way. If there is another 9/11-like attack on the United States, the postmark almost certainly will be Pakistan.

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DR. AAFIA’S CASE: GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN VIOLATES BOTH NATIONAL AND INETRNATIONAL LAW

Ali Palh

Writer is Masters in Human Rights from Office of Human Rights and Social Development (OHRSD), working as Head of District Office, with   NonviolentPeaceforce, Sri Lanka.

apalh@nonviolentpeaceforce.org, nomipalh@yahoo.com

 

(What national and international standards and mechanisms protects Pakistani doctor)

 

Once read somewhere that an Ambassador of a country, based at Islamabad, commented for Pakistanis in this way:

 

“Price of a Pakistani oscillates between a bottle of whisky and a trip to United States; which has now been further degenerated into a trip to United Kingdom and a bottle of Pakistani gin.”

 

I remembered above words again when I was asked a question by one of my friends from Nigeria, during a dinner party at Colombo, Sri Lanka that how much time, you Pakistani people will take in delivering Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan to United States, if US increases few dollars in your annual aid?

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Road to Riches for Sindhis

By: Ali Nawaz Memon

We have been fighting for FAIRNESS IN FEDERATION of Pakistan. It means that we Sindhis have been asking for our share of riches or wealth of Pakistan. Of course no body listens to us. When I raised that question again during a seminar last weekend in Washington, I annoyed many non-Sindhi friends. They saw it as Punjabi and Muhajir bashing.

We must continue our struggle to make Sindh and Sindhis prosperous through political and collective means. However, personal struggle is the key for success. If we want to be rich, we must become familiar with ROAD TO RICHES.

As a practitioner of economic development, when I look around, I see many rich people. Who is rich? From point of view of Sindhis or average Pakistanis, some one who has assets of about one million dollars, is plenty rich. It does not mean that some one has a million dollars in bank account. It means that value of his home, cars, other investments is about one million dollars.

How did average American get rich, that is a long story. Let us focus on relatively rich Sindhis only in USA and Sindh.

Some are born rich. They inherit lands and business from family. Some have become rich through corrupt means of bribery and dishonesty. But let us focus on self made people who have traveled honest and hard road to riches.

I think blessing of Creator has to be there. After that, I see following characteristics of relatively rich friends:

1. They were good students in schools and colleges. If you are not a good student today, you have to start studying harder and become a better student. You can improve yourself any time.

2. They chose professions which had demand in the society– doctor, engineer, accountant, banker, business etc. People must need your expertise and service. They must be willing to pay for your service. You cannot become rich if your education and expertise is not in demand.

3. Not only they got degrees, but they learned and mastered their subjects. Every person with medical degree does not become rich. But if you have studied enough and become a good doctor, you have a good chance of success.

4. They entered professional field. Being competent and good in their field, they got jobs and learned more on jobs.

5. They struggled and got advanced degrees or education in Pakistan or abroad. Foreign education was not essential but helped a lot since they got higher and more specialized education. Many good professionals have become rich enough with pure Pakistani education.

6. They saved some money every month and invested it for purchase of home, land, business etc. The savings and additional income that it generates is very important towards becoming rich. As an example, a deposit of one lakh rupees in a Pakistani bank can get you about one thousand rupees per month for rest of your life.

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/e-groups, Feb 26, 2008