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Hon. Congressman Brad Sherman, Hon. Congressman Adam Schiff, and Hon. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney have signed the letter to have the State Department produce a version of the website of the U.S. Consulate in Karachi in the Sindhi language. They have sent the letter below to Honorable Secretary John Kerry”:
Dear Secretary Kerry,
We write to respectfully request that the State Department produce a version of the website of the U.S. Consulate in Karachi in the Sindhi language. This modest goal has the potential for enormous benefits for the United States’ diplomacy efforts in Pakistan. The response from the Sindhi population, including Sindhi journalists and intellectuals, to previous U.S. outreach in their language has been extraordinarily positive.
The Sindh province is home to tens of millions of speakers of Sindhi, which is spoken by at least 12% of Pakistanis and has more native speakers than the national language of Urdu. The translated website will serve as an important source of news and understanding of U.S. policy in Pakistan for a large segment of the population.
It is in America’s national interests to reach out to this historically marginalized segment of the Pakistani population in their native language. Sindhis in Pakistan help advance U.S. interests in the region by opposing extremism and violence. Many Sindhis, highly influenced by rich Sufi traditions, share our core values and seek our help in a more secure and safe world. We strongly support the translation of the U.S. Consulate website in Karachi to Sindhi.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups, SAPAC and Social Media
Twitter blocked across Pakistan over ‘blasphemous drawings’
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter on Sunday because it refused to remove material considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country’s top telecommunications officials. …
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Washington: Pakistani military had harboured Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with the knowledge of former president General Pervez Musharraf, ex-army chief General Ziauddin Butt has said.
An article on the Jamestown Foundation website, which cited Butt, said that despite denials, evidence is emerging that “elements within the Pakistani military harboured Osama with the knowledge of Musharraf and Kayani”. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is the current army chief.
Ziauddin Butt, a former chief of the Pakistan army, told a conference on Pakistani-US ties in October that according to his knowledge, then director general of Intelligence Bureau, Brigadier (retd.) Ijaz Shah, had “kept Osama bin Laden in an Intelligence Bureau safe house in Abbottabad”.
Osama bin Laden was gunned down May 2 by US commandos who mounted a daring operation using stealth helicopters.
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Renowned American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky signed an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday urging her to make a “strong statement” in support of Julian Assange.
Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a prominent critic of US foreign policy, joined scores of high-profile Australian lawyers, authors and journalists in signing the letter.
Noting the “increasingly violent rhetoric” directed towards Australian-born Assange, the besieged founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, the signatories said there were “grave concerns” for his safety.
The US government has now ordered all its employees to stay away from the WikiLeaks website even on their home computers and not read what the government still considers classified information. Big Brother keeps digging itself deeper into a hole …
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“Everyone has right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” – Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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When Wichaar gets blocked in Pakistan it is fine everywhere else. We have checked with the service provider in the US and they say it is not related to them. We have tried to check in Pakistan service providers and they have no clues. So, we yet don’t know if the authorities are playing games with us or something else. We will keep you posted. If you know anything about it please inform/advise us at email@example.com
A letter to the Honorable Speaker Sindh Assembly
It is disappointed that the site http://www.pas.gov.pk is only available in English and Urdu. It is indeed shameful that “Sindhi web version” is missing from one of the most important institution of Sindh.
Anyway, I searched for e-mail addresses of various senior officials but none were available. I therefore submitted my appeal to start work on the Sindhi version using the facility of the “Contact Us” functionality. My appeal is reproduced below. I urge other fellow Sindhis to do the same and as well send your appeals to prominent PPP leaders and senior government officials. To go to the “Contact Us” function, click the following link, write your appeal (feel free to use part or all of the text that I used), and click the “Submit” button:
I also plan to write letters separately to other PPP officials whose e-mail addresses are available with me. My recommendation is that we escalate our campaign for the addition of the Sindhi version further if the concerned officials do not respond to our appeal in the next few days.
——-TEXT OF APPEAL SUBMITTED ON http://www.pas.gov.pk WEB SITE —–
Dear Mr. Speaker,
Congratulations on the launch of the new web site of Provincial Assembly of Sindh. We are grateful to the Government of Sindh and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their partnership on this project. However, unfortunately, millions who can only read Sindhi and have no reading proficiency in Urdu or English will not be able to appreciate this great accomplishment. An immediate action from your office to add Sindhi version of the web side will be greatly appreciated.
We are cognizant of the fact that you have assumed the role of the Assembly leader only few months ago but the fact remains that the voters who can only read Sindhi played an extremely critical role in the last elections that enabled you to become Speaker and PPP to form government in Sindh.
The exclusion of Sindhi language from the web site of one of most important institutions is a clear violation of the “Teaching, Promotion and Use of Sindhi Language” law passed by this very institution on 7 July 1972. The clause 6 of this law requires that Sindhi should be used in offices, courts, legislature, and other institutions of Sindh.
We sincerely hope that this matter will receive your immediate attention and a Sindhi version be added before native Sindhis become further alienated from the representatives that they helped to elect.
Sep 5, 2008