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Punishment of Love marriage in Pakistan

Posted by sadiahaidarig on May 28, 2014


A 25-year-old Pakistani women, Farzana Iqbal was stoned to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court in Punjab province in a so-called “honour” killing for marrying the man she loved, according to police.

25 years frzana Iqbal was stoned to death by her father for her love marriage in Lahore.

25 years frzana Iqbal was stoned to death by her father for her love marriage in Lahore.


She was waiting for the High Court in Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer.
Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.
All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honour.
Cheema said Farzana had been engaged to her cousin but married another man. Her family registered a kidnapping case against him but Farzana had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will, he said.
Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, who view marriage for love as a transgression.
Around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year by their families in honour killings, according to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation.
The true figure is probably many times higher since the Aurat Foundation only compiles figures from newspaper reports. The government does not compile national statistics.

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Brutal murder of Social activist in Sindh

Posted by sadiahaidarig on September 28, 2013


Ms Khatoon social activist.

Ms Khatoon social activist.

Ms. Sahib Khatoon Mirani (24) a resident of Nangar Maiyani, Ghotki District in Sindh province in Pakistan was allegedly shot and killed by her husband Mohammad Ali on 20 September between the hours of 5 to 6 p.m. Sahib Khatoon was working with a NGO known as the Takleeq Foundation. She was appointed as a social mobiliser in the community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP). Prior to this she worked with World Vision and besides being an activist she was also a health worker and completed a nursing course. She married her cousin two years ago and this arranged marriage took place without the will of either the husband or wife. One month after the marriage the situation between them became serious and Sahib left the house of her husband and returned to her mother’s house where she stayed. This happened on several occasions and every time she left her husband would come and negotiate with her to come back.

Sahib’s father Mr. Wahid Bux Mirani died two years ago and on 11 August this year her mother also passed away. Due to the death of both her parents Sahib’s uncle, who was also her father in law due to her marriage to her cousin, came to her home and requested that she return to her husband’s house. She agreed and went home where for a few days the relationship between Sahib and her husband appeared normal.

Sometimes Mohammad Ali would take his wife to and from her office and sometimes this was done by her brothers. On the evening of 20 September her husband went to pick her up on the way home. In an calculated move to make her think that everything was fine and that he was a changed man they stopped near a water channel called Dingro wah which flows near a farm in Aarab kolachi in taluka and district Ghotki. However, after spending a few moments, as reported by a nearby farmer, Mohammad Ali, along with two companions took out a pistol and started firing at her. They left her bullet riddled body in some bushes near the Dingro Wah and ran away.

In the evening when Mr. Ramzan, Sahib’s brother learned of the brutal murder he took her body to the Ghotki Hospital where a post mortem took place. Ramzan registered the case against the husband and two unknown perpetrators. The First Investigation Report (FIR) containing the number 214/2013, 302/34 PPC (Pakistan Panel Code) was registered at the Ghotki Police Station. Ali was arrested but his two accomplices are still at large and are frequently seen in the area.

Mohammad Ali, initially confessed to having murdered his wife but the following day, after allegedly have dealt with the police by means of a bribe, recanted his confession and claimed that he had killed her in an honor killing due to Shahib having an illicit relationship with the NGO’s office driver. It has been reported in the local media that Ali has the support of the feudal leaders of Ghotki district who are now portraying the case as that of karo kari.

In the rural areas of Pakistan female human rights defender are frequently targeted by local influential persons and politicians who do not appreciate young women working for the welfare of the community. In the recent past they have also been the target of the Taliban. Ghotki district, Sindh province is top ranked in Pakistan for honor killings which are the easiest way of dealing with ladies who upset the established customs. There are many feudal leaders who are ruling in Ghotki that hold feudal courts called Jirgas which, despite being declared illegal, are still active in the rural areas of the country. These courts are used by persons who want to get rid of troublesome females by declaring them karo kari. In many of these feudal areas especially in Ghotki women are still seen as property.

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First FATA tribal woman files nomination for general election in Pakistan 2013

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 31, 2013


tribal womanIn an unprecedented development, a female candidate from Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) NW Pakistan has submitted her nomination
form to participate in the upcoming general elections.

Badam Zari from Bajaur Agency has become the first woman from tribal areas to submit a nomination form in a bid to contest for a national assembly seat, NA-44.

Earlier, the tribal traditions disallowed women to exercise their right to franchise.

Badam Zari said she was contesting as an independent candidate in aneffort to serve women from her area.

“I want women to prosper in all fields and stand side by side with men.” Zari added that she would actively campaign and keep herself informed with problems being faced by the residents of her area despite the law and order situation in the agency.

She praised the residents of Bajaur Agency in FATA and said they hold women in high regard. “In my opinion the residents of the area will support me.”

All of the FATA’s adults were legally allowed to vote in the Majlis-e-Shoora of Pakistan under the “adult franchise” granted in 1996.

However, Ian Talbot in Pakistan ,a modern History states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population.

In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA of NW Pakistan regions of Bajaur,Kurram and Mohmand Agencies not to vote under threat of “serious punishment,” while Mangal Bagh,cheif of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jammrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency.

The FATA is the poorest, least developed part of Pakistan. Literacy is only 17 percent, compared to the national
average of 56 percent, and among women it is 3 percent.

At least 3,299 civilian have been killed including women and children in north-west Pakistan consisting of Bajaur Agency in US drone strikes since 2004-2013.

More than thousands of females were living without their males under poverty line in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan.

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Angry mob burn 100 Christian houses in Lahore alleged blasphemy

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 9, 2013


mob-blasphemy-afp-670A highly-charged mob of thousands burnt more than 100 Christian houses in Badami Bagh area of Lahore city in Pakistan on Saturday to “take revenge of the blasphemy” allegedly committed by a Christian two days earlier.

According to some news sources the angry mob attacked on the Christian community in Joseph Colony!

The leader of the mob is one “Shafiq Ahmed”. We know his name, we know this is an enormous atrocity, we know these were innocent victims and yet we are willing to silently sweep this under the carpet,local media sources.

The SHO was allegedly “forced” to register an FIR against the “accused” to “placate” the mob. The Law Minister announced that the “accused” is in police custody. The “accused” being the poor Pakistani Christian, rather than those devils who whipped the mob into a killing frenzy.

Eyewitnesses said that the mob broke into the houses, looted them and burnt the remaining belongings on the roads.

Human rights activists claim the laws are often used to settle personal vendettas and last year two prominent politicians were assassinated apparently for speaking out against the legislation.This is a crime against humanity and the culprits should be brought to justice.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive subject in Pakistan – a nation of 180 million people, 97 per cent of whom are Muslims, and those convicted of defaming Islam or desecrating the Quran can face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

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Peshawar Mosque Bombing leaves 6 martyred,30 Injured.

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 9, 2013


At least 6 people martyred and 30 other were injured in LED blast inside Bilal mosque in Mina bazar area of Peshawer,NW Pakistan.
mos4At least 30 injured people were shifted to Lady reading hospital where four injured are in serious condition,lady doctor Rashda told the media.
Blast took place at 1.00 pm local time during prayer inside Bilal mosque located in Mohala Baqir Shah near the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar. The mosque is surrounded by shops, and most of the shopkeepers offer their prayers at the Bilal mosque,Peashawar .Imama mosque also Shaeed in the blast.
Khalid Hamdani SP City Peshawar confirmed that six people were killed and remaining 30 injured.Six kg explosive used in led,he added.
According to the IG Bomb Disposal Unit in Peshawar, the bomb was a ball bearing based device, with 3 to 4 kilograms of explosive material.
Mosque was damaged in blast

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Life of A Woman is Voilence in Pakistan

Posted by sadiahaidarig on February 12, 2013


womens_rights-violence_page_pic1Pakistan’s relationship with its women is rooted in a patriarchal feudal system feeding the country since before it was born. It’s an archaic system that has produced the men who run the country, negotiate domestic and foreign policy and penned sexist laws that made it easier for women to slide through the cracks. A lack of accessible education doesn’t help either. It’s not just one problem. It’s living in a system that hasn’t been built to accommodate the second sex.
Gender based violence has many shapes, forms and its consequences in our society.There are many people (mostly women) had been and still being victimized by violent cultural practices like Wanni,marriage with Quran,honor killings,Watta Satta and sexual harassment etc in Pakistan.
According to the United Nations Development Programme, 22.6% of the population lives below the international poverty line, on less than $1.25.PPP per day.These may have been the conditions in Pakistan since before 2001, but there has been no chance of improvement since then.
The population of Pakistan threatens to cross 190 million by July 2012, and women stand to make up roughly 47% of that number.

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Violence involving men and women, in which the female is usually the victim and which arises from unequal power relationships between men and women”. For every person who dies as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems.
According to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW):
The term gender-based violence includes any act which results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm. It includes violent acts such as rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder. It also defines threats of these acts as a form of violence.
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According to statistical data from UN, nearly 5000 women are killed in the world every year only in the name of ‘honor’.
Pakistan is not a country who has not seen gender based violence on the land. Thousands of individuals particularly women have been victimized by gender based violence. In the patriarchal society of Pakistan, women who make up 56% of the total population bear the brunt of poor governance, social and economic systems and feudalism.
kill womenThey face many forms of violence like rape, gang rape, forced marriages, acid throwing, stove burning, customary practices of Karo Kari and Wanni, domestic violence, sexual harassment at workplace, honor killings or Kari etc but has remained to be of no importance for judiciary of Pakistan, particularly the lower judiciary where even cases demanding immediate justice for the victim remain pending for months and years and even some people withdraw cases in the mean time because of the threats they receive from the opponent accused party.
This thing, instead of uprooting violence from the society, has given oxygen to elements who keep on assaulting women.
According to an estimate,
during the last ten years, 73913 cases of violence against women had been reported.
In this form of brutal murder, women are mostly the victims. In all the four provinces, honor killings have different names like Kalakali in Punjab, Karokari in Sindh, Siyakaari in Baluchistan and taurtoora in NWFP. According to United Nations Population Fund (UNFP) in Pakistan, every year, 1000 women are killed only in the name of honor.
For many people specially in rural and backward areas, it is a violence which may not be violence rather an act by ‘men’ to protect the honor of their family which according to their perceptions, give them full liberty to kill their wives if they doubt they have illicit relations with someone else and also kill their daughters and sisters who marry someone after their own heart and going against their family’s consent so that they could teach them and other female members a ‘lesson’.
The National Assembly of Pakistan passed a law for controlling this practice in 2004 however the statistics show such practices are still carried out.

Acid throwing is another brutal form of violence that we can see in Pakistan .In this, perpetrators of these attacks throw acid on the victim usually on their faces which not only disfigures their face, burn tissues of their body but also expose their bones and even dissolve them. The consequences of these attacks include blindness and permanent scarring of the face and the body. Mostly the women are victim of these attacks.Bashiran-Bibi-acid-attack-victimAccording to an estimate, up to 400 women fall victim to acid attacks perpetrated by their husbands or in-laws each year in Pakistan.
Reports have shown some reasons behind such brutal incidents. Usually, acid throwing attacks have been used as a form of revenge for refusal of sexual advances, proposals of marriage and demands for dowry. Property disputes are also one of the causes of such incidents.
Even though not all acid throwing cases are reported, an even lesser number of acid burn victims are provided any justice. Belonging to poor or marginalized fringes of the society, most acid survivors can hardly afford the cost of their own healing and are thus fated to continue suffering, lest the handful of relevant organizations succeed in reaching out to them. The victim is faced with physical challenges, which require long term surgical treatment, as well as psychological challenges, which require in-depth intervention from psychologists and counselors at each stage of physical recovery.Woman with black eye
Depression and anxiety are common amongst all patients with large burn injuries; however for victims with acid injuries, the physical scarring can lead to feelings of shame and embarrassment, resulting in the survivor living a life in hiding due to fear of prejudice and stigma from their peers and the community.
Recently,
Iftakhar chaudary Chief justice of Pakistan directed the government to do legislation on the rising incidents of acid throwing to control this situation. Various reports suggest that under this legislation, the culprit could be sentenced from life imprisonment to death along with heavy fine.
Nasira Bibi of Khairpur District received acid injuries. Her husband and his brother cut off her nose and threw acid on her face over domestic quarrel.
According to a survey,
nearly 150 incidents of acid throwing attack take place every year in Pakistan.
In May 2008, two women in Lahore received severe burn injuries when they were attacked with acid. Samar Noman and Naghmana Bibi were standing outside a school, where Samar was picking up her child, when Amir rode by an accompliance on a motorbike and threw acid on them. Amir’s proposal to marry Samar had been rejected by her parents ,according by HRCP Annual Report.
According to another report, Sajjad Ahmed, Khuda Baksh and Ahmed alias Doda threw acid on Rabia and her mother Pathani. Both sustained serious burns while Rabia lost her two eyes as well.crying_woman_290543
In Pakistan,Watta Satta and Vanni is a practice more common in rural areas than in Urban areas of Pakistan. In a survey carried out in 2004, in 178 villages of Punjab and Sindh, almost 92% marriages took place as a result of this practice. In some of the cases, the pair for marriage was of uncle and neice and the girl was of very young age.
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any young girls/women are forced into wed-lock against their consent. In urban areas of Pakistan, marriages take place with girls’ consent but it is in the backward areas where the problem lies.Despite the aforementioned Act, the tradition is still practiced in some areas through Vanni and Watta Satta.
Watta satta is a tribal custom in Pakistan of exchanging brides between two families. At the time of marriage, both families trade brides. That is, both families must have a daughter and a son and be willing to betroth them to a daughter and son of the other family. For example, in order for one to marry off his son, he must also have a daughter to marry off in return to the same family.
Majority of people regard Watta Satta as custom but it becomes violence against women when they are married off at the age although they should be imparted education. The constitution of Pakistan explains this by saying that no boy under 18 or a girl under 16 should be married.

The Vanni could be avoided if the clan of the girl agrees to pay money, called Deet. Otherwise the young bride may spend her life paying for the crime of her male relatives.A practice have shown the children given in marriage to old aged persons.
According to report by Human Rights and Legal Committee by Supreme Court Bar Association, Pakistan, 945 cases of Vanni were reported during the year 1999-2009. According to various news resources in 2008, 56 cases of Vanni were reported. However, no significant figures for 2009 have been made in the press releases.child marry
According to local media, 6 cases of Vanni were reported in Punjab during period January to May.

In 2006, Vanni and Watta Satta was regarded as crime in a bill passed by National Assembly which has provided the legal protection to women but the figures show more need to be done to ensure the protection in ground reality.

A five year girl was married in Mardan as Swara/ wanni and the local police was unable to register a case against the accused.
Rape is an other from of women violence that we see in Islamic State of Pakistan. Often, young girls and women are victims of gender-based rape in our society. Talking about rape cases against women, often, jirgas and panchayits had been found giving verdicts where people of victim’s party were ordered to rape the female members of accused.

Lubano, a resident of district Ubaro, was raped by two men, Abdul Sattar and Mohammed Anwer Hussain, on January 27, 2007. Later on, she was taken to a courtyard where nine other people abused her and physically humiliated her.
pakistan_2241438bAlso, in many other cases it has been found that women are raped in revenge for seeking divorce, refusing marriage proposals, marrying of their own choice, defying cultural norms and for many other efforts at independent decision making. Sexual Harassment is an advanced stage of rape.

physically humiliated her According to reports from news papers, during the period 2007-2009, 7,546 cases of rape were reported giving an average of 314 rape cases per month. Only in the year 2009, 2497 rape cases were reported out of which 1959 in Punjab, 221 in Sindh, 118 in NWFP, 27 in Baluchistan, 56 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 106 in ICT, 10 in Northern Areas.
In some cases,it is found that fake aalims and pirs were accused of rape that fooled people of getting away with evil spirits.
In some of rape cases, a gang or group of people is involved as perpetrator and a single individual is the victim. Also the victim is murdered in some rape cases specially under 15 years young girls also raped in rural areas.A young girl (20) was deprived of her one leg during an operation in Mayo Hospital to save her life after she got brutally wounded while thwarting a rape attempt.

Some reports suggest that men and even women were kidnapped to teach them a lesson and to force them to lead life according to Islam.

According to Bureau of statistics, Government of Pakistan, 84,265 cases of kidnapping for Ransom were reported during 1998-2007. According to Aurat Foundation, 1762 cases of abduction of women were reported across the country in 2008 and from the figures of 2009; reports from media and NGOs suggest that only in Punjab, 5624 women were kidnapped.

Domestic torture and abuse is a widespread issue in Pakistan and victims include women belonging to all sections of society. They are beaten, mutilated and even burnt by their relatives often on quite petty issues. Often the women in houses are less aware of their rights and that is why they do not think that this is infact, violence against them or even if they can understand that they do not have so much strength in their voices to raise them against the male chauvinist approach.

According to Aurat Founation, 300 cases of torture were reported in 2008 while in early six months 2009, 320 cases were reported in 2009 .

a woman from Gujranwala was attacked by her in laws for marrying after her own choice. Shabana’s nose was cut by her mother in law and four brothers in law while her husband was not at home.

Women have also bore the brunt of custodial violence. There are cases that were being raped under custody by police officials. But the sad fact is that 95% of custodial violence reports against women go unreported.women face

In Pakistan, sexual harassment is on rise. All women who face harassment suffer adverse effects, and according to some estimates, almost 80 to 90 percent of women face some sort of harassment in public places, educational sectors and in the workplace. Among the most common forms of harassment in Pakistan are the discomforting gazes that follow a woman wherever she goes, as soon as she sets foot outside her home.

About 8.2 million women are reportedly employed as unregistered domestic help, without the cover of even the flimsiest of labour laws.But harassment at the workplace in Pakistan take on special significance considering the amount of time an adult spends at the workplace and the spillover effects on career growth, worker productivity. Media reports suggest that there has come up many issues regarding sexual harassment in various working sectors but the authority could not take serious action against the person accused because of lack of policies on sexual harassment. h kill

The National Assembly of Pakistan approved a bill against sexual harassment on August 4, 2009 which was proved by senate as well but
lack of proper legislation and implementation it is useless.

In Pakistan, different NGOs are working to prevent and uproot the forms of violence from the Pakistani Society. They not only protect the victims, address their issues, help them raise their voices for justice and also bring awareness among the masses of Pakistani society against violence. Some of NGOs that are working include Madadgaar, UNHRCP, Aurat Foundation, ASAR, Shirkat Gaah and Acids Survivor Foundation Pakistan.
Since majority of the cases of domestic violence take place against women and to protect them male chauvinist society.


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Child activist Malala Yousafzai injured in Swat firing

Posted by sadiahaidarig on October 9, 2012


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Malala Yousafzai, a children rights activist and National Peace Award winner, was critically injured, along with another girl student, after a gunman fired upon her school van on Tuesday in Mingora town of district Swat.

Fourteen-year-old Yousafzai hails from Mingora and is known for her outstanding services for the promotion of girls’ education during the Taliban dominancy in the valley of Swat district of KhyberPaktunkawa province of  northwest Pakistan .

Police said a militant opened fire on a school vehicle when Yousafzai along with other students came out from the school and boarded the van.

Reports said Yousafzai suffered gunshot wound to her head and throat and was immediately shifted to Sadu Sharif hospital in critical condition.

She gained notability for championing the cause of the people of Swat by blogging for the BBC under a pseudonym “Gul Makai.” In her blogs‚ she highlighted the atrocities of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP)

For her courageous and outstanding services for the promotion of peace under extremely hostile conditions‚ she was conferred the first National Peace Award by the Pakistani government on 19 December 2011.

She was also nominated for International Children’s Peace Prize by Kids Rights foundation.

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Lost My World as Lost My Face

Posted by sadiahaidarig on February 10, 2012


Pakistan has been scarred with innumerable cases of women being subjected to abuse. Many of these cases are reported, while many others go unreported. Acid burnings are amongst one of the most horrifying crimes against women in Pakistan.

Azim Mai’s husband allegedly threw acid in her face last year after she refused to sell their two boys to a man in Dubai to use as camel racers. The 35-year-old mother of five from Islamabad can no longer find work as a maid because her deeply scarred face scares potential employers.

Acid burnings are among the most horrific crimes against women in Pakistan that are now criminalized in a landmark set of laws passed by the parliament. They stand to protect millions of women from common forms of abuse in a conservative, Muslim country with a terrible history of gender inequality.

Rights activists praised the laws Tuesday while stressing their passage was just the first step, and likely not the hardest one. It could be even more difficult to get Pakistan’s corrupt and inefficient legal system to protect women’s rights that many men in this patriarchal society likely oppose.

“This is a big achievement for the women of Pakistan, civil society and the organizations that have been working for more than 30 years to get women friendly bills passed,” said Nayyar Shabana Kiyani, who has lobbied for the legislation as part of The Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights group.

“We can’t really get good results until the laws are implemented at the grassroots level,” she added.

Mistreatment of women is widespread in Pakistan, a nation of some 175 million where most people are poor, only half the adults can read and extremist ideologies, including the Taliban’s, are gaining traction.

After a very long struggle for the right s of women, ‘Acid Burning’ has been officially criminalized in Pakistan in a landmark set of laws passed by the parliament.These laws stand to protect millions of women from common forms of abuse in a gender biased country like Pakistan.

In 2010, at least 8,000 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported, according to The Aurat Foundation. Because the group relied mostly on media reports, the figure is likely an undercount.

Women are discriminated against in other ways as well. Pakistan ranked third to last in 2011 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, only beating Chad and Yemen. The report captures the magnitude of gender-based disparities in things like health and education.

The new laws explicitly criminalized acid attacks and mandated that convicted attackers would serve a minimum sentence of 14 years that could extend to life, and pay a minimum fine of about $11,200.

Other new laws mandate a minimum prison sentence of three years for forcing a woman to marry, including to settle tribal disputes; five years for preventing a woman from inheriting property; and three years for a practice known as “marriage to the Holy Quran.”

Feudal families in rural areas of Pakistan engage in this practice so that women won’t receive marriage proposals and their share of the inheritance will stay in the family, said Farzana Bari, head of the gender studies department at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad.

“This legislation addresses the patriarchal traditions that have been used against women to violate their rights,” said Bari. “People have been doing these kinds of things for so long that they don’t even think it’s unjust.

Past bills aimed at protecting women have met resistance from Islamic and other conservatives in parliament. But the latest measures were passed unanimously by both the Senate and the National Assembly and will go into effect once the president signs them.

Mai, the acid attack victim who also has three daughters, was happy with the passage of the laws but favored even harsher punishment, including for her husband, who she said was in jail awaiting trial. It was unclear whether the new laws would affect her husband’s case, since the alleged crime occurred before their passage.

The couple was living in Rahim Yar Khan, a very conservative city in Punjab province, when he attacked her for refusing to sell their children, she said. Many South Asian children have been trafficked to the Gulf to work as camel racers.

“I lost my job, I lost my face, and I have been facing hunger and poverty,” Mai said during an interview at the offices of the Acid Survivors Foundation, a charity in Islamabad treating acid attack victims. “I am happy over the passage of this bill, but I will only be satisfied when authorities throw acid in the face of my husband.”

Previously, victims had to prosecute attacks as attempted murder or disfigurement and were largely unsuccessful, said Valerie Khan, head of the Acid Survivors Foundation.

“This is a clear message that impunity will not exist anymore,” said Khan. “It’s a strong deterrent message.”

Activists said it will take more work to change people’s attitudes and get the laws implemented, but they were prepared.

“It might take another 10 to 20 years to change society’s mindset and public will,” said Kiyani from The Aurat Foundation. “That’s a challenge for both the government and civil society.”

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Five Innocents Brutally Murdered without Any Charge by Forces in Pakistan-More victims of War against Terror

Posted by sadiahaidarig on May 25, 2011


QUETTA: Five foreigner people were killed including three women one was seven months having a baby in fake encounter by security forces in Quetta city of Balochistan province of Pakistan . While police and other law enforcement agencies’ investigators are silent about the killing on Tuesday of five Chechen suspects, witnesses say they were unarmed, had not put up any resistance and appeared ready to surrender.

Hospital sources said on Wednesday that the three women and two men had died on the spot of multiple bullet wounds and one of the woman was killed seven month pregnant.

All the bodies were found at a picket of the Frontier Corps surrounded by barbed wires.

According to officials who tried to reconstruct the scene, the suspects had gone to the checkpoint for shelter or to surrender
when they saw a heavy contingent of law enforcement personnel who had rushed to Killi Khezi after receiving a wireless message from a police post on the Airport Road about the entry into the area of a vehicle carrying suspected foreigners.

According to sources, they had hired the vehicle in Kuchlak, for coming to Quetta with the help of two local people. They had crossed two police posts, but policemen deployed at the third one told them to accompany them to the police station near the airport. While on way to the police station, the local men and the driver forcibly offloaded a policeman accompanying them and sped away. After some time, the driver, Ataullah, stopped the vehicle and refused to take them to Quetta. The Chechens stepped off the vehicle, offered prayers in a mosque in Killi Khezi and asked local people to guide them to an address.But all of a sudden they found themselves surrounded by police and Frontier Corps personnel.The frightened Chechens moved to the nearby FC post, apparently to surrender or take refuge.” They raised their hands as a gesture of surrender but law enforcement personnel opened indiscriminate fire at them,” witness Irfan Khan alleged.

A private TV channel telecast the shooting by security personnel and an injured woman waving her hand and pleading with them to stop firing.

“An investigation is under way on the basis of information being collected from some mobile phones and a diary,” Quetta police chief Daud Junejo told Dawn on Wednesday night. He insisted that the Chechens were armed and had hurled a grenade at the checkpost.However, no other official of the security agencies involved in the firing was ready to comment on the incident.

People who witnessed the action of law enforcement personnel expressed doubts about the official claims, saying that no
suicide vests, grenades or weapons were found from the bodies. Their hands and feet were tied with ropes. They were seems innocent. They begged their lives.

“I did not see any suicide jacket or bomb strapped to the bodies,” a senior journalist who was at the place when the incident took place told .

A senior police officer who had searched the bodies also said not even a knife had been found.

“Only five passports were found in their pockets,” he added.

The statements of police and FC officials were contradictory, too. Police said the Chechens were carrying suicide jackets, while FC officials claimed that they had grenades in their hands. Another question being raised here is why the suspects were not arrested when they were injured.

“They could have been arrested alive because they were unarmed,” an officer of a law enforcement agency said.

He said the suspects could have provided useful information. The officer said he believed that security personnel opened fire out of a fear that the suspects might have been wearing suicide vests. The bodies were lying in the morgue of the Bolan Medical Complex after postmortem.

Sources said the Chechens had not crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan in the recent past and it appeared that they had come to Kuchlak from North Waziristan.

Their passports had expired two years ago, an official said.

Amanullah Kasi adds: The Balochistan National Party-M, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, both factions of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and Jamaat-i-Islami have called for an impartial investigation into the incident.Leaders of the parties said there were contradictions in the statements of security forces. They claimed that they had information about the arrival of terrorists intending to carry out suicide attacks, but failed to explain how the suspects had managed to reach Kuchlak, near the provincial capital.

The leaders said all vehicles were searched at the Baleli checkpoint by FC, police and Levies personnel, but the Chechens appeared to have dodged them.

They said that if the security forces’ version of the incident had been correct, the suicide vests would have blown up when police and FC personnel opened fire on the ‘terrorists’.

Residents of Kharotabad said to media that police had made illegal demands on the foreigners before carrying out the “fake encounter”.

The residents were flanked by Provincial Joint Secretary Tehrik-e-Insaaf Saifur Rehman.

“The Chechen nationals were unarmed and possessed no explosive material. They were carrying prayer books, shampoos and some cloths,” the residents said.

The postmortem report belies Quetta police’s claim that all the five foreigners, two men and three women, had died in an explosion. A medico-legal officer of the BMC Teaching Hospital said that as many as 21 bullets were found from the bodies of the deceased.

Police surgeon Dr Baqar Shah, who conducted autopsies on the five bodies, said one of the deceased women was seven moths pregnant. “Body of the 25 to 30-year-old woman bore multiple marks of wounds. We have recovered four bullets from her body that caused her instant death,” he said, adding there was no splinter wound on her body. However, the surgeon added that the other four bodies bore multiple marks of splinter wounds.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani on Friday ordered a judicial inquiry into the killing of the five Chechens, who possessed Russian passports.

However, the chief secretary advised that a judicial probe by a high court judge would cover all the aspects of the foreigner’s deaths in Quetta. The Balochistan governor has also presented a similar suggestion.

Under the Balochistan Tribunals Inquiry Ordinance 1969, Raisani has made a request to the chief justice of the Balochistan High Court for assigning the task of the judicial inquiry to a senior judge.

Human rights groups hailed the chief minister’s decision to go for a judicial probe. Human right activists questioned police and others that how come a pregnant woman, in advanced stage of pregnancy, can accompany terrorists or was involved in a terror act.

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Death of Osama bin Ladin

Posted by sadiahaidarig on May 2, 2011


“In an intelligence driven operation, Osama Bin Ladin was killed in the surroundings of Abbotabad city of Kyber Pakhtunkhawa province in NW Pakistan in the early hours of this morning. This operation was conducted by the US forces in accordance with declared US policy that Osama bin Ladin will be eliminated in a direct action by the US forces, wherever found in the world.

Earlier today, President Obama telephoned President Zardari on the successful US operation which resulted in killing of Osama bin Ladin.

Osama bin Ladin’s death illustrates the resolve of the international community including Pakistan to fight and eliminate terrorism. It constitutes a major setback to terrorist organizations around the world.

Al-Qaeda had declared war on Pakistan. Scores of Al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attacks resulted in deaths of thousands of innocent Pakistani men, women and children. Almost, 30,000 Pakistani civilians lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the last few years. More than 5,000 Pakistani security and armed forces officials have been martyred in Pakistan’s campaign against Al-Qaeda, other terrorist organizations and affiliates.

Pakistan has played a significant role in efforts to eliminate terrorism. We have had extremely effective intelligence sharing arrangements with several intelligence agencies including that of the US. We will continue to support international efforts against terrorism.

It is Pakistan’s stated policy that it will not allow its soil to be used in terrorist attacks against any country. Pakistan’s political leadership, parliament, state institutions and the whole nation are fully united in their resolve to eliminate terrorism

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The real identification of Raymond Devis

Posted by sadiahaidarig on February 21, 2011


An American National 36 years Raymond Devis US consular employee in Lahore consulate was  killed two Pakistani motorcyclist by shot his illegal weapon  in  broad daylight at public place in Lahore city of Punjab province of Pakistan on 27 Jan 2011.

Davis (whose identity was first denied and later confirmed by the US Embassy in Islamabad), and the embassy have claimed that he was hired as an employee of an US security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, which was said to be located at 5100 North Lane in Orlando, Florida. Business cards for Hyperion were found on Davis by arresting officers.

Firstly, there is not and never has been any such company located at the 5100 North Lane address. It is only an empty storefront, with empty shelves along one wall and an empty counter on the opposite wall, with just a lone used Coke cup sitting on it.

His real name is Erik Prince .He is the CEO of Black water ,Zee worldwide and Dyn Crop and many other security agencies .Before holding this position he joined special services group of USA Army for 10 years and agent of CIA.He is commandoSharp shooter GPS Explosive device expert ,Directly assisting Obama for War on terror and he was given the task to select the target for Drone attacks on behalf of Pakistan Government .He was posted  in Peshawar consulate  of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province of Pakistan in 2007.

But due to this unethical and undiplomatic activities and conformed by intelligence reports of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Government declared him personanangrata and made request to Federal Government to deaf ear towards the demand of KPK Government by Federal Government the Provincial Government deport him from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.

“During the course of investigation, police retrieved photographs of some sensitive areas and defence installations from Davis’ camera,” a source told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity. “Photos of the strategic Balahisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar and of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the Eastern border with India were found in the camera,” the source added.

The police had recovered a digital camera, a Glock pistol and a phone tracker along with a charger from Davis after his arrest. The Punjab government considers Davis a security risk after the recovery of the photos of sensitive installations, said the source.

The Obama administration has been pressuring Pakistan to release Davis who, according to it, “is a member of the administrative and technical staff of the mission” and therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention.

Raymond Davis  employee assigned as a contract to the US Consulate in Lahore, Davis was likely not on the diplomatic list and probably did not enjoy full diplomatic immunity. He was probably considered a member of the administrative or technical staff. Protecting himself during a robbery attempt would not be considered part of his function in the country, and therefore his actions that day would not be covered under functional immunity. So determining exactly what level of immunity Davis was provided will be critical in this murder case.

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NATO Defeated In Afghanistan

Posted by sadiahaidarig on November 29, 2010


Amazing as it sounds, NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, may be losing the only war the 61-year old pact ever fought. All its soldiers, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and electronic gear are being beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen. This weekend in Lisbon, NATO’s 28 members face deepening differences over the Afghanistan War as public opinion in the United States, Canada and Europe continue to turn against the conflict.
President Barack Obama again painfully showed he is not fully in charge of US foreign policy. His pledge to begin withdrawing some US troops from Afghanistan next July has been brazenly – even scornfully – contradicted by US generals and strongly opposed by resurgent Congressional Republicans. Hardly anyone believes the president’s withdrawal date. Obama is fresh from groveling before Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. He pleaded with Israel’s leader to impose a short, token freeze on settlement building in exchange for a multi-billion dollar bribe from Washington of advanced US F-35 stealth warplanes, promises of UN vetoes, and raising the value of US arms stockpiled for Israel’s use to $1 billion. Rarely has a US president crawled so low. Israel will likely take Obama’s bribe, with more sweeteners, but not before rubbing his face in the dirt to show who really runs US Mideast policy and as a warning not to mess with Israel. The last US president to challenge Israel’s colonization of the West Bank, George H. W. Bush, was ousted in 1992 after one term. Obama appears to want out of the Afghan War. His final gamble of sending 30,000 more troops into the $7.5 billion monthly war has so far failed to produce the hoped-for decisive victory. But powerful pro-war groups, including the Pentagon, the arms industry and Republicans, are thwarting the weakened Obama’s attempts to wind down the war. Last year NATO member Denmark spent $415 million for its mission in Afghanistan, up from $135 million in 2007. As the nation’s total defense budget for 2009 was $3.87 billion, the Afghan war accounted for almost one-ninth of the country’s annual military spending. Denmark, which lost seven soldiers in Iraq, has already lost 31 in Afghanistan.
US, Canadian and European politicians who backed the Afghan War fear admitting the conflict was a huge waste of lives and treasure. Their political careers hang in the balance. Canada’s prime minister, who is trying to assume the former role of Britain’s Tony Blair as Washington’s most obedient ally, just announced 900 Canadian soldiers will remain in Afghanistan after his own pullout date, ostensibly for “training.” That, of course, is the new euphemism for staying on as a permanent garrison to keep the Afghan client regime in power. “Training,” as with US forces in Iraq, really means the old British Raj’s native troops under white officers. Canadian journalists who opposed continuation of the Afghan War, or exposed many of the lies that justify it, have been purged from their newspapers under pressure from the Harper government – which claims, ironically, to be fighting in Afghanistan for “democracy.” While the US heads deeper into war and debt, its European allies are fed up with what was supposed to have been a limited “police action” to eliminate al-Qaida bases. Instead, Europe got a full-scale war against Afghanistan’s Pashtun tribes raising uneasy memories of its 19th-century colonial “pacifications.” France’s new defense minister, Alain Juppé, openly called the Afghan conflict a “trap” for NATO and called for an exit strategy. He is quite right. By contrast, British Defense Chief Gen. Sir David Richards, warned, “NATO now needs to plan for a 30 or 40 year role.” In short, permanent occupation.

 

That may be the bottom line, at least for the imperial camp. Central Asia’s resources are the real reason. The US-installed Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, is demanding the US scale back military operations and night raids that inflict heavy civilian casualties. Washington counters that Karzai is mentally unstable. He is marked to be overthrown once Washington can find a suitable Pashtun replacement. America’s rational for invading Afghanistan was to destroy al-Qaida. But CIA chief Leon Panetta recently admitted there were no more than 50 al-Qaida operatives left in Afghanistan. The rest – no more than few hundred – fled to Pakistan years ago. So what are 110,000 US troops and 40,000 NATO troops doing in Afghanistan? Certainly not nation-building. Most reports show Afghanistan is in worse poverty and distress than before the US invasion. While the platitudes and synthetic optimism flowed thick at Lisbon, giant US Army bulldozers, demolition teams and artillery were busy leveling wide swathes of Afghan homes around the Pashtun stronghold, Kandahar.
In 2006, US Marines conducted a similar ruthless campaign to crush the rebellious Iraqi city of Falluja. The US is using the same punitive tactics in Afghanistan and Iraq as Israel employs on the occupied West Bank: targeted assassinations, death squads, demolishing buildings and whole neighborhoods to punish and open fields of fire. In fact, the US military has often been guided by Israeli advisors in such operations. Destroying large parts of Kandahar is a sign of growing US frustration and a sense the war is being lost. It certainly won’t win hearts and minds of the locals, the stated goal of US proconsul Gen. David Petraeus.
Like the rest of the Pentagon, Petraeus is determined that the mighty US military must not be defeated by Afghan tribesmen. The humiliation would be intolerable. Defeat in Afghanistan would bring demands for major cuts in the bloated US military, a Leviathan that consumes 50% of world military spending. Washington’s so-called national security establishment (in Britain they used to be called “imperialists”) also fears failure in Afghanistan threatens to undermine the entire NATO alliance. Europe is slowly re-emerging as a world power, however fitfully and painfully. NATO has been the primary tool of US geopolitical control of Western Europe since the late 1940’s. The Japan-US security pact has played the same role in north Asia.

 

The loss of the Afghan War by the US and its reluctant allies will call into question the reason for the alliance and likely hasten Europe building an integrated military independent of US control. America’s grip on Western Europe would be ended. That is why Afghanistan so unnerves Washington’s right wingers. The defeat of Soviet armies in Afghanistan in 1989 began the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Could the same fate be in store for the American Raj

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Where Pakistan Stand?

Posted by sadiahaidarig on November 13, 2010


 Security has become a major problem

Security of Pakistan as well as of  the citizens has become crucial for the future of the state. It has come to pose a challenge for both the government and the people in Pakistan. Prior to the emergence of current situation, many people believed that Pakistan had to counter only the external threats .

Now the internal threat and suicide bombing too had become crucial which associate with external. Rather this demands as much vigilance as the external threat like US drones attacks, NATO air jets shelling ,bomb blast and suicide attacks as well. The security and the well-being of the country now depends how best it deals with these two threats which is very difficult to handle by Pakistani security departments without any external help.

The events that followed Sept 11, 2001 have changed the situation all over the world. Former German Chancellor Schroeder had rightly said that the world would now be different. He said it would certainly not remain the same.

The former President of Soviet Union, Mr.Gorbachev has warned Nato that they cannot get victory in Afghanistan. He said there is better for United States that USA withdraws its troops from Afghanistan. The Former President said that his country pulled his forces from Afghanistan after ten years and Afghan victory is Impossible for them and United States as well and it is time to leave this region .

Violence has hit our country hard after 9/11. Some say it is on decline but many others strongly challenge this argument. They say it is not on decline rather it is on rise. Whether it is on rise or decline, people have begun to live with it as a dreadful part of their life. All the people being aware of the menace keep thinking how best they could meet the challenge. They put forward different strategies.

On one point they all agree that the problem of security demands immediate and prompt attention of all. It appears that something has gone wrong somewhere. People do not feel themselves safe and secure as they did about ten years ago. Everybody has to be on guard. Officials or private citizens, elderly or youth, men or women now feel compelled to take precautionary measures.

The security agencies constantly advise the people to remain alert. They should report to the police if they feel suspicious about any person in the area. Similarly, they had better keep themselves away if they find anything by the roadside that might arouse their suspicion.

Some people go so far as to say that they do not know when they leave their homes whether they will be able to return or not. The common man finds his life, property and unfortunately sometime even his honor at risk.

Every corner of the country is unsafe no parks, schools, shrines, mosques where people gather for pray, education and entertainment by terrorist attacks,hundreds of people killed in these attacks. The reasons for the situation having deteriorated to such an extent are varied and many in number.

The spread of militancy practically too all parts of the country has been the main reason for giving rise to fear and insecurity. The militancy has unleashed terror in many forms. These include bomb blasts, suicidal bombing, target killing kidnapping for ransom and street violence and robberies at gun point. Bomb blasts and suicidal bombing from Khyber to Karachi have made the people think more about their safety.

Such incidents as these can make anybody become an easy target and it could occur anywhere. This fear has begun to haunt the people at homes, this nightmare should be finish. The streets in their offices and you name any other place, they feel it there.

According to reports, 87 suicide attacks took place across the country last year. Nearly 1300 people were killed in these attacks. This figure is an increase of about forty percent in comparison with the preceding year.

 The CIA operated drones have been attacking Northern tribal belt for the last more than two years killing over 2000 people. The US drones have struck tribal belt especially North West and North South Pakistan almost forty times since September 2,30 times in October 2010 killing over four hundred people, mostly innocent tribes with terrorist.

The number of suicide attacks has been on the rise during this year than 2009 . Most of these attacks have been carried out by teenagers who had under twenty. According to the report of local Urdu News channel three hundreds of teenagers have been trained to be used as suicide bombers.

The personnel of security forces have suffered heavily in such acts but neither the women nor children were spared. The educational institutions especially those in the NWFP have been attacked by militants. They have been very harsh against the schools for girls. Why? About 100 schools for girls were destroyed alone in Swat.

The militants had taken over Swat. The life there stood paralyzed. The whole world felt shocked. The place was a major attraction for tourists from home as well as abroad. But the tourists had stopped going there.

Everything had come to a halt. Pakistan had to take action. Pakistan army came to the rescue of the country. It launched operation to take back the land well known for its scenic beauty. The army succeeds in taking it back but many of its brave soldiers had to render the supreme sacrifice of their life to restore the writ of the state.

The common citizens too had to pass through agony. About two and a half million local people had to leave the area during the military operation against militants. They moved to safer place as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) – refugees in their own country.

What more horrible situation could be there? However, it goes to the credit of the Pakistani Nation that it stood united to meet the challenge. Although these challenges were created for us after 9/11. Is it revenge or preplanned challenges?

This War mounded over the different Muslim countries. We don’t know how and where the militant come from .These militants are created for Muslims by others ,Who knows ? Life from now onwards would be new for them and thus their conduct and their attitude would also be different.

The threat to life and property has also had its effects on economic and social life of the people. The military operation also had to be conducted in North / South Waziristan. It had become the stronghold of militants and the State had to take action to restore its writ. It was launched last October 2009 and though militants have been driven out from large areas, the military operation has not ended as yet.

Action also has been taken in the Orakzai Agencyand other places of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Never before has military action ever been taken on such a large-scale in the history of FATA which stretches over a period of hundreds of years. This alone adequately describes the serious situation that prevails there. What more amply could be stated than that the United States had declared it from be the most dangerous area in the world?

 The United States is considered the sole Super Power in the world but here in this region, it too feels the threat to its security. USA  has launched drone attacks and violation in our North West areas of Pakistan territory.

Thousands of people have been killed but the United States says  do more ,do more need to be  ensure its safety and US drone attacks are  a part of their war . During these attacks innocent civilian have been killed By US Drone strikes, Air Jets and helicopters shelling and firing. NATO that came into existence to meet the threat of the former Soviet Union and its communist allies too is fully involved in Afghanistan.

NATO was set-up in 1948 to defend the Western but according to the organization itself; this has been the most difficult challenge for it. The precarious economic situation of Pakistan could be well imagined that it had been compelled to incur an expenditure of more than dollar thirty five billion to fight against terrorism. This it had to do for securing its border on the Western front.

In addition Pakistan has to bear a huge expenditure for the security of its Eastern borders. It is therefore that Pakistan should take every step it considers essential for its security on both the Eastern and Western fronts. By Saadia Sehar Haidari

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Shandur Polo Festival 7th to 9th July

Posted by sadiahaidarig on June 26, 2010


Shandur Polo Festival Shandur Polo Festival is going to be held on 7th to 9th July in Shandur. Shandur polo ground is located bout 3738 meter an above sea level and lies midway between Chitral and Gilgit. The most beautiful place of the world Shandure where trout fishing, mountaineering, trekking, hiking and of course, horse riding. Crystal clear lakes, snow covered mountains, alpine flowers and vast stretches of green grass, are added attractions.

This three days polo tournament will be organized by the Gilgit and Chitral polo clubs and Sarhad Corporation Tourism. The tournament will be held on Shandur Pass, the highest polo ground in the world at 3,700 meters (the pass itself is at 3,800m).Shandur create a center of attention for visitors to experience the traditional polo tournament which is being held since 1936 on annual basis in July between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit.

The festival also includes Folk music, Paragliding, dancing, bonfire and a camping village is set up. Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu have always played the game of polo closest to its original form. In the past, local Khans, Mirs and Mehtars were the patrons of the game. At times, more than 50% of the annual budget of their principalities would be spent on supporting the game.

Field polo requires two teams of 4 players. A full-size of large grass field is 300 yards long, and either 200 yards or 160 yards wide if there are side boards—these are generally 6″ high. There are tall collapsible goalposts at each end of the field spread 8 yards apart. The object of the game is to score the most goals by hitting the ball through the goal. Polo teams change direction after each goal in order to compensate for field and wind conditions. Players score by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet.

 A polo game has periods of play, known as chukkas (also chukkers or chuckers). This term originated in 1898 and is derived from Hindi chakkar from Sanskrit chakra “circle, wheel” or duration of rounds (compare chakka). Depending on the rules of the particular tournament or league, a game may have 4, 6 or 8 chukkas; 6 chukkas or rounds are most common usually, each chukka or round is 7 minutes long, but some games are played in shorter chukkas. Between chukkas, the players switch to fresh ponies. In less competitive polo leagues, players may play only two ponies, alternating between them.

 A game first played in Persia (Iran) at dates given from the 5th century BC, or much earlier, to the 1st century AD and originated there, polo was at first a training game for cavalry units, usually the king’s guard or other elite troops. Polo found popularity in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Pakistan and the United States of America. James Gordon Bennett, Jr. organized the first polo match in the United States at Dickel’s Riding Academy at 39th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City.

During the early part of the 20th century, under the leadership of Harry Payne Whitney, polo changed to become a high-speed sport in the United States, differing from the game in England, where it involved short passes to move the ball toward the opposition’s goal. Whitney and his teammates used the fast break, sending long passes downfield to riders who had broken away from the pack at a full gallop. Polo is now an active sport in 77 countries, and although its tenure as an Olympic sport was limited to 1900–1939, in 1998 the International Olympic Committee recognized it as a sport with a bona fide international governing body, the Federation of International Polo. The World Polo Championship of Polo is held every three years by the Polo. But Shandur Polo is held every year on same dates in summer.

 Like every year, a large number of foreign and local audiences are expected and the national airlines will charter special flights for the occasion from all around the country to Chitral. An estimated 10,000 national and international people attended this event in 2009 and similar numbers are expected this year.

Establishment of festival announced the special arrangement for national and international visitors. An official of Sarhad Corporation Tourism told that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Sports, Culture & Tourism Syed Aqil Shah will request President Asif Ali Zardari and other international guests to attend the event as chief guest.

This type of events shows and proves that Pakistan is stable, moderate and peace making country and Pakistanis are peace loving people and nobody specialy outside infulance can’t bulldoze our peace.

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He is alive again for new mission

Posted by sadiahaidarig on June 16, 2010


Osama bin laden is animate. The original name of Osama bin laden is “Tim Ousman” under cover CIA agent .He was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1957 into a Yemeni family, Osama bin Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 and join CIA to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda was started by a Jewish agent who learnt Arabic and Quran. During the Afghan conflict, Osama is also reported to have established many terrorist-training camps. Ahmad Shah Masood (Loin of Panjshir) Anti –Islam resistant leader of Afghanistan killed by Osama .After killing Masood he had cleared the road for others to enter into this region. Once again he came out from his grave and in the head line of the media. He is in the ring now. How he will appear again, again and again?

Think is there no al-Qaeda and no Osama bin laden. It is a propaganda used by super powers to destroy Islamic countries one by one. According to this statement all Muslims world and special those who are living in Asia shall ready for new assignment from first world. We don’t know what the philosophy is and psychology behind this propaganda by seculars.He is the main character of the main drama against Muslim community.

We should become in unity other wise we do not finish it easily. Because when we do unite the counter to there end will start ticking that day.

Few month before Fox News, CNN and BBC channel broadcast the footage and picture of Osama Laden on 25 Jan bin 2010?

Numerous audio and video statements purporting to be from Bin Laden have been released, but their authenticity has been continually questioned.

Bin Laden has issued around 40 statements since 9/11, and many include clear contemporaneous date references and certainly are faked.

What do you think that footage which is broadcast in Jan 2010 was new? Obviously not Osama was dead in Afghanistan on 2002 .His terrible death was confirmed by FBI’s counter-terrorism chief Dale Watson, White House, CNN and BBC in 2002 during the period of W. Bush former president of America.

But one thing in the footage which was broadcasting on the news channels was same as the footage of 2001, 2002, and 2007…….. None of them can be proven to be authentic. Certainly of them can be shown to be almost fake .

Osama is looking in the video as old as 2001.The authenticity of all of the videos is questioned by David Ray Griffin, a former theology professor and member of the 9/11 Truth Movement, which also questions mainstream, accounts of the attack on the World Trade Centre. He is operating these tapes of al-Qaeda and some other forces an interest in manipulating it to look like current tapes. It is easy to digitally manipulate voice to say anything. Everyone can change months, years, tape vowels, syllables and change it.

Mr Griffin calls it “Blackbeard: the terrorist tape”. Bin Laden’s trademark grey beard has been replaced with a neat, jet-black beard, and there are a number of frames in the video, Where Bin Laden carries on speaking but the picture of him freezes.

Its validity is questioned by the former agent of CIA. Robert Baer dismisses the suggestion of a conspiracy by Western intelligence but thinks that al-Qaeda may have faked the video.

The world has been changed into technology world. You can generate every thing easily by technology. Even you can get the universe with technology without it you can not conquered the whole world .All the super power use it for their interests.

There would be a number of people involved in this propaganda and word of it would have spread by now.

According to “MSNBC”The report that he was suffering form Diabetes, Hepatitis C, and an “untreated lung complication” and would have had to “walked unmolested” out of the craggy mountains of Afghanistan under the surveillance of “thousands” of special operations troops with at least one kidney dialysis machine in pull. The report also does not mention that electricity to power dialysis machines may be difficult to generate on the move through the mountains of Afghanistan.
There are about 30 close associates of Osama bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some Taliban friends attended the funeral ceremony after his death. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay tribute to their leader.

that it was looked The Taliban source who claims to have seen Osama bin Laden’s face before burial said “pale … but calm, relaxed and confident.”

The other source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his last rest place was made as per his Wahabi belief. He is buried in Tora Bora.

Osama bin Laden had no feelings of guilt before death. But he was proud that he succeeded in his mission of igniting awareness amongst Muslims about hegemonistic designs and conspiracies of “pagans” against Islam his close friends told.

Bin Laden held the view that the sacrifice of a few hundred people in Afghanistan was nothing, as those who laid their lives in creating an atmosphere of resistance will be adequately rewarded by Almighty Allah, “Taliban sources said.”

It is mystery that how the dead man alive again and moving around us. May be his soul is wondering around the world. We believe that Osama was killed by drown attacks and heavy bombardment .So what is the new propaganda against Muslims. With our economy and development disaster, our deficit and national debt skyrocketing, our infrastructure crumbling, killing of innocent civilian and our military stretched to the limits, Pakistani must ask themselves and from American’s policy makers, and realize them Osama and his agenda finished with him.

Is this one man really worth it? Especially considering the real possibility that he may already be dead? Or is it possible that the government, with the help of the mainstream media, is scaring the Pakistani people into prolonging a war that can only have one outcome – exiting Afghanistan?

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PFUJ report on the eve of International Press Freedom Day

Posted by sadiahaidarig on May 3, 2010


PFUJ report on the eve of International Press Freedom Day Once again the journalists’ community in Pakistan, like in other parts of the globe, observed the International Press Freedom, but working conditions for them are still poor and pathetic. There is still no visible improvement in working conditions for journalists and media persons in the electronic and print media, they are still working on dismal wage structure, they have no professional liberty and growth, and there is no protection to their lives, Overall working environment is discernable. As usual the Pakistani journalists appear to be compelled to work under deep stress due to widespread unemployment, lock-outs, retrenchments, killings during their performance of professional assignments as an environment of fear and terror is not let lose by pressure groups, mostly ethnic parties, terrorists and the Taliban.

WORST YEAR Year 2009-2010 was the worst in the history of Pakistani journalism during which as many as 21 journalists lost their lives and more than 45 were wounded at the hands of terrorists and suicide bombers. An overwhelming majority of journalists had to face severe economic stress during that period. There were sporadic incidents of violence against journalists in Balochistan and some other parts of the country, no major act of ban, censorship, suppression or prejudice by the government came to light. Although there was no major act of ban, censorship, suppression or prejudice by the government, there were sporadic incidents of violence, atrocity or harassment against journalists in Balochistan, and some other parts of the country, at the hands of pressure groups or agencies. A marked increased was noted in the occurrence of incidents of torture and altercations, implication in criminal cases and hindrance in discharge of professional duties by terrorist groups and ethnic organisations. A marked increase was also noted in incidents of attacks on media persons by members of various professional organizations, especially doctors and lawyers who have traditionally been very close to the journalists as they belong to an educated class.

NECOSA & ROLE OF JUDICIARY Despite a proactive and highly inspired judiciary in Pakistan, it is yet to pay attention to problems faced by journalists, and safeguard their economic rights. On the other hand, ignoring the plight of newspapermen, implementation of the 7th Wage Award, which has already been notified in the official gazette and is a part of law itself, has been kept under suspension and the tribunal constituted for implementation of the wage award, namely, Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees, constituted under the Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973 (NECOSA) has been restrained from taking any coercive action against newspaper owners on their failure to implement the wage award.

ONWERS CARTEL & IMPLEMENTATION TRIBUNAL While journalists lack resources to fight cases in courts or protect their members from being illegally sacked or pressured by owners in media organizations, the owners cartel, the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), whose prime object is to protect economic interests of media tycoons, and which gets subscriptions from owners in millions, has filed cases in various courts, challenging the law itself, its vires, or the operation of tribunal. Under such circumstances, the Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees constituted under the Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1973, failed to prove effective under the circumstances. The Sindh High Court is hearing newspaper owners’ petitions for the last nine years without any judgment in any case and has held the implementation of the 7th Wage Award in abeyance, although journalists believe that justice delayed is justice denied. Due to machinations of the powerful and influential group of newspapers owners, which is known to be the mightiest pressure mafia of Pakistan, journalists are appearing in court cases although they have lost hope for justice. They have not enough resources to challenge owners’ maneuvers in courts of law with same force, although the PFUJ and the concerned UJs are doing their level best and appearing in courts regularly. The owners’ cartel, the APNS, has succeeded in thwarting and defeating pronouncements of Chief Justice of Pakistan, and succeeded in keeping the implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award in abeyance by maneuvering to get a restraint order from the Singh High Court through clever tactics. The owners’ mafia is so strong that no person or agency can dare probe, check, or inspect working conditions prevailing in media houses, as per prevailing laws. The owners’ mafia is the most privileged class of Pakistan as they enjoy exceptional and preferential concessions in terms of taxes, duties, levies and sanctions, by virtue of the media power commanded by them. As a consequence to these circumstances, the media persons are forced to work on the 14-year-old wages and fringe benefits fixed under the 6th Wage Award as on July 1, 1996, whereas there has been tremendous increase in the salaries and allowances of employees of other departments since then, but poor press workers and journalists have been deprived of these benefits. Some major newspaper groups who had earlier increased salaries of journalists under the head of ex gratia as per market dynamics on the recommendations of their editors (because most of journalists were leaving those organizations in search of better pay packages), are bent up to deduct that amount being paid under ex gratia as soon as decision of the seventh wage award is announced. They are seeking undertakings from journalists that the amount would be adjusted, and recently the Dawn Media Group adjusted an amount of Rs. 67,000 against the payment made in the salary of each worker on the head of ex gratia after a petty agreement with the Dawn Union. The management had to pay this amount as it was payable since 1994 at the rate of Rs.300 per month in view of judgment of Faisalabad Compensation Court in the case of Shamsul Islam Naz vs Dawn Group of Newspapers.

 ANNUAL INCREMENTS AND PROMOTIONS DENIED On the other hand, journalists and workers in newspaper organizations are working in great stress and are being denied promotions, move-overs, and their other lawful dues by the managements. Some major organizations, including Dawn, Jang, Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Times, have introduced contract system of hiring and have been indulging in recruitment on contract for six moths to two years or they have re-hired some senior journalists after their retirement, but are not extending any other benefits including medical, leaves, overtime, night allowance, five per cent, cost of living allowance, etc., but have mentioned their posts as “Consultant”. Although they are doing journalistic work, they are not being mentioned as editors, assistance editors etc. They are being denied medical facilities, unlike other regular employees. 600

JOURNALISTS SACKED At least 600 media workers have been sacked from various channels and newspapers during the period under review, only to save their salaries while their share of responsibilities is shifted on the remaining employees who are subjected to over-work on the same wages, because no institution in Pakistan is strong enough to curb the activities of the said mafia. A brief account of the view point of the PFUJ about the events which took place in Pakistan events relating to the media persons during the period from 2nd May 2009 to 3rd May 2010 is given below:-

JOURNALISTS KILLED Security continues to be one of the most significant challenges for journalists and media personnel throughout Pakistan, particularly in the conflict and insurgency-prone frontier regions. The data on journalists killed and wounded in the line of duty makes a grim reading. Other threats, such as physical intimidation, abduction and constant harassment remain very much present. In Pakistan’s conflict zones, rival groups seek to dictate the content and tone of news coverage. The country lost eight journalists in 2008, while 2009 has been equally grim. The murder of Musa Khankhel while he was reporting on a truce negotiated in the picturesque but turbulent Swat Valley in Pakistan’s North-West shocked the Country.

D I KHAN: On Jan 4, 2009, media workers, Tahir Awan and Mohammad Imran, were killed in a grim enactment of the “twin-blast strategy” in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa. Both had rushed to the scene of a bomb blast as police and forensic experts reached the site. In the meantime, another bomb planted there went off when enforcement officials and journalists reached there.

KHUZDAR: On April 13, 2009, Hajji Wasi Ahmed was shot and killed by snipers in Khuzdar. He was a highly respected correspondent of Daily Azad and Daily Balochistan Express. He was also president of local newspapers body.

RAWALPINDI: On Jan 25, 2009; unknown assailants gunned down Aamer Wakil, a senior journalist for Rohi TV and editor of a local daily, Awami Inqilab. A week later, his brother, Kamal Azfar, also a journalist survived an attempt on his life. In March 2009, Raja Asad Hameed of The Nation was killed by unknown assailants in Rawalpindi. SWAT: Swat has particularly been a dangerous place. On Nov 8, 2008, Qari Mohammad Shoaib, a correspondent for two Mingora-based dailies, was shot dead in the region. Security forces later admitted that he was the victim of a case of mistaken identity. Siraj-ud-Din, of The Nation, was killed in a suicide blast while covering the funeral of a slain police officer in Mingora. On Aug 30, 2008, Abdul Aziz, of the daily Azadi and Khabarkar, was killed during a security operation in a Taliban hideout in Swat, two days after he was reportedly abducted by militants. Musa Khankhel was killed in February 2009 by unknown assailants. He was killed after abduction as he was reporting peace accord in Swat. Peshawar-based Afghan journalists Janullah Hashimzada, was killed by unknown people in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency while he was on his way to Peshawar from Afghanistan in a passenger coach. Senior reporter of Express News Javed Afridi was kidnapped for ransom and remained in the captivity of kidnappers for 25 long days. The kidnappers had been demanding Rs.6 million as ransom from Khyber Union of Journalists. He, however, LEAs managed his escape good from clutches of kidnappers. Tribal Belt: Pakistan’s tribal belt is a most hazardous war zone, where reporting is being carried out at the cost of life. On 22 May 2008, Mohammad Ibrahim of Express News was gunned down in Khar in the Bajaur tribal region after he interviewed a Taliban spokesman. And in what seemed to be a clear attempt to dent professional morale among journalists, two attempts were made in January and February to destroy the Bajaur Press Club as well as Wana Press Club, Wana, in the South Waziristan Tribal Area. Journalists unpaid in

FATA: Journalists in Tribal Areas are working in extreme life threatening conditions, but except for some, a large number of them are not being paid salaries by the print media and some of the TV channels. According to local affiliates of the PFUJ, 90pc of tribal journalists are unpaid. Media groups are forcing their reporters to take bribes from administration as they are not paid salaries. The government and political administration have taken no measures for security and protection of the tribal journalists. Threats from non-state actors have increased over the years. Therefore, there is a dire need to seriously address the difficulties faced by the tribal journalists. Access to information here is impossible, which is a great problem. Journalists are not well equipped for reporting in the sensitive tribal zones which was resulting in loss of lives of journalists. Displaced journalists from Swat valley: All the media people from the restive Malakand division had to leave their homes for safer areas after the military operation was launched in Swat. The PFUJ and its affiliated KhUJ registered 240 displaced journalists from Swat Valley who were extended financial and material support with the help of government and non-government national and international bodies. Journalists in the tribal areas too got displaced due to threats from militants or military operations there. The media persons were expelled from the twin agencies of Waziristan and were branded as spies. Same was the situation in Khyber, Mohmand and Bajaur Agency. The house and office of Sahibzada Bajauddin, a Bajaur based journalists were demolished. He has been living as internally displaced person in Peshawar for the last eight months. Scores of journalists have been shifted to Peshawar and other districts from the tribal areas and are living as displaced persons. In Peshawar media outlets received many threats.

 BALOCHISTAN: In strife-torn Balochistan, Abdus Samad alias Chishti Mujahid of Akhbar-i-Jehan, was killed for his critical articles on Balochistan’s independence movement and its late leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti. Khadim Hussain Sheikh of Channel Five and Khabrain, was gunned down in Hub, on Feb 10, 2008, apparently due to his reporting on smuggling in border areas. Balochistan’s depressed Press: Mediamen in Balochistan are currently confronted with threats from the government, predominantly the Frontier Corps (FC), the underground armed groups and the sectarian organizations. Fear, insecurity and uncertainty shroud Balochistan’s journalistic scene at the moment. Reporters find themselves trapped in a situation where almost every party in the conflict wants to dictate them and expect overt backing of their policies in the media by the journalists. Newspaper’s office besieged: The office of Daily Asaap, an Urdu daily in Quetta, a voice of dissent, was besieged by the Frontier Corps (FC) in August 2009. The siege lasted for two weeks. Threats intensified as a military tank was stationed outside the newspaper office. Guns were brandished over newspaper staff. Disappointed over increasing threats faced by its staff members, the newspaper finally decided to shut down. That was the end of Asaap. Journalist threatened Abid Amin is the Bureau Chief of Balochi language satellite channel, Sabz Bath Balochistan (SBB) in District Turbat. Like so many of his peers, he had been threatened not to cover the first death anniversary of three Baloch leaders— Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir and Sher Mohammad who were allegedly kidnapped and subsequently killed by the Frontier Corps (FC) personnel last year. Amin defied. Two weeks ago, he went on to cover the anniversary celebrations for his news channel. Soon, he was picked up allegedly by the FC as a punishment. The reporter went “missing” for three long days. Not a single “national” newspaper or news channel reported his disappearance. The reporter resurfaced after concentrated protests from the local communities. He ended up as a “gentleman” once he was released by his captors. Khuzdar press club In Khuzdar District, the local press club was threatened recently by a shadow organization, identifying itself as Baloch Defense Group. The underground outfit warned to “punish” all those journalists who venture to report activities of Baloch Nationalist Parties and the armed groups. Thus, the fresh dictation restricts reporters from filing stories about bomb blasts, target killings and political rallies of nationalist parties. The local journalists say they do not know much about command and structure of the newly formed organization. Nonetheless, they take the organization very seriously as it had recently claimed responsibility for a firing incident on a political rally in Khuzdar which killed two Baloch students and then a bomb blast at a Balochi Cultural Programme inside Government Degree College Khuzdar that killed two more students. Once the threats were reported in the media, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) officially expressed their concern over the situation being faced by the journalists in Khuzdar. On their part, the pressmen in the district say that they deem it their professional responsibility to report every event that takes place in their district regardless of the fact who masterminds these events. It is unethical to dictate journalists what to report and what not. TV journalist loses life Malik Arif, a senior television journalist lost his life in a suicide bomb blast at Quetta’s Civil Hospital while performing his professional duty. He was covering an impending protest by sympathizers of a prominent Shia bank manager at the hospital when a suicide bomber struck. Malik died on the spot while five more television journalists sustained severe injuries in the attack. Late Malik Arif undoubtedly spent a secularly gallant journalistic stint expanding for more than 30 years. Balochistan Govt’s response Balochistan government’s response to the tragic murder of Malik Arif was disgusting. The big guns in the provincial capital simply exploited his killing as a golden opportunity to make headlines with their statements of condemnation in the local newspapers. Out of 50 ministers in the provincial cabinet, none turned up to attend the funeral of the slain journalist which indicated the provincial government’s lack of interest in fighting terrorism or admiring the media’s courageous role in bringing the truth to the masses. Quetta: The journalists’ community in Quetta has been outraged over the little amount the Chief Minister has announced as compensation for the dead journalist and the injured reporters. Criticizing the government perhaps would not help at this occasion, nor is it the biggest issue at the moment. There is a need for integration among all media organizations and groups striving for rights of journalists to cope up with the emerging challenges the journalists are facing in the wake of the war-like situation that has engulfed the whole country in its grip. Media organizations, mainly the news channels, must arrange safety training programmes for journalists to acquaint them with techniques to grapple with emergencies. Similarly, groups striving for rights of the journalists should press owners of media houses to give full insurance to their employees so that their families do not suffer too much in case of a journalist’s untimely death or injury. In the current unchanged circumstances, the days ahead seem to entail more hardships for the pressmen of Balochistan and less relief from the other side(s). All these observations reflect an abysmal state of the press freedom in Balochistan. These help us understand various dimensions of the threat journalists are facing in the volatile Balochistan province.

MIANWALI: In Mianwali, Punjab, on Nov 3, 2008, Abdul Razzak Johra, of Royal TV, is believed to have been murdered because of his reporting on drug-related crimes. DADU: On Aug 12, 2008, in Sindh, Mohammad Azeem Leghari, of Dharti TV and the daily Hulchal, was killed in Dadu in broad daylight.

THREATS BY TERRORISTS The media persons, especially those working in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and conflict areas of this province are constantly under threat of life and are forced to work without any protection from media owners and government. The terrorists did not even spare the Peshawar Press Club which fell victim to a suicide attack, claiming lives of 4 employees of the club and injuries to 32 others, including journalists. Likewise, Geo News reporter Faheem Sidiqui was injured while his eight-year-old son and one of his nieces died in Karachi blast on Ashura Day suicide attack. Brother of another reporter Rajab Ali and sister of Kamran Mansoor (The News Reporter) also died in this incident. Apart from this, three most senior journalists, and activists involved in trade union activities of the media persons who rendered valuable services for the community also lost lives due to heavy pressure and stress. They include Tasawar Abbas Shah, President, Jang Employees Union, Lahore; Najeeb Ahamd, former President of the KUJ and Karachi Press Club, Suhail Qalandar, Resident Editor of Urdu Daily “Express” Peshawar, Vice President of PFUJ and former President of Peshawar Press Club. Mr. Qalanadar also remained in the captivity of terrorists for over 65 days who kidnapped him while he was going to his office.

BALOCHISTAN: The PFUJ observed that in the recent past journalists working in Balochistan, including Dr. Chishti Mujahid, Hajji Wasi Ahmed and Amanullah Nichari, lost their lives while performing their professional duties, yet no notice has been taken by the government to take the killers to task. The majority populated Balochs complain that state intelligence agencies influence hiring and firing policies of several private news channels and newspapers. Most Balochistan offices of key media houses of the country do not have a single Baloch reporter as they are often discriminated against because of their alleged anti-government views. A Quetta-based Baloch Bureau Chief of a leading news channel was sacked from his job reportedly on the instructions of security forces after he interviewed the chief of Jundullah, an Iranian Sunni militant group, who is wanted by Iran and accused of hiding somewhere in Pakistan. The state apparatus got the Baloch journalist fired under the pretext that the interview undermined Pakistan-Iran relations,” the PFUJ maintained. On Sept 4, 2009, a Baloch journalist Irshad Akhtar was badly beaten up by FC personnel and his video camera was snatched by the authorities during a clash between FC personnel and women protestors in Turbat district. In Bolan district, a Baloch journalist, Rehmatullah Shaheen, correspondent of anti-government Daily Tawar, has been charged with terrorism allegation. “Terrorism charges against Rehmatullah Shaheen would give warning signals to the rest of rural correspondents across Balochistan to think twice before reporting objectively from their respective areas regardless of poor governance in the area. Unfortunately, Balochistan has a depressing history of state-sponsored victimization of rural journalists in the province. “It is also a hard fact that Rashid Azam, a Khuzdar-based journalist, working for Urdu Daily Intikhab was picked up by security services and subjected to severe torture for the odd reason of “chatting” online with an Indian citizen. The fellow was tortured to such an extent that he not only quit journalism after his release but also formally joined pro-Pervez Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-i-Azam).” Rehmatullah Shaheen reportedly went missing on Dec 8 while he was traveling from his office to Mach Grid Station. The journalist remained missing for one week. No one knows what actually happened to him. His family members believe that he had been put into a torture cell, tortured and forced to make confessions and show some link with Baloch armed groups. Known for his bold and factual reporting from the sensitive region of Bolan, Shaheen was produced by the local police after protest rallies were held across Balochistan by journalist bodies. Similarly, Munir Mengal, the managing director of the Baloch Voice, a TV channel, was subjected to inhuman torture for more than one year only because he was planning to launch a Balochi news channel. Likewise, Javaid Lehri, a 22-year-old young journalist from Khuzdar working with the Urdu Daily Azadi was maltreated for months together, who too quit the profession after being released by his captors. Not only this, government forced a Quetta-based newspaper Daily Asaap to close offices in August of this year while two other newspapers offices, Daily Balochistan Express and Daily Azadi, were besieged for two weeks by the law-enforcing agencies. Still worse was an assassination attempt on the life of Jan Mohammad Dashti, Editor-in-Chief of Balochi newspaper Daily Asaap. Dashti, also a Provincial Secretary and widely regarded as a highly influential figure in the province, was also forced to leave the country. Like Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa journalists in Sindh and Punjab are waiting for a government response to their sufferings, and protection to their lives. They see much difficult condition in the future if government fails to provide protection to press clubs and other media centres in the country. Moreover, government concessions to media owners and denial of due perks to journalists and non-journalists in media organisations as enshrined under the law, the Newspapers Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, would continue to deteriorate the working environment for media persons which may also hinder journalists creativity, and they may lack in skills. Moreover, their family members, and their children’s education would suffer if no serious efforts are made by the government to resolve the genuine problems of newspapermen. 2009: A crucial year for Pakistani Journalists The year 2009, too, proved to be a curial year for Pakistani media persons who were callously neglected by the media owners, viz-a-viz better wages, security of job and their life insurance, while they were increasingly targeted by the terrorists and other pressure groups in which over half a dozen journalists lost their lives. A review of the year 2009 suggested that like preceding years, from 1996 to onwards, media persons were continuously denied their lawful benefits by the media owners, including a conductive professional working environment, security of job, wages under a government announced wage board and an unbiased gender policy, and the contract system introduced in media organisations by the media owners for journalists was not abolished. As there was no protection to the lives of media persons continued to work under stress, and at least 10 journalists lost their lives while at least 300 were wounded, tortured, and extended threats by government agencies in Balochistan while a dozen journalists were implicated in cases, and about 500 media persons were sacked by their employers without notices and they were denied payment of their lawful dues. In its annual report for the year 2009, highlighting “the plight of Pakistani journalists,” the leading representative body of the print and electronic media of the Pakistan, the Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), observed that in 2009 too journalists in Pakistan remained under the clutches of “media owners” and were forced to work round-the-clock without basic amenities; including provision of clean drinking water, medical facilities, life insurance, security gadgets, wash-rooms, an unbiased gender policy, while media persons were hired by their employers on contract basis to deprive them of their benefits of provident funds, gratuity, pension, and no increase was made in the wages of journalists since July 1996. The highhandedness and cruelty of the media owners can be judged from the tragic incident which took place on Dec 1, 2008 in Lahore where one Mohammad Azam, a Channel-5 employee, committed suicide owing to non-payment of his salaries by his influential employers. Although the present democratic government has not yet taken any worth mentioning action against media for preventing free coverage, some government agencies and non-state actors did not miss an opportunity of intimidating, victimizing and torturing media persons so much so that a number of media persons were killed when they refused to toe their line.

The number of such journalists is 4 in the province of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (Tribal Area) and two in the province of Balochistan. Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa was one of the worst hit area of the country where terrorists groups took lives of as many as four media persons, including a suicide attack on Peshawar Press Club in which two employees of the club lost their lives besides, seven others suffered injuries.

January 2010 01-Jan: Hyderabad Dawn reporter brutally assaulted. M H Khan, the staff correspondent of Dawn in Hyderabad, was assaulted by workers of Sindh National Front near Radio Pakistan building while he was on way back to press club. He received several head injuries and his finger was fractured.

07-Jan: Journalist’s son picked up mysteriously. The son of a senior journalist Shakil Turabi was kidnapped in mysterious circumstances when he was on his way back home from college. Shakil Turabi is chief editor of SANA News Agency.

19-Jan: Unidentified people attacked the house of a reporter of DAWNNEWS Azaz Syed in early hours and left after hurling stones at the house and damaging his car. The attackers did not cause any physical harm to any family member.

27-Jan: Lawyers ganged up against media in Lahore. In a case hearing against a lawyer Naeem Chaudhary for his alleged involvement in a case of victimization of girl servant, lawyers restricted the entry of media persons to the precincts of the court. The lawyers who outnumbered policemen and media persons raised anti-media slogans and used abusive language against them.

February 2010 18-Feb: Mehran TV reporter killed: Armed men shot dead a reporter of Sindhi TV channel in Gambat in district Khairpur. Ashiq Mangi who worked for Mehran TV was going to press club when he was attacked. He died on the spot.

March 2010 01-March: Closure of paper, sacking of media men: The PFUJ expressed its dismay and concern over sudden closure of the national English daily “Business Day”, Karachi, and removal of the entire staff without any notice and termed it a cruel act and classic example of lawlessness.

The PFUJ pointed out that the Business Day started its publication almost four years ago with a claim that it would bring a revolution in the newspaper industry on the basis of quality and excellent working environment in which the entire staff would be given remuneration as per their professional capability. The PFUJ regretted that the owners of the newspaper which belong to a known industrial and banking group and have strong “stakes” brought out this daily just to hoodwink professional media persons in the name of “good journalism” and better services.

10-March: High-headiness against NewsOne Team: The PFUJ withdraw its call for launching a country-wide movement following assurances by the Punjab government that they would withdraw case registered against the News-One TV channel crew, and also for holding an independent inquiry against the highhandedness of the MS of Benazir Hospital. It may be noted that News-One TV Channel team was implicated in a case of harassment, creating hindrance in the official functioning of officials. The media team made live coverage based on sentiments of hospital visitors, relatives of patents as well as patients about their views pertaining to medial facilities being provided at the hospital.

30-March: Cases against journalists in Gujranwala: Expressing concern over registration of cases against 200 media-men in Gujranwala, the PFUJ warned that if cases registered on the complaint of doctors on serious criminal charges are not withdrawn forthwith, the PFUJ would be constrained to give a call for a country-wide protest. The PFUJ expressed concern over excesses of doctors against media persons of Gujranwala and subsequently implicating them in a criminal case for bogus charges of rioting, threatening of dire consequences, misbehaving, scuffling and other charges.

The PFUJ pointed out that on March 28 night, Sajjad Dar, a journalist of a TV channel, suffered from kidney pain and was rushed to the trauma centre of District Headquarter (DHQ) Hospital Gujranwala by his colleagues. At the centre, even after an hour, none of the doctors or paramedical staff attended the journalist who was complaining of acute pain in his kidney and was virtually crying. Consequently, a colleague of Dar contacted the EDO Health Nisar Ahmad Cheema on phone and complained about the indifferent attitude of doctors. In response thereof EDO health reportedly reprimanded the doctor on duty. However, the doctor on duty instead of providing medical aid to Sajjad Dar flared up and called his fellow doctors and all of them thrashed the attendants and other colleagues present at the Trauma Center.

 April 2010 02-April: Concern over Presidential Award: Expressing surprise over government decision to confer Presidential Award upon Late Gen. (Retd) Mujeeb ur Rehman, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) termed it a move to insult media persons on the one hand and a black spot on the face of present democratic government of the PPP.

03-April: Concern over cases against journalists: The PFUJ sharply reacted over registration of a case at the Faisal Town Lahore Police Station against about 100 journalists on the complaint of doctors of Jinnah Hospital and added that it proves that the Punjab government and the police are plying tricks to tame media persons. The PFUJ pointed out that the police implicated media persons on criminal charges of rioting, blocking road, creating disturbance, ransacking and damaging government property, manhandling and torturing doctors. In the FIR among the accused, most of the journalists are office-bearers of the Punjab Union of Journalists (PUJ) and the Lahore Press Club while a number of journalists belong to various newspapers, electronic media, including photographers and cameramen who were also implicated in the case.

06-April: The PFUJ slams Karachi Rangers for detaining journalist: Expressing anguish over detention and manhandling of a journalist, Syed Hasan Ali Shah, who is also a member of the Karachi Union of Journalists by the rangers near Haroon House, the PFUJ demanded immediate action against the ranger officials who misbehaved with the journalist. The journalist had watched the rangers punishing two youths with sticks and had started taking snaps from his mobile camera when all of a sudden ranger jawans got off their vehicle and snatched keys of his vehicle and ordered him to accompany them to their headquarters which is next door to Dawn offices. They detained the journalist for an hour and also ordered him to ensure that the picture he had taken would not be published in his newspaper.

10-April: Khuzdar Press Club: The PFUJ expressed concern over the constant threats to Khuzdar Press Club by a militant group incensed by coverage given to nationalist parties and groups in Balochistan and demanded of the Federal Government as well Chief Minister, Balochistan, to ensure safety of working journalists of Khuzdar and across Balochistan. Reports reaching the PFUJ suggested that “the threat has come from “Baloch Musallah Difah Tanzeem” (BMDT), an outfit which also publicly claimed responsibility for a hand-grenade attack a month ago at the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology during an event celebrating Baloch Culture.”

17 April: Cameraman killed in bomb blast in Quetta: In a blast in Quetta Civil Hospital, Samaa TV Cameraman Malik Arif lost his life while five other journalists, Noor Elahi Bugti of Samaa TV, Salman Ashraf of Geo TV, Fareed Ahmed of Dunya TV, Khalil Ahmed of Express TV and Malik Sohail of Aaj TV were among the injured.”

 18-April: Journalist killed in Kohat blast: Expressing grave concern over killing of two media persons in a short span of 24 hours, the PFUJ urged the government to come to the rescue of journalists as situation is getting worse in Balochistan and Pakhtoonkhwa, and it is getting more difficult for media persons to perform their duties without fear. Journalists and media persons’ lives are at stake, and time has come that all stake holders and the government take measures for safety and protection of media persons. Referring to incident at Kohat in Khyber Pukhtoonkhaw (formerly NWFP), the PFUJ said that Azmat Ali, a Correspondent of Samaa for Orakzai Agency, was among those killed in the incident, and according to initial reports, blasts took place near the IDP camp Kacha Paka. Azamat Ali Bangash, son of Ali Sarwar Bangash, lost life while preparing package of the displaced persons. Belonging to Ibrahim Zahi, Hongo District, Azmat had joined the profession in 1998, and served in various newspapers. He also served in Express TV, Aaj TV and was presently working with APP, PTV and Samaa TV. He was 54 and leaves behind a son – Ali Hybder (6), two daughters Aliana (3), Alyia (1) and a widow.

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Dancing snake Culture in danger

Posted by sadiahaidarig on April 15, 2010


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A snake charmer is perfoming his art onthe road side

Dancing snake Culture in danger In this spring I was in Murree hill station with my family where I saw a snake charmer (Sapara or Jogi) who was sitting in the public place along his big container covered with the old dirty piece of cloth and two holes flute, it was surprising for me, a snake charmer it is an icon of our culture. But he was disappearing from the cities after 1992 Act when they were banned to keep the snake with them.

 Ancient Egypt was home to one form of snake charming, though the practice as it exists today likely arose in Pakistan. Morocco and Tunisia were also their home. Snake dancing is the Arabian culture.

After few minutes the snake charmer started playing his double flute (which called Pungi and Been) then he open the cloth and takeoff the basket lid .Suddenly the cobra was appear from the basket the cobra was rising to approximately one third of its body lengths with spread a hood, It was amazing that another element of the defensive posture, by spreading its ribs located in the neck under elastic skin.

The cobra is most popular as a source of public amusement. Snake-charmers use this highly venomous elapid specie to entertain people in a very odd way. Everything is so strange: the snake-charmer sits cross-legged playing his flute and the snake in front of him sways to the sounds in a standing position, ready to bite. But it doesn’t!

The exotic sight of these mystical men appealing snakes to dance to the music of flutes has long captured the imagination of foreign tourists.

The dexterity with which the charmers handle snakes such as cobras and vipers added to the allure of the street performances. The practice of snake charming, catching snakes, keeping them in captivity for extended periods, and training them to perform has traditionally been passed from father to son. For generations, it has provided a critical means of support to many families.

Large numbers of snake charmers once could be seen walking in the streets, towns especially in country yards carring covered baskets in old dirty cloth hanging on their shoulders. They never staying in one place for more than six months, snake charmers have an almost mythical attachment to snakes and especially cobras. But such sights are increasingly rare, as snake charmers have become an endangered species.

At a site near the public places and parks where snake charmers have long gathered, those who still practice the traditional and old cultural art have declined.

Bashir an illiterate and a snake charmer by profession, still inhabits the site. He was with long hair,

snake charmer

Snake charmer playing his flute to catch the audience's attantion

a mustered turban, yellow long gown over his local dress and necklaces of shells or beads. He said his life had become very difficult since the officials of security authorities and police restricted him and his fellows in the urban areas. He has handled snakes since he was a child, and snake charming performances have been the only source of bread earning for his family.

“ I am on the verge of starvation since I can only make street performances for fear of getting arrested by the police in Urban areas. Some time I earn hundred Rupees a day and some time nothing and return to slums,” he said.

“It is very dangerous profession, even if a snake charmer were bitten; the bite would not necessarily cause much damage. While some cobras have venom that is 20 times as powerful as that of a rattlesnake, it is difficult to assess the potency of such venom exactly, since the deadliness of a bite depends on a variety of factors relating both to the victim and to the snake. My two friends killed by snake bite But still I love my profession even it is disrespectful.” he explained

 “We learnt the basic techniques to handle the snake from our forefathers. My two years old son plays with snake.” He said with excitment.

 Many snake charmers are taking out snake’s venom before their performance in public gathering. Many snake charmers have left their ancestral profession due to abject poverty. A few of them carrying their cloth-covered baskets are now seen begging near traffic signals in posh areas while others are seen playing their flutes at weddings and local festivals in slum areas. Snake charmers today are struggling for survival – the victims of growing poverty and the advent of commercial ventures.

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Immigration is hard Task for human being(My project )

Posted by sadiahaidarig on April 6, 2010


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Story of immigrant lovers varies from country to country. They love each other but they have many problems to confront because of different culture in the countries where they may be living. No sympathy for them despite strong evidence of   love that they may show for each other. All such differences only create hurdles in their desire to marry and live together as happily as they could do. 

One such instance was of an Afghan boy Jamshad and a Pakistani girl Sehar who lived in Islamabad. The boy was a migrant in Pakistan. The two fell in love and expressed their desire to get married. 

But no, their love failed to convince the parents of the girl. They did not permit their daughter   to   marry him because he was living as an immigrant in Pakistan.

The boy had migrated from Afghanistan during the war against former Soviet Union in the year 1983.He had different culture, different language, different nationality and different social status.

 The girl’s parents wanted their daughter to be safe and secure. .They believed since the boy was a foreigner, he could not ensure better future for their daughter.They have no experience of this type of commitment before.

Later, they married on their own and continued to live in Islamabad despite opposition from their families. Unfortunately after their marriage the husband was killed by Taliban when he returned to his country after twenty years.  His wife was a Pakistani national.

She tried to immigration of Canada from UNCHR .Her In-laws live there but she was not granted visa when she applied to the UN office in Islamabad for immigration .UN refused her immigration case and said that she was Pakistani. Her children are Afghan nationals and after marriage she too had become an Afghan national. 

A woman on the basis of Islamic law after marriage becomes the national of the country of her husband. But this girl could not get the nationality of the country of her husband. She applied but she couldn’t get.

There are many couples and families are living miserable life with the label of refugee in Pakistan they have no Identification and respect. Migration of people to other countries takes place from all corners of the world with the different social and cultural background .When such people meet and start living together, a new cosmopolitan culture develops better known as melting pot of cultures .Such cultures are more liberal, self- centered and more materialistic. The cultural component is related to the life-style and ethnicity influences both the former and new countries. The ethnic composition of the new country may affect international migration .Many people marry just to get the citizenship of another country.

After 2001 this trend slowed down .Before 2001 the ratio of migration all over the world was very high and marriages among people with different culture, different religions had become a matter of   routine.

 Since after 9/11 this practice declined the migration to the Western world almost came to an end. The governments of those countries changed their policies and made it difficult for the people to immigrate.

After Sept  11, 2001, when the American and British Armed Forces entered Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban  a number of Afghans fled  to Pakistan. By the end of 2001, approximately five million Afghans   took refuge in Pakistan, which also included those born in this country during the past 20 years.

 Now for over last three decades Pakistan has been hosting the largest single refugee population in the world. United Nations reported that total immigrant population in Pakistan was estimated at 3,254,000. It comprises 2.1% of the total population in Pakistan and that ranks 13th in the world.

According to the United Nations report International Migration Profiles 2002, the immigrant population in the country was 1,098,110 in 1990 and then, 1,412,560 in 2000.But 1.78 million registered Afghan refugees still remain in Pakistan.
 
The seven largest immigrant groups in Pakistan comprise Afghans, Sari Lankans, Bangladeshis, Tajiks, Biharis, Burmese and Britons including a sizeable number of those of Pakistan origin. Other significant expatriate communities in Pakistan comprise Armenians, Chinese, Filipinos and many more from different countries.Migrants from the Arab world specially Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen are in thousands.

We know Human migration has always been a common phenomenon under push and pull factors in the human history. Presumably this flux is rooted in the desire of the rural populace to improve their quality of life by ensuring better future for them. But some people argue that what one person may think is best interest for him could only be a delusion.

refuge boy drinking unhealthy water in his camp

They say a desire to lead a better life in developed countries can be shattered due to the problems of overcrowding, pollution, poverty and unemployment.

In this way migration can reduce some of the problems being faced by developing countries.Migration may relieve labour market pressure and generate remittances that could be an important source for earning foreign exchange and raise income for migrant families.

Financial and human capital transfer occurring through migration can have a positive impact as they help improve the quality of life back home and promote socio-economic development.

On the negative side the action of migrants can also affect development of their own areas   because most dynamic and ambitious people have a greater tendency to leave their native places and settle in the big cities of the developed countries. This increases the cost of the property and raises rents in developed areas.

Consequently, these who have migrated for earning bread and butter are forced to live in the slums where they may confront problems.

 This also leads to mushroom growth of slums which takes place particularly in the developed countries. It is a common knowledge that people migrate to other areas when they are not satisfied with local conditions. This is especially true when they do not have job opportunities, educational and public facilities.

However, people living in communities and community institutions constitute main factors in social action. Thus the conditions of community institutions reflect the strength and shortcomings of community life.

Provision of jobs and good working conditions, higher wages, better educational opportunities, better prospects of life, better health and recreational facilities, freedom of marriage, safety and security of life, political awareness of the people lure the people to the lands of their choice.

There are, however other aspects as well since the migration of semi skilled and illiterate people creates multiple problems in the Western and developed countries.In developing countries the migration is generally towards the cities or more specifically towards the metropolitan and Corporation areas.

The migration to a large extent is the migration of very poor unskilled people living under distressed conditions and skilled illegal immigrant don’t allow to get the job in industries and other fields .Economic base of these countries is not strong to absorb a majority of them and this sets a competition between the locals and migrants which creates tension between them.

A large number of marginally employed migrants cannot afford to pay good rent and hence they move into shanty houses. Local civic bodies fall short of funds and thus fail to expand facilities.The dilapidated shanties and inadequate services reflect the inability of the urban authorities to cope with problems of the cities…

Squatters and slum dwellers being mainly migrants from the countryside and countries hit hard by conflicts and terrorism have woeful tales to narrate about the lack of opportunities in developed countries. The growth of slum and squatter communities also creates problems for policy makers and planners.
 
People of war-hit countries are fast migrating to developed countries. Huge Metropolitan and corporation centers have their own problems. These include unemployment, poor sanitation, shortage of drinking water, housing, transportation, education health care facilities and increasing crimes and law and order situation.

Migration is one of the most important factors affecting the economy and social composition of cities. Migration can reshape the social structure of the cities in a few decades leading to economic and social problems regarding employment opportunities health care education and the provision of social facilities.

refugee family move toard their home country

In Pakistan most of temporary migrants from underdeveloped countries are forced to sleep and live under conditions which are not at all complete family units such as over-crowded and unhealthy barracks and incomplete buildings.  Some of them are compelled to sleep under bridges or in open spaces while many of them have to live in mud houses.

 Migration is of two types. One of these is international and the other is internal .International migration occurs when people leave their own countries for foreign lands. The internal migration is from rural areas to urban areas but all types of immigration are in search of better life. Both are very dangerous for undeveloped countries in third world. These countries can’t afford the burden of the immigrant due to lack of life sources.
 
 Immigration to Pakistan refers to the movement of non-residents to Pakistan, often in search of asylum. Immigration policy is overseen by the Interior Minister of Pakistan through the directorate General of Immigration & Passports. The Government of Pakistan ordered all the provincial governments to take serious action against illegal immigrants following September 11 attacks, who entered the country after 2001. In Pakistan the temporary and illegal migrants from undeveloped war affected countries are that most of then are forced to sleep and live in situation highly unsuited to complete family units such as in overcrowded unhealthy barracks, unfinished buildings and under bridges in the open and majority live in mud houses.

There are estimated number of illegal immigrants are living in different areas in Pakistan is 3.35 million. As of January 2010, the illegal immigrants in Karachi are estimated to be between 1.6 and 2 million people. Thousands of illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan ,Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and from several other countries of Africa and Middle East regions entered the country and are illegally living in Karachi, twin cities, Peshawar, Quata  and several other countries were detained without bond. There was no evidence that these individuals had been involved in terrorist (or even criminal) activity; they were detained, instead, due to immigration law technicalities. Moreover, many were family members of Pakistan citizens or permanent residents who were therefore eligible for immigration benefits including thousands of Muslim students from Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Government of Pakistan introduces the new stricter rule for arriving asylum, permanent and temporary immigrant’s applications recently. All immigrants who are often in desperate need of Pakistani Government help, since if forced to return to their home countries, they will face persecution there and must be immediately registration themselves and indefinitely detained by the NADARA and collubration of UN.

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Militants , Taliban and Al-Qaeda

Posted by sadiahaidarig on April 3, 2010


Militants or Taliban and Al-Qaeda Taliban have become the most talked about subject in the world. But Taliban, Mujahiden, Al-Queda and Militant there are different groups.Al-qaeda wear white turban or caps and Taliban wear black turban it is very clear diffrence in them. Taliban are at war in Afghanistan in with many other countries and this has made them the most talked about in the world.

This war has been a cause of massive bloodshed. It is believed that more than one million people have lost their lives and the war is raging with full ferocity. But the most important question that should be asked is who is doing it. Taliban and militants according to some people are different entities but Al Qaeda is different group which is not active in Pakistan and Afghanistan now. It may be stated that Muslims have been the victim in this war.

 How then Muslims can be blamed for waging this war as many people try to do it.

Mujahideen were used in Afghanistan against the forces of former Soviet Union. They were then called heroes of the war and hailed for their courage around the world before 9/11.Who trained them for war against Soviet Union to get the aim.

 A new force, known as Taliban emerged after the withdrawal of Russia from Afghanistan. The Taliban were the students of the Islamic religious schools. It was believed that most of these schools were based in Pakistan boarders.

Taliban captured Kabul in Sept 1996 and declared themselves from the order of superpower to be the new rulers of Afghanistan. Only three countries, Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia extended recognition to the Government of Taliban .Iran and Iraq and other gulf countries didn’t accept the rule of Taliban over Afghanistan and against their ruling. The Taliban named their country, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

They claimed that about 95 per cent of the Afghan territory was under their rule. They implemented Islamic system in the Islamic country which many people said was very harsh. People including women were flogged in public. Women were ordered to observe strictly banned in the markets and to stay indoors. They couldn’t come out from their homes without big veil. All the institutions for girls were closed down as the education of females was banned in the country. The life of females is very horrible during the Taliban rule.

This gave cause to lot of resettelment in foreign countries. But the situation completely changed after 9/11.The United States was attacked from the air by four hijacked aircraft or preplanned mission by superpowers. The United States accused Al-Qaeda leadership based in Afghanistan for planning the attack. It asked the Taliban to expel the Al Qaeda leaders from Afghanistan but they refused to do.

The Americans took it for an insult and attacked over Afghanistan. They occupied the country in Dec 2001 and drove out Taliban from office. The Taliban after lying low for some years have hit back and the fighting continues till this day.

America is being assisted by many Western Powers. Many people believe that the United States and the Western States have their own objective in Afghanistan. This, they think is very dangerous for the whole area. America is falling down by this Afghan war USA can not afford more war in Afghanistan soil. Government of America announced that they withdraw in 2011.

One such perception is that they wish to exercise control over the region and wish to dominate it from Afghanistan. Well, this may be true or not but the whole world is passing through sever agony. However, one thing is common. The people of Afghanistan have had the misfortune of passing through the worst pain. Whether it was the occupation of Afghanistan by Soviet Union or the rule of Taliban or the presence of Coalition forces, every time it was the common man of Afghanistan who had been the victim of the war and this war extend and cross the boarder toward Pakistan. Pakistani innocent people are also victim of this dirty bloody war.

What is most urgently needed now is peace for the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have had enough of war. Why should people come from all over the world to settle their scores in Afghanistan and Pakistan? What then would bring peace to the country?

 People especially the big and superpowers which are deeply involved in this war should arrive at some settlement. It should be remembered that all wars had come to an end. At one stage or the other negotiations were held to bring most of the wars to an end. Wars which were fought to the last had left complete devastation in their wake. One can cite the instance of World War II.

 Europe had to rise from ashes after that war. Should Afghanistan and Pakistan also rise from the ashes. Please don’t let that happen. Don’t add one bloodier chapter to the history of the world. The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan would not be able to take it. Have mercy on them. They deserve it from fellow human beings.

 Why negotiations could not be held to end the bloody war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Asif Ali Zardari President of Pakistan said he was ready to hold talks with Taliban. Americans too have shown their interest in talks. Pakistan Army playing their role in the positive dialogue with Taliban and offered them political positions and share in the social and financial sectors for developments.

Please do hold talks for the peace of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, for the peace of the region, for the peace of the world and last but not the least for the peace of yourselves .If the old foes in the history of the world could become fast and close friends, why not those who are at one another’s throat in Afghanistan.

 People of this region hate the policies of American and other alliances of this war for their region. America can play the vital role to improve and restore its respect and reputation again in this region .

The country belongs to the people of Afghanistan and ultimately they will be its rulers. This fact is as hard as the mountains. The sooner it is realized, the better it would be for all. This is the lesson of history, alas if only people would learn from it. This is especially true for those who are now waging a bitter war through the length and the breadth of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US President Barack Obama during his visit to Afghanistan on March 28 said that the United States would become less secure if the Taliban again gained power in that country. 

This says it all, the Americans and the other Western powers will keep watch on Afghanistan and Pakistan. They would not let any element even if slightly hostile to them to take over this region.

The Americans may start withdrawing from Afghanistan next year as announced by the US President but then again will they be able to do it. It would indeed be difficult for the Americans to leave Afghanistan and just watch their interests from distance. They say their security is involved in Afghanistan and Pakistan .Remember, no country in the world could abandon its security and then Americans will ever take such a risk. No, they will not. It is not just Afghanistan and Pakistan that would attract their attention, many other countries in the region would also be under the scrutiny of the Americans. So you can say father can keep his eye over his sons.

The Americans and their Western friends would never like Iran, China or Russia to expand their influence in the region. They already say that Iran poses security problems for them. Every now and then, they are asking for imposing more and more restrictions on Iran. Their common argument is that Iran could pose serious problems for them, because as they say it soon possesses a nuclear bomb. Every now and then they say it is working hard to build one and they also say they would never tolerate it. The matter does not come to an end here .

The Western powers; especially the Unites States of late do feel comfortable with President Hamid Karzai. According to latest reports, Americans do not like his close alliance with some Afghan warlords .These warlords are also accused by some of providing strength to insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan against foreign powers. It may be stated that the two Vice-Presidents of Afghanistan have been prominent warlords. Another issue that annoys the Americans is that Hamid Karzai is trying to strike friendship with some Taliban leaders.

 They say is being done without their approval. The prevalence of rampant corruption in Karzai’s Government is also a source of serious disturbance for the United States. This hampers the efforts of Afghan Government to effectively fight against militancy in their country.

The other reason for discomfort for the Americans is drug trafficking in Afghanistan. This they say helps the militants to wage war against the Coalition forces. According to reports Afghanistan is the largest drug producer in the world. With these facts, as clear as broad daylight, does anybody then think that foreign forces especially the Americans will pull out of Afghanistan? No, it does not appear possible. Certainly not in the near future.

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Waiting for Implementation

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 26, 2010


“I am working and living in men dominating country where they canon and power in their hands,” Naheed Mirza said.I am still facing problem while the bill of “Protection against Harassment at Workplace Bill 2009” passed by the National Assembly will help ensure safe working environment for women working in different fields. President Asif Ali Zardari signed the harassment bill in a ceremony, making it a law.

According to the bill whosever makes any sound or gesture, utters any word, exhibits any object or demands sexual favour from women at workplace would face the punishment.

The objective of the bill is to create a safe working environment for women, free of harassment, abuse and intimidation with a view to fulfill their right to work with dignity and honour.

The bill was part of a comprehensive bill originally moved by former information minister Sherry Rehman when she got the serious appeal and applications from Saadia Sehar Haidari working lady in Government media organization .She took serious action over all those application against harassment at workplace.

Samina Anwar working woman she told that I am very upset in this male-chauvinist milieu .Many times I thought to quit my job but I have to shoulder of my family members at the cost of lynx eyed male colleagues in the office.

 Nazia her colleague of her shared the same view and said that women at their workplaces required better environment without compromising their dignity. We always face annoying to unenduring and indecent postures during work.

 Sehar, a workingwoman said that she changed her profession due to taunting and uncomfortable attitude of her male colleagues and boss.

Along with this Bill, the prompt legislation over Bill against Domestic Violence will also ensure far more secure places for womenfolk’s whether they are at homes or at their workplaces.

Fariha Rahman, reporter in local newspaper said that protection against armament at workplace bill 2009 was passed but there is not implementation over it. She explained that if we have any problem and complain against male-chauvinist milieu then where we should go for complaint. There is no special place, complaint office and council for ladies to submit their requests even though in our office there is no such a department for complaint. Government did not take action of implementation of this protection bill yet. In this case mostly women keep silent because they have no surety to cling with their jobs after the complaint .Action plan of implementation of this harassment bill to protect the women in workplace still pending, it should be done,’ she added.

First case of harassment raise from Radio Pakistan after passed the that lady was transferred after her voice that is not substitute of this circumstance. After a long time came an effective bar in the shape of Protection against Harassment at Workplace Bill 2009 after a prompt and effective legislation to ensure a better environment to women at their specific workplace.

Humaira sharif working lady said that there is no roadmap and infrastructure assembles about the Protection against Harassment at Workplace Bill 2009.She said that there is no job security for ladies if they stand for their right. All large organizations run by male and they exploit female rights at working place. Some time organization sacked the lady who raises harassment issue against her male colleagues. She said “Its implementation may take some time because women are shy of raising their voices against unwanted things.”

The legislation is expected to break the jinx associated with the concept of ‘go Scot free’ for the eves teasers often emboldened in the absence of effective legislation.

It is laden with exemplary punishment for male colleagues having fiendish intentions will surely result in triumph of meek voices vying for their protection for a long time. The associated Amended Criminal Bill will amend both Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (Cr PC), enhancing punishment for the crime to three years in prison and a fine of up to Rs.500,000. It also proposes penalties including demotion, compulsory retirement and dismissal from services. The inclusion of new clause 509-A clearly says “Whoever makes sexual advances or demands sexual favour or uses written or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which intends to annoy, intimidate or threaten the other person or commits such acts at the premises of work place, or makes submission to such conduct shall be punished for three years.”

 According to available details, the code of conduct and procedure had also been included in the bill which provides behavioral guidelines for all employees, including management of the organization for ensuring a working environment free of harassment. “Harassment is one of the most common issues faced by the women of Pakistan. They face intimidation in the marketplace, in buses, at bus stops and at workplace,” the Bill says.

The legal experts and rights activists of the Federal Capital are of the view that prior to it, there are no specific laws dealing with workplace harassment. They say till the introduction of the Bill, women had no legal recourse to justice against their colleagues, supervisors or employers who while taking undue advantage of familiarity tried to intimidate the weaker segments of society with immunity.

It is generally observed that women all over the world and in our own country are subjected to varying degrees of discrimination, exploitation and violence. Harassment at workplace is a very serious issue as it has been related to the right of women to live with honor. To protect women against harassment at workplace, the government had taken special measures by starting formulation of the bill which would be an effective piece of legislation.

Mrs Sanam Advocate, a well known face in the city courts, commented that she also stresses for creation of more awareness about female rights besides, swift implementation by involving all stakeholders.

Hafsa Saeeda , a social and rights activist of a non-governmental organization, replies that females are generally deprived of their rights and an effective legal mechanism leading to punishment is expected with this development. The legislation emphasizes the need to change traditional view on women at workplace and also to be conscious about cultural, social and religious norms and values in our daily life to avoid this type of problem,” she added.

Chairman Pakistan Human Rights Society, opined that various provisions of Constitution of Pakistan guaranteed protection to women rights including Articles 24, 34 and 37.He said quick legislation and sound litigation would yield desired results. While a section of experts cautioned against misuse of legislation especially in rural areas where it could be used to settle old scores.

“By harassment I mean making unwanted advances of a sexual, aggressive or intimidating nature that seeks to undermine or diminish the female’s value in the work place,” Kashmala Tariq MNA of  PML(Q) explained The Protection against Harassment at Workplaces Bill 2009”, to create a safe working environment for the women free of harassment, abuse and intimidation with a view to fulfill their right to work with dignity.

There was dire need for an exclusive act to tackle the growing issue after the ratio of working women had been kept on increasing. This protection bill only accumulate for those women who are working out side from their homes what about the protection for those ladies who are harassed,abused, killing in the name of honor and intimidation by their family male members.

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Revolution against Government policies

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 20, 2010


Police open fire over public in Barakaho and Faizabad

Revolution is coming in Pakistan against scarcity of livelihoods and influence .People are rising against fail management of the Government.

A violent protest against inflated public transport fares spread from the federal capital to its twin city, Rawalpindi, on Friday as rock-throwing demonstrators in Islamabad blocked a main road leading to the airport and police fired warning shots and teargas to stop protesters.

Police said the violence prompted the government to rescind the fare increase late on Thursday, but the protests continued on Friday with students demanding the release of protesters arrested the day before. Protesters said more than a dozen students were in police custody, and complained that the rate list had not been revised for Rawalpindi.

Twin City Transport Union President Malik Sultan Awan told Daily Times, “There was no public transport on the roads of the twin cities because of the violent protests and a token strike.”

Awan said the increase in fares was “the only option left for the Punjab government and transporters”.

“The decision to increase the fares was made y the Punjab government … how can the chief commissioner revise the rate list?” he questioned. He said a notification on the revised fares was only applicable in Islamabad.

In Rawalpindi, demonstrators took to the streets at around 10am and blocked Murree-Bhara Kahu Road, jamming traffic on Islamabad Expressway, IJ Principal Road and Murree Road. Enraged protesters blamed the administration for failing to rein in transporters charging inflated fares. Protesters burnt tyres, smashed windows of shops and vehicles, set ablaze a car and blocked roads. They also pelted police with stones, injuring at least nine policemen.

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Letter to GOD

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 18, 2010


A letter to God
Oh God. I am tiered
My nerves are out of order
My senses are no more active
My whole body is shaken
I am tortured
I am sad
I am no more in to that old faithful situation
I f I do some protest this time
I hope you will not mind
I am helpless
I am betrayed
I am cheated
I am shattered
I may not believe in this world again
But the biggest damage is my broken relation with you
Please do not give me what I asked or have wished once
But please give me back my blind trust in you
Dear God
I miss you so much

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Fighting in the name of GOD Or……

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 13, 2010


Sikh,Christain,Muslim,Jewish stand to solve the problems

 

Why do they fellow humans fight each other? Why they are destroying and burning the church, temple, mosque and tombs etc? Why they are burning and tearing the Holy books of each other? Why they are slaughtering their brothers and sisters in the name of religious. That is the burning question that may be is on everyone’s mind.     

Allah,God, Bhagwan and Raam , I believe that all  these are  names of “ALLAH”.  People have invoked His mercy and forgiveness as decreed by their respective religions .They all   pray to one God as taught by their religions for His blessings.  They also seek His blessings for peace and prosperity. This clearly proves that they all have firm faith in one God.      

Different religions express faith in their Creator. All religious people are human first then they have their identification. God created man in His own image. HE created Adam and Eve; male and female. Adam is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. Then why they are fighting against each other?   

 They fight in various forms. Sometimes they form groups to fight     against one another. Whether large or small they are constantly fighting.  On occasions it is individuals who are fighting against each other.  They may be fighting for minor reasons, but they are constantly at daggers drawn. And sometimes, it is States   that are at war.  Here the cause of   war may also be minor but thousands have died in many such conflicts.     

Human  beings were put on this Earth to share their love and help  one another.  But  by fighting, they are all doomed to eventually die and distorying the beauty of nature. If they all keep fighting, whether it  is  states at war in the name of religion and different life of sources, different social classes feeling heat from them.  

We should ask ourselves  where will  this religious  fighting take us. This is an importat question and it needs  an urgent answer.   

Fighting and war in the name of religion will only have tensions rise, and then we will all hate each other and things could get ugly.   

Should   we be fighting one another?  We should not fight but  no matter how hard we may try, the wars would  continue till the Day of Judgment.   

The Holy books tell us a lot of wonderful things about Muhammad (PBUH), Jesus, Mosa, Abraham AS and other 1, 24000 prophets. As a result, believers in the Holy books love all prophets, honor them, and believe in them.  In fact, no Muslim, christen, Jewish can be a good religious zealot unless he or she believes over these holy books and all prophet send by Allah.   

They kept worshipping the one true GOD who was worshipped by Muhammad (PBUH) Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others. All the writers of the Holy books believed that GOD is one. Hindu and Buddhist also believe on one GOD .They said they are the people of One Allah. So what is the conflict among them if GOD is same?  

In the Old Testament Allah was called by many different names, as situations dictated. GOD is indeed just One GOD. All human should highly respect Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and all  others but please do try to find true words .Hindu also believes on one GOD who is in the sky. Communists say that they do not believe in any religion. However, they too repose their trust in only one GOD.  

They have lived side by side for centuries.  They    even   have protected one another in the time of crisis.  

 Despite all   similarities or differences, we should remember that       religion is a very important factor in conduct of international affairs.  

It should also be remember that religion is not always the sole or even primary cause of conflict.  

All people from different religious, different culture and different nation respect the all religious and all the religions should respect the people as human. Religion is the identity of human. We should also remember the role of religion in peace.  All religions preach peace to their followers. We tend to forget this important teaching of religions.  

 If they respect human rights they should respect and protect religions of others.  

All the religious zealots are human fist then they have their identity like their names, religion, nationality, and their casts are secondary things. They must know and believe that they are children of one Father who was Adam and their mother is Eve .  

Therefore they should stop fighting and live and let the live others. Please think before religion we were just human and we are brother and sisters. Fight in the name of Allah, God and Bhagwan it is just craziness.   

 Life is very important for every individual. Please do not terminate the life of others.   Life is a sacred trust of God. It is His greatest favor to all human beings. We should   thank Him for bestowing us wit his favour   by protecting the life of others.    

With so much emphasis on religion as a source of conflict, the role of religion as a force in peacemaking is usually overlooked .Highlight the positive things then negative emotion of the all religion.   

Religious affiliation and conviction often motivates religious communities to advocate particular peace-related government policies. Religious communities also directly oppose repression and promote peace and reconciliation.   

Religious leaders and institutions can mediate in conflict situations, serve as a communication link between opposing sides, and provide training in peacemaking methodologies. This form of religious peacemaking garners less public attention but is growing in importance.  

Interfaith dialogue is another form of religious peacemaking. Rather than seeking to resolve a particular conflict, it aims to defuse interfaith tensions that may cause future conflict or derive from previous conflict. Interfaith dialogue is expanding even in places where interreligious tensions are highest.  

Not infrequently, the most contentious interfaith relationships can provide the context for the most meaningful and productive exchanges. Religious enthusiasts respect the human and their rights than other secondary things .It is a fact that life comes once only and no substitute of life; don’t finish the lives.  

No major religion has been exempt from complicity in violent conflict. Yet we need to beware of an almost universal propensity to oversimplify the role that religion plays in international affairs.  

 People wage wars in many different ways.  Whoever has better sources of life will try to dominate others, The reason for this may be very insignificant but often it causes tension.  It could cause rivalry and competition among us.  And this factor alone sometimes leads to war.   

 Humans use material possessions to fight one another, using that as a “look at their life and look at them”, ultimately they try to play the “survival of the fittest” card, which in war, and many countries play that card as well. Ask yourself these questions so instead of fighting each other, somehow they can help each other:   

Instead of fighting, they can use the resources that they have to help each other in better way of living as human. They can all survive and they can all live plentiful lives. The constant battle that humans share is all around us, whether it’s tension from different countries, religions or socio-economic classes. Ultimately, I think after religion another reason of fighting amoung human ,They fight each other because of “Survival of the fittest”, if you aren’t strong enough to fit into society, other humans will take you down and destroy you. By all of us working together, we can live in a place that happy and instead of us being in this constant competition with each other, we need to support one another. Respect the human as human and respect also their religious.  

If you are a human that is simply unhappy with your life, do something about it. Analyze what exactly the problem is, maybe it’s not religious, social and cultural that’s the problem, maybe it’s yourself. Once you find your happiness, spread your happiness around you. Once you help your  human fellows, you have new chance to turn the world in to heaven , live again in this world with new embitions as human not religious zealots, where supremacy of humans.

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Flying Kite Is Crime

Posted by sadiahaidarig on May 9, 2015


11188307_10153848275864466_818089674474188157_nAn eight-year-old kid stands handcuffed as he committed a crime. He has not committed any mischief nor has he committed a murder.He is just a child and even does not know what wrong has he done. He might not even be knowing that what could be called right or wrong. He could be called a small boy. He has been flying a kite when police arrested him. This has been declared unlawful in some parts of Pakistan. This has been done perhaps for some right reasons. But does this justify handcuffing an eight-year-old parading him in front of cameras , terrorizing him and humiliating in front of the whole world. We had indulged in a minor sport of kite flying but by disgracing him we have put ourselves in shame in front of millions. This photo is bound to be splashed across so many lands. He should have been mildly warned and warned against doing it again. We say it everyday our children are our hope for the future. Is this how we are hoping for our future. This child will feel insult all his life. We should refrain from insulting our future.Violation of human right and law in Pakistan is very normal issue.

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Deadly Blasts Hit Pakistan Churches In Lahore

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 15, 2015


At least 15 people, including two policemen, were killed and over 80 others injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked two packed churches during the Sunday mass in Pakistan’s biggest Christian colony here in one of the worst attacks on the minority community.

The attackers blew themselves up at the gates of Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church in Youhanabad area of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, causing stampede as panicked worshippers ran to save their lives.

An eye witness said that a large number of Christians were present inside the churches at the time of the twin attacks.1297675389710_ORIGINAL

“Today the whole Christian community in Pakistan is devastated and is begging the government to provide it security,” he said.

All injured were shifted to SM General hospital for medical aid,where 30 injured were in serious condition,the death toll could rise as some injured were critically wounded hospital source said.

Five policemen were deployed outside the two churches. Two of them lost their lives while the other three are in a critical condition.

Police teams could not reached on the crime scene because they were busy to watch Pakistan vs Ireland cricket match of World cup.

Violent mob lynched two suspected militants after suicide blast in Church. After beating them severely, the mob tied them with a rope,dragged them on the road and set them on fire,resulting in their deaths.Their charred remains were later found at the site.indexlynch

The attacks were claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. The same group had claimed the responsibility of a suicide attack on the Wagah border in September last year in which 60 people were killed.

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Pakistani Women’s Role in Politics

Posted by sadiahaidarig on February 14, 2013


abcWomen active participation in politics was imperative to involve them in decisions making process for country’s decisions .

Women have lot of potential and they can play dynamic role in diverse fields of life with men.Women role must not be limited to the household responsibilities they should prove themselves in all departments.

It is really in the next up coming election that women politicians  began to think of asserting their demand for equal share and equal recognition in policy making. Participation in civil society movements and mobilizations, demands for the right to vote, legal equality or the right to be elected to parliaments and governments were among the important aspects of women’s role in politics.

Through Quranic verses,he elaborated that Islam has given women right and privileges which she has never enjoyed under other religious or constitutional systems.

The National Assembly of Pakistan is the lower house. It consists of 342 members, 272 of whom are directly elected. 60 seats are reserved for women in addition to 13 women who are directly elected. The senate of Pakistan is the upper house of parliament. It has 100 members; 17 of these members are women.zardari-womens-rights-bill

We notice a marked difference in the performance between the women members elected through direct election and those selected by nomination on reserved seats in 2008 election .

As long as women remained excluded from participation in Parliaments, from political processes, and therefore from making or amending legislation, they had to depend on male legislators’ agreement to legislate in favour of women having the right to vote, to sit in parliament and to hold public office. This dependency on others’ goodwill or agreeing to bring change to women’s lives, as experience goes, failed to yield the desired results.

But struggles and movements for women’s rights over many decades have marked women’s political empowerment as a high priority.

To place the question of women’s role in politics and to relate that to the concerns of quantity and quality, it is very important to resolve the relationship between gender and democracy. To experience the full benefit of women’s role in politics, it has to be embedded in political stability, democratic practices, good governance, transparency and accountability as these are the most important determinants of human rights, justice and peace.

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