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Friday, 25 April, 2014

Of late, things have not been going smoothly between the military and the political elected government. There are three major issues which have created resentment between the two sides. Those three issues are the missing person case, the Musharraf trial and the talks with the Taliban. Both the leadership’ needs to build convergences and curtail divergences. The civilian leadership and the military leadership need to be on the same page on these issues. In the past, we witnessed that things ended in a mess when there was a rift between these two institutions. Things should be resolved ...

The recent controversial remarks made by two important government ministers, Khawaja Asif and Khawaja Saad Rafique, have adversely affected the already-troubled civil-military relations. At present, in the face of rapidly-changing geo-strategic realities, Pakistan is facing some serious internal and external challenges. We as a nation are in a state of war against various violent anti-state elements. All these challenges essentially require a harmonious and strong civil-military bond. Therefore, such irresponsible remarks are totally uncalled for. The ill-timed Musharraf trial, and ...

The deadly attack on senior anchor Hamid Mir on April 19, 2014 in Karachi is another attempt to create a rift between the civilian Government and Pakistan Army, along with ISI. It is a continuation of a well planned conspiracy to defame and humiliate Pakistan Army and leading intelligence agency, ISI, to achieve their objectives such as decentralize and destabilize Pakistan, due to the fact that both these organizations are a hurdle in their way. Our enemies have at least created turmoil and succeeded in creating a chaos.The million dollar question is why would ISI try to kill Hamid Mir? ...

Janet Khel is an area located in FR region of District Tank, KPK. A member of the TTP, Asmatullah Shaheen belongs to this area. Janet Khel is the crossroad for Punjab, Baluchistan and SWA. It is actually the financial capital of the TTP. Most of the people kidnapped, from all over the country, are kept and cashed here. It is a ‘no go’ area even for the security forces. Knowing the entire state of affairs, security forces are silent for unknown reasons. Ransom has become a culture and a  profession in our country. It has become an easy business for many political parties, law ...

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

It is good to note that our government is planning ahead and have decided to come up with a relief package in Ramadan. Subsidies on food items and other edibles will be provided some relief to the wounded masses. In the recent meeting of ECC, Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar approved Rs.2 billion relief package for Ramadan. In this regard, Utility Stores Cooperation (USC) is timely directed to ensure the availability of pulses, flour and other necessary items. We can hope that Utility Stores Cooperation, now, would be more active and efficient to provide necessary items to the ...

DHA Karachi offers a number of excellent facilities and services to its residents. Sadly, the environment has been tainted by hundreds of its residents, who now move around blatantly, displaying weapons and armed goons. With tents pitched in every street, occupied by armed loyalists, DHA looks more like an active war zone and less like a decent housing society.Can DHA take the following steps to become the first model gun-free society in Pakistan. They can declare DHA as a weapon-free zone. Place newspaper / TV ads as well as large banners at prominent locations to declare that, DHA is a ...

A shameful, reprehensible and sad notification was issued on April 18, 2014 by the ECP regarding the returning of the leader of a fiendish organization in NA, on the basis of a biased, partial and influenced judgment of Election Tribunal, Faisalabad. The candidate contested election on the ticket of MDM, which is headed by the Father of Taliban. He is the leader of an illicit organization which is brutal, atrocious, and killer of thousands of innocent Muslims and Non-Muslims. Our law is so lame, incapacitated and crippled that it has no yardstick to filter out the right from the wrong. ...

The attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi has left everyone dumbfounded. Sadly, this is not the first time that a journalist has come under fire. Pakistan has never been an easy place to work for journalists, and the threats faced by them have only increased over time. The kind of questioning that has followed the attack is rather disturbing. Soon after the unfortunate incident, Amir Mir, Hamid’s brother told the media that his brother had informed his family and colleagues about the threats faced by him from ISI. Hamid Mir had warned that if he was targeted, the ISI and its ...

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

The illuminating letter by Eng. Khursheed Anwer in your newspaper recently revealed the farce of KBD’s baseless opposition that is only meant to destroy Pakistan. It is clearly stated that Punjab can only get its share of water from left bank canal, while KPK would get its share only from a right bank canal from KBD. No other dam can supply water to Punjab and KPK till dooms day. This fact has been neglected by the planners and economists but the onus lies on PML-N that has closed its eyes to the terrible situation that is tantamount to selling Pakistan cheap. The stark facts narrated ...

Lack of discipline in any society or individual can lead to disaster and this is what is happening in our society. We do not realize the negative effects of this problem. In fact we enjoy breaking rules and laws of the country. Our nation is going towards immorality. We lack moral values. An individual learns from the society and if the society will teach him to break the rules then it will be difficult for us to maintain law and order of the country.Laws are made to provide boundaries to the people so that they do not exceed their limits. In everyday life, we break a lot of rules. People ...

Public Health Nursing School Attock which is deprived of basic facilities has become a home to worries as the students don’t have a principal who can deal with the problems. There is no principal as a corrupt mafia is raising hurdles in her appointment. The medical superintendent (MS) of District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Attock, has been given additional charge of the above mention school. He, being the MS of the hospital, cannot deliver as principal of the school. It is imperative to appoint a principal permanently so that the student can feel comfortable and have their problems ...

To remember your benefactor is a divine obligation. A beautiful quote owing gratitude says, “we must find time to thank the people who make a difference in our lives”. Today is the 76th death anniversary of Shair e Mashriq and great philosopher Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal popular known as Hakeem ul Ummat and Muffakir e Pakistan. He is revered as the spiritual founder of Pakistan. We, as indebted community has unparalleled respects and admiration for him. The genius of Iqbal was recognized among the international intellectuals. Last year Mr. Francis Lamand, a French professor of ...

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

Our country is called an ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, it has diversity, a large population, and its status is that of a developing country. Maybe that is why the implementation of ‘Human Rights’ has become impossible in this country? I see around me people who have forgotten the meaning of ‘human,’ let alone ‘Human Rights’. When we talk about ‘Human Rights’, we believe it to be freedom of speech, which only our media is practicing, the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of association, but ...

Sadly, ours is a country where injustice, tyranny, oppression, systematic corruption, organized crime, exploitation, opacity, impunity and so many more evils exist. We also have socioeconomic, administrative, political and draconian ills and evils which have become perpetual and no sincere effort is being made to remove these ills and evils from our society.I know many humanitarian people in this country who have spent all their lives fighting discrimination, injustice and violation of human rights. Indeed, no human being should be the target of prejudice, bias, or the object of vilification ...

A balanced diet is very important and getting enough vitamins is also vital. Dietary supplements encompass a wide range of products that include vitamins, minerals, herbal products, tissue extracts and other compounds. Many dietary supplements, which doctors refer, are extremely helpful in preventing illness; for example, folic acid can prevent birth defects, and calcium and vitamin D can prevent fractures, however, not all supplements are effective. There are thousands of supplements, sold worldwide, from which some are effective and some are not. Even worse, some might actually cause more ...

Thar consists of three union councils of Khipro Taluka which is spread over the east north of Sanghar district. Over 90% of the population is suffering from malnutrition because the people are dependent on livestock for their earning and food. Livestock breeders obviously require green pastures and fields in order to breed cattle and to be able to meet the need of the people. The growth of vegetation depends on rainfall in this region as no ruler thought of providing any canals to the area for irrigation.I once read a book a long time ago about the struggle of the Jewish people to turn their ...

The society in which we are living is not a society which our Prophet (SAW) brought a message to, it’s not a society for which our forefathers struggled, it’s not the society which Dr Allama Iqbal had dreamed of! It’s a society where there are no rules or obligations, everyone can do whatever they want. There are many important issues but I think that the issue dealing with our women is also  most important. In the Hindu culture women are treated as second class citizens, below their husbands, brothers, fathers and other male members and after living in close proximity ...

Monday, 21 April, 2014

We were still enjoying the new face of Sindh, where happy people were dancing and singing to the tunes of ‘Sindh Saga’ when the cruel and bitter reality of Sindh raised its head from Tharparker. The poor, dying in Thar, were of no importance for the rulers, who were reviving the spirit of our Mughal Dynasty which was destroyed because the rulers were busy in enjoyment. They were reviving the civilization of Mohenjo-Daro and while doing so they did their best to turn the present day Thar into a Mohenjo-Daro. Droughts, negligence on the part of government machinery and lack of food, ...

It is often thought that an enemy is like a deadly virus; it multiplies and harms the body from within thus stopping growth and disturbing the whole body. Some viruses are more dangerous than others and can kill the body slowly. These viruses are responsible for various infectious diseases as the first make the body vulnerable and then spread. It is always hard to define an ‘enemy of the state’, it can be any person who is either insincere or remains disloyal to the nation. The term enemy should be taken in all its different shapes– as very often the term is associated with ...

It is very sad to see that Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) is fast losing its competitiveness and efficiency and its performance remains below par as compared to Public Service Commission of Punjab and KPK. One glaring example of this unfortunate fact is that it conducted screening test for the post of ASI in police seven months before, but failed to take any written test. Same is the case with PCS/PMS that was announced in September, 2013 along with test date but once again SPSC proved the true that proverb "old habits seldom die". No news is heard of the fate of PCS/PMS since the ...

This season’s Premier League is turning out to be arguably the most interesting and competitive title race we have seen in quite a long time. With an average of 5 games remaining to be played, the hunt for the title is getting tighter, harder and nervy. Three teams, Liverpool currently on the top of the table followed by Chelsea and Manchester City will put in whatever they have got to get their hands on the Premier League Trophy. The football fever in Pakistan is lesser than the cricket fever; but we can see boys and girls supporting their favorite football teams. Let’s hope the ...

A few days ago a literary festival was held in Lahore where various Pakistani novelists had come. I did not have the chance to visit it since I was in Islamabad but my mother was there and got some books signed by various writers. I think this is a very positive sign and we should promote our writers, so that they can gain fame and flourish in the world and present a soft image of Pakistan. We do not have a book reading culture which carries bad impact on the younger generation. I think that we should take a page from the book of the developed countries and promote reading habits in our ...

Sunday, 20 April, 2014

I was amazed to read that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo moto notice over the incident of self-immolation of a rape victim in Punjab, who later died of severe burns. Not long ago, Chief Justice also took notice of a 40-year-old woman, who was gang-raped on the order of a jirga (an illegal form of court that works on tribal values). Though some may consider such ‘suo moto’ notices quite timely, I wonder what good they do for the victims? Will the CJ’ taking notice bring back the dead teenager or the self respect of the 40 year old gang raped woman?It was our ...

Online shopping is gaining popularity in Pakistan. The world over it has become the biggest merchandize but now Pakistanis are catching on. Some online buyers believe that it is the best way to shop in Pakistan as there is no security in shopping malls and shopping areas, which have been targeted several times. Other reasons include saving the cost of traveling with regular increase in fuel prices. It seems like it is wiser to shop online.ZAINA QASEEM RIZVI, Karachi, April 17.

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