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Historical Long March continues for Sindh's rights

SHIKARPUR, SINDH: [SindhWeek.Com Report] Long March meant to get restored national rights of people of Sindh that was organized by Awami Tahreek headed by Rasool Bux Palijo, has reached to historical city Shikarpur. The people belonging to various walk of life, welcomed the Long March and its participants were garlanded. People were also beating drums and playing Sindhi flout (Sharnaae) to welcome participants of Long March when it passed through various towns and villages. 46-day Long March started from Kandh-Kott (Sindh) on October 08 is schedule to reach to Karachi Press Club (KPC) on November 21, 2009.

Meanwhile, Rasool Bux Palijo while addressing the participants said ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has taken somersault on the promises which it made before coming into power including stopping construction work of Greater Thal Canal (GTC) in Punjab. He demanded that Shaikh Ayaz University be established in Shikarpur. Mr Palijo said provinces be given rights on the basis of 1940 Resolutions. Long March included 10 women and children as participants (09j1221).
 

Pak Ambassador to USA, Hussain Haqani
to be kicked out soon; Reports The Nation
ISLAMABAD, PAK: [SindhWeek.Com Report] As anger mounts in official circles over Ambassador Haqqani’s questionable role in the drafting of the KLB, it has been learnt from reliable inside sources that President Zardari has risen to his ambassador’s defence. This has prevented his immediate removal despite many powerful organisations of the state demanding his recall immediately. Credible rumours tell of an alert being sent to Dr Maleeha Lodhi to be on standby as Haqqani’s replacement. Dr Lodhi’s record in previous ambassadorial stints in Washington and London has generally been positively recognised in Pakistan. This was reported by The Nation - an English daily on Oct 11.

However, what was almost a certainty on Friday night seems to have been postponed but only temporarily as part of a compromise between the Establishment and the Presidency. This, according to knowledgeable sources, will allow Haqqani a face-saving exit in the form of a resignation within a few weeks. Apparently, hard evidence relating to Haqqani’s efforts to have the clauses targeting the Pakistan army included in the KLB were provided to the civilian leadership. This, along with earlier question marks relating to the Ambassador’s actions, such as the revelation of the confidential letter, on an Indian television channel, to the ISI Chief and the Foreign Secretary; and the granting of visas “at ambassadorial discretion” to a host of Americans, some of whom had earlier been deported, has made it difficult for the Ambassador to retain the trust of most of the state decision makers - beyond the President.

Interestingly, according to inside sources, Ambassador Haqqani was promised a lucrative office in Islamabad in mid 2008 if he would give up the ambassadorial position and return to the country. However, some of his friends in the Capital had warned him that he was being lured into a trap and should stay away from Pakistan. The likelihood now is that Mr Haqqani would remain in Washington even after his resignation as his removal has only temporarily been postponed
(09j11nn).
 

Hussain Haqani, Obaidullah Bag, Azhar Lodhi were crying in favour of dictator Ziaul Haq on his funeral
LONDON, UK: [SindhWeek.Com Report] A renowned TV newscaster Mrs Mahpara Safdar who was attached with PTV News in the past as newscaster and presently working with BBC Urdu service in London, is writing her memoire on BBC Urdu website in installments. Giving an account of news reading on PTV on occasion of death of dictator General Ziaul Haq (who died in air crash on August 17, 1988 near Bahawalpur in Punjab soon after take off) writes; Azhar Lodhi (PTV Newscaster), Hussain Haqqani (presently working as Pakistan Ambassador in USA) and Obaidullah Bag (Urdu poet) were the commentators who were crying on TV when funeral procession of Gen Zia was heading towards Faisal mosque in Islamabad for burial.

Mr Bag was calling Gen Zia as custodian of Islam, martyr, fighter of Islam & helper of Islamic Ummah, All three people were crying in favour of the dictator. Urdu poet Obaidullah Beg in his running commentary said: "Had Gen Ziaul Haq alive, he would have seen, up to what extent people loved him".

Ms Mahpara writes that in the year 1986, Ms Benazir Bhutto returned from abroad and landed at Lahore where she was warmly welcomed. Director News Safdar Ahad tried his best that a news be telecast from Govt PTV but no such permission was granted. In his days, news bulletins of PTV were being reordered in GHQ (Army Headquarter) @ Rawalpindi.

Mrs Mahpara Safdar further writes: General Ziaul Haq, on the occasion of August 14, 1988 had attended a function in connection with independence day by wearing white colour Shirwani at 08 am, a make-up artist while looking at Gen Ziaul Haq wearing while colour Shirwani, in TV set, passed a remark: "Today, it appears that a dead body after taking wash (final bath before burial) is now standing up." At that time, no body knows that Gen Ziaul Haq would be killed in air crash only after three days of remarks
(09j00bcu)
 
UK based novelist Abdullah Hussein is not proud
of being Pakistani: Interview with English monthly
KARACHI, SINDH: [SindhWeek.Com Report] "I am not ashamed of being a Pakistani but I am no longer pride of being one". This was stated by UK-based novelist Abdullah Hussein, in an interview with English monthly Herald, Karachi which appeared in its Oct, 2009 issue (09j00hd).
 

MQM's Sindh Governor Dr Ibad not willing to attend convocations of Shah Lateef University? Letter
RANIPUR, SINDH: [SindhWeek.Com Report] A leading Sindhi daily has printed a letter to the editor (Oct 12) asking why the Shah Lateef University in Khairpur is being neglected. So much so Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad (MQM) who is also Chancellor of the University, never took trouble to attend the University's convocation. In the past, the date of convocation was postponed thrice to facilitate Sindh Governor to attend the convocation but he did not turned up and whenever the date of convocation is nearing, Governor (MQM) becomes busy, the letter writer Jamil Ahmad Shaikh of Ranipur added (09j1221).
 

SGA gives Awards to writer Shamsherul Haidri, others
KARACHI, SINDH: [SindhWeek.Com Report] Sindh Graduate Association (SGA) has given Life Achievement Awards to renowned personalities including respected writer & poet Shamsherul Haidri, Bilal Siyal, Bashir Ahmad Moryani, Barkat Ali Chohan, Munir Ahmad Chandio, Mumtaz Ali Kalhoro, Haider Bux Hakro, Late Mohammad Ismail Memon, Late Huzoor Bux Azad alias Azad Jatoi.
The Awards were also given to Secretary, Sindh Culture deptt Shamas Jafferani, MPA Fiaz Buttu and Naz Sahito of KTN. Also Gold Medals were announced to various personalities for services rendered by them. The function held at Arts Council building here on Oct 11
(09j1221).
 


LONDON, UK: International Conference  of  World

 Sindhi Congress held on Oct 03, 2009
WSC: 21st. World Sindhi conference held in London
LONDON, UK: [Press Release] The decentralization of Pakistani hegemony and the presence of a sovereign Sindh could create a new path to democracy and a new method of counteracting pan-Islamic forces. This was the consensus view at the 21st International Conference of the World Sindhi Congress (WSC), a human rights advocacy group for Sindh and Sindhis, held in London on 3rd October 2009.

Several distinguished scholars and activists from Sindh, Balochistan, India, Canada, the USA and the UK gathered to present speeches on the theme of ‘Sovereignty of Sindh for World Peace.” Prominent speakers included, Mr. Sana Baloch, ex-Senator of Pakistan, Mr. Harbiyar Marri, Dr. Naseer Dashti, Isar Kalyani, Humera Rehman, Munawar Laghari and Noorudin Mengal. Along with speeches, a book reading  session by Ms Alice Alibina, the writer of a new book 'Empires of Indus,' and a Sindhi soul music session were all part of the full-day Conference.

“With Pakistan currently ranking as the world’s most dangerous place, this conference seeks to highlight the important role that sovereignty of Sindh and other oppressed nations could play in promoting democracy, tolerance and peace and counterbalancing fundamentalist ideologies, military rule and political instability.” WSC Chairman Dr. Haleem Bhatti observed. “He concluded that Pakistan government and military inconspicuously has been keeping Talibans alive so that they keep receiving aid from the USA.”

 Mr Harbyar Marri, a Baloch exile leader said that, “People of Occupied Balochistan want independence from Pakistan.” He also praised the Sindh and Sindhi people's support to Baloch people and demanded the international community's help in stopping the  on-going persecution and military atrocities of Baloch Nation.

Mr Sana Baloch said,”  Sindhis and Balochs are enslaved nations and our master Pakistan uses the tools of divide-and-rule, economic and resource appropriation, and harassment to subjugate our peoples,” Mr. Baloch's  speech was received with standing ovation and pin-drop silence by the audience. “Sindhi and Balochs are strong ally to each other  in their struggle for emancipation.” He further said. Mr Baloch also implored the Sindhi national parties to unite and create a joint working plan. He praised the effort of WSC in highlighting Sindh and Balochistan case with “commitment, sincerity and diligence.”

Among others who spoke at the Conference included Dr. Ahmed Makhdoom, Dr. Lakhu Luhano, Dr. Saghir Shaikh, Suraiya Makhdoom, Ambreen Hisbani, Dr. G M Vistro, and Umed Laghari.

Several Sindhi leaders sent their messages were read in the conference, Sobho Gyanchandani, Dr.Qadir Magsi,Shafi Barfat, Kadir Jatoi, and Safdar Sarki were conveyed. A few of these Sindhi leaders were expected to attend the conference but due to enormous backlog in visa processing at British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, these people were not granted Visas for travel.

Conference Chair Dr. Hidayat Bhutto said that this event was  instrumental in highlighting that Sovereignty of secular and democratic Sindh and Balochistan nations is an antidote to the increasing militarism. It will muster peace in South Asian region as well as in the entire world.

The conference passed 25 resolutions concerning human rights and distributive economic and political justice in Pakistan. Conference demanded that International committee to investigate the targeted killing of Baloch and Sindhi leaders, and the convening of an international meeting by to discuss the case of Sindh and Balochistan. Conference further demanded the immediate stopping of  military operation in Balochistan.

Conference delegates pleaded to USA and EU that international aid to Pakistan should be made conditional to the restoration of the human rights and to equitable distribution of resources to all provinces of Pakistan
(09j0491).


EDITORIAL:
Privatize
 notorious
 WAPDA
 immediately

An

Notorious WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) is a Govt organization but since inception (1959),its main purpose was to protect vested interests of one province. Perhaps this is the only Govt organization that obviously is busy in widening gap between four provinces. Notorious WAPDA is white elephant as Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had rightly said. Audit Reports say that embezzlement of billions of rupees have been made in this govt organization. Notorious WAPDA is facing huge losses every year.

We are unable to understand that why this highly corrupt organization is not being privatized. Perhaps Punjab-backed bureaucracy is main hurdle in it. We demand that notorious WAPDA be privatized without wasting further time, in the interest of the country
(09j1291).

148-year old Sindhi Thari villager
UMARKOT, SINDH: [SindhWeek.Com Report] An old man of the Thar desert village of Mehndri Jo Par, some 70 kilometres from here, is said to be 148 years old and it is claimed that he is the world’s oldest living person. Talib Samejo was born in 1861.

“With Pakistan currently ranking as the world’s most dangerous place, this conference seeks to highlight the important role that sovereignty of Sindh and other oppressed nations could play in promoting democracy, tolerance and peace and counterbalancing fundamentalist ideologies, military rule and political instability.” WSC Chairman Dr. Haleem Bhatti observed. “He concluded that Pakistan government and military inconspicuously has been keeping Talibans alive so that they keep receiving aid from the USA.”

 Mr Harbyar Marri, a Baloch exile leader said that, “People of Occupied Balochistan want independence from Pakistan.”  He also praised the Sindh and Sindhi people's support to Baloch people and demanded the international community's help in stopping the  on-going persecution and military atrocities of Baloch Nation.

Mr Sana Baloch said,”  Sindhis and Balochs are enslaved nations and our master Pakistan uses the tools of divide-and-rule, economic and resource appropriation, and harassment to subjugate our peoples,” Mr. Baloch's  speech was received with standing ovation and pin-drop silence by the audience. “Sindhi and Balochs are strong ally to each other  in their struggle for emancipation.” He further said. Mr Baloch also implored the Sindhi national parties to unite and create a joint working plan. He praised the effort of WSC in highlighting Sindh and Balochistan case with “commitment, sincerity and diligence.”

Among others who spoke at the Conference included Dr. Ahmed Makhdoom, Dr. Lakhu Luhano, Dr. Saghir Shaikh, Suraiya Makhdoom, Ambreen Hisbani, Dr. G M Vistro, and Umed Laghari.

Several Sindhi leaders sent their messages were read in the conference, Sobho Gyanchandani, Dr.Qadir Magsi,Shafi Barfat, Kadir Jatoi, and Safdar Sarki were conveyed. A few of these Sindhi leaders were expected to attend the conference but due to enormous backlog in visa processing at British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, these people were not granted Visas for travel.

Conference Chair Dr. Hidayat Bhutto said that this event was  instrumental in highlighting that Sovereignty of secular and democratic Sindh and Balochistan nations is an antidote to the increasing militarism. It will muster peace in South Asian region as well as in the entire world.

The conference passed 25 resolutions concerning human rights and distributive economic and political justice in Pakistan. Conference demanded that International committee to investigate the targeted killing of Baloch and Sindhi leaders, and the convening of an international meeting   by to discuss the case of Sindh and Balochistan.  Conference further demanded the immediate stopping of  military operation in Balochistan.

Conference delegates pleaded to USA and EU that international aid to Pakistan should be made conditional to the restoration of the human rights and to equitable distribution of resources to all provinces of Pakistan
(09j0491).

Asharaf
Federal minister for Water & Power  Raja Ashraf not to commit suicide on failure of ending load shedding as promised earlier
ISLAMABAD, PAK: [SindhWeek.Com Report] Federal minister for Water & Power and Development Raja Ashraf who belongs to ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and hails from Punjab province, last year had promised in public that he would ensure end of load shedding in Pakistan by Dec 2009 in any case and that if he failed to do so, he would commit suicide by killing himself with bullet. His statement had appeared in almost all national dailies of Pakistan and obviously he did not issue any denial of his claim.

He has a family of 402 members, including sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and all of them are alive. Talib says he never fell ill, never drank alcohol or tea. He is in good health and recounts events even of his childhood. Asked about the secret of his health, he said: “In our times, we used pure food, milk, butter and ghee; worked in fields and travelled long distances. Fertiliser and pesticides were not used and we used grain produced from rain-fed crops.” He said he had suffered the Chhapno drought of 1899 and Chhano drought of 1936 while the establishment of Pakistan was only a recent event.

According to him, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was people’s politician who got prisoners of war and Sindh’s area freed from India. Asked how old he was, Samejo said he had seen six generations. He may be the oldest living person in the world because he is a super-centenarian (a person who has reached the age of 110 years)
(09j05dn).
 

INSIDE:
* SAPAC inaugural & Sindhi Katchehry in Washington, DC, USA
*
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ex-Prime Minister knew he would be hanged in any case: Hafiz Lakho
*
Why Abdul Hafiz Pirzado 'Sohna Munda' of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was 'disloyal' to him?
* Mustafa Jatoi, Hafiz Pirzado did not come  forward to save life of Shaheed Z. A. Bhutto
* Urdu media becomes deaf, dump & blind on Sindh issues
* Sindh domiciled Farooq Shah, ex-DMD, PIA ruined carrier of several Sindhi officers in PIA

* Sindh not to get single drop of water if new dams / canals built on Indus: ANG Abbasi Report
*A dark page from our history: A Punjabi bureaucrat Masud Khadarposh who planned Nawabshah massacre of India-bound packed train carrying Sindhi Sikhs, painted as 'god'
* Sardar Assef, Dy Chairman, Planning Commission's cheap publicity tactics about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
* Photo showing leader of ethnic group beating up Sindhi women in session of City Council.

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