I am not sure what is so bad about Shehzad Roy’s opinion about excluding chapters related to Muslim conquerors from text books of early classes? Instead of indoctrinating with a predefined opinion (right or wrong) focus should be on capacity building of a child’s brain. Once the brain is developed to think freely then present history with alternate view points on it so that a child can make up his own mind on the issues. Whats wrong with that?
The problem is that most people seem to be used to of blind following of their sufis, mullahs, ayotullahs etc and too much into blind nationalism. Is it necessary to develop a child’s brain on india hatred? Yes, we have problems with India over Kashmir and many other issues but instead of teaching them establishment’s version of history we can help them develop an understanding of concepts like freedom, justice, free thinking etc and I am sure once a child will grow up and if he sees injustice being done not only in Kashmir but also in FATA, Balochistan etc then he will develop discontent with the situation in these areas.
The problem is they want to develop hatred with India or other enemies but not with the injustices they were doing which lead to divisions because the establishment and their supporters are doing injustices in their own country which are sometime worse than what India is doing in Kashmir. India never used aerial bombings on occupied Kashmir’s civil population but Pakistan establishment did it many times on tribal areas.
We need to understand that Jinnah and Iqbal were not brought up on India hatred but still they are known as founders of Pakistan.
Troops killing Kashmiris to suppress their struggle
Srinagar, (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three innocent Kashmiri youth during a siege and search operation in Manjote area of Ramban, today.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan visited Chogal area of Handwara to express solidarity with the family of a student recently martyred in custody by the troops.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, he said that the troops were killing innocent Kashmiris to suppress their just liberation struggle.
The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the re-arrest of Hurriyet leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, from a court immediately after his release and shifting him to Joint Interrogation Centre in Jammu.
In London, the Executive Director of Kashmir Centre, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl in a statement welcomed the meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Thimphu, Bhutan, and appealed to the international community to facilitate the dialogue process and assist the two countries to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
By Faisal Rahman
General (R) Pervez Musharraf, has launched his political party recently in London. Pakistan’s politics is amazing, a dictator who was all in all in his time and used to stop people from taking part in politics or coming back in the country is now forced to restart his politics from abroad.
Public opinion is divided in Pakistan over the comeback of Musharraf. It will surely not be an easy ride for him in politics. Arrival and stay in country will not be an easy task for the former dictator.
First and the biggest hurdle that will haunt him is 3rd November. It is something over which many sections of society, regardless of their social class and political affiliations, oppose him. 3rd November issue is not only related to the suspension of constitution and illegal sacking of the judiciary, but it also connects to several human rights violations to crush the lawyers movement, media and civil society.
Lal-Masjid operation, extra-judicial killings in Baluchistan, allowing US drone and missile attacks in Pakistan, NATO supplies and troops in tribal areas have put Pakistan into a real mess. The damage he did is so severe that even after two years we are facing the deadly impact. The violations of human rights in his tenure are probably worst in the history of Pakistan. Issues of missing people, particularly Dr. Aafia Siddiqi, will surely haunt him when he comes back.
The post 9/11 policies, which were mainly adapted to give legitimacy to Musharraf’s dictatorship in the eyes of world powers, have caused more than 40 billion dollars direct economic losses to Pakistan, according to government’s own sources. In Musharraf’s tenure, the real areas of economy such as agriculture , technology manufacturing and energy were not focused upon. As a result, we are undergoing food and worst energy crisis ever.
Some impression of stability was created through fictitious economy based on banking, real estate and telecom sector, which eventually resulted in the flight of capital and currency devaluation. This short sighted approach may have got him some political support, but for the country, the approach proved to be destructive in the long run. In fact, the economic bubble burst during the last days of his tenure.
Kashmir is another issue on which Musharraf needs to be questioned. According to APHC leaders, Musharraf damaged the Kashmir cause by sidelining the issue. The main leader from APHC, Syed Ali Shah Gillani, also accused Musharraf for the split of APHC. Keeping eyes close on India’s violations of Indus Water Treaty and letting India build dams was criminal negligence. His mishandling of Dr. AQ Khan’s issue and insulting the national hero will also not be forgiven by Pakistanis.
People including me often criticize the current setup, but we also need to see the cause of this mess i.e. NRO. We shouldn’t only see the ugly dry branches of the dead tree but also need to see who is responsible for the hot water going into roots.
Musharraf’s arrival is very important for Pakistan, as we need answers for many crimes he did against the nation. His arrival is important for strengthening rule of law as it will give chance to trial him for his unconstitutional actions. I am sure if people in NWFP and Baluchistan get a chance to file cases against him in the courts for his crimes against humanity, it will help in calming down the situation in many parts of our country. It will give a chance for Army to restore its image in the eyes of many, who have grievances against the national institution due to the policies by former dictators.
Musharraf’s arrival will also be a big test for our civil society, media and the Pakistani nation as a whole. It will give us a chance to set precedence of indiscriminate justice and rule of law. I hope we will take the right decisions without falling to our prejudices and greed.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Srinagar and a case has been filed against All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq following Friday’s violence and arson attack on a police barrack in the Kashmir Valley region.
Curfew has also been imposed in Anantnag, Bijbehara, Pulwama, Kakapora, Sopore and Baramulla.
On Saturday, as the valley was celebrating Eid, mobs went on rampage and set fire to a police post outside the Hazratbal shrine.
As security forces tried to control the crowds, a complex that houses the state’s power department and crime branch headquarters, also went up in flames. Protesters targetted everything that symbolised state authority.
“As far as the AFSPA is concerned, we want the repeal of it. Half-hearted steps will not take us anywhere as these are mere gestures. We need a concrete, solution oriented process. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is meeting and the government is talking amongst themselves, this is not helping,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“It would have been better to make a fair assessment here on the ground and then respond to the entire situation…control the situation first…see that what has been happening for last three months. I wish that both the central and state government turn serious and do something which is required…which matches the entire situation and the crisis,” said Nizamuddin Bhat, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader.
On the other hand, Indian occupied Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah blamed the militant for not honouring their promise to have peaceful processions, and said this would be a huge setback to the peace initiative that was to be announced on Monday.
Who can forget the devastation of 8 October 2005 Northern Pakistan & Kashmir earthquake which claimed the lives of thosands of people and left more as homeless and injured.
The biggest victim of the earthquake were kids and educational institutions as the earthquake came at morning time when many of the kids were in schools and got hit by the devastation.
The people of Pakistan especially and all over the world in general immediately rose to the call and showed their support to the affected people.
(image taken from:http://worldproutassembly.org)
Sadly the response from our government and international ones except for initial days cannot be considered as great. Pledges were made , estimates of rehabilitation were given but not much on the ground was done.
Still hundreds of thousands are living in tents , more than 1300 educational institutions are yet to be built leaving more than 100,000 people to study under the open sky or in temporary camps.
I don’t know after having so many refugees from Bajur,Sawat,Waziristan and other places due to an undue war how the victims of the 2005 earthquake will get the attention they need.
Switch to any news channel of Pakistan the major issue you will find for discussion is 1992 military operation in Karachi which MQM claims was against MQM and army/PML-N claims was against the miscreants and robbers and all this was started by one man Brigadier (R) Imtiaz who is appearing on every channel opening a Pandora box of Pakistan’s political history.
It is a thing to be asked with NRO beneficiary Brigadier (R) Imtiaz that what and who has provoked him to reveal all the things after 17 years.
Apart from the blame game and media spice the timing is really important.
National media which was discussing issues of :
1 ) Pervaiz Musharraf trial under Article 6 of high treason.
2 ) NRO case.
3 ) USA embassy or I should say military fortress being built in Pakistan.
4 ) Corruption of Zardari government and destruction of national institutions.
5 ) Sugar scandal.
6 ) Electricity crisis and rental power issues.
7 ) 12 May 2007 killings in Karachi.
8 ) Benazir Bhutto murder and UN investigation.
is now wasting their time in discussion the issue which should have been settled in court by the politicians specially MQM as it claims to be the victim party.
Also we need to look what else has happened during this time:
1 ) Northern areas are given the provincial status which has really damaged the Kashmir cause. Yasin Malik of JKLF has shown his reservations on this as well.
2 ) Cabinet has approved the Rental power project which is a straight 200 bn Rs corruption scandal.
3 ) Dogar is back with challenging the 31st July 2009 historical decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
4 ) Government has stopped the actions against those who created the sugar crisis in the country.
Now the question comes who are the prime beneficiaries :
1 ) Pervaiz Musharraf as his case is now gone at the back on media thanks to Brig. (R) Imtiaz.
2 ) Asif Zardari as Minus one is also now gone at the back on media.
3 ) MQM and Altaf as they have again proved themselves as an asset for establishment,Musharraf and Zardari apart from other political gains they have got.
I hope the sanity will prevail and people will understand the game the likes of Zardari,Musharraf,Kiyani and team are playing.
Nation on 8 October remembered the tragic eartquake of October 8, 2005 with heavy heart.
It still seems to me an event happened just yesterday or so when the nation saw one of the most devastating earthquakes the world has ever seen.
Mountains on North of Pakistan shook with the vibration of death and horror. Thousands died (figures varying from 79000 to over 100,000 mostly school going children) , more than 300,0000 people got displaced and billions of dollars of property loss was reported.
Also I cannot forget the united effort shown by the nation (and I want that unity back but without any disaster) for a cause to help their brothers and sisters facing the most shocking experience of their lives.
Still there is lot to be done in the area (Govt. says 2011 will be the date when the area will be fully rebuild, God knows better we can just hope for the best).
Also questions should be asked about the inquiries which were initiated to investigate the collapse of structures like Margalla Towers in Islamabad and why the state machinery wasn’t ready for the disaster?
(Margall Towers:When the victims will get justice?)
It’s a test for world’s so called civilized nation and organiztions representing them to choose between illegal occupation or genuine struggle for basic right of freedom in Kashmir.
We support the nobel cause of Kashmir and support theri demand for self determination.
Keep it up Kashmir we are with you.
Key leaders arrested in Kashmir(DAWN)
By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI, Aug 25: Key resistance leaders, including heads of both factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, were among more than 100 activists arrested in the occupied Kashmir ahead of a protest rally on Monday.
An official spokesman said Mr Malik, who had gone underground on Sunday evening, was picked up from an area in the city on Monday.
Reports said that about 100 second rank and other separatist leaders, including the Hurriyat chiefs were taken into custody during the last 24 hours to prevent them from participating in a march to Srinagar’s Lal Chowk city square — call for which was given by their Coordination Committee (CC) — spearheading the present agitation in the valley.
Indian Information Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi said meanwhile that the federal government would probe an attack on media personnel by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men when the former were performing their duty in Srinagar during the curfew.
Mr Dasmunshi said he would also speak to the Kashmir governor over the issue.
On Sunday, CRPF men had beaten up about a dozen media personnel and damaged about half a dozen vehicles of journalists in the city. The CRPF men beat up six more media persons on Monday when they were performing their duties during the curfew. The CRPF is reported to have refused to honour the media curfew passes.
Meanwhile, all local TV channels remained off the air in protest against the order of the District Magistrate directing them not to telecast news and current affairs programme.
The management of almost all the local English and Urdu Dailies decided not to publish Monday’s issue because of the indefinite curfew in the valley since Sunday, a report from Srinagar said.
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of Kashmir by Indian occupied forces and demand the resolution of Kashmir issue according to the will of the Kashmiri people.
Curfew in held Kashmir after APHC leader shot dead(The News)
|Tuesday, August 12, 2008
HELD SRINAGAR: Police clamped a curfew on most of held Kashmir after a prominent Kashmiri leader was killed on Monday as tens of thousands of Muslims protested a road blockade by Hindus in held Kashmir.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) central leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz was shot by police who were firing into the crowd as they tried to hold back the protesters.Aziz died after a bullet ruptured his liver, according to Manzoor Ahmed, the doctor who treated him.
There was no immediate comment from government officials. Three others were also killed and several dozen injured in the violence (APP put the death toll at seven). The demonstrators were attempting to march to Azad Kashmir to protest a blockade by Hindus of a key highway that links the Kashmir Valley with the rest of India.
The protests are the latest development in a political crisis that began in June with a dispute over land near a Hindu shrine and has exposed tensions between Muslims and Hindus in Kashmir.
The Hindu minority was angered when the state government reversed a decision to give 99 acres (40 hectares) of land to a Hindu trust to build facilities for pilgrims near a shrine. Muslims complained that the gift of land would alter the religious balance in the region.
Kashmiri traders have warned that the region faces shortages of food and medicine because of the blockade, and complain that hundreds of truckloads of Kashmiri fruit are spoiling because they cannot be delivered.
Traders said police and paramilitary soldiers also seized dozens of fruit-laden trucks and deflated the tires of other vehicles which the protesters had planned to drive during the procession. At least 50 people were taken to a hospital with injuries caused by bullets and tear gas, including one who later died, said Asif Drabu, a doctor at a hospital in Srinagar.
Another man was killed when police opened fire on angry protesters who torched two police vehicles near Sangrama, a village on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway, a police official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.
In Chehel, where Aziz was shot, large crowds had pushed aside barricades set up by police and clashed with security officials who were stopping them from walking toward the Line of Control.
Another marcher in Chehel also suffered bullet injuries, local police said, again speaking on condition of anonymity. The area is about 28 miles (45 kilometres) from the ceasefire line but the spokesman for the Indian army in Srinagar has said that the “army has taken all precautionary measures to control the situation”.
“We want independence,” “Demolish the LoC,” the protesters chanted. In Azad Kashmir town of Chakothi, police fired tear gas to disperse a group trying to march up to the frontier. The road from Chakothi to the frontier was blocked by police and soldiers with barbed wire and iron sheets.
One policeman and three protesters were injured in scuffles between police and protesters who tried to break through the roadblock, said Uzair Ghazali, a spokesman for Hizbul Mujahi9deen. “Some people, who were emotional, tried to go toward the Line of Control but we stopped them,” said Chaudhry Imtiaz Ahmed, a senior government security official.