Pakistan can miss export targets due to power crisis:Amin Fahim

Is this war really our war? It is destroying our lives,economy,social fabric and except a few from elite who are benefiting from all this rest are just suffering.

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Source: Pakistan can miss export targets due to power crisis:Amin Fahim.

Infocrats-mag

Lahore- Amin Fahim, The Pakistani federal minister for commerce has warned about the possibility of not achieving the export targets if electricity crisis and the law and order situation do not see any positive change.

He also said that terror attacks are making the foreign investor to reconsider their strategy in Pakistan.

He also told the media that the government is trying to Persuade United States, European Union and friendly Muslim countries to provide free market access to Pakistani products to revive its economy.

He was talking to the media during his visit to Lahore Expo Center.He said Rs3.5 billion needed for its completion have been sanctioned and the center would hopefully be operational in two months.

According to Fahim every time a bomb blast occurs foreign countries gave new advice  to their citizens.

Pakistan being the front-line state of ongoing war in the region has suffered great economic and human losses as a price for its role in the war.The problems got worse with another ongoing issue of electricity affecting the industrial productivity especially for export goods.

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Thousands Flee Pakistan’s S. Waziristan Region

I don’t know how our nation will ever recover from this war. A nation which was already suffering from poverty and illiteracy got struck by a massive earthquake resulting in a huge humanitarian and financial loss is now facing probably the worst crises of its history after 1971 East Pakistan separation.

When our leaders will learn that war is not the solution for our problems ? It will destroy us but I think they only think in terms of dollars.

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Thousands Flee Pakistan’s S. Waziristan Region

Source: http://www.infowars.com/thousands-flee-pakistans-s-waziristan-region/

Lisa Schlein
VOA News
October 16, 2009

The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of people are fleeing Pakistan’s South Waziristan region in anticipation of military operations against insurgents. U.N. agencies estimate more than 100,000 people have become displaced since May.

Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province is awash with homeless people who fled the fighting between government troops and Taliban militants.

The most dramatic exodus occurred earlier this year when more than two million people fled their homes in the Swat Valley.

UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic, says his agency does not expect an outflow of people on that scale from Waziristan. Nevertheless, he says a substantial number of people are fleeing to safer regions.

“In recent days, local authorities have begun registering new arrivals, with more than 800 families registered over the past three days out of an estimated 2,000 families that have moved into that area,” he said.

“While some of the movement from South Waziristan may be seasonal migration, most families say they are fleeing expected bombardments. If full-scale military operations are launched, the numbers of displaced people are likely to rise significantly,” he added.

Mahecic says most of the displaced are staying with host families or have rented rooms. He says the UNHCR is working with local partners to distribute relief supplies, such as plastic sheets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and kitchen sets to displaced people from South Waziristan.

In the meantime, spokesman for the World Health Organization, Paul Garwood, says medical supplies in the region are insufficient.

“Water supplies to health facilities are reaching only 42 percent of these health facilities,” he said. “So, there is a great lack of water. Medical staff, particularly female health staff, are in short number and the health cluster has received only 37 percent of funding requested,” he stressed.

The U.N. agencies say the deteriorating situation in Pakistan continues to hinder their humanitarian operations in the country. In addition, they say they have had to adjust their operations in the wake of attacks on U.N. staff and general insecurity.