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  1. Hunger in India states 'alarming' Twelve Indian states have "alarming" levels of hunger while the situation is "extremely alarming" in the state of Madhya Pradesh, says a new report. Madhya Pradesh's nutrition problems, it says, are comparable to the African countries of Ethiopia and Chad. India has more people suffering hunger - a figure above 200 million - than any other country in the world, it says. The report, released as part of the 2008 Global Hunger Index, ranks India at 66 out 88 countries. 'Scored worse' The hunger index has been released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) along with Welthungerhlife and the University of California. It measures hunger on three indicators which include child malnutrition, rates of child mortality and the number of people who are calorie deficient. The problem of hunger is measured in five categories - low, moderate, serious, alarming or extremely alarming. The survey says that not one of the 17 states in India that were studied were in the low or moderate hunger category. "Despite years of robust economic growth, India scored worse than nearly 25 sub-Saharan African countries and all of South Asia, except Bangladesh," the report says. The best performing state was Punjab, which has a 'serious' hunger problem and does less well than developing countries such as Gabon, Vietnam and Honduras. "When Indian states are compared to countries in the Global Hunger Index, [the central Indian state of] Madhya Pradesh ranks between Ethiopia and Chad," it says. India is long known to have some of the highest rates of child malnutrition and mortality in under-fives in the world. About 60% children in Madhya Pradesh state are malnourished According to the Indian government statistics two years ago, around 60% of more than 10 million children in the state were malnourished. Nutrition experts say the abysmal record is due to an inadequate access to food, poor feeding practices and poor childcare practices in India. And now the rise in the global food prices has reduced the food-buying capacity of many poor families, making their situation worse. In the past year food prices have increased significantly, but people's incomes haven't kept pace, forcing many families further into hunger, experts say. The report says "improving child nutrition is of utmost urgency in most Indian states". "All states also need to improve strategies to facilitate inclusive economic growth, ensure food sufficiency and reduce child mortality," it adds. BBC
  2. I think you guys should start appreciating the positive change in MQM's approach. The transformation from the Muhajir Qaumi Movement to the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement has been a successful one. A party that was limited to Karachi and Hyderabad, now have candidates contesting from all over Pakistan and Azad Kashmir (MQM won two seats in Azad Kashmir National Assembly in the last elections). Also, it is a known fact that the majority of MQM leaders DO belong to the middle class of Pakistan. Infact, your the list of your bungalows goes against your claim--bungalows in North Karachi, Nazimabad no. 5, Azizababad? and that too on 120 and 240 sq. yards? LOL. And MQM, Wahabi? They can't get any farther apart. Many vote MQM just so that Jamat-i-Islami doesn't come in power. Also, MQM's and Altaf Hussain's views on religious and ethnic minorities--including the Qadianis, for who nobody stands up--are very liberal (PPP doesn't even come close).
  3. Banking system safe from global threats By Our Staff Reporter Friday, 10 Oct, 2008 ISLAMABAD, Oct 9: President National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Syed Ali Raza has said Pakistan’s banking system will remain immune from international financial crisis as it is based on sound lending practices. Addressing the executives and branch managers of Rawalpindi and Islamabad region at Staff College here he said Pakistani banking system was also backed by collaterals as only 16 per cent of our total lending was in consumer financing. Since USA is one of the economic leaders of the world there will be, however, some impact on our trade related business, especially with America and European countries, he added. Mr Raza, however, advised all the banking executives to chalk out a strategy to manage future liquidity requirements and to multiply their efforts for fresh deposit procurement and recovery of Non Performing Loans (NPLs). He informed the audience that NBP was going to introduce some new market-based deposit-oriented products offering lucrative profit margins to promote the saving habits of the customers. “NBP, being the top Pakistani bank with the largest customer base, has enough potential to move the wheels of trade and industry in the country and definitely we will play our role in this present economic scenario,” he said. Mr Raza told the participants that the present situation of currency fluctuations and price hike will not last more than 3-4 weeks as he was quite optimistic about economic stability in Pakistan, especially after the corrective measures taken for maintaining the law and order situation in the country. The upcoming meeting of “Friends of Pakistan” will be the real motivating force for Pakistani traders as well as the foreign investors. Starting from the historical background of global economic recession of 1929 – crash of NYSE Wall Street -- till the recent collapse of top American investment banking model, including the largest one -- Lehman Brothers, he was of the opinion that under current economic scenario, there was no threat to Pakistan’s banking system. DAWN
  4. Orissa Christians made an offer they can’t refuse Vijaita Singh , Hindustan Times Days after he fled his home, there was something that stood between Hari Chand Digal and his home, his paddy field, two cows and 15 goats. He had to give up his faith if he wanted his home. So one morning 15 days ago, Digal, 42, finally gave in and lowered his head. A barber shaved off his hair, holy water was sprinkled on him, and in a chatter of mantras, he was made a Hindu again. He could now have his life back, village leaders said. Mobs of hundreds of Hindu chauvinists have ravaged villages in Orissa’s hilly central district of Kandhamal since the end of August, in cascading attacks that have killed at least 35 people. It is the worst violence India has witnessed against the Christian community, with the state and central governments seemingly looking the other way. Now, even though there are no reports of fresh communal violence, there is no respite for the estimated 14,000 people living in relief camps. Many of them want to return to their villages. They say they have been asked to embrace Hinduism, or else they would be either killed or treated as pariahs. Digal, a Christian villager, was among those who lost their homes on August 26 in his Minia village, 250 kilometres east of Bhubaneswar, the state capital. It was gutted by arsonists. He and his family had to take shelter in the nearby jungles. He stayed in a relief camp for days, like the other displaced people huddled in shelters in Kandhamal district, Bhubhaneshwar and Cuttack. Then, he and 70 other families were offered a deal: he could return to his village and have his property back if he became a Hindu. Caught in the thick of a battle over conversions to Christianity, Orissa is the epicentre of anti-Christian violence in India. It is the state where Christian missionary Graham Staines was burned alive in 1999 with his two minor children, killings that shook India but failed to bring them under control. "A few days ago I decided to go back to my village. When I went there, I was told by the panchayat leaders and my Hindu friends that if I wanted to continue living here, I will have to become a Hindu,” Digal whispered at his village home, sitting wearing a loincloth. “I agreed as I was fed up with living at a relief camp," he said. His father was an animist — a worshipper of animals, plants and elements of nature — who converted to Chistianity. Around him, his home still bore the scars of arson — He has since repaired the roof but the thatched hut still has burnt walls and charred remains of utensils and husk strewn around. His hands trembled when he picked up the burnt Bible lying near the door. "This was the only religious book I had when I was a Christian. Now even that is no more. I may have turned a Hindu but my heart will never accept this religion," he said. Next door, Digal’s neighbour Prashant Digal, 28, also a Christian, sports a red tilak on his forehead to show he is now a Hindu. Prashant was Christian until 15 days ago. "This is our land, how can we let it go?” he angrily asked. “I do not have anything else to fall back on. If converting to a different religion ensures safety for my family and me, then let is be so." Hindustan Times
  5. Au Contraire, Pakistani banks are expanding: Bank Alfalah plans 49 more branches KARACHI: Bank Alfalah has unfolded a new phase of expansion by planning 49 new branches across the country by the end the current year to meet the growing demand of reliable and innovative banking products, reveals a press release issued on Thursday. Bank Alfalah is ranked as the fifth largest institution in Pakistan within a short span of ten years of operations. To this date, the bank has become the leading credit cards brand, and has innovated consumer products by redefining market dynamics. At present, the bank has 225 branches across 88 cities in Pakistan with eight foreign branches across Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bahrain. staff report Daily Times
  6. After banks, nations: Iceland close to bankruptcy REYKJAVIK, Iceland: This volcanic island near the Arctic Circle is on the brink of becoming the first "national bankruptcy" of the global financial meltdown. Home to just 320,000 people on a territory the size of Kentucky, Iceland has formidable international reach because of an outsized banking sector that set out with Viking confidence to conquer swaths of the British economy - from fashion retailers to top soccer teams. The strategy gave Icelanders one of the world's highest per capita incomes. But now they are watching helplessly as their economy implodes - their currency losing almost half its value, and their heavily exposed banks collapsing under the weight of debts incurred by lending in the boom times. "Everything is closed. We couldn't sell our stock or take money from the bank," said Johann Sigurdsson as he left a branch of Landsbanki in downtown Reykjavik. The government had earlier announced it had nationalized the bank under emergency laws enacted to deal with the crisis. "We have been forced to take decisive action to save the country," Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said of those sweeping new powers that allow the government to take over companies, limit the authority of boards, and call shareholder meetings. A full-blown collapse of Iceland's financial system would send shock waves across Europe, given the heavy investment by Icelandic banks and companies across the continent. One of Iceland's biggest companies, retailing investment group Baugur, owns or has stakes in dozens of major European retailers - including enough to make it the largest private company in Britain, where it owns a handful of stores such as the famous toy store Hamley's. Kaupthing, Iceland's largest bank and one of those whose share trading was suspended last week to stop a huge sell-off, has also invested in European retail groups. Thousands of Britons have accounts with Icesave, the online arm of Landsbanki that regulators said was likely to file for bankruptcy after it stopped permitting customers to withdraw money from their accounts Tuesday. To try to wrest control of the spiraling situation, the government also loaned $680m to Kaupthing to tide it over and said it was negotiating a $5.4bn loan from Russia to shore up the nation's finances. The speed of Iceland's downfall in the week since it announced it was nationalizing Glitnir bank, the country's third largest, caught many by surprise despite warnings that it was the "canary in the coal mine" of the global credit squeeze. Famous for its cod fishing industry, geysers, moonscape and the Blue Lagoon, Iceland was the site of the Cold War showdown in which Bobby Fischer of the United States defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union in 1972 for the world chess championship. Last year, Iceland won the UN's "best country to live in" poll, with its residents deemed the most contented in the world. Despite sunny skies on Tuesday after three days of unseasonably cold weather, Reykjavik's mood remained grim - cafes were half-empty, real estate agents sat idle, and retailers reported few sales. "I'm really starting to get worried now. Everything is bad news. I don't know what's happening," said retiree Helga Jonsdottir as she headed to a supermarket. Icelanders are also beginning to question how a relative few were able to generate the disproportionate wealth - and associated debt - that Haarde has warned puts the entire country at risk of bankruptcy. Iceland's reinvention from the poor cousin in Europe to one of the region's wealthiest countries dates to the deregulation of the banking industry and the creation of the domestic stock market in the mid-1990s. Those free market reforms turned Iceland from a conservative, inward-looking country to one of a new generation of internationally educated young businessmen and women who were determined to give Iceland a modern profile far beyond its fishing base. Entrepreneurs become its greatest export, as banks and companies marched across Europe and their acquisition wallets were filled by a stock market boom and a well-funded pension system. Among the purchases were the iconic Hamley's toy store and the West Ham soccer team. Back home, the average family's wealth soared 45 percent in half a decade and gross domestic product rose at around 5 percent a year. But the whole system was built on a shaky foundation of foreign debt. The country's top four banks now hold foreign liabilities in excess of $100bn, debts that dwarf Iceland's gross domestic product of $14bn. Those external liabilities mean the private sector has had great difficulty financing its debts, such as the more than $5.25bn racked up by Kaupthing in five years to help fund British deals. Iceland is unique "because the sheer size of its financial sector puts it in a vulnerable situation, and its currency has always been seen as a high risk and high yield," said Venla Sipila, a senior economist at Global Insight in London. The krona is suffering in part from a withdrawal by a falloff in what are called carry trades - where investors borrow cheaply in a country with low rates, such as Japan, and invest in a country where returns, and often risks, are higher. After watching the free-fall for several days, the Central Bank of Iceland stepped in Tuesday to fix the exchange rate of the currency at 175 - a level equal to 131 krona against the euro. Haarde said he believed the measures had renewed confidence in the system. He also was critical of the lack of an Europe-wide response to the crisis, saying Iceland had been forced to adopt an "every-country-for-itself" mentality. He acknowledged that Iceland's financial reputation was likely to suffer from both the crisis and the response despite strong fundamentals such as the fishing industry and clean and renewable energy resources. As regular Icelanders begin to blame the government and market regulators, Haarde said the banks had been "victims of external circumstances." Richard Portes of the London Business School agreed, noting the banks were well-capitalized and had not bought any of the toxic debt that has brought down banks elsewhere. "I believe it is absolutely wrong to say these banks were reckless," said. "Quite the contrary. They were hugely unlucky." Times of India
  7. Economists say Pakistan not going to default RIZWAN BHATTI KARACHI (October 08 2008): Economists have rejected the impression that Pakistan is going to default, saying that it has the ability to lure huge foreign inflows and pay off its debts. They said that despite the declining trend in the country's foreign reserves, it is expected that country has ability to bring huge foreign inflows from some international financial institutions to meet its requirements. "Now-a-days rumours of Pakistan's default is on rise due to the balance of payment and liquidity difficulties, many questions have been raised over Pakistan's ability and willingness to honour its upcoming 500 million dollars, Euro bond debt obligation," they said. They, however, made it clear that there is not a single chance of default and we believed that country is still in a position to fulfil its commitments with the foreign institutions. On October 6, 2008 Standard & Poors has revised down Pakistan's credit rating from B to CCC+, the second downward revision since January 2008. Rising external vulnerability on the back of a thin liquidity cushion is the primary cause of the rating adjustment. "We believe the recent 500 million dollars disbursement from ADB, encouraging statements from the World Bank, and the formation of the Friends of Pakistan consortium led by G-7, China and Middle-Eastern countries will at least help Pakistan to honour upcoming debt obligations and the balance of payment financing crisis," said Muzamil Aslam, an economist. He said that still the IMF also has not closed its doors on Pakistan for financial assistance and a risk to this exceptional financing is Pakistan's relationship with the US, which has been under some strain recently. A rating downgrade reduces a country's ability to tap money through remittance securitization bonds, slowing down the rate of foreign investment and privatisation, Muzamil said. He said that S&P step could further raise concerns over external liability and prompt dollarization and speculation in the forex market. Business Recorder
  8. I dont think that's a standard law, Jibran. I remember reading in some newspaper last week that the Greek government, to diffuse tension amongst the general public, enacted a law that the government is a guarantor upto a certain amount (I think $40,000) in case a bank goes bankrupt. So, if it were a worldwide law, they wouldnt have to make one to help support their troubled local banks?
  9. I think how it works is: you lose all your money if you have a bank account with them; your loans/mortgages are written off if you have any that have been brokered by that bank. When BCCI went bankrupt, people lost their money (eventhough I do remember that my dad received a few checks a decade or so after the bankruptcy was filed).
  10. Zardari's party spokepersons have said that when he mentioned India as "never been a threat to Pakistan," he said so in the economic context (I believe that's what the question was about). Anyways, below is the actual article from Wall Street Journal The Most Difficult Job in the World Pakistan's president on terrorism, India and his late wife. Asif Ali Zardari used to sport a full moustache, jet black and rakish in the style of the avid polo player he once was. But sometime in the past year he trimmed it short and let its salt-and-pepper colors show. It befits the sober role he has now assumed, at 53, as the president of Pakistan, probably the world's most difficult -- and dangerous -- political job. Mr. Zardari shows no signs that he is stepping into that role diffidently. In an interview last Saturday with The Wall Street Journal, held under tight security at a midtown Manhattan hotel, he crafted his phrases in a tone of command. Pakistan's war, he says, is "my war," its fighter jets "my F-16s," its Intelligence Bureau "my IB." When he discusses Pakistan's economic crisis -- the central bank has about two months' worth of foreign currency reserves left to pay for the country's imports of oil and food -- he says he looks to the world to "give me $100 billion." For a man who has been president for less than a month, that's an ambitious request -- all the more given his checkered past. Mr. Zardari is, of course, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, the former two-time Pakistani prime minister assassinated last December shortly after her tumultuous return from an eight-year exile. He invokes her name repeatedly throughout our interview, at times to stress the importance he attaches to women's rights and empowerment, at other times to underline how personally he takes the threat of Islamic radicalism. But Mr. Zardari is also known as "Mr. Ten Percent," a moniker he acquired thanks to his legendary reputation for graft. At one time or another, he and his late wife were suspected of profiting (or seeking to profit) from corrupt schemes involving everything from the purchase of Polish tractors and French jets to the import of gold bullion. In 2006, he even produced a diagnosis of dementia from two New York psychiatrists as part of an effort to defend himself in a corruption case in Britain. These days, Mr. Zardari seems to be in excellent mental health -- if indeed he was ever unwell. Nor does he seem particularly vexed by his own past notoriety: All charges against him were eventually dropped in a political deal the previous government of President Pervez Musharraf struck with Bhutto, and as president he enjoys legal immunity. As for the broader corruption concerns, he all but waves them away as irrelevant. The corruption issue, he says, "has been used for a long time as a political tool," particularly by "radicals" trying to sully democracy's good name. Foreign investors, he adds, have been coming to Pakistan for decades, and "none of them have complained about corruption." That last observation may come as news to at least a few investors -- Pakistan ranked near the bottom of Transparency International's corruption perception index in 1995, the last full year during which Bhutto was in power. Investors might also have memories of the circumstances in which Bhutto's second government collapsed in 1996. "Since her re-election to office in 1993, [Ms. Bhutto] has run roughshod over strict fiscal and economic targets laid out by the International Monetary Fund for Pakistan's anemic economy," wrote Journal reporter Peter Waldman in November 1996. "In one of her more perplexing moves, she kept the Finance Ministry portfolio for herself, making it virtually impossible for her coalition government to muster the political will to curb Pakistan's gaping budget deficit. The lack of confidence in her government recently reached crisis proportions, with Pakistan's foreign-currency reserves plummeting below $700 million, or less than a single month's imports." At the time, Mr. Zardari occupied the post of Pakistan's minister of investments, reporting to his wife. Put simply, the economic crisis Mr. Zardari faces today is, at least in part, a crisis of confidence in him. He alludes to this problem only once in the interview, noting that before he can hope to get foreign help he will "have to make my credibility, my case." Still, he has a simple and powerful argument to make that the world cannot allow his government to fail -- not when it's becoming increasingly plausible that Pakistan itself, with its stockpile of as many as 200 nuclear warheads, could be toppled by al Qaeda and its allies. "I need your help," he says more than once. "If we fall, if we can't do it, you can't do it." In asking for the help -- and $100 billion is no small request, even (or particularly) in the age of AIG -- Mr. Zardari is keen to insist that it not be described as aid. "Aid is proven through the researches of the World Bank . . . [to be] bad for a country," he says. "I'm looking for temporary relief for my budgetary support and cash for my treasury which does not need to be spent by me. It is not something I want to spend. But [it] will stop the [outflow] of my capital every time there is a bomb. . . . In this situation, how do I create capital confidence, how do I create businessmen's confidence?" To his credit, Mr. Zardari's answer involves more than simply passing around the collection plate. When I ask whether he would consider a free-trade agreement with traditional archenemy India, Mr. Zardari responds with a string of welcome, perhaps even historic, surprises. "India has never been a threat to Pakistan," he says, adding that "I, for one, and our democratic government is not scared of Indian influence abroad." He speaks of the militant Islamic groups operating in Kashmir as "terrorists" -- former President Musharraf would more likely have called them "freedom fighters" -- and allows that he has no objection to the India-U.S. nuclear cooperation pact, so long as Pakistan is treated "at par." "Why would we begrudge the largest democracy in the world getting friendly with one of the oldest democracies in the world?" Not only does Mr. Zardari want better ties with Delhi, he notes that "there is no other economic survival for nations like us. We have to trade with our neighbors first." He imagines Pakistani cement factories being constructed to provide for India's huge infrastructure needs, Pakistani textile mills meeting Indian demand for blue jeans, Pakistani ports being used to relieve the congestion at Indian ones. For a country that spent most of its existence trying to show that it's the military equal of its neighbor, the agenda amounts to a remarkable recognition of the strides India has made in becoming a true world power. But before Pakistan can hope to save itself by completely reshaping the situation on its eastern frontier, it has the more pressing problem of resolving the crisis to its west, in its tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. On the day of our meeting, there had been reports that Pakistani army forces had fired on U.S. aircraft operating along the border with Afghanistan, while Pakistani officials were taking an ever-tougher line against NATO commando raids against the Taliban on Pakistani soil. Mr. Zardari seems anxious to downplay any differences with the U.S. "I am not going to fall for this position that it's an unpopular thing to be an American friend. I am an American friend." The firing on the U.S. aircraft was, he says, merely an incident, "and while incidents do happen, they are not important." He goes off the record to describe sensitive military subjects, but acknowledges that the U.S. is carrying out Predator missile strikes on Pakistani soil with his government's consent. "We have an understanding, in the sense that we're going after an enemy together." He also acknowledges the problem that had bedeviled past efforts at U.S.-Pakistani cooperation, particularly in intelligence sharing: the widely held suspicion that Pakistani intelligence services continue to cooperate with, and even arm, the Taliban. "You know, you keep an uglier alternative around so that you may not be asked to leave," he says, in reference to Mr. Musharraf's habit of fighting Islamic radicals with one hand while protecting them with the other. Mr. Zardari refuses to go into further detail other than to say he "solved the problem"; the head of Pakistani intelligence was fired earlier this week. Mr. Zardari seems to hope that, with the intelligence problem out of the way, a new era of cooperation can open up with the U.S. "We want to be able to share [u.S.] intelligence," he says. "We need helicopters, we need night goggles, we need equipment of that sort." He stresses the need for precision and finesse in fighting Islamic militants, rather than large-scale military force. "My eventual concept is that we should be taking them on as they are, as criminals." Of Osama bin Laden he says, "the minute I make anybody my enemy, he becomes as big as I am." In recent weeks there have been reports that Pakistan has deployed F-16s against tribal insurgents, in part because the army's own frontier troops have been routinely routed in ground fighting. Their problems aren't simply tactical. "What kind of a joke is this that I cannot pay my security personnel more than the Talibs are paying?" he asks. "Those terrorists are paying their soldiers 10,000 rupees; I'm paying seven or six thousand rupees." The effects of such a disparity are increasingly in evidence. The recent bombing of Islamabad's Marriott hotel, in an area that is under particularly tight security controls, is a fresh reminder that Pakistan's terrorist problem extends well beyond the tribal hinterlands. Speaking of the attack, Mr. Zardari again brings the subject around to his economic problem. "If I can't pay my own oil bill, how am I going to increase my police?" he asks. "The oil companies are asking me to pay $135 [per barrel] of oil and at the same time they want me to keep the world peaceful and Pakistan peaceful." It's a fair point. And it leads Mr. Zardari to a kind of peroration, the case he has to make that he is, after all, the right man for Pakistan in its hour of peril -- however improbable that may seem given everything that is known or suspected about his past. "You know, every life has its end," he says. "So, before mine ends, I want to finish this job and I want them to remember that they did get my wife and I won't let them get away with it. I do not necessarily feel that death is a reality. I do not deny death. But the way they did it, they killed the mother of my children so it's very personal for me. And before I finish, when my life ends, I need this job done. The sooner the better."
  11. C'mon, Hussain!! He was just talking to her nicely. Moments before Zardari greeted Sarah Palin, her beauty was appreciated by Sherry Rahman. Bandi ko khush karnay ki koshish kar rahay hongay. Simple. And you know, too--it works! So is hate, and that's more damaging too.
  12. Pakistan ke faaltu media ke pass to bohot time hay aisi bakwas ka, laiken lagta hay kami yahan bhi nahi hay kuch khaas. What was so wrong with what he said about a former second runner-up Miss Alaska? Grow up, guys
  13. Yeah they've been making stupid text messages against him.. Whts with 20 crore? I didn't get it?
  14. CPJ condemns curbs on media By Our Correspondent NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday condemned restrictions on the media by the Indian security forces trying to quell unrest in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Central Reserve Police Forces beat up at least 10 journalists for reporting on Sunday during a strict curfew imposed on major towns in the valley. The journalists were carrying official passes issued by the local government to guarantee them free passage during the curfew, international news reports said. No newspapers were published on Monday in Srinagar because of disruptions, the CPJ quoted Asian Age reporter Yusuf Jameel as saying on phone from Srinagar. “We call on local authorities in Kashmir to protect journalists reporting on the unrest,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia programme coordinator. “News about the conflict should be broadcast without restrictions on media outlets or reporters in the field.” DAWN
  15. ^exactly, he looks, acts, speak smarter. And he is educated as well. He knows how to speak, tackle..whereas, Gillani is just not convincing
  16. Shah Mahmood Qureishi could've been a better option.
  17. There's some news of importing electricity from Iran. I hope that works!
  18. I dont think that'll be happening any time soon. Indian Army is busy with operations and tackling insugencies in Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, and other such territories. Moreover, RAW lacks (atleast I hope so) a political division unlike the ISI. Also, I haven't heard of Indian politicians sitting on opposition benches calling upon the Army to save the country from its elected government (as has been the case in Pakistan).
  19. Demo for Seraiki province MULTAN, June 29: Seraiki activists staged a demonstration here on Sunday for insertion of their demand to carve out a Seraiki province in the proposed constitutional package and asked for immediate establishment of a separate economic and administrative region leading to the formation of Seraiki province. Claiming that the Seraiki people have distinct linguistic and cultural status, they urged the government to take concrete steps to ensure their representation in important federal institutions, especially the Senate of Pakistan, the National Finance Commission (NFC) and the Indus River System Authority (IRSA). Demonstrators, including women, indigenous riverine groups, farmers, students and writers, took out a rally organised by Seraiki Lok Party (SLP), Sindhoo Bachao Taralla (Save Indus Struggles), Seraiki Taraimet Sanjh (Seraiki Women Association) and Halli Sanjh (Farmers Association) from Qila Kuhna, Qasim Bagh, to Kutchehry Chowk. Addressing the demonstrators, speakers claimed that the main cause of the prevalent poverty and deprivation of Seraiki region was mainly due to the exploitation and extraction of Seraiki resources. SLP President Hassan Raza Shah said that poverty and deprivation of the Seraiki region could not be eliminated until and unless it was not granted constitutional recognition. He demanded the establishment of National Language Commission and inclusion of Seraiki language in the forthcoming census. Zafar Lund of the SLP demanded immediate ban on land allotments and protection of forest resources. He said that his party endorsed the decision to abandon Kalabagh Dam and that no more dams should be built on the Indus River. Ismail Mor of Sindhoo Bachao Taralla said that the government should recognise the historical rights of the indigenous fisher folk groups. Seraiki Taraimet Sanjh President Amana Bibi highlighted the plight of rural and fisher folk women and demanded that the government should initiate land distribution scheme for landless women.
  20. You missed the point, Satyam, as usual.
  21. He is convicted, but hasn't accepted the responsibility (so far as I know). His family was the one who were making huge hue and cry when that another Indian spy, who was released by Pakistan some time back, accepted being a spy in his press comference in Amritsar.
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