September 2009

Americans see a change in the air in Pakistan

By Dr Shahid Masood

WASHINGTON: Americans see a change fast, but smoothly, coming in Pakistan in the wake of loss of credibility of the man at the helm, following some domestic legal developments.

After meeting top political and defence decision-makers here in the US capital, where I was invited by the National Defence University (NDU) for a two-day seminar on the anniversary of 9/11, I was told in unambiguous terms that a change in Pakistan was inevitable for US policy interests, although Washington does not intend to disrupt the system.
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WASHINGTON DIARY: Behind the scenes —Dr Manzur Ejaz

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In Pakistan, the same people or families produce goods, make laws about the production of those goods and then implement them. Therefore, the system is not structured for a free market economy

Bulleh Shah famously said:

Kitay Ramdas kitay Fateh Mohammad, eho qadeemi shor

Nipat gia dohan da jhag’ra, wichon nikal pia koi hor

(At one place, his name is Ramdas, and at another, Fateh Mohammad. This is the ongoing dispute since antiquity. When their dispute was dealt with, something else emerged.)
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IS MY RIGHT CORRECT OR NOT? By Muhammad Javed

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Since long more particularly from the era of Shaukat Aziz a tendency erupted that the government organizations having huge funds started investing in “not-so-safe” ventures.  In as much as the newspapers alleged a few years back a Registrar of a superior court having kept official money in his personal account or perhaps investing the same in a bank where it was almost lost.  A fortnight back the serious newspaper Daily Jang and The News carried an article disclosing how allegedly corruption was prevailing in some of the organizations named therein.  One such an organization which collects regular monthly prescribed contributions from the industrial employers for payment to labourers as pension, was alleged to be trying to invest the funds in purchase of a five star hotel in Islamabad. Read More »IS MY RIGHT CORRECT OR NOT? By Muhammad Javed

CHUKRI ROAD RAWALPINDI NOT ANY MORE IN PUNJAB AND UNDER KHADAM-E-AALA

BUT PERHAPS UNDER GOVERNOR SALMAN TASEER
By Mir Akbar (An illiterate hotel worker Bahrain)
Last month an Overseas Pakistanis website captioned “CM Punjab no more Khadem-e-aala but now a Chief Minister”. Its meaning I could only understand when yesterday I myself tasted it by getting a letter from the Khadem-e-aala Secretariat. It also confirmed a general belief that these are only columnists, the professional columnists, who for some obvious interests join a group either for drum beating one particular leader of their choice or targeting the other one. During the last one year except for 2-3 months early this year there must had be hundreds and hundreds columns trying to prove that the CM Punjab was the only strong good administrator in the country only who can turn the country into a heaven.Read More »CHUKRI ROAD RAWALPINDI NOT ANY MORE IN PUNJAB AND UNDER KHADAM-E-AALA

IS MY RIGHT JUSTIFIED OR NOT? By Muhammad Javed

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Since long more particularly from the era of Shaukat Aziz a tendency erupted that the government organizations having huge funds started investing in “not-so-safe” ventures.  In as much as the newspapers alleged a few years back a Registrar of a superior court having kept official money in his personal account or perhaps investing the same in a bank where it was almost lost.  A fortnight back the serious newspaper Daily Jang and The News carried an article disclosing how allegedly corruption was prevailing in some of the organizations named therein. Read More »IS MY RIGHT JUSTIFIED OR NOT? By Muhammad Javed

CREDIBILITY OF OFFICIAL WORDS TODAY-By Muhammad Javed

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It appears every authority worth of its salt has today taken as guaranteed to take the ordinary citizens of Pakistan as completely fools. This tendency is more particular amongst the so called monitoring or regulatory authorities like SECP, NEPRA, SBP etc.  I recently asked the Muslim Commercial Bank to convert my account into a Basic Banking Account.  The Branch informed me that since my account was a “Branchless Account” hence my request can not be accepted.  A “Branchless” account?   I first time listened this word.  My Account is PLS from the day one with the same Branch situated at Hassan Square and account is as was opened within the 4 walls of the same Branch so how it became a “Branchless”.  Against this I approached the Banking Mohtasib who without reverting back affording me any opportunity to submit my counter argument as is the universal practice in any justice system even in any banana state, forthwith agreed with the contention of the MCB and informed me the Bank was right and should be satisfied.  Had I been satisfied with the reply of the Branch why the hell then should I had spent time and money on filing a complaint not less than an ombudsman.  The SBP Banking Policy Department instead of taking the matter as it being a monitoring and controlling authority to evaluate what the account holder contends and what the Bank says and then arrive at its own decision,  merely informed me that the Bank has informed that my account can not be converted into a Basic Banking Account BBA and ombudsman hoped I would be satisfied now.   What the hell it is?  I reminded the SBP that it was a regulatory body hence it is not supposed to tell me what the bank “says” rather its primary duty was to examine the views/arguments both of the complainant and the Bank and then judiciously declare its verdict keeping in view the official prescribed rules  on the matter.   A columnist rightly a few months back stated the “national shame” today was no word in our dictionary.

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Will rental power solve Pakistan’s energy woes?

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government has recently approved a controversial plan to hire power plants to overcome severe electricity shortages, despite opposition from its finance minister.

Aides of Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said he almost resigned after failing to persuade the cabinet against renting, an option he considered expensive and inefficient.Read More »Will rental power solve Pakistan’s energy woes?

ISLAMABAD: Mushahid to head first Sino-Pak think tank

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By Asim Yasin

The Sino-Pak friendship on Thursday entered a new phase with the establishment of first non-governmental, non-partisan and non-political think tank.

“The Pakistan-China Institute with equal number of experts, scholars and intellectuals from China and Pakistan has been formed,” said Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League-Q Mushahid Hussain Sayed during a press conference here on Thursday. Read More »ISLAMABAD: Mushahid to head first Sino-Pak think tank

THE PLIGHT OF PAKISTANI MEDICAL STUDENTS IN CUBA

       It is stated respectfully that we, a sum of about 1000 Pakistani students reached here in Cuba on the course of Medical Studies, when Cuban Government offered 1000 scholarships to Pakistani students. Since our arrival we have found unsatisfying living conditions, which were not up to our expectations. Second year of MBBS is about to finish, however there are still many critical problems unresolved. Our students’ representatives met the Cuban Officials to discuss the matters of “Study Duration”, “Medical Practice” and “The Campus facilities”. They informed us that these matters had been discussed with our Government. The question rises, “Why the Government took the crucial decision of sending 1000 students, selected on the merit base, under such circumstances?” We are forced to say that a great irresponsibility has been shown by our Government as she has sent the best students from all over the Pakistan without analyzing; the basic educational facilities (e.g. hospital availability, laboratories and dissection halls etc.) and the living conditions provided to the students.

       We are very much frustrated and feel our future on stake, as we do not even know whether our degree is valid or not.

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