October 2010

Yes democracy, no democracy —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Democracy has lost its shape in Pakistan because every leader and political party wants to be democratic in a manner that their personal and party interests are advanced and their political adversaries are placed at a disadvantage

If a country can become democratic on the basis of sloganeering by political leaders, Pakistan would have been the most democratic country in the world. All political leaders express their support for democracy and fully commit themselves to implementing it in the country.
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Charge sheet against Musharraf

PML-N wants ex-president’s trial under Article 6

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has issued a 16-point charge sheet against former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, demanding that the former president be brought back through Interpol and tried under Article 6 of the constitution, a private TV channel reported on Monday.

According to the channel, the 10-page document also made seven demands from the government asking it to take action against Musharraf. The party had alleged that Musharraf had toppled the elected government on October 12, 1999 and held him responsible for killing 800 soldiers in the Kargil operation.Read More »Charge sheet against Musharraf

A GREENLAND FOR TERRORISM

ALI SUKHANVER

The flames of indignation and anger joined hands together with the feelings of insult and humility which the people of Pakistan have been bearing for a long time and ultimately transformed into sky-kissing flames engulfing the NATO supply tankers in Pakistan. These flames are the slogans redirecting to the world a very strong reaction against the western and particularly the US atrocities going on since long in the name of the war on terror against the peaceful people of Pakistan. The situation is going to be worse if the US policy makers do not review their policies in the region particularly the strategy of Drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan and continuously framing Pakistan in the acts of terrorism. This burning of NATO Tankers is though a reaction too late but it would add to the severity of situation if ignored. For the last many decades Pakistan has been facing a lot of problems as a result of the so-called imposed US war against terror. A shattered economy; frightening law and order situation, increasing burden over the security agencies of Pakistan and above all an unending series of trials and tribulations for the people of Pakistan; this war has very ‘kindly showered ‘upon the people of Pakistan  what they never deserved. Who is losing and who is gaining popularity in Pakistan; this is the most frequently asked question by different western surveying agencies. But none of them has ever tried to dig out the fact why hatred against USA in Pakistan is increasing day by day in an endless manner. If such agencies had ever tried to investigate the situation honestly, the things could have been altogether different.Read More »A GREENLAND FOR TERRORISM

Corruption or Resources

By Qaisar Sultan

Who says that the Pakistanis have not shaped some great philosophical debate? One of our democrats, Qayyum jatoi, who happened to be a federal minister, surmised a new theory of justice. Jatoi said in an emotional outburst, “All the groups- Sindhis, Pakhtoon, Balochi, Saraiki, and Punjabi- should get an equal share in corruption”- Rawls, after hearing this new revolutionary theory of justice, must be turning in his grave.  Who he thinks getting the lion share of corruption money? Jatoi’s boss, Zardari, is supposed to be on the top of the list. Most of politicians from Southern Punjab are as corrupt as any other politician in the country. But Jatoi was not talking about civilian corruption; he meant the corruption money of the military. Jatoi did not stop there; he continued his frontal assault, “We provide the army with uniform and boots, not to Read More »Corruption or Resources

Solar water pumps to irrigate crops in Pakistan

MULTAN: A Lahore-based company has started manufacturing solar water pumps with a two-inch diameter water outlet which the company claims is capable of irrigating upto 10 acre crops.

National Engineering’s senior technical manager Sharafat Ali told that alternative energy resources were becoming more relevant by each passing day amid power shortages and the high cost involved. The solar water pump with a two-inch delivery diameter can pump 100,000 liter water out of the ground a day.
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Islamabad Police goes computerized

Islamabad Police have maintained computerized record of its all police officials from the top hierarchy to constable level with complete job details and service record of its personnel, a police spokesman said.

Under ICT Police project E-Enablement of Islamabad Police, being sponsored by Ministry of IT & Telecom and executed by Electronic Government Directorate, all the manual record of employees of Islamabad Capital Territory Police have been computerized which includes Service Roll, personal files etc. He said this computerized record has been named as Human Resource Management Module and implementation Read More »Islamabad Police goes computerized

The battle for Pakistan… —By Shaukat Tarin

Pakistan is waging a war on more than one front. While success in its ongoing struggle against extremism is critical to the country’s wellbeing, the other war that it should be fighting, but is not, is essential for its survival. That war is against vested interests, which prevents taxation of the elite and derails the best laid-out plans for improving the efficiency of the government as well as of the public sector. Unless Pakistan succeeds in the latter (broad-based, equitable taxation), it will continue to meet only partial success in the fight against militancy. Read More »The battle for Pakistan… —By Shaukat Tarin

Musharraf do not see any possibility of Military coup in Pakistan.

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BERLIN: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said that the times of military coups in Pakistan are over and the latest political developments have shown that the Supreme Court has set a bar on itself not to validate a military takeover.

“The West blames Pakistan for everything. Nobody asks the Indian prime minister, why did you arm your country with a nuclear weapon? Why are you killing innocent civilians in Kashmir? Nobody was bothered that Pakistan got split in 1971 because of India’s military involvement. The United States and Germany gave statements, but they didn’t mean anything,” ex-dictator Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel.Read More »Musharraf do not see any possibility of Military coup in Pakistan.

Innovative generation of power in Pakistan

By Humair Ishtiaq

The national energy crisis getting worse by the day is causing serious heartburn at the domestic level and adding to the financial woes of industrial and trading classes. The worse part is that people across the board are beginning to lose hope on that count.

The highest offices in the land have been handing out assurances on a routine basis for the past ten years or so and there have been a lot of talk about diversifying the country’s energy mix and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels but with little change in the ground reality.

The frustration is mounting and is not without a reason. According to Economic Survey of Pakistan, energy shortages caused a loss of more than two per cent of the GDP to the national economy during the last fiscal year. The supply of petroleum products to the energy sector increased by a couple of million tons during this period, which, said the Survey, was “mainly because of a lack of adequate power supply” that forced the industry to use “more generators because of the prolonged loadshedding.”Read More »Innovative generation of power in Pakistan