Dec 312017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

On repeated requests of India, the government of Pakistan provided an opportunity to the Indian spy Commander Kalboshan Jadhav of meeting his mother and wife on 25th December 2017. Some say that it was a gift from Pakistan to the old mother of Jadhav on the birthday of the Father of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and some say it was a Christmas gift for the two wretched ladies. Pakistan’s showering of benevolence and kindheartedness on a spy would certainly be astonishing rather surprising to a lot of people outside Pakistan but the fact of the matter is that Pakistan did it just to tell the world that Pakistan is not a land of extremist people and that Pakistan knows well what is the importance and value of human rights. It was the right of Jadhav’s wife and mother to meet him, so Pakistan did not become a hindrance in the way to their basic human right. Moreover these two ladies had nothing to do with the cruelty and brutality, this unfortunate son and the unlucky husband had been involved in.

It is also a very important fact that India had tried all her best to exert a pressure on Pakistan to provide consular access to Kalboshan Jadhav, the terrorist but Pakistan simply ‘ignored’ all that pressure by telling the Indian authorities that spies are not entitled to consular access following an agreement made with India in 2008. Factually the job of a spy is to gather information and to keep an eye on the assigned scenario. Kalboshan was not a simple spy; he was a planner rather an executioner. He was sent to Pakistan to sabotage the CPEC and to create disturbance in Balochistan. He provided a lot of logistic, financial and moral support to the terrorists working on a plan to destabilize Balochistan. At the time of his arrest he was in Balochistan and the law enforcement agencies caught him red handed from there. He himself said in his confession statement that he is an in-service officer of the Indian navy. According to an official statement released by the Armed Forces of Pakistan, Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel, a naval officer 41558Z working as a RAW agent was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan. He was involved in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan. He was tried through Field General Court Martial (FCGM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded death sentence. According to media reports a few years back Jadhav was officially directed to work with the Indian intelligence organization RAW. Since then he had been working on different plans of patronizing the so-called separatists in Balochistan. His involvement in kidnapping and killing of Chinese engineers and officials working for CPEC has also been reported in media. Moreover this spy was involved in damaging sectarian harmony in Balochistan and in Karachi. Commander Kalboshan was presented to the Military Court with all proofs and with his confessional statement from where he received death sentence. Jadhav had filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency which is still under consideration.

It is something very interesting that after Jadhav’s arrest the Indian media India had been blaming that the law enforcement agencies of Pakistan had killed him in their custody. Last April BJP MP and former home secretary RK Singh said talking to India Today correspondent Supriya Bhardwaj that Jadhav’s could have suffered custodial death after torture in Pakistani jail. Now Jadhav’s wife and mother have seen the Commander alive and certainly in a very good health. For anyone it must have been very difficult to believe that the man clad in a blue suit, sitting on the other side of the table is a prisoner waiting for his death sentence to be acted upon. Pakistan has strictly followed all diplomatic rules and regulations in taking care of the Indian spy Commander Kalboshan Jadhav but on the other hand India’s attitude with the Pakistanis in the Indian jails is always contrary to the diplomatic trends and traditions.

Pakistan has no soft corner for such a dangerous and harmful criminal like Kalboshan Jadhav as he was playing an important role in a plan of destabilizing Pakistan by patronizing terrorist groups in Balochistan and in Karachi; but even then Pakistan showered kindness on his mother and wife just on humanitarian grounds. Unfortunately instead of being thankful to Pakistan and instead of expressing gratefulness to Pakistan, India expressed her gratitude by starting unprovoked firing the same day along the Line of Control at Rakhchikri, Rawlakot sector which took the lives of three Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan has all capability of paying India in the same coin, and Pakistan would certainly pay back India very soon but this nonsense behavior of India in response to Pakistan’s kindness would directly affect the fate of Kalboshan Jadhav. Pakistan will have to be as harsh and ruthless on him as India is usually with the people from Pakistan.

 Posted by at 5:37 pm
Dec 232017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

 Will Mr. Modi succeed in winning the hearts of the Muslims in India? Will it be possible for the Muslims to forget the days when the streets of Gujarat were flooding with their blood during the reign of Mr. Modi? Will they forget the horrible nights when the Hindu extremists were pulling them out of their houses and slaughtering them like animals? No certainly not, they would forget nothing but Modi sahib thinks they have a very weak memory. Now-a-days, a video clip of him is getting viral and viral on social media; certainly the credit of making this clip viral goes to the media team of Mr. Modi. The clip shows Mr. Modi addressing a huge crowd of general public. During his speech, at once Azaan started coming from a nearby mosque. Mr. Modi simply stopped his speech and waited for the Azaan to end up. The crowd included a large number of Muslims too. They all started clapping and raising slogans in favor of Mr. Modi. Someone among the crowd said talking to the media, “Modi sahib is a symbol of inter-faith unity and harmony in India.” The Indian media also took full advantage of Modi’s timely action of stopping his speech in honour of the Azaan and started a very well organized media move to portray Mr. Modi as a very moderate rather a secular leader of India. It is a very good effort on the part of Indian media but what to do with the horrible memories of 2002 when the Muslims of Gujarat had to cross a river of their own blood. Aditya Chakrabortty is a senior economics commentator for the Guardian. He penned down an article on 7th April 2014 in which he said, “Narendra Modi, a man with a massacre on his hands, is not the reasonable choice for India. It looks likely that Modi will be India’s next prime minister. But his apologists can’t dismiss the facts about his rule as chief minister of Gujarat. He bears a responsibility for some of the worst religious violence ever seen in independent India.” Now the same Modi Sahib is trying to win the hearts of the ever-crushed Muslims of India by stopping his address in honour of Azaan. However we must appreciate the role of Indian media for introducing Modi Sahib as a moderate and secular leader. In this modern world of us, media is no doubt the strongest weapon and certainly the most fatal one too as it has ‘earned’ the skill and ability of painting good into bad and bad into good. Today, if Pakistan is introduced as a land of religious extremists and India as a secular state, it is simply the result of the same media-talent. In other words it is the defeat of Pakistani media particularly the electronic media that a true and positive picture of Pakistan could not be conveyed to the world.

Mr. Modi is the most horrible example of religious extremism at state level, as he has the Gujarat Massacre of 2002 to his credit. That was the time when more than 1,000 Muslims were brutally butchered by the Hindu extremists under the ‘kind’ command of the Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Modi. Though Mr. Modi has always denied his involvement in that massacre but the investigators have another story to tell. Sanjiv Bhatt, a senior police officer said in his sworn statement to India’s Supreme Court that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi deliberately allowed anti-Muslim riots in the state. He said in his statement that he had attended a meeting at which Mr. Modi had said that the Hindus should be allowed to give vent to their anger. Sanjiv Bhatt was that time posted at the Gujarat intelligence bureau. Because of that posting he got a chance of gathering large amounts of information before and during the violence. He said in his statement that he had attended an official meeting the night before the riots. In that meeting Mr. Modi told the officials that the Muslim community needed to be taught a lesson. It is not Mr. Modi alone; there are so many others also in BJP, more poisonous and more lethal. Shailesh Mehta is also one of them. He is a BJP candidate from Gujrat. Addressing a crowd during his recent election campaign, he said, “If any ‘topi, daarhiwala’ (anybody wearing a cap and sporting beard means Muslim) is sitting here in the crowd, pardon me, but there is a need to reduce their population. Many leaders asked me not to say this, as it may go against me, but if 90 per cent of people are supporting me, why should I stop speaking about the 10 per cent people?”

 Posted by at 8:28 pm
Dec 152017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

‘A foreign tourist is someone traveling abroad for at least twenty-four hours’, defined the League of Nations in 1936. The United Nations did a little amendment in the definition in 1945 by extending the maximum stay to six months. However, be it a stay for twenty four hours or for six months, every tourist brings a lot of economic prosperity to the place or region he visits. Tourism is always an important source of income because it brings in large amounts of income into a local economy in the shape of payments for tourism related services.  Moreover tourism provides a lot of new opportunities for trade and employment also. Experts on economy say that there could be no other industry more profitable than tourism. But another important point to be kept in mind is that Tourism and Terrorism are like fire and water to each other. Terrorism kills tourism. Terrorism injurious to tourism could be of different kinds; one of these kinds is sexual terrorism. The foreigners who go to different countries as tourists are usually provided a very compact type of security at government level especially in case of female tourists and usually the female tourists rarely have to face an unpleasant situation but some countries have a very bad repute in this regard; these are the countries where female tourists are advised to avoid going because of the risk of sexual-terrorism; India is on the very top of the list of such countries. Every year so many female tourists have to face sexual harassment and rape while on their trip to India. 2017 had been very painful in this context. The rape and murder of an Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin created a lot of problems for India at international level. This lady was on her trip to the western Indian state of Goa to celebrate the spring festival of Holi at Goa’s popular Palolem beach. That night while returning to her cottage from the beach someone raped her and then brutally murdered. Her badly bruised all naked body was found a few kilometres away in Canacona by a farmer early the next day. According to the local police a man arrested in connection with the murder had confessed to sexually assaulting Ms McLaughlin and killing her in order to hide his identity. The very next month a German tourist lady came to the local police station of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state and complained that two unidentified men took her captive when she was walking alone by Casuarina grove near the resort in which she was staying. They dragged her to a secluded spot and brutally raped her. A case was registered against the unidentified criminals but police could not succeed in tracing them out. Same thing happened to a US tourist on 9th April, 2016 in Delhi.  According to CNN, she was drugged and raped by a group of men in her five-star hotel room. The American woman in her early thirties was in New Delhi as part of a tour group. Delhi police spokesman, Dependra Pathak said talking to CNN, “She says she was given something to drink that was spiked. When she gained consciousness, she knew she had been violated.”

According to a survey, arranged by an international NGO Breakthrough, 90% of the females in India experience sexual harassment and 86% of them think that it is not safe for them to work evening-shifts and late hours. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the capital has a rate of reported rapes that is four times higher than the national average. In short New Delhi has an ugly reputation when it comes to the safety of women. Every year the number of rape cases is increasing at an alarming speed. Only in 2015, some 34,651 rapes were reported in India but many experts believe that every year the cases reported are only a small fraction of the number of the rapes committed. India is a country with a lot of scenic beauty. Every year thousands of tourists plan to visit the country for the purpose of sight-seeing but the worsening law and order situation particularly with reference to the increasing number of rape incidents is badly effecting the tourism industry in India. The situation is really frightening and alarming. Certainly Mr. Modi and his government would be planning to take serious action regarding the security of female foreigners who come there as tourists but return as raped foreigners. If a check could not be put on the practice of raping the female tourists in India, and if the culprits involved in this heinous act are not taken to the task, India would lose a large number of tourists and this loss would prove a serious setback to the country’s economy.

 Posted by at 12:58 am
Dec 122017
 

Move to prevent money laundering and illegal transfers, says senior state bank official

Dubai: The Pakistan government will soon make it mandatory for all expatriates from the country to open bank accounts back home to be able to send remittances, an official has said.

The move will curb illegal transfers and money laundering.

Pakistan government will make it compulsory for all Pakistanis working and living abroad to open bank accounts in Pakistan to help them ensure smooth money transactions through legal banking channels and to curb money laundering,” said Syed Irfan Ali, executive director of the State Bank of Pakistan.

Speaking to Gulf News on the sidelines of the Pakistan Remittance Summit that concluded in Dubai on Friday, Ali said the State Bank of Pakistan and the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis have finalised the plan and the deadline for opening mandatory bank accounts will be announced soon.

He said the move would not only curb illegal remittances of money but also help overseas workers remit money at the fastest possible time.

The banks would also give incentives to account holders for using legal channels to send remittances, Ali said.

The two-day Pakistan Remittance Summit was organised by the State Bank of Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistani banks and money exchange houses in the UAE to apprise them of the Pakistan Remittance Initiative (PRI) and new ways of home remittances through legal channels.

Replying to a question whether the UAE’s implementation of VAT from January have any impact on remittances, Ali said that the tax would, in fact, give a boost to remittances. “We expect remittances from the UAE to increase significantly after VAT is introduced as all companies and businesses will have to do documentation and it will involve more working with banks. VAT will make transactions more transparent,” he said.

Ali said the PRI has brought down illegal many transfers by 34 per cent in the recent years as the initiative focuses more on the use of technology to ensure fast transfer of money which had been a huge challenge in the past. “People want to remit money in the fastest possible time and we are taking steps to meet this demand,” said Ali.

He also urged the Pakistani banks and money exchange houses in the UAE to upgrade their systems to ensure a smooth transaction of remittances.

Ali revealed that banks are now liable if there is a delay in delivery of money sent by overseas Pakistanis. “Customers can demand money — delay charges of 65 paisas per Rs1,000 per day — from banks if there is a delay in receiving money. They can also register complaints with the State Bank if they want to do so.”

Explaining the benefits of sending money through legal channels, Ali urged expatriates to use these channels as they are risk free and also they will not face any inquiries for their assets back home if they are bought with legally transferred money. The Pakistan government has already started inquiries against people living beyond their means and have asked them to provide proofs of the sources of their assets.

More than eight million Pakistanis live abroad. Of these, 1.4 million live in the UAE and 1.9 million in Saudi Arabia. Expatriate remittances form 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan records, Pakistanis remitted more than $19.91 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year but it recorded a decrease of three per cent to $19.3 billion this year.

“Remittances to Pakistan will increase to $30 billion a year if everyone uses legal channels,” said Ali, adding it means that there are still a large number of people who are using illegal channels for money transfers.

The maximum remittances of $6 billion in 2016 were from Saudi Arabia whereas $4.5 billion was remitted from the UAE to Pakistan. This year, the remittances from Saudi Arabia decreased to $5.5b and to $3.5 billion from the UAE.

Currently, more than 250 million migrants from across the world remit more than $500 billion a year to their countries for a total fee of $16 billion.

Lodging complaints

Expatriates can lodge complaints in case of a delay in remittances reaching their bank accounts by calling +9221-111-727-774

or sending email to complaints@pri.gov.pk

Gulf News

 Posted by at 8:06 pm
Dec 122017
 

Associated Press of Pakistan

Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has designed a special saving product for Overseas Pakistanis to fetch about US$ 500 million to US$1200 million per year by channelizing their savings held back in their respective resident countries.
In this regard the CDNS has designed Overseas Pakistani Saving Certificates (OPSCs), which would provide an attractive opportunity for expatriates to park their hard-earned saving in more reliable and secure government backed securities in their home country, said an official of CDNS.
The product would help to fetch an estimated investment in the range of US$ 550 million to US$ 1200 million annually, which was calculated on the basis of one forth of the 4.5 million Overseas Pakistanis living in the initial target market of Gulf Cooperation Council.
He said that if each one of living in GCC countries invest merely US$ 500 in this product in a year, it would help to fetch about US$ 500 million to 1200 million per year.
He said that OPSCS would be the first of its kind risk-free and scrip-less security for overseas Pakistanis on tap basis ,like all other retail products of CDNS and government, adding that it would be mutually helpful for both customers and government.
He said that the initiative aims at targeting the remittances from non-banking channels and the saving which were not channelized at present in the country and held back in the resident countries of the overseas Pakistanis.
The investment opportunities in the product would be available in both foreign currency and rupee with a tenor of 3 to 5 years with monthly profit, adding that the custodian of the product will be CDNS as it is for all the other products of the Government of Pakistan, he remarked.
He further said that there were no attractive avenue for the people living abroad for parking of foreign exchange in a government backed security as the remittances in the world represent one of the major international source of financing.
Keeping in view the regulatory requirements of the international markets, the product is proposed to be launched initially in Gulf Cooperation Council and subsequently be rolled out in UK and US and then other countries, he added.
The official said that such type of products were successfully operating in Bangladesh, India, the Philippine and other countries of the world and fetching savings for their respective countries.
He informed that National Saving has also designed other programs to economically assist the disabled and martyrs.
He further informed that committee that vast opportunities were existing for promoting saving practices and there has been 7.5 million clients of National Savings at present.

 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Dec 122017
 

By Muhammad Javed

YOUNIS, MIR AKBAR DIED, YOU AND ME ARE IN LINE – THIS OLD MAN APOLOGIES FOR NOT HELPING YOU
A large size prominent advertisement has appeared on 27 November 2017 titled “Free of Cost Justice” from the Federal Insurance Ombudsman.  It reads “in case you are facing any complain in redressal of your grievance, register your complaint”.

 

  1. If the memories of this 70 plus 75% blind are not bent upon failing him, it is about 7 years, a middle aged Pakistani illiterate labourer Mohammad Younis met with an industrial accident in Bahrain.  We have still village generation who while going out keep on their shoulders a large size handkerchief or a piece of cloth used for multipurpose use.  My grandfather even a day before his death had it on his shoulder. Mohammad Younis had rounded it around his neck.  It came in the grip of the moving industrial machine pulling his neck forward.  In short, his throat and fingers were slashed.  In a very critical condition, he was taken to the biggest hospital. Two immediate operations and top level medical attention, as the incident sparked a fire in the local press, saved his life.  His throat was stitched narrowing his breathing-food pipeline for ever.  For long, he laid motionless face up on the ground unable even to take liquid food. On worsening of his condition due to hunger, every third day he was taken to the Emergency for food through injections and drips.  He did not get any type of help whatsoever from the Pakistan Embassy.  He lived in Bahrain, as is usual with such class, in a premises shared by 2-3 dozen “bachelors”.  Three four times I went to see this stranger and found him lying in a corner on the floor.  In his room, there lived 5 or 6 others from his native area.  These poor roommates as far they could, took good care of this sick man.  Exactly I don’t know if one was really a relative or as traditionally we introduce our accompanying companions “brothers”, one of these 5-6, signed a statement to the Pakistan Embassy that the Embassy had extended all possible help and that no financial assistance was needed (by the injured and his taking care relative).  The only help came was that after the front page cover up of the incident, a representative of the Embassy briefly visited the patient in the hospital.  No practical whatsoever help was given.  I asked this signing-relative why did he signed despite knowing well the injured had received nothing from the Embassy.  His reply was “sir, we have to work here and one day to go to Pakistan”.

 

  1. Under Bahrain law, the injured was to get social security insurance compensation as well as legal compensation from the employer.  The injured, his so called relative and others living with him were all semi literate labourers not aware about procedural things.   As such the community welfare officer of the Embassy needed either directly completed all such formalities or under his own guidance got completed from the injured/his relative.  No such a thing was done.  As soon as the injured was able to sit, one night the company took him without any advance information to the airport and put him in the plane.  The employer, as I learnt later, was a Pakistani, hence perhaps was the reason no case was “got” registered against him and likewise no registration of social security claim.

 

  1. Every Pakistani before going abroad on employment, pays two huge amounts.  One is for membership of the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation on the premise that OPF looks after its Pakistanis. The second huge amount is payment to the Protector of Immigrants Islamabad on the premise that he provided protection at foreign soil to the Pakistanis working.  In practice, one pays this heavy amount, gets a stamp from the so called Protector on his passport and thereafter during his stay abroad he never has any touch whatsoever with the so called Protector.  So what type of protection the Protector provides no one knows.  One often reads in print, listens on the talk shows, in news about SC asking questions about Overseas Pakistanis suffering abroad but never hears about any “practical protection” provided to any suffering Pakistani. This senior citizen might still have somewhere in his old papers a copy of an old letter to him from the Protector saying that “after once issuing the clearance, we have no role with the Pakistani concerned working abroad”.

 

  1. A third compulsory payment a Pakistani going abroad makes is buying a State Life Immigrants Policy.  This Insurance Policy promises Rs. 2 lacs in case of death of the insured Overseas Pakistani or part payment in case of disability.  This limit today perhaps is Rs. 3 lacs.  The State Life was informed of the accident as well as about the injuries of the victim with Bahrain Government Hospital papers.  No response was received.

 

  1. Since the injured was an illiterate, out of humanitarian feelings, I wrote to the Federal Insurance describing about this injured with reference to his “State Life” Overseas Pakistanis insurance policy.  The Federal Insurance Ombudsman responded me that his office would take up the case and advised me to submit a complaint formally which meant with copies like insurance policy.  I complied this advice.  While I was hoping justice for the injured, the response from the Federal Insurance shocked me that the State Life was out of his jurisdiction hence he was not taking up the complaint.  When I first wrote him, did not the Ombudsman read words “State Life” in that?  State Life is largest insurance company.  If it was out of ambit of the Federal Insurance Ombudsman, then a very logical question arises what for is such a large set up as a separate insurance ombudsman on huge national expense? Only to provide good jobs to some?

 

  1. I read the relevant law to which the Federal Insurance Ombudsman referred to.  I could not find in that that he was barred to entertain “public” complaints against State Life.  I addressed repeatedly the Ministry of Law for an interpretation of the said clause of law.  I did not get any guiding answer.

 

  1. This reminded me an old saying that it was the man sitting on the chair who gave justice, not a line or two of a law or procedure.  It is universally said that if the man on the chair is blessed by God with public spirit, he would interpret the line on the doctrine that laws are made for the benefit of public at large.  And if the man on the chair is deprived of public spirit, he interprets the same on the theology of control over the public.  The Establishment of Ombudsman 1982 Ordinance stated that Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs were out of ambit of the Ombudsman.  The man sitting on the chair then, Mr. Justice Sardar Muhammad Iqbal, was luckily God blessed with public spirit.  He interpreted that his jurisdiction over these two Ministries was barred to the extent of defence policies, defence strategies, defence procurement or foreign policy, foreign relations, foreign bilateral agreements etc.  He interpreted that his jurisdiction, as far as issues affecting the general public, in no case was barred.  No one could dare courage to challenge this interpretation knowing well the strong intent of the man sitting on the chair.  He provided relief to thousands and thousands including this senior citizen by taking complaints against Pakistani Embassies, PIA etc. A Pakistani driver Anar Khan in Bahrain had to telephone more than a dozen time to his Bank in Jhelum as his family did not get the money he sent.  It was delayed for three weeks.  The Ombudsman then sitting on the chair to his luck  was a public spirited man.  He not only awarded compensation for delayed payment but also got him refunded from the Bank all the money he spent on telephone calls to his Bank in Jhelum.  Today no public spirited man is on the chair unfortunately, hence today no such natural decision can even be imagined.   No one could had ever dared “taking up or registering” a complaint against Special Communications (telecommunication authority in Azad Kashmir).  The above relative of the injured, resident in Azad Kashmir filed a complaint with the Federal Ombudsman (Mr. Muhammad Sardar Iqbal) and got a phone connection which according to him he could never had otherwise thought of.  “No one” could dare tell the man sitting on the chair “then” that Ministry of Defence and thus the special commissions was out of his jurisdiction.  They all knew the man sitting is who had had said “I am an ombudsman now, not a judge”, hence I am not to care what was written on a sheet as a procedure or a law but as an Ombudsman I am to see if that piece of rule can exist in today’s civilized world. I had never been able to restore any confidence again on the Federal Insurance Ombudsman, after seeing why on my first letter, in the first place, he advised me to file the complaint if his jurisdiction was barred.

 

  1. It is not restricted to the politicians to raise empty slogans.  Of late this tendency has knocked at the doors of high level functionaries. Three or four years back, perhaps during an interview, the Federal Insurance Ombudsman stated words like that anyone aggrieved from an insurance related issue can approach him.  Once again giving reference to this slogan-cum-open-invitation, the Federal Insurance Ombudsman was formally approached.  He forwarded it to the Federal Ombudsman from where never any progress was ever heard of against this fresh complaint.

 

  1. In the era of suo moto and public interest litigation, this complaint of non receipt of insurance compensation against the purchased Overseas Pakistanis State Life Insurance was raised before the apex court.  There came no “formal” court Judgement declaring if the complainant was wrong in filing complaint or was the SLIC, but came a two line letter signed by the court Director attached therewith copies of comments from the concerned department “for the information of the illiterate aggrieved” and conveying that case was closed.  The Apex Court public interest section acting just like a post office received the complaint and forwarded the defence comments without giving any Decision. The Cell or the Court did not care to see that the complainant had himself already received the same comments directly and he approached to the high Court to evaluate the grievance of the complainant and that of Ministry’s view and arrive and declare its final Decision, even if it was turning down complainant’s complaint.  But alas he was a down trodden poor villager.

 

  1. Muhammad Younis the labourer since then is in his village in Azad Kashmir.  About three years back, I learnt that he was not able to properly work due to his crushed fingers and slashed-stitched throat.  I am sure today he, being an illiterate would not be aware of that the State owned State Life had not paid him and thus, legally and technically, the State and the State institutions (SLIC, Protector, Overseas Ministry, OPF, Federal Ombudsman, Insurance Ombudsman, Apex Court) have all totally failed to provide him true natural justice and, thus, the State still owed him, mainly because he is a poor man not an Ayan Ali or a “Hamza” whom the State could refund Rs. 40 crore earlier paid by him to the NAB in settlement.

 

  1. 1Two things in this episode, never would get deleted from the mind screen of this old man, and whenever those two pictures surface, the head of this old man goes down in deep shame.  In our beloved country it is only we the foolish ordinary who still possess “self shame” otherwise this invisible item has long distanced itself for ever from those who should actually.مجھے کیوں نکالا  is a golden example of it.    First was a statement from the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation that that the Employer (Pakistani) was fully meeting the medical bills of the injured victim.  I know OPF sits in Islamabad, hence at its own it can not know that.  This information came to it through some other source (Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain).  Whosoever, however, drafted this sentence of the defence had not shame and character that Bahrain’s biggest state hospital Salmaniya Medical Complex till then was providing free medical facilities to all including expatriates.   However, OPF’s this sentence gave answer to a puzzle as to why the Pakistan Embassy got signed from the relative that all possible help and assistance was provided by the Embassy and that the injured did not need any other assistance from the Embassy.  The second was the attitude of the Federal Ombudsman Office towards a person lying, then, on a almost dying bed.  He laid motionless on the floor.  I typed his application addressed to the Federal Ombudsman.  One of his roommate went to the room and got thumb impressed from that motionless person.  Prompt came a letter from the Federal Ombudsman asking the motionless sick man to make certain paper-formalities to complete his application, threatening thereon that in case he did not do so within stipulated time, adverse action could be taken against him.  This letter was signed by a consultant and issued with the “approval of” Federal Ombudsman.  Reading of it was a real shame.  It nakedly showed beyond any doubt that the Consultant or the Federal Ombudsman had no, even the basic human feelings for an almost dying person.  This old man for two years wrote and even filed a formal complaint with the Federal Ombudsman office to know what law gave the power to take adverse action against a complainant if he did not complete his application.  Never came any response.  Justice Sardar Iqbal was the first Ombudsman Pakistan in 1980s.  One midnight some passengers having problem phoned him. Sardar Iqbal turned his bedroom into his chamber, picked up his official telephone and within one hour the passengers were in the flight.  Sardar Iqbal since had feelings for the ordinary and knew how an ordinary suffers, he did not ask these callers first to complete paper formalities otherwise he would take adverse action against them (for wakening him midnight!!!).   
  2. It is a true specimen and a naked picture of true justice to the ordinary in our beloved homeland.  Younis, this 70 plus old today himself is sick and almost blind, once or twice a monthly felling on roads, apologies to you that he could not practically help you.  I know insurance compensation of Rs. 50,000 or Rs. 70,000 for your partial disability even today is too good an amount in your today’ medical condition and in a remote village life, but, brother, unfortunately there is no Government in our beloved Pakistan since 10 years more specifically to say.  Forgive me where ever you are today.  Mir Akbar, also somewhere from your Tehsil who was a waiter in Lahore Hotel Bahrain, whom I think you knew, died in his home two months back.  Like you he struggled too for about 20 seeking justice when he was looted y Rawalpindi Development Authority.  Just to console the “soul” of the dead, a fortnight back on knowing about his death, as a civic minded, still having old bad habit, I wrote to My Lordship Chief Justice of Pakistan how  Pakistani Mir Akbar died in search of justice, who knows “whose” collar the deceased will catch on the judgement day.
 Posted by at 5:06 pm
Nov 302017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

I was searching for the hard copy of an old article of mine in my record-room, a few days back. I just came by a letter which my younger son had written to America almost ten years back. Then he himself was nine years old. The letter said, “Dear Uncle Sam! Why don’t you look at the toddlers, searching for their mothers and crying for their fathers in the burning valleys of the Indian held Kashmir? They are horrified and frightened to see blood pools around them instead of chocolates and biscuits. They are waiting for your brave son, G. W. Bush to help them out of this agonizing situation. They are being tortured and tormented by the heartless surges of an extreme terrorism at the hands of the Indian army. Why don’t you drag your so-called war against terror to India which has become now the mother of all terrorism? Don’t let the world believe that you are a part of all that cruelty, atrocity, brutality, violence and hatred which is showering the black rain of death in Kashmir.” After writing that letter, my son had asked me to post that letter but I didn’t know whom to address it and where to send. Now that letter was again in my hands. My son is now a grown up man of twenty, things around me, including my own self, have also changed a lot but situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir is still the same. The black rain of death is still showering there with the same velocity. The Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir are using the most inhuman tactics for torturing the Kashmiris who are simply demanding for a right to self-determination according to the resolution passed by the UN.

For the last few years, the Indian troops have started use of pallet-guns against the striving Kashmiris. According to a report published in the Indian Express, Pellets are loaded with lead and once fired they disperse in huge numbers. They don’t follow a definite path. Pellets penetrate the skin’s soft tissues, and eye being the delicate structure is the most vulnerable to damage. Once the pellet goes inside an eye it shatters tissues and causes multiple damages to all parts of the eye. A few days back a severely injured pellet riddled body of a boy Zahid Ahmad was found at Nawa Kadal area of Downtown Srinagar in a pool of blood. That sixteen year old boy was operated on immediately and doctors said that hundreds of pellets had pierced right portion of his abdomen. The boy was targeted him when he was returning from an examination centre. Talking to the media-men, the doctors said that many of his vital organs, especially his right kidney, had been badly injured as hundreds of pellets had entered his body. The story of cruelty and brutality does not stop here; there are more horrible facts too. The Indian troops there at Kashmir valley are using rape as a tool against the innocent inhabitants of the valley. Sex crimes are surely the most hated ones but they become more heinous when committed by an army. According to different psychologists an army gets involved in sex crimes when it is in a state of depression, when it is unable to achieve the assigned goals through the use of professional skills. Just look at the war crimes in the Indian held Kashmir; you will find a lot of examples of rape cases by the army personnel. The only reason behind is that the soldiers are in a state of depression. They know that all their efforts and struggles are not more than a sinful crime against humanity. Every day every night, so many Kashmiri women are being molested, physically tortured and sexually harassed. The sexual activities of the Indian armed forces in IOK have become a blob of shameful dirt on the face of world’s largest democracy. This brutal attitude of the Indian forces has added a lot to the miserable life of the helpless Kashmiris. The Kashmiri women are so helpless and unlucky that the government officials are never ready to pay any heed to their molestation. Usually the police are never willing to register an FIR and in case an FIR is registered, the courts show a cold response. The army, the police and the courts, all have joined hand against the poor Kashmiri women. That is the reason that molestation of Kashmiri women by BSF officers and jawans has become a common practice in the Indian held Kashmir. The poor Kashmiris in IOK have been suffering all this brutality at the hands of Indian Security forces for the last many decades. The question arises: What is the reason behind the cruel and criminal silence of international community and particularly of the USA over the Indian state terrorism in the Indian Occupied Kashmir? Is there anyone who could save the helpless Kashmiris from this life of miseries and sorrows?

 Posted by at 9:37 pm
Nov 272017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

Under the Hague Convention: Article 23 of the Regulations Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land adopted by the First Hague Conference especially prohibited employing “poison and poisoned arms.” The Chemical Weapons Convention 1993 also put a ban on the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. International law too prohibited the use of chemical weapons in 1899. In short the whole world has been doing sincerely all its best to save humanity from the hazards of chemical weapons. Chemical weapons mean specialized munitions that use chemicals formulated to inflict death or harm on humans. Nerve gas, tear gas and pepper spray are three modern examples of chemical weapons. “The term chemical weapon may also be applied to any toxic chemical or its precursor that can cause death, injury, temporary incapacitation or sensory irritation through its chemical action,” says the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. But it seems there is no one to keep an eye on the use of chemical weapon in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The helpless Kashmiris are suffering from very horrible consequences of these chemical weapons used by the Indian troops. They are facing serious skin diseases, breathing problems and many of them are even unaware of the fact that these chemical weapons are poisoning them slowly and steadily pushing towards a painful death. Pakistan has raised its voice against this brutality of the Indian troops so many times on different international forums but no one paid any heed to it.

Be it 2017 or 2006, situation is always the same in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Here is an extract from a speech delivered by Edolphus Towns eleven years back in 2006. He is a prominent American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2013. He is a Democrat from New York and had been Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2009 to 2011. He made this speech in the House of Representatives. He said, “I was disturbed to find out that India has been using chemical weapons in its war against the freedom fighters of Kashmir. Reuters, CNN, the BBC, the Associated Press, and others have all reported that India fired chemical weapons shells into Pakistan. Remember that India’s nuclear tests last year started the nuclear arms race in South Asia.” The same year Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh, President of the Council of Khalistan also expressed the same thought in a statement. He said, “In war, people get killed, and that is unfortunate. Countries that are moral and democratic do not deliberately kill civilians but the Indian government has murdered over 250,000 Sikhs since 1984. India has also murdered over 200,000 Christians in Nagaland since 1947, more than 60,000 Muslims in Kashmir since 1988, and tens of thousands of Assamese, Manipuris, Dalits, Tamils and others.” The story of cruelty and brutality is still going on; not even a slight change. The people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir are prisoners at the hands of the Indian troops there. They have no liberty, no freedom and no basic human rights. A recent report on human rights abuses in the Indian Occupied Kashmir says, “Crimes by militants are said to be incomparable with the larger scale abuse by Indian state forces. Some rights groups say close to 100,000 people have died since 1989 while the official figures from Indian sources state the estimates of number of civilians killed due to the insurgency in the range of 16,725 to 47,000 civilians, in which 3,642 civilians were killed by security forces. The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society organization states that there have been over 70,000 killings, 8000 plus forced disappearances, mass torture and sexual violence, the majority committed by Indian armed forces, and that these cases have had zero prosecution in civilian courts.” In short situation of human rights violation particularly against the Muslims and other minorities is getting serious and serious not only in the valley of Kashmir but in the whole country. There is an evident air of rage and hatred against the Modi government throughout India with reference to the human rights violation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. A few weeks back, in an open letter to the Modi government, 65 senior retired officials from different Central Services of India expressed their reservations on atrocities against the Muslims in India and the Indian Occupied Kashmir. These officers included many retired Chief Secretaries, Ambassadors and officers from the Armed Forces of India. The letter said, “A sense of deep disquiet at what has been happening in India has prompted us to write this open letter. Disagreement and dissent are considered seditious and anti-national. There is a growing climate of religious intolerance that is aimed primarily at Muslims and other minorities including the Sikhs and the Christians and even against the low-caste Hindus. Punitive action against the perpetrators of violence does not take place promptly but cruelly, the victims have FIRs registered against them.” It seems that hard days for Kashmiris would never end up unless the countries like US and UK step forward to help them.

 Posted by at 11:51 am