Oct 312017
 

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

“My task is to preserve what has been achieved, to strengthen what has been started,”
New Elected President Sooronbai Jeenbekov

According to the central election commission of Kyrgyzstan former Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov secured 54.23 percent and succeeded to win the Presidential Election 2017. His main opponent Omurbek Babanov, achieved support of 33.47 percent.

Fifty-nine candidates were registered, 11 from political parties and 48 self-nominated. According to preliminary data, only 1 668 thousand 49 (55.93%) voters took part in the presidential elections. In total, in the republic there are 3 million 25 thousand voters registered. Eleven presidential candidates were standing for election, giving voters a wide choice. Eleven presidential candidates rigorously participated in the election which provided a wide choice.

The Presidential 2017 election was the second one since the adoption of the current Constitution in 2010, under which the incumbent president cannot stand for re-election. The latest amendments to the Constitution were initiated in 2016 by members of parliament (MPs), including from the ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK). The proposed amendments were eventually adopted through a referendum in December 2016.

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Earlier it was feared about the possibility of a second round in the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, the winner was practically determined. More than 900 thousand voters from those who took part in the elections voted for him.

The attitude of voters promoted “political pluralism” and a “substitute” for real electoral competition during the Presidential Election 2017. It was apparent several weeks ahead of polling day that the election would essentially be a contest between Jeenbekov, the candidate from the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) who had the support of incumbent President Almazbek Atambaev, and Omurbek Babanov, the multimillionaire leader of the Respublika party.

Kyrgyzstan has unique political system totally different from all the CIS and South Caucasus Countries. It has ideal combination of “Parliamentary-Presidential” features in its existing political system. President is elected through “direct vote” as in so many advanced democracies in the world.

It has very effective system of “checks & balances” and “separation of powers” due to which there is no incidence of “over-lapping” among the different organs of the state which is good for its further “politicization and democratization” process in the country. There is “constitutional bar” on every Kyrgyzstan president not to exceed its term more than one which shows maturity of its political system and strength of democratic spirits.

According to its constitution the president is elected for a single six-year term by direct universal suffrage. A candidate who receives more than one half of the votes cast in the first round is declared elected. If no candidate receives the required majority, a runoff takes place between the two candidates with the most votes.

It has the most independent media among the CIS which ensures every “political transition” free and fair according the any international standard. Its Central Election Commission is a constitutional body which maintains its complete “impartiality” in the “operationalization and channelization” of the presidential election process in the country. Every presidential candidate has equal right to disseminate its political manifestation on mass media which is the pure essence of modern democracy.

Presidential Candidate’s Public Support

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The above diagram clearly shows that Kyrgyzstan’s voters supported former Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov in majority which voided any second round in the country. Voters preferred continuity of the socio-economic policies and rejected any dramatic change in their political system.

Observers from 50 countries monitored Kyrgyzstan’s presidential elections. A total of 315 international observers from 43 world countries were granted accreditation, including 295 long-term and short-term observers deployed by the OSCE/ODIHR, 37 parliamentarians and staff from the OSCE PA, 23 from PACE and 11 from the EP. A number of international organizations were also sent their observers to the elections. These included the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organizations, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, etc.

The International Election Observation Mission comprised some 370 observers from 43 countries, including 295 long-term and short-term observers deployed by the OSCE/ODIHR, 37 parliamentarians and staff from the OSCE PA, 23 from PACE and 11 from the EP.

According to OSCE International Election Observation Commission, presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic was “free & fair” and was conducted on the international standards of “universal suffrage”. It further strengthened of democratic institutions by providing for an orderly transfer of power from one elected president to another. Presidential election 2017 was competitive, as voters had a wide choice and candidates could, in general, campaign freely. The technical aspects of the election were well-administered.

Voting was orderly and well organized in the large majority of polling stations observed. Technical aspects of the election 2017 were well-organized by the CEC, 54 Territorial Election Commissions (TECs), and 2,375 Precinct Election Commissions (PECs) played very important role in electioneering. Voter age is 18 years but any criminal cannot vote for any candidate.

Every participating candidate managed to campaign freely. Several candidates and their regional structures mounted active campaigns throughout the country, using a variety of campaign methods. The election campaign was peaceful. Moreover, national minorities were involved in the election campaign, and candidates competed for the minority vote.

Women remain under-represented in political life, including in elected office. Only one registered candidate was a woman in the recently held Presidential Election. It was not a deliberate discrimination towards womanhood. Women were well represented in the election administration, accounting for 5 of 12 CEC members,

Kyrgyzstan civil society played an important role in civic and voter education and also undertook comprehensive long-term and short-term observation, which contributed to increasing the transparency of the electoral process.

The legal framework for presidential elections comprises the 2010 Constitution, the 2011 Constitutional Law on Presidential and Parliamentary Elections (electoral law), the 2011 Law on Electoral Commissions, and other legislation. 4 Numerous amendments were made to the electoral law in June 2017.

The presidential election was administered by the CEC, 54 Territorial Election Commissions (TECs) and 2,375 Precinct Election Commissions (PECs), including 37 polling stations established in embassies and consulates of the Kyrgyz Republic for voters abroad

Citizens who have attained the age of 18 before or on Election Day are eligible to vote, except those serving a prison sentence, irrespective of the gravity of the crime committed, 16 and those having been declared incapacitated by a court decision, which is at odds with international commitments.

Any Kyrgyzstani citizen between the age of 35 and 70, who has resided in the country for more than 15 years in total and has command of the state language, can stand for president. The electoral law bans from candidacy individuals who are not eligible to vote, as well as those with un-expunged or unexpired criminal records.

The election campaign lasted from 10 September to 13 October. The registered candidates could, in general, campaign freely using a variety of campaign methods. Several candidates and their regional structures were actively campaigning throughout the country.30 Campaign materials of candidates Babanov and Jeenbekov were the most visible, followed by those of Mr. Sariev.31 Some candidates were predominantly active on social media and in more low-profile encounters with voters, rather than at rallies. Two candidates withdrew from the race and endorsed the leading contenders.

The electoral law bans the participation in campaigns of certain individuals, including public officials, charity workers, religious figures, and minors.

Regional Voting Percentage

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According to figures national news agency the city of Osh registered the highest activity of voting i.e. 68.145%.

The SCO’s Statement

Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, that the Kyrgyz CEC created all the conditions for international observers to monitor the electoral process. He upheld that Presidential Election 2017 was organized in accordance with all new procedures. Both the older generation and the young actively participated in the election which showed its political maturity at large. He noted the excellent work of the election commissions and confirmed their professionalism and care for every citizen.

Concluding Remarks

Democracy is the real winner in Kyrgyz’s Presidential Election 2017 which where personalities come second and “continuation of system” comes first. In genuine democracy political transition always belongs to “system” and Kyrgyzstan’s political system is the best among the CIS. It is perfectly balanced and purified. Its vigorous constitution is the real custodian of all political rights and civil liberties. Elections are treated as divinity of modern democracy which is very much alive on the soil of great country, Kyrgyzstan. Bible of modern civilization and political system heavily depends on democratic norms, freedom of expression, fair and free election commission, active participation of political parties along with accountability and transparency which are enacted in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan’s political system is stable and productive which carries all these principles of a democratic society without any political backsliding or constitutional deadlock. It has modern system of good governance where national cause matters to achieve the desired goals of socio-economic prosperity, inter-faith, social justice, rule of the law and above all accountability in the society and governance.

Former Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov was the best choice and articulated candidate for people’s section in the Presidential Election 2017. His political party Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) strongly supported his candidature. He is a man of principles. He knows the art of governance. He has been in the realms of governance for so many years as “Prime Minister” of Kyrgyzstan. He has great passions for achieving a qualitative life for his common people, immense socio-economic development and above all rule of the law.

Every political party in Kyrgyzstan was totally free to nominate and contest the Presidential Elections which showed the beauty of democracy which was the “binding forces” among the different political parties and factions of the Kyrgyzstan society. Democracy is supreme and respected in Kyrgyzstan which has now further strengthened the spirits of good governance in the country. It was the “will of people” which is always respected as a “balancing factor” in the political arena of Kyrgyzstan. It was the “free choice” of the voters which was accounted and documented in its true sense.

Oct 282017
 

By Muhammad Javed

OPF is finalizing arrangements for a two day Overseas Pakistanis Convention (OPs Convention) to be held in the last week of December 2017.

 

  1. Onقرض اتارو ملک سنوارو Nawaz Sharif called an Overseas Pakistanis Convention in Islamabad in 1997.  Pakistanis from the world over attended.  Nawaz Sharif chaired the Convention. Addressing, he said that a Pakistani whether holding Pakistani passport or a foreign one, was our family member and the doors of his home (Pakistan, the motherland) are always open for him.  He added that the OPs can buy anything (factories, projects) even can run the Embassies.  Soon after this Convention, Nawaz Sharif imposed a new “tax” on these family members viz separate National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) on a very high cost.  With introduction of this card, the Pakistanis (declared by him the family members!!!) could not come to Pakistan without having that card.  Thus, he practically closed the doors of their home for these “family members”.  Nawaz Sharif defended it on the ground that the foreign authorities can’t read Urdu CNIC, hence English one was needed.  I am abroad since 34 years.  No authority in any country abroad ever asked me to produce my Pakistani ID card. Likewise, when I am in Pakistan no Pakistani authority like Bank, Passport Office ever asked me to produce my foreign National ID Card.  Parliament’s Public Account Committee once said that our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis (OPF) had no interest with the Pakistanis working abroad whereas the India was doing this and that.  It was the first occasion in the Pakistan history that even our Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized severely by the Public Accounts Committee protested and highly recommended to desist from introducing NICOP.  When the rulers saw that the idea of NICO generated a good money to cover up their and their junkets foreign tours, buying luxury cars etc, a new ID Card “Pakistan Origin Card” was introduced which brought them more money.

 

  1. The above 1997 Convention was held on the directive of Nawaz Sharif.  Now the forthcoming Convention is planned by the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) which has in practical terms during the last 40 years done nothing, practical for the “collective” betterment of the majority ordinary OPs community except for one or two housing schemes.  Yes, it had, though, helped in some individual personal problems of OPs like FIR, school problem etc.  Its actual deed and performance can be judged from one or two examples.  One;  Senate of Pakistan in its report stated that OPF spent Rs. 350 million on development of its Islamabad Housing Scheme whereas practically “there was no sign of development on the site”. Where practically went this money? Lifestyle!!!  Two:  an International Call House created in 2012 by a Mafia. Rate of income telephone calls to Pakistan increased exorbitantly.  The High Court in 2015 abolished this ICH.  Extra charged levied, we the OPs still are paying.  In whose pockets these are “now” going no one knows.  OPF said to be working for the welfare of we the OPs is completely silent in getting these rates back to 2012 level.  Three;   Remittances to Pakistan through banking is claimed and had actually since General Musharraf rule been totally free of any Fee.  Since 1st July 2015, very silently a new levy on remittances was imposed.  It is affecting only the low paid unskilled Pakistanis; the majority in the Middle East.  Banking staff generally sarcastically verbally introduced to us as “Nawaz Sharif Tax”.  While anchors, so called voice raisers for OPs like Imran Khan or Sheikh Rasheed remained silent on this injustice, the OPF said to be protector of our rights is totally silent on it does affect a large army sitting in its offices.  Four: Investment by Pakistanis through banking channel is claimed free of any taxes.  OPs have investments in saving accounts, shares, National Savings. Withhold tax is deducted whereas this investment is “foreign investment”.  OPs by law are not required to file annual Income Tax Returns for their earning abroad.  Recently withholding tax for “Filers” have been raised to 15% and for “Non Filers” 20%. OPs despite not required to file Income Tax Returns would be treated as “Non Filers” and additional Tax.  And so called protector of rights viz “large army enjoying in OPF”, would as usual remain silent.    Last but not the least:  while I am writing this, today, repeat today Saturday the 21st October 2017 first news is that by 2023, more 500,000 Chinese professionals would had arrived in Gawadar.  In talk shows one often hears e.g. number of Chinese faces in Islamabad continuously and gradually is increasing.  And the second news today is that OPF is going to open classes for Chinese language.  For whom?  For Pakistani public to speak with these ever increasing Chinese expatriates coming to Pakistan.  Or should it open Urdu language course for these Chinese?  Purpose is “spending” money.  More export of Pakistani manpower abroad, or more import of manpower from abroad!!! Should the large army housed in OPF on full expense of we the OPs contribute towards sending more Pakistanis abroad or facilitate on, again, on our expense expanding Chinese language whereas we know all China exports manpower does not import at all expatriates.

 

  1. Sajjad Hyder Yaldram about a century ago wrote a very famous ever alive master piece titled مھجےمیرے دوستوں سے بچاوَ.  I pray “God save us, we the ordinary Overseas Pakistanis, from any future OP Convention آمين يا رب العالمين.
 Posted by at 8:19 am
Oct 192017
 

Tanvir Ahmed Siddiqui 

 Mostly we are not afraid to try again, we are usually afraid of getting hurt again for the same reason. Here we go again with mixed signals of those uniformed extra ordinary minds perusing their same old ambitious minds under camouflaged helmets to settle their personal scores. Here we as ordinaries go again of course with our second thoughts of utter confusion and despair. Here again behind the curtains the intriguing party of same old boring clowns is busy round the clock preparing dubious backdrop to  wide spread air of  public unrest and uncertainty. Here again through their pet rented army of faceless men & women every evening on their silver screens sit wearing blood red lipsticks and dandy neckties at hilt of their bottoms calling shots of their pay masters. As members of advance party propagandists they all sit on screens as pseudo intellectuals to prepare the ground for restart and re-play of same old show against herd of bloody civilians on seats.  In the name of country in doom these self-proclaimed sacred holy cows always take the glory of being saviors of this land of pure.  Here again ongoing undercurrent is the refueling of their smoke screen machines to re-start  their old beaten up flop redundant show on stage. That same old typical good for nothing show of grab and grub primarily for prolonged stay on saddle of power and prerogatives.  They crash all gates to stay for another decade merely on their personal acumen of nothing else but jacks of all trades master of none.

They come along with their rented team of change agents for mere exercise of trial and errors consecutively for 10 years but cannot even bring about a slightest change to run a charge meter of motor cab rickshaw what to talk of running trains on time and solving other endemic life line problems of this country like construction of kalaBaagh dam, uprooting of corruption, providing health & care, alleviating poverty, provision of clean drinking water, adulteration and bla bla. Many a times in the name of uprooting corruption on shoulders of their troops in command like midnight jackals the sacred commanders climbed over the fences of PM house merely to settle their personal scores and humiliate that sitting bloody civilian. Thereafter their redefined, redesigned and reinvented system of uprooting corruption and providing justice they simply strengthened and patronized the corrupt but their favorite elements.

To prolong their stay and stronghold with all connivance, partying and partnering with the than prevailing opposition of previous lot at helms,  their performance predominantly remained at hands  of  already known and established but exorbitantly expensive but  corrupt professional and practitioners to further destruct Civil Institutions. In the name of turning around the economy of this country through their expertise they raised fascinating bubbles of economy but finally left the country as a state of nothing else but re-scheduled with huge debts of International institutions.

In brass band farewell march they unfortunately left behind all civil institutions like Pakistan Railways, WAPDA, Pak Steel, Civil Defense and so many others in conditions none the less then surrendered, withdrawn and abandoned broken posts and bunkers by troops from captured territory. Specially referring to last Khaaki regime that took over the helm of affairs under ultra-high propagation to revitalize the image of country in the world community yet their International acceptance and credibility could not fathom a single project of sizeable foreign investment. They for years ran around   pillar to posts of Beijing to draft their credit plague on CPEC but were paid no considerable and fruitful heed and attention by Chinese power quarters.

New and old ambitious men and women busy in their efforts to once again derail  the system to once again blow up the inconsistency in the name of change must now quickly realize and understand that change by itself is the most beaten up, broken and torn apart trumpet of this millennium. The slogan of Change in this contemporary age is mainly blown-up by power hungry enthusiasts for their own vested interests and for even more exploitation of societies. Gone were the days and gone were the heroes that used to inspire us and stand for our dreams. Gone were the people who simply lived and we watched them how they lived to follow their role model in society.  Gone were the men and women of solid substance who perused their ideologies of change through their in-built personal power of wisdom, truthfulness, grace, humility, consciousness in their character.

But now in today’s tough challenging world leadership here there everywhere does not require power of wisdom, humility and truthfulness all what required anywhere is the mob endorsement. Therefore my friends, Change by itself is nothing else but the face dial click click & tick tick of time clock on walls. Let the time take its own course of actions.  Let alone the face dial of time clock arms consistently run the process of natural filtration of bad and ugly for good.

 

All those already proven failed desperado actions and reactions in the name of change through dictatorial disruptions again and again could never help to comfort our present neither could ever help to make our future, they instead made us collide with our future and we are continuously eroding ourselves and others.

Again the responsibility on shoulders of sane minds, intelligent  and patriot sons of soil in this Pak Land must seriously try to redress the balance  primarily through constructive, healthy and civilized institutionalized approach rather than once again through same old midnight destructive measures and dirty tactics  only in quest to their  personal motives and ambitions of settling personal scores. Mind You all, our personal hate and love for each other may go along with us in our own graves but country will remain here to live to nurture our generations.

 Posted by at 9:33 pm
Oct 162017
 

BEIJING: A new biometric identification technology developed by Chinese scientists allows the identification of people by the way they walk, without the need to look at their faces.

The gait recognition system includes a camera that is functional within a distance of 50 meters from its target and capable of identifying a specific person just by analyzing how they carry themselves, according to researchers from the Automation Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The technology presents multiple advantages.

Huang Yongzhen, an associate researcher from CAS, said technology using iris recognition needs its target to be no further than 30 cm from the lens, while face recognition technology can work at a distance of up to five meters. But the newly-developed system can operate within a much longer range, and at faster speeds.

Detection time is reduced to less than 200 milliseconds, faster than the time it takes an eye to blink (between 300 to 400 milliseconds).

The new technology can also identify a person without their active cooperation. Even if they walk past the surveillance camera hiding their face, gait recognition algorithm can still unveil their identity.

Gait recognition can also estimate the density of large populations, as it incorporates real-time people counting technology. It is able to detect up to 1,000 people within an area of 1,000 square meters. The technique could be widely used in the fields of security and public transport, among others.

China is currently at the forefront of gait recognition technology worldwide, CAS has said.

 

 Posted by at 10:33 am
Oct 162017
 

AFP

The people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) are sitting on a treasure chest: millions of rubies, estimated to be worth up to half a billion dollars, are lying beneath them.

But archaic tools and a lack of investment in infrastructure and techniques are hampering efforts to transform the area into a significant player in the gem industry.

“We have rubies that are at least as good as the Burmese, but their mining techniques are more sophisticated,” says Huma Rizvi, a dealer in precious stones.

AJK has just one mine and one exploration site, where miners dig to assess the potential of the jewels below. But the region has proven reserves of more than 40 million grams of rubies, and inferred resources of nearly 50m grams, according to geological surveys commissioned by the provincial executive.

Muhammad Azeem spends four months a year toiling in the Chitta Katha mine on the slopes of the Himalayas, which requires an eleven hour drive and then two hours walking to reach from Muzaffarabad.

“I drill in the mine before the explosives are placed for blasting it’s a very hard job,” the miner told AFP, using an old-fashioned perforator at the bottom of poorly ventilated tunnels.

It is back-breaking work with only occasional rewards — last year, workers discovered a ruby the size of an egg.

Losing value

Experts believe tapping into the gem reserve could transform the fortunes of a region home to 4m people largely living off modest incomes. Yet, precious stones currently account for less than 1 per cent of Kashmir’s tax revenues.

The federal authorities that administer this disputed territory do not have the funds to buy new machinery or to build more mines, explained Shahid Ayub, director general of the Azad Kashmir Mine and Industry Development Company (AKMIDC), a public company responsible for developing the local industry.

“Mining is done manually or by small blasts — and we lose 40 to 50pc of the value of the stones, “he acknowledges.

“Due to lack of investment, we are not making the most of our resources.”

For Azad Kashmir’s rubies and other mineral resources — such as copper, gold and silver — to contribute more to Pakistan’s economy, there must be more investment in local expertise and development of a legal framework to support the mining sector, dealer Rizvi says.

But private firms are discouraged by the very rugged terrain and proximity to the Line of Control where cross-border firings and scuffles are frequent.

Even the major international mining companies are reluctant to invest in Pakistan, which has been plagued by legal disputes over major copper and gold concessions in the southwest of the country.

Another issue is the lack of regulation, Rizvi explains.

“You are never sure you are paying the right person. Every area has different rules,” she adds.

‘It’s your luck’

The current approach is erratic and while the region’s rubies are sought after due to their garnet colour, the stones extracted are of irregular quality.

“It’s your luck,” explains Mir Khalid, owner of one of the only gem stores in Kashmir. “Once you cut it, either you find a beautiful stone, or it is damaged and cracked.”

Behind the wooden counter of his tiny stall, he keeps buried in the hollows of newspaper sheets and dusty plastic bags a handful of rough cut emeralds, a few pink rubies hardly polished, and tourmaline at various stages of finishing.

The jewellery industry in AJK is still in its infancy, and limited by the fact that transportation of rough cut precious stones is prohibited in the region as a measure against smuggling.

Many gems are sold on informally and processed in Thailand or India, explains Imran Zafar, the director of a government centre set up to teach and train Muzaffarabad artisans.

Around him, a dozen craftsmen are busy around the saws and faceting machines attempting to shape the stones into desirable gems.

Under the skillful fingers of Abdur Rahman, a small dull nugget turns into a bright pink gem.

“My favourite stones are ruby, sapphire and tourmaline,” smiles the young graduate, who now earns his living by trimming jewels on demand.

He says: “With some practice, we’ll shortly be able to compete on the international market. “

 Posted by at 3:37 am
Oct 102017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

 Indian army’s unprovoked firing on innocent children, girls and old men and women living peacefully along the Line of Control seems a result of a feeling of loss, a sense of defeat or something like depression on the part of the Indian soldiers.

On 6th of this October, as a result of unprovoked firing of the Indian forces, a civilian named Muhammad Raziq was martyred in village Balakot of Nikial Sector. He was just 22 years old. In the same incident 07 other civilians were seriously injured. A few days back. In another incident of the same type, the Indian army started unprovoked firing on civilian population residing in Rakhchikri sector, causing severe injuries to 3 civilians.

Naib Subedar Nadeem embraced Shahadat and three other soldiers suffered injuries. When the Pakistan Army was evacuating the civilian population from the area, the coward Indian troops again started firing which took life of an innocent girl named Rubina. Pakistan Army had to give the Indian troops a strong and befitting response to this cruelty which resulted in the casualties of so many Indian soldiers. Naib Subedar Muhammad Nadeem shaheed was buried with full military honour in his native village Chah Ganja near Jhelum. Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza also attended the burial ceremony of the shaheed and laid floral wreath on his grave.

On the occasion the Corps Commander Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza said expressing his deep concern over this sad incident that the only restraint for Pakistan Army is the professional ethos and moral obligation, which bars it from responding in kind when Indian troops target innocent civilians, as same civilians, our own blood, reside on other side of the LoC.

Unprovoked firing on civilians for spreading harassment and a feeling of insecurity among the people living along the LoC on Pakistan’s side is the only target of the Indian forces deployed there. They think that with the help of such cowardly attempts they would succeed in crushing the demand of the Kashmiris for an independent homeland. It is a bitter reality that in spite of all such cruelties, India has not succeeded in pushing back the Kashmiris from their demand. Every day is observed as a black day in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Kashmir freedom movement has become the deadliest nightmare for India.  Moreover this long standing conflicting issue is casting serious effects on regional peace and security too. It is something very strange that no one in India seems willing to resolve this issue which is gradually becoming a serious threat to the existence and federation of India. It would have been much better if instead of crushing the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir, India had paid attention to the large number of separatist movements in different parts of the country. These separatist movements are result of poor economic policies, neglected social development, promotion of radical Hinduism, cruelly inhuman caste system and unjust pressure politics in the country.

The worst example of separatist uprising is there in Tamil Nadu where separatist movements are challenging the federation of India. Thousands of the Tamil LTTE freedom fighters have formed an army of their own after being defeated by the Sri Lankan military in the Jaffna peninsula. People of Tamil Nadu State of India are providing these freedom fighters their full support and co-operation on account of common language and culture. Though they all share a common religion also but they say that ‘religion is not a binding force that can override other considerations, such as language, culture, ethnicity, people’s aspirations and an identity that entitles them to an independent existence’. But it is very unfortunate that Modi sarkar, instead of addressing the actual domestic problems and genuine grievances of people, is wasting all its vigor on blaming Pakistan and China for fueling these movements. Some analysts are of the opinion that Modi sarkar is misusing these blames as pretext for increasing the number of its armed troops in the states affected by the separatist movements.

Mr. Modi must try to realize that weapons can destroy houses but not homes, bodies but not hearts, eyes but not dreams. No military pressure would prove useful in the Indian Occupied Kashmir or any of the states where separatist movements are uprising. We cannot compel anyone to love us, like us or live with us. India can occupy the valleys of Kashmir but not the people of Kashmir because they never wanted to be among the Indian nation, they want their own identity which is their basic human right; a right admitted by the UN also. Let us see when their dreams come true.

 Posted by at 1:37 pm
Oct 062017
 

 

cancels NOC of another three

The Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Housing Societies’ Directorate on Thursday declared two housing schemes illegal and cancelled no objection certificates (NOCs) granted to three others.

The two housing schemes declared illegal by CDA’s Housing Societies Directorate are: Tele Town Housing Scheme, Mauza Gora Mast, Zone-V, Islamabad and Icon Gardens Apartments Project, Moza Gogota Syedan, Zone-V, Islamabad.

The sponsors of these illegal housing schemes/land sub-divisions had not obtained any approval/NOC from CDA.

The Housing Societies’ Directorate also withdrew NOCs for layout plan of three housing schemes, including Soan Garden Housing Scheme, Zone – V, Islamabad; Roshan Pakistan Housing Scheme, Zone-II, Islamabad; and Pak Medical Housing Scheme, E-11, Islamabad. The NOCs for these three housing schemes has been cancelled for not complying with directions of CDA.

The Housing Societies’ Directorate warned the general public to refrain from investing in these housing schemes in their own interest to avoid any financial loss. The directorate further requested the general public to visit the CDA website to ascertain the legality of any housing scheme before making any investment.

Building Regulations: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Shaikh Anser Aziz on Thursday said that the building regulations were crucial to save precious lives and properties in Islamabad. “No laxity, therefore, should be exercised in implementation of the relevant rules,” he said.

He expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review progress of the Buildings Control Section (BCS).

Senior officers of the authority, including Member Planning and Design Asad Mehboob Kayani, attended the meeting.

Sheikh Anser Aziz said that usefulness of BCS was increasing. “The Building Control Section should bolster its activeness and undertakings. Action should be taken in case of violations of applicable building codes. BCS should expand its area of operations beyond sectoral limits of the capital as well,” he said.

The mayor was informed that BCS had approved 127 building plans, 119 cases of NOCs/commercialisation charges/additional charges and issued 40 completion certificates during the month of August, 2017.

BCS received Rs 248,299,527 fee for above mentioned heads during month of August.

The BCS director said that BCS-I Section had approved 19 building plans during the month of August. Similarly, during the same month, nine cases for the completion of certificates and 41 cases of commercialisation charges/NOCs were also approved by BCS-I Section. BCS-I Section received Rs 236,014,416 during the month of August.

The meeting was further informed that BCS-II Section of Building Control had approved 18 cases of completion certificates during month of August. Similarly, 44 cases of building plans were approved. BCS-II section had approved 52 cases of commercialisation charges/NOC. Collectively, BCS-II Section received an amount of Rs 7,354,788 during the month of August.

The BCS director further informed the meeting that BCS-III Section had issued 13 completion certificates during the month of August. Similarly, BCS-III approved 64 building plans. A total of 26 cases of commercialisation charges/NOCs were also approved. BCS-III received an amount of Rs 4,930,323 collectively during August, 2017.

Parliament security: Personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) took charge of parliament’s security on Thursday after Rangers withdrew from duty.

The move came after the controversy that erupted over the deployment of Rangers outside accountability court during the hearing of corruption references against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Earlier, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had expressed stern resentment over Rangers’ deployment at the Federal Judicial Complex. The paramilitary force had conditioned their security duties to a written application.

Rangers have now withdrawn its 49 personnel from Parliament House. They will only be deployed after written orders.

At least 45 FC personnel will now secure the Parliament House during proceedings of the National Assembly and Senate. During routine house proceedings, police personnel will remain on duty.

However, Rangers are still deployed with policemen at 15 joint patrolling, entrance and checkpoints of the capital.

 

 Posted by at 3:19 pm
Oct 062017
 

A 17-year-old high school student in Pakistan replicated physics visualization, and developed results that surprised some older scientists; he exalted the name of country in the world by making such an achievement in the field of physics.

As per details, revealed by international media, he replicated the phenomenon and presented his work as any professional scientist would. But he also developed photographic evidence of charged ions creating the honeycomb, and published his work Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

According to New York Time’s report, an electric honeycomb behaves like a capacitor. In this case, the top electrode is a needle that delivers high voltage to the air just a few centimeters above a thin layer of oil on the other flat, grounded surface electrode.

An article in this connection published in New York Time on October 4 that explained the physicists knew of this phenomenon decades before Muhammad Shaheer Niazi,  a 17-year-old high school student from Pakistan met the electric honeycomb In 2016, as one of the first Pakistani participants in the International Young Physicsts’ Tournament.

The report said that the thermal images puzzled Dr Pérez Izquierdo. Neither he nor others had previously explored temperature changes on the oil’s surface, and he would have expected a smaller and more even heating effect than Niazi observed. Determining the heat’s origin is an interesting question that requires more study, he said, while also praising Mr Niazi’s experimental skill.

“I think it’s outstanding for so young a scientist to reproduce these results,” Dr. Pérez Izquierdo said.

Niazi hopes to further explore the mathematics of the electric honeycomb, and in the future, dreams of earning a Nobel Prize in nature — and in the electric honeycomb — Mr. Niazi points out, “nothing wants to do excess work,” but he’s getting started early anyway.

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