Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Pakistan

Currents and undercurrents in Pakistan

Politics in Pakistan has taken an interesting turn. Or has it? There is too much going on, which adds to the confusion. But some say it is too little for it to lead to any significant change. On the one hand, there is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government’s own woes. On the other, there is the Opposition, which started out with a bang last year when it formed a joint front called the Pakistan Democratic Movement, that now seems to be facing troubles due to some recent turn of events

Pakistan Media is at Receiving End From Both State and Non-state Actors

On November 9, Pakistan’s Supreme Court granted bail to the owner of the country’s largest media group, the GEO, after a 10-month-long detention condemned by the rights groups as suppression of the press. The country’s not-so-legally-immaculate National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had accused Mir Shakilur Rehman of illegally leasing government land in 1986

Searching for justice in rape case in the dark ages 200 years back

The government seems to have decided to take a great leap backward with its proposed punishment for persons found guilty of rape, for which the penalty even at present is death. It has decided to add to the Pakistan Penal Code section 376 B which says: “Exceptional first offenders or repeat offenders — Whoever is convicted of an offence under sections 375, 375 A and (or?) 376 may be subjected to chemical castration through a court order,

Is Pakistan heading for a trading nation status shedding its war-fight nation image?

A highly regarded senior ex-police officer of Pakistan, Tariq Khosa, writing in Dawn in July 2018 (‘The Mess We’re In’) stated: “First, Pakistan must stop harbouring a massive insecurity complex. As a nuclear state with the world’s sixth-largest army, we should be confident and end our garrison-state mentality and constant worrying about survival.

Pakistani women are providing leadership in war zones.

Another Pakistani humanitarian worker, Shabnam Baloch, has served in the wars in Yemen and South Sudan. The extreme conditions of war gave her the courage to break the constraints of her conservative upbringing, serving as a role model for other Pakistani women who aspire to take part in the vital work of peace and conflict resolution.

Some unconventional judges on the Pakistan's Supreme Court make the difference

It appears that by the time a judge becomes a member of the Supreme Court in Pakistan, his personality is elevated to the status of a saviour. People living in small cities, and suffering the tyranny of the local feudal aristocracy, want their sons to either join the police department or become a lawyer.

Lahorias believe allowing crow freedom from cage fulfils ones' wishes

The idea to write this blog, about the crows came to my mind when in Lahore’s elite Liberty market, I saw a man selling crows kept in this small cage and loaded on his bicycle carrier. On inquiry, I was told that freeing a captured crow brings good luck to the person and one’s wish is also fulfilled. So, some people come here to buy crow for Rs 200/-a bird 

Women in Pakistan yet to get freedom, rights

On March 8, women took out a procession in Islamabad on International Women’s Day under a banner saying, “My Body My Choice” (Mera Jism Meri Marzi). The march, called Aurat March, was attacked by a crowd of men aligned with the religious parties and the infamous Red Mosque of Islamabad.

Protesters outside Gurdwara Nankana Sahib demand release of arrested persons in case of forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh woman

cores of protesters surrounded the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, located in its namesake city, on Friday afternoon, threatening to overrun the holy site if their demands for the release of suspects in an alleged forced conversion case were not met. However, the protesters dispersed after several hours in the evening following successful negotiations between them and government representatives, which led to the release of the arrested persons.

 Institute authorities order inquiry to find, if Faiz Ahamd Faiz’s poem is anti-Hindu or not

Students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur (UP) had in December last organised a protest rally in support of the Jamia Millia University, Delhi, where students were allegedly beaten by the police inside the University library without any provocation while they were busy studying at the time of protests on the campus against CAA.

Kargil war was a stupid misadventure whose planner-executioner: then Army chief General Musharraf

On November 14, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan talked about the unwisdom of “fighting others’ wars” — instead of, presumably, Pakistan’s own wars. He said that “Pakistan would no more join any alliance for any other country’s war” but “rather play the role of a bridge-builder”. PM Khan referred to the Afghan jihad of the 1980s and the American “war on terror” following the 9/11 crisis.

Fall of an Army chief Pervez Musharraf to a convict for treason

India deplores Pakistan National Assembly resolution on CAA, Pakistani Hindus to get citizen now

India on Tuesday strongly rejected a resolution adopted by the Pakistan National Assembly that criticized the citizenship law and asked new Delhi to revoke its discriminatory clauses. The Ministry of external affairs called the resolution “poorly disguised effort” to divert attention from Pakistan “appalling treatment” and “persecution” of its religious minorities.

It is right time to initiate talks to open an Indo-Pak trade corridor through Punjab

India-Pakistan relations have always been viewed through the prism of Kashmir. But, as noted security expert C. Raja Mohan argued, the opening of the Kartarpur corridor has unlocked the possibility of looking at bilateral relations through the prism of Punjab and the idea of punjabiyat. 

India refuses visa to Pak Kabbadi team to Participate in international Kabbadi

Pakistan Kabbadi Team was refused visa to participate in the International Kabbadi Tournament being held at Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala). The tournament is being organised to mark the 550th birth anniversary of  Guru Nanak Dev ji. The Kabbadi enthusiasts were looking forward to the fight of the two archrivals-Indian Kabbadi team and Pak-Kabbadi-teams clash in this International Kabbadi Tournament.

Young Pak-origin MPs shine in UK Parliament

The first Indian to enter Britain’s directly elected and key chamber of parliament, the House of Commons, was Dadabhai Naoroji, a Liberal Party candidate who was elected in 1892 from London’s then Finsbury Central constituency and remained an MP until 1895. The second was a Conservative, Sir Mancherjee Bhownagree, who won from Bethnal Green North East, also in London, in 1895, and served up to 1906.

MHA defers deportation of six Pakistani Hindus after suicide threats

Deportation of Six Pakistani Hindus staying at Nachna village, near Pokhran in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, have been stayed by the Minister of Home Affairs (equivalent to Interior Ministry in Pakistan) for overstaying in India by violating the visa rules. Rajasthan Police and Foreigners’ Registration office had issued notice to the six Hindus who had come from Pakistan following the missive received from Rajasthan government to deport them as they had overstayed and were also staying in prohibited areas and were also indulging in “suspicious” activities.  

 

Gen Bajwa's extension by three years suspended by CJP till Wednesday

 

Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday suspended the government's notification of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure extension until the top court's hearing tomorrow. chief justice observed that "the summary and approval of army chief's extension is not correct". : Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Tuesday suspended the government's notification of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure extension until the top court's hearing tomorrow.

 

Pakistan’s Top Muttahida Quami Movement leader seeks asylum in India

“If [today] India, and Prime Minister Modi, allow me to come to India and provide me asylum with my colleagues, I am ready to come to India along with my colleagues, because my grandfather is buried there, my grandmother is buried there, my thousands of relatives are buried there. I want to go there, to their graves,” said Hussain, in a speech dated November 9.“If [today] India, and Prime Minister Modi, allow me to come to India and provide me asylum with my colleagues, I am ready to come to India along with my colleagues, because my grandfather is buried there, my grandmother is buried there, my thousands of relatives are buried there. I want to go there, to their graves,” said Hussain, in a speech dated November 9.

PM Imran Khan inaugurates Kartarpur Sahib Corridor to humanity

Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu made a very aggressive and emotional speech said While making reference to his Jaffy (hug) with Pakistan Army Chief Omar Bajwa, he said that “ today I will explain to people around the world what my jiffy meant. If one Jaffy gets us Kartarpur Corridor, let us hug a hundred times and the LoC issue would be resolved.  I am thanking Modi ji also, it doesn't matter if we have political differences, doesn't matter if my life is dedicated to the Gandhi family. I am sending a Munnabhai MBBS-style (A popular Hindi movie) hug to you Modi Sahab for this," said Sidhu.Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu made a very aggressive and emotional speech said 

Protesters at dharna in Pakistan using solar Panel to recharge their mobiles

This blog is about an innovative idea developed by protesters in Pakistan. Solar panels for protesters sitting on dharna in Islamabad, beautiful capital of Pakistan. It is difficult now to live without active Mobile phones. Protesters of ‘Azadi march’ came well prepared for a protest that may runs longer than their leaders have thought to be. The Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) protesters came from many other cities-have brought along Solar Panels with them to charge their Mobiles. The protesters also brought with them the devices to attach to solar panels where they could attach their mobiles and charge them with ease.