Category Archives: Rural

Pakistan, the Lost Generation

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/pakistan901/video_index.html

It’s morning in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s biggest province, and the country’s next generation is headed to school. But what children are finding when they get there is of increasing concern for those who want peace in Pakistan’s future.

For 12-year-old Fatma, school is an abandoned brickyard.

“I study at the Government Primary School in Lahore,” she explains. “I study English language, and I like it. There are no chairs. We have to sit on the ground. It’s a problem in the winter. When it rains, there is nowhere to sit.”

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PAKISTAN: Constant violence against women in 2009

An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Physical and sexual violence, honor killings, forced marriages and structural inequalities within the society are constant violations of women’s fundamental rights. The cases in this article were provided by Mister Mohammed Nafees from Karachi, based on news from Daily Dawn.

By Julia Lemétayer

2009 has been another tragic year for women rights in Pakistan. Many cases have been reported, in which women were abducted, assaulted, raped, murdered, forced to marriage or traded to resolve disputes. According to Aurat Foundation, a non-governmental organization working for women empowerment in Pakistan, between January and June last year, a total of 4,514 incidents of violence against women were reported. Victims, if they dare reporting these facts, have to face police obstruction and societal pressure. If some of these facts can be imputed to feudal societies and tribal traditions, the most worrying aspect of women rights violations is that some practices and ideas are simply entrenched in the mindsets. Continue reading

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The Text of Balochistan Package, presented to the Joint Session of the Parliament

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\11\25\story_25-11-2009_pg7_29

Islamabad: The government on Tuesday presented the Aghaaz-e-Huqook Balochistan to a joint sitting of parliament.

The landmark package contains several initiatives to address the problems of the Baloch people and bring them into mainstream.

Following is the text of the Aghaaz-e-Huqook package presented by Senator Raza Rabbani.

Preamble

“Conscious, that the provinces have a sense of deprivation, in political and economic structures of the federation;

Recalling, that the provisions of the 1973 constitution in particular relating to the federation-province relationship have been circumvented;
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Caught Between Yaghistan and Talibanistan

Defeating the Taliban in Pakistan

By Mehreen Farooq and Waleed Ziad – from The Hill

It’s the strategy, stupid. Once again, we’re hoping that Pakistan’s latest offensive in the tribal belt will solve the Taliban problem. Our military-centric strategy, which has cost us eight years and $10 billion tax dollars, is incomplete. What’s missing is the complementary soft-power component necessary to secure the pivotal conflict zone in the war on terror. Continue reading

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Bollywood,Reality TV and Indian secularism

Bradistan Calling

Indian TV has seen numerous Bollywood reality shows, competition where common boys (and occasionally girls) have won places on movies by top directors. The Show that I want to talk about is Bollywood, blind-date and arranged (and staged) marriage all rolled into one big media circus. Continue reading

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Obituary:Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation

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Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation suddenly suspended  its satellite transmissions globally after one year of success broadcasting.This incident is most unfortunate and shows a lack of financial backing for independent TV in a climate of global recession.There was no official confirmation of this interruption. Continue reading

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Miri or Piri.Reclaiming Punjabi Identity

The Miri(Warrior) or the Piri(Saint), Reclaiming the Punjabi Identity:

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The Sikh religion is based on three important pillar The Guru (Teacher), The Garanth(Holy Book) and the Khalsa (Brotherhood of the Pure).It all seems so familiar because of similarity with the religion of Islam. Nowadays one cannot objectively analyse Islam, without provoking Fatwa of One kind or the other. The debate, discussion and Ijtehad (innovation and development) have effectively been killed in the Muslim world. If you make Peaceful Reformation Impossible, you make Bloody Revolution Inevitable. Continue reading

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