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Why only Musharraf?

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These days, media in Pakistan is cluttered with the news about the proceedings going on in the Supreme Court about the ex military general Pervez Musharraf who ruled the country from 1999 to 2008. Although so far neither Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf has appeared in person nor has any one represented him in the court. The general has been abroad in Europe for quite some time. There a large number of cases including the one about abrogation of the constitution which if pursued can take him to the gallows.

However, the question is why should only he be prosecuted. Why not all other military rulers who took over the reigns of the country suspending the constitution. It is immaterial as to whether they are dead or alive. Many accomplices without the support of whom the take overs were not possible are still living.The cases must be proceeded with even the punishment is to be executed symbolically as was done with Cromwell of Britain. And, all of them are not dead either.

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posted @ 11:29 PM, ,

Modern Designer Furniture from Eroom Service

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Buying or constructing a house is one thing and furnishing is the other. Similarly, having an office is one thing and furnishing it the other. But for the curtains and a few other small things, furniture occupies most of the furnishing part. One has to be discreet in the selection of furniture. After day’s work, all family members fall back to their homes to rest, relax and socially interact among themselves or the friends. All of us need to have beds, chairs and tables which are comfortable in use and are good to look at. How well one’s home is furnished speaks of the taste and class of the family it belongs to. Eroom Service offers modern designer furniture incuding Italian bedroom set to meet all your needs.

Italian and European designers are known all over the world for contemporary furniture designs. You will certainly like to have your house or office furnished with the designer furniture. Eroom Service is an exclusive selection of contemporary bedroom furniture; platform beds, modern bedroom sets, Italian leather beds and modern bed frames. The good thing is that you can select the sizes, color and finish as per your own choice. Visit their user friendly web site and you will be happily surprised to find what you need. Comparing with the quality and class of furniture, the prices are pretty reasonable and affordable. And, their customer service is excellent. They deliver at your door step and fix it up for you.

posted @ 11:07 PM, ,

Lion of PML(N)

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PML(N)has decided to take good care of its electoral symbol which is lion. It has been reported in one of the TV channels that Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif of PML(N)has ordered to arrange low temperature environments for the lion imported by the zoo authorities from Siberia. The project is going to cost Rs. 2.2 million. This money can surely be better used else where for the welfare of the poor in Punjab.

The first question is as to why such an animal was imported whom we could not look after within our meager resources. The second question is as to why more money should be extravagantly spent to sustain an animal who needs nothing of the sort back in Siberia. Yet another question is to identify other such like ventures where the money being spent is not worth its price. Having narrated the story accompanied by live pictures of the lion, the TV channel showed the interviews of half a dozen from amongst the masses. None of them supported the project and in stead criticized the government for wasting the money which can be spent to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.

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posted @ 12:57 PM, ,

High Speed Satellite Internet

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Country life has its own charms which are available no where in big cities and towns. However, there are certain shortcomings too. One of these is the slow Internet speed of the manual dial up connections and non availability of broad band (Cable/DSL). In today’s age of computers and Internet, there is hardly anyone left who does not use computers/rely on Internet connections. In many ways, people living in rural areas are more dependent on Internet than the ones living in cities. Life is turning out to be fast and faster with everyday passing. Sitting before the laptop or desktop waiting for items to download or upload after every click is a curse. If you come to calculate, large many seconds lost every click, sum up to make quite a few minutes per day. Wild Blue High Speed Satellite Internet has made it possible for us all to save all these lost minutes.

If for one reason or the other the cables of manual dial up or broad band Internet get cut due to severe climatic conditions, a person like me who solely relies on the use of Internet used to become totally helpless losing dollars. Otherwise, too, one is cut off from the rest of the world and even neighborhood. The Internet connection offered by Wild Blue Internet is cable free. It offers 50 times higher speed than the manual dial up connection. This Satellite Internet connection is available virtually all over America; in all its nooks and corners. It has a very large number of satisfied clientele which continues to grow and enjoy its unique facilities. The price packages offered by them are very attractive, economical and affordable.

posted @ 12:06 PM, ,

How I Use the Internet

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Guest Post by S A J Shirazi

Having to survive without the Internet when every one seems to be living in the cyberspace and achieving is a new king of anxiety. It is very hard to perceive life offline especially for those who have integrated Internet in their lives and work.

The Internet is a shorter route to many things: obtaining information, conducting business, making decisions, socializing or spending leisure time. Researchers are trying to find out Internet's impacts on life on and offline. Celebration of the Internet Free Day or the 20-year net veteran Steve Cisler's expedition to put himself "in other people shoes who are not online" are some cases in point.

For generation that is growing up with the Internet, the essence of existence lies in their presence online and being disconnected in their totally connected circle means like living in a digital dark age. This fraternity thinks that every one in the world is online. They forget an overwhelming majority of humanity which is without the Internet. Convinced that there is nothing that cannot be done online, this generation looks up to the Internet world for help and support for every thing from writing term papers to writing emails 'to the future' or doing what many will not try in real life -- even shy adolescents are active and bold in the virtual world when engaged in Internet communications as a passionate past time. I browsed MSN Member Directory with my search preference (Pakistan, single and looking, age 20-29) and found 20 pages of results showing Pakistani males and 20 pages of Pakistani females. Well, in today's world, the Internet does net people in a well knit circle together!

Always looking to own new gizmos, experience new technologies and find ways to do novel things online, it is the youth who are future computer scientists, engineers, programmers, developers and end users (also the Web queens and the Net princes). Youth are worst affected by no access to the Internet or outages. How do you perceive life without the Internet? "Without the Internet my life is unimaginable. It gives me feelings of being a dweller of the Stone Age if all of a sudden I were to quit use of the Internet. But like radio, television, or telephone, or cars and microwave ovens, the Internet is not going to go away. So I think of making best of it rather than thinking about living without it," says Sara Kazmi, editor Ravi, a magazine of Government College University Lahore. Jaffar, a Syrian student of de'Montmorency College of Dentistry Lahore says, "A lot of thrill and interactivity is attached with the world online so it really is painful to perceive life without the Internet."

The other categories hit by no access or disconnections are of IT professionals and those end users who are supplementing their earnings by pursuing income generating activities online. Zahid Shahzad, a techie says, "When I am disconnected, I attend to those assignments that otherwise keep piling up in the in-tray waiting for my attention. And, I keep jotting down things and thoughts, what I would do when online." Hafiz Munir is an urbanite computer engineer with his roots in the village where his mother, brothers and sisters live without telephone or possibility of the Internet access. He says, "I have always been going to my village to refresh my urban attitudes but going has become greatly difficult since I have put my work and life on the Internet. And it is no only me. No IT professional can afford to live without continuous connectivity. One of the reasons is that others assume IT people as 'on call' every time."

Users who have been online all their life have started taking it for granted. Any interruption, short or long, is frustrating. What do you do when you have to live offline for reasons beyond control? "Me and every one in my circle (presence on the Internet seems to be defining social circles) groans and grumbles when ever there is a disruption in connectivity; and there are so many," says Sara. Enthusiastic users have connections from more than one ISP (and the Internet cards at hand) and still "the first thing I do is to ring one or two ISPs and inquire, then I ask my friends before I decide what to do. One has to run around if there is a hardware or software problem that needs a repair or reinstallation. In our country you can do nothing in case of electric failures, telephone line disruptions or ISP 'maintenance' problem. Even respective departmental inquiry stations and help lines will not tell you what is happening," laments Arshad Mahmud. And Hafiz says, "After ascertaining the cause, I look for alternatives to remain online till things are back to normal at my own work station."

Acquiring necessary skills and hooking on the Internet at later stages in life was a major shift for those who were in the middle of their life when Internet necessitated changes in job specifications and descriptions as well as in societal norms. It is comparatively easier for this class to strike balance in on and offline life.

For Maryum Yunus, switching from the position of a sub editor in a print publication was a major shift -- especially in terms of Internet access and experience online. "The usage of the Internet mainly depends on what sort of work one is doing. I have Internet exclusively available to me at work as well as home. For my newspaper job, use of the Net was essential for me. I would logon and remain online more though I never was a freak. My present job as the Assistant Manager Image Marketing does not require active use of the Net. I only need to go online every now and then for a short duration to download my emails, fire off replies, weed out spam to keep the inbox under limits, exchange Hello Hi with friends if I can could catch someone online or to surf any specific site and look for particular information. Life never stops for me if I am disconnected or do not go online for days. After all people had been living, working and communicating even before IBM launched the personal computer. No?"

Life offline is rather harder for those who are yet striving to go online; those who are aware of the Internet and what people are accomplishing online. In our infrastructure poor country, majority of people are not online, for a variety of reasons. "I always dream about life online and what all I will be able to do when I join college in the city," told Mumtaz, a metric student from village Mong who is using computer since last one year and is to go to the city for college education where he will be able get connected. "People are migrating to cities for providing opportunities to their wards in the online world," says Hafiz.

There is an equilibrium point between the virtual and real life though it is getting difficult to point out where that point is. Life online is difficult but life can be much more enriching for those who are online, can take control of the Internet and are not mesmerized by its rhythm.

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posted @ 12:30 PM, ,

Health is Wealth

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We all know, “Health is Wealth”. Barring certain exceptional cases of deformity or disease, health is a treasure we all are blessed with once we come into being i.e. our time of birth. We ought to guard this wealth by keeping ourselves in good health. This is only possible if we don’t take our health as granted and in stead remain conscious about its maintenance. More often than not, we ignore this maintenance because of our other personal or family commitments. If a member of our family falls sick or some other emergency occurs, we leave all other business aside to attend to the issue. However, when it comes to our own sickness, we leave attending to it for another day.

It’s a universally accepted fact that some sort of regular physical exercise for half an hour to one hour is essential for keeping good health. How many of us follow this practice? Similarly, we all know that we should take balanced diet. How many of us truly take the trouble to find out as to which is the balanced diet for us? How many of us resort to diet control if we are patient of blood pressure, diabetes or coronary disease? In my opinion, the proverb, “Prevention is better than cure” applies the most in respect of health. The ones from amongst us, who follow it, live a better and healthy life. The ones who don’t are the cruelest to our own individual selves. A stitch in time saves nine.


posted @ 12:44 PM, ,

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posted @ 12:15 AM, ,

Load Shedding and Blogging

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My friend who is an experienced and a veteran blogger has asked me to write this post.

Pakistan is passing through the worst period in terms of power supply and electricity load shedding. Living in the second largest city of our country, we are fortunate to be having relatively less of load shedding. But, mind you, the relatively less load shedding means having it for an hour every alternate hour of the day. You can well imagine as to what must be happening in other smaller cities, towns and the rural areas. The foregoing is only the planned part of load shedding. The unplanned part is that you are never certain as to when the light would go off or it would get back.

Load shedding is adversely affecting all sections of society not only in one form or the other of physical and economic aspects but it is also affecting us all psychologically, a loss which is difficult to quantify. Bloggers are no exception. They remain alert and wait for the light hour to begin and get down to their blogging knowing that they have, at best, an hour to do the work before the start of the load shedding hour. However, they are also psychologically constrained for fear of the unplanned part of load shedding. They are all the time writing a line and saving it so that they don't have to start afresh if the light goes off unannounced. This certainly is affecting the quality of writing which can be better done with mind in peace. Bloggers who also write paid posts have added pressures and losses. They can't bid for the posts during the load shedding time and are also under pressure to submit the accepted posts meeting the time deadlines which are in hours. The reader would think as to why don't the bloggers UPS or generators. If the bloggers could afford these luxuries, why should they be blogging?

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posted @ 2:28 PM, ,

Web Hosting Geeks

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Dot Com technology has revolutionized the world. It has brought us all together. Selling has become easy and so has buying. You can buy or sell goods, services and ideas through your web site. Having developed a very good web site you need a web hosting service provider to host your web site. One can’t buy or sell through one’s web site without hosting it with a reliable web host.

There are countless web hosting service providers making tall claims of assured, uninterrupted and reliable service. They happen to offer the service at dirt cheap rates. Most people think that all one needs to have is a good web site and don’t give due importance to the selection of a web hosting service provider till such time they start experiencing problems such as downtime or slow load times both of which start detracting the potential customers/visitors away from you web site.

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posted @ 4:40 PM, ,

Musharraf's Accountability

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Almost all the newspapers in Pakistan have reported today and yesterday about the accountability of Ex President of Pakistan, Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf who ruled the country for about nine years after taking over power in October, 1999. Army has ruled the country for almost half the time ever since Pakistan came into being in 1947. The predecessors of Musharraf in uniform did not have to face such like situation. And, that is what encouraged army to over the country whenever it so desired. However, it appears certain that the general will have to face the courts.

This time, America has categorically stated that for it Musharraf was history and it would not interfere in the prosecution of Musharraf. The President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, too, has made a similar statement. Pakistan army is least likely to interfere. So, the stage is set for Musharraf to face a large number of charges in the court which would include abrogation of the constitution. Musharraf's prosecution will become an important milestone in the history of Pakistan which would once for all shun the interference of army in the affairs of the country and put Pakistan on road to democracy.

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posted @ 1:37 PM, ,

ADT Home Security System

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posted @ 7:06 PM, ,

Gilani says, “Enough is enough"

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The News International, Pakistan, Monday, July 20, 2009 writes,

Gilani said: “Enough is enough. I have assessed the performance of my ministers during the last one year. Now I have to make some changes according to merit, not according to somebody’s liking and disliking because I am responsible for running a country of more than 170 million people”.

It's a tall claim. I doubt if Mr. Gilani is serious about it. Even if he is, the next question is whether Mr. Zardari and his party will let him do it. There are over 90 persons working as ministers or enjoying the status of a minister. Not only the number is too large for a poor country like Pakistan to afford, most of these are the nominees of Mr. Zardari. Curtailing this number or replacing some of these will be at the cost of losing parliamentary support of these and the ones supporting them. These are the ills of democracy which are not likely to let him move in the right direction even if he so desires.

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posted @ 12:01 PM, ,

Indian Involvement in Balochistan

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The News International, Pakistan, Friday, July 17, 2009 writes,

The statement said Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas. Both prime ministers recognised that dialogue is the only way forward. Action on terrorism should not be linked to the Composite Dialogue process and these should not be bracketed. Indian Prime Minister Singh said India was ready to discuss all issues with Pakistan, including all outstanding issues.

Once Pakistan Prime Minister drew the attention of the Indian Primme Minister Manmohan Singh towards Indian involvement in unrest in Balochistan, the latter replied that if Pakistan gave any information on the subject he would look into the matter. The Indian Prime Minister did not negate that India was meddling in the Balochistan situation. It implies that India accepted her involvement in Balochistan. By asking for a proof from Pakistan, India wants to know as to how much of that involvement is known to Pakistan. Perhaps, after getting this information, Indian Prime Minister would admonish the agencies involved in Balochistan as to why they have failed to conceal their activities.

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posted @ 11:32 AM, ,

Blogging is Like Building a Home

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Blogging is like building a home. You start putting things togather (working hard) and ultimately end up having a nice place. No?


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posted @ 12:48 PM, ,

MPA Shumaila Rana asked to resign

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According to The News International, Pakistan, Thursday, July 16, 2009

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League has demanded resignation from its MPA Shumaila Rana due to her involvement in a theft case. An investigation team of the PML-N has urged Shumaila Rana to tender her resignation, as her scam has raised questions regarding the party’s credibility before the general public.

The PML-N investigation team has affirmed that if she was innocent, then she has to face the media to prove her innocence.
Shumaila Rana has been accused of stealing the credit card of another woman at a function and misusing the same to buy jewelry worth thousands of rupees. GEO TV has shown the footage of the event which leave no doubt about the involvement of the worthy MPA in the case. Resignation of the MPA is not enough. She must be prosecuted like any ordinary citizen would have been and exemplary punishment be given. With PML(N)ruling Punjab, the prosecution of the worthy MPA should not be a big deal. What Shumaila Rana may have done in the past more in her capacity as MPA should also be looked into. Selecting and nominating such like persons as MPAs puts a question mark on the judgement of the PML(N) top leadership and the system, if any, through which party nominations take place. Such is the state of our leadership whom we have elected.

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posted @ 8:43 AM, ,

14 Senators enjoying their previous official positions

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According to The news International, Pakistan, Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fourteen sitting senators are enjoying their previous official positions as chairpersons of standing committees despite dissolution of all such panels with the oath-taking of 50 new members on March 12, 2009.

Mir Mohabat Khan Marri, Gulshan Saeed, Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, SM Zafar, Tahir Ali Mashhadi, Wali Muhammad Badini, Ahmed Ali, Saeed Ahmed Hashmi, Muhammad Talha Mehmood, Naeem Hussain Chattha, Abdul Razzak Thahim, Abdul Raziq, Engr Rashid Ahmed and Kulsoom Perveen are the 14 beneficiary senators.

A chairperson of a committee, whether of the Senate or the National Assembly, receives Rs 12,700 extra as honoraria. He/she is authorised to receive Rs 3,750 daily (Rs 1,000 a daily allowance, Rs 750 conveyance allowance and Rs 2,000 housing allowance besides Rs 5 per kilometre or Business Class air ticket for travel purpose).

Our worthy legislators are supposed to be leading the nation upfront representing their constituencies or provinces. Their personal examples are supposed to be emulated by others. Whereas, it is surprising as to why the institution of Senate doesn't have a system to check these misappropriations, further surprising is as to why none of these have forfeieted these privileges by themselves. After all, these senators are the men of principles. If these leaders can't forego the privileges which they no longer are entitled to, what should the common masses expect from them in terms of policy decision making!

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posted @ 10:23 AM, ,

Postponement of Local Government Election

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According to Daily Times, Pakistan, Friday, July 10, 2009

After a meeting with heads or representatives of Sindh, Balochistan, the NWFP, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, the Northern Areas and Punjab, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced Wednesday that the Local Government elections, due in the current year, stood postponed till further decision in this regard by the provinces. Meanwhile, the local bodies (LBs) would be run by administrators appointed by the provincial governments from out of the state bureaucracy. (Local government elections are held every four years and the last ones were held in August 2005.)The prime minister says the local bodies polls have been postponed on the request of the NWFP government as hardly any electoral activity is possible there due to terrorism and displacement of millions of persons who are not expected to be in their constituencies for the foreseeable future. He said: “Provincial representatives have agreed that the local government was purely a provincial subject which had been taken over by the federal government by including it in the Sixth Schedule”

It is surprising that all parties of the ruling coalition have agreed to dissolution of local governments and their management by the administrators appointed by the government. Elections of the local governments have been postponed, reportedly, for one year, due to prevalent situation in the country. And this has been done by a democratically elected government. Situation in the country, except foe NWFP is certainly not that bad warranting the postponement of elections. Such precedence will set a bad precedence and it may be used for the postponement of general elections four years. It appears that the ruling coalition parties don't expect a favourable response from the masses of elections are held. Let us hope that the provincial governments take over the subject of local governments and hold their elections without any loss of time in stead of waiting for another year.

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posted @ 7:05 PM, ,

Presidential Ordinance to Undo SC Ruling

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According to The News International, Thursday, July 09, 2009

The petroleum product prices have been inflated again through president ordinance as the Petroleum Development Levy has been imposed on petroleum products with immediate effect, Geo news said early on Thursday.

Supreme Court of Pakistan had, on Tuesday, ordered the suspension of Carbon surcharge levied by the government. Before the fuel prices could be effective as per the ruling of the apex court, government of Pakistan has opted to use the backdoor to recover the intended money from the poor masses by imposing Petroleum Development Levy through a presidential ordinance. If the imposition of Petroleum Development Levy was important why the same was not included in the budget or why it was not imposed earlier. Such like arbitrary decisions by the government are going to increase its already growing unpopularity and result in start of confrontation with judiciary.

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posted @ 1:50 PM, ,

Supreme Court Asserts

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In the last few days two major decisions have been given by the apex court. Firstly, it has asked the government not to raise the power tariff rates and secondly, it has stayed the levy of carbon surcharge on fuel. Both decisions have been very well received by the masses as these would alleviate their sufferings to some extent.

However, the question is as to in what all areas of governance the apex court can and will interfere. Prior to the levy of carbon surcharge, Supreme Court had stayed the increase in fuel rates. By introducing carbon surcharge on fuel, the government wanted to recover the money from the masses under a different name bu6 the same head of fuel. It implies that the government and the Supreme court will continue to play the game of hide and seek. The former does not appear to be learning any lessons from the decisions of the apex court.

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posted @ 5:51 PM, ,

Investment in Education

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According to Dawn, Pakistan, Monday, 06 Jul, 2009

IN the times we live in, human capital has emerged as the most significant and decisive factor in a country’s progress. One can safely say that most developed countries owe their rise to their educated and skilled manpower.

Interestingly, countries replete with natural resources and other assets are lagging behind primarily because of a dearth of trained human capital. Pakistan has an inherent advantage as it has a larger younger population whose strengths and skills can be tapped for national development in order to be turned into real human capital.

It's an open secret that investment in education is the best investment. However, we don't find allocation of due resources and efforts in our country. The reason is very simple. Education is a long term investment. Investments made by one government can not be reaped by it. So, we find that a lot of lip service is given to education but few practical steps are taken. Our politicians, rulers and leaders are all interested in short term gains, mostly, for their own selves, and the goals which they try to achieve for the masses are all oriented towards political benefits of being elected next time. It's the private sector in Pakistan which has to take the lead to improve the education statistics. The least our government can do it is to facilitate and encourage the private sector to come forward to spread education in our country in quantity and quality.

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posted @ 11:25 AM, ,

State Gifts and Musharraf

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According to The News International, Pakistan, Sunday, July 05, 2009,

Former president General Parvez Musharraf, following in the footsteps of his hand-picked prime minister Shaukat Aziz, has taken away 168 expensive gifts worth about Rs 40 million (at the pitifully low official price) given by top foreign dignitaries along with him (mostly free of cost) before leaving Pakistan to settle in London. These gifts include dozens of boxes of jewellery, necklaces, pearls, diamonds, four American revolvers, Rolex watches, gold, earrings and rings.

If this was the mindset of the two top rulers of the country for half a decade, if not more, one can well imagine as to how much role this mindset of personal interests must have played in dealing with national affairs and decision making. But, these two rulers are not the only ones to be blamed. I am certain if The News chooses to continue its investigation, it will find all of our rulers not only at federal level but also at the provincial, divisional and district level will be found involved in it. But, more surprising is the fact that none of the few honest people bring it out or as they call it in America blow the whistle.

The lacuna that the gifts can be purchased by the government officials at the market price is the root cause of this ill. The market price is to be determined by the subordinate officials who certainly will not like to displease their departing bosses. It's a matter of give and take. It's common knowledge that in all other public auctions, it is clearly stated that the government officials and even their relatives can not participate in the bidding. Why this exception has been made in case of state gifts is an open question?

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posted @ 9:22 PM, ,

Mobilizing the Nation Against War on Terror

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Our country is fighting a war on terror. There is a military operation going on in Swat and Malakand. Over thirty million people have become homeless. Army is chasing/encircling Taliban in North and South Waziristan. Drone attacks are taking place in Waziristan. Owing to a massive military operation by Americans in Helmund province, Army is being redeployed along Afghan border in the South to prevent fleeing Taliban entering Pakistan. Terrorists are being killed in dozens per day. Army, too, is losing its soldiers on daily basis.

With all above happening in our country, the life goes on as usual except for a few statements from the political leaders and regular programs of discussion on TV channels. Has the government or anyone else seriously thought of mobilizing the nation? Even the electronic media has not been able to produce one good national song reflecting the current situation. There is a need for the government to find ways and means to mobilize the nation and implement the same as a well thought out policy.

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posted @ 11:59 AM, ,

Loyalty Vs Misconduct

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According to Daily Times dated July 02, 2009, Speaker of Punjab Assembly has suspended the entrance of Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Provincial Minister of Jails for a period of eight days due to his misconduct, rowdy behaviour and being insolent and disrespectful fellow lady MPA a couple of days earlier.

Whereas the pandemonium which took place in the provincial assembly (and was witnessed by the entire nation on the TV channels) is a matter of shame and concern for our worthy parliamentarians and the entire nation, it is important to note that the worthy minister has not shown any regrets on this happening and has in stead stated that he would not apologize for his misconduct. He maintains that he loves his leadership, Sharif brothers of PML (N), and can't hear anything against them. Loyalty to one's leadership is more important to him even if it has to be displayed through misconduct. There has been no response to this from the worthy Sharif brothers or the top leadership of PML (N) who should have corrected the minister. This shows the mindset of our worthy leaders of the top and second highest echelon. Isn't t a matter of pity?

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posted @ 9:08 PM, ,

State Gifts and Shaukat Aziz

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According to The News International, Pakistan, Friday, July 03, 2009

Former prime minister and billionaire, Shaukat Aziz, had taken 736 gifts worth with him on his last bye-bye Pakistan flight to London. The state booty included half a dozen more necklaces, 18 kt gold, gold coins, pearls, crowns, diamonds, Rolex watches, bracelets, carpets, Chinese pandas (presumably figurines because the list does not elaborate) etc after getting them massively undervalued by the obliging Cabinet Division evaluators by paying only token money. One sources said, the total value of these 736 gifts, whose total price keeping the importance of those gifts given by the heads of foreign countries in the open market view, would easily be over Rs100 million, but it was priced at Rs25 million so that one of the richest prime ministers of our history with Rs7 billion declared assets with Election Commission of Pakistan could retain them free of cost.

This is the true state of affairs of our worthy rulers. Needless to say that if cases of other rulers are investigated, the story is least likelt to be any different. It's not a question of a few million rupees but that of the mindset and the ethics. Will the present government take measures to prevent the repitition of such like swindling?

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posted @ 12:35 PM, ,

PM! Deeds Speak Louder than Words

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According to The News International, Pakistan, Thursday, July 02, 2009

The usually soft-spoken Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani minced no words on Wednesday when he promised dire consequences for senior bureaucrats approaching parliamentarians and ministers for seeking favours in service-related matters.

He was speaking at the outset of the first cabinet meeting after the passage of the budget.It was an interesting reversal of priorities considering that only a few days back on June 27, The News had run a story about instances when the prime minister’s office was itself found involved in forwarding such recommendations based on the request of parliamentarians

Our worthy Prime Minister thinks that he can enforce discipline, good governance, honesty and other such like good values upon the bureaucrats without personally following these values.Otherwise, how else can the PM justify the recent appointment of a grade 20 DMG officer as ambassador to Paris. A few months ago, the worthy PM appearing in a TV program had promised that in future he would adhere to merit while making appointments. Where is that promise?

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posted @ 11:08 AM, ,

Political Bribery

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According to The News International, Pakistan, Thursday, July 02, 2009,

Rather unexpectedly, the prime minister has announced a doubling in the annual development fund for the 342 members of the National Assembly, raising the amount to Rs20 million for each fiscal year. It is not clear if the benefit will be extended also to the 100 members of the Senate, who, till now, had been on par with the legislators in the lower house. But even if this does not happen, it is quite obvious that there will be a considerable new drain on the exchequer as a result of the decision. Oddly enough, no mention of it had been made in the budget and the prime minister's announcement came as the budget session concluded.

Where from are the funds going to come if the same is not the part of the budget? Aren't our worthy MNAs supposed to legislate in stead of initiating development projects in their constituencies. This has been done to political bribe our MNAs. This will provide them a political clout and also an opportunity for misuse of funds. If the worthy PM thinks that MNAs ar better suited for the local development projects then he should dole out all the funds allocated for local development.

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posted @ 12:41 AM, ,

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