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Defense analyst Zaid Hamid has blamed Molana Tariq Jameel and other Mullahs of Deobandi school of thought to be responsible for promoting the extremist ideology and has criticized them for their silence on killing of 80 thousand Pakistanis including both Shias and Sunnis, prosecution of Ahmadi community.
Zaid Hamid’s opinion can be contested but the way he has been revealing terrorism going on in Pakistan under Saudi support is appreciable. Zaid Hamid views Molana Tariq Jameel’s silence as a crime and has thus raised voice against it.

Pakistan’s minorities: second class citizens

Zeeshan Salahuddin
This institutional racism has crept into every crevice, every pore, and every corner of the Pakistani society.
A newspaper advertisement in Bannu, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) recently called for applications for the khakroab position. This is the official term for a sweeper, a member of the janitorial staff. Historically, because of institutional racism and religious persecution, this role has been almost exclusively reserved for Hindus, and especially Christians. The advertisement, in the column labeled “religion”, listed Hindu, Balmiki (a sect of Hinduism), Christian and Shia.
The ensuing rage on Twitter and other social media platforms was immediate. The resulting apology was swift, and predictably spun to feign sincerity and innocence. But even then, they only apologised for using the word “Shia”. Congratulations Shias, you have been upgraded to first class citizens.
There are so many thing wrong with this picture, that it is difficult to determine a starting point.
First, how did this advertisement ever get past the approval process? Second, how did the newspaper itself not object to such open discrimination, not just against Hindus and Christians, but also the fact that it tacitly labels Shias as non-Muslims? Third, and perhaps most importantly, why was there even a need to drag religion into a job posting? The answer to all three is simple. We have come to accept that such positions will only be applied for (and subsequently granted to) Christians and Hindus, as it is beneath our collective, imagined station. And this was no accident; it was deliberate, because it is considered common practice.
This is the state of affairs in contemporary Pakistan. A provincial government that touts itself on inclusion and tolerance, and wants to set the new standard for both politics and governance in Pakistan, allows this to fly under its nose. Even when the apology is issued, it completely ignores Christians and Hindus, because honestly, who cares, right?
During the coverage of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) recently, a comedian on television said the following verbatim to showcase his patriotism: ‘I am ready to do anything for Pakistan, I will even become a choora’. A choora is a derogatory term for a Christian khakroab, and this statement elicited thundering applause from the studio audience. What a great man, he is willing to sink all the way to the level of a choora to save Pakistan! No one questioned the logical inconsistency. No one questioned the deep-seated racism and hatred for minorities. No one questioned the comedian on this exceptionally insolent and crass claim.
The racism continued in various forms on the program. A short while later, the comedian asked a former cricketer, a question about Chris Gayle. He asked whether Gayle feels disgusted when he looks at his own black hands. Surely it must cause nausea when he is eating. Tactfully, the guest stayed quiet on the issue, and the show moved on as if nothing had happened. The comedian, however, looks quite pleased with himself, for he had cleverly snuck in both religious discrimination and racism into the affair, and no one had been the wiser.
All of this is normal, but it should not be. All of this is accepted, but it should not be. Within our so-called liberal bubbles, we feel secure that we clamoured over social media. But the dirty secret of social media is that most of what is said on social media is not seen by most people. It is not sufficient to just tweet a picture of the newspaper. As citizens, we need to hold our leaders more accountable. Make calls to their office, write letters to their secretaries, send emails with demands for a better apology, and a promise to refrain from tinting a job posting in religious racism ever again.
Discrimination against minorities seems to be the true national sport of Pakistan. In our textbooks, in our daily social upbringing, we are lead to believe that non-Muslims are lesser beings, second-class citizens meant for janitorial jobs, indifferent attitudes, and universal disdain. This institutional racism has crept into every crevice, every pore, and every corner of the Pakistani society. It is our responsibility, as conscientious citizens to keep to in check, to challenge it, and to demand a better environment for everyone as equal citizens, as afforded by Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Report: Pakistan Terror Groups Get Rich From Crime, Money Laundering

Waves of crime in Pakistan — including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom — are major sources of terrorist financing for extremist groups in the country, according to a new government report obtained by Pakistani media.
The report by the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) in Pakistan, titled "National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 2017," reportedly details how terror groups generate funds through criminal activities, a Pakistani newspaper reported Thursday.
"Main sources of income of terrorists in Pakistan include foreign funding, drug trafficking, kidnapping for ransom, extortion from business, vehicle snatching," according to the 45-page confidential report by FMU, which is an intelligence service department within the Ministry of Finance.
The report, which has not been released publicly, says over 200 local and international terrorist organizations generate billions of Pakistani rupees to fund their activities.
"Annual operational budget of terrorist organizations is from 5 million rupees [about $48,000] to 25 million rupees [about $240,000]," the report said, according to The News website, which published excerpts.

Hawala system

According to the report, terrorist groups also receive money through the hawala system, an alternative or parallel system that operates outside traditional banking and financial channels. The system largely has been used in money laundering.
The income sources include "hawala/hundi,' cash couriers, [and] dealings in foreign exchange," the report said. "A part of foreign exchange collected abroad may include funds for terrorist financing, and the rupee counterpart disbursed in Pakistan may help terrorist financing."
Some terrorist groups get rich off selling military equipment looted from NATO supplies that pass through Pakistani land before arriving in neighboring Afghanistan, according to the report.
The so-called southern route, which runs through Pakistan, is the most direct and cost-effective way to send supplies to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, but it is vulnerable to attacks by militants.
Islamabad has frequently been blamed for achieving little progress in combating the financing of terrorist groups in the country.
A U.S. Treasury Department report on terrorist financing last year said many militant groups in Pakistan, including those that "continue to pose a direct threat to the U.S. interests and allies in the region," fund their activities through proceeds from illegal businesses and charitable organizations.
The Treasury report said the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group, which was blamed by law enforcement for attacks in 2008 in Mumbai that killed more than 150 people, including six Americans, receives millions of dollars through funding from several humanitarian organizations within Pakistan and private donations.

Government focus
Analysts say the Pakistani government has shown little interest in curbing militants' financing in the country.
"The issue has been neglected within the framework of the war on terror in Pakistan," said Fida Hussain, a finance expert in Islamabad. "Combating terror financing and money laundering should have been a priority for the authorities but they don't seem serious in combating it."
Pakistani authorities say the government is trying hard to deal with the issue.
"The first thing our government did in the parliament was to come up with a law and measures to prevent money laundering," Tallal Chaudhry, a member of the standing committee on finance and revenue in Pakistan's national assembly, told VOA's Urdu service. "We've also worked to stop the flow of illegal funds coming from foreign countries and the money that was being illegally generated in the name of charity in Pakistan."
Pakistan's Central Bank last year ordered the country's commercial banks to freeze the accounts of about 4,000 individuals and businesses linked to terrorism.
Analysts say the government is well aware of the income sources for terrorist groups, though it does not go far enough to curb them.
"The government has the ability to combat the terrorist financing, but it lacks a strong a will to do so," veteran Pashtun politician Afrasiab Khattak told VOA. "It enacts laws, including anti-terrorism laws, but fails to implement them."
He added that the people are not aware that some of their donations end up strengthening militant groups.
Said Amir Rana, a security analyst: "The Federal Investigative Agency and other agencies have the responsibility to look into the matter and see why they've not been able to come up with a plan to curb the illegal economic activities of the terrorists in the country."

PPP leader rejects CM’s offer to join PTI

“I can quit politics, but never Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP),” said Syed Zahir Ali Shah of the PPP while rejecting the invitation of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday.
Khattak visited his residence and invited him to join PTI party.
The former provincial health minister said that he would never quit the party of Zulfkar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir Bhutto.
“I have pledged my allegiance to Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” he told media persons after the gathering. He said that when he had met with the chief minister, he had told him that he would consult with his family and party workers before taking any decision.
“This did not mean that I had, in any way, agreed to join PTI.”
PPP workers and leaders also passed unanimous resolutions, rejecting Pervez Khattak’s invitation. Instead, they advised him to join PPP.
Addressing political activists, Zahir Ali Shah said that PTI’s leadership would not be in a position to win any seat in the province in the upcoming general elections.
“Its leadership lacks political acumen and its government has failed to deliver … They are simply fishing for electable candidates,” said Shah.
Pointing out that there were rumours that other PPP leaders were engaging in talks for switching political loyalties, he said that they should stay away from other political parties as switching parties would destroy their political prospects.
He said that Amir Muqam of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and chief of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Sirajul Haq had also asked him to join their parties but he had also rejected their invitations.
Referring to the much-delayed party re-organization, he said that the party’s provincial leadership was working to elect eligible leaders at district and town levels in accordance with the wishes of party workers.
He said that political situation was not static and there could be adjustments. “We cannot rule out the possibility of political alliances with other political parties.”
Dispelling rumours about bickering within party ranks, he said that differences exist in all parties and “this is the real democracy”.
“I will never leave PPP even if I do not get party ticket to contest (general) elections,” said Zahir Shah.

Bilawal Bhutto pays rich tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her 88th birthday

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid rich tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her 88th birthday celebrated today and described her as a great icon of democratic struggle against the ruthless dictatorship.
In his message on the occasion, the PPP Chairman said that late Begum Nusrat Bhutto fought valiantly against the dictatorial rule of General Zia and was regarded and revered as mother of democracy by all the Jiyalas and democratic workers of the country.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto lost her almost entire family in the fight against dictatorship for the rights of the people of Pakistan and braved torture, prisons and solitary confinements but stood firmly with the masses.
He said that such iconic and tall figures are rarely found in the history who sacrificed everything for her people and Pakistanis, especially the PPP leaders and workers never forget her and continue to cherish her memories every time.
From daughter-in-law of a Prime Minister to wife and mother of martyred Prime Ministers and martyred sons, Begum Nusrat Bhutto remained a brave lady and fought with full force against cruel dictatorial forces for her entire life. “This is the day to remember her in our hearts and minds and pray for her departed soul,” he added.


جب بھی ملک بچانے کی بات ہوئی ہم نے پاکستان کھپے کا نعرہ لگایا، آصف زرداری

پیپلز پارٹی پارلیمنٹرینز کے سربراہ و سابق صدر مملکت آصف علی زرداری نے کہا ہے کہ ہم نے جمہوریت کیلئے آر اوز اور چوہدری افتخار کے انتخابات کو تسلیم کیا ، آئندہ بھی صرف پاکستان کی بہتری کیلئے سیاست کرینگے او رلڑیں گے ،بادشاہوں کی طرح ہمارے حکمرانوں کی سوچ میں بھی غرور اور تکبر ہے اور انہیں عوام ، مزدووں ، ہاریوں کی کوئی پرواہ نہیں ،یہ کہتے ہیں سڑکیں، پل اور راستے بنا کرکمیشن کمانے کا دھندا کرتے رہو ۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے بلاول ہاؤس لاہور میں یوم پاکستان اور بیگم نصرت بھٹو کی سالگرہ کی مناسبت سے کیک کاٹنے کی تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔ اس موقع پر یوسف رضا گیلانی ،قمر زمان کائرہ، سردار لطیف کھوسہ، چوہدری منظور ، نوید چوہدری سمیت کارکن بھی موجود تھے ۔ تقریب میں شہدا کیلئے فاتحہ خوانی بھی کی گئی ۔ آصف علی زرداری نے کہا کہ ہم نے بیگم نصرت بھٹو کے غموں اور خوشیوں کو دیکھا ہے ، وہ سات سے آٹھ سال تک قومے کی حالت میں رہیں اور میری بیٹیوں نے انہیں سنبھالا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم نے ہمیشہ اپنے غم، تکلیف، جیلوں کی اذیتوں اور شہادتوں کو اپنی طاقت میں بدلا ہے ۔ جب بھی پاکستان بچانے کی بات آئی تو ہم نے پاکستا کھپے کا نعرہ لگایا کیونکہ ہم پاکستان کی قدر و قیمت سمجھتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جہاں انصاف کرنے والوں، وکیلوں اور اسلا م کے ٹھیکیداروں سے پوچھا جائے گا وہیں ہم سے بھی اس بارے پوچھا جائے گا ، ہمیں تاریخ میں بھی اس کا ازالہ کرنا پڑے گا، ہمیں بھٹو شہید کے سامنے بھی جواب دینا پڑے گا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم سے کسی سیاسی جماعت نے مطالبہ نہیں کیا تھا اور پارٹی تقریبات میں بھی ہمارے دوست پوچھتے تھے کہ صدر کے اختیارات پارلیمنٹ کو دئیے جارہے ہیں اس بارے سوچ لیں کیونکہ اب بی بی ہمارے ساتھ نہیں ہیں جس پر میں جواب دیتا تھا کہ ان کا مشن تو ہمارےساتھ ہے ۔ آراوز اور چوہدری افتخار کے انتخابات سے فرق نہیں پڑتا ،حکومتیں آنی جانی ہیں لیکن تاریخ لکھی جانی ہے او رہم نے ہمیشہ تاریخ میں زندہ رہنا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم نے خطے کے جغرافیائی حالات کو دیکھا ہے ہم نے افغانستان، ایران، روس کو دیکھا ہے ہم نے بنگال کے سانحہ کو دیکھا ہے لیکن ہم سبق نہیں سیکھتے ۔ جب میں نے بلوچستان سے معافی مانگی تو اس پر بھی لوگوں نے اعتراض کیا ، جب ہم نے خیبر پختوانخواہ کونام دیا تو اس پر بھی اعتراض تھا لیکن ہمیں ان اعتراضات پر کوئی اعتراض نہیں کیونکہ ہم پاکستان کیلئے جو بہتر سمجھتے ہیں وہ کرتے ہیں ہم صرف یہ سوچتے ہیں کہ پاکستان کیسے بہتر ہو سکتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بیگم نصرت بھٹو نے جمہوریت کے لئے قربانی دی،اگر وہ نہ آتیں اور کسی بھی ملک میں زندگی گزارنا چاہتیں تو گزار سکتی تھیں ، وہ جیل میں رہیں اور لڑتی رہیں اور جب ان کی صحت بگڑی تو دنیا کی طرف سے دباؤ آیا تو انہیں باہر بھجوایا گیا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پیپلز پارٹی کی ایک لمبی تاریخ ہے ،ہم نے ہر جگہ اولین سوچ پاکستان کی سلامتی کی رکھی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی جمہوریت کیلئے آراوز اور چوہدری افتخار کے انتخابات تسلیم کئے ۔ ہم نے تاریخ اور دنیا کے واقعات سے سبق سیکھا ہے ۔، عراق ، یمن اور لیبیا میں کیا ہو رہا ہے ،شام میں ڈائیلاگ کرنے کی کوشش کی ،ہم نے کہا کہ اس راہ پر مت چلو اس میں ہزاروں مریں گے لاکھوں بے گھر ہوں گے لیکن سنگدل کہاں سوچتے ہیں ۔ سابق صدر کا کہنا تھا کہ ہمارے حکمران پل، سڑکیں اور ہر وہ چیز بنارہے ہیں جن سے انہیں فائدہ اور کمیشن مل رہا ہے، انہیں صرف اپنے دھندے کی فکر ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ حکومتیں آتی جاتی رہتی ہیں مگر پیپلز پارٹی ہمیشہ رہے گی جب کہ آئندہ الیکشن پاکستان کی بہتری کے لیے لڑیں گے، ہم نے صدارتی اختیار پارلیمنٹ کو دیا، پختون خوا کو خیبر پختونخوا بنایا تواس پر بھی لوگوں کو اعتراض ہوا، بلوچستان سے معافی مانگی تو اس پر بھی لوگوں کو اعتراض ہوا۔ ہم نے پاکستان کو بچا کر رکھنا ہے ہم نے اپنے دھرتی اپنے بچوں اور آنے والی نسلوں کو بچا کر رکھنا ہے کیونکہ پاکستان ہے تو ہم سب ہیں ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جب میں صدام اور بڑے بڑے بادشاہوں سے ملتا تھا تو ان کے رویے میں غرور اور تکبر دیکھتا تھا اور آج وہ ہمارے حکمرانوں میں ہے ۔ وہ نہیں سمجھتے کہ غریب کا کیا ہوگا ، مزدور اور ہاری کا کیا ہوگا ، انہیں پانی ،غلے کی کوئی پرواہ نہیں ، نوکریاں کہاں سے آئیں گی، یہ صرف کہتے ہیں کہ صرف سڑکیں،پل اور راستے بنا کر کمیشن کمانے کادھندا کرو ۔ لیکن یہ ان کی راہ ہے ہماری راہ وہ ہے ۔ اس موقع پر کیک بھی کاٹا گیا ۔ بلاول ہاؤس لاہور میں منعقد ہ تقریب میں پاکستان تیرے جانثار بے شمار بے شمار کا نعرہ بھی لگایا ۔ تقریب کے دوران کارکنوں نے زرداری تیرے جانثار بے شمار بے شمار کا نعرہ لگایا تو آصف علی زرداری نے مسکراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ آج کے دن کی مناسبت سے زرداری نہیں بلکہ پاکستان تیرے جانثار بے شمار بے شمار نعرہ لگانے کا وقت ہے ۔



Former President and PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari, former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Ch. Manzoor, Qamaruz Zaman Kaira, Bashir Riaz, Senator Lateef Khosa, Sadiq Umrani and others are cutting cake on 88th birthday of Begum Nusrat Bhutto at Bilawal House, Lahore.

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Afghan Children, Deprived of School, Tell of Their Deepest Fears

When the first day of the new school year starts in Afghanistan on Thursday, 3.7 million boys and girls won’t be in attendance, because of increased violence, displacement and poverty. The total number — representing roughly one in three school-age Afghan children — is expected to grow this year as violence between Afghan forces and the Taliban intensifies, and Pakistan forces Afghan refugees to return home, according to Save the Children, an advocacy group.
We spoke to five of those children. Here are their stories in their own words; they have been translated and edited. Lina, 12, is from Kapisa Province in northeastern Afghanistan, but her family members were displaced by fighting seven years ago. She now lives in a refugee camp in Kabul. She went to school for three years before being pulled out.
I loved going to school, but we don’t have enough money to buy notebooks and other things. Our relatives are angry at us for leaving school, but without notebooks it was not possible to study and do homework.
If I don’t go to school, I will become nothing in the future; if I go to school, I will become a doctor. I want to become a doctor.
We live in tents here; we have two tents. I sleep with my five brothers and sisters in one tent, and my father, mother, and two small sisters sleep in the other.
For breakfast, if something is left over from dinner we eat that. If not, we eat bread with tea. After breakfast, I bring water from the well, which is a one-hour walk away. Providing drinking water for our home is my responsibility, and I bring water in a wheelbarrow, in these small barrels, two or three times a day. I also collect small pieces of wood and plastic to burn for heating our home. Zahid, 8, is from Surkh Rod, a district in eastern Nangarhar Province. He and his four siblings help his father collect metal scraps in Jalalabad, a nearby city.
All members of my family sleep in one room that we rent for $25 a month. After waking, I wash my face, then I eat my breakfast, which is tea with bread, and then I take my sack and go to the bazaar.
During the day, I collect scraps of metal, wood and paper. For lunch, I wait in front of a bakery — the baker himself or someone else gives me a loaf of bread that I share with my friend or my cousin.
We sell the things we collect during the day for 20 cents, and then I bring the money home and we buy tea, sugar or something else with it. In a whole day, the most I earn is 50 cents.
I do not go to school because we don’t have money to pay school expenses. The 20 cents I earn is to pay for sugar and tea.
My relatives and friends are going to school, and when I see them, I wish I would be able to go to school and do my studies, too. If you go to school, you will have a good future. If you don’t, you will not.
Raqibullah, 12, is from a village on the outskirts of Tirin Kot, a city in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan. His father was killed a year and a half ago by a blast from an improvised explosive device. Raqibullah then moved to Tirin Kot.
When I was in the village, I was going to school, but there are no schools there anymore. I only studied up to fourth grade, but I can still read and write.
In the city, I sell sweets from a cart to feed my siblings. I have three brothers and three sisters, and we all live together. My oldest brother is 14 years old, and the youngest in our family is my 4-year-old sister. My older brother is also working with me. If my father were alive, I would not be spending the day in the bazaar selling things.
My cousins are still in the village where there is no school. But my neighbors here — they attend private school and government schools. When I see boys going to school, I really feel like I should be going, too. But I have to earn money in order to feed my family and afford the rent.
Bakhti, 13, is from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Her mother died of hepatitis B three years ago. Her father, who works as a day laborer in Iran, left her and her younger brothers in Kabul with their uncle. I wake up around 6 a.m. After breakfast, I do the housework — cleaning, sweeping inside and outside, washing the dishes. If there is a carpet in progress, then I get to help weave the carpet.
From each carpet, I get about 80 cents as a tip. The rest of the money goes to the house expenses. Last time from the 80 cents, I bought a comb for myself and socks for my brothers.
When I lived in Mazar, I studied until fourth grade. When we came to Kabul, I went to school for about three months but then stopped. The classes here were not like those in Mazar. The students did not behave well; they were very violent. They would call me the “strange girl.”
I also stopped going because my two brothers are alone. I am afraid they will get lost — I have to stay and look after them. If my mother was around, I would study. But now I can’t.
My cousins go to school. Those who go to school, they look good. I also want to go to school, but it is not going to happen. Imamuddin, 15, is from Charchino District in Oruzgan Province. After intense fighting in the district, which is now controlled by the Taliban, his father moved half of the family to Tirin Kot.
I studied up to fifth grade in our district, but schools closed a year ago because of fighting, and now the Taliban control our village. There was fighting every day, and I wasn’t even able to leave our house.
My mother and five sisters are still in the district; we are trying to bring them here soon. We live in a rented house, which has three rooms, and we pay about $60 a month for rent. My father, two brothers and I share one room. It’s winter, and to keep a room warm needs a lot of wood, and we can hardly make one room warm.
Life is hard for me here because I do nothing. I am very bored. But I am happy when night comes, and at least I can go to sleep.
I really want to become a doctor and serve the people. I am asking my father to send me to English classes in Tirin Kot, but my father cannot afford the fees. I am studying my old books from school, and I have completed each book many times.
I may start working, or move to another province where we can find a better living. I am worried about my future and education. Life was good back in the district — we had a good living, we had land and orchards and schools and fellow students, but here you do not know anybody. Fighting deprived us of everything.

The Women in Afghanistan’s Moral Prisons

Interview : Why Pakistan associates terrorism with Pashtuns and Afghans

  • Author Shamil Shams
Pakistani officials have begun a "racial profiling" of the Pashtun people in the wake of a surge in terror attacks. In a DW interview, activist and researcher Saba Gul Khattak says the move is counterproductive.
Rights organizations in Pakistan have expressed concern over an "apparent racial profiling" and "stereotyping" of Pashtuns and Afghans as authorities step up their crackdown against Islamist militancy after a recent surge in terror attacks across the country.
The non-governmental Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recently condemned the harassment of Pashtuns by security officials.
Ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been tense as Islamabad claims that Afghan militants are perpetrating attacks inside the country. Many Pakistanis associate the militancy in their nation with the Pashtu-speaking people who live on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border.
In an interview with DW, Saba Gul Khattak, a renowned Pakistani researcher and activist, explains why the "ethnic profiling" of Pashtuns is a very dangerous trend for the country.
DW: Is the Pashtun "racial profiling" being carried out on a large scale in Pakistan, or are we witnessing some isolated incidents?
Saba Gul Khattak: The profiling is being carried out mainly in Punjab province - and to some extent in the capital Islamabad. This time round, it was spurred by the last month's suicide attacks in Lahore and Sehwan. However, similar trends have persisted for a while; the police in Punjab and Islamabad began ethnic profiling of Pashtuns in low-income areas prior to these attacks, and there were reports that the authorities blocked the national identity cards of Pashtuns settled in Punjab.
The profiling is restricted to a particular class - laborers/daily wage workers, hawkers, small shopkeepers and others who live in low-income communities. It is being carried out systematically as Punjab's government instructed police teams to identify a Pashtun at the community level to assist with identification processes.
According to "The Friday Times" newspaper, "Some district police officials distributed pamphlets requesting the general population to report any suspicious person or activity. The terrorists were specified as 'Pashtuns and Afghans.' Similarly, traders' organizations in Punjab have been asked to register Pashtuns working in their markets and submit lists to the nearby police stations to help the government curb terrorism."
In short, this is not the first time systematic surveys targeting Pashtuns have been conducted. In tandem with profiling is the decision of the Punjab government (and often the central government as well) not to allow internally displaced Pashtuns to enter the province.
Many people in Pakistan associate terrorism with the Pashtu-speaking Pakistanis and Afghans. What are the reasons behind this stereotyping?
This comes from the stereotype of a "gun-toting Pashtun" waging almost four decades of Afghan jihad (with the Mujahideen morphing into the Taliban). There is also the added dimension of the Pashtuns' religious conservatism on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Furthermore, there is a historical context to the distrust of the Pashtuns due to the popularity of the "Khudai Khidmatgar" movement (affiliated with the Indian National Congress in opposition to the Muslim League - the party that demanded creation of Pakistan.) Soon after Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947, the Khudai Khidmatgar workers and leaders were accused of being "traitors," their government was dismissed and their party offices and records were destroyed.
Afghanistan was also the last country to recognize Pakistan as a state because of the dubious legal status of the Durand Line that separates the two countries, and Kabul funded the Pashtunistan movement supporters. The Cold War further fuelled the Pashtunistan movement as Russia and Afghanistan were backing the nationalists in Pakistan's northwestern areas, creating deep-seated suspicion within the Pakistani establishment.
The post 9/11 war on terror introduced suicide bombings. The madrassas (Islamic seminaries) established across Pakistan, especially in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), came in handy. These madrassas further reinforced the association of terrorism with Pashtuns. The media carefully omitted mention of the Punjabi Taliban (present in Afghanistan and FATA since the late 1990s). Their presence was acknowledged by the government only around 2010 and 2011 when police stations in Punjab were being targeted and the provincial government needed Islamabad to allocate more funds for guarding police facilities.
Keeping in mind that the Pashtun-majority areas of the country have a long history of anti-Islamabad sentiment, as well as a "Pashtunistan" movement involving Afghanistan, how dangerous could this profiling be for the stability of the country?
The ethnic profiling will probably not bring the Pashtunistan movement back (Afghanistan's economy and political situation is far worse than Pakistan's hence there is little incentive to go for a greater Pashtunistan). However, alienating an entire ethnic group, questioning and blocking their citizenship due to some vague fears of terrorism, is counterproductive. It will deepen the resentment that has existed for some time. It strengthens the belief that only Pashtun blood is being shed on both sides of the border.
How is the repatriation of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers being viewed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? Is it also being looked at by some as the "victimization" of Pashtuns by Islamabad?
There are no simple answers to this question. Depending on the political party position, some Pakistani Pashtuns are in favor of Afghan refugees while others blame them for everything that is wrong in the province, especially the security situation. The poor Pashtuns in Pakistan have long resented the Afghan refugees with whom they have had to share their sparse resources and a deteriorating environment. The Afghans have resented being in Pakistan as they have had to work for lower wages whereas the Pakistani laborer has resented the Afghan labor as he felt robbed of his due share by Afghans who are willing to work for less money.
Politically speaking, there has been muted condemnation of forced ouster of refugees though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced in the UN General Assembly in September 2016 that Pakistan would allow refugees to stay. However, harassment of refugees has continued as they are blamed for the deteriorating security situation.
How do you look at the current ties between Islamabad and Kabul? Are they likely to improve any time soon?
The ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan have deteriorated significantly since Afghan President Ashraf Ghani initially extended the hand of friendship to Islamabad. President Ghani's statements in the presence of Indian PM Narendra Modi about oppression in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan provinces and his refusal to accept Pakistan's aid offer of $500 million (465 million euros) indicate that relations are extremely tense. In Afghanistan, popular opinion holds the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence security agency responsible for bomb attacks while in Pakistan, Afghan refugees are the convenient scapegoats.


The management Lal Masjid aka Masjid-e-Zarrar in all over Pakistan due to its overt support to terrorism has invited Aurangzeb Farooqi, a ringleader of banned Deobandi terrorist outfit ASWJ (Sipah-e-Sahaba) to speak at a conference in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The ASWJ (Sipah-e-Sahaba) is mother organisation of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and together they are called mother of all terrorism in Pakistan.

Lal Masjid became notorious after its declared support to the terrorist attacks in all over Pakistan by Deobandi terrorists of banned outfits such as Taliban and its allies such as ASWJ/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Abdul Aziz, Lal Masjid cleric is the host of the said programme which is to be held on Friday (tomorrow). He always defended takfiri Deobandi terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Farooqi is ringleader of ASWJ that was declared proscribed by the State of Pakistan because of its links to sectarian terrorism. Another guest speaker is Rafiq Afghan (who was wrongly named as Rafiq Awan in the poster), chief editor of Ummat, an Urdu daily who always projected the Taliban terrorists and published the sayings of Osama Bin Laden of al-Qaida and Mulla Omar of Taliban on its front page above the headline.
The management of Lal Masjid under its cleric Abdu Aziz is detested by law-abiding and pro-peace moderate Pakistanis. His war on social media activists and peaceful communities of Pakistan earned him a bad name.
But, Pakistanis are agape that proscribed sectarian terrorist outfit ringleaders are always welcomed in the capital city of Pakistan and there is no official at any level that implements the ban on the banned outfits and prevent the hatemongering pro-terrorism clerics such as Abdul Aziz and pro-terrorist newspaper owner Rafiq Afghan from hosting and speaking at the public meetings!

Pakistan - A political census

How many are we? Finally, a count of the Pakistani population has started after a gap of 19 years. Perhaps more important than just the numbers game is the changing social landscape of the country that census 2017 is likely to reveal. This full population headcount will not only help map the profile of the nation it will also be critical to shaping its future. A likely shifting collage of a working-age, more educated and more urbanised population is bound to influence political dynamics in the country.
A national census, carried out periodically, is considered the largest and most reliable form of statistical data collection by governments. Empirical evidence thus provided helps drive the state policy on education, health and housing requirements. Unfortunately, this objective has not been a priority and has been persistently delayed in Pakistan. Following a 17-year gap between the 1981 and 1998 census is the even longer gap of 19 years before the 2017 census. In most other countries, including India and Bangladesh, the census takes place decennially.
Like many other national issues, the census has also become a politically contentious matter in this country causing repeated postponements. A full- scale household listing in 2011 had to be put aside and redone again now. And, it was the intervention of the Supreme Court that forced the authorities to fulfil this constitutional obligation.
Fearful of changing population dynamics that the census could validate, some political forces are trying to make the ongoing exercise even more controversial. It is highly unfortunate that an issue that should be unbiased and apolitical is being drawn into the country’s already fraught political battlefield. The last-minute court petition filed by the PPP and MQM to halt the census left a bad taste all around. Any objections should have been resolved before the start of this much-delayed population counting exercise. While the census may give a more realistic socioeconomic picture, it could also open a political Pandora’s box. It is evident that without census data one cannot have a clear understanding of the state of the economy and society. For political reform too, the country needs to have the latest population distribution data. Without this, the Election Commission cannot make plans for the delimitation of electoral constituencies and seat shares in parliament, nor can it deal with other issues required for strengthening a representative and inclusive democracy.
While some of the broad contours of Pakistan’s changing demography are already evident, it will be important to see how rapid population growth and a high rate of urbanisation may have impacted social, economic and political undercurrents. The last census conducted in 1998 showed the country’s population at 134 million — 100m were added since 1951. This phenomenal increase already signalled a population explosion getting completely out of control. Now, 19 years later, it is estimated to have grown to more than 200m, causing Pakistan to edge closer to the onerous position of the fifth most populous country.
Even more importantly, internal migration, rural mobility, and displaced populations due to internal conflict which will be manifest in the 2017 census count are very likely to alter the ethnic, social and economic landscape of different regions hence impacting the future political course. Because of these factors, this census is likely to reinforce the perception that the growth of population in all the four provinces and other regions is not even. It is apparent that the population has been growing much faster in some regions not necessarily because of high birth rates, but due to mobility from rural to urban areas.
Pakistan is one of the fastest urbanising countries in South Asia and some studies show that more than half the country’s population may be living in urban areas. Large-scale mobility of the rural population is the major factor behind urban growth. In the 1998 census, big towns with a population of one million and above accounted for 50 per cent of the total population. Now that share of urban population is projected to be at least 60pc.
According to one study, the urban areas account for around 80pc of the country’s GDP and almost all the country’s tax revenues. Urban poverty rates are almost one-half of rural poverty. Generally, the urbanisation rate may be much faster in Punjab, but internal migration and influx from the conflict areas in the northwest has caused a much greater increase of population in urban Sindh. For example, Karachi, which is the country’s main economic and financial hub, has witnessed an estimated increase of 8.8pc per annum in its population mainly because of the massive influx of migrants in recent years. The city’s population is projected to have more than doubled since 1998.
But the census will also raise questions about the shift in population ratios across the provinces. Does Punjab still enjoy a 54pc share in the country’s overall population? Similar questions arise in the case of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which has witnessed the biggest migration of population forced by militant violence and successive military operations. The other highly sensitive issue is the likely change in the ethnic balance within the provinces particularly in the case of Sindh and Balochistan with the presence of significant migrant populations.
These changes in the demographic balance will also require a reallocation of seats in parliament and revisiting the NFC award. That may ignite a new political controversy among the provinces. Another contentious issue is that this radical demographic shift because of the rising urban population is not fully reflected in our existing political structure, as the representation of rural areas remains disproportionally high.
While the census may help in providing a more realistic socioeconomic picture of the country, it can also open a new political Pandora’s box. While a more populated Sindh may demand a greater share of resources and representation in parliament, the province is likely to face the same demand from its own urban centres. All these issues have to be tackled amicably for the further strengthening of our federal democratic system. The census is the necessary bitter pill to guide that change.

ﺑﻼﻭﻝ ﺑﮭﭩﻮ ﺯﺭﺩﺍﺭﯼ ﮐﺎ ﯾﻮﻡ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﭘﺮ ﺗﻤﺎﻡ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻧﯽ ﺷﮩﺮﯾﻮﮞ ﮐﻮ ﻣﺒﺎﺭﮐﺒﺎﺩ

ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﭘﯿﭙﻠﺰﭘﺎﺭﭨﯽ ﮐﮯ ﭼﯿﺌﺮﻣﯿﻦ ﺑﻼﻭﻝ ﺑﮭﭩﻮ ﺯﺭﺩﺍﺭﯼ ﻧﮯ ’’ ﯾﻮﻡ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ‘‘ ﭘﺮ ﺗﻤﺎﻡ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻧﯽ ﺷﮩﺮﯾﻮﮞ ﮐﻮ ﻣﺒﺎﺭﮐﺒﺎﺩ ﺩﯼ ﮨﮯ، ﺍﭘﻨﮯ ﭘﯿﻐﺎﻡ ﻣﯿﮟ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﭘﯿﭙﻠﺰﭘﺎﺭﭨﯽ ﮐﮯ ﭼﯿﺌﺮﻣﯿﻦ ﻧﮯ ﺯﻭﺭ ﺩﯾﺎ ﮐﮧ ﺍٓﺝ ﺳﮯ 8 ﺩﮨﺎﺋﯽ ﻗﺒﻞ ﻻﮨﻮﺭ ﻣﯿﮟ ﻣﻨﻈﻮﺭ ﮐﯽ ﮔﺌﯽ ’’ ﻗﺮﺍﺭﺩﺍﺩ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ‘‘ ﮐﮯ ﺣﻘﯿﻘﯽ ﺭﻭﺡ ﮐﮯ ﻣﻄﺎﺑﻖ ﺗﻤﺎﻡ ﻭﻓﺎﻗﯽ ﺍﮐﺎﺋﯿﻮﮞ ﮐﮯ ﻣﺎﺑﯿﻦ ﺭﺷﺘﻮﮞ ﮐﻮ ﻣﺰﯾﺪ ﻣﻀﺒﻮﻁ ﺑﻨﺎﯾﺎ ﺟﺎﺋﮯ، ﺍﻧﮩﻮﮞ ﻧﮯ ﮐﮩﺎ ﮐﮧ ﺑﺎﻧﯿﺎﻥ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﮐﮯ ﺧﻮﺍﺑﻮﮞ ﮐﯽ ﺗﮑﻤﯿﻞ ﮐﺎ ﯾﮧ ﺳﻨﮩﺮﯼ ﻣﻮﻗﻊ ﮨﮯ ﺟﻨﮩﻮﮞ ﻧﮯ ﺍﻧﺼﺎﻑ ﺍﻣﻦ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻣﺴﺎﻭﺍﺕ ﭘﺮ ﻣﺒﻨﯽ ﺍﯾﮏ ﻣﺴﺎﻭﯼ ﺭﻭﻝ ﻣﺎﮈﻝ ﻣﺴﻠﻢ ﺭﯾﺎﺳﺖ ﮐﺎ ﺑﻨﯿﺎﺩ ﺭﮐﮭﺎ، ﺑﻼﻭﻝ ﺑﮭﭩﻮ ﺯﺭﺩﺍﺭﯼ ﻧﮯ ﯾﮧ ﻋﺰﻡ ﮐﯿﺎ ﮐﮧ ﺑﺎﻧﯿﺎﻥ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﮐﮯ ﻣﺸﻦ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻧﻈﺮﯾﮧ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﮐﯽ ﺣﻘﯿﻘﯽ ﻣﺸﻌﻞ ﺑﺮﺩﺍﺭ ﮐﮯ ﻃﻮﺭ ﭘﺎﮐﺴﺘﺎﻥ ﭘﯿﭙﻠﺰﭘﺎﺭﭨﯽ ﭘﯿﭽﮭﮯ ﮨﭩﮯ ﺑﻐﯿﺮ ﺍﭘﻨﮯ ﻣﺸﻦ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻣﻘﺼﺪ ﮐﯽ ﺣﺎﺻﻼﺕ ﮐﮯ ﻟﯿﮯ ﺍﭘﻨﺎ ﺳﻔﺮ ﺟﺎﺭﯼ ﺭﮐﮭﮯ ﮔﯽ، ﺑﻼﻭﻝ ﺑﮭﭩﻮ ﺯﺭﺩﺍﺭﯼ ﻧﮯ ﮐﮩﺎ ﮐﮧ ﯾﮧ ﺗﺎﺭﯾﺨﯽ ﺩﻥ ﻣﻨﺎﺗﮯ ﮨﻮﺋﮯ ﮨﻤﯿﮟ ﭼﺎﮨﯿﮯ ﮐﮧ ﺩﻧﯿﺎ ﮐﮯ ﻧﻘﺸﮧ ﭘﺮ ﺍﯾﮏ ﺭﻭﻝ ﻣﺎﮈﻝ ﻣﺴﻠﻢ ﻣﻠﮏ ﮐﺎ ﺩﺭﺟﮧ ﺣﺎﺻﻞ ﮐﺮﻧﮯ ﮐﮯ ﻟﯿﮯ ﺍﭘﻨﯽ ﺗﻤﺎﻡ ﺻﻼﺣﯿﺘﯿﮟ ﺍﻭﺭ ﻗﺎﺑﻠﯿﺘﯿﮟ ﺑﺮﻭﺋﮯ ﮐﺎﺭ ﻻﺋﯿﮟ۔


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kal Bhi Bhutto Zinda Tha,aj bhi Bhuto zinda he *Jeay Bhutto*

Message of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Pakistan Day

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has extended felicitations to the fellow citizens on Pakistan Day being celebrated Thursday.

In his message on the occasion, the PPP Chairman stressed for cementing relations among federating units in the spirit of Pakistan Resolution passed eight decades ago in Lahore.
He said it was high time to fulfill the dreams of the founders of Pakistan who laid foundations for an egalitarian Muslim nation based on justice, peace and equality.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pledged that as a true torch-bearer of the ideology of Pakistan and mission of our founders, the PPP would continue to march towards their goals and mission without looking back.
“Celebrating this great day in our history, let us carry forward this mission with all our capabilities and capacities to achieve the status on the world map as a model Muslim nation,” he added.

Asif Ali Zardari greets nation on Pakistan Day

“On the eve of Pakistan Day we should rededicate ourselves to the ideals of democracy, rule of law and welfare of the people – principles that lay at the heart of the demand
for Pakistan”.

This has been stated by former President Asif Ali Zardari in a message while greeting the nation on the eve of 77th Pakistan Day on Thursday.

More than any other consideration we should strive to be driven by the consideration of egalitarianism the welfare of the people regardless of their caste, creed and religion in the Pakistan of our dreams, he said adding also “the August 11, 1947 speech of the Quaid before the Constituent Assembly is the guiding principle of the state”.

It is a grim thought on this Pakistan Day that the nation is surrendering judicial space to the military courts because of the breakdown of criminal justice system, he said.

Let us therefore pledge on this occasion to fix the criminal justice system at the earliest, the former President said.

A great threat to our ideals is also posed by the extremists who exploit the name of religion to impose their obscurantist, regressive and anti-women and anti-Non Muslims agenda on the people. We pledge to
fight them to the finish, he said.

May Allah bless our efforts to prove ourselves worthy of the heritage bequeathed to us by the Quaid-e-Azam.