Truth about the Chinese ‘Investment’ that was about to take place


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The actual GRAND THEFT is supposed to begin soon.

The $34 Billion investment from China that they keep parroting about isn’t actually an investment, it’s a LOAN.

This LOAN carries a FEE/INTEREST RATE of 7% whereas the project loans Pakistan gets from ADB/WB etc. are usually at a rate of 2-4%

To avail this LOAN, the condition is that there will be NO BIDDING for the project and Government will award contracts directly to Chinese companies (or companies that will utilize Chinese equipment and contractors).

For this to happen, Government is amending Procurement rules since currently it’s not possible to award such contracts without BIDDING.

Procurement rules amendment will allow Government to SET THE PRICE ITSELF for a certain type of work and award direct contract to any company without any bidding involved.

Most of this Loan will be utilized for Coal based Power Projects for which Government has already filed a “Tariff Review Petition” in NEPRA headed by Khawaja Naeem – a close Relative of Khawaja Asif.
Despite the fact that this “Tariff review petition” was not maintainable since it was filed a year after review period expired, NEPRA has accepted the petition and on Government’s request and has approved New escalated Upfront Tariffs for Coal based Power Projects.
Government has requested (and NEPRA approved) to allow $1.7 Million Dollar per Mega Watt construction cost for such projects whereas India has recently built a better and more efficient (than approved by NEPRA) Coal based power plant at a cost of $ 0.55 Million Dollar per Mega Watt

So Now, with NO BIDDING involved, Government will award contracts with a construction Cost of $ 1.7 Million per Mega Watt and hence 2/3rd of it will go into pockets of all the people involved.

This also explains why “Hussain Nawaz” and “Salman Shahbaz” (who look after family business and have no apparent involvement in Politics) were not only part of state delegation but were also part of meetings that discussed and finalized these MOUs.

This does not end here; NEPRA has also revised the ‘Rate of Return’ on investment from 17% to 27% (an unprecedented step) for these projects.

And not surprisingly, first company to announce a Coal based Power project under this program is owned by Mian Mansha.

So Now, be ready for country to be burdened further by $34 Billion Loan and a higher Electricity tariff…

If everything goes as planned, at the end of the day “Some” will have their pockets heavier by 10-15 Billion Dollars or more….
On Transparency International website, letter written to Ministry of Water and Power, this is available. Who went on China visit and was part of meetings is widely reported in Media. Sources are NEPRA, Transparency International, and DAWN/THE NEWS. Also Nishat Energy is the company that announced to build Coal based plants with Chinese ‘Investment’. On NEPRA website, one can find Govt’s petition and NEPRA announcement document for Upfront Coal Tariff.

Note: Information posted as received about the much talked about Chinese investment that was about to take place.

The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) on ISIS Terrorist Group


ISIS threaten international peace

The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) take a Virtual Roundtable about Measures of ISIS Terrorist Group by scholars of Global Alliance , including Dr. Mrs. May El-Khansa, Dr. Felix Angel Herrero Duran, Seyed Zaid Zaman Hamid, Dr. Zuhair A H Almahmeed, Professor Chandra Muzaffar and Ilgar Allahverdiyev.
Respect for human status, rights and dignity is the common features of all religions and cultures. Hence, terrorists must not be allowed to undermine these values in the region and in the world. The anti-human and criminal acts of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al- Sham (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq are not only crimes against humanity and human dignity, but also pose serious threats to regional and global peace. It must be borne in mind that the power of this terrorist group in Syria and Iraq poses serious threat to regional peace and security in the short term and to international peace and security in the long term. Therefore, the Muslim countries as well as the elites of the world of Islam should join hand to promptly develop regional and global mechanisms and strategic measures to face this terrorist group. Such measures not only will thwart the savage and inhumane acts of terrorist groups such as the ISIS in Iraq and the region, but also would be a platform for promotion of cooperation among Islamic states to prevent and uproot all terrorist groups in the region and the world. As an international Non-Governmental Organization, the Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) has always endeavored to preserve human values, peace and justice in the region and the world. In the light of the recent developments in the region, Dr. Davoud Ameri, the Secretary General of the IWPF has underlined the need to review the global discourse of fight against terrorism. In a letter to the UN Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, he has mentioned that the terrorist acts of ISIS in Iraq pose serious threats to the regional peace and stability. In continuation of its efforts to highlight the threat of this terrorist group, the IWPF organized a virtual roundtable with the participation of outstanding elites of the world. The main objective of the roundtable was to provide a platform for the elites to shed light on the threats posed the ISIS terrorist group and find out effective mechanisms to confront it in the region and other terrorist groups in the world.
The main themes of the roundtable were: Measures of the ISIS terrorist group in the region; the threats posed by the ISIS against regional and international peace and security; and violation of human rights and dignity by the ISIS.

  • What is your idea about the recent measures taken by the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS)?

The answer of the elites to this question in the virtual roundtable is as follows:

 

  1. Mrs. May El-Khansa (PhD in international Law, human rights activist in the Islamic world)
    The USA and Israel are plotting to introduce Islam as a radical and takfiri religion to allow Israel and US continue their crimes against Muslims and especially in Palestine and that’s what is happening now, they are killing Palestinians and nobody move. So, ISIS terrorist group has been formed to divert the world’s attention from the crimes being committed by the Zionists in Palestine.
    Dr. Felix Angel Herrero Duran (activist on terror charges against Spain’s Muslim community, peace activist)
    They are clearly contrary to Islam measures for human rights recognized by the United Nations and Human Intelligence and Reasoning.
    Seyed Zaid Zaman Hamid (analyst and founder of a think-tank on international and political events in Pakistan)
    ISIS is terrorist gangs of Khawarij, created by the Mossad/MI6 to destroy the Muslim countries from within, ignite sectarian wars and pave the way for the creation of greater Israel in the Middle East. Rasul Allah (sm) had foretold us about this group in ahadees mubaraka of the end time and all the signs of khawarij foretold in ahadees about this group are fulfilled here. Muslims should unite to crush this fitnah with full force.
    Dr. Zuhair A H Almahmeed (Secretary –General of the Islamic National Movement)
    ISIS is a Wahhabi terrorist Group just like Al-Nusra Front and AL-Qaeda and several Others that are creations of Arrogant Powers Intelligence agencies and their Tools in the Middle East , They are mere tools that are commissioned to divide and reshape the Arab world into Weak Mini states that represent Religious and or Ethnic Minorities that will in turn weaken Arab and Muslim States in favor of Justifying A Strong Jewish State in the Heart of the Arab and Muslim States for decades into the Future.
    Professor Chandra Muzaffar (Head of the International Movement for a Just Peace)
    ISIS’s alleged brutal and barbaric killing of those who do not subscribe to its narrow, bigoted view of Islam confirms that the group is a vile and vicious terrorist outfit.
    Ilgar Allahverdiyev (President of the International Religious Liberty Association, Editor in Chief of the Deyerler newspaper)
    ISIS is the terrorist group created by Western special intelligence services and coordinated by intelligence and diversionary structures of Zionist regime. ISIS is formed to separate the Islam ummah and to prevent the unity process of Muslim countries. ISIS’s provocation in Iraq is an example of their policy to split the unity. Killing innocent people, spreading the death and destruction ISIS performs the wishes of own curators.
  • What are the threats posed by this terrorist group to international peace and world security?

The answer of the elites to this question in the virtual roundtable is as follows:
Dr. Mrs. May El-Khansa: Threats and danger from the terrorist group (Takfiri militants) are threatening peace in the entire region and the world. They form the most dangerous threat to the whole Middle East. And it’s known that the United States and some Gulf countries are backing these terrorist organizations, they want to dismember Iraq states.
Dr. Felix Angel Herrero Duran: Is globalization of terrorism, these armed terrorists ideological financially by Arab dictatorships, and militarily by the long arm of Zionism, will not relent in its efforts to create what they define as caliphate, although not more than a crude dictatorship crazy tie, and this terrorism exported to any corner of the planet where they are.

Seyed Zaid Zaman Hamid: This is an Israeli article — one of the most clear evidence that Iraqi army is being systematically destroyed by the Americans to clear the way for the ISIS. There is NO US support to defeat ISIS, in fact, US is now destroying the Iraqi army… ISIS will be allowed to expand to a point, and then a Shia state will be allowed to stay in south. The final plan will then be complete for a massive sectarian war but for now, ISIS is being helped to gain ground.
Dr. Zuhair A H Almahmeed: Those Groups will turn eventually on their Masters when they realise the End Game, as they are not commissioned to fight proxy wars and go back to their countries, but they are sent to destroy and be destroyed.
Professor Chandra Muzaffar: ISIS is an affront to international law and global peace. If a group like ISIS is not confronted and defeated by the peace-loving people of the world, the seizure of power through terrorism may become a norm.
Ilgar Allahverdiyev: ISIS is the destructive group established to terror of people. Terrorism is the main line of ISIS and only program of their existence. So, taking into account this issue we can say that there will be no peace and public tranquility in the region until such terrorist groups exist. Countries of this region should understand the threat spreading by ISIS and begin the unity process against this real danger. It is necessary to achieve the success on breaking the financial and any support are provided by some countries. And the very important point is the governments that flirting with terrorists were needed to refuse from such policy.

  • What is your opinion about violation of human rights and human dignity by this group?

The answer of the elites to this question in the virtual roundtable is as follows:
Dr. Mrs. May El-Khansa: ISIS has committed numerous violations against women, men and children including murder and kidnappings. They also imposed oppressive rulings which violate the rights of people and degrade their dignity and liberty. They are as will many cases of rape of women by ISIS elements in both Iraq and Syria, they are coercing women to satisfy the sexual desires of ISIS gunmen under the so-called ‘sex jihad’, and forcing minor girls into marrying them.
Dr. Felix Angel Herrero Duran: Terrorism are applying it almost exclusive against Muslims, which doubly contradicts the teachings of the Quran, the atrocities carried out against prisoners or against “non-combatant” as civilian staff are an attack on Islam, human dignity and Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners.
Seyed Zaid Zaman Hamid: Hundreds of Israeli troops have also joined ISIS ranks rampaging through the Muslim lands and looting and raping Muslim women. For the first time, Israeli army is aggressively operating in Iraqi and Syrian cities, within Muslim homes… Innalillahe inna ilehe rajeoon!!
Rasul Allah (sm) had clearly warned us against ISIS and now Muslims should be very careful of this fitnah, which is hijacking our faith and deen. The Kuffar know that real Khilafat ala minhaj UN NUbuwwat is close. Now this is the Mossad/CIA/Khawarij attempt to hijack it.
Dr. Zuhair A H Almahmeed: Those groups of criminals have no respect what so ever of human rights and human dignity and they have no limit to the type of crimes they commit, they are committed to terrorist ethnic and religious minorities leading to ethnic cleansing towards forming those Mini States that will in turn formulate the New Middle East that Arrogant Powers promoted.
Professor Chandra Muzaffar: When a group has no respect for human life, violation of human rights and human dignity becomes its way of life. In areas that the ISIS controls in Iraq and Syria beheadings are common. This is a total distortion of Islamic teachings.
Ilgar Allahverdiyev: ISIS terrorists encroach on people main right – the right to live. They perform multiple executions, punitive actions. The human life and dignity, such important values are absolutely far away from them. It is necessary to carry out the extensive PR among the people in order to show them the truth about ISIS. It is also important to stop the misinformation about this terrorist group and show to the world community ISIS’s true colors.

The conclusions of the participants regarding the threats posed by the ISIS to regional and international peace and security are summed up as follows:
The participants unanimously concluded that the measures of the terrorist ISIS group in Iraq and the region pose serious threats to regional and international peace and security and too aggressive, inhumane acts of the ISIS are stark violation of human rights and dignity. Muslim countries and the international community are asked to confront this terrorist group to prevent further threats to regional and international order and peace.

http://en.iwpeace.com/reports/15031

 

 

There is no future for apartheid Israel


“No one people has a monopoly on human suffering and every ethnic tragedy stands on its own.

If I were a Jew or Gypsy, Nazi barbarity would be the most atrocious event in history. If I were a Black African, it would be slavery and apartheid. If I were a Native American, it would be the discovery of the New World by European explorers and settlers that resulted in near-total extermination. If I were an Armenian, it would be the Ottoman massacres.

I happen to be a Palestinian, and for me it is the Nakba.

Humanity should consider all the above repugnant. I do not consider it advisable to debate hierarchies of suffering. I do not know how to quantify pain or measure suffering. I do know that we are not children of a lesser God.”

Afif Safieh – Palestinian diplomat

Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli troops near Israel's Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 16, 2014. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli troops near Israel’s Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 16, 2014. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

But for those on the receiving end what a largely desensitized world considers “tired” and “routine” bespeaks terror and brutality. Given the lack of intervention on the part of the international community whenever an Israeli security crackdown occurs, it is evident by now that a tacit acceptance has taken root to the effect that massacring Palestinians has been elevated to the level of bloodsport within Israeli society.

For those of us who still care about the plight of a people whose only crime is that they exist on land coveted by a settler colonial state, the latest manifestation of Israel’s disregard for international law and human rights is as good a reason as any for closer examination. In so doing, we must call upon the greatest teacher of them all: history.

Most empires and colonial projects fall under the weight of their own contradictions, but usually over a protracted period of resistance, both passive and active, on the part of its victims. At the same time the material privileges gained from the exploitation and expropriation of a colonized people acts as a slow-acting corrosive on the society of the colonizing state, poisoning it with racism and hatred for those it has colonized as it seeks to justify the material privileges and psychological sense of supremacy and national pride that accrues from that colonization. This moral decay is commonly reflected in the degeneration that takes place in the armed forces of the state in question, where the emphasis of the troops shifts from self-sacrifice and heroism in support of a just and galvanizing cause to personal survival as demoralization sets in.

In other words, the day-to-day reality of perpetuating oppression and injustice overcomes any amount of national propaganda in support of that oppression. In this, the case of American troops in Vietnam is a prime example.

There, the reality on the ground of killing and being killed in a country thousands of miles from home in an ignoble war eventually proved stronger than the propaganda the troops had been fed that they were fighting in the cause of freedom. This resulted in a widespread and growing breakdown in discipline, almost to the point where the US military effort in Vietnam was in danger of complete collapse. It might even be argued that on a certain level atrocities like My Lai were informed by a projection of the self-loathing experienced by more and more American troops in the field as the reality of the injustices they were committing took hold.

Another and contemporary example of this moral degeneration is the case of the Orwellian-named Israel Defense Forces. More than any other, the IDF is a product of the constructed mythology that has sustained Israel since its creation in 1948. It is a mythology which combines both a biblical and political justification for the state’s existence. On the one hand it constitutes the realization of an ancient covenant in which the land of historic Palestine was promised by God to the Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, over 2,000 years ago, while on the other hand it is the fulfillment of the Zionist postulate that in a world that is irredeemably anti-Semitic the Jewish people, hitherto stateless, would never find peace and security until they had a state of their own.

While the former can instantly be dismissed as obscurantist poppycock, it must be said that the second of the aforementioned philosophical arguments in support of Israel’s existence reflects a concrete historical reality in the shape of the wave of anti-Semitism that swept across Europe in the latter part of the 19th century, and which gave rise to the emergence of Zionism.

Israeli Defense Force soldiers set off on a tracking drill near Tze'elim in southern Israel June 9, 2014. (Reuters)

Israeli Defense Force soldiers set off on a tracking drill near Tze’elim in southern Israel June 9, 2014. (Reuters)

If anyone was still in any doubt as to the power behind the early proponents of calls for a Jewish state, as the vast majority of Jews around the world were for decades, the inimitable horrors of the Holocaust in the Second World War instantly dispelled them. Indeed, the psychological impact of the Holocaust on the Jewish people cannot be underestimated even today, despite it proving fertile ground for the extreme nationalism that has taken root within a significant section of Israeli society.

No matter the impact of the Holocaust on Israel, however, it can never justify the decades of injustice suffered by the Palestinian people as a consequence, else we describe a world in which the only answer to oppression is oppression. Moreover, the victims of the Nazi Holocaust share a bond of humanity with victims of every other genocide and state sanctioned crimes against humanity throughout history. It is a bond that transcends ethnicity, religion and/or nationality, and which embraces the many thousands of Palestinian victims of the Nakba and the millions more subsequently rendered stateless and refugees as a consequence.

Desperate propaganda

The romantic ideals attached to the pioneering spirit of the founders of Israel, along with international sympathy for a people who’d suffered such grotesque brutality at the hands of the Nazis, imbued the nascent state with a sense of purpose and destiny that helped mask the atrocities being carried out in its name.

A mythology of heroism and bravery was already well on the way to being constructed in 1948 when it came to Zionist militia organizations like the Haganah and Irgun. It was a mythology that continued on into the ranks of IDF when Israel was founded in 1948, embodied in the adoption of the state’s guiding “purity of arms” ethos, one designed to give romantic flavor to the militarism that sits at its heart. Yet in truth the ranks of the Haganah, Irgun and various other militia groups were filled with racist killers massacring men, women and children in order to fulfill the biblical and national destinies previously mentioned.

This toxic mix of racism and exceptionalism has led to the existence of a state that since its formation has viewed its repeated violations of international law and its crimes against humanity entirely justified. So deeply ingrained is the biblical and historical justification for Israel’s continued depredations against the Palestinians that when it comes to international condemnation of its crimes, rather than a cause for reflection and introspection within Israeli society, for many it merely serves to reaffirm Israel’s view of itself as the last bastion of defense of the Jewish people in a hostile world.

The day-to-day reality of this corrosive outlook involves young Israeli soldiers, mostly conscripts, humiliating, intimidating and brutalizing civilians at checkpoints, or killing Palestinians and Arabs in general in the knowledge they are able to do so with relative impunity.

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens near the West Bank City of Hebron June 21, 2014. (Reuters)

Israeli soldiers take part in an operation to locate three Israeli teens near the West Bank City of Hebron June 21, 2014. (Reuters)

But when those same soldiers come up against a determined and dogged resistance on the ground, such as they did in 2006 during the brief war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, their resolve crumbles and they are defeated. This is key to understanding why Israel, just like its chief sponsor the US when it comes to its own military operations, has come to rely on an advanced arsenal of missiles, aircraft, helicopter gunships, drones and tanks in its continuing conflict with the entire population of Gaza for the crime of exercising its right to elect a government of its own choosing.

Such would be the demoralizing effect not only on the troops but also and more importantly on Israeli society at large. Israel knows it cannot afford to sustain heavy casualties during its repeated military operations against a largely unarmed population.

To put it another way, while Israeli troops are more than willing to kill to maintain the material privileges attached to living in a settler colonial state, one in which their consumer lifestyles are subsidized by the West, they have consistently demonstrated a reluctance to die for those privileges. Evidence of the increased pressure that Israel is under is reflected in the growing desperation of its propaganda in painting the motivation of its growing number of critics and opponents as being founded in anti-Semitism. But where previously such calumniation would have been suffice to silence dissenting voices, now it merely discredits Israel’s supporters and apologists further.

Throughout history, humanity has been locked in struggle between oppressor and oppressed. It is a struggle that has posed the same question to each succeeding generation: Whose side are you on?

Israel as an apartheid state has no future. Only as a state which embraces the concept of universal human rights, justice and dignity for all who share the same land can it ensure the peace and security of its people. More than any other this is the abiding lesson of history.

Courtesy: http://rt.com/op-edge/170912-israel-no-furute-apartheid/

Why Pakistan Should Not Worry About Modi – Ahmed Quraishi


Why Pakistan Should Not Worry About Modi

By Ahmed Quraishi

No one knows India better than Pakistan. We are the only neighbor of India that bears the brunt of Indian bellicosity. The bulk of Indian guns and war formations point at us, and India spares no opportunity to undercut Pakistani interests in the region and beyond. The Americans and Europeans have experienced some Indian antics and diplomatic tantrums in recent months, mostly in trade negotiations. But several generations of seasoned Pakistani diplomats can map out unflattering patterns of Indian behavior.

Why Pakistan Should Not Worry About Modi - Ahmed Quraishi

This is why the sudden Pakistani concern about the rise of what many call a mass murderer and religious extremist to be India’s next prime minister is inexplicable.

Pakistani decision makers need not make much of this change of command in New Delhi. Our decade-long experience of dealing with India shows that, when it comes to Pakistan, New Delhi has maintained a consistent policy of refusing to resolve disputes with Pakistan. India deploys delay tactics in peace talks and seizes any opportunity to hurt Pakistani interests, whether at international forums or in Balochistan. India has never apologized or shown remorse for the unprovoked invasion across international borders in the former East Pakistan in 1971.

Remember the fifty Pakistani peace visitors to India in 2007? They were bombed and burned alive inside India aboard the Samjhota (Friendship) Express by Indian military intelligence elements working closely with Indian religious extremists. It wasn’t Narendra Modi or the BJP in charge but a liberal and secular Congress Party.

For a decade, the Congress party, led by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, failed to reciprocate unprecedented Pakistani concessions on Kashmir and trade that former president Musharraf offered India. In fact, from January 2004 and onwards, Pakistani officials watched in astonishment as New Delhi deployed delay tactics to defer the resolution of Siachen, Sir Creek and other disputes.  India even failed to acknowledge or reciprocate a huge Pakistani concession when Musharraf silenced our diplomats and soldiers and allowed the Indian occupation army to build a fence along the temporary cease fire line in Kashmir. Pakistani artillery stopped India for decades from altering Kashmir’s status as an international dispute until Musharraf bended backwards for peace and allowed India to create a permanent structure on what is a temporary ceasefire line. Indian politicians and military failed to show any magnanimity in recognizing this major Pakistani concession or reciprocating it in any meaningful way.

Of course, in hindsight, those Musharraf concessions appear to be a strategic folly. But this mistake was committed under the assumption that we have partners in peace in New Delhi. The reality is that we do not. India’s ruling Hindi-speaking elite is saddled with a centuries-old complex of Muslim rule over Indian territory. This historical baggage makes the dominant Hindi-speakers in Delhi averse to treating Pakistan with respect as a neighbor. The Hindi-speaking Indian ruling elite cannot see itself engaging Pakistan in meaningful dispute resolution in Kashmir under UN Security Council resolutions. The solution of choice for the Hindi-speaking elite is to impose a solution on Pakistan, not negotiate one.

At present the only Indian interest in engaging Pakistan is limited to opening up the Pakistani market for Indian business to offset the loss from the stagnation in Indian economy. New Delhi wants to sell its products in Pakistan without hindrance, wants Pakistani demand to drive Indian advertising industry, wants Pakistani producers to hire Indian studios and talent, and wants to use Pakistani commercial routes and facilities to increase exports to Afghanistan and Central Asia. India wants all of these Pakistani favors against a promise to us that it will resolve disputes. But we can rest assured that all we will get in return is a repeat of the delay tactics that the Indians have deployed after the January 2004 Composite Dialogue.

Ironically, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is following the Musharraf policy of appeasing India and is ready to grant New Delhi one-sided trade concessions at the cost of Pakistani businesses.

Instead of appeasing India, Islamabad should keep the doors of peace open while singling out the trouble spots in Indian behavior. New Delhi should be told that beating up Pakistani visitors to India is unacceptable, that allowing an occupation army to kill Kashmiris with impunity won’t help the cause of peace.

Modi’s India is no different than Gandhi’s India.  New Delhi should be tested on actions, not words.

For Pakistan, it is business as usual in New Delhi.

Kashmir’s right of self-determination: ‘Launch global awareness movement’ – Seminar by YFK


Kashmir’s right of self-determination: ‘Launch global awareness movement’ – Seminar by Youth Forum for Kashmir in Islamabad.

World Minorities Alliance convener J Salik speaks at the seminar

ISLAMABAD: While expressing solidarity with the people of Indian Kashmir, former foreign affairs secretary general Akram Zaki asked the Pakistani youth to launch a worldwide movement to support Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

“Contacting youth throughout the world through different means of communication including social media to mobilise support for the people of Kashmir could be a useful exercise,” Zaki said while addressing a daylong seminar arranged by the Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK) in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The former Pakistani diplomat was of the view that each youth should join YFK to express their solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

Other speakers including Shireen Mazari of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ( PTI ), Sardar Khalid Ibrahim of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party, Dr Abdus Samad Pirzada, Anwarul Haq Kakar, former federal minister J Salik, Qudsia Mashhadi, Brig(retd) Simon Samson Sharaf, Mariah Atiq of National Defense University   and YFK Executive Director Ahmed Qurashi also spoke.

Qureshi was of the view that the seminar should be taken as the first step by the youth of Pakistan and Kashmir to initiate lobbying for the people of Indian Kashmir. He said Pakistan cannot ignore Kashmir because it is a geographical extension of Pakistan. “Kashmir cannot be put on the backburner because Pakistan’s national security is directly linked to Kashmir.”

Ibrahim was critical of suggestions to separate the Kashmir issue from trade with India. “If trade guarantees prosperity…why do Calcutta and Dhaka continue to be the poorest cities in the world despite the open trade regime between India and Bangladesh?” he asked.

Mazari said Kashmir defines the relationship between Pakistan and India. She said the ‘culture of resistance’ was missing in the Kashmir struggle in terms of arts and culture. She said only indigenous freedom movements can survive and can be successful, and that Kashmir freedom struggle survived for six decades despite ups and downs. “It is important to realise that Kashmir is not an integral part of India and that it is a dispute between Pakistan and India awaiting resolution.”

J Salik said Pakistani Christians are ready to play their role in promoting the Kashmir cause worldwide. He said Christians played a crucial role in passing the Pakistan Resolution in the pre-Independence Punjab Assembly and that they were ready to play a role in Pakistan’s most important cause.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2014.

Pakistan’s pro-Kashmir group organises seminar on Kashmir Solidarity Day


Pakistan’s pro-Kashmir group organizes seminar

Islamabad: Pakistan’s first pro-Kashmir lobbying group, Youth Forum for Kashmir [YFK], organized a National Seminar on Kashmir Solidarity Day titled, ‘To Kashmir: We Stand By You’.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Shireen Mazari, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, J. Salik, Brig. Simon Samson Sharaf, M. Akram Zaki, Syeda Qudsiya Mashahdi, and Syeda Mariah Atiq.
Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director of Youth Forum for Kashmir, said Pakistan cannot ignore Kashmir because Kashmir is Pakistan’s geographical extension. Kashmir cannot be put on the backburner because Pakistan’s national security is directly linked to Kashmir.

He said it was wrong to link Kashmir to trade with India. Bilateral trade between Islamabad and New Delhi was progressing normally and the impression that Kashmir is an impediment was wrong, he said. Quraishi said trade with India does not mean sidelining Kashmir. He said any pact with India on trade, like the most-favored nation status, can be derailed any time if situation worsens on the Line of Control in Kashmir.

Dr. Syed Abdul Samad Pirzada, Head of History Department at International Islamic University Islamabad, said the cases of East Timor and Kashmir were similar and the West practiced double standards by supporting the former and ignoring the latter. He said any decision by Pakistan government to grant Most-Favored Nation status to India would be a betrayal of the struggle of the Kashmiri people.

Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi, editor of Voice of East and a member of YFK, said all Pakistanis need to work on three levels to promote Kashmir internally and internationally at the level of the State, media and the youth. The Quaid-e-Azam, in a visionary statement, declared Kashmir a ‘jugular vein’ of Pakistan and no nation can survive for long with its jugular vein under the sword of the enemy. She said the hearts of Pakistanis beat along with the Kashmiris, and that the sooner the political parties and the media realize this fact the better it would be for the solidarity of the Pakistani nation.

Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, a PMLN politician, flew in from Quetta, Balochistan, to attend this national seminar. He said for Pakistan there is emptiness without Kashmir. He said Pakistan should not put Kashmir in the backburner because of trade with India. He questioned the idea whether trade with India is crucial for Pakistan’s economy. He was of the view that nurturing a knowledge-based economy in Pakistan would diminish the need for trade with India.

Dr. Shireen Mazari, Central Information Secretary of PTI, said Kashmir defines the relationship between Pakistan and India. She said a culture of resistance was missing in the Kashmir struggle in terms of arts and culture. She said only indigenous freedom movements can survive and can be successful, and that Kashmir freedom struggle survived for six decades despite up and downs. It is important to realize that Kashmir is not an integral part of India and that it is a dispute between Pakistan and India awaiting resolution.

Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, member of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Party, said if trade guaranteed prosperity, as the proponents of sidelining Kashmir argue, then why Calcutta and Dhaka continue to be poorest cities in the world despite open trade regime between India and Bangladesh?

He said Pakistan and India cannot overcome the trust deficit between them until they resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance to the will of Kashmiris.

J. Salik, former federal minister and rights activist, said Pakistani Christians are ready to play their role in promoting Kashmir cause worldwide. He said Pakistani Christians played a crucial role in passing Pakistan Resolution in pre-Independence Punjab Assembly. He said Pakistani Christians were again ready to play a role in Pakistan’s most important cause.

Senator Akram Zaki, former Secretary General of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former ambassador of Pakistan to China and the United States , said if the world needs evidence on what the Kashmiris want, all it should do is look at what Kashmiris do on 14 and 15 August each year. On the 14th, Pakistan Independence Day, Pakistan’s Green and Crescent flag can been seen all over Srinagar under the watch of India’s occupation army. And on the 15th, the Indian independence day, Kashmiris boycott all efforts by Indian army to celebrate the event. He revealed that Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Kashmir follow Pakistan Standard Time.

Other speakers in the national seminar included retired brigadier Samson Simon Sharaf, and Syeda Mariah Atiq from National Defense University.

Courtesy: http://kashmirwatch.com/news.php/2014/02/05/pakistan-8217-s-pro-kashmir-group-organises-seminar.html

Why mark India’s Republic Day as a Black Day in Kashmir and rest of Pakistan


A message of peace for the young of Kashmir, Pakistsan, India and the world. 

By Ahmed Quraishi

As a Pakistani, I wanted to wish my #Indian friends well on their country’s Republic Day today. But then I saw this picture sent to me from India. I have to stop and join this young Kashmiri boy who wrote this message in the sand on Mumbai beach [see picture].

A Kashmiri boy wrote 'Free Kashmir' on the beach of Mumbai, India's largest city.

A Kashmiri boy wrote ‘Free Kashmir’ on the beach of Mumbai, India’s largest city.

This is a strong message that has reverberated across six decades of brutal Indian military invasion and occupation of Kashmir.

Pakistanis are a hospitable people. We are generous, certainly more than the Indian government [see this http://j.mp/1hZy9rX].  No Indian visitor to our country has ever been harassed, even during wars. We are not phobic about Indian content on Pakistani screens, or books printed in India sold here. [Compare this to visiting Pakistani artists and sportspeople routinely threatened by Indian extremists. Even pigeons and stray dogs crossing the border into India are stopped and searched by Indian border security. So much paranoia and hate inculcated by the Indian government and political elite against Pakistan.]

So, today, January 26, is India’s Republic Day. I wanted to wish my Indian friends well. But my conscience tells me to stand by Kashmiri people as they mark the day as a Black Day.

Today, the world’s largest democracy has imposed a total ban on Internet and cellphones in Kashmir. They want to stop young Kashmiris from giving any interview to any international news organization that would show the world how Kashmiris are unanimously boycotting the Indian Republic Day celebrations and that they reject the invasion, occupation and the forcible merger of Kashmir into India.

This young Kashmiri in Mumbai had the courage to speak his mind, not fearing brutal Indian reprisal. All peace-loving Indians should stand by him, especially the younger generation of India. Stand by peace. Stand by Kashmiris. Don’t let hate and oppression pass on to another generation. Let’s stop it here because we can.

Young Kashmiris can’t speak up today because India has banned internet and cellphones. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all young Pakistanis, Indians and all the young of the world to step up and be the voice of young Kashmiris today. They are not alone. Spread the word.

AHMED QURAISHI

Executive Director

Youth Forum For Kashmir – YFK

www.youthforumforkashmir.com | yforumk@gmail.com

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