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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Media Watch Desi Mar 26: Who Calls on Whom? Dangling Peanuts, Rape, Burki, Windmills, Trying Sharifs Too and more

Humpty Dumpty called on Humpty Dumpty. Humpty Dumpty called on Humpty Dumpty. And in the evening Humpty Dumpty called on Humpty. Ms. Dumpty, it should be noted was conspicuously absent. To unravel this click HERE.

The time has come that our politicians must take a united stand on the issue of repeated US interventions in Pakistan which have now become a routine than an exception. The parliament must impose a ban on our civil and military bureaucrats as well as political leaders, apart from the government ministers, to hold meetings with foreign envoys, especially from the United States of America. Dr Naeem Chishti

WASHINGTON: President George Bush has sanctioned millions of dollars as aid to Pakistan to continue its fight against terrorism, as Pakistan's new prime minister takes over in Islamabad. Dangling Peanuts.

Violent crimes against women and children in Pakistan continue with impunity as rape remains the most taboo human rights violation and therefore, the least reported. Victims hesitate to file a first information report against perpetrators and this trend has not changed much through the last decade, despite growing awareness about crimes against women: this is simply because women victims themselves fall prey and are not able to get justice through the judicial system. Current laws pertaining to rape do not assist victims, but in fact it can take years for cases to be decided and these delays work in favour of those perpetrators who are frequently set free. Denying her right to justice - Razeshta Sethna

I am an accidental economist. I turned to the subject when I went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1961. I had meant to study physics, a subject in which I had already received a Masters degree from Government College, Lahore. By the time I arrived at Oxford’s Christ Church College, I had joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP). Within a week of my arrival at Oxford, Sir Roy Harrod, one of the most eminent economists of the day who was also my ‘moral tutor’ advised me to change my discipline. The moral tutor was the person who served as a guide and philosopher to those who attended Oxford and his advice mattered. He persuaded me that studying economics made greater sense for me than continuing in physics. In his own words By Shahid Javed Burki

ISLAMABAD - The PPP central leadership is thought to have thwarted attempts by Karachi-based business concerns led by a powerful stockbroker to take the MQM on board in the central coalition government, TheNation has reliably learnt on Tuesday.
Knowledgeable sources said that a person not less than the PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari thwarted the move when the magnate tried to influence the party leadership. PPP foils attempt to take MQM on board at Centre - Maqbool Malik

KARACHI (APP) - The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has provided land to 24 potential investors in Sindh for installing wind energy mills to produce 1200 megawatts of power. This was stated by the CEO AEDB Air Marshall (rtd) Shahid Hamid while talking to newsmen after attending the inaugural session of International Conference on Alternative Energy and Power 2008, organised by E-commerce Gateway at Karachi Expo Centre Tuesday.
24 investors get land for windmills

The National Assembly must immediately pass a law, revoking that dirty piece of presidential legislation and reinstituting the quashed cases for proper trial in the courts and for lawful decision. Further, the National Assembly must adopt a resolution, urging the Supreme Court to take up for hearing the case pertaining to the Mehrangate scam, pending since long before it, in which, among others, some leading stars of the incoming leadership, including Mian Nawaz Sharif, the PML (N) supremo, are statedly implicated. Nothing less can make this new leadership come clean to acquire the moral credentials for going after the sleazy and corrupt characters of the outgoing lot. An odious song


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