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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Pakistan Drops Bill to Formalize Presidential Amnesty, Chidambaram assures Muslims of rights, Rifqa Bary's inconsistencies, Pakistan Names Projects

The government's climbdown averts a potential embarrassment. "We don't want to create a division on the issue," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly. But it throws open the question of what happens if the bill isn't passed. Legal experts say the most likely result would be that the ordinance lapses, potentially reopening the charges. Farhatullah Babar, chief spokesman for the president, said the end of the amnesty wouldn't affect Mr. Zardari, who enjoys presidential immunity. That argument is disputed by lawyers who say that Mr. Zardari's eligibility for the presidency could be challenged in court. "It is now the Supreme Court which will decide the fate of Mr. Zardari," said Iqbal Haider, a former law minister and a leading constitutional lawyer. Pakistan Drops Bill to Formalize Presidential Amnesty

Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said Muslims have every right to live and prosper in India, as “this is the land of their birth. It is a matter of pride for us that all major religions of the world, including Islam, exist and thrive in India.” Addressing the three-day 30th general session of the Islamic seminary Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district, about 150 km northeast of Delhi, he said, “The golden rule in a democracy is that it is the duty of the majority to protect the minority.” Chidambaram assures Muslims of rights

Rifqa Bary's inconsistencies - The only moral solution, whether she was abused or not, whether she is in danger or not, whether she is telling the truth or not, is her emancipation. Using the coercive power of the state to force her to return home against her will can not result in a healthy reconciliation. Only a professional psychologist who specializes in exit counseling, coupled with her emancipation can set her both mentally and physically free. Let her reconcile with her family in her own time on her own terms. For more info: If you go through her statements in chronological order, instead of the order in which they were released to the public, you can see the transition I'm talking about.
Rifqa's Testimony (05/2009)
Rifqa's YouTube debut (8/10/2009)
The FDLE Interview (8/24/2009)
Rifqa's Affidavit (8/30/2009)
The Lou Engle interview (9/24/2009)

Sohail Ahmad, director of Pakistan's Board of Investment, said the two sides are also discussing an option to construct a rail and road link to help transport oil from the Middle East to western China. Mr. Ahmad said the two potential deals are part of broader bilateral trade and economic cooperation proposals under discussion between the two countries. Other areas for potential cooperation include the textile, heavy industry and water sectors, he said. China Petrochemical Corp., also known as Sinopec Group, has launched the first phase of a feasibility study into the estimated 185 billion metric ton Thar coal reserve, located in southern Pakistan. It is studying gasification of the coal reserves among other possibilities such as power generation and mining, Mr. Ahmad said. Gasification is a process to convert coal into gas and then into liquefied natural gas, or LNG, for producing chemical products. Pakistan Names Projects for Chinese Investment


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