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AN EYE ON POLITICS: Does everyone want a new province?\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg7_13 By Shafiq Awan Parliament has approved the 18th Amendment, but it has inadvertently opened a Pandora’s box of issues; one of which is the creation of new provinces in the country. After a new debate over the issue was initiated, major political forces all clamoured in favour of new provinces, each toting their own agenda. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, in a recent interview, admitted that there would be no harm in creating new provinces on an administrative basis instead of a linguistic one. The MQM has already voiced support for the creation of new provinces because it suits the party – the creation of a new province consisting of the urban areas of Sindh has always been an MQM dream. In fact, the MQM would stand to benefit the most from the creation of new provinces. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani himself supports the creation of a Seraiki province and MPs from the Seraiki belt have tried their bes

ANALYSIS: Amending the constitution —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg3_2 The most innovative change relates to the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, neutralising the chief justice’s acquired power to make binding recommendations for appointment. This power was acquired by the chief justice through different judgements starting with the 1996 judgement in the judges’ case There is a need to celebrate the current consensus among the political parties represented in parliament on the text of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) took over nine months to evolve a consensus document, although different parties have added separate comments to outline their individual party positions. This consensus is a rare development because the political parties and leaders are known more for polemical exchanges and conflict-prone interaction. The only occasion in the past when the political leaders demonstrated

PML-N gaining strength in Balochistan: Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa Joins

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 11, 2010 QUETTA–Pakistan Muslim League (N) is gaining strength in Balochistan as another MPA of Balochistan Assembly and many tribal elders from Naseerabad joined the party few days back. Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa ,MPA, had also remained the former Speaker of Balochistan Assembly. He joined the party under the leadership of Chief of Jhalawan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri after meeting with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Lahore few days back.Zahoor Hussain Khosa had contested elections independently in 2008 general elections. He was a stalwart of Jamhoori Watan Party till the death of its founder late Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti. But after assassination of Nawab Bugti, Zahoor Khosa had parted his ways with the party and joined PML (Q). He did not contest elections on the ticket of PML(Q) rather preferred to fight elections as an independent candidate as he thought there would be no future of Q-League after ouster of its mentor Pervez Musharraf from powe

ISI still maintains "active" links with Taliban: Post

PTI Washington, April 11, 2010 Pakistan's powerful ISI, which is eyeing Afghanistan in the event of the US exit from there, still maintains "active" links with Taliban as it quietly freed at least two high-ranking militants of the outfit it had captured on its own, a media report said today. Acknowledging that they have a very limited understanding of the ISI directorate, CIA veterans, who have worked closely with the Pakistani spy agency, describe it as "sprawling", The Washington Post reported. It is "so compartmentalised" that units working along side the CIA might have little knowledge of the activities of the agency's "S" directorate, which maintains ties to insurgent groups, the paper said. CIA officials think that the ISI's connection to the Taliban is active, but "it's not clear how high that goes or who knows about it," it quoted a US counter-terrorism official as saying. The recent capture of Mullah Abd

Protests continue as government fails to reduce load shedding

Daily Times Monitor LAHORE: Citizens across the country protested against the prolonged load shedding as the government failed to reduce the duration of the power outages in the country, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Citizens, enraged over the 14-to-17 hour marathon power cuts took to the streets in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Khangarh, Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan, Multan, Hyderabad and other cities. In Gujranwala, where people are experiencing 14 to 16 hours of power shutdowns in urban areas and 18 to 20 hours in rural areas, hundreds gathered at the Aiwan Roundabout and staged a protest demonstration. The protesters blocked the main highway connecting Lahore to Islamabad by setting tyres on fire. According to the channel, due to continued load shedding, more than 200 small industrial units have also been closed in Gujranwala, leaving thousands jobless. Traders in Multan took out a rally against the ongoing power outages and inflation outside t

18th Amendment: celebrations and the aftermath

Monday, April 12, 2010 By By Tahir Hasan Khan Karachi ÒJamhooriat, Hakmiyat and MasawatÓ (Democracy, Power and Equality), the three slogans in the new logo of the National Assembly, is a clear message from the elected representatives of the 170 million people that there is no room for an undemocratic approach. Speaker National Assembly, Dr Fehmeeda Mirza designed and selected the new logo and slogans. I am thankful to her for sharing her idea with me in her chamber in the backdrop of the important debate in the National Assembly on the 18th constitutional amendment. A former law minister, Iqbal Haider, who served in the late Benazir Bhutto government, was also present on this occasion and suggested a change in the slogan. He advised that “Hakmiyat” be replaced with “Salamty” (security). Mirza solicited my opinion on this, but I disagreed with Haider because the purpose of democracy is to serve the people who voted for it, and without power no democracy can achieve its purpose. On

Renaming to revitalise drive for separate provinces

By: Abrar Saeed | Published: April 12, 2010 ISLAMABAD – The controversy over the renaming of NWFP as Khyber Pakhtunk-hwa led to the demand of independent province by the people of Hazara Division, which was becoming source of inspiration for the people striving for separate provinces within the Federation. Even the leaders like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif saw justification in the demand of Hazara province and said in a press conference on the other day that in the given circumstances the demand of separate province by the Hazara people was not out of the place. On the other hand the current move for a separate province by people of Hazara will give strength to the demand of people living in other parts of the country, who have been struggling to have their own provinces within the Federation for quite sometime. The people living in Southern Punjab have been demanding a separate province since long and now the demand of the Hazara people will definitely give

Efforts on to make Balochistan prosperous

Published: April 12, 2010 QUETTA - Balochistan Finance Minister and Parliamentary leader of PML-Q in Baloc-histan Assembly Mir Asim Kurd Gailoo has said that the provincial government under the leadership of Nawab Aslam Raisani was making all out efforts to bring prosperity to the province. He expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of newspapers market in Quetta on Sunday. Gailoo lauded the role of newspaper hawkers in dissemination of information, saying they were the backbone of newspaper industry who perform their duties without caring for harsh weather and ensure supply of newspapers to readers early in the morning. He said that newspaper hawkers had faced difficulties and struggled for the construction of newspaper market and ultimately their efforts yielded fruits. He said that the Chief Minister himself wanted to attend the ceremony and inaugurate newspaper market but he could not come due to some engagements and added that provision of funds by Chi

In this day and ages legitimacy come from the will of the people.

Friday, April 9, 2010 Claims for independence is only accepted when independence seeker do have genuine support as reflected for high levels of support for politicians or political party. Nation do not enter the world with a fully formed nationalist consciousness; nationalists are constructed by political activist who seek to persuade enough of their members that it make sense to mobilise politically as a national minority for national goals. Whether nationalist claim independence should be determined by the wishes of the majority of its members, as shaped and expressed through free democratic debate and competition to find best. When a nation is concentrated in a territory the nation can be mobilised along a nationalist line to acquire an independent state. There are sizeable Baluch that have been dwelling in their traditional homeland. This group of human being have their own language, culture, and moral code different from rest of Iranian. Baluch in Iran have no representation

18th Amend a 'fraud': Mengal

Published: April 11, 2010 QUETTA – President Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Sardar Akhtar Mengal while terming 18th Amendment a ‘fraud’ has said that provincial autonomy and abolishment of concurrent list have no meaning for them. He said that 1973 Constitution could not save its founder from a General then how it can protect the rights of Balochs. He was addressing a public meeting at Chakar Khan Road on telephone from Germany on Saturday. He said that struggle of Baloch was not for provincial autonomy rather it was for right of self-determination and nothing short of it will be acceptable to them. He said that ‘Balochs were befooled in the name of Islam, one unit, democracy, referendum and Constitutional packages but they could not be deceived by 18th Amendment now’. ‘Alms will not be acceptable for Balochs from Islamabad’, he said,adding, that Baloch want

Musharraf plotted Benazir's assassination: Talal Bugti

2010-04-09 12:00:00 Top Baloch leader and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Nawab Talal Bugti has blamed former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for Benazir Bhutto's assassination, saying the autocratic ruler wanted to divide the country and rule for years to come. Addressing the Islamabad Bar Association, Bugti also held Musharraf responsible for his father, Nawab Akbar Bugti's death. "Benazir was called back home on the pretext of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) so that she could be assassinated," Bugti said. "The main agenda of Musharraf was to break up the country and, therefore, he assassinated late Benazir and Akbar Bugti," he added. Criticizing the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government for following Musharraf's policies, Bugti stressed that 'provincial autonomy' was the need the need of the hour, and that it would ultimately strengthen the 'federation'. He also blasted the government for initiating