Friday, November 26, 2010

The State Of Violence and Deteriorating Law And Order In Sindh.

The State Of Violence and Deteriorating Law And Order In Sindh.

Dr Meher Zaidi.

The news that a powerful landlord group has taken over forcibly the lands of some small farmers in Thatta area shows how blatantly powerful the criminals have become in Sindh even after the massively devastating floods. The increased reports of rapes, videos for blackmail and the most recent rape victim’s pathetic state in Peoples Medical College Hospital ,Nawabshah where she is admitted reflects on the sad and totally pathetic law and order status in Sindh. The violence against women cases are rising too fast. There is no follow-up of these cases after initial media reporting. The media should follow up these cases. The lethargy on the part of the government seems to be evident by two or three visit and then neglecting the whole issue. The women ministers in Sindh do try to offer some help but the entire mechanism of action and planning on these issues seems to be adhoc only. The Karo-Kari  murders are also not being properly registered and the judiciary is absolutely numb and non-proactive on this issue.
While the flood affectees even clutch for meager food and other help from humanitarian agencies , the government is happily planning a Zulfikarabad. A town where already rich will be given latest plots, apartments, land facilities. Where the landless will not get an inch of either land or jobs. Instead of improving and building on cities like Hyderabad, Sukkur, Jacobabbad, Larkana and several others, including those devastated by floods, calls are being made to develop this new town. At whose expense will this be done? The already overtaxed, already in the net taxpayer. What about the big, bad landlords? Do not they have to pay taxes? Is the country run on such stupid terms? What is the opinion of the international community? Will it be ignored? Is not the tax base to be widened? Will the country become more economically and politically un-viable.
Unless the law and order situation is not improved , no investor and especially in Thar Coal will come to Pakistan. This all information is available on net. The whole treatment of Thar Coal issue is being mishandled by the government who is unable to understand that its development will make Sindh and then the whole of Pakistan rich. Their action-plan, their governance is totally short of the real need for development of  Sindh’s resources. Obviously when Sindh is being ruled and dictated by criminals who are forcibly doing all the acts of violence in the villages and towns of Sindh and where the local population is helpless, how can reform be expected. It seems that the Pakistan Peoples Party mandate is entirely and seriously hijacked by idiots. Corruption in each and every field has eaten away at the entire fabric of Sindh. When will the people understand their own importance?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


US President Obama addressing Indian students.
After the midterm strategic defeat after which the president addressed his nation  in a pensive mood, the Indian visit of Mr Obama was relaxed and friendly. President Obama seemed very respectful of the Indian hosts during this visit. His  interesting answers were to the University students who asked him some very smart questions. The thing what struck me about the Indian students was their very courtesied yet easy behavior and language when addressing the president. Unlike the Pakistani youth whose way of addressing the seniors especially if they are foreign dignitaries is usually accusative, in weak grammar and mostly generalized. Mr Obama did say that India will become a security council permanent member but it had to improve its behavior vis-a-vis  Myanmar and Iran. The Pakistani commentators have mostly ignored this answer but I think this was a very smart annexure on the part of Mr Obama. The Myanmar support that India so openly gives to the dictatorial and fascist regime shows the utter duplicity and pretensions of India being such a big democracy. The human rights abuses, the utter inhuman treatment and genocide of the Karen people that the Myanmar regime is blatantly doing, has been totally ignored by all Indian governments. They are even ignoring the fact that North Korea is quietly and steadily helping the despots build a nuclear facility. It is a shame that at such a time that they have staged a sham election, Indian government smilingly shakes hands with the US president and asks for actions in Pakistan.
Aung Sun Su Kyi is still imprisoned and had asked the people to boycott elections. A reporter inside told CNN that the response was not so bad from where he was but I think from the faces and skin of the people it seemed that a lot of them have suffered unbearable violence. This has been reported continuously even from the Muslim Karen community who are misnamed Nepalese or Bengalis in Karachi that unimaginable violence and repression is used unashamedly by the Myanmar army regime.
As regards Iran India is on good terms with Afghanistan government , Iran government and is even accused of destabilizing the Baluchistan province of Pakistan.
The US and NATO forces may be suffering some losses but would be foolish to leave the region any time soon. The matters are too serious and somehow the surge will have to continue. The spill over effects in Pakistan as quoted by Kazi Hussain Ahmed of Jamaate Islami are not because of the presence of these forces  but is part of a larger Al-Qaeda/ Islamist plan to take over the region of Afghanistan & Pakistan and establish an Islamic Caliphate. This kind of movement will intensify if these forces leave early.
The talks with Taleban should not be a no no but the other stake holders like the Pakistan army who are directly fighting the Pakistani militants have to be consulted.
US realizes the strategic importance of a stable Pakistan and it did emphasize this to India in order to bring the Kashmir problem to focus. With the Republicans taking over the lower house and the elections in two years time, we have to hope that Afghanistan is stabilized by that time. Any move to inflame Iran at this time will again reverse any gains made maybe more severely than the silly but dangerous war opened in Iraq. With the bombings and killings of Shias by Sunnis in Iraq , this same kind of scenario will become common in Iran which will be very dangerous for this nuclear armed region.
Pakistan must do its part to bring stability in the region by taking head on the militant and terror groups but that to me seems impossible as this society is too polarized with small vested interest groups in all its makeup.