Azad Kashmir, October 18: Azad Kashmir has been illegally occupied by Pakistan. It has its own elected President, Prime Minister, legislature, high court and an official flag. But, the puppet government is controlled by Pakistan. Azad Kashmir wants `complete independence from Islamabad and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) faction led by Amanullah Khan has launched a Quit Kashmir Movement. At a meeting held in Rawalpindi on September 30, 2010, JKLF has decided to hold a series of protest demonstrations in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit and Baltistan.
President Obama is endorsing backing India’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council. The move is largely a symbolic measure expected to cement U.S.-India relations and highlight India’s position as an emerging economic superpower.
President Obama’s endorsement means the U.S. joins the U.K., France and Russia in supporting India’s bid.
OBAMA: “Indeed the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate. That is why I can say today, in the years ahead I looked forward to a reformed United Nation Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.” (Video from CNN)
And as the Times of India reports - the Indian media rejoiced.
“Clearly, Obama had reserved his best for last. ... he silenced doubters wondering if America's India affair that began under Bill Clinton at the turn of the last millennium and flowered under George W Bush, was flagging.”
Pakistan objected quickly to the endorsement, saying it’s concerned about the implications of its historic rival earning a place on the world’s governing body. In the online newsletter Dissident Voice, retired professor Arshad Khan asks -- if India gets a seat -- why not Pakistan?
“There is a certain smugness in the Indian media about India’s economic progress. Yet if one compares per capita income, Pakistan is not that different... In fact, if one travels to one or the other, it is difficult to see any difference. ... One does notice a generally better fed populace in Pakistan perhaps reflected in life expectancy...”
A Pakistani correspondent for Al Jazeera notes, the sale of U.S. weapons to India and the United States’ tough language on Pakistan’s slow counter-terrorism efforts, are hitting home in Islamabad.
“Pakistan was no longer the number one U.S. ally in the region and the headline news in Pakistan was as simple as ‘Carrots for India, sticks for Pakistan.’”
So what do you think? Is India first among friends to the U.S.? Or are these overtures more symbolic than meaningful?
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Muzaffarabad, December 28: Locals in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir took to the streets to protest the increasing interference of Pakistani intelligence agencies. Kashmiri leaders have questioned the increasing military build up and has said Islamabad is supporting the anti India terror groups to further its foreign policy objectives.
Balochistan, January 31: Balochistan is rich in gold, copper, coal, uranium, oil & gas reserves. Unfortunately, the resource-rich province of Pakistan remains poor because of continuous exploitation by Islamabad. The wealth goes to foreign companies as Pakistan has been relying on them for surveys, exploration, mining and refining of mineral wealth. Reko Diq, a small desert town in Chagai district of Balochistan has gold and copper reserves worth 260 billion USD. Some 12.3m tons of copper and 20.9m ounces of gold lie in the Reko Diq area. The exploration work has been carried out by Tethyan Commper Company (Pvt.) Limited (TCC) – a Canadian consortium. Now, TCC wants to take the raw material abroad for refining. This will benefit the company and lead to a massive loss for Balochistan.
Gilgit, March 01: Gilgit Baltistan is on a boil. The rising unemployment has wreaked havoc with the economic and social fabric of Gilgit Baltistan. Many accuse the puppet administration propped up by Islamabad of being unmindful of the aspirations of the youth here. Most of the jobs are cornered by Pakistanis, locals allege.
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Muzaffarabad, April 12: The Chinese are extending their foot print in the Himalayan region in the guise of economic and infrastructural development.The people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir accuse Islamabad of colluding with Beijing to dole out contracts to Chinese firms at a higher cost.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Barack Obama has said. Bin Laden was shot dead at a compound near Islamabad, in a ground operation based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August. Mr Obama said US forces took possession of the body after "a firefight".
Bin Laden is believed to have ordered the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001 and a number of others. He was top of the US' "most wanted" list. DNA tests later confirmed that Bin Laden was dead, US officials said.
Announcing the success of the operation, Mr Obama said it was "the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al-Qaeda". The US has put its embassies around the world on alert, warning Americans of the possibility of al-Qaeda reprisal attacks for Bin Laden's killing.
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The United States’ relationship with Pakistan could go from bad to worse after Pakistani media revealed the name of who they believe is the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad. The Associated Press says the name is “incorrect,” but sources like...
...The New York Times use more specific language, saying the name was misspelled, rather than incorrect.
It’s unclear who’s behind the leak, but reports indicate the U.S. has no plans to pull the station chief from the post. The Australian explains -- having to replace the operative would be a major blow to U.S. intelligence operations in Pakistan.
“The Islamabad station chief is one of the CIA's most critical and sensitive assignments. The position oversees the agency's covert programs, including the drone campaign that targets al-Qa'ida and Taliban leaders, as well as fighters who cross the border into Afghanistan.”
And Neon Tommy reports, this is the second time in six months a CIA operative’s identity has been revealed in Pakistan.
“In December, the previous CIA station chief in Islamabad had to leave because his name started to circulate in the Pakistani media. The U.S. quietly blamed the leak on willful disobedience by Pakistan's intelligence agency.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib explains a popular Western theory as to why the name was publicized.
JERRY SEIB: “You had both a Pakistani newspaper and a television station yesterday out what they said was the name of the CIA station chief in Islamabad, which a lot of people see as a sign that the government is getting back at the U.S. and its intelligence services for mounting a raid against Osama bin Laden without telling the Pakistanis what it was up to.”
Seib goes on to suggest the top echelons of both U.S. and Pakistani government have actually tried to quell tension over the past few days without giving up too many of their playing cards.
And in his first public statement since the bin Laden raid, Pakistan’s prime minister lashed out at those who suggest his country knew anything about the fugitive’s whereabouts -- but as Al Jazeera reports, he eased up when it came to direct statements about the United States.
PRIME MINISTER YOUSUF RAZA GILANI: “Any attack against Pakistan’s strategic assets, whether overt or covert, will find a matching response.”
REPORTER: “A pointed dig at the United States, which provides Pakistan with billions of dollars of military aid, he later tempered.”
PRIME MINISTER YOUSUF RAZA GILANI: “Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with U.S. We have a strategic partnership which we believe serves our mutual interest.”
On Fox News, a former CIA analyst acknowledges the importance of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship -- but says recent events prove the United States should make its sometimes reluctant ally work harder for the aid money it gets.
LISA CURTIS, FORMER CIA ANALYST: “I think rather than cutting off aid altogether, it would be correct for the U.S. to withhold future aid and tell Pakistan that any future aid disbursements will rely on their future assistance. For instance, tracking down terrorists like al-Zawahri, al Qaeda’s number two, maybe even Mullah Omar, the chief of the Taliban. I think we should use this opportunity to get more cooperation from Pakistan.”
Finally, a correspondent for CNN says -- even if all these individual conflicts sort themselves out, recent events have revealed a difficult road forward for the two countries.
“I think the bigger issue here is the fact that these allegations are happening. It really underscores the volatile, the uncertain, and adversarial sometimes relationship that Pakistan and the U.S. has. These are two countries that are supposed to be partners in this crucial fight against extremism, but they’re finger-pointing.”
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In an accident involving the Pakistani actress Veena Malik while she was travelling from Islamabad to Lahore, the actress has declared herself to be unhurt, opposing the claims of the Pakistani media.
Azad Kashmir, July 11: Ever since 1970, when the people of Azad Kashmir were granted the right to vote on the basis of adult franchise, the cabinet in Muzaffarabad has been a mirror image of the ruling clique in Islamabad. History has repeated itself again in the 2011 elections. The ruling Pakistan Peoples party and other major parties have succeeded in duping the people of Azad Kashmir once again. The June 26th polls held across Azad Kashmir, and in cities like Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore, were marred by widespread rigging and violence. It left at least three persons dead. PPP emerged the winner by securing 20 of the 41 seats. The Opposition PML-N was in second position with 9 seats and the Muslim Conference was third with five seats. However, there were widespread allegations against the Chief Election Commissioner for holding the worst-ever polls.
Muzaffarabad, September 06: Islamabad's sway over the Himalayan region is not confined to the political and economic realm alone. In order to extend its illegal occupation in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK, it not only militarily snuffs out all challenges from the locals, it is even doctoring text books to mould the minds of young Kashmiris.
Gilgit, September 20: Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI is doing whatever it takes to drive a wedge between the Shias and Sunnis in the hitherto peaceful region of Gilgit Baltistan. While locals strive for peace the spy agency is furthering Islamabad’s policy of divide and rule.
*******SupremeMasterTV**** – GOOD PEOPLE GOOD WORKS The Way to a Promising Future Lies in Nature: Pakistan’s Helga Ahmad (In Urdu). Episode: 1879, Air Date: 6 November 2011.
Today’s Good People, Good Works will be presented in Urdu and English, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Thai.
Greetings, eco-friendly viewers, and welcome to Good People, Good Works on Supreme Master Television. This week’s episode features Helga Ahmad, the chairperson of a non-profit, nongovernmental organization called the Initiative for Rural and Sustainable Development which is based in Pakistan’s national capital of Islamabad.
One of the Initiative’s projects is the Funkor Child Art Center which promotes awareness of environmental protection, preservation of traditional culture, human rights, moral values and peace through art appreciation and book reading.
Ms. Ahmad is a nationally recognized environmentalist who in 2007 received the prestigious Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from Pakistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs for her outstanding contributions to society. Her profile also appeared in “Green Pioneers,” a book published by the United Nations Development Programme that showcases those making significant contributions to field of environmental conservation in Pakistan.
Helga Ahmad was born and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. She later came to Pakistan which she has now made home for more than half a century. Her husband is Jamil Ahmad who previously worked as a Pakistani civil servant in the nation’s frontier areas and as a minister in Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Due to her husband’s position, she was able to travel throughout Pakistan and she became involved in promoting sustainable development and environmental awareness after witnessing the challenges faced by the underprivileged segments of society.
So , after my husband retired from government service, I was active with the National Craft Council of Pakistan, and we were trying to promote traditional crafts. And being personally interested in it, I was sent to different areas to see how one could improve. So near Multan there is an area called Crorebhaka and Crorebhaka has beautiful block-printed work and tie-and-dye work, done by the local women and men.
Now the dyes which these women were using were highly toxic. And these women, the moment they were finished with the dyes, they used to throw it in the courtyard. And the children used to play. And naturally I was trying to teach the women that, look, this is very unhealthy, and your children become very ill because of it.
Then I was able to also teach them how to use a local tree which is called the Neem tree, which is now an international tree. It's called Neem, the global tree of the future. And the people didn't even know that the Neem tree is very good for any type of skin problem. So I taught them how to use the Neem tree, but simultaneously I also tried to look around for funding to teach the women how to use the old technique of vegetable dyeing. So we got an expert from Bangladesh, and we tried our level best to have a workshop for 10 days in that area.
The use of agro-chemicals endangers the health of rural residents, and this is another area of concern for Ms. Ahmad.
Cotton is grown and cotton has enormous, high levels of pesticide sprays. And because of the pesticide, the cottonwood, which is used by the rural women as fuel, I took some cottonwood with me to the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency laboratory, and we discovered that the cottonwood still has a lot of pesticide.
So the woman who is cooking the food, and for instance, the pregnant girl is told by her mother-in-law, You sit comfortably and you do the cooking. Now in the process of it, this girl, when she cooks the food, she also inhales the fumes of the cottonwood. So she herself, as well as the unborn child, are automatically weakened.
When Helga Ahmad was a child in Bavaria, she and her family would forage in the forest for edible wild berries and plants because of serious food shortages during wartime. Ms. Ahmad is thus familiar with many medicinal plants and herbs. One of her success stories is how she helped show some of the rural residents of the Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan how the sea-buckthorn can better their health and prevent landslides.
And on one visit, that was about 15 years ago, up into the Karakoram, I discovered the sea-buckthorn. Now sea-buckthorn is a plant which we as children in Bavaria, our mothers used to send us out to pick the berries from the sea-buckthorn shrubs. And our mothers used to make cough-syrups because during the war and even after the war, we lived off natural herbs. We lived off mushrooms, and the food which the forest gave us.
I mean in Bavaria our forests are unbelievable. I still dream about them. So our mothers used to send us out to collect different plants for herbal medicines and herbal teas and the rest of it; it was an amazing time thanks to the forests which we had.
So when I saw this berry up there, I asked these people, What are you doing with it? And they said, Oh, this is for the goats and the birds who are living off it. I said, What do you mean? This is a gift of God, who has given it to the mountain people so that during the winter, all their illnesses are removed.
Several years later when she was in northern Pakistan again, she ran into Mr. Mohammad Shafa who had served as her translator six years earlier during her visit to the area. He had taken her advice to heart and showed Ms. Ahmad photos of his family collecting sea-buckthorn berries.
I was so excited by it. Not only did he do whatever I had told the people to do, but he also made his son-in-law, who was a welder, weld together a fruit juicer, a fruit press. Now I had told those people that if you extract the juice from the berries, you have to have at least two spoons of the juice per day during the winter months. And it will keep the coughs and colds away.
Now this person, he collected one kilogram of berries, extracted the juice, and measured it spoon-wise. So he knew exactly how many berries he had to collect because he had eight children and there was husband and wife, so there were 20 spoonfuls per day. So he collected that many berries for three months during the winter.
Then he extracted the juice and he was drying the rest of the residue and he selected some of the husk and put it in his bread, so that also became extra nutrients, and then the rest of it he gave to his cow. Well after the local people up there discovered that he's doing all those things, and that their health has improved, suddenly the local people also got interested in it.
Lack of clean drinking water is another long-term challenge that the government of Pakistan is confronting. Ms. Ahmad is also concerned about this issue, and she recommends rain harvesting and water recycling as measures to enhance the sustainability of the water supply.
In Libya, if a house wants to get a completion certificate, the government officer comes and looks if there is a rainwater- harvesting system functioning in the house, if there is a wastewater recycling system in the house, and then the completion certificate is given. Now in Islamabad we don't have any of this.
So since many, many years, I have been writing about it, I've been talking on television about it, and I've been going to concerned government officials also, trying to tell them that our water problem is an artificial problem, because Islamabad is being built up very aggressively, and in olden days when the rain fell, the ground absorbed the rain.
Now on many occasions, people are selling organic vegetables. Now if you have contaminated water, how is your vegetable organic? Because our water has contamination, our sewerage water, we don't have a proper sewerage system, everything goes into our rivers, right up from the Karakorum, right up from the Hindu Kush, everything goes into the river system and it is washed down, and naturally the soil absorbs it.
So when we talk about organic you have to have rainwater. So anyone who actually wants to grow organic vegetables should also be made to collect the rainwater, so that in the end they can use rainwater for the vegetables. Even recycling of wastewater, there are so many techniques now for recycling wastewater and using it for cultivation.
I think I remember about 18 years ago, we had Professor (Teruo) Higa from Japan, who had developed effective micro-organisms that feed on all the contaminants. And he introduced it in Pakistan. Recently I discovered that the National Agricultural Research Council of Islamabad is still producing it, so I got some of this material.
Fortunately, the government of Pakistan is also highly supportive of Helga Ahmad’s idea about collecting rainwater.
Now we have built-up areas, we have road systems, we have parking areas, and the rain goes into the storm drains, and it gushes off and it causes floods in the low-lying areas. So we should do something about it. Well, luckily last year, Capital Development (Authority) of Islamabad got a new chairman who was fully aware about my perseverance in rainwater harvesting.
So he invited me and a committee was formed about rainwater harvesting. So there were some very committed people working in that committee, and in Islamabad now there are three projects, three areas where rainwater has been collected. And amazingly, during those last heavy rains, in certain areas the water table has risen by 30 feet just because of these rainwater-harvesting initiatives.
To close, Ms. Ahmad has a final message for us all.
And I think for nature to heal, we should be using our religious groups to preach it, because the Qur'an teaches it. The Qur'an teaches us that God has given us this Earth in our hands, and we have to look after it, and we have to, for our future generation. Now that is in the Qur'an.
We salute you, Ms. Helga Ahmad and those part of the Initiative for Rural and Sustainable Development for your deep concern about the future of the people and beautiful natural environment of Pakistan, and for your tireless efforts to create a green, healthy way of life for generations to come. May Heaven bless Pakistan with ever brighter days ahead.
Wise viewers, thank you for your company on today’s program. May all inhabitants of planet Earth be immersed in the healing, protective power of Mother Nature.
Wise viewers, thank you for your company on today’s program. May all inhabitants of planet Earth be immersed in the healing, protective power of Mother Nature.
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