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“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

Today I was to write on Pakistan’s internal situation that is pathetic due to corruption, favourtism, nepotism, inefficiency to say the least.  People of Pakistan have lost total faith in the present political setup, they are demanding Army takeover to bring law and order in the country besides installing an efficient and honest government of no more than 25 technocrats who would build the socio-economic  foundations of the country.

The government is busy in denying every truth and fact that they are confronted with. It’s in every party’s tradition to lie and lie so loud that it better be accepted as truth. Here PPP is no exception therefore all the ills have become political culture in Pakistan.

Now Yousaf Raza Gillani who has been very subtly asked by Angelina Julie to come over to Hollywood for your looks and running the government is a very serious business. The Prime Minister had to admit the irregularities that he been doing in appointing his jail mates to lucrative posts like Chairman Oil and Gas Development Corporation and so is his cabinet busy in making their day as if tomorrow won’t come.

Dr Imran Farooq’s murder in London has caused a scare in all sane minds. People are whispering about the murder as an inside doing of MQM. Imran farooq was an important founding member of the party but now he had been suspended or expelled for the last two years. It is believed by most that his elimination had become a must or it was feared that all the secrets of MQM would be out that could endanger Altaf Hussain’s life.  As the days pass more and more details will unfurl but all depends on the honesty of British government and Scotland Yard.

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As the situation in Kashmir gets more tense more and more attention it would get. What India claimed to be an outside interference rather openly blaming Pakistan can no longer hide the truth. Now the truth has entered the stage where it has been accepted as self-evident truth. Its proof is that Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) dubbed as ‘Oh I C’ by Mahateer  Muhammad for its inaction and disastrous  performance. OIC has never had a coherent voice on an issue facing the Muslim World. Today its Secretary General has shocked everyone when he has demanded that New Delhi needs to take immediate steps to bring the violence in Kashmir to an end.

He also recounted that “India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the disputed region of Kashmir. Protesters have stormed government troops for three consecutive summers calling for Kashmiri independence from India or a merger with Pakistan.” The Secretary General needs to refresh his knowledge, India-Pakistan have fought four wars besides the years long constant war of attrition across the cease fire line now known as Line Of Control, courtesy Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Naming it as LOC was a secret acceptance by Zulfiar Bhutto as the de-facto border between the two countries but he never had the guts to speak the truth and inform the public. The fear of public backlash was far greater than the mileage that he wanted to draw.

In fact OIC should call an emergency meeting on Kashmir and draw a comprehensive policy to force  India to respond to the voice of the Kashmiri people and accept their just demand of self determination for a peaceful solution of Kashmir problem. Let it be known to all that now Kashmir problem can not be shelved or put on the backburner. Here onus also lies on Pakistan to play a leading role in activating and mobilizing the Muslim world and the other world bodies to see peace in Kashmir. Without the settlement of this issue, there can be no lasting peace in the region, nor India and Pakistan will have any fruitful friendly relations.

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Today I was sent two videos by my contact in Srinagar where Parvaiz Bukhari, an independent journalist based in Srinagar, has given his views on the latest situation prevalent there. What Parvaiz Bukhari has narrated leaves no room for any padding or reporting. It’s very comprehensive that covers all the details.

Kashmir valley is seeing the third consecutive summer of protests against the Indian security forces. 18 people were killed only on Monday by security forces in Kashmir after thousands took to the streets in defiance of the curfew, protesting the rumored burning of the Koran in the United States. Since then the police have arrested for inciting this violence a local leader of the National Conference Party of the ruling coalition in the state. Six more have been killed last week, including three last Friday. Civilian death toll since June 11, when the current round of protests began, has crossed 90. The government banned all local TV channels on Monday. Other severe restrictions have been placed on the media and journalists.

To find out more about life in Kashmir, we spoke with Parvaiz Bukhari, an independent journalist based in Srinagar, Friday evening in Kashmir.

In part 1 of the conversation, Parvaiz describes the recent events, the curbs on the press and the current security crackdown.

II   In part 2 of the conversation, Parvaiz sets the recent events in Kashmir in context and describes his own personal experiences and observations of living under the current siege.

Raja Mujtaba has over 25 years of writings behind him. His focus is on the Muslim World in particular and all other areas where humanity is subjected to injustice, suppression and killings. He sees the world as a global living but not part of the New World Order that is a Zionist Agenda. His conviction is that there can be no peace without justice thus the root cause to every problem must be identified and addressed. Justice leads to peace that develops love