Swat IDPs Problems

A line is divided into two as they wait their turn to collect food : photo by APEmilio Morenatti
A line is divided into two as they wait their turn to collect food : photo by APEmilio Morenatti

Mardan, about 70km northwest of Peshawar, capital of the NWFP, is the first place those fleeing volatile areas like Buner, Swat and Lower Dir come to, and the government has established three camps in the district – Jalala, Sheikh Yasin and Sheikh Shahzad.

Arriving in Jalala by rickshaw, car, small truck or bus, most internally displaced persons (IDPs) carry little more than the clothes on their backs, according to a statement by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
The number of IDPs is going up by the hour as more people take advantage of an easing of curfew restrictions.

According to IDPs in Jalala, the camp contains some 1,700 families, and conditions are “awful”. It’s very hot and the swat dwellers are not used to this heat in which Sitting in tents is like being in a ‘tandoor’ [clay oven].”
Despite the heat, women had no choice but to remain cooped up inside as they observed ‘purdah’ (seclusion).
The majority of women and children are suffering from scabies, diarrhea and high fever.
There is not enough water: the toilets are in a terrible state and food is not available in adequate quantity as the number of IDPS goes on and on.

Pakistani people, NGOs, UN and many other organizations are working at their full capacity but the problem is the huge influx which is seen for the first time in history. The internally displaced persons had to live in camps until the Operation RAH E RAST by Pakistan Army comes to an end. They can not harvest their wheat crop which is a huge economical loss. It will be required that their aid should not be stopped if they had gone to their homes. Pakistani people, NGOs, UN and many other organizations are working at their full capacity but the problem is the huge influx which is seen for the first time in history. The internally displaced persons had to live in camps until the Operation RAH E RAST by Pakistan Army comes to an end. They can not harvest their wheat crop which is a huge economical loss. It will be required that their aid should not be stopped if they had gone to their homes as they are suffering economically as well.

I urge all of you to come forward and help them in this hard time.

Source: IRIN

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Benazir assassinated by US special Squad

Former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on the orders of the special death squad formed by former US vice-president Dick Cheney, which had already killed the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafique Al Hariri and the army chief of that country.

The squad was headed by General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed commander of US army in Afghanistan. It was disclosed by reputed US journalist Seymour Hersh while talking to an Arab TV in an interview.

Hersh said former US vice-president Cheney was the chief of the Joint Special Operation Command and he clear the way for the US by exterminating opponents through the unit and the CIA. General Stanley was the in-charge of the unit.

Seymour also said that Rafiq Al Hariri and the Lebanese army chief were murdered for not safeguarding the US interests and refusing US setting up military bases in Lebanon. Ariel Sharon, the then prime minister of Israel, was also a key man in the plot.
A number of websites around the world are suspecting the same unit for killing of Benazir Bhutto because in an interview with Al-Jazeera TV on November 2, 2007, she had mentioned the assassination of Usama Bin Laden, Seymour said. According to BB, Umar Saeed Sheikh murdered Usama, but her words were washed out from the David Frosts report, he said.

The US journalist opined that it might have been done on purpose because the US leadership did not like to declare Usama dead for in the case the justification of the presence of US army in Afghanistan could no more be there, hence no reason for operation against Taliban.

On the other hand, the diplomatic analysts believe that BB murder is still a fable and it is for the reason Asif Zardari and other govt authorities are stressing UN probe in the murder case, also paying huge sums for it.

Another website has disclosed that Benazir was put to death in order to roll back Pakistan nuclear programme and the take over its nukes and India, Israel and the US, were making hectic efforts to deprive Pakistan of its atomic capability so as to bring to under their control.

Source: New York Times

Balochi Sajji

Sajji is a native dish of the desert province of Baluchistan, Pakistan.  It is unique and Indigenous Balochi way of cooking lamb, adopted now in Urban areas of Pakistan by replacing lamb with chicken.

For making Sajji the meat  is roasted to a delightful degree of tenderness and is not very spicy. It is a whole leg of lamb or whole chicken deliciously marinated in local herbs and salt, barbecued beside an open fire. It is very popular among the locals and is offered with great insistence to the guests. It is served with special bread “Kaak”, “roti” or “naan”, which is baked in an oven, wrapped around a stone.

Sajji is amongst the favorite delicacies of Baluchistan natives specially it is famous in Quetta. A spicier version is preferred in Karachi or Lahore, uses chicken instead of lamb. The chickens are on wooden rods and they are cooked slowly on the heat of smoldering fire. The urban people prefers to use Chat masala( spice) , lemon juice, Raita(yogurt) and salad with it. While originally it has been eaten with bread.

Famous Sajji outlets in Karachi and Lahore are Quetta Sajji House and Food Street.

RBS T20 Tournament in Pakistan

PCB will be holding The RBS National Twenty20 Championship from May 25 to 29 in Lahore with 13 regional teams participating in a tournament featuring 18 matches, including the final, in just five days. The tournament has been affected by IPL schedule and the forthcoming T20 world cup in June. The PCB officials consider this time for the popular domestic event. It is not in favor of players or spectators either. The scorching weather in Lahore, experiencing 40-plus degrees temperature these days, is also expected to keep the fans away from the tournament where the matches will start at 9am, 2pm and 4pm.

The tournament is held evey year and a good way to explore domestic talent. The players of national team are also part of the regional tems which is beneficial for the local players also.

Sialkot Stallions, led by former Pakistan’s captain Shoaib Malik, will defend their title this year. A total cash prize-money of Rs4.4 million was at stake with the winning team to pocket Rs2.5 million and the runners-up Rs1 million.

The man-of-the-final will get Rs50, 000 while the best bowler, batsman, wicket-keeper, fielder of the final and both semi-finals will receive a cash prize of Rs25, 000 each.

The best bowler, batsman, wicket-keeper, fielder of the tournament will receive a purse of Rs30, 000 each. Moreover, a total cash prize of Rs425, 000 will be distributed in the preliminary round.

GROUPS:
Group ‘A’: Faisalabad Wolves, Rawalpindi Rams, Lahore Lions, Quetta Bears.

Group ‘B’: Sialkot Stallions, Multan Tigers, Karachi Zebras.

Group ‘C’: Peshawar Panthers, Hyderabad Hawks, Islamabad Leopards.

Group ‘D’: Lahore Eagles, Karachi Dolphins, Abbottabad Rhinos.

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