Shortage of food & other commodities in Swat

According to news reports millions of people are suffering from food & medicine shortage after 24 hours of displacement of thousands of people from Swat, Buner and various other districts of Malakand. Due to curfew and ongoing military operation millions of people are still confined inside their houses in Malakand and they are facing shortage of amenities. It has been appealed by various organizations repeatedly that there is a need of food, medicines, tents, utensils for the refugees.

A huge displacement has been observed from the affected areas via Ambela-Sawabai Road, Dagar-Mardan Road, Jowar-Daragi Road (via Bazdara and Girarai). According to the local social activist Mr. Tajun Khan, 60% population of the affected areas has left villages. The remaining population is facing shortage of food, water and health facilities. Curfew has been relaxed for more than 12 Hours which facilitated the people who are continuously fleeing the area. But the people who are stuck up in the area have no transport, fuel and money to come out. 100% schools of the districts are closed. The Militants have destroyed some of the schools buildings, Police stations and posts, Basic Health Units and houses of some liberals and opinion makers.

During the operation the forces have destroyed roads, bridges, water supply facilities and electricity poles in the area .A huge number of live stock have been killed. The wheat crop ready for harvesting and Tobaccos crop have been destroyed at large scale. 03 students have been injured while going to appear for exam at Dagar College.

The electricity grad station has been damaged by bomb blast and electricity supply is suspended to most of the areas in the district including Mingora where more than 0.5 million people are living. Due to electricity failure, the citizens are facing shortage of water. The continuous curfew in the main city has resulted in shortage of food commodities.

There is no transport facility in the city as the main Swat-Peshawar road has been blocked by the security forces. The people who are stuck up in the area are facing shortage of water, food commodities and medical facilities as there is no electricity and transportation. It merits mentioning here that areas affected in the previous operations are comparatively calm.

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Items required for IDPs or Swat

List of items required:

– Tents
– Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes, Mosquito netting
– Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels, Sanitary wear
– Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Pulses, Beans, Canned food, Biscuits, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk (tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water.
– Utensils: Crockery, Buckets – buying it locally will be more effective
– Toys for children

– Medicines:
* Water purification tablets.
* Life saving drugs.
* Vaccines for malaria, cholera, typhoid, influenza.
* Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol, pethadine, kinz .
* Antibiotics e.g. tetnus, amoxil, gentamycin.
* IV cannulas
* IV Drip sets
* IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate
* Local anesthetics (injections)
* Cotton bandages, cotton.
* Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers.
* Suturing materials, Skin staples.

Navel Invasion

It is not that there is naval invasion and war begins but it is more of a cultural war. The navel invasion has first on a rise from west but over the past few years it has been from across the borders. The media industry in India and to an extent in Pakistan objectifies women to sell their products. This objectification not only affects the status of women but it is also affecting our ethical values and culture. Whatever advertisement it is a women is there. They made things sale able.

Words like babe, hot, sexy are a part of even a child’s verbal communication now. They don’t know what nikah is but PHEERAY is familiar. Teen agers want to dress like the girls they watch on media. When I review flashback of my life I observe many changes we use to watch programmes on TV in the presence of elders. There was a check on our activities which helped us a lot in future. But when I compared this to modern time the scenario has been completely altered. Over exposure is sometimes dangerous too.

The content of foreign channels includes dancing and exposing navels by sassy girls even in ads and dramas now. The trend is on a high that even our local dramas are following it. Bold topics and scenes are now a part of every drama take example of Mulaqat on hum TV. Even advertisements are like that we can’t watch them with family. Multiple marriages and affairs are borrowed from Indian soaps. Band khirkion k peechay at TV One shows the story of elite class where many taboos are OK.

Ads of housing projects shows hugging couple. Fashion industry is also following international trends and you can see women wearing sleeveless shirts in lot of morning shows. It seems that media has been escaped from a prison and every one is showing whatever they want. There is no censor now.

This navel invasion is much severe than naval invasion and I am unable to see efforts to combat it. Media and concerned authorities should look into the matter.

Zardari and American Protocol

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The ongoing visit of President Zardari has been the talk of the town. I would like to mention the aspect of protocol violation on this visit. As the head of the state and a part of trilateral consultations, The meeting or press conference should be with head of the states of America, instead U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sitting in the center speaks at the State Department with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai sitting on left and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari sitting on right side. It rather seems like two puppets are acting as thier master wants them to perform.

In international politics, protocol is the etiquette of diplomacy and affairs of state.

A protocol is a rule which guides how an activity should be performed, especially in the field of diplomacy. In diplomatic services and governmental fields of endeavor protocols are often unwritten guidelines. Protocols specify the proper and generally-accepted behavior in matters of state and diplomacy, such as showing appropriate respect to a head of state, ranking diplomats in chronological order of their accreditation at court, and so on.

If we take a flash back in 1950 when the Prime minister of an infant state visits America, The American President Trueman greets him at the airport. what a great official welcoming ceremony for Liaquat Ali Khan. It looks a dignified and elegant visit of a Head of the state on equality basis.

Did Obama came to receive Zardari?

Scenario has been changed but dignity should be there. If Zardari is on a position where once Quaid e Azam was, How can we say Pakistan is prospering.

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Should Pakistan Boycott Cricket World Cup 2011?

Boycott World CupThis question has been debated since ICC announced that Pakistan will not be hosting the allocated matches of world cup 2011 due to security reasons. The decision was made without any investigation from ICC. There wasn’t any kind of official visit of the country to examine the security measures. So it has been said that the decision has been taken in a hurry or I might say it was the strong lobby of BCCI and Indian press. Soon after the decision Indian papers place headlines that Pakistan may boycott world cup 2011 matches if it stays in India, to create a negative image for our cricket.

Pakistan cricket legend Zaheer Abbas asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott the 2011 World Cup if it is held in the rest of the sub-continent.

“It’s time that Pakistan cricket breaks its silence over what’s been happening against it in recent times,” said Zaheer. “The ICC took away the Champions Trophy and now it has deprived us of the World Cup. What else should happen before we broke our silence,” he lamented.

On the other hand if we decided to boycott than it will be much more difficult for us in the near future, but a protest must be made from our side to let them know our concerns. PCB is in financial crisis and if ICC ditched Pakistan as World Cup host then it would be fatal for it. There would be no money for our future cricket.

The daring step is that PCB has served a legal notice to the International Cricket Council (ICC) over their decision to shift the 2011 World Cup matches out of the country due to security reasons.

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt said a legal notice was sent to the ICC today in protest against the decision and said if security was the reason for moving the World Cup matches out of Pakistan, then it was no better in Sri Lanka and India.

“We didn’t want to and don’t want to give useless statements on losing the World Cup matches. But I think our sending the ICC a legal notice is our way of protesting against this decision,” Butt told a news conference in Lahore.

“The ICC’s decision to shift the matches was not correct in legal terms. And we have also approached the Court of Arbitration for Sports seeking justice,” Butt said

In my opinion the protest has been made through proper channel and whatever the result would be we should play the WC matches with eagerness and passion to win it. PCB has enough time to strengthen the team. Players can wear black band through out the matches so that the whole world could witness our protest in a civilized manner & if we made to win the event it would be icing on the cake.

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