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Indian Army Shells Pakistan Army Post In Shakargarh - Connection With Kashmir Elections?

By Sikander Hayat

Indian army has today fired shells on Pakistani army in the Shakargarh region and has injured 2 Pakistani soldiers.  As usual both sides have blamed each other for starting the firing. BJP is trying to form government in Indian Administered Kashmir and this could be a ploy to concentrate minds in PDP camp.

This is not a new tactic and has been deployed in the past. At the moment BJP is fighting hard to not only be part of government in Kashmir but have the post of chief minister at least on the rotation basis. BJP does not have a single seat in the Kashmir Valley & Ladakh as both of these areas are Muslim majority. All of BJP's 25 seats have come from Jammu which has a Hindu majority. BJP's hindutwa politics have worked their magic in Kashmir and have divided the state on religious level by making Kashmir & Ladaakh voting for Muslim candidates & Jammu entirely going for Hindu candidates.

Few years ago Pervez Musharaf forwarded an "out of box&q…

Fire In Karachi - Who Is Responsible?

By Sikander Hayat

Who is responsible? There are major fires in all major cities of the world but the frequency of such incident in Pakistan is extraordinary. Some of the reasons are as follows:

1. The role of money in granting permits to have industrial waste in close proximity to housing

2. Not near enough investment in the fire fighting equipment

3. No adequate training for the fire fighting staff

4. Corrupt nature of the political class which does not care enough for people and has no sense of public duty

5. Regional political rivalry between MQM & Pakistan Peoples Party as both parties are quick to claim Karachi as their own but where good government is required, none of these two take responsibility. People like Sherjeel Memon & Farooq Sattar were quick to apportion blame on each others parties but PPP being in the government should have taken responsibility instead of wasting time in press conferences while Karachi was on fire.

Following steps need to be taken in the wa…

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