Showing posts from February, 2012

Pakistan's First Oscar - Cheers for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins Pakistan's first Oscar
By Amna Nawaz, NBC News Pakistan correspondent, Feb 27, 2012

It's being called "Pakistan's Oscar," but 33-year-old filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be the one bringing the award home.

The Karachi native's latest film, "Saving Face," which chronicles the lives of acid attacks victims in Pakistan and the doctor working to help them, made history Sunday night at the 84th Academy Awards by winning Pakistan's first Oscar ever. The film was co-directed by American filmmaker Daniel Junge, and will air on HBO on March 8th.

Obaid-Chinoy accepted the award for Documentary Short Subject on stage and dedicated it to "all the women in Pakistan who are working for change – don't give up on your dreams."

Award for all Pakistanis

In an interview with NBC News in Karachi before leaving for the awards in Los Angeles, Obaid-Chinoy said she felt the support of the entire nation, and hoped…

Understanding Political Parties of Pakistan !


Muslim States and Human Rights Issues: A Commendable Initiative

Global Human Rights Group Aims to Bridge Gap Between Islam and West
Ismira Lutfia | February 21, 2012, Jakarta Globe

Jakarta played host on Monday to the inaugural meeting of the human rights commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an event that the commission said carried “profound historical significance.”

Indonesia’s deputy foreign minister, Wardana, said the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC was expected to bridge the growing divide between the Muslim world and the West on the issue of human rights.

“Our hope is that this commission will be the engine that drives the reform process to transform the OIC into an organization that can effectively address the challenges facing the Muslim world,” he said.

“We also hope it can address the misunderstandings in both the Muslim world and the West about the compatibility between Islam, human rights and democracy.”

The IPHRC, agreed upon at a summit of OIC foreign ministers last June, has 18 commissioners…

Pakistan: Its Trials, Tribulations and its Beauty

Pakistan: Its Trials, Tribulations and its Beauty
As Pakistan's political crisis deepens, Anwar Akhtar, an expert in south Asian politics and culture, looks at everyday life in the tumultous country - and picks his top ten observations.
Channel 4, 14 February 2012

1 - Pakistan is not poor, despite the best efforts of some of the people running this country to make it so. It takes five hours to drive from Multan to Lahore, another four to then go to Islamabad, as far as the eye can see are the lush fields of the fertile Punjab agriculture belt, full of wheat, cotton, sugar cane, mangoes, and more citrus fruit then I can list.

There are massive opportunities for wider agricultural diversity and investment - Pakistan could be self-sufficient in food production but instead millions live in poverty, whilst feudal landlords export food on a mass scale to the Arab Gulf States.

2 - Travelling to visit relatives in Multan, Bahawlphur and remote villages near Ahmed Pur East, life is very diff…

Book Launch in New York: Aboard the Democracy Train in Pakistan


Pakistan: Choosing Between Democracy and Dictatorship ?

Pakistani Meltdown: Choosing Between Democracy and Dictatorship

CNP discussion with Hassan Abbas, Shuja Nawaz and Moeed Yusuf

Centre for National Policy, Washington DC,  February 7, 2012

The high stakes struggle for power between the civilian, military and intelligence institutions in Pakistan has significant implications for the future of US-Pakistani relations. CNP President Scott Bates and a panel of experts discussed what the constitutional crisis in Pakistan means for the war in Afghanistan, regional stability, nuclear security and the struggle against Al Qaeda.

For video of the event, click here

Crisis in Baluchistan and the US-Pakistan Relations

US Congressional hearing may spell trouble for Pakistan
Malik Siraj Akbar, Dawn, February 6, 2012

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Washington DC and the author of The Redefined Dimensions of the Baloch Nationalist Movement

The United States (US) Committee on Foreign Affairs is set to convene a congressional hearing on Wednesday (February 8), for an exclusive discussion on Balochistan.

The extraordinary event has generated great interest among followers of Pakistan-US relations, as the allies’ mutual relationship seems to be deteriorating. The powerful House of Representatives committee oversees America’s foreign assistance programs and experts believe it can recommend halting US assistance to Pakistan over human rights violation in Balochistan.

Calls for ‘independence’While Islamabad has strictly treated Balochistan as an internal matter, the debate on such a divisive topic by the powerful committee has highlighted the level of American interest in Balochistan and …