Oct 122017
What about the economy?

Whenever a new project is launched, the ruling party never misses a chance to boast about the prosperity it is bringing to the country. The party’s opponents, on the other hand, blame it for hoodwinking people with false promises for votes. Both the parties seem to forget that neither prosperity nor peace can be attained without strong sustainable economy, for which none of them seem to be serious. For example, our ruling elite on the both sides took no serious and concrete steps to preserve forests and build dams, which are essential for water storage and for generation of cheap electricity. Instead, when in power, they go for loans and aid from foreign financial institutions for projects that satisfy their egos and help them keep a grip on power. Our country has been driven to the brink of disaster in every sense. We now rank amongst the lowest few such as Angola, Sudan, Somalia, and Syria on almost every index, but our rulers seem to be oblivious of the fact that things are not as rosy as they project. They should understand that by constructing motorways, flyovers and underpasses in a few cities and running orange train in Lahore at the cost of health, education and human degradation are not prosperity. The government needs to curtail its expenditure, increase income, and save money for strengthening the economy. Raja Shafaatullah (Islamabad) Click for detailed story

Apr 062017

KHARTOUM: Sudan is facing an “emergency-like situation” with nearly 1,500 South Sudanese crossing into the country each day to flee famine and war, a top Sudanese official said Thursday. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100,000 people are said to be facing starvation. Each day, 1,500 South Sudanese — mostly women and children — are crossing into Sudan, mainly in states like East Darfur, South Darfur and White Nile, Khartoum’s commissioner for refugees Hamad Elgizouli told reporters. Pakistani engineer kidnapped in South Sudan “We are in an emergency-like situation… and until now we have not received any donations except to meet some existential needs,” he said. “There is a flood of South Sudanese since South Sudan declared a famine three months ago.” In late March, Sudan opened a “humanitarian corridor” for delivering food aid to thousands of South Sudanese suffering from famine in Unity State and Bahr El Ghazal. Sudanese and UN officials expect the influx of South Sudanese refugees to carry on throughout this year. “We expect about 180,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan by the end of the year,” said Noriko Yoshida, the Sudan representative of UN refugee agency UNHCR. At the start of this year, the UNHCR had expected about 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but that figure was already surpassed by the end of March. “The number is only increasing day by day… The increase [Read More…]

Feb 102017
Trump says considering 'brand new' immigration order

US President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering drafting a new order to ban migrants from majority-Muslim nations after his initial decree fell afoul of the law.Insisting that he has the law on his side despite two defeats in federal court in quick succession, Trump said security concerns may necessitate a quicker response than legal channels would allow.“The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” he said, adding that any action would not come before next week.The statement represents an embarrassing climbdown for Trump, who has insisted that the order was well drafted and who has nevertheless vowed to fight on in the courts.“We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be,” Trump said when asked if his plan was to have a new measure drafted.Trump said Friday at a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that as president, he has learned of “tremendous threats to our country”.“We'll be going forward and continuing to do things to make our country safe. It will happen rapidly,” he told reporters.“We will not allow people into our country who are looking to do harm,” he said. “We will allow lots of people into our country that will love our people and do good for our country.” 'Whatever is necessary' Trump's executive order issued in late January summarily denied entry to all refugees [Read More…]

Feb 042017
Trump dismisses 'ridiculous' court ruling suspending travel ban

US President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a court ruling suspending his controversial ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries, dismissing it as “ridiculous” and vowing to get it overturned.The order blocking the ban, issued late Friday by Seattle US District Judge James Robart, is valid across the United States, pending a full review of a complaint filed by Washington state's attorney general.The travel restrictions, which went into effect a week ago, have wreaked havoc at airports across America, sparked numerous protests and left countless people hoping to reach the United States in limbo.“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump wrote in a flurry of early morning tweets.“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!” Trump wrote, less than 12 hours after the ruling was issued in Seattle.“Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it's death & destruction!” said Trump, who was in Florida for the weekend.The White House said in a statement late Friday that the Department of Justice would fight the court to defend the travel ban, “which we believe is lawful and appropriate.” “The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people,” said the statement from White House spokesman Sean [Read More…]

Feb 012017
Trump?s order

President Donald Trump’s executive order that immediately banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the US met with a lot of criticism. In reaction to this order, many protestors gathered around different airports to show solidarity with the people who have been detained at airports. The lawyers are also being seen in action in order to fight for the rights of stranded people – their right to live in the country. It is interesting that the country that bombed and slaughtered the people in these countries is now introducing a ban on citiziens of these countries. On the other hand a large number of people have come forward to support each and every American without any discrimination. This new ‘order’ has shaken the nerves of the people of this country. Well, Mr. President Trump if your country hadn’t attacked their territories, they wouldn’t have to enter any other land. Saroj Rizwan Khan Karachi Click for detailed story

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