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Kartarpur Corridor!

According to this Scribe’s study every religion puts a greater emphasis on facilitation of every living being. Therefore, realising woes of the Sikh community while visiting their sacred places in Pakistan, PM Imran Khan, decided to open Kartarpur Corridor for them. But, choor-chowkidar of India is not agreeing! Recently; terrorist Modi postponed meeting on an illogical, illegal, nonsense and (…) objection that Pakistan has appointed a Committee of controversial elements associated with Kartarpur Corridor. Is it sense/nonsense objection, world has to decide themselves?
History explains (explicitly) that impasse of Sikh community goes back to 1947 – Nehru, promised for a separate State for Sikhs. Instead of that, this community is facing systematically genocide till now. 1984 stands most fateful in history of Sikhs, when, terrorist Indian Army invaded “Golden Temple”. This site is considered as the holiest place on earth for Sikhs.
The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) declared attacks on Sikhs worship places in 2003 as “a well-planned-terrorism”. Their Holy Book “Guru Granth Sahib” was torn-up (openly) in 2015. Sikhism is the world’s fifth-largest religion. RSS was/is working (seriously) for assimilating Sikhs into Hindu religion. Indian textbooks are systematically equating Sikhism with Hinduism. The children in India are being taught – Sikhs are an inseparable part of Hindu society and; Hinduism is a tree, whereas, Sikhism is fruit of that!
According to Hindu community of India, Sikhs are still children of lesser God. Modi’s mantra “Ghar Wapsi”, is not only for Muslims and scheduled-castes but also for Sikhs. According to terrorist-Modi, Sikhs will be either brought back to Hinduism or considered as an-inferior-clan of them. So; world is compelled to say (shame…) for terrorist-Modi for creating problems in opening of “Kartarpur corridor” by Pakistan for Sikh community!
MD AZAM MINHAS
Tatrinote, AK

Samjhauta Express acquittal

Indian Court acquitted the main accused of Hindu far-right who were suspected in 2007 Samjuta Express blast case which had left 68 persons dead—majority of them were citizens of Pakistan—citing lack of evidence. This is a question mark on Indian government when it comes to its commitment to fighting Hindu terror groups.
Post attack, National Investigation Agency (NIA) India, after its investigations, had charged four men who were linked to a Hindu far-right group Abhinav Bharat. Even, a leading suspect Aseemanand made a series of confessions to the courts admitting his role in the blast. This travesty of justice is the result of not only years-long efforts by far-right groups to avoid taking responsibility for terror actions, but also the current Indian government’s inclination to shield the groups sympathetic to its “Hindutva” agenda, thereby resorting to ‘go soft’ on the cases of “saffron terror”. The ‘timeliness’ of court verdict of their acquittal, during voting season, itself smacks towards political card playing to garner votes by current regime of India. Hence, in the light of this exoneration, Muslim victims of terror cannot and should not expect justice in BJP’s rule.
While New Delhi has left no stone unturned in blemishing Pakistan’s image globally by allegations of terror perpetuation, after the Samjhauta acquittal, it would be difficult for India to look Pakistan in the eye and ask them tough questions about terrorism.
ZAHID ALI ZOHRI
Gilgit-Baltistan

Roll of media in our life

Nowadays Social Media plays an important role in our life, we are using it to keep in touch with each other. Besides that we want to show the world what we are doing by means of posting pictures or videos. These tools are all very useful, but do they control our life too much? A few years ago Social Media wasn’t that big yet, but nowadays people are able to use it for almost anything in their daily life. Why would people buy CD’s when we have YouTube? Why would people buy newspapers when we have Facebook and Twitter?
But is the impact of social media in our daily life too much? Browsing on Social Media websites can make you feel connected to a larger community, but according to Steven Strogatz of the Cornell University, this is a false sense of connection. Social media can make it difficult for us to distinguish between important relationships from the real world and normal relationships formed through social media. One of the second negative impacts of social media is that especially children are very sensitive for cyber-bullying. Through social media it’s easier for bullies to terrorize their victims anonymously and this will tend to deep mental scars at the people who are getting bullied.
The phenomena Cyber-bullying is growing very fast during the last years. The main reason of suicidal thoughts is the anonymity that the bullies afforded online and that is all with the help of social media websites. The fact is that there are advantages and disadvantages of social media. I think you can’t say that is controlling our life too much, because nowadays it is very important and in the future it will be more and more important. So in my opinion we have to continue with social media and tools like that, but we have to be aware of the influence of social media.
MUHAMMAD TALHA
Karachi

Injustice with agriculturalists

Undoubtedly, Pakistan is an agricultural based country. Agriculture is a backbone of economy of the country. Most of the labour force are attached to this sector. Similarly, Pakistan also exports wheat, mango, date palm etc to abroad for boosting her economy. But unfortunately, this sector is deprived of its due rights in particularly Sindh. Firstly farmers are given unauthenticated seeds and pesticides on high costs, they suffer a lot of losses. Besides this, when they bring their product to nearby market, merchants purchase their material on low price. Every year government sets its rate of wheat and gives gunny bags to farmers.
But this year, wheat crop has been commenced, on threshing, but yet food centres are not opened in Sindh. It would be great loss for farmers if these centres remain close. Government of Sindh should take notice and save farmers from privation.
HAYAT WASSAN
Khairpur Mirs

Z A Bhutto

4th April is the 40th death anniversary of most vibrant, revolutionary & democratic leader of South Asia, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who gallantly went to gallows but did not compromise on principles. Bhutto dynasty brought a startling change in the lives of poor people during the 70s. Bhutto raised his voice for the well-being of poor people but to no avail. His death added to miseries of his family as well as to his followers.
Genius people in this world have faced unusual end. Bhutto was an iconic figure who showed the path of petro-dollar to Arab countries and voiced for the unity and strength of Muslims of the world. Islamic summit was testimony to it. A visionary leader was hanged for a crime which he did not commit.
IFTIKHAR MIRZA
Islamabad

Increasing Islamophobia

In recent years, a specific phobia called Islamophobia has gripped Western-societies-. An exaggerated fear, hatred and hostility towards Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination, marginalization of Muslims from social, political and civic life.
Islamophobia affects more than a small fringe group of Muslims. Globally many Muslims report not feeling respected in the West. Several elements can affect the interaction and degree of respect between Muslims and Western societies. Difference in culture, religion and political interests may shape one population’s opinion towards the other. Definition of Islamophobia tends to attribute fear or hatred of Muslims to their politics or culture, and to Islam and the religiosity of Muslims.
The very existence of Islamophobia is something to be addressed. This is high-time for the world to talk about the Muslims’ concern regarding Islamophobia as it is resulting in massive problems for Muslims.
SAFIA KAMRAN
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