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THIMPHU SUMMIT- A WAY FORWARD IN THE RESUMPTION OF INDO-PAK PEACE PROCESS

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On February 6-7 2011, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, attending the first high-level SAARC meeting since July 2010. Foreign Secretaries Salman Bashir and Nirupama Rao in this two-day meeting affirmed the essential need for the resumption of stalled peace dialogue between the two countries. The two Foreign Secretaries were expected to work out an agreed format for the dialogue process, paving the way for the forthcoming Foreign Minister-level talks, to be held in Delhi and eventually a high official level SAARC summit in the upcoming year.

The foreign secretary meeting would hopefully provide a way forward in the resumption of constructive peace dialogue between the two countries. India had suspended the peace dialogue in the wake of Mumbai attacks of November 2008. The Indian government accused the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for carrying out the 60-hour siege behind theses terrorist attacks. Infact India tried to portray Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism in the region and promoting terrorist activities and even the Al-Qaeda network. India launched its propaganda of Pakistani nuclear arsenal being unsafe and its threat of landing into hands of Terrorists. Since then the diplomatic relations between the two states have continued to deteriorate. Even in the past, the two countries fought three wars in 1948, 1965 and 1971, and were engaged in the low intensity conflict in Kargil in 1999, over the Kashmir dispute, which is the focal issue in worsening their bilateral ties, among the other major roots of conflicts such as Indian consulates in Afghanistan and its drastic implications for Pakistan, the Indian’s (RAW) role behind the Balochistan dilemma and the water disputes over construction of Baghliar dam.

Although Pakistan, India foreign secretaries have failed to set dates for resumption of peace talks, this interaction between the foreign secretaries will lead to the a long-term agenda of future economic co-operation in areas such as environment, energy, agriculture, rural development and trade, promotion of track II diplomacy, crisis management and conflict resolution through confidence and security building measures among the two states.

The foreign secretaries meeting, has enkindled spark of hope between the two states that both countries are willing to make productive efforts in order to resolve the core issues of dispute among the two states including Kashmir, Water, Nuclear and Terrorism, which are acting as a perpetual wheel of economic, social and political degradation for both Pakistan and India.

We should not delve into high expectations and immediate outcome from this single Foreign ministers sideline meeting. Sustained efforts through meaningful step-by-step problem solving approach are the ultimate requirement to resume a continuing and uninterrupted bilateral peaceful dialogue between the two states. There is a need that the traditional or domestic rhetoric should be delegitimized through more joint friendly declarations, people to people interaction, and the media and the existing peace constituencies must play the prime role in such an effort to ensure provision of peace and stability at domestic and regional level.

AYMEN IJAZ
ISLAMABAD

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Quran Burning Protest 3rd Day in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Protests Over Florida Quran Burning Enter Third Day

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan protests against the burning of a Quran in Florida entered a third day with a demonstrations in the south and east Sunday, while the Taliban called on people to rise up, blaming government forces for any violence.

The desecration at a small U.S. church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan many of the demonstrations have turned into deadly riots. Protests in the north and south in recent days have killed 20 people.

In southern Kandahar city on Sunday, hundreds took to the streets for the second day in a row, and hospital officials said 20 people were hurt in skirmishes between police and demonstrators. On Saturday, nine people were killed and 80 injured when a protest turned into a riot.

At least two wounded police officers and 18 civilians had been brought into city hospitals, said Qayum Pokhla the provincial health director.

A morning protest in Jalalabad city was peaceful, with hundreds of people blocking a main highway for three hours, shouting for U.S. troops to leave and burning an effigy of President Barack Obama before dispersing, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.

A similar protest in eastern Parwan province blocked a main highway with burning tires for about an hour, with more than 1,000 people protesting against the desecration of the Quran, said provincial police chief Sher Ahmad Maladani. He said there was no violence.

The violence started Friday when demonstrators stormed a U.N. compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing 11 people including seven foreign U.N. employees.

The Taliban said in a statement emailed to media outlets that the U.S. and other Western countries have wrongly excused the burning a Quran by the pastor of a Florida church on March 20 as freedom of speech and that Afghans “cannot accept this un-Islamic act.”

NATO officials re-iterated their condemnation of the Quran burning in an apparent attempt to quell the rising anger.

 

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INDIA World Champions 2011 as ICC Wished

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India the Next World Champion of Cricket

Mumbai: Final of World Cup 2011 starts dramatically with twice a time toss , on both tossing Sri-Lanka won. Jayawardane who never scored solid in whole world cup as in the finals and ends up Sri-Lankan innings with more than  100 not out . Sri Lanka gives target of 275 in 50 overs to India.

India loosing first wicket on the 2nd ball of their innings and soon after they lost wicket of Sachin Tendulker . Virat and Gautham gives a solid recovery to India and Dhoni ends with the six . Glory comes to India .

Without any doubt India was not capable to win the World Cup of 2011 , but they won due to amazing captaincy of MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni declared to be the man of the match. Yuvraj Singh declared man of the series and ICC President passed Trophy to Indian captain.

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IPL Will Win This World Cup

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Cricket World Cup Final 2011

World Cup 2007 begins and in the very first round India drops from the World Cup . ICC bears the loss of advertisement and assures this that India will be given more favors in future World Cups . Today 2nd April 2011 India is in finals of World Cup 2011 and ICC so called International Cricket Council is more like Indian Cricket Council.

Money Talks!

Yes, this is the bitter truth which we have to realize more money is coming from India to ICC and ICC don’t want to disappoint Indians for this . Regardless of caring the sentiments of other nations fighting hard for playing entertaining cricket.

In a TV show on ARY News , when Basit Ali (Former Test Player Pakistan) was asked who will win this Final encounter he said “IPL”. He also hinted this is a signal for wise that IPL will take this cup. Sri Lankans might be given huge amounts so they could also come to IPL after this world cup. , otherwise stage is banned for Sri Lankans.

This is the history of sports since 50 years , many of the closed notches had been settled in wealth and need. As , Brazil comes to settle in 1998 Football World Cup for France  might this could be another France.

Hope for the fair game.

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