Pakistan citizens vote against U.S. Aid, 98% of the voters voted NO to Kerry-Lugar bill (now the Enhanced Partnership With Pakistan Act) $7.5 Billion in aid over 5 years, saying ” Announcing referendum results at a press conference in Mansoora, Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hasansaid a total of 21.97 million men and women cast their vote in the referendum and 21.76 million of them voted against the US aid. Some 79,653 votes were rejected. Mr Hasan described the US legislation as a ‘treaty of surrender’ and ‘a cause of humiliation and disgrace’ for the entire nation. He said the masses showed enthusiasm in the referendum. He thanked the media for ‘analysing’ the aid bill and building up public opinion on it and the press for coverage of Friday’s referendum.
Editorial in Daily Times on the subject: Jurisprudence against referendums is accumulating in measure with the frequency with which JI is staging them on the basis of its cadre strength. The European Union is discovering how the politicians cover their tracks by leaning on these “knee-jerk” popular reflexes and damaging democracy in the process. The United Kingdom, which shuns the device, has become the new beacon. If the EU needs any negative evidence, it should refer to the tradition of referendums in Pakistan where the “staging” dictators have suffered and the “staging” opposition has simply ended up damaging the “nationalist interest” of the country.
The Tip of the Iceberg, the Human Suffering: Malakand operation affectees still faced with problems’ Measures taken to cope with the situation not up to the mark By Akhtar Amin. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, RIPORT Project Director Abdur Rahman said that the Malakand displacement was the biggest ever during the last 15 years, but the measures taken to cope with the situation were not up to the mark. He added that 70,000 displaced families were still languishing in Jalozai camp, 2,000 in Peshawar, 35,000 in Charsadda and 15,000 in Mardan districts. He said that neither these families were included in the Benazir Income Support Programme nor registered with the NADRA. [Ed. Note: This is just one story about “Internally Displaced Persons”, over 2.5 Million left Swat Valley. Where’s the stories of what they found upon their return? How many have yet to return? How many died while on the run? This is being repeated in South Waziristan now. See our Malakand $2.5 Billion dollar story here.]
U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke doesn’t know much about what is happening in South Waziristan as he says ‘No definitive information about Waziristan operation’‘I can’t give you an answer because the offensive is just under way,’ said Mr Holbrooke when asked if the Pakistani military offensive against the militants in South Waziristan was going well, in a story at dawn.com. Mr Holbrooke also refused to speculate whether recent attacks on Pakistani military installations were ‘inside jobs’, the result of coordination between the extremists, and elements within the Pakistani military establishment. ‘I can’t answer – it’s pure speculation as to how much of this is an inside job or not. I have no information on that,’ said Mr Holbrooke.
US may invest $500m in Pak energy sector “The said investment figures from the US are not yet final, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will be visiting Pakistan shortly, will announce the final US decisions,” the sources said. The sources claimed that the US had declined to invest in the public sectors, saying it was only interested in private sector projects for which policies must be devised by the Pakistani government. [Ed Note: Is this the first U.S. money for the gas pipeline through Pakistan to India, after passing through Afghanistan? Pipelinestan is coming to life now. U.S. says that gas prices too low for the Pakistan consumer, should be raised. Also, money to go to Private Sector investments. Lots to dig out here]
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