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Fort Munro: The forgotten hill resort

November 12, 2011 9 comments

In year 2004, while I was posted to Multan, a friend offered me to visit Fort Munro – though I had heard of the name of the place, but never thought of visiting it. When I discussed with my family and a friend, the readily agreed to take up the trip. So one fine morning, which is very rare in Multan owing to its ever rising mercury in summers, we packed our luggage and headed towards Dera Ghazi Khan as Fort Munro lies on Multan Quetta highway that passes through the Read more…

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The Saraiki subjects of the Takht-e-Lahore: Is flood affected Rajanpur a part of Pakistan?

July 28, 2010 3 comments

The Saraiki people remain disempowered and disadvantaged in the Punjabi dominated military state of Pakistan

SWADO editor’s note: Here is a compilation of newspaper reports from the last two days (27-28 July 2010) which points towards the intensity of suffering facing the flood affected people of the Saraiki area including but not limited to Dera Ghazi Khan (Rajanpur), Bhakkar and Dera Ismail Khan. Rajanpur District seems to be the most affected area where people have not only lost their loved ones but also their homes, crops and are deprived of very basic necessities such as flour (atta). The Khadim-e-Aala of Lahore Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is indeed more interested in the corridors of politics in the GHQ (Rawalpindi) and the Takht-e-Lahore instead of serving the very people who he claims to represent and serve. (AN)


(Dajal is one of rural area of tehsil Jampur of District Rajanpur. 2009)

Rajanpur’s flood victims term relief activities eyewash; ask CM to visit calamity-hit areas

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The dilapidated link roads in the flood-hit Rajanpur district have made the life of villagers miserable, especially in the areas affected by hill torrents.

The public transport has been suspended on most of routes even after five days of the flash flood in Kaha Sultan hill torrent which broke the 20-year record. The number of people getting treatment from medical camps is very Read more…

Peelu

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Peelu also known as Vann (Punjabi) or Jar (Sindhi) (botanical name:Salvadora oleoides) is a small bushy evergreen tree found in India and Pakistan.

Its small greenish white flowers are produced in March-April. The fruit is yellow and ripens in the months of May and June. It forms one of the main grazing sources for livestock owned by local farmers. It is often dried and preserved in large quantities. The seeds are spread by birds. The seedlings come up under the parent plant or under other bushes and are somewhat frost-tender. (see Wikipedia)

Peelu is an important feature of the geography and culture of the Saraiki waseb including the Saraiki literature.

Here is a report on Peelu by BBC Urdu. I cannot embed the video on this site but you can go to the BBC link to watch the video report.

پاکستان میں روہی تھل اور دامان کے علاقوں میں پیدا ہونے والا خود رو درخت جال جس کے پھل کو پیلو کہتے ہیں ویرانے کی علامت کے طور پر ہی جانا جاتا ہے اور مقامی لوگوں کے مطابق یہ دنیا کے قدیم ترین درختوں میں سے ایک ہے۔ اس درخت کی چھاؤں اور اس کے پھل کو بابا فرید نے اپنی کافی میں بڑی رومانوی انداز میں پیش کیا ہے۔ چٹیل میدانوں اور صحراؤں میں پیدا ہونے والا یہ پودا اب بڑھتی ہوئی آبادی کی وجہ سے ختم ہوتا جا رہا ہے۔

Khosa’s ‘removal’ puts PML-N’s political future at stake – by Afnan Khan

July 6, 2010 Leave a comment

* Nationalists, lawmakers from S Punjab contacting Khosa family for a separate province
* PML-N leaders believe they will be isolated from national politics if South Punjab becomes province
* May launch reconciliatory move with Khosas

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s decision to remove Dost Muhammad Khosa from a key ministry over allegations of misconduct has jeopardised the party’s own future, as a number of nationalist parties and parliamentarians from southern Punjab have started contacting the Khosa family for the formation of a separate province.

On the other hand, mainstream parties such as the PML-Quaid were already pushing for the formation of a separate province in southern Read more…

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Seraiki schools of terror – by Imtiaz Ahmad

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Source: Hindustan Times, 19 June 2010

Pakistan’s attempts at Madrassa reform have largely ended in failure, more so because of the half-hearted attempts of the government and less because of resistance from religious quarters.

One can gauge how serious former President Pervez Musharraf was in reforming madrassas, also said to be the incubators for extremists, from the fact that the person overseeing the process was Ejaz-ul Haq, the son of former dictator General Ziaul Haq.

This military strongman was credited with helping set up these madrassas in the first place.

Ejazul Haq was the religious affairs minister in Musharraf’s government.
Once again there is talk of madrassa reform, especially in the Read more…

God is displeased with the river people of southern Punjab – by Asif Farooqi

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

‘خدا ان سے ناراض ہو گیا ہے’

آصف فاروقی | 2010-06-23

جنوبی پنجاب کے دریائی لوگ سمجھتے ہیں کہ خدا ان سے ناراض ہو گیا ہے۔ دریائے
سندھ کے کنارے، اور بعض صورتوں میں اس کے بیچوں بیچ بسنے والے ان کاشتکاروں کے پاس خدا کا موڈ سمجھنے کا واحد ذریعہ یہی دریا ہے۔ اگر دریا رحم دل ہو اور پر سکون طریقے سے ان کی زمینوں اور زندگیوں کو سیراب کرتا رہے تو سب ٹھیک۔ اور اگر اس کا مزاج بگڑے تو اس کے بپھرنے کی واحد توجیح ان سادہ لوح کسانوں کی نظر میں خدا کی ناراضگی ہی ہے۔

خدا کی اس ناراضگی کے آثار جنوبی پنجاب کے دریائی علاقوں میں جا بجا دکھائی دیتے ہیں۔ اس روز میں ضلع لیہ میں تھا جہاں دریا کے کنارے بسنے والوں نے بتایا کہ گزشتہ پانچ برس میں دریائے سندھ ان کی پانچ کلومیٹر پر پھیلی زرعی اراضی نگل چکا ہے۔ کئی بستیاں دریا برد ہو چکی ہیں اور سینکڑوں زمیندار نقل مکانی کے عذاب سے گزرے ہیں۔ دریا کا یہ کٹاؤ ابھی جاری ہے اور اس کے ساتھ ہجرت کا عمل بھی۔ دریا کے قریبی علاقوں کے کئی دیہات پیش بندی کے طور پر خالی کیے جا چکے، مزید کیے جا رہے ہیں۔

جنوبی پنجاب کے ان دریائی لوگوں کا حال دیکھ کر ایسا معلوم ہوتا ہے کہ حکومت اور خود ہم سب بھی ان کے اس قول سے پوری طرح متفق ہیں کہ ان سے خدا ناراض ہو چکا ہے۔ شائد اسی لیے بے زمین ہونے والے یا اس خدشے کا شکار ان چھوٹے کاشتکاروں کو دریا کے رحم و کرم پر چھوڑ دیا گیا ہے۔

ضلع لیہ کے سرکاری اہلکاروں کو یہ تک معلوم نہیں کہ کتنی زمین دریا برد ہو چکی ہے۔ یا یہ کہ کتنے لوگ ہیں جن کا رزق اس دریا کی نظر ہوا۔

یہ لوگ حکومت کی ترجیحی فہرست میں کہاں ہیں؟ اس علاقے سے ووٹ لینے والے بڑے زمینداروں نے پارلیمان کے ایوانوں میں کبھی ان کا ذکر کیا؟ کیا کسی ٹی وی چینل پر آپ نے ان لوگوں کی یا ان کے بارے میں کسی اور کی آواز سنی؟

شائد نہیں۔ کیونکہ ہمارے مسائل اور ہیں۔

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/urdu/2010/06/post_640.html

Categories: Sariki Region

PML-Q pledges to make South Punjab a province

May 7, 2010 1 comment

‘Q’ pledges to make South Punjab a province
Published: May 06, 2010 (The Nation)

MULTAN – PML-Q Punjab President Ch Pervaiz Elahi has said that the drive launched by his party for the establishment of South Punjab province will bring prosperity, healthcare and education facilities as well as better environment to the people of this region.

He observed this while addressing the participants of a rally organised by PML-Q in connection with the campaign launched to press the demand for creating a new province of South Punjab on Wednesday.
The rally started from SP Chowk and ended at Chowk Nag Shah. Hundreds of Q-League workers from entire South Punjab joined the rally Read more…

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