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April 2003

MMA Don't Let Pashtoons Down , Dr. Yaseen Iqbal Yusufzai
Friday, April 25 2003

Today's election may have been one of an ordinary elections being conducted in Pakistan for the last 50 or so years for other provinces. It however was not that simple for Pukhtuns. Today, Pukhtuns proved their strong association with Islam by voting for Muttahida Majlasi Amal (MMA) and rejected secular, communist and all other ideologies very openly and decisively. . . . Read More

Friday, April 25 2003

The sweeping victory of the clergy under the banner of Muttahida Majlis e Amal (MMA) in the last general polls in the NWFP and parts of Balochistan has rocked the wisdom of nationalist leaders who failed to comprehend the changing dynamics of Pashtun politics. . . . Read More

Status of Northern Areas , Professor Ahmad Hassan Dani
Friday, April 25 2003

The term "Northern Areas of Pakistan", was unknown before 1947 but its geographic entity existed separately apart from Kashmir, or a little-known word "Kashir", which actually means "The Land of Saffron"--a fragrance so well extracted from musk deer that even now roam about in Deosai Plane. . . . Read More

Friday, April 25 2003

The administration in the Agencies is run by the Political Agents and in the special areas attached to the districts by the respective Deputy Commissioners. The Political Agent is the `Kingpin' around which revolves the entire Agency administration. He is accountable to the provincial governor who also acts as an Agent to the President for tribal areas. . . . Read More

Friday, April 25 2003

So Che Da Zmaka o Asman WiSo Che Da Jahan Wadan Wee So Che Jowand Pa De Jahan Wee So Che Pati Yaw Afghan Wee Tel Ba Da Afghanistan Wee . . . Read More

Friday, April 25 2003

The ravages of the decade-long armed conflict in Afghanistan between the Soviets and anti-communist forces were not confined to Afghanistan. Rather, its ill effects spilled over to neighboring countries. One effected country of note was Pakistan, which was used as a base for war activities. Pakistan served as a home to arms depots and camps for training guerillas, and as a passageway for logistic supplies and other activities for the co-ordination of the war effort. . . . Read More

Matter of Identity , Dr. Sher Zaman Taizai
Thursday, April 24 2003

The NWFP assembly at long last, passed the historic resolution on November 13, calling for naming this nameless province of Pakistan as Pakhtunkhwa. This day and event will be included as a golden chapter in the long and turbulent history of Pakhtuns, for which the provincial assembly deserves gratitude. The North West Frontier Province is not a name but identification of a geographical locality. . . . Read More

Thursday, April 24 2003

NWFP has a genuine right to claim major portion of royalty from the Ghazi Barotha Hydel Project (GBHP) as its major components consisting of Tarbela reservoir. Ghazi barrage, its 7 mile long pond on the upstream and about 20 km of power channel are all located in NWFP. These vital components form the Head Works Complex of the project to produce hydropower. . . . Read More

Thursday, April 24 2003

On 11th June, 1998 the Government of Pakistan announced the construction of Kalabagh Dam at a time when the international debate on dams favoured costs and benefits scrutiny of amega hydropower projects. There is a growing realization that pro-dam rhetoric -large dams are a source of energy generation, flood control mechanism and regulated irrigation network---needs to be verified and weighed against its adverse impacts on environment and the society. . . . Read More