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Asif Ali Zardari

Political Crisis in Pakistan and National Security Threats : Two higher courts: A solution or another crisis?

By Farzana Shah

ZardariThe fast unfolding developments in the wake of ongoing political crisis are going to set the precedent for future politics and democracy in Pakistan. The political crisis is going to decide the fate of judiciary, Asif Ali Zardari and Sharif brothers although the ball is in Zardari’s court to decide his own fate either to go for normalisation of the situation or shoot himself in the foot and be ready to meet the same fate as met by Musharraf. Zardari government in Islamabad is committing a political suicide. Unprecedented measures had been taken by government to stop lawyer’s sit-in and mass protest by PML-N on 15th and 16th March. For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the country is divided into four separate states due to massive blockage of all major roads connecting all four provinces.

Subramanian Swamy asks TN CM to invoke NSA to deal with guilty of Feb 17-19 violence in Chennai

Dr. SwamyJanata party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy has asked Chief Minister Muthavel Karunanidhi to invoke the majesty to detain trouble makers and other elements who had created a law and order problem near the Madras High Court in Chennai recently. "Now that the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court has drawn the judicial ‘Lakshman Rekha’ for advocates, the Chief Minister now must discharge his constitutional responsibilities and perform his administrative duties by taking necessary steps to restore law and order in the state", he said in a statement issued here.

Petition at SHC against Pervez Musharraf

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Pervez MusharrafA constitution petition has been submitted at Sindh High Court for filing a case against former president Pervez Musharraf on charges of alleged treason. The petition has been submitted by one Sohail Ahmed for filing case of treason against Musharraf under Articile 6 of the Constitution. The petitioner has stated in the petition that the former president had not only violated the Constitution but also disregarded the military uniform. "Firstly he toppled a democratic government and then contested presidential election in uniform," the petition said.

A Great Visionary of Our Time: Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the Inventor of the www

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

If you ‘right-click’ this page and catch a glimpse of the source behind it, the special code which produced the piece – thousands of strange characters, in every conceivable form – could be seen in a chaotic fashion all over the page. However, there will be some identifiable characters, as seen in the image attached to this article, which are in common among any web page, regardless of the site you visit on the internet. The technical giant who invented this special code, known as HTML – Hyper Text Mark-up Language – is an Englishman from the United Kingdom who is tirelessly making his silent contribution to the growth of the World Wide Web, while keeping a very low profile; he shows no enthusiasm for making money from his collection of services to mankind either.

Casting A Curse On Prabhakaran

PrabaharanIt is a curse put on Prabhakaran for the atrocities he has committed on the innocent civilians and moderate political leaders. The Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree asks, "Now what do you gain by keeping innocent people under your compulsion?" In an open letter to V. Prabaharan. Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Anandasangaree writes, "The curse of over three hundred and thirty thousand people belonging to about 81000 families, kept by you under compulsion, will not let you live in peaces and it will follow you and your heirs for many more generations to come."

Tigers, Tamil Separatism and Tamil Nationalism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

He says their telephone conversation was ‘warm and cordial’; she says she called to express ‘deep concern over the deteriorating conditions and increasing loss of life’. He says she ‘appreciated the assurances given by Secretary Defence that civilians should not be subjected to any attacks by the military’. She says ‘that the Sri Lankan Army should not fire into the civilian areas of the conflict zone’. He says ‘she acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitating of the country’. She says she called on him to ‘devise a political solution to the ongoing conflict’ and urged him ‘to give international humanitarian relief organisations full access to the conflict area and displaced persons camps, including screening centres’.

Zardari agrees to restore judges, to review Sharifs’ ineligibility

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Zardari Government has decided to restore the deposed judges in the light of Charter of Democracy and to file a review petition in Supreme Court on disqualification of Sharif brothers. The decision was made during a meeting between President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani here on Saturday. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the decision was taken in the meeting keeping in view the prevailing political crisis. "Federal Government has decided to file the review petition while the judges will be restored according to the Charter of Democracy," he said adding "the petition will be filed at the Supreme Court soon."

SL President holds TNA responsible for impasse in political solution: Promises 'safe' passage to LTTE 'who seek protection'

By K.T.Rajasingham

President MahindaAmidst reports that LTTE has killed even some of its political cadres who wanted to 'cross over', Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised safe passage to the LTTE leaders and cadres 'who seek protection from the army and the government'. He blamed the TNA lawmakers for the delay in finding a political solution, saying 'How can we devise a power sharing proposal when the TNA, despite repeated invitations, fail to come to negotiations with the government'.In an exclusive interview to the 'Asian Tribune', President Rajapaksa has ruled out a 'pause' in operations against the LTTE. He pointed out that there was no guarantee that the Tigers would honor 'the respite' in army operation.

Girl gangs with a noble cause

By Anjali Singh

There is no power like girl power. This can’t ring more true when it comes to empowering young adolescent girls in rural India. What began as self help girl group, a unique concept taken up by UNICEF. Lucknow, today is one of the most powerful tools young adolescent girls are using to protect themselves against exploitation and fight for their rights. Called 'Kishori Sabhas' or 'Samuhs' these groups are so popular that they have even managed to do away with practices like child labor and child marriage in the villages.

From Look East Asia To Looking At Central Asia

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

If Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao and Inder Kumar Gujral propounded the ‘Look- East’ policy for India some two decades ago, the Manmohan Singh Government seems to be consciously following the policy of ‘Look- Centre’. That explains why New Delhi chose to invite Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to be the chief guest at the Republic day celebrations this year. Nazarbayev is the first leader from a Central Asian country to have been bestowed with such an honour.

Nawaz Sharif

Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Pervez Musharraf

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

V. Prabaharan

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Political crisis worsens in Pakistan; Zardari in a fix as Punjab police joined hands with opposition

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Despite US concerns and efforts to defuse ongoing political crisis in Pakistan, the situation is getting worse as police failed to stop demonstrators in eastern city of Lahore. Police have given up and now offering no resistance to march by protesters, has joined them. The same police officials who were seen battling with the demonstrators were seen raising slogans along with the political activist for restoration of the judiciary and against the sitting federal government. The protesters suddenly swell to thousands from hundreds and administration has back off from offering any kind of resistance to them.