Impact of unemployment, adverse financial circumstances, poverty, social injustices-A man died of suicide attempt
VoH Report
HUNZA,Nasirabad, Aug 24: A man has reported died of suicide attempt yesterday night in Nasirabad.

HUNZA, Nasirabad: The body of deceased is kept on ground in front of people before burial. Image by: Shams

According to the details, a man named as Shamsher , 38 son of Dudal Baig resident of Nasirabad, indigenoulsy called Hindi committed suicide for an unknown reason by opening fire by a 30 bore pistol in his upper torso at 10:00 P.M on Monday in Nasirabad Hindi, lower Hunza limits. A local told Voice of Hunza that his father, a witness of the incident tried to stop him but he showed him gun and threaten to shot dead and immediately he opened fire on himself through a pistol gun. A local police person reached the spot and asked the family not to move the body till the police not arrive and take the body into custody to ascertain the reason of attempt. Interestingly, police could arrive at 9:00 A.M, around 11 hours later of the death of man. Police took the the body to civil hospital and after formal procedures brought to his ancestral town. The 38 years decease Shamsher, according to locals and his family was facing adverse financial circumstance, subsequent poverty and he left four sons and two daughters and wife behind. He was buried among hundreds in the ancestral graveyard in the afternoon.

Terror revisits Gilgit city, three died several inured; curfew imposed, pillion riding prohibited, law enforcement agencies strats door to door search opeation in trouble localities
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GILGIT, August 24: Gilgit, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan is currently under the wave of terror. According to the media reports, region was hardly able manage to get out of hurdles inflicted by floods that destroyed links for three weeks, fresh wave of sectarian violence has posed lives of common man on stake. Unknown assailants reportedly killed two persons in Khomer locality and one sustain injuries, plunging city into fear and uncertainties. Law enforcement agencies including army have been called in to control situation. Pillion riding is prohibited and curfew has been imposed to avert any further mishap and restore law and order situation in violence hit areas like Kashrote, Khomer, and Nagheral in the city.
An intense gun battle that ensued between the two sides following an attack on a vehicle at Yadgar Chowk the whole city fell into hand of culprits for many hours on Wednesday too. Following a high level meeting, presided by Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah, authorities decided to impose curfew and issued shoot to kill at sight door to door search operations in the city.
In spite of vigilance of law enforcement agencies, successive incident at different vicinities have increased anxiety of citizens who have been confined to their residences during curfew. Humanitarian organizations have demanded of government to give ease for few hours to public to allow them to buy the necessities of life.

Gilani gives Rs 50 million for flood affected of Gilgit Baltistan
Monitoring Report
GILGIT, August 23: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Monday handed over a cheque of Rs 50 million to the Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan for the urgent purchase of food, medicine and relief goods for the flood affected people.The Prime Minister who is here on a day long visit to meet the people who have been displaced and affected by the recent heavy rains assured that the government would do all within its means to help the people. He handed over cheque of Rs 50 million to the Chief Minister for acquisition of urgent goods. Gilani was briefed at the airport about the devastation and urgent requirements of the area.Prime Minister Gilani also directed that 10 mobile medical units including male and female staff and Lady Health Visitors would be dispatched to the area. Besides, Gilani said, a field hospital with necessary equipment would also be rushed to the area.
Gilani when informed that the area had only ten days more of wheat left, assured that the government would ensure supply of wheat to the area. Accompanied by Ministers of Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Law Babar Awan, Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan and Chairman Pakistan Baitul Maal Zamurrad Khan, Gilani later went to visit Ganche and Diamir, to see for himself the devastation. Prime Minister Gilani met Chief Operating Manager of World Health Organisation Dr Altaf Musani while on his way to Gilgit from Islamabad, and assured that the organisation would do all to counter any epidemic in the flood affected areas, The Nation Reports.

Gilani assures federal govt’s support to GB
Monitoring desk
HUNDAR VILLAGE, Ghizer, Aug 23 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani had an aerial view of the flood affected areas of District Ghizer in Gilgit Baltistan on Monday and extended full support of the federal government to the rain and flood affected people.Gilani visited the Hundar village in District Ghizer and paid his respects at the grave of Lalak Jan Shaheed by laying a wreath.He was accompanied by Ministers of Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Law Babar Awan and Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan, and Chairman of Pakistan Baitul Maal Zamurrad Khan. He later went around a medical relief camp set up for flood affected people of Ghizer by District Support Unit in coordination with Peoples Primary Health Care Initiative (PPHI). Addressing a gathering, Prime Minister Gilani assured rebuilding and reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and other facilities. He said the people of Ghizer always supported the political philosophy and policies of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and said the government would not leave them alone in this hour of trial. The Prime Minister said he had come to express solidarity with the people affected by floods and share their grief at this difficult time. He accepted all demands of the displaced people and directed the authorities not to dislodge them from the relief camps and schools and make some alternate arrangements for the students of this school. Gilani said he was aware of the food availability problem in the area and had given money to the Chief Minister so that he might get essential food supplies. The Prime Minister also talked to some children and women and listened to their problems. Chief Minister Mehdi Shah hailed Gilani as a leader following the foot prints of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and visiting far flung areas to address the problems of people. He said Ghizer was a stronghold of PPP and can be termed as Larkana of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Two boats collided near Gulmit following a rift between boat operators
VoH Report
HUNZA, GOJAL, Gulmit, Aug 21: Two boats collided in the mid of 325 feet deep Attaabad landslide spawned lake near Gulmit on Thursday morning. According to the details, operators of two boats fought over the travel charges from Upstream to barrier in the early morning.

HUNZA, GOJAL, Gulmit: The two boats that collided with each other following a rift between its operators are being brought to Gulmit Police station for endangering lives of dozens of people on board. Photo by: Shams

Two hours later, the rift among both resulted into collision of boats coming from opposite directions. Nasir Ahmed, a resident of Gulmit told VoH that when the boats came in closed to Gulmit, the tehsil headquarter of Gojal, Upper Hunza; one of the operator brought his boat suddenly in front of other heading towards barrier, exchanged hot words immediately, collided into another and those on deck fell on the its floor. Fortunately, neither of the boat overturned in the incident. Annoyed travelers tried to teach lesson to the operators. Yet, elders on the occasion intervened and both the operators were handed over to police after filing an FIR for jeopardizing lives of people on board.
Locals have blamed local administration for taking huge amounts from boat owners and operators who let them loose to misbehave overcharge travelers. They have demanded of authorities to take action against some of the personnel of local administration filling their pockets through unfair means.

Loss of Innocence: Children of Gilgit Suffer most due to Natural Calamities
Monitoring Report
Gilgit,August 17:Lost,sick or orphaned, children are the worst affected by a series of natural disasters to rock Gilgit Baltistan in recent times. Living in squalid camps, with hunger and disease and no proper education,the survival of many youngsters hangs in the balance. Courtesy: Live Leak

Vulnerable patients in Gilgit-Baltistan

BY: Dr.Emma Varley
VoH Watch

GILGIT, August 16: In the early afternoon of August 11 in the Labour Room at the Family wing of Gilgit Town’s District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), Gilgit-Baltistan’s only tertiary-level referral hospital, a Lady Health Visitor (LHV) doubled-up in pain from stomach cramps while waiting to help deliver ‘Shaista’. The frightened young mother, expecting her first child, had been brought by her family to deliver at the DHQ from Shikyot, a 35-minute drive from Gilgit Town. Following the birth of a healthy baby girl, a Senior LHV stitched ‘Shaista’s’ episiotomy wound under the weak light of a cell phone held by a trainee midwife. Without electricity or overhead fans, the room was darkened and stifling; two small curtained windows were open to catch what was only a light summer breeze.
Many of the DHQ’s Family Wing staff complained that, due to contaminated drinking water, they are falling ill with dysentery. They added that, as a result of a total lack of in-town electricity and running water, they are also unable to clean the Labour Room or adequately sterilize surgical instruments. The Labour Room’s one small autoclave is now non-operational so, between patients, the DHQ’s Lady Health Visitors resort to bathing instruments in a sterilising solution of Biodine. Attending staff attempt to offset the potential for postpartum infections by living prescriptions for antibiotics to every patient. However, in light of high regional rates of Hepatitis, the risks facing delivering mothers and attending staff at the under-equipped DHQ are now significantly amplified. Because no generator is available to supply power to the Family Wing’s Operation Theater, delivery patients are being shifted by the hospital’s one working ambulance to the DHQ’s primary Operation Theater, a short drive down the road from the Family Wing. Women arriving at the hospital during the overnight shift are being delivered by candle-light.
In the ante-natal and postpartum suites adjacent to the Labour Room, flies circled over beds covered by soiled and wrinkled sheets. Without water or power, the beds had not been changed in over a week. In between patients on what turned out to be an unusually busy day, the Labour Room staff spoke emotionally about the challenges they face while handling numerous complicated delivery cases over extended shifts in the total absence of basic necessities. Given nearly non-existent supplies of diesel and petrol and a shortage of public transportation, they also shared the difficulties they experience trying to reach the DHQ from in-town mohallas and the villages surrounding Gilgit’s outskirts. Some also personally recounted the troubles posed by the recent crisis. Speaking to me from a patient’s bedside in the postpartum recovery room, a dayah (midwife), her eyes red from exhaustion, recounted how her family has recently lost most of their agricultural fields to a surge of floodwater in Nomal, a village above the Hunza River a short drive to the north of Gilgit.
Following the start of rains yet again today, the situation at the DHQ continues to deteriorate. With Gilgit-Baltistan’s maternal Mortality ratio (MMR) already hovering somewhere between 250 and 600 per 100,000 live births – among the highest in Pakistan – one can only imagine how many women will lose their life to pregnancy or childbirth complications during these trying days. In the meantime, with the Karakoram Highway still blocked, the supplies necessary to ensure safe deliveries at the DHQ are quickly disappearing. The pressures placed on this hospital by the needs of an estimated 1.5 million residents – especially at a time when floods and landslides are directly and indirectly affecting hundreds of thousands throughout Gilgit-Baltistan – are profound. As of August 13, methergine (to prevent postpartum hemorrhage), ldomet (to treat hypertensive patients), buscopan (an antispasmodic), socigone (a painkiller), dextrose IVs and injectible antibiotics are not currently available and are urgently needed. Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan’s Family Health Hospital which, after the DHQ, boasts the highest regional OB-GYN outpatient attendance rates, has closed as a result of acute supply shortages. And the Aga Khan Health Service’s Gilgit Medical Center, which had shifted from its original riverside location to the Family Health Hospital building in May due to the
impending threat posed by the Attabad dam, has also shut down. The only remaining maternity hospitals are the DHQ, which continues to suffer from no power and water, and the fully-operational Combined Military Hospital (CMH), where patient access is limited due to the comparatively high cost of its services. On a day ordinarily marked by festivities, and with streets free of traffic, this increasingly silent city demonstrated no signs of Jashn-e-Azadi celebrations. The flags and banners characteristic of previous years’ events were not to be seen.

Dr.Emma Varley is a Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Bioethics (Dalhousie University) and a visiting professor, Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences (LUMS).
Source: Dawn


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The blog aims to disseminate the accurate regional information without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion and ideology to the valuable readers across the globe. We promise to abide with the moral and professional ethics of citizen journalism through this medium of communication. The voiceless masses of this one of the most beautiful places on earth, situated in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan experience hard times due to continuous natural and man made disasters which have left them at surviving stage. Shortly speaking, in a short span of time, Hunza valley has embraces a steady socio-economic and ecological development making it self an authentic book to read about or take a model for rest of far flung valleys bordering Chines Sinkiang province in the extreme north of the country. The haphazard material development in this comparatively small area has also served to create various socio-economic and ethical problems which ultimately served to shake the fabrics of very roots and foundations of culture and civility among dwellers. On geo-political front, analysts find a very little say of a common man in the major decisions related to regional socio-economic development, violation of meritocracy by mafias in political parties, pressure groups which safe guard their own interests, a unbridled bureaucracy, corrupt regimes that patronizing nepotism or favoritism and who wield powers in Gilgit, the main hub and capital of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rapid increase in expenditures ranging from general commodity price hikes to transportation has left no option or time for people to think on other issues.
The so called Economic-Recession, unequal distribution of wealth, concentration of opportunities towards certain beings, lack of social responsiveness and transparency in government sector and no check and balance on private sector has brought its ugly implication in terms of high unemployment, depression among the youngsters, anxiety and hatred towards system of governance.
We vow to bring fore the issues of common man at grass root level, strive to highlight irregularities in government sector and flaws in public policy and finance in a democratic way. We shall continue to give our opinion on issues of importance and determine to prove a viable platform to have a positive role for public welfare, inter-communal harmony, integrity and social justice.
Amid such a situation when even the survival of country is on stake and is defamed due to continual terrorist incidents throughout the our county, we may pray for a peaceful and prosperous future of the nation. May Lord save the peaceful Gilgit-Baltistan region from the evil designs of devils in human form.

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The blog is a venture with exclusive news updates, unbiased analysis and opinion on historical, cultural, ecological, socio-economic, geopolitical and administrative issues and events occurring in country in general and the region particular. It would serve as a portfolio of credible information retained first hand from own and secondary reliable electronic and print media sources and aspire to become a powerful voice for a common man. We are committed to adhere with the professional ethics of citizen journalism, a new trend to shackle the chains of excessive curb over dissemination of reality either for any cause in the name of so-called sensor, with maximum possible accuracy and least deviation while delivering information to show the real side of picture of events so that our valuable readers will have an alternative portal to know what developments are going on various levels, particularly backward areas like that of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Azad Jamu and Kahsmir, Tribal areas etc., across the country. One can easily discern a great social change in terms of attitudes, perceptions both in individual and society; values and reaction to the variables in daily life patterns among the dwellers of the comparatively backwards areas like Gilgit-Baltistan, a deprived region of its fundamental rights for more than six decades of its liberation from colonial yolk. In a quest to voice over issues of vital importance, keeping closer to circle of concern, Hunza, a name famous for its beauty and rich cultural heritage has been selected to represent as a case to further the cause and issues of the rest of the region. Virtually, the region especially Hunza-Nagar retained a rapid development with a short span of time after remaining isolated for centuries to out side world. The blog also aims focus largely to identify core areas from on bottom or grass root level to the top. Keeping due consideration of inter-religious harmony, tolerance, respecting pluralism, diversity, mutual respect, democracy, equal opportunity and other aspects of human rights and professional values of journalism, the blog will serve as a binding force and medium of voice of the voiceless people of the area with reference to Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The idea of creation of this blog came into my mind during a visit after spending few years of career at Karachi, capital of Southern province to the region. While traveling from south pole of the country to north, I experienced many new changes nearly in all aspects of life explicit in urban areas and implicit in rural belts: people have opted to modern technology, availed faster means of communication; task centered behavior, selfishness, following short-cuts, chase of wealth and more opportunities in their career and many more that made their lives much more easier but crazier than before. Nevertheless, the scene suddenly turned bit dim when I entered the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. I could not believe my eyes that this was the Gilgit I saw four years ago. Many things, except the faces were utterly unchanged formats primitive outlook. The Chinese bridge that linked Danyore and Gilgit and a main source of transportation was no more. Few people told me that few journalists have lost their lives in lethal road accident due to lack of arrangements on part of concerned authority to avoid the incident. Karakorum High Way (KKH), one of the highest truck able route and so-called eighth wonder in the world is under construction and many places portray nothing but a passage through a rough stony pasture. It took nearly twenty four hours from Rawalpindi to reach after an exhaustive journey to Hunza, my home town, compared to nineteen hours in past. The scenario seemed worse in Hunza, my home town which remained unchanged for last four years except a drastic decline in standard of living of more than fifty percent of the population. One may think that people have replaced muddy homes with cement ones but that are not the real yardstick of measurement of both mental and material development. Infrastructure, fixtures, telecommunication systems were largely depreciated to their estimated life coupled with inappropriate number of personnel required in educational, administrative and health institutions. The so-called economic meltdown that started from American giant Leman soon took the world into its tyrant claws, shaking many stable economies of the world including the rural areas of developing states- a big example of negligence and subjugation by the rulers of respective countries where people live not above the level of animals. Apart from the allegations on policy makers of industrialized nations having economic interest only, the poor, irrational, incompetent, self-centered and corrupt leadership in Pakistan like other third world countries where immature economies spends it larger portion of budget expenditure on defense could not resist the negative consequences of economic crisis in terms of high rate of unemployment, recession, right or down sizing, price hikes, violation of consumer rights and so on. Hunza-Nagar, like other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan was no exception. The smiling faces that greeted us once warmly few years ago turned unhappy for the crisis brought its ugly implication on the daily life pattern of an individual thus sucking down the unique attributes of population: courtesy, generosity and hospitality. Having a so-called high rate of literacy in the country unfortunately, the region is facing many problems ranging from health to drinking water and energy sector. To many, it was because of lack of geo-political awareness and excessive tendency towards NGO culture where people little bother to beg their rights from the states besides emphasis on duties. Historical chronicles vindicate that the region remained in isolation for many centuries due to a specific location and lack of access to out side world. Many dynasties ruled the area that hardly accepted change in a traditionally sophisticated feudal based society. The wheel of transition continued to move and finally the area got librated through a mutiny with the help of indigenous population from the clutches of Dogra subjugation. Later, the area was affiliated with Pakistan vide a secret treaty called Karachi Treatise as defacto part, unconditionally. Gilgit-Baltistan region got on real terms an impetus to grow from zero level with the visit of three icons of development: Aga Khan, President Ayub Khan and Z.A.Bhutto- a historic event of its nature with long standing implications on live of the people of the region.The area could hardly observed any impulse for more than half dozen years of affiliation with Pakistan when Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan (3rd) first time introduced Diamond Jubilee Schools network during mid fifties in the region. A real phase of development gain impetus when Shah Karim Alhusaini, Aga Khan (fourth) stepped in the region, a population with miserable conditions in 1960. He initiated many new projects in different aspect of life, strengthening the existing educational network under the umbrella of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the betterment and uplift standard of living of masses lived under poverty line. Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration with donor agencies, with a view to bring social change from grass roots level, initiated rural support programme and other services for less-privileged societies in the region. In simple words, initial projects were stretched to new areas under AKDN umbrella ranging from self-entrepreneurship to planning and building services. These development programmes served a catalyst for a common man who, earlier was confine to a certain limit where facilities and perks were confined to a specific creed, definitely a big change in society led to process of decline of so-called nobility. By, 1974, Z.A.Bhutto, chief of Pakistan Peoples Party and his cabinet undertook a disintegrated country following the fall of Dhaka, albeit eliminating princely status of numerous states gave them democratic structures, initiated socio-economic, political and administrative reforms in civil services cadres under 1973 constitution of Pakistan. These reforms opened a path for further reforms in tribal and affiliated princely states, mostly in mountain regions. Elders assert, by 1976, when Bhutto abolished the princely status of the units and replaced the princely flag with that of the country declared region formally its de-fecto part. The new development allowed for the first time a limited right of franchise and representation in a parallel council governed from capital. He in collaboration with international donor agencies like UNICEF and World Food Programme helped ensure provision of basic necessities like food to indigenous population still in poor conditions. He gave word to poor and enables to build his destiny. The facility fell a prey of Zia-ul-Haq who abolished the programme to benefit his favorite breed. He altered such programmes to facilitate Mujahideen busy fighting Afghan war against Soviet invasion on behalf of American assistance. By, 1988, before the withdrawal of USSR, Zia regime played a dirty game: as an integral strategy to get parallel success, he supported a breed of militants to eliminate all those against his faith in Gilgit-Baltistan. Unfortunately, the indigenous people could not understand his nefarious designs under the veil of religion that had to sustain his regime using divide and rule tactic and nothing to do with public welfare fell a prey of communal discord. Thousands of innocent people were brutally killed without a reason from both sides and this in turn sowed the seeds of sectarianism thus introducing a Kalashnikov culture in this region. On country’s political front, frequent interventions of military in politics in the wake of undemocratic moves of leadership, double standard attitude of bureaucracy and excessive influence of establishment forces harmed political evolution during last sixty two years of country's history. A finest dictatorship is considered worse than a worse democracy for it largely overlook the opinion of masses. The undemocratic regimes since 1952 onwards in general and during dictators’ regimes left people with no option but to support immature, corrupt and unable leadership confined to their self interests coupled with narrow vision. On global front, with the withdrawal of USSR from Afghanistan, American administration started to shift its strategy of dependency and support for Pakistan especially that to check movement and expansion of communist philosophy, an anxiety among the then US policy planners. Political front once again passed through a new change in 1999 when military took over in October 1999. Numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), both national and international rapport delivered remarkable work since 1990s to 2004 in many sectors like education, health, cultural preservation, design and building.

History repeated itself, but in a new form under different circumstances after cold war, when terrorists attacked twin towers of World Trade Centre, an icon of prestige and glory of America killing thousands of innocent people as a response to US policies inviting a fresh hostility between US and Islamist groups or in other words initiated an open conflict between two countering forces. To some, hidden forces worked behind the incident: Muslims thought it was a Judaist elements while to Europe and US a strike of Islamist elements; even the then Bush administration alleged Islamist groups behind this nefarious act to initiate an open armed struggle to defy its policies and interests. The September 11 incident served a cause to create sufferings for the Muslim communities residing in America and Europe. Being a sponsoring source of Jihadist elements, Pakistan was in real trouble as it was asked either ally the US or ready to go into stone age. Consequently, Pervez Musharraf took U-turn in state policy against billions of dollars as assistance. Once again, US dependency on Pakistan after Afghan war, in an endless war against an invisible enemy in terms of Osama started, leading farmer to think to gain control over natural resources in Afghanistan and Central Asian states. As a state, Pakistan endured many hardships, mostly from inside elements, Majority of our political leadership, for instance is largely nurtured under the aegis of military establishments and always ready to achieve their own interest lest it comes to compromise on national matters, evident from the successive overthrowing of representative regimes. They could not deliver any remarkable to uplift the standard of living of a common man except false promises. It was the Musharraf regime which can be given credit for many reasons: allowed a national government to complete its five year tenure, introduced local government systems for dicentralization of power though a move to by pass the then political and administrative forces like his predecessors military dictators to bolster one man show. Apart from few of blunders in terms of killing of Akbar Bugti, subjugation of judiciary, appointment of army on service and retired personnel in institutions offering higher education, other key positions in major public organiztions and using force as a decisive force instead of dialogue his regime can be recalled for many things during last eight years. He was the first who put hand on non-state actors, brought changes in status of deprived regions like Gilgit-Baltistan bringing reforms and took initiatives to improve education and health facilities. He gave us an International University, increased woman representation, empowered Northern Light Infantry, established N.A scouts and notified Hunza-Nagar district and many more. Yet, at the same time on mass level, despite many accomplishments, it failed to address the real issues of poor. Giant fishes got most and poor further got depressed as the regime greatly revolved around the interests of Chaurdhries and lords. December 2007, shall be remembered a black day when Benazir Bhutto, a female leader of international repute was assassinated at the same place where one of the most famous Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan as killed. Country fell into chaos and observed an extreme internal and internal threat to her existence second time after 1971. Good heaven, the situation soon normalized. With the dawn of democracy, based on Benazir Bhutto's sacrifice has brought a hope of change of image of the country in global economy. PPP led contemporary government has given a new Self Governance Reforms Package 2009 ahead of poles to empower the assembly to legislate on various subjects not allowed in past and choose their own Chief Minister unanimously with the consent of Prime Minister, the head of set up-a good initiative after Z.A Bhutto's compassions for the region. The package has opened a door for more autonomy resembles to that of Azad Kashmir. Though, there are many flaws in the package yet, it will serve to reduce feeling of deprivation among the masses.

There is another side of the picture that the poor performance in many of the departments in government sector during last two years has raised many questions in our mind regarding its capability to cope the challenges that the country faces internally and externally. Public welfare, security from internal and external aggressions and provision of basic necessities to the citizens is the fundamental responsibilities of modern states. Yet, more focus on external threats under security syndrome has left the country nothing but to expend on defense-thus neglecting other sectors like education, strategic personnel planning, health, trade and industry and exploitation of natural resources to strengthen our economy. As for as the private sector especially the NGOs are concerned, the are now confine to reporting to get funds, roam and measure the length of roads in their luxury vehicles. Now it depends on flow of events that will decide the future course of history.

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I am social person with a tendency towards learning knowledge that will balance the material world and the hereafter, a legacy obtained from the family. I earned my MA (General History with specialization in Modern History) and M.A.S (Master of Administrative siences with speciliazation in HRM) both from University of Karachi in 2005 and 2007 respectively, am fond of social work and public welfare. The blog focuses on social change caused by socio- economic and geo-political impulse in the country in general and the region particular.