Politics of Afghan Future - Book Released

Politics of Afghan Future by Zulfiqar Shah
Publisher: Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany
Pages: 108 ISBN: 9 78-3-659-55382-0

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The war costs hitherto have crossed the highest ceiling of ten (10) trillion dollars, in which USA, UK, Canada, Russia, Australia, Japan, India, and China have contributed the most.

An action and thought in exile

Zulfiqar Shah (Sindhi ذوالفقار شاہ Hindiजुल्फिकार शाह) is civil rights activist, journalist and writer of Sindhi origin. He was forced by Pakistan Army to unlawfully leave the country and close down The Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan in May 2012. He resettled in Nepal where UNHCR approved him refugee status. In Kathmandu, he started freelancing with the newspapers and websites on the issues of Pakistan particularly concerning Sindh and Balochistan. He was insurrected in his house in Kathmandu and was given heavy metal poison by Pakistani intelligence agency ISI with local facilitation; however he was rescued by the local doctors. He was forced to leave Nepal, thus he left for Pakistan on December 2013. In Pakistan, he again was persecuted and threatened to be killed. He went India for medical treatment on February 11, 2014, where he was not only denied appropriate health treatment on behalf of Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, but also was harassed by the high commission officials. He, along his wife Fatima Shah, gave a protest sit-in for 285 days near Indian Parliament house against Pakistan High Commission and its facilitation by the Indian authorities. Read more on Wikipedia

Recent Writings

A Tale of Strategic Talbanization, Truthout, USA
Sindhi Hindu exodus causing humanitarian red alert for India, CNN IReport
A full stop to twentieth centuary, Daily The Kathmandu Post, Nepal
Verticular media under seige in Pakistan, Truthout, USA
Social movements: Where does Sindh stands in the world? Daily Afghanistan Times, Kabul
Decolonising development, Daily The Kathmandu Post, Nepal
Unmasking democracy: Military versus civil governance in Sindh, Merinews, India
Why Pakistan Is Not Changing, Truthou, USA

A chronology of persecution in Pakistan, Nepal and India

Notes from the Protest Camp in Delhi, India

An involuntary closed down institute

The Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan (ISM) was involuntary closed through the forced by the Pakistan's military establishment on May 29, 2012. Here is a brief about ISM. Click to read

Living a death!

I am in Delhi undergoing medical treatment, including detoxification and treatment for other damage caused by heavy metal poisoning applied in Kathmandu, Nepal on December 18, 2012. Although I repeatedly forget things due to my associated memory loss, I keep on writing to make myself feel my own existence still counts since I am no longer an activist on the ground in Sindh, Pakistan. In fact, I believe I was given heavy metal poisoning by the Pakistani intelligence agencies Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) with local facilitation in Nepal. Read article in Truthout, USA

Activism 2014: Candle light tribute to Sorihya Badshah

Undivided India's forgotten freedom war leader Sorihya Badshah and his martyred fellow fighters were paid candle light tribute in Delhi on the occasion of Freedom Martyrs Day in India. The event was organized by the refugee activists Zulfiqar Shah, which was also attended by some other Indian activists. Some activists from India and Sindhi refugees paid homage and tribute to the Pir Pagara Sorihya Badshah yesterday, on 30 January 2014. Soriah Badshah, who was a comrade of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Commander of Hur Force, waged war against British Raj in India during the SecondWorld War. Click to read in Merinews

Activism 2013: Sindhi-Hindu refugees protest outside UN in India

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day, Hindu refugees from Sindh staged a protest outside the United Nations’ Information Office at Lodhi Estate here on Tuesday demanding cancellation of Pakistan’s membership from the international body on the grounds that Hindus were being persecuted there. Led by Swami Omji, the protest was against victimisation of Hindus by the State-sponsored actors in Sindh province of Pakistan. The delegation of refugees comprising journalist-cum-activist Zulfiqar Shah met the UN Country Representative and submitted a memorandum of demands addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Click to read in The Hindu

Activism 2013:

On World Human Rights Day, Pakistani journalist-cum-activist Zulfiqar Shah has appealed to the Indian Government to prevent the Pakistan High Commission from persecuting him in India. Since April 22, 2013, Mr. Shah has been staging a sit-in protest, first at the Press Club of India and now at Jantar Mantar here, appealing to the Indian Government to instruct the Pakistan High Commission not to interfere in his medical treatment in Delhi as he has been accorded a refugee status by the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights. Read news in daily The Hindu

Writing 2014: An open letter to Hasina Wajid

We owe you applause, your Excellency Sheikh Hasina Wajid, for your government's significant steps in bringing the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 to justice. This expression of cheer by a Sindhi in exile is the continuity of an earlier generation of Sindhis and Balochs who shed blood tears over heart-wrecking brutalities, like massacres and rapes, rendered by the Pakistan Army in 1971 in Bangladesh. Click to read on The Kathmandu Post, Nepal

Writing 2014: Personal reflection: Politics of development and civil society of Pakistan

Politics of development and particularly international development is highly complex structure of studies; however when it is attempted to understand in a very naïve way, it becomes easiest for the common understanding. Being associated with the human rights, journalism and development sector during my career time in Pakistan, I have a few simple readings, observations, feelings and understandings of practical political aspects of development and rights based activism and their funder nexus. I am sharing these briefly and in simple manner avoiding the larger academic discussion and discourse around the development politics in Pakistan. Click to read on Merinews

Activism 2009: Sindh Peasants Long March

Sindh Peasants Long March for Land Reforms(February 15 – 26, 2009), was a mass long walk of 350 kilometers by beyond 30000 peasants and rural worker women and men carried for over 12 days formHyderabad to Sindh Assembly building Karachi, Sindh. The march was organized to seek amendments in the Sindh Tenancy Act that was also legislated after thousands of peasants gathering in front of Sindh Assembly building Karachi in 1950 led by late Comrade Hyder Bux jatoi, a stalwart peasants leader of Pakistan. Details on Wikipedia

Activism 2011: Movement against religious extremism

HYDERABAD, Nov 14: A large number of civil society and political activists took out a procession here on Monday to condemn the killing of three Hindus in Chak village of Shikarpur district last week. Read more on Daily Dawn

Writing 2013: Federalism in Pakistan & Movement for self-determination in Sindh

Pakistan is at a crossroads, its federal structure severely threatened by provincial independence movements fueled by ethnic tensions, structural political failures and the allocation of tax revenues. Pakistan is on the brink again after 1971. Intensive decade-long secessionist warfare is underway in Balochistan, and a mass movement, accompanied by low-scale insurgency, has arisen in Sindh, which cast the shadow of popular uprising in March 2012, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the provincial capital Karachi, demanding independence for Sindh. Read article on Truthout, USA

Writting 2013: Towards one Southasia

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, like ex-president Asif Ali Zardari, has recently tuned up the good old mantra of a visa-free India-Pakistan. However, the nature of geopolitical relations between these two countries alone is the major hurdle to a visa-free regime in the region. Given the fact that visa arrangements and norms between the rest of the Southasian countries are almost on the verge of border-free regional entities, it is speculated that a visa-and-border-free Southasia can only be realised, unlike the European Union, through a gradual visa-and-border regime change. Read in The Kathmandu Post

Writing 2013: Afghanistan's Future

The "first world war on Afghanistan" began in 1979 and concluded in 1991, resulting in a decisive defeat of the then-Soviet Union. If seen in the context of people's history, almost 2.802 billion people suffered the direct, indirect and post-direct burns of the Afghan drama in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and India and later on, post 9/11, in the United States, UK and European Union. If the war and war-related expenditure by the international community in Afghanistan is roughly calculated, it would probably exceed $10 trillion. Read article on Truthout, USA

Writing 2013: The centre cannot hold

Federations around the world have adapted political systems to the foundations of their socio-political and cultural realities so that proclamations of identity, the trickling down of the fruits of governance to the grassroots level and the unfurling of even patterns of development based on parity become a tangible reality. Read article on THe Kathmandu Post

Writing 2013: Roots of Sindhi-Hindu Exodus from Pakistan

The morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan. Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Read on Claws

Writing 2013: Pakistan: What Does the Future Hold?

Pakistan is at a crossroads. Its fragmented internal and external political situation is gradually inching towards chaos. The country is facing secessionist movements in the Balochistan and Sindh provinces; religious terrorism in Punjab, the Tribal Areas, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province; war on its Afghan border; continued discontent with neighbouring India; disagreements with the US; and a distancing from Saudi Arabia. The key to understanding these current crises is in the understanding of state building and statecraft. Read article on The Descrier, UK

Writing 2013: Pakistan: Politics of fallacies

External perceptions of Pakistani politics and society are often fallacious. The analysis, policies, and decisions based on these perceptions, assumptions, and myths regarding Pakistan in the outer world are therefore often fruitless. Read article on The Descrier, UK

Writing 2013: Ethnicity and urbanisation

The transformation of South Asia from feudal and rural relations into the urban has enormous development contours along with highly sensitive challenges of its ethno-political stability and governance. Therefore, any discourse focusing cities in South Asia cannot avoid the issues and relation between demography, governance, and ethnic stability. Read article in The Kathmandu Post

Talk 2013: Developments in Sindh in face of growing talibanisation

The Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) organized a talk on, "Developments in Sindh in Face of Growing Talibanisation in Pakistan" at the Conference Hall, CLAWS Office, New Delhi. Mr. Zulfiqar Shah, Executive Director, The Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan, spoke exclusively on the topic. The talk was chaired by Maj Gen (Retd) Dhruv C Katoch, Director CLAWS, and was attended by all faculty members. Click to read full on CLAWS

Video 2009: Sindh Peasants Long March

Video 2009: Sindh Peasants Long March

Ten commandments for contemporary world!

Human society needs to adopt new 'Ten Commandments' for the salvation of human beings, the earth, and the life over it. The era of red, green, blue, and saffron tinted ideological states is over. Human society has evolved, throughout the course of its history, some basic values, and principles on which it has repeatedly tried to offer humanity the maximum possible equity, justice, prosperity, and peace.

Social movements: Where does Sindh stands in the world?

Daily Afghanistan Times, April 13, 2014, By Zulfiqar Shah

‘Peacefulness’ was a diplomatic phrase, if not a jargon, of the twentieth century – a time when ‘world’ was not transformed into a conscious and highly connected ‘globe’. The bent of international and regional actors towards engaging with the peaceful and violent movements can simplistically but truly termed as political and strategic hypocrisy. How the world today positions itself towards peaceful social and political movements? A ten-million dollar question, indeed!

Apolitical blog February 2014: Existence of life on the other planets of solar system

The astronomers of the world with the support of space technology are trying to find the traces and possibility of life today on the other planets of the solar system. The research is speedily underway in USA, Russia, India, EU, and China. In bid to further the astronomical research through space voyaging, India has propelled the Mangalyan space researcher out of the Earth orbit to carry the investigations on the Mars. 

Birds without tree!

Scarlet of the dancing girl is about to set off,
Jesus! Why don’t you wake up in me?

A river that has curve at daunting peaks,
Will submerge one day with heavens at the Sea. 

O love, your venom is a fogy mystery,
That always insurrects the hamlet of the Jogi.

They say, storms always divert doves to the stranger lands;
Forgetting that winds happen to be colorless,
And sky always courteous to birds without tree!

(By Zulfiqar Shah)