Until last week, Israel had refused. But on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the raid – a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Jewish state.

Turkish billboards: “Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride.”

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Here is more indication that this apology was a disaster for Israel — one that will cause it untold problems when it tries to defend itself in the future.

“Billboards in Ankara: ‘Israel apologized, thank you Erdogan,'” from Ynet News, March 25 (thanks to Joshua):

Large billboards were put up by the Ankara municipality on Monday to thank Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Israel’s apology for the deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound ship.”Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride,” the billboards read.

Israel and Turkey began talks Monday on compensation for the families of victims of the raid, for which the Jewish state apologized last week, ending a near three-year diplomatic rift.

“Officials delegated by the two sides will work on the compensation issue. We gave the kickstart for it today,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Ties between Israel and Turkey plummeted in May 2010 when Israeli commandos staged a pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla to the Gaza Strip, killing nine Turkish nationals.

The assault triggered an international outcry and a bitter diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel, with Ankara demanding a formal apology and compensation for the families of the victims.

Until last week, Israel had refused. But on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the raid – a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Jewish state.

“This is a big success of Turkish foreign policy,” Arinc said….

 

 

 

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Windows 7 Libraries Explained – And Why You Want Them

Windows 7 Libraries Explained – And Why You Want Them

I mentioned in an earlier post that there was a new feature in Windows 7 called libraries, but I was mean enough not to provide any details.

Here’s my attempt to make up for it.

First off, this isn’t difficult or complicated, and it is very cool. Windows XP and Vista used something called Known Folders as a standard set of places for you to store your files. In XP, the primary folder was My Documents, and there were some additional known folders inside that for My Pictures and My Music.

In Vista, some other folders were added to the picture, but the structure was much the same. There was one major change though. Microsoft removed the ‘My’ part of the names, so we ended up with Documents and Pictures. Windows 7 takes that base and does something stunning with it. Let me explain, and then I’ll show you an example.

Windows 7 contains a set of libraries. Each one works that same way, and they all take the place of the standard folders in XP and Vista.

A Library can be treated like a folder with a group of subfolders inside it, and can also pull some nifty tricks all of its own. The important thing to remember is this: the subfolders are not actually stored in the library. They are just made to seem as though they are. Each library has some default contents, but you can change these, and also create new libraries if you wish.

If you’re feeling a little confused, this example should clear it right up. You won’t need to see your doctor. Relax.

I’m a photographer, so the most interesting library to me is Pictures, but all of this applies to any library you choose. They all sit inside the Libraries, which is available as soon as you start Windows Explorer, so let’s start there.

lib-normal

As you can see, the four default libraries are here. Double-click the Pictures library to have a look inside it.

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Inside Pictures is a single folder, called Sample Pictures. Now, come for a ride. It’s 2007, and you’re seriously early to the Windows 7 world. You’ve taken a whole lot of photographs, and you want somewhere to put them. Easy. Create a folder in the library, just the way you do anywhere else. Right-click in the open space, choose new ““ folder, and give it a name. Like 2007 for instance.

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Now double-click that folder to open it, and put all your images in it. Let’s hope you managed to save more images than this, though.

lib-2007pics

Okay, now so far this is all just the way a folder would work, right? You could also create more subfolders in here if you needed to. No problem. But in this case, you didn’t need to.

Now, a year or so goes by, and you’ve been busy using up disk space with whatever you usually use to fill it. None of my business. in any case, You bought yourself a new-fangled USB hard drive, and plugged it in. It popped up as your E: drive, and you stored some more images there.

lib-pic2008

All good so far, except that now you have two places to look for images, unless you can remember which year you took them. Library to the rescue.

If we go back to the Picture Library, you can see there’s a link under title. It currently says 2 Locations. Click the link.

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By default, the library includes files from your own Pictures folder and also the Windows 7 Public Pictures folder. We want to add another location. The place we stored the 2008 images. Click the Add”¦ button, and browse to the folder that contains the folder you put the images in. So, don’t choose E:\pictures\2008, just E:\pictures.

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Click the Include folder button, and then OK.

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It might take a while to save the changes”¦

lib-changes

“¦ but then, you’ll see that a new location has been added, and the photos are now all available in the library, just as though they had been moved there.

So why is this so cool?

  • The pictures have not been moved
  • The link is live. That is, if you add more folders inside E:\Pictures, then they will also appear in the library
  • You can, with the right network setup, add folders from other computers to the libraries
  • You can create whole new libraries if you wish

Most importantly, you can view things in the library in ways that you just can’t do with a folder.

Let me just add another folder to keep it interesting. Now that you know how it works, I’ll show you a short-cut as well.

Browse to the location that you have your 2009 pictures stored in”¦

lib-2008-1

Now click the Include in library button.

lib-2008-2

Choose the Pictures library. You’ll get that same delay as the files are added”¦

Browse back to the library, and you’ll see you have yet another year’s images.

lib-2009-3

Now, for some “Library-only” tricks.

See the Arrange by option, which is currently set to Folder? Change it to Day.

lib-day

Now the pictures are sorted by the date on which they were taken. All of this is completely independent of the folders in which the files are stored. Try Month.

lib-month

I hope you’re impressed.

One more. Try Tag.

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I’ve written about image meta-data before. I’ve used some other software to add tags to these images, and now Windows recognises them. So, if I wanted to find all the images taken at Waihi Beach, I just need to do this. Double-clicking on one of the tags opens a folder with all the matching images inside, in date order. Very nice.

Try this with your music files and you’ll have a whole different set of options.

And that’s it. Libraries are great, especially for anyone who has been creating files for some time. But I’d like to know what you think. Will you use them? What for? Let me know in the comments.

www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-7-libraries-%E2%80%93-and-why-you-want-them/

 

A truly Islamic welfare state — Saad Hafiz

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Dailytimes
http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20133\24\story_24-3-2013_pg3_3

VIEW : A truly Islamic welfare state — Saad Hafiz

It is also not sufficient to argue that Pakistan has to be an Islamic welfare state because it was established on the basis of Islam

The establishment of a truly Islamic welfare state is a popular slogan in Pakistan, particularly during election season. It is presented by its proponents as an all-encompassing panacea for societal ills. It is argued that such a state would eliminate vices like feudalism, lawlessness, injustice, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, obscenity and vulgarity, and ostentation. It would reduce the ever widening gap between the rich and the poor; it would dispense impartial justice to all irrespective of the status and would help in the equitable distribution of wealth. An Islamic welfare state would achieve this equitable distribution within the framework of individual freedom but with spiritual and legal imperatives to safeguard public interest, moral constraints against unearned income, and social obligations to ensure a just distribution of income and wealth. The freedom of expression, occupation and movement would be assured in an Islamic state. “Bahrainis are better off than many other Arabs. We have a welfare state, everybody gets a salary whether they have a job or not. Electricity and food are subsidised; school and healthcare are free. And we don’t differentiate between Bahrainis and foreigners. We are very proud of that.”– Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

It is said that the concept of an Islamic welfare state is comprehensive in nature differing fundamentally from western notions. It aims to achieve the total welfare of the people of which economic welfare is merely a part. In addition, the social and economic effects of an Islamic welfare state are wholesome and the social pattern that emerges is free from the hideous tyrannies of capitalism and socialism. It is the responsibility of the state to protect the poor and the helpless from the economic exploitation of the rich and the strong. This creates an all-pervading social harmony that led H G Wells to remark that “Islam has created a society more free from widespread cruelty and social oppression than any society had ever been in the world before.” In contrast, the emphasis of the western welfare state is only on the material welfare of the people. This concept neglects the equally important spiritual and moral welfare of the people. Although capitalism also recognises freedom of the individual, there are no spiritual constraints on this freedom.

It may be worth examining what the broad contours of a truly Islamic State would look like. Religion would certainly be a moral guide and unifying ideology of such a state. Islamic goals would be supreme over state interests. The Shari’a will serve as the main source of law and as a constitution. Qualified persons, doubtless Ulema (scholars) will interpret Islamic law as they understand it. The principles and strictures of Islam including mode of punishment would govern public behaviour, with education and intellectual life being mainly shaped by the Ulema’s preaching and sermons. It would also demand complete adherence to Islamic law, aspirations and practices even in administrative, economic and political affairs. It would probably require politically centralised, bureaucratic, even absolute, government led by an ameer-ul-momineen (commander of the faithful). From past political experiences, robust consultative mechanisms would be needed to prevent it from turning into a puritanical, totalitarian and inward -looking society.

Regardless of its Islamic character, such a state would face similar challenges to a western welfare state. The state cannot remain isolated from external economic and political pressures. International competition will make a welfare state’s economy less competitive because the high tax rates needed to sustain it will stifle economic growth. It will require an ethnically homogenous society with high levels of mutual trust and strong work ethic for it to work. It would need considerable indigenous wealth and/or a booming capitalist economy to retain its financial viability. These traits may keep the welfare system afloat for decades. But the work ethic and the sense of duty will slowly erode, to be replaced by a sense of rights, creating a dependent people. High taxation and the passivity bred by the system will replace initiative and the will to take risks. The most likely result would be a ‘peaceful utopia’ controlled by a bureaucracy that actively discourages all signs of individuality and dissent. This totalitarian impulse has been implicit in the welfare state from its very inception. Again, Islamic or not these flaws are inherent to the welfare state model and they make time to develop, but they will, eventually.

Some conclusions can be reached. First, despite the optimism expressed by Sheikh Khalifa and H G Wells, there are a few examples of socially harmonious, just and equitable societies in Islamic history. In fact, quite the opposite may be true if we look at the theological dystopias masquerading as truly Islamic welfare states in the Middle East today. Second, it is also not sufficient to argue that Pakistan has to be an Islamic welfare state because it was established on the basis of Islam. Unlike many other Islamic societies, Pakistani society has a strong democratic tradition, proven time and time again, in struggles against dictatorship and obscurantism. That being said, the demand for a truly Islamic state will continue to resurface until Pakistani democracy starts to deliver tangible economic, social and political benefits to the people.

The writer can be reached at shgcci@gmail.com

Time running out on Russia-China gas stalemate

Time running out on Russia-China gas stalemate

MOSCOW/BEIJING: A hardball game on price may leave Russia empty-handed after 15 years of talks on a deal to supply China with gas, with Beijing able to shop around thanks to a wider choice of suppliers.

As China’s new President Xi Jinping meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, prospects are dim for substantial progress on a deal between the world’s largest conventional gas producer and its fastest growing energy consumer.

The failure stands in sharp contrast to the Russian-Chinese trade in crude oil, which helped finance Moscow’s push to supply Asia from new East Siberian fields, and is likely to be expanded with new supply deal during Xi’s visit.

The gas deal has been held up by Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom’s determination to match the returns it makes on high-priced European deliveries and cover the $38 billion cost of bringing its untapped East Siberian gas resources to market.

China, for its part, says it cannot afford to pay Gazprom’s asking price, which analysts and sources in the gas industry peg at $300 per thousand cubic meters.

Instead, sources say China National Petroleum Corp. has dug in at $250 as the price it can pay without forcing its energy firms into losses or eroding the cost advantage, which makes Chinese producers competitive in the world.

“The price difference remains considerably apart. Both sides have practical hurdles to overcome. It’s difficult for Russia to come significantly off the levels they charge Europe,” a Chinese energy industry veteran who has taken part in gas talks said.

“The two sides are moving towards each other,” he added, “but it would still take time.”

Gazprom has said it is aiming to sign a gas deal by the end of the year, and analysts say that is realistic if Russia moves quickly and shows a newfound willingness to compromise.

With competitors from Africa and Australia lined up to meet China’s additional demand, Russia needs to send a clear signal to Asian markets if it wants to gain market share in China before 2030, Tatiana Mitrova, head of the oil and gas department of the Russian Academy of Sciences Energy Research Institute said.

Mitrova estimates that a supply gap begins to emerge in China in 2020 and rises to 66 billion cubic meters of gas per year by 2030.

But that market niche could be filled as China moves quickly to top up existing arrangements with suppliers such as Myanmar and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, and moves to secure new contracts for increased supplies. reuters

Gas pipeline blown up in Sui
SUI: A 24-inch gas pipeline supplying gas to Karachi city from Sui was blown up in Gopit area on Saturday. Banned outfit Bloch Republican Army (BRA) has claimed responsibility for the incident. According to levies sources, miscreants planted explosives under the pipeline which went off with a bang. The supply of gas to Karachi has been reduced due to the blast. inp

 

Under UAE-funded PAP : 85% of Al-Nahyan Road completed in Waziristan

Under UAE-funded PAP : 85% of Al-Nahyan Road completed in Waziristan

Staff Report

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20133\24\story_24-3-2013_pg5_9

PESHAWAR: Around 85 percent of work has been completed on construction of the UAE-funded Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road, currently under construction in South Waziristan, Director of UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP) Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli said.

The building of the $38.01 million road, one of the largest and most important projects in Pakistan is under the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to develop and modernise infrastructure in Pakistan’s remote and poor regions, Al Ghafli added.

As the first paved road in Southern Waziristan and a strategic corridor between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road will enhance the transport system in the region’s rough terrain by linking a large number of its cities and villages to major cities.

With half of it in mountainous areas, the 50-kilometer Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Road features five bridges and its height ranges between 4,600 and 8,600 feet.

Al Ghafli said the work was underway on the strategic highway between Wana and Angoor Ada in South Waziristan despite the region’s rough geography and harsh weather conditions.

All engineering teams and consultants intensified work to implement the project on time in accordance with the best international standards of excellence.

The UAE under its wise leadership has always been at the first responder to meet the needs of the population in Waziristan in line with the directives and initiatives of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to assist the friendly people of Pakistan by a number of development and humanitarian projects, Al Ghafli added.

Project to Assist Pakistan (PAP) is currently carrying out 28 development and humanitarian projects worth $54.5 million in South Waziristan alone, he said.

These include two colleges for males and females, a $5.1 million modern model school for 1200 students. Education assistance also included 3000 school bags for male and female students.

The PAP is also building the 50-bed Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Hospital, dedicated to the treatment of women, children and the elderly, and is rehabilitating three current 50-bed hospitals at a cost of $4.3 million. The UAE’s healthcare projects in the region will serve 35000 inhabitants in the region, according to the official.

Twenty projects worth $2.1 million are under construction by PAP in Waziristan to provide pure drinking water from wells and purification and pumping stations, which will serve around 6,500 households. The PAP gave out 5000 food parcels and large quantities of dates to refugee and poor families in South Waziristan, he added.

Qatar is also the only Wahhabi Islamic nation other than Saudi Arabia.

Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV television network.

The buyer is none other than Al Jazeera, the infamous Islamist television network based out of Doha, Qatar (more on Qatar very shortly).

Gore released an interesting statement along with the announcement of the sale:

“Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell stories that no one else is telling.”

“Al Jazeera has the same goals…”

This statement isn’t just interesting. It’s astonishing.

Al Jazeera is one of the LEAST independent media outlets in the world. It was started by seed money provided by the emir of Qatar and is to this day owned by the Islamic state of Qatar.

Since when is state-owned media considered “independent?”

Moreover, it is very important to take into account the kind of state that owns Al Jazeera.

Qatar is an absolute monarchy, a dictatorship if you will. It’s “parliament” is no more than a consultative body, with no authority at all. In fact, its members are all appointed by the emir.

Qatar is also the only Wahhabi Islamic nation other than Saudi Arabia. Perhaps this is why Qatar is the only nation to have allowed the Afghan Taliban to establish a political office in Doha, the capital. Wahhabi Islam is the branch of Islam that gave birth to Al Qaeda.

Qatar is also a Shariah state. The government uses Sunni Shariah law as the basis of its criminal and civil regulations. Shariah is applied to all family law and inheritance issues as well.

But perhaps the most significant aspect of Qatar, the Wahhabi dictatorship that owns Al Jazeera, and now Al Gore’s Current TV, is its role in Jihad.

We know from the Wikileaks documents that US intelligence officials consider Qatar “the worst on counterterrorism.”

According to Wikileaks, Qatari security was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals.”

Moreover, Qatari charities, including those associated with the royal family, support Jihadist terrorist organizations:

From The Atlantic:

But U.S. officials may have reason to be suspicious of Qatar. Members of the royal family reportedly hosted Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, in the late ’90s and may have helped him evade U.S. capture. In 2005, officials discovered another link between Qatar and al Qaeda: Qatar paid al Qaeda (and some speculate it may still be paying) millions of dollars each year so al Qaeda wouldn’t attack it. Qatar struck the deal before the 2003 Iraq invasion and renewed it in March of 2005, when an Egyptian suicide bomber attacked a theater in Doha. Many believed the bomber was part of al Qaeda. “We’re not sure that the attack was carried out by al Qaeda, but we ratified our agreement just to be on the safe side,” a Qatari official said at the time. “We are a soft target and prefer to pay to secure our national and economical interests. We are not the only ones doing so.”

It’s true: Qatar is one of many nations that have allegedly funded Islamic movements to save their own citizens, and that funding was another topic of discussion slated for last January’s meeting. “Officials should make known USG concerns about the financial support to Hamas by Qatari charitable organizations and our concerns about the moral support Hamas receives from Yousef Al-Qaradawi,” the December, 2009 cable said.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/11/qatar-worst-on-counterterroism-in-the-middle-east/67166/

In other words, Qatar sends money to Al Qaeda, Qatar supports HAMAS and Qatari charities fund Jihad. Oh, we can’t allow that Qaradawi reference to get by…Regular readers of SFW are familiar with Yousef al Qaradawi. He is the world’s foremost Sunni Shariah scholar with extensive, longstanding ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. He was banished from his native Egypt by President Mubarak, and was given refuge by Qatar.

While in Qatar, Qaradawi managed to get banned from travel to both the US and the UK and he also headed up the Union of Good, an umbrella group of some 56 Islamic charities. The US Treasury Department designated the Union of Good as a terrorist entity a few years back.

Then there is this tidbit toward the end of The Atlantic article:

Beyond Qatar’s alleged funding of al Qaeda and its ties to Hamas and Iran, it has also tried to bolster its reputation by allowing money to flow freely through the country, no questions asked. 

This is no doubt why Qatar is considered by the US as a significant source of funding for Jihadist terrorism.

According to the Wikileaks cables, the porous borders and ineffectual leaders of Gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) contribute to “a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, [Lashkar-e-Taiba], and other terrorist groups, including Hamas.”

It is also significant that it was revealed in the 9/11 Commission Report (page 73) that Qatar provided safe haven in the 1990s to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind of the September 11th, 2001 attacks and went on to become Al Qaeda’s number 3 commander.

Wahhabi Oil Cash – Pakistanis are/were never Wahhabis

The Wahhabi Invasion

Saudi charities pump in huge funds through hawala channels to radicalise the Valley
Kashmiri men offer Friday prayers at the Ahl-e-hadith mosque in Gawkadal, Srinagar.
Kashmiri men offer Friday prayers at the Ahl-e-hadith mosque in Gawkadal, Srinagar.

The famed Sufi tradition and spirit of Kashmiriyat in the Valley, already ravaged by decades of insurgency, faces a new challenge. Wahhabism, an austere, puritanical interpretation of Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia, is making deep inroads into Kashmir due to the efforts of the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, which calls itself a religious and welfare organisation.Swelling congregations flock to about 700 mosques that the organisation, which registered itself way back in 1958, has built across the Valley. Practically every village along the picturesque, poplar-lined, 60-km stretch northwest of Srinagar towards Gulmarg has one or more Ahl-e-Hadith-funded mosques. The new mosques and their attendant madrassas make for a contrasting picture with the hundreds of dilapidated mosques built over centuries in the age-old Sufi tradition. Unlike worshippers at the older Sufi shrines, Ahl-e-Hadith mosques are overtly more conservative: women wear burqas or at least a headscarf, while the men sport beards and don skull caps; their traditional salwars end just above the ankle in accordance with Wahhabi tenets.

 

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) legislator

“Young Kashmiris are restive and disillusioned. To them, Ahl-e-Hadith is a new, more committed and determined option.”
Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) legislator

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police and Central intelligence officers say Ahl-e-Hadith’s funding comes primarily from Saudi Arabia. Based on US intelligence, they believe that the House of Saud, rulers of Saudi Arabia, had in 2005 approved a $35-billion (Rs.1,75,000 crore) plan to build mosques and madrassas in South Asia. “Wahhabi groups across Jammu and Kashmir were beneficiaries of this largesse,” says a senior police officer.

Scarf-clad students at the Salafia Muslim Institute in Srinagar.
Scarf-clad students at the Salafia Muslim Institute in Srinagar.

Intelligence sources say Saudi charities and private donors route zakat (charity) money to J&K through illegal hawala channels. It increases during the Eid season. Whenever mosque managements are questioned about it, their explanation is that it is donation or goat-skin money. All organisations registered under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), 1976, have to submit their annual balance sheets to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). “Not one organisation registered under the FCRA in J&K accounted for money coming in from Saudi Arabia,” says a senior MHA official. However, there is no way to keep track of funds received by organisations that are not registered with MHA. Most of the organisations, which have contributed to the growth of Wahhabi and Ahl-e-Hadith movements in Kashmir, are not registered.Sources in the Intelligence Bureau admit that they are aware of the large-scale illegal funding, but add that they cannot do much due to the sensitive internal situation. “We have taken up the issue several times with the state police but nobody wants to get into it. It suits them to ignore it,” claim sources.

Paramedics at a diagnostic centre run by the Jamiatahl-e-Hadith in Barbarshah, Srinagar.
Paramedics at a diagnostic centre run by the Jamiatahl-e-Hadith in Barbarshah, Srinagar.

Admitting massive cash inflows to the Valley, a senior state police officer says that the bulk of the illegal funds meant for Wahhabi groups and other hardline factions are physically transferred across the Line of Control and and at the trading station in Uri in the form of hard currency-both real and fake Indian currency notes-taking advantage of the barter trade being permitted between J&K and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. “Checks by customs officers are at best cursory. There are no X-ray machines and other standard international border control equipment. The army merely observes the goings-on,” he says. The officer adds that it is impossible to quantify the smuggled funds and that no agency-Central or state-has made any effort to do so.What concerns police and intelligence officials more is the possibility of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militants relying on Ahl-e-Hadith members to provide them hideouts. “Indoctrinated Wahhabis are the least likely to turn in Islamist militants to the police,” says a senior intelligence official.

 

Mehbooba Mufti

“A knee-jerk response could be dangerous. The organisation is doing a lot of good work and has a considerable following.”
Mehbooba Mufti, People’s Democratic Party chief

Scarcely visible a decade and a half ago, Ahl-e-Hadith now claims over 15 lakh members, over 16 per cent of Jammu and Kashmir’s Muslims. Besides the 700 mosques and madrassas it built, Ahl-e-Hadith is believed to have funded 150 schools, several colleges, orphanages, clinics and medical diagnostic centres. It has also proposed a Rs.200-crore Islamic university, Transworld Muslim University (TWMU), in Hyderpora, Srinagar, affiliated to leading Saudi institutions. The proposal was referred to a select committee after state Congress chief Saifuddin Soz opposed it in the Legislative Council on October 9, 2010.TWMU is planned as a multi-disciplinary institution with a stated mission to “facilitate a new generation of leaders in medicine, science, technology and religion based on the Shariahâ”. Ahl-e-Hadith is already engaged in setting up key faculties within its existing institutions across Srinagar. Accepting responsibility for halting the proposal, Soz was reticent about his reasons for refusing permission, since the proposal was cleared in February 2008 by then Congress Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Official sources claimed it was blocked, following intervention by J&K Governor N.N. Vohra on the advice of security agencies. Both the ruling National Conference and the Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had supported the bill. PDP head Mehbooba Mufti cautions that any decision to scuttle the university must be preceded by a thorough investigation into Ahl-e-Hadith’s sources of finance. “A knee-jerk response could be dangerous. After all, the organisation is doing a lot of good work and has a considerable following,” she says.

 

PURISTS ON THE PROWL

Wahhabi codes run counter to the age-old Sufi tradition.

  • Wahhabis forbid invoking names of prophets or ‘pirs’; Shrines are viewed as ‘deviant’ and forbidden.
  • Stringent dress codes are prescribed for both men and women. Men must grow beards, wear a prayer cap and keep trousers just above their ankels; women must observe purdah.
  • Music and dance, even loud laughter and demonstrative weeping at funerals, is actively discouraged.
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other stimulants are prohibited.
  • Women are dissuaded from working except where their families are in financial distress.
  • Gender segregation is actively enforced. Men and women are discouraged from socialising in public forums.

The organisation’s rapid proliferation and increasing popularity among youth is making Kashmir’s predominantly Sufi-Hanafi community anxious. “Opportunities for better education and secure future draw young Kashmiris for whom Ahl-e-Hadith represents a new, untested alternative,” says CPI(M) legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. The conservative Jamaat-e-Islami, too, is nervous at the prospect of ceding political ground. Ahl-e-Hadith’s feisty General Secretary Abdul Rehman Bhat, 65, insists, “Delhi is unwittingly playing into the hands of separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who are opposed to our university.” Hurriyat leaders Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq belatedly voiced support for the university in a joint statement in November. Non-committal on the Wahhabi proliferation, Geelani says the greatest threat to Kashmiriyat is from “the occupation forces deployed by India”. But Tarigami says Ahl-e-Hadith is contrary to the Jamaat’s ideological framework: “The Jamaat- e-Islami leadership perceives a dilution in their own brand value.”The Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation (JKPF), a Hanafi organisation devoted to reviving historic Sufi shrines, believes that a sinister process of “fundamentalist indoctrination” is under way in Wahhabi madrassas and schools. Based on a district-wise count, JKPF’s Chairman Fayaz Ahmad Bhatt, 40, says nearly 7,000 mosques, including 911 in Srinagar, preach the orthodox Wahhabi brand of Islam. Kashmir’s non-Muslim minority, too, views the Wahhabi ingress as a “conspiracy to Talibanise Kashmir”. “The Taliban had also sprung from Pakistani madrassas funded by the Wahhabis,” says former Kashmir University professor Kashi Nath Pandita.

Ahl-e-Hadith leaders vigorously deny all links to Islamist extremist groups. “We are more liberal than those that criticise us,” says Bhat. He points out that former Ahl-e-Hadith president Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was assassinated by Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militants outside a mosque in Srinagar’s Maisuma locality on April 8 because he opposed extremism.

Bhat talks about the Ahl-e-Hadith-run English coaching institute for adolescent girls just above his Barbarshah, Srinagar, office and the diagnostic facility and pharmacy on the floor below that offers services at concessional rates. “No one is turned away, not even CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) jawans,: he says. He also points to the Salafia Muslim Institute, the co-educational school with 800 children on Srinagar’s airport road in Parraypora. “We get strict about scarves for girls only after Class VI,” says Principal Mufti Altaf. Students are segregated by gender after Class II.

Ahl-e-Hadith has two registered charities that are eligible to receive foreign funding under FCRA. But the organisation denies receiving any Saudi money after 1996. Bhat, however, admits there are grants and scholarships for students to go for studies in Jeddah. He claims that the money spent on building new mosques and schools is raised via zakat. The total annual collection from all 700 mosques Ahl-e-Hadith claims to run across the state is around Rs.2.5 crore. Even if one were to accept Bhat’s claim that it costs them only Rs.10 lakh to build a new mosque, the organisation would have ended up spending much more in building the 350 new mosques it has since 2004 than what it gathered through zakat.

Mehbooba is not overly worried about the Wahhabis because she believes Kashmiris would never surrender their inherent freedom so easily. “Sufism is not merely a religious belief but a way of life. Women here did not take to the burqa even when militancy was at its peak,” she says. Her confidence is cold comfort, given the rapid growth of the Ahl-e-Hadith’s influence.

– With Bhavna Vij-Aurora

Corrupt Saudi Royal Family – Wahhabi Dictators for life

Saudi Owners = Prince or Modern for USA SKIRT WIFE = princess-ameerah-al-tawee

Royal Wedding with husband Prince Al-Waleed bin =
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/22/princess-ameerah-al-taweel_n_975847.html#s369224&title=April_29_at

Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel Of Saudi Arabia Steps Out = Wife of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal (King Abdullah’s nephew), is also the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation. She spoke at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, which invited world leaders to discuss employment, sustainability and women’s issues.
Saudi top Price and his Punjabi wife

http://au.pfinance.yahoo.com/photos/photo/-/16324998/the-fabulous-life-of-prince-alwaleed-bin-talal-alsaud/16325009/  (with prince Charles)

Saudi Offical website says about above OFFICIAL MODERN PRINCE of Saudia= http://www.kingdom.com.sa/hrh-prince-alwaleed-bin-talal

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal insulted at only being No 26 on Forbes rich list

Saudi Arabia businessman, one of the most influential in the Middle East, says he has been undervalued by $9.6bn
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/05/prince-alwaleed-bin-talal-forbes-rich-list

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ORDINARY SAUDIS are really UNEDUCATED …. ::
“…The Saudi royal family has intervened to block the release of a ‘celebrity’ preacher accused of raping, torturing and killing his five-year-old daughter.
Al-Ghamdi, who regularly appears on Saudi television, admitted using a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive….”
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-royal-family-intervenes-over-preacher-released-despite-raping-and-killing-daughter-8491812.html

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Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur’s Tale of the World’s Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

by Jayne Amelia Larson (Goodreads Author)
“…Actress, producer, and occasional chauffeur Jayne Amelia Larson offers a funny and insightful memoir about the time she spent as a driver for members of the Saudi royal family visiting Beverly Hills, detailing her invitation inside one of the world’s most closely guarded monarchies.

When the Saudi royal family vacationed in Los Angeles, they hired Jayne Amelia Larson, an actress struggling to make ends meet, to be their personal chauffeur….”
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13547498-driving-the-saudis

“….the nanny who ran away in the airport the moment she was handed her passport, the stories Larson shares are bizarre, poignant, and illustrative of the profound contradictions and complications that only such massive wealth can create…”

Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

Even http://www.defence.pk  has some opposition to oil victim royal saudi family = see comments in link below

http://www.defence.pk/forums/world-affairs/65747-complicated-lives-saudi-royal-family.html

“…A ‘gold-digging’ male model dumped by a Saudi Arabian princess after she caught him with two other women attacked her chauffeur in a rage, a court heard yesterday….”
Saudi Arabian princess Sara Al-Amoundi, it has been claimed
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In what may prove a particularly incendiary cable, US diplomats describe a world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll behind the official pieties of Saudi Arabian royalty.

“….More than 150 Saudi men and women, most in their 20s and 30s, were at the party. The patronage of royalty meant the feared religious police kept a distance. Admission was controlled through a strict guest list. “The scene resembled a nightclub anywhere outside the kingdom: plentiful alcohol, young couples dancing, a DJ at the turntables and everyone in costume.”……”….One young Saudi told the diplomat that big parties were a recent trend. Even a few years ago, he said, the only weekend activity was “dating” among small groups who met inside the homes of the rich. Some of the more opulent houses in Jeddah feature basement bars, discos and clubs. One high-society Saudi said: “The increased conservatism of our society over these past years has only moved social interaction to the inside of people’s homes.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-cables-saudi-princes-parties

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ALL the SAUDI RACKETS come here at Mirza Jamal’s website =

WikiCable: On rampant Saudi royal corruption

Ambassador Wyche Fowler Jr., appointed as ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by President William Jefferson Clinton, offers up a devastating portrait of the royally spoiled offspring of King Fahd.The SECRET 30 November 1996 dispatch provides a rare and unsparing look at the rampant corruption and sybaritic lifestyles of the scions of a regime that rose to power on the austere dogmas of Wahhabism.

One notable section out of many:

OTHER WAYS SOME PRINCES OBTAIN MONEY INCLUDE BORROWING FROM THE BANKS, AND NOT PAYING THEM BACK. WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK (NCB), WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN VIEWED HERE AS THE ROYAL FAMILY’S BANK, SAUDI BANKS GENERALLY TURN ROYALS AWAY UNLESS THEY HAVE A PROVEN REPAYMENT TRACK RECORD. PRINCES ALSO USE THEIR CLOUT TO CONFISCATE LAND FROM COMMONERS, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS KNOWN TO BE THE SITE FOR AN UPCOMING PROJECT AND CAN BE QUICKLY RESOLD TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR A PROFIT.

above USA Cable is below :
http://richardbrenneman.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/wikicable-on-rampant-saudi-royal-corruption/

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Saudi Royal Family business in danger ? read below ::
“….Despite its oil wealth, Saudi Arabia features many of the underlying demographics that have helped spark rebellions in other Arab nations. Almost half the population is under the age of 18 and, unlike in other Gulf states, some of which boast close to full employment, 40% of 20- to 24-year-old Saudis are out of work….”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/24/saudi-arabia-king-accused-bribery

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Born to Rule FOREVER Royal Saudi Family ::
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saud

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Corrupt Saudis DISASTER Blood suckers of Arabia ::
“…Prince Bandar [biography] – son of Prince Sultan, the Saudi defence minister – bought Glympton on what are alleged to have been his winnings from Britain’s biggest arms deal...”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/baefiles/page/0,,2095831,00.html

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“….Three huge BAE [BAE’s position] deals with the Saudi royal family kept Britain’s sole warplane manufacturer in profitable existence in the 1960s and 70s. All were corrupt, according to the files.

The Americans warned at the outset:

“Saudi requests for arms were not based on considerations of national security as much as private pressure by those most likely to profit from arms sales[…]
We should both exercise considerable restraint in dealing with this artificial stimulation of Saudi appetites.” [document]

But successive UK governments, desperate for foreign exchange, took no notice.
The deals have always been shrouded in official secrecy. But we have pieced together enough from recently released archives to reveal the truth.

Deal number one, 1967….
http://www.guardian.co.uk/baefiles/page/0,,2095814,00.html

“…In the US, the company will plead guilty to offences of false accounting to settle bribery allegations made over the enormous al-Yamamah arms deals with Saudi Arabia stretching back more than 20 years, as well as corruption allegations over arms deals in central Europe….”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/05/bae-admits-bribery-saudi-yamamah

Word YAMAMAH means one thing = Saudi ROYAL FAMILY are NOT Muslims. They are robbing their Citizen’s oil wealth since 1960s. And BEATING and UNEDUCATING androbbing future generations of Arabia.


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The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations

by Daniel Pipes
National Interest
Winter 2002/03
“…Starting in 1991, the U.S. military required its female personnel based in Saudi Arabia to wear black, head-to-foot abayas. (This makes Saudi Arabia the only country in the world where U.S. military personnel are expected to wear a religiously-mandated garment.) Further, the women had to ride in the back seat of vehicles and be accompanied by a man when off base…”
“….In April 2002, as Crown Prince Abdallah of Saudi Arabia, the country’s effective ruler, was about to travel across Texas to visit President George W. Bush, an advance group talked to the airport manager in Waco (the airport serving the President’s ranch in Crawford) “and told him they did not want any females on the ramp and also said there should not be any females talking to the airplane.”[2] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Waco complied with this request and passed it to three other FAA stations on the crown prince’s route, which also complied. Then, when queried about this matter, both the FAA and the State Department joined the Saudi foreign minister in flat-out denying that there ever was a Saudi request for male-only controllers….”
“…On my first tour of Saudi Arabia, working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Americans were ordered to remove all decals and photos of the American flag. . . . With my last employer, providing defensive missiles to the Saudis, officers came through on an inspection and ordered removal of all family photos picturing wives and female children. . . . Customs went through a friend’s wallet, confiscating a photo of his wife in hot pants.[21]…”

http://www.danielpipes.org/995/the-scandal-of-us-saudi-relations

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“…The court announced that it has delivered Al Saud corruption files to two British newspapers including The Guardian and The Financial Times, AlArabOnline news website reported.

The papers will expose Saudi princes’ role in illegal contracts in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Sources close to The Guardian wrote in the paper’s website that the files, which make charges on members of the ruling Al Saud family, would have reverberations on Britain’s relationship with the Saudi regime.

The claims against Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishaal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, son of former defence minister Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, raised from the sale of $6.7 million (£4.3 million) in shares.

Court judge Justice Morgan said the dispute had thrown up a “nuclear mushroom cloud” of litigation.

The Saudi prince and his father have argued that the claims should not be made public….”
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/03/291717/revelation-to-strain-uksaudi-relation/

Disgrace.

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“….
Willie Morris [biography], the British ambassador from 1968 to 1972, could not stand the Saudis. They were “less lovable than some other people”, he said.

The border guards were “rude”. Despite their stern official religion, “one can find a minister incoherently drunk in his office before noon”. Their oil billions led to a “corruption of character which enables the Saudis to regard the rest of the world as existing for their convenience”, he wrote in his valedictory dispatch. [document]

He went on:

“The Saud family [profile] regard Saudi Arabia as a family business […] The sheer effrontery is breathtaking of a prince who will keep on talking about rights and wrongs, when you know (and he probably knows you know) that his cut may be 20% of the contract price.” [document]

The world of arms sales in Saudi Arabia was, he said, “crooked”:

“The question of corruption is obviously crucial … the ‘system’ is at best an infernal nuisance, and it is potentially explosive – a time bomb under the regime […]

It is a jungle inhabited by beasts of prey in which one must move with caution and uncertainty. The magnates are (justifiably) suspicious of one another and their agents.” [document]

Prince Sultan [biography], he recorded, “has, of course, a corrupt interest in all contracts”. [document]

Nonetheless, Britain colluded with this medieval regime. More than a decade from the late 1960s, the archives reveal, government arms salesmen authorised bribes that totalled more than £100m – at least £500m in today’s money. Much was paid out by one company: BAE [BAE’s position].

http://www.guardian.co.uk/baefiles/page/0,,2095803,00.html

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“…Only Germany and Australia received an A-grade, indicating a very low risk of corruption. The U.S., with the world’s largest defense budget, and the U.K., western Europe’s biggest spender, joined Austria, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan in receiving B-grades, denoting low corruption risk….”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-29/saudi-arabia-leads-major-weapons-markets-in-corruption-ranking.html

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How to Disable Facebook Places Location Tracking

How to Disable Facebook Places Location Tracking

If this feature creeps you out a little bit, you’re not alone.

By , About.com Guide

How to Disable Facebook Places Location Tracking Photo: Dimitri Vervitsiotis / Getty

Have you ever bothered to click on the “Places” map on your Facebook timeline1? It kind of creeped me out the first time I tried it. It almost felt like Facebook was stalking me.

Hovering my mouse pointer over any of the red dots on the Facebook Places map revealed pictures I had been tagged in at each location, status posts I had made from different places, etc. I had never really thought that Facebook was aggregating all of this geotag2 data together, and frankly, I’m not crazy about them doing this for me. Depending on your privacy settings, your friends and others may also be able to see this information.

If you don’t like Facebook presenting your location information in a scrapbook-for-stalkers format, you can turn it off (sort of). Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to remove your location data from the Facebook Places map.

Step 1 – Remove Geotags From Your Pictures Before You Upload Them to Facebook

To ensure that future pictures posted to Facebook and other social media sites don’t reveal your location information, you should make sure that the geotag3 information is never recorded in the first place. Most of the time this is done by turning off the location services setting on your smartphone’s camera application so that the geotag information doesn’t get recorded in the picture’s EXIF metadata4. There are also apps that will help you strip our the geolocation information of pictures you’ve already taken. You might want to try deGeo5 (iPhone) or Photo Privacy Editor6 (Android) to remove the geotag info from your photos before uploading them to social media sites.

Step 2 – Disable Location Services for Facebook on Your Mobile Phone / Device

When you first installed Facebook on your mobile phone, it probably asked for permission to use your phone’s location services so that it could provide you with the ability to “check-in” at different locations and tag photos with location information. If you don’t want Facebook knowing where you are posting something from, then you should revoke this permission in your phone’s location services settings area.Step 3 – Enable the Facebook Tag Review Feature

Facebook recently made an attempt to go from a super-granular privacy settings structure to an ultra-simple one. It now appears that you cannot selectively prevent people from tagging you at a location, however, you can turn on the tag review feature which allows you to review anything you’ve been tagged in, whether it’s a picture or a location check-in. You can decide whether tags get posted before they are posted, but only if you have the tag review feature enabled.

To Enable the Facebook Tag Review Feature:

1. Log into Facebook and select the settings padlock icon next to the “Home” button at the top right corner of the page.

2. Click the “See More Settings” link from the bottom of the “Privacy Shortcuts” menu.

3. Click the “Timeline and Tagging” link on the left side of the screen.

4. In the “How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?” section of the “Timeline and Tagging Settings menu, click the “Edit” link next to “Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?”

5. Click the “Disabled” button and change its setting to “Enabled”.

6. Click the “Close” link.

After this setting is enabled, any post that you are tagged in, whether it’s a photo, location check-in, etc, will have to gain your digital stamp of approval before it’s posted to your timeline. This will effectively prevent anyone from posting your location without your express permission.

Step 4 – Limit Who Can See Your “Stuff” on Facebook

Also located in the newly revamped Facebook privacy settings area is a “Who can see my stuff” option. This is where you can limit the visibility of future posts (such as ones with geotags in them). You may choose “Friends”, “Only Me”, “Custom”, or “Public”. I advise against choosing “Public” unless you want the whole world knowing where you are and where you’ve been.

This option applies to all future posts. Individual posts can be changed as they are created or after they are made, in case you want to make something more public or private later on. You can also use the “Limit Past Posts” option to change all of your old posts that might have been “Public” or “Friends of Friends” to “Friends Only”.It’s a good idea to check your Facebook privacy settings about once a month as they seem to make sweeping changes on a regular basis that could affect the settings you have in place. Check out our Facebook Privacy and Security section7 of our site for more guidance.

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For a highly indebted economy such as Pakistan’s, there exists a narrow range of three options to manage its debt portfolio

THIS is apropos of the news item ‘SBP keeps interest rate unchanged’ (Feb 9), reporting 25.60 per cent increase in domestic debt and simultaneously assuring that ‘the economy has sufficient reserves to meet its debt obligations’.
http://dawn.com/2013/02/16/debt-servicing/

While many have reason to disagree with such a contention, it is important to consider debt beyond the simple equation of ‘reserve-based paying capacity’. For a highly indebted economy such as Pakistan’s, there exists a narrow range of three options to manage its debt portfolio: a) raising the rate of growth above the rate of interest, b) defaulting on a large proportion of the public debt and going into bankruptcy, c) wiping out of debts via currency depreciation and inflation.

Making a choice out of these involves far-reaching impact on the lives of the people and growth prospects of the state. Policymakers in Pakistan have invariably chosen the third option, employing ‘inflation’ as a ‘political phenomenon’ and, thereby, creating forms of debt that, by design, are being shifted to the next generation of the poor and lower middle class.

The ‘cognitive elite’ that, according to Charles Murray, is congregated in a few ‘super zip codes’ has benefited exponentially, while the poor has incurred inter-generational liabilities.

The ability of monopolistic elite to exploit the system in that way is characteristic of a ‘stationary state’. Adam Smith in ‘The Wealth of Nations’ explained that in such a state ‘(the poor) are liable under the pretence of justice to be pillaged and plundered at any time … the oppression of the poor must establish the monopoly of the rich who, engrossing the whole trade to themselves, will be able to make large profits.’

There were a series of attempts in 1692, 1694, 1696, 1704, 1708, and 1715 to avert such exploitation in England. From 1689, the parliament embarked on wide-range reforms, controlling and improving taxation, auditing royal expenditures, and effectively prohibiting debt default.

As a result, writes Nail Ferguson, ‘the debt was successfully reduced with a combination of sustained growth and primary budget surplus. There was no default, no inflation.’

Douglass C. North, Nobel laureate, argues ‘the real significance of the glorious revolution lay in the credibility that it gave the English state as a sovereign borrower’.

Pakistan’s incoming parliament needs a constitutional solution to the debt problem. A solution with wide-range reforms that reduce the discretion and ensure that the elite’s profligacy is not at the expense of the poor.

ALLAH NAWAZ SAMOO
Nagarparkar