Friday, July 20, 2012

Viewpoint from Overseas: A conversation with Abrar Hasan

In Pakistan Cheif Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan is asking the new Prime Minister of Pakistan to take action against the President of Pakistan in the corruption cases file against President Asif Zardari. The previous Prime Minister was asked to do the same and when he did not comply with the court's request, he was held in contempt of court and punished in a technical way so that President could not pardon him. This leave the President in the situation where he had to remove the previous Prime Minister Gilani from the post and appoint a new Prime Minister from President's political party. Would the new Prime Miniter comply? Faraz Syed ask Abrar Hasan this question.

Abrar Hasan is a prominent lawyer and a constitutional expert based in Karachi, Pakistan.Abrar Hasan has written several books on constitutional matters, and intent and interpretation of law. A few of his books are part of law curriculum in Pakistan. He was elected Vice Chairman of Sindh Bar Council (1984) and President of Sindh High Court Bar Association (2006–2007). In the wake of the state of Emergency imposed by Pervez Musharraf, Abrar Hasan was arrested on 4 November along with 1,500 opposition leaders including lawyers and journalists. He actively took part in the movement for the restoration of Cheif Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vision 2047: In Search of Meluhha, the Indus Valley Civilization

Vision 2047 looks back 4000 years to South Asian region's past where a thriving yet peaceful civilization was flourishing in the fields around Indus river. This was the time of Egyptian, Chinese and Mesopotamian civilization. Filmmaker Saqib Mausoof embarks on a journey "in search of Meluhha", a documentary that tells the story of "Indus Civilization through the eyes of its inheritors". Where was Meluhha? How Meluhha connects to Indus Valley Civilization (IVC)? How did the civilization disappear into the pages of history? We will ask Saqib what he discovered during his research while making the documentary. We will also ask Riaz Haq of, a writer and researcher about the irrigation systems, housing and urban development and technological innovations of people of South Asia 4000 years ago. Ali Hasan Cemendtaur will join us and talk about what he found out about IVC while attending a program at India Community Center (ICC) and organized by 1947 Partition Archive, where leading researcher on IVC Professor Jonathan Kenoyer talked about his latest discoveries.

Viewpoint from Overseas: Prime Minister Gilani replaced by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf

Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani is replaced by President and under the pressure of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary. New Prime Minister is Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Let's discuss with Ali Hasan Cemendtaur, Sabahat Ashraf and Riaz Haq what is going to happen now.