Live Encounters Magazine July 2013

Live Encounters Magazine July 2013

Live Encounters Magazine July 2013 proudly presents

Ingrid Storholmen
celebrated Norwegian author of Voices From Chernobyl

Sally McKenna
well known Irish Sculptor, Painter and Sketch Artist

Dr. Christine Deftereos
author of Ashis Nandy – The Cultural Politics of Selfhood.

Graeme Hamilton
musician, vocalist, producer (UB40, Al Green, Au Pairs, Andy Hamilton etc.)

Carol Buckley
pioneering elephant welfare expert.

Sabbah Haji
a woman of substance, director of Haji Public School Kashmir, India.

Chris Hedges
(courtesy of Column

Terry Mcdonagh
leading Irish poet, playwright

Natalie Wood
Journalist and Flash Fiction Writer

Candess M Campbell
author – 12 Weeks to Self-Healing…

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Will Nawaz Sharif be assassinated before he becomes PM of Pakistan?

14 years ago Nawaz Sharif was handcuffed, jailed and handed a life sentence. He sought refuge in Saudi Arabia. The culprit of this was former General Pervez Musharraf who then seized power, jailed the Pakistani Judges and ruled the country like it was his own.

Now the tables have turned.

Musharraf is confined to two rooms in his palatial villa and Sharif is on the verge of becoming the next PM of Pakistan, a nation in transit to nowhere.

And this is what Sharif has to say, “We need to bail out the economy” (a sensible view).

The present army chief, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani, has made a number of oblique references to democracy in a veiled threat that if the election does not go as planned he would ‘have to intervene’.

Curiously, 75 officers from Command and Staff College, Quetta, approached the court and objected to the shabby treatment of the former military dictator of Pakistan, Musharraf…aka Busharraf for his closeness with the former President of the US of A.

Sharif is known to be at odds with the military and keeps harping on the ‘concept’ of democracy…whatever this means in Pakistan.

Considering the past events it is highly unlikely that the Pakistan military will ‘allow’ Sharif to become PM. In all likelihood he will be assassinated like Benazir Bhutto for two reasons only –

  1. That he confronted the military 14 years ago and seeks democracy for his people and therefore will not be a puppet for the military command.
  2. That he had/has/and continues to seek redressal for the plight of the people of Balochistan.

One hopes he survives the election and guides Pakistan onto the path of civilian rule.

Live Encounters Magazine December 2012 – Two Volumes!

Knowledge is power and we are empowering people with the free distribution of knowledge.

Writers, poets, photographers, civil & human rights activists, animal rights activists, social workers, professors, people from theatre and music, culinary gymnasts and more contribute free of cost to share their knowledge with the world for we all live in a small village in the universe called Earth.

Guest Editorial by Anat Hoffman, Civil & Human Rights Activist
Letter to the Editor by Brother Budi Hernawan OFM on the prevailing situation in Papua and an appeal to the Government of Indonesia for Peace Talks
Terry McDonagh wellknown Irish Poet,writer and Playwright talks about his life and works
Eric Hobsbawm – Another Jewish Contrarian by Natalie Wood
Are Bengalis characteristically Left-inclined? A study Romit Bagchi
2012 – Another Year of Living Foolishly? – Mark Ulyseas
Photo Gallery – Cuba – Joo Peter
Remember and Resist – Randhir Khare
Generating Yourself! – Candess M Campbell
Peace Needs More Than Talk – Steven Beck
Guest Editorial by Jemma Purdey, Woman-Mother-Writer
One Dollar For Music Raoul Wijffels in an exclusive interview
Photo Gallery – Bali – Jill Gocher 
Beering and fearing in Khajuraho – Harish Nambiar 
Book Review: Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy – Marcus Mietzner
Dr. Navina Jafa, author of Performing Heritage: Art of Exhibit Walks in a Live Encounter
Fadedgenes – Excerpt One From a work in progress book by Mark Ulyseas
Pastel ab Hmas – Richard Ganulin
I Hate Deadlines – Arjun Bagga
Art in Food – Enrico Wahl’s Food Art with photography by Mark Ulyseas

A thank you to all my friends on WordPress. Keep writing, let the world know we are only a village in this great big expanse of the Universe.



A British citizen was Pakistan’s Interior Minister!

The curious case of Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rehman Malik. He claims that he had given up his British citizenship BEFORE standing for elections. Apparently the Supreme Court of Pakistan directed him to submit all documents pertaining to his claim. He couldn’t submit “all” documents so he has resigned from the Senate.

Britain appears to be the “home” country for all those that run away from Pakistan after looting and murdering…e.g. Benazir Bhutto (corruption) and Former President and General Pervez Musharraf (murder).

Ordinary citizens from Pakistan find it difficult to obtain a visa for the UK and yet these thieves and murderers can stay with such impunity.

Is the British Government hiding its dirty linen by granting former Pakistani leaders residentship because they don’t want them to mention previous “deals”?

When will the British Government understand that deals with the devil often result in homegrown terrorism?

Support Asma Jahangir – A Brave Pakistani Woman!

Please read this report for it reflects the true picture of what Pakistan has become…a nation ruled by those in uniform who are not answerable to anyone. And these are the people who hid Osama Bin Laden, still protect and finance terror groups. 

“I am not afraid nor will I leave the country” – Human rights activist and prominent lawyer Asma Jahangir has accused “high-level security authorities” of having made a plan for her assassination.

She said the trend of killing progressive intellectuals should be brought to an end. “We are not going to accept this mindset in the country at any cost.”  The plan to assassinate her had not been made by any individual but by state security operators.

Ms Jahangir said the “khaki waley” (uniformed folk) had no right to take decisions about the future of Pakistan. Only the people of the country have the right to decide about their future

Replying to a question, she said the interior minister had telephoned her and deployed a Rangers squad for her security but the arrangements were not satisfactory. President Asif Ali Zardari has also discussed the matter with her.


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Bloodbath continues unabated in Balochistan – Litany of slaughter of innocents

Why does Britain support Pakistan,a country continuing to commit genocide in Balochistan? Why does Britain continue to host Former President and Pak General Pervez Musharraf who is wanted for murder of Benzazir Bhutto and Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti and ordering Pak Army Frontier Corps to commit mass murder in Balochistan?

Recently seven bullet-riddled bodies were recovered in Quetta, Khuzdar and Dera Bugti areas.

– “Three tortured bodies stuffed in a bag were found in the Ferozabad area of Quetta,” police said, adding that people of the area informed them about dumping of the bodies.  The bodies, identified as Mehran Khan Kiyazai (missing since April 11), Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Nabi Marri (missing for one month), were taken to Bolan Medical College Hospital.

– Another body, identified as that of Habibullah Nurzai, was found in the Pashtoonabad area.

– Two bodies  (Ali Khan Bugti and Wali Mohammad Bugti, who had been missing since March 12, 2005) were recovered from Dera Bugti.

– Another body, which could not be identified so far, was recovered from Khuzdar

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani says, “Balochistan is close to my heart and I want welfare and well being of the people of Balochistan.” If Balochistan is so close to his heart why does his government continue its ethnic cleansing with kidnapping, torture and murder of Baloch with the help of the Pakistan Frontier Corps and Murder Inc. ISI, while at the same time  looting its natural resources?

Incidentally Pak works closely with the Chinese to further develop Gawdar deep water Port in Balochistan (a development to directly challenge Western Powers which ironically gives aid to Pakistan).

How long will the UN continue to look the other way?

How many Baloch have to die before the international community intervenes and puts an International Peace Keeping Force in Balochistan?

Balochistan is a Nation occupied by Pakistan since 1948.

Stop the bloodbath now before this escalates into other countries intervening militarily! 

The curious citizenship case of Pak Interior Minister Rehman Malik

Believe or not Rehman Malik has been suspended yesterday from the Pakistan Senate by the Supreme Court of Pakistan because he has failed to prove that he had renounced his British citizenship in 2008 prior to contesting the Senate elections. Apparently he has failed to provide a declaration from the UK Border Agency stating that he, Rehman Malik, had renounced his British citizenship in 2008.

My guess is that he cannot provide the declaration because he was a British citizen when he contested the senate elections in Pakistan.


It seems that many Pakistan Ministers have dual nationality…kind of United Nations in that country…
The Supreme Court also issued notices yesterday to 14 other parliamentarians, including Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and senior PML-N leader Khwaja Asif, who have dual nationality. Earlier, the Supreme Court had suspended the membership of Parliament of Farahnaz Ispahani, the media advisor to President Asif Ali Zardari, for holding US citizenship.

Pakistan has a multinational government…hahahahaha…

An urgent Letter to His Excellency the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

wa `alaykumu s-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

I have always admired your role in the Middle East and the support you continually give to the Arab Cause. Many among us view Qatar as a Modern Muslim State with a vibrant ethos.Your continued support of Al Jazeera is commendable for it gives another perspective to World News.

Qatar is the jewel in the crown in the Middle East.

I have just read about your support to the Syrian Cause, the offer of US$63 M in aid to buy arms. This is a brave step considering the rest of the Arab League appears to be wringing their hands and not really doing anything.

Now one last request, please send in Qatari and other Arabs to finish the job. Assad is a monster…a Muslim killing other Muslims even women and children. This is shameful. A slur on Islam and all that it stands for.

Finish the job and let the world see that the Arabs and in particular the Muslims can sort out their own problems without having Western Powers to fight their battles.

This is about honour.

wa `alaykumu s-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar,

Mark Ulyseas, Editor, Live Encounters Magazine

Mehmal Sarfraz – A Pakistani speaks out for Baluchistan – Part 4

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Mehmal Sarfraz Editor Daily Times, Pakistan, and published on February 24, 2012. (LINK)

Why are the military, ISI and the Frontier Corps (FC) still adamant on ruthlessly killing the Baloch?

 This is the fifth time an insurgency has broken out in the sparsely populated yet immensely important province — first when Balochistan was forcefully made to accede to Pakistan in 1948; the second an uprising in 1958-59 when martial law was imposed; later in 1962-63; then the historic 1973-77 Baloch struggle and the latest ongoing round of insurgency, whose embryonic beginnings were in 2002, and which escalated after Nawab Akbar Bugti’s death in 2006.

Unfortunately, we in Pakistan are not taught any of this in our textbooks. Instead, we are fed lies. And once again, we — the citizens of Pakistan — are being lied to. Last year, the Pakistan Army chief General Kayani categorically denied that a military operation was taking place in Balochistan. He also denied that the army or its intelligence agencies were involved in the killings of the Baloch. If that is so, at whose behest is the FC — a paramilitary force — pursuing the ‘kill and dump’ policy in the province? Surely the army chief can rein in the FC if he so wishes. 

The Baloch have been killed and maimed over the years without anyone so much as raising a voice in Pakistan. On February 20 this year, former ISI chief Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul acknowledged during a television talk show that Sardar Ataullah Mengal’s son, Asad, was martyred in an interrogation centre during Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s era. In actual fact Asad and his friend Ahmed Shah Kurd were ambushed in their car near Muhammad Ali Housing Society in Karachi. Gunshots were heard, their blood was splattered all over the car, but their bodies were never found.

Some believe they were killed at the spot and their bodies taken away while others believe they were killed later in a detention centre by the military. Maybe we will never know what really happened to young Asad and his friend that day. Their families have suffered decades of torment just thinking about them. They have never had closure. They are not the only ones. The families of thousands of missing Baloch are still searching for their loved ones.

The resolution tabled in the US House of Representatives by Dana Rohrabacher says the Baloch people “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country, and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status”. A lot of Pakistanis went into an outrage mode at this.

Instead of focusing on the plight of the Baloch and why they want freedom from Pakistan, our media and politicians made a big fuss over the issue of sovereignty and Balochistan being an ‘internal matter’.

It was equally distressing to see the military’s bullying tactics through an ISPR press release dated February 16, 2012, against Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW). The press release was critical of HRW’s statement released on January 30 on the Saleem Shahzad Judicial Commission Report but the ISPR’s ‘late reaction’ can only be attributed to Mr Hasan’s testimony to the US Congressional hearing on Balochistan. A smear campaign against Mr Hasan and HRW has been unleashed in the local media. How will threatening Mr Hasan or anybody else for that matter resolve the Balochistan issue?

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has offered to withdraw cases against Brahamdagh Bugti, Hyrbyair Marri and other Baloch leaders if they return to Pakistan. Mr Malik said he would personally welcome them back. But who is going to ensure the safety of Brahamdagh Bugti and Hyrbyair Marri once they are back? The government’s offer, on the face of it, is good. The problem is the government cannot save the Baloch leaders from the military. Let’s not forget what happened to the Baloch leader Nawab Nauroz Khan. An oath taken on the Quran was violated by our military in his case. (Nauroz agreed to surrender on May 15, 1959 in exchange for amnesty and settlement of the Baluchi grievances. Tikka Khan was said to have agreed to the terms of the surrender through an oath on the Quran. However, when Nauroz Khan came down from the hills, he and about 150 of his followers, including his sons and nephews, were arrested for armed rebellion against the state. On July 15, 1960 five of the leaders were executed by hanging in Hyderabad Jail. Nowroz was spared execution on account of his age, but died in Kohlu Jail in 1964).

The Baloch have been taken for a ride for the past six decades. They will not fall for such tricks again. If the government is really serious, it should ensure the release of all missing persons immediately, as has been suggested by Mian Nawaz Sharif. The military operation in Balochistan must also come to an end.

This is the least that we owe to the Baloch. Mere promises will not resolve anything.

The writer is Op-Ed Editor Daily Times.