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South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), comprising people from all walks of life in the South Asian Diaspora in British Columbia, Canada, organized a Roundtable on the current crisis in Pakistan. The following is a list conclusions arrived at during this meeting.

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A 23-year-old Indian American is making a name for himself among the immigrant community by campaigning against discrimination and racism. It was after 9/11 that Prateek Sampat began hearing about Pakistani Americans who were deported en masse. Sampat also works with the Non-Military Alternative Project, which targets high school students to impress upon them that military service is not the only way to finance an education.

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The US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative agreement on agriculture will cast a demonising spell over the country and is bound to cause large scale plunder of the agro-rural society and definitely tend to capitalize on our living, life pattern, culture and social norms. Already much maligned, misconceived and utterly irrelevant Second Green Revolution is a clever ploy to promote the interest of multinationals. The Companies like Monsanto, Wall-Mart etc. is on the board of US-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative Agreement to monitor agricultural research, education and dissemination and exchange of knowledge between US and India.

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On Sunday June 3rd, 2007 – Pakistani Americans and their friends will hold a rally for the democracy and justice in Pakistan. The rally is planned outside the White House. The people of Pakistan have been denied their legitimate right for democracy for many years. Military rulers along with their interloper partners have longed ruled the country with iron hand and sham democracy in the name of international security.

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Following a blueprint of their Pakistani counterparts, the Bangladeshi military is forcing political leaders into exile. On the other hand, the US government, while claiming goals of democracy in Iran, Iraq, etc, stays quite vis-a-vis Bangladesh.

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At least three Afghan refugees have been killed after clashes between Pakistani security forces and refugees in south-western Pakistan, police say. Both sides say the other started the violence in Pir Alizai camp after officials tried to demolish homes. The camp, set up for Afghan refugees after the 1979 Soviet invasion, is to be closed down by next month.

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Karachi, a city of 10 million and Pakistan’s commercial hub, was convulsed by gun-battles Saturday, as Pakistan’s US-backed military strongman, President Pervez Musharraf, resorted to deadly violence in a bid to quash the growing popular challenge to his rule. According to press reports, at least 36 people were killed and more than 140 injured when thugs allied with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a pro-Musharraf party, attacked crowds gathering to show support for the country’s “suspended” Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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