people of Pakistan topray for his success.Last Friday
Prior to his departure, Mirza visited Afaq Ahmad, thedetained leader of Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-Haqiqi), in the premises of Sindh High Court (SHC) andhad an hour-long meeting. On the occasion, Ahmed levelledseveral serious allegations against his rival, the MQM. He vowed not to leave his homeland, announcing to continuepolitics after his release. He agreed with Mirza that theMQM had taken Karachi and its citizens hostage. He saidthe Pakistani people would know the reality of MQM whenillegal arms would be seized from terrorists working underthe party’s “militant wing”.He alleged that Altaf Hussain had ordered the murdersof party’s founding chairman Azeem Ahmed Tariq, vicechairman Badar Iqba, secretary general Imran Farooq,central joint secretary SM Tariq and former Sindh Assembly speaker Raziq Khan. Mirza told reporters that he waspreparing himself to face possible graft charges. Other thanthat, Awami National Party President Shahi Syed, leadersof the Mohajir Qaumi Movement and defunct Peoples Aman Committee also held separate meetings with Mirzaat his residence in Karachi. While answering a questionon Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, he saidthe cricket legend would be caught behind the stumps whiletrying to bat, although he was “good at bouncers”. Also read London police Commissioner Bernard Morganreport on Page 18.
Dr.Mirza in London to brief Scotland Yard
Ethnic minority pupils increase by 57% in a decade
South Asia Tribune
Thursday 17 November 2011
The doctrine of silent elimination of terrorsources is in place. Britain has contingency plans in the closet should Iran’s nuclearprogram or a deteriorating situation in Syriarequire military intervention of any sorts, thechief of the UK’s defense staff said.General David Richards told Sky Newstelevision in London today. “We’ve got a lotof plans in the locker, and we talk to othernations who would inevitably be involved inthem so that if ever the situation deterioratedto the stage where armed force wouldhave to be used we could do it quickly andefﬁciently.”Defense analysts point out as Iran deﬁesnuclear freeze, Syria proceeds with killingmore civilians defying human rights to itscitizens, NATO is gearing actions similar toLibya to neutralize potential terror threats of the future.
U.K. has Iran, Syria Plans in case armedforce would have to be used: Military chief
Turkey has abandoned hope that Syria will respond to international demandsto halt violence and initiate democraticreforms, Prime Minister Recep TayyipErdoğan said today.“We no longer expect the Assadgovernment to show honest,persuasive, brave and determinedleadership,” Erdoğan told his party’slawmakers. “No one expects himto respond to the demands of theinternational community anymore.”Erdogan, once a close political ally and a personal friend of Syrian leaderBashar al-Assad, has for monthsexpressed frustration at Assad’sfailure to listen to his people.“The Syrian government is on a very dangerous and narrow path, like theedge of a knife,” he told the weekly meeting. “It is our common desirefor him to turn back from this path, which has a cliff at the end.” Erdoğanslammed Assad over weekend attackson Turkey’s diplomatic missions inthree Syrian cities.“It is the honour of every country toprotect foreign citizens and diplomats.Syria should understand that trying tosend a message through those attacksshows weakness and ignorance,” hesaid.Thousands of pro-regime protestorsarmed with knives and batons attackedTurkish diplomatic missions in theSyrian capital Damascus as well as Aleppo and Latakia on Saturday overTurkey’s support for an Arab Leaguedecision to suspend Syria. Around 5,000 demonstrators smashedthe windows of Turkey’s honorary consulate building in Latakia and burned a Turkish ﬂag.Turkey hailed the Arab Leaguedecision as “timely and one of common sense.” On Sunday, TurkishForeign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlumet with representatives of the Syrianopposition movement, the SyrianNational Council, which was foundedin Turkey in August.The council, the country’s largestand most representative oppositiongrouping, sought permission to set upan ofﬁce in Turkey. A Turkish diplomat who declined to be named said Ankara was considering the request.
Turkey kept up pressure on its one-time ally Syria on Tuesday, warning President Bashar al-Assad his government was on a “knife-edge” and saying it may review its supplies of electricity to Damascus if it does not change course.
Syria: Turkey warns Basharal-Assad he is on ‘knife edge’
4.7% - and a slight decline in whitepupils, a ﬁgure
that also includesmigrants from eastern Europe.
oss the country, the proportion of ethnicminority pupils has risen in a decade from11.5% to 17% - and Professor Hamnettforecasts that it is set to rise again to 20%.He found a pattern of an increasingproportion of ethnic minority pupils in bigcities, particularly London.“London as a whole now has an ethnicminority dominated secondary schoolsystem, akin to that of many large US cities,and the ﬁgure reaches 67% in inner London,”says Professor Hamnett.“This is also true of a small number of other towns and cities with large ethnicminorities, notably Slough (64%), Leicester(58%), Birmingham (52%) and Luton (51%).Manchester and Bradford are not far behind with 43%.” Professor Hamnett says that thisis not about recently arrived children, theseare children born in England. And patterns of birth rates indicate that theproportion of ethnic minority pupils willincrease in the next decades.Such changes have become a lastingfeature of the ethnic make-up of England’spopulation, he says. Prof Hamnett added that with ethnic minority babies now making upmore than 50 per cent of births in London,the non-white secondary population waslikely to increase further.But he also says it shows a picture of ethnicminority families moving out to towns andsuburbs across England.“We’re not looking at minorities beingtrapped or ghettoised in small areas.There’s a process of suburbanisation,” saysProfessor Hamnett. This was particularly thecase for Asian families, he says. Among the biggest increases were areas such as Merton,Croydon and Enﬁeld.
There are also wide differences in the ethnic breakdowns of schools in different parts of the country.In places such as Knowsley, Cumbria andDurham, fewer than 2% of pupils are fromethnic minorities. In Brent, Tower Hamletsand Newham in London, the ﬁgure is above80%. Such changes will also eventually mean“revisiting” the language of minorities andmajorities, he says.This relationship between schools andethnicity has many sides - with wide variations in achievement between differentgroups. White working class boys have beenidentiﬁed as particular underachievers.The relatively high performance of schoolsin inner London has been attributed to theimpact of ambitious immigrant families.
Professor Hamnett says it is important to gathersuch objective data showing the population inschools - which will become the future adultpopulation. “Let’s have the evidence, even if itis politically difﬁcult,” he says.
“If we’re interested in addressing inequalitiesin education and access to university, it’sonly possible if we have gathered the data.“Once a society stops talking about this, it’sthe worst kind of self-censorship.”Prof Hamnett added that with ethnicminority babies now making up more than50 per cent of births in London, the non- white secondary population was likely toincrease further.
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