Sunday, 27 November 2011

NATO attack Pakistan,

The American led NATO and ISAF forces on Saturday attacked the Pakistan security forces two check posts in Mohmand agency killing at least 26 Pakistani troops including officers and wounded more than 12 others. The air machines of the NATO and the ISAF forces operating inside troubled Afghanistan under the US supervision, came deep into Salala area of Tehsil Baizai some 25 kilometers west of Ghalanai, the headquarters of the Mohmand agency Saturday early morning. The two security check posts were destroyed completely.

While the American embassy as well as the NATO and the ISAF spokesmen said they were investigating the matter, the government of Pakistan and high command of the Pakistan Army have taken strong exception to this naked aggression on part US led forces.

Reports say a few helicopters of the NATO and ISAF forces Saturday morning crossed into Mohmand agency from Afghanistan and struck Pakistan two security posts in Salala area in Tehsil Baizai Mohmand agency. The Check posts of the security forces were set up to stop the cross border violation and infiltration of terrorists from Afghanistan into Pakistani area.

The posts were located at the difficult hilly terrain but the Army troops rushed to the site of the attack and carried out rescue operation.

It would be pertinent to mention that this was not the first incident of its kind as the NATO and the ISAF off and on resort to border violations and have killed scores of innocent Pakistanis including men in a uniform in number of attacks particularly in Waziristan agencies in the past.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Kashif Abbasi And Meher Bukhari Married

Famous TV anchors Kashif Abbasi and Mehr Bokhari got married the other day but they did not make it public as it was a purely family event.
Family friends of Kashif Abbasi revealed that the Kazim Naqvi performed the Nikah in the presence of friends and relatives.
Kashif and Mehr are popular TV anchors. Kashif started his career with print media and now he leads the ARY news channel while Mehr started her career with Samaa TV and recently has switched to Dunya TV.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Imran Khan's Interview with a Turkey News Media

 Pakistan caught in the grip of a political mafia

Imran Khan, world famous cricketer turned politician, is running for president in the upcoming elections in Pakistan.   He aims to succeed the husband of assassinated Benazir Bhutto, “Mr. 10 Percent” President Asif Ali Zardari -- a vision he lays out in his latest book, “Pakistan: A Personal History.” The book is semi-autobiographical while also serving as a political manifesto and a fresh perspective on Pakistan’s troubled history.

Khan has already faced criticism for entering politics, with some labeling him a celebrity politician. However, Khan hits back, saying he believes Pakistan needs a real leadership change to move away from being a nation wrapped in turmoil to a successful, prospering country. “Unfortunately, Afghanistan and Pakistan do not have democratic institutions and we need leadership to give these two countries such institutions,” he told Sunday’s Zaman last month.
A household name after having served as captain for the Pakistani national cricket team, Khan set up the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, named after his mother, who died of cancer.
In 1996, Khan founded the party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice) and became its president. Between November 2002 and October 2007, he represented the district of Mianawali as a member of the National Assembly. In 2007 during President Pervez Musharraf’s declared state of emergency, Khan was placed under house arrest. Having escaped, Khan then went into hiding after it became apparent that Musharraf’s government wanted him for supporting opposition protests. In November, in front of crowds of protesters at a university in Lahore, Khan turned himself in to police who then arrested him under anti-terrorism laws. He was released later that month after his hunger strike made news around the world. That same year, former President Benazir Bhutto returned from exile only to be assassinated in December. Her husband, accused of financial corruption and embezzling millions of dollars to store in Swiss bank accounts, is the current president.
Khan is passionate about bringing change to his country and in particular about the eradication of a culture of corruption and corrupt leaders in Pakistan.
“A homeland is where your roots are; it is where your history and ancestors are. That is important to me,” he said. “All the country’s current top politicians are corrupt and are involved in corruption charges,” he added. “What Pakistan needs now is change.”
Sunday’s Zaman spoke with Imran Khan about his politics, his faith and his vision for his country.
How important is your faith in your life and how does it guide you in your politics?
What faith does for me is that it changes your life in the sense that you realize there is a reason for your existence which is not based on yourself. So your existence means the more the Almighty gives you, the more responsibility you have over what you do for society, or what you do for the less-privileged human beings. So faith should make you compassionate and selfless; it should make you just. We should be just human beings and fair. All this [is] because we believe in a hereafter. So therefore if we believe in a god that is a god of justice, we should believe we will be judged by how we treat our fellow human beings. So really, faith has made me a responsible member of human society and that is why I have entered politics. Otherwise, I would not have entered politics.
Your party’s slogan is “Justice, humanity and self-esteem.” In the Middle East, before the Arab Spring, there was always a lot of hope and cries for change. Do you feel there is the same sense of self-esteem and optimism in Pakistan?
I have optimism. In one way, Pakistan is going through the worst of times and in another way, there is actually more hope for change now and that signals the best of times because the only thing that can save Pakistan is change. We are currently caught in the grip of a political mafia that is plundering the country and that comes in to politics to loot the country. It’s a total criminal takeover of the country. On the other hand, there is a desire from a very politically aware section of Pakistan who now wants a change. And because of a very vibrant electronic media and print media, that political mafia has been exposed in Pakistan. So change is really where hope lies in this country.
What are your party’s chances for success in the upcoming elections?
Well, it’s the only party that people trust and we are the only party that distributes money. I am the leader that runs the biggest charitable institution in this country. Pakistanis don’t trust any other politician, and the top politicians are all involved in corruption or have corruption cases against them. So the biggest advantage we have is our credibility.
How much do you think you can empathize with the poorer sections of society and how can you know what they need?
If you have compassion, then you are able to empathize with people who are suffering anywhere in the world. As a person who is very privileged and who the Almighty has given everything, I feel I should try to do my best for my society and for those less-privileged than me. That is what my religion tells me, too. Pure religion should make you into a good human being; that was the purpose of every prophet on Earth. They wanted us to be decent human beings rather than just intelligent animals.
You were obviously well-educated and you gained your degree at Cambridge -- a top English university. If your party is successful in the elections, how will you ensure that politics and political leadership is open to everyone, regardless of class and social background?
Well, we have to create a level playing field in Pakistan and that happens when you create equal opportunities in education -- give education justice, in other words. Then we have rule of law, which provides traditional justice and, finally, we have economic justice, which means there is [a] fairer, more just society.
For instance, I built a university in the countryside because there was massive unemployment … there. I thought I would build a technical university so that young people could get employment. It’s the first private sector university in the rural area.
You once called for the death penalty for former President Musharraf. Do you still believe in capital punishment?
I’m afraid for certain crimes I do believe in capital punishment, the first being first degree murder, so that is cold-blooded killing. Secondly, I believe that pedophiles -- people who destroy the lives of children -- should face the death penalty. So in those senses, I do believe in capital punishment when human lives are destroyed.
You are heavily critical of Pakistan as a mercenary state in that it is almost completely reliant on aid. Why is aid such a bad thing?
Because aid is a curse. Remember, aid has never helped any country -- except for the Marshall Plan, which was a great success -- and it has never helped any country stand on its own two feet. When people get together in a society and make collective sacrifices, they are the ones who are helping the country and putting it back on its feet. So aid has been a curse for Pakistan, and what it has done is propped up very corrupt governments and it has stopped us from making the very important reforms necessary to make Pakistan a viable state. It has not helped the people but instead helped the crooked politicians whose corruption is fed by the aid.
What has the “War on Terror” done to the region?
For a start, the war has given us a very corrupt leadership and taken us into a conflict which we have nothing to do with. No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 -- neither was there Taliban or al-Qaeda in Pakistan. It was all in Afghanistan. We had nothing to do with the war. It was just about [Musharraf’s] dictatorship that wanted US support. We have thousands dead and over $70 billion lost to the economy. We have 3.5 million refugees internally displaced. There is growing extremism and radicalism, so the “War on Terror” has been a disaster and after fighting this war for the US, we are still not trusted, given all the sacrifices we have made. I blame our leadership for taking us into this war.
What kind of relations would you like Pakistan to have with Turkey, particularly as a country that is becoming popular amongst Muslim nations?
Well, let me say that what your prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has done in Turkey has been one of the biggest success stories in the Muslim world. The democratic trail has bought so much prosperity to the country, and Erdoğan has strengthened democracy and also given leadership to the Muslim world. The only other leader who has given us such pride was Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia, and in the same way he changed Malaysia and brought so much prosperity to his people, and that is exactly what Erdoğan has done. The people of Pakistan have always considered Turks as their brothers and, ever since the Khilafat movement in the 1920s, people have looked to Turkey with pride. So there will always be a deep emotional connection with Turkey.
How would you envisage relations with India?
Well, I would like relations with India to improve, but it takes two to untangle a knot. We need good leadership in both countries to settle relations. Regrettably, there is so much suspicion and we regard each other with so much animosity and terrorism on each other’s soils. So unfortunately, relations with India have not always been what they should have been, but the two countries will benefit a lot if we resolve differences politically rather than using secret agencies, which we currently do. Pakistan was created to be the Muslim country for the Indian subcontinent.
What do you think about what is happening with the Muslim minority who live in India, particularly at the hands of the Hindu nationalist party the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)?
Well, you know I am against anyone -- particularly political parties -- who cash in on hatred. So any such party who whips up hatred to gain votes -- I find they do a lot of damage to human society. When the Ajodhya Mosque was destroyed, it whipped up a lot of anger and fanaticism in India and a lot of people were killed, especially Muslims. But when the BJP came into power, they weren’t as right-wing as we predicted they would be and they moved a bit to the center. It sometimes comes down to that: When you are in the opposition you are more extreme than when you are in the government.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

'Pakistan Role of fireman, .......... Afghanistan News

“It does feel, at times, like Pakistan is playing both the role of fireman and arsonist in Afghanistan,” said Democratic Senator Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“The next few weeks will demonstrate or not whether we can work together effectively with the government of Pakistan” against foes like the Haqqani network blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, said Democratic Senator Jack Reed.
Reed said he had pressed top Pakistani officials to curtail the Haqqani network’s operations in Afghanistan, notably its couriers, as well as other groups blamed for planting deadly roadside bombs targeting US forces.
“Action needs to be taken in days and weeks” said Udall, who said US intelligence agencies and their Pakistan counterparts have been working together but need to strengthen their cooperation.
“We’d like it to be stronger, we’d like it to be more disclosive, there have been some shortcomings, there have been some mixed signals, but all in all we continue to cooperate with them and they cooperate with us in many ways,” he said.
The United States has reported a sharp rise in cross-border attacks against its forces, amid a deterioration of relations after US forces secretly raided Pakistan to kill the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Reed said Clinton’s visit had “dramatically” improved Pakistani leaders’ attitude towards US pleas for help, citing “renewed interest for the government of Pakistan to cooperate with us,” but said he hoped for concrete actions.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Shamed Pakistan Disgraced trio, Pakistani Cricketer scandal

A third cricketer, teenaged fast bowler Mohammad Amir, pleaded guilty to the charges before the start of the trial. All three will be sentenced on Wednesday.
"It is a day of sadness and happiness for us. We are shocked by this verdict and will fight to the end. But at the same time God has given us a new life," Butt's father, Zulfiqar Butt, told Reuters after his daughter-in-law gave birth an hour before the verdict was announced.
While Butt's father summed up a bittersweet day for his family, the three players discovered that they had effectively been cast aside by the cricketing community after many former players said they "deserved no mercy" for "shaming Pakistan cricket".
Three cricketers who should have been setting the world alight with their sporting feats now find their names written alongside late South African captain Hansie Cronje in cricket's 'Hall of Shame' for trying to cheat in their sport.
Tuesday's findings followed allegations in a British newspaper that the trio had arranged for deliberate no-balls to be delivered in the fourth test at Lord's last year.
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said: "These players have brought a bad name to Pakistan cricket and it is a tragedy that we saw a day where cricketers had to face a criminal trial."
Just over a year ago things had been very different for the disgraced trio.
Butt, an elegant left-handed batsman, was given the task of guiding a troubled Pakistan side out of turmoil when he was appointed captain in July last year for the second test against Australia after Shahid Afridi quit the post abruptly.
Butt made an immediate impact by winning the test, played at the neutral venue of Leeds in England, by three wickets but the subsequent series against England brought his 33-test match career to a premature halt. He had scored 1,889 runs with an average of 30.46.
Asif, who had made his debut in 2005, had taken 106 test wickets in 23 matches at an average of 24.36, while Amir had been tipped to become one of the world's best bowlers before he and his two team mates were suspended for at least five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in February after being caught up in the spot-fixing scandal.
During a prolific 2010 season, the teenaged Amir was named man of the match for becoming the youngest player to take a five-wicket haul in England and he also grabbed 19 scalps during the four-match series.
Some pundits believe the younger Amir could make a comeback following the ban. Before the trial started, all three vowed to return.
They kept up their fitness as a show of defiance but should they find themselves behind bars, state-of-the-art fitness centres and personal trainers will be hard to come by.
It was the second time in just over a decade that corruption was found to be rampant in cricket after the match-fixing furore in 2000 when three international captains -- Cronje, Saleem Malik of Pakistan and India's Mohammed Azharuddin -- were banned for life from all forms of cricket.
Spot-fixing involves a player, or players, agreeing to perform to order. For example, a bowler might deliberately bowl consecutive wides in his second over or a batsman could make sure he does not reach double figures.


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