Archive for November, 2009

Sex Terror in Pakistan. HIV Terror invades Pakistan’s middle class society. Even Allah is helpless to save Mullah.

November 30, 2009

Home-based sex worker Shaheena, 38, speaks to an AFP journalist in Karachi.

Pakistan sex workers on AIDS frontline.

Surfaced Islamic Life cannot help them to restrict the internal debauchery. Even Allah cannot save them.

KARACHI: A prostitute born and brought up in Karachi’s Napier Road red-light district, Shumaila never heard about HIV and AIDS until recently. Today, she carries condoms but clients refuse to wear them.

‘None of us were aware about the danger of AIDS looming over us for years but now we all know and can avoid it,’ said the tall 29-year-old who lives in a Victorian-style building in the heart of the neighbourhood.

Shumaila’s awareness —rare among Pakistan sex workers —is thanks to the Gender and Reproductive Health Forum, a local charity that runs a UN-funded programme in Napier Road teaching prostitutes about the perils of HIV/AIDS.

‘So far we have provided hundreds of thousands of condoms to sex workers in the last two years, which have saved them from being infected with the lethal virus,’ said Mirza Aleem Baig, who runs the forum.

Karachi has up to 100,000 female sex workers, according to data gathered by Pakistan Society, a local welfare organisation.

‘This is 20 per cent of their overall population in Pakistan. Lahore comes next with 75,000 sex workers,’ Saleem Azam, head of the charity, told AFP.

Prostitution may be illegal but it has prospered in Pakistan, where an economic downturn and widening poverty have forced women and men onto the streets to meet the rising cost of living.

Shaheena, 38, is a home-based sex worker. She is a skilled paramedic but seldom finds a permanent job.

‘So I opted to enter this business on the side,’ she told AFP, veiling her face to hide her identity.

‘I have sibblings, cousins, nephews and nieces who don’t know about my second profession. So I don’t want to identify myself to embarass them.

‘But it’s a question of survival as none of my relatives support me with money. They are all too stretched themselves,’ she said.

Azam says more than 60 per cent of Pakistan’s prostitutes work from homes or ply the streets, while the elite serve wealthy clients from kothikhanas (houses or rooms) in plush neighbourhoods.

This year’s annual UN report on AIDS said while the epidemic in Asia appears to be stable overall, HIV prevalence is increasing in some parts of the region, such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

A survey published in the report said 60 per cent of female sex workers and 45 per cent of their male clients in Karachi and Lahore do not know that condoms can prevent transmission of HIV.

Of those that do, few protect themselves. ‘The number of our clients who agree to wear a condom is very small. Female condoms are not available, which can save us more effectively,’ said Nasreen, another prostitute in Napier Road.

‘I can’t carry condoms in my purse on the street as we’re vulnerable to the police and could be arrested if they find them,’ said Afshan, 29, who walks the city’s busy streets looking for clients.

The most recent survey conducted by Pakistan’s state-run National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in 2006 said only 18 per cent of sex workers reported always using condoms.

The UN report estimates that around 96,000 people, or 0.1 per cent of the population, live with HIV in Pakistan. The government says only 5,000 people are infected.

NACP says the disease is spreading among high-risk groups, especially drug users, who mostly inject and use dirty needles, raising fears the virus could spread quickly from addicts to prostitutes.

In 2006, Pakistan said HIV/AIDS prevalence among female sex workers was around 0.02 percent, but independent bodies put it much higher. ‘It is at least 15 per cent, ‘said Azam.

‘They are totally at the mercy of their clients. Most of their clients refuse to wear condoms,’ he said.

‘In Pakistan, this business is illegal, thus there is no law to seriously tackle the issue and save precious lives. Yet a way-out is desperately needed on humanitarian grounds.’

Baig said he had identified an HIV-positive sex worker a few months ago and tried to help her with treatment and a new job but she left because her colleagues considered her a blot on their business.

‘Now, no one knows where she is and what she is doing,’ he said.

What is now our Islamic Sharia doing in Pakistan ?

Courtesy: AFP & DAWN.

Eidul Azha not mere a sacrifice of an animal:: Sacrifice the dearest to Almighty, Sacrifice the animality within…

November 27, 2009

Preparations for Eidul Azha

A vendor displaying sacrificial animals to attract the customers in Rawalpindi.–APP Photo

Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eidul Azha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. Sacrifice commonly known as ‘Qurbani’, means slaughter of a permissible animal generally goats, sheep, rams, cows and camels in the name of God on the 10th, 11th or 12th of the Islamic month of Zil Hijjah.

Islam vs Islam :: Tragedy in Pakistan

November 27, 2009

Anti-Taliban leader killed in Mohmand bomb attack

Shahpoor Khan led a tribal militia against Taliban insurgents in the Mohmand district of Bajaur. —AFP/File Photo

KHAR, Friday, 27 Nov, 2009: Pakistani troops killed 30 militants in the country’s lawless tribal region where a key anti-Taliban leader was assassinated in a bomb attack on Friday, officials said.

The deadly clashes were reported by the military as part of offensives against Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan and militants in Khyber.

‘Security forces cleared Narakai after stiff resistance…. Fifteen terrorists were killed and one soldier was injured,’ said a statement issued by the army.

Earlier a paramilitary Frontier Corps statement said troops backed by helicopter gunships had killed 15 militants in a new operation in Khyber, which lies on the main Nato supply route to Afghanistan outside Peshawar.

Soldiers from the Pakistani army and paramilitary Frontier Corps mounted the operation three days ago to crack down on militants, some of whom have attacked convoys supplying foreign troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Military spokesman Major Fazlur Rehman told AFP that three helicopter gunships pounded rebel positions and 200 soldiers took part.

The details could not be confirmed independently due to a lack of independent access to the battlefields by journalists.

Anti-Taliban Leader Killed

Further north, Shahpoor Khan, a key anti-Taliban leader and an ally of Pakistan’s embattled authorities in the district of Bajaur was killed Friday as he returned home after saying prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

The roadside bomb in the town of Badan, also in Pakistan’s tribal belt and part of the mountainous area that US officials call a headquarters for Al-Qaida, killed Khan and wounded three others.

‘The tribal leader was killed on the spot and his colleagues were seriously wounded in the blast,’ said local administration chief Jamil Khan.

Eid officially begins in Pakistan on Saturday but began in Afghanistan on Friday and some people in Bajaur celebrated the start of the Muslim festival of sacrifice on Friday.

Khan’s predecessor, Malik Rehmatullah, was killed in a suicide attack last year in Bajaur.

Officials say the militants aim to distract the army from the US-endorsed air and ground assault against home grown Taliban in their heartlands.

Security has drastically deteriorated in Pakistan since Islamabad joined the US-led ‘War on Terror’ and hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked militants fled into the tribal belt after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

Pakistan has fought repeated offensives in the area and around 2,000 troops have died in battle against Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked militants since 2002.

Although there has been resistance in South Waziristan, many officials and analysts believe most of the estimated 10,000 Taliban guerrillas in the district have escaped into neighbouring Orakzai and North Waziristan.

The South Waziristan offensive has also seen a surge in suicide attacks targeting civilians and security officials in Peshawar, a sprawling city of 2.5 million on the edge of the tribal belt.

The United States has welcomed Pakistan’s military efforts but is reportedly pressuring the civilian government to also counter militants on Pakistani soil who attack Nato and US troops across the border in Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama, who has put Pakistan on the frontline of the war on Al-Qaida, is expected to order more than 30,000 additional American troops into battle in Afghanistan when he unveils a new strategy next week.

Pakistan has warned that the decision could destabilise its southwestern province of Baluchistan, where the Taliban have a presence and separatist insurgents rose up in 2004. — AFP

New anti Taliban force launched by public

Supporters of Afzal Khan Lala assembled at the Frontier Constabulary’s base camp in Dreshkhella where hundreds of people registered themselves as volunteers. — File photo

Hundreds join Swat’s anti-militant lashkar

By Hameedullah Khan , Sunday, 27 Sep, 2009|| updated on 27 Nov, 2009|| http://www.dawn.com

MINGORA: Hundreds of armed volunteers joined a lashkar under the command of veteran politician and former federal minister Mohammad Afzal Khan Lala in Matta tehsil of Swat on Saturday.

District Nazim Jamal Nasir also raised lashkar against militants and started patrolling in their respective areas. Witnesses said that hundreds of people brandishing heavy weapons assembled in Matta chanting slogans: Pakistan Zinda Bad and long live Swatis, resolving to fight against terrorists.

Supporters of Afzal Khan Lala, also a leader of the ruling Awami National Party, assembled at the Frontier Constabulary’s base camp in Dreshkhella where hundreds of people registered themselves as volunteers.

Provincial minister for science and technology Ayub Ashari, operation commander Brig Jamal Abdul Nasir and elders of the area addressed the volunteers.

‘Restoration of peace in Swat is like new life for the residents of the valley who lived in barbaric environment and under tyranny for three years,’ said Afzal Khan, adding that terrorists slaughtered sons in the presence of their parents and trained children as suicide bombers.

He said that people of Swat had suffered physically, socially and economically.

He said that militants had destroyed schools, hospitals, roads, agriculture, industrial sectors and infrastructure in the valley.

People of Swat and soldiers had rendered sacrifices for restoration of peace.

He said that the army and local people would jointly reconstruct Swat.

Some 3,000 people assembled at the residence of District Nazim Jamal Nasir in Shangotai who joined the lashkar. Participants of the lashkar displayed weapons and expressed solidarity with the military in fight against militants.

Meanwhile, seven militants including Commander Abdul Sattar were killed in operation Rah-i-Rast in Ser Taligram and Manglawar areas of Swat.

Officials said that 20 militants also surrendered and detected three tunnels in Chaperyal.

The ISPR said that one of the tunnels was seven meters long.

Unbelievable water poisoning plan by Taliban in Pakistan.

November 26, 2009

Talibans threaten to poison water sources

Islamabad, November 18, 2009,Wednesday,PTI:
The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to contaminate water sources and reservoirs with poisonous material to pressure the army to stop military operations against them in South Waziristan tribal region.
The cantonment boards of Rawalpindi and Chaklala, located near the federal capital, received the threat from the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. A letter in which the Taliban purportedly threatened to contaminate water sources was faxed to the Directorate of Military Lands and Cantonments in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.The letter said the Taliban had procured 200 litres of poisonous materials that would be used to contaminate water sources and reservoirs in Rawalpindi and Chaklala.

Pak terrorists are not changed, even in detention.

November 26, 2009

Jailed militant’s hoax calls drove India, Pakistan to brink of war

By Azaz Syed
Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009|| http://www.dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pakistan-India tensions after last year’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai, investigators have told Dawn.

‘Omar Saeed Sheikh was the hoax caller. It was he who threatened the civilian and military leaderships of Pakistan over telephone. And he did so from inside Hyderabad jail,’ investigators said.

The controversy came to light after Dawn broke the story, exactly one year ago, that a hoax caller claiming to be then Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee was making threatening calls to President Zardari.

Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pak-India tensions after last year’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai.

It was on the night of Nov 26 last year that Saadia Omar, Omar Sheikh’s wife, informed him about the carnage in Mumbai. The sources said that the information was passed on to Omar in Hyderabad jail through his mobile phone, which he was secretly using without the knowledge of the administration.

All but one of the attackers who India alleged were Lashkar-i-Taiba terrorists were shot dead by security personnel.

Saadia kept updating Omar about the massacre through the night and small hours of the morning. On the night of Nov 28, when the authorities had regained control over the better part of the city, Omar Saeed, using a UK-registered mobile SIM, made a phone call to Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

He told an operator handling Mr Mukherjee’s calls that he was the President of Pakistan.
Indian officials started verification as part of security precautions and, after some time, the operator informed Omar Saeed (who was posing to be Pakistan’s president) that the foreign minister would get in touch with him soon. Omar now made a call to President Asif Ali Zardari and then the Chief of Army Staff.

He also made an attempt to talk to the US secretary of state, but security checks barred his way.

The presidency swung into action soon after Mr Zardari’s conversation with the adventurous militant.

President Zardari first spoke to Prime Minister Gilani and informed him about the happenings. He also took Interior Minister Rehman Malik into the loop.

In Rawalpindi, Gen Kayani immediately spoke to the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence, Lt- Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

According to sources, not only President Asif Zardari was taken in by Omar’s audacity but the COAS was also baffled by his cheekiness.

Gen Kayani, sharing his thoughts with close associates, said he had been bewildered by the caller’s threatening tone.

But Maj Gen Athar Abbas, the military spokesman, finds the report unbelievable. ‘I am not his (Army chief’s) operator. I don’t know who puts calls through to him, but I think this can’t be true,’ said an incredulous Athar Abbas.

Interestingly, when Omar Saeed Sheikh was making these hoax calls, the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LET) chief was also in Karachi, but it is not known whether Omar Saeed was acting under the guidance of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi or on his own.

INVESTIGATIONS: On the other hand, investigators got into the act without wasting time, coming up with their findings within hours.

Their conclusion was that the phone call which came from the Indian external affairs ministry was actually their (Indians’) check.

They said the calls to President Zardari and the army chief were made from a Britain-registered SIM.

Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, in his autobiography, had alleged that Omar Saeed was an agent of MI6, the British intelligence agency.

The very next morning, Nov 29, Hyderabad jail was raided by intelligence agencies and over a dozen SIMs were recovered along with two mobile sets. Majid Siddiqui, the jail superintendent, was suspended.

‘I don’t know much but it is true that some mobile SIMs and mobile sets were recovered from Omar Saeed Sheikh when he was in Hyderabad jail.

I got him transferred to Karachi jail because that is a far better place for such high-profile terrorists,’ Allauddin Abbasi, DIG Prisons, Hyderabad, told Dawn over phone.

The authorities had a word with Saadia Omar too. She was advised to ‘control’ herself. The matter was then placed in the files of secret agencies marked as ‘secret’.

The Federal Investigation Agency never interrogated Omar Saeed about the Mumbai attacks. Dawn’s efforts for getting the viewpoint of Tariq Khosa , the FIA chief, drew a blank.

HIGH PROFILE: Omar, currently confined in a high security cell of Karachi Jail, has a long record of militancy, from kidnapping foreigners in Mumbai in 1994 to kidnapping Daniel Pearl in Jan 2002.

Omar Saeed Sheikh was freed by India in Dec 1999 as part of a deal that saw New Delhi agreeing to release a number of militant leaders in exchange for the freedom of hostages on board an India plane hijacked to Kabul.

Soon after his release from Indian captivity, Omar Saeed developed close relations with the LET leadership, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi.

He was invited to a training camp in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir, where he spent a couple of days delivering lectures to recruits.

Sources said Lakhwi wanted Omar to join LET and give the organisation an international face.

In Feb 2002, Omar was arrested for the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

The Unholy CIA – ISI connection to jeopardize Humanity. The ISI is directly connected with Islamists everywhere. CIA is Patron of them.

November 20, 2009

CIA says it gets its money’s worth from Pakistani spy agency ISI

By Greg Miller||November 15, 2009||Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington – The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, current and former U.S. officials say.

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency also has collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA program that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the State Department, officials said.

The payments have triggered intense debate within the U.S. government, officials said, because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda members in Pakistan.

But U.S. officials have continued the funding because the ISI’s assistance is considered crucial: Almost every major terrorist plot this decade has originated in Pakistan’s tribal belt, where ISI informant networks are a primary source of intelligence.

The White House National Security Council has “this debate every year,” said a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official involved in the discussions. Like others, the official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Despite deep misgivings about the ISI, the official said, “there was no other game in town.”

The payments to Pakistan are authorized under a covert program initially approved by then-President Bush and continued under President Obama. The CIA declined to comment on the agency’s financial ties to the ISI.

EXCERPT: “The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, current and former U.S. officials say. The Inter-Services Intelligence agency also has collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA program that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the State Department, officials said. The payments have triggered intense debate within the U.S. government, officials said, because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda members in Pakistan.”

It has given hundreds of millions to the ISI, for operations as well as rewards for the capture or death of terrorist suspects. Despite fears of corruption, it is money well-spent, ex-officials say. Read Details Here….

Editorial of Daily Times : The CIA-ISI (Unholy) connection

A report in The Los Angeles Times says the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the latter’s annual budget. In addition, the ISI collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA programme that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants. This stream of payments is a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the US State Department.

These payments have triggered an intense debate within the US government because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help the Taliban who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to al Qaeda in Pakistan. It seems the White House National Security Council goes through this debate every year. Despite deep misgivings about the ISI, the funding continues because the ISI’s assistance is considered crucial. The ISI informant networks in Pakistan’s tribal belt remain a primary source of intelligence. As a US intelligence official put it colourfully to the Times, “there was no other game in town”.

The covert payments programme was initially approved by former US President George Bush and continues under President Barack Obama. The CIA payments are a hidden stream in the much broader financial flow of some $ 15 billion over the last eight years in military and civilian aid to Pakistan. While controversy dogs the broader financial assistance because of concerns in the US Congress and Administration about where the money may have been spent, concerns that are reflected in the wording of the Kerry-Lugar bill for example, the covert CIA money has been more tightly monitored. While these covert payments have been used by the ISI for a variety of purposes, including the construction of the new ISI headquarters in Islamabad, US officials seem relaxed about where the money has gone.

Despite being plagued by distrust (arguably on both sides), the covert funds have fuelled an espionage alliance that has to its credit damage inflicted on al Qaeda. CIA officials contrast the returns from their relatively small payments when compared with the enormous overt military and civilian aid to Pakistan as “a bargain”. Some 600-700 militants, mostly belonging to al Qaeda, were killed or captured and handed over to the US. Some, if not all those handed over ended up in the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison. While the CIA considers the cost-benefit of the covert funding programme positive in big savings for the American taxpayer, we are by now familiar with at least the payments-for-captured-militants deal, courtesy ex-President Pervez Musharraf’s book, In the Line of Fire. Knowledgeable US intelligence officials concede that Pakistan had made “decisive contributions to counter-terrorism” and made enormous sacrifices reflected in the fact that Pakistanis are dying almost every day in this life-and-death struggle for the soul of Pakistan. The mutual suspicions and distrust notwithstanding, the American intelligence community recognizes that although Pakistani and American interests do not always coincide, “things would be one hell of a lot worse if the government there (Pakistan) was hostile to us.” Perhaps the even more controversial assertion in the paper’s report says the CIA depends on Pakistan’s cooperation to carry out drone attacks that have killed dozens of suspected extremists in the border areas, but also caused collateral civilian casualties that have become an extremely emotive issue in Pakistan.

The report seems to have enough truth in it to make the entire edifice of the story credible. The ISI is routinely blamed for supporting the Taliban, even after 9/11, but things appear somewhat different now. The security agencies are under attack by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, a comparatively recently emerged group that takes its inspiration from the Afghan Taliban. However, while the latter have of late begun to distance themselves from the indiscriminate suicide and other bombings that are targeting ordinary citizens and the security agencies all over Pakistan, the ISI too has not escaped unscathed. The new conjuncture therefore suggests that at least as far as the Pakistani militants are concerned, the ISI is in the forefront of the struggle against terrorism. Whether, for strategic reasons stretching back to the abandonment of Afghanistan in 1989 by the US and the West, the ISI nevertheless continues to support the Afghan Taliban remains a moot point. *

The unholy CIA – ISI connection  is crystal clear now to jeopardize Humanity. The ISI is directly connected with Islamists everywhere. In India, Bangladesh, Europe, Africa and even in America ISI is more active than anybody to revamp the  Islamic fundamentalism to gain the Islamic hold in favaour of Pakistan.  CIA is simply patron of them.

Fulcrum of Evil – ISI, CIA, Al Qaeda Nexus

written by M K Dhar

Book Review : ISBN No.: 8170492785 By: MK Dhar Hardback Fulcrum of Evil is the first detailed research based book on the Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan. The ISI and the CIA are known as rogue intelligence agencies which were born around the same time in global history after the Second World War for churning out intelligence about external enemies. For USA, the main enemy was the communist Russian Block countries. For Pakistan India has been the perennial enemy survival elixir. However, both the agencies earned notoriety for extra legal and constitutional operations at home and abroad in utter disregard of international laws and diplomatic protocols. The CIA and the ISI collaborated even before they were conjuncted in the killing field of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s evolutions as a jihad exporting country all over the world, especially to India have been chronicled by the contemporary historians. Fulcrum of Evil is a solid data based account of the jihad breeding intelligence agency of Pakistan. A state within the state the ISI continues to the nemesis of Pakistan which is lurching under military rule and jihadi violence.

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Suicide attack in Peshawar leaves at least 19 dead, 50 wounded. Judiciary directly attacked by Talibans.

November 19, 2009

Suicide attack in Peshawar leaves at least 19 dead

By Ismail Khan || Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009

PESHAWAR: At least 19 people were killed and 50 wounded when a suicide bomber struck the district judicial complex on Thursday morning, city administration officials and doctors said.

‘The bomber was on foot and tried to get into the Judicial Complex through its main entry gate. He blew himself up, when he was stopped,’ deputy coordination officer, Peshawar, Sahibzada Mohammad Anis said.

A doctor at the city’s main Lady Reading Hospital put the death toll at seventeen. Amongst those killed were the three policemen who tried to stop the bomber from getting in, Anis said.

The doctor said that six of those wounded were in critical condition.

‘We are looking after them,’ director of the casualty ward, Dr. Shiraz Qayyum said.

The limbs of the bombers and those in close vicinity were scattered all around.  Cars and three-wheeler rickshaws parked alongside the outer boundary wall on the main Fakhr-i-Alam road were badly damaged in the blast.

The complex comprises district civil and criminal courts and government departments.

Security has been high at the complex frequented by thousands of people besides lawyers, judicial staff and government employees.

Police said they had intelligence of a possible attack on the complex. The four-storey judicial complex is located just across the sprawling residence of Corps Commander, Peshawar and the now-shut down luxury Pearl Continental Hotel, Peshawar, also hit by suicide bombing in June last that killed 11 people and wounded another 50.

‘I was climbing down the stairs in the complex, when shrapnel from the blast flew just over my head. I was shaken by the blast,’ a court employee said.

‘One of my colleagues was taken to the hospital and now we hear that he has died,’ Shuja’t Ali Khan said.

Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province, has borne the major brunt of terrorist attacks since the deadly bombing in a busy shopping area on October 28 that left 121 people dead.

Chief Minister NWFP, Ameer Haider Khan vowed to continue the fight against terrorism but warned that Thursday’s bombing would not be the last one.

‘This is not going to be the last bombing,’ Mr. Hoti warned.

A senior minister in his cabinet said the government would not succumb to pressure from militants’ bombings and would not negotiate with them.

‘We will not negotiate with these animals,’ Bashir Ahmad Bilour said.

A total of 185 people have died in terrorist attacks since then including the latest bombing at the Judicial Complex.

Pakistani Taliban warn against army offensive

Thursday, 19 Nov, 2009

WANA: The Pakistani Taliban once again warned against the government’s offensive against them and reiterated that they would fight the Pakistan army until their demands were accepted.

Speaking exclusively to DawnNews, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq said the Pakistani Taliban would continue their action against the present government until it stops following America’s dictation.

Tariq said the Mujahideen were fighting against the army in the areas where the military operation was being carried out.

Responding to queries in which the TTP was blamed for terrorist attacks across the country, the spokesman said the Taliban were not involved in these activities and neither did Shariat-i-Mohammadi allowed them to do so.

Tariq said intelligence agencies, Blackwater and the present government were involved in widespread terrorism. ‘The government is doing this for political purposes and to bring a bad name to the TTP,’ he added.

Tariq revealed that the Taliban only target government installations and people who are against them. Schools, universities, public places and markets that were targeted in the past few months were not done so by the Taliban, Tariq said.

More Islamic More Corrupt. Pakistan is more corrupt than India.

November 18, 2009

Pakistan more corrupt than India, says international watchdog

Tue, Nov 17 06:34 PM

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Pakistan, with a ranking of 139, is perceived to be more corrupt than India by global corruption watchdog Transparency International in its latest survey of 180 countries.

The 2009 Transparency International survey, released worldwide Tuesday, has ranked India 84th among the 180 countries assessed for integrity.

According to the findings of the independent organisation which tracks prevalence of corruption worldwide, Pakistan’s integrity score stands at 2.4 on the scale of 0 (perceived as highly corrupt) to 10 (least corrupt).

India, which shares the 84th spot with El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Thailand, has an integrity score of 3.4.

Pakistan has, in fact, slipped a notch below on the integrity score from 2.5 in 2008.

China, which was ranked a joint 72nd with India in 2007, has improved its corruption perception. It is ranked 79th and its integrity score is 3.6.

The least corrupt country in the South Asian region is the fledgling democracy of Bhutan, which has scored a good 5.0 and is at 49th spot.

New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland occupy the top five places as the least corrupt nations of the world, while at the bottom of the table come Somalia and Afghanistan.

Indo Asian News Service

Pakistan slips five places in TI index

By Amin Ahmed ||awn News.
Wednesday, 18th Nov, 2009.

ISLAMABAD, Nov 17: In its Corruption Perception Index for 2009, the Transparency International has placed Pakistan at the 42nd place, slipping five places from 2008 when it was at 47.

Most of the 180 countries included in the 2009 index scored below 5 on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption).

The Chairman of the Pakistan Chapter of Transparency International, Syed Adil Gillani, said that because of lack of governance and massive corruption the country had lost credibility and was facing serious economic threats, poverty, inflation, food and electricity shortages and increase in unemployment.

He said the government must make serious efforts to apply rules and regulations across the board to achieve the goal of reducing corruption.

Mr Gillani said Pakistan needed good governance and a transparent administration to counter corruption scams of billions of rupees in Pakistan Steel, TDAP, EOBI, PIA, rental power plants, KESC, NIC, NHA, OGDC, PSO, PEPCO, CDA, DP Division, DHAs, TCP, NBP, PC and many other organisations.

Mr Gilani said that the political will of the government to curb corruption was urgently required and it must also be seen by public and donor countries, like formation of an independent accountability commission as required by the UN Convention against Corruption under the HOPO Act, 2009.

This commission should report only to parliament or judiciary and not to the ministry of law, and it should look into corruption of all holders of public offices belonging to civil services, armed forces, judiciary and elected representatives.

There were some bright spots in the report — Bangladesh, Belarus, Guatemala, Lithuania, Poland and Syria were among the countries that have improved the most.

The highest scorers in the 2009 CPI are New Zealand at 9.4, Denmark at 9.3, Singapore and Sweden tied at 9.2 and Switzerland at 9.0.

From an analysis it is confirmed that  the Islamic Countries facing the challenges of fundamentalism in the name of more Islamization including Taliban talisman find more corruption than the others. United Arab Emirates positioned 30 as an exception with the feature of superior control of the masters in the process of corruption unveiled and a little influence of Talibans. There is no exaggeration to say that More Islamic More Corruption. For example experts say that Somalia has maximum corruption with a highest tendencies to be blind Islamist.

See Corruption Perceptions Index 2009 by Transparency International here

India hands over another Mumbai dossier to Pakistan. Can any dossier solve the issue of Terrorism from India or Pakistan ?? Pakistan should take Kasab to own custody to hang him.

November 18, 2009

India hands over another Mumbai dossier to Pakistan

Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009

ISLAMABAD: India has handed Pakistan more information about the deadly Mumbai attacks ahead of the first anniversary of the carnage that killed 166 people, Islamabad said on Wednesday.

‘The dossier was handed over to our high commission in New Delhi by the Indian ministry of external affairs,’ Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

India and Washington blamed the November 26-29 siege on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the attacks stalled a fragile four-year peace process between the two south Asian rivals.

‘Arrangements have been made for the receipt of the dossier in Islamabad,’ Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

The ministry gave no details on the contents of the file, which it said would be forwarded to the interior ministry ‘for examination’.

New Delhi has put pressure on Islamabad to speed up its investigations into those who carried out the attacks.

Pakistan has put on trial seven suspects accused by India of involvement in last year’s attacks, but Interior Minister Rehman Malik has repeatedly asked India to provide more information to bring the perpetrators to justice.

India had previously provided four dossiers to Islamabad with information relating to suspects and the logistics of how 10 heavily armed gunmen targeted luxury hotels, Mumbai’s main train station, a restaurant and a Jewish centre.

Those in custody in Pakistan include alleged mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and alleged key LeT operative Zarar Shah.

India has put on trial Pakistan’s Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the attacks, who made a dramatic confession. —AFP

Al Qaeda is the greatest threat to US, They are in Afghan, They are in Pakistan: Obama

November 17, 2009

Al Qaeda is the greatest threat to US: US President.

Monday, 16 Nov, 2009

SHANGHAI: US President Barack Obama said on Monday the greatest threats to the United States continued to be terrorist networks like al Qaeda.

‘I continue to believe that the greatest threat to the United States’ security are the terrorist networks like al Qaeda,’ he told students at a town hall meeting in Shanghai.

‘They have now moved over the border of Afghanistan and are in Pakistan, but they continue to have networks with other extremist organisations in that region and I do believe it is important for us to stabilise Afghanistan.’