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Who’s Better: Sharmeen Obaid Or Asif Zardari?

Posted by yourpakistan on February 29, 2012


Pakistani Talent Shines With Oscar

If only these talented Pakistanis could be brought to power instead of recycling failed politicians.


Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won an Oscar for a short documentary, is the latest symbol for a talented and vibrant nation. But she is not alone. But she is not alone. The documentary itself introduces to the world another Pakistani talent: Dr. Muhammad Jawad, a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon who devotes time and money to help female victims of acid attacks for free.

Over the past decade, Pakistanis have excelled in IT, sports, business, television, arts, and education. From the world’s youngest Microsoft-certified IT professional to students setting world records in Cambridge examinations, not to mention trend setters in sports and arts, Pakistanis are active contributors to global civilization while remaining proud of who they are.

The only thing pulling Pakistanis back is a failed political and democratic system that is not tailored to the country’s needs. The result is endless political instability. While Pakistanis are talented and hardworking, the failed political system recycles failed politicians at every election.

So, congratulations to Sharmeen. Don’t forget to see our collection of recent Pakistani talent at these two galleries:

YouTube: Pakistanis At Work
Pakistanis At Work | Reports


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NATO Soldiers Don’t Want To Work With Americans

Posted by yourpakistan on February 27, 2012

NATO Soldiers Don’t Want To Work With Americans

Why should French soldiers be killed when American soldiers pee on dead Afghans? Or when American soldiers act stupid and burn the Quran? 

SPECIAL REPORT | Afghanistan Analysis Team

If you are a coalition soldier in Afghanistan, your most urgent threat to life is no longer Afghan insurgents but reckless Americans who have turned Afghanistan more dangerous since they invaded and occupied it a decade ago. In January, six French soldiers were killed by angry Afghan colleagues because American soldiers urinated on bodies of dead Afghans.

The incident was so ridiculous that French president Nicolas Sarkozy was forced to register the irony. “The French army is not in Afghanistan,” he said, “to be shot at by Afghan soldiers.”

Now, Georgian soldiers have apparently been killed by Afghan counterparts because some American soldiers burned and trashed copies of the Holy Quran, the third of the monotheistic holy books after the Bible and the Torah. The incident took place at Bagram, the largest American base in Afghanistan.

In Nangarhar province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, American soldiers opened fire in the air to scare Afghans rioting outside a US military base in Khogyani district. In response, an Afghan soldier opened fire on the Americans killing two US soldiers instantly. US soldiers retaliated by killing two peaceful Afghan protesters.

For the past three days America’s biggest Afghan base is under virtual siege by hundreds of angry Afghan civilians trying to barge in and drag US soldiers and commanders out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Memogate: Mansoor Ijaz Produces Phone Records, Fax Transcripts

Posted by yourpakistan on February 24, 2012

Mansoor Ijaz along with his wife arrived at the Pakistan High Commission in London on the third day of recording his testimony with a judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal, Express News reported Friday.

Before entering the High Commission, Ijaz said that his testimony might conclude today. Ijaz’s wife was also granted the permission to attend the session. Justice Qazi Faez Isa is heading the commission in the Islamabad High Court. Zahid Bukhari, counsel of former ambassador to United States Hussain Haqqani, and Ijaz’s counsel Akram Sheikh are also present in the court.

During the testimony, Ijaz presented his phone’s bill before the commission. Bukhari raised objections on the bill and said that it does not have Ijaz’s name or his number. Responding to Bukhari, Ijaz said that the bill could only be shown to the commission’s secretary or the judges in the panel. Ijaz also presented transcripts of the correspondence done with Haqqani over fax. Read the rest of this entry »

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ISI Officials: Adiala 11 are Hardcore Terrorists

Posted by yourpakistan on February 21, 2012


A security official while responding to the issue of Adiala jail detainees said that sympathizers of terrorists have forgotten the miseries of those 28 innocent families, who suffered the loss of their loved ones in Hamza Camp attack in which these 11 detainees were arrested.Media should reach out to those families of victims who embraced shahadat at the hands of these Adiala Jail detainees, the security official added.

He said the 11 suspects: Dr Niaz Ahmed Saqib, Mazhar ul Haq, Shafique ur Rehman, Abdul Basit, Abdul Saboor, Abdul Majid, Muhammad Amir Khan Khan, Muhammad Shafiq aka Maaz, Tehseen ullah, Saeed Arab aka Tariq Gul, Roze Khan aka Farman are hardcore terrorists, who were involved in planning, facilitating and executing suicide attacks on bus near Hamza Camp, on November 24 2007 and Kamra Air Base missile attack on January 15, 2008.

According to sources, on November 24, 2007 Rawalpindi experienced twin suicide attacks on security forces, which killed nearly 30 people and injured dozens more. The first vehicle-borne suicide attack took place at 0749 hours when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a 72-seater bus parked in front of ISI’s Hamza Camp (Previously known as Ojhri Camp) on the Murree Road.

According to eyewitnesses, the bus which was carrying ISI officials to their work place was completely burnt. The 28 victims inside the 72-seat bus were burnt beyond recognition and only skeletons were left lying on the seats before any rescue operation could be started. Read the rest of this entry »

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ISPR Rejects Human Rights Watch Report

Posted by yourpakistan on February 20, 2012

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report on 
Judicial Commission on Saleem Shehzad Murder Case Not Correct

A spokesman of ISPR said that the press release issued by HRW New York on January 30th, 2012 has been found to be extremely derogatory, biased and contradictory in terms. In one stroke Mr Brad Adams has discredited the Judicial Commission that investigated Saleem Shehzad’s alleged murder, demonized the ISI and castigated the Government of Pakistan, going on to suggest a darker destination of evidence if pursued again. It is unclear where Mr Adams forms opinions like these from but one thing is evident that his thought process and ability to logically analyze a given situation suffers from serious bias.

The spokesman added that the Judicial Commission in question was headed by a very honourable Judge of the same Supreme Court of Pakistan which is highly respected for its integrity and courage of conviction. It is not without reason that the Supreme Court of Pakistan is the guarantor of the rule of law and the architect of constitutional future of our country. To expect the Judicial Commission probing Saleem Shehzad’s alleged murder headed by Honourable Justice Saqib Nisar, to spare or shy away form the so called ‘culpable ISI’ is not only disrespectful but also out of character of the Honourable Court. HRW should visit the Supreme Court website to see what kind of historic and hitherto unheard of court actions have been initiated by the apex court regarding ISI / intelligence agencies and the unprecedented obedience / compliance they have readily commanded. Read the rest of this entry »

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General Kayani Slams Media Lies on Pakistan Army Budget Share

Posted by yourpakistan on February 18, 2012

Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said that 18 percent of country’s total budget is allocated for armed forces while wrong facts and figures are quoted in TV talk shows in this regard. The figure often quoted in the media is around 60-70%, peddled by talk show hosts and journalists known for their anti-armed forces and extreme liberal views.

Speaking at the Shahbaz Airbase during a ceremony on Monday, the army chief said that out of 18 percent Pakistan Army actually recieves only 8 to 9 per cent budget.

This figure, taking into consideration the security situation in Pakistan as well as in its neighbourhood and the ongoing operations and military actions, is the bare minimum required to keep the armed forces functioning as a competent force.

Kayani also said that the army had not yet received Rs 1.5 billion owed to it in account of Coalition Support Fund which has been stopped for some time. Additionally, the Army has provided funds and support to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from its own coffers after the local administration’s refusal.

It is understood that the Pakistani military’s welfare foundations run various businesses worth tens of billions of dollars, ranging from street-corner petrol pumps to sprawling industrial plants. The shortfall of funds in army’s undisclosed budget is met by the profit these businesses turn over.

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Pakistan in the Throes of Conspiracies

Posted by yourpakistan on February 15, 2012

After East Pakistan, another global conspiracy in the offing in Balochistan.

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja

As a consequence of Pakistan movement waged by the All India Muslim Leaguers under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah getting abundantly ripened and the Muslims of India fully determined to create an independent homeland for themselves, the Congress leaders in collusion with British Viceroy Lord Mountbatten were equally determined to shatter their dreams. Notwithstanding their conspiracies and unending obstacles together with inducements to prevent vivisection of India, Pakistan came into being on 14 August 1947. Although partition plan worked out by the British was prepared in consultation with both sides and their agreement was obtained before announcing it on 3 June 1947, Congress leaders never reconciled with the plan of vivisecting India. Instead of helping Pakistan to stand on its own feet since it had to build up the nation from the scratch, Indian leaders kept scheming to garrote Pakistan to death in its infancy.

India’s wiliest act was usurpation of princely state of Kashmir, which being heavily Muslim populated and contagious to Pakistan should automatically have become part of Pakistan. It forcibly usurped it in October 1947 and imposed a war on Pakistan which was deeply enmeshed in its settling down process. Considering the evil and hostile designs of India-British combine, not only creation of Pakistan was a 20th century miracle, its survival was also a miracle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Rules Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on February 13, 2012

“Where is Pakistan going?” asked a lady of me in Karachi recently. “When do you think the government is going to change? Who will form the next government?”

“To arrive at honest answers,” I said, “We must first detach ourselves from emotion and ask the most basic of questions and then face the answers bravely, for they are unpleasant but undeniable truths.”

By Humayun Gauhar – Opinion Maker

First: “Who is supposed to rule Pakistan?” Answer: “The people are the true rulers of Pakistan, or should be, because they are the vicegerents of God. They are His vicegerents or Khalifa because they are the greatest of His creations, ashraf ul Makhlooqat. He has, therefore, given them free will and devolved on them that quantum of His sovereignty, as they need to run their affairs according to His tenets. It is a conditional and limited devolution, for the moment they lose sight of His tenets they lose His devolved sovereignty. God enjoins us in the Holy Quran that in times of distress, “Hold on to the rope of God and the rope of the People” – hablum min Allah wa hablum min an naas. The ‘rope’ symbolizes Man’s Covenant with God and the people. It is not literally a rope that God is talking about. Rope is just symbolic, akin to an umbilical cord that attaches us to our Creator and humanity. ‘The People’ is not a horde or mob but humanity in all God’s glory, humankind, Mankind – naas.

One of God’s most important tenets is:
Choose your leaders, which implies a democratic choice.
Choose from amongst yourselves, and;
Choose from amongst the best. Read the rest of this entry »

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Indian Role in Afghanistan Spells Danger For Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on February 11, 2012

Afghanistan continues to be an overt or proxy ‘playing ground’ for diverse outside powers, both near (Russia) and far (US, West). The decade old US meddling after the failure of Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 has yielded more familiar results i.e. exacerbated ethnic and cultural tensions, warlordism, drug-trafficking and rampant corruption. It is not that these traits did not exist in the Afghan society before US invaded Afghanistan but US invasion provided a surge in these attributes.

Afghanistan is a fault line where many outside powers are jostling for both influence and position. Some of this jostling remains overt, as in the case of US and its allies, and some of it is not, as in the case of Indian proxy war on Pakistan through Afghanistan. The Indian activities in Balochistan and Fata got a boost when US homed on to it for replicating its mandate in Afghanistan and preserve its interests post withdrawal. After intense interaction between the respective national security advisors, India agreed to fit into American boots. By doing so India would be benefited on two counts one; by safeguarding US interests in Afghanistan it can accrue more American favors ranging from military to nuclear technology and two; it will expand its anti-Pakistan network in Afghanistan and continue sponsoring terrorist activities across borders into Pakistan. As a first step to place India in Afghanistan, US helped India sign an accord with Karzai titled ‘Strategic Partnership Agreement’ that would allow India exploit its provisions to cement its involvement in Afghan military and civil affairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Henry Kissinger’s 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide

Posted by yourpakistan on February 9, 2012

This article appeared as part of a feature in the December 8, 1995 issue of Executive Intelligence Review, and was circuclated extensively by the Schiller Insitute Food for Peace Movement. It is reprinted here as part of the package: “Who Is Responsible for the World Food Shortage?”
Kissinger’s 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide
by Joseph Brewda
Dec. 8, 1995

On Dec. 10, 1974, the U.S. National Security Council under Henry Kissinger completed a classified 200-page study, “National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” The study falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs) was a grave threat to U.S. national security. Adopted as official policy in November 1975 by President Gerald Ford, NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly, war and famine. Brent Scowcroft, who had by then replaced Kissinger as national security adviser (the same post Scowcroft was to hold in the Bush administration), was put in charge of implementing the plan. CIA Director George Bush was ordered to assist Scowcroft, as were the secretaries of state, treasury, defense, and agriculture.

The bogus arguments that Kissinger advanced were not original. One of his major sources was the Royal Commission on Population, which King George VI had created in 1944 “to consider what measures should be taken in the national interest to influence the future trend of population.” The commission found that Britain was gravely threatened by population growth in its colonies, since “a populous country has decided advantages over a sparsely-populated one for industrial production.” The combined effects of increasing population and industrialization in its colonies, it warned, “might be decisive in its effects on the prestige and influence of the West,” especially effecting “military strength and security.”

NSSM 200 similarly concluded that the United States was threatened by population growth in the former colonial sector. It paid special attention to 13 “key countries” in which the United States had a “special political and strategic interest”: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. It claimed that population growth in those states was especially worrisome, since it would quickly increase their relative political, economic, and military strength.

For example, Nigeria: “Already the most populous country on the continent, with an estimated 55 million people in 1970, Nigeria’s population by the end of this century is projected to number 135 million. This suggests a growing political and strategic role for Nigeria, at least in Africa.” Or Brazil: “Brazil clearly dominated the continent demographically.” The study warned of a “growing power status for Brazil in Latin America and on the world scene over the next 25 years.” Read the rest of this entry »

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