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Op-Ed: Kamra Air Base Failed Attack

Posted by yourpakistan on August 16, 2012


SSG units (Zarar Company) have successfully eliminated all terrorists that entered Kamra Complex to embarrass Pakistan’s Valiant Air force that has instead made the nation proud by efficiently eradicating the threat within initial hours.

Usually these attacks are carried out for propaganda value and moral boosters and the more time they consume the more they are rendered successful. By ALLAH’s special help our daring men have always fought with valor against terrorists and this time again the vicious plans of enemies have failed. It is pertinent to note that these attacks are highly sophisticated in nature and foreign hands need to be taken in consideration at a time when US is pressurizing our forces to carry out NW operation. It is yet to be known who exactly is behind this failed attack after the bodies of terrorists recovered are of foreign origin. Our forces reserve the right to investigate and plan against enemies behind these attacks, we as a nation support our men in uniform more than ever today against their fight to defend Pakistan. 

If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allah may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allah likes not the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).

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Kamra Air Base Comes Under Terrorist Attack

Posted by yourpakistan on August 16, 2012


Pakistan Air Force Kamra Air Base came under terrorist attack in the wee hours of Thursday, the PAF spokesman confirmed.

The spokesman said the terrorists attack the Minhas Airbase at 2:10 AM in the night, saying the airbase houses at least 30 fighter aircrafts. The spokesman told that the attackers sneaked into the base from the side Pind Salman Makhan into the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex; however, the prompt retaliation by the security forces stemmed the terrorists’ further advance.

The security forces, cordoning off the entire area, began operation against the terrorists who put up severe resistance resulting in the extremee exchange of gunfire for at least three hours that still continues. Pak Army commandooes are partaking in the action against terrorists who are employing hand grenades.

The sources said the terrorists are nine in number.

It should be mentioned here that Kamra houses Pakistan Aeronautical Complex which is working on at least 30 thunder fighter planes and the sources noted that attacking saboteurs wanted to target Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fighter jets; however, their advance was cut short by the security forces.

Taking notice of the attack, Federal Interior Minister Rehman A. Malik directed to ramp up security around all airports and airbases and that special focus should be given to the areas of import in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The sources informed that the attack was conducted in very organized fashion with Pak Army’s 111-brigade on marks to contain the assault and arrest the terrorists.

The sources likened the attack to the one on Karachi’s PNS Mehran Naval Base on May 22, 2011 with casualties of several Naval personnel. Also, two precious P-3C Orion aircrafts were destroyed in the attack.

Source: SAMAA

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Global Warlords are the Enemy of Mankind

Posted by yourpakistan on August 15, 2012


“War provides an outlet for every evil element in man’s nature. It enfranchises cupidity and greed gives a charter to petty tyranny, glorifies cruelty and places in position of power the vulgar and base.”  (C.E.M Joad. Guide to Modern Wickedness)

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD 

Wars kill people – the living human beings, destroy humanity of the man enforcing barbarism and cruelty, practically denying all prospects of peace and co-existence. Previous wars of centuries were aimed at annihilation of political and economic enemies but the 21st century conflicts are ready-made recipes not only to eliminate the mankind but also the environment in which human beings survive and the planet Earth that sustains life. Given the strategic know-how and the scientific-technological developments, it is an established fact that any futuristic global warfare will end the very existence of man and humanity on this planet. The Weapons of Mass Destruction that the US, West Europeans and Russian have placed on the planet and in space are a ready-made menace to the survival of mankind. Wars appear to be the outcome of sinister minds, devilish individual plans and monstrous scheme of things against the very humanity of which theses people are a living part. With massive news media propaganda campaigns and falsification of the facts of human life, common folks and even the intelligent ones do not seem to have the rational understanding of the wars and their consequential impacts on life and the universe. One would have imagined that more knowledgeable people become, more rational world will emerge in the coming ages of rational thinking. Not so, we continued to be occupied with false images and misleading rationale of the global conflicts.  Like always, few cynical and mentally unbalanced people plan and wage wars against others, not imagining the dreadful end results of their intrigues and conspiracies against life, human rights and dignity and futuristic possibilities for survival on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 14th of August and Remembrance of Responsibility

Posted by yourpakistan on August 14, 2012


PKKH Editorial

Excerpts from Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, ‘Mountbatten and the Partition of India’, Volume 1.

Mountbatten to Jinnah (on trying to convince him against the partition): ‘What is more, you could have the great pleasure of oppressing the minorities in any way you wanted to, because you’d be able to prevent the center from interfering. Doesn’t that appeal to you?”
Jinnah: “No, I don’t want to be part of India. I’d sooner lose everything than be under a Hindu raj.”

Mountbatten: “Then I realized that while he was alive, nothing could be done. The others could be persuaded, but not Jinnah. He was a one-man band*, and the one man did it like that.”

Mountbatten: “His great strength… he got all this by closing his mind and saying, “No”. And how anybody could fail to see Jinnah held the whole key to the situation, to the continent, in his hand, I fail to understand. I saw that dear old Gandhi held nothing at all in his hands.”

Although Mountbatten was incredibly sarcastic against Jinnah in these writings but between the lines he was unable to deny the impenetrable resolve of this man; Jinnah a man Mountbatten simply could not move; would a man like Jinnah have two minds about the future of this country, the country which he was about to snatch away from the grab of two great imperialist mind-sets; the British and the Hindus; against all odds.

Today we find many in the educated class quoting history from the mouths of those who were the bitterest enviers of Jinnah and his dream of Pakistan. They quote from the likes of Wali Khan, who decided to write his own history in his confinement days, without historical references like the mad-hatter in Alice’s wonderland. They quote from the British and Hindu writers, who bit their nails at the thought of Jinnah. They quote from the likes of Ayesha Jalal, who is paid, supported and intellectually aided by those who had colonized us, and still yet aspire to have us in their common-wealth. These born-again Pakistanis insist that the history written by the locals, who actually own this history, is third-grade, as it is not trade-marked by Oxford. Read the rest of this entry »

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14th August: Islam and Pakistan Are Inseparable, COAS Kayani

Posted by yourpakistan on August 14, 2012


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Monday said that Pakistan and Islam could not be separated as our country came into being on the basis of Islam. Addressing a flag hoisting ceremony on the eve of 65th Independence day of the country at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul, the army chief said that no power could eliminate Islam from Pakistan. 

Kayani said that fight against terror and militancy is the right path and army personnel have sacrificed their lives for the safeguard of the country. 

“Islam does not permit anyone to consider himself as most genius,” he said adding that emphasizing only on his opinion and not considering the others is the real terrorism.  It is the most difficult job for any army to fight against its people but the army is keen to eliminate elements working against the interests of the country, he said.

The COAS further said that all people are responsible for the mistakes made in past but now its the time to join hands and work together for a better future of the country. 

Source: The News Tribe

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Bringing Myanmar Killers to Justice Tops Summit Agenda

Posted by yourpakistan on August 13, 2012


The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is one of the key issues to be discussed at the Islamic solidarity summit convened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in Makkah on Aug. 14-15. With just two days to go for the conclave of the world’s most important Muslim leaders in the most holy city, pressure is mounting on Myanmar’s military junta to allow international and Islamic relief agencies access to the besieged Muslim population of the Arakan province. 

Two important delegations to Myanmar — one led by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the other by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — this week have revealed signs of panic and desperation among the junta’s top leadership.

“They have been caught out and have now realized that what they have done to Rohingya Muslims constitutes a war crime,” one of the diplomats at the Jeddah-based OIC told Arab News.

“There is no doubt that the state was and possibly still is involved in the planned pogrom of Arakan Muslims, and they are now trying to reach out to the Muslim world to lessen the impact of the expected robust and unified Muslim response at the Makkah summit,” he said.

Besides Davutoglu, the Turkish delegation included Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s wife Emine and daughter Sumeyye. The delegation called on Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp where more than 8,500 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter.

The delegates received a first-hand account of what exactly happened to the Rohingya Muslims. They talked to a number of victims, and at one point, according to reports in the Turkish media, the prime minister’s wife was reduced to tears while listening an account being recounted by an affected Rohingya Muslim woman.Unknown Object Read the rest of this entry »

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Why The Reaction is Different When The Terrorist is White

Posted by yourpakistan on August 13, 2012


Atrocities like the attack on the Sikh congregation in Wisconsin introduce terrifying dissonance into America’s post-9/11 mindset.

Observing that the Sunday attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin hasn’t attracted nearly as much attention as other shooting sprees, including last week’s rampage at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, Robert Wright wonders if the disparity is due to the fact that most people who shape discourse in America “can imagine their friends and relatives — and themselves — being at a theater watching a Batman movie,” but can’t imagine themselves or their acquaintances in a Sikh temple. “This isn’t meant as a scathing indictment; it’s only natural to get freaked out by threats in proportion to how threatening they seem to you personally,” Wright says, adding that the press ought to give much more coverage to the incident.

In a provocative essay in The Awl, Jay Caspian Kang goes different places with the same core insight. “Who, when first hearing of the news, didn’t assume the killings were an act of racial hatred? Who didn’t start to piece together the turbans, the brown skin, the epidemic of post-9/11 violence that is under-reported, or at least never has all its incidents connected?” he asked. That narrative “only implicates a small percentage of Americans,” he continued, “the story of the massacre at Oak Creek will be, by definition, exclusionary. It will be ‘tragic’ and ‘unthinkable’ and ‘horrific,’ but it will not force millions of Americans to ask potentially unanswerable questions. It will not animate an angry public.” It will seem different, he adds, to members of the several minority groups “who cannot limit themselves out of the victims of Oak Creek.”

These observations ring largely true to me.

There is, however, another factor that likely explains some of the reticence of some Americans, including professional commentators, to focus very much attention on the Oak Creek massacre.

Their disinclination to grapple with it has less to do with the victims than the gunman. The key factor isn’t that they’re Sikhs; it’s that the apparent homegrown terrorist — a term virtually no one would object to had a murderous Muslim burst into the Sikh temple — was perpetrated by a white guy. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Helmand Attack

Posted by yourpakistan on August 12, 2012


Three US soldiers have been killed and one injured by a gunman wearing uniform in Helmand province, Nato has said.

Afghan officials told the BBC that the three were special forces members shot in the Sangin area late on Thursday.

The exact circumstances are unclear. Nato says it is the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks, where men wearing Afghan army uniforms turn their guns on coalition troops. 

But local officials say the three were killed by an elder they were meeting. The elder said he wanted to join the police but in reality was a Taliban infiltrator, the officials told the BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul.

A NATO spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency that it was too early to say whether it was a “rogue shooting or due to insurgent infiltration”.

“All we know is that they were killed by an Afghan in a uniform of some sort,” the spokeswoman said.

Throughout 2012 there has been a dramatic jump in “green-on-blue” killings, – amounting to an average of one a week.

On Tuesday a US NATO soldier was killed by two gunmen wearing Afghan army uniform in eastern Afghanistan.

The attacks have led to a serious erosion of trust between Nato and Afghan forces.

In a separate incident a road side bomb has killed at least six civilians – including women and children – in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, provincial police chief Farid Ahmad Farhang told the BBC.

Source: BBC

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PLIGHT OF BURMESE MUSLIMS

Posted by yourpakistan on August 9, 2012


“The satanic forces have united against Islam; the Muslim carnage of Mayanmar has started after the visit of Hillary Clinton. She is the messenger of the Satanic Forces.” Raja Mujtaba

Air Commodore (R) Khalid Iqbal  

Recent upsurge in violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has highlighted the regime’s complete disregard for basic human rights. While the international conscience awakens slowly, the Muslim minority has already suffered a colossal spell of ethnic cleansing. Accounting for over 1/3rd of total population of Myanmar, 800,000 Rohingyas are neither recognized as citizens nor a minority. They came to Burma in the seventh century. They have ever since settled in the western part of the country, the Rakhine state; an area that borders the Chittagong hill tracts of Bangladesh.

Latest spate of genocide has resulted in killing of over one hundred innocent people including women and children. Main executors of these gruesome crimes were Hindu and Buddhist outfits who otherwise portray themselves as pacifists. Buddhist organizations that carried out these gory acts had tacit blessing of the politico-military regime as well as physical and logistic support of Hindu religious extremists.  Horrific images and reports coming out of the conflict zone present a scenario of systemic genocide. Events were triggered by a Buddhist girl eloping with a Rohingya boy. In the wake of this innocent occurrence, the so called peace-loving Buddhists have demonstrated that they could be as violent and gruesome as anyone else. Unknown Object

UN resolution 96 (I) of 1946 states that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or war, is a crime under international law. In 2004, the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, announced his ‘Action Plan to Prevent Genocide’, whereby torturing, killing, inflicting physical pain and causing mental harm to any human being or group/ community fall under the category of criminal acts punishable under international law.  Gross violations of human rights are no longer an inclusive domain of a state.

Myanmar government is of the view that Rohingyas came from India during the British rule. Burmese citizens view them with hostility. They are denied fundamental rights and freedom. The military regime consistently perpetrates human rights violations against these powerless and unprotected people. They are not issued identity cards, and do not have right to basic amenities like education, health and freedom of movement. They also do not have property ownership rights. They are denied government jobs, are subjected to marriage restrictions, and are liable to forced labour. They also face extortion and other coercive practices.

In January 1950, about 30,000 refugees fled from Burma to the then East Pakistan. The 1953 population census declared 45 per cent of the Rohingya population having Pakistani origin. Persecution of Rohingyas continues unabated since 1962’ when General Ne Win usurped power in a coup d’état and stripped the Muslims of their Burmese citizenship and cracked down upon them mercilessly. Thousands were forced to flee to neighbouring territories of Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand. However, they were turned back cruelly. In February 2009, five boats packed with Burmese Rohingya were taken out in the high seas and abandoned to die. Four of the boats sank in a storm while one was washed ashore; the few survivors narrated horrifying accounts of torture by Thai authorities before being abandoned at open sea. Bangladesh has always been reluctant to accept Rohingyas. In 1978, an agreement was signed between Dhaka and Rangoon, according to which, any Rohingya who could produce any documentary evidence of being Burmese could return. However, this did not solve the problem or stop the state-sponsored massacre in 1991.

Last week, the OIC has held a meeting in Geneva. It contemplated on sending a fact-finding delegation to Myanmar. Meeting suggested the diplomats in Rangoon to make a visit to Rakhine State. OIC has forwarded these decisions to the Ambassador of Myanmar in Geneva and has sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has also addressed letters to the President of Myanmar and the leader of opposition, as well as to the UN Secretary General, informing them about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar and the need to act.

Earlier, UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay had warned: “We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes,” she said in a statement. In June this year, Amnesty International warned of “credible reports” of abuses — including rape and unlawful killings — by both Rakhine Buddhists and the security forces. Of more than 60,000 persons displaced as a result of latest violence, around 53,000 are Muslims.

However, in a press conference attended by UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana, Myanmar’s foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin said the government had exercised “maximum restraint” in bringing an end to the violence in western Rakhine State. “As such, Myanmar strongly rejects the accusations made by some quarters that abuses and excessive use of force were made by the authorities in dealing with the situation… (Myanmar) totally rejects the attempts by some quarters to politicise and internationalise this situation as a religious issue”.

One expected greater compassion from Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, but the champion for the oppressed masses has disowned the Rohingya Muslims, categorically stating that they “should not be considered (Burmese) citizens.” Aung San Suu Kyi is not likely to flag the minority issue due to her concern for losing support of the Monks, who were the largest force to stand up against the military.

Now, the issue is of options Rangoon will consider in handling this issue. Viewing it through the prism of international terrorism is a dangerous possibility. The Burmese authorities may be tempted by this option as they are trying to cosy up with the US, and ‘terrorist twist’ could attract American sympathy and aid. Although Myanmar has been a target of terrorism, it has mainly been carried out by Buddhist groups rather than by Muslims. Stereotyping Rohingyas as Muslim terrorist would enhance the likelihood of international terrorist networks reaching out to Rohingyas. The United Nations should push the Myanmar regime to find out a political solution to the problem while providing constitutional guarantees in the context of protecting fundamental Human Rights of Rohingya Muslims.

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Blackout Plan by Cable Operators and Media Owners against SC’s Action against ‘Obscenity’ and ‘Illegal Indian Channels’ ???

Posted by yourpakistan on August 9, 2012


 

 

 

 

 

 

PKKH Special Report

An ‘Iftaar’ meeting of cable operators association held in karachi on August 7,2012, it was decided to counter Supreme courts recent actions against obscenity and illegal Indian channels being showed on Cable networks around the country. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Tariq Parvez had taken up a petition of former Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed and a letter by Justice (retd) Wajhiuddin Ahmed to the chief justice on which a notice had been issued to the Pemra chairman. After the meeting, Cable association members talked to Media owners who were also invited in this meeting, to completely Black out the verdict of supreme court which is expected to be against un-checked obscenity and banning of illegal channels. 

PEMRA is also in picture here since very strong reactions were noted in the court proceedings on Monday, when the supreme court was surprised to note that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) stated that the government had neither a policy to monitor TV programmes, especially of foreign channels, nor it had a clear definition of obscenity.

Pemra’s acting chairman Abdul Jabbar was of the opinion that obscenity or vulgarity was a relative term because a programme might appear to be vulgar to some people but not offensive to others. But the court corrected him by citing Section 20c of the Pemra Ordinance and Code of Conduct for Media Broadcasters and Cable Operators which prohibits airing of obscene, pornographic or any programme injurious to public morality and against basic cultural norms and values

Abdul Jabbar again failed to satisfy the court when asked to provide a list of cases where Pemra action had been stayed by courts. He only said that an appeal was pending in a court against a private channel.

The court asked him to categorise programmes with proper ratings as were done in the West so that people should know what they were watching.

Jabbar  sought a month’s time to research the matter. Rejecting the request for more time, the bench ruled that it is not yet forming a commission, but only granting a week’s time to the regulatory authority. Read the rest of this entry »

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