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    Facebook Becomes ‘Top Time Waster’ in Pakistani Offices

    By Saleh Sikandar - Oct 22, 201

    We all knew it; however, the statement seems more valid after Daily Time’s this survey that concludes:

    Pakistani office going community loves the Facebook, the most, out of all other time wasting activities.

    The previous office time waster king was the MSN, Yahoo Messengers but over the years web applications have been developed that diverted the Internet traffic

    from these messengers.

    These days, Twitter, online video games and popular video search engine Youtube are among the top office time wasters, noted Daily Times.

    But even the bosses know that blocking these web sites would create frustration among the employees as they get a chance to refresh themselves just by checking their account on Facebook for a few minutes.

    You may consider blocking Facebook, if you are boss and if you feel like a lot of amusement going around with less work in your office.

    Interestingly, the people contacted for comments, wished not to be named as it could affect the repute of their organizations and they would be termed as “less professional”.




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    Facebook tops list of office time wasters

    By Muhammad Aayan - October 22, 2010

    ·Bosses realise blocking websites can frustrate employees
    ·Mobile Internet, Blackberry phones have made accessing web easy

    LAHORE: Computers are a necessity in almost every office these days and with them the use of Internet is mandatory. But apart from gossiping in the office premises, there are a bunch of web-based applications that people are addicted and use to kill time. Among them Facebook tops the list of office time wasters, according to a Daily Times survey. The previous office time waster king was the Msn Messenger but over the years other chatting softwares had been developed that diverted the Internet traffic from these applications.

    However, these days, Twitter, online video games and popular video search engine Youtube are among the top office time wasters.

    But even the bosses know that blocking these web sites would create frustration among the employees as they get a chance to refresh themselves just by checking their account on Facebook or playing an online video game for a few minutes, besides, with the advent of Mobile Internet and Blackberry phones, accessing these web applications is not difficult at all. Interestingly, the people contacted for comments, wished not to be named as it could affect the repute of their organisations and they would be termed as “less professional”.

    They worked at media offices, advertising agencies, call centres and other private firms. However, they admitted that the use of Facebook by employees had become inevitable and there was no harm in it as long as they did their work on time. Khurram Fayyaz, an employee of a local advertising agency, said Facebook had become as important as checking email.

    Minimising the Internet explorer’s window to avoid colleagues seeing what a person is doing has become a routine in offices these days. “I myself play video games when I feel bored and check my Facebook account and almost all of my colleagues do the same, except for the ones that are above 50,” he added.

    Facebook isn’t just a tool to remain connected with your friends or to socialise; different companies, celebrities and other prominent personalities have also setup their pages on the social networking website and it seems that it might become a mini search engine in the future, said choreographer and painter Shiraz Malik. He said that Facebook is the first to come up with an interface that allows users to chat, post comments, upload pictures and form a network of friends depending on their hobbies and similar characteristics due to which people are turning towards it.

    The users of this social networking website are growing continuously,


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    Pakistan Needs 15,000 IT Graduates Every Year: PASHA Chief

    By M Yasir · Thursday, Mar 3, 2011

    Pakistan’s demand of human resource in Information and Technology (IT) sector has increased substantially over last couple of years and it requires 15,000 fresh graduates every year to meet the need of the local market.

    Ashraf Kapadia, Chairman Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) stated this in an interview with ProPakistani recently.

    He said that local universities are producing merely 50 percent workforce of the what market requires. Not only this, very few of these fresh graduates come with exceptional professional skills.

    P@SHA chief mentioned that top-notch universities including FAST, NUST, GIK and few others institutes produce excellent graduates but their share is very limited, just around 1,000 graduates an year or so.

    He urged that Pakistani IT universities should enhance their standards of the education as well as number of students to meet the growing demand of local and international market.

    The local software houses are once again making high success to obtain handsome businesses in developed countries, particularly in US and EU markets, nonetheless they keep their firm focus on local market, which is also witnessing significant expansion thanks to multinational and private sector entities of the country, he added.

    “I hire 40 to 50 fresh IT graduates every year for different positions but this figure will increase in next couple of years”, Kapadia said, who is also Managing Director of System Limited.

    Pakistani firms providing IT and IT –enabled services to USA, UK and other Asian countries. Gaming and animation, networking, database and programming are major fields of the IT professionals of the country in which they are performing well.

    Besides IT core fields, Pakistan IT firms are getting popularity in the sector of call centers and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Medical, legal and accounting practitioners have also bright scope in foreign commissioned BPOs.

    Pakistan can compete with its neighbors’ particularly with India but we are lacking in our strength of workforce because students are reluctant to join IT field as their career,” P@SHA chief said.

    “Students should work on their specific specialization in IT field for the bright future not only in the foreign countries but in Pakistan also – specifically in the field of content development for towering telecom sector”, said Mr. Kapadia.

    “Jobs opportunities are tremendous and salary packages are attractive in the market but professionals are required to explore their expertise and equip themselves with the advancement of technology”, he added.

    P@SHA members IT firms do provide internships to students in order to make them ready for the mainstream industry at the earliest, he concluded.


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    The World’s Number 1 Best Selling BlackBerry Application is ‘Made in Pakistan’!

    By Mehwish Khan · Monday, Dec 20, 2010

    The Worlds Number 1 Best Selling BlackBerry Application is Made in Pakistan!

    Photo Editor, the World’s number one seller, in all categories, on Blackberry App Store happens to be ‘Made in Pakistan’.

    Developed by a Lahore-based software company Pepper.PK, the Photo Editor for blackberry has made it to the top of list for paid applications.

    Tech Lahore has detailed post on the topic, it says:

    Pakistan’s IT industry has come a long, long way. The capabilities and skills of our companies are developing not just in the area of software engineering, but project management, product marketing and promotion.

    It’s no easy feat to leave HUGE names like Facebook and Monopoly, among dozens of others, behind! But what Pepper.pk’s laudable achievement proves is that not only are Pakistan based software companies ultra-competitive, they are, quite literally, second to none.



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    The World’s Number 1 Best Selling BlackBerry Application is MADE IN PAKISTAN!

    Dec. 19, 2010
    Just a couple of days ago we shared Pepper.pk’s amazing achievement; their Photo Editor application for Blackberry devices had made it to the Top 5 best selling BlackBerry applications on RIM’s AppWorld. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I received an email from the Pepper.pk team who sounded on top of the world and could hardly contain their joy! Photo Editor is now the World’s #1 Best Selling BlackBerry Application across all categories. And it’s made in Pakistan! How sweet is that?

    Pakistan’s IT industry has come a long, long way. The capabilities and skills of our companies are developing not just in the area of software engineering, but project management, product marketing and promotion. It’s no easy feat to leave HUGE names like Facebook and Monopoly, among dozens of others, behind! But what Pepper.pk’s laudable achievement proves is that not only are Pakistan based software companies ultra-competitive, they are, quite literally, second to none.

    In December 2009 I had predicted that 2010 would be a breakout year for Pakistani mobile software companies. Specifically, I said that:

    There will be a near-breakout level of success with a Pakistani based mobile software company. At least one company will claim 250K users for its mobile products by the end of 2010. It is very likely that two will.

    Well, Pepper.pk has blown past those estimates, with well over a million users of their applications, and a Global Top #1 title for a major platform like the BlackBerry.

    I wonder if someone at Adobe is listening, but they certainly need to. This young company has gone from obscurity to stardom in no time flat, and if you listen to them talk about their future plans, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be stopping to catch their breath anytime soon.

    Long live innovation, and long live ambition! The World's #1 Best Selling Top BlackBerry Application is Photo Editor from Pepper.pk!



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    Pakistan Launches its First Communication Satellite Paksat-1R


    By Ahsan Javed - Aug 12, 2011



    Finally Pakistan has launched its first communication satellite with the help of China.

    Earlier it was expected that Pakistan will launch its satellite in second week of August, preferably on 14th of August but keeping in view the weather factors, the launch has taken place.

    Paksat-1R is based on DFH-4 platform and will be positioned at 38.0 degrees East. Paksat-1R will replace Paksat-1 which was launched on January 31st, 1996. The DFH-4 (DongFangHong-4) platform is a large telecommunications satellite platform – a new generation of hardware based on high output power and communication capacity.

    Paksat 1-R will provide range of services including broadband Internet, digital television broadcasting, remote and rural telephony, emergency communications, tele-education and tele-medicine and hosting of defense applications.

    The satellite is equipped with three receiver antennas and two transmission antennas. It can support the transmission of 150-200 TV programs simultaneously to ground users using a 0.45m antenna device. The DFH-4 satellite also includes strong capabilities against hostile interference and jamming.

    The satellite will be operated from SUPARCO (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission) Satellite Ground Stations located in Lahore and Karachi.
    Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said:

    The successful launch is yet another shining illustration of the time-tested friendship between Pakistan and China and has ushered in a new era of cooperation in space technology between the two countries. This also marks the next step in taking forward Pakistan’s space Programme “2040″.
    Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Masood Khan said:

    It is a symbol of Pakistan-China cooperation in the area of space technology. It is the first of the kind to be launched by China and Pakistan. Therefore it establishes a new platform, and marks a new beginning.

    Satellite had its first failed launch on February 14, 1996 but this time the control room of the launch centre, in China, said the launch was successful and after 26 minutes, satellite was separated from its carrier rocket and entered geostationary.

    Here’s the launch video:




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    Pakistan bans 'obscene' words from text messages

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Cell phone carriers in Pakistan say they have been told to ban the use of about 1,500 words deemed indecent or offensive in text messages.

    The notice from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was received by three Pakistani cell phone carriers -- Mobilink, Warid and Telenor -- this week, officials at the companies confirmed.

    The PTA calls for carriers to implement the ban, which would mean blocking text messages containing the offending words, within seven days of the notice, which was dated Monday.

    Most of the banned words were deemed sexually explicit or obscene by the PTA, the officials said.

    The words include "taxi" -- often used to refer to prostitutes in Pakistan -- "gay," "tongue," "homosexual," "intercourse," "condom" and "hole."

    In the notice, the PTA -- the agency that regulates cell phone and internet carriers in Pakistan -- cited a law that bans the transmission of indecent and obscene messages.

    The notice says the banned words are part of an effort to cut down on spam and unsolicited text messages, the officials said.

    Omar Manzur, a spokesman for Mobilink, told CNN his firm is reviewing the notice, which it received Thursday, and plans to respond to the regulatory authority.

    Last month, the PTA banned thousands of websites containing Pornography.


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    Pakistan to shut down all foreign 'anti Pakistan' News Channels



    LAHORE: The All Pakistan Cable Operators Association declared Tuesday that they will shut down all foreign news channels airinganti-Pakistan” content from tomorrow. The decision to shut the channels comes after a media uproar both locally and abroad following a Nato air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border.

    video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=LObaJ8JTIDY

    During a media conference in Lahore, the operators named BBC News as one of the channels to be closed down, citing their documentarySecret Pakistan” as one of the reasons for the decision.

    The two part documentary series which aired in Pakistan explored accusations by CIA officials and western diplomats that Pakistan was failing to live up to its alliances in the war on terror.

    President of the All Pakistan Cable Operators Association Khalid Arain also demanded that Pemra revoke the landing rights of any foreign news channel that was running “anti-Pakistan propaganda”.

    “We want to send them a strong message to stop this. If they don’t stop this, then it is our right to stop them,” Arain said.

    The cable operators declared that no foreign anti-Pakistan channel will “ever” be broadcast in the country.

    They called on local media to tackle the ongoing negative propaganda by foreign news channels by presenting Pakistan’s viewpoint.


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    Punjab Bans Mobile Phones in Schools / Colleges

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    By Mehwish Khan · Jan 4, 2012

    Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution banning the use of mobile phones in schools and colleges, which may result into a blanket ban of mobile phone devices in campuses throughout the province.

    The resolution was moved by Raheela Khadim Hussain, a PML-N MPA from Lahore, and was passed unanimously in the House.

    Provincial Assembly pressed Punjab Government to restrict girls and boys from using mobile phones in their schools and colleges.

    Raheela Khadim Hussain maintained mobile phone is a necessity but students remain busy in texting their friends during classes and hence don’t concentrate on their studies.

    Raheela Hussain told the house that there is already a law in the country regarding the ban of mobile phones in educational institutes, which is not being implemented. She said that she moved the bill to make sure that already available law is implemented at least in province of Punjab.

    Students, especially in urban areas, largely use mobile phones and are often found utilizing SMS and hourly call packages.

    It is unclear so far when this directive will be issued to educational institutes of the province. We are yet to ascertain the penalties, if any, for violation of this ban.

    A mixed reaction is expected from portents while students will evidently protest the decision.

    It maybe recalled that for the better future of youth, Punjab and KPK Assemblies had demanded federal government to ban night packages, which federal government never listened to.


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    In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats

    Barack Obama's tears for the children of Newtown are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones

    A memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut. The children killed by US drones in north-west Pakistan 'have no names, no pictures, no memorials of candles and teddy bears'. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty
    George Monbiot

    "Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change." Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.
    It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world's concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world's newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.

    If the victims of Mr Obama's drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human. The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as "bug splats", "since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed". Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama's counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that "you've got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back".

    Like George Bush's government in Iraq, Obama's administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA's drone strikes in north-west Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom at least 64 were children. These are figures extracted from credible reports: there may be more which have not been fully documented.

    The wider effects on the children of the region have been devastating. Many have been withdrawn from school because of fears that large gatherings of any kind are being targeted. There have been several strikes on schools since Bush launched the drone programme that Obama has expanded so enthusiastically: one of Bush's blunders killed 69 children.

    The study reports that children scream in terror when they hear the sound of a drone. A local psychologist says that their fear and the horrors they witness is causing permanent mental scarring. Children wounded in drone attacks told the researchers that they are too traumatised to go back to school and have abandoned hopes of the careers they might have had. Their dreams as well as their bodies have been broken.

    Obama does not kill children deliberately. But their deaths are an inevitable outcome of the way his drones are deployed. We don't know what emotional effect these deaths might have on him, as neither he nor his officials will discuss the matter: almost everything to do with the CIA's extrajudicial killings in Pakistan is kept secret. But you get the impression that no one in the administration is losing much sleep over it.

    Two days before the murders in Newtown, Obama's press secretary was asked about women and children being killed by drones in Yemen and Pakistan. He refused to answer, on the grounds that such matters are "classified". Instead, he directed the journalist to a speech by John Brennan, Obama's counter-terrorism assistant. Brennan insists that "al-Qaida's killing of innocents, mostly Muslim men, women and children, has badly tarnished its appeal and image in the eyes of Muslims".

    He appears unable to see that the drone war has done the same for the US. To Brennan the people of north-west Pakistan are neither insects nor grass: his targets are a "cancerous tumour", the rest of society "the tissue around it". Beware of anyone who describes a human being as something other than a human being.

    Yes, he conceded, there is occasionally a little "collateral damage", but the US takes "extraordinary care [to] ensure precision and avoid the loss of innocent life". It will act only if there's "an actual ongoing threat" to American lives. This is cock and bull with bells on.

    The "signature strike" doctrine developed under Obama, which has no discernible basis in law, merely looks for patterns. A pattern could consist of a party of unknown men carrying guns (which scarcely distinguishes them from the rest of the male population of north-west Pakistan), or a group of unknown people who look as if they might be plotting something. This is how wedding and funeral parties get wiped out; this is why 40 elders discussing royalties from a chromite mine were blown up in March last year. It is one of the reasons why children continue to be killed.

    Obama has scarcely mentioned the drone programme and has said nothing about its killing of children. The only statement I can find is a brief and vague response during a video conference last January. The killings have been left to others to justify. In October the Democratic cheerleader Joe Klein claimed on MSNBC that "the bottom line in the end is whose four-year-old gets killed? What we're doing is limiting the possibility that four-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror". As Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, killing four-year-olds is what terrorists do. It doesn't prevent retaliatory murders, it encourages them, as grief and revenge are often accomplices.

    Most of the world's media, which has rightly commemorated the children of Newtown, either ignores Obama's murders or accepts the official version that all those killed are "militants". The children of north-west Pakistan, it seems, are not like our children. They have no names, no pictures, no memorials of candles and flowers and teddy bears. They belong to the other: to the non-human world of bugs and grass and tissue.

    "Are we," Obama asked on Sunday, "prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?" It's a valid question. He should apply it to the violence he is visiting on the children of Pakistan.

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfre...tan-bug-splats

    Twitter: @georgemonbiot
    A fully referenced version of this article can be found at monbiot.com

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    A detailed look at Pakistan's politics

    Saturday, 04 May 2013 Adnan Khan





    With election fever gripping the nation this would be an appropriate time to asses Pakistan's political system and the different players that make up the country's political medium. Pakistan's political system of parliamentary democracy is now seen as functioning simply because for the first in the country’s history a government has completed its full term and will be transferring power over to a new government. Whilst many elements that make up Pakistan's political system will partake in the upcoming elections, it is important to remember that Pakistan's political system is more than just elections.

    It should also be borne in mind that no matter who is elected to succeed on May 11 2013, Pakistan's political system has never really changed. Pakistan's current system is a continuation of the British Raj occupation that abolished Islamic rule in the Indian Subcontinent. Even though the Muslims shed their pure blood to establish Pakistan in the name of Islam, it was the British Parliament that created Pakistan's initial legislation under its Indian Independence Act of 1947. Even though Pakistan produced its first constitution in 1956, this and every subsequent constitution, including the present 1973 constitution, has been framed around secular British law.

    Foreign interference has been a virus that has infected every part of Pakistan's political system – it was a system created by the departing British Empire only to be eventually dominated by the US. Elections, Presidents and Prime ministers are largely transitional and do not change the fundamental direction of a country. Pakistan's political history has been dominated by the potential threat of India after partition, then the Soviet expansion into the region in the 1980's and today, America's continued attempts to dominate the region. Successive regimes in the country merely implemented different policies in line with these regional developments.

    In summary and in no particular order, Pakistan political medium is composed of the following participants:




    Military - Pakistan's military is the most important institution of the country. It manages the countries security, foreign policy and the countries strategic assets. This power is the reason why it has ruled the country for over half of Pakistan's history. During this period various leaders of the army took over the civilian apparatus which impacted not just the country's political system but the country as a whole. The most dramatic of these was during the era of General Zia-ul-Haq when the Islamic sentiments within the army were used to support America's proxy war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.

    When Pervez Musharraf became the Chief of Army staff (COAS) he was forced to contend such sentiments, but after the events of 9/11 General Musharraf was given an ultimatum to join America's 'war on terror' and in line with America's reversal of Islamifying the army, Musharraf began the process of clamping down on those who espoused Islam. Musharraf hounded the Islamic minded offices. He sought early retirement of some, he deployed others to far afield posts and a few were court martialled.

    General Ashfaq Kayani continued with this agenda, he however removed army personnel from civilian roles, which was a legacy of the Musharraf era and aggressively pursued America's war on terror into the tribal areas. Under Kayani's leadership the countries strategic doctrine and posture was altered in January 2013, the India centric doctrine was revised and now defines internal threats as the greatest risk to the countries security. India is no longer seen as a threat to Pakistan's security and America's war on terror is the primary focus for the military.


    Bhutto Family - As is common in the Indian subcontinent Pakistan's political system has also been dominated by dynastic families who have ruled for long periods. The Bhutto family is the equivalent of the Kennedy family in the US and has always been a large landowning family from Sindh. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), established in 1967 and has ever since been dominated by the Bhutto Family who own over 10,000 acres of land in the Sindh province. Sindh today remains the support base for the Bhutto family.

    Since its inception, the Pakistan's Peoples Party (PPP) was headed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was the ruler of Pakistan from 1970 until a military coup removed him from power in 1977. His subsequent hanging in 1979 led to his daughter Benazir Bhutto, taking the leadership of the PPP. She took power twice in Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1993 to 1996. During both her terms in office Benazir proved she was an incompetent ruler and corruption was the centre piece of her governments. On both occasions her governments were dismissed, failing to even complete their terms. She went into exile from 1998 spending the next decade shuttling between Dubai and the UK working to reverse her flagging fortunes. When General Musharraf's position began to weaken talks ensued in 2006 between US officials and British officials to bring Benazir back to power. Whatever the rhetoric at the time her return was a deal between the US and Britain that was highlighted in some detailby the Washington Post in December 2007: "For Benazir Bhutto, the decision to return to Pakistan was sealed during a telephone call from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the call culminated more than a year of secret diplomacy and came only when it became clear that the heir to Pakistan's most powerful political dynasty was the only one who could bail out Washington's key ally in the battle against terrorism."

    Asif Ali Zardari emerged as the ruler on a wave of optimism due to the death of Benazir Bhutto, Zardari had however been long groomed by the US. Prior to becoming President of Pakistan, Zardari was groomed by Zalmay Khalilzad (Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN) to play a role in the post-Musharraf era. The New York Times reported their relationship in much detail in 2008: "Mr. Khalilzad had spoken by telephone with Mr. Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan People's Party, several times a week for the past month until he was confronted about the unauthorized contacts, a senior United States official said. A senior Pakistani official said that the relationship between Mr. Khalilzad and Mr. Zardari went back several years, and that the men developed a friendship while Mr. Zardari was spending time in New York with Ms. Bhutto. Mr. Khalilzad, being a political animal, understood the value of reaching out to Pakistan's political leadership long before the bureaucrats at the State Department realised this would be useful at a future date," the official said. The ambassador "did not make policy or change policy, he just became an alternate channel." After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari manipulated Benazir's will and assumed co-chairmanship of the PPP with his son Bilawal. In effect Zardari became the leader of the PPP. Zardari then scrupulously sidelined all those elements of the PPP that could potentially undermine his authority.

    As the next general election inches closer the PPP has been badly discredited through numerous corruption scandals, sheer incompetence and nepotism. The plummeting popularity of Zardari has hurt the chances and ability of the PPP to mount an effective campaign for the general elections. This is why they rolled out Bilawal Bhutto to reconnect traditional PPP values with the disgruntled PPP voter base.


    Nawaz Sharif – The Sharif family form the second dynastic family in Pakistan's political system. Nawaz Sharif has been in power twice from 1990-93 and then 1997-99, until he was overthrown in a coup by General Musharraf. Nawaz Sharif himself is a business magnate from an industrial family that dominates Pakistan's commercial landscape. As the owner of Ittefaq Group, a leading steel mill conglomerate, he is one of the country's wealthiest industrialists. In 2005, Daily Pakistan reported that the Sharif family is the fourth wealthiest family in the country and second wealthiest political leader with an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion.
    Like the Bhutto family when Nawaz Sharif has been in power his governments have been littered with scandal, corruption and incompetence. Nawaz Sharif on the two occasions he led the government he virtually bankrupted the nation.

    Nawaz Sharif when he has been in power, he has served the American agenda for the region. He confirmed his pro-American position in a wikileaks cable where he stated to the then ambassador Anne Patterson "that he was 'pro-American'. However publicly, he sometimes criticises US policies." He then went on further in the leak that "he was grateful to the US for selecting' General Kayani as the Pakistan Army chief. This explains the widely held belief among Pakistani politicians that US help is crucial in seeking top official jobs in Pakistan."


    Mohajir's (Migrants) – Upon the partition of India in 1947 many Muslims found themselves on the Indian side of the border and thus migrated to what became Pakistan to the tune of 8 million Muslims. The Mohajir's sacrificed much to come to the new nation created in the name of Islam. Their demands like all of the Muslim that migrated was to be recognised, provided with security, honour and employment. However successive governments failed them again and again. By the time the 1970's came to an end the Mohajir's gathered together on the basis of ethnicity as the system had failed them.

    In 1978 a young student leader by the name of Altaf Hussain established the All Pakistan Mohajir Student Organisation (APMSO) and campaigned for the right of Mohajirs at Karachi University. Then in 1984 the Muhajir Quami Movement (MQM) was officially launched with the aim of securing rights for Mohajirs and recognition as the fifth nationality in Pakistan. The MQM message resonated amongst the Mohajirs of Sindh's largest cities Karachi and Hyderabad. What launched them as the third political party in the country was the patronage provided by General Zia-ul-Haq. In order to halt the rise of the PPP through their Sindh support base the MQM would be funded and armed as a counterweight. By the time the 1990's came around the MQM was at war with the government and the army was called in to maintain law and order on the streets of Karachi. This continued with both Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif when they were in power.

    Each community in Pakistan is aligned to certain political parties. The MQM was set up initially as a Mohajir party but now tries to portray itself as a party for all Pakistanis hence changing its name from Mohajir Qaumi Movement to Muttahida (united) Qaumi Movement. The Awami National Party (ANP) is a party the Pashtun community support. Each party is vying for control of Karachi and to attain its own interests, not much different from the other political parties in Pakistan. The Punjab province has historically dominated the other provinces whether in civil, political or military life. All of this is seen negatively by the other provinces as they have been largely ignored and has led them to make use of violence to protect their interests.

    Mohajirs are considered to comprise around 21% of Karachi's population. As Pakistan's largest city with a population exceeding 20 million and Pakistan's economic and trading hub, controlling the provincial assembly of Sindh will give any political party a significant say on the national level.


    Clerics – In Pakistan corrupt clerics have hijacked Islam for their own political objectives. They have used the sincere emotions that the people have for Islam to gain political influence and have misled them and other sincere scholars along the way. These individuals who have attempted to project an image that they are the ones who are looking after the interests of Islam are in fact no different to the 'secular' politicians who inhabit the same political system. These clerics use Islam to get to power yet abandon it once they have gained their positions, choosing to participate in the failed secular system as every other politician.

    Their biggest failure is the fact that they have never presented Islam as a system for governance for Pakistan and have focussed on individual aspects of Islam. Whilst there are sincere elements amongst the clerics they are drowned out by the opportunists amongst them which has strengthened corrupt politics in the country. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) which was coalition of Islamic parties that included the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami, formed the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2002 and lead the coalition government in Baluchistan. These provinces were the key staging grounds for America's war in Afghanistan which spread to the tribal areas. Aside from some anti-US rhetoric, in terms of actions rather than solving Pakistan's many problems through Islamic policies they are also part of the problem now.


    Judiciary – The judiciary in Pakistan has historically been manipulated by successive governments, military dictators and outside powers. Whilst there are lists of decisions going back decades that raise numerous questions marks over the judiciary's independence, the judiciary's manipulation has been a consistent feature in Pakistan's political landscape. This is fundamentally due to the lack of both political and ideological awareness amongst the judiciary who consistently cite constitutional articles to justify their positions. The laws in the country are concocted by the politicians and effectively executed by the judiciary. Whilst the recent history of the judiciary has been one of assertiveness and apparent independence, it is but the latest episode in their manipulation. As an example the Supreme Court in 2001 ruled in General Musharraf's favour regarding his coup and the abolishment of the constitution, in its judgement, the Supreme Court said the military coup was a necessity and in the national interest! It recognised the pre-coup situation was one which could not have been solved by constitutional means.

    General Musharraf's constant abuse of power and attempts to hold elections under emergency powers led to a clash with the judiciary. Musharraf misjudged the judiciary's response and the political opposition to the sacking of the chief justice and also did not anticipate mass movement in its aftermath. The lawyer's movement was ceased upon by the PPP which gave it a political edge and once again the judiciary was manipulated by the political objectives of others.


    Imran Khan – Former Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is the only new face in Pakistan's political system. Interestingly he has been involved in Pakistan's politics since 1996, when he established Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). However in reality Imran Khan's party is not really a political party as it does not have any strong roots in society or support base. For most of its short history it did not have any notable politician amongst its ranks and today is still a one man show. Since 1996, the PTI has only ever had one seat in the parliament, from 2002 – 2005, which was occupied by Imran Khan himself.

    As a result of this Imran Khan he was forced to turn to established politicians who were dripping with corruption. He had to reach out to other politicians and asked them to join him to strengthen PTI, and thereby give the party a strong chance of performing well in the upcoming elections. Many notable politicians and technocrats from the Musharraf era, such as Khurshid Kasuri, who was central to America's war on terror as well as infamous politicians from PPP and PML-N joined PTI. All of this had a detrimental effect on his message as many wondered how independent he was after allowing many politicians into his party that previously the PTI campaigned against. By the middle of 2012, a number of these politicians began to leave PTI as the party's chances of gaining a large number of seats were fast evaporating. The march to Waziristan was a desperate attempt to reconnect with the masses.

    Imran's Khan's rise, after almost two decades of struggling to make any mark on Pakistan's political scene has another element to it. In early December 2011 the news international confirmed that at a PTI core committee meeting, the PTI's Punjab president confirmed the existence of a secret committee functioning to probe the background of its new entrants which include a former ISI official, a retired major general and some Intelligence Bureau staff – i.e. the army. This would indicate the army is for the moment backing Imran Khan. US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, when asked by the BBC regarding the possibility of an anti-US government in Pakistan in case Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan get elected in 2013 elections, said that he has met both the leaders who have assured a pro-US government.


    Pervez Musharraf – Musharraf dominated Pakistan's political medium from his coup in 1998 until his demise in 2008. During this period he was effectively the most important man in the world as Pakistan's was central to America's flagging fortunes in the Afghan war. Musharraf has recently admitted he personally signed off on CIA drone strikes in the country. It is important to remember it was not Pervez Musharraf that became a constituent of Pakistan's political medium but the role of the head of the army. At the last elections in 2008 Pervez Musharraf's party the PML(Q) lost miserably, 22 of the federal ministers which constituted the bulk of Musharraf's cabinet all lost their seats. Corruption, incompetence and sheer nepotism dominated the whole government. Musharraf's attempts to constantly empower his role of Presidency, through constitutional changes and then a state of emergency lost him much credibility. The Lal masjid massacre and his arrogance in the face of the lawyer's movement as well as the escalation of war in the northern areas all made him and him and his cronies deeply unpopular.

    Musharraf is currently running in his personal capacity, as he is no longer the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and clearly without his uniform he has virtually no support. The New York Times reported: "Musharraf obviously overestimated his popularity. He was delusional in thinking he could ride out the storm, and he underestimated the resolve of the judges.There are certainly people in urban Pakistan who think that things were better during his tenure, but the majority do not find him a credible leader. He ruled on the strength of his uniform. Now that uniform is gone, and Pakistan has changed."


    USA – Whilst the USA is not part of Pakistan's political medium it does have influence over its participants. America showered Pakistan with aid and arms during the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and similarly has once again through military aid and economic aid beholden the nation's political medium to its interests in the region. Through the US ambassador in Pakistan and the CIA presence in the country as well as the envoy to the region and the various US officials that constantly make trips to Pakistan the US has been able to gain influence over Pakistan and dominate its institutions and political medium. The US was able through its presence in Afghanistan to reorient the military in Pakistan to focus on the tribal areas instead of India. The US has even bypassed Pakistan's troika set up i.e. the Presidency, Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff and deal directly with those in charge of different institutions in Pakistan. The negotiations that were taking place in the UK to bring Benazir Bhutto back into the political medium clearly shows it is Washington rather than Islamabad that determines what happens in Pakistan.

    Conclusions

    It is accurate to state that Pakistan is not an independent nation, but rather a nation subordinate to a foreign power i.e. the US. The political system in Pakistan is dominated by dynastic families, feudal landlords and opportunist groups, individuals and politicians. Their sole aim is to get to power and enrich themselves irrespective of the consequences. When in power they legislate in a way to protect and maintain their own interests. Elections is the life support to this subordinate system and this is the reason why even a sincere individual will be unable to bring change through such a political medium dominated by the US on the one hand and then opportunists on the other hand.

    The Clearest example of American dominance of Pakistan's political medium is what took place with regards to Raymond Davies, the US defence contractor who murdered Pakistani citizens in broad daylight in Lahore in January 2011. The New York Times outlined in a detailed report the role different elements of Pakistan political medium played when the US was exposed of planting an army of secret agents to sow chaos and violence as part America's war in Pakistan. The State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon all had separate channels to request visas for their personnel, and all of them led to the desk of Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's pro-American ambassador in Washington. Haqqani had orders from Islamabad to be lenient in approving the visas. As street protests increased due to the possibility of the Pakistan Government cutting a deal over Raymond Davis with the US, the US ambassador in Pakistan approached both the ISI chief Ahmed Shuja pasha and General Kayani on getting Davis out of Pakistan. General Pasha ordered ISI operatives in Lahore to meet the families of the men killed and impose a settlement on them in the form of blood money. On March 16 2012, the court hearing for Raymond Davis took place and the NYT outlined what took place: "the judge ordered the courtroom cleared, and General Pasha's secret plan unfolded. Through a side entrance, 18 relatives of the victims walked into the room, and the judge announced that the civil court had switched to a Shari'ah court. Each of the family members approached Davis, some of them with tears in their eyes or sobbing outright, and announced that he or she forgave him." ISI operatives whisked Davis out of the courthouse through a back entrance and pushed him into a waiting car that sped to Lahore airport. The government of Pakistan colluded with the US through America's ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, the ISI imposed America's solution upon the families who lost their husbands, brothers and sons and the judiciary was influenced by the countries institutions and was manipulated once again. This is the political medium in Pakistan, established by the departing British, dominated today by the US and used by opportunists to enrich themselves. This system has broken the back of the people and what Pakistan needs now is a new politics.


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    Poisoning The Well? Nestlé Accused Of Exploiting Water Supplies For Bottled Brands

    A new documentary film takes food giant Nestlé to task for its water bottling practices. Critics say the multinational is busy extracting ground water for its bottled brands and leaving locals, often in poor corners of the world, with the dirty remains.

    01/19/2012

    In the small Pakistani community of Bhati Dilwan, a former village councilor says children are being sickened by filthy water. Who's to blame? He says it's bottled water-maker Nestlé, which dug a deep well that is depriving locals of potable water. “The water is not only very dirty, but the water level sank from 100 to 300 to 400 feet,” Dilwan says.

    The testimony is a key moment in the new documentary film “Bottled Life” by Swiss filmmaker Urs Schnell and journalist Res Gehriger. The film opens in Swiss theaters on Jan. 26. The village councilor interviewed in the film says Nestlé refused the village’s request for clean water to be piped in.

    The notoriously bad drinking water in Pakistan and elsewhere is the reason for the success of the Pure Life brand. A good 10 years ago, the Swiss food company began adding minerals to ground water and bottling it. Today, Pure Life Purified Water Enhanced With Minerals is the largest water brand in the world – “a jewel in our portfolio,” according to John Harris, head of Nestlé Waters.

    In view of the fact that every day more children die from drinking dirty water than AIDS, war, traffic accidents and malaria put together, Maude Barlow, a former UN chief advisor for water issues, states: “When a company like Nestlé comes along and says, Pure Life is the answer, we’re selling you your own ground water while nothing comes out of your faucets anymore or if it does it’s undrinkable – that’s more than irresponsible, that’s practically a criminal act.”

    In response to questions put to it by Tages Anzeiger, Nestlé communicated in writing that it had built two water filtering facilities that were providing over 10,000 people in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura with clean drinking water. Construction of a further facility was planned for 2012. The company said they had also built two schools in Sheikhupura.

    Nestlé is not the only company to create a huge business with big profit potential by bottling ground water -- Danone and Coca-Cola do it too. However, the way Nestlé goes about it, as depicted in the film, is in stark contrast to the image the company seeks to project. Nestlé likes to see itself as a global problem solver out not only for profits but to “create shared values.” In 2007, when Schnell and Gehriger began working on the movie, then Nestlé spokesman François-Xavier Perroud called it "the wrong film at the wrong time." Several times between 2007 and 2009 the company denined requests for interviews with company managers. It also refused to allow visits to bottling facilities.

    The company’s present spokesperson, Melanie Kohli, told the Tages Anzeiger that Nestlé had reached the conclusion that the project would reflect a one-sided and unfair view of company activity and those who worked for Nestlé. “Consequently, we declined to work with the filmmakers. Our carefully considered decision was the right one at the time.”

    Tracking the company's record, from Ethiopia to Nigeria

    Undeterred, journalist Gehriger visited a refugee camp in Ethiopia where, in 2003, Nestlé had installed a water treatment facility for $750,000. Two years later, the company pulled out. Since then the facility has not been functioning properly, and water shortages have returned.

    In Lagos, Nigeria, Gehriger discovered that families have to spend up to half their household budget on water in canisters, and that only those who can afford it drink Pure Life. Then there are the communities in the U.S. state of Maine who are fighting Nestlé because it pumps ground water and spring water in huge quantities – which it can do legally: whoever owns land can pump as much water as they like.

    Nestlé pumps several million cubic meters annually and transports the water in tanker trucks to bottling plants. “They’re using our water to make profits, a litre doesn’t even cost them a cent,” one woman complains. “They’re selling the water we use to flush toilets and wash our hands as expensive spring water,” says another. But since Nestlé brings the communities tax dollars, officials welcome the company, which is supported by an armada of lawyers and PR people.


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    Nestlé: Stop draining Pakistan dry!


    11/12/2013

    Nestlé is draining developing countries’ groundwater to make its Pure Life bottled water, destroying countries’ natural resources before forcing its people to buy their own water back.

    Now Nestlé is moving into Pakistan and sucking up the local water supply, rendering entire areas uninhabitable in order to sell mineral-enriched water to the upper class as a status symbol, while the poor watch wells run dry and their children fall ill.

    Tell Nestlé to stop stealing Pakistan’s water and making its villages uninhabitable.

    Nestlé’s aggressive water grab is already descending like a plague on parts of Pakistan. In the small village of Bhati Dilwan, villagers have watched their water table sink hundreds of feet since Nestlé moved in. Children are getting sick from the foul-smelling sludge they’re forced to choke down. Meanwhile, Nestlé spends millions marketing “Pure Life” to wealthy Americans, Europeans, and Pakistanis who can afford to watch their kids grow up healthy. This scenario is played out again and again in countries around the globe. But this is where we say: enough!

    Dirty water kills more children around the world than AIDS, malaria, war, and traffic accidents combined -- and Nestlé has a big hand in it.

    At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé led the way in fighting against defining access to water a universal right. Nestlé and other big corporations won out, and government officials around the globe officially downgraded water’s classification to a “need” instead, meaning it could be captured, commoditized, and exploited by major corporations without regard for local populations.

    Tell Nestlé: Water is a human right. Stop stealing it from communities around the world.

    When the company's Canadian subsidiary pushed to keep draining millions of liters of fresh water from the water table in a time of drought, we joined our friends at the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, and Ecojustice challenging Nestlé in court -- and we won! Just this month, after additional pressure from thousands of SumOfUs members, Nestlé decided to drop its appeal -- a huge win for the public.

    If we expose Nestlé’s disgusting game plan for Pakistan, the company will scale back its water-draining facilities to avoid a damaging global backlash. But if we ignore what’s happening there, Nestlé and other major corporations will suck up more and more the world’s water -- and that’s not good news for anyone.

    Join us in standing up to corporations like Nestlé that suck up essential natural resources.

    P.S. Nestlé’s current chairman and former CEO was caught on tape arguing that water is "not a right”, and while the clip is shocking, the reality is even worse. Nestlé’s aggressive policies are depriving thousands of people around the planet of the basic water they need to survive, all to pump up the company’s bottom line. Please join us in taking a stand against corporate seizure of our natural resources today.

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    Not much has changed since the colonialism. Then the western nations stole eastern countries' resources openly, and now they steal eastern countries' resources secretly.

    Pakistan shouldn't have a water shortage problem with its supply coming from the snowy mountains rather than just rainwater. India is building damns to steal Pakistan's water and has bought traitors within Pakistan who prevent Pakistan from building the Kaala Baag ****. Now Nestle is stealing Pakistan's water supply to sell it back to them while India has dug wells on Pakistan's border and installed pipes to drain Pakistan's water supply. Everyone is stealing Pakistan's resources yet Pakistanis are sitting idly by like idiots. When the water is all gone then it will be too late to do anything about it and millions will die.
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    Pakistan's Musharraf charged in treason case

    A court in Pakistan has charged former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with treason, the first army chief to face such a prosecution.

    Mr Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending the constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007.

    He pleaded not guilty and has always claimed that the charges against him are politically motivated. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

    President from 2001 to 2008, he was one of Pakistan's longest-serving rulers. [dictator]

    He went into self-imposed exile in 2008, returning to Pakistan in March 2013.

    He had hoped to lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

    The 70-year-old has been in hospital since the beginning of the year and reports say he is being treated for high blood pressure.

    'Loyal to the country'

    The court on Monday also rejected Mr Musharraf's application to leave the country to visit his sick mother in Dubai.

    He is currently under house arrest and has been placed on an exit control list restricting certain Pakistani nationals from leaving the country.

    Judges rejected his application on the grounds that only the government had the authority to remove him from the list.

    When the former president entered the court he was heavily guarded, but nevertheless appeared relaxed, even waving to the audience.

    The judge read out five charges to Mr Musharraf.

    He pleaded "not guilty" to each of them but also addressed the court with a speech about his services to the country and questioned how he could be called a traitor, declaring that he was a patriot.

    "I am being called a traitor, I have been chief of army staff for nine years and I have served this army for 45 years. I have fought two wars and it is 'treason'?" the Agence France-Presse news agency quoted him as saying.

    "Is this the way to reward someone for being loyal to the country and for loving the country?" the former president asked the court.

    Mr Musharraf insists that he acted within the constitution when he declared a state of emergency in the country in 2007 and that he did not act alone when taking that decision.

    Mr Musharraf seized power from Mr Sharif in a coup in 1999. He remained president until 2008, when a democratically elected government came into power.

    He left the country soon afterwards to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

    Cases against Musharraf

    Since Pervez Musharraf's return to Pakistan in March 2013, he has faced four criminal cases but was bailed in all of them. He was charged:

    • In connection with the 2006 killing of a rebel Baloch politician, Akbar Bugti
    • In connection with the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
    • For putting nearly 60 senior judges under house arrest in November 2007
    • Although he was not formally charged, he is on bail in connection with the killing of a cleric in the 2007 Red Mosque siege in Islamabad


    His most serious challenge is a treason case, which bears five charges including suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule. He has pleaded not guilty but could face death if convicted


    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26815518

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    Loyal? The traitor overthrew Nawaz Sharif’s legitimate government, and ironically now he is under same government again. He handed over thousands of innocent Pakistan citizens for cash to the CIA in thier so called ‘war on terror’. He ordered the massacre of innocent men, women and children in the Lal Masjid, in the house of worship. He should be charged for war crimes as well.

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    Saudi prince's rare bird hunt stirs outrage in Pakistan after massive loan

    By F. Riaz - 4/23/2014
    A houbara bustard, a favorite prey of falcons which faces extinction, is captive bred at a research center Jan. 22, 1997 in Sweihan, United Arab Emirates.

    LAHORE, Pakistan - Gulf Arab sheiks have long enjoyed close ties with Pakistan, but a Saudi prince's recent shooting spree, which culled more than 2,000 rare birds from preserves, has stirred outrage in the country, just as Saudi Arabia propped up its economy with a $1.5 billion loan.

    Pakistan's English-language daily newspaper Dawn broke the story this week based on a forest service report, "Visit of Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud regarding hunting of houbara bustard," which detailed a three-week safari the prince and his entourage took. In all, the Saudi hunting party bagged 2,100 endangered houbara bustards. The prince, who owns a U.K.-built 270-foot motor superyacht and has a website depicting his philanthropic ventures, racked up the high score: 1,977 rare birds.

    The houbara bustard appears on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as vulnerable to extinction, with Pakistan's population of 110,000 feared to be decreasing by 30 percent a year. The prince's hunting party pursued the bustards on bird and wildlife sanctuaries and unprotected land across Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

    A game warden shows one of ten houbara bustard (Chmaydolins undulata) siezed from illegal trader Mohammad Arif and intended for smuggling to Persian gulf states in 1997.


    The birds are globally protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Pakistan's government has long issued special bustard hunting permits to royals from Persian Gulf states, but they are usually limited to 100 over 10 days in certain areas, excluding reserves. The royal party apparently violated the permits and took down birds over the limit in reserves and protected areas.

    Though the hunt took place at the end of January, Pakistan's media did not pick up the story until this week. Not long after Baluchistan forestry officials wrote their report on the prince's shooting party, Saudi Arabia loaned Pakistan $1.5 billion to help prop up its economy, effectively bailing out the Pakistani rupee and prompting the U.S. dollar's worth to fall from 105 rupees to 97.

    Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has close ties to the Saudi royal family, spending time in exile in the kingdom after a military coup ended his second term in 1999. Prince Al-waleed bin Talal, Saudi financier and member of the house of Saud, has described Sharif as "Saudi Arabia's man in Pakistan," Reuters reports.

    Arab royalty has long enjoyed the privilege of hunting in Pakistan, which has set aside more than 70 wildlife sanctuaries and game parks. Often the sheiks use falcons to hunt, and the bustard is a favorite target because, like the horns of the critically endangered rhinoceros, its meat is believed to be an aphrodisiac.

    "Is there any more ridiculous reason to kill an animal?" Naeem Sadiq, a Karachi-based activist, asked in the Guardian in February. "If it's illegal for Pakistanis to kill these birds why should the Arab sheiks be allowed to do it?" Those concerned about the bustards' long-term viability point out that neighboring India bans their hunting outright.

    Negative public reaction in Pakistan to its history of granting poaching privileges to elites did bring about a victory for the bustards after hunting season ended in February, however. The Lahore High Court placed an interim ban on all hunting of houbara bustards in the country's Punjab province.


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    Altaf Hussain 'arrested' in London on suspicion of money laundering

    Controversial leader of Karachi's Muttahida Qaumi Movement detained at home in north-west London, says his office




    LONDON — When British police officers mounted a dawn raid on a calm London suburb on Tuesday, with orders to arrest the powerful Pakistani political boss Altaf Hussain, the reverberations were felt most intensely 4,000 miles away in the port city of Karachi.

    Businesses hastily shuttered, trains stopped and workers raced home, clogging the streets in chaotic traffic jams, amid panic that the arrest of Mr. Hussain, a charismatic figure who through the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has controlled Karachi from his exile in England for two decades, would result in an eruption of political bloodshed.




    The sight of a sprawling megalopolis of 20 million people so visibly girding itself for trouble was a measure of the power that Mr. Hussain has come to wield over Karachi, a vital economic hub divided by violent factional competition, threatened by Taliban infiltration, and suddenly seized by widespread trepidation over what will happen now that Mr. Hussain is in the custody of London’s Metropolitan Police.

    “This is potentially very serious,” said Abbas Nasir, a former editor of the Pakistani newspaper Dawn. “The removal of someone as powerful as Altaf Hussain is always going to leave a vacuum. His party is in for a challenging time.”

    The British move against Mr. Hussain is the culmination of a criminal investigation that started with the murder of a former M.Q.M. member near the party’s London offices in September 2010, and has since broadened into an inquiry that has targeted Mr. Hussain’s personal finances.


    Dr Imran Farooq, 50, a founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was stabbed and beaten to death in Edgware, northwest London, as he returned home from work on Sept 16, 2010. Farooq had been living in London since 1999.

    Over the past 18 months, the Metropolitan Police have raided Mr. Hussain’s house and offices in London, impounded about $600,000 in cash and a quantity of jewelry, and arrested a nephew who worked as his personal assistant.

    Clearly playing for time, some party officials initially claimed that reports of Mr. Hussain’s arrest were a rumor. Later, others claimed, inaccurately, that he was still at his London home and had been invited by the police to an interview. Senior leaders resorted to angry speeches that described the charges as a conspiracy against their beloved leader.

    “What the Metropolitan Police is doing is incomprehensible to us,” Farooq Sattar, a senior leader, said to a Karachi crowd.

    Despite the shows of loyalty, the M.Q.M. is likely to face severe challenges. Few doubt that Mr. Hussain’s arrest will test the internal unity of the party, which represents Mohajirs, the term for the mainly Urdu-speaking Muslims whose families moved to Pakistan after the partition from India in 1947 and who make up a sizable portion of the population in Karachi.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/wo...ndon.html?_r=0

    More @ http://www.dawn.com/news/1110316/alt...ing-mqm-denies

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    This MQM leader and his so called “mohajirs” should be kicked out of Pakistan and sent back to India. They have been in Pakistan since the creation of Pakistan and unlike hundreds of thousands who also migrated during the partition they refused to integrate and call themselves Pakistanis. If they are so fond of their India land then these mohajirs should be shipped back. They are only causing chaos in Pakistan and more than likely working with India to weaken Pakistan.

    Harmony: So, now we know why he suddenly wanted a Pakistani passport after all these years – to run away from justice. At least one thing is for sure now that justice will be served unlike Pakistan where rich and powerful get away.
    Pakistan should cooperate in catching the murderers of Imran Farooq murder case to so they can find out who was behind this all.
    Maliha: Scotland Yard you are now at a different level of respect and awe in the eyes of majority of Pakistanis. You have done what we Pakistanis could not even dream of!





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    Pakistan Resources - One of the Reason west want's to false flag war on it


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    Pakistan Makes Entrance Into Global Drone Arms Race

    November 26, 2013

    It has been predicted that the development of drone surveillance by the U.S. would spark a global race to develop new drone capabilities, leading to a potentially dystopian future of drone wars where combat and even assassinations can be performed by fleets of insect-like microbots.

    The Washington Post reported in July, 2011:

    More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies. (Source)

    We are already seeing this take place in both air and sea, as myriad unmanned drones are taking flight from research laboratories across the world. Drones have even taken to the high-seas, as navies begin to “build fleets of crewless boats capable of missions on and under the water, according to maritime experts,” as discussed at Military.com.

    The number of countries with drones has now risen to nearly 90 as Pakistan has now announced its entrance into the global drone arms race with two surveillance drones called Burraq and Shahpar.


    The citizens of Pakistan have been outraged of the hundreds of drone bombings by the U.S. that have taken place inside their country in the wake of 9/11. To make matters worse, it was recently announced that the Pakistani government has had a secret pact since at least 2007 that demonstrates complicity in the bombings against their own people. This has all led to 10,000+ Pakistanis taking to the streets to protest.

    Now the Pakistani military is claiming the successful launch of two surveillance drones, which marks a new level of military capability. While the drones are not yet armed, their launch is being hailed as a massive success:

    The development of the drones, thought to have a range of about 75 miles, represents a milestone for the country’s military and scientists, Pakistani and Western analysts said.

    “It is a landmark and a historic event, wherein a very effective force multiplier has been added to the inventory of the armed forces,” the Pakistani military said in a statement.

    Regardless of their limited effectiveness compared to the capabilities of those owned by the United States, Israel and Britain, it shows the intent to not be left out of the drone market. It is a market that is expanding across the planet, which ironically has the CIA concerned — yes, the very CIA that helped orchestrate the planned bombings in Pakistan with the Pakistani government.

    More generally, this is most likely another problem-reaction-solution scenario; this time a solution for Pakistan in an attempt to thwart further encroachment by the United States and her allies.

    It is truly a theater of war, where the military-industrial complex — which is global — continues to orchestrate and manage the various players, while laughing all the way to the bank as they further enslave the citizens of planet Earth.


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    Pakistani youth prefer Shariah over Democracy

    2 April 2013

    More Pakistani youth would prefer Islamic law or military rule than democracy, a survey suggests.

    More than half of 5,000 18-29 year-old Pakistanis polled said democracy had not been good for them or the country.

    Some 94% said Pakistan was going in the wrong direction, up from 50% in 2007, the British Council survey found.

    Almost a third of registered voters in Pakistan are under 30 years old, and are expected to play a big part in a general election.

    When asked to pick the best political system, both Sharia and military rule were favored over democracy.

    The survey points towards a pessimistic generation, disenchanted with democracy after five years of civilian rule, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in Islamabad.

    Most of those surveyed had more faith in the army than any other institution.

    Approval ratings for the military were about 70% compared with just 13% for the government.

    A quarter of respondents said they had been directly affected by violence, or had witnessed a serious violent event.

    That figure rose to more than 60% in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

    The greatest concern for most was rising prices, not terrorism: Almost 70% said they were worse off now than five years ago.

    While many young people are registered to vote, less than half of those surveyed said they were certain they would do so.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22001263

    Allaah says:

    “...And whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed, such are the kaafiroon.” (Quran 5:44)

    “...And whoever does not judge by that which Allaah has revealed, such are the zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers)” (Quran 5:45)

    “...And whoever does not judge by what Allaah has revealed (then) such (people) are the faasiqoon (rebellious or disobedient).” (Quran 5:47)

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    Pakistan was under a surprised attack and was not even ready. The Indian Army was inside the boarders and marching. Elders talk about volunteers who joined the army and strapped bombs on their backs, jumping under the Indian tanks to blow them up.

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    New international film exposes Nestle's deadly practices


    September 10, 2014



    Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic’s new film, Tigers, tells the true story of the salesman who blew the whistle on the Nestlé formula scandal in Pakistan.

    The film, which features Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi, was well-received at its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival this week, where it was viewed by a sold-out audience.

    The program describes the film:

    Devastated when he discovers the effects of the infant formula he’s peddling, a young salesman challenges the system and the powers that be, in this based-on-fact drama from Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land).

    In a neat piece of narrative structuring on Tanovic’s part, this David-and-Goliath story is told partially through the eyes of a film crew making a documentary on Ayan’s astonishing findings.

    Tigers tells the story of how former Nestlé formula salesman Syed Aamir Raza and his wife Shafqat took on the world's largest food company when they realized that babies were dying as a result of aggressive marketing.


    After the premier, the couple joined the director, producers and stars on stage to a standing ovation.

    Aamir told Baby Milk Action:


    The mission we began in Pakistan was on a very small scale, but thanks to the filmmakers it has come into a very powerful medium to reach people all around the world. I am grateful to everyone who worked on this film and made it possible. I was not expecting that at the end of the film I would be accepted with a standing ovation. I am thankful that people love it and understand what we have been struggling to do as a family.

    Mike Brady, Baby Milk Action Campaigns Coordinator, told the press:


    Co-writers Danis and Andy have done an amazing piece of work. Tigers captures the tension of this period when we were trying to bring Aamir’s evidence of marketing malpractice to public attention in a way that would keep him safe. Cleverly, they also show the power of corporations in keeping criticisms out of the media.

    Patti Rundall, Baby Milk Action Policy Director, added:


    Unlike the many documentaries that have exposed this problem over the years, this movie will not only entertain, but will reach many more people at a very personal level – showing the pressure on those who work for these transnational corporations and the realities we face in our work when trying to stop human rights abuses.

    Baby Milk Action
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    Tigers is a based-on-fact drama about a formula company salesman.

    Formula companies continue to routinely break UN marketing rules – except where they are regulated and held to account.

    For some current concerns about how formula companies promote their products, see the Breaking the Rules 2014: In Brief report, produced by the International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC), part of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).

    Irresponsible marketing undermines breastfeeding. Breastfeeding saves lives – and could save more. A breastfed child is less likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections, diabetes, allergies and other illnesses.

    In areas with unsafe water a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhoea.

    Estimates in 2013 suggest 11.6% of under-5 deaths could be prevented by breastfeeding. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says: ‘Globally, breastfeeding has the potential to prevent about 800,000 under-five deaths per year if all children 0–23 months were optimally breastfed.’

    Baby Milk Action acted as one of the Consultants to the film makers. We are confident that the story they will tell will shine a light on the baby milk issue and the power of corporations, and we encourage everyone to see it.


    Baby Milk Action will post information on other screening dates as they become available to its special Tigers webpage. You can also follow Tigers on Facebook.

    People can also sign up via the page to be alerted when Tigers comes to their location.

    Aamir now lives in Toronto with his family and drives a taxi.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/new-...adly-practices

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    Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

    Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.

    Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013




    On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid holiday. However on this day the terrible event would occur that would forever alter the course of this family's life. In the sky the children suddenly heard the distinctive buzzing sound emitted by the CIA-operated drones - a familiar sound to those in the rural Pakistani villages which are stalked by them 24 hours a day - followed by two loud clicks. The unmanned aircraft released its deadly payload onto the Rehman family, and in an instant the lives of these children were transformed into a nightmare of pain, confusion and terror. Seven children were wounded, and Nabila's grandmother was killed before her eyes, an act for which no apology, explanation or justification has ever been given.


    This past week Nabila, her schoolteacher father, and her 12-year-old brother travelled to Washington DC to tell their story and to seek answers about the events of that day. However, despite overcoming incredible obstacles in order to travel from their remote village to the United States, Nabila and her family were roundly ignored. At the congressional hearing where they gave testimony, only five out of 430 representatives showed up. In the words of Nabila's father to those few who did attend: "My daughter does not have the face of a terrorist and neither did my mother. It just doesn't make sense to me, why this happened… as a teacher, I wanted to educate Americans and let them know my children have been injured."


    The translator broke down in tears while recounting their story, but the government made it a point to snub this family and ignore the tragedy it had caused to them. Nabila, a slight girl of nine with striking hazel eyes, asked a simple question in her testimony: "What did my grandmother do wrong?" There was no one to answer this question, and few who cared to even listen. Symbolic of the utter contempt in which the government holds the people it claims to be liberating, while the Rehmans recounted their plight, Barack Obama was spending the same time meeting with the CEO of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.


    Selective memory


    It is useful to contrast the American response to Nabila Rehman with that of Malala Yousafzai, a young girl who was nearly assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban. While Malala was feted by Western media figures, politicians and civic leaders for her heroism, Nabila has become simply another one of the millions of nameless, faceless people who have had their lives destroyed over the past decade of American wars. The reason for this glaring discrepancy is obvious. Since Malala was a victim of the Taliban, she, despite her protestations, was seen as a potential tool of political propaganda to be utilised by war advocates. She could be used as the human face of their effort, a symbol of the purported decency of their cause, the type of little girl on behalf of whom the United States and its allies can say they have been unleashing such incredible bloodshed. Tellingly, many of those who took up her name and image as a symbol of the justness of American military action in the Muslim world did not even care enough to listen to her own words or feelings about the subject.


    As described by the Washington Post's Max Fisher:
    Western fawning over Malala has become less about her efforts to improve conditions for girls in Pakistan, or certainly about the struggles of millions of girls in Pakistan, and more about our own desire to make ourselves feel warm and fuzzy with a celebrity and an easy message. It's a way of letting ourselves off the hook, convincing ourselves that it's simple matter of good guys vs bad guys, that we're on the right side and that everything is okay.
    But where does Nabila fit into this picture? If extrajudicial killings, drone strikes and torture are in fact all part of a just-cause associated with the liberation of the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, where is the sympathy or even simple recognition for the devastation this war has caused to countless little girls such as her? The answer is clear: The only people to be recognized for their suffering in this conflict are those who fall victim to the enemy. Malala for her struggles was to be made the face of the American war effort - against her own will if necessary - while innumerable little girls such as Nabila will continue to be terrorized and murdered as part of this war without end. There will be no celebrity appearances or awards ceremonies for Nabila. At her testimony almost no one even bothered to attend.


    But if they had attended, they would've heard a nine-year-old girl asking the questions which millions of other innocent people who have had their lives thrown into chaos over the past decade have been asking: "When I hear that they are going after people who have done wrong to America, then what have I done wrong to them? What did my grandmother do wrong to them? I didn't do anything wrong."

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opi...857549913.html





 

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