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  • US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

    04/29/2016 8:19:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 April 2016 | Brajesh Upadhyay
    The US will no longer subsidise the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, a senior state department official has told the BBC. The decision means that Pakistan will have to pay more than $700m (£480m) - two-and-a-half times the original cost - if it wishes to buy the aircraft. It comes after Congress refused to approve funding for the deal. Some US lawmakers had accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight militants. India also objected to the sale. However, Pakistan has argued that the jets are needed for anti-terror operations, and so the US should help with...
  • Smoking dead scorpions is the latest addiction in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    04/29/2016 4:25:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Dawn, Pakistan ^ | Apr 08, 20162 | Izhar Ullah
    “I started scorpion smoking in the mid-'60s,” recalls 74-year-old Sohbat Khan. It was during General Ayub Khan’s era, and Khan was only 20 years old. He would frequent the famous Jalil Kabab house in Peshawar, which is how he met the vendor who sold scorpions worth Re 1 or Rs 2 right next to the eatery. The men got their supply from the Matani area, which is rich in scorpions because of its insufferably hot weather. Khan says he has quit smoking scorpions. His eyes are sunken from years of addiction, and his pale face and hollow cheeks betray a...
  • 2 front-runners face off in Baltimore mayoral race

    04/22/2016 3:11:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 22, 2016 5:47 PM EDT | Juliet Linderman
    Just one day ahead of the anniversary of the worst riot Baltimore had seen in more than 40 years, its residents will head to the polls to determine who will lead the city for the next four years. […] Shortly after the April 27, 2015, unrest, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake instituted a mandatory 10 p.m. curfew. Four months later, she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election. The open race attracted a flood of hopefuls declaring their candidacy; before the Feb. 3 deadline passed, 13 Democrats jumped into the primary. The two most politically entrenched candidates emerged as front-runners: Sheila Dixon, who...
  • White Man or Black Woman? Senate Race Tears at Maryland Democrats

    04/22/2016 1:17:21 PM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2016 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    On Capitol Hill, Representative Chris Van Hollen is, literally and figuratively, a Democratic fair-haired boy. An American son of diplomats born while his parents served in Pakistan, he has used his fund-raising savvy, policy smarts and easy manner to position himself, party elders assumed, as a potential Democratic speaker of the House. Instead, Mr. Van Hollen, now running for the Senate in his home state of Maryland, is fighting for his survival in an identity politics primary that raises an explosive question: Should a white man, or a black woman, inherit the seat held for 30 years by Barbara A....
  • Christians and Hindus portrayed negatively by offensive school textbooks in Pakistan

    04/18/2016 12:19:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | April 15, 2016 | Christian Deguit
    Textbooks in Pakistan that are used to teach about 41 million children, negatively portray religious minorities such as Christians and Hindus, referring to them as "nefarious, violent, and tyrannical by nature." (Reuters/Kham)Third-grade level students attend class at the Mashal Model School on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. "Pakistan's public school textbooks contain deeply troubling content that portrays non-Muslim citizens as outsiders, unpatriotic, and inferior; are filled with errors; and present widely-disputed historical 'facts' as settled history," said Robert George in a press release. George is the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). A study done by...
  • State Dept. Gives Pakistan Pass on Religious Freedom Violations—for 14th Straight Year

    04/18/2016 8:09:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 18, 2016 | 4:17 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    For a record 14th year in a row, the State Department has overruled the advice of an independent statutory watchdog and decided not to blacklist Pakistan for religious freedom abuses. The decision not to designate Pakistan a “country of particular concern” under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) comes despite its government’s continuing rejection of calls to amend or rescind the world’s most notorious blasphemy laws — which carry the death penalty and are frequently used to target Christians and other minorities. It also comes just days after a new U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report highlighted...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • What British Muslims really think

    04/16/2016 7:16:19 AM PDT · by Katya · 7 replies
    Channel 4 Television ^ | 2016 | Trevor Phillips
    British Docu Film based on in depth survey on current beliefs of British Muslims. Hosted by Trevor Phillips.
  • Study: Public School Textbooks in Pakistan Teach Intolerance of Non-Muslims

    04/14/2016 9:00:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 14, 2016 | 3:00 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    A new study released Tuesday found that Pakistan’s public school textbooks negatively portray the country’s religious minorities, including Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, as “untrustworthy, religiously inferior, and ideologically scheming.” […] The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sponsored the study, which was conducted by the Pakistan-based NGO Peace and Education Foundation (PEF). The study found 70 new instances of bias in addition to finding that some problematic content found in a 2011 study conducted by USCIRF had remained and even been expanded upon. “Pakistan’s public school textbooks contain deeply troubling content that portrays non-Muslim citizens as outsiders, unpatriotic, and...
  • ISIS threatens attack on India; vows to wipe out Hindus

    04/14/2016 1:28:48 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 32 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2016 | DNA Web Team
    Caption - To establish a caliphate, al-Hanif promises to topple Shiekh Hasina government in Bangladesh. ISIS vows to implement 'sharia' law in India. Islamic State (ISIS) has made new threat to send its fighters from Pakistan and Bangladesh to carry out 'guerrilla attacks' in India. In a recent interview carried by Dabiq magazine, the 'amir' of ISIS fighters in Bangladesh, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif has vowed to wipe out Hindus and implement 'sharia' law in India and Bangladesh. al-Hanif also revealed the terror group is currently training fighters in Bangladesh and Pakistan to launch attacks on India and is seeking...
  • The world’s most bizarre YouTube star is from Pakistan. Here’s the proof.

    04/12/2016 11:05:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Apr 11, 2016 | Max Bearak
    At a time when Pakistan finds itself in the news for grisly bombings and a soaring rate in executions, an unexpected angel has swooped in with a message of peace, love and harmony. Two years after "Eye to Eye" baffled the country by giving birth to a huge cult following, the Pakistani singer Taher Shah returned this weekend with a second music video, "Angel," that has gone viral. Topping Twitter's trending list in India and Pakistan (and ranking third across the globe) and racking up millions of plays, this new classic may cement Shah's position as the world's most unlikely...
  • Police constable shows judge “how grenade works” inside courtroom, three injured

    04/12/2016 6:32:45 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 16 replies
    http://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/ ^ | 04/11/2016 | Ali Zain
    A hand grenade exploded inside courtroom in Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) after a judge asked a police constable if he knew how grenades worked. The constable, instead of explaining his expertise in weapons and grenade handling to the judge, opted to demonstrate practically by promptly pulling out the pin from the grenade. This resulted in a loud explosion, injuring three including the constable and a court clerk......
  • With eye on China and Pakistan, India in talks to buy US Predator drones

    04/08/2016 8:10:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2016
    W DELHI: India is in talks with the United States to purchase 40 Predator surveillance drones, officials said, a possible first step towards acquiring the armed version of the aircraft and a development likely to annoy Pakistan. India is trying to equip the military with more unmanned technologies to gather intelligence as well as boost its firepower along the vast land borders with Pakistan and China. It also wants a closer eye on the Indian Ocean. New Delhi has already acquired surveillance drones from Israel to monitor the mountains of Kashmir. As defence ties deepen with the United States, which...
  • Muslim Public Schools Prove that Islamic “Extremism” is Mainstream

    04/07/2016 8:11:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | April 7, 2016 | Onan Coca
    A recent blockbuster expose on the Pakistani public school system has some eye-opening news for the non-Muslim world. In the wake of the Easter bombings in Lahore, Pakistan the people of the world complained that the Pakistani government wasn’t doing enough to push back against the Muslim extremists in their country. In response, the government has promised to crack down on militant terrorism that has entrenched itself in certain corners of their country. Here’s the problem with these promises… the “extremism” isn’t just found with the radical terrorists. In Pakistan, radical Muslim “extremism” isn’t actually that extreme. In fact, it’s...
  • INTERVIEW-Pakistan wants air force upgrade for prolonged militant fight

    04/07/2016 6:49:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Apr 2016 | John Irish
    PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against Islamist militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said. U.S. ally Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million people, is fighting a Taliban insurgency in its northwest, a separatist insurgency along its Iranian border in the west, and has a heavily militarised and disputed border with arch rival India in the east. In 2014, the military launched a crackdown in the northwestern areas of North and South...
  • Pakistan Becomes First International Customer for Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Helo

    04/06/2016 3:37:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | 04/05/2016 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. to build AH-1Z Viper helicopter gunships for the Pakistani government. Under the $170 million Naval Air Systems Command contract, Bell will build the nine AH-1Zs and nine auxiliary fuel kits for the helicopters as a purchase under the Foreign Military Sales program. Deliveries are expected to be completed by September 2018, according to the contract announcement. The approval of the sale by the State Department was made a year ago for a maximum of 15 Vipers. The Pakistani Army will be the first international customer for...
  • Saudi Arabia passes Russia as world’s third biggest military spender

    04/06/2016 12:50:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 05, 2016 | Ishaan Tharoor
    Global military spending reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, marking a year-on-year increase for the first time since 2011, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks arms expenditure around the world. The United States remained far and away the top spender, which despite a dip from 2014, accounted for more than a third of total global spending. It was followed by China and then, perhaps surprisingly, Saudi Arabia, which supplanted Russia in third place.
  • Rights group: Dramatic increase in executions in 2015 [Amnesty International]

    04/05/2016 5:49:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 8:20 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Amnesty International reports that there was a dramatic 54 percent increase in executions globally in 2015, with Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia responsible for nearly 90 percent of the killings. The human rights organization said that the figure of at least 1,634 people executed last year — up from 1,061 in 2014 — does not include executions in China where data on the death penalty is considered a state secret. […] According to the report, the number of executions recorded in Saudi Arabia increased by 76 percent to 158. Executions in Iran rose 31 percent to 977. and the 326...
  • Declaration of Genocide is a Big, Fat, Juicy Nothing Burger

    04/05/2016 10:33:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Words matter. Especially words, which when spoken can save lives. But without action, words are empty…worthless…meaningless, especially when we’re talking about genocide. Such are the words of the Obama administration, an administration so preoccupied with majoring on minor things like waging a war on prescription drug abuse, it barely has time to notice the things that really matter. So after biting its tongue for way too long, the administration finally mustered-up the energy to choke out a few conciliatory words, acknowledging that the mass killing of Christians in the Middle East is indeed genocide. What a pity that the administration...
  • Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by US drones

    04/01/2016 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 6:40 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that “civilians have been killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but says the administration is now “very cautious” about taking strikes where women or children are present. […] He says the U.S. has to take responsibility when it is not acting appropriately. …
  • The Oasis of CHRIST [Charismatic Caucus]

    04/01/2016 11:11:48 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The JoshuaChronicles,Bible ^ | 4-1-16 | bible,Jesus
    Dormant places are about to come alive ! Blessings being held back about to arrive , Water in arrid places and streams where there had been none , Now the Glory of God arrive upon his daughters and sons , Making a way in the desert places "The Oasis of Christ", Prayers being answered not once but twice , Behold a double portion each time you pray , For each time you lift up JESUS he will make a way ! Isaiah 41:18 18 I will open rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I...
  • Six Pakistanis baptized by Churches of Christ among dead in Easter bombing

    03/31/2016 4:29:18 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 3 replies
    The Christian Chronicle ^ | 30 March 2016 | Erik Tryggestad
    Six Pakistanis baptized by members of Churches of Christ in December are among the dead after an Easter evening bombing in Lahore, ministers reported. In addition, 17 members of Churches of Christ were hospitalized after the suicide blast at Lahore's Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest parks in the city of 5.1 million souls, minister Eric Masih said. Four of the church members died immediately in the blast, which killed at least 72 people, Masih said. Another minister, Asher Kaleem, told The Christian Chronicle today that two additional church members, also baptized Dec. 3, died in the hospital. "The explosion...
  • Russian snub mars Obama’s nuclear summit amid Islamic State fears

    03/30/2016 6:41:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    With fears rising that the Islamic State is trying to obtain nuclear weapons, resident Obama will convene a global summit in Washington Thursday hampered by no-show Russia, a key target in the U.S. effort to lock down vulnerable atomic materials. ... Pakistan, another nuclear power causing major proliferation concerns for the U.S., is sending a lower-level representative after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif canceled his attendance to grapple with a horrific terrorist attack targeting Christians on Easter Sunday. Iran, which has challenged the U.S. with a string of missile tests in recent months despite inking last year’s deal designed to curb...
  • Until Criticized, State Department Refused to Acknowledge

    03/29/2016 7:12:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    On Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, Christian women, children and their families went to a park to congregate and celebrate their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The day turned to horror when they were targeted for their faith by an Islamic suicide bomber, who detonated his vest and killed 72 people while injuring hundreds more. The Pakistani Taliban, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, quickly took responsibility for the attack and specifically stated the crowd was targeted because it wasn't just any crowd, but a Christian crowd worshiping on one of their holiest, most joyous days.  "We claim responsibility for the...
  • Taliban says it targeted Christians in a park on Easter Sunday, killing 65

    03/27/2016 12:51:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | AP
    A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group has claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bombing in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 65 people. Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the Associated Press that a suicide bomber with the faction deliberately targeted the Christian community. The explosion took place near the children's rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park — which was crowded with Christians celebrating Easter — local police chief Haider Ashraf said. He said the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.
  • American Muslims describe fear of Brussels backlash

    03/27/2016 11:01:11 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 88 replies
    CBS News ^ | Adriana Diaz
    In a recent survey, 60 percent of American Muslims said they faced discrimination in the past year because of their religion.
  • The Latest: Taliban faction claims Pakistan park bombing

    03/27/2016 12:20:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Yahoo / Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2016 | AP
    A breakaway faction of the militant Taliban group in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bomb attack on a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed 60 people, and wounded 300. Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the Associated Press Sunday that a suicide bomber with the faction deliberately targeted the Christian community. He warned that more attacks would follow. Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says the explosion took place close to the children's rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, which was crowded with Christian families celebrating Easter.
  • Suicide bomber kills 65, mostly women, children in Pakistan park

    03/27/2016 11:45:49 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    al Reuters ^ | March 27, 2016 | MUBASHER BUKHARI AND MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK
    A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280 others, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political base of Punjab. The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few feet (metres) away from children's swings. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which occurred in a busy residential area during the Easter holiday weekend. Police said it was not clear whether the attack had deliberately targeted mainly Muslim Pakistan's small Christian...
  • Blast in crowded Pakistan park kills at least 60

    03/27/2016 11:05:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 27, 2016
    An explosion ripped through a crowded Pakistan park where Christians were celebrating Easter on Sunday, killing at least 60 people, officials told the Associated Press. About 300 people were injured when a bomb detonated in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the eastern city of Lahore. A suicide bomber is suspected of being responsible for the blast, though authorities continue to investigate. The explosion reportedly occurred just outside the exit gate and near rides for children. "When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air," Hasan...
  • PICTURES: Pakistan Suicide Bombing Targets Easter Celebration… **Update** 60 Dead, 300 Wounded...

    03/27/2016 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Mar 2016 | Mary Chastain
    Update — AP’s latest on casualty count: “A spokesman for the Punjab government says that a bomb attack on a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore has killed 60 people and injured 300.” An explosion in Lahore, Pakistan, has killed between 50-60 people, mostly women and children, and left hundreds injured as they celebrated Easter. Law enforcement said the explosion occurred near a large group of Christians celebrating Easter, according to the Associated Press: Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says the explosion took place close to the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park. He says the explosion appeared to have...
  • Egyptian paper: Israel-India nuke test caused tsunami

    01/06/2005 11:19:20 AM PST · by Lori675 · 51 replies · 3,473+ views
    The earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean on December 26, triggering a series of huge waves called tsunami, "was possibly" caused by an Indian nuclear experiment in which "Israeli and American nuclear experts participated," an Egyptian weekly magazine reported Thursday. According to Al-Osboa', India, in its heated nuclear race with Pakistan, has lately received sophisticated nuclear know-how from the United States and Israel, both of which "showed readiness to cooperate with India in experiments to exterminate humankind." Since 1992, the magazine argued, leading geological centers in Britain, Turkey and other countries, warned of the need "not to hold nuclear experiments...
  • Iran's Rouhani making first visit to Pakistan as president

    03/25/2016 5:57:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 6:43 AM EDT | Kathy Gannon
    Iran’s Hassan Rouhani arrived Friday in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first since becoming president, at a time when Saudi Arabia is courting Islamabad to increase participation in a new Saudi-led military alliance of mostly Sunni nations, a coalition perceived by Tehran as an anti-Shiite block. Pakistan, a majority Sunni country, has traditionally close ties with Saudi Arabia, which is hostile to Iran, a Shiite power. The kingdom accuses Tehran of supporting Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen against the internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. […] On the eve of his visit, Rouhani said that “constructive relations with...
  • US criticises India over nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile K-4

    03/25/2016 5:44:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 25, 2016 | Mugdha Variyar
    Days after India conducted the submarine launch of the nuclear-capable ballistic missile (SLBM) K-4, the United States expressed concern citing risks to nuclear security and regional stability. The ballistic missile launch was reportedly conducted in the Bay of Bengal March 7. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner raised the concern Wednesday while responding to a question by Pakistan's ARY News TV on whether US was concerned about India's "nuclearization" of the Indian Ocean. "We're concerned by any nuclear and missile developments that could potentially increase the risk to nuclear security or lower the threshold for nuclear use. And so we...
  • Did Pakistan Decide to Buy China’s Newest Attack Helicopter?

    03/23/2016 11:14:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 24, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Pakistan’s Army has for the first time publicly revealed the Changhe Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) Z-10 Thunderbolt attack helicopter during this year’s Pakistan Day parade, Defense News reports. The Z-10 is the first modern attack helicopter designed and produced domestically by the People’s Republic of China and been in service with the People’s Liberation Army since 2012. The helicopter gunship has been undergoing performance evaluations (on and off the battlefield) since 2015 when Pakistan purportedly received three Z-10s (along with one Z-19 Black Hurricane armed scout helicopter). Up to now, the Pakistan Army has not made an official announcement on...
  • Islamabad: Easter Will Be a Holiday for Christians; Holi and Diwali for Hindus

    03/21/2016 1:23:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/18/16 | Shafique Khokhar
    The resolution was presented by a Hindu deputy. Activists working on behalf of minorities appreciate the decision. Others point out some shortcomings: the holidays will be reserved only for religious minorities and not to the entire population. Focus needed on concrete respect for minority rights.Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Pakistani National Assembly has passed a resolution that grants holiday time for Christians to celebrate Easter and Hindus and their Holi and Diwali celebrations. The resolution is the work of Vankwani Ramesh Kumar, an Assembly member of the Hindu faith. While some minority rights activists appreciate the initiative, others point out that...
  • India may not buy Rafale? 'Build F16s, supply to Pak,' taunts French official

    03/17/2016 11:09:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | March 17, 2016 | Ajai Shukla
    Paris is beginning to acknowledge the possibility that India might not buy the Rafale fighter because of sharp differences over the price, and New Delhi’s insistence on enforceable guarantees regarding the fighter’s delivery, performance and availability. A senior French official with a close view of the on-going negotiations between New Delhi and Paris for 36 Rafale fighters told Business Standard on condition of anonymity: “If some people in the MoD do not want to allow the Rafale deal to go through, so be it. We are currently building it for Egypt and Qatar, and we could have another customer in...
  • Senate Committee Demands DHS Produce Whistle-Blower Smear Documents

    03/17/2016 7:52:19 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 6 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 03/17/2016 | Evan Gahr
    In a letter released Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson  60% (R-WI) asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for all documents and communications regarding the dismissal of ICE whistle-blower Taylor Johnson and his underlings’ secretive effort to discredit her to reporters. Confused by all these Johnsons? It’s hard not to be. The story also features a cameo by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  2% (D-NV). In 2013, Johnson, a decorated agent, was stripped of her gun and badge without explanation and placed on desk duty. The single mother of four was ousted right after Reid’s office...
  • A ‘catastrophe of epic proportions’

    03/16/2016 7:27:19 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 31 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/14/2016 | Niall Ferguson
    There is a powerful symbolism in the impending collapse of Iraq’s Mosul dam. Built on the cheap by Saddam Hussein in the early 1980s, it holds back up to 2.9 trillion gallons, roughly twice as much as Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. We all know what happened when Hurricane Katrina breached the levees around Pontchartrain’s south shore in 2005. No hurricane is needed to breach the Mosul dam. Built on a weak foundation of soluble gypsum, its stability has always depended on continuous grouting. In 2007 the US Army Corps of Engineers, alarmed by what they had found after the...
  • London ‘more Islamic’ than Muslim world — scholar

    03/09/2016 10:02:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:25PM GMT 09 Mar 2016 | John Bingham
    London is a more “Islamic” city than much of the Muslim world put together, a leading Muslim scholar has argued. Maulana Syed Ali Raza Rizvi, a prominent Shia cleric, who was born in Pakistan and studied in Iran, said he “feels more Islamic” in Britain than other countries because of the freedom to worship and the multicultural mix. He said Islam could be summed up as being about “love and justice”, but that the “Muslim political leadership” around the world was failing to foster this. …
  • FOR A COUPLE OF HUNDRED THOUSAND A SPEECH, IT MUST BE A GREAT SPEECH

    03/07/2016 8:54:06 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Bernie Sanders .. if you get paid a couple hundred thousand dollars for a speech, it must be a great speech. I think we should release it and let the American people see what that transcript was." Of course Hillary Clinton is not only refusing to release the transcripts, while claiming to be the most transparent modern politician, but her arrangement for those speeches required video to be pulled once the campaign began.
  • Paul to force Senate vote against Pakistan arms sale

    03/04/2016 3:55:42 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/4/2016 | Jeremy Herb and Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plans to force senators to vote on the State Department’s approval of $700 million worth of fighter jets to Pakistan using an obscure Senate rule that hasn’t been invoked in decades. The Obama administration cleared the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan last month. But Paul is invoking the obscure Arms Export Control Act of 1976 in a bid to shoot down the sale with a resolution of disapproval. "Over the last few years we have seen that Pakistan is an uncertain ally when it comes to cooperating with the United States,” Paul said...
  • Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain': Never Seen By Anyone in Winter

    03/03/2016 7:02:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Italian mountaineer conquers Nanga Parbat but 10 minutes was all he could allow himself to enjoy his achievement Simone Moro stood atop Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" last week and observed the curve of the Earth -- a view which had never been seen by anyone in winter until the climber and his team conquered Nanga Parbat. The expedition had taken three months and came more than six decades after the mountain was first summited, but 10 minutes was all Moro could allow himself to enjoy his achievement. "Now you have to come back... But you are so completely exhausted," the...
  • EU Leaders rip chunks out of each other on worst day of migrant chaos

    03/02/2016 5:44:59 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 43 replies
    UK Express ^ | 3/22016
    As tear gas rained down on rioting migrants in Greece and France bickering countries squabbled over who should take the blame for the spiralling crisis which shows no sign of slowing. Once again the cavernous divisions between different EU countries were laid bare for all to see, with Angela Merkel angrily defending Germany's role in the chaos amid sniping from other member states. In a day of unprecedented migrant violence thousands of refugees smashed down a border fence between Macedonia and Greece whilst inhabitants of the Calais Jungle camp set fires and hurled rocks at police as they attempted to...
  • The real-life hero of Flight 73 (flight attendant who died saving 359 lives inc. 39 Americans)

    03/02/2016 12:01:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 40 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd March 2016 | Sarah Steegar
    On September 5, 1986, Neerja was just two days away from her 23rd birthday. She was working her first flight as head purser on Pan Am Flight 73 when it was hijacked on the ground in Pakistan by four armed men. It was thanks to Neerja's lightning-quick thinking that the cockpit was warned and the pilots were able to escape — as is protocol — leaving the hijackers with no way to fly the plane. She also hid the passports of 41 American passengers so that the hijackers could not target them as intended; hiding some under seats and throwing...
  • IRAN SHOWS US THE MONEY

    02/27/2016 9:55:49 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | Feb 27, 2016 | COTT JOHNSON
    One thing George W. Bush got right: the Islamic Republic of Iran is an evil regime. It seems an elementary point. It seems obvious. The regime is responsible for the murder and disfigurement of many Americans. It is the proud supporter of terrorist organizations including but not limited to Hamas and Hezbollah. It is itself a tyrannical, murderous, terrorist regime. Yet President Obama is operating on a theory of international relations that has enriched and empowered the regime. Iran took at least $100 billion as the downpayment for its professed support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The JCPOA...
  • Afghanistan Welcomes Russia’s Military Assistance

    02/28/2016 4:50:07 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    Bakhtar News ^ | February 28, 2016 | Manager (?)
    Kabul (BNA) The Russian government has recently handed over its first military assistance consisting of 10000 Ak-47 to ANP. While the Afghan government sincerely appreciates Russian assistance and requesting further contribution for ANSF equipping and capacity building. A number of experts and law makers on the role of regional countries in war on terror who were optimist on these assistance and future of Afghanistan and believed that Moscow is concerned on influence of terrorists and extremists into their borders said that if regional countries make honest cooperation with us in the direction of restoration of stability, we would witness it...
  • Pakistan Arms Teachers to Protect Schools

    02/25/2016 11:05:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 February,2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Khyber Pakhtunkhua provincial government of Pakistan has its taken steps to make its schools harder targets for terrorists.  In December of 2014, it suffered the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history when seven foreign naitonals attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, the provincial capital.  The seven terrorists killed 141 people, 132 of them school children.  The attack may have been modelled after the Beslan school attack in 2004.  The Government of Kyber Pakhtunkhua has had a different response than the Russian one.  The Kyber government has authorized its teachers and other employees to carry guns.  An...
  • Taliban blow up girls' school in Pakistani tribal area

    02/20/2016 2:31:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | on Feb 20, 2016 @ 12:40 AM | Agence France-Presse
    There were no casualties, but the bomb destroyed three out of five classrooms of the government girls' primary school in Tiarza village of tribal South Waziristan, a local security official told AFP. Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the "Sajna" arm of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the school had been targeted because it was run by the military and the group was opposed to female education. Tariq told AFP that militants captured 18 people including school security guards and labourers before planting the explosive, but later released them. Since 2002, when the army moved into northwestern...
  • Congress Has 30 Days If It Wants To Block Sale Of F-16s To Pakistan

    02/16/2016 3:26:11 PM PST · by amorphous · 7 replies
    TruNews.Com ^ | 16 Feb 2016 | Rick Wiles
    The U.S. just approved the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan ostensibly for humanitarian reasons, but GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher finds the sale appalling, saying it will disturb the peace. "He is appalled by the sale, which is not conducive to peace in the region, the security of Balochistan, or our own national interest," Kenneth Grubbs, communications director Rohrabacher, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The Department of State announced Friday it was pushing ahead with the $700 million deal with Islamabad. With the F-16s in hand, the U.S. hopes Pakistan will ensure militants are unable to maintain...
  • 1.1-Million-Year-Old Stegodon Tusk Unearthed in Pakistan

    02/16/2016 10:19:58 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Discovery ^ | FEB 16, 2016
    A team of Pakistani researchers claims to have unearthed a 1.1 million-year-old stegodon tusk in the central province of Punjab, potentially shedding new light on the mammal's evolutionary journey. They've finally found a fossilized mosquito full of prehistoric blood! So a real "Jurassic Park" is right around the corner, right? Stegodonts, distant cousins of modern elephants, are thought to have been present on earth from around 11 million years ago until the late Pleistocene period, which lasted until the end of the last Ice Age around 11,700 years ago. The tusk measures some eight feet (2.44 metres) in length and...