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  • US Drone Crashes in NW Pakistan: Official

    02/25/2012 10:01:20 AM PST · by kristinn · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2012
    MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone crashed in northwest Pakistan's tribal district near the Afghan border late Saturday, officials said. The unmanned aircraft came down in the mountainous Machikhel area about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, which is frequently targeted by drone strikes against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, military and security officials said. "A US drone crashed, apparently due to some technical fault," a military official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP. Security officials in the region confirmed the crash saying it fell in the mountains. The crash site...
  • Pak Blockade may Rocket Afghan Pullout Costs

    02/23/2012 3:58:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 20 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/23/2012 | Michael Hoffman
    If Pakistani leaders don’t open the military supply lines to Afghanistan in time for the U.S. military to withdraw in earnest, the cost of the pullout could grow four or even five times, a top Army commander said here Wednesday. As of Wednesday, the Pakistani supply routes for American forces into Afghanistan had been closed for 89 days. With no resumption in sight for normal supply lines, Army leaders are coming to grips with the startling reality the U.S. military might not have access to Pakistan’s ports to haul out the massive infrastructure it has built up in Afghanistan. The...
  • Pakistan receives US surveillance aircraft

    02/21/2012 1:59:38 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 21, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani navy took delivery Tuesday of two state-of-the-art, US-made surveillance aircraft nine months after Islamist militants destroyed two similar planes, officials said. Pakistan said the P3C aircraft, modified with the latest avionics, are designed to improve surveillance in the North Arabian sea, one of the world's most important shipping routes deeply troubled by Somali piracy. "The two aircraft have been delivered to the Pakistan navy. These aircraft have been provided under the foreign military funding programme," a spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, told AFP. Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year...
  • Iranian ships reach Syria, China warns of civil war

    02/20/2012 6:12:59 AM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies · 1+ views
    China accused Western countries of stirring civil war in Syria and two Iranian warships docked at a Syrian naval base, underscoring rising international tensions over the near year-long crisis. -excerpt- "Hama is cut off from the outside world. There are no landlines, no mobile phone network and no internet. House to house arrests take place daily and sometimes repeatedly in the same neighborhoods," an opposition statement said.
  • The Pakistan problem isn’t just the government. It’s the people

    02/18/2012 12:24:45 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 7 replies
    National Post.com ^ | Saturday, February 18, 2012 | Jonathan Kay
    Earlier this year, the BBC disclosed a secret NATO report, based on 27,000 interrogations with captured Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees, concluding that jihadis operating in Afghanistan continue to receive support and instruction from Pakistani military handlers. One interrogated al-Qaeda detainee quoted in the report declared: “Pakistan knows everything. They control everything. I can’t [expletive] on a tree in Kunar without them watching.”.... Most ordinary Pakistanis loathe America — indeed, not only America, but the whole of the non-Muslim world — and are only too happy to support jihad against the NATO forces next door in Afghanistan. Pakistani support for the...
  • [Pakistani Intelligence] ISI employed architect for Osama bin Laden compound: Report

    02/18/2012 10:39:21 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 18, 2012 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: An architect regularly employed by the ISI worked on the compound in which Osama bin Laden sheltered for years in Abbottabad and the slain al-Qaida chief communicated regularly with LeT from his hideout, a media report said today. Though the original property records for the compound near the elite Pakistan Military Academy have disappeared, the architect who worked on the structure was regularly employed by the ISI, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius quoted an intelligence source as saying. The architect reportedly was told that a "highly placed VIP" was coming to the compound, Ignatius wrote in a column posted...
  • Balochistan self-determination resolution tabled in US Congress, Pakistan angry

    02/18/2012 9:42:48 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 18, 2012 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's top leadership reacted angrily today to a resolution introduced in the US Congress seeking the right to self-determination for Baloch people, with prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani describing the move as an attack on the country's sovereignty. Gilani condemned the resolution moved in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher yesterday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Karachi Port, he said: "We condemn it as it is against our sovereignty". In a statement, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar took strong exception to the resolution on Balochistan, which has witnessed a spike in...
  • Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear Islamic bombs: Pakistan and Iran

    02/17/2012 3:10:31 PM PST · by Milagros · 13 replies
    "Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear bombs: Pakistan and Iran Today's photo-up of the three: Pakistani leader, Afghani leader and Iran's Ahmadinejad tells a lot. Obama has managed to spoil all the good relationship Bush has forged with Karzai. Naturally, Pakistan's nuclear bomb is more endangered as it turns more towards radical-Islamism. Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/pakistans-president-vows-to-continue-with-iran-pipeline-deal-despite-us-sanctions-warnings/2012/02/17/gIQA2IgcJR_story.html Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/17/zardari-vows-to-progress-with-iran-pipeline-deal.html
  • Regional peace in focus as Iranian, Afghan leaders reach Islamabad

    02/16/2012 6:31:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Friday, February 17, 2012 | Mohsin Ali
    Islamabad: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived here yesterday for a two-day visit to attend the Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan summit aimed at enhancing cooperation for peace and security in the region. Earlier in the day, Afghan President Hamid Karzai flew into the Pakistani capital. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani welcomed the visiting heads of state at the President House. Karzai and Gilani held a meeting during which they discussed the regional situation and bilateral ties and ongoing efforts for restoring peace in conflict-hit Afghanistan, officials said. President Zardari was to host a banquet for the Iranian and Afghan...
  • Eight ‘foreigners’ killed in second N.Waziristan drone strike

    02/16/2012 5:38:32 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes struck suspected militants in Pakistan’s tribal badlands on Thursday, killing at least 13 fighters in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, officials said. The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit. Five militants were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali,...
  • Brother of `rape` victim silenced outside court [Pakistan]

    02/10/2012 8:05:27 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    The Dawn ^ | 10 Dec 2011 | By Nasir Iqbal Khattak
    KARAK, Dec 9: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a young man as he came out of a court in Takht Nusrati after the proceedings of the alleged gang rape of his sister in Karak on Friday. Alamzeb Khattak, 24, had steadfastly supported his sister`s fight for justice in the face of threats and unrelenting pressure from the accused who include three policemen. His cold-blooded murder in the precinct of a court prompted the provincial home department order “a thorough and transparent probe into any security lapse” ... Police had arrested the four accused in the rape case, including inspector Peer Mohsin...
  • Shame covers sleaze [Pakistan]

    02/10/2012 7:55:15 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    The Dawn ^ | 11 Feb 2012 | Munawar Azeem
    ISLAMABAD: Sex scandals have rocked the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in recent months, with several faculty and staff members accused of preying upon the vulnerable female students or juniors. Many connected with the university admit that “seedy affairs had been going on in the holy precincts” for some time. But they did not speak on record. Acting president Sahabzada Sajidur Rehman of the university, however, confirmed that recently a professor and a librarian left the university after allegations of rape emerged against them. “We did not approach the police to investigate the allegations as it would have brought bad...
  • US drone strike kills 10 ‘Haqqani’ militants in Waziristan

    02/08/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by csvset · 6 replies
    Dawn ^ | 8 feb 2012 | Wire
    MIRAMSHAH: A US drone attack targeting a militant compound killed 10 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Wednesday, security officials said. Moreover, a BBC Urdu report quoted local authorities as saying that those killed in the strike were militants from the Haqqani network. Two missiles hit the compound located in Tappi, 10 kilometres southeast of Miramshah, the main town in volatile North Waziristan near the Afghan border, a military official in Peshawar said. “The attack triggered fire in the compound and 10 militants were killed,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised...
  • Al-Suri's Doctrines for Decentralized Jihadi Training - Part 1

    01/30/2007 9:28:53 AM PST · by Valin · 9 replies · 418+ views
    Jamestown.org ^ | 1/18/07 | Brynjar Lia
    The evolution toward smaller, more autonomous and decentralized organizational structures has been identified as a key trend in jihadi terrorism during the past few years [1]. Confronting amorphous structures and networks, which lack clearly identifiable organizational linkages and command structures and in which self-radicalization and self-recruitment are key elements, is a formidable challenge for security services [2]. The jihadi decentralization trend is clearly a result of counter-terrorism successes. These "defeats" have been scrutinized and digested in the writings of key jihadi theoreticians during the past few years. New roadmaps and operational concepts are being explored as the jihadis search for...
  • From US private school student to al-Qaida agent

    02/05/2012 6:06:17 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies
    (AP) via SFGATE.com ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:59 PST | GENE JOHNSON and CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press
    SNIPPET: "Moeed Abdul Salam didn't descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state's most respected universities." SNIPPET: "It is not clear to what extent Salam's family knew of his radicalism, but on his Facebook page the month before he died, he posted an image of Anwar al-Awalki, the American al-Qaida leader who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, beside a burning American flag." SNIPPET: "The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago."
  • Israeli Attack Will Prompt Pakistani Response

    02/05/2012 1:58:38 PM PST · by edpc · 57 replies
    YNet News ^ | 5 Feb 2012 | Dudi Cohen and AP
    Is the world counting down to "D-Day"? After US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta estimated that Israel would attack Iran by June, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned government officials against "Iran chatter," A European diplomat based in Pakistan said that if Israel attacks, Islamabad will have no choice but to support any Iranian retaliation. The diplomat's statement raised the specter of putting a nuclear-armed Pakistan at odds with Israel, which is widely believed to have its own significant nuclear arsenal.
  • U.S. 'Disgusted' With China, Russia Veto on Syria Resolution

    02/04/2012 2:39:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/12 | David Lev
    In a move that was decried by the U.S., France, and Arab countries, Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a U.S.-backed proposal at the UN Security Council to condemn Syrian leader Bashar al-Assed for violence against Syrian citizens. The resolution that had demanded that Assad resign was backed by the Arab League, and the League on Saturday night called on Arab countries to shut down their embassies and consulates in Syria, and remove Syrian ambassadors from their countries. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said that Washington was "disgusted" by the vetoes. The vetoes followed a particularly bloody night...
  • American-Inspired Pakistani Fashion Hits the Dusty Streets Islamabad

    02/01/2012 10:50:58 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 02, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Ah, the religion of peace Note: the (totally broke) US has given Pakistan  (who hate us and hid Bin Laden) BILLIONS in aid ...
  • Pakistan is helping Afghan Taliban, says Nato report (ISI in cahoots with Taliban)

    01/31/2012 8:36:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 2+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/31/12 | BBC
    The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC. The leaked report, derived from thousands of interrogations, claims the Taliban remain defiant and have wide support among the Afghan people. It alleges that Pakistan knows the locations of senior Taliban leaders. A BBC correspondent says the report is painful reading for international forces and the Afghan government. Pakistan has strenuously denied any links with the Taliban on previous occasions. "We have long been concerned about ties between elements of the ISI and some extremist networks," said US...
  • Panetta concerned about doctor who helped in bin Laden raid

    01/28/2012 10:47:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 1/28/12 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is acknowledging publicly the key role a Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States ahead of the strike on Osama bin Laden's compound last May that killed the terrorism mastermind. The doctor who provided key information ought to be released, Panetta told CBS's "60 Minutes" in a segment set to air Sunday. "I'm very concerned about what the Pakistanis did with this individual," Panetta told CBS. "This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation. And he was not in any way...
  • Panetta: Officials in Pakistan had to know about bin Laden

    01/27/2012 5:06:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    60 Minutes/Panetta Video at link. 1 1/2 minutes. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says he believes government authorities in Pakistan knew about the whereabouts of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. "I personally have always felt that somebody must have had some sense of what was happening at this compound," said Panetta about the fugitive's hideout in an interview to air Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes. The terrorist leader was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May. The operation was carried out without the cooperation of Pakistani authorities. "Don't forget, this...
  • Duqu, Stuxnet malware developed by same group (screwed Iran - big time)

    01/26/2012 6:57:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Newsbytes ^ | 1/20/12
    Duqu, Stuxnet malware developed by same groupPosted on 20 Jan 2012 at 2:29pm The infamous Trojan software Duqu and Stuxnet were developed by only one group of malware developers, according to Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab. In fact, Kaspersky said the malware development team could already have developed other malwares using the same platform that was flexibly adaptable to specific targets. Kaspersky released a report stating that Duqu and Stuxnet, as well as a number of malware discovered in 2011 were using a development platform called “Tilded,” citing the use of the tilde symbol (“~”) in many of these malware....
  • Spiders in Pakistan encase whole trees in webs - weird pics at link

    01/09/2012 9:00:26 AM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 3/11 | Mother Nature Network
    Even the elders in Pakistan's Sindh province admit they've never seen anything like it: whole trees encased in webs by millions of invading spiders. The mysterious phenomenon may be an unexpected result of the devastating floods that swept over Sindh in 2010, reports Wired. According to scientists, the spiders likely collected in the trees after fleeing from the rising floodwaters. At their height, the floods covered as much as a fifth of the country and displaced as many as 20 million people. One unexpected blessing from the bizarre post-flood event is that the hungry spiders seem to be significantly reducing...
  • Colorado Muslim Arrested on Islamic Terror Charges

    01/23/2012 1:52:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    The media will spend the next ten years with their heads up their sphincters trying to determine motive. Hmmm ..... what could it be now? For those of us in the media who have not surrendered to jihad (all three of us), we have noticed a decided uptick in this activity. Arrests in the US are weekly now, sometimes daily. Nothing to see here, folks, keep it moving until the next catastrophe. And then the enemedia and Hamas-CAIR operatives in DC will blame ...... counter jihadists. :) Colorado man arrested on terrorism AP (hat tip Ken) AURORA, Colo. (AP) —...
  • Taliban Releases Horrific Video Executions of 15 Pakistani Soldiers

    01/22/2012 9:34:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Januay 23, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full Title:Handcuffed, Blindfolded, Shot in the Back of the Head: Taliban Releases Horrific Video of Executions of 15 Pakistani Soldiers Blindfolded and handcuffed to each other on a barren hilltop, Pakistani soldiers wait for death at the hands of a merciless Taliban fighter. Fifteen men were lined up for execution, the chilling scene captured on film by the Taliban for a video released as a warning to the Pakistani army operating near the Afghan border. The Frontier Corps soldiers were seized last month in what the Taliban said was an operation to avenge the deaths of insurgents in Pakistan. The...
  • Taliban video shows execution of Pakistani soldiers

    01/22/2012 2:52:44 PM PST · by Daffynition · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Jan 2012 | RJSpencer
    The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the killings. The 15 FC (Frontier Constabulary) personnel were kidnapped late last month after a night-time raid on a checkpoint in the northwestern town of Tank. Pakistan's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border, including North Waziristan, are rife with home-grown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives.
  • 1971 War: How Russia sank Nixon’s gunboat diplomacy

    01/19/2012 3:16:51 PM PST · by ravager · 32 replies
    Indrus.in ^ | December 20, 2011 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Exactly 40 years ago, India won a famous victory over Pakistan due to its brilliant soldiers, an unwavering political leadership, and strong diplomatic support from Moscow. Less well known is Russia’s power play that prevented a joint British-American attack on India. Washington DC, December 3, 1971, 10:45am. US President Richard Nixon is on the phone with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, hours after Pakistan launched simultaneous attacks on six Indian airfields, a reckless act that prompted India to declare war. Nixon: So West Pakistan giving trouble there. Kissinger: If they lose half of their country without fighting they will be...
  • How India brought down the US’ supersonic man

    01/19/2012 4:23:21 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 87 replies
    The 1971 India-Pakistan war didn’t turn out very well from the US’ point of view. For one particular American it went particularly bad. Chuck Yeager, the legendary test pilot and the first man to break the sound barrier, was dispatched by the US government to train Pakistani air force pilots but ended up as target practice for the Indian Air Force, and in the process kicked up a diplomatic storm in a war situation. Yeager’s presence in Pakistan was one of the surprises of the Cold War. In an article titled, “The Right Stuff in the Wrong Place,” by Edward...
  • Girls being raped and tortured ( Forcible conversions in Pakistan )

    01/16/2012 9:30:07 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    The News International ^ | January 16, 2012
    I saw two of my daughters being raped in front of me,” an old lady from Essa Nagri told The News ... Forcible conversions Within the past three months, nine women have been abducted and forcibly converted to Islam. MPA Javed adds that the purpose is not to gain good deeds, but to sell them. A majority of the Christian girls converted are married, he says. According to reports he received from different areas of the city, the abducted women are later sold to feudal lords in Sindh and Punjab. Citing a recent example, Javed says that in Essa Nagri,...
  • An American Born Shaheed (Martyr), Abu Adam Jibreel

    01/16/2012 12:38:47 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    ALBALAGH.net ^ | POSTED: 26 SAFAR 1422, 20 MAY 2001 | By Abdur-Raheem As-Siddiqi
    SNIPPET: ""All I want is shahadah in Kashmir. I don't want to be famous or well known." Those were the words of Abu Adam Jibreel al Amreekee as we walked around the center in Muridke, Pakistan. As we strolled around the giant masjid and school and looked at the horses at the horse stable we talked of the difficulties in training and jihad in general. Abu Adam was only nineteen years of age when he went to the killing fields of occupied Kashmir. Born into a considerably wealthy family in Atlanta Georgia, Abu Adam had always excelled in most of...
  • Pakistan Taliban leader reported dead in US drone strike (Hakimullah Mehsud)

    01/15/2012 10:12:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo New via Associated Press ^ | 01/15/2012 | By ZARAR KHAN,
    ISLAMABAD – Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. A Taliban official denied that. The report coincided with sectarian violence — a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession. The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North...
  • Hakimullah Mehsud possibly dead in US strike

    01/15/2012 8:11:03 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    GEO TV ^ | 15 january 2012
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence officials say they have intercepted militant radio communications indicating Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud may have been killed in a recent US drone strike. The officials said Thursday they overheard Taliban militants in around a half a dozen intercepts discussing whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticised others for talking about the issue over the radio. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the...
  • Pakistan to blitz Bin Laden’s final hideout live on TV to prevent it becoming a shrine

    01/11/2012 4:36:05 PM PST · by Daffynition · 14 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 11th January 2012 | Anthony Bond
    Osama Bin Laden's hideout will be spectacularly destroyed by the Pakistan military in front of TV cameras, it has emerged. Military chiefs plan to launch rocket propelled grenades at the mansion hideout in Abbottabad. It will then be bulldozed in order to prevent the walled complex from becoming a shrine to the former Al Qaeda leader.
  • India, Israel vow to augment ties, jointly confront terrorism

    01/10/2012 7:56:10 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    Rediff News ^ | January 10, 2012 | Rediff News
    India and Israel on Tuesday vowed to upgrade their relations in all fields and work out a joint strategy to "checkmate" terrorism, while deciding on a roadmap to elevate cooperation in multiple areas like defence, agriculture, trade and hi-tech over the next two decades. Setting the ball rolling, Krishna, who is the first Indian foreign minister to visit Israel in over a decade, called Israel a "natural ally" in all frontiers during his over one-and-a-half hour breakfast meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, a rare gesture accorded to only dignitaries from countries sharing special relations with Israel. After his...
  • The Rise of Atheism in Pakistan

    01/10/2012 5:29:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 01/10/2012 | Ghaffar Hussain
    An increasing number of young Pakistani’s are adopting Atheism and openly questioning the existence of a God. Many analysts have attributed this trend to the rise of Islamist militancy in Pakistan as well as access to social media and other technological tools that allow people to share and explore new ideas. A Facebook group called ‘Pakistani Atheists and Agnostics’ was launched a few months ago and has already attracted over 800 members. I caught up with the founder of this group, a young Pakistani Technologist operating under the pseudonym ‘Hazrat Nakhuda’, in order to discuss this new phenomenon. _______________________________________ Ghaffar:...
  • Osama bin Laden Death Lands al-Qaeda in Hard Times: Analysts (a heart-warming story)

    01/10/2012 1:01:39 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 8 replies
    National Post.com ^ | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Michel Moutot
    PARIS — The death of Osama bin Laden last year severely damaged Al-Qaeda’s finances and left the shadowy network struggling to survive in the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan, analysts say. Deprived of its historic leader, whose legendary name drew in generous contributions from rich families in the Gulf, Al-Qaeda’s money troubles have forced it to scale down its activities, they said. “When Osama was alive, Al-Qaeda had more money,” said a senior security official in in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar.... Zawahiri has neither the stature, the influence nor the networks to collect funds from Gulf donors and...
  • Christian editor receives death threats from Pakistan Islamists

    01/09/2012 5:52:00 PM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 1-6-12 | Ahmar Mustikhan
    A Pakistani Christian editor has said he receives hate mails and death threats on a daily basis from Pakistan for carrying reports on the persecution of Christians in the South Asian country. Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti, editor of the Pakistan Christian Post who doubles as founder of Pakistan Christian Congress, Thursday received one such email in whch Aasia Bibi, who is languishing in jail for alleged blasphemy, and former Punjab governor Salman Taseer and minorities affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who were assassinated last year for crusading to end the blasphemy law, were called harami or bastards. A defiant Bhatti said...
  • Pope highlights Christian persecution in speech to diplomats

    01/09/2012 1:44:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | January 9, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Pope Benedict XVI attends his annual meeting with Holy See Diplomats at the Hall of the Throne on January 9, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. Credit: Stefano Carofei-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images Vatican City, Jan 9, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict stressed the plight of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in his annual address to Vatican-accredited diplomats on Jan. 9. “In many countries Christians are deprived of fundamental rights and sidelined from public life; in other countries they endure violent attacks against their churches and their homes,” the Pope reminded the 179 diplomats accredited to the...
  • Musharraf to return to Pakistan, lead party in polls

    01/08/2012 4:23:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 8, 2012 2:47pm EST | Faisal Aziz
    Exiled former president Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday he would return to Pakistan later this month to lead his recently formed party in campaigning for a parliamentary election, despite the possibility of his arrest and concern over his security. "There are efforts to scare me, but these people don't know that I'm not among the afraid," Musharraf told a rally of about 8,000 supporters in the commercial center Karachi via video link from Dubai. The former general said he would return between January 27 and 30 and dismissed concern about his security. "I have fought wars. I am not scared...
  • Musharraf calls for rescue of Pakistan-U.S. relations

    01/08/2012 1:38:38 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 8, 2012 | Amena Bakr
    Urgent action is needed to salvage Pakistan's dire relations with the United States, former president Pervez Musharraf told Reuters on Sunday, after announcing he would return home soon to re-enter politics. U.S.-Pakistan relations were plunged further into crisis in November when NATO helicopters and fighter jets killed as many as 28 Pakistani troops in attacks on two military outposts in northwest Pakistan. "Today Pakistan-U.S. relations are at their lowest, this is because of a trust and confidence deficit," Musharraf told Reuters in an interview in Dubai.
  • Ex-President Musharraf says he will return to Pakistan this month

    01/08/2012 11:08:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 8, 2012 | 10:04 am
    REPORTING FROM ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- Former President Pervez Musharraf said Sunday that he planned to return to Pakistan in late January to prepare to campaign for elections, but authorities said he would be arrested as soon as he arrived at the airport. Musharraf made the announcement by phone from the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai to a gathering of supporters in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, saying he would arrive between Jan. 27 and Jan. 30. “I ran Pakistan successfully for 10 years and steered it toward prosperity,” Pakistani media quoted Musharraf as saying. Musharraf is wanted in Pakistan on charges...
  • Pakistan ties with Israel? Why not, asks Musharraf

    01/07/2012 10:58:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 7, 2012 5:46am EST | Qasim Nauman
    Pakistan should consider establishing ties with Israel, said exiled former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, remarks likely to anger many in the Muslim-majority country where he hopes to make a political comeback. Musharraf, who resigned in 2008 in disgrace, has said he plans to return to Pakistan this month, despite possible arrest, in order to participate in a parliamentary election due by 2013. … Speaking in favor of relations with Israel could make Musharraf more unpopular, especially among militants who made several attempts on his life with bombings because of his support for the U.S. "war on terror" following the 9/11...
  • F-16 supply to Pakistan to continue, says US

    01/06/2012 11:00:59 PM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON: Despite all the hissing and spitting from both sides in course of a deteriorating bilateral relationship, the Obama administration has clarified that the United States is continuing to supply new F-16s to Pakistan and upgrading the existing fleet. "Some media have reported a stoppage in the US-Pakistan F-16 program. These reports are not accurate. Neither Pakistan nor the United States has cancelled the F-16 program," a US official said on Thursday, contesting some of the virulent anti-US grievances published in the Pakistani press. The official maintained that planned delivery of the last "new-buy" F-16 purchased by Pakistan is scheduled...
  • Afghanistan's Long Way Back to Peace

    01/06/2012 11:20:54 AM PST · by Neville Chamberlain · 1+ views
    WAAM 1600 Ann Arbor via YouTube Video ^ | January 4, 2012 | Darrin Moore
    If there are no easy answers or good choices about what America should do in Afghanistan/Pakistan, what are the most promising and prudent complex answers and the best bad choices? I know it's a difficult, disturbing subject, but please take a look at what I am sure you'll agree is a fair and thoughtful discussion about America's involvement in Afghanistan. You'll be far better informed at the end of this video. Darrin talks live with Colonel Tim Kirk in Kabul about Afghanistan and Pakistan's prospects for peace. Ambassador Chris Alexander's illuminating new book The Long Way Back is distilled.
  • Chinese premier vows closer military exchanges with Pakistan

    01/06/2012 1:09:46 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Xinhua.net ^ | 4 Jan 2012 | Xinhuda
    BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday, vowing to support closer military exchanges between both countries. "China will consistently support Pakistan's efforts to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as back the country's economic growth and improvement of its people's livelihoods," he said. Wen expressed his belief that the government, armed forces and people of Pakistan will work together to overcome the challenges facing them and achieve more rapid development. In the face of complicated regional and global situations, cementing coordination between China and Pakistan and...
  • Pakistan will take steps to credibility of its nuclear deterrence against India

    01/03/2012 9:15:16 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 1 replies
    Pakistan today said it will take steps to maintain the credibility of its nuclear deterrence following India's decision to acquire a Russian nuclear attack submarine on a 10-year lease. "We are looking at these developments very closely. Rest assured, there will be no compromise in terms of maintaining the credibility of our deterrence," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said during a weekly news briefing. Basit was responding to a question about Pakistan's response to India's acquisition of an Akula-II class submarine on lease from Russia and the construction of another indigenous nuclear submarine. At the same time, Basit said Pakistan...
  • Caterpillar locks out workers in Canada

    01/02/2012 6:38:28 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 15 replies
    nytimes ^ | January 2, 2012 | Ian Austen
    Snips from Excerpt only website: A lockout late Sunday of about 465 workers at a Canadian locomotive factory owned by a Caterpillar unit has renewed debate in Canada about the labor impact of foreign ownership. The action came after the employees in London, Ontario, rejected a contract proposed by Electro-Motive Canada. The Canadian Auto Workers union said the proposal would cut wages in half, substantially reduce benefits and end the current pension plan. But some of the union’s executive members have suggested that Caterpillar’s contract demands were intended to provoke a shutdown of the Canadian factory as a prelude to...
  • Militants agree to truce with Pakistan, unite against NATO

    01/02/2012 1:11:26 PM PST · by Blackyce · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 2, 2012 | Tom Hussain
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani Islamist militants on Sunday pledged to cease their four-year insurgency against Pakistani security forces, and join the Taliban's war against NATO troops in Afghanistan. The agreement reunited four major Pakistan-based militant factions under the flag of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban chief, an announcement by the militants said. Security experts in Islamabad said the agreement to end the insurgency with Pakistan was a dual-purpose tactical move by the Taliban. It has lost hundreds of fighters during a two-year surge of U.S. forces in its southern Afghanistan strongholds. The Pakistani militants, too, have been pummelled by security...
  • Al Qaeda, Taliban Call on Pakistani Militants to join Clashes in Afghanistan (against U.S.)

    01/02/2012 12:27:41 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Prominent Al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban fighters asked Pakistani militants in a pair of rare meetings to set aside their differences and step up support for the battle against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday
  • Iranians held in Pakistan over cross-border attack

    01/01/2012 9:55:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Pakistan Tribune ^ | Monday, January 2, 2012 | AFP
    Pakistan detains Iranian border guards after they allegedly killed a Pakistani national. Pakistan on Sunday detained three Iranian border guards after they allegedly crossed the border and shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national, local Pakistani officials said. The Iranians reached Mazan Sar Mashkail, in Washuk district, three kilometres (1.8miles) inside Pakistan where they opened fire on a vehicle they were chasing, according to officials in Balochistan. "All three personnel of Iranian border security force were taken into custody for their penetration inside Pakistan and killing a Pakistani national on our soil", Saeed Ahmad Jamali, Deputy Commissioner of Washuk...