Pakistan : Rs220 billion custom fraud

Rs220b embezzlement unearthed in NATO containers transport

Dunya News unearthed country’s biggest custom embezzlement on Monday. According to the documents received by Dunya News, a Rs 220billion irregularities have been unearthed in the transportation of legal and illegal stuff to Afghanistan for ISAF forces.

Read more >>- DunyaNews

Promised Land!

The mountains that were climbed to get to Canada – By Natasha Fatah

Before I was born, my father was in and out of prison for leading demonstrations against Zia-ul-Haq’s military dictatorship.

In his mind, and that of many other liberals, Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq was threatening to turn Pakistan from a progressive, exciting country into a conservative, dogmatic Islamic republic.

At that point, the dictatorship was winning, so for the safety of his family my father left Pakistan.

I don’t think he wanted to leave, but we ended up spending years in Saudi Arabia and Holland. Then my younger sister came along and my family waited for a safe opportunity to return to Pakistan.

But that return was never to happen.

Eventually, we made our way to a new home in Canada. It was the best decision our family ever made. Canada is our Promised Land.

There is a funny thing about the idea of a promised land — it’s about the place that you end up, but it is just as much about the environment you are trying to escape.

Whether it was the Jews in the Bible trying to rid themselves of the tyranny of the Egyptians, or African slaves in the American South — people flee to this sometimes vague notion of freedom. Away from whatever it is that harms them and towards opportunity and dignity. We don’t always know where that promised land is, but we know it when we find it.

Read more >>- CBC

Is Pakistan becoming a country for extremists only?

Editor’s Note – By Rehana Hakim

NewsLine

Pakistan is fast becoming a state that will be habitable only for extremists: religious bigots who hold the view that only Muslims (as defined by them) have the right to live in this country – and that all non-Muslims are kafirs, infidels who are wajib-ul-qatl or deserve to be killed. Further, that all those who kill them are guaranteed a place in heaven, replete with houris and streams of milk and honey.

It’s criminal that those who harbour such hatred are being allowed to operate with impunity, to spout venom from the pulpits of mosques, to train in the Punjab government’s backyard while the head honcho feigns ignorance, even as his own law minister is seen hobnobbing with the Sipah-e-Sahaba at an election rally in Jhang.

To read full article, click here to go to  NewsLineMagazine

Courtesy:- http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2010/06/editor%E2%80%99s-note-june-2010/

Baloch leader meets Vice President Joe Biden, draw his attention to the Balochistan’s situation.

WASHINGTON, DC: (June 25, 2010) On the eve of United Nation’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the president of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), Dr. Wahid Baloch, met with Vice-President Joe Biden to draw his attention to the gross human right violations, ongoing military operation and enforced involuntary disappearances in Pakistani and Iranian Balochistan. …

Gorakh Hill Station

Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi

… For Gorakh Hill project, it is proposed that commercial centers and small houses for residence purpose and  small restaurants may be built up on the hill with necessary security so that tourism can take place and the purpose of the new project can be achieved in the very shortest possible time otherwise the cost of construction will increase and more financial burden will fall on the scant financial resources of the province of Sindh.

Beyond Madrasas

Possible Implications of “Beyond Madrasas” Report on US Aid to Pakistan and on Education in Sindh Province

By: Khalid Hashmani

A recent report “BEYOND MADRASAS – Assessing the Links between Education and Militancy in Pakistan” was discussed at a USAID sponsored event in Washington DC on Thursday, June 23, 2010. The report is written by Rebecca Winthrop and Corinne Graff; both are Fellows of Brookings Institution.

Continue reading Beyond Madrasas

Tariq Ali: Afghanistan — `Obama’s war’

By Tariq Ali

[The following talk was given on April 19, 2010, to mark the 30th anniversary of the London Review of Books. It first appeared at Guernica /a magazine of art and politics. It is posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal with Guernica’s permission.]

Afghanistan now is at a critical stage. And now I’m very glad to say that the London Review of Books, whose thirtieth anniversary we are commemorating, has over the years published myself and others on this subject, taking essentially a critical stance to this war because, as many of you will recall, it became fashionable all over the world, not just in the United States, to think of Iraq and Afghanistan as two very different wars. Which of course, on one level, they are. But I mean different moral values were placed on these wars by good-thinking people. The Iraq war was a bad war, which should never have happened; that is the view of large numbers of people in the United States today, and always was the view of an overwhelming majority of Europeans. …

For more >> Links International

What led the Tehrik-e-Taliban to issue this denial

Who made the call?

What led the PTT to issue this denial when the conversation was allegedly held between Hamid Mir and the Asian Tigers?

Mohammad Nafees

Who was the person, if not Hamid Mir, that talked to a terrorist and sealed the fate of the ex-ISI official, Khalid Khwaja? Who were the killers of Murtaza Bhutto if not those who were accused, tried, and then acquitted by the court? Who was the killer of Daniel Pearl if not Omar Saeed Shaikh who has been awaiting his fate since his arrest back in 2002? Who killed the daughter of the East, Benazir Bhutto, if not the person who was repeatedly shown on the TV channels carrying a pistol in his hand and targeting at Benazir? We may perhaps never know answers to all these questions during our life time but curiosity will continue haunting us to find the real culprits behind all those crimes.

There are claimers and disclaimers on the authenticity of the phone conversation that was allegedly held between the renowned journalist Hamid Mir and an associate of the newly emerged terrorist group, Asian Tigers. This conversation is claimed to have been made only a few weeks before the execution of the kidnapped ex-ISI official Khalid Khwaja who was himself a sympathiser and a supporter of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban …

For more >>- ViewPointOnline

G-20 : report of police violence against peaceful protesters in Toronto

///\\\///\\\///\\\///\\\

More at The Real News

///-///-///

Toronto is burning! Or is it? Black bloc tactics play into the state’s hands

By Judy Rebick

June 27, 2010 — Rabble — For people sitting at home and watching TV news last night, Toronto was burning. The same police car on Queen St West burned and blew up over and over again. The same image of a young man very violently smashing Starbucks windows appeared over and over again. Windows smashed all along Yonge Street. None of us had ever seen Toronto like this. It was shocking.

Most of the 400 protesters arrested last night and others who may have avoided arrest didn’t see that violence. From their perspective, they were facing a violent police state. These demonstrations, militant but overwhelming peaceful, were resisting the right of the police to hold them to Queen Street. They think the people have a right to protest in a place where political leaders can hear them. They had nothing to do with torching police cars or trashing windows.

For more >>- Links International