Justice Javed Iqbal’s Parents Murdered

LAHORE: The parents of Justice Javed Iqbal, a senior judge of the Supreme Court, were found murdered under mysterious circumstances in their house near Cavalry Ground on Tuesday night.

Courtesy: SAMAA TV (News Beat with Meher Bokhari, 12 Jan, 2011)

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Judiciary, parliament silent on Baloch

by Malik Siraj Akbar

Former Senator Sanaullah Baloch is among several top Balcoh nationalist leaders who have fled Balochistan because of increasing targeted killings of Baloch leaders and political activists. A former secretary information of Balochistan National Party (BNP), Mr. Baloch is widely respected as an argumentative champion of Baloch national rights through newspaper articles, interviews and presentations at national and international conferences. In an exclusive interview with the Sanaullah Baloch, Viewpoint spoke about the Balochistan imbroglio …

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Army Chief appears before Public Accounts Committee

PAC meet on canteen scam ends inconclusively

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meet on the canteen scam ends inconclusively. The army and the air force have divergent views from that of CAG and the PAC. PAC would hold further meetings to reconcile this.

It’s the first instance of its kin, serving chiefs have been asked to appear before PAC in connection with Canteen scam.

Army Chief General V K Singh, air chief V K Naik and naval vice chief D K Dewan met the PAC headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and with other MPs. The hearing is in connection with the alleged irregularities in the canteen stores supplies. The PAC meet was called after the CAG report pointed out irregularities in the supply chain management of rations by CSD.

General VK Singh, Army Chief, said, “I am happy to be at meeting. We made a presention on the issues raised by MPs on rations issued to soldiers.” …

Read more : The Times of India

A personal story! – by Dr. Shazia Nawaz

I was sitting with a white American female physician. Wonderful woman in her 40s who just adopted a child from China with cleft palate.

She is very religious. I said,” Muslims are very similar to Christians. We do believe that Mary was a virgin mother but we believe that “Jesus was only a miracle of God and not son.”

That doctor’s hands started shaking, her voice started trembling and she literally had tears in her eyes when she said with deep grief, ” Shazia that is our core belief. Our religion is based on that fact that Jesus was God and part of God was in him.”

Before that I did not really know that how strong this part of Christian faith was. I thank that God who created us all that USA does not have blasphemy laws. They let you debate. Or that day, my life would have been taken away from me.

This is what happened to that Christian woman, Aysia Bibi, mother of five children. Since birth she was told that Mohammad (P.B.U.H) [our beloved prophet and last prophet of God according to Muslim faith] is — a prophet (P.B.U.H). — She was beaten and her life was taken away from her and now she is in a jail cell. We all are going to die one day. If I see grave injustice, I would say it. Blasphemy laws can not be applied on non Muslims anyways and a Muslim scholar Javed Ghamdi sahib has said it.

It makes me very sad that a good man (Governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer) died speaking the truth. I have never called a dead politician Shaheed before but Salman Taseer was.

A cry in the wilderness – Kamran Shafi

….. For this monster does not only threaten the `bloody civilians`, it threatens all Pakistanis who might have a view different to the jihadis who, let me insist one more time (and mark my words), are readying themselves for a takeover of the Pakistani state, no less. For have our own soldiers — serving, retired, even their innocent children — been spared the wrath of the murdering terrorists? So depraved is their conduct in the quest for dominance that they do not even spare mosques and those who are in prayer as happened at Parade Lane, Westridge.

But back to Salman Taseer. He did not blaspheme by saying that the law on blasphemy was a faulty law which needed amending to make it more fair, under which innocent people would not be charged/ harassed/ killed as we have seen in umpteen cases. The government, which is now going blue in the face saying it has no intention of bringing changes to the law, should think again. The minorities too are citizens of this country and need the protection of the state.

Salman and I went back a long way, and even though I opposed vehemently his destabilising the Punjab government in which his own party was a coalition partner and then dismissing it — an act that was doomed to failure — I never quite lost a certain affection for him. He was brash; he was in-your-face; he was loud and brazen. But he was outside what he was inside.

When he was on the run during Ziaul Haq`s cruel dictatorship he hid in my home on Nisar Road for some days, always insisting that it was good the police and the intelligence agencies were as inefficient as they were so that people could hide from them for considerable periods of time. They did get to us one day but I had seen the three police vans parked near our house just as I drove out on an errand.

There were no mobile telephones then so I stopped at a neighbour`s and warned Salman of the impending raid. There was no acknowledgement from him, just silence. I drove back home to find the telephone off the hook where Salman had dropped it, the guestroom window open and no Salman. As he told me later, he dropped the telephone, jumped out the window and over the back wall, ran to the nearest road, flagged down a passing motorcyclist and vanished into thin air! That was the Salman Taseer I will remember. RIP. ….

Read more : DAWN

Pakistan : Will The Political Establishment Wake Up?

Will The Political Establishment Wake Up?

By: Agha Haider Raza

Our country is at a crossroad. Pakistan has come to a point where thousands believe they are righteous and have divine authority to carry out God’s acts on this earth. …

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