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UN probe: ISIS committing ‘crimes against humanity’ in Syria

GENEVA: ISIS is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a large scale in areas under its control in war-ravaged Syria, U.N. investigators said Friday.

In its first report focused squarely on acts by ISIS, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria presented a horrifying picture of what life is like in areas controlled by the extremist jihadists, including massacres, beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement and forced pregnancy.

“The commanders of ISIS have acted wilfully, perpetrating these war crimes and crimes against humanity with clear intent of attacking persons with awareness of their civilian or ‘hors de combat’ (non-combat) status,” the report said.

“They are individually criminally responsible for these crimes,” it stated, and called on the perpetrators to be brought to justice, for instance before the International Criminal Court.

Based on more than 300 interviews with people who have fled areas under the control of the jihadists, as well as photographs and video footage released by ISIS itself, the report paints a blood-chilling picture of life under its rule.

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Benazir’s blood will be avenged, for there are too many people out there whose lives she touched very deeply.

A committee and a half – By Kamran Shafi

The committee set up to fix responsibility for the hosing down of the site of Benazir Bhutto’s dastardly assassination is something to behold: a federal secretary, a provincial additional secretary and the vice chief of general staff of the Pakistan Army.

What a committee indeed, with a real general on it whose presence must strike the fear of God into the other members, one of whom is reportedly best buddies with the general being investigated! Only a very unique government of a very unique country could have set up such a committee.

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Maj-Gen Nadeem Ejaz: in the dock for many crimes – by Hamid Mir

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the history of Pakistan, political leaders from the Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have united against a serving . They want the government to start investigations against the said Army officer not only on one count but also on many others.

The dubious role of former DG Military Intelligence Major General Nadeem Ejaz was an important unifying factor behind a large consensus between the PPP, the PML-N, the PML-Q and other parties on the 18th Amendment. Nadeem Ejaz was responsible of victimising not only the PPP and the PML-N but also abused his unlimited and unchecked powers against some important leaders of the PML-Q as the DG MI. At one stage in April 2008, he wanted Musharraf to replace General Kayani because Kayani was not ready to involve the Army in safeguarding the political interests of Musharraf but this effort failed.

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Ex-MI chief Nadeem Ijaz ordered to wash Benazir murder scene

Ex-MI chief Nadeem Ijaz ordered CPO to wash Benazir murder scene

By Tariq Butt

Courtesy: The News

ISLAMABAD: The report of the UN fact-finding commission says the then Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO), Saud Aziz, had ordered to hose down the scene of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination at the Liaquat Bagh on the order of the chief of the Military Intelligence of the time, Major General Nadeem Ijaz, who was not only a relative of Pervez Musharraf but also a known crony of the former dictator.

The report lays a lot of blame on Saud Aziz on different counts, especially washing of the crime scene and lack of autopsy. He was posted as the CPO Multan immediately after the present government came to power.

The commission attached a great significance to the washing of the crime scene to eliminate the evidence that could have proved tremendously useful in investigations into the assassination.

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Bibi’s Murder and The Establishment

by Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX

Current hoopla about Gen. Nadeem Ejaz being questioned regarding the murder of Benazir Bhutto, and accusations of his involvement in the murder of Bugti and terrorizing/ torturing other politicians, makes it look as though Ejaz is the only serving ‘establishment’ officer in the history of the country to have resorted to the vicious antics.

Hamida Ghangro, the wife of Shaheed Nazir Abbasi, and all the other evidence presented so far, have been pointing at Brig. Billa, for mercilessly torturing Abbasi to death during Zia’s dark days. Has there been any action against him? Not even a suo moto action from the ‘independent’ judiciary. Not only does the murderer Brigadier enjoy the complete immunity, he is free to insult our intelligence via establishment- sponsored TV talk shows. Na mudaee na shahadat hisaab paak hua – yeh khoon-i-khaak nasheenan thaa rizk-i-khaak hua…..

Those hoping to see Gen. Nadeem and others murderers/ collaborator of Ms. Bhutto’s assassination from within the ‘establishment’ taken to task, must not forget that in the land of the pure, even a petty captain is free to commit any crime he wants with complete impunity.

Does anyone know if any action, even after the change in the army command, has been taken against Captain Hammad, involved in the rape of a lady doctor in Sui, Baluchistan?

Courtesy: Sindh e-lists, May 06, 2010

Shaheed Bibi, we are ashamed…

by Iqbal Tareen

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SINDH TV ON SHAHEED BENAZIR BHUTTO

How could we live with our conscious in peace without bringing assassins of Shaheed Raani to justice? Mohtarma was not a private person but a hope for 170 million peoples of Pakistan especially for the poor men, women, and children of Pakistan. No one even her husband or children have right to forgive anyone of her assassins or let them off the hook.

I know Bibi said “Democracy is a best revenge” but democracy without justice can’t deliver the revenge. Let us pledge not to rest until the culprits involved in this heinous crime are sent to court of law.

Let us fill up the streets, ring the tallest bells for justice and send a powerful message to Chief justice Chaudhry Iftikhar that civil society and peoples of Pakistan did not support him for restoration of Chief Justice but justice in Pakistan.

Above documentary was produced and released by Sindh TV News on Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary. It is an apology submitted to Shaheed Raani for failing to catch her assassins and conspirators. Please click http://vimeo.com/11411306 to watch this video.

May 3, 2010

Benazir Bhutto Assassination case and PPP

by Munwar Ali

… fact of the matter is that the Sindhi leaders and PPP leaders with whom we had lots of hope attached, have given us so many troubles that we don’t feel any appreciation for them. They are now letting the BBs murder go unaccounted for. This is just unfortunate and some times its hard to digest.

May 1, 2010

Justice for Benazir

by Iqbal Tareen

Let us go after the most powerful and obvious force behind assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and that is Pervez Musharraf. Once we get him into the trial room all truth will come out.

We must write letters to the government and leaders of any country where Musharraf finds a shelter. Let us close the circle on him. One Target, one Goal, and Tangible outcome is how powerful strategies are fed.

We are planning a public rally in front of the White House very soon. We will reach out to SANA, WSI, WSC, PPP, Muslim League (N), ANP, and all other human rights organizations seeking their fullest cooperation and participation.

After the UN commission report —Haider Nizamani

In Pakistan, Intelligence agencies have gone a tad too far in subverting the state they are supposed to serve. The [UN]commission is correct in observing that “pervasive involvement of intelligence agencies in diverse spheres, which is an open secret, has undermined the rule of law, distorted civilian-military relations and weakened some political and law enforcement institutions. At the same time, it has contributed to widespread public distrust in those institutions and fed a generalised political culture that thrives on competing conspiracy theories.”

Ordinary Pakistanis, especially those who cannot read English, should be given the opportunity to access the report in its entirety, instead of leaving them at the mercy of spin-doctors and prejudiced television anchors trashing the report.

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UN Report – Pakistan: A Rouge Estabilishment

VIEW: UN commission’s command performance —Syed Talat Hussain

Courtesy: Daily Times

The commission, from the very word go, builds up its argument of ‘rogue establishment’. This dimension of the report makes it arguably the most important document to have been produced in recent times. A document that is likely to become an international reference point against Pakistan’s ‘establishment’.

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Online Petition to Bring all Culprits in Benazir Bhutto’s Murder to Justice

Appeal to Bring all Culprits in Benazir Bhutto’s Murder to Justice

Although it took more than two years for the truth to come out from the UN but finally it came and it holds General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf responsible for the assassination of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. We demand from the Pakistan Government to pursue the cause of justice for Benazir Bhutto vigorously by taking immediate legal action against former Pakistani dictator, his agents and co-conspirators, and government officials pointed out in the UN report. We further demand that Pakistan’s various intelligence agencies, particularly Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) be re-organized so that they will protect our true leaders instead of serving dictators.

United Nations investigation team has identified many powerful individuals, agencies, and high level government officials including General Musharraf and his political allies abating the local investigation and creating a huge smoke screen by tempering evidence and by lying to the media and the world. Hosing down of the crime scene, refusal by ISI and local official to authorize autopsy in spite of the insistence of the medical team, denying required level of security to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, hurriedly commissioning Scotland Yard team to investigate cause of the death within very narrowly defined scope were a few examples of preemptive attempts by Musharraf regime to fake its sincerity into the investigation of this tragedy.

Please go to online Petition and sign it, click here or click the following link;

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/justiceforbhutto/

Musharraf was the main threat to Benazir’s safety – Toronto Star Editorial

Who killed Bhutto?

Who orchestrated the murder of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s brave champion of rule by the people, during her campaign in 2007 to restore democracy after years of military rule? We may never know. Suspicion pointed to Pakistani jihadists, Al Qaeda or the Taliban.

But Bhutto believed that former president Gen. Pervez Musharraf ” was the main threat to her safety,” a United Nations probe has just reported. Some in the Musharraf-era elite “saw her return to an active political life in Pakistan as a threat to their power.” Whatever the truth, the regime hd much to answer for.

Musharraf gave Bhutto “fatally insufficient  and ineffective” security, but provided “strngent” protection for leaders who favoured him, the UN panel found. His intelligence agents and officials then “severely hampered” the probe of her death. Police feared “involvement by the intelligence agencies,” bungled the probe and ruled out the “possibility of involvement by elements of the Establishment.”

There was “little to no focus on investigating those further up the hierarchy in the planning, financing and execution” of the murder. This UN post-mortem invites Pakistani to reflect on how far they have come in three years, and on where they need to go. The panel urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto’s widower, to hold a “credible” probe to end impunity for political crimes. He agreed. But many Pakistanis are skeptical.

Certainly, it isn’t a task for the faint-hearted. And conditions. And conditions are not ideal. Pakistan is battling a domestic insurgecy and grinding poverty. Relations with India are still fraught. Terrorists have their eyes on the country’s nuclear arsenal. In a world of instability and woe, the military and security services’ stock is bound to be high.

But as the UN report makes clear, Bhutto believed that strengthening democracy, not the self-seleced military/ security elite, is best guarantor of better days. For her, it was an idea worth dying for.

Courtesy: Daily Toronto Star, Monday, April 19, 2010, page A-16.