Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Imran persuades Zardari to settle score against Sharifs

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan persuades President Asif Ali Zardari to settle score against Sharif Brothers.

Imran Khan said that after the decision of Supreme Court in Asghar Khan Case, "The President has the lifetime opportunity to take strict action against the Sharif Brothers who had taken money to establish IJI".

"In light of Supreme Court’s verdict, investigation should be launched against those who had taken money from secret agencies so that malign, corrupted elements could be eliminated," Imran said in a statement.

The PTI Chief said that it has been proved that money was given to establish IJI and it is also "Clear that so-called politicians had received the amount".

He said that the government should implement decision of the Supreme Court "At once" and disqualify those people who had received money.

"Today, corruption is common in all over the country. Punjab has become defaulter because of corruption and worst performance of its leaders," Imran said.

"President Zardari should take strict action against these people so that no body could dare to change the decision of public in the future," he said. "Corrupt Sharif brothers should not only be disqualified, they should also be held accountable," the PTI Chief said.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Swat to be renamed as Malalistan

Swat Valley is to be named after Teenage Chronicler Malala Yousafzai by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa Government. It will be called "Malalistan", thus becoming the first region to be named after a woman.

Many women in the valley welcomed the decision and uttered many words of appreciation. "Finally the Government has realized that a region should be named after a female. The move does not only honour Malala, but all the girls of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa,” said Sumaira.

"Malala is the daughter of this land, an upholder of girls’ rights and an activist who fights for the education of girls. There is no joy greater than that of living in Malaistan," said Neelam.

Girls from Swat expressed great pride over the fact that Malala belonged to their land. However, happiness over the Government’s decision to rename Swat was mingled with surprise.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Imran proves Waziristan as most dangerous

Amid fear of life, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan's decision to call-off his party’s Peace Rally halfway before reaching Waziristan for protesting against US Drone Strikes has proved that Waziristan is the most dangerous area in the World, and is actually a Safe Heaven of Militants where only Drones can be used as a successful tool to target the miscreants.

Imran Khan said that turning back from the Waziristan border was not a failure as he himself did not want the participants to be in the area at night.

PTI has been boasting that holding a rally to South Waziristan to Campaign against Drone Strikes was an independent decision of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. But its return halfway without entering the troubled region on the dictates of the Military, responsible for law and order there, was sufficient to doubt the party’s independence in decision making.

The PTI overran all blockades erected by the Civil Government on its way to Tank, where it ultimately gathered after being sent back by the Military establishment in the region. It said the rally was meant to spread the message of peace not to confront the law enforcement agencies.

The PTI’s double standards speak volume of its not paying heed to the Civil Administration asking it not to hold the rally in the Militant Heaven first place and then go beyond Dera Ismail Khan, but it acted only on the advice of the Military Administration to return so as to save participants from any Terrorist Attack.

The rally may be a success by the PTI’s standards in terms of attracting thousands of party workers along with national and international media broadcasting and reporting each and every movement. However, its return halfway re-established the fact that Pakistan has no control over the area, which is actually a bastion of Militants and where Drones are being used as a successful tool to target the outlaws who had taken refuge there after being pushed out of Afghanistan by the International Forces.

The argument that at least some political force in the country dared to question the Drone Attacks emphatically seems hilarious when it returned without meeting the victims or listening to their agony for being the inhabitants of an area in turmoil.

One wonders about the very rationale behind this Peace March. If it is being done to register protest against Drone Strikes, then one must bear in mind that in the last seven years, there were a total of 223 attacks in North Waziristan, while South Waziristan was targeted 76 times. Thus, the main target of drones is North Waziristan. Even this year, North Waziristan was targeted thirty two (32) times as opposed to South Waziristan, which experienced four (4) such attacks. If the idea is to reach the most affected area, then that is North Waziristan. And if the idea is to protest effectively against Drone attacks, then why risk the lives of a party leader and his supporters, while making things even more difficult for the already-overburdened security forces in the area.

The campaign turned out to be an attempt to befool the people of Pakistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and two Waziristans in particular, when it deliberately spared the Military Establishment and the Militants the whole saga that has culminated to the point of the use of Drones – said to be the most advanced tool in modern warfare across the globe.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Malala - The Brave Chronicler

Malala Yousufzai, a brave young girl, who during Taliban's Occupation of Swat chronicled her struggles to protect her homeland from being pushed to stone-age, was shot at by Unknown Gunmen. The Taliban have accepted responsibility for this attack, even giving a laundry list of justifications for targeting a child.

جدا ہو دیں سیاست سے تو رہ جاتی ہے چنگیزی

Alike the Afghan Queen Malalai of Maiwand, a Pashtun poet and warrior woman, who routed the British in the Second Anglo-Afghan war in 1878, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai achieved a similar feat. Her resilience and courage helped rout the mindset that opposed Female Education in the Swat Valley.

Malala rose to international fame for chronicling the plight of children for the BBC under the penname Gul Makai, during the Taliban Insurgency years.

"In 2008, when the Taliban imposed a ban on girls’ education in Swat, I floated an idea to publish a diary from any schoolgirl in Swat, to lend a human touch to the tragedy", said Abdul Hai Kakar, a former BBC Urdu journalist in Peshawar.

"I contacted her father, Ziauddin, to find a girl who could write the diary for the BBC but he could not find anyone – everyone was afraid", Kakar said.

“Ziauddin offered that his daughter can write, under her real name, but I gave her a pseudonym Gul Makai, for security reasons", he added.

The Blog, starting in late 2008, was published weekly.

"I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools", Gul Makai writes on January 3, 2009.

In November 2011, Malala was nominated for International Children Peace Prize by Dutch organisation KidsRights. She did not receive the award, but the government of Pakistan decided to acknowledge her efforts, and awarded her the first-ever national Peace Award. The award was also named after her.

Once recalling the Swat Nightmare Malala said "Taliban were pushing Swat back to the stone age with attacks on female education".

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dark Caribbean Wind is blowing again

The Legendary Dark Caribbean Wind has started to blow again, as West Indies has blown away Sri Lank in the World T20 Finale at Columbo. This is the first World Title for Windies since 1979 and their first ICC Title since 2004.

West Indies' First World Twenty20 win has stunned the home crowd, as they pulled off one of the most amazing turnarounds in Twenty20 history, especially given the stage. Marlon Samuels played simply the best Twenty20 International Innings ever seen when West Indies were down and almost out.

West Indies had been 14 for 1 after Power Plays and 32 for 2 after 10 overs, the fourth-worst scores at these points in the history of Twenty20 Internationals. They even took 17 balls to score the first run off the bat. Yet so breathtaking was Samuels' assault, never mind the wickets falling around him, that Sri Lanka were too stunned to respond.

Regret - Why did Afridi took back his retirement?

Nation regrets Pakistan's All-Rounder Shahid Khan Afridi's decision to take back his retirement from International Cricket for a third time.

After Shahid Afridi's worst performance in World T20 Semi-Final against Sri Lanka, the Nation is seriously regretting that why did Afridi took back his retirement from International Cricket for a third time, which he announced to protest the working of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Now Afridi has come under severe criticism following his dismal performance in the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka with some former players calling on the veteran All-Rounder to retire from International Cricket with immediate effect.

Once the darling of crowds and one of the most commercially viable figures in Pakistan, Afridi has turned from into a villain from hero following his disappointing show in the World Twenty20 where he manage just 30 runs with the bat and scalped four wickets.

In the past Afridi had announced his retirement on a number of occasions. First, in 2006, he decided to take a temporary sabbatical from Test Cricket to concentrate on ODIs. Then in 2010, he announced his Test retirement after Pakistan lost the first Test against Australia at Lord's. A year later he announced a "Conditional" retirement from international cricket to protest against the way he was "Humiliated" by the PCB, who had stripped him of his ODI captaincy.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hafeez starts where Misbah ends

Pakistan T20 Captain Hafeez seems to be the next generation of Misbah, as he played yet another horrible innings to get Pakistan knocked out from Word T20, when it really mattered.

Earlier Hafeez came back from yet another horribly slow start to his innings, but fell on 42 with some way to go for Pakistan.

Sangakkara stumped Hafeez off a grubber with 48 to defend in 35 balls. Hafeez, who had just opened up with an extra-cover drive, a reverse-swept four and a punch through covers, was this close to making this his own night, but it was to be Sri Lanka's, who won their first Twenty20 International at R Premadasa Stadium.

No doubt, Hafeez starts and Misbah ends with English Alphabet "H".

Was it a Semi Final or Sami Final?

Some precise bowling from Sri Lanka helped them usher a Woefully Sami-ish Pakistan out of the World T20 Tournament, as it again proved that Muhammad Sami's presense is in the squad always results in getting Sami-Style Hammering in the Semi-Final of a World Tournament.

Pakistan, who started off slow and steady, trying to keep wickets in hand were left ruing their conservative approach as they sought to score a 23 runs off the final six balls.

Sri Lanka will now face either Australia or West Indies in the Final.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Girls show Boys how to win against India

Pakistani Girls show Boys how to win against India in a Global Tournament, as the Pakistan Women Team defeated India in Women World T20.

Pakistan chose to bat but only three players made double figures. Sana Mir with 26 and Nain Abidi's 25 had laid a platform at the top of the order but their failure to go on exposed the rest of the order, of whom Asmavia Iqbal with 10 was the top score. Rasanara Parween returned the best figures, going for just 15 in her fours overs and picking up the wickets of Mir and Bismah Maroof for 3.

India also struggled for a significant contribution with the bat but Jhulan Goswami looked to be guiding them home. But when she fell for a 24-ball 21, 16 were needed from 10 balls which became 14 from the last over. Niranjana struck the first ball for four and worked a target of four off the final ball but it proved just beyond them.

Earlier, India completed Hat-Trick of victories against Pakistan in Mens World T20 Tournaments, as they beat Pakistan by eight wickets in their Group Two World Cup Twenty20 Super Eight Match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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