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Pakistan’s 30 questions for India

When Rehman Malik presented the findings of the investigation being carried out by Pakistan regarding the Mumbai attacks, he said to the reporters that around 30 questions have been sent to India and further investigation is tied to the prompt reply from the Indian Government.

Following are those thirty questions:

1. Authenticated copy of confessional statement of Ajmal Qasab recorded by the judicial authorities

2. National Identity Card number of Ajmal and other documentation/ diaries recovered from his possession.

3. Cell phone numbers used by Ajmal in the past, if disclosed during interrogation.

4. Detailed description and further particulars / maximum information of reportedly killed terrorists deposed by Ajmal during interrogation with Indian Police.

5. The digital note books/ diaries recovered from killed terrorists.

6. Authenticated copies of seizure memos of all the articles recovered from or belonging to accused terrorists along with their photographs.

7. Authentic forensic analysis reports of mobile / satellite phones and or any other evidence establishing connectivity and communication of the terrorists with militants based abroad along with identifying particulars.

8. Logs of cell phone interceptions.

9. Detailed transcripts of conversation amongst the terrorists during the terror activity from 26 to 28 Nov as well as with their handlers.

10. Cell-phone numbers targeted for transcripts immediately after the terror strike.

11. Intercepted voice recording identified by Ajmal Qasab as of Abu Hamza and Kahfa etc for voice analysis, as well as further details about alleged handlers ‘Abu Hamza’ and ‘Kahfa’.

12. Thuraya telephone forensic analysis including:

a) Numbers in stored memory.

b) Called numbers /log

c) SMS messages

d) Any other information

13. Forensic analysis of cell phones, recovered from the possession of accused including:

a) Dialled numbers

b) Missed and received calls.

c) Last location

d) Photographs / movies

e) Audio recording

f) IMEI no. & SIM IMSI no

g) Screen shots etc

14. Fingerprints of all the ten accused for comparison with available database.

15. Fingerprints lifted from recovered weapons, personal articles and navigation devices etc. of the accused required for comparison.

16. Clear photographs of the accused for identification and matching with the national database.

17. DNA profiles of all the terrorists arrested / killed.

18. Post mortem reports of all the killed terrorists.

19. Forensic analysis and photograph of engravings on Yamaha engine including the tampering of letters on the engine. Two letters are missing. Complete engine number must be provided.

20. Photographs of engravings on pistols /SMGs recovered from the accused for identification.

21. Confirmation as to whether the pistols used by the terrorists were 9 mm! The picture of pistol shows a TT 7.62 MM (30 Bore) and CAL-30 is clearly visible.

22. Headers of the email received from deccanmujahideen@gmail.com claiming responsibility and clarification as to which specific media received the same.

23. Complete and date wise CCTV footage of all the incidents.

24. GPS data regarding travelling log, location to check log and coordinates, etc. for identifying the launching area. This is important because certain ambiguities have been noticed in the information already provided. For instance, if the terrorists started in a small boat from Karachi at approximately 0800 hours on 22nd Nov, then how come MOB waypoint is showing the boat’s position near Keti Bandar nearly one hour before this time? Out of 17 waypoints, only three have date stamps and remaining is without the same, creating doubt whether these points are authentic or created through GPS.

25. GPS operation is dependent on internal or external batteries, thus following points need elaboration:

a) If internal batteries were used, a large cache of batteries were required to keep them operative for more than six days.

b) If external batteries were used on boat then picture / evidence of the same should have been included in the list of items recovered from ‘Kuber’.

c) Picture labelled ‘Thuraya satellite phone found in Kuber’ is of GPS of Garmin Company as GPS navigation buttons, waypoint names on screen and company name are clearly visible.

26. Photograph identified by Ajmal as Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi.

27. Relevant information pertaining to tailor / company marks, brand names as well as dry cleaning or laundry stamps on clothes seized.

28. Google earth does not carry details of security systems, various entries / exit points, inner details. Such like information requires extensive physical reconnaissance and establishment of control centre within targets. Further details are required.

29. Why did the terrorists not come to the notice of Gujrat and Maharashtra Governments after having travelled by sea in their territory including reported refuelling enroute? Besides, how did they manage to evade so many coastal radars?

30. Details of interrogation reports of Mukhtar Ahmed (Counter-insurgency Officer) and Tausif Rehman, both Indian nationals, arrested after Mumbai attacks on charge of providing SIMs to the terrorists.

Additional Information Required:

The eye witness account of Jugdev, the only survivor boarding the vehicle of ATS Chief Mr Hemant Karkare, accompanied by two other senior police officers in the same vehicle namely Mr Salasker and Mr Kamteis required to be examined by investigators in Pakistan. It is necessary as Mr Karkare was investigating the cases against militants in mass scale killings of Muslims in India including Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, reportedly involved in Samjhota Express incident.

Linkages between diamond merchant firm Surat, Gujrat and some Hindus in Pakistan need to be clarified as the diamond merchant was alleged to sponsor Malegoen blasts through Col Purohit.

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Mergers in terrorism

One must have heard about mergers in business world where two or more corporations or businesses combine their operations in a strategic manner to attain their common business goal i.e. to earn profits. But how about mergers in terrorism as was announced today in Waziristan

Taliban leaders Baitullah Mehsud, Maulvi Nazir and Maulvi Hafiz Gul Bahadur have formally announced forming of a new group named Shura Ittehad-ul-Mujahideen. Shura Ittehad-ul-Mujahideen said in its announcement that it will follow Mula Muhammad Umer as its Amir-ul-Maumineen.

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Public Utility Charges – but what for?

This month citizens of Karachi have received (or will receive it if they have not yet) a new kind of bill or rather a tax which they are liable to pay to the City District Government (CDGK) for using its infrastructure i.e. roads, bridges, flyovers, parks, underpasses and streetlights – and for benefiting from its ‘solid waste management system’. This new tax, Public Utility Charges (PUC), will help CDGK earn upto Rs 2 billion annually to cover their budget deficit. The bills would be issued on a quarterly basis and would have separate charges for residential, commercial and industrial property.
For residential houses/plots/flats, the per month charges are as follows:
  • Rs 70 for an area up to 80 square yards
  • Rs 150 for 81 to 120 square yards
  • Rs 200 for 121 to 240 square yards
  • Rs 300 for 241 to 500 square yards
  • Rs 500 for 501 to 1,000 square yards
  • Rs 800 for areas above 1,000 square yards.

Commercial units established on 200 sq yards to 10,000 sq yards or above will have to pay Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 as PUC. Industrial units on a covered area of 1,000 sq yards to 5,000 sq yards and above will have to pay Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 per month under the same head.

Initially when the resolution for PUC was passed on 2nd June 2008, a Chinese firm – Shanghai Shen Gong Environmental Protection Company Limited – was contracted for the collection and disposal of solid waste from all parts of the city. But unfortunately, Karachities have not seen any sign of them and the solid waste collection program to-date stands unlaunched. So whats this tax for???

With the economy already in such a bad shape and the inflation and other utility charges at its all time high, PUC seems to be an unwanted burden on the public. If CDGK is short of funds then why is it has to be the public that will generate the necessary funds for them. What about the water and property taxes whose collections directly fall in the lap of CDGK. And why a new tax at such a point in time where the Government is deciding on changing the current local government system and reverting to the old one. 

Zong – how not to advertise

From the day Zong launched its services as the first international brand of China Mobile, it has resorted to heavy marketing, advertisement and promotion, which is pretty much the norm in the telecom industry. But over the period of time its TV commercials have kind of become montonous. Let me explain how:

A typical Zong advertisement features the following:

  • Comparative advertisement – targeting and criticizing the packages and services of the competitors and offering a lit better package.
  • A model or two praising the Zong services and packages in a narrative style standing in front of the screen.
  • False claims tagged with hidden information e.g. the package that allows subscribers to  call one special number 24 hours – for free! without mentioning anything about the monthly subscription of Rs 500+Tax.
  • Presenting non-existent deals and offers – like mixing the good points of all the packages and presenting it as a single offer as they did in their very first commercial which also happens to be a copy of a TV commercial made by Dolphin Telecommunication Provider.

Calls for a serious change in the marketing strategy – may be a peak at Ufone and Mobilink commercials may help.

ICL and Pakistan

Finally some good news in Pakistan cricket – Sindh High Court has ordered Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lift the ban from the 11 players that had signed contracts with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and PCB owing to public pressure has finally allowed them to feature in the next round of Quaid-e-Azam trophy matches.

According to an ICC spokesperson:

Banning a player from playing in domestic cricket because he participated in the ICL is not a matter for the ICC. Instead, only a member board can take such action. The ICC executive board therefore resolved in 2008 that member boards should take such action against ICL players as they considered appropriate, in light of and in accordance with the requirements of their own local laws. 

The question now is that can such a regulation be applied on international matches? If according to the local laws a player can feature in domestic matches then why can’t the same be applied to international tournaments and encounters. What if the court orders PCB to lift the ban from the international matches – in such a scenario isn’t PCB bound to obey the laws. If political and security reasons can be used as a tool to decide WHERE, WHEN and HOW cricket is played then a similar case should be valid for legal situations and matters. Given the loss Pakistan cricket team has suffered because of the ban on the ICL contracted players and the lack of support and authority by the ICC and its member boards especially BCCI, PCB should go ahead and lift the ban but obviously following the approciate procedure i.e a legal case and the appropriate decision by the High court or even the Supreme court. And guess what could be their comeback tournament – ICC World Twenty20 2009 – a real smack in the face.

May be some hope for the 11 players – Mohammad Sami, Abdul Razzaq, Hasan Raza, Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Tahir Mughal, Shahid Yousuf, Khalid Mahmood, Naved Latif and Shahid Nazir.

Swype – text entry made faster

Ever imagined entering more than 40 words per minute on your cell phone? With Swype finger-tracing text entry, this is now very much possible and not only on the cell phones but on a number of other devices like tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens, etc. Instead of typing the entire word, the user simply needs to trace a random path around the letters and the application smartly and accurately detects the word enabling much faster text entry. The application has a database of more than 65,000 words and provides an ability to add more words by simply tapping in i.e. the traditional way.

Swype - Key Features

Swype - Key Features

 

It sure is a giant leap from the current T9 predictive technology and especially suited for the new smart phones hitting the markets. We can very easily call it T9 for touch screens.

Australian Downfall – worth it

Its often said that reaching the top is not that great as staying there or bouncing back when one is down. Infact the true test of greatness is when one is down and under pressure to regain the top position. When judged on this criteria the current Australian cricket team seems to have completely wiped their greatness ever since they have resorted to unsporting behavior. The current case in point is the first ODI between Australia and New Zealand where Brad Haddin played a controversial role in breaking the crucial fifth wicket patnership between Neil Broom and Ross Taylor.