Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Zardari at 5th position

Yet another recognition for the president of Pakistan, Mr Asif Ali Zardari. In the latest issue of the Foreign Policy magazine, a list of world’s top 13 losers is published and thanks to his ever growing “popularity”, Zardari is well positioned at the fifth spot. Here is how the magazine recognized his contributions:

Zardari was known to be a bad guy long before he became Pakistan’s president. Many of the closest friends of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, could not stand him. Now, as it turns out, neither can most of the Pakistani people. Locked in a bitter struggle with opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, Zardari showed his weakness by capitulating to demands to reinstate Pakistan’s former Chief Justice per Sharif’s demands. Now in a desperate attempt to reassert control of his own party he may be plotting the ouster of his Prime Minister according to Indian press reports. He’s on the ropes, his opposition is gaining strength, and meanwhile fraught, dangerous, complex Pakistan is hardly being governed at all. 

Too bad, he missed out on the top spot 😦

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 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.

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. 

Israel’s deliberate attack on UNRWA school in Beit Lahia

Following is just a small snapshot of what the Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip had in them. Need not to say anything – the pictures say it all.

UNRWA school in Beit Lahia bombarded by Israeli white phosphorous bombs – rain of inextinguishable fire balls falling from the sky in all directions, deliberately designed to cause maximum death and destruction.


Farah Dogar – MBBS

Ansar Abbasi seems to have directed all his energies in trying to crack the case of illegal re-assessment of FSc result of Farah Hameed Dogar. Ever since breaking the story in November, he has diligently continued investigation into the matter. In his recent articles, Glaring flaws in Farah case verdict and Farah Dogar got two marks out of one!, he has virtually challenged the decision of Islamabad High Court by coming up with the examination copies of Farah Dogar and highlighting the obvious mistakes in her answers and the favours bestowed on her by the examiners.

Just have a look at this glorious master piece.

Farah Dogar's answer script

On a funny note, it seems that MBBS is destined for her – just look at her handwriting. Additionally, although her answers depict a clear lack of interest in subjects like physics, urdu, english and history but it doesn’t prove anything about Biology – she might have scored 110 out of 100. Ansar Abbasi, next time you need to work a little harder to prove her wrong and please no more attack on the independent judiciary 🙂

Obama’s car – The Beast

So the first change is here – Obama’s new car nicknamed “The Beast”. Being dubbed as the safest car in the world and especially built from scratch for the new president, this fortress on wheel can shy away any terrorist attack be it projectiles from assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, high explosives and even bomb attacks from under the vehicle. It is equipped with run-flat tyres, a secondary power source and an unfeasibly powerful non-standard engine. An embroidered presidential seal is positioned in the centre of the rear seat back panel as well as on each rear door trim panel. Presidential seals are also fixed to the exterior rear doors. The US flag is placed on the right front wing and the Presidential Standard is located on the left front wing when the President travels in the vehicle.

The Beast - Obama's new car

According to the US Secret Service, the 2009 ‘Beast’ would be a “valuable asset” in providing the President with the highest level of protection. “Although many of the vehicle’s security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car’s security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world,” Nicholas Trotta, Assistant Director for the Office of Protective Operations said in a statement. The new limousine is the responsibility of White House Transportation Agency.

The Beast

Bush’s Farewell Address

U.S. President George W. Bush is all set to deliver his farewell speech this Thrusday. According to Press Secretary Dana Perino it will be a 10-15 minute speech in front of an audience in the East Room of the White House. She also quoted in an email that:

“He will reflect on his time in office and the ways our country has changed these past eight years. He will also uphold the tradition of presidents using farewell addresses to look forward – by sharing his thoughts on the greatest challenges facing the country, and on what it will take to meet them.”

Can we expect something of this pattern:

Bakhtawar’s tribute to her mother

Benazir Bhutto’s eldest daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto, has paid a special tribute to her beloved mother by composing, writing and singing a rap song. The song entitled “I Would Take the Pain Away” has been broadcast several times on the state-run Pakistani television and is also available on youtube. The video contains various photographs and clips of Benazir Bhutto, including the footage filmed at the rally where she died, while the lyrics scroll across the bottom of the screen.

IRI – Pakistan Survey

The International Republican Institute (IRI) released its survey of Pakistan public opinion on 18 December 2008. The poll was conducted from 15 to 30 October 2008. As per the news release,

The randomly selected sample consists of 3,500 adult men and women from 223 rural and 127 urban locations in 50 districts in all four provinces of Pakistan. The margin of error for the national sample will not exceed + 1.66 percent in 19 out of 20 cases. IRI has conducted surveys in Pakistan since 2002. The goal of the program is to both gauge public opinion and to use this information in IRI’s work with Pakistan’s political parties.

Here are the surveys

IRI Pakistan Index
Charts and Graphs

Bush’s Farewell

George W. Bush on his farewell visit to Iraq was not received warmly by everyone. Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, greeted Bush by firing two shoes at him which, unfortunately for him, didn’t hit the target.

Here is that brave young man presenting the gift and shouting out loud “This is a farewell kiss, dog”

Muntadar al-Zeidi

And here is the video