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Raging Battles on Edge of Militant Stronghold in Yemen, Dozens Killed
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Africa Horn
SKA air and logistics is accused of widespread corruption in Mogadishu Airport
(Sh. M. Network)-The Dubia based SKA air and logistics company working at Mogadishu's Aden Adde international airport is accused of a wide spread corruption and illegal services in the airport.

Sources at Aden Adde airport confirmed to Shabelle Media station on condition of anonymity that the company, SKA is taking large revenue of the airport illegally through years from the passenger planes landing or taking off on the airport.

Inside the airport, the sources say there are old fashioned transportations and bad services that contradicts SKA's claim of providing aviation and developmental services in the airport since its signed contract with Somalia government in September 2010.

The company has recently been accused of taking unlawful charges from aid planes landing at Mogadishu. It also hired for many foreign employees to work in the airport while Somali citizens are unemployed and denied.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  insuring transit of slaves, eunuchs and khat?
Posted by: 3dc || 05/20/2012 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  A TSA farm team.
Posted by: bman || 05/20/2012 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Simply hyphenate the name and the corruption will be legitimized and nothing more will be said about it:

Mogadishu's Aden Adde-Jackson international airport
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2012 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Somalia has a government? Mog has an airport? Whoda thunk it?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/20/2012 17:26 Comments || Top||


Al shabab demands Somali clan support in fight against TFG, AU forces
(Sh. M. Network)-The Al Qaeda linked Somalia's bully boyz of Al shabab demanded Biyo-maal clan for support in fight against Somali government and its allied regional forces in the country, reports said on Saturday.

Sheik Mohammed Abu Abdalla, the governor of Somalia's Lower Shabelle region for Al shabab gunnies told a pro-Al shabab local radio station that the group has asked Biyo-maal clan to offer major economic and moral support as to wage further their gueile0stle warfare in Somalia.

"Al shabab wants your youth joined in the gunnies to tighten the holy war against the AMISOM and Somali government inMogadishuand elsewhere the country," Abu Abdalle told at crowds in KM50 area in Lower Shabelle region.

Al shabab faces major military pressure from AU and Somali forces in many fronts in south and central Somalia and lost several territories, including Mogadishu in a result of offensive.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Anti-terror police make headway in Mombasa blast probe
(Sh.M.Network) --Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit officers said Friday they gathered "new evidence" after a university student Kassim Jembe surrendered and denied links to a grenade attack at a nightclub inMombasa.

Jembe surrendered at the Coast Police headquarters in connection with this week's attack at the Bella Vista, a popular nightclub there.

A private security guard was killed and four others, among them the suspected jacket wallah, Thabit Yasin, critically maimed.

"We will treat the suspect's statement as evidence given to us, " Regional Anti-Terrorism Police Commander Elijah Rop told Xinhua in Mombasa. "He (Jembe) should not be worried because he is in safe hands."

Activists from the Moslems for Human Rights, a local human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
lobby group whose members have routinely been rounded up for allegedly assisting terrorism suspects, accompanied Jembe during the surrender.

Police suspect Yasin, locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
after witnesses positively identified him, said he was visiting Mombasa, where he met Jembe.

"I was surprised to hear him (Yasin) mention my name.

"That is why I came to declare I am innocent," Jembe said in his recorded statement to the police.

The latest attacks in Mombasa follows a series of similar raids at entertainment spots, which have led the police Sherlocks to link thug preachers, poverty and lack of jobs as a threat to national security.

Police Sherlocks say local youth, teachers and doctors are capitalizing on the growing fundamentalism to indoctrinate more poor youth.

Jembe, a fourth-year student at Moi University, relocated to Mombasa from the western town of Eldoret.

The student told police his recent relocation to Mombasa was due to a job he landed at the ancient coastal city.

Mombasa is known for its sandy beaches which makes it one of the world's tourist attractions.

Jembe told the police he planned to transfer to Mombasa Polytechnic to continue his studies.

Thabit said he met Thabit through a brother who also studies in Mombasa.

Guards and revelers at the Bella Vista, identified Yasin as the man who attempted to attack the amusement spot, but were repulsed.

Witnesses said the suspect withdrew a pistol when challenged by the guards.

During the confusion at the club, a grenade dropped and went off, wounding Yasin, who expeditiously departed at a goodly pace on a tricycle.

Doctors discovered a return bus ticket to Nairobi from Yasin's clothes.

But he insists he is innocent of the charges.

Yasin maintains that he was passing by the scene when the grenade went off.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
police said he was on the watch list.

Police insist Yasin met Jembe while in Mombasa.

Investigators later found rounds of ammunition and a pistol from his luggage.

The investigations into the series of grenade attacks continue.

Police have linked Yasin another suspect, Abdullahi Kabwe, who has been charged in connection with the recent grenade attack at a church in Nairobi, which killed three people.

Kabwe has been charged in court for the attack.

The suspects are local youth who have recently received training in Somalia and returned to Nairobi and Mombasa, where they have been involved in low-intensity attacks.

Police suspect the local indoctrination of the youth during regular prayers with the allure of jobs, could worsen in recent times.

The country has witnessed a spate of grenade attacks in recent months in Nairobi and in northern Kenya, the latest being at a church in Ngara in Nairobi.

"Tuesday was a bad day for us because we have two attacks; we have intensified a security in our country," Iteere said.

He blamed the attacks on the Somali myrmidon group, Al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
, adding that there are a lot of young people who crossed into Somalia to train on how to carry out military attacks.

Iteere some of them have been coming back into Kenya and "these are the people we believe are bringing these grenades here."

The police chief denied the grenades were similar to the ones used by security forces in the east African nation.

The Mombasa attacks came as the authorities had assured the country they were following crucial evidence in relation to the heinous attack which took place in Mtwapa, about 15 km north of Mombasa town and at an entertainment in Mombasa town in March.

The twin attacks killed two people and injured more than 30 others.

The East African nation's coastal towns are the backbone of the country's thriving tourism industry, which has been hit by the fear of terror attacks and the kidnapping of foreigners by Somali pirates from resorts near the border with Somalia.

Police particularly warned against the laxity in the screening of cars for explosives at all shopping malls and any business or social gatherings with at least 10 people at any given moment that these might be vulnerable to attacks.

Security in key installations in Kenya has been put on a high alert following Kenya's military operations in Somalia which sparked threats from the Al-Shabaab group that it will retaliate deep inKenya.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi Reported Dead
Megrahi, 59, died at home after a long battle with cancer. His health had deteriorated quickly, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters on Sunday.

Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 as it flew to New York from London. All 259 people aboard the airliner were killed and 11 others on the ground in the Scottish town of Lockerbie died from falling wreckage.

The Libyan terrorist survived for almost three years after a doctor said he had only months to live and he was released on "compassionate" grounds from a Scottish prison.
OBL. Zarqawi. Saddam. Daffy. Gettin' crowded down there.


This article starring:
Megrahi
Posted by: Matt || 05/20/2012 10:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I told you I was SICK!
Posted by: Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi || 05/20/2012 11:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Head on a stick...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/20/2012 11:08 Comments || Top||

#3  My sentiments exactly, tu3031.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/20/2012 12:43 Comments || Top||

#4  A terrible story not fully told.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/20/2012 13:19 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: gorb || 05/20/2012 18:01 Comments || Top||

#6  More correct to say that Libyuh was the proverbial "fall guy" = diversion for Iran.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/20/2012 20:30 Comments || Top||


Arabia
German ambassador: Saleh's interference complicates Matters in Yemen
[Yemen Post] The German ambassador to Sana'a Holger Green said that former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh's
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
and his relatives' interference in Yemen's affairs complicates matters for current President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, warning that the EU actions will be very painful.

His comments came after US President Barrack Obama issued an executive order on this past Wednesday giving the Treasury the authority to freeze the assets of Yemeni officials obstructing the transitional process and the implementation of the GCC-brokered power transfer deal signed in Riyadh in Nov. 2011.

In an interview with a local English newspaper, Green stressed that Saleh has not left the political scene in Yemen yet, citing the recent events in which Saleh and his aides proved that they are still influential in the country's politics, much to the dismay of Hadi.

Speaking about Hadi, he says Yemen has a full legitimatized President who enjoys the support of the whole international community.

Green underlined the importance of the upcoming national dialogue to kick off soon, as maintained in the GCC deal, and cautioned that the failure of the dialogue will be disastrous for Yemen.

"I think it is not a good idea to enter dialogue with preconditions as it only helps complicate matters," Green said.

He ruled out the possibility of a short-term remedy for Yemen's crises and noted that the investment in people is the best way to boost the economy as the natural resources are not sustainable.

Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [660 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Yemeni Jews call for political participation
[Yemen Post] Yemeni Jews called for a political participation in the two houses of Yemeni parliament. They called on President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and the National Unity Government to allocate special seats for the Jews in the House of Representatives as well as in the Shura Council.The Jewish head in Yemen, Yahya Yousof Mosa, said in an interview with the CNN Arabic site, "I call on the new government to pay attention to this side and to work on earmarking seats for the Jewish people in the Parliament and Shura Council for us to feel the real citizenship and that we are not discriminated against. This is our constitutional right," He noted that" when I saw my two sons, Shama and Saeed, join the Children Parliament I felt glad as did all Jewish minority here in Yemen when they knew that two Jewish kids were part of the Children Parliament. They were glad because they felt that we are equal in rights and duties.""I hope that we have seats in the Parliament and Shura Council and participate in everything that serves the Jewish minority in particular, and Yemen in general. We take part in the local and parliamentarian elections," Mosa said.Speaking about Children Parliament, he said, "This parliament made us fee that we exercise our rights and that we are a part of this country. We felt we are able to look into the suffering of the Jewish people and Yemeni people in general. In Europe, USA all people get to participate in the political process, therefore we call on President Hadi and the National Unity Government to consider our demands."Mosa pointed out that the Yemeni Jews have been being offered a lot temptations to leave Yemen for Israel or America but they refused" because we are Yemenis and from Yemeni ancestors."There are many Jews who went to Israel and came back because they could not adjust to the different culture and traditions. They now feel more comfortable in Yemen." He added.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Expectations to cleanse Al-Qaeda of Jaar within two days
[Yemen Post] Governor of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
Gamal Al-Aqel has expected to cleanse al-Qaeda bully boyz of Jaar, the main stronghold of the jihad boys, within two days.

Locals affirmed that the Yemeni army deployed around the town and imposed a siege against it, pointing out that the military forces arrived in Al-Hisin area, 3 kilometers away of Jaar.

An Emirati newspaper, Al-Khaleej, quoted Al-Aqel as saying that Lawdar town was completely cleansed of the jihad boys, reiterating that they escaped to neighboring areas and that troops pursue them.

Al-Aqel, who is currently based in Lawdar as the capital of Abyan still under the control of Al-Qaeda, affirmed that military units backed by local committees started to centre on the outskirts of Jaar in preparation to launch inclusive operations to cleanse it form Al-Qaeda.

"Achievement of full military victory in the war on al Qaeda is imminent" he added.

Yemeni forces launched an offensive last week to capture Al-Qaeda controlled areas in the province of Abyan after the Yemeni President Abdu Rabo Masnour Hadi vowed to defeat Al-Qaeda and return the displaced civilians to their homes.

The United States is exerting great efforts to support and encourage the Yemeni forces in their efforts to dislodge al-Qaeda from Abyan province and its capital, Zinjibar. US experts were sent to Yemeni to advise the Yemeni army in its fight against Al-Qaeda.

Media sources said the US has sent nearly 45 counter-terror trainers to Yemen in an effort to strengthen the Yemeni government's ability to fight al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen was able to exploit the chaos and tool control on some towns, primarily in the south.

Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [650 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Instability in Southern Dagestan widens despite deaths of militant leaders
Posted by: Water Modem || 05/20/2012 21:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
The Drone Debate
President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
told a senior US official last month that drone attacks in Pakistain's tribal areas were counterproductive. He said they provoked anti-America sentiments in Pakistain because of the collateral damage.

"Drone Attacks are counterproductive and useless," the president told US Special Envoy for Pakistain and Afghanistan, Mark Grossman, in his last meeting with him.
"Drone Attacks are counterproductive and useless," the president told US Special Envoy for Pakistain and Afghanistan, Mark Grossman, in his last meeting with him.

President of Tribal Union of Journalists, Safdar Dawar, disagrees with President Zardari. He believes most drone attacks have eliminated Death Eaters from Al Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and other outfits linked with them.
President of Tribal Union of Journalists, Safdar Dawar, disagrees with President Zardari. He believes most drone attacks have eliminated Death Eaters from Al Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and other outfits linked with them.

"Even Taliban sources admit that drone attacks kill their leaders. They speak to us after almost every strike," he says. "But the families who provide shelter to the targets (of drones) are also killed in these attacks."

Safdar hails from North Wazoo and is a witness to several post-drone attack situations. He believes the human intelligence helping the CIA find their targets is quite accurate. "I cannot believe that they do it on their own. I think our intelligence agencies are helping the CIA."

The intelligence agencies deny they provide the on-ground intelligence assistance for drone attacks. Military front man Maj Gen Athar Abbas has repeatedly stated that drones were causing more harm than good.

Recently, a joint sitting of the Parliament approved a wide range of foreign policy recommendations that included demanding a formal apology from the United Sates over last November's attack on two Pak border posts in Salala (Mohmmand Agency). The Parliament also asked the US to stop drone strikes, which they said were a blatant attack on Pakistain's illusory sovereignty. The US has not entertained either of the two key demands so far.

On the contrary, the US government has warned Pakistain it will stop all civil and military aid if Pak does not re-open the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
supply routes. Analysts in Pakistain are divided over the opening of the supply routes. Some say the embargo must end for Pakistain to maintain a stable relationship with the world community, while others do not want the government to succumb to US pressure. The opposition Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz and the reactionary Pakistain Defence Council appear to be on the same wavelength.

The first drone attack in Pakistain was presumably made in June 2004 to kill thug leader Nek Muhammad Wazir. The killing quashed controversial Shakai peace deal between the Death Eaters and Pakistain Army.

Statistics of New America Foundation show that since 2004, the CIA carried out around 300 drone attacks in Pakistain, killing 2,700 people including civilians.
Statistics of New America Foundation show that since 2004, the CIA carried out around 300 drone attacks in Pakistain, killing 2,700 people including civilians. The Bureau of Investigative Journalists puts the total number of drone attacks slightly more than 300 and the total number of deaths more than 3,000.

"It is important to reiterate that any reduction in terrorist activity associated with the drone campaign appears modest in scope. Although a decline in violence in FATA in 2010 coincided with the peak of the drone campaign, FATA Death Eaters remain active and violence remains high. To the extent drone strikes work, their effectiveness is more likely to lie in disrupting thug operations at the tactical level than as a silver bullet that will reverse the course of the war and singlehandedly defeat Al Qaeda," read a February 2012 research paper by Rand Corporation, titled 'The Impact of US Drone Strikes on Terrorism in Pakistain'.

President Zardari is representing Pakistain in the Chicago Conference, which will decide the future role of the military alliance in Afghanistan. Much of that has already been decided in the recent strategic agreement between Kabul and Washington, signed on the death anniversary of the late Osama bin Laden
... who went titzup one dark and stormy night...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2012 11:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I no longer care about collateral damage. "But the families who provide shelter to the targets (of drones) are also killed in these attacks." Tough. Smarten up or die. I don't care which you choose.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/20/2012 12:47 Comments || Top||

#2  > But the families who provide shelter to the targets (of drones) are also killed in these attacks."

I hope that's a feature not a side effect.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/20/2012 12:50 Comments || Top||


Drone Attacks: 'The Best Of A Bad Set Of Options'
There are a really nice set of graphs and maps at the link, brought to us by the same people who put out "Nuggets From The Urdu Press". The Friday Times isn't anything like the New York Times of Pakistan -- they hold themselves to a much higher standard.
Amid concerns that missile attacks by unmanned US aircraft on Al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistain are against international law and cause civilian deaths, US President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
has allowed the CIA and the US military to carry out "signature" drone strikes on turban targets in Yemen. US counter terrorism adviser John Brennan admitted for the first time that civilians are sometimes killed in drone strikes. "It is extremely rare," he said, "but it has happened."

Drone attacks have killed more enemies of both Pakistan and the US than ground offensives or any other strategy attempted since 9/11
After he became president in 2008, Obama increased drone attacks against turban targets in Pakistain's tribal areas, slowing down only in 2012 after tensions rose between the two countries over American Arclight airstrikes that killed 24 Pak soldiers on an outpost on the Afghanistan border. Seeing drones as effective weapons against Al Qaeda, the B.O. regime has decided to increase their use to target turban groups linked to Al Qaeda in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.

"In Pakistain's context, drone attacks have worked and brought remarkable results," says security expert Emma McEachan, who has served with NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
. "Paks have been cooperative, but quiet." She said there were limitations with how to verify who is being killed because the US had to reply on local agents rather than forensics. "Drone attacks obviously come with costs, but they are the best of a bad set of options."

"Drone attacks come with costs, but they are the best of a bad set of options
"An B.O. regime official who has a major say in the drone policy told The Friday Times the drone attacks would continue despite the trust deficit. "Privately, the Pak military officials tell us we are doing a good job. Publicly, they take a different line. That is understandable."

But Pakistain seems to be rethinking its drone policy. "We have raised the drone attacks issue with the US at various levels. We are trying to resolve this issue on a priority basis," Foreign Office front man Moazzam Khan told news hounds in a recent briefing.

An important argument against drone attacks is that they fuel more terrorism than they prevent. There is a significant backlash against the attacks in the Pak media, and a number of polls indicate a majority of Paks oppose them. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani admits drone attacks have killed key terror suspects, but has spoken against them in the parliament and on public forums.

But a poll conducted by the Aryana Institute in the tribal areas shows the local people support drone strikes. A top Pakistain Army commander stationed in FATA and fighting Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other turbans, told local journalists he favoured drone attacks. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), who are seen as enemy by the Pak military, have also been targeted in drone attacks. The TTP publicly acknowledged sending out a Jordanian jacket wallah who killed 14 members of CIA working at a drone command and control station in Afghanistan.

"In general, lethal force is legally permissible against bad boy in an ongoing war and such force may be used on the territory of a foreign state, if that state consents or if it is unwilling or unable to take action"
In June 2004, the first ever US drone attack killed Nek Muhammad Wazir in Wana, South Wazoo. Since then, drone attacks have not only killed important leaders of Al Qaeda, but also killed turban leaders considered enemies of Pakistain, such as Baitullah Mehsud, Ilyas Kashmiri, and Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. Drone attacks have killed more enemies of both Pakistain and the US than ground offensives or any other strategy attempted since 9/11.

Mohsin Afridi, an activist who opposes drone attacks, says many of them have killed children. "While the US kills us from sky, Paks kill us on the ground in Dire Revenge™ attacks." He claimed more than 4,000 civilians have been killed in drone strikes. Other sources say the number of verified civilian deaths is much less.

"Pakistain needs a clear policy on drone attacks along with an above-board counter terrorism policy that doesn't pick between the good forces of Evil and bad ones," says Carl Adams, a former NATO commander. "For its part, the United States needs to realize that any policy on drones needs to be carefully worked out with Pakistain before any more strikes happen."

The use of CIA personnel to operate and conduct drone strikes has also become a serious legal issue. CIA personnel are not part of the US armed forces, are not subject to military command structure, and do not wear uniform. Under international law, they are therefore civilians directly participating in hostilities, much like the fighters they target.

But Matthew Waxman, adjunct senior fellow for law and foreign policy with the Council on Foreign Relations, believes there is legal justification for the attacks. "In general, lethal force is legally permissible against bad boy in an ongoing war and such force may be used on the territory of a foreign state," he said, "if that state consents or if it is unwilling or unable to take action."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2012 11:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [663 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's either drone strikes or we have to declare war, and neither side wants to go to war ....
Posted by: gorb || 05/20/2012 13:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Drone attack or enough B-52 dumb iron to get the target - I used to prefer the drone option, but am starting to have my doubts.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/20/2012 13:24 Comments || Top||


Nuggets From The Urdu Press
'We sold ourselves to America'
Only rented, surely.
Famous journalist Ansar Abbasi wrote in Jang that Pakistain's politicians and generals sold the honour of Pak nation for their personal gain. We sold our daughter Afia Siddiqi for a few dollars and took money to make our own Army kill our brothers in Pakistain.
To be fair, they've been killing you, too, and they started it.
At the same time while we were selling everything to America, America hit us with the shoe (jootay khae). And now once again we are about to reopen the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
supply route in our love (ishq) of America; and the parliament is merely being used for this.
 
How we sold Afia Siddiqi
Famous columnist Hamid Mir wrote in Jang that because Afia was not an American national she could not be set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
You have the right to remain silent...
in inside Pakistain and had to be lured to Afghanistan so that she could be set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
You have the right to remain silent...
there on charge of attacking an American soldier and sentenced to 86 years in America. A police officer since has confessed that secret service picked up Afia Siddiqi in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
in 2003 and handed her over to Americans who waiting for her in Bloody Karachi.
 
America will splinter soon!
So many have predicted that over the years...
Famous religious leader Maulana Samiul Haq was quoted in Nawa-e-Waqt as saying that he and his followers will not allow the NATO supply route to be reopened and that he had arrived at the conclusion after deep thought
When mining for diamonds, it's best to dig far from the pig sty, they say...
that America will soon break up as a state.
 
India can't digest independent Pakistain!
Famous Chief Editor said in Nawa-e-Waqt that India was so fanatic that it could not tolerate that Pakistain as an independent state was flourishing.
That last is certainly an interesting word choice to describe the situation.
He said he was confident that there will be nuclear war between Pakistain and India over the waters being stolen by India. He said Pakistain's condition will not improve until Pakistain goes to war with India and deals with it (nimit nahin laitay).
 
Amal the true wife!
Daily Jinnah reported that the late Osama bin Laden
... who used to be alive but now he's not...
's wife Amal of Yemen was the true wife as she stood by Osama when he was attacked and she got injured while trying to save him. She said that after 2001 Osama lived in four cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
: Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Swat, Haripur and Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
. Two of her children were born in the government hospitals of Haripur. She refused to answer the question whether any official was privy to Osama's stay in Pakistain. Daily Mashriq reported that Amal bore five children to Osama and was his favourite wife. She was in Bloody Karachi for 9 months. Osama lived with three wives and regularly produced children.
Or at least the wives did...
Teacher fired for naming Zardari in quiz
Daily Jang reported that the government had suspended the coordinator examinations and teacher Hafiz Ajmal for five years from setting papers after he set a quiz in the 9th class paper which insulted President Zardari. Hafiz Ajmal claimed that he had not insulted the president in the quiz by mentioning him as one of the problems of the country.
 
Don't buy electricity from India!
Hinjoo electricity has cooties -- everyone knows that.
Famous Chief Editor Majid Nizami stated in Nawa-e-Waqt that he would rather live in the light of a candle for the rest of his life than live in the light of the electricity of Pakistain's eternal enemy (azli dushman) India. He said India was taking all the water from our rivers while our rulers were trying to give Bloody Karachi to India.
 
Son also rises!
Son of Chief Editor Khushnood Ali Khan was covered in Jinnah as attending a cricket match in which he was chief guest. Barrister Ammar Khushnood said that Pakistain must promote its own culture and encourage sports. When Barrister Ammar arrived at the ground he was given an unprecedented (faqidul misaal) welcome by the crowds of Talagang.
 
Deflowered by pir, climbs pylon
Reported in Mashriq a woman of Gulberg Lahore Irshad Bibi who visited a pir (spiritual healer) only to be deflowered by him again and again
I thought that was a one-time thing but it appears I was wrong.
after which she tried to register a complaint against him at the cop shoppe. When the police ignored her and respected the pir instead she climbed a nearby high tension pylon in protest. The pir converted her to Islam and had married her but was not admitting her as his wife.
 
Wukla beat up thanedar in court
In an incident the newspapers now list under wukla-gardi Express Lahore's lawyers while appearing in the court of the Sessions judge suddenly attacked the SHO of the thana Sabzazar Khaleel and gave him a thrashing. A group of hooligan lawyers tore the uniform of the police officer from his body and dragged him half naked from the court outside in the yard. The lawyers were in the form of a gang. No one did anything against them.
 
General Pasha damaged PMLN
Senior Central Secretary Information PMLN Senator Mushahidullah was quoted by Express as saying that ex-ISI chief General Shuja Pasha had damaged his party to a great extent (bay-had). But the chief justice of Pakistain was the Moses of today who was dispensing justice in Pakistain. He said in Bloody Karachi the battle between PPP and MQM was for bhatta.
 
Journalists doing politics today
Famous columnist Abdul Qadir Hasan wrote in Express that journalists today were no longer professional and neutral but worked for politicians and were involved in politics unlike journalists of his vintage who used to be carefully neutral in politics. But then he went on to say that MRD was formed in his house (meray ghar main banaee gaee). He said today excessively soft approach was adopted towards India although Pakistain could live without doing that.
 
No one is Pak in Pakistain!
Famous journalist Abdul Qadir Hasan write in Express that today journalism was no longer ideological (nazariati) and was in the grasp of self-interested groups against whom he could do nothing but flap his wings uselessly. He added that among Pak politicians there was not a single complete Pak (mukammal) and if there was one he could like to be informed about him.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/20/2012 07:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reported in Mashriq a woman of Gulberg Lahore Irshad Bibi who visited a pir (spiritual healer) only to be deflowered by him again and again

I thought that was a one-time thing but it appears I was wrong.

...Nothing's Impossible With Islam(TM)!

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/20/2012 10:11 Comments || Top||


Nato supplies not resumed despite containers crossing border: Malik
[Dawn] Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, current Interior Minister under the Gilani administration. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pak Peoples Party and was chief security officer to Bhutto. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men.
on Saturday clarified that the supply trucks crossed into Afghanistan on Friday did not belong to NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
as he denies resumption of NATO supply routes through Pak soil, DawnNew reported.

The interior minister, who on Saturday met Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan
... The funny-looking Amir of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. He joined the National Students Federation (NSF), a lefty student body, and was elected its President in 1959. He came into contact with the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, The Great Apostasizer. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960 and soon he was elected as President of its University of Karachi Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistain in 1992-93, and became Secretary General in 1993. After years of holding Qazi's camel he was named Amir when the old man stepped down in 2009...
at JI headquarters Mansoora, said Hassan has been invited for talks with President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
at the Presidency on important national issues including resumption of NATO supply routes and law and order situation in the country.

Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, Malik said the Pakistain People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government is following the guidelines and principles given by the parliament regarding resumption of supply routes through Pakistain.

He said both, PPP and JI, agree on the point that there should be no drone attacks inside Pakistain. "NATO supplies had been suspended to stop these drone attacks," he added.

The minister said that he respects Jamaat-e-Islami as the party has never acted against integrity of the country.

Both Houses of Parliament and all the provincial assemblies through their resolutions have demanded that drone attacks should not take place which is the unified demand of the entire nation, said the interior minister.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [749 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Those drone attacks must really be working good for them to have so much concern about them.

If our President didn't lead from behind, we would tell the Pakis no dice. And we would end all shipments through their territory and cut all funding until they start behaving like an ally. It's unbelievable we let a little pissant country like Pakistain blackmail and extort bribe money from us in this way.
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 05/20/2012 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Good enough = Pakis don't dare interfering with NATO.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/20/2012 2:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Besides on-going attacks agz local Shias, etc. Iran must recognize that BFF Pakistan stopping the overland flow of supplies into Afghanistan only increases the possib of war between it + the US, so Iran BFF Pakistan isn't really doing Pak BFF Iran any favors.

The only advantage I can see is Iran continuing to "shape the battlefield" [Multi/Trans-Regional] in anticipation of major US-Iran ground war, + GETTING PAKISTAN TO HELP SET UP ITS OWN DESTRUCTION AT THE HANDS OF IRAN.

The Mullahs have times said that they will do what is necessary to defeat any foreign invasion + occupation forces, espec one that is US or US-led, + they will do so wid or widout the sovereign consent of its Muslim neighbors.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/20/2012 20:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Pakis don't dare interfering with NATO

Not directly.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/20/2012 22:18 Comments || Top||

#5  See also DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > GENERAL ALLEN DOWNPLAYS URGENCY OF [End-of-Summit] NATO SUPPLY DEAL: GEOTV.

ARTIC > GEN. ALLEN = More important for a deal to be done right, than to be done quickly.

* SAME > US HOUSE APPROVES AMENDMENT LINKING CSF [Coalition Support Funds] TO NATO SUPPLIES. Pakistan at risk of losing up to US$650.0Milyuhn in blocked or conditional appropriations.

* SAME > PAKISTAN TO SEEK USD$1.0BILYUHN FROM NATO [at Chicago Summit] AS COMPENSATION FOR TERROR WAR.

* SAME > NATO SUPPLY HALT MADE DO DIFFERENCE TO US: AMBASSADOR HAQQAINI.

* SAME > TOP US OFFICIALS SAY NO APOLOGY FOR PAKISTAN.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/20/2012 22:53 Comments || Top||


The Mall becomes a battlefield: IJT activists clash with police
[Dawn] Islami Jamaat Tulaba
...the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami...
(IJT) activists clashed with police on The Mall on Friday that witnessed gun sex, tear-gas shelling, baton charge and pelting of stones leaving several coppers and students injured.

Police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
54 protesters, including the Lahore IJT nazim
...small time big shot, the chief elected official of a local government in Pakistan, such as a district, tehsil, union council, or village council...
, on The Mall in Punjab University hostels in late night raids.

Also, the torching of two public transport buses on Morr Samanabad and in the Green Town area is also being linked to the tensions between the government and the IJT. Police registered cases against unidentified IJT activists for burning the buses. The IJT rejected the allegation.

The IJT had announced a protest rally to register their resentment against police failure to arrest the killers of IJT leader Awais Aqeel, who was slain at the university hostel No 16 on last Sunday.

In order to check the rally from Nasser Bagh to Lahore High Court, a heavy contingent of police was deputed in front of Punjab University Old Campus, Lahore High Court, Islamia College of Civil Lines, PU New Campus and Government Science College, Wahdat Road, to contain the protesters in IJT-stronghold institutions. Police had closed The Mall from Nasser Bagh to the LHC in the morning.

Still, IJT activists managed to arrive at Nasser Bagh. They confronted police at Istanbul Chowk and rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud against the Punjab government, police and the PU administration.

As the activists tried to break hurdles on The Mall, police resorted to gun sex, teargas shelling and baton charge to disperse them. In festivities, three coppers, several constables and IJT activists were maimed. Within minutes, police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
54 students while many activists bravely ran away. An IJT front man said that over 50 Jamaat activists were tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!

An injured IJT activist told Dawn near Civil Secretariat, "We could not keep fighting with the police, because they had come fully equipped."

Another activist said many protesters were severally injured and bundled into police vans.

Speaking to news hounds, IJT Nazim-e-Aala Zubair Safdar said any delay in arresting the killer of Aqeel would not be tolerated and the government would be responsible for any untoward incident. He said it was a matter of grave concern that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had not taken any notice of the student's murder. He also alleged that the PU Academic Staff Association was being used to launch baseless propaganda against the Jamaat. He said the association's call for boycotting classes showed that teachers were involved in disrupting academic peace on university campuses.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami


DPC announces long march against possible Nato supply resumption
[Dawn] The Difa-e-Pakistain Council (DPC) announced on Saturday that it would hold a long march from Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
to Islamabad in protest of the possible reopening of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
supply routes by the government.

A meeting of the council was held here today which was attended by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
...who would be wearing a canvas jacket with very long sleeves anyplace but Pakistain...
Ahmed of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD), Syed Munawwar Hasan of the Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI), former ISI chief General Hamid Gul
The nutty former head of Pakistain's ISI, now Godfather to Mullah Omar's Talibs and good buddy and consultant to al-Qaeda's high command...
, and others.

Addressing media representatives after the meeting, Maulana Sami ul-Haq, the chief of the council, warned the government against opening the supply routes. He announced holding a peaceful long march from Bloody Karachi to Islamabad on May 27 besides observing a day of protest on May 25.

Haq said that Prime Minister Gilani and his cabinet were unconstitutional, and therefore had no right to decide on 'reopening' the supply lines. Moreover, he also urged people to take part in the long march.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [780 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  A long march? In the open? With no air cover? That's gotta be a drone driver's dream. Gentlemen, start your engines!
Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2012 18:51 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai delegation visits Sulu to observe Ulama empowerment
Posted by: ryuge || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Its spelled Ohura.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/20/2012 18:54 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iranian lawmakers urge P5+1 to respect Iran's "rights"
Three days ahead of the start of new round of talks between the Islamic republic and the world powers, Iranian lawmakers issued a statement on Sunday urging the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1) to respect Iran's nuclear rights.

"We warn the P5+1 to respect the rights of the Iranian nation, act on the basis of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which is an internationally accepted norm," the statement was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

The lawmakers urged the world powers to act "free from the Zionists' (Israeli) pressures and change the policy of confrontation with the Islamic Republic to a policy of interaction, " read the statement.

"And now it is the West's turn to build the Iranian nation's confidence and put an end to its hostile behavior," stressed the statement which was signed by 203 Iranian lawmakers.

It also cautioned the West "to give up their strategy of deceit and dual-track" on Iran's nuclear issue, stressing that the Western powers' resort to the policy of pressure will be followed by Iran's proportional reaction, said the report.

On Sunday, the Iranian lawmaker, Mohammad Karami-Raad, said in an open session of the parliament that Iran will protect its inalienable rights at any cost in the talks in Baghdad on Wednesday, said Fars.
Posted by: tipper || 05/20/2012 14:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The only Iranian Islamofascist right I respect is the right for them to die in a grotesque method as possible.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/20/2012 19:13 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Bin Laden died of natural causes: Former CIA agent
[Iran Press TV] A former agent of the CIA has revealed that al-Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden
... who no longer exists...
has died of natural causes five years before the US announced his death.

In an interview with Russia's Channel One, Berkan Yashar, who is also a Turkish politician, said the US has not killed the al-Qaeda leader.

"In September of 1992, I was in Chechnya, that's when I first met the man whose name was Bin Laden. This meeting took place in a two-story house in the city of Grozny; on the top floor was a family of Gamsakhurdia, the Georgian president, who then was kicked out of his country. We met on the bottom floor; Osama lived in the same building," Yashar said.

According to the former CIA agent, he personally knew Bin Laden's three Chechen bodyguards, who had protected him until his death and witnessed his death on June 26, 2006.

"Even if the entire world believed, I could not possibly believe it," Yashar said. "I personally know the Chechens who protected him, they are Sami, Mahmood, and Ayub, and they were with him until the very end."

"Only three Chechens buried him, according to his will" in the mountains on the Pakistain-Afghan border, he said.

Yashar added that the CIA kidnapped one of the bodyguards, Sami, before the announced killing of Bin Laden last year.

He says the bodyguard disclosed to the US the exact place of burial in the mountains.

"There was no assault. I know the American operations from the inside: they find the grave, dig out bin Laden and tell everyone about this. They need to show how technologically the security services worked, how each step was controlled, and then present it as a great victory to show that taxpayers are not paying taxes for nothing," he said.

Washington announced on May 2, 2011 that Bin Laden was killed by US forces in his compound in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
, Pakistain.

The lack of transparency over bin Laden's death has cast further doubt over the announcement.
Posted by: Fred || 05/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [792 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  It is only natural to die after being riddled with bullets.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/20/2012 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  It starts with the Yanks didn't kill him, and ends with he was never killed. Is a legend better than a Martyr? More reason to have kept the body.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/20/2012 13:05 Comments || Top||

#3  well, lessee...lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring element...therefore, acute lead poisoning resulting from brief exposure to one or more of these should count as "Natural Causes."
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 05/20/2012 13:15 Comments || Top||

#4  If Yashar was a CIA spy, why wasn't he wacked by the Iranian geniuses?

Wouldn't such an admission end his career as a Turkish politician?

Maybe the rest of the story is equally ... questionable.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/20/2012 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Is a legend better than a Martyr? More reason to have kept the body.

Maybe we did. Certainly, at least some clippings, for forensic purposes.
Posted by: RandomJD || 05/20/2012 14:28 Comments || Top||

#6  In the end, it's always heart failure
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2012 15:15 Comments || Top||

#7  More reason to have kept the body.

I heard he was stuffed and is currently being used as a hat rack in the Seal Team 6 rec room.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/20/2012 16:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Frank - I think it's more accurate to say that in the end it's always Cerebral Hypoxia.
Posted by: JonC || 05/20/2012 16:52 Comments || Top||

#9  not if the Cerebral is on the wall behind him :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 05/20/2012 17:01 Comments || Top||

#10  The Cerebral and his face. Or what's left of it.
Posted by: Charles || 05/20/2012 20:42 Comments || Top||



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