Pakistan: ‘ Three Senior Iranian Police Commanders Among Seven Killed in Plane Crash ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 12 – Three senior Iranian police officers were among seven people killed in a plane crash after a police turbo-propeller aircraft went down in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders Pakistan, local media reported.

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash

The highest-ranking officer was the deputy of Iran’s police inspectorate.

The officers were heading from Tehran to the provincial area of Zahedan to investigate a series of attacks on security forces this week.

The reports said the plane was not shot down but investigators cannot rule out the possibility.  

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INDIA: ‘ Narendra Modi Lashes Congress Saying it is not time for empty talk but for bullets by our soldiers ‘

#AceNewsServices – INDIA (Kashmir) – October 12 – Civilians on both sides of the Kashmir Line of Control got a brief respite today from a solid week of cross-border fighting between Indian and Pakistan forces, but leaders on both sides indicate it is likely to remain brief indeed.

In a statement at Maharashtra, Indian Premier Narendra Modi lashed Congress for meaningless statements on the border clashes, saying it is “not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullets by our soldiers.

Modi bragged that the week of fighting had given Pakistan a “befitting lesson,” and that Indian soldiers had successfully “shut their mouth” so that they dare not repeat their violations.

The assessment on the Pakistani side was just a belligerent, for while the National Security Committee ruled out war with India, Premier Nawaz Sharif ordered the army to engage in a “tit for tat” strategy of retaliation against India.

The two nations have warred in the past over the Line of Control, and as usual both sides are insisting that the other is wholly to blame for the violations, which have killed dozens of civilians.

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

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The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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Pakistan: ‘ Official Pakistan People’s Party Website Defaced by Indian Hackers ‘

#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN (Kashmir) October 08 -The official website of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was defaced Wednesday by a team of Indian hackers, slamming PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for his recent statement on Kashmir.

A group calling themselves the ‘Indian Hackers Online Squad’ replaced the website’s homepage with messages ridiculing Bilawal for his comments, and claiming that “will never get Kashmir”.

“To Citizens of Pakistan, Pakistan’s Army, Pakistan Peoples Party and Specially Mr. Bilawal Bhutto . Without any Violence Let Me tell you that Pakistan will never Get Kashmir. This is the Truth. You Have to Accept it,” said the message left by the hackers on the PPP official website.

Last month, Bilawal was reported to have said that party would get back entire Kashmir for his country.

“I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying.

Bilawal’s statement was not taken well on the other side of the border.

A spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs had responded by terming Bilawal’s comment “far from reality which takes us back into the past century”.

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' CIA Unmanned Drone Strikes Kill Innocents '

#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN September 27 Discussions are questioning whether CIA drone attacks in Pakistan are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which may amount to war crimes.

For years now Pakistanis have expressed their outrage at the US drone strikes in Pakistan, which they claim cause indiscriminate deaths and injuries.

The Pakistan government also continues to express criticism, saying it injects mass hatred in the population, is a violation of sovereignty and fuels terrorism.

The unmanned aircraft attack from the sky. The US government adopted this method to kill and target terror suspects.

They say the use of drones is vital to defend itself against terrorist threats as drone warfare is successful in the US pursuit of al- Qaeda and the Taliban.

This legal expert explains why they are problematic. Although the Pakistan government supports the concerns expressed by the international community on America’s drone campaign, many insiders believe they play a dubious game.

They say that while Islamabad publicly condemns drone strikes, it is secretly complicit with the US government.

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Ace World News September 25 Local News ‘SOUTH EAST ASIA…

Ace World News – September 25 – Local News

‘SOUTH EAST ASIA NEWS DESK REPORTING ’    

RAWALPINDI- PAKISTAN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted. 

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play "facilitative role for resolution of current impasse," DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted '

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif was asked by the government to play “facilitative role for resolution of current impasse,” DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted ‘

With the  political turmoil due to Mr. Imran Khan Cricketer philanthropist turned politician and Canadian-Pakistani cleric, both in opposition have demanded that current government should step down immediately.

Their reasons include: he South Asian nation is also plagued by high unemployment, daily power cuts and a Taliban insurgency, while anti-Western and violent sectarian groups are gaining strength.

Some thousands have marched to Islamabad, the capital and most protesters on the streets of Islamabad say they are demonstrating against government corruption, which they blame for  the country’s widespread poverty.

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KARACHI-PAKISTAN: A woman can do just about anything a man can, all she requires is ‘opportunity’, said 22-year-old Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig, speaking at the jam packed Aga Khan University Hospital’s gymnasium, with her talk aptly titled ‘No Mountain Too High, Nor Too Easy’.

' Samina Baig delivers her written speech as her brother Mirza Ali looks on.—White Star '

‘ Samina Baig delivers her written speech as her brother Mirza Ali looks on.—White Star ‘

Last year, she also became the first woman to ever climb the tallest peaks in Seven Continents as part of the diplomacy mission project called “Seven Summits” funded by international community.

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BRITAIN: ‘ Radicalisation of Youth and Islamic State ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – BRITAIN – September 18 

A MAJOR issue being debated in Britain today concerns the Muslims – men and women. It is what is termed the radicalisation of their youth.

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The Young Muslims UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Concerns were sparked off by the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) when its militants beheaded James Foley, an American journalist covering the war in Syria, and circulated a video of the bestial act. Even before this incident grabbed the headlines, media reports had been suggesting that authorities in London believed that as many as 500 Muslim men with British nationality had left the UK to join the IS ‘jihad’.

The last straw came when Foley’s killer was identified from his speech and accent as British. Writing for The Sunday Times, the foreign secretary summed up the widely felt sentiments: “It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Since then the police have been empowered to seize the passports of people if need be. The move has come too late in the day and two more hostages have been murdered since and one more is under threat.

Many young Muslims draw inspiration from websites with extremist content.


One had hardly got over the shock when came another bombshell. A couple having Pakistani roots made public their dismay at their daughter’s decision to leave home to join IS jihadis. In a statement released to the Glasgow press, they described her as a “bedroom radical” and termed her action as a betrayal of her family, her community and the people of Scotland. It would be upsetting for them as many migrate from Pakistan to give their children a better future, so bleak has life become for the youth in our own country.

Against the backdrop of these horrifying events is the fact that a number of young Muslims are drawing inspiration from websites notorious for their extremist content. At the same time, there have been reports in Britain as also other Western countries of an increase in racism and hate crimes against Muslims in the wake of 9/11. Publications such as Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women by the University of Birmingham are cited in support of the claim that Muslims are being victimised for their beliefs.

What can one say about this perversity that is creeping into a section of the Muslim youth? It can under no condition be condoned even if this is viewed as a reaction to the perceived injustice to Muslims. Two wrongs do not make a right.

No Pakistani I met in Scotland justifies it. How the immigrants explain this extremism would depend on who you are talking to. Many who complain of personal experiences of racial discrimination might be immigrants who remain on the fringe of local society. Living in ghettoised conditions, many Pakistani women do not even want to socialise with people not from their own community. They shop for groceries at South Asian stores and thus manage to avoid interaction on a regular basis with the majority.

There are others — mainly employed professionals — who interact with the indigenous population who may have a different story to tell.

The problem is that the absence of awareness and knowledge of ‘the other’ leads to fear, alienation and prejudice. When people from different communities living together are inclusive in their approach and accept one another’s way of life, chances are there will be more harmony among them.

Much of the alienation in children comes from the identity crisis that is created. In order to preserve their identity as ‘good Muslims’ (even of the moderate kind) children are often indoctrinated in such a way that the message is that theirs is a superior faith. By implication other religions are berated. Many of these children whose parents are migrants fail to adjust in the society they grow up in because of the dichotomy between their home environment and outside surroundings. This makes them vulnerable to the influence of extremists scouting for recruits.

But the fact is that  most Muslim youth do not end up as jihadis. The problem needs to be contextualised and rational analysis can help identify the factors that make some more vulnerable than others.

The key to promoting interfaith, inter-cultural harmony is how ‘the other’ is projected and interpreted, especially to young children. A social worker giving the leftist perspective pointed out that integration of communities is a mutual process that is hindered by the universal rise of racism in the West that puts immigrants on the defensive. The media is not helpful either given its penchant for sensationalism.

The real problem, she feels, is the crisis the youth face worldwide due to the vacuum created by societies. The vulnerable ones turn to violence. For Muslims it is ‘jihad’. Global conflict spurs them on.

Don’t we see that in Pakistan as well?

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Military Bomb and Kill Taliban Lashkar-e-Islam Militants in Air-Strikes ‘

#AceWorldNews PAKISTAN – September 16 – Pakistan’s military said on Tuesday it killed 31 militants in air-strikes and ground clashes along its restive border with Afghanistan.

Three soldiers also died in the fighting, AFP reported.

The air-strikes took place in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal district, where 20 terrorists were killed, and hideouts and two ammunition dumps were destroyed.

Jet fighters bombed forces of the Taliban and another banned militant group, Lashkar-e-Islam, in the district’s Tordara Koki Khel area.

Militants launched a separate cross-border attack at a military post in the North Waziristan tribal district, where 11 terrorists were reportedly killed.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Flooding and Monsoons Displace Two Million People as Humanitarian Crisis Grows ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Islamabad)- September 14 – Spa Authorities were struggling 

Saturday to rescue thousands of people stranded by floods in more than 100 villages in central Pakistan, dpa quoted officials as saying.

Pakistan Floods

Several artificial breaches were created along the protective embankments of Chenab river to divert flood-water away from the historic city of Multan, civilian administrator Zahid Saleem said.

He said the threat to the city was almost over, but the diversion of water has affected 126 small villages and hamlets.

Thousands of relief workers, policemen and soldiers were working to evacuate areas and deliver relief supplies, state-run Pakistan Television reported.

The flooding began September 03 due to heavy monsoon rains.

About 280 people have been killed in the eastern province of Punjab province, Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the semi-autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan regions in the north, National Disaster Management Authority official Ahmed Kamal said.

More than 2 million people have been displaced.

The disaster agency said the flooding would continue for at least another week before the excessive water could drain out through the southern province of Sindh.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Al-Qaeda’s New Bomb-Maker Cell Known As Khorasan Group ‘

#AceNewsServices –UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 13 – While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria – a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe –

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poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

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At the centre is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who travelled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the al-Nusra Front.

But the Khorasan militants did not go to Syria principally to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say.

Instead, they were sent by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.

Known as Lashkar-e-Khorasan (LeKh), the group’s only purpose is to identify, capture and execute people allegedly working for what is described as a web of local spies created by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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' Heavy Flooding and Landslides Claim 450 People' Lives Leaving 200,000 Stranded in Indian Kashmir '

#AceWorldNews – INDIA/PAKISTAN – September 13 – Following days of heavy flooding and dangerous mudslides have now claimed more than 450 lives in Pakistan and India, more than 200,000 people remained stranded Saturday in Indian Kashmir, despite receding water, officials said, commenting on the Himalayan region’s worst flooding in a century.

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Rescue teams are now able to go inside houses and get out those still trapped inside and account for the dead bodies,” Shantmanu, the divisional commissioner of Jammu region, who uses one name, told AFP.

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Government officials say at least 200 people died and 130,000 people have been rescued in Kashmir.

Each affected family whose home was destroyed will receive an initial 75,000 rupees ($1,200) and six months of food rations, the government said.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Pakistani Army Arrested Gunmen Who Tried to Kill Mala Yousafzai ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – September 12 – The Pakistani army announced Friday it had arrested the gunmen who tried to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012.

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The teenage campaigner for the right of all children to an education recovered after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.

Ten men were detained during a joint operation involving army, police and intelligence agencies, AFP said.

It came as part of the Pakistani military’s ongoing offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants.

The group was part of the TTP and the plan to kill Malala came from network’s current leader Maulana Fazlullah, Major General Asim Bajwa said.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ ICMICA Pakistan Role of Youth in Peace Building ‘

#AceGuestNews – PAKISTAN – September 03 – Youth can play a crucial role in positively transforming conflict situations and building peaceful societies. In countries like Pakistan, where peace and stability seem a far-fetched idea for most, investing into young people to build their synergies and unity is the need of hour.

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Moreover, the current turmoil calls for youth in Pakistan to become prepared to shoulder the responsibility to respond to the situation with understanding and ownership.

Peace is all about understanding each other’s perceptions and learning to find common grounds. This year “Role of Youth in Peace-building” a series of discussions took place across cities with the collaboration of Youth Development Foundation YDF and ICMICA Pakistan.

It comprised of panel experts that highlighted motivational skills for peace awareness, urged youth to accept followers of different faiths, think above school syllabus and understand the true message of every religion.

Last year, this activity was organized by the Youth Development Foundation YDF/ Interfaith Youth in Action where the youth participants hailing from different religions interacted and took part in a diversity tour across Lahore to visit a historic mosque, two churches and a gurdwara, the place of worship for Sikhs.

The discussions started off with a slideshow showing the grave consequences Pakistani people suffer on hands of religion based discrimination and sectarian violence.

Different panel experts spoke on various topics and youth participants were able to clarify many misconceptions about different faiths. Participants learned more on reasons why Pakistan is radicalized. A myriad of complexities including the distorted education, prejudice against religious minorities, hatred towards non Muslims in school textbooks are the main elements that create disharmony and conflict in society and derail peace in Pakistan.

But, the discussions’ main focus remained the ways through which  the nation’s youth mobilization could help in eradicating the national scale religious intolerance. The young participants of all religious communities were present and sensitized “to welcoming religious diversity”, and for rejecting violence.

These programs concluded with Q/A session, some of them quiet, other very heated on issues including religious discrimination and war on terror, and a candle lighting ceremony.

Our country is witnessing a rise in fanaticism, as never before and with no state control of their activities. But Pakistan is not an exception.The whole of South Asia is in the grip of right-wing ideas.

However, Pakistan’s case proves that a religious state cannot deal effectively with religious fanatics. Therefore, religion should be separated from the affairs of the state.

Overshadowed by an economic, social and humanitarian crisis in the wake of a bloody war against terrorism, Pakistan’s sole hope lies with the youth. It is time to let them pave a path towards a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

 Pakistan Zindabad. Long Live Pakistan

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Why so much intolerance in Pakistan?

#AceFriendsNews – So Much Intolerance in Pakistan – something l personally noticed when l was their on business – even in 1996. This post is a #MustRead and #Share #TheHumanLens

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Will Pakistan continue to be a country where Ahmedis and Shia Muslims will continue to be slaughtered, where Sikhs are prevented from entering their places of praying, where shrines of patron saints are destroyed by suicide bombers, or where a common man go out to work and ends up end on the street.  Or will it be a country where religious pluralism, as was envisioned by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding father, would flourish?

To many, the crucial question remains same. Why is Pakistan filled with such intolerance?

I: State Educational Curriculum

Human rights experts blame the twisted religious teachings and hate material in textbooks responsible for prevalent unrest in the country. Moreover, experts pinpoint that incorporating the concept of religion in wars was the biggest mistake; and that its effects won’t wear off that easily.

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PAKISTAN: ' Imran Khan Who is Leading Protesters Trying to bring Down Nawaz Sharif Says Government Talks Are Suspended '

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Mumbai) – August 21 – Opposition politician and former cricketer Imran Khan, who is leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday Al-Jazeera reported.

​Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since last Friday.

The opposition is refusing to give up on their insistence that Sharif resigns, and they accuse him of corruption and vote rigging. Sharif won a landslide victory after last year’s general election and refuses to quit and now talks are deadlocked. The protests have raised concerns about nuclear armed Pakistan’s stability, which is battling a Taliban insurgency in the country’s north-west.

On August 20 2014 – Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse Reuters reported.

The announcement came the day after Pakistan’s powerful military said the two sides should engage in dialogue and warned that key government institutions were under its protection.

Former cricket star Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since Friday.

Both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of corruption and election rigging. Sharif, who won the last election by a landslide, has refused.

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INDIA: ' Marking the Anniversary 67 Years-Ago of the Independence from Britain But Is India Selling-Out its People to Multinationals Such as Monsanto '

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – INDIA (Mumbai) – August 10 – On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders Global Research reported.

​The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches.

Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence.

​The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country.

The bedrock of any society is its agriculture. Without food there can be no life. Without food security, there can be no genuine independence.

​A recent report by the organisation GRAIN revealed that small farms produce most of the world’s food and are more productively efficient than large farms.

Facilitated by an appropriate policy framework, small farmers could easily feed the global population. But small farmers are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world’s farmland and the world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands big agribusiness and the rich and powerful. If nothing is done to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.

The Oakland Institute in the US recently stated that the first years of the 21st century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale . An estimated 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was reported bought or leased across the developing world between 2000 and 2011, often at the expense of local food security and land rights.

This trend could eventually result in the permanent shift of farm ownership from family businesses to institutional investors and other consolidated corporate operations.

MONSANTO PURCHASE AND DEVELOPMENT OF LAND SCHEMES:

​In India, small farms account for 92 percent of farms and occupy around 40 percent of all agricultural land. They form the bedrock of food production. However, there is a concerted effort to remove farmers from the land. Hundreds of thousands of farmers have taken their lives since 1997 and many more are experiencing economic distress or have left farming as a result of debt, a shift to (GM) cash crops and economic liberalisation .


​Monsanto already controls the cotton industry in India and is increasingly shaping agri-policy and the knowledge paradigm by funding agricultural research in public universities and institutes. Its practices and colonisation of institutions have led to it being called the ‘contemporary East India Company’ and regulatory bodies are now severely compromised and riddled with conflicts of interest where decision-making over GMOs are concerned.


​In the meantime, Monsanto and the GM biotech (India) sector forward the myth that GM food is necessary to feed the world’s burgeoning population. They are not. Aside from the review by GRAIN, the World Bank-funded International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge and Science for Development Report stated that smallholder, traditional farming (not GMO’s) can deliver food security in low-income countries through sustainable agri-ecological systems .


​The Standing Committee on Agriculture in Parliament unequivocally concluded that GM seeds and foods are dangerous to human, animal and environmental health and directed the former Government of Manmohan Singh to ban GMO’s Despite such evidence and the recommendations to put a hold on open field GM trials by the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee, the push is on within official circles to give such trials the green light.

History on Day of independence:

This is a far cry from that day on the August 15 1947, when Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, and they raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each subsequent Independence Day, the Prime Minister has raised the flag and given a speech.

This same holiday is still observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events. Indians celebrate the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, accessories, homes and vehicles; by listening to patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies; and bonding with family and friends. Books and films feature the independence and partition in their narrative.

Separatist and militant organisations have often carried out terrorist attacks on and around 15 August, and others have declared strikes and used black flags to boycott the celebration.

European traders had established outposts on the Indian subcontinent by the 17th century. Through overwhelming military strength, the British East India company subdued local kingdoms and established themselves as the dominant force by the 18th century. Following the Rebellion of 1857, the Government of India Act 1858 led the British Crown to assume direct control of India. In the decades following, civic society gradually emerged across India, most notably the Indian National Congress, formed in 1885.

The period after World War I was marked by British reforms such as the Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms, but it also witnessed the enactment of the repressive Rowlatt Act and calls for self-rule by Indian activists. The discontent of this period crystallized into nationwide non-violent movements of non-cooperation and civil disobedience, led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

During the 1930’s, reform was gradually legislated by the British; Congress won victories in the resulting elections.

The next decade was beset with political turmoil: Indian participation in World War II, the Congress’s final push for non-cooperation, and an upsurge of Muslim nationalism led by the All-India Muslim League. The escalating political tension was capped by Independence in 1947.

The jubilation was tempered by the bloody partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan, this was when both countries became independent and a time when both retained their own identity.

Fast forward to India and Pakistan of today and a very different story emerges, where people become surplus to requirements unless they fulfil the golden rule of consumerism and the politicians see a burgeoning population of poor, tipping the scales into anarchy and injustice. with the rise of terrorist groups with one intention to destabilise and create unrest in the country.

So what of their Independence from Britain 67 years-ago and their new development strategy will they as so many before them sell-out to the highest bidder of the likes of Monsanto and allow themselves to become not independent but to tempt billionaire politicians of the use of GM and to use their poor, uneducated people as guinea pigs, to test their food theories.

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‘ Court Indicts Five Relatives Accused of Stoning to Death A Pregnant Woman ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN (Lahore) – July 06 – Pakistani police say that a court has indicted five relatives accused of stoning to death a pregnant woman for marrying against the family’s wishes, AP reported.

The woman’s father, two brothers, a cousin and ex-husband pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and torture, according to the investigator in the case, Mian Zulfiqar.

The 25-year-old woman was killed on May 27 before a crowd of onlookers in the eastern city of Lahore.

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' Prominent Cleric and Activist ' Tahirul ul-Qadri ' of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek Arrives in Pakistan as Supporters Clash with Police '

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Islamabad) – June 23 – A prominent cleric landed in Pakistan on Monday as his supporters clashed with police in Islamabad.

​(Arrival of Cleric and Activist Tahirul Qadri)

The plane carrying Tahirul Qadri circled above Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad for an hour and a half before it was diverted to the eastern city of Lahore, Reuters said. Qadri, a Pakistani preacher turned political activist who usually lives in Canada, is a divisive figure in Pakistan.

​(Supporters Clash with Police)

He made headlines last year when he led mass rallies against the previous Pakistani government.

​Some have speculated that the country’s armed forces are using him as a proxy in their efforts to sideline the civilian government.

​On 25 May 1989, Qadri founded a political party, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). This party aims to introduce the culture of democracy, promote economic stability, and improve the state of human rights, justice, and women’s roles in Pakistan. The PAT also aims to remove corruption from Pakistani politics. Its official website contains its formal manifesto. In 1990, Qadri participated in the national election.

​(Tahirul ul-Qadri Giving Interview on his Political Ideas)

In 1991, PAT and TNFJ (Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafria A shia political group), now known as Tehreek-e-Jafria, introduced the idea of political working relationship.


(From 1989 to 1993, Qadri Continuously Worked as an Opposition Leader)

He was also elected as a Member of the National Assembly for his constituency. On 29 November 2004, Qadri announced his resignation as a Member of the National Assembly. Qadri views an Islamic state as a Muslim-majority country which respects freedom, the rule of law, global human rights (including religious freedom), social welfare, women’s rights and the rights of minorities.


​(Announces Madinah as Political Unit)

He also claims that the Constitution of Medina "declared the state of Madinah as a political unit". He also mentions that the Constitution declared the "indivisible composition of the Muslim nation (Ummah)". With respect to the Constitution of Medina, Qadri says: "This was the constitution, which provided the guarantee of fundamental human rights in our history." He believes that "a constitution is a man-made law and by no means it can be declared superior to a God-made law."


​(Constitution of Medina )

Qadri apparently made contradictory statements regarding his role in the making of Pakistan’s blasphemy Law. In an Urdu-language speech he said: "I would like to lift the veil that this blasphemy law … it was I who had this law made, that no matter who commits blasphemy, whether Muslim or Non-Muslim, man or woman, Christian or Jew, whoever commits blasphemy should be killed like a dog!" Yet in another video he says: "Whatever the Law of blasphemy is, is not applicable on non Muslims, is not applicable on Jews, Christians, and any other non-Muslims.

​I was never a part of shaping this law in the parliament made by Zia-ul-Haq –

Story of Pakistan

Zia-ul-Haq died in an air crash near Bhawalpur on August 17, 1988. The accident proved to be very costly for the country as almost the entire military elite of Pakistan was on-board.

Though United States’ Ambassador to Pakistan was also killed in the misfortune, yet many do not rule out U. S. involvement in the sabotage.

They believe that United States could not afford Pakistan to oppose Geneva Accord and thus they removed the biggest hurdle in their way. The remains of Zia-ul-Haq were buried in the premises of Faisal Mosque, Islamabad.

His death brought a large number of mourners to attend his funeral, including a large number of Afghanis, which proved to be one of the biggest in the history of the country.

During his rule, Zia-ul-Haq tried his utmost to maintain close ties with the Muslim World. He made vigorous efforts along with other Muslim States to bring an end to the war between Iran and Iraq.

Pakistan joined the Non-Aligned Movement in 1979 during Zia-ul-Haq’s term.

He also fought a war by proxy in Afghanistan and saved Pakistan from a direct war with Soviet Union.

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'Pakistani Woman Survives Attack By Relatives Who Tried To Kill Her For Marrying For Love'

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Lahore) – (Reuters) – A Pakistani woman who survived an attack by relatives who tried to kill her for marrying for love told Reuters on Friday that she feared for her life and appealed for protection.

Saba Maqsood, 18, survived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family on Thursday, weeks after the “honor killing” of another woman in Pakistan drew worldwide condemnation.

Maqsood angered her family by marrying the man of her choice a few days ago in the Punjabi city of Gujranwala – an act of defiance in a conservative part of Pakistan where women are expected to agree to arranged marriages.

“Even though police provided me with security, I fear that my family will try to kill me and my husband,” Maqsood, still weak after being shot twice in the cheek and right hand, told Reuters by telephone from her hospital bed.

“I appeal to the chief minister and authorities to take serious notice of this attack on me and take necessary action for our security.”

Police said Maqsood was attacked and shot by her father, uncle, brother and aunt, and thrown into the waterway in the city of Hafizabad in Punjab province on Thursday.

Her relatives quickly fled the scene, but after minutes in the water Maqsood regained consciousness and managed to struggle to the bank, where two passers-by helped her.

Police have pledged to protect Maqsood.

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` Pakistan in Lock-Down As People Fear Arrest of Leader Pakistans MQM Party ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN (Karachi) – June 04 – The leader of Pakistan’s MQM party, Altaf Hussain, has been arrested in London on suspicion of money-laundering, reports said on Tuesday as panic spread through his home city of Karachi and protesters torched vehicles.

British police said only that a 60-year-old man had been detained at a residential address in north-west London and officers were searching the building.

“Officers have this morning arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of money-laundering,” a Metropolitan Police statement said.

Hussain fled Pakistan for Britain in 1992 after a military operation to end ethnic unrest in Karachi, gaining British citizenship in 2002.

Pakistan‘s biggest city was in lock-down for a second day on Wednesday, with shops and markets closed and people staying home for fear of violence following the arrest in London of one of the country’s most feared men.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has its power base in the violence-racked city of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest, which it controls with an iron fist.

Panic gripped the sprawling metropolis of 18 million people soon after local television broadcast the reports. Angry protesters torched at least a dozen vehicles, according to rescue officials.

Many rushed to stock up on groceries in anticipation of a prolonged shut-down while office workers left for home early, clogging up roads.

Altaf Hussain, leader of the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement party and wanted in Pakistan in relation to a murder case, was arrested in north-west London where he has lived in self-imposed exile since the early 1990’s.

Karachi, a sprawling and violent port city of 18 million, is virtually controlled by Hussain’s party, and reports of sporadic violence emerged as soon as news of his arrest reached the city.

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