You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Monday, January 21, 2008

India launches Israeli satellite

BANGALORE, India (AFP) — India successfully launched an Israeli spy satellite into orbit in a boost to the South Asian nation's efforts to win a share of the multi-billion-dollar space launch market.
You can read the full story here but the point is, both the countries (Pakistan and India) established on 1947, infact India established on 1947 whereas on the other side establishment established instead of Pakistan.

Now a days we do have enough electricity (for the president house), enough gas (for the president house), enough wheat (offcourse for the president house), enough cycles (in the president house), enough LOTAS (in the president house) ... so what if India has launched a spy satellite ? We are ahead of them. GEO Musharraf !!!

Asma Jahangir on ECL !!!

Source: Dawn

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Chairperson Asma Jehangir was briefly stopped from travelling abroad by the immigration staff at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Saturday morning.

Asma was taking an Emirates flight to Dubai at the start of a UN mission. She was told that she could not board the plane because her name was on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Taken aback by the information, the HRCP chairperson was further surprised by the ‘disclosure’ that her name was on the ECL since November 2007.

When Asma said she had travelled abroad several times since November, the airport staff held consultations with their superiors and finally allowed her to fly out of the country.

“Perhaps I was put on the ECL - like Munir A Malik when we were placed under house arrest (by the authorities) to protect Pakistan from terrorists and nobody bothered to revise the list,”  Asma later told Dawn.

Imran wants re-look of US' Pak policy

Imran Khan, is arriving in the US this week on a week-long tour to ''urge'' powerful lawmakers and influential policymakers to have a serious re-look at the US' Pakistan policy.

He would also brief them about his assessment of the ground realities in Pakistan, specially the North West Frontier Province.

This is the first visit of a major Pakistani politician after the assassination of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month.

During the first few days of his visit beginning January 22, Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, would be spending time at the Capitol Hill meeting some of the key Congressmen including Senate Majority Leader, Henry Reid, and policymakers.

Organizers of his schedule in Washington said Imran Khan would also meet members of several key Congressional committees, which play an important role in formulating US policy towards Pakistan, in both Chambers - the Foreign Relations Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

''They need to know the ground realities. Up till now the only input they have got on the ground realities is either from the (Bush) Administration or from the Government of Pakistan, both of whom have given them (lawmakers and policymakers) wrong information. Look where we are today, a real crazy situation,'' Ali Zaid, International Co-ordinator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, told NDTV in an interview on the eve of his arrival.

''We are going to tell them that the United States needs to reevaluate and re-look at the way this administration deals with Pakistan,'' he added.

However, Khan has indicated he would prefer not to meet any official from the Bush Administration, as he blames (its) policies have been mainly responsible for the sharp rise in extremism and militancy in his country.

''Imran Khan has no meeting with anybody in Bush Administration. This Administration is on its way out. They have just got seven-eight months. Instead we are meeting the lawmakers and policymakers who advise the administration on what to do,'' said Zaidi, who spends his time between California, Dubai and Karachi.

Zaidi said during his meetings, Khan would urge the Administration to ask Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to have a policy of ''engaging'' the people of NWFP and not ''bombing'' them.

''You do not need to have peace talks with the extremist. But you need to have the people of the area engaged in a dialogue. By collateral damage, you are actually creating more extremism. This is not the way to fight the war on terror,'' Zaidi further said sharing the views of his party leader.

''You need to befriend them and invest in them. You can't earn peace by bombing them. This would be his message,'' he said.

Khan would also be articulating his views at various other meetings - think tanks, universities and also with Pakistani expatriates.

He is scheduled to address meetings at the prestigious American University, Columbia University and Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of the biggest think tank on the Hill. He would also address a breakfast meeting of Asia Society in New York.

At least two large meetings with the expatriate Pakistani community have been organized in New York and New Jersey.

Source: NDTV