Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dr. Afia Siddiqui

Dr Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 76 years of imprisonment by the federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, for allegedly firing at US troops in Afghanistan.
A jury found Aafia Siddiqui guilty in February of trying to kill U.S. agents and military officers, after Afghan police detained her in 2008.
Does this innocent and beautiful
MIT graduate look like what she
has been accused of?


During Siddiqui’s three-week trial, FBI agents and U.S. soldiers testified that when they went to interrogate Siddiqui, she snatched an unattended assault rifle. They claimed that the neuroscientist allegedly shot at them after abusing America.

American soldiers have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan and their political leadership has confessed that they acted upon fake and wrong information.

Now look at the same lady.  Who did it to her?
Did the judge take notice of the tortures she
had been through during all these years? 
The whole lot of engineers, architects, scientists and other experts of the construction of skyscrapers have unmasked the truth behind the conspiracy theory and technically proved that the 9/11 incident was a pre-planned, Mossad-engineered and remote controlled.

Has any honourary judge of the American judiciary ever raised his voice against the brutalities committed by the American soldiers?

This BULLSHIT OF NONSENSE will go down in history as the most biased verdict by any court of any democratic country in the modern world.

The great daughter of Pakistan has already proved to be a brave lady and this verdict will not weaken her courage or shatter her nerves.

Salute to Dr. Afia Siddiqui.

Shame on the filthiest minded rotten swine Pervez Musharraf, the scapegoat of Zoredariism Yousuf Raza Gillani, the biggest liar on earth Rehman Malik and the biggest eunuch Nawaz Sharif.

The American courts have done what they were ordered to but God's justice will one day prevail insha-Allah.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dr. Imran Farooq Murdered

Prominent Pakistan politician murdered outside his London home

Imran Farooq, a prominent Pakistani politician, has been murdered outside his home in London.

By Laura Roberts and Heidi Blake
Published: 12:27AM BST 17 Sep 2010

Dr Farooq, 50, was repeatedly stabbed in the head and neck during the assault in Edgware, north London.

He was a leading member of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party, which is one of the largest in Pakistan.

There were suggestions from Pakistan that he may have known his killer. When police arrived at the scene, they found Dr Farooq’s body outside his house.

Imran Farooq claimed asylum in Britain after spending seven years on the run
as one of Pakistan's most wanted fugitives.
 Photo: GETTY
 A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers attended an address in Green Lane, Edgware, shortly before 5.30pm after reports of a serious assault. “On arrival, officers found a single Asian man aged 50 with multiple stab wounds and head injuries,” the spokesman said.

“Paramedics attended the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Next of kin have been informed and no arrests have been made.
Dr Farooq was expected to attend a birthday celebration at the MQM headquarters on London’s Edgware Road on Thursday night but the event was cancelled at the last minute. Police said it was too early to know if the murder was politically motivated.

The politician claimed asylum in Britain after spending seven years on the run as one of Pakistan’s most wanted fugitives. He was accused of a range of charges, including murder and torture.

He has not returned to Pakistan since his arrival in England in 1992.

He claimed that year that he was wanted “dead or alive”.
“[This gave] licence and impunity to every individual in Pakistan to assassinate me,” he said.

Dr Farooq said he spent more than seven years in hiding in Karachi, southern Pakistan. He continued: “It was impossible for me to remain in Pakistan due to the continued threat on my life and liberty.”

He insisted the claims against him in Pakistan were politically motivated and continued his involvement with the party from Britain.

Last month Raza Haider, another MQM member, was gunned down with his guard as he attended a funeral near the centre of Karachi. The killing triggered violence in which dozens of people were killed and at least 100 wounded.

Azeem Tariq, the former chairman, was murdered in Karachi 13 years ago. Intruders entered his home and shot him as he slept.
MQM, based in Karachi, is the fourth largest party in Pakistan and is part of the ruling coalition government. It has a strong anti-Taliban stance, although rivals accuse it of exaggerating the threat of the Taliban.

The party represents mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.
London has played host to many of Pakistan’s exiled politicians. Gen Pervez Musharraf, the former president, lives in self-imposed exile in London.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Makkah Tower

The world's biggest clock perched on the Makkah Clock Tower started the trial run since Wednesday morning.

The clock is perched on a sky rise which is part of the King Abdelaziz endowment property in Makkah, and the entire tower project is due for completion in three months.

The project was ordered by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz in an attempt to provide an alternative for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), currently used as international reference.

The design of the project has traditional Islamic architectural features and the clock is to be run with the latest operating systems and gear.

The tower is 601 meters high and the clock has four faces, one in each direction, with the name of Allah on top of each. The face of the clock is over 40 meters in diameter and is over 400 meters above surface level.

The call for prayer from the Holy Mosque would be heard from the new landmark's loudspeakers for a distance of almost seven kilometers. The tower itself could be seen from a distance of eight kilometers.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nadal Caps Career Grand Slam


Rafael Nadal does, of course, share an era with Roger Federer, which has done the era plenty of good, but this season and this year’s United States Open now belong exclusively to Nadal.
There were times, in his earlier years, when it seemed too much to ask for Nadal to hold up the trophy in New York.
The courts were supposed to be too quick for his big forehand backswing. The balls were supposed to bounce too low for his extreme grip. The lack of an overwhelming serve made it too tough to win easy points. The combined weight of the early season, with all those inevitable clay-court victories and his hard-charging style, were too much for a body — even his body — to bear.
But Nadal, with his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Novak Djokovic in Monday night’s rain-interrupted United States Open final, has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that there are no limits to his range or appetite.
Playing against an opponent who had beaten him in their last three matches, all on hardcourts, the No. 1-seeded Nadal prevailed in 3 hours 43 minutes in the face of inspired resistance to become, at age 24, the youngest man in the Open era to complete a career Grand Slam.
Nadal, the relentless left-handed competitor from Spain, did so by wearing down the third-seeded Djokovic with his phenomenal court coverage, consistent returns and improved serve, particularly the sliced serve to the ad court that forced Djokovic to release the second hand from his backhand and lunge in desperation on multiple occasions.
“More than what I dreamt,” said Nadal, when asked on court to put his first United States Open victory into words.
From start to finish — with a 1-hour-57-minute rain delay in between — this was not Nadal’s finest performance. He had not lost a set on his way to the final and had dropped his serve just twice.
Against Djokovic, he was broken three times and struggled with his timing from the baseline in some early phases of the match, mis-hitting ground strokes and also struggling to capitalize on his own break-point opportunities, failing to convert on 20 in total. That was in part because Djokovic continued to play remarkably bold tennis under pressure, just as he had in his five-set victory over Federer in Saturday’s semifinals.
But there can be no quibbling with the bottom line. Nadal, in his first United States Open final, was the more irresistible force: quite capable, when necessary, of summoning a higher gear than the player who will be ranked No. 2 when the new rankings are released on Tuesday.
“Right now he’s the best player in the world, and he absolutely deserves this title,” Djokovic said after Monday’s match.
Nadal earned it by transforming defense into offense in an instant, by putting 67 percent of his first serves into play and, above all, by forcing Djokovic to keep running and lunging and feeling the increasingly heavy obligation to come up with something extra.
“Rafa’s fortitude is just off the charts,” said Brad Gilbert, the veteran American coach. “He just doesn’t give up, whether or not it’s 40-love up or 40-love down. He just doesn’t take a point off.”
Djokovic did not take many vacations either. He countered Nadal’s baseline power effectively for much of the match, beginning with the extended opening rally, which set the tone for the corner-to-corner action to come. Djokovic actually came up with one more forehand winner (22 to 21) than Nadal, whose whipping forehand is his signature stroke.
But Djokovic’s serve, which has lost power in the last two seasons because of technical issues, kept putting him in danger, and Nadal kept making him work too hard to hold: putting 86 percent of his returns in play.
The cumulative effect proved too much for Djokovic, the 23-year-old Serbian who lost to Federer in the 2007 Open final but saved two match points on his way to beating Federer here.
Djokovic had the benefit of an additional day’s rest after rain on Sunday forced the final to be delayed, but Nadal still looked like the fresher, faster man down the stretch. Djokovic, who smashed a racket in anger in the first set, managed to even the match after returning from the rain delay, closing out the second set from 4-4, 30-30. But Nadal gave no hint of being demoralized, and Djokovic lost control for good early in the fourth set, when Nadal broke his serve in the third game.
“Maybe emotionally I was a little bit drained after the semifinal match, but I recovered,” Djokovic said. “I had two days, and I was motivated to win this match.”
Nadal now holds the French Open, Wimbledon and United States Open titles. When Djokovic’s last forehand sailed wide, Nadal dropped to the blue court, covered his head with both hands and then jogged toward the net and exchanged an embrace with his opponent.
“It’s just great for somebody who had so much success as he did, very young age, and to be able to continue motivating himself to perform his best each tournament, each match he plays regardless of who he has across the net,” said Djokovic, who is now 7-15 against Nadal over all.
Nadal has followed his own path from the beginning, with his uncle and coach Toni Nadal serving as his guide.
Now he has won everywhere that matters most in the game that he once chose over soccer. He is three years younger than Federer was when he rounded out his Grand Slam collection at last year’s French Open.
“Aside from the victory, what gives me a great deal of satisfaction is to see how much he has improved on fast courts,” said Toni Nadal. “It was a goal we had in mind never knowing for sure if we’d get there. But he’s returning better, serving a bit better and is closer to the baseline. The sliced backhand is much better. In the end, to see that is really satisfying.”
Though Nadal has now won 9 Grand Slam singles titles to Federer’s 16, there are a growing number within the game who feel that Nadal will eventually challenge Federer’s numbers.
“I think this victory says that we should stop talking about Federer being the greatest player of all time,” said Mats Wilander, the former United States Open champion from Sweden. “I truly believe that. We can say that Roger is, but there’s no point in doing that until Nadal is done. It’s already unfair to me to say Roger is because Rafa is beating him all the time on every surface and in the Slam finals.”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Japan’s latest spiritual craze

Power spots

by Felicity

Want to make a bit of money, improve your health or win big at pachinko? Then invest in a copy of comedian/fortune teller Shimada Shuhei’s new book:

The Definitive Countrywide Guide to Lucky Power Spots.” Being published Sept. 9 the book will tell you where to go in Japan to collect the spiritual energy necessary to achieve life’s more elusive goals. Shuhei’s book is the latest in a recent glut of publications on the power spot topic. A quick look at Amazon Japan reveals that this year has seen no less than 32 new books on the subject go into print.

Photo credit: Ivan Walsh

The book that’s received the highest user rating so far is “This Power Spot is Amazing,” by guru Teruo Wakatsuki Yuu. To write the book, this spiritual master travelled from Hokkaido to Okinawa and carefully selected 79 energy spots. Wakatsuki Yuu’s other works include a book called “Become a Spiritual Leader,” a job he is evidently believes himself to be rather skilled at; his 8-day spiritual workshops cost a whopping ¥143,850 (around $1,710).

It’s unclear exactly what spiritual philosophy people like Shuhei and Wakatsuki Yuu are spouting, but that reflects the fuzzy logic of the movement itself. The belief that power spots are places where people can go to collect mystical energy is rooted in a pick ‘n’ mix of Eastern and Western Mysticism: Feng Shui, Qigong and Shinto, with a bit of murky spiritualism thrown in.

It all started back in the ‘90s when a self -proclaimed psychic named Kiyota Masuaki, who does tricks like spoon bending and takes psychic photographs, coined the word “power spot” to mean a place where the earth’s energy can be collected.

In 2000 public interest in spiritualism and feng shui increased, seeing the start of a boom in people going on pilgrimage to Shinto temples. Self styled spiritual councellers like Hiroyuki Eharapropagated the notion that you could receive spiritual power from visiting these places. The publishing boom began when around the end of 2009 the topic of power spots started to be widely discussed on TV.

Many companies are now seeing business opportunities in the power-spot movement as a growing number of young women interested in hiking (so-called Yama Girls) trek out to these locations. Hotel Nikko in Nara is running a Yama Girls Plan: the hotel, tucked between beautiful mountain scenery, is surrounded by power spots and the plan includes hiking treks to the spots as well as a night’s accommodation.

Power spots are usually out in the countryside in a mountain or shrine and some of Japan’s most famous power spots are: Mount Fuji; Mount Osore in Aomori; Togakushi shrine in Nagano; and Meiji Shrine, Tokyo. Even if you don’t live in Japan you can visit a power spot. Locations around the world include Machu Pichu, Hawaii, Lourdes and the Pyramids of Egypt.
So what are you waiting for? Get trekking and collect spiritual points and prizes along the way!

September 2nd, 2010

Jmmu and Kashmir - Civial Killings

For the first time, securitymen kill more civilians than terrorists in J&K

NEW DELHI: As the central government looks at concrete steps to stem the tide of violence in Kashmir, statistics paint a worrisome picture of what is wrong in the Valley. For the first time since insurgency started in Jammu and Kashmir in the late 80s, more civilians have been killed by security forces than terrorists. 

This sudden twist in the reality of Kashmir should weigh heavily in their minds as the Prime Minister and his senior colleagues assemble for a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting later this week to chalk out a strategy to deal with the upsurge in street protests and casualties in firing by the security forces. According to the latest statistics, the number of civilians killed in firings by security forces is almost three times the number of those killed in actions by terrorists. A total of 27 civilians have died in terrorist attacks this year till date, while 68 civilians have died in actions by security forces. 

The chilling statistics tell the story of 2010 -- a year that saw most traditional parameters, such as the number of incidents and casualties, for measuring Kashmir violence hitting rock bottom. Even in 2008, when the Amarnath land agitation hit both Jammu and Kashmir regions, out of the total of 147 civilians killed in the year only 57 died in actions by security forces. The rest of the killings, 90, were in terrorist actions. 

In 2009, of the total 83 civilians killed in the state, only 11 had died in actions by security forces. But the figures of 2010 till date show how significantly the situation has turned away from historical realities, how the security forces have literally become the "biggest perpetrators" of violence in the state. 

Officials point out that in the mid-90s when violence in Kashmir peaked and a few thousand civilians used to be annually killed, only less than 10% deaths were officially attributed to excesses by security forces. 

It is in the light of this startling turnaround in the Kashmir situation that the PM is convening the meeting of the CCS later this week. The government would be looking at several steps in the political and security spheres to assuage the high level of resentment among people in the Valley. Among the possible steps are a joint parliamentary delegation to Kashmir, some conciliatory steps on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and further administrative changes. 

However, the CCS could see the Army putting up a strong defence of AFSPA saying its withdrawal would have adverse impact on the situation. Army top brass has in recent days pointed out to the government their experience of Manipur, where withdrawal of AFSPA from urban centres led to a surge in violence in those areas. 

Meanwhile, many quarters within the government are questioning the sort of decisions being taken by both the local police and CRPF in handling the crowd protests in the state. For example, many point out that it is the sparsely populated posts of CRPF that are often at the receiving end of stone pelting, which forces the scared CRPF personnel to open fire. "We need to seriously look at the need for these posts in sensitive localities," says a senior official. 

Another argued that the government needs to study the crowd control patterns of the state police and CRPF. "Are they really following SOPs for crowd control? I doubt it," he said. 
Sep 7, 2010

China corners vital market

In the race to build advanced industrial and military products, China has a key advantage: the world's biggest reserves of rare earth minerals that are essential to many of these products.

China dominates mining of the obscure but strategically vital rare earth elements (REEs) used in an increasing array of commercial and defense applications, ranging from batteries, magnets and electric motors to satellites, lasers and precision-guided munitions.
Last year China produced about 97 percent of the world's rare earth oxides. Just as important, Chinese companies, many of them state-controlled, now have a near monopoly on processing rare earth metals into finished materials.
This stranglehold is starting to alarm the United States, Japan, the European Union and other major economies that depend on supplies from China. Since 2005, it has been restricting output and exports, pushing prices higher.
The Pentagon is due to finish a report by the end of this month on the risks of U.S. military dependence on rare earth elements from China. Their use is widespread in the defense systems of the U.S., its allies including Japan, and other countries that buy American weapons and equipment.
Apart from satellites, lasers and precision-guided munitions, U.S. defense systems that incorporate REEs include communications, radar, avionics, night vision equipment, jet fighter engines, missile guidance, electronic countermeasures, underwater mine detection, antimissile defense and range finding. Some civilian components, such as computer hard drives, that contain REEs also have widespread military applications.
In a report to the U.S. Congress in April, the Government Accountability Office said that it had been told by officials and defense industry executives that where REE alloys and other materials were used in military systems, they were "responsible for the functionality of the component and would be difficult to replace without losing performance."
An official report last year on the U.S. national defense stockpile said that shortages of four REEs — lanthanum, cerium, europium and gadolinium — had already caused delays in producing some weapons. It recommended further study to determine the severity of the delays.
China recently cut its REE export quotas by 72 percent for the second half of this year. Shipments will be capped at just below 8,000 metric tons, down from nearly 28,500 tons for the same period in 2009. According to one industry estimate, worldwide REE demand is expected to exceed supply by as much as 50,000 tons by 2012 unless major new production sources are developed.

Japan complained to China late last month that lower export quotas could have a major impact on industrial development outside China. REEs are essential for hundreds of commercial as well as military applications. The former include electric motors and batteries for gasoline-electric hybrid cars, wind power turbines, mobile phones, cameras, portable X-ray units, energy-efficient light bulbs and stadium lights, fiber optics, and glass additives and polishing.
The next high-technology REE application to achieve maturity may be magnetic refrigeration, which is considerably more efficient than today's gas-compression refrigeration. It does not require refrigerants that are flammable or toxic, deplete Earth's ozone layer, or contribute to global warming.
The diverse nuclear, metallurgical, chemical, catalytic, magnetic and optical properties of REEs have led to the ever-expanding variety of applications. Small, lightweight, high-strength REE magnets have enabled product developers to miniaturize numerous electrical and electronic components for consumer appliances, audio and video equipment, computers, cars, communication systems and military equipment.
However in replying to Japan's concerns, Chen Deming, China's commerce minister, said mass extraction of REEs would cause great environmental damage in China and that was why the government had tightened controls over exploration, production and trade. Poisonous chemicals are used to mine REEs in China, putting local water supplies and public health at risk.
Critics say that having developed a near-monopoly position in REE mining, China will give supply priority to Chinese firms and to foreign companies that are prepared to invest in China's REE-related industry and transfer technology. China bans foreigners from investing in REE mining but allows them to enter processing joint ventures with Chinese firms. However, officials say that export restrictions apply only to rare earth raw materials and that export of processed REE products, which are more valuable, is encouraged.
Meanwhile, the U.S. appears to be the victim of its own astonishing lack of foresight in security-related industrial policy. Although tagged "rare," REEs are relatively common and widely dispersed around the world. Yet in contrast to ordinary base and precious metals, REEs are seldom found concentrated in exploitable ore deposits.
Of the nearly 100 million tons of known global reserves that can be economically extracted, over one-third are at opposite ends of China, in the south and up north in Inner Mongolia. Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union have 19 million tons of reserves, the United States 1.3. million tons, Australia 5.4 million tons and India 3.1 million tons.
Until around 1990, the U.S. was self-sufficient in REEs and the world leader in processing and use. Yet within a decade, it had become more than 90 percent reliant on REEs imported either directly from China or from countries that received their plant feed materials from China.
Why? Environmental and regulatory problems made mining and processing unattractive at the main REE site at Mountain Pass, Calif., which closed in 2002. Meanwhile, lower costs in China, continued expansion of electronics and other REE-based manufacturing in Asia, and the size and concentration of Chinese REE deposits drove the shift in comparative advantage from America to China.
The surge in Chinese REE output initially flooded the market, cutting prices and stimulating new applications. Now, with increasing state control as China seeks to capitalize on its advantage, the U.S. and other advanced economies are trying to get alternative REE mines into production to reduce reliance on China and improve security of supply.
But this may take quite some time. The GAO report said that although REE deposits in the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa could be mined by 2014, rebuilding the U.S. rare earth supply chain might take up to 15 years.
Michael Richardson is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

AISAM-UL-HAQ QURESHI - Lost and Still a Winner

Playing two finals in the US Open is a greater achievement than losing one to the World No.1 pair.

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (DDQ), along with his Czech parter Kveta Peschke, lost first of his two Finals in the US Open to the world's No.1 pair last night.

To my chagrin, most of the private television channels back in Pakistan termed it as his defeat.  They were all wrong.  He lost the game but surfaced as a winner for his countrymen, for he is the first ever Pakistani to achieve such a landmark of his career.

He is not only the first Pakistani but also the first Asian ever to play double finals of doubles matches in one of the most prestigious tournament.

I call him a winner even after losing the match because the winner Bob Brian announced half of his prize money to donate to flood-victims of Pakistan and certainly he did so because of Aisam-ul-Haq.

The Lahori boy gave his countrymen moments of joy and hope in these hard times after the devastating floods and amidst lamentable cricket match fixing scandal.

We hope he, along with his partner Rohan Bhopanna, will be playing much better against the Brian borthers tomorrow and bring home the winning trophy.

Best wishes to both of them.

Saalik Siddikki

Thursday, September 9, 2010

AISAM-UL-HAQ QURESHI - DDQ - Double Doubles Qureshi

Was it a 'D' Day for Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi when he, with his Czech parter Kveta Peschke defeated the rival pair in the Semis of US Open Mixed Doubles? 

OR - when he and Rohan Bhopanna of India defeated the opponents in the Semis of Men's Doubles last night?

OR - perhaps is it still to come on Friday when he would be making history, though he has already made it by moving into the Final of two doubles of doubles, by defeating the opponents in the Final of Mixed Doubles?

To me and back at home to millions of Pakistanis, including millions of flood-affected people, he has already become a real hero of his own class in the sense that no State support could be tagged with his success.

I give him the nick name 'DDQ', Double Doubles Qureshi.  Maybe someday he could acknowledge it in person.

People in three countries, Pakistan and all expatriates abroad, India and Czech Republic, would be wishing him success along with his two partners in two different Finals.

We, Pakistanis, wish his two partners the same achievement of historical success with him.  Winning the Finals of this year's US Open would be a landmark victory of their career too, for whenever someone looks for records set by a Pakistani in the US Open, their names and faces would also pop up from behind either shoulder of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, DDQ.

All eyes are set now on his first match, with Kveta Peschke, against Liezel Huber (USA) {1} / Bob Bryan (USA) {1}in Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Final of Mixed Doubles tonight.

All the best DDQ!

Saalik Siddikki

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

US Open 2010. Men's Double Quarter Final - Rohan Bopanna - Aisam-Ul-Haq ...

The Last Two Winning Points - Video captured by Fans

US OPEN - Mixed Doubles - Semi Final

This year's US Open has witnessed a truly great performance by the Pride of Pakistan Aisaam-ul-Haq Qureshi who is the first ever Pakistani to play the Final of Mixed Doubles.  He and his partner Kveta Peschke defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Mark Knowles by 7-6 7-6.

 Mixed Doubles - Semifinals
  Kveta Peschke(CZE) /
  Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK)
def.  Anna-Lena Groenefeld(GER) /
  Mark Knowles(BAH)

Qureshi has also moved to the Semi Finals of Men's Doubles with his partner Indian Rohan Bhopanna and are expected to perform his best like Mixed Doubles.