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Balochistan : 'Musharraf will not know what has hit him' -- Akbar Bhugti

"Musharraf is right that this is not 1970. He will not know what has hit him," --- AKBAR BHUGTI -------------------------------------------------- Musharraf's Other War By Zahid Hussain A thin-framed man with a cropped beard, Karim Baksh leads a group of Baloch guerrillas dug into position under a huge rock on the edge of a dusty road, a few miles away from a government paramilitary post. The ricocheting of machine-gun fire echoes in the distance. "Let them come here, they will not be able to go back alive," Baksh laughed, stroking his Kalashnikov rifle. The others nodded approvingly. "Our men are spread all over," he claimed, pointing his finger towards the brown, parched hills. There were only a few thatched hutments scattered around the vast, barren land. The treacherous terrain made it an ideal location for guerrilla warfare. The guerrillas, who claimed to be members of the shadowy Baloch

BALOCHISTAN : 'Accept us as equal federating units or we will try to get rid of you'

Cover Story "Accept us as equal federating units or we will try to get rid of you" -Sanaullah Baloch Senator (BNP) NewsJan2006/cover2jan2006.htm By Naveed Ahmad Q: How do you characterise the situation in Balochistan today? A: The situation is getting worse in Balochistan because the military has moved three brigades into District Kohlu and Dera Bugti. Twenty-one fighter jets flying from Sibi, Jacobabad and Loralai are involved in carpet bombing there. They have also used poison and phosphorus gases without declaring a particular target. Some 180 deaths have been caused by the bombing. The military is denying access in the region to our political workers and even the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. However, when the military permitted the HRCP to visit the affected districts, the bombing was stopped to give a different image. So far, some 122 chi

Brouhaha in Balochistan

Brouhaha in Balochistan Meenakshi Iyer ( New Delhi, January 14, 2006|17:07 IST Pakistan seems to be having a tough time battling the brouhaha over Balochistan. As if its neighbour's 'friendly' concern over the restive province was not enough to irk the nuclear nation, the trouble has come knocking from inner circles. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a key party allied to Musharraf, threatened to quit the ruling coalition if a military crackdown in troubled Balochistan province was not halted. An editorial in Pakistan's Daily Times says, "While an exaggerated sense of external threat will not do Pakistan any good, what is happening internally is quite heart-breaking". The able General managed to convince MQM's Altaf Hussain that the military action in Balochistan was not an "operation". At the same time almost, it named India as the fomenter of trouble in the restive province. In an interview to a private channel in

Brinda Karat's and Hindustan Times trashed on ner

Hindus on the web have trashed urn on the heat, Hindus! more power to you! New Delhi, January 6, 2006 Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Brinda Karat's remarks and allegations on yoga guru Ramdev have irked the surfers. It's quite clear they are extremely angry with both the MP and Almost all felt Karat was working at the behest of the MNCs who are angry with Ramdevji for advocating against their wares. The surfers have accused us of being partisan because they thought we gave a 'misleading' headline. In our story 'Ramdev's medicines have animal matter: Ramadoss', they said that the Health Minister stated very clearly that the samples were not collected by a Government department, but were provided by the MP herself. So, how could we presume that they were true, they screamed? Kolkata's Shiva felt this was "an example of irresponsible journalism."

18 killed in Balochistan violence

* 12 militants killed * 3 FC personnel killed in landmine blast * Rocket attack kills 3 soldiers * Gas pipeline blown up near Kandhkot QUETTA: Eighteen people including 12 suspected tribal militants and six security personnel have been killed in violence-wracked Balochistan since Wednesday. Pakistani security forces shot dead 12 suspected tribal militants on Wednesday after a roadside bomb blast killed three soldiers, a government official said. The incidents near the Pirkoh gasfield, about 400 kilometres southeast of Quetta, were the bloodiest for months to rock the increasingly volatile province. The three paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers died and three were wounded when their vehicle carrying food for the gasfield was hit by a remote controlled bomb, District Coordination Officer Abdul Samad Lasi said. Shortly afterwards dozens of armed insurgents attacked the gasfield, which is near Dera Bugti, and soldiers retaliated, killing 12 miscreants, Lasi said. However, the


Pakistan is a country in turmoil. Its latent instability is now tearing at its tenuous fabric. The disastrous earthquake in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir has shown up the terrible inadequacies in its infrastructure and its much-vaunted Army that reeled back as if hit by a sledge-hammer when faced with the task of rescuing the victims, feeding, clothing and sheltering them. They flustered, and all the Blanco and spit and polish of the parade ground left them “flapping”, to use an Army term. A very poor score-card, and the Paki Army didn’t ‘pass the square’, to use another “pongo” _expression. I don’t intend to gloat over the misfortunes of this benighted country, but I must throw in a few caveats to protect India from getting overwhelmed by the euphoria of the biryani guzzling “mehrmanowazi” of its inhabitants. But let’s keep moving. The Shia/Sunni schism is alive and well and the Battle of Karbala continues to be fought in Gilgit, Baltistan and, of course, in Balochistan, particularly the

Is China grooming 'another Tibet'?

by Frederick Stakelbeck Jr, The Washington Times December 29th, 2005 Over the past 10 months, the Himalayan nation of Nepal has adopted a potentially explosive pro-China foreign policy strategy designed to expand diplomatic and military relations between the two countries. The genesis of this policy can be traced to February, when dictatorial King Gyanendra seized absolute power by suspending free elections and democratic reforms. Since then, Katmandu has come under intense pressure from traditional allies India, Britain and the United States, all of which imposed a range of tough sanctions, essentially freezing all military exchanges. All three countries have stated recently that military assistance to Nepal would resume only when King Gyanendra has handed over executive power to a democratic government and addressed human-rights concerns. Facing the prospect of escalating internal unrest from an alienated public and a rising Maoist insurrection, war-torn Nepal has turned to al

Collapse of the Indo-European theories

January 13, 2006 The fuss over Witzel's antics in California schools should not blind us to the emerging story-- the continuing erosion of the Indo-European theories that have held the fort for well over a century. As the report below shows genetics has dealt a death blow to these nineteenth century ideas. But note how they are still trying to protect the linguistic version of the Aryan-Central Asian origin theories even though the biological version has collapsed thanks to genetics. I draw attention in particular to the last statement: "I think if you could get into a time machine and visit northern India 10,000 years ago, you'd see people . Similar to the people there today," Underhill said. "They wouldn't be similar to people from Bangalore [in the south]." How does he know, when he doesn't have any such time machine? Is this supposed to be science? And why does he think that the distribution of languages 10,000 years ago

Law firm retained to represent hindus in california textbook efforts

DATE: January 12, 2006 Sacramento, California.: The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has retained the law firm of Olson, Hagel and Fishburn, LLP of Sacramento, California to represent the Foundation in its interactions with the California State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE is currently considering a determination of the California Curriculum Commission that several edits and corrections of textbooks regarding the teaching of Hinduism to public school students be accepted. The Vedic Foundation (VF) and Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) previously submitted extensive edits as part of a lengthy review process conducted by SBE and the Curriculum Commission. HAF became involved in the process when it became apparent that the SBE and its staff failed to adequately address a substantial number of the VF and HEF edits, and improperly allowed certain individuals to undermine the procedures available for public debate and resolution of these issues. The most recent example of this appe

Foreign spy flying Cessna plane over ISRO and Filming in Kerala

This has come to our attention from our IntelliBriefs source in Kerala that , the other day a foreigner ( either Italian or Swiss) came to Thiruvananthapuram, hired the Cessna plane belonging to the Trivandrum Flying Club, flew over the city and filmed the entire sensitve defense installations which include the ISRO Indian Space Research Organisatio's VSSC, the premier Space Research Centre of the country. The fact is that as per the legislations of the country, no foreigner is allowed to fly over the the cities in hired planes and film the locations without the permission of the defence forces. But in Kerala, it is reported that a senior offiocial (it goes without asking that he is a Christian) forced the flying club authorities to take the foreigner for a joy ride. The interesting thing is that the foreigner left the country with all ther video rercordings. Now public representatives must question the government , particularly Civil aviation and Defense minister , demanding an

Hindu girl, 13, raped by christian pastor

COIMBATORE: Charles (45), a pastor, who had sexually abused 13-year-old Lakshmi, an inmate of his orphanage, committed suicide on Tuesday by throwing himself before a running train at North Coimbatore Railway Station. Police had been searching him. The orphanage run by pastor Charles had been functioning at Mongampalayam village on the Annur-Mettupalayam road. Lakshmi alleged that he had been sexually abusing her for a year. A complaint was lodged with Karamadai police on Sunday. Charles had been at large and the police were in search of him. On Tuesday, around 8.30 AM, Charles threw himself before the Palakkad-Tiruchy train at North Coimbatore Railway Station. Though he was immediately rushed to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), doctors could not save his life. The condition of Lakshmi was said to be critical. The lower part of her body was not functioning and her kidneys were totally damaged, police sources said. Lakshmi, daughter of Maarathal, belonged to Karattu

Germany's Jewish Population on the Rise

By Lisa Bryant Berlin 12 January 2006 Bryant report - Download 782k Listen to Bryant report SOURCE : Voice of America Six decades after the Holocaust, Germany's Jewish population is soaring, thanks, largely, to a flood of new Jewish immigrants from former Communist countries. Indeed, in recent years Germany has boasted the world's fastest growing Jewish population. But the immigration boom is also fueling new tensions. By almost any benchmark, Boris Rosenthal is a German success story. Fifteen years after arriving here with his family and a few suitcases, the 48-year-old native Ukrainian juggles a teaching job with a blossoming musical career. Today, he speaks proudly in his adopted language about his new life in Berlin. Rosenthal says he is not a typical immigrant. Unlike many newcomers, he says he identifies with the German mentality. When he came here, he says, he wanted to work immediately and be active in his new home. There are other reasons why Rosenthal is

CHINA'S GLOBAL REACH:Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization

CHINA'S GLOBAL REACH: Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization (Book Excerpt) by George Zhibin Gu Chapter 3 All Players Are Important Today China is the biggest new frontier for international companies. In many ways, the Chinese market has a more international flavor than many other markets around the globe. Many unique characteristics have evolved along the way. Countless international businesspeople are singing their favorite songs and doing their traditional dances—all in one theater. So far, some have danced better than others. Overseas Chinese Inc vs. foreign multinationals Up to now, the “Overseas Chinese Inc.” has been the biggest investor in Mainland China. The United States is in second position, followed by Japan and numerous European nations and South Korea. Businesses from Hong Kong had an early start. Most if not all of the factories in Hong Kong have moved over the border. Today, about 240,000 Hong Kong residents work and live in China. Their employers are

China Oil Giant Reaches Deal to Buy Major Stake in Nigerian Oil Field

By Luis Ramirez Beijing 10 January 2006 Listen to Ramirez report The giant Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, has reached a deal to buy a 45 percent stake in a Nigerian oil field for more than $2 billion. The purchase, if approved by both governments, would be China's first major venture into oil-rich Nigeria. The deal is part of China's bid to look for other energy sources to quench a mounting thirst for oil caused by its rapidly expanding economy. Energy will be high on the agenda when Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing visits Nigeria next week as part of a West African tour. Foreign Ministry spokesman, Kong Quan, on Tuesday said China is looking to expand its partnership with the West African nation, which is the world's eleventh largest producer of oil. Kong says the Chinese and Nigerian governments will sign two important agreements: one on economic and technology cooperation and a memorandum of understanding on developing a

The Threat to India's High-Tech Sector

The Threat to India's High-Tech Sector January 11, 2006 23 59 GMT Source : STRATFOR By Fred Burton A recent attack at a scientists' convention in Bangalore underscored the risks to core segments of the global economy in a place that is not widely recognized as a terrorist target: India. The threat does not come from al Qaeda necessarily, but there are at least two groups in the region who are ideologically motivated to strike at economic targets -- and there is evidence that both recently have turned their gaze toward India's high-tech sector. Under any circumstances, India's "high-tech corridor" would make an attractive target for rebel or militant groups looking to make their mark in world affairs. India's combination of low-cost labor and a highly educated, English-speaking work force has made it a significant component in the business of many multinational corporations (MNCs) -- especially in the software, e-commerce and customer-service industri