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IRAN : Atefah Sahaaleh's (Madhuri Dixit of Neka), reconstruction of tragic end

Atefah Sahaaleh. Executed in the Northern Iranian town of Neka for “crimes against chastity”, Sahaaleh was, despite court papers suggesting she was 22, only 16 when her life was tragically ended. Growing up without a mother and with a father suffering from drug addiction, Atefah lacked the parental guidance and support most children have. A combination of dramatised reconstruction and secretly filmed footage, Execution of a Teenage Girl, described as an ‘impressive film’ by the Times, is a powerful account of the events leading to her execution. There remain other women in Iran awaiting execution for “crimes against chastity”, and Reprieve welcomes this documentary as part of uncovering the hidden truth of Atefah’s story and that of others who face the same fate.

Benazir Bhutto has only herself to blame

By Imran Khan Last Updated: 12:01am BST 21/10/2007 I'm sorry to say this, but the bombing of Benazir Bhutto's cavalcade as she paraded through Karachi on Thursday night was a tragedy almost waiting to happen. You could argue it was inevitable. Everyone here knew there was going to be a huge crowd turning up to see her return after eight years in self-imposed exile. Everyone also knows that there has been a spate of suicide bombings in Pakistan lately, especially in the frontier region where I am campaigning at the moment. How was it ever going to be possible to monitor such a large crowd and guarantee that no suicide bombers would infiltrate it? advertisement This may sound equally harsh, but she has only herself to blame. By making a deal with Musharraf's government — a deal brokered by the British as well as the Americans, by the way — she was hoping to get herself off the corruption charges that have been levelled against her. What


National Conference on: AVIATION SAFETY, SECURITY & ENVIRONMENT "THE IMPACT ON TOURISM & DEVELOPMENT" In association with Foundation for Aviation Development (India Chapter) November 1-2, 2007, the Taj Mansingh, New Delhi TENTATIVE AGENDA/SCHEDULE Day - I 9:30 AM REGISTRATION 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM INAUGURAL SESSION Chairperson - Mr. Ashok Chawla, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation Speakers - Mr. Ajay Singh, Director, Spice Jet Mr. Kanu Gohain, Director General, DGCA Dr. Sanat Kaul, Chairman, IFFAAD Mr. Harry Dhaul, Director General, Aviation Watch 11:30AM - 11:45AM TEA BREAK 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Session - I Safety Issues RNAV & RNP Procedures Chairperson - Mr. H.S. Khola, Fr. Director General, DGCA Speakers - Mr. Manoj Muttreja - Regional Sales Manager, South Asia & Middle East, Honeywell Air Marshal Ashok Goel, Social Entrepreneur, Advisor & Consultant Mr. S. Parti, Chairman, AOC 1:00 - 2:00 Lunch Break 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Session - II Move from Terrestrial

Backstage, U.S. Nurtured Pakistan Rivals’ Deal

By HELENE COOPER and MARK MAZZETTI Published: October 20, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 — To lay the groundwork for Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan, some of the highest ranking officials in the Bush administration lavished attention on her as they worked to broker a power-sharing arrangement between Ms. Bhutto and her longtime rival, President Pervez Musharraf. But the violence that greeted Ms. Bhutto on her return after eight years in exile and the finger-pointing between her camp and General Musharraf’s after the attack on her motorcade on Thursday has raised questions about whether the tenuous deal that the United States helped midwife can survive. Bush administration officials on Friday publicly played down the potential for a deepening rift between General Musharraf and Ms. Bhutto, pointing out that the opposition leader herself had praised the rescue efforts of Pakistan’s security forces after Thursday’s attack and that General Musharraf had called Ms. Bhutto to make sure s

Pakistani politics are way beyond baffling

COMMENT BY Ramesh Parida on October 20, 2007 11:12 AM Vicky Woods might very well say that Pakistani politics are way beyond baffling , but the fact of the matter is, Pakistan is a classic case of an independent country where democracy was subverted by the US and Britain right throughout the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies till date. Both these western powers consistently supported military dictatorships in Pakistan, so much so that, that at this moment, no democratic government can survive in Pakistan without the blessings of the army and US. I will not go far back into history. It is a fact that the rise of Islamist forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the guise of Taliban was only, and only due to the machinations of the US. It was the US, which, in order to throw out the Soviet army from Afghanistan, plied Pakistan's military dictator Zia ul Haq with arms and money, and this was funnelled to the Islamist forces in Afghanistan, which ultimately landed with the Taliban. It was

Bhutto Had Scant Security Before Blasts: Reporter's Notebook

By Janine Zacharia Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- `Gia! Gia! Gia Bhutto!'' or ``Long live Bhutto.'' ``Bhutto is still alive,'' the throngs of supporters sang. The slogans were jarring given a Taliban commander's promise to send suicide bombers to greet Bhutto at the airport and other threats to Benazir Bhutto's life. As a reporter, I was accompanying the former prime minister on her return to Pakistan after eight years in exile. From the moment we landed on Oct. 18 at Karachi's airport, there was a striking absence of security. As a tearful Bhutto, 54, made her way down a set of yellow utility stairs she was surrounded by press and supporters. There were no police in sight. The arrangements for the press, like most everything else, were chaotic. We ended up at the wrong terminal and piled into vans to take us to the main airport corridor, making our way past a huge placard welcoming Bhutto home with expectations for a ``Dawn of a New Pakistan.'

The Restoration of King Dollar

October 20, 2007 By Lawrence Kudlow Sometime in the latter half of the 1990s I coined the phrase "King Dollar." This was back in the post-Soviet collapse period, when the U.S. greenback ruled the world currency roost. As the Berlin Wall came down, taking totalitarian socialism with it, global investors and businesses sought the U.S. dollar as their currency of choice. They also chose the American model of free-market capitalism -- including supply-side reductions in marginal tax rates -- as their economic reform of choice. The result was the greatest world economic boom in the history of history. From Eastern Europe to India and China, and points in between, the world has experienced an unprecedented prosperity boom, a story best captured by the unbelievable rise in global stock markets. But along the way, as the world moved toward growth economics and away from central planning, King Dollar began to slide. Not because the United States
Benazir Bhutto has spoken to the world after the suicide bomb attack that killed 136 people in Karachi.The former Pakistan Prime Minister has addressed supporters for the first time since the attack. By Captain Johann 1.The lights were switched off just before the attack.Who switched off the street lights and under whose order? 2.If Mrs. Bhutto was told about the attack, then they wanted an alibi to escape future culpability.It will be interesting to see who gave the warning ? How they received the warning? Whether this warning was given only to Mrs.Bhutto or to all the other agencies who are involved in physical security, perimeter security and third line security. If not passed on to others. Why? 3.Whether any S.O.P in place for this very moment especially the threat level being severe with Musharaff himself warning her? 4.How many ambulances were following the cavalcade as per SOP? 5.The initial grenade throwing and susequent attack was cordinated to ensure her presence insid

India: POSCO's Steel Investment Challenge

Source: STRATFOR October 19, 2007 19 02 GMT Summary South Korean steelmaker POSCO said Oct. 19 it will begin work on a 12 million-ton-capacity steel plant in the eastern Indian state of Orissa by April 2008. POSCO has reaffirmed its commitment to this massive $12 billion foreign investment project, despite extensive bureaucratic delays and a potent local protest movement that threatens to sabotage the entire deal. Even so, the South Korean company could soon discover that it might not be worth the trouble to battle its way through India's challenging foreign investment terrain. Analysis South Korean steelmaker POSCO said Oct. 19 it plans to start work on a $12 billion, 12 million-ton-capacity steel plant in the eastern Indian state of Orissa by April 2008. The announcement by POSCO CEO Lee Ku Taek came after the POSCO board met in New Delhi with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Oct. 18. The South Korean firm has re-emphasized that it plans to complete the deal. But


What Pakistan needs at this critical hour in its history is a leader, who is widely perceived as independent and not an American stooge. Neither Musharraf nor Mrs. Benazir is such a leader. Mr. Nawaz Sharif, if he is able to come back to power, could turn out to be such a leader. He has maintained a distance from the US. He does not fawn on the US like Mrs. Benazir does. Pakistan needs Mr. Nawaz Sharif more than it needs Musharraf or Benazir. --- B .RAMAN

To Annapolis via Jerusalem

With pre-Mideast summit preparations obscured by a miasma of often contradictory statements, Jerusalem is again looming as a potential deal breaker, as Israel debates the future of the city and its environs. By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (19/10/07) Jerusalem has long loomed as the primary sticking point preventing a final status deal between Israel and the Palestinians. With the upcoming US-hosted Middle East peace conference likely to determine the nature and pace of Israeli and Palestinian negotiations until beyond the 2008 US presidential race, the fate of the city is again occupying the Israeli government and media. Slaughtering sacred cows Right-wing opprobrium at the recent floating by Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon of a plan endorsing handing East Jerusalem neighborhoods to a future Palestinian state has been met with a popular apathy unthinkable in the 1980s and 1990s. "Ramon is, in a way [doing], for [Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert, what Olmert

Bhutto's interview with : Paris Match

This is translated from this link using Google Language translation . Interview with our special envoy in Karachi Olivier O'Mahony Friday, October 19, between 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning, Benazir Bhutto has been in her home, at her home in Karachi, Bilawal House. It was surrounded by those who were with her in the truck during the explosions, clothing still soiled with blood. The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, still in shock from the attack, we gave his first reaction to the bombing which was designed and has cost the lives of more than 130 people. Paris Match. How did you survive? Benazir Bhutto. They tried to kill me, I was lucky. Minutes before the explosion, I am down inside the truck to reread the political discourse that I had to decide later. I was protected by armored walls of the truck and that's what saved me. I heard the first explosion, and then I saw the second, which I expected. My husband has often said that those who commit these attacks a

PAKISTAN : Covert part of Pakistan intelligence agency responsible for twin blasts

Covert part of Pakistan intelligence agency responsible for twin blasts - Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari calls for action Kiran Chaube Oct. 19, 2007 Who is behind the twin blast that killed more than 160 people in Pakistan and injured more than 600? It was Benazir Bhutto that was he target but the extremists could not harm her. Pakistan’s intelligence agency has two wings since Musharraf took a one hundred eighty degrees turn in foreign relations after 911 terror attack in USA. The overt ISI tries to neutralize the Al-Quedqa and Taliban. But the covert ISI works to aide the terrorists and their operations extend into India and other countries. Benazir was the target of this covert ISI, according to Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari . The biggest problem is Pakistan Military is under the command of Musharraf but no one knows who controls the intelligence wing in Pakistan . Musharraf does not want to eliminate Bhutto . But some one does. It could not have been carried ou

US Paradrop Lands Benazir in the Midst of Jihadis

Source: SAAG By B. Raman "The much talked about US plans for a political paradrop of a neo Benazir Bhutto into Pakistan in the hope of providing the badly-needed oxygen to President General Pervez Musharraf and saving the country from Al Qaeda, the Neo Taliban and an assortment of other pro-Al Qaeda and anti-US jihadi terrorist groups is likely to create a third mess in a row for the US after the earlier two in Afghanistan and Iraq." So I wrote in my article of September 2, 2007, titled "US PARADROP FOR A NEO BENAZIR", which is available at 2. The US paradrop seems to have landed her right in the midst of jihadis of various hues. It was due to God's grace ----and not due to the skills of Pakistan's police and intelligence agencies---- that she escaped the two explosions on the night of October 18, 2007, which were meant to kill her, but killed instead over 130 persons---members of her party, police personnel

Bin Laden's Former Handling Officer Was In Charge of Benazir's Security

Source: SAAG By B. Raman According to latest reports, at least one hundred and thirty-two persons---20 of them police officers deputed to protect Mrs. Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister--- were killed in a suspected suicide attack on the convoy by which she was being taken from the Karachi airport to the Mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the night of October 18,2007.The suicide attack or attacks were clearly aimed to kill her on her arrival in Karachi to a triumphant welcome by her supporters, but she managed to escape. 2. Reliable sources say one or two suicide bombers were involved. The bullet-proof vehicle by which she was being taken by her supporters was protected by two cordons of security guards. The inner cordon consisted of security guards engaged by her Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians to protect her. Many of them were former policemen and ex-servicemen enjoying the confidence of her party and her confidence. The outer cordon consisted of police officers o

Pakistan's 'Leaders' Will Be Tested in Coming Months

This article appears in the October 19, 2007 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by Ramtanu Maitra The Western media, and some in Pakistan's English-language media, divided between the White House's wishful thinking and some others' aspiration for ushering in democracy in Pakistan, are busy debating whether a non-uniformed Pervez Musharraf, or the scandal-ridden democrat Benazir Bhutto, will be the appropriate choice for President at this juncture, to meet Washington's needs. Considering what Pakistan is going through, and what it could experience in the coming months and years, this is an utterly surreal debate. The crisis in Pakistan today is not centered on who gets power in Islamabad, but how to put a stop to the process of "Talibanization" in Pakistan's western provinces, including the troubled Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering the battlefields in Afghanistan, where foreign troops are on a search-and-destroy mission. No dou