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Pakistan Government Must Resolve Hundreds of Baluch "Disappearances," Says Amnesty International

WASHINGTON - February 25 - The Pakistani government must immediately act on its commitment to trace hundreds of Baluch victims of enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today. The human rights organization also calls on the United Nations to raise the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan at the 10th session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva, March 2-27, 2009) to follow up on Pakistan's previous pledges to begin to resolve the issue. Despite several pledges to resolve the country's crisis of "disappearances," Pakistan's new civilian government has not yet provided information about hundreds of cases of people believed to be held secretly by the government as part of the so-called war on terror, or in response to internal opposition, for instance in Baluchistan. The Chief Minister of Baluchistan pledged in April 2008 that resolving the cases of Baluch disappearances would be a priority. In May 2008, Senator Babar Awan, the Secretary of

Manish Tiwari accentuates Rahul Gandhi’s ignorance

Source: OFFSTUMPED FIRST WATCH THIS Indian media project Rahul Vinci (yes. that is what his italian passport says not rahul gandhi) as a potential leader of India. You can read here the truth and facts about Rahul Vinci from the inimitable Dr. Subramanyam Swamy Rahul Gandhi’s spin meisters in the Congress are clearly losing it in. If last weekend they tried to spin away Rahul Gandhi’s ignorance as innocence , his middle age notwithstanding, this weekend they just accentuated why Rahul Gandhi is the Congress’ achilees heel. Trying to match word for word with Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari made a fool of himself with this retort (for those disputing the transcript here is the video ) Congress national spokesperson Manish Tiwari hitting out after Modi’s jab at Rahul said, “It’s true that Narendra Modi is from ocean but he is a ‘piranha‘ Manish Tiwari’s smart-ass retort would have carried its zing but for a simple pro

Unrestricted Warfare Symposium : "Imperatives for Interagency Action"

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) sponsor the fourth annual Unrestricted Warfare Symposium (URW) at APL’s Kossiakoff Center. This year, the theme is "Imperatives for Interagency Action" and will identify integrated strategy, analysis, and technology options that enhance interagency capabilities to respond to four potential unrestricted lines of attack—cyber, resource, economic/financial, and terrorist threats. The keynote address, featured speakers with unique expertise, and roundtable panelists addressing integrated strategies are designed to further develop understanding and solutions. The themed keynote address, featured speakers with unique expertise, and roundtable panelists addressing integrated strategies are designed to further develop understanding and solutions. WHAT IS URW ? There are no rules; nothing is forbidden. We encounter a national security threat different

INDIA : 100-day anti-terror plan gets green signal

Indian Express , India Maneesh Chhibber Posted: Feb 23, 2009 at 0323 hrs IST New Delhi: A 100-DAY plan to make the country a safer place is ready and sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) say P Chidambaram has already ordered its implementation. The go-ahead was given at a high-level meeting chaired by him on Friday. The plan was one of the first things that Chidambaram told bureaucrats to work upon after assuming charge as Home Minister of the country, after the Mumbai Terror attacks. His lead probably came from the speech of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a conference of state police chiefs recently, in which he suggested a 100-day plan to develop an integrated mechanism to fight terrorism and Naxalism. The Indian Express was provided exclusive access to the blueprint of what is the biggest-ever exercise undertaken by the MHA to counter terrorism and give more firepower to the forces and other agencies. Among other things, the plan aims to secure the countr

John Solecki Kidnapping : Pak ISI hand to discredit the Baloch movement in the West

I have doubts that the Baloch are holding Mr. Solecki, but I suppose anything is possible.. the situation now is chaotic. However, no one has heard of this group, and the Baloch have not been known to target any innocent people. Moreover Solecki's UN agency pushed for getting UN relief supplies to Baloch refugees, who are mostly old men, women and children displaced by maruding Pakistani troops and bombardment of villages . So, the chances are great that some group tied to the agencies may be using this to try to discredit the Baloch movement in the West, particularly after the bad news of acquital of Marri in the UK. The Pakistanis will not acknowledge their war crimes or care for anyone's life (may be if they were Chinese officials, but a UN official?). Hopefully, he will be released soon, but the situation does not look good. -- Gul Agha Pakistan: Mother of captive American issues appeal By ABDUL SATTAR – 12 hours ago QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The mother of an

Taliban dispute govt claim of permanent truce in Swat

Islamabad (PTI): The Pakistani Taliban in the restive Swat Valley have contested the government's claim that they had agreed to "a permanent ceasefire" in the region, saying a decision in this regard would be taken by the 'shura' or council of militants. "We have heard that the government has announced a permanent ceasefire but we have already announced a 10-day ceasefire and we will consider an extension when it ends," Maulana Fazlullah, the commander of the Taliban in Swat, said in a broadcast on his illegal FM station. Syed Mohammad Javed, the commissioner for Malakand division which includes Swat, had said yesterday that the Taliban had agreed to a ceasefire. He also said both the security forces and Taliban would observe the truce. The Taliban had unilaterally announced a 10-day ceasefire on February 15 to facilitate peace talks which began after the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi, a banned group of religious hardliners, reached an agreeme

Saudi-financed Sunnis Kill Shias in Divided Pakistan

Increase DecreaseFebruary 21, 2009 (LPAC)--Seven years of war on terror has brought about little change in Afghan society, but it has devastated Pakistan. A flash of how brutal this is going to be in the coming months was seen on Feb. 20 at Dera Ismail Khan, a town with some Shia population in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), a stone's throw from Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province. A bomb blast at a funeral procession in Pakistan's troubled NWFP killed at least 25 people and injured 60 others. Following the attack, angry mobs began rioting, shops were ransacked, and buses were set on fire. The Pakistani military then imposed a two- to three-day curfew, and security forces were given orders to shoot on sight, said Pakistan's Geo News. No matter how many experts from Washington visit Pakistan, or wax eloquent in dime-a-dozen seminars and workshops, Pakistan has been dealt a mortal blow during these seven years of insanity, projected to the Amer