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How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme

How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme Source: The News, Pakistan Thursday, May 28, 2009 Brig Imtiaz reveals 30-year-old secret By Rauf Klasra ISLAMABAD: As the nation celebrates the eleventh anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests today (May 28), a shocking 30-year-old secret has been exposed. It reveals how a young woman college lecturer, feeling betrayed after a romance with a nuclear scientist of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP), had given a lead to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1978, which in turn had led to the dramatic arrest of 12 Pakistani scientists and engineers, planning to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear sites at the behest of a superpower. The startling spy ring was exposed by this female college lecturer of a Karachi Memon family to the then head of ISI Sindh Brig Imtiaz Ahmed (Operation Midnight Jackals fame), only because she wanted revenge from her lover for being unfaithful. The expose led to the arrest of Pakistani scientists w


B.RAMAN Many Sri Lankan Tamils were killed during the anti-Tamil riots in Colombo in 1983. In their anxiety to suppress details of the exact number of fatalities from being known to the international community, the Sri Lankan authorities allegedly decided to secretly burn the dead bodies of the Tamils killed in mass cremations without informing the relatives. Much before any agency of the Government of India, Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, came to know about it and took action to stop it. 2. Her information came from Tamil families in Tamil Nadu with links or contacts with Tamils in Sri Lanka, I am mentioning this to underline that if there is any large-scale massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka by State agencies, Tamil families in Tamil Nadu would generally come to know about it much before anybody else in India or in the rest of the world. The fact that there has been no such tom-toming across Tamil Nadu of independent stories----- and not stories disseminated by Western so

Suicide Attack in Iranian Balochistan

By B. Raman According to the Government-controlled Iranian media, 30 persons were killed and over 180 injured on May 28, 2009, in a suspected suicide bomb blast at the Amir-al Momenin Shia mosque in Zahidan, the capital of Iranian Balochistan, called Sistan-Balochistan. It is the second largest Shia mosque in Zahidan. Mainly Shia Government servants and members of the security forces pray there. 2. The province of Sistan-Balochistan has around 3.5 million Balochs, the majority of them Sunnis. The province has been the scene of frequent incidents of violence unconnected with the liberation struggle being waged by the Balochs in Pakistan's Balochistan province for over three years now. There are close ethnic and religious links between the two Baloch communities on both sides of the Pakistan-Iran border. Iranian Balochistan also has a common border with Afghanistan. Interview of Abul Malik Regi in URDU, denying links to Taliban and Alquida. MUST WATCH 3. Ali Mohammad Aza

Advanced European UAV project gets green light

Source: By TIM MAHON May 28, 2009 Representatives of France, Germany and Spain have marked the end of the 15-month risk reduction study for the joint Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project, EADS Defence & Security announced May 28. Awarded to EADS in late 2007, the first draft of the report resulting from the study was submitted to the partner nations in December 2008 and the final draft in April. Delivery and acceptance of the study clear the way for development to continue toward first flight date of 2013. This would be followed by delivery of the first production standard UAV in 2015, according to EADS. France and Germany have urgent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) requirements that the Advanced UAV proposal is intended to meet. The eventual total budget is estimated at over 2.2 billion Euros ($3 billion) and France is looking to procure10 complete systems, according to EADS.

Backing Ahmadinejad

29 May 2009 Why is Iran's Supreme Leader backing Ahmadinejad's re-election bid? ISN Security Watch’s Kamal Nazer Yasin in Tehran examines why he is risking all on the president. By Kamal Nazer Yasin in Tehran for ISN Security Watch This year's election season in Iran, now in full swing, has experienced many bizarre political twists and turns, but perhaps the greatest surprise of all is the enthusiastic support Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is offering President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he makes a bid for a second term in office. "This is unprecedented in the annals of the Islamic Republic," one veteran Iranian journalist and political observer commented for ISN Security Watch. "Never has Mr Khamenei openly endorsed a candidate in a presidential race before. Never." Even before Khamenei, the late Ayatollah Khomeini had refrained from openly taking sides in elections. "They both stayed above the factional fray," added the journalist,

Russia wants CSTO to be as strong as NATO - paper

MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is planning to build a strong military contingent in Central Asia within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) comparable to NATO forces in Europe, a Russian business daily said on Friday. The CSTO, a post-Soviet regional security bloc comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, has already agreed to create a joint rapid-reaction force, but Russia is preparing a new, larger-scale project. "The work is being conducted in all areas, and a number of documents have been adopted," the Kommersant newspaper quoted an unidentified source in the Foreign Ministry as saying. "It will be a purely military structure, built to ensure security in Central Asia in case of an act of aggression," the source said. Russia already has joint military contingents with Belarus and Armenia in the CSTO framework. The new force will comprise large military units from five coun

Obama to name White House cybersecurity czar

President Barack Obama said he will name a White House-level czar to coordinate government efforts to fight cybercrime, saying such acts have become epidemic and even touched his presidential campaign. "Cyberspace is real and so are the risks that come with it," said Obama in remarks at the White House in which he discussed threats to the nation's digital infrastructure from organized crime, industrial spies and international espionage. Obama said he would name an official to coordinate cybersecurity policies across the government and organize a response to any major cyber attack. "I'm creating a new office here at the White House that will be led by the cybersecurity coordinator. Because of the critical importance of this work, I will personally select this official," said Obama. "This official will have my full support and regular access to me." Obama said his administration would not dictate cybersecurity standards for private companies but

Why Taliban Attacked ISI at Lahore?

By B. Raman A question from a journalist working for an American newspaper asks: "Why has the Taliban attacked the ISI? Isn't that like biting the hand that feeds?" 2. This question was in pursuance of the commando-style attack at Lahore on May 27, 2009, which targeted the Lahore Police and the local office of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), killing 15 police officers, one Lt. Col. of the ISI and 10 other persons. 3. While analysing the Lahore attack, one has to keep in mind certain ground realities. The first ground reality is that there are Talibans and Talibans and in each Taliban, there are mini-Talibans. As I had mentioned in one of my past articles, there are virtually as many Talibans in the Pashtun belt as there are tribal sirdars (leaders). The second ground reality is the clear distinction in behaviour and operations between the Neo Taliban of Afghanistan headed Mullah Mohammad Omar, based in Quetta, and the various Pakistani Talibans led by tribal

USA's enforced democracy plan turns Middle East into one big gaping wound

26.05.2009 Source: Pravda.Ru URL: George W. Bush unveiled his plan to spread democracy in the Middle East – from Pakistan to Morocco – in 2004. The United States decided to implement the plan despite the criticism from many other Western countries. The propaganda of democracy resulted in blood shed in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bush did not achieve his goal; Barack Obama has not suggested anything new yet. If the US administration does not change its politics, both the Middle East and the United States will have to face a serious danger. Hardly had Barack Obama come to power, he said that stabilizing the situation in the Middle East was one of the first priorities of his team. When George W. Bush presented his plan to enforce democracy in the region, then-President of France Jacques Chirac stated that it was up for the countries of the Middle East to decide if they needed “missionaries of democracy.” The major

Tehran's missiles a way to raise its stakes in a big political game 15:4427/05/2009 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti military commentator Ilya Kramnik) - The announcement of the successful launch of the Sejil-2 missile, made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week, revived global disputes about the Iranian missile and nuclear threat and the closely related U.S. ballistic missile defense system . Sejil-2 is a two-stage surface-to-surface ballistic missile of a new generation, with a range of some 1,240 miles. It can presumably hit targets in Israel, Asia Minor and the Balkans. However, analysts doubt that it is a completely new missile and believe Iranian television showed the launch of the Shahab-3 missile created in the early 2000s on the basis of North Korea's Nodong missile. But this does not change the essence of the debate. The main issue is the possibility of Iran using its missiles and the number of troops and equipment necessary to respond to a potential Iranian strike. The political importance of Iran's missil

Chinese Interns in France Overdoing Things

IntelligeneOnline reports that "French counter-espionage officials were taken aback to discover that Chinese interns attending France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administration were faxing all documents they managed to find at the university directly to their embassy in Paris"

Jewish lobby attacks President Obama

10:5923/05/2009 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Dmitry Babich) – Comparison of Barack Obama to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev before the November 2008 elections turned out to be true by at least one count. Although he has assumed office only four months ago, Obama already has many opponents who accuse him of weakness, pandering to the enemies, and betraying principles. These are the sins Gorbachev was accused of by the Communist Party’s conservatives. Obama’s opponents are criticizing his plans of major financial injections in the economy, expected to produce a “growth miracle.” However, many analysts fear that this will only spur inflation, which will boomerang at all dollar holders across the world. Their other targets are a record-high budget deficit and the bankruptcy of several companies that had seemed to be unsinkable. But Obama’s biggest sin, according to his opponents, is his neglect for the security of Israel, even though that neglect has so far been only verbal. Se


By B. Raman In our preoccupation with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), we have not been paying the required attention to the goings-on in Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau (IB), which comes under the Ministry of the Interior. It is the counterpart of our IB and is of the same pedigree. Even today, the IBs of the two countries maintain some of the traditions, nomenclatures for officers and subordinate units and methods of functioning which they had inherited from the British in 1947. 2. The founding fathers of independent India made the IB the first among equals in India's internal security and counter-intelligence set-up. It has retained and even strengthened that position. It continues to be an organisation largely staffed and led by police officers taken on deputation or permanent secondment from the Indian Police Service cadres of different States of the Indian Union, but the number of direct recruits has been increasing. The IB acts as the eyes and ears o


India too has been noting with concern the total confusion which seems to prevail in the corridors of the Obama Administration over its Af-Pak policy. Some of the recent comments of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, about alleged past incoherence in the US policy towards Pakistan and about the part-responsibility of the US for the state of affairs in the Af-Pak region have given comfort to the military-intelligence establishment and the political leaders in Pakistan. Obama's new over-generosity to the Pakistani Armed forces and his reluctance to hold them accountable for their sins of commission and omission in the war against terrorism have convinced the Pakistani leaders that they have no adverse consequences to fear from the Obama Administration. India would be the first to feel the adverse consequences of this newly-found confidence in Islamabad vis-a-vis its relations with the US. B.RAMAN During the US Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgings

Open Letter from Baloch groups to UNHCR High Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2009 BV-BN-010-2009 A Joint Open Letter from Baloch Civil Society and Political Organisations to the United Nations, UNHCR High Commissioner, Human Rights Organizations and to the International community Balochistan: Pakistan fascist state agencies are kidnapping, torturing and killing Baloch civil Society, Baloch Nationalist and Socialist people extra judicially To: Mr. Ban Ki-moon, The General Secretary , United Nations Organization, New York 10017. Your Excellency, With respect to the Baloch Nation struggle for freedom, and abduction and cold-blooded murders of Baloch political leaders, we, the undersigned Baloch national and international organizations, and the Baloch people wish to draw your attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan and to the abuse of human rights by the state fascist military organizations, illegal and extrajudicial abductions, tortures an

Synergies vs. Spheres of Influence in the Pan-European Space

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE REPORT Authors Michael Emerson with Arianna Checchi, Noriko Fujiwara, Ludmila Gajdosova, George Gavrilis and Elena Gnedina Research Area EU Neighbourhood, Foreign and Security Policy; EU-Russian relations Series CEPS Paperbacks Notes This report investigates whether and how the European Union, in its policies towards Russia, the Eastern partner countries and Central Asia, might build stronger common programmes and projects across these three political ‘spaces’. The aim would be to secure synergies between actions that are presently segmented between these three regions, and especially to induce Russia to become a genuinely cooperative positive-sum game player in the wider European neighbourhood, rather than to continue its efforts to rebuild the former Soviet Union space as its sphere of influence. With this aim in mind, this report examines various policy sectors for the opportunities they present for cooperative action between the EU, Russia, Eastern Eur