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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will address a public gathering outside the United Nations on Friday July 1 to protest against the US drone attacks in Pakistan. “Imran Khan will address a public meeting at United Nations against US drone attacks and try to wake the conscience of the international community,” sources said. Khan had also participated in rallies against drone strikes in the Tribal Areas and had also temporarily blocked the NATO supplies to condemn the drone strikes.

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The turnout at a PTI rally in Lahore in October 2011 stunned Pakistan’s political classes

Once an international cricket star, Pakistan’s Imran Khan is now playing for a greater prize – to be his country’s next prime minister. But can he upset the political status quo?

‘What a beautiful country’

It is late afternoon but still oppressively warm as Imran Khan shows People & Power around the grounds of his house. It sits atop a ridge near the village of Bani Gala, just a few miles from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, and has impressive views of the foothills of the Himalayas and the outskirts of the city.

As his dogs scamper around his heels, he is in a reflective mood – frowning as his attention is caught by some scruffy new buildings nearby. “Look, it’s such a beautiful country, but we’re doing everything to destroy it. Just look at that unplanned settlement, all unplanned … which is why I went into politics.”

If his remarks seem just a little too rehearsed, then perhaps it is understandable.

We are not the first journalists to visit him here and surely will not be the last and it cannot be easy to come up with fresh sounding justifications every time he is asked why he is trying to make a difference in his country. But what does seem genuine is his frustration with the political status quo in Pakistan and his resolve to do something about it.

“The country is in the grip of a political mafia. Basically there were two parties and they were taking turns in using politics to make money. So I came to the conclusion 16 years ago, either we fight for our country or we watch it go down.”

On the margins

Sixteen years ago Imran Khan was best known for his prowess on the cricket field, a legendary all-rounder who had come out of retirement at the age of 39 to lead Pakistan to its first and only victory in the sport’s 1992 World Cup.

But then after four years devoted to charity and social work (somewhat offset by an international reputation as a playboy and a nine-year marriage to Jemima Goldsmith, the daughter of the late British billionaire James Goldsmith), he grew increasingly disgusted by the suffocating bureaucracy and endemic corruption that he saw everywhere in Pakistan and decided to enter politics.

In 1996, he founded the Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Union for Justice or PTI) and was elected as its sole MP in the 2002 general election.

He spent the next five years on the margins of Pakistan’s political life – a high-profile figure who nevertheless lacked the popular support to challenge the power base of the country’s two largest parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

As the two parties’ leaders, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, fought for power through years dominated by the ever-present threat of army intervention, Khan and his tiny party were often dismissed as politically irrelevant and unlikely ever to be in a position to influence events.

Wave of popular disaffection

But in the autumn of 2007 things began to change.

That October, Khan and 85 other MPs resigned from the country’s parliament in protest at the presidential election, which General Pervez Musharraf was contesting without resigning as army chief.

Khan was briefly arrested in the emergency that followed and then re-emerged to become an increasingly vocal critic of the status quo.

And then in December 2007, Pakistan’s political scene was thrown into turmoil once again as the PPP’s Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at a campaign rally. Her husband Asif Ali Zadari was elected president in 2008, but since then he and the others of the old guard who survived Bhutto have seen their popularity wane, allowing Khan and the PTI to seize their chance.

In late 2011, he stunned the political classes in Islamabad by unexpectedly attracting hundreds of thousands of supporters to public rallies in Lahore and Karachi. Calling for a ‘tsunami’ to end the country’s political and economic problems, and declaring his determination to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, he has since been surfing a wave of popular disaffection that many observers now believe could propel him all the way to the top.

‘They want a change’

So can he really break the mould of Pakistani politics? In an effort to find out, People & Power sent filmmakers Karim Shah and Shad Khan to follow Imran Khan as he addressed rallies around the country.

With a general election expected this year, Khan hopes that his ‘tsunami’ will prove attractive in parts of rural Pakistan that have long been ignored or taken for granted by the two main parties. And judging from the enthusiastic reaction he gets everywhere he goes he is certainly making waves.

But it is hard to tell from the reaction to his stump speeches whether his growing popularity is due to his party’s policies – moderately Islamist, modestly conservative, de-regulatory, anti-elitist, avowedly anti-corruption but so far short on specifics – or just to the fact he is not from the PPP or the PML-N, with which people seem to be losing patience.

What is certain is that the rallies are well attended, that the PTI is now surging ahead in the polls and that Khan’s celebrity is proving attractive to a number of high-profile defectors from the main parties who have signed up to the PTI in recent months – politicians such as Shah Mahmoud, a former foreign minister of Pakistan who walked out of President Zardari’s government in February 2011.

This has caused some infighting among Imran Khan’s bedrock supporters, who, according to political commentator Talat Hussain, see the newcomers as opportunists. “These guys were seen with Musharraf, with Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister, the former dictator …. These people have not reinvented themselves, and suddenly they are sitting with Imran Khan shoving out the die-hard Imran Khan loyalists who were hoping to be the new politicians in Pakistan. It has created a lot of bitterness.”

But Khan himself clearly believes that this is his moment and that after 16 years of trudging along the lower slopes of Pakistani politics he is finally on the way to the summit.

“I think we’ll sweep the elections, the opposition can’t defeat us now, we might commit Hari Kiri by making stupid decisions but the opposition is not going to be able to challenge us now because people have decided against them. The people of Pakistan have already made up their minds, they want a change.”

 

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Pakistan, conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad) today. (31-05-2012) –Photo ISPR

Rawalpindi – May 31, 2012:
Pakistan, today conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra’ad). The Ra’ad Missile, with a range of over 350 KM, enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability on land and at Sea. ‘Cruise Technology’ is extremely complex and has been developed by only a few countries in the world. The state of the art Ra’ad Cruise Missile with Stealth Capabilities is a Low Altitude, Terrain Hugging Missile with high maneuverability, and can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with pin point accuracy.
A major additional feature of today’s test was the effective employment of the National Command Authority’s fully automated Strategic Command and Control Support System (SCCSS). It has enabled robust Command and Control capability of all strategic assets with round the clock situational awareness in a digitized network centric environment to decision makers at National Command Centre (NCC). The system has the added capability of real time remote monitoring of missile flight path.
The successful launch has been commended by the President, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee who have congratulated the scientists and engineers on their outstanding achievement.

Ra’ad cruise missile has stealth capabilities, is a low altitude, terrain-hugging missile with high maneuverability. PHOTO: FILE

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Dr. Afia Siddique’s short clip before kidnapping by CIA & FBI agents from Pakistan karachi

 
The Truth about Dr Aafia Siddiqui Part 2
 

 

The Truth about Dr Aafia Siddiqui Part 2

 

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Drone Attacks Acts of Terrorism

The Year of the Drones – An Analysis of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004 – 2011

1 in 3 Pakistan Drone Strikes and 1in 7 of all CIA Drone Strikes Kills a Child ,More Than 168 Children Killed in America’s Drone War in Pakistan

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A short film on US drone attacks in Pakistan made by Iqra University students won an international award this week, said a press release.

The film The Other Side was awarded with Best Audience Award at National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Washington. The short film is written and directed by Danish Ali along with five other team members.
The 20-minute film revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical affects of drones on the people in tribal areas of Pakistan.
The film identifies the problems faced by families who have become victims of drone missiles, and it unearths the line of action which terrorist groups adopt to use victimised families for their vested interests.
Despite being chosen for the award, the filmmakers were unable to attend the award ceremony as their visa applications were rejected twice.
“If we got the visa then it would have been easy for us to frame our point of view in front of the other selected youth filmmakers,” Qasim said.
“The film gained interest from the audience across the globe compelling festival administrators to give Audience Award to the film,” he added.

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It is unfortunate to report that Shayan Akhtar, the self proclaimed world record holder for Youngest Microsoft professional, is a fraud told me officials from Microsoft.

Shayan Akhtar, a student from Okara, recently claimed that he has set a new world record by scoring 998 marks out of total 1,000 in a Microsoft Professional Certificate programme.

Furthermore Shayan had claimed that Bill Gates has invited him for one to one meeting in July 2012.

Microsoft officials from Pakistan as well as United States, who wanted to remain unnamed, confirmed ProPakistani that Shayan is fabricating facts and communication records to gain popularity for reasons not known to them.

Shayan Akhtar was never invited by Bill Gates, commented company officials.

Microsoft officials also maintained that Microsoft doesn’t keep track of age for its certified professionals anymore. Hence there’s no point of claiming being youngest or oldest certified professional.

When we asked from Shayan about the same, he said that Microsoft could be lying to ProPakistani, and that he was indeed invited by Bill Gates for which he is visiting US in December 2012. He said he could show us the email invitation as well. (We will update this post, when and if we get the scan of invitation)

He also claimed that his name will appear in next publication of Guinness Book of World Record, for his extraordinary achievement. He was of the view that his certification (in November 2011) was a recent record that is why his name isn’t appearing in online search for world records on Guinness website.

Shayan’s father didn’t take our call.

Microsoft didn’t comment when we asked if company is considering any legal action against Shayan for the propaganda.

It merits mentioning here that Punjab government was considering to honor Shayan by throwing a ceremony which of course isn’t happening now.

It maybe recalled that Ammar Afzal, a student from Okara too, was involved in such kind of fraud as well. He had claimed similar kind of records in various certifications, which were later found out to be fake.

Update:

Shayan has tried to fabricate emails, exactly like what Microsoft officials claimed earlier. Just five minutes ago, I received an email from “Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation”. Here is what the email reads:

We’ve just contacted Shayan Anique to confirm his Bill Gates Invitation. He is invited by Mr Gates to visit Microsoft Corporation in November because of the work he had done in the field of Microsoft Technologies like ASP.NET, MVC, .NET FRAMEWORK and WINDOWS PHONE.

He is also a youngest MCPD in Windows Phone and Web Development 4. Although we have sent his world Records Documents for Verification to Guinness. We have also verified his MCP Transcript from Microsoft. It is totally valid.

We will inform you as soon as we receive reply from Guinness.

Your’s Sincerely,


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Main Office
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102

Interestingly, the header of email suggest that this email was sent to us using a proxy email sender.

Check below screen shot of email header:

I feel pity for Shayan.

[ courtesy by: http://propakistani.pk/2012/05/28/shayan-akhtar-turns-out-to-be-a-fraud/ ]

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