By Web Desk ISLAMABAD: Pakistani skiers clinched two top positions at a skiing competition called Dream Programme – 2013 held in Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, said a press release on Monday. President Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan congratulated Noor Muhammad and Shah Hussain of Naltar Ski School who won the gold and silver medals respectively at the event. He hoped that the success would significantly boost the SFP’s ventures in national and international ski events.The winning skiers also met with the Korean Ambassador to Pakistan Choong-joo Choi who appreciated the performances of the budding players.The Dream Programme was initiated by Gangwon Province in 2004 to promote winter sports in countries where winter sports facilities were not fully developed. Pakistan joined the programme in 2011. This year, around 150 participants from 40 countries took part in the training after which athletes were divided into groups and competitions were held among them.
Published on Friday, January 18, 2013 by Common Dreams by Robert Jensen The great American torture debate has been rekindled by the nationwide release of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the hot new movie about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.The US military’s “Shock and Awe” campaign began by bombing targets in Baghdad, March, 2003. (Image: Corbis via BBC) But all the fussing over whether or not the movie condones, glorifies, and/or misrepresents torture is trivial, because the United States’ use of torture after 9/11 is trivial in the context of larger U.S. crimes. Let me be clear: I don’t support torture. I think torture is immoral. I think government officials who ordered or condoned torture should be held accountable. Torture crosses a line that should not be crossed.
From Hindustan Times By Karan Thapar The beheading of an Indian soldier on the LoC and the mutilation of another were undoubtedly unacceptable and unpardonable. This was barbaric behaviour. The anger and revulsion it’s provoked is understandable. There’s no denying that. However, there’s one question we need to ask but mainly failed to raise. Have we ever been guilty of similar behavior ourselves?
Asia Report N°24215 Jan 2013 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Pakistan’s Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), which include Swat and six neighbouring districts and areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), remains volatile more than three years after military operations sought to oust Islamist extremists. Militant groups such as the Sunni extremist Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) and its Pakistani Taliban-linked Fazlullah faction are no longer as powerful in Swat and other parts of PATA as they were in 2008 and early 2009, but their leaders and foot soldiers remain at large, regularly attacking security personnel and civilians. If this once dynamic region is to stabilise, PATA’s governance, security and economic revival must become a top priority for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led government in Islamabad and the Awami National Party (ANP)-led government in Peshawar – and for their successors following the next general elections.
Obama’s tears for the children of Newtown are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones By George Monbiot U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington December 14, 2012. Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … these tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change — every parent can connect with what US President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.
The author, a non Muslim, was deported from democratic India for speaking at a Muslim conference without the “proper visa” which is almost never issued in case of themes against government policy. “conservative Salafist clerics are welcome when they attend conferences on tourist visas, while human rights speakers like David Barsamian, John Esposito, Yvonne Ridley, Wilhelm Langthaler and myself are unwelcome, and are denied visas or expelled, and/or their hosts are prosecuted.” “India appears to be buying, and is currently the largest customer for Israeli military arms systems and services.” by DR. PAUL LARUDEE Amazing stuff, India ink. A few drops spread vigorously with a roller for several minutes on an iron plate are enough for eight sets of fingerprints and two sets of handprints on four ancient double-sided and folded Indian police fingerprint forms. By contrast, the mug shot was taken with a digital camera. After that, I was issued an official deportation order, for which I signed to acknowledge receipt. My passport remained in police custody until I got to the security …
My dear country fellows! here is a story of a happy king and a busy nation…Do give it a read if you can spare a few moments from your BUSY lives…And yes please note that all characters appearing in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, murdered o absconded is purely coincidental or inspirational 🙂 Thanks [Awaam] By Fouzia Farooq Dear All! Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to be loved by his subjects and thus rule longer and prosper. He decided to win the hearts of his subjects by doing everything that could make their lives easier. He thus, constructed canals, bridges, roads, waived taxes, built schools, universities and provided security to his people. He tolerated freedom of thought and expression.