According to picture story published in Daily Jinnah newspaper Zardari Fort is being built in Baharia Town Lahore and is almost nearing completion. The sprawling fort built on 200 Kanal are in Lahore is being referred to as Zardari Fort – it has 5 swimming pools, 2 helipads, 32 rooms, conference hall, meeting rooms, and can accommodate 10-15 K ppl
It is expected that this might later serve as the PPP secretariat in the future – ie if later Zardari sb decides to hand it over
Or would you wait for the day when someone close to you suffers the same brutal death? These Gun totting Urban & Rural Feudals are lurking in every corner and the odds are inching closer to you !! You better show up !!
Its sad Karachi goes through its third paralyzing strike this week. The blame games between MQM & ANP continue to be played by all the parties involved and the only visible outcome is to oversee the killing of more people of the “other” party – In the meanwhile today Altaf Hussain from London issued a “Call for Battle“, in my opinion this chest thumping statement will practically sealing our fate of Karachi for the next few weeks.
In Lahore Shahbaz Sharif & PML-N play the ICE CREAM OPPOSITION role, are leading a sereis of protests against the Load Shedding issue. It was only on Friday (yesterday) that PML & PPP sat in the offices Punjab Assemblies Business Advisory Committee to reach a consensus on the load shedding issue.
As expected the Americans finally had their way, the CIA operative who had shot dead two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore in January was released by the an additional session judge Yousuf Ojla in Kot Lakpath Jail. He initially found Raymond Davis guilty of the double murder but immediately the lawyers presented the families of the victims who absolved the case against Raymond claiming to have been paid blood money in exchange for the pardom, having no case the judge was more or less forced to withdraw all charges against the American.
The documents presented to the courts show that over 18 family members of the two victims were distributed cash in exchange for the pardon tuning to over $ 2.34 MIllion. Immediately after the release it is reported that Raymond along with the family members were flown out of Pakistan to an undisclosed location. Later a spokesperson for the white house in a press conference denied that the payment was made by the US Government and also made no comment if the family members were given passports or were being rehabilitated in the US in lieu of their pardon Continue Reading
Mohammad Malick of The News has shared one of the biggest news stories of his investigative journalism career, he has dug deep into the Raymond Davis issue and has produced some very interesting facts, if most of what he shares is true then I think he has been instrumental in changing the fate and destiny of Raymond Davis – Teeth Maestro
ISLAMABAD: When powerful men meet to discuss explosive issues, things can change in a big way. And that is precisely what happened after a highly secretive and immensely important meeting at the Presidency a few days back. The subject, not unexpectedly, being the fate of American killer Raymond Davis and that of Pakistan-US relations. Little did anyone know at the time that the huddle would instead end up deciding the fate of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The meeting, convened by the president was attended by Prime Minister Gilani, Babar Awan, Rehman Malik, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the DG ISI Gen Shuja Pasha. The president was given an exhaustive overview of the entire situation but quite early in the meeting it became evident that two of the men were standing on the wrong side of the prevalent dominant wisdom and desire of somehow finding a way to retrospectively cough up diplomatic immunity for Davis and to just wish away all the four deaths and the lingering crisis. But since one of the ‘erring’ two dared not be arbitrarily fired, poor Qureshi’s fate stood sealed. Continue Reading
It seems the United States of America has a very short term selective memory in 2001 after 9/11 it arrested and picked up Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef from Islamabad who was then the Afghanistan Ambassador to Pakistan. He was detained in Pakistan initially in 2001 and then held until 2005 in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp.
I am sure the serving Ambassador had full Diplomatic Immunity as accorded to his status under the Vienna Convention, whatsoever may his linkage be with the Talibans but he was beaten, tortured, handcuffed, and dragged naked in a US Helicopter before being airlifted to Guantanamo Bay, where were the laws that time, where was the diplomatic immunity and where was the Vienna Convention at that time. The US so staunchly claims for a consultant employed by the US Consulate in Lahore.
Raymond Davis an American National who shot and murdered two Pakistanis in open daylight with 27 bullets is under arrest in Lahore. A large hue and cry is being made about his diplomatic immunity status, but at the time of the murder, the passport that he had carried a stamp of “Official” which does not in anyway indicate “Diplomatic” there was a significant debate that the Pakistan government does not stamp visas under the “Diplomatic” category but generalizes the usage of the “Official” for all these type of individuals.
Watch this video, as it was recorded by Raymond Davis himself during his first investigation interview in the Lahore Police station immediately after he murdered two people in Lahore. One comment that must be carefully observed, he does NOT claim diplomatic immunity or even diplomatic status but claims that he is a consultant for the American consulate in Lahore. This self incriminating evidence going against all bullying tactics deployed by the American lobby as they ply up the Vienna Convention and the protections for diplomatic staff
A consultant in no way comes under the diplomatic immunity umbrella
This explanation about Raymond Davis’s immunity issue was shared on the Peoples Resistance Mailing list by Shalahudin Ahmed, a lawyer from Karachi. He shares with us an unbiased, no BS [sic] analysis of the issue at hand – TM
Pakistan is a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The substance of both Conventions are part of Pakistani law through the Diplomatic & Consular Privileges Act 1972.
Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a diplomatic agent cannot be arrested or detained. Period. No exceptions. The same for members of the technical and administrative staff of a diplomatic mission.
Many other countries in the world have adopted this convention and usually hold to the same. Whether an ethical consideration or no, such a convention is also to protect the lives and property of each nation’s own diplomats. Continue Reading
The shooting to death of two Pakistani youths, namely Faizan Haider and Muhammad Faheem, by a U.S. Consulate official, Raymond Allen Davis, and the death of a third Pakistani, namely Obaid-ur-Rahman, by a vehicle operated by the U.S. Consulate, in Lahore on 27 January 2011 has, once again, raised concerns relating to the conduct of American officials working for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan.
Raymond Davis was arrested by the Punjab Police on the same day and, on 28 January 2011, was presented before a magistrate in Lahore, who remanded him into police custody for six days. On 29 January 2011, three days after the incident, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, without even naming Raymond Davis, called for his release whilst claiming that he was a diplomat and was being detained illegally in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 (the “Vienna Diplomatic Convention”). On 1 February 2011, the Lahore High Court, in response to a public interest petition, restrained Pakistani authorities from handing Raymond Davis over to the U.S. authorities and has ordered his name to be placed on the Exit Control List to prevent him from leaving Pakistan. Continue Reading
I share with you a short introduction about Pharmagen Health Limited a project supported by Acumen Fund which believes in investing in entrepreneurs who are working to help the poor; they believe that social enterprises which offer people the dignity of choice are the solution to poverty vs the needless impact of handing out charity . These in turn provide critical goods and services to the poor in a completely sustainable manner. The short introduction of Acumen
Pharmagen Health a community water systems company which has set up water purification plants across dense low-income communities around Lahore. It provides safe, clean drinking water to low-income communities through a Reverse Osmosis and UV filtration process. Pharmagen currently has five water filtration plants; two RO plants with capacities of 3,000 liters per hour (LPH) and 10,000 LPH respectively; and three ultra-violet (UV) treatment plants. Continue Reading
I sit back and watch the news of blasts in ‘Data darbar’ in Lahore. I watch it for few minutes, hear the sirens, watch the blood, hear the screams, see the stranded people, and switch off my TV. Yes, I am dead. I dont feel the pain now. I am numb. Its a repeat telecast. Maybe a recording of the previous ‘show of barbarism’ that I have seen many times before. But they say, its live reporting. They say its a new place. They say the images are new. Then why am I switching off the TV, why am I thinking of other chores I have to do, why am I thinking what I have to do tomorrow. Am I really dead?Aldous Huxley(writer) was right when he said, ‘Maybe this world is another planets hell’. Maybe I am living in a hell and its a life after death so my emotions exist no more. Continue Reading
Muhammad Ali Jinnah – Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11th August, 1947
As you know, history shows that in England conditions, some time ago, were much worse than those prevailing in India today. The Roman Catholics and the Protestants persecuted each other. Even now there are some States in existence where there are discriminations made and bars imposed against a particular class. Thank God, we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State.
The heirs of Jinnah’s Pakistan have failed to live up to the expectations of the nations founding fathers. Today’s attacks on Ahmedi “worship places”, was despicable and deserved not only our sympathies with the families of the victims; but our unequivocal condemnation of such barbarism.
Peoples Resistance in Karachi condemns the violence against the Ahmedi community, yesterday in Lahore which leaves a blood trail of over 80 dead and dozens injured. In a land which was founded on the fact that there should be freedom to practice any religion, sadly since General Zia ul-Haq’s times there have been certain laws in acted into our constitution which curtails the free practice of the Ahmedi religion.
It is sad that their place of worship was brutally attacked leaving behind dozens dead and a large number of injured. We as a civil society group in Karachi condemns all forms of religious intolerance and feels the need to show support to the Ahmedi community at this critical juncture.
A solidarity rally is being organized in Karachi Press Club today to out-rightly condemn violence against any religious sect and to also show our support for the sad loss of innocent lives in Lahore yesterday
Location: Karachi Press Club
Date: 29th May 2010
Its important that a large community of citizens show up, it will in effect help the suppressed Ahmedi community in Karachi to join us and maybe we can help share their grief. We as activists who support religious tolerance can be a buffer amongst our midst they can confidently express their sorrow in a very public way.