http://www.brecorder.comMalala Yousafzai has stood up with help for the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban but remains seriously ill, doctors treating her at a British hospital said Friday.
Friday, October 19, 2012
د سوات ۱۵ کلنه ملاله يوسفزۍ چې د اکتوبر په نهمه نيټه د وسلوالو طالبانو په ډزو کې سخته ژوبل شوې ده او دا وخت يې د برمنګم کوین الزبت روغتون کې درملنه روانه ده، ډاکټران وايي چې د ملالې بې هوشه ختمه شوې او اوس د بل په مرسته د ودريدو قابله شوېده.
Fifty years have passed since the Sino-Indian Border War of 1962. Many young Chinese only have a vague idea of that war, but the Indians haven't forgotten. The Times of India recently published a series of articles on the 1962 conflict. One of the articles, "50 years on, China is an opportunity as well as a challenge," published on October 10, criticized Indians who "never looked at ourselves critically on that war. And, perhaps, left gaps in future strategic thought." According to the article, India remains mired in the unspoken thought that "the war stopped when China carried out a unilateral cease-fire," and the greatest challenge of India is how it "learns to live with China." Such thoughts are still haunting Indians after five decades. Some Indians still worry that sometime in the future, China, with increasing military power, may retake the land that it recovered but later gave to India five decades ago. As the article points out, "As a society, India doesn't invest in Chinese thought, language or culture and continue to train our attentions to Pakistan or the US. You would be hard-pressed to find Chinese scholars in India." As a result, some Indians do not believe China will sincerely sit down at the negotiation table and engage in peaceful talks with India so as to completely solve the problems of boundary demarcation. More importantly, India cannot understand where China's strength lies today, and thus fails to find a way through which it can really deal with China's influence or seek joint development. In the past 50 years, China has witnessed great changes in its military power. The PLA's arms and equipment are apparently better than those of the Indian army, and China has increased its spending on border defense. But China's military growth is essentially simultaneous with its economic development. The Sino-Indian gap actually lies in the economy. China's power stems from its reform and opening-up. Today China has become the second largest economy in the world. What deserves more attention from India is the spillover effect of the Chinese economy, rather than the comparison of military power between the two countries. Due to the insistently deepening cooperation between China and ASEAN, this region has a bright economic future ahead. Compared with military growth, the influence of economic development takes place in a much more indirect and implicit way. However, the latter probably has greater influence, as promoting economic growth is key to winning public support. East of India, changes are taking place. As soon as the vigor of Myanmar, which has embarked on the path of reform, is activated, the economic fever brought by prosperous development throughout East Asia will spread all the way to India's border. The Stillwell Road through Southeast Asia, once used to transport supplies to the Chinese from the Allies from 1942 to 1945, will have a greater effect than it did in World War II. As more and more ordinary Indians, especially those living in bordering regions of northeastern India, feel the benefits of rapid economic growth in China and East Asia, how will they look at New Delhi? This is probably the question that India needs to give the most consideration. Fundamentally, artillery and rockets are used to keep the public happy, which China has long recognized. In the 21st century, it is social development and better civil livelihood that best help collect public support. India has greater military strength in its northeastern regions than before. However, the Assam state remains in chaos, and a recent flood left 1.7 million people homeless. Development has remained stagnant in this region for years. The poor economy will only worsen ethnic conflict. India's soft spot is economic, not military. India has no better choice than to quickly boost its economic growth and improve people's lives in its northeastern regions. India's military strength may help defend its border with China. But China's influence, no matter how indirect it looks at the moment, cannot be avoided. Instead, it's pressing on India right now. The author is a senior editor with the People's Daily. He's now stationed in Bangkok. email@example.com
President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney take a break from their tough election battle to throw some lighthearted jabs at each other - and themselves - at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner in New York City
http://www.businessinsider.comAn Arab prince was marched off a passenger jet at Heathrow by police officers armed with Taser guns after he drunkenly stormed the cockpit to complain about the poor service. Mubarak Hamad, 29, a Bahraini billionaire prince who lives in London, has been charged with being drunk on an aircraft and is due to appear in court later this month. Shortly after boarding the British Airways Boeing 777 to Doha in Qatar via Bahrain, it is understood that the prince began shouting and complaining about the service. Members of the crew were allegedly forced to call the police after he made his way into the cockpit and refused to go back to his seat. Mr Hamad was then dragged off the plane by officers armed with stun guns and taken to a police station where his DNA, mugshot and fingerprints were taken. He was bailed out, but was told he was being formally charged when he answered his bail on Wednesday. He is due to appear before magistrates in London later this month. Mr Hamad, who is believed to be a close relation of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, lives in Eaton Square, Belgravia. Past and present residents of the square include Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore and José Mourinho, the former Chelsea football manager. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Mubarak Hamad, 29, of Eaton Square, Belgravia, was charged on October 17 with being drunk on an aircraft and has been bailed to appear at Uxbridge magistrates’ court.” Human rights campaigners have in the past criticized King Hamad, whose regime has been accused of violently repressing pro-democracy activists. This is not the first time that members of the Middle East’s elite have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in Britain. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, a Saudi prince, was jailed for life in 2010 for beating and strangling his servant at a five-star hotel in London. When arrested, he at first wrongly believed he had diplomatic immunity. The son of the billionaire Emir of Ajman, part of the United Arab Emirates, had his £200,000 Ferrari FF seized by police and displayed outside Scotland Yard because it was uninsured. Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi boasted later that officers handed back the keys as soon as they discovered who he was, writing on Facebook: “Arab money talks.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/billionaire-bahraini-prince-tossed-off-flight-after-drunken-rant-in-cockpit-2012-10#ixzz29m5eEoi2
DW: Ms. Fleschenberg, at the beginning of last week, the 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban. The incident sparked uproar in the international media. How was it discussed in the Pakistani media?Andrea Fleschenberg: This incident is tied to a number of issues and conflicts within Pakistani society and politics. In order to understand the frenzy it has caused among the public, one cannot see it as an isolated event. Of course, the Pakistani public is talking about an attack on a girl who has been fighting for an equality standing for girls' education in her region for years and through that campaigning became a public figure. But there are other issues - this incident is being mixed up with a public debate about US drone attacks. The question of how Pakistan is dealing with the war on extremism in society is also being raised. And, in 2014, international troops are due to withdrawal from Afghanistan. What implications will that have? How will we get control over the threat posed by the Taliban after that? And then there's Malala - a template to discuss all that one more time. So it's not only about the assault on her, but it's also about the question: what kind of conflict are we talking about here? Is it a war lead by an international coalition? Or is it a conflict which should be dealt with more within society?
Is this societal conflict of which the Pakistani media are speaking also being brought up in politics? A number of Pakistani politicians have, after all, condemned the attack.To some extent. Many politicians have criticized the fact that Malala was attacked, but only few have concretely condemned the Taliban for the attack. That has a lot to do with the power - or perceived power - the Taliban has. Many are afraid of jeopardizing their personal security by condemning the Taliban, who have also threatened the national and also international media after the attack.
People in Pakistan have been concerned with the political debate over drone attacks which you just mentioned and also the withdrawal of the ISAF from Afghanistan for some time now. Why has the Malala incident caused people to focus so strongly on these issues just now?In Pakistan, we have seen a number of cases of violence against women - whether from society, politics or because of terrorism. These cases have always attracted a great amount of public attention. And it is quite easy for the media to then connect such topics with other important ones. On the other hand, the attack on a 14-year-old girl who is on her way to school with friends is also a real taboo - it is an attack on a child advocate of the rights guaranteed to her by the constitution - the right to an education. And then, in the Pakistani media, we have a number of people, be it scientists, politicians, journalists or bureaucrats, who are enraged over the incident.
How are ordinary people reacting?It seems as though the section of the public which is furious about the attack because it was an attack on general values - and also the people who are afraid their daughters could very well be next - are less organized than, say, the people who so vehemently demonstrated against the Muhammad video weeks ago. There are much fewer people publicly demonstrating against the attack on Malala Yousafzai. Another thing we are seeing is that there is a part of society that criticizes women for becoming public figures through fighting for causes, or becoming victims of violence.
Considering the attention the media is giving the incident, do you think anything will fundamentally change with regards to the Taliban or women's rights? Or will all the commotion eventually die down?That is the important question here and that is what is also being discussed - whether or not this is really a turning point. Was the attack on Malala such a shock for the nation that Pakistanis are now asking how they want to deal with the immense political challenge that the Taliban pose. A new president will be elected in 2013 and there are a number of different strategies: to either voice condemnation head on, to negotiate with them, or to order further military operations against them. What happened to Malala has really brought all that up. What is also important is the new debate about education that the incident triggered. Pakistani society has a problem - not only because the illiteracy rates among women and girls is very low in international comparison. It needs education to be able to handle economic and societal problems. But it is still very much up in the air whether or not anything will change. Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg is a political scientist with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Express TribuneAnnouncing the short order of a 16-year-old case, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the then Army chief, president and DG ISI were involved in rigging the elections of 1990 and ordered for an inquiry by the FIA against all those involved, Express News reported on Friday. The court said that corrupt practices took place in the 1990 elections and the Asghar Khan petition was now admissible for regular hearing as it is a crucial matter of national importance. The short order stated that a political cell was formed in the President House in 1990 and former DG ISI Assad Durrani, Army Chief Aslam Beg and president Ghulam Ishaq Khan were involved in the rigging of the elections. The court said that the elections were influenced monetarily. Ordering the FIA to initiate a transparent inquiry against those involved according to criminal law, the short order said that the FIA and Army can assist the civilian government but cannot interfere in it. The court also ordered for immediate termination of any poltical or election cell operational within the Presidency at the moment. The Mehrangate scandal emerged after the Supreme Court began the hearing of air marshal Asghar Khan’s petition in which he stated that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) rigged the 1990 elections by handing out money to several politicians. During the hearing of the case, harsh words were exchanged between Attorney General Irfan Qadir and the three-member bench of the court. Qadir said that the Supreme Court cannot regulate the presidential office but that was what seemed to be happening here. Expressing displeasure over Justice Jawwad S Khawaja’s statement earlier that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had not done anything in four years, the attorney general said that the court should not blame the government for this. Instead, he said, the court should tell the people why the case has been pending for 16 years. Further criticising the court, Qadir said that the judiciary had even given permission for military intervention, to which Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that he should present arguments according to his duty. Ministry of Defence representatives were also present in the court. They told the bench that letters had been written to the Military Intelligence (MI) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) with regards to the Rs80 million that were allegedly kept away. The Supreme Court then reserved its judgement on the case and said that the short order would be announced at 12:30pm. Earlier, former head of the MI Sindh chapter Brigadier Hamid Saeed submitted his statement claiming that the 1990 operation was initiated by the army and supervised by the MI for “national interest”.
.........Malala Yousafzai is One of Many School-age Victims..........The Pakistani government must take immediate steps to protect students, teachers, schools, and rights defenders at risk of attack, Human Rights Watch said today. Armed groups including the Taliban, al Qaeda, and their affiliates should cease attacks that target children, educational personnel, and schools. Human Rights Watch has collected reports of 96 school attacks in Pakistan this year alone. Most of these attacks took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan. Fourteen attacks were reported from Mohmand Agency in the tribal areas. Dozens of attacks were reported from various districts of KP. Thirteen schools were attacked in Swabi district, 12 in Charsadda district, and 11 in Mardan district. Schools have also been attacked in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.The United Nations reported 152 incidents of partial or complete destruction of school facilities in FATA and KP in 2011. “Parts of Pakistan are among the most dangerous places in the world to go to school today,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s time Pakistani authorities understand that expressions of outrage alone are inadequate and such attacks will only end if they hold abusers accountable.” Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old student and outspoken advocate for children’s right to education, was shot in the head and neck on October 9, 2012, leaving her in critical condition. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack garnered condemnation from across the political spectrum in Pakistan. Just three days later, at least three Shia university students – both male and female – were critically hurt when extremists threw acid at their faces while they were on their way home to Parachinar, in FATA, after taking exams in Kohat, KP. According to a local nongovernmental organization, this was the first such “acid throwing case” in FATA. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also claimed responsibility for this attack. “The unity of global condemnation and the speed of response in the wake of Malala’s shooting were phenomenal, but we need to see the same kind of reaction every time a student or school is attacked,” Hasan said. “The schools that have remained for years as piles of rubble across Pakistan’s north-west bring into question the government’s level of commitment to seeing children return to school in safety.” Human Rights Watch said that nongovernmental organization workers in FATA and KP have been targeted, including for their work on education. · In July, Farida Afridi, a women’s rights activist was murdered apparently for her work on girls’ education and women’s empowerment in Khyber Agency, FATA. · In May, a local Islamist politician issued an edict [fatwa] decrying girls’ education as un-Islamic, arguing that education persuaded girls to join nongovernmental organizations, and threatened to have women nongovernmental organization workers in Kohistan, KP, forcibly married. · In December 2011, militants gunned down and killed Zarteef Afridi, a decades-long teacher who started a school and was committed to promoting children’s and women’s rights in Khyber Agency, while he was on his way to school. Pakistan’s federal government should cooperate with provincial authorities to create an advance rapid response system whenever there are attacks on schools, so that these facilities are quickly repaired or rebuilt and destroyed educational material is replaced so that children can return to school as soon as possible. During reconstruction, students should be provided education through alternative means and, where appropriate, given psychosocial support. The Pakistan army should also refrain from turning schools into targets by using them as bases, said Human Rights Watch. A 2009 documentary about Malala Yousafzai indicates, for example, that her school had been used as a military base by the army. “This is more than just the case of the shooting of one brave girl, but a crisis for the entire Pakistani education system,” Hasan said. “It is time Pakistani authorities understood that those who seek to harm students and teachers wish to rob Pakistan of its future.”
A senior Shia lawyer has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s northeastern city of Lahore, Press TV reports. Shakir Ali Rizvi was gunned down on Friday while he was on his way to Lahore’s High Court. Lawyers in Lahore have announced they would boycott courts on Friday in protest against the recent killings of Shia lawyers. On October 12, another Shia Lawyer, Mirza Waqar Hussain, was targeted in the southern port city of Karachi and later died of his gunshot wounds. Over the past months, pro-Taliban militants have killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in various parts of Pakistan. The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed. The killing of Shias has caused an international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence. Human Rights Watch issued a statement in September asking the Pakistani government to “urgently act” to protect the Shia Muslims in Pakistan.
The Express TribuneIn a bid to counter improvised explosive devices (IED) blasts, the US Department of Defence’s Joint Improvised Explosives Devices Defeat Organisation (JIEDDO) Director Lt Gen Michael Barbero announced that the US has agreed to develop a framework of cooperation with the Pakistani military.
A glorious tribute will be paid to Begum Nusrat Bhutto
EDITORIAL: THE FRONTIER POSTWhat kind of a democracy are we that even the people’s basic needs of education and health, which in recognised democracies are in the deepest sights of their political leaders, are not even in the remotest thoughts of ours’ even at these election times? Even as in the western democracies they have strong delivering health services and educational systems, health and education are invariably hot topics of the hustings. The power contenders lay out in concrete terms to the electorate what they have in their plans to further revamp the health and education sectors so as to convince them of their intended programmes’ benefits and woo them over to vote for them. In the 2008 US presidential race, candidate Barack Obama’s healthcare plan was in great dispute. He was feverishly selling it to the American people, telling them it promised them better healthcare facilities. His Republican opponents were denouncing it equally vehemently as a bad plan. And his healthcare plan, now in force after he had got it through the Congress in the teeth of the Republican’s stiff opposition, is once again in bitter contention in the current presidential race. And the Republicans are vowing to quash it if their man Mitt Romney makes to the White House and they secure a decisive voice in the midterm Congressional elections. In Britain, they have very vibrant health and education services. Yet the politicians there keep all the time fretting how to spruce them further. And almost every government brings in whatever it deems would improve the facilities for the British public’s larger benefit. In fact, more often than not the power contenders’ education and health plans make or mar their fortunes at the ballot box. And in all probability, the education reforms that the incumbent Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has introduced will become the next election’s hot issue. The opposition Labour party contends that instead of doing good, these have hurt the education system. But here in the country both education and health are two orphans that draw a lot of lip service from the politicos across the spectrum but none embraces them affectionately or sincerely. They all only fiddle with them, meaning not what they say about their uplift in reality. The pathetic state in which both exist is no secret. It is an open reality, calling emphatically for doing all urgently to pull them out of the rot they have sunk in and are sinking in unchecked. When a disease like dengue fever breaks out, it snuffs out numerous lives in no time. The incidences like contaminated medication in a cardiology health facility push patients in droves to the jaws of fatality. And just a short visit to any government health facility is a lifelong searing experience in inadequate healthcare attendance and dirt and filth. And it is a mere wastage of breath to dwell on the sickening condition of education in the public sector, when no concern is even in evidence in any of the political echelons on this score. The state-run schooling in particular is just an insult to education. Dilapidated buildings or no buildings at all, rampant teacher absenteeism, near absence of science teachers and laboratories, moonlighting teachers, almost all political appointees, and ghost schools are its distinctive hallmarks. The system, indeed the entire government-run education, is screaming for cure. But its wailing has no takers at all out there in the political echelons across the divide. By their acts, the politicos, whether in or out of the government, have demonstrated inexorably that none has a heart in improving education or healthcare in the country. Vaguely, they all talk of increasing the share of health and education by this or that percentage of the GDP. But all that is unmistakably by way of sloganeering. When it comes to actualities, these two sectors are blithely starved of funds. The PPP government in fact inflicted its first economy cut on the Higher Education Commission by hefty billions and scrapped its predecessor’s plan for establishing nine science and technology universities, dismissing it peremptorily as impracticable. And as we are hearing the din of daanish schools, laptops and what not in Punjab, the state-run schooling there has been left to go to the dogs. Of education in Sindh and Balochistan, what we have heard is the closure of hundreds of schools, termed being of no use. And the public is in shrill in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over state-run education’s ever-worsening condition in the province. But the sorriest part is that even in these election times neither education nor health is figuring at all in the demagoguery of the political elites across the spectrum. It is the accountability, dual nationality and if elections will be held or not that is hogging the politicos’ all discourse. But then we are no democracy but a plutocracy. And in that system, it is the elites, not the people, which matter.
http://paktribune.comThe video of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's daughter, Rabia Imran, throwing her weight around inside a bakery in Lahore is making the rounds online these days. She demanded that the closed bakery be opened specially for her so that she be able to purchase the items she wanted. When that did not go her way, she showed how rude she could be by abusing the bakery shop worker — who was helpless because of the instructions of the management — and then, later on in the evening, the CCTV footage shows that her hired goons returned to the bakery and beat up the worker. This is a rotten example of how the elite has deluded itself into thinking it can do whatever it wants, by hook or by crook. The CM has arrested his son-in-law in answer to this footage because they were his guards. However, should the onus of responsibility not lie with the person who ordered the guards to do the nasty in the first place? That person is the CM's own daughter.
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