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Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police

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When the attackers arrived on the shores of Mumbai last month, they had studied satellite images of the city, were carrying handheld GPS sets and were communicating with their handlers via the Internet and satellite phone.

Many of the Indian police they encountered did not even have walkie-talkies.

The Mumbai gunmen not only overwhelmed security forces with their weaponry and willingness to die, but also with their sophisticated use of technology, security experts said.

“These (terrorists) are well aware of the technology available and also know that the police are several steps behind. And a lot of this technology is extremely easy to use and to learn,” said Pavan Duggal, a technology expert and New Delhi-based lawyer

via Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police – Yahoo! News.

This is a total disgrace, isn’t it? The police should be much more prepared that the terrorists… So, who is financing these bastards to have such an equipment?

By the way, Pakistan has accused Indian planes of entering its airspace

Indian warplanes crossed into Pakistani airspace on Saturday over two parts of the country where the militant group accused of carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks is active, according to Pakistani officials, who said they scrambled their own air force jets to chase the Indian aircraft back across the border.

The incursions would appear to be an aggressive display by India, whose top officials describe neighboring Pakistan as the “epicenter of terrorism” and say Pakistan’s own intelligence service has long aidedLashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the attacks in Mumbai last month, which sharply raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

This is noooo good.

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December 15, 2008 at 6:06 am

Pakistan Arrests Suspect in Mumbai Attacks –

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Pakistani authorities have arrested the operational leader of the Pakistani-based militant group suspected of conducting the Mumbai attacks, a senior security official said Monday.

The arrest Sunday of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the supreme commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, came as Pakistan raided a camp run by the group in Pakistani-held Kashmir, the first concrete steps by Pakistan in response to the assault on Mumbai.

Mr. Lakhvi has been accused by India of being in control of the attackers in Mumbai as they terrorized the city during a three-day siege in which 163 people were killed.

The leader commanded the attack and then kept in communication with the gunmen by mobile and satellite phone as they rounded up guests in two hotels, killing some of them, according to Indian and Western investigators. How far the arrest of Mr. Lakhvi, and the raid, will go to satisfy the Indians remained an open question. It appears to be the first time that Pakistan has captured a senior operational figure in Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group that was founded in conjunction with the intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence in the late 1980s to fight a proxy war against India in Kashmir.

via Pakistan Arrests Suspect in Mumbai Attacks –

My guess is that they have arrested him, because they know India was preparing itself to attack Pakistan. But I am not confident that in the long run they are going to act at all… (


Indian Police say Man Arrested in Mumbai Probe is Undercover Cop.

Mumbay attacks: some questions related with cooperation and nuclear proliferation.

Mumbay: more explosives found.

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December 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

‘Honour killing’ sentence against Pakistani upheld

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An Italian court of appeal upheld on Friday a 30-year prison sentence for a Pakistani father who murdered his daughter in a so-called honour killing in 2006.

The young woman’s two brothers-in-law, who were also jailed for 30 years for their part in her death, saw their sentence reduced to 17 years, Sky TG24 news channel reported. The stabbed body of Hina Saleem, 21, was found buried in the garden of the family home in Sarezzo, near the northern city of Brescia, on August 11, 2006.

Ms Saleem, who reportedly refused an arranged marriage with a cousin, had been estranged from her family and lived with her Italian boyfriend Giuseppe Tempini.

via ‘Honour killing’ sentence against Pakistani upheld -DAWN – Top Stories; December 06, 2008.

Meanwhile this is at least surprising:

Eight United Nations agencies have co-sponsored the first Palestinian ‘festival’ to combat violence against women, driving home the message that so-called “honour killings” have nothing to do with honour and seeking to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic abuse.

“It is time for action, not words,” UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Program Manager in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Alia’ Al-Yassir said in the inaugural speech of the festival held, Thursday, in Ramallah. “UN agencies are working as one on this issue and supporting civil societies in their efforts to end violence against women

Well, I don’t think that a “festival” is going to change anything, least if organised by UN. But it’s something refreshing to see some people in those places really worried about this.

Then there is also this other statement:

“Islam does not permit illicit relationship, but killing a girl for this reason is a cold-blooded murder and is a serious offence under the Islamic law,” chairman of Shariyat Court Maulana Irfan Mufti Zulfikar said.

There are so many people going against Islam, then… Of course, this man is from India and was ruling in a case where a girl was killed out of honor.

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December 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

Mumbay attacks: some cuestions related with cooperation and nuclear proliferation

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The U.S. has promised India “very active” help to improve its counter-terrorism capabilities while asking Pakistan to act “urgently and transparently” to help catch the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror assaults and prevent future attacks.

The “terrible sophisticated” terror attack “raises questions about the importance of making certain that everything is done to bring the perpetrators to justice, but also to prevent follow-on attacks,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.

“And in that regard, Pakistan has a special responsibility to act,” she said in Copenhagen, after a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whom she briefed about her talks with Indian and Pakistani leaders

via The Hindu News Update Service.

Even if Indian state has done very little to stop the persecution against Christians which took place last summer, I really consider that it’s necessary they are helped in these matters. That’s why I just don’t understand why Pakistan has agreed with Afghanistan and Turkey to cooperate in anti-terrorist matters,while they are not doing the same with India (apart from the three countries being Islamic and India being a non-Islamic country).

Apart from that, there is the inherent perils of having both India and Pakistan nuclear arsenals:

The Mumbai terrorist attacks and their potential to re-poison the relationship between India and Pakistan suggests that we should not be too sanguine about the stability of nuclear deterrence in a proliferated world. Even if nuclear weapons tend to encourage mutually-deterring relationships between possessor states (an assumption that, while plausible, is no more than an extrapolation from a single U.S.-Soviet case study and a mere decade of sometimes tension-filled Indo-Pakistani nuclear confrontation), there is no guarantee that any actual possessors’ relationship will be stable.

This is true particularly where bitter regional rivalries are susceptible to inflammation from other factors (e.g., cross-border terrorism and/or squabbles over contested frontiers). One would have to have a great deal of faith indeed in the conflict-moderating impact of nuclear weapons in order to be comfortable that the net result will be more stable and less dangerous than before. It is certainly possible that in such contexts the introduction of nuclear weapons would not increase stability. It would merely worsen the potential downside risks if troubled relationships deteriorate.

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December 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Pakistan says militants pushed back from Peshawar

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A two-week operation to secure the frontier city of Peshawar, which sits on a key supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, killed 25 suspected militants, a Pakistani official said Monday.Security forces backed by warplanes and artillery swept through an area between the city and Pakistan’s wild tribal belt, where Taliban and al-Qaida militants have found refuge.
Zafrullah Khan, commander of paramilitary Frontier Constabulary troops in the area, said his force and police have taken control of 22 of 25 targeted villages and would clear the others within a week.

Pakistan says militants pushed back from Peshawar – Yahoo! News

These are good news, because not very long ago, the Talibans were inside Peshawar, killing innocent Shia Muslims, because they didn’t agree with them. Respect and freedom first, heh?

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November 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Schoolgirls Attacked with Acid in Afghanistan

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And blinded for life because they were actually going to school:



Related: Burned with acid in Pakistan.

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November 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Lahore under threat from the Talibans

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This city has long been regarded as the cultural, intellectual and artistic heart of Pakistan, famous for its poets and writers, its gardens and historic sites left over from the Mughal Empire.The turmoil sown by militancy may have reached into the capital, Islamabad, but it rarely seemed to intrude here among the leafy boulevards that are home to many of Pakistan’s secular-minded elite.But in recent weeks, panic has found its way even here, with a series of small bombs and other threats that offer a measure of just how deeply the fear of militant groups like the Taliban has penetrated Pakistani society.
On Oct. 7, three small bombs exploded in juice shops in a sprawling, congested neighborhood called Garhi Shahu. The shops, which had gained a reputation as “dating points,” offering enclosed booths for young couples to cuddle, were gutted in the blasts. One person was killed, and several others were wounded.
An unknown group called Tehreek-ul Haya, or Movement for Decency, claimed responsibility and warned of more attacks against “centers of immorality” in the city.

Fear of Taliban reaches Lahore – International Herald Tribune

Related posts:

  1. Pakistan militants threaten more bombs.
  2. Afghan Ambassador kidnapped in north-west Pakistan.
  3. Pakistan gets a message against closer co-operation with US.
  4. Pakistan: US did not warn of any strike.
  5. WHO cancels polio jabs for Afghan children after doctors killed.
  6. Pakistan’s tribal areas: A wild frontier.
  7. Pakistan strikes back and accuses US of cooperating with terrorism.
  8. Pakistan restores three judges ousted by Musharraf.
  9. india accuses Pakistani intelligence of terrorist attack.
  10. Afghanistan accuses Pakistani intelligence of the terrorist attack against the Indian embassy.

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November 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Indian Jihad in Assam

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The Government will not admit this, but the jihadis have succeeded in their diabolical aim of creating an atmosphere of insecurity and fear across the country. No city, no State is immune to this. Even if explosions haven’t happened in Kerala yet, it doesn’t mean that terror merchants don’t have the State on their radar.
Some 300 persons are believed to have been indoctrinated there already. Intelligence agencies, as usual in the dark, stumbled upon this startling fact only when two Kerala-born militants were gunned down in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir.
From Idduki to Imphal, Kargil to Kanniya Kumari, India lives in trepidation. It is already being compared to jihadi-infested Iraq, Afghanistan and even Pakistan. With nearly 1,000 innocent civilians lost so far this year, and 18,360 total deaths from terrorist depredations in the country (excluding J&K) over the last decade, India has probably overtaken the tally of deaths in those countries.

Jihad by Muslims, now pan India phenomenon, they are killing Hindus at will all over India « Islamic Terrorism in India

This, related with the explosions in India which at least 70 people were killed, have led PM Mohamed Singh to state “No compromise on terrorism“:

During a brief interaction with the media at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, Singh said the UPA government was not soft on terror and would do everything possible to fight it. “We will take effective measures against whosoever is responsible for the dastardly acts. If other governments are involved in it, we will take up the matter with them. We will also look into the clues that we have collected during the investigations,” he said.

Those Governments involved are Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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November 2, 2008 at 11:10 am

17-year-old Pakistani girl’s death prompts outcry

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Female senators staged a walkout from the federal parliament Monday to press for action on better protections for women after a national newspaper published details of Tasleem Solangi’s death.

“How long will women be buried alive and made to face hungry dogs? Women are not given their rights,” opposition lawmaker Semi Siddiqui said.Ibrahim Solangi, 28, has been in custody ever since Taslim’s death in March and is awaiting trial on murder charges, said Pir Mohammad Shah, the police chief of the Khairpur Mirs district in southern Pakistan. Taslim’s husband was also her first cousin.

via 17-year-old Pakistani girl’s death prompts outcry – Yahoo! Singapore News

Just consider: a 17-year-old Pakistani girl was fed to some hungry dogs and then shot to death:

Speaking to reporters in Karachi on Monday, Taslim’s father said he was locked up in his home and forced to watch from a window as dogs chased her and then mauled her when she fell down exhausted. She then was shot, he said.

Gulsher Solangi said the killing was the culmination of a land dispute. He said his nephew had beaten Taslim throughout the five months of their marriage to pressure him to hand over his small farm.

Faced with more threats, Gulsher Solangi said he had fled with his wife and another daughter and abandoned his home.

Zameer Hussain Solangi, the girl’s father-in-law, claimed Monday that his son confessed to the killing under police torture and that the allegation regarding the dogs was “baseless.”

He said a tribal council later declared the dead woman an adulterer and compensated the husband with her jewelry.

Amazing: she was killed because his father didn’t want to hand over his farm and the tribal council disguised everything as an honor killing because she was an adulterer!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! has more. Read it: it’s worth it.

Related news: Pakistani rewarded with honor killing: gets 3 girls as wifes, 20 water buffalo.

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October 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Police: 4 Pakistanis arrested over Marriott blast

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Police arrested four men in connection with last month’s suicide attack on a hotel that killed 54 people, authorities said Friday.

The four are suspected of “indirect involvement” in the blast at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, police chief Ahmad Latif said. They are the first known arrests in the Sept. 20 attack.

The attack was a reminder of the gathering threat posed by Islamist militants in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Latif said the men were arrested in different parts of Punjab province, but gave no more details. They were brought before an anti-terrorism court where a judge gave police permission to hold them for questioning for one week.

via Police: 4 Pakistanis arrested over Marriott blast – Yahoo! News

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October 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Is Baitullah Mehsud dead?

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Some sources, quoted by CNN, say he is dead from “kidney failure”. Pakistani Taliban, though, have denied it, rejecting it as “government propaganda“. If he has died though, the prospects include a possible conflict between the tribes to control the Taliban movement:

Mehsud’s death would leave a power vacuum within the Mehsud tribe and the Pakistani Taliban, analysts say. Since there was no second in command of the Mehsud tribe, tribal splits are expected.

Mehsud’s death also is expected to spark a power struggle and the appointment of a new Taliban leader inPakistan, but whoever replaces Mehsud is not expected to have as much influence and control in the region.

So we are going to see even more unstability in the region, although, if he has finally died, it could easy the efforst to fight the Talibans.

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October 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Karzai calls for talks with the Talibans

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Al Jazeera reports that Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is going (again) to make the same mistake. This time he is seeking help from Saudi Arabia “to facilitate talks with the Taliban in order to end the conflict in the country“, while denying any talks had already taken place. He added he “was trying to encourage the group to lay down their arms“.

But that wish is going to be a little difficult. The situation in Afghanistan is not improving, as terrorism insurgency is growing. The US general in Afghanistan has called for more troops ASAP, but celebrates also the last operations against AQ and the Taliban carried out by Pakistan. He also said that a much more urgent priority than troops are “economic aid and political support“.

But Spanish Defence Minister asked just for the opposite: less troops and a change to a more political and humanitarian mission to “make the acceptance grow in between the Aghan population. Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, critisized yesterday US work in Afghanistan :

Chacón stated that “a better coordination between ISAF and Enduring Freedom is essential, so the political or strategic goals of one operation are not undermined by what’s going on in the battle camp“.

Meanwhile, more refugees from Pakistan are fleeing into Afghanistan. Supposedly, Pakistan is carrying an operation against the Talibans near Afghan-Pakistani frontier.

Related news:

  • Suspected US-missile kills 6 in Pakistan. The missiles struck the home of a local Taliban commander before midnight Tuesday near Mir Ali, a town in the North Waziristan region.
  • AQ criticizes Pakistani leaders in new video. “Monday’s message was posted on militant Web sites commonly used by al-Qaida. In the hour-long video, an unnamed narrator speaking Urdu calls on Pakistani Muslims to prepare for holy war and take up arms against corrupt governments“.

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October 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Afghanistan: Most high-profile female police officer, killed in Kandahar

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Taliban gunmen shot dead the most high-profile female police officer in Afghanistan on Sunday as she left her home to go to work, officials and the militia said.

The attackers were waiting outside the home of Malalai Kakar, head of the city of Kandahar’s department of crimes against women, and opened fire on her car, Kandahar government spokesman Zalmay Ayoobi told AFP.

“Today between 7 am and 8 am when she was (in her car) outside her house and going to her job, some gunmen attacked,” Ayoobi said. “Malalai Kakar died in front of her house. Her son was wounded.”

A doctor in the city’s main hospital said Kakar, in her late 30s, had been shot in the head.

“She died on the spot and her son was badly injured and is in a coma,” said the doctor, who declined to let his name be used.

via Watcher.

That’s all they know: to kill and to menace. And always the bravest are the ones who are killed. This is disgraceful.

La Croix: Malalaï Kakar, courageuse policière tuée par les talibans.

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September 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm

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Pakistan militants threaten more bombs

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A militant group that claimed to be behind the deadly Marriott Hotel bombing in Pakistan’s capital threatened more attacks Wednesday, warning again that Pakistanis should stop cooperating with the United States.

In a cell phone message to reporters, the little known group calling itself “Fedayeen al-Islam” — “Islam commandos” — referred to the owner of the Marriott by name.

“All those who will facilitate Americans and NATO crusaders like (owner Sadruddin) Haswani, they will keep on receiving the blows,” said the message, which was in English.

It was impossible to verify the identity of the group or say whether it was in a position to make good on the threat. Pakistani officials were not immediately available for comment.

Pakistan militants threaten more bombs – Yahoo! News.

Read also Pakistan warns US Again, This Time After Exchanging Fire from Poligazzette:

Whatever the case, it is for the first time that the two sides have exchanged fire. This is, considering the fact that they are allies, significant. It is a sign that the situation at the border could very well escalate; unless the U.S. gives in. It is unlikely that Pakistan will give in, because it cannot do so; President Asif Ali Zardari has to present himself as a strong, determined leader, willing to say ‘no’ to the United States. If he does not, he may very well be ousted sooner rather than later.

Epaminondas has also written about this last incident in the Afghan-Pakistani border.

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September 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Afghan ambassador kidnapped in north-west Pakistan

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Gunmen on Monday kidnapped the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Khaleq Farahi, in the volatile north west of the country.

A spokesman for the Afghan Consulate said the ambassador had been abducted by unidentified armed men in Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province.

Pakistan’s Geo News reported that the kidnappers fired at a consular vehicle before abducting the Afghan envoy near the consulate in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar.

Police sources said the driver of the vehicle was killed during the abduction, but there was no more information about the attack.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

AKI – Adnkronos international Pakistan: Afghan ambassador kidnapped in north-west. via Giorgius.

This is curious, isn’t it? Just now, he is kidnapped… We will see how this evolves…

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September 25, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Last news on Honor Killings

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90 WOMEN DIE TO SATISFY ISLAMIC HONOR « CTD Weblog: Ninety women have died horribly in Pakistan in just the first quarter of 2008 to satisfy the Islamic concept of family honor. When will Western Societies, human rights groups and the general public understand that under Sharia law which some Western societies such as Great Britain are considering allowing Muslims to implement. Women are returned to to the dark ages and loose rights such as custody of children, freedom of movement, expression etc.

Others survive but pay a terrible price for not fulfilling family’s honor.

From Pakistan also: Son strangles mother then chops her in pieces “on suspicion of bad character”. More here.

From Germany: Honor violence on the roads:

A 21-year old German-Turkish woman who caused a fatal accident between Emmerich and Kleve in which two Dutch motorcyclists were killed had been chased by her brother.

According to German newspaper Rheinische Post the young Turkish driver from Kleve wanted to break with her family.  Her brother started chasing her when she left home for Hamburg.  Both cars chased each other at speeds about 140 km/h over the provincial road between Emmerich and Kleve, where the speed limit is 70 km/h.  The chase came to dangerous overtaking maneuvers.

Also you can consider reading this other link: Muslim student union fights for the right to incite murder.

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September 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Last news about Marriot’s bombing in Pakistan

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Pakistan’s top leaders were to dine at the Marriott devastated by a truck bombing over the weekend, but changed the venue at the last minute, a senior official said Monday. A hotel official, however, denied there were any plans for a government dinner.

Change in plans reportedly saved Pakistani leaders – Yahoo! News.

I really believe more plausible that the terrorist attack took place to make Pakistani leadership break definitely with US in counterterrorism matters.

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September 22, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Pakistan gets ‘a message’ against closer co-operation with U.S.

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A suicide bomber detonated a dump truck packed with a ton of explosives outside the Marriott in Pakistan’s capital Saturday, setting off a fiery blast that shattered the luxury hotel, killed at least 42 people and wounded hundreds, officials and witnesses said.

The targeting of the American hotel chain was one of the largest terrorist attacks ever in Pakistan and came at a time of growing anger in Pakistan over a wave of cross-border strikes on militant bases by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. At least one American was killed and several were wounded.

The five-storey Marriott had been a favourite spot for foreigners as well as Pakistani politicians and business people to stay and socialize in Islamabad despite repeated militant attacks on it. The bomb went off close to 8 p.m., when four restaurants inside would have been packed with diners at the hour that Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

(…) Analysts said the attack is a warning from Islamic extremists to the new civilian leadership of Pakistan that it should end already-strained co-operation with the United States to pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban militants entrenched in the lawless tribal region along the border with Afghanistan.

“The attack on the hotel is a message to the Pakistani leadership: End all co-operation with the Americans or pay the price,” said Brian Glyn Williams, associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts. “Both sides see Pakistan as a vital battlefield in their global struggle and clearly Pakistani civilians are paying the price for being in the middle of this struggle,” he said. Pakistan gets ‘a message’ against closer co-operation with U.S..


The blast has also left 250 people wounded, including 21 foreigners.

Pakistani President Zardari vows to fight terrorism. That would be great, but I am not very confident that with the present situation, he is going to do anymore than he actually does…

(I) Gateway Pundit has the video of the explosion, released by the Pakistani Government:

Related links: Marriott Hotel, Pakistan – Several killed, injured after Huge Explosion.

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September 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Pakistan: US did not warn of any strike

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Pakistan said Thursday it was not warned about a suspected U.S. missile strike in its northwest that came amid American assurances that it respects the sovereignty of its anti-terror ally.

The suspected strike reportedly killed six people Wednesday in the South Waziristan region, a militant stronghold bordering Afghanistan.

Such strikes inside Pakistan have intensified in recent weeks, while a U.S.-led ground assault on Pakistan territory earlier this month prompted official Pakistani protests.

Pakistan: US did not warn of any strike – Yahoo! News.

I must say that this is a very difficult problem to solve. Al Qaeda is on South Waziristan and Pakistan does nothing about it. In fact, Taliban have already established Sharia tribunals, in areas where there are no other tribunals, something which can tell anyone what is the real influence of central Government.

Related reading: Pakistan’s tribal areas: A wild frontier.

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September 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Pakistan: couple falls victim to honour killing

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Honour killing took the lives of yet another couple here in the Sherakot area of district Kohistan in the wee hours of Monday. Sources said Saleem, son of Mairaj, and Khazana Bibi, wife of Rawan Shah, were allegedly shot dead on suspicion of having illicit relations.

Couple falls victim to honour killing.

This happens after the monstruous killing of five women (three teenagers and two relatives who wanted to protect them) by being buried alive. For a background on this story, read here and here.

Also the rate of rapes is growing in Karachi: at least 100 rapes a day.

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September 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm


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