Terroristan - October 8, 2018

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Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Peregrine » 11 Nov 2018 22:46

Money for nothing - S. Akbar Zaidi

FORGET about what the IMF is about to demand from Pakistan, now even the Chinese have said that aid and assistance to Pakistan needs ‘further negotiations’. Conditionality? God forbid. Just ‘detailed discussions’.

With the prime minister of Pakistan having admitted to the world that the country is in desperate straits and in need of loans and aid from wherever and however they come, it is not at all clear what position it will be in to negotiate. This, especially after having been told by the Chinese that Pakistan needs to fix its own problems and not rely on the largesse of its ‘all-weather’ friend all the time. The best advice anyone could have given Pakistan, and perhaps just what the IMF is about to repeat.

The hope that by bending low, Also China FLY LOW! by confessing that Pakistan is in desperate straits and in need of friends will bail it out has received a particularly pertinent reality check. The many tall claims made by a minister of this government before he left for China, that the prime minister’s visit will bring in large sums of money and that he expects a ‘good economic package’ and not just the rescheduling of the $2.7 billion owed to China to be repaid this year has been put on hold.

On the day that the IMF team arrived to negotiate — and for once the term really matters — with the Pakistan government over a sizable loan, there was no bailout from China. Some promises, some MoUs, but so far nothing to make the country’s position anywhere near comfortable or confident as it begins to beg in front of the IMF.

The finance minister in his press conference after the China trip suggested that the Chinese would help Pakistan and perhaps make loans of around $6bn, saying that the balance-of-payments crisis was ‘over’. There are reports that China might deposit as much as another $2bn supporting Pakistan’s reserves. However, already Pakistan needs to return loans of $12.4bn in the remaining fiscal year of which $5.6bn are short-term loans, with more than half of this amount having to be returned to China. These include the $2.5bn already deposited earlier by China with the State Bank to support foreign exchange reserves.

Having celebrated the announcement of a loan from Saudi Arabia of around $6bn, split between some cash lent for just a year and a deferred payment facility for oil, which is also to be reviewed after three years, free money coming to Pakistan seems to be drying up.

The demands of the opposition in parliament to know the terms and conditions of the financial support from the Saudis were never addressed. And, while the foreign minister stated that there were ‘no conditions’ for the Saudi loan, what is significant is that the largesse from the Saudis came after the prime minister’s second official visit to the kingdom. The first bore no fruit, and it was only following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a time when Saudi Arabia was being snubbed by many other friendly countries that Pakistan received this money for standing with the Saudis.

After his return from Saudi Arabia, the prime minister announced that two other friendly countries — and that could only have been the UAE and China, since Pakistan doesn’t really have too many friends — would provide enough assistance which would allow Pakistan to avoid a large loan from the IMF. In his words after his supposedly triumphant return from Saudi Arabia, “now the government won’t need much from the IMF”, a claim which has just been endorsed by his finance minister.

With China having made its let’s-wait-and-see policy public, and so far, not much news on the other friendly country supporting Pakistan, the math just doesn’t quite add up. It seems that a sizable loan is still required from the IMF to help the economy in what really is an exaggerated and artificial economic crisis. Going back to the IMF implies that here the negotiations which will be undertaken will be on the terms of the IMF, and not the government of Pakistan. While the three friendly countries might give Pakistan a longer leash in their detailed discussions or negotiations, the IMF, no friend of any country, will at best offer a short whipping leash which will have to be accepted by Pakistan’s so-called negotiating team. After 12 IMF programmes since the 1980s, all talk of ‘home-grown’ solutions are a mere eyewash. The solutions and conditions attached to the loan are always the IMF’s.

The expected tough conditionality will have a serious impact on the populist promises of the PTI government. Already with inflation at 8.2 per cent, the highest in four years, with a trade imbalance and a deteriorating exchange rate, Pakistan’s stabilisation programme, if the IMF agrees to one, will have consequences slowing down GDP growth.

From a 13-year high of 5.8pc GDP growth last year, the early estimates for this year are a mere 4pc at best. The prime minister’s dreams of creating a new Madina-like state in 21st-century Pakistan must await IMF terms and conditions being fulfilled.

On his return from Saudi Arabia, the prime minister in his address to the Pakistani nation stated that “the time will come when we will lend loans to others”. While he is still a new prime minister and has much to learn about the running of a large, formidable, troublesome country, ranging from diplomatic skills to dealing with the maze of governance, with Pakistan’s foreign debt about to cross the $100bn mark, someone also needs to give him a few lessons in simple arithmetic.

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Postby jrjrao » 12 Nov 2018 02:00

The very good National Review makes a very good and very sobering point here:

How Immigration Changes Britain
...if it is true that the British government has declined to offer Asia Bibi asylum for this reason (that the Brit Pakis will riot), then it should lead to a huge national and international outcry. Among other things, it suggests that the British government has got its priorities exactly the wrong way around. For it is not Asia Bibi who should not be in Britain. It is anyone from the “communities” who would not accept Asia Bibi being in Britain who should not be in the country. Though I wouldn’t expect any British politician to express that simple truth any time soon.

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Postby Peregrine » 12 Nov 2018 03:03

UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns' - Amardeep Bassey

The British Pakistani Christian Association said UK government is concerned about "unrest among certain sections of the community."

A Pakistani Christian woman’s appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told.

Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a group of Muslim women in June 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi’s 2010 conviction for “insulting the prophet Mohammed” last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

But her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life. Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a video message saying he too fears for his family’s safety.

“I am requesting the Prime Minister of the UK help us and as far as possible grant us freedom,” he said.

But campaigners working to secure Bibi’s move abroad said the UK government had not offered her asylum, citing security concerns.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain was not one of them.

“I’ve been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

“Asia and her family have now decided to take up one of the offers for asylum from a western country.”

The Home Office said it could not comment on individual cases.

Chowdhry, who once lived just streets away from recently released hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pointed to a number of incidents of Pakistani Christians being violently assaulted.

Tajamal Amar, 46, fled to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago after being targeted in a drive-by shooting by Islamists who wanted to convert him. He was working as a delivery driver in Derby in October 2017 when he was attacked by “young local Muslim men”.

Amar told HuffPost UK that it was the third time in 12 months he had been targeted in the UK because of his Christian faith.

He said: “I came to the UK to get away from being attacked and so I never expected that the same would happen to me here.

This country is still better than Pakistan where anti-minority feeling is in the mainstream.”

No-one has been arrested for the attack on Amar, which left him in a coma and with lesions to his brain, but he believes he knows his attackers.

Chowdhry did say “the majority of the British Muslim population are fine with us”, and said it was a small extremist fringe who were against Pakistani Christians.

According to Home Office statistics there were 8,336 religious hate crimes in the last two years – a 40% rise from the preceding two years.

The statistics showed that there were 264 recorded hate crimes against Christians last year, making up 5% of religious hate crimes – compared to 52% of such crimes being against Muslims.

In Europe the Dutch government has designated Pakistani Christians as a “high risk group”, opening the door for them to receive special considerations as refugees in the country.

But Khalid Mahmood, a Muslim MP from Birmingham, said relations between Pakistani Christians and Muslims in Britain are generally good.

He said: “Yes there may be a tiny minority on the extremist fringes of Islam who might resort to violence against Pakistani Christians but they will attack anyone who isn’t Muslim.

“It would be wrong to suggest that the general Muslim population in the UK is prejudiced against or hates Pakistani Christians.”

He said despite tensions, many Pakistani people living in the UK have a “shared culture.” Indeed of the Muslims HATING ALL NON-MUSLIMS!
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Postby Prem » 12 Nov 2018 04:19

rsingh wrote:
Poverty reduction initiative within days: Imran

Yaa......starting from next Friday Bakistani army will be distributing Chinese noodle packets ( expiry date erased with Acetone).


Hopefully with Bacon flavour. All Pakistani who will eat Mooshy Pork will be granted residency in China.

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Postby Kashi » 12 Nov 2018 05:52

Something's causing a new round of immense khujli and taqleef in the land of the pure.

It seems that there were loopholes that allowed many Pakistanis to keep hold of their properties in India via "legal heirs".

It's only now that this loophole has been plugged and thus, the :(( :(( from across the border. Maybe even within.

India to sell shares of people who migrated to Pakistan

The stocks worth at least Rs30 billion ($412.26 million) are part of what India calls “enemy properties” that once belonged to people who went to Pakistan and China, with which India also fought a war.

Once these Indian nationals became citizens of these two countries, they were treated as "enemies" and their assets in India including land and houses as well as shares were seized and held by the Custodian of Enemy Property of India.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been tightening the provisions of the Enemy Property Act 1968 to include even lawful heirs who stayed behind and were Indian citizens.


Modi’s cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to sell stocks in 996 companies held by 20,323 shareholders, deemed as “enemy shares”, the government said in a statement. The government said 588 were active firms including 139 listed on the stock exchange.

“The decision will lead to monetisation of enemy shares that had been lying dormant for decades since coming into force (of) the Enemy Property Act in 1968,” it said.


Those who left India for Pakistan were Muslims, and relations between the two countries remain fraught after numerous conflicts. Pakistan enacted a similar law at the time and seized properties of those who left for India.


So Pakistanis have already gobbled up the assets left behind by Hindus and Sikhs fleeing the murderous Muslim mobs, but are :(( :(( over a reciprocal move in India that's already decades late.

Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it too. But that's par for Beggistan.
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The number of properties with the Custodian of Enemy Property had risen to about 16,000 by last year from 2,100 a few years ago — nearly all taken from Muslim families — and are estimated at more than Rs1 trillion ($13.76bn), media reported.


Seems like many Bakis were banking on these assets as some sort of Provident fund.

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Postby g.sarkar » 12 Nov 2018 06:56

Kashiji,
According to Wikipedia, in 1965, President Ayub Khan issued the "Enemy Property (Custody and Registration) Order II" which effectively discriminated against the Hindu minority in both West and East Pakistan by providing that India was an enemy country, that the assets and land of all Indian nationals in Pakistan were to be put under the control of the Custodian of Enemy Property, and that benefits arising from the property should not go to the enemy. As a result of this, millions of Hindu/Sikh refugees lost property in both East and West Pakistan and no compensation was ever paid to them.
Unfortunately, after independence Bangladesh has continued to occupy such properties that were taken in 1965 rather than return them to the rightful Hindu owners. In Pakistan there has never any question of returning anything to the departing population.
This reciprocal move by India is years late.
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Postby SSridhar » 12 Nov 2018 07:54

That is why I have always compared Pakistan with Nazi Germany with unsurprising & uncanny similarities in policies and actions.

During the 1965 war with India, Pakistan confiscated the properties of the Hindus through an ordinance called Enemy Property Act, an act that condemned its own citizens as enemies just because they happened to be Hindu minorities in a Muslim majority state that was in conflict with a secular India where Hindus happened to be in majority. In East Pakistan alone, the Pakistani government had seized 2.5 Million acres depriving properties of 10 million Hindus. It was only in circa 2009 that Bangladesh, the successor to the then East Pakistan, passed a law to return such properties back to the Hindus.

In circa 1959, Ayub Khan setup the Auqaf Department to manage the waqf properties. The management of shrines and temples belonging to the religious minorities was also handed over to the Auqaf. During the regime of the pseudo-secularist Z.A.Bhutto, the powers of the Auqaf were enhanced manifold. The Auqaf has totally neglecetd to preserve the Hindu temples and Sikh gurduwaras scattered all over Pakistan. In many places, once magnificent temples & gurduwaras have been leased out to commercial activities bringing in money for the Auqaf which will be spent on other Waqf properties.

At one point of time, the notorious Lt. Gen. Javid Nasir (the notorious bon-again Islamist, a member of Tablighi Jamaat and a former DG of ISI) was heading the Auqaf!

In Dec. 2009, India was compelled to to voice its concern when 150 acres of land belonging to Lahore Sikh Gurduwara were taken over for a military housing project.

This is very reminiscent of how the Nazis razed down Jewish synagogues and used that space for building parks, apartment complexes etc.

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Postby Kashi » 12 Nov 2018 08:55

The thing is, till recently GoI was happy to NOT implement their own law passed way back in 1968 and allowed Baki citizens to hold on to their assets while doing little for OUR OWN who had lost everything when they were chased out of their ancestral land.

Why did it take so long for us to take the law to its logical conclusion?

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Postby g.sarkar » 12 Nov 2018 09:09

Sridharji,
I must say here that the property taken were not from Hindus living in Pakistan. As far as I remember, this was taken from the population that left for India in 1947 and also years there after. Hindus are still coming into India today from these areas as we speak. Remember, the borders of Pakistan was not drawn till very late. Radcliffe line became the border on August 17, 1947, two days after Indian independence. Once it was known that certain area was to become Pakistan, Hindus left that area, encouraged by the Muslims by acts of rape and violence. Most refugees had small land holdings, buildings and other property that they had to leave behind. A great majority left them with relatives and friends who chose to stay behind. A minuscule were able to exchange property with a Muslim from India who wanted to go and settle in Pakistan. Most left the land and other documents with trusted people and went to India waiting for better times. Better times never came. By naming these as enemy property, President Ayub was able to officially confiscate this property and make the Pakistani state become the owner. After 1972 war of Bangladesh, most of the 10 million refugees that came to India were Hindus. The "khan-sena" targeted them for special treatment. The great majority did not leave India after the war. They knew that the future of Hindus even in a liberated Bangladesh was dim. Their property was also absorbed by the local people.
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Postby g.sarkar » 12 Nov 2018 09:16

jrjrao wrote:The very good National Review makes a very good and very sobering point here:

Raoji,
They could have done something about this situation decades ago. Now it is too late. The rights given to Pakistani and Bangladeshi settlers are so strong, the population is large and growing quickly compared to the local population that they will have a partition very soon. I have a feeling that we may see a Islamic Republic there in our lifetime.
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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby sanjaykumar » 12 Nov 2018 09:20




Here is a former Pakistan Vice Air Marshal admitting that they have an Islami secret weapon against India's military. At 28'. :roll:

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Postby Bart S » 12 Nov 2018 15:57

^Personally, I would rather not have these idiots pollute our TV channels, it gives them 100x more importance and voice than they deserve plus a platform to spew their bile, but unfortunately the Indian channels put TRP above everything else and actively seek out nutjobs with extreme views to make debates 'interesting' (typically degenerates into a shouting match).

Not to mention that all these Pakis are coached by the ISI and come ready with their list of talking points. They are not like independent analysts with knowledge and expertise of their own. So why give them a platform for their ISI propaganda.

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Postby Karthik S » 12 Nov 2018 16:15

Pak going to recognize Israel? It can't be without jihadi army's backing, what's cooking?

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby dinesh_kimar » 12 Nov 2018 18:13

^ Ah, many bankers are Jewish, and Pak needs loans right now, correct ?

Looks like the shrewd Pak deep state has learnt the hard way of not keeping all their eggs in the same basket.

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Postby Aditya_V » 12 Nov 2018 19:07

Karthik S wrote:Pak going to recognize Israel? It can't be without jihadi army's backing, what's cooking?


If you the reaction to Asia Bibi acquittal you would know what the reaction to this would be! Kaptaan and Faujis don't have a death wish.

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Postby Peregrine » 12 Nov 2018 19:11

Pakistan needs to make CPEC an engine of innovation - Dawood Mamnoon

ISLAMABAD: A recent research carried out by a team of economists at the Harvard Business School has summarised the future trajectory of innovation and business productivity for US firms.

According to the arguments, businesses unite and evolve within geographical clusters and these businesses are both inter-industry and intra-industry in nature.

These geographical clusters can be local, regional, national and international. For example, within the US, the creation of a worldwide web translated into social media revolution through digital applications like Facebook, Google and retail brands like Amazon that all started in California, popularly referred to as Silicon Valley.

The footprint of digital innovation led to manufacturing and technological initiatives like Space X and Tesla at a time when Nasa and the US government were reducing their financial support for space travel and also there was a slump in sales of the US automobile industry.

The international cluster development happening in different geographical locations was tied up with efficiency in international trading agreements as was in the case of trade worth billions of dollars between China and the US.

China became an integral part of the international technology cluster through integrating its commercial stakes with the US by becoming an integral part of the value chain of US businesses. It took nearly two decades of cluster formation and development between the US and Chinese firms whereby China now stands as the second largest economy of the globe and the largest competitor to US markets.

Belt and Road Initiative

The clusters of innovative development have increased the economic, social and political ties of Asia with western countries encouraging China to opt for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) further connecting Asia with Europe and the world.

BRI is an inclusive economic and industrial plan for Asia, whereby a part of it is currently being implemented in Pakistan with the name of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Agreements between Pakistani and Chinese governments over the last three years have led to many investments by Chinese financial and industrial groups to initiate infrastructure and energy programmes in Pakistan.

This will give Pakistan access to Chinese markets in the same way Vietnam has been benefiting from becoming part of the Chinese value chain. Really?

The cluster development argument suggests that infrastructure is necessary but innovation in Pakistan’s industrial sector would come through Special Economic Zones (SEZ).

These economic zones would be located within local or regional clusters. Other countries like Germany and Saudi Arabia have also expressed interest in being part of the economic landscape that is to be provided by industrial zones within CPEC.

However, the Pakistani government has to devise a scientific and thorough plan to involve Pakistani businesses in these economic zones and direct some indigenous technical innovation towards local cluster development.

For example, small manufacturing industries should be incentivised that involve small engineering and software development for digital or real services. Pakistan can specialise in small-scale chip manufacturing and become part of the Chinese mobile phone development industry while also developing an indigenous base for high technology manufacturing industries.

This is similar to the Chinese and Pakistan defence cooperation which helped Pakistan to manufacture JF-70 Thunder aircraft. The aeronautical niche through cooperation between Chinese and Pakistani defence clusters enabled Pakistan to become an exporter of aeronautical equipment to countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Since CPEC is to be implemented in Pakistan, only financed by China, there is a need to identify and guide national priorities for CPEC projects and plans. The FTA with China brings about a lesson that Pakistani businesses cannot compete with Chinese ones. In the meantime, despite a lot of rhetoric from successive governments, steps towards improving industrial competitiveness are missing in public policy discourse. This needs to be rectified to make CPEC a success and an engine of innovation in Pakistan.

A detailed feasibility of industrial business activity needs to be undertaken to understand and promote local business niche aligned with local skill sets of the population. This may also mean planning and changing urban development thinking that caters to the needs of its dwellers concentrating on social sector development by building health and educational facilities for unskilled and semi-skilled populations.

The resources for social sector development in areas surrounding SEZs can come from donors or public-private partnerships or may be generated from private sector investments as a matter of their corporate social responsibility.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Karthik S » 12 Nov 2018 19:26

Aditya_V wrote:
Karthik S wrote:Pak going to recognize Israel? It can't be without jihadi army's backing, what's cooking?


If you the reaction to Asia Bibi acquittal you would know what the reaction to this would be! Kaptaan and Faujis don't have a death wish.


My thoughts exactly, or else we'd see Anwar Sadat 2.0

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Postby Peregrine » 12 Nov 2018 19:30

ALL HAIL THE NEW PAIKHANASTAN!

Talking dirty: It’s 2018 and Pakistan still does not have proper sanitation - Uzma Yaqoob

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This lack of sanitation isn’t limited to public offices, bus and railway stations, as even hospitals have deplorable toilet facilities.

Access to clean and safe public toilets is one of the major factors that affects women’s mobility but it is sadly not given enough attention. There aren’t enough public toilets available in the country and those that are available are in horrible conditions.

Majority of public spaces do not have toilets at all and even when they do, there isn’t a separate one for women. For example, Faizabad, Swan and PirWadhai are three major bus stops and cater to around 1,000 passengers on a daily bases. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a separate toilet for women in any of them.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a groundbreaking resolution by recognising access to sanitation and use of excreta disposal and waste water facilities as a human right. This is indeed true; denying access to sanitation is denying basic human rights. In one of the reports by United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC), it is stated that 443 million school days are lost every year due to water and sanitation related issues in schools globally.

Given the importance of this facility, Prime Minister Imran Khan has talked about clean and safe toilets under the clean and green Pakistan drive. This endorsement should have been appreciated by the masses; sadly, however, it was used to criticise the government’s misdirected priorities. This criticism only reflects our collective indifference to the importance of clean and safe toilets for all segments of society, especially for women, disabled people and transgender community.

One should ask a young girl struggling in school during her menstrual cycle. From no running water to no sanitary kit, there is a myriad of problems. Moreover, there isn’t even a proper wastage system so that she can dispose off the used sanitary napkin ensuring that it isn’t hazardous to the environment or spreading germs around her.

I have personally faced these dire circumstances while I was on the field or travelling by public transport. During the initial days of my career, I did not care or calculate the risk of unavailability of clean and safe public toilets. I would plan my travel and would even go during my menstrual cycles only to learn that I could not find a single, separate, hygienic toilet for women. Forget about rural areas where openly defecating is still a common practice, I am talking about big cities like Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Islamabad that lack these basic facilities.

Due to these issues, I was unable to change my sanitary napkin for more than eight hours which led to me developing a severe skin infection. I even suffered through a urine infection because I was unable to use the bathroom for more than eight hours. Now that I have had such horrid experiences, I do my homework before travelling and choose locations and dates carefully. This may sound like a good enough solution, however by doing this, I have limited myself to certain places and circumstances due to which my work has suffered.

I once happened to visit the Ministry of Human Rights in Islamabad and had to use the toilet. There was only one relatively clean and safe toilet on that floor but it was locked and the keys were with the male head of that area. I asked a female colleague how they managed to work here all day and she told me that it is indeed a big challenge and they cannot even offer prayers since there is poor sanitation and lack of separate toilets and ablution areas for women. Ironically, this is the Ministry of Human Rights, depriving their workers of their rights.

Unfortunately, this lack of sanitation isn’t limited to public offices, bus and railway stations, as even hospitals have deplorable toilet facilities. You should rethink going to the bathroom in any public hospital in Islamabad. Chances are you would either go home with more diseases or the foul smell would kill you there and then.

Sadly, our sanitation problems stem from our behaviours as citizens. There are so many people in this country who lack basic ethics on how to use a public facility. Many women just throw their used sanitary napkins and children’s diapers on the toilet floor, used paper towels are randomly tossed on the floor as well, there are people who forget to flush the toilet after they are done, and many leave the floor wet which is disgusting and highly unhygienic. Even at the hand washing station, I have observed people throwing water all around the counter that makes it difficult for other users; some even clear their nostrils and do not wash the sink. Toilets for men are equally terrible and in one of the places I visited, I was informed that one small toilet is used by 45-50 men and they do not have clean running water.

Considering the circumstances, there is a huge potential for private sector to invest in sanitation. There are many recognised brands that manufacture sanitary products and can provide sanitary products across the country under their corporate social responsibility. Similarly, the real estate and private builders can offer their assistance to the government to build low cost, clean and safe public toilets nationwide. The government should ensure that they install safe locks to public toilet doors as well. More importantly, there needs to be awareness campaigns, educating masses on water management, sanitation and hygiene because unless we change our behaviour, all of these improvements will go in vain.

Apart from the basic facilities, women should also be given access to a free helpline in the bathroom so that they can report any kind of harassment or bullying immediately. There also needs to be proper facilities for the transgender community since they face harassment in men’s toilets and aren’t allowed to go into women’s toilets. Unisex bathrooms are a solution but given the security situation in the country, it is likely that there can be some cases of harassment and bullying. Perhaps, there can be an attendant that looks over and ensures safety.

With November 19th coming up, which is regarded as World Toilet Day, people have realised the importance of having access to clean and safe toilets. However, there are many countries that are still struggling in this regard. Our neighbour India, even though a strong economic force, suffers from lack of public toilets and the increase in open defecation.

According to UN, universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and the end of open defecation by 2030 is goal number six in creating a better world. This only shows the importance of having a clean environment which the citizens of this country keep on shrugging off. In a country that prides itself of being Islamic, we have failed to follow through on the importance of cleanliness and good hygiene in our religion. It is time Pakistan provides its citizens with the facilities they deserve.

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Postby SBajwa » 12 Nov 2018 22:02

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In a boost to country’s minorities, largely Muslim country of Pakistan has appointed it’s first ‘Qadiani’ Chief of Army Staff. Qadianis who are also known as Ahmadis were declared a ‘non-Muslim’ minority in 1974 by Pakistan.

The new chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who was first commissioned in 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980 will replace the widely popular Gen. Raheel Sharif. He is the son of Late Colonel Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa. His father served with Qadiani General Iftikhar Janjua during the 1965 Pakistan-India war, Both became close friends.
The graveyard of COAS Qamar Bajwa’s father in Rabwah

In 1966 his father converted to the Qadiani faith after a visit to the Ahmadiyya Headquarters of Rabwah with Iftikhar Janjua. Although his brothers Iftikhar Bajwa and Anwar Bajwa remained Sunni. After his death in 1967, his dead body was brought back to the Qadiani Headquarters of Rabwah (ChenabNagar) and buried in the graveyard also known as ‘Bahishti Maqbara’. This is the graveyard where only Ahmadis who pay 10% of their income are buried.

On his father’s death anniversary every year Qamar Bajwa makes a regular trip to Rabwah to pray at his father’s grave. (Pictures attached). In 2009 his father’s gravestone was vandalized and the ‘Kalma’ written on his gravestone was blanked out. In reaction, Bajwa sent three truckloads of Army Personnel to find and arrest the responsible vandals. An Imam Masjid from Chiniot and 6 other people were arrested.
The Qadiani graveyard in Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) where Qamar Bajwa’s father is buried

In 2011, General Baja made the security arrangement for the annual Qadiani convention.

Due to the close kinship of his late father with Qadiani General Iftikhar Janjua, Qamar Javed Bajwa who married the niece of Iftikhar Janjua in order to avoid revealing his Qadiani faith to other military families within the army.
2011: COAS Qamar Bajwa visiting his fathers grave in Rabwah

Being a family member of two high-ranking military officials, Qamar Bajwa ended up getting enrolled in top military courses. He studied at Canadian Military College, (Toronto) Canada, as well as Naval University, in California, USA. Qamar Bajwa and Raheel Sharif became close friends after they were both invited to play Bridge with former COAS Pervez Musharraf, while he was still President. This him to several more high-ranking posts including Rawalpindi Corps, and Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at GHQ. Two posts where only the closest of Musharraf aides were appointed.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Paul » 12 Nov 2018 22:15

It was under Qadiani General Ifthikar Janjua that Pakistan was able to take control of Chamb town in 1971. One of the few Paki successes in 1971

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Postby Peregrine » 12 Nov 2018 22:34

Pakistan's urban-rural gap widens as poverty rises: World Bank - News Desk

Rural areas in Pakistan remain much poorer than urban areas and are far more disadvantaged in all aspects of service delivery, with the conditions showing the decline in poverty has not reduced the urban-rural gap by much.

The World Bank recently published a report titled ‘When Water Becomes a Hazard’, on the state of water supply, sanitation, and poverty in the country.

“Pakistan has made substantial progress in reducing poverty, but spatial disparities in poverty levels as well as in the pace of poverty reduction remain large,” the report said.

Poor getting poorer

It stated that four out of five poor Pakistanis still live in rural areas, and there are large differences in the level and rate of progress on poverty reduction across districts.

The report, however, said that incidence of poverty declined significantly in Pakistan over the past decade and a half, falling from 64 percent in 2001 to about 30 percent in 2014.

The reduction, it added. was coupled with an increase in asset ownership and dietary diversity, with substantial gains in both in the bottom quintile.

“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw the largest decline in poverty, followed by Punjab and Sindh. Balochistan remained the poorest,” the report maintained.

Sindh govt approves Rs4 billion to reduce poverty

Summarising, it stated that over the past decade and a half, Pakistan saw a very substantial decline in poverty. Commensurate with this, access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure expanded, open defecation more than halved, and dietary diversity improved, even among the poorest.

“Health behaviours and access to primary curative health care also improved. Yet, surprisingly, two critical markers of child health: rates of diarrhea and stunting have shown virtually no signs of a decline,” the report said.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby SBajwa » 12 Nov 2018 22:43

Paul wrote:It was under Qadiani General Ifthikar Janjua that Pakistan was able to take control of Chamb town in 1971. One of the few Paki successes in 1971


True but he was killed in the same battle! The only general of Baki army to be killed in combat.

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Postby Peregrine » 13 Nov 2018 00:29

Power production drops significantly as winter begins - Salman Siddiqui

KARACHI: A significant reduction in the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and poor water management have together badly hit power production at the outset of winter in Pakistan.

Hydel and LNG-fired power production dropped 44% and 23% respectively in October 2018, according to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra).

An official involved in LNG import business told The Express Tribune that “gas (LNG) import has dropped significantly in the previous two months due to a rift between the government and LNG infrastructure owners.”

“I guess, it has dropped around 30% in the last two months (September and October),” he said.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), LNG imports dropped 14% to $280.76 million in September 2018 compared with $326.33 million in August. The bureau is yet to upload the data for October.

The drop in imports has possibly caused the decline in LNG-based power production.

“Poor water management, which peaked at the outset of winter season due to slowdown in glacier melting, impacted hydel production,” a source said.

Power generation hits all-time high at 14,017GWh

Arif Habib Limited Research noted that the government had slightly increased its reliance on expensive oil-fired power production while electricity generation by imported LNG- and coal-fired plants suffered a notable drop.

“Furnace oil is produced locally while coal and LNG are imported, therefore, to reduce imports and utilise local refineries, the government might have used this option,” the research house said.

The cash-strapped government has reduced reliance on imported fuels to narrow down the unsustainable current account deficit and improve its balance of payments position.

Besides, power production by LNG-based plants dropped “possibly due to government’s allocation of cheaper gas to Punjab-based export-oriented industries”, the research house added.

“In any case, rising capacity payments and lower electricity dispatches mean higher charges for existing consumers,” it added.

Pakistan asked to produce 30% of power from renewable sources

Nepra reported that hydel power production dropped 44% to 2,390 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in October 2018 compared with 4,280 GWh in September.

Re-gasified LNG-based power production fell 23% to 2,195 GWh in October compared with 2,847 GWh in the prior month.

Power production from locally produced gas decreased 3.4% to 1,913 GWh in October compared with 1,980 GWh in September. Coal-fired production slipped 3% to 1,116 GWh from 1,149 GWh.

Cumulatively, power production from all the available energy sources dropped 24% to a total of 9,574 GWh in October 2018 compared with 12,552 GWh in September, according to Nepra.

The official associated with LNG imports said the drop in gas imports was contrary to the rising demand from industries, especially during the winter season.

“The situation (gas deficiency in the system) may also hurt fertiliser manufacturers in the near future,” he added.

The source said Pakistan had not become a water-deficit country as of today. “Sufficient water is still available in the system. But there is a great need to improve water management,” he said.

“Improved water management can make additional water available equivalent to needs of another 20 cities of the size of Karachi…and give more hydel power production,” he emphasised.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

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The IMF looks like the Titanic and IK is rowing towards it. IK's destiny is doomed even before he boards the ship.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

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Skanda wrote:The IMF looks like the Titanic and IK is rowing towards it. IK's destiny is doomed even before he boards the ship.
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The man - wearing spectacles - rowing the boat is Terroristani Finance Minister Asad Umar.
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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby anupmisra » 13 Nov 2018 21:05

Only in a dysfunctional dictatorship does one hear comments such as this one:

Military top brass vows continued support to all state institutions
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Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired 215th Corps Commanders' Conference at GHQ.
Efforts to continue for enduring peace in the country while supporting all initiatives towards regional peace.
Forum expressed its resolve for continued support to all state institutions for ensuring writ of the state and rule of law.


That's right. TSPA will continue its "support of the state institutions" that it "helped put in place" until it is "time to pull the rug" (again). Then, the rationale of "enduring peace in the nation" will take precedence. No promises, though.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39340 ... stitutions

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby anupmisra » 13 Nov 2018 21:10

Kanada vija in the works.

Canadian FM phones Qureshi, discusses Asia Bibi's acquittal

First, the platitudes:
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday and discussed the acquittal of Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case.
The Canadian FM “appreciated Supreme Court’s courageous decision” of the acquittal as well as the prime minister’s “positive speech.”

Next, the reality.
Qureshi termed Asia a Pakistani national while avowing that the country “respects her legal rights.:rotfl:
The phone call came a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that that his government was in talks with the Pakistani federal administration to let Asia seek refuge in his country.


Look. Up in the sky. A flying pig. Time for the Canadians to empty out their high commission staff and leave by the back door at 2:00 AM. Learn from the Dutch.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39339 ... -acquittal

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby anupmisra » 13 Nov 2018 21:14

CJP Nisar is now wading into uncharted waters, even by paki standards.

Govt lacks planning, capability: CJP Nisar

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday remarked that the incumbent government lacks capability and planning to run operations. :eek:
During hearing of Banigala encroachment case...
The CJP observed that the development authority may need more land to lay electricity cables and because a completely 'Naya Pakistan' is in the making you might also like to run underground railway.
The spokesperson of Survey General of Pakistan informed the court that the authority has completed the survey but has not received the payment from the concerned departments.
The CDA and ICT owe Rs3.42 million to the SGP


This guy's days are numbered as CJP. I hope his londonistan-based damp squib fund has raised enough money to sponsor him a resident visa.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39335 ... -cjp-nisar

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby anupmisra » 13 Nov 2018 21:17

And, now this:

Shireen Mazari angry after niqab-wearing student barred from entering Lahore school

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Federal Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has urged Punjab Education Minister to take notice after a student was allegedly barred from entering Lahore Grammar School due to her niqab.
Farwa Munir, an engineering student, was invited at an event by Lahore Grammar as a guest and when she reached the school’s gate, she wasn’t allowed to enter the premises because of her niqab.
Shameful. I don't wear the niqab but I will defend everyone's right to choose to wear it.


Perhaps, she should (just a suggestion, to ease our pain).

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39341 ... ore-school

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby arun » 13 Nov 2018 21:27

anupmisra wrote:And, now this:

Shireen Mazari angry after niqab-wearing student barred from entering Lahore school

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Perhaps, she should (just a suggestion, to ease our pain).

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39341 ... ore-school



D’accord ! Shrilleen Mazari should take to Hijab / Burqa wearing to preserve our human right of not being made to retch :wink: .
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Postby Peregrine » 13 Nov 2018 23:06

Pakistan seeks Europe’s help to secure IMF loan - Shahbaz Rana

ISLAMABAD .: Pakistan has sought help from European countries to ensure smooth sailing during talks at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Board for securing a bailout package and recovering ‘stolen’ assets, presumably stashed in the European states, including Switzerland.

The request for help was made by Finance Minister Asad Umar during an interaction with ambassadors of some 15 European nations. The interaction took place at the Board of Investment (BOI) and was also attended by BOI Chairman Haroon Sharif and Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood.

The interaction was also aimed at conveying to the European capitals that Pakistan was open to doing business with the developed world, as the incumbent government’s tilt has so far remained towards China and the Middle East.

IMF bailout package yet to be finalised: Asad Umar

It was the first such high-level interaction by Pakistan’s economic managers with the European ambassadors. Before that Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited Saudi Arabia twice, besides going to China last month. WOE IS ME! Paikhanastani BEGGING Jholee staying Empty after visits to Saudi Arabia and China!

“Pakistan has communicated the message that it is open to all countries for investment and would provide level-playing field to all,” said Sharif, the BOI Chairman, while talking to The Express Tribune. He said Pakistan looked forward to European investment and technology. O BABU O JANE WALE BABU EK PAISA DE DE

Moreover, Finance Minister Umar has appreciated the UK response to Pakistan’s request for legal assistance in recovering assets acquired through illegal means.

However, Umar said Switzerland was not forthcoming in discussing issues related to the provision of mutual legal assistance, sources told The Express Tribune. He sought support from the envoys in this regard, but the Swiss ambassador was not present in the meeting.

The interaction with the envoys took place a day before the start of policy-level talks with the IMF team which is in town to negotiate a bailout package. IMF’s Washington-based Mission Chief Harald Finger on Monday joined the talks on the last day of the technical round.

Senate seeks details of IMF conditions

The European Union has four members in the IMF Board and their vote will be critical in view of the United States’ apparent opposition. Umar also briefed the European envoys about actions his government has so far taken to put the economy on track.

The European ambassadors asked questions about Pakistan’s strategy to deal with the IMF, the loans it is expecting from the friendly countries, and implications regarding the second phase of the Free Trade Agreement with China, said the sources privy to the discussions at the meeting.

The envoys conveyed that Pakistani businesses had expressed apprehensions about an adverse impact of the FTA with China.

At least two ambassadors questioned Pakistan’s strategy to deal with the IMF as they were of the view that Pakistan should have waited for the right time before devaluing its currency and increasing utility prices, said the sources.

“Our government is acting in the interest of the country with an aim to take the ownership of these reforms instead of throwing responsibility on the IMF,”Umar said while replying to them.

He then informed the ambassadors that Pakistan wanted to get the IMF package to implement reforms and to provide a sense of satisfaction to global and local investors. He informed the envoys that Pakistan would soon receive $1 billion out of the $3 billion committed by Saudi Arabia.

Umar also told the ambassadors that talks were underway with China and the United Arab Emirates for a bailout package.

Dawood, the PM’s adviser, is said to have told the ambassadors that China had assured doubling Pakistan’s exports, but he admitted it was difficult for Pakistan to avail this facility due to lack of exportable surplus.

There was, however, no mention of any immediate direct cash assistance from China, said the sources.

Instead of highlighting the opportunities that can be offered to the European capitals, the adviser focused more on the challenges and issues being faced by Pakistan on the trade front.

The BOI chairman, meanwhile, urged the European envoys to invest in Pakistan as their investment had been falling for the last five years, except in 2015-16, when a European company bought stakes in EngroFoods. Compared to this, the European investment was going up in Bangladesh, he noted.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby anupmisra » 14 Nov 2018 04:01

Major, two sepoys martyred killed in ambush

An army officer and two sepoys were martyred when militants ambushed a military convoy in Rogha Bahadar village of the Razmak area of North Waziristan tribal district on Monday.


Wasn't North Waziristan cleared of all "bad" terrorists under raddi und kabadd operations?

https://www.dawn.com/news/1445326/major ... -in-ambush

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Vips » 14 Nov 2018 05:12

anupmisra wrote:Kanada vija in the works.

Canadian FM phones Qureshi, discusses Asia Bibi's acquittal

First, the platitudes:
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke to her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday and discussed the acquittal of Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case.
The Canadian FM “appreciated Supreme Court’s courageous decision” of the acquittal as well as the prime minister’s “positive speech.”

Next, the reality.
Qureshi termed Asia a Pakistani national while avowing that the country “respects her legal rights.:rotfl:
The phone call came a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that that his government was in talks with the Pakistani federal administration to let Asia seek refuge in his country.


Look. Up in the sky. A flying pig. Time for the Canadians to empty out their high commission staff and leave by the back door at 2:00 AM. Learn from the Dutch.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39339 ... -acquittal


Dhimmi and Paki lover Trudeau is in for a shock. Canada is infested with Pakis. They will make this a prestige issue and will target Asia Bibi in Canada. They will prove a point about their nuisance value to the canadians (a la UK).

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Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Peregrine » 14 Nov 2018 16:25

anupmisra wrote:Kanada vija in the works.

Canadian FM phones Qureshi, discusses Asia Bibi's acquittal

First, the platitudes:

Next, the reality.

Look. Up in the sky. A flying pig. Time for the Canadians to empty out their high commission staff and leave by the back door at 2:00 AM. Learn from the Dutch.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/39339 ... -acquittal
Vips wrote:Dhimmi and Paki lover Trudeau is in for a shock. Canada is infested with Pakis. They will make this a prestige issue and will target Asia Bibi in Canada. They will prove a point about their nuisance value to the canadians (a la UK).
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It would be Just what the Doctor Ordered! What more could we ask?

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Terroristan - October 8, 2018

Postby Peregrine » 14 Nov 2018 16:55

Aasia Bibi's lawyer concerned over his family's security in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Fearing for the safety of his kin, Aasia Bibi’s counsel Saiful Malook has approached the United Nations to ensure his family’s security.

Aasia Bibi had been acquitted by the Supreme Court off blasphemy charges on October 31. The decision sparked countrywide demonstrations with protesters, led by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), threatening the state, army and judiciary.

Aasia Bibi’s lawyer says wants to stay in Netherlands

The violent protests forced Malook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told The Express Tribune about threats from sections of lawyers and it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation.

“In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old told AFP.

“I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.”

Malook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Malook expressed concerns about his family’s safety in Pakistan. He said he had written to the UN office in Pakistan seeking security for his family. Malook was dismayed at the inadequate security provided to his family by the authorities.

UN denies forcing Aasia’s lawyer to leave

The senior lawyer revealed an excerpt from his speech at the European Parliament wherein he credited Justice Asif Saeed Khosa for the decision. In his address, Malook dismissed chances of a review petition being entertained in the matter.

Malook is scheduled to meet EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani later today.

In an earlier conversation with The Express Tribune, Malook had clarified that he would return to Pakistan to represent Aasia at hearing of the review petition if the army provided him security.

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Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

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Peregrine wrote:The violent protests forced Malook to board a plane to the Netherlands on November 3. He told The Express Tribune about threats from sections of lawyers and it is difficult for him to practice in the prevailing situation. “In the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan,” the 62-year-old told AFP. “I need to stay alive as I still have to fight the legal battle for Aasia Bibi.” Malook is currently in The Hague and has hinted on seeking political asylum. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Malook expressed concerns about his family’s safety in Pakistan. He said he had written to the UN office in Pakistan seeking security for his family. Malook was dismayed at the inadequate security provided to his family by the authorities. Malook had clarified that he would return to Pakistan to represent Aasia at hearing of the review petition if the army provided him security.


Typical double dealing, self-serving paki. It's all about him and him alone. Forget his "concerns" for his family.

At first, after fleeing pakhanistan, Malook had claimed that the UN had "forced" him to flee. When the UN denied it, he changed his statement. Now he is singing a completely different tune. He sees this "L'affaire Asia" as an opportunity to garner western sympathy, western moolah, prestige, a few bravery honors along the way a la malalalalala, and of course, expedited residency in a western country with generous unemployment benefits.

I bet he took on this Asia Bibi case for all of the above reasons.


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