November 06, 2014

Mob of Pakistani Muslims Burn Christian Couple Alive for Demanding Their Wages

Pakistan, an infected boil on the rectum of human civilization.

PAKISTAN: A Christian couple’s legs broken, and burnt alive on fabricated charges of blasphemy by a Kiln Owner

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION — URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME, November 5, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-147-2014
AHRC-UAC-147-2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about a horrifying incident of a Christian couple being burnt alive on charges of Blasphemy in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. According to information, the couples’ legs have been broken so that they cannot escape the burning. The young Christian couple has been severely beaten and were both thrown into burning kiln by an enraged mob of about 2000 to 3000. This large mob had been instigated by the owner of a kiln in Kasur District in the Punjab Province, where the Provincial Government permits any person, especially organized mobs to do as they please, with impunity to those religious minorities such as Christians, Ahmadi’s etc. This incident too has taken place with full police presence and connivance.

The incident had taken place at the time the couple had met the kiln owner to demand arrears in payments due to them – dues that amounted to about Rupees 500,000 for work done for over a period of several months. The kiln owner had charged them instead with blasphemy and instigated the mobs to break their legs and burn them alive, on allegations that the couple burnt pages from the Holy Quran.

CASE NARRATIVE:

According to the information received from the Women In Struggle for Empowerment (WISE), Life for All Pakistanis, and other media sources, on 4th November 2014, a Christian couple, Mr. Shahzad Masih, 32 years of age and his wife Mrs. Shama of 30 years, had requested that they be paid monies due to them amounting to about Pakistan Rupees 500,000 from Mr. Yousuf Gujjar, a Kiln owner in the area. A couple of days earlier on 2nd November 2014, the couple who worked in the clay-baking factory, were kidnapped and held hostage for two days inside the factory premise. On 4th 4 November morning at around 7.00 a.m. the couple had been dragged out by the mobs, beaten till their legs were broken and then shoved into the brick kiln. Reports revealed that the Shama, was pregnant at the time.

The couple had been agitating for months, and had wanted to leave the Kiln taking with them their three young children since the Kiln Owner Yousuf Gujjar was not paying their wages. He had in turn demanded Pakistan Rupees 500,000 from the couple if they want to quit their jobs at the kiln.

According to Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer and human rights defender who visited the scene of the crime, the alleged charges of blasphemy was laid upon them due to an incident following the death of Shahzad’s father a few days earlier. Shama while cleaning her father-in-law’s house, had burnt some personal belongings which included papers , books, etc,. A Muslim man, a passerby seeing Shama disposing of the papers, etc, had spread the word in the village that she was burning pages of the Holy Quran. Upon this instigation a mob of around 100 enraged people had attacked the couple and taken them hostage which ended in them being executed on the 4th November 2014.

Sarfraz, a cousin of the Shahzad, has stated that “Two days ago, after an exchange of words with Yousuf, the owner of the kiln, he had locked the couple along with their children in a room,”. After two local Mosques announced the alleged blasphemy, “a large number of Muslims led by area clerics reached the kiln and dragged the couple out of the room after forcibly breaking in. The mob had first tortured them, broken their legs and then thrown them in the kiln.

According to the information received, as the Christian couple were pleading and protesting their innocence, the mob was shouting “Allah hu Akbar,” (Allah is great) “death to blasphemers,” and “kill the infidel Christians”. Hearing these cries, Christian residents living nearby, had fled from their homes in fear of their lives. Media reports claim that it was the kiln owner who had instigated the nearby locality and Mosque leaders calling on them to punish the couple for blasphemy. The Mosque leaders used loudspeakers to call to the mob to gather and punish the alleged blasphemers. It is also reported that before throwing the couple in the furnace, the mob had also broken their legs so that they could not be able to run away.

On the day of incident the kiln owner detained them in a room for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran and had gathered the villagers and informed them about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran. An activists who had visited the site, following the incident had said that only a few bones and hair were found at the site. Reports also revealed that around two dozen police officers were present and did nothing to stop this heinous crime. A report published in Pakistan Today said that the couple had three children and Ms. Shama was pregnant with her fourth child.

According to activists and rights based organisations the owner of the kiln had been involved in creating a hostile environment against the Christian couple for some time since the couple were demanding their dues, and these demands were drawing the attention of other workers to the sheer lack of any labour rights in the factory. The kiln owner had even appointed several of his supporters to watch the activities of the couple for some time so that they can be punished on any blasphemy charges.

The District police are now in attempts to shift the blame of the killing the couple to the local people in an effort to save the skin of the brick kiln owner – who has close contacts with the police officers of the District. The District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur, Jawad Qamar said that it was Muhammad Irfan a worker at the kiln who spread the news of the couple burning the pages of the Quran and that the informant should be punished for the instigation of the mob – that eventually killed the couple.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Pakistan’s brick kiln workers are highly discriminated and a vulnerable community; mostly debt bonded and often subject to harsh practices, and work in slave like conditions at these kilns. There are estimated 4.5 million bonded brick kiln labourers in Pakistan.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Muslim dominated Pakistan, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence. Anyone convicted, or even just accused, of insulting Islam, risks a violent and bloody death at the hands of fanatics and unruly mobs.

A Christian woman Asia Bibi has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during an argument with a Muslim woman.

Minorities are particularly impacted by the blasphemy law. Firstly, they are disproportionately targeted as compared to their actual representation in the population. Secondly, when any one of them is accused, the entire community is made to suffer, as illustrated by the mob violence. In fact, the desire to grab land or settle personal scores often underlies blasphemy allegations.

According to the Daily Dawn, an estimated number of 1,274 people have been charged under the stringent blasphemy laws of Pakistan between 1986, from when they were included in the Constitution by General Zia ul Haq, in 2010.

Pakistan’s Penal Code Section dates back to pre-partition India when it was introduced in 1860. Section 295, better known as the Blasphemy Law, deals with religious offences and was meant to prevent religious violence. Prior to 1986, only 14 cases pertaining to blasphemy were reported.

The blasphemy laws include a death penalty for the defamation of the Holy Prophet and life imprisonment for the desecration of the Holy Quran.

According to sources, 51 people accused of blasphemy were murdered before their respective trials were over.

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please write the letters to the authorities calling them to initiate immediate inquiry in to the killing of two innocent Christians, (the husband and wife) on the fictitious charges of Blasphemy. The government of Pakistan must abolish the Blasphemy law particularly its clause B and C which are grossly misused with the motive to punish the people from religious minority groups. Please urge them to immediately arrest Yousuf Gujjar, the owner of the kiln, Mr. Javed Qamar, the Districy Police Officer of Kasur, Punjab, the Mosque leaders of the Koy Radha Kishan in the Kasur District on the charges of murder and lynching. The government of Punjab must protect and provide the best possible care to the children of the deceased couple.

The AHRC will write a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Question of Religious minorities calling for his intervention into this matter.

To support this appeal, please click here:

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear ………………..,

PAKISTAN: A Christian couple’s legs broken, and burnt alive on fabricated charges of blasphemy by a Kiln Owner

Name of victim:

1.Mr. Shahzad Masih 32, resident of Chak 59, a village near Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur District, Punjab

2. Mrs Shama 30 wife of Shahzad Masih, resident of Chak 59, a village near Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur District, Punjab

Names of alleged perpetrators:

Mr. Yousuf Gujjar, owner pf the brick kiln, Chak 59, a village near Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur District, Punjab

Mr. Jawad Qamar the District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur, Punjab,

Date of incident: Kot Radha Kishan, Kasur District, Punjab

Place of incident: November 4. 2014

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the barbaric and utterly horrifying incident of beating and burning alive of a Christian Couple on fictitious charges of Blasphemy. The government’s appeasement towards the religious leaders and failure to control the misuse of Blasphemy is creating a violent atmosphere in the country particularly in Punjab province which is compelling the members of religious minority groups to flee the country.

It is very shocking to me that in this incident not only the Mosque leaders and loudspeakers were used to punish the alleged blasphemers but also the police. The police are also becoming a part of Muslim fanaticism to taking sides with the extremist groups in Pakistan.

According to the information that I have received from the Women In Struggle for Empowerment (WISE), Life for All Pakistanis, and other media sources, on 4th November 2014, a Christian couple, Mr. Shahzad Masih, 32 years of age and his wife Mrs. Shama of 30 years, had requested that they be paid monies due to them amounting to about Pakistan Rupees 500,000 from Mr. Yousuf Gujjar, a Kiln owner in the area. A couple of days earlier on 2nd November 2014, the couple who worked in the clay-baking factory, were kidnapped and held hostage for two days inside the factory premise. On 4th 4 November morning at around 7.00 a.m. the couple had been dragged out by the mobs, beaten till their legs were broken and then shoved into the brick kiln. Reports revealed that the Shama, was pregnant at the time.

The couple had been agitating for months, and had wanted to leave the Kiln taking with them their four young children since the Kiln Owner Yousuf Gujjar was not paying their wages. He had in turn demanded Pakistan Rupees 500,000 from the couple if they want to quit their jobs at the kiln.

According to Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer and human rights defender who visited the scene of the crime, the alleged charges of blasphemy was laid upon them due to an incident following the death of Shahzad’s father a few days earlier. Shama while cleaning her father-in-law’s house, had burnt some personal belongings which included papers , books, etc,. A Muslim man, a passerby seeing Shama disposing of the papers, etc,. had spread the word in the village that she was burning pages of the Holy Quran. Upon this instigation a mob of around 100 enraged people had attacked the couple and taken them hostage which ended in them being executed on the 4th November 2014.

Sarfraz, a cousin of the Shahzad, has stated that “Two days ago, after an exchange of words with Yousuf, the owner of the kiln, he had locked the couple along with their children in a room,”. After two local Mosques announced the alleged blasphemy, “a large number of Muslims led by area clerics reached the kiln and dragged the couple out of the room after forcibly breaking in. The mob had first tortured them, broken their legs and then thrown them in the kiln.

As the Christian couple were pleading and protesting their innocence, the mob was shouting “Allah hu Akbar,” (Allah is great) “death to blasphemers,” and “kill the infidel Christians”. Hearing these cries, Christian residents living nearby, had fled from their homes in fear of their lives. Media reports claim that it was the kiln owner who had instigated the nearby locality and Mosque leaders calling on them to punish the couple for blasphemy. The Mosque leaders used loudspeakers to call to the mob to gather and punish the alleged blasphemers. It is also reported that before throwing the couple in the furnace, the mob had also broken their legs so that they could not be able to run away.

On the day of incident the kiln owner detained them in a room for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran and had gathered the villagers and informed them about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran. An activists who had visited the site, following the incident had said that only a few bones and hair were found at the site. Reports also revealed that around two dozen police officers were present and did nothing to stop this heinous crime. A report published in Pakistan Today said that the couple had three children and Ms. Shama was pregnant with her fourth child.

According to activists and rights based organisations the owner of the kiln had been involved in creating a hostile environment against the Christian couple for some time since the couple were demanding their dues, and these demands were drawing the attention of other workers to the sheer lack of any labour rights in the factory. The kiln owner had even appointed several of his supporters to watch the activities of the couple for some time so that they can be punished on any blasphemy charges.

The District police are now in attempts to shift the blame of the killing the couple to the local people in an effort to save the skin of the brick kiln owner – who has close contacts with the police officers of the District. The District Police Officer (DPO) Kasur, Jawad Qamar said that it was Muhammad Irfan a worker at the kiln who spread the news of the couple burning the pages of the Quran and that the informant should be punished for the instigation of the mob – that eventually killed the couple.

Pakistan’s brick kiln workers are highly discriminated and a vulnerable community; mostly debt bonded and often subject to harsh practices, and work in slave like conditions at these kilns. There are estimated 4.5 million bonded brick kiln labourers in Pakistan.

Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Muslim dominated Pakistan, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence. Anyone convicted, or even just accused, of insulting Islam, risks a violent and bloody death at the hands of fanatics and unruly mobs.

A Christian woman Asia Bibi has been on death row since November 2010 after she was found guilty of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during an argument with a Muslim woman.

Minorities are particularly impacted by the blasphemy law. Firstly, they are disproportionately targeted as compared to their actual representation in the population. Secondly, when any one of them is accused, the entire community is made to suffer, as illustrated by the mob violence. In fact, the desire to grab land or settle personal scores often underlies blasphemy allegations.

According to the Daily Dawn, an estimated number of 1,274 people have been charged under the stringent blasphemy laws of Pakistan between 1986, from when they were included in the Constitution by General Zia ul Haq, in 2010.

Pakistan’s Penal Code Section dates back to pre-partition India when it was introduced in 1860. Section 295, better known as the Blasphemy Law, deals with religious offences and was meant to prevent religious violence. Prior to 1986, only 14 cases pertaining to blasphemy were reported.

The blasphemy laws include a death penalty for the defamation of the Holy Prophet and life imprisonment for the desecration of the Holy Quran.

According to sources, 51 people accused of blasphemy were murdered before their respective trials were over.

In view of the above, I call on your good offices to initiate an immediate inquiry in to the killing of the two innocent Christians, (the husband and wife) on the fictitious charges of Blasphemy. The government of Pakistan must abolish the Blasphemy law particularly its clause B and C which are grossly misused with the motive to punish the people from religious minority groups. I also earnestly urge you to immediately arrest Yousuf Gujjar, the owner of the kiln, Mr. Javed Qamar, the Districy Police Officer of Kasur, Punjab, the Mosque leaders of the Koy Radha Kishan in the Kasur District on the charges of abetting murder. I also call upon you to make arrangements to protect and provide the best possible care to the children of the deceased couple.

Yours sincerely,
……………….
PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1.Mr. Mamnoon Hussain
President of Pakistan
President’s Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9207458
Email: publicmail@president.gov.pk
2. Mr. Mian Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister
Prime Minister House
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk or pspm@pmsectt.gov.pk
3. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
Federal Minister for Interior
R Block, Pak Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9202624
Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com or ministry.interior@gmail.com
4. Mr. Shahbaz Sharif
Chief Minister
Government of Punjab Province
Chief Minister’s Secretariat
5-Club Road, GOR-I, Lahore, Punjab
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 42 99205065
Email: cmcomplaintcell@cmpunjab.gov.pk

5. Mr. Pervez Rashid
Federal Minister
Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights
4th Floor, Cabinet Block,
Pak. Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Fax:92-51-9206399

Email: webmaster@infopak.gov.pk, OR contact@molaw.gov.pk
6. Mr. Justice Tahir Shahbaz
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

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By Howie at 08:46 AM | Comments |

August 06, 2014

Drones? What Drones?

I mean it could have just as easily been space aliens or the Pakistani's striking the Taliban with their own aircraft and then blaming so called drones.

Seven suspected militants were killed and three others were injured Wednesday in a drone strike in Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence and government officials told CNN on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the country's tribal region of North Waziristan. The strike targeted a house used as a base for Uzbek fighters.

I mean who really trusts anything Pakistani Intelligence says. They claimed they didn't have the slightest idea where Usama bin-Laden was.

Drones? Video or it didn't happen.

By Howie at 12:21 PM | Comments |

July 02, 2014

Pot Calling Kettle Black: Pakistan Demands Afghanistan Crack Down on Militants

Ironical:

For years, Pakistani militants have sought refuge in Afghanistan — much like the Afghan Taliban does in Pakistan.

“They’ve been able to find sanctuary on this side of the border. They are not targeted by our security forces, because they are not our enemy,” one former Afghan official said.

Pakistani officials say Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, has long found shelter in Afghanistan. Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to crack down on militants crossing into Afghanistan. On Monday, top Pakistani military officials reiterated that demand, asking Afghan authorities to arrest Fazlullah.

Maybe we should give the Afghans some nukes. I'll bring the popcorn.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:57 PM | Comments |

July 01, 2014

Fool Me Twice: Pakistan Vows to Reclaim Taliban Areas

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before:

A Pakistani military operation launched in the country’s northwest will clear the area of terrorists and keep it from being used as a safe haven by militant groups, officials said Tuesday.

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Pakistani officials briefed foreign media about the operation started two weeks ago against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area, which is considered the stronghold of groups such as the Pakistani Taliban, the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban. The long-awaited operation is being closely watched to see how aggressively Pakistan moves against the militants and whether the operation sparks a backlash of violence in the rest of the country.

Once we are done with the operation in North Waziristan, there won’t be a single terrorist,” said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa.

Bwahahahaaaaaaaa!

Wait, that was a joke, right?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:28 PM | Comments |

June 10, 2014

Sun Rises in Pakistan, Taliban Attacks Karachi Airport Again

CNN:

Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) -- For the second time in two days, Pakistan's largest and busiest airport was forced to shut down after militants launched a brazen attack on airport security forces.

Tuesday's assault targeted the Airport Security Forces academy near Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, the airport's manager told CNN's Saima Mohsin in Karachi.

Security forces told CNN that an unknown number of gunmen attacked the academy's entrance and were met with an armed response. The attackers fled, and no one was killed in the attack, officials said.

Once again, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility...

...The militant group, also known as the TTP, had warned of more carnage starting Tuesday.

Shahid said earlier this week that the Pakistani Taliban would engage "in a full-out war with the Pakistani state, starting on June 10."

An all out war for the world's largest producer of unprocessed human excrement? This ought to be good.


at 8 seconds

By Howie at 09:21 AM | Comments |

May 30, 2014

Stoning Victim's Husband Admits To Murdering First Wife

No matter how crazy America gets, I know I will always be grateful that I live here.

An update to THIS story...

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The husband of Farzana Parveen, the Pakistani woman stoned to death for refusing to participate in an arranged marriage, told CNN he killed his first wife so he could marry Parveen.

Authorities said the first wife was killed six years ago.

"I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife," Mohammad Iqbal said Thursday in an interview with CNN.

Zulfiqar Hameed, district inspector general for the Punjab police, said Iqbal's son from the first marriage alerted police to the slaying six years ago.
Fighting honor killings in Muslim world
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Iqbal was arrested but later released on bail because his son forgave him, Hameed said. (Source)

Update: The Daily Mail adds -

Today, the victim's husband confessed he killed his first wife so they could marry - and revealed that Farzana's older sister was also murdered by her family in an honour killing.
By DMartyr at 10:16 AM | Comments |

May 28, 2014

Woman Stoned to Death in Pakistan for Marrying the Wrong Guy

The Bible actually has a few stories in it of what we today would call "honor killings." Only in the Bible, they kill the man accused of the wrongdoing and not the woman, the victim. For instance, the story of Jacob's daughter Dinah who is abducted, raped, and then forced into "marriage" with Shechem.

So do the sons of Jacob kill Dinah? No, they kill all those complicit in the abduction.

Not so in the third world cesspool masquerading as a country called Pakistan. There and in other places -- mostly, but not exclusively, in the Islamic world -- the victim is blamed. You'll notice that the family of the girl had accused her husband, who she apparently married for love in defiance of the arranged marriage her parents had set up, of abducting her. So, if she was the victim, as they claimed, then why punish her for the crimes of the man who they claim had abducted her?

Nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, the police investigator Rana Mujahid said...

Another police officer, Naseem Butt, identified the slain woman as Farzana Parveen, 25, and said she had married Mohammad Iqbal against her family's wishes after being engaged to him for years.

Her father, Mohammad Azeem, had filed an abduction case against Iqbal, which the couple was contesting, her lawyer Mustafa Kharal said. He confirmed that she was three months pregnant.

Cases like this should be a constant reminder that women really are oppressed around the world, and to middle class Western feminists that most of the things they complain about are fantastically irrelevant.

They pervert Jesus' words when they constantly point out the motes in our own eyes, while ignoring the women all around them crying for help from the beams being thrust in theirs by perverse societies and truly evil ideologies.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:44 PM | Comments |

May 27, 2014

Muslims in Pakistan Murder American Muslim Doctor for Being the Wrong Kind of Muslim, or an American

It's not clear why this American doctor was murdered in Pakistan in front of his wife and children. Maybe it's because he was a member of the minority Ahmadi sect -- considered apostates by most other Muslims. Maybe it's because he was an American doctor there to help. You can't trust Americans, and especially American doctors who are stealing their precious, precious Sunni bodily fluids.

Gunmen in Pakistan shot dead a visiting American cardiologist from the minority Ahmadi sect in front of his wife and toddler son on Monday as they left a cemetery after visiting relatives’ graves, police said.

The two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Mehdi Ali Qamar 10 times at close range in the central town of Chanab Nagar, police officer Shaukat Ali said, adding that Qamar’s wife and son were not harmed. He is survived by two other sons.

The officer said the family arrived two days ago from their home in Ohio, for a visit and that the cardiologist had planned to treat patients at the nearby Tahir Heart Institute. Ali said the killers’ motive is not yet known.

Mehdi Ali Qamar was born Pakistani. A person can't help where they were born. But he chose to be an American. RIP doctor.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:24 AM | Comments |

April 18, 2014

At Least They're Honest: Pakistani Madrassa for Girls Dubs Library "Osama bin Laden"

It's a lot easier differentiating friend from foe when they're honest. Don't you wish all our enemies did this?

Jamia Hafsa, a religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad connected to the notorious Lal Masjid has renamed its library in honour of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden....

“It is true that we have named the library after Osama bin Laden,” a source told AFP Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam.”

A small printed sign stuck over the library door gives bin Laden's name and refers to him as a “martyr.”

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:42 AM | Comments |

April 06, 2014

Pakistan: Baby Charged With Attempted Murder

In the baby's defense, he thought he was stoning a woman to death.

Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) - While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country's legal system.

Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family's lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP Friday. (Source)

By DMartyr at 08:22 AM | Comments |

March 20, 2014

Bombshell that Shocks Precisely No One: Pakistanis Knew Osama bin Laden Lived a Few Hundred Yards from Military Academy

And the whole world gasps in shock and horror to learn that the Pakistanis knew exactly where Osama bin Laden was, and that he had a "handler" to watch over him (said no one ever):

In trying to prove that the ISI knew of Bin Laden’s whereabouts and protected him, I struggled for more than two years to piece together something other than circumstantial evidence and suppositions from sources with no direct knowledge. Only one man, a former ISI chief and retired general, Ziauddin Butt, told me that he thought Musharraf had arranged to hide Bin Laden in Abbottabad. But he had no proof and, under pressure, claimed in the Pakistani press that he’d been misunderstood. Finally, on a winter evening in 2012, I got the confirmation I was looking for. According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden. I was sitting at an outdoor cafe when I learned this, and I remember gasping, though quietly so as not to draw attention. (Two former senior American officials later told me that the information was consistent with their own conclusions.) This was what Afghans knew, and Taliban fighters had told me, but finally someone on the inside was admitting it. The desk was wholly deniable by virtually everyone at the ISI — such is how supersecret intelligence units operate — but the top military bosses knew about it, I was told.
You have to read the rest of this *bombshell* as the details are actually kind of interesting even if the conclusion was foregone and the NYTimes writer annoyingly puts herself at the center of the piece.

The main point of it, I guess, is that when the US leaves Afghanistan that our *ally* in Pakistan is pretty much going to ramp up the proxy war it's been fighting through the Taliban oh these many years. Which, again, surprises practically no one.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:12 PM | Comments |

February 20, 2014

Taliban Murders 23 POWs, Pakistan Retaliates w/ Air Strikes

I'd say it's on in Pakistan, but we all know it isn't. Pakistan is so messed up -- with one faction of the government supporting the Taliban, while other factions of the government oppose the Taliban; but just the "bad" Taliban, and not the "good" Taliban -- that we'll probably read similar news every few months for the next 100 years.

The only real long-term solution here is the end of Pakistan as a nation-state. It's neither a nation or a state, but really a failed idea the being "Muslim" constituted a separate national identity than being "Indian". The sooner that country ceases to exist the sooner the world can move on to better things.

NYTimes:

Pakistani fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwestern tribal regions in overnight raids into Thursday, and security officials said at least 35 people suspected of being militants, including several foreign fighters, had been killed....

The overnight raids, which started Wednesday night and lasted an hour, were directed at villages in the Mir Ali district of North Waziristan, according to the security official. Those killed included both Pakistani and Uzbek fighters, the official said. However, the claim could not be independently verified.

On Sunday, a Taliban faction said it had killed 23 paramilitary soldiers in captivity, dealing a sharp blow to the already faltering peace talks between the government and militants. The paramilitary soldiers, belonging to the Frontier Corps, had been in captivity since 2010.

Wow, who could have foreseen that peace talks with the Taliban wouldn't work?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:53 AM | Comments |

February 03, 2014

Taliban Suspected in Grenade Attack on Movie Theater

No claims of responsibility but the local Taliban thought there were too many exposed elbows being shown at the local den of vice. You know, the movie theater:

At least four people were killed and 31 wounded late Sunday when unidentified attackers hurled two grenades at a cinema in northwest Pakistan, police and medics said.

The attack on the Picture House cinema in Peshawar, the region's main city, took place as some 90 people were watching a late night show of the film 'Ziddi Pakhtun' (Stubborn Pushtun), police said.

"At least four people have been killed and 31 injured. Attackers hurled two grenades and fled the scene," Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, told Agence France Presse.

A stampede following the blasts was responsible for many of the injuries, Mukhtar added.

Thanks to Rantburg who explains why this particular area of Pakistan gets a lot of these types of attacks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:09 PM | Comments |

November 21, 2013

Top Taliban Leader Killed in ... Seminary

Imagine that, a terrorist hiding out in an Islamic seminary. The other takeaway from this is that the seminary was located in village in one of the "settled areas" -- meaning it was under government control and not the "tribes":

A suspected U.S. drone targeted an Islamic seminary early Thursday in northwest Pakistan, killing six people in an attack likely to inflame tensions over the CIA drone campaign.

According to local officials, three missiles were fired into a madrassa in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province about 5 a.m. local time, a rare strike outside of Pakistan’s tribal areas...

Local intelligence officials identified two of the dead as Maulvi Ahmad Jan and Maulvi Hameedullah, who they said were close associates of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the Haqqani network.

A good day.

I'll be gone most of the rest of the week and Howie is at Hedonism II for their yearly meet up of old wrinkly gay white guys. Vinnie might be there, too. I dunno. So posting might be light until DMartyr wakes up from her hangover and makes the walk of shame back home.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:43 AM | Comments |

November 16, 2013

Kazakh ID'd as Suicide Bomber in Pakistan

There's something about reaping what you sow that the Pakistanis just don't get. They think they can export jihad without facing the consequences at home. They're wrong:

Kazakhstani online video watchers identified another Kazakhstani appearing in a video to promote terrorists' idea of "jihad", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Kazakh service reported November 14.

The video, which appeared on Facebook November 13 and runs more than five minutes, shows a young man wielding a Kalashnikov and driving. He speaks in Kazakh. At the end of the video, Russian-language text says that the man committed a car suicide bombing in Pakistan February 14.

And he blew himself up on Valentine's Day. How sweet!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:29 PM | Comments |

November 13, 2013

More Taliban Killed in Pakistan's Major Cities

If the Pakistani people were honest with themselves, they'd realize that they had been in a civil war for years:

At least three suspected Taliban militants have been killed along with a member of the Pakistani security forces in a shootout in the southern city of Karachi, officials say.

The shootings began when members of the Pakistan Rangers paramilitary force carried out a raid in the city's Gulshan-i-Buner area.

In a separate raid, several militants were arrested and weapons confiscated.

The Taliban is growing in strength in Karachi, a city plagued by violence.

Remember, this is Karachi not Waziristan.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:39 PM | Comments |

November 11, 2013

In lieu of drones, I'll take a drive by shooting of Haqqani chief

I love the smell of drone strikes drive by shootings in the morning:

Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of the Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and the group’s chief fund-raiser, was shot dead by a gunman riding a motorbike outside a bread store on Sunday night, the militants said.

In telephone interviews from Peshawar and the tribal belt, two Haqqani network commanders confirmed that Nasiruddin, who was designated by the United States as a “global terrorist” in 2010, had been killed.

I have no problems with drone strikes. In a world of less than optimal choices sometimes the best option isn't the most desirable one because not all options are feasible.

If we could arrest these guys we wouldn't need to drone them.

But if we can find a way to get back to good old fashioned assassinations in the streets, I'm all for that too. You won't hear any one complaining about collateral damage here.

So, whether this was a "internal dispute" or whether we paid some Haqqani foe to ice this guy, I really could care less. No, I take that back: I hope it was the latter.

The only other thing to take away from the article is that the deceased Haqqani was killed on the outskirts of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan:

The fact that Mr. Haqqani was killed on the edge of the Pakistani capital was a major embarrassment to the Pakistani government, underscoring long-held accusations that the Haqqani network operates with ease inside the country, and not just inside the tribal belt.

“Another Abottabad? Massive Embarrassment,” Talat Hussain, a senior television journalist, said on Twitter, referring to the embarrassment caused by the American commando assault that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, in May 2011.

Educated Pakistanis have long been in denial about the true nature of the failed experiment called Pakistan. It's not just tribal areas rife with extremism, but the state's foundational theory that Indian Muslims need their own country because ... Islam!

I don't see how they circle the square of calling the Islamists in FATAs extremists while insisting that there is nothing extreme about calling your country "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |

November 08, 2013

"Ally" in War on Taliban Ban Book by Girl Attacked by Taliban

Apparently Malala is an Islamophobe:

Malala Yousufzai’s recent book ‘I am Malala’ will be banned completely due to its ‘controversial’ contents in all private schools across the country, Pakistan Today has learnt.

“Our academics have thoroughly studied her (Malala’s) book and have concluded that reading that book will only confuse our children. Malala’s defence of Salmaan Rushdie in the name of freedom of expression, not writing Peace Be Upon Him after the name of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and criticising the Quranic injunctions about the status of women in testifying as witnesses are only a few things which will challenge the ideological foundations of our next generation,” Kashif said while talking to Pakistan Today.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think they're using the Britishism "private school" to mean what we would call "public schools". So, blame imperialism for the confusion.

Thanks to Laura

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:28 AM | Comments |

Hakeemullah Mehsud Every Dog Has His Day

Daily Times:

y virtue of how he died, Hakeemullah Mehsud has been declared a martyr, at least by the populist media and vocal sections of the political class. According to Maulana Fazlur Rehman, even a dog will be declared a martyr if he is killed by the Americans. One is not surprised by this statement as this is the thinking behind the almost-hero status of the likes of Ajmal Kasab and the Difa-e-Pakistan bestowing the title of the ‘daughter of the nation’ on Dr Afia Siddqui. Both killed innocent people but have been declared heroes by Muslims who believe that any anti-western action, however violent, is justified to restore the wounded pride of Muslims.

Listening to Maulana Rehman’s statement, I was hoping some of the media personnel would remind him and the audience of WikiLeaks. Lest we forget, WikiLeaks cables informed us that the very same ‘anti-American’ Maulana, who in his infinite scholarly wisdom would declare a dog killed by the Americans a ‘shaheed’ (martyr), had informed the then US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson that should the Americans ‘support’ him politically he would extend ‘all cooperation’ to them.

Its not really any surprise that Maulana Rehman would try to extort a little $$$ from America, with a most likely empty promise. But I liked the author's spunk when describing Mehsud as a dog.

The next dog to be declared a martyr is probably Tehrik-i-Taliban's new leader Mullah Fazlullah who incidentally was behind the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai. Malala's book is to be banned in Pakistani schools because, you know, Islam.

Sigh... SNAFU.

By Howie at 09:40 AM | Comments |

October 29, 2013

Group Behind Mumbai Massacre Openly Raising Money in Pakistan

In keeping with today's theme: why Pakistan needs to be nuked:

Pakistan’s government appears to have relaxed its enforcement of a 5-year-old United Nations ban on the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization, which incurred the sanctions because of its militants’ alleged involvement in the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people.

Two of Lashkar’s front organizations openly raised money this week as the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha got underway. No authorities made any effort to stop them – not a surprise, perhaps, because the groups have been known to work with the government when natural disaster strikes....

Lashkar’s black-and-white striped flag was clearly displayed on banners flying just 200 yards outside the residential suburb of Korang Town. Emblazoned across the banners were the addresses and phone numbers of mosques affiliated with Lashkar’s Jama’at-ud-Da’wah proselytizing sister organization. The U.N. banned the Jama’at, too, after the Mumbai attacks, and Pakistan took similar action that same day, Dec. 11, 2008.

The banners advertised a timely service: animals for sacrifice at a price much lower than one would find in local livestock markets. Goats, Pakistan’s favorite source of meat, were available for 13,000 rupees – about $124 – about half the market price.

The gist is that Pakistan only cracked down on the terrorist organization so long as the cease-fire with India held. Now that the border dispute has become hot again, Pakistan willlook the other way since the terror group generally targets India.

Which, in my book, makes the Pakistani government itself responsible for mass murders like what happened in Mumbai, in 2008. As a refresher, recall that Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed 156 innocents and wounded over 500 more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:26 PM | Comments |

October 23, 2013

Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif Arrives in US to Collect One Billion Dollar Jizya

We're actually considering restoring aid to Pakistan because, I dunno, we're retarded.

Even before Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, his visit to Washington as the leader of an increasingly democratic Pakistan already was remarkable for one major reason: not a single member of Pakistan’s military was in his delegation.
He brought along the issue of drone strikes with which to extract the Infidel Tax
In no uncertain terms, however, Sharif touched on “a major irritant” in U.S.-Pakistani relations: “the matter of drone strikes, which have deeply disturbed and agitated our people.”

He said the U.S. strikes not only violated Pakistan’s territorial integrity but also were detrimental to his country’s own efforts to combat terrorism.

If we give even one red cent to Pakistan we are the biggest fools on the planet. I mean besides bin-Laden living in downtown Abbottabad, Pakistan is at best duplicitous in regards to Afghanistan and the Taliban. Any shortfall in aid to Pakistan must be made up by their sponsor Saudi Arabia, who is miffed at us for not winning the Jihadist war in Syria for them.

Sending money to Pakistan not only finances our enemies there, but frees up other terrorist sponsors to send more aid to al-Nusra and al-Qaeda operating in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Tunisia, Algeria, need I name more?

You'd think our government would catch on eventually to this game. But expecting politicians to think is a bit much.

Any extorted Jizya disguised as aid to Pakistan is a Lose, Lose for the United States and a Win Win for Islamist and Jihadi terrorist groups. The cost will far outweigh any benefit we get. We think we're buying something with it, but really we're just paying the Jizya already due.

It makes us appear weak, inferior and primed for the next extortion.

Just Don't do it. Don't give or lend Pakistan ONE. RED. CENT. NOT. ONE.

By Howie at 10:31 AM | Comments |

October 17, 2013

Pakistanis Surprised Peace Talks w/ Taliban Not Working Out

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me thousands of times, shame on me:

A political assassination at celebrations for Eid al-Adha has further eroded hopes of peace talks with the Taliban in Pakistan.

The Law Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Israrullah Gandapur, became the latest member of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to be killed by militants, when a suicide bomber struck as Mr Gandapur was greeting constituents at his house to mark the Islamic holiday.

Nine people, including Mr Gandapur, died in the attack near Dera Ismail Khan and at least 30 were injured.

Our betters in Washington and Geneva keep telling us there is no military solution in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That only a political solution will work.

Talking with the Taliban. Yeah, that'll work.

Perhaps these career diplomats should spend some time watching Conan, The Destroyer.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:35 AM | Comments |

October 11, 2013

Pakistiani Muslims Pretty Sure the Jews Resurrected Malala Yousafzai Zombie and Now Control Her Every Movement

Because, you know, those pesky Jews can even teach Zombies to write books and they're certain Allah wanted her dead.

For many of her compatriots, Malala Yousafzai is a stooge of the United States and a CIA agent, a symbol of the West’s evils and a global conspiracy to bring down her native Pakistan.

She has won the European Union’s prestigious human rights award and was one of the favorites to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but in her native Swat valley, friends and neighbors reacted with a mixture of resentment, fear and jealousy.

“Malala is spoiling Pakistan’s name around the world,” said Mohammad Rizwan, a shop owner in her hometown of Mingora. “We didn’t need Malala to come and tell us how important education is.”

You know what's most embarrassing for Pakistani Muslims, the fact that they're too stupid to realize how embarrassing actually stating this aloud really is.

But then again maybe Pakistan's real goal is to be the stupidest people on the planet, I don't know.

Update: Iran, fearing it might lose the competition to Pakistan, decides Malala is a Polish Caucasian.

Um yeah.

Update: Iran PressTV takes down Malala is a Polish Caucasian article and its been scrubbed from the both Google and Yahoo cache, Pakistan wins!

By Howie at 09:27 AM | Comments |

October 02, 2013

Good News! Pakistan Releases Mullah Baradar

He was only second in command when al-Qaeda, using his country as a base of operations, murdered 2,977 of our countrymen.

Pakistan Tribune:

Pakistan on Saturday released former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of war.

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Mullah Baradar at his capture

The Foreign Ministry announced late on Friday Baradar – one of the founders of the Taliban insurgency - would be released a day later, and on Saturday, Pakistani television reported Baradar had been set free. There was no official confirmation of his whereabouts. "The Afghan government welcomes Pakistan's decision to release Mullah Baradar," said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

"This release has occurred because of the Afghan government's consistent pressure requesting that Mullah Baradar be set free," he said. Baradar is at the heart of Afghan efforts to kick-start a stalled peace process as US- led troops prepare to pull out at the end of next year and anxiety grows over the country's security. Baradar was once a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who gave him his nom de guerre, "Baradar" or "brother".

But on the flip side, we do have drones.
It's been one week since Pakistan released top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani, better known as Mullah Baradar, but nobody -- including Baradar's own family -- seem to know his whereabouts.

"We have come to know only through media that he has been released by Pakistani security agencies," one of Baradar's Karachi-based relatives, preferring not to be named, told the Anadolu Agency. "But we don't know where he is."

Have they looked in Abbottabad? Just, you know, sayin'.

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Breaking: Top Taliban Military Chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Captured.
Imperial Good News: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Captured.
Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban’s Top Commander.
Pakistani Army Confirms Capture of Mullah Baradar.

By Howie at 07:53 AM | Comments |

September 13, 2013

Our Ally Pakistan Also Finds Compulsion in Religion

And you thought needing to register and have identification to vote was a tall requirement, I mean its not like actual, count these jellybeans voter suppression, but the libs think its unpossible.

They should try being a Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan:

Regardless of their religious beliefs, Ahmadis have the right to lead private lives, being citizens of this state, which if seen logically, is granted to them by the very constitution that takes away their right to practice religion freely

evel occurred when right before the May 2013 election, separate voter lists were released for them. This led to the disassociation of the Ahmadiya community from the general election. They were of the view that being citizens of Pakistan, they have the right to vote like every other Pakistani irrespective of his/her religious beliefs. If there are no separate voter lists for other minorities residing in Pakistan then there should not be any separate voter list for Ahmadis. However, this reservation was never addressed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The hatred against Ahmadis is so deeply rooted in our society that even representatives of the government and its institutions avoid taking sides with Ahmadis.

In Pakistan religious persecution of the Ahmadi is not just a practice, its celebrated.
Just a few days ago, on September 8, 2013, an anniversary was celebrated all over Pakistan. This anniversary marked 39 years of the passing of the Second Amendment that pronounced Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Some of the most shameless and hate-filled statements were released by many a prominent religious leader of Pakistan on this day. Some called for the social and economic boycott of Ahmadis, some branded their activities as suspicious and called for serious action against them.

By Howie at 08:48 AM | Comments |

August 29, 2013

Dr. Who Helped CIA Find bin Laden Sentence Overturned

The good news: The doctor who helped the CIA confirm the location of the bin Laden compound had his sentence overturned today by a Pakistani court.

The bad news: they're going to retry him:

A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the C.I.A. while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial....

ruled that the tribal court judge who convicted Dr. Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012....

Although Dr. Afridi was convicted on charges of aiding a banned Islamist group, the conviction was seen as a proxy for Pakistani accusations that he had helped the C.I.A. trace Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, to a house in Abbottabad, in northwestern Pakistan.

I don't know why we're putting up with this crap. I'd much rather Obama bomb Pakistan over this than Syria over something that's none of our business.

And no, I'm not serious. I don't really want to bomb Pakistan either. But, yeah, I kinda do, too.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:43 AM | Comments |

August 21, 2013

A SCHOOL in Pakistan Trains al Qaeda? That's Unpossible!

Every few months a skirmish between Pakistani and Indian border troops flares up. One is happening as I write this:

A Pakistani military official accused Indian troops of "unprovoked" shelling starting at 11:15 p.m. local time Tuesday night in Shakma sector in Pakistan-held Kashmir, across the border from Kargil on the Indian side. An army captain was killed and another soldier was seriously wounded. Pakistani troops responded to the shelling, and the exchange of fire continued for three hours, the official said.

An Indian army officer said Indian troops in Kargil only responded after Pakistani soldiers fired upon their positions using mortars and automatic weapons. The officials both spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military policy.

Every time I hear about these little border skirmishes, I say to myself, Self, I really hope this turns into all out war and the Pakistanis suffer. I mean, really suffer.

And then I read stuff like this, and my fantasy escalates to India nuking Pakistan:

The United States has placed unprecedented sanctions on an Islamic school in northwest Pakistan for allegedly training and financing fighters from Al Qaeda and other militant groups.

The sanctions against Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, in the city of Peshawar were the first to target an Islamic school, the U.S. Department of the Treasury said in a statement Tuesday.

In response the school denied the charge, claiming they only taught their students religion.

Which doesn't sound like much of a denial given the tenants of their particular brand of Islam, does it?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:33 PM | Comments |

August 20, 2013

Feel Good Story of the Day: Soulless Ginger Kicked Right Square in the Nuts

NDTV:

New Delhi: Despite tight security, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda was slapped by a man in the Patiala House court premises in Delhi this afternoon as he was being led by cops into a courtroom.

The 70-year-old bomb-maker was reportedly assaulted by a member of a fringe outfit called the Hindu Sena. The two attackers have been detained by the Delhi Police.

OK, so he wasn't kicked right square in the nuts, he was slapped in the face.

Don't kill my dreams.

By Howie at 11:04 AM | Comments |

August 19, 2013

Cornhole Watch: Abdul Karim Tunda

The Indian Government this week arrested Abdul Karim Tunda. A top bomb maker for Lashkar-e-Taiba, because he's a Souless Ginger.

Abdul Karim Tunda, the Delhi-born, one-handed extremist who was in the list of top 20 terrorists wanted by India and was allegedly involved in around 40 bombings in the country, was arrested near the India-Nepal border, Delhi Police said Saturday.

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An aide of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim and an operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba who was also wanted for suspected involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, he was arrested Friday around 3 p.m. in Uttarakhand's Banbasa area close to the Nepal border when he was trying to enter India.

Shockingly he was carrying a passport issued by our good friend Pakistan.
He got the moniker Tunda - Hindi for without a hand - after his left hand got severed in an accident while he was preparing a bomb in 1985 in Mumbai.

"He was carrying a Pakistani passport number AC 4413161 issued Jan 23 in the name of Abdul Quddus," Special Commissioner of Police S.N. Srivastava told media persons.

By Howie at 09:03 AM | Comments |

August 07, 2013

ATTN: Superdrone!

US Dept of State:

The Department of State has designated the Commander Nazir Group leader, Bahawal Khan as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of the designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Khan has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Khan.

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In January of 2013, Bahawal Khan was appointed as the new leader of the Commander Nazir Group (CNG). Since 2006, CNG has run training camps, dispatched suicide bombers, provided safe haven for al-Qaida fighters, and conducted cross-border operations in Afghanistan against the United States and its allies. In addition to its attacks against international forces in Afghanistan, CNG is also responsible for assassinations and intimidation operations against civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

You know what to do.

Hat Tip: Long War Journal.

By Howie at 09:37 AM | Comments |

August 02, 2013

Country Known for False Accusations to Charge Man Known to Kill Political Opponents

I can't help but always fall back into my default position which is that since corruption is so rampant in countries like Pakistan that it's equally believable that Musharraf being framed as it is that he actually did it.

So, flip a coin. Heads Musharraf is guilty, tails the ISI made the whole thing up:

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will be charged next week with the alleged murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, his lawyer said, the latest turn in a political drama that has unfolded since his return from exile in March....

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Mr. Musharraf's lawyer, said the pending cases against Mr. Musharraf were "false, fabricated and fictitious."

Thanks to Newman.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:46 PM | Comments |

July 29, 2013

Awesome: Taliban Free 36 ~ 300 Prisoners in Raid

Why is the figure somewhere between 36 and 300? Local officials claim "dozens" while the Taliban claim "300". So, given that both sides are completely full of sh*t let's just split the difference and go with, I dunno, 150 or so?

Up to 40 armed men disguised as police officers have launched a major attack on a prison holding hundreds of militants in the Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan.

A series of explosions shook the complex before the attackers fired rocket propelled grenades and machine gun rounds at guards, according to district police chief Sohail Khalid....

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said 100 gunmen and seven suicide bombers had been sent to the prison to free the group's leaders.

He claimed they had freed around 300 prisoners, but that could not immediately be verified.

Mushtaq Jadoon, the town's civil commissioner, said dozens of prisoners had escaped

And as a reminder, that's the second prison break in a week in which a lot of bad guys have been freed. Al Qaeda pulled the same stunt seven days ago in Iraq. And why wouldn't the Taliban follow suit? It seems to be a winning strategy.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:42 PM | Comments |

July 27, 2013

Report: Pakistan Wants to Trade Dr. Who Helped Get bin Laden for Women in Prison Connected to al Qaeda

So, Pakistan claims they oppose al Qaeda but then wants to trade the doctor who allegedly helped the CIA find bin Laden for a woman with known al Qaeda sympathies?

To be fair, people in Pakistan are stupid. They think Aafia Siddiqui is innocent. So, in their minds, they would be trading a "traitor" for an innocent woman.

But since you can't cure stupid, what're you going to do?

Pakistan is preparing a proposal to swap the doctor who helped the CIA pinpoint Usama bin Laden for a notorious female neuroscientist and suspected Al Qaeda operative being held at a federal prison in Texas, FoxNews.com has learned.

The exchange would involve Dr. Shakil Afridi, the pro-America doctor whose vaccination ruse helped establish the terror kingpin’s presence in an Abbottabad compound prior to the Navy SEAL raid that killed him, and Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui is a U.S.-trained neurosurgeon who left Massachusetts after 9/11 and resurfaced in Afghanistan where she was arrested for trying to kill U.S. soldiers.

Khalid Sheikh Muhammed told U.S. authorities Siddiqui was an Al Qaeda courier and operative.

Actually, the report goes on to suggest that any swap would be contingent upon Pakistan acknowledging that Siddiqui is a terrorist, and that Afridi is a "traitor".

In theory, this would be fine since Afridi would be freed upon his arrival in the US while Siddiqui would be sent to prison. I imagine Pakistani prisons are pretty bad.

However, I'd give it 50/50 odds that Siddiqui would be pardoned and never see the inside of a jail. Instead, she'd be a hero to millions of Pakistanis, write a book about US "torture", make the Western European leftist speech tour circuit, until one day being assassinated. Which, come to think of it, may not be the worst outcome in the world.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:44 PM | Comments |

July 25, 2013

Conflicted: Taliban Attack Pakistani ISI

When they're all bad guys, who do you root for? The lesser of two evils.

Okay, but between Pakistan's ISI and the Taliban, does any one have a clear idea which is the lesser of the two evils?

Taliban militants claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a regional office of Pakistan’s main spy agency that left at least nine people dead and again highlighted the militants’ ability to strike sensitive targets....

A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle outside the ISI compound, and was followed by three gunmen who attacked security forces and police officers inside. All three were killed in the course of a firefight that lasted roughly half an hour.

Five other people, including at least one civilian official with the intelligence agency, and three security force personnel also died in the attack.

The funny part here? Two factions of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. One of them in retaliation for a US drone strike.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:33 PM | Comments |

July 08, 2013

Report: 26 People in bin Laden Compound
Bin Laden Wore "Cowboy Hat"

Al Jazeera has published a leaked report from the Pakistani "Abbottabad Commission" tasked with looking into how Osama bin Laden had been able to escape detection in Pakistan for so long and how the US was able to commit an "act of war" that "lasted three hours" without any Pakistani response.

The document is well over 300 pages, and I'm looking through it now. My initial observation about it is that most of the report deals with the US raid on the bin Laden compound and the Pakistani military's lack of response. This suggests Pakistan is more worried about an alleged violation of its sovereignty than how the world's most wanted man lived for six years just a few hundred yards from a major military academy.

I have read the scant parts recounted by the wives of the various players on the movements and day to day activities of the bin Ladens and al-Kuwaitis (the brothers guarding bin Laden). And, to be honest, there's just not much there.

According to the wives, the bin Ladens led a pretty austere and lonely existence. Osama's extended family, consisting of 16 people, lived in the main house and one side of the compound. The al-Kuwaiti's and their families -- 10 in all -- lived in another part of the compound.

According to one of the al Kuwait wives, the bin Ladens lived in total segregation and isolation. How isolated? She claims that that in all the time she lived there they had virtually no contact. The men would get together and talk often, but the women and children were completely separate and never spoke to one another.

That's the level of paranoia bin Laden and his family lived with. His children and wives never left the compound -- bad enough. But they were also not allowed to play with or even see the other children living in the compound.

Sucks to be them.

But apparently Osama's reclusiveness paid off, didn't it? To live six years in barbed wire topped compound with 26 people in it and not to set off a blips of curiosity on the radar screens of the authorities is a bit hard to swallow. Even for the commission, which suggests that local authorities were either complicit in hiding Osama or seriously negligent.

Which goes a long way in explaining why the commission's report was hidden from public view until it was leaked.

When a Pakistani commission suspects that at least some in Pakistan must have known where Osama bin Laden was hiding, then that does not bode well for your country. Not good PR, you see.

Like I said, I haven't read the entire report yet as much of it is devoted to the failure of Pakistan to respond to the US raid.

But, again, that doesn't bode well either, does it? When a country is more worried about its sovereignty being violated than the fact that it hid the world's most wanted terrorist for years and years, then we have a problem.

There's more in the report for those of you interested where Osama went after Tora Bora (first to South Waziristan, then to Bajaur, then to Swat, then finally to Obbattabad in 2005) and the people he hung out with. For instance, he met with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad only a month before KSH was captured, prompting him to move again.

The only other thing of interest I've read so far is that bin Laden wore a "cowboy hat" when outside so he couldn't be detected from above.

Bin Laden in a cowboy hat? John Wayne is rolling over in his grave right now.

So, go read it. If you find anything else interesting let me know.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:46 PM | Comments |

June 22, 2013

Muslims in Pakistan Murder 14 School Kids for Being the Wrong Kind of Muslims

Just another sunny day in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:

At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured in an attack on a Shiite religious school in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, police officials said, while Taliban militants claimed responsibility for killing a provincial lawmaker and his son in the southern port city of Karachi.

In the northwest, three attackers, including a suicide bomber, tried to storm the school in Peshawar, the provincial capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, just before Friday prayers. A police guard tried to stop them in a brief exchange of gunfire and wounded the suicide bomber, said Liaqut Hussain, the Peshawar police chief. The injured bomber, however, managed to get inside the compound and detonate his explosives.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:32 AM | Comments |

May 31, 2013

Pakistan's Terror Group (LeT) Upper Income Recruits

From the "let's pump more money into Pakistan to help the poor little ole impoverished from joining Lashkar-e-Tayyiba" files:

[MoneyJihad]Far from being impoverished orphans, the young men recruited by Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) tend to be among “the best and brightest” of Pakistani society, according to a study released last month by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point based on biographies of 917 LeT members.

The findings severely undercut British Prime Minister David Cameroon’s position that Western development aid to Pakistan improves education and reduces poverty which in turn prevents extremism.

The foreign aid is not preventing terrorist recruitment, some of the aid is stolen by Pakistani elites, and some of the aid is given to terrorist groups through Pakistan’s ISI spy service. There is no longer any justifiable reason to continue transferring taxpayer money from the West to Pakistan.

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By Stable Hand at 01:58 PM | Comments |

May 21, 2013

Pakistan: Mosque Loudspeakers Blare Call To Kill Cross Worshipers

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Bronco Bama is unavailable for comment because this is about Christians.

Via ZIP

A Muslim political candidate suspected of murdering a Christian has instigated calls from mosque loudspeakers for attacks on Christians, whom he blames for his May 11 election loss.

Tensions were high in Punjab Province’s Okara district after provincial assembly seat candidate Mehr Abdul Sattar, sought by police in connection with a 2008 murder, on May 13 arranged for mosque calls for violence against Christian villages.

“Burn their homes to the ground … Punish them such that they forget Gojra and Joseph Colony,” blared village mosques in the district, according to Younas Iqbal, chairman of the Anjuman-e-Mazareen Punjab, a peasant movement fighting for land rights.[More...]

We riot, we scream, we burn down Christian homes and we kill Christians~The ROPMA

By Stable Hand at 05:52 PM | Comments |

April 21, 2013

Splodey Ho™ Kills 4 Outside Of Pakistani Hospital

When children aren't available for the terrorists, females will do

"The woman, in her early 20s, blew up her explosives as she walked to the main entrance of the hospital. Authorities have found the attackers head and legs and are conducting a detailed investigation," said Sarwar, an assistant political agent in the tribal region.

Officials said the bomber apparently targeted security men guarding the hospital.

Hospital officials said four other people were also injured in the bombing.

Agency health officer, Mohd Riaz, said the dead included one security personnel and two civilians, while one of the dead was a hospital worker.

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Her head here, legs there, defines Splodey Ho's™ - this is her body:

By Stable Hand at 11:11 AM | Comments |

April 05, 2013

Good News: Pakistani Terror Group Recruits Best and Brightest

Take a few million Indians, convince them that being Muslim makes them a different "nationality" than the rest of those around them, found an Islamic Republic, and this is what you get:

Imagine a terrorist group that recruits tens of thousands of young men from the same neighborhoods and social networks as the Pakistani military. A group whose well-educated recruits defy the idea that poverty and ignorance breed extremism. A group whose fighters include relatives of a politician, a senior Army officer and a director of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission.

That is the disconcerting reality of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the world's most dangerous militant organizations, according to a study released today by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The report helps explain why Pakistan has resisted international pressure to crack down on Lashkar after it killed 166 people in Mumbai -- six U.S. citizens included -- and came close to sparking conflict between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India.

The sooner we get out of Afghanistan the sooner we can end the farce that Pakistan is our "ally".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:13 PM | Comments |