Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A Schoolgirl’s Odyssey...Living Under the Taliban in Swat, Pakistan
http://www.washingtonpost.comA 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls denied education under the Taliban was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday on her way home from school, authorities said.
The government is likely to send Malala Yousafzai to abroad for medical treatment.
RADIO PAKISTANThe Governor has expressed best wishes for Malala and her colleague and assured provision of best treatment facilities to them.The Governor Barrister Masood Kausar while expressing his best wishes for Malala and her colleague and assured provision of best treatment facilities to them. The Governor also expressed sympathies with the affected families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. Barrister Masood Kausar thanked Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for taking personal interest in providing helicopter facility to shift the award winner Malala Yousafzai to Peshawar.
The medical board has proposed treatment of Malala Yousafzai abroad and Interior Secretary has been directed to make arrangements in this regardPeace Award winner 14-year old Malala Yousafzai and another girl were injured when their vehicle was attacked in Swat on Tuesday. She was rushed to District Headquarters Hospital in Saidu Sharif for initiate medical treatment. Later she was shifted to CMH Peshawar. According to doctors‚ she received two bullets‚ in the head and neck. Malala Yousafzai championed the cause of peace in Swat by blogging for the BBC under a pseudonym "Gul Makai." In her blogs‚ she highlighted the atrocities of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in Swat. For her courageous and outstanding services for peace under extremely hostile conditions‚ she was conferred with first National Peace Award by the Prime Minister in 2011. She was also nominated for International Children's Peace Prize by Kids Rights Foundation in Amsterdam. President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the attack on school van in Mingora‚ Swat‚ by unidentified gunmen today which injured schoolgirls including the winner of National Peace Award Ms. Malala Yousufzai. The President while expressing his concerns about the well-being of Malala Yousafzai directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured girls. He directed that Ms. Malala and other injured girl be brought to the best hospital in the country on immediate basis‚ if needed. The President in his message also said that the terrorist would never be able to shaken the resolve of the nation through such dastardly acts and nation would continue its fight against militants till its logical conclusion. The President said that young girls like Malala Yousafzai symbolize the quest for knowledge of the girls of swat and other areas of Khyber Patkhtunkhwa. He said that the Government was determined to provide every possible support to the women of the area in their search for knowledge and education. ============================= Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held a telephonic conversation with the father of Malala Yousafzai and expressed concerns over the attack. He strongly condemned the incident and assured him that the government will bear all the medical expenses on their treatment. He also informed him that he had directed the hospital authorities to extend best medical treatment to Malala as well as her friends who were injured in the attack. The Prime Minister also directed the Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtun Khwa Raheem Daad Khan to rush to Peshawar to convey the feelings of the President‚ Prime Minister‚ Bilawal Bhutto Zardari‚ Aseefa Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari. Amin Faheem is carrying bouquets for Malala Yousafzai and her friends on their behalf. The Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardar condemned the attack on Malala Yousufzai and prayed for her early recovery. He called for all those still living in denial to wake up and stand united against the threats Pakistan faces from with in. National Assembly has also condemned the attack on Malala Yousufzai and her companions. ============================== Speaking in the Senate‚ Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also condemned the attack on Malala. He directed the provincial government to arrest the terrorists involved in the attack. National Assembly has also condemned the attack on Malala Yousufzai and her companions. Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Barrister Syed Masood Kausar‚ Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti‚ PML-N President Nawaz Sharif‚ MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and other political leaders have also condemned the attack. ============================= Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condemned the disgusting attack on the life of Malala Yousufzai and has prayed for her and her family. He said TTP is enemy of Pakistan‚ Islam and humanity. The PPP chairman called for all those still living in denial to wake up and stand united against the threats Pakistan faces from within. ============================ Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed Secretary Interior for making arrangements for medical treatment of Malala Yousufzai abroad. He also directed Secretary Interior to make arrangements for sending her abroad for medical treatment in accordance with the advice of the doctors. ========================== Governor KPK Barrister Masood Kausar visited CMH Peshawar on Tuesday evening and enquired about the health of Malala Yusufzai. He conveyed good wishes to her on behalf of the President Asif Ali Zardari‚ Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He also prayed for her early recovery. According to doctors‚ medical checkup of Malala Yusufzai has been completed and the next two to three days are very crucial for her. ========================= President Asif Ali Zardari has directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to make arrangement for the provision of air ambulance to Malala Yousufzai. He said that she should be shifted to the nearest health facility. =========================== National Broadcasting Service of Radio Pakistan devoted a one hour programme to the unfortunate incident of attack on Malala Yousafzai‚ featuring her contribution towards promotion of knowledge in the face of various odds. Taking part in the programme‚ prominent politician Afzal Khan Lala said such incident would not weaken resolve of the people against terrorism and extremism. He paid tributes to Malala for her courageous role in the promotion of education and awareness. He also urged the Government and the authorities concerned to take measures to prevent such incidents in future. Callers from different areas of the country including Swat also condemned the incident and said an attempt has been made to silence voice of a girl who was waging a struggle for promotion of education through pen and spoke against extremist tendencies.
Bilawal, in a statement, also condemned the attack on Malala and said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was an enemy of Pakistan, Islam and humanity. He called for those living in denial to wake up and stand united against the internal threats faced by Pakistan.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, condemned the Taliban attack on National Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday.President Zardari, while expressing concerns about Malala’s well-being, directed the concerned authorities to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured girls. He added that the terrorists would never be able to shake the resolve of the nation through such dastardly acts and the nation will continue to fight against militants till its logical conclusion. Bilawal, in a statement, also condemned the attack on Malala and said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was an enemy of Pakistan, Islam and humanity. He called for those living in denial to wake up and stand united against the internal threats faced by Pakistan.Terming the attack an act of a “sick mindset”, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who had given Malala the peace award, said that such acts of terrorism were a reflection of barbarity, devoid of humanity and Islamic teachings. The MQM chief termed the incident “blatant terrorism” and called for the perpetrators behind the act to be brought to justice. He appealed to the president, prime minister and Interior Minister Rehman Malik to take serious notice of the attack and take action against those involved.
بی بی سی اردو سروس کے لیے گل مکئی کے نام سے سوات سے ڈائریاں لکھنے والی طالبہ ملال ہ
LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Quaid Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the terrorists’ murderous attack on the vehicle of the award winner Malala Yusufzai. In a statement issued here, Altaf Hussain said that the firing on innocent girl students was inhuman and the elements involved in it deserve no leniency. He said that Malala Yusufzai have been playing a role for the promotion of education in Swat with courage and determination and the attack on her was in fact the attack on learning. Altaf Hussain has demanded from the President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Interior Minister, Rahman Malik to take serious notice of the attack on the vehicle of Malala and the brute terrorists involved in this incident should be brought to book and given exemplary punishments. He also expressed his deep sympathy with the injured Malala and the other two girl students and prayed for their early recovery.
د سوات ملاله یوسفزۍ چې د ماشومانو نړیوالې جایزې ته نومول شوې او د پاکستان د حکومت له خوا ورته د ملاله یوسفزۍ په نامه د امن اېوارډ اخیستونکې نن په سوات کې د وسله والو په یوه برید کې ډېره سخته ژوبله شوېده. له دې سره د هغې د سکول درې نورې انجونه هم ژوبلې دي.
Speaking at World Forum for Democracy‚ Chairman PPP has said Pakistan had long history of struggle for universal values of democracyBilawal Bhutto Zardari‚ Chairman Pakistan Peoples' Party has said that real goal of democracy has to be democratization of wealth‚ resources and markets in order to bring peace and stability in Islamic World and elsewhere. He was speaking at a lunch debate at World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg‚ France on Tuesday morning. The forum brings together reformers and global leaders to identify democratic responses to the economic‚ social and political challenges affecting the societies of the day. Speaking at the lunch debate he further said that Pakistan had long history of struggle for universal values of democracy. While paying glowing tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto‚ he said that she left everlasting impressions by laying down her life at long and hard struggle for democracy in Pakistan. While admitting that democracy is nascent in Pakistan‚ he assured the world that Pakistan shares democratic values with it. He impressed upon the participants that Universal values of democracy should be respected at all costs irrespective of national and transient interests. He unequivocally declared that only democracy could provide full public consensus for counter-terrorism efforts. He also highlighted the need of a thriving civil society and free media for free growth of democracy. He also said that regional peace is vital for trade and prosperity. The others who participated in the debate‚ included; Ms. Asma Mehfouz an activist and blogger from Egypt‚ Mr. Ahmad Al-Senussi member of National Transition Council of Libya and Mr. Ali Ferzat a poltical cartoonist. Those who attended‚ included high profile personalities like Secretary General UN Ban Ki Moon‚ Head of Government of Morocco and former Prime Minister of Canada. Earlier‚ he met Mr. Frederico Mayor former Director General UNESCO and President of Foundation for Culture of Peace‚ on the side-lines of the Forum. He also met Mr. Masahiro Kawai Dean and CEO Asian Development Bank. He lauded the role of the Bank in various development projects in Pakistan. He hoped that the ADB would consider providing more assistance to Pakistan‚ especially in Energy Sector. Later‚ in the afternoon‚ he met Head of the Government of Morocco Mr. Abdelilah Benkirne‚ Mr. Keith Whitmore President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland‚ Secretary General of the Council of Europe and former Prime Minister and foreign minister of Norway . While talking to the Head of Government of Morocco‚ he remarked that the fruits of Arab Spring could best be enjoyed by avoiding outside interference. He said that outside interference brings ethnic and sectarian division‚ which does not allow democracies to be stable and useful for the people.
EDITORIALSunday saw the US cross the 11-year mark of its war in Afghanistan directly after the September 11 attacks. This has been the longest ever war that the US has engaged in, yielding little in terms of acceptable results with hardly anything to show to the US public, which is quite literally baying for blood now that the US economy is in a shambles. To add insult to injury, the insurgents, who are still a very strong force in the country, are openly mocking NATO and US troops by saying that they are “fleeing” their country in “disgrace” and “humiliation”. This outcome can hardly be called a surprise; anyone familiar with the history of Afghanistan since its independence in the 18th century will be able to vouch for the fact that any invading force — and there have been many — has been met with stiff resistance from the tribal culture and mountain warriors who have fought until the last man standing, defeating empires and never being conquered or vanquished for long. Former President Bush, in his ‘infinite wisdom’, tried to swat a fly with a sledgehammer when he ordered his troops to invade the rugged, mountainous country. At that time al Qaeda was a much smaller ragtag band of jihadists, hardly a fraction of what it is now. The Bush administration made one very profound mistake: it did not differentiate between al Qaeda and the Taliban and attacked both with equal zeal. While the Taliban regime was brutal and unpopular, the whole country was made the US’s battleground. Unfamiliar with the tradition of Pashtunwali (the Pashtun code) by which the tribal Afghan refuses to hand over guests no matter what the consequences, the US started a protracted war with an entire country, hoping to win through sheer shock and awe tactics, only to suffer for many years to come. Even in lining up its allies the US was not handed a favourable deal: Pakistan, its frontline ally, publicly agreed to fighting alongside the US but, as is widely known, preferred establishing its hegemony in the region through ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan, providing safe havens to many of the Afghan Taliban. All this has cost the US dearly. The final withdrawal date for NATO troops in Afghanistan is somewhere at the end of 2014. To meet this target, foreign troops have been training and equipping the Afghan National Army and police to take charge when they leave. Instances of army and police personnel turning on their NATO ‘mentors’ are becoming more frequent, with loyalties switching sides and Taliban insurgents threatening those army and police officials who do not. In the game of intimidation, it seems the terrorists will win. If the Afghan Army disintegrates after all US hopes have been pinned on it, there is little doubt that the entire country will spiral into a bloody civil war, which may be much worse than the one before the Taliban took power in 1996 because now many Pashtuns are not in favour of the jihadists. It is very likely that the near future may see an intra-Pashtun war within a wider civil war. Meanwhile the Taliban have started escalating their attacks against NATO troops to show the world that they remain undefeated. Needless to say, the spillover effect of continuing conflict in Afghanistan will be devastating for Pakistan too. Our own homegrown terrorists, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have found safe havens with the Afghan Taliban, fighting their war with the Pakistani state from the safety of Afghanistan. It is in Pakistan’s best interests that it strive to find the middle ground for peace. The US will leave but we will be the ones left to manage the blowback of an Afghan civil war and emboldened TTP insurgents bent on spilling blood.
http://www.brecorder.com/images/pic2012/10/oil-barrel.jpgPakistan State Oil is seeking up to 845,000 tonnes of oil products for delivery from November 2012 to February 2013, about 50 percent more than it bought for September to December delivery, a tender document showed on Tuesday. The state-owned firm is looking for 455,000 tonnes of high sulphur fuel oil, 110,000 tonnes of low sulphur fuel oil and 280,000 tonnes of motor gasoline, the document showed. The tender closes on Oct. 19 and is valid until Oct. 26. PSO bought less than half its total requirements for September to December delivery, skipping gasoil and low sulphur fuel oil purchases because of a dip in demand. Gasoil appetite has dropped in the country due to increased rainfall, which has boosted hydropower generation, traders have said. The company last bought 260,000 tonnes of high sulphur fuel oil from Bakri Trading and Vitol at premiums of about $25 to $26 a tonne above Middle East quotes. It also purchased 280,000 tonnes of 87-octane gasoline from Gunvor, Trafigura, Total, Oman Trading and Gulf Petrochem at premiums of $93-$106 a tonne.