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Thursday, September 17, 2009

PTCL introduces wireless broadband service: PTCL EVDO

We heard of it long ago and finally it is here. For those who don’t know about it, PTCL EVDO is the wireless broadband service by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited(PTCL), the largest voice and data network of Pakistan. Though it is not launched officially but it is available for friendly user trials(FUT) via PTCL Corporate Customer Care (CCC) Centers or One Stop Shops (OSS) in Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore.

What is EVDO?

Evolution-Data Optimized or Evolution-Data only, abbreviated as EV-DO or EVDO and often EV, is a telecommunications standard for the wireless transmission of data through radio signals, typically for broadband Internet access. It uses multiplexing techniques including Code division multiple access (CDMA) as well as Time division multiple access (TDMA) to maximize both individual user’s throughput and the overall system throughput. It is standardized by 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) as part of the CDMA2000 family of standards and has been adopted by many mobile phone service providers around the world – particularly those previously employing CDMA networks. It is also used on the Globalstar satellite phone network.

PTCL is using CDMA EVDO Rev.A technology, which means speed can go up to 3.1Mbps
What is the Tariff?

If we check through the official PTCL EVDO page we get no clue about tariff. Most possible reason is that it is not yet officially launched. However contacting there Islamabad CCC, I came to know that it is a shared broadband service for Rs.2500/month and speed can vary depending on location and number of customers using PTCL EVDO in a particular area. Additionally the EVDO card only works with laptops since it fits in PCMCIA slot. The site also states that USB EVDO cards would be available soon, means one can use it on a PC too.
Personally I guess this service will be yet another huge success for PTCL after their Broadband Pakistan service. I am not sure about the set up required to provide EVDO service. If it is not that much complicated, PTCL can widen its broadband services to rural areas. Even my native villagers are starving for a broadband service.


Affordable Wireless Broadband: EVDO Soft Launch By WorldCall !!!

WorldCall has started EVDO service from Karachi. The solution uses a USB modem (or a wireless router – if thats what you prefer) and enables wireless broadband services for laptops. This is being offered at very competitive rates by WordCall. Thanks to Faraz at WorldCall for sharing the information at Telecom Grid. Quoting the thread:

There’s no cap on downloads. Below is the tariff – for shared connections:

256 Kbps 1200/-
512 Kbps 1800/-
1 Mbps 2500/-

Device is ADU-510A, cost Rs. 4500.

Service is currently available in Karachi with plans of expanding it to Lahore soon.

Worldcall EVDO Router

WorldCall Wireless Router also available for corporate solution, image is attached.

You can connect 253 wireless connections with this device….. Wifi and WAN
options are available along with 4 LAN connections


Monday, September 14, 2009

Nokia Booklet 3G Mini Laptop Revealed !!!

World's largest manufacturer of cellphones Nokia is all set to foray into laptop market with revelation of its upcoming mini-laptop "Nokia Booklet 3G", powered with Intel Atom processor and Microsoft Windows 7 as operating-system the handy laptop packs quite a punch with features like 10.1-inch HD display, 3G/HSPA ready with hot-swappable SIM card facility, HDMI port for HD video out, Wi-Fi, assisted-GPS with Ovi Maps, camera, bluetooth and card-reader - all this packed into an gadget less then a kilogram in weight and 2cm thick.


Friday, August 21, 2009

New Chinese Buses are on their way to Lahore !!!

New china buses coming to Pak..
Man china is going high n high day by day..


A three member Chinese delegation from King Long Automotive Industry (KLAI) visited investment Division and Board of Investment (ID&BOI) here on Monday to explore the ways for Complete Knock-Down (CKD) manufacturing in the country.

The delegation comprised Richard Zhang, Assistant to President and Overseas Business General Manager, Andrew Chen, Project Manager and Xu Chang Hua, Manager, said BoI press statement.

King Long Automotive of China is involved in the production of bus business of international standards and has recently entered the European market and has further strengthened its global presence, the press statement added.

The delegation members held detailed meeting with BoI officials. The meeting was chaired by Riaz-ul-Haq, Director General, BOI.

Riaz-ul-Haq gave a presentation to the delegation and discussed economic profile of Pakistan, various reforms and their implications on investment, liberal investment policy while FDI trends from China were highlighted in particular.

The delegation was informed that currently over 60 Chinese companies were successfully operating in key economic sectors of Pakistan, the major ones being, China Mobile in Telecommunications, Pak-China Investment Company in Financial Services, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in Information Technology, China National Machinery Import & Export Corp. in mining and explorations and China State Construction Engineering Co. in construction of 7 Star Hotel in Pakistan. (Centaurus in Islamabad

During the discussion delegation was also informed about the China specific economic zones and the incentives it offers to the investors, including 5 year tax holiday and 100% depreciation allowance.

The Chinese delegation intends to start a CKD manufacturing project in Pakistan in which the assembly plant for the manufacturing of buses would be setup in accordance with the local needs. For this project, the Group has already purchased substantial land in the national industrial zone near Rawat.

Haq assured the potential investors of due assistance and support on the part of ID&BOI.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Black Day-Aug 15th: Kashmiris hoist Pakistani flags in Srinagar. Burn Indian flags

The Crescent and Star flutters in the hearts and the minds of the brave people of Kashmir. No amount of repression and obfuscation can hide that fact. The Kashmiris once again proved it in the dog days of August. What do you say about a people that hoist Pakistani flags and hold freedom rallies on August 14th (Pakistan independence day), and then the next day on August 15th (Indian independence day) they burn Indian flags and host black flags across the state. 

Slogans raised by Kashmiris all over Sirinagar & Indian Occupied Kashmir

Slogans raised by Kashmiris all over Sirinagar & Indian Occupied Kashmir

It says that the the Kashmiris in their hearts and in their souls are Pakistan. they listen to Pakistani songs, watch Pakistani Television and root for the Pakistani cricket team during the India-Pakistan matches. Pro-freedom, Pro-Pakistan and Anti-Indian demonstrations continue in Srinagar. “They” hide the pictures of the Pakistan flags, but once in a while, they slip up. Keep an eye out, you will find hundreds of green Muslim flags mingled in with Pakistani flags in the crowds, and atop building in Indian Occuped Kashmir. You see them burning the Indian flag and kissing the Pakistani flag. They yearn for freedom and they aspire to become Pakistanis. Pakistan is their destiny and “Azadi” (freedom) is their dream.

Kashmir: Indian intellectuals beletedly grow a conscience! They” mistranslate “Azadi” as independence. For the Kashmiris “Azadi” means freedom. Independence from India is “freedom” for the Kashmiris. Indians rethinking Kashmir: Kashmiris yearn to be free and become part of Pakistan


Indian Occupied Kashmirs carrying Pakistani flags in Srinagar. AFP photo mislables it as

Kashmiris protesting Indian occupation by burning Indian flags and hoisting Paksitani falgs in 2008

Kashmiris protesting Indian occupation by burning Indian flags and hoisting Paksitani falgs in 2008

On August 15th, the Indian independence day, the demonstrators removed and burned the tri-colored Indian flags and replaced them with the Green Pakistani Crescent and Star atop the clock tower and other buildings in Srinagar. On Pakistan’s independence day, August 14th, the city of Srinagar was a sea of green. No Indian falgs could be seen.


Kashmiri protesters carry the Pakistani Crescent and Star flags. India Occupied Kashmir

  • The Green Wildfire of freedom in Indian Occupied Kashmir: Fields of Pakistani flags in Srinagar.  Indian Occupied Kashmiris have made it very clear to the world that they not only want freedom from Indian occupation, they have made it clear to the world that they want  to join Pakistan.  Indian Occupied Kashmir:-Children of the stones yearn for freedom and Pakistan. We are Pakistanis and Pakistan is us because we are tied with the country through Islam,” he roared, as the crowd cheered him and chanted: “Hum Pakistani hain, Pakistan hamara hai” (We are Pakistanis, Pakistan is ours). Syed Gilani

  • “Kashmiris chant azadi & Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan in equal numbers and with equal intensity” “There was a green flag on every lamp post, every roof, every bus stop and on the top of chinar trees. A big one fluttered outside the All India Radio building. Road signs were painted over. Rawalpindi they said. Or simply Pakistan” Arundhati Roy on Kashmir

  • Fed on a steady diet of triumphalist media reports it is very hard for the Hinduvata India to comprehend. Very recently parts of the Indian press has begun to recognize the real problems. Indian Occupied Kashmirs throngs UN offices asking for freedom and end to occupation

  • In a sea of Kashmiris, there are green flags everywhere. they were shouting slogans like.

  • Indian Occupied Kashmirs carrying Pakistani flags in Srinagar.

    Indian Occupied Kashmirs carrying Pakistani flags in Srinagar.

  • India Occupied Kashmir explodes in unprecdented violence 

  • Indian Kashmirs desperate for trade with free Pakistani Kashmir

  • Clear lines drawn: Kashmiri Muslims vs Jammu Hindus

  • Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans during a procession following the funeral of a youth who succumbed to injuries after being shot during a protest Tuesday, in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. Thousands of people rushed to buy essential supplies during a brief relaxation of a curfew in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after troops killed 14 Muslims protesting a trade blockade and the death of a key separatist leader. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans during a procession following the funeral of a youthwho succumbed to injuries after being shot during a protest Tuesday, in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. Thousands of people rushed to buy essential supplies during a brief relaxation of a curfew in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after troops killed 14 Muslims protesting a trade blockade and the death of a key separatist leader. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    New Kashmiri slogans reported by Indian activist Andhruti Roy

    New Kashmiri slogans reported by Indian activist Andhruti Roy

  • Resisting Indian hegemony by all neighbors:-Afghan cauldron

  • Paper Tigers: Indian tenuous “hold” on Kashmir is slipping fast  

  • Tehrik e Ilhak be Paksitan is very much alive and cannot die

    Kashmiris protesting to join Pakistan: Tehrik e Ilhak be Paksitan is very much alive and cannot die

    The police was impotent to do anything about it.

    Why we Created Pakistan?

    Map of Pakistani Azad Kashmir, Pakistani Northern Areas and Indian occupied Kashmir

    Map of Pakistani Azad Kashmir, Pakistani Northern Areas and Indian occupied Kashmir

    The Kashmiri leaders announced a march to Muzaffarabad with the new Kashmiri slogans. “Muzaffarabad chalo”


    Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    Ab basi bhi karo – {now stop it}

    OK, now stop it dude :@ i am very angry about KESC procedures and processes. I agree they have shortage of electricity and they allowed load shedding schedule. But you dogs why the hell you switch off electricity at 3 am? When we will sleep? When we will reach to our offices? Why i dont find my fan in running state when i go back to home from office? Why Why Why? What you are doing? Whats a problem? Shortage? My foot this is all “HADH HARAMI”. Let me prove!

    No Light! So Dark!

    No Light! So Dark!

    In KESC company profile, published on their website author writes:“The Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited was incorporated on 13th September 1913 under the Indian Companies Act, 1882 as amended to date vied the Companies Ordinance 1984. The Company is listed on Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad Stock Exchanges. The Government of Pakistan took control of the Company by acquiring majority shareholding in 1952.”It means KESC had a complete control in 1952 and now is 2008 so it becomes 56 years approximate to half century. In 56 years they only have 2 Power Stations under capacity enhancement project. One power station is located in Bin Qasim and it has 575 Mw capacity. Other power station is located in Korangi and it has 220 Mw capacity. These two power stations covering complete Karachi and including some sindh areas and hyderabad also in the covering list.So the first worst thing is that in the 56 years they are not able to create more power stations? Creating a power stations could be difficult task but they cant even maintain these two available units properly. Daily on news i heard / read about failure of power stations. What they are doing? Didn’t they make a plan for future in past? Or as usual plan is in the storage files?Just because of them normal native is so disturb! We cant even sleep in night, We reach our offices late, When we go back to home so we cant find electricity. When it will be fix? Still they cant see any solution for these issues. Because of no electricity peoples buying Generators and due to high prices of fuel people prefer Gas Generators and it is surely not good for SSGC. But i hope SSGC is doing something for this and they must have contingency plans. I hope!… Otherwise we will be crying for GAS shortage ….

    Don’t know whats wrong if KESC facing genuine problem so why don’t they announce their issues in front public. At least we will stop writing bad for you (if any genuine reason).

    Here i don’t have any single hope from KESC… so cant say .. hope for good :)

    Residents of Defence Housing Authority (DHA ) and Clifton have claimed that any drive initiated by the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to increase revenues from their areas would not only prove counterproductive but also generate a hostile reaction from power consumers, who are already undergoing adverse electric supply and billing situation. Defence Residents’ Society (DRS) President, Zafar Iqbal, said that the KESC’s move to increase its revenue-base from DHA and Clifton would ultimately be perceived by affected power consumers as harassment against them simply because of their affluent social status. Concerned DHA and Clifton residents meanwhile also said that KESC should have adopted measures to improve the adverse power supply and billing situation in their localities prior to having introduced any revenue-boosting scheme. It is worth remembering that the KESC has set up a special “Umeed Zone” to maximise revenue generation from Defence and Clifton.

    Iqbal contended that resources and efforts should be focused upon the due improvement and upgradation of overloaded and obsolete systems of electricity transmission and distribution, that were also used to serve the power needs of the DHA.

    Residents claimed that the KESC management had conceived the revenue generation scheme at a time when the power and water supply situation in these areas has considerably deteriorated. Many said that the situation was such that affected consumers hardly found any relief, despite living in the ‘posh’ and ‘privileged’ localities of the city.

    In response to complaints that influential residents of the area are involved in electricity theft, residents responded that strong political will and support is needed to identify and target such cases, and that stern action should be taken against such unscrupulous power consumers without showing any concessions.

    Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh leader and resident of DHA, Saleem Zia, said that any hope to increase the revenue base by the power utility in the current dismal scenario of electric supply is “a fantasy on the part of the KESC authorities.”

    DRS President Zafar Iqbal told of him own plight: “For last two to three days my home in DHA Phase-V at Khayaban-e-Ghazi has been subjected to prolonged disruption in power supply, lasting from 10a.m. till 7 p.m., and prior to this, multiple spells of load shedding had been taking place in the area. The power situation is not so normal and regulated that the KESC can go for any special billing drive in Defence,” Iqbal added.

    Secretary of the Association of Defence Residents (ADR), Asad Qazalbash, said that complaints of over-billing due to faulty electricity metres are rampant amongst Defence residents. He added that there is no need for a special bill recovery campaign in the area, given that the KESC is prompt at penalising defaulting power consumers by disconnecting power supply to their homes and offices. Qazalbash believed that the highly deteriorated power situation had proven that the present management of KESC has no competence, ability and experience to run the power utility in an efficient and consumer-friendly manner.

    Qudsia Qadri, a resident of Clifton Block-4, said that the highly disturbed power supply situation in her locality strongly pointed towards the fact that the KESC had not carried out due improvement or upgradation of its transmission and distribution networks, including those covering DHA and Clifton. She said that she had been charged ten times her regular bill recently, and upon lodging and pursuing her complaint, she discovered that she been charged for an excessive 350 units. She added that during the peak winter season, power consumers in Clifton were subjected to hours-long power outages, while consumers are bracing themselves for a worse situation during the summers.


    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Future Of Pakistan's Antiextremism Efforts Hinges On Swat Operation !!!

    Pakistani soldiers stand guard on top of a mountain overlooking the Swat Valley. Will the government prevent the Taliban from coming back?

    In what is widely seen as a remarkable illustration of public wrath against the Taliban, 1,600 villagers attacked Taliban positions in the Upper Dir district of northwestern Pakistan on June 9, just days after a suicide attack at a mosque killed 40 civilians, including children.

    The Taliban was immediately blamed for the mosque attack, adding to tensions that were running high after militants infiltrated the remote valley and started building local networks and intimidating locals.

    The Pakistani military on June 9 sent helicopter gunships to the remote mountain villages of the Malakand region to reinforce the local anti-Taliban militia or "lashkar," which means something akin to "posse" in Pashto.

    The lashkar reportedly destroyed the homes of 25 Taliban fighters and claimed to have killed 15 militants.

    But while the operation was widely touted as a major success, skeptics note that similar revolts against the Taliban have ultimately failed.

    Local observers say that, beginning in 2003, Pashtun communities from mountain villages in the Waziristan tribal region to the urban neighborhoods of the regional capital Peshawar mobilized periodically to expel Taliban fighters. But such initiatives were ultimately ineffective because the government failed to support them.

    In the absence of viable government protection, hundreds of tribal leaders and politicians heading such efforts were gunned down in targeted attacks. Gatherings of groups were often hit by suicide bombings that inflicted numerous casualties.

    Plight Of The Pashtuns

    Faced with endless violence, Pashtuns in the region have nowhere to turn, says Ijaz Khan, a professor of international relations at Peshawar University.

    "Pashtuns are caught in the cross-fire and are being killed from both sides. On the one hand they are accused of being the Taliban, and the Pashtuns have no means to ask them [the West] why, if they were the Taliban, would they blow up their schools with bombs even while their children were there?" Khan notes.

    "They are caught in the conflict from all sides, between the neighboring countries, internationally, and within the country. And all this results in Pashtuns being slaughtered. But they don't know where to go, how to move forward."

    Just a year ago, Khan saw local politicians promising jobs, security, and development during an election campaign. But today, millions of those same voters find themselves struggling for survival under the blazing sun as they wait out the government's military operation in tented displacement camps and in sweltering towns and cities across Pakistan.

    A newspaper displays photos of militant leaders wanted by the government.
    Most of those displaced come from Swat and the surrounding districts of Dir and Buner in the Malakand region, where the Pakistani military claims to have killed 1,300 militants while losing 105 soldiers.

    The current offensive began in late April after a peace deal there collapsed. Some 18,000 Pakistani soldiers are now battling 5,000 extremist fighters, many of whom are veterans of guerilla warfare in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

    But the offensive has also forced out an estimated 2.5 million people from Malakand. With independent journalists denied access to the conflict region, it is difficult to estimate civilian casualties or the state of tens of thousands of civilians who remain in the area with no electricity, food supplies, or basic health care.

    Fearing Retribution

    Khan says that due to recent Pakistani history, which often saw efforts to defeat extremism through large-scale military operations result in the Taliban coming back and reclaiming lost influence, trust between local populations and the government has been lost.

    Khan says this is evident today in Swat, where "what we see on the surface and what one gathers from people coming out of Swat are contradictory.

    "On the one hand a lot of people will tell you that this time the government forces are hitting the right targets. On the other hand people still express doubts and say that while the Taliban foot soldiers are being killed, their leaders are not targeted and they are even provided with an opportunity to escape from certain regions," Khan says. "So a lot of doubts are being expressed."

    Government bounties for the capture of 21 Taliban commanders in Swat have so far not led to the capture of any significant insurgent leaders. Locals express fear that as long as the leader of the Swat Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, is not dealt with, he might follow in the footsteps of other Pakistani Taliban leaders and rebuild his network once the military operation is over.

    If that were to happen, they expect a new cycle of retribution, with anyone seen as being against the Taliban killed.

    International Doubts

    This uncertainty over the future course of the Swat operation is shared internationally.

    Farzana Shaikh, a South Asia specialist at the Chatham House think tank in London, says that the Swat operation has given the international community, particularly the United States, some confidence that the Pakistani government and the military "are finally serious in tackling the militant threat."

    Shaikh says that there are concerns that the Pakistani military's job in Swat will go unfinished as it expands its war to new fronts and takes on the Taliban forces in the Waziristan tribal region.

    "At the same time, there is also great doubt about just how serious this operation is for the simple reason that to date we have not had any of the militant leaders from Swat or anywhere else in the Malakand arrested. The top leadership still seems to be pretty much intact and the army and security forces have been unable to arrest or capture any of the main leaders," Shaikh says.

    "There remains this doubt -- this uncertainty about whether or not this military operation will really be completed with the kind of determination and decisiveness that many hoped would be in evidence. The jury is still out on this one."

    Shaikh's newly published book, "Making Sense Of Pakistan," examines the strategic implications of Pakistan's complex relationship with an Islamic identity. While originally envisioned as a modern secular state for South Asian Muslims, Pakistan's regional engagements and domestic political developments turned it into a bastion for violent extremism.

    Shaikh maintains that while the prevailing anti-Taliban mood in Pakistan might prove fleeting, the country's political and military elite now needs to build consensus on tackling the fundamental question of what kind of state they want to build.

    "As long as the state itself cannot clarify the kind of Islam that it wishes to project, so long as it cannot clarify its own relationship with Islam, there will always be this uncertainty in the minds of people about whether or not those who are claiming to be fighting in the name of Islam should be attacked in the way that they are being attacked at the moment," Shaikh says.

    In a noticeable contrast to the Bush years, U.S. President Barak Obama's administration appears to have moved away from measuring progress in terms of the militants killed or captured.

    During his visit last week, Obama's special regional envoy Richard Holbrooke noted the apparent change of mood in Pakistan and its government's resolve to fight extremism. However, he made clear that winning the hearts and minds of those most affected by violence is now pivotal.

    "The test of this policy is whether the refugees can go home, go home quickly, and return to their normal lives, and that is going to be a large internationally -- it has to be, it has to be -- a large internationally supported reconstruction effort," Holbrooke said.


    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Islamic law to be imposed in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.(A Heaven On Earth )

    PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD (AP/The News) – The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across much of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying the insurgency spreading from the border region to the country’s interior.

    The ceasefire will likely concern the United States but calm the nerves of Pakistani people.

    The truce announcement came after talks with local Islamists.

    Amir Haider Khan Hoti, the chief minister for the North West Frontier Province, said authorities would impose Islamic law in Malakand region, which includes the Swat Valley. Swat is a one-time tourist haven in the northwest where extremists have gained sway.

    He said the laws would only be implemented when the valley was peaceful.

    The Islamists in Swat said Sunday they would observe a 10-day ceasefire in support of the peace process. They welcomed Monday’s announcement, which did not mention any need for the militants to give up arms.

    “Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Shariah (Islamic) law,” their spokesman Muslim Khan said. “If this really brings us the implementation of Shariah, we will fully cooperate with it.”

    Hoti gave few details, but said the main changes were included in existing laws stipulating Islamic justice that have never been enforced. They allow for Muslim clerics to advise judges when hearing cases, but do not ban female education or mention other interpretations of Shariah.

    “This was the people’s demand ... for speedy justice.” he said. “There was a (legal) vacuum and we will be filling that vacuum in the near future,” he told a news conference.

    Hoti also said that troops in Swat, which had been conducting an offensive there against the militants, would now go on “reactive mode” and retaliate only if attacked.

    “Well done Mr. President”, Pakistan’s daily The News commented on the development:

    President Asif Zardari’s nod to the proposed peace deal in Swat is perhaps the first major political initiative of the present government to save the valley from bleeding to death, veteran journalist Ansar Abbasi wrote in a front-page analysis.

    Now when President Zardari needs to be encouraged and given a pat on his back for having agreed to this home-grown solution, overcoming his earlier hesitation to this peace deal, some confused and ill-informed political analysts and media commentators have instantly launched a campaign to derail a process which could bring back the desperately needed sanity, relief, peace and hope.

    Maulana Sufi Muhammad, chief of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), had assured the authorities two months ago that he would ensure peace in the troubled Swat Valley only if his demand of setting up of an Islamic appellate court named Darul Qaza is met to ensure quick justice. The president, who was initially scared of the expected international pressure in case he approves the Shariah system in Swat but has now agreed to this and given a go-ahead to the Frontier regime to sign and announce the peace deal.

    What is wrong with such a localized deal in a highly troubled and violence-hit area is beyond understanding, though Zardari and some of the critics feared that the U.S. may object to what may be perceived by Washington as a concession to the extremists.

    But the U.S. cannot object if through an internal judicial restructuring, or renaming the courts, a large and potentially dangerous theatre of violence can be pacified and thousands of troops being used there can be diverted to fighting the war against terrorism in other places.

    While the peace deal is said to have already been signed between Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi’s (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad and the NWFP government on the enforcement of Shariah in the Malakand division and is likely to be announced on Monday, the propaganda campaign unleashed on private television channels is depicting it as a move that would seriously disfigure the existing systems in the country and might encourage people in other areas, too, to demand enforcement of Shariah in their regions.

    The historic fact is that in Swat the Islamic judicial system has been part of their history even during the British rule. In the days when Swat was a state run by a Wali, the judicial system was totally unique to its own needs, as it would be now, but under a different name.

    The critics are also ignoring the fact that all the political forces concerned, including even the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan People’s Party, are fully supportive of this peace deal. Though, the demand for the enforcement of Shariah is generally linked to the TNSM or the followers of Maulana Fazlullah and the Taliban, the fact remains that the Swat MPs, even those belonging to the PPP, are pressing for the same as the people of Swat, irrespective of their party affiliation, demand an Islamic Justice system (Islami Nizam-e-Adal) to ensure quick justice.

    Justice, and swift and speedy one, is thus the crux of the whole argument and has caused such terrible loss of lives and trauma for the thousands of citizens living in the troubled area. While these analysts cast doubts on the possible outcome of the deal, Maulana Fazlullah of the FM Radio fame who controls may minds and warriors, announced on Sunday an initial ceasefire for at least 10 days. This may be one of the biggest breakthroughs for the PPP government of Mr. Zardari if pursued sincerely and seriously and taken to its logical end.

    Maulana Sufi Muhammad would start addressing rallies and processions in Swat and would launch this campaign from Matta, the most troubled Tehsil of the valley. He would go there on Feb 17.

    While the constitution provides for different set of rules, regulations and laws for different areas of Pakistan and this is even true in case of other countries, including the U.S., some naive TV critics cannot understand how would the special Swat arrangement work. They are creating a confusion, perhaps oblivious of the fact that laws in tribal areas of Pakistan, provincial tribal areas including Swat, cantonment areas, etc., are different from other parts of Pakistan. And different systems for such different areas can work and have been working for ages.


    Monday, July 6, 2009

    Civilians caught in Swat fighting !!!

    MINGORA - Amidst continuing operation by the security forces against the alleged militants, as many as 26 persons , mostly civilians and 10 Taliban, were killed and 27 others received injuries while some 32 houses were damaged on Thursday in different parts of Kabal and Matta Tehsils of Swat.
    The security forces used gunship helicopters besides tanks in the operation.
    In the locality of Kabal, a mortar shell hit a house of Misalur-Rahman where seven persons of a family were killed. The deceased were identified as Faseehulasan, Mohammad Tahir, Zainul Abideen, Mst Khalida, Abbas Khan and two sons of Abbas Khan. In another locality of Kabal Tehsil some 4 citizens were killed due to gunship helicopter firing. The four deceased were identified as Salih Rahman, his two children and a female of the same house.
    Similarly in area of Shah Dehrai some 6 persons including 2 children were killed during the operation, whereas two children Sanaullah and Abdul Karim died in Shahangoti area who were injured on Wednesday.
    The forces’ shell hit a house of a school teacher in Matta wounding Ahmad Saeed teacher and his wife. Meanwhile, in the Shahangoti area of Tehsil Matta an unknown person killed a citizen, who was identified as Ali Rahman son of Gul Rahman from Mardan area. His dead body was recovered from an orchard.
    The security forces have so far hit some 32 houses in village Deulay, New Colony, of Kabal Tehsil, and Bara Pamakhela, Sarbanda, Peochar areas of Matta. The injured were being treated locally because of the curfew in the area.
    The sources said that 10 Taliban were amongst the killed in Matta area. The local Taliban set on fire another 3 girls schools in village Kishwara of Malamjabba, and thus so far some 65 schools have been razed or destroyed all over Swat. In Qandeel area of Maidan the Taliban fired at security post resulting in injuries to security personnel. The security forces arrested a suspected Taliban in the area and shifted him somewhere for investigation.
    The Taliban blew up Kharery bridge which connects Matta with nearby villages. The Taliban also attacked the Matta police station, however the security forces resisted the attack.
    AFP adds: Officials said Thursday that troops were vacating a key fort in South Waziristan, identified by the United States as a haven for militants.
    The British-era fort in South Waziristan is being turned into a hospital for local tribesmen and some 300 troops have begun leaving, said Major General Mohammad Alam Khattak, head of the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
    The fort in the town of Ladha is in an area dominated by Baitullah Mehsud, top Taliban commander and the man accused by the last government of masterminding the slaying of former premier Benazir Bhutto. Khattak denied that pressure from the militants was behind the decision to vacate the fort, where more than a dozen troops were killed in a series of militant offensives in January.
    “The decision has been taken to provide health facilities to local tribesmen,” Khattak told reporters in Peshawar.
    “The fort had no strategic value for us. It was located in a depression surrounded by populated area,” he said, adding that the troops would be moving to Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.
    He said the fort, built in 1932, had faced at least 18 major attacks in recent years.


    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    Dajjal has Born in Israel ????

    I came to a shock upon receiving an email with the following contents …… astaghfirullahilazim …… a one-eyed child born in Israel recently…… na’uzubillahi minzaliq ….

    Alert Ummah, there is a 90% chance that we will see the Jewish Dajjal in our lifetime !!


    One of the prominent events preceding the Day of Judgement is the appearance of Dajjal. We have been apprised of many aspects of Dajjal both in the Qur’an and the Ahadis. In fact, the Muslims have been more informed about the Dajjal by the Holy Prophet than previous nations by their respective prophets. Dajjal will appear somewhere between Iraq and Syria, after the Battle of Istanbul takes place. The name in the Ahadis is Constantinople, which is the former name of Istanbul. Dajjal will be a Jew. His distinguishing feature is that he will be one-eyed and the word “Kafir” or “unbeliever” will be written on his forehead. That he is a Jew is confirmed from another hadis, which says that his followers will be mainly of Jewish religion.

    Dajjal will be a powerful personality in this world. He will attract loads of people; his voice will be heard in the East and the West. The latter, given the present day communication technology in the form of satellite television and Internet, doesn’t seem surprising.

    The main aim of Dajjal will be to try and convince people that he is God Almighty. He will try and deviate people from the Right Path and join his ranks. To achieve that end and to convince people with true faith, he will kill and then re-create the same person. This will prove to be sufficient to gain him more followers, especially the ones who have weak faith. But we must remember at all times, that he will definitely not be anywhere near God.

    Dajjal will travel the whole world. The only place where he will not be able to enter is Makkah and Madinah. “It will at this very time that Allah will send Christ, son of Mary. He will descend at the white minaret on the eastern side of Damascus, wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he lowers his head, there will fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he raises it up, beads like pearls will scatter from it. Every non-believer who smells the odour of his body will die and his breath will reach as far as he is able to see. He will then search for him (Dajjal) until he catches hold of him at the gate of Ludd and kills him.”


    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Custom Combat Handguns 2008

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    For those competitors who demand the ultimate race pistol, STI International delivers with the STI Grandmaster. Incorporating unique features with patented 2011 technology and Trubor compensated barrel, the STI Grandmaster is a race ready factory pistol with custom pistol distinctiveness.

    Built on the patented modular steel frame with a blue polymer grip, the STI Grandmaster utilizes the Trubor compensated barrel. The Trubor is designed to eliminate misalignment of the barrel and compensator bore or movement of the compensator along the barrel threads, giving the shooter a more consistent performance and reduced muzzle flip.

    stiguns.gifThe Grandmaster slide has classic scalloped sides, STI saber-tooth rear cocking serrations, flat top and slide lightening along the rear of the slide. Additional enhancements include STI’s RecoilMaster guide rod system, STI stainless steel magazine well, stainless steel ambidextrous safeties, stainless steel high rise grip safety, and hard chrome finish with color inlay in the engraving.

    Built with custom features, the Legacy incorporates function and beauty. Manufactured from high quality parts like bar-stock slides, forged frames and match grade barrels, the Legacy will out perform your expectations. Additionally, the Legacy has cosmetic features that make this pistol visually appealing. The flat top slide with STI diamond LPI, a master line that runs the length of the slide and polished sides of the slide make the Legacy a work of art.

    One of the Legacy highlights is the physical vapor deposition finish. Every steel part on the Legacy is completely coated including the barrel. PVD provides an extremely hard finish that will produce years of protection against rust, corrosion, and holster wear.


    Things Your Car Will Finally Do In 2020

    We’ll spare you the far-future posturing and flying-car jokes, but the future looks bright. In fact, we’ve already made some pretty impressive headway. The 2008 Mercedes S-Class can change lanes on the highway automatically, and both the Toyota Prius and the Lexus LS-460 can self-park at the push of a button. But that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what’s in the works. With eyes wide and mouths agape, mental_floss peeked under the curtain at the cars of the future. Here’s what we can tell you about what you’ll be driving in 2020.

    1. Your Car Will Predict The Future

    Self-parking cars are great and all, but there’s a big difference between features of convenience and the kinds of safety technologies on the horizon. We’re talking about cars that can see into the future and react on a dime—whether that means detecting a person crossing the street or swerving to avoid oncoming traffic.

    There’s no doubt the artificial intelligence required to protect you from those dangers is incredibly sophisticated, but it’s becoming more widely available every day. Vehicles equipped with hundreds of sensors will be able to monitor their surroundings, both from a short-range perspective (to detect things like barriers and stop signs) and a long-range perspective (to detect things like a truck barreling toward you). But they won’t be working alone.

    Cars of the future will also utilize video monitors located at intersections. Currently planned for many towns and cities across the United States, these monitors will feed data to your car over a wireless network. From as far as 30 miles away, they’ll be able to transmit video imagery right to your dashboard. So, if you didn’t see that pedestrian walking into the street, the video system would know where you were, know about the pedestrian, and warn you to pay attention. It’s similar to Google’s new Street View maps system. Already available in larger cities like San Francisco and New York, the application shows fluid, 360-degree video images of nearly every block in the area. And while it’s only accessible from computers now, similar real-time images will soon be available right on your dash.

    Taking the concept one step further, engineers also plan to equip cars with computer processors that can analyze these kinds of video feeds to assess abnormalities in traffic. So rather than just warning you of an upcoming obstacle in the road, cars will use the data to deploy airbags at just the right location within the vehicle. Or, they could decide to take over the steering when needed. Basically a smarter version of the existing Electronic Stability Control feature (available on several luxury car models now), the cars will monitor weather and traffic, and adjust tire speeds to make sure you stay on the road and don’t flip the vehicle. How long ’til everyone on the block has one? The system will be required on all new U.S. cars for the 2012 model year, but you should expect to see it even sooner than that.

    2. Your Car Will Talk To The Road – And The Road Will Talk Back

    It’s one thing to have a car that senses other vehicles, but something else entirely to have the road itself know where your car is at all times. To make that possible, city governments and automakers are joining forces to launch new Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems. Using short-range wireless signals, vehicles will be able to communicate not only with each other, but with all the infrastructure on the road. Transportation agencies in cities across America currently have plans to install DSRC technology at major intersections and high-accident areas. In response, major auto manufacturers will offer DSRC support for their cars. The communication network will monitor where cars are traveling, as well as read traffic-light information and road-sign sensors. With both cars and roadways enabled, formerly unimaginable safety benefits will become a reality. For instance, ambulances will be able to trigger upcoming traffic lights to change from red to green.

    But there are plans to go even further. According to DaimlerChrysler, old satellites (accurate to about 3 feet) could be replaced with much more powerful Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, which could pinpoint your vehicle to a few centimeters. And while there are only 30 active GPS satellites in space today, engineers hope to have as many as 50 in the future. The new system will be able to track weather conditions and suggest alternate routes. For example, you could avoid a tornado in Kansas or damaging hail in Fargo, or loop around Chicago traffic using real-time data that’s continually updated.

    3. Your Car Will Take Itself Into The Shop For Maintenance

    Having wireless networks set up along the roadways—such as those necessary for seeing images of upcoming intersections—translates to endless possibilities for cars and drivers in the future. Example: Imagine passing a maintenance station that remotely signals your in-car navigation system that it’s time for an oil change. Better yet, it could go ahead and wirelessly upgrade your car’s software modules or check the performance of its safety sensors.

    Perhaps even more exciting are the possibilities for electric hybrids. Once electric cars outnumber gas-engine cars, satellite-based wireless power systems could recharge vehicles from space. How’s that possible? The satellites would gather solar energy from space and then transmit the power to a receiver on the vehicle via a wireless signal. It would work the same as a wireless computer network, except the signal would carry energy instead of data.

    4. When You Drive Through McDonald’s, Your Car Will Be Debited, Not Your Visa

    Microprocessors are already embedded into many parts of an automobile—from an engine’s control-valve timing system to the seat controls. So why not have a microprocessor that manages financial transactions? Several states already offer special debit cards that mount to your windshield as you pass through a toll, but those are primitive compared to what’s to come.

    In the future, when you pull into the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant, a local Wi-Fi network will be able to communicate with your vehicle by way of an encrypted wireless signal. In other words, after you order your food, the car will automatically make the financial transaction. And the electronic signature? It’s likely that the navigational systems in your car will have expanded beyond route planning and safety warnings into something involving a signature pad that would allow you to type in a passcode (or use a fingerprint or eye retina scan) as an electronic signature. Once the infrastructure is in place, your car will become like a mini-ATM for drive-thru establishments. Of course, whether or not that’s a good thing for your budget remains to be seen.

    5. Go Ahead, Take A Nap. Your Car Will Drive Itself.

    Futuristic cars tricked out with their own ATMs and self-maintenance features sound nice, but for many engineers, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real holy grail? A fully automated, driverless car.

    Shining a big spotlight on such efforts is DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), a Department of Defense organization aimed at perfecting the robotic technology needed for safe, autonomous military vehicles. In 2005, Stanford robotics expert Sebastian Thrun (who we gushed over in our last issue on page 33) won the DARPA Grand Challenge with his autonomous car, Stanley. Although the competition is aimed at developing machinery to protect soldiers, Thrun believes the technology will reach civilians sooner than you might think. And driverless cars, he believes, could save thousands of lives each year.

    In June 2007, Thrun’s new robotic roadster, Junior, completed several test runs in preparation for the DARPA Urban Challenge (scheduled for November 2007). Although Junior never went faster than 15 mph, it made a three-point U-turn and navigated through a four-way stop. That’s right; Thrun is getting close to achieving a fully automated, road-ready car.

    Where could this lead? Well, a highway system for starters—say, from San Francisco to Los Angeles—for driverless vehicles only. Using a wireless signal, barriers on either side of the road could communicate with cars to keep them on track. And vehicles could simply use older cruise-control technology to maintain steady speeds. Conceivably, this would allow drivers to sleep through long stretches of highway—or at the very least read the morning paper and drink their coffee. Another advantage is that these routes could have less restrictive speed limits—likely well over 100 mph—which could redefine the morning commute for many Americans.


    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    ::.Welcome To Swabi.::



    Men:: Men wear Shalwar Qameez along with Waskat and Peshawari Chappal.
    Women:: Women wear Shalwar Qameez along with Dupatta. They take Chail (Chadar) when going out inorder to cover their face (Parda).


    All the inhabitants of Swabi Speak Pushto Language with a little variation of ascent in different villages.

    A community place where people meet at leisure time and all social events like Marriages, Death Condolance, Jirgah etc take place. This building usually comprises of a big hall, a courtyard and is usually with or without boundry walls. Each tribe of a village have a seperate Hujra.

    The people of Swabi play different type of games. The peculiar sport is "MUKHA" (A game in which a person is to hit a certain target with a bow and arrow.) Some other common games are
    • Kabaddi / Tatti
    • Horse Race
    • Bullock Race
    • Dog Fight
    • Cock Fight
    Beside these games, various other national and international games like Cricket, Football etc are also played here.


    There are alot of folk stories in Swabi. The most famous amongst them is the love story of "Yousaf Khan & Sher Bano". Both the characters belong to Swabi and their tomb is situated on the top of a hill named Karamar. The first Pushto Film was picturised on


    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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