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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.”


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