Dr.Aafia’s trial in final stage

The trial of Aafia Siddiqui moved into the final stage on Monday, with defence lawyers highlighting in their final arguments the disconnect in the accounts by the prosecution witnesses.

After both the prosecution and defence delivered their closing arguments, the 16-member jury went into deliberations to reach a verdict. According to experts, the verdict could come early next week although there is no fixed time frame for the judgment.

The defence’s main argument was that evidence by the prosecution witnesses lacked coherence and their varying accounts were, in fact, contradictory — not only to each other but to themselves.

Besides, the defence lawyers argued that there was no physical evidence produced by the prosecution to substantiate charges against Aafia. The prosecution, they stated, tried to create an “atmosphere of fear” by producing handwritten notes by Aafia.

During her deposition, Aafia told the court that she recognised some of the notes but not all of them and that they had been put in a handbag given by her captors, who were threatening to harm her children.

Defence lawyers also focused on the fact that there were no fingerprints on the M4 rifle allegedly used in the shooting incident and there were no holes in the walls created by the bullets allegedly fired. Nor was there any residue on the curtain, which partitioned the rooms between Aafia and the US personnel in Afghanistan. There were no bullet projectiles found in the wall where the bullets were allegedly fired, they further pointed out.

The prosecution pressed their charges by stating that there were six witnesses to prove the alleged incident. Attorney Tina Foster of the International Justice Network has said she is hopeful of a positive outcome. However, she said regardless of how weak the prosecution’s case be, which currently looked like a flea circus, it all came down to whether an American jury could acquit a woman with a scarf covering her face.

[via The News]

Lets hope justice prevails, after all, the US has an independent and unbiased judiciary… or does it ?

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What Change Mr.Zaid ?

Zaid Hamid, a self proclaimed defense analyst and a famous anti-India TV personality of Pakistan. Out of nowhere this guy has taken the media and the people by storm. With his excellent oration skills, he entertains his audience by presenting all sorts of conspiracy theories, from labeling Hamid Mir a CIA agent to claiming that the neocons want to ‘de-islamize’ Pakistan, as if we already have not been de-islamized.

Blaming the CIA, RAW and Mossad for every wrong in the country, Zaid Hamid appears on talk shows on a daily basis, saying that the only way Pakistan can come out of the present situation is by ‘changing the system’. This ‘changing the system’ chant of Zaid Hamid has disturbed me since day one. What does he really want ? He talks about some Islamic system, based on the ideology of Iqbal, and I thought an Islamic system should be based on the ideology of Islam. Perhaps we might see the ‘Khilafat-e-Zaid”, where Zaid Hamid will be the absolute ruler of the country, waging nuclear wars against India, Israel and of course the USA.

The Pakistani people are heavily influenced by the media, Zaid Hamid is making full use of it, and a lot of people are actually believing these conspiracy theories. On several occasions Zaid Hamid has stated that “we” are going to bring a revolution that will change the system, once and for all. Mind you the Taliban have also repeatedly demanded their own Islamic system in the country.

The government seems to be least worried about these conspiracy theorists, perhaps not realizing how much popularity they have gained and the potential threat they impose to the state, Pakistan is not a playground where people can come to demand their own rules.

Zaid Hamid also has a very controversial history, for which I would recommend you to read “Who is Zaid Zaman Hamid? Brasstacks or Yousuf Kazzab Prophecy?“.

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C.I.A Authorized to Expand Drone Strikes, Balochistan on the hit list

If this NYTimes article is to be believed, then it seems that American predator drones could soon be making their way to Balochistan.

The White House has authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, officials said this week, to parallel the president’s decision,announced Tuesday, to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. American officials are talking with Pakistan about the possibility of striking in Baluchistan for the first time — a controversial move since it is outside the tribal areas — because that is where Afghan Taliban leaders are believed to hide.

This is just unacceptable, the Americans are directly challenging Pakistan’s sovereignty. If the US has any evidence regarding the presence of any Taliban leader, they should provide it to Pakistan. The US has time and again mentioned about the presence of the ‘taliban shura’ in Quetta– without any evidence. Drone strikes cause more collateral damage, instead of striking the real targets, innocent civilians are killed. PM Gilani is right when he says that drone attacks are ‘counterproductive‘.

Would President Obama or the American people like ‘Pakistani drones’ bombing  US territory ? Definitely No. Pakistan has the capability to shoot down drones, and we should use this capability. No one wants to  escalate hostilites, but there should be no compromise on the integrity and the sovereignty of a country.

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US Trying to Take Control of Pak nuclear arsenal, Government Silent


Pakistani authorities have enough evidence that implicates US diplomats and trainers in spying on Kahuta, one of the prime nuclear facilities in the country.

What is stunning for most Pakistanis is that elements in the elected government, and especially the Interior Ministry, appear to be facilitating the Americans despite protests from police and intelligence officials.

The issue brings into question, once again, the role of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik.  A trail of
internal ministry documents sharply bring Mr. Malik’s role into focus, especially in a case where his ministry appears to have permitted US defense contractors to conduct suspicious activities on Pakistani soil without informing Pakistani intelligence agencies.  Those activities have included allowing at least one US defense contractor to conduct a large scale recruitment of retired Pakistani military officers.

In 2003, the government of former president Pervez Musharraf allowed the Americans to establish a police training facility within the police college at Sihala, a few kilometers away from the Khan Research Laboratories, one of Pakistan’s premier nuclear research centers.

The Commandant Police Training College Sihala, Mr. Nasir Khan Durrani, wrote a letter on Aug. 15 to senior Pakistani police officers drawing their attention to the suspicious activities of American ‘trainers’ at Sihala.  Mr. Durrani is widely respected within the officer corps of Pakistan’s police service.  Some of his ideas, like Rescue 15, were implemented nationwide.

Durrani’s letter was not without basis.  In his report, titled,
Agency wants survey of site to assess equipment, Mr. Ansar Abbasi, editor investigations at The News International, revealed that there was some evidence that radiation measurement equipment has been installed by the Americans at the training facility.  He reported that US diplomats have been caught making frequent visits to the facility, attempting at one point to get into the high security perimeter around Kahuta. Amazingly, someone from FIA, the interior minister’s former employer and a lead civilian spy agency, helped release the arrested American diplomats.

The suspicions of Mr. Durrani, Commandant Police Training College Sihala, turn out to be legitimate.  Mr. Durrani might have expected to be rewarded for keeping a vigil on the country’s vital interests.  To his surprise, instead of a citation, Mr. Durrani was reprimanded by the Federal Interior Ministry.

The US Embassy in Islamabad, under a new policy of aggressively countering what it alleges to be ‘anti-Americanism’,
responded to these accusations but conveniently kept silent on the alarming incident of the arrest of US diplomats in July as they tried to survey the area around Kahuta.

The evidence is piling up that the present ‘elected’ government in Islamabad is racing against time to plant enough Americans inside Pakistan to counter the Pakistani military and the country’s strong intelligence setup. [See the video
US Terror In Pakistan]

American interference in our nuclear program is not new, in fact they have been at it since the early 70’s and 80’s. This reminds of an article I read on The News, titled “How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-program” and has some interesting revelations. After failing to sabotage the nuclear plans of Pakistan, the US is now after our nuclear arsenal. And now that Pakistan’s situation is deteriorating day by day, the US has good reason to say “Hey, since those nuclear assets are no longer safer, why don’t you hand them over to us ?” This is the time, voices must be raised, action should be taken, otherwise the last remaining source of pride and hope for Pakistan will also diminish and the country will cease to exist.

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