Earth Hour 2010 in Pakistan

Thanks to an initiative taken by WWF Pakistan, like many other countries around the world, Pakistan will be actively taking part in the Earth Hour–the world’s largest global climate change initiative led by the World Wide Fund for Nature Global during which people will switch off their lights for an hour, although lights here in Pakistan remain switched off for hours due to unprecedented load shedding.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani launched Earth Hour 2010 during which environmentally conscious people in the country will show solidarity by turning off household lights from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m on Saturday, March 27. In a message on the occasion, the Prime Minister urged Pakistanis to join the government in the launch of Earth Hour calling it “a historic moment of which government of Pakistan is justly proud to reconfirm its commitment in demonstrating solidarity with environmentally conscious people.”/>

Earth Hour will be observed from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. So enjoy the darkness, light some candles, post pictures or videos, tweet about it, and spread the word. For more info check out http://www.wwfpak.org/earthhour/

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Okay A Bomb Exploded In Karachi, But Did We Forget Lakki Marwat ?

Yes, we all witnessed the unfortunate tragedy of Karachi, where apart from claiming a dozen of lives, also caused a violent reaction due to which we had to bear a loss of 40 billion Rupees. However, are we so insensitive that these 40 billion rupees overshadow the fact that nearly a hundred people were killed in a blast in Lakki Marwat ? And that too were children, playing a game of volleyball.

Is Lakki Marwat not as much as a part of Pakistan as Karachi, Lahore or Islamabad ? Or do we just care about high class Pakistani’s living in Karachi ? Neither did the media pay much attention to it, nor did the people care about it… as if it happened somewhere in Africa. Did we forget that Pakistani’s died, nearly a hundred of them and hundred is no small number.

How are we suppose to have peace when we are so insensitive, confined to our own world ?

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Taliban now deny involvement in Karachi Blast

I really don’t know whats going on, but it seems that after accepting responsibility for the Karachi Ahsura Blast, the ‘official’ spokesperson of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come forward and and denied any involvement in the blast.

In a phone call to different media organisations, the TTP central spokesman Azam Tariq denied involvement in the Karachi attack, but he didn’t not explain whether Asmatullah Shaheen group was part of the TTP or not. He said Asmatullah Shaheen might have taken responsibility for the attack on behalf of his own militant group, but the TTP leadership was not aware of any plan to attack the Karachi Ashura procession. Azam Tariq said Shaheen had not taken them into confidence before claiming responsibility.

It seems that Asmatullah has his own militant group allied to the TTP. The TTP leaders have stated that they only target sensitive government and army installations and have never accepted responsibility for a blast in which ordinary citizens have been targeted.

Perhaps there is not one group now involved in terrorism in the country, different groups are now in action, these include militant groups, criminal elements and we cannot rule out the work of foreign agencies.

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Solidarity Day for Peace in Pakistan – 1st Jan 2010

Several civil society organizations have decided to join forces all over Pakistan and hold a peace rally on 1st January 2010 as a Solidarity Day at 3:00pm in 37 cities across Pakistan.

The key message of the Solidarity Day is an expression of solidarity with everyone affected by violence and injustice, and a reaffirmation of public resolve that we will prevail – against injustice, against intolerance, against violence. It is also an expression of public commitment to strive for peace, democratic governance, rule of law, justice and a life of dignity for all.

So I urge every Pakistani to step out of their homes, and become part of the change. Its time to show the world that we are serious and we want an end to terrorism in our beloved homeland. , RSVP to the Facebook event and spread the word.

Aman Ittehad : Solidarity Day Locations
Solidarity Day Jan 1st 2010 @ 3:00pm all across Pakistan
Location Meeting Point
Sindh
Karachi Karachi Press Club
Hyderabad Press Club
Sukkur Press Club
Larkana Nizamani Labour Hall
Dadu Press Club
Badin BRDS Office
Jamshoro To be confirmed

PUNJAB


Lahore Regal Chowk
Multan Qasim Bela
Bahawalpur To be confirmed
Faisalabad District Court
Sialkot CDC office – Head Marala
Gujranwala District Court
Chakwal PODA Office
D. G. Khan Press Club-D.G.Khan
R. Y. Khan Press Club-Khanpur
Khushab District Council Plaza
Muzaffargarh Police Lines
NWFP
Peshawar Press Club
Mardan Press Club
Swabi Press Club
Mingora To be confirmed
Abbottabad Jalal Baba Auditorium
Haripur Afaq Hotel
Mansehra Press Club
Karak To be confirmed
D.I. Khan To be confirmed
Buner To be confirmed
FATA
Mohmand Press Club Tehsil Ghalanai
Khyber Press Club Tehsil Landi Kotal
Kurram To be confirmed
Orakzai Tehsil Kurez,
Kohat FR Kohat City
BALOCHISTAN
Quetta Press Club or Boys Scouts Office
Sibi To be confirmed
Loralai To be confirmed
FEDERAL CAPITAL
Islamabad China chowk

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CCTV footage of Karachi Ashura Blast

Also check out: The Karachi Ashura Blast and Our Reaction, Who’s Involved ?

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The Karachi Ashura Blast and Our Reaction, Who’s Involved ?

Terror has made its way back to the city of Karachi. At least 32 people have been killed so far in a blast which occurred around 4:15 PM (Pakistan time) during a huge Shia procession leaving more than 50 injured. To add insult to injury, an angry mob, enraged by the terrorist activity, began their own terrorism and set to fire at least 500 shops in different parts of the city, and also reportedly burned at least 40 cars. Although the whole country had been the target of bombings through out Pakistan, Karachi somehow remained safe from the terrorist activities. However just as the year was coming to an end, terrorist once again proved that they can strike anywhere, anytime, at will. The blast came amid tight security arrangements.

The people, instead of going wild and expressing anger by burning down over 500 shops, should have remained calm. They are NOT doing us a favor by committing these horrendous acts. Whats more, they even torched several ambulances.  All this won’t get us anywhere.

KARACHI: Enraged people set several vehicles on fire in reaction to a power blast that ripped throughKarachi’s main Ashura procession, killing at least 20 people. According to media reports, angry mob have set ablaze Light House building situated at the MA Jinnah Road. While several vehicles, parked around the city court, have also been set on fire, sources said.

Rehman Malik somehow got to know that it was a suicide blast, even though the investigations have not begun. Yet again many people like Ahmed Quraishi (aka Zaid Hamid Junior) came up with their usual rhetoric that this was the work of ‘Indian agents’. Everyone knows how we spoon fed the Jihadi groups we created in the 80’s and the 90’s. After using them in Afghanistan, we sent them to Kashmir, but they have changed their direction and now their target is Islamabad. I believe some pro Jihadi Sunni group (with links to TTP)  is involved in it, trying to incite violence between Shia and Sunnis.

What do you think is involved in these attacks ? What do you suggest be done to stop this menace ? Do tell us about it in the comments box.

Update: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the blast.

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The Complete List of Apple Dealers/Resellers in Pakistan

Here is the complete list of Apple authorized resellers in Pakistan, categorized by city.

Karachi:

Bawany Technologies
23 C, 4th Zamzama Commercial Lane
DHA V, Karachi
Tel: 021 5302143-4 Email: info@bawanytech.com

Marsons USA Corporation – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
515 Clifton Centre Clifton, Karachi
Tel: 021 5875431
Fax: 021 5873460 Email: nakhtar@marsons.com.pk Web: http://www.marsons.com.pk/

e:Store – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Shop # 6, Ground Floor 3-C 10th Street Stadium Commercial
Phase 4 DHA
Karachi
Tel: 021-5248777, 5248778
Email: e-store@e-store.com.pk

e:Store – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
24 Ground Floor, Clifton Centre
Main Clifton Road
Karachi
Tel: 92 21 5362916
Email: e-store@e-store.com.pk

MediaCenter – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Shop 5-C Main Kh-e-Ittehad road
DHA, Phase 2 Ext. Karachi
Tel: 021 5891394
Fax: 021 5396813
Email: info@mediacenterpk.com
Web: http://www.mediacenterpk.com

MediaCenter – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Ground Floor, The Forum Mall,
Clifton, Karachi
Tel: 021 5891394
Fax: 021 5396813
Email: info@mediacenterpk.com
Web: http://www.mediacenterpk.com

Channel-Tek (Head Office) – Apple Video Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
# 302, 3rd floor, Plot # 131/II, Speedy Towers
DHA Phase ” 1 “, Main Korangi Road, Karachi
Tel: 021 111-567-111
Fax: 021 539-0434
Email: info@channeltek.com
Web: http://www.channeltek.com/

iTech – Apple Authorised Tier 2 Reseller
28-29 Ground Floor, Clifton Centre Block 5
Clifton Road Karachi
Tel: 021 5362916
Email: itech@max.com.pk

Lahore:

iRaffles – Apple Premium Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
5-A, P-Block, M.M. Alam Road
Gulberg II Lahore
Tel: 042 5757402, 5757417
Fax: 042-5873888
Email: info@iraffles.com.pk
Web: http://www.iraffles.com.pk

Marsons USA Corporation – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
11, 1st floor, Hafeez centre, Main Blvd, Gulberg-III
Lahore
Tel: 042 5713859
Fax: 021 5873460
Email: nakhtar@marsons.com.pk
Web: http://www.marsons.com.pk/

Raffles (Pvt) Limited – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
57-D-1 Gilberg III, Lahore
Tel: 042 5871201, 5871202, 5871215
Fax: 042-5873888
Email: Ibrahim@rafflesystems.com
Web: http://www.rafflesystems.com

Concept Computers – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
27 Main Commercial Area
Cavalry Ground, Cantt
Lahore
Tel: 92 42 6610061
Fax: 92 42 6610448
Email: concept@nexlinkx.net.pk

iStore – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
5 Ground Floor Pace Pakistan Liimted
Main Boulevard Gulgerb III Lahore
Tel: 042 5757508
Fax: 042 6610448
Email: concept@nexlinkx.net.pk

Pak Mac Links – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Suite No. 2, 2nd Floor, Gaba Building
19-Abbot Road Lahore,
Tel: 042 7241160
Fax: 051 2822322
Email: info@pakmac.com
Web: http://www.pakmac.com/
Bitflow – Apple Authorised Tier 2 Reseller
30 G Latif Centre Main Blulavard
Gulberg III
Lahore
Tel: 042 5019323
Fax:
Email: tariq@bitflowonline.com
Web: http://www.bitflowonline.com

Islamabad/Rawalpindi:

Marsons USA Corporation – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
7/8 Abbas centre, 87-W, Fazl-e-Haq Road, Blue Area
Islamabad
Tel: 051 2829174
Fax: 021 5873460
Email: nakhtar@marsons.com.pk
Web: http://www.marsons.com.pk/

Raffles (Pvt) Limited – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Block # 53, Mezzanine 1,2&3, Fazal-e-Haq road, blue area
Islamabad.
Tel: 051 2873973, 2873974, 2873975
Fax: 051- 2873976

Raffles (Pvt) Limited – Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider Apple Authorised Distributor, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Office # 512, 5th floor, Business Avenue, Main Shahra-e-faisal. Karachi
Islamabad.
Tel: 021 4392512, 4392513, 4392514
Fax: 021 4392517

Pak Mac Links – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Mezzanine 1, Chughtai Plaza
35 Blue Area, Fazal-e-Haq Road, Islamabad

Tel: 051 2821177, 2874332, 2829874
Fax: 051 2822322

Electroline – Apple Authorised Tier 2 Reseller
7 Azeem Mansion, Fazal ul Haq Road
Blue Area
Islamabad
Tel: 051 2274348,2274384
Fax:
Email: electronline@yahoo.com

Mac Business Network – Apple Authorised Tier 2 Reseller
Mezzanine #3 Taimur Chambers
Blue Area
Islamabad
Tel: 051 2279186,2279187
Email: macbusiness_isb@hotmail.com

MacKare – Apple Authorised Tier 2 Reseller
Office #10 2nd Floor Masco Plaza
Blue Area
Islamabad
Tel: 051 2274784
Fax:
Email: khalid@mackare.com
Web: http://www.mackare.com

iRaffles – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Shop # 10,11,21 Ground Floor
Midway Centrum
Rawalpindi
Tel: 92 51 8434121
Fax: 92 42 5873888

Pak Mac Links – Apple Authorised Reseller, Apple Authorised Service Provider
Office 132 , Dubai Plaza
Murree Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: 051 4455061
Fax: 051 2822322

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