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/

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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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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The Right To Say No (To Salman Taseer)

He came, he saw, he conquered.  Muhammad Shahid, a law student and the  top position holder of session 2004-07 of LLB programme. As he went onto the stage, he refused his medal from the Governor Punjab, asking the Governor why no action has been taken against the culprits of the May 12 carnage in Karachi

Perhaps the student forgot that Taseer is the Governor of Punjab, not Sindh, where Karachi is located. However the student also said that he didn’t agree with the Governor’s statements which is also why he refused the medal.

This act of the student maybe ‘shameful’ or ‘disrespecting’ but I won’t blame the student for that. The student didn’t agree with Taseer therefore he showed his disagreement, after all it was only a once in a lifetime chance for the student, he won’t be getting it again.

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Clinton: “I didn’t come only for happy talk”

Looks like Hillary Clinton was already expecting tough questions on her recent visit to Pakistan. She not only met the top leaders, but also interacted with the ordinary citizens of Pakistan which is a welcome sign.
She was on a 3 day visit to Pakistan, which is ‘a long trip for a secretary of state’.  Though her first day was overshadowed by the mighty Peshawar blasts, the rest of the two days turned out to be pretty interesting for Clinton.


The secretary attacked Pakistan and said that we were not clamping down hard on al-qaeda, which according to her are present in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where a military operation is currently underway. She acknowledged that US had made mistakes in the past but also said that ‘I wanted to demonstrate that, look, we are not coming here claiming that everything we’ve done is perfect’.

As she continued giving us lectures on terrorism, a journalist Asma Sherazi, correctly pointed out to her that  “We are fighting a war that is imposed on us. It’s not our war. It is your war, You had one 9-11. We are having daily 9-11s in Pakistan.” The majority of Pakistan doesn’t hold al-qaeda, or Osama bin laden responsible for any terror attack that has struck this country, as responsibility for most of the attacks is claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).

Although Ms. Clinton answered every furious question of the Pakistani’s, one question to which she couldn’t answer was about the controversial US drone attacks in Pakistan, justifying the drone attacks by saying “There is a war going on”.

Asked whether she had underestimated the level of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, Mrs Clinton said: ‘No, because I’ve been following the research and the polling that’s gone on for a couple of years. I knew that we were inheriting a pretty negative situation that we were going to have to address.’

The tour had some ups and downs, and her first day was overshadowed by the devastating blasts in Peshawar, but overall I think its a positive step towards building a better relationship. I appreciate the fact that she interacted with ordinary Pakistani’s and listened to their reservations over the US policy in the region. We need more visits like these from high profile US officials, in order for them to understand the real issues concerning Pakistan.

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Schools could be the next terror targets

Schools across Pakistan could be facing the wrath of terrorism now, military schools in Karachi and Hyderabad have been closed down for a week and other schools have been told to take strict security measures as all the schools have been put on high alert. According to ‘AlJazeera’,  “A number of private and government schools were also considering a temporary closure on Sunday following the military schools’ announcement, Pakistani security officials said.”   I also got a notice from my school today, saying that the school is on high alert due to security concerns, and no one would be allowed to enter/leave school without proper identification.

While we are all aware of the security hazards, closing the schools down seems to be no solution. Prominent Pakistani blogger, Teeth Maestro, commenting on my status on facebook, quite rightly pointed out that “calling schools off in anticipation should be more with a direct plan, not an evasionary scare tactic.” Terrorists don’t have a specific time frame in which they will attack, they can create chaos anytime, anywhere. If closing down the schools for one week seems to be the solution, what about the next week ?

The Government must devise a proper strategy in this regard, dealing with these terrorists is not a joke. We have already seen how they forced schools to shut down in Swat, and in some cases even destroyed them.

Personally though, even after all these threats, I am not afraid of going to school. Awareness though should be created among the school going children of Pakistan, which I have come to observe are not aware of the dangerous world we live in.

Update: A bomb blast has just taken place in Islamic University, Islamabad, prompting the Sindh government to shut down schools and colleges across Sindh till Sunday.

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Pakistan: Situation Deteriorating.

A well coordinated attack on the Army HQ in Rawalpindi followed by today’s multiple attacks in Lahore and Peshawar, the terrorists are again at work. Instead of the usual suicide bombing which we were used to see, the terrorists are now deploying the Mumbai (26/11)  style of attacks, armed with automatic rifles and hand grenades.

It amazes me to see how easily the terrorists were able to penetrate into the Army HQ, managed to kill 6 of our soldiers, and those five or six terrorists caused so much havoc that our Army had to call in its SSG commandos to battle the terrorists. Today we saw how the terrorists yet again showed their skills, by attacking three sites in Lahore, in a matter of hours. A Police Training Academy, a building of the FIA (Federal Investigation Authority) and an elite police training center. And just about an hour ago from now, a bomb blast struck in Peshawar, killing a child and several injured.

This is just going out of control, its about time that emergency be declared in the country and security steps should be taken on war footing. Elite forces of the police and the military which are being used to protect our useless politicians should be stationed at all the sensitive locations. CCTV cameras should be installed in all the locations where the security agencies feel that a security threat exists. Most importantly, the Government must pay heed to intelligence reports, which usually have information about when and where the terrorists can strike. In fact, a special anti terror cell should be set up within the ISI, whose only job would be to inform the government and security agencies about terrorists whereabouts and plans. Moreover, a special Anti-Terrorist squad should be set up, consisting of well trained security personnel, headed by a reputable Ex Army general.

If concrete steps are not taken now, Pakistan may turn into another Afghanistan, soon.

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