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Interview!

February 11, 2009

I have recently been interviewed by Pakspectator. Please a have read of it on the following URL and leave your comments. Thank  you

http://www.pakspectator.com/interview-with-blogger-mirza-asad-baig/

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Kasab’s life in danger, Dawood approached to kill him

February 10, 2009
The following news item has been taken from www.timesofindia.com. The news item claims that Dawood Ibrahim has been contacted to get Kasab killed in India.  I wonder if Indian authorities/media can steap any low than this.  Its just stupid and outrageous allegations which they have placed. I guess they have ran out of everything now and can only now come up with fake event of killing of Kasab and then blaming it on Pakistan….
Grow up India! Grow up!
Kasab’s life in danger, Dawood approached to kill him 
MUMBAI: Mumbai police have said that terror groups have approached Dawood Ibrahim to kill Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive after the November 26 Mumbai attacks, said TV reports.
Sources from the intelligence agencies said that underworld don Chhota Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, has been given a contract to kill Kasab. Shakeel is believed to be hiding in Pakistan with help coming from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

According to an intelligence sources, the plot came to light on January 29 when a Research and Analysis Wing branch of Gujarat’s Bhuj district intercepted a telephonic conversation from across the border. The matter has already been discussed at the January 10 National Security Council meeting. The information has been now handed over to the Mumbai police by the Centre.

An official.said Kasab’s death would mean there won’t be any evidence to pin Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks case.

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Busy

February 5, 2009

Sorry to all my regular visitors. I have been away from blog world for ages now. Life is just soo busy but anyways, I am coming up with a few new posts over the weekend so put your seat belts on….

see you all soon!

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Obama, Oil & Pakistan

January 22, 2009
Region Of Concerns

Region Of Concerns

January 22, 2009 

America’s military policy is following its foreign policy which follows the smell of oil. Forget freedom and democracy. That’s for fools. Pakistanis are fooling themselves if they think President Obama will be able to change this. Let’s pray he does. The Karachi-Torkham-Afghanistan supply route and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline means that U.S. will have to take effective control of Balochistan, Gwadar and Karachi. This will also help deny Iran and China any stake in their own pipelines across Pakistan. America can’t do this by going to war with a strong Pakistani military. Destabilization is part of the plan, with some margin for unintended consequences. Now you understand the game. By

Ahmed Quraishi | Wednesday, 21 January 2009.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Publicly, America’s most immediate challenge after the government change is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil. Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains. Oil is running out, fast. And the remaining oil, including new reserves, lie in other people’s lands, closer to Russia, China, Europe and other powers. America’s global supremacy rests on an economic system based on easy access to oil. If someone else gets that oil, America loses. Jon Thompson, an American oil veteran ExxonMobil Exploration Company’s former president, has written in June 2003 that by next decade the world will need 80% more oil than we have today to keep the world going. Luckily for President Obama, his predecessor, George W. Bush, has done an excellent job in: One, securing new oil, and, Two, warding off threat from other oil hungry powers. Under the guise of spreading freedom and democracy, Bush’s eight years saw the biggest expansion of American military bases across the world. And the trail follows the smell of oil. This riddle is as mysterious as the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. America’s foreign policy was also adjusted to follow the footprint of oil, going where the oil is, be it Angola, Sudan/Darfur, Central Asia, Russia, Colombia, Georgia, Venezuela, and of course Iraq. Somalia is fast becoming the latest battlefield in this secretive global dogfight over oil and transport routes.

In the words of veteran American oil industry correspondent William Engdahl, ‘U.S. military and foreign policy was now about controlling every major existing and potential oil source and transport route on earth […] One superpower, the United States, would be in a position to decide who gets how much energy and at what price.’ The Taliban government was not an enemy of America. It sent delegations to United States and lobbied for U.S. State Department’s attention. Its removal was decided much before 9/11, according to Pakistan’s former top diplomat Niaz Naik, who was told so explicitly by U.S. officials in July 2001. Taliban fell out of favor because they put terms and conditions on the pipelines that American oil giants planned to construct on Afghan territory. Taliban were replaced by U.S. oil consultants Zalmay Khalilzad and Hamid Karzai. Pakistan was and continues to be the next target. U.S. diplomatic meddling has already disturbed the natural progression of the Pakistani government system, leading to instability and creating local players who look to America for support. U.S. military intervention is softening up the country through regular missile attacks and drone flights. The last time this method proved effective was in Iraq during the 1990s.

The chatter in the U.S. think tanks and media about Pakistan’s division along ethnic lines has never been this high. Pakistan has to be subdued in order for American energy and military transport lines to become secure. America needs to secure Pakistani transport routes from the sea to the Afghan border. Balochistan is an interesting case. Destabilizing this Pakistani province disturbs Iran’s plans to lay down pipelines to Pakistan and beyond. The instability also helps destroy China’s chances of using Gwadar, the new Pakistani port city overlooking oil-rich Gulf, to dock its commercial and naval ships. In fact, the entire area between Gwadar and the Sino-Pakistani border is up in insurgencies of all sorts, known and unknown. This is the same route that a future Chinese oil pipeline is supposed to take, linking China to oil supplies from Africa and the Gulf. This entire area was peaceful before 2005, until meddling by unknown actors began from the U.S.-controlled Afghan soil, exploiting Pakistani internal problems. The United States is playing a big role in ‘softening’ Pakistan. It is trying to pitch the country’s elected governments against the military to reduce the military’s ability to decide Pakistani interest on Afghanistan, China and India. Outside meddling is easy thanks to Pakistan’s weak political and government structure. Stopping American intervention in Pakistan, while continuing the cooperative relationship, is the biggest challenge facing President Obama. Will he do it? The facts on the ground are not encouraging. After gaining unprecedented access inside Pakistan – both diplomatically and militarily – it is doubtful that an Obama administration would scale back U.S. gains. Pakistan will have to tell the U.S. that it has legitimate security and strategic interests in the region and that it cannot allow the U.S. to decide those for Pakistan. This includes the shape of the future government in Kabul, the expansion of the Indian role in the region, and the relationship with China. Obama’s Washington has to understand, respect and work with Pakistani interests and concerns. Any other type of relationship won’t work. President Obama needs to wean his policy planners off the idea of reproducing the pliant regimes Baghdad and Kabul. Those things require war. And President Obama doesn’t want another war, does he?

This post is taken from the following:-

http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/oil-obama-and-pakistan/

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Obama & Challenges!

January 22, 2009

President Of United States Of America "Barrack Hussein Obama"

President Of United States Of America "Barrack Hussein Obama"

The bar of challenges has been moved up high for Obama and now there are more chances for him to fail than pass. (I hope it’s not the way I predict!)

American’s have always played politics of the future and in my opinion Obama is just another pawn of America’s dirty politics. He has good motives but I am afraid that they would fade away with the passage of time in the dust of house of congress. It’s known that motives are not constant and fortunately/ unfortunately they change with the prevailing circumstances. With American Presidency being a seat where black has turned into white and white has into turned black for a century, the chances seem to very vague.

In addition to this, U.S Presidency is not a one man show. It involves a share of many other authorities and we cannot forget the former President Bush who can still influence things through his friends within congress. Whether Obama has been pushed on top of the board for a huge success or for a massive failure is a trillion dollar question.

Its amusing to see that without even doing anything Obama has been granted a status of a hero. The real test hasn’t even started. The level of expectation is high for Obama, with too much at stake and too little time. Fumbles and tumbles are on bets for sure.

There is no doubt that speeches of Obama are very inspirational and he has said what a common person wanted to hear. By showing interest in economy, Guantanamo bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and the resolution of Kashmir he has no doubt won support of nearly all ethnicities. However, history tells us that the campaign promises are forgotten as soon as the campaign is over. I am afraid of what is coming next for the world. Either it would be cheers of joy or it would bow head in disappointments (yet again!). The posture of newly elected President Obama and his selected administration team in Washington show that they mean business. The recent executive orders have clearly proved it.

Lets us all hope, that the future holds the best for all us.

AHEAD!!!!

AHEAD!!!!

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Kasab evidence insufficient: Gujarat CM Modi

January 20, 2009
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a climate change summit in New Delhi in this file photo, September 19, 2008. - Reuters
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a climate change summit in New Delhi in this file photo, September 19, 2008. – Reuters
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has criticized the Indian government for asking Pakistanto accept the statement of the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks as evidence, the Daily Times reported on Tuesday
‘There is no law in our country that would consider the statement of an arrested person before a top-level police official as evidence,’ he was quoted as saying.‘Despite the situation, we are trying to convince Pakistanto consider the statement evidence. This is very much contradictory,’ continued Modi.

India’s ruling Congress party dismissed Modi’s remarks as ‘irresponsible,’ the Press Trust of India reported Monday.

Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told a press conference that Modi’s comments seemed to be from ‘an advocate of Pakistan.’ Ahmed went on to ask for a clarification.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have heightened following the November 26th/27th attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai which left over 170 people dead. India blames elements within Pakistan for the attack while Pakistan has asked for greater intelligence sharing and evidence to aid in the prosecution

Taken from http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/world/kasab-evidence-insufficient-gujarat-cm-modi-yn 

The million dollar question is, what are they playing at? they need to work out their conspiracies against Pakistan better than the Mumbai one. Indian government will never learn would they ?
The world is laughing at them now!!!!
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Inside Story PPP & PML (Q)

January 20, 2009

Zardari AND Pervez Elahi Sahab have given final touches to a power-sharing deal over a late night secret dinner at the presidency yesterday.
Significantly, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain decided to stay away from the meeting and preferred to send cousin Elahi along with brother Wajahat and nephew Moonis to ink an unannounced deal with the president, who is reportedly desperate to get a two-thirds majority in the Senate at all costs in the forthcoming elections in March.
A Property tycoon of Islamabad, who is said to be a mutual friend of both Zardari and Elahi Sahab, was also behind the scene to ensure that his two friends come close together to get rid of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab. The Tycoon will not be named yet my fellow members.

The sources said that under the proposed deal, Moonis will be the senior minister in the new government in Punjab while Hussain will be the consensus candidate for the Senate along his close aide Kamil Agha.

Both parties have decided to support each other’s candidates in the 5-seat fight in the Senate to thwart attempts by mutual rival Nawaz Sharif to increase his tally in the upper house of Pakistan’s bicameral parliament.

The power sharing deal between PPP and PML-Q is expected to shock a lot of people, but not me. 🙂

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TAG “6 weird things about me”

January 19, 2009

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Obvious Title & Obvious Post

I am tagged by Ash (another one, I am Ash as well)go visit her blog. It is one of my fav’s.

Tag:

6 weird habits/things about yourself

Rules:

The initial player of this “game” starts with the topic “6 weird habits/things about himself/herself” and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names.)

1. I always have to take a shower in the morning (without fail). I don’t know why both I don’t do anything without taking the first shower

2. I can’t go away even for a day without my laptop. It’s the last thing I pack and the most essential one for me

3. My pronounciation for words starting with V’s and W’s is confusing. They  almost sound the same. lol

4. I still bite nails

5. I can’t do filing. Doing filing is my worst nightmare. I can implement the most intense change management procedures, I can learn the most difficult software quickly, I can do a presentation in front of 200 people etc. But filing is what I run from.

6. I am a problem solver that is why I have a queue of people asking for help. (Ok I am not being arrogant here but really everyone comes to me with their problems)

I tag:

Lubz , Musings, Falsa, Miss Specs, Hina, Fariha

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A 2nd round defeat for India!!!

January 16, 2009

The following news shows that India has been patted by its western friends to change its tone towards Pakistan and start acting like adults. Moreover, David Miliband’s on Kashmir has sent shock wave across India. Its looks like India will be planning another misadventure to divert worlds attention from Kashmir issue.

Parnab Mukherjee "A rising voice from India"

Parnab Mukherjee "A rising voice from India"

India softens stance on extradition of suspects
By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI, Jan 15: A news conference on Thursday where Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs, Mr Rehman Malik, announced a crackdown on suspected terrorist groups has not gone down too well with India as it wants these matters to be discussed with it, preferably through diplomatic channels.

“We have seen statements in the media by the Interior Adviser of Pakistan assuring India of unconditional support in the Mumbai probe, urging India to use direct diplomatic channels with Pakistan, and saying that Islamabad needs more information from India in order to proceed with its own investigation,” Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

“The material linking the terrorist attacks to Pakistan was handed over formally to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi on January 5, 2009,” he said. “Instead of being informed through the media, I would be happy to receive a direct response from Pakistan through existing diplomatic channels, and to see Pakistan implementing her words.”

Earlier, softening its stand that Pakistan should hand over the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and other fugitives it claims are sheltered in Pakistan, India said it would have no objection if they are put through “fair trial” in Islamabad itself.

“It would be ideal if they (Pakistan) can hand over the fugitives from India to us. If that is not possible, there should at least be a fair trial of these fugitives in Pakistan,” Mr Mukherjee was quoted as telling a private TV channel.

He said it should not be a “mock trial” but a “transparent and demonstrated” one. PTI said his statement marked a softening of India’s position that the fugitives should be handed over to face “Indian justice”.

The shift in India’s approach followed comments by visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband that Pakistan’s judicial system was robust enough to try terror suspects at home.  

 

Indian soldiers guarding the Line of Control (L.O.C)

Indian soldiers guarding the Line of Control (L.O.C)

Miliband urges settlement of Kashmir: Dispute resolution to deny militants ‘call to arms’

By Our Special Correspondent    http://www.dawn.com/2009/01/16/top3.htm

 

LONDON, Jan 15: Foreign Secretary David Miliband who is currently visiting India believes that the resolution of Kashmir dispute “would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms”.

In an article in Thursday’s Guardian, Mr Miliband distanced Britain from the terror doctrine of the outgoing Bush administration declaring that the use of the phrase ‘war on terror’ as a western rallying cry since the September 11 attacks had been a mistake that might have caused “more harm than good”.

Mr Miliband wrote a comprehensive critique of Bush administration’s defining mission, saying that the war on terror was misconceived and that the West could not “kill its way” out of the threats it faced.

He said terror was not a monolithic threat but originated from different causes and had different roots and, therefore, different kinds of threats required different responses.

“The idea of a ‘war on terror’ gave the impression of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The reality is that the motivations and identities of terrorist groups are disparate. Lashkar-e-Taiba has roots in Pakistan and says its cause is Kashmir. Hezbollah says it stands for resistance to occupation of the Golan Heights. The Shia and Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq have myriad demands. They are as diverse as the 1970s European movements of the IRA, Baader-Meinhof, and Eta. All used terrorism and sometimes they supported each other, but their causes were not unified and their cooperation was opportunistic. So it is today.”

In this contest he specifically mentioned Kashmir and said resolution of the dispute over Kashmir “would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms, and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders”.

“We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad. That is surely the lesson of Guantánamo and it is why we welcome President-elect Obama’s commitment to close it.

“The call for a ‘war on terror’ was a call to arms, an attempt to build solidarity for a fight against a single shared enemy. But the foundation for solidarity between peoples and nations should be based not on who we are against, but on the idea of who we are and the values we share. Terrorists succeed when they render countries fearful and vindictive; when they sow division and animosity; when they force countries to respond with violence and repression. The best response is to refuse to be cowed.

“Seven years on from 9/11 it is clear that we need to take a fundamental look at our efforts to prevent extremism and its terrible offspring, terrorist violence. Since 9/11, the notion of a ‘war on terror’ has defined the terrain. The phrase had some merit: it captured the gravity of the threats, the need for solidarity, and the need to respond urgently — where necessary, with force. But ultimately, the notion is misleading and mistaken. The issue is not whether we need to attack the use of terror at its roots, with all the tools available. We must. The question is how.

“The “war on terror” also implied that the correct response was primarily military. But as Gen Petraeus said to me and others in Iraq, the coalition there could not kill its way out of the problems of insurgency and civil strife.

“This is what divides supporters and opponents of the military action in Gaza. Similar issues are raised by the debate about the response to the Mumbai attacks. Those who were responsible must be brought to justice and the government of Pakistan must take urgent and effective action to break up terror networks on its soil. But on my visit to south Asia this week, I am arguing that the best antidote to the terrorist threat in the long term is cooperation.”

Its seems like the west is finally getting to understand the importance of Kashmir issue being resolved. I hope the positives come out sooner rather than later…..

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Redundancies :-(

January 15, 2009

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 The big “Strictly Private & Confidential” letter was given out on the 14th of January. Following it, yesterday Barclays Leeds announced it will be cutting 100 jobs from the mortgage area of business. 100 of our colleagues will face the axe in this cluster of retail banking. In total there will 4300 job cuts in Barclays.

It’s sad to see things fall apart this way. It was a expected news but few of my colleagues were under the quandary that Barclays won’t be effected by the credit crunch and because of this they were under a state of shock yesterday.  It is always hard to digest the news of redundancy and there are many factors to it. People have emotional attachment to their work and colleagues. Moreover, you just get used to coming in everyday and doing your thing. Very soon all this will change for many of our colleagues. 
 

The question which keeps popping up in my head is where will the 100 staff go? There are no jobs in the financial sector anymore and all the other sectors are not recruiting.  This morning I have been looking at some recruitment sites and the vacancy listed are lousy. Most of the jobs are listed with nearly every recruitment agency which means that there will be a hell lot of competition on every vacancy. An example of competition will be that the other day I applied for a Sales Manager position with one of the largest blue chip companies in the U.K. I was invited to the interview but the date of the interview was after 3 weeks (surprisingly a very long wait). Upon inquiring the reason for this, I was told that there were 1200 applicants for 4 sales manager jobs. Wow, innit?. This credit crunch has become worst than aids. It’s effecting so many people so quickly and it is crippling the economy. On the other hand the government is running out of money to pay people who are on dole. It surely is a lose lose situation. Even if anyone does get into another job there are still risks involved of redundancy there in the future….. CRAP!!!!!!!!

 

Based on all this, my decision is to start a master’s course this September and probably study something in the health sector. NHS will can pay the course fee and I can apply for a maintenance grant. By the time the qualification is achieved the market will be much more settled and it might even land me into a different and more excellent career. I still need to give it a detail thought. 

It’s only January ‘09 and already there have been around 10,000 job losses…..

 

It time to make the right choice NOW!

 

Sigh!!! I have got my first 1-1 for the consultation process…