Scrap Yard Worker Dies From Contact With Mysterious Radioactive Sphere

[SEE:  Mumbai Police Seized a 5kg. Ball of Uranium, Possibly Headed for Pakistan]

Doctors lose hope on radiation victims

NDTV Correspondent

Doctors attending on radiation exposure patients at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi have given up hope after the death of one of the patients.

Rajender, 35, a worker at a shop in Mayapuri scrap market, died at AIIMS on Monday. He was shifted there on April 13 from the DDU hospital, where he was initially admitted.

“We have given up hope on other patients. It’s only a wait and watch situation,” says the doctors treating the radiation exposure patients.

“After one patient’s death yesterday, all other patients are very depressed, we are now counselling them,” the doctors added.

“There is hardly any literature on how to deal with radiation patients, that’s our handicap. Cancer of the thyroid and blood pose serious danger for these patients,” the doctors further said.

Four other radiation exposure patients are still admitted in AIIMS, while Deepak Jain, the owner of the scrap shop from where radioactive material Cobalt-60 was recovered, is at Apollo Hospital. Another patient Ajay Jain is undergoing treatment at Army Research and Referral Hospital.

Ten sources of Cobalt-60 had been found in the Mayapuri scrap market earlier this month and eight persons were hospitalised. One of them has been discharged.

Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope of cobalt, which is a hard, lustrous, grey metal. It is used in cancer therapy machines and other medical equipment.

Where is Maulana Fazlullah and Who Does He Work For?

Where is Maulana Fazlullah?

He is alive and somewhere in the tribal areas

By Rahimullah Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: Is Swat Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah in Afghanistan or Pakistan? His spokesman Omar Hasan Ahrabi said Sunday that he is somewhere in Pakistan, but is easily able to cross the border to Afghanistan whenever the need arises.

When Fazlullah escaped from Swat late last year, he phoned reporters in Peshawar and elsewhere to claim that he was safe and sound and had crossed over to Afghanistan. He had used an Afghan mobile phone number to show that he was actually in Afghanistan. However, it is no secret that Afghanistan’s mobile phone service is available in certain tribal areas of Pakistan.

Fazlullah’s dramatic escape embarrassed the government and the security forces as they had been claiming that he was cornered in Swat and would be captured soon. It was also claimed that he was wounded and was unlikely to survive. As it turned out, he wasn’t under siege and was thus able to make good his escape. It is still not clear if he was injured. Even if he had suffered injuries it is possible that he may have recovered now after medical treatment.

According to Swat Taliban’s new spokesman Omar Hasan Ahrabi, who called The News from an unknown place apparently in the tribal areas, Maulana Fazlullah was alright and was never injured. “I am in touch with him through handwritten letters. He is in our ‘watan’ (our homeland) and is able to cross over to Afghanistan whenever he wishes,” the Taliban spokesman claimed.

The spokesman said a new video of Fazlullah would be released in the near future to put to rest all speculations about his health. However, he didn’t say when the video would be issued.

There would be renewed interest in Fazlullah now that his men are reappearing in Swat and target-killing pro-government political and social activists. Five anti-Taliban activists were assassinated in Mingora, Dherai and Koza Bandai within the span of 10 days recently. The target-killings caused fear among people who formed anti-Taliban lashkars or openly criticized the militants. On Sunday and Monday, though, the security forces claimed Taliban militants involved in these target-killings had been eliminated in encounters in Kanju town near Mingora and in Ghalegai in Barikot tehsil.

The Swat Taliban had claimed responsibility for the target-killings and threatened to eliminate those forming lashkar against them and supporting the government. Their spokesman, Ahrabi, had also claimed responsibility for the recent suicide bombings in Timergara in Lower Dir district.

Fazlullah, in his early 30s, is the most wanted Taliban leader in Swat with a headmoney of Rs50 million. He is the son-in-law of Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-i-Mohammadi (TNSM) founder Maulana Sufi Mohammad, who is being held in Central Prison Peshawar since the past several months. Fazlullah’s whereabouts have been a matter of speculation. It is believed he could be in one of the tribal areas, most likely in Mohmand or Orakzai. Many Swati Taliban had first taken refuge in Bajaur Agency but military action against the militants in the Mamond and Charmang areas forces them to shift to Mohmand Agency or other tribal areas.

The provincial government had announced monetary reward for his capture and that of 20 top Taliban commanders in Swat. The headmoney for these 20 wanted militants was Rs10 million each. Some of them including Sher Mohammad Qasab, Bakht Farzand and Maulana Mohammad Alam Binori alias Maulana Khalil have been killed by the security forces. Claims were also made about the death of Swat Taliban deputy leader Maulana Shah Dauran and Commander Omar Rahman alias Fateh, but there has been no hard evidence to prove this. Still it is widely believed that Shah Dauran is dead.

The Swat Taliban leaders who were captured and are in government custody include Muslim Khan, Mahmood Khan, Bashir Ahmad and Liaqat. Besides Fazlullah, other important Swat Taliban commanders still at large are Sirajuddin, Ibne Amin, Qari Mushtaq, Shahinshah and Akbar Hussain.

UN Bhuto Assassination Report Costs Musharraf His Presidential Treatment

[When will someone charge him for some of his many crimes against Pakistan?]

UK withdraws Musharraf’s protocol

Not to extend visas of Musharraf’s SSG men

By Murtaza Ali Shah

LONDON: The British government has decided to withdraw expensive security contingent containing 3-4 Scotland Yard officers, an armoured car and any protocol to the former president, Pervez Musharraf, The News has learnt.

The British government’s decision follows the release of United Nations inquiry report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007 in a bomb attack in Rawalpindi. The UN report lambasted the former dictator and the security agencies for failing to provide adequate security to Benazir Bhutto after her return to Pakistan when the danger to her life from the militants was obvious. The UN report also singled out Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Dr Babar Awan for abandoning the martyred leader at the murder scene.

Before his resignation, President Musharraf had purchased a luxury apartment in the heart of central London on famous Edgware Road, also known as Little Arabia for the rich Arabs throng the area to enjoy luxuries and carefree lifestyle, and has been living here since he left Pakistan with his wife Begum Sehba Musharraf.

Musharraf had brought with him his most trusted Special Services Group (SSG) for a full-time security duty. In the initial months, serving and retired Army officer of major and colonel rank were deputed with him, but the military quietly decided to pull the serving officer out of the security detail.

Highly credible sources toldThe News the British government has decided not to extend the visas of the retired SSG men, who were shadowing Musharraf everywhere. The sources said the SSG men were Musharraf’s most trusted and he would feel incredibly insecure and paranoid without their protection.

In a further blow, the sources said, Pervez Musharraf will no more have the security contingent, armoured car or any protocol provided by the British government. Speaking to Geo television, Musharraf’s spokesman advocate Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports, saying the former president is provided with vehicle and security when required.

Musharraf has been living outside Pakistan, mostly in London, since April 2009. Several cases have been filed against him in Pakistan and courts have also issued notices to him. While in London, the former general has spent his time playing his favourite bridge, eating out at fashionable eateries, visiting theatres and cinemas, protected by the Scotland Yard security team and his own protection men.

Making full use of his time and to make extra money, Musharraf has grabbed any opportunity to deliver lectures at a heavy fee to the speaking circuit in the West. A close aide of Musharraf told The News Musharraf returned from his extensive visit to America, Singapore and Abu Dhabi a couple of days ago and was living in London. He refused to discuss any other matter related to the former president. His loyalists were planning to gather in London after mid-April to make major announcements but the plan didn’t materialise and it is believed that his key supporters will meet in London shortly to deliberate over the political future of Musharraf.

A spokesman for the Pakistan High Commission in London said it had nothing to do with what must have been an arrangement between General Musharraf and the British government. The spokesman added that the Pakistan High Commission — whenever instructed by the Pakistan Foreign office as requested by him, used to send its protocol officer to receive him. The PHC did not provide him any security, car or anything else. It used to be his personal arrangement.

As such the British authorities were not obliged to inform the PHC regarding the withdrawal of security and bullet-proof car given to him.

The spokesman further said the PHC was not aware if the facilities – if any extended to him earlier – have now been withdrawn. A spokesman at the British Home Office stuck to the usual official position of neither denying nor confirming the questions on Musharraf’s security. “We do not comment on security arrangements for individuals and organisations,” said the spokesman.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, who has been at the forefront of campaigning against Musharraf and his engagements in London, welcomed the news and said he would be writing to the police and the prime minister again to make sure that Musharraf is not accorded the protocol again.

He (Musharraf) should remain as an ordinary citizen here, Britain is a safe place and we should not waste any public money needlessly. Lord Ahmed asked the government of Pakistan to issue red warrants against the former president and make him to stand trial for the numerous charges he is facing in Pakistan. “I am asking President Asif Ali Zardari not to hesitate in doing everything to bring Musharraf to justice,” he added.

Okinawans rally to Evict American Base

Okinawans rally for US base to be moved off island

MARI YAMAGUCHI

Associated Press Writer= TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Okinawan residents and leaders demanded a U.S. Marine base be moved off the island at a mass rally Sunday, inflamed by speculation the government may finally accept a plan to merely relocate it to another part of the southern Japanese island.

Okinawans have long complained of the burden of hosting most of 47,000 American troops in Japan under a security pact. Okinawa was under U.S. occupation until 1972 and many residents resent the U.S. military presence as legacy of Japan’s World War II defeat.

Tokyo and Washington agreed in 2006 to move sprawling Futenma Marine Corps air field to a less crowded part of Okinawa and to move 8,000 of its Marines to Guam. But when Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama took power last September he said he would not honor the deal struck by his political rivals and promised to find a site off Okinawa for the troops.

“We will not allow the base to stay here,” Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima told the cheering crowd. “We want the Hatoyama government to keep its promise.”

Hatoyama has delayed a decision in the face of rejection by potential relocation sites.

About 90,000 people from across the island gathered in the town of Yomitan, carrying banners and placards with anti-U.S. military slogans and demanding Hatoyama keep his promise and move the Futenma base outside the island.

The protesters were particularly upset as media reports said earlier Sunday that Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada had told U.S. Ambassador John Roos last week that Tokyo was moving to accept much of the 2006 deal.

Okada acknowledged he met with Roos, but denied he made such concessions as reported.

“No to a new base! No to a relocation within the island!” Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said, criticizing Hatoyama’s government for “playing with the Okinawans’ feelings.”

Hatoyama’s attempt to please both Washington and Okinawa has apparently frustrated both. His perceived lack of leadership and indecisiveness have caused support for his Cabinet to fall to around 30 percent in recent public polls, down sharply from around 70 percent last year.

Hatoyama has also faced growing pressure from Washington to observe the 2006 agreement, which U.S. officials say is the only “viable” option.

But he has been unable to obtain consent for any potential sites or even enter talks with local officials. Hatoyama on Saturday denied accepting the earlier agreement and that he would closely monitor Sunday’s rally.

Hatoyama, who has promised to resolve the dispute by the end of May, told Friday’s parliamentary session that he would “stake his job” to do so. Opposition leaders have demanded his resignation if he fails to meet the deadline.

Reported options include a temporarily transfer of some of Futenma’s heliport functions to nearby Camp Schwab or reclaiming land off the U.S. Navy’s White Beach facility on Okinawa.

The government is also considering Tokunoshima island, north of Okinawa, but residents held a massive protest this month and local officials rejected Tokyo’s request for talks.

10 Facts About Crime In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind

10 Facts About Crime In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind

The American Dream

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 03:06 PM PDT

Many Americans are already painfully aware that violent crime is experiencing a massive upsurge in the United States.  As the U.S. economy has tanked and as unemployment has skyrocketed, many Americans have found themselves becoming increasingly desperate.  Hard economic times usually lead to an increase in crime, but what is happening across the U.S. now is absolutely stunning.  In economically-troubled areas such as Detroit crime statistics are climbing into the stratosphere.  In fact, there are many communities in the United States where it is simply not safe to go out at night anymore.  Millions of Americans find themselves prisoners in their own homes as they lock themselves in their houses in an attempt to keep the crime out.  The truth is that it is really hard to live the American Dream when there is a raging crime wave going on right outside your door.  The truly frightening thing is that crime is almost certainly going to get even worse as economic conditions continue to deteriorate.
The following are ten facts about crime in the United States that will blow your mind….
#1) The city of Detroit, Michigan literally looks like a war zone and violent crime is thriving.  So far this year in Detroit, car thefts are up 83%, robberies are up 50%, burglaries are up 20% and property destruction is up 42%.
#2) Lawmakers in Illinois say that violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard needs to be sent in.  In just one night last week seven people were killed and 18 were wounded – mostly by gunfire.  In fact, there have already been 113 murders in Chicago this year.
#3) The city of Phoenix, Arizona has become the car theft capital of the world as millions of illegal aliens who can’t get work have found that stealing cars can be very profitable indeed.
#4) There are approximately 12 million crimes committed in the United States every single year.  That is by far the worst in the world.  No other nation has more than about 6 million reported crimes per year.
#5) In New York City, the number of homicides in the first quarter of the year had shot up by approximately 22 percent compared with 2009.
#6) U.S. prisons are already bursting at the seams.  As you read this, there are over 2.2 million people in prison in the United States.  In fact, America leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.
#7) U.S. law enforcement authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs inside the country. These 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the crimes committed in the United States each year.
#8) There are over 100,000 rapes in the United States every single year.  That is the highest number for any of the countries in the United Nations.
#9) According to USA Today, 58% of state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States reported that violent criminal gangs were active in their areas in 2008.  That was up from 45% in 2004.
#10) Every year, one out of every five people is a victim of a crime in the United States.  No other nation on earth has a rate that is higher.

America Laying Groundwork for Drone Attacks On Quetta With News of Smaller Missiles

[This is terrible news to the Baloch people, as if they were not suffering enough already.  If smaller American drones become part of the Pak Army's war on Baloch resistance, then it will resemble the war against the rebel Mehsuds.  This is terrible news.]

US drones using smaller missiles: report

By Our Correspondent
Tribal villagers get ready to bury a person allegedly killed in a US drone attack in the tribal area of Miran Shah, North Waziristan along the Afghan border. – Photo by AP.

WASHINGTON: The US Central Intelligence Agency is now using smaller missiles in Pakistan’s tribal areas in the hope of minimising civilian casualties, the US media reported on Monday.

The Washington Post reported that the new missiles are equipped with advanced surveillance gadgets that may help sharply reduce civilian casualties.

US officials told journalists in Washington that the new technology has enabled more accurate strikes that have provoked relatively little public outrage.

The airstrikes have also helped eliminate hundreds of suspected insurgents since early 2009.

The CIA does not publicly comment on its operations in Pakistan, but two counter-terrorism officials told the Post that they were satisfied with the results of the new technology.

One such missile was used by the CIA last month in Miramshah, South Waziristan.

The missile, weighing about 16 kg, blasted the second floor of a house in the area in March, killing a top Al Qaeda official and nine other suspects. But no one else in the town of 5,000 was hurt, US officials claimed.

The lighter missiles and miniature drones are replacing 100-pound Hellfire missiles fired from remotely controlled Predator planes. The new systems also have made operations in urban areas more feasible.

This may enable the drones to target suspects in large cities as well. US intelligence officials insist that Taliban and Al Qaeda suspects often hide in cities like Quetta and Karachi.

They argue that ground operations against such targets are not very effective and the fear of large civilian casualties prevents them from using the drones.

New surveillance equipment will also be added to the drones the US plans to give Pakistan but those aircraft will carry no weapons.

Last month the US announced it would deliver 1,000 laser-guided bomb kits to Pakistan. The deal, which includes the delivery of 18 new F-16 fighter jets and a dozen surveillance drones later in the year, was an apparent pay-off for greater co-operation against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

At the time US military officials said that the sales, mostly funded by US grants, were intended to enhance the Pakistani military’s capacity to strike militant targets accurately and with minimum civilian casualties in the tribal areas near the Afghan border.

The US military, which operates in Iraq and Afghanistan, does not use weapons designed for Cold War combats as they are often too powerful for low-intensity conflict and counter-insurgency.

The CIA, however, did use such weapons in Pakistan.

The AGM-114 Hellfire missile packs a warhead that was originally designed to destroy a main battle tank.

Pak rejects Indian evidence against Hafiz Saeed

Pak rejects Indian evidence against Hafiz Saeed

Pak rejects Indian evidence against Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi, Apr 27: Pakistan has rejected India’s evidence against LeT founder and suspected 26/11 Hafiz Saeed, on the ground that the Indian evidence cannot be used under their laws for prosecution.

Sources said that in its dossiers seeking extradition of Ajmal Amir Kasab, Pakistan has asked New Delhi to hand over all the additional evidence related to 26/11 to it by the middle of May.

In its response to the three dossiers given by India, Pakistan has said that all the evidence given by India was not credible and was insufficient to prosecute any individual in a Pakistani court.

Stating that the evidence given by India against Saeed and others accused in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was mainly based on Kasab’s confessional statement, Pakistan said that the evidence were not admissible under Pakistan law.

Pakistan has dismissed  India’s claims about Pakistan Army Major and dreaded terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri’s role in the 26/11 attacks as just a “figment of imagination”.

Pakistan’s response to the dossier was handed over Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth by Foreign Office Foreign Office officials on Monday, Apr 26.

In a dossier given to India, Pakistan has asked for the handing over of Kasab, so that his confessional statement can used against the LeTs operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects in the ongoing 26/11 trail in Pakistan.

In its request Pakistan has asked that three Indian officials, including two magistrates and an investigator, be permitted to travel to Pakistan to testify that they had recorded Kasab’s statement.

OneIndia News