Snakes, scorpions turn IDPs’ nights sleepless F.P. Report

Snakes, scorpions turn IDPs’ nights sleepless F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Government has set up 22 relief camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of war-affected areas of Malakand Division in various districts of the province to give then shelters and relief. Though the government and other agencies were busy in providing relief and immediate aid to IDPs but, many of them were complaining about the useless relief items at the moment. Khurshid Iqbal who was standing under the direct sun light at Jalaozai Relief Camp Informed desperately to The Frontier Post that a UN Agency has provided him a bag of wheat and mosquito net in its relief package. What he can do with wheat and from where he would grind it, he questioned. He further added that where they can fix mosquito nets as they don not have bed and stand for its utilization. These items were useless for them at the moment he said and added that government should provide them necessary items which they can use. Mardan, about 70km northwest of Peshawar, capital of the NWFP, is the first place those fleeing volatile areas like Buner, Swat and Dir come to, and the government has established four relief camps in the district including Jalala, Mazdoor Aabad, Sheikh Yasin and Sheikh Shahzad. According to Provincial Government, so far 2.5 million people uprooted by fighting in the Malakand Division. According to IDPs in Jalala, the camp contains more than one thousand families, and conditions are “awful”. “It’s very hot and we are not used to this heat,” said Sher Bahadur Khan, 24. “Sitting in tents is like being in a `tandoor’.” Despite the heat, he said, women had no choice but to remain cooped up inside as they observed `purdah’. “Because they have to remain in tents, the majority of women and children are suffering from scabies, diarrhoea and high fever,” he said, adding that toilets and water were far away, so women could not bathe enough. “There is not enough water; the toilets are in a terrible state and food is always short,” said Bahadur Khan. Taimur Shah, 18, another IDP, said that while wheat was being distributed “we cannot grind it into flour.” Naeem feared if the weather got any worse and the sanitary conditions did not improve in the camps, there could be outbreaks of diseases. “It’s very, very hot and these cool environment mountain people were not used to the heat in the plains. Many may not survive June and July, when temperatures may rise further,” he said. But, if the days are bad, the nights are even worse. “We hardly sleep, because of the fear of snakes, rats and scorpions,” said Shah Bibi. “Because there is no light in the night and it is pitch dark, people often enter the wrong tents and that causes much discomfort for women observing `purdah’. Then women cannot go and relieve themselves or take the young ones to the toilet because they fear stepping on snakes.” Another lady Razia said that they can not sleep at nights as there is always fear of snakes and scorpions. She said “we turn over the buckets and sit our children on that to protect them from such deadly reptiles. Mosquitoes exacerbate their woes. The place seems to be the perfect breeding ground for them, said Razia and added that the condition would improve if government materialize it claims of being providing electricity to relief camps. Ahmed Waheed said that there is no vaccine of snake-bite in the medical camps and if any case reported the poor victim might hardly to survive.

Anyone who cares for what is happening to Pakistan,

[A most interesting and relevant comment from Baitullah Mehsud’s Time is Up.]

Anyone who cares for what is happening to Pakistan,

by Shamsudin Abdullah

It’s pointless (and dishonest) to blame people like Maulana Sufi, Fazlullah, Baitullah or Osama for the violence & terror that is killing our children. For years we have been promoting and condoning the use of violence and terror to achieve our “national interest” and “strategic depth”, and all this is done in the name of Islam & Jihad. Now the monster which we so lovingly created and nurtured to spread destruction, bloodshed, misery and hate amongst the kafir has decided that we, it’s erstwhile masters, are kafir too. It is the height of denial and self-delusion for us to try to disown them now.

What kind of immoral, perverted logic is it that allows us to celebrate and praise someone as a hero and freedom fighter for Jihad fisabil Allah when he kills someone else’s children only to call him a terrorist when he kills ours? What is this depraved creed that we follow which teaches us that we can do evil in the name of good, and not be defiled by it?

We have been indulging in this moral schizophrenia for so long that we can no longer tell right from wrong. The result is corruption and decay: our Nation dismembered, our infrastructure crumbling (unless you live in Defence Colony), our education a joke, our democratic institutions dysfunctional, our children (those too poor to escape overseas) look forward to either being a perpetrator or victim of suicide bombing.

But all that aside, the most grievous consequence is the effect on our Nation’s soul. Our moral blindness infects our hearts and our children’s too; it replaces the teachings of Allah with hate, unreason & beastliness; gone are mercy, forgiveness, love and peace. Eventually, we lose our humanity and become twisted, hateful monsters ourselves, living short, brutish and nasty lives, just like in the time of Jahilia.

Am I being unfair in assigning responsibility to us, the people of Pakistan, instead of our leaders? No, I am not. People everywhere get the government that they deserve, and so did we. May Allah help us find our moral compass again.

by Shamsudin Abdullah April 27, 2009

Baitullah Mehsud’s Time Is Up

Baitullah Mehsud’s Time Is Up

February 22, 2009

Dan Qayyum |

It seems Baitullah Mehsud has outlived his shelf-life and is of no further use to his American and Indian masters.

After receiving a kicking in Bajaur and the implementation of Sharia in Swat, he has now been cornered into South Waziristan with his area of influence having been greatly reduced in recent days. In what seemed like a sign of desperation, he hit out at Kashmiri jihadi groups last week, threatening to eliminate their leaders if they did not join him in fighting the Pakistan army.

Accusing them of ‘only fighting external enemies such as the US and India’, Baitullah Mehsud’s ‘Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’ (TTP) justified attacking members of these Jihadi outfits by pointing out that these outfits ‘do not fight the Pakistan Army’ and commit mass murder of innocent Pakistani citizens like the TTP has been doing for a some time now.

It is also interesting to note that the Afghan Taleban’s Supreme Commander Mullah Mohammad Omar had issued a statement over a year ago distancing himself and the Afghan Taleban from the TTP and its chief Baitullah Mehsud. He had also condemned Baitullah Mehsud in strong words for fighting against the Pakistan Army instead of with the NATO forces.

This recent report in NYT makes interesting reading.

It is unclear why the Obama administration decided to carry out the attacks, which American and Pakistani officials said occurred last Saturday and again on Monday, hitting camps run by Mr. Mehsud’s network. The Saturday strike was aimed specifically at Mr. Mehsud, but he was not killed, according to Pakistani and American officials.

For months, Pakistani military and intelligence officials have complained about Washington’s refusal to strike at Baitullah Mehsud, even while C.I.A. drones struck at Qaeda figures and leaders of the network run by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a militant leader believed responsible for a campaign of violence against American troops in Afghanistan.

According to one senior Pakistani official, Pakistan’s intelligence service on two occasions in recent months gave the United States detailed intelligence about Mr. Mehsud’s whereabouts, but said the United States had not acted on the information. Bush administration officials had charged that it was the Pakistanis who were reluctant to take on Mr. Mehsud and his network.

It now increasingly looks like Baitullah Mehsud is living on borrowed time. It would be interesting to see who gets to him first, the Pakistanis or the Americans. Pakistani Army would be well advised to attempt to capture him alive, something that the Americans and Indians would try and ensure does not happen.

Tell me why, does it have to be like this…

[Submitted by: Maqsood Kayani]

by Declan Galbraith

In my dream, children sing
A song of love for every boy and girl
The sky is blue and fields are green
And laughter is the language of the world
Then i wake and all i see
Is a world full of people in need

Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something i have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos i don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

Everyday I ask myself
What will I have to do to be a man?
Do I have to stand and fight
To prove to everybody who I am?
Is that what my life is for
To waste in a world full of war?

Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something i have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

(children)tell me why?(declan)tell me why?
(children)tell me why?(declan)tell me why?
(together) just tell me why, why, why?

Tell me why(why) does it have to be like this?
Tell me why (why) is there something i have missed?
Tell me why (why) cos I don’t understand
When so many need somebody
We don’t give a helping hand
Tell me why?

Tell me why (why,why,does the tiger run)
Tell me why(why why do we shoot the gun)
Tell me why (why,why do we never learn)
Can someone tell us why we let the forest burn?
(why,why do we say we care)
Tell me why(why,why do we stand and stare)
Tell me why(why,why do the dolphins cry)
Can some one tell us why we let the ocean die?
(why,why if we’re all the same)
Tell me why(why,why do we pass the blame)
Tell me why (why,why does it never end)
Can some one tell us why we cannot just be friends?

Pity the nation… that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
– Khalil Jibran

It is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be?
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.
– Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”
– Angela Monet

“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
– Voltaire

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”
– Samuel P. Huntington (author The Clash Of Civilisations)

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
– “Michael Jordan

Admiral Mullen Hypes the Iranian Threat

Iran closer on nuclear weapons: US

Monday, May 25, 2009
Tehran producing anti-cruise missile cannons; Rezai says he can stop Israel with ‘one strike’

WASHINGTON/TEHRAN: Iran is clearly moving closer to acquiring a nuclear weapons capability but military strikes to counter the programme would have serious unintended consequences, the top US military officer said on Sunday.

“I think the unintended consequence of a strike against Iran right now would be incredibly serious, as well as the unintended consequences of their achieving a weapon,” Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

“That’s why this engagement, dialogue is so important,” he said in an interview on ABC television, referring to President Barack Obama’s aim to engage Iran diplomatically. Mullen said the United States would approach Iran “with all options on the table.”

“So that would leave a pretty narrow space in which to achieve a successful dialogue and a successful outcome, which from my perspective means they don’t end up with nuclear weapons,” he said.

Mullen said he did not believe Iran’s claims that it is developing its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes, but he said the aim of diplomacy would be “to really bring out whether that is how the senior leaders feels.” “Certainly from what I’ve seen in recent years, Iran is on a path to develop nuclear weapons,” he said.

“Most of us believe that it is one to three years (away from acquiring nuclear weapons), depending on assumptions about where they are right now. But they are moving closer clearly and they continue to do that,” he said.

“And if you believe that is their strategic intent, as I do and certainly as my Israeli counterpart does, that’s the principal concern,” he said.

Meanwhile, Iran’s former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai warned on Sunday he could stop Israel with “one strike” and said it would not dare to threaten the Islamic republic if he is elected president.

“My government… understands missiles and tanks as well as foreign policy and knows exactly where Israel’s sensitive spots are. It could stop them forever with one strike,” Rezai told a news conference.

“If government falls into our hands Israel will not dare threaten Iran because the Israelis and the Americans know us and our friends,” said Rezai, who is one of three candidates challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 election.

“Our presence in government will act as a deterrent to threats,” said the veteran conservative who headed the elite Guards force for 16 years to 1997, including during Iran’s war with Iraq in the 1980s.

His comments came after an opinion poll by Tel Aviv University showed one in two Israelis back an immediate attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel and Washington accuse Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme, a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied.

In a related development, Iran launched on Sunday a production line for manufacturing cannons for warships which can be used against cruise missiles, the Fars news agency reported.

“The final range of the 40-millimetre naval cannon, named Fath (victory), is 12 kilometres (more than seven miles) and it shoots 300 projectiles per minute,” Defence Minister Mohammad Mostafa Najjar said in a statement reported by Fars.

“It can be used against cruise missiles … It is an anti-aircraft low-altitude weapon for use on warships,” he said, adding that it was being entirely built by Iranians.

Iran has boasted in the past of developing new weapons systems only for its claims to be met with scepticism by Western defence analysts.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday that Iran had successfully test-fired a new medium-range missile, named Sejil-2, drawing a warning from Israel that Europe too should now worry about the Islamic republic’s ballistic programme.

Four al-Qaeda suspects arrested in Afghanistan

[Didn’t Gen. Know-it-all just tell Congress that there is no “al Qaida” in Afghanistan?  SEE: More B.S. from Petraeus: al-Qaida not operating in Afghanistan]

Four al-Qaeda suspects arrested in Afghanistan

Monday, May 25, 2009
KABUL: Troops in eastern Afghanistan arrested on Sunday four suspected al-Qaeda insurgents linked to a militant who has been recruiting Pakistani and Kuwati extremists to the insurgency here, the US military said. The four suspects were rounded up in raids in the eastern province of Khost, which borders Pakistan, the military said in a statement. “The suspects are believed to be associated with an al-Qaeda leader who has been responsible for recruiting Kuwaiti and Pakistani extremists for fighting in Afghanistan, threatening to strengthen al-Qaeda’s presence, namely in the eastern provinces,” it said.

15 killed in Orakzai aerial blitz

15 killed in Orakzai aerial blitz

Monday, May 25, 2009

By Syed Hassan Mehmood

KALAYA: Thirteen militants and two civilians were killed, while 38 others, including 24 students of a religious seminary, were injured when jet fighters shelled different areas of the Orakzai Agency on Sunday.

Sources said security forces launched an aerial blitz on the hideouts of militants in Bizotkhel, Utmankhel, Sturikhel, Ferozkhel, Kalaya, Mushtikhel, Sangarha, Dabori, Ghiljo, Khadikhel and Mamozai areas of the agency.

According to reports, 13 militants were killed and 38 others, including students of a religious seminary, were injured in the shelling. A militant commander Maulana Nazeer was also reportedly critically injured in the shelling.

The jet fighters hit two Madaris at Dabori and Ghiljo areas, leaving 24 students injured. A basic health unit (BHU) in Kanda was also completely destroyed in the attack. Locals have started migration to Hangu, Kohat and Peshawar. Meanwhile, two persons, Sajid and Muhammad Islam, were killed and four women injured when a rocket fell on a house in Kandi village in Sturikhel area of the agency.