Kulsoom Abdullah | American Muslim woman weightlifter, wins right to wear hijab during competition


Kulsoom Abdullah, a female weightlifter from the US, was initially barred from competing in the American Open because she donned the Islamic head cover. (File Photo)
Kulsoom Abdullah, a 35-year old female weightlifter from Atlanta, Georgia, received long-awaited word from the International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday that she would be allowed to compete in a modified weightlifting uniform that complied with the hijab and her faith.

For the past year, Ms. Abdullah has been working to be allowed to compete in the sport she loves without conceding her religious values. And with persistence, tenacity, and faith, she was able to see her ambitious efforts pay off.

“This is a great victory. I am hopeful for more participation in sports for women and I have a positive outlook on getting costume details finalized for Olympic lifting competitions,” said Ms. Abdullah. “Change is not going to happen if you do nothing. It’s better to at least try your best … I think we always learn through journey and struggles.”
Last year, Ms. Abdullah was initially barred from competing in the American Open because she would not wear a singlet – the short, tight, regulation uniform. Officials told her that loose clothing and covered limbs presented a safety hazard and prevented judges from making sure she was executing a proper lift.

Ms. Abdullah then put together a 44-page presentation offering an alternative costume that showcased her elbows and knees without compromising her Muslim faith. Her proposal was submitted to the IWF to consider a policy change for Islamic attire with the support of the United States Olympic Committee, the USA Weightlifting Federation, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"We welcome this important decision in support of greater inclusion in athletic competition and urge the representatives of other international bodies to take similar steps," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper in a statement. "We thank the United States Olympic Committee for helping to empower Muslim women athletes and for taking a stand in support of the American tradition of religious diversity."

The modifications to the costume rule allows athletes to wear a one piece, full body, tight fitted "unitard," under the necessary weightlifting costume. This will permit Ms. Abdullah, and future Muslim female weightlifters who wear the hijab, to compete while only exposing their hands, feet and face.

The ruling in favor of a modified uniform represents a small step forward to the increasing number of female athletes around the world who have been prohibited from competing because uniform regulations clashed with tenets of faith. Just recently, the Iranian women's soccer team was banned from the 2012 Olympics in London, and was forced to forfeit there qualifier against Jordan, on the grounds that their headscarves posed the threat of strangulation.

"This rule modification has been considered in the spirit of fairness, equality and inclusion," said IWF President Tamas Ajan.

As for Ms. Adbullah, she is still in the gym, working harder than ever to prepare for next month's American Open competition. “I will continue training now for competitions, and be able to work harder with structure since now I have goals and dates I can look forward to,” said Ms. Abdullah.



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PAF Achieves its 'First Kill' | Pictures | Our Heroes need their identity back

Flight Lieutenant M. Yunus who shot down IAF Canberra on April 10, 1959. PAF's No. 15 Squadron "Cobras" draw first blood. This incident of air violation is historically significant as it was PAF's first success against the IAF.









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Taliban militants have shot down an unmanned aircraft belonging to US




The US-led military alliance said in a statement that the unmanned plane was shot down by Taliban militants over Kapisa Province, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.
Taliban says it has the wreckage of the NATO drone.


The militants have proven resilient faced with NATO's 150,000 strong-contingent.

They have stepped up their attacks on US-led forces, inflicting an increasing number of casualties.

The Taliban claim they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

The war in Afghanistan has become the longest war in US history. With civilian and military casualties at record highs, many question the motives in the ongoing conflict.

The developments also come as Taliban militants have been making inroads in different parts of Afghanistan. 




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Riffee, the transgender tax collector from Pakistan | Colors of Pakistan


Pakistani Tax Collector You forget to pay tax in the United States and by the end of the week a harsh letter will land on your doorstep.  In Karachi the metropolitan city of Pakistan, if you don’t pay your income tax, Riffee and her gang, “The Transgender Tax-Collectors”, shows up at your door with a flashy attitude and lipstick.
Officials in Karachi have hired Riffee as a tax collector-who uses her first name only-to force debtors to pay pending taxes.
Riffee and her friends Sana and Kohan are men physically men but they like to dress as women with a face powdered with make-up. Their job is pretty simple: every morning the gang gets up in the morning, gathers a list of debt payers, calls them up at their offices or home and forces them to pay.  It is not clear how effective this method is, but officials say they wouldn’t have kept going it if it wasn’t.
“Their appearance causes great embarrassment amongst the people,” said Sajid Hussein Bhatti, the tax superintendent who gives Riffee her orders every morning.
Riffee always wanted to be a transgender 10 year-old and ever since then she’s been trying to change the prejudice mentality that dwells in the society.
Barely a percent of Pakistanis pay income taxes.  That’s when Riffee comes in handy.  In a country where many say the courts are weak and the police corruptible, Riffee and the team are a last, albeit striking, resort, reports CNN.

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KERALA, India - Father sold her daughter to 200 men for sex after raping her


KERALA, India - Police have arrested the father of a 17-year-old girl, for raping her and then selling her for sex to 200 men.
According to the BBC, the girl said she was raped, starved and then forced to have sex with other men for money.
"My father first raped me when my mum was not home. Later he started taking me out to different locations, saying I'll get a chance to act in movies," the girl told a local television channel.
The girl told police that her father, who used to do odd roles in Malayalam films, first exploited her and then let many others in the industry and outside to do the same, reported the Daily Chilli.
She said her mother found out about it but kept silent after her father threatened to kill the whole family if she told anyone. 
The girl was eventually rescued when relatives discovered her plight and informed the police.
According to reports, she is currently being treated for venereal diseases and depression at a government hospital.
The girl has named up to 70 men - including contractors, film producers, and policemen - who paid for sex with her, and police have vowed to hunt them down.
29 men were also arrested along with the father.
Dr M.K. Muneer, the minister for social welfare said the government would do whatever it can to bring her back to normal life.


"She wants to complete schooling and lead a good life. She says she was raped by 200 men."


"It is shocking and it freezes your conscience," he said.





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Monster | Zack Khan from Kashmir, Pakistan | Pictures


Name: Zack Khan
Born: July 1, 1980, Kashmir, Pakistan.
Nicknames: The Freak, King Kong Khan, King Khan
Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Off Season Weight: Around 310 lbs 
Competition Weight: Around 280 lbs
Height: 6'0" | Arms: 24" | Chest: 61" | Waist: 34" | Thighs: 32" | Calves: 22"













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Pakistan has expelled another team of British military trainers from it's soil



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Pakistan has expelled a team of British military trainers sent to help with the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that at least 18 military advisers, deployed as part of a £15m programme to train the paramilitary Frontier Corps, have been withdrawn from Pakistan. Most are already back in the UK.
Since Bin Laden's death, Pakistan has sent home at least 120 US military trainers, most of whom were engaged in training the FC.
That programme has now virtually collapsed as US-Pakistani relations fall to their lowest point in a decade. The trouble began in January after aCIA contractor, Raymond Davis, shot dead two men in Lahore, prompting the withdrawal of a quarter of the US training force.
The reductions accelerated following the Bin Laden raid, as the military sought to signal its displeasure with its western allies – in particular the CIA.

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Pakistan Polo Team qualifies for world cup | Sports


Rawalpindi -  Pakistan National Polo Team with country’s finest players is presently participating in Polo World Cup 2011 in Malaysia.
The team’s spirit, training and dedicated efforts secured top position for Pakistan in the points table. So far the performance of the Pakistan Team has remained unbeaten which is evident from the following results.
Pakistan topped the table with 28 goals for and 17 against, while India was second with a 17.5 for and 10 against.
Pakistan Polo Team has thus qualified to play the main final against India on June 25, 2011. Raja Sami Ullah has displayed excellent horsemanship and field play; therefore the tournament committee has nominated him for the prestigious award of the best Player of the Championship.


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