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I'm ( Saad Bin Shahid ) leaving Yasir's case, all the donations I have with me are already been handed over to Yasir's brother Asim and his Mother. 
For confirmation and donations Contact Asim @ +92 312 922 250 4

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For most, life starts at the age of late teens, when youth is at its full swing
and a young ambitious boy is ready to hit the streets for joy; life.
What if instead of youthful spring come a deadly disease, forcing one to
stay on bed with the bed sheet soaked in its own blood? One can’t move on
its own and need two people to make him sit? Scared?

Yasir, a young boy from the streets of Peshawar, who works as a
salesman in Sadar for living, got caught with blood cancer, forcing him to
spend this summer in the crowded government
hospital of Islamabad. Without knowing the fact
that he’s disease is deadly.

Asim, his brother trying 24/7 to make sure that
Yasir sees the next winter. He dreams of a
miracle, so that his beloved brother can stand by
his feet on his own, once again and help him to
support his family.

Feelings to stand tall, beside your healthy brother
are something I can never have because of the fact
that I don’t have one. But Asim got Yasir, sleeping
away from his arms in front of his own eyes.

“No one deserves to die just because they are poor.”

He believe that someday, someone, he never met before, will come into his
life to help him and be a savior to his brother; yasir.

One can easily see the eyes of him awaited for that angel. While, Yasir
fighting the battle for life, Asim treats every guest as his awaited angel.
His eyes expand and become sharper, his heart starts to pump more
blood; he comes alive hearing someone is willing to save his brothers live.
Asim knows, one day his brother will get well and he will be walking with him home.
Carpenters can’t fix the broken cars.

He appeals for help with sorrow, hiding the fact that he can’t afford the right doctor; the doctor of Asim is not a Specialist!

I repeat, Carpenters can’t fix the broken cars.

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I'm ( Saad Bin Shahid ) leaving Yasir's case, all the donations I have with me are already been handed over to Yasir's brother Asim and his Mother.
For confirmation and donations Contact Asim @ +92 312 922 250 4




I'm ( Saad Bin Shahid ) leaving Yasir's case, all the donations I have with me are already been handed over to Yasir's brother Asim and his Mother. 
For confirmation and donations Contact Asim @ +92 312 922 250 4

The ISI: AN EXCEPTIONAL SECRET SERVICE by Lt. General Asad Durrani

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When Smashing Lists, a relatively unknown website, declared Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, the ISI, the best of its kind, it gladdened my heart but also had me worried.

Soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I met an old colleague, a Special Forces officer recently inducted in the ISI. He whispered in my ears: "we have decided to support the Afghan resistance". Understandably. With the "archenemy" India in the East and now not a very friendlySoviet Union on our Western borders, Pakistan had fallen between "nutcrackers". 
We therefore had to take our chances to rollback the occupation; but did we have any against a 'superpower', and the only one in the region at that? Soon after the Soviet withdrawal, as the Director General of Military Intelligence, I was assigned to a team constituted to review Pakistan's Afghan Policy. That, followed by a stint in the ISI, provided the answer. 
The Afghan tradition of resisting foreign invaders was indeed the sine qua non for this gamble to succeed. American support took two years in coming but when it arrived, US support was one of the decisive factors. The ISI's role -- essentially logistical in that it channelled all aid and helped organise the resistance- turned out to be pivotal. In the process, from a small time player that undertook to punch above its weight, rubbing shoulders with the best in the game, the Americans, catapulted the Agency into the big league.  Unsurprisingly, the ISI became a matter of great concern not only for its foes.
Cooperation amongst secret services, even within the country, is not the norm. It took a 9/11 for theUS to create a halfway-coordinating mechanism. Between the CIA and the ISI, however, communication and coordination worked out well as long as the Soviets were in Afghanistan. The shared objective -- defeat of the occupation forces -- was one reason; respect for each other's turf, the more important other. 
The CIA hardly ever questioned how its Pakistani counterpart dispensed with the resources provided for the Jihad or for that matter how it was conducted. And the ISI never asked if the American providers were over invoicing the ordnance or undermining the Saudi contribution.  It did not mean that they trusted each other.
Differences, however, surfaced as soon as the Soviets withdrew. To start with, some of the key ISI operatives were vilified, allegedly for having favored the more radical of the Afghan groups. The charge that the Agency was infested with rogue elements is thus an old one. Twice these vilification campaigns led, under American pressure, to major purges of ISI's rank and file. If these episodes ever led to changes in policy is another matter.  In the early 1990s, we in the ISI understood this shift in American attitude as a big-brother's desire to establish hegemony, but more crucially -- now that the Soviet Union after its withdrawal from Afghanistan had ceased to exist -- to cut this upstart service to size.
The CIA was clearly at odds with our declared objective to help the Mujahedeen lead the new dispensation in Kabul, especially if individuals like Hikmatyar were to play an important part in it. And the US was indeed unhappy with Pakistan's efforts to seek Iran's cooperation after the Islamic Republic had made peace with Iraq. But what seemed to have caused the most anguish amongst our American friends were the prospects of an increasingly confident ISI, vain enough to throw spanners in the work of the sole surviving superpower. 
These apprehensions were not entirely ill-founded as the Iraq-Kuwait crisis of 1990-91 was soon to show.
Sometimes in 1992, General Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor to US Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush, reportedly conceded that the ISI's assessment of Saddam's forces was closer to the mark than their own, which highly exaggerated Saddam's capacity. Now, if anyone else in the business too was to broadcast its account every time the CIA "sexed-up" a threat to suit American objectives (next time on Iraq's WMD holding for example), some pre-emption was obviously in order.  
Soon thereafter the ISI was cleansed of the old guard, most of them ostensibly for their infatuation with the "Jihadists" in Afghanistan and Kashmir. These purges must have served a few careers but when it came to taking decisions and making policies, the new guard had no choice but to put its shoulder behind the Taliban bandwagon. The Militia was now, like it or not, the only group with a chance to reunify the war torn country; the inviolable and in principle the only condition forPakistan's support for the "endgame", with no ideological or geo-political caveats.
Initially the Americans and the Saudis too had wooed Mullah Omar, though for a different reason: their interest in a pipeline that was to pass through territories under the Taliban control. If Pakistanshould have ceased all support when this militant regime rejected its advice -- on accommodating the Northern Alliance or sparing the Bamyan Statues, for example -- remains a moot point. 
After all, post 9/11 the Taliban did agree to our request to extradite Osama bin Laden, albeit to a third country. That was rejected by the US for reasons not for me to second-guess.   
The ISI was thereafter subjected to another purge in the hope that the refurbished setup would put its heart and soul behind the new decree: 'chase anyone resisting the American military operations in Afghanistan all the way to hell'. That came to millions on both sides of the Pak-Afghan borders; likely to be around long after the US troops had gone home, with some of them turning their guns inwards as one must have noticed. Under the circumstances, neither the ISI nor other organs of the state had any will to operate against groups primarily primed to fight "foreign occupation". If they also had the right to do so, or how this intrusion was otherwise to be defined, can be discussed ad-infinitum. Pakistan in the meantime has to fight a number of running battles.
So, this time around as well, it is not any "rogue elements" in the ISI but the complexity of the crisis that necessitates selective use of force; essentially against the "rogue groups", some of them undoubtedly planted or supported by forces inimical to our past and present policies. (Thanks to the Wikileaks, we now know a bit more about the "counter-terrorism pursuit teams".) 
If our political and military leadership also had the gumption to support the war against the NATO forces -- in the belief that some of the present turmoil in the area would not recede as long as the world's most powerful alliance was still around -- does not seem very likely. If, however, a few rebels in the ISI had in fact undertaken this mission, they may be punching above their weight, once again.  
Indeed, the ISI suffers from many ailments, most of them a corollary of its being predominantly a military organisation and of the Army's exceptional role in Pakistani politics. But that is of no great relevance to this piece which is basically about the Agency's role in the so-called "war on terror"; a euphemism for the war raging in the AfPak Region.
Epilogue: I do not know what all the ISI knew about Bin Laden's whereabouts before he was reportedly killed, or when the Pakistani leadership was informed about the US operation on that fateful night. But the fact that we denied all knowledge or cooperation -- even though the military and the police cordons were in place at the time of the raid, our helicopters were hovering over the area, and the Army Chief was in his command post at midnight -- explains the Country's dilemma. 
If its leadership was to choose between inability to defend national borders and complicity with theUS to hunt down one person who defied the mightiest of the worldly powers, it would rather concede incompetence. 

Asim for his awaited angel ! | Help us save an innocent life



For most, life starts at the age of late teens, when youth is at its full swing
and a young ambitious boy is ready to hit the streets for joy; life.
What if instead of youthful spring come a deadly disease, forcing one to
stay on bed with the bed sheet soaked in its own blood? One can’t move on
its own and need two people to make him sit? Scared?

Yasir, a young boy from the streets of Peshawar, who works as a
salesman in Sadar for living, got caught with blood cancer, forcing him to
spend this summer in the crowded government
hospital of Islamabad. Without knowing the fact
that he’s disease is deadly.

Asim, his brother trying 24/7 to make sure that
Yasir sees the next winter. He dreams of a
miracle, so that his beloved brother can stand by
his feet on his own, once again and help him to
support his family.

Feelings to stand tall, beside your healthy brother
are something I can never have because of the fact
that I don’t have one. But Asim got Yasir, sleeping
away from his arms in front of his own eyes.

“No one deserves to die just because they are poor.”

He believe that someday, someone, he never met before, will come into his
life to help him and be a savior to his brother; yasir.

One can easily see the eyes of him awaited for that angel. While, Yasir
fighting the battle for life, Asim treats every guest as his awaited angel.
His eyes expand and become sharper, his heart starts to pump more
blood; he comes alive hearing someone is willing to save his brothers live.
Asim knows, one day his brother will get well and he will be walking with him home.
Carpenters can’t fix the broken cars.

He appeals for help with sorrow, hiding the fact that he can’t afford the right doctor; the doctor of Asim is not a Specialist!

I repeat, Carpenters can’t fix the broken cars.

Pakistani Youth (info@pakistaniyouth), a youth organization is trying to save his life.

Myth: Bin Laden attacked USA because of their freedoms.


This was a common trope of President George W. Bush. Nine days after Sept. 11, Bush addressed Congress. “They hate our freedoms,” he said, “our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” Yet, in all the tens of thousands of words uttered by bin Laden, he was strangely silent about American freedoms and values. He didn’t seem to care very much about the beliefs of the “crusaders.” His focus was invariably on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
In a review of 24statements made by bin Laden from 1994 to 2004, political scientist James L. Payne found that 72 percent of the content of the speeches referred to alleged Western or Jewish attacks against Muslims, while only 1 percent criticized American culture or way of life.
In a 2004 video, bin Laden directly rebutted Bush’s assertions about al-Qaeda’s motivations for attacking the United States: “Contrary to what Bush says and claims — that we hate your freedom. If that were true, then let him explain why did we not attack Sweden.”

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US muslim woman fired for wearing a 'Hijab'




Hani Khan of San Mateo, California, alleged that store managers had told her to remove her hijab as part of the clothing chain’s “Look Policy,” the Council of American-Islamic Relation (CAIR) said in a statement.
Khan was fired from her job at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in California in February 2010, after working there for four months, when she refused to comply with the managers’ request, according to CAIR.
“When I was asked to remove my scarf after being hired with it on, I was demoralized and felt unwanted,” Khan said.
“Growing up in this country where the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, I have felt let down.”
After being fired, Khan complained to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which ruled in September 2010 that she had been the victim of discrimination.
She filed the lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch after failing to reach a mediation agreement with them, CAIR said.
“Abercrombie & Fitch cannot hide behind a ‘Look Policy’ to justify violating Ms. Khan’s civil rights,” Araceli Martinez-Olguin, a lawyer representing Khan, said in the statement.
Abercrombie & Fitch, a youth-oriented clothing retailer notorious for ads featuring scantily clad young models, has repeatedly faced legal trouble because of its “Look Policy”, which it considers important for to its market image.
In September 2009, US authorities sued the company for discriminating against a Muslim woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who alleged that a store had refused to hire her because of her head scarf.
In a similar case in 2008, a Muslim woman said a manager at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Milpitas, California, had written “not Abercrombie look” on her interview form and refused to hire her after she applied for a job.
Last year, US authorities sued the company for discrimination over the incident.





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Story of a young boy with no legs at 15, Sadaullah | Another drone attack victim

Unmanned MQ-1 Predator drone aircraft


17-year-old boy named Sadaullah – another victim of the drone attacks – sought my help shortly after we filed Karim Khan's case. In September 2009, when he was 15 years old, Sadaullah was serving food at a family iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, when missiles from a drone struck his grandfather's home and killed four of his relatives. Falling debris knocked Sadaullah out, but he survived. When he awoke in a Peshawar hospital, he found that both his legs had been amputated and shrapnel had penetrated his eye, rendering it useless. Pakistani media reported that the strike had killed Ilyas Kashmiri, a militant leader. But months later, Ilyas Kahsmiri was seen alive in Afghanistan. It was only a few weeks ago that the militant was reportedly killed in yet another drone strike.


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Female student from the tribal regions in Pakistan tops intermediate examinations


Swat: “Determination can defeat every power in the world,” says Seema Gul, a female student who has taken first place in intermediate exams.
Women in Pakistan are progressing day by day.  Two days ago it was Saima Anwer, the first female lawyer from Swat, who made the headlines.
Now, it’s Seema Gul, a young girl who has topped the intermediate exams in the humanities group.
Gul is a student at Government Girls Degree College Saidu Sharif and gave the exams after getting married.  She ranked first in the exams among all female students.
The girl’s education does not stop here; she said she wants to pursue further education and is determined to challenge anything that comes in her way. She even quotes herself when she says,“Determination can defeat every power in the world.”
A total of 30,650 students appeared in the intermediate examinations in which 57.18 per cent were declared successful, reports The Express Tribune.
Gul does not make the militancy and extremism in the region an excuse to not pursue education.  She says, “I never stopped studying even though there was fear everywhere. I am thankful to my parents and teachers who supported me.”
Gul’s husband Khalilullah, while talking to The Express Tribune at the award distribution ceremony, said, “This is a moment of great pleasure for me and I want Gul to pursue further education.”
Gul added, “In my view both girls and boys should be treated equally and should be allowed to follow their dreams.”
She regretted how international media presented Swat in a negative way. “We are not extremists. We believe in peace and harmony and one day we will show that to the whole world,” she said.

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Story of ex-Karim Khan now Taliban insurgency | Another victom of illegal drone attack in Pakistan


Unmanned MQ-1 Predator drone aircraft
Karim Khan was away from home on New Year's Eve 2009 when two missiles fired from what we believe was a CIA-operated drone struck his family home in North Waziristan and killed his son, aged 18, and his brother, aged 35. Informed over the phone of their deaths, he rushed back to find his home destroyed and his brother's family – now a widow and two-year-old son – devastated.

Khan believes his son and brother were innocent victims. His brother, who had taken the surname Iqbal in honour of the famous Pakistani poet, was a schoolteacher who had returned to their ancestral village, shortly after finishing his master's degree in English literature, because he believed education was vital for his countrymen's improvement. Khan's teenage son helped out at another government school in the area.
To avenge their deaths, Khan could have joined the Taliban insurgency against the United States. Instead, he put his trust in the legal system. 

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Drones inducted into Pak Navy fleet



KARACHI: Pakistan Navy has inducted the first squadron of drones into its fleet, Geo News reported.

Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir was the chief guest in the induction ceremony.

During the ceremony he said the drones would increase the operational capabilities of the Navy. The spokesman for the Navy added that the drones are equipped with sensors and will be used in coastal areas.





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US Spy Drone Shot Down by Iran


TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator confirmed earlier reports saying that a US drone has been shot down by Iran over Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in the Central Qom province.


Member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari said on Tuesday that the unmanned spy plane was flying near the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in Qom province when the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Air Defense units brought it down.


The official stated that the US drone was on a mission to identify the location of the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant and gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA, Dafsari stated.


Earlier this year, a senior Iranian military official had confirmed reports on the shooting down of several enemy drones over the Persian Gulf, and said Iran has targeted a large number of these pilotless planes during the last 7 years.


"We have experienced similar incidents many times in the past and there have even been drones belonging to the occupying Zionist regime (Israel), the United States and Britain which have been shot down in the Persian Gulf during the past 7 years," the senior military official told FNA in January.


Also in January 2007, the Iranian military troops shot down a spy plane of the US army when trying to cross Iran-Iraq borders in the Southwestern city of Dasht-e-Azadegan, Khuzestan province. 


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In Pakistan, CIA Reached New Height in unprofessional-ism : Your Next Doctor Could Be An American Agent ! [ Must Read ]


In Pakistan, CIA Meddling Reaches New Height: Your Next Doctor Could Be An American Agent


Covert American agents inside Pakistan hired a doctor with a tainted record, Dr. Shakil Afridi, and fake public health volunteers to distribute what possibly were fake hepatitis vaccines as part of the effort to find Osama bin Laden.
This is the latest indication of how much access Pakistan’s ruling elite has allowed CIA inside Pakistan. In 2009, Pakistani police busted CIA contractors, facilitated by former US ambassador Anne W. Patterson, training a militia of 200 to 400 retired Pakistani military officers at a private property on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital.
The incident qualifies as one of the most dangerous breaches of Pakistani security and a sad testament on the country’s deteriorating security situation since 2002.



Dr. Orin Levine, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center and an associate professor of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health”, published an op-ed where they explained the reckless attitude of CIA in faking an immunization program in Pakistan.
Here are excerpts:
“The CIA’s plot — recruiting a Pakistani doctor to distribute hepatitis vaccines in Abbottabad this spring — destroyed credibility that wasn’t its to erode. It was the very trust that communities worldwide have in immunization programs that made vaccinations an appealing ruse. But intelligence officials imprudently burned bridges that took years for health workers to build.”
“… the CIA’s actions may have jeopardized the global polio eradication program, which has saved thousands of lives and in which billions of dollars have been invested. Americans could one day be at risk again from re-imported polio.”
“Complicating matters is the fact that Pakistan recently dissolved its Ministry of Health, which has left international programs to negotiate directly with local leaders. Many such leaders may be inclined to distrust doctors or to believe that vaccination programs are CIA ploys designed to hurt their communities.”
“In Afghanistan, where colleagues of ours are helping to rebuild the national health system, locals often link trust in health services with security — in other words, they trust clinics because they believe they are safe places. But health workers there and in Pakistan may now be suspect or seen as spies. People throughout the region may reject vaccines out of politically derived fear.”
“Obama and leaders in Congress should acknowledge the damage to global health efforts and commit to repairing the trust. They should begin where the need is most urgent: Pakistan. They should make clear to regional leaders that despite cuts in foreign aid and U.S. support for the Pakistani military, Americans will not walk away from their region’s poor, their needy children, or commitments to stopping the spread of deadly diseases.”



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FBI arrests Pakistani agent for making political contributions in US


Law enforcement sources say the FBI has arrested an agent of Pakistan's official state intelligence service, accusing him of making thousands of dollars in political contributions in the United States without disclosing his connections to the Pakistani government.
Syed Ghulam Fai will appear in federal court this afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia.  He's not charged with being a spy. But he is charged with being an unregistered agent or lobbyist of the Pakistani government.
He's the exective director of a group called the Kashmiri American Council, the sources say, and he has given tens of thousands of dollars to congressional candidates and party organizations. U.S. officials say there's no reason to believe that members of Congress or other organizations that received his contributions were aware of his government connections.
A call to the Kashmiri American Council's office in Washington went unanswered this morning. 





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United States and Israel were nearing their collapse “breathing their last breaths.” | Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad



The Iranian chief Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad executive said the United States and Israel were nearing their collapse “breathing their last breaths.” 

He stressed that Iran has never thought of an attack on other countries, but warned if any superpower launched an offensive against the country, the Iranian nation would “cut off its hands,” reminding that the Islamic Republic is globally known as the “biggest military might” in the region.

Ahmadinejad said arrogant powers were trampling on humanity “in order to achieve their own interests.”
 


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Photo exhibit shows alleged US drone strike deaths | “This is another terrible US policy in the war on terror.”



“I have tried covering the important but uncovered and unreported truth about drone strikes in Pakistan: that far more civilians are being injured and killed than the Americans and Pakistanis admit,” said Noor Behram, a 39-year-old photographer who has worked with several international news agencies.



US officials “don’t see that they target one house and along with it, two or three adjoining houses also get destroyed, killing innocent women and children and other totally impartial people,” Behram told reporters in Islamabad on Monday.


It is often difficult to verify who is killed in the strikes because the areas where they occur are dangerous and off-limits to foreign journalists. News agencies often rely on local intelligence officials to determine who perished in a strike.

“I hate to expose the world to pictures of a child with his head blown half off, but that is what the US military calls ‘collateral’ damage,” said Smith.“This is another terrible US policy in the war on terror.”


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