US military aircraft forced to land in Pakistan !

Karachi: A US military cargo  aircraft was forced to land in Karachi at the Jinnah International Airport on the orders of the Pakistan Air Force, sources said on Wednesday.
According to the sources, the Russian-made plane was forced to land in Karachi on the basis of intelligence information provided by the Air Intelligence.
Geo TV reported that the plane is used for Nato supplies. The plane took off from Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan and was flying towards Al-Makhtum Airport in Dubai.
The crew of the aircraft was being interrogated till the filing of this report.
Pakistan suspended Nato supplies after a cross border US raid on its check-posts in Mohmand Agency November last year that killed two dozen Pakistani troops.
Islamabad had linked the resumption of Nato supplies with unconditional US public apology over the raid. The unpopular government in Islamabad seems reluctant to reopen Nato supply routes amid anti-American sentiments prevailing in the country ahead of next general election.
In the meantime, President Obama is also facing the same process this November and  doesn’t want to tender an apology after he tendered one over the desecration of the Holy Quran at the hands of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf IV ballistic missile !

Pakistan today successfully conducted the launch of the intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Hatf IV Shaheen-1A Weapon System. The missile is an improved version of Shaheen-1 with improvements in range and technical parameters. It is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads. 

Pemra issues notices to TV channels over unethical coverage of Bhoja Plane Crash

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has served show cause notices to 17 TV channels for airing unedited live footage of blood, gore, dead and mutilated bodies amid a private plane crash.
According to a press release issued here Wednesday, the authority has also issued notices to other 24 entertainment TV channels on account of airing “indecent, vulgar and unethical programs, advertisements, shows, excessive foreign content and intruding into personal and family life of people”.
In the warnings issued to the TV channels, the coverage was termed extremely unethical and irresponsible.
There is no harm in taking edge over other channels in dissemination of timely and accurate news but the quest must not be to take lead in indecency or irregularity, said the press release.
The channels have also been summoned to show cause under section 20 (c) & (f) of the Pemra Ordinance and Rule 15 (1) of Pemra Rules.

Statue of Jinnah unveiled at York University

From left, graduate student sculptor David Mcdougall; Mike Colle,
Ontario minister of citizenship & immigration; Ghalib Iqbal,
consul general of Pakistan; Babar Qureshi, president of the Pakistan
Student Association at York; and Lorna R. Marsden, York president &
vice-chancellor, at the unveiling of the Jinnah statue.
TORONTO, Canada: There’s a new face on campus, standing on the north side of the Curtis Lecture Hall on Campus Walk at York’s Keele campus – and he could be a world first for York. A sculpture of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan and the country’s first governor general, was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 30, to commemorate the creation of a scholarship that bears his name.
After conducting a survey among other student associations around the globe, Babar Qureshi, president of the Pakistan Student Association at York, believes it is the first monument to a Pakistani leader at a university campus anywhere in the world.

Child Refused to take Polio drops from Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani

Islamabad: Political reason or not, a child at an official polio launching event refused to drink Polio drops by Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.
Despite repeated efforts by the country’s executive, the child remained adamant not to drink the polio drops. The premier kept on trying to give the child, whose name was not confirmed, polio drops.
Later on with help of mother of the kid and official of National Polio Program of Pakistan, he managed to give the kid essential drops to develop immunity against deadly polio virus

Pakistan Naval Chief Meets 5 Thalassemia Children at Naval headquarter on Friday

Islamabad - In a praiseworthy human act Pakistan Navy hosted five children suffering from Thalassemia at it’s headquarter on Friday. The children have been receiving treatment for the awful disease expressed desire to wear Naval uniform and visit the Naval headquarters.

Acceding to the wish of the children, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandheela invited them at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. The CNS had friendly chat with them and talked of pleasant things. Wife of the Naval chief also came to see the children. The two had frank discussion about light things and they too mixed up with the Naval chief and his wife.

The occasion brought a pleasant change in the ambiance of the headquarters where everybody was impressed by the gesture of the CNS. Admiral Sandheela and his wife took interest in the activities of the children and asked them about the atmosphere where they live and study. The children looked elegant in white Naval outfit with ranks on their shoulders. The two inquired about their health and wished them a prosperous and healthy life ahead. The two prayed for their early recovery from the ailment.

The Naval Chief presented five infusion pumps, one each that is essential and precious medical equipment for the Thalassemic patients. The equipment would enable them to get treatment at home instead of taking trouble to visit hospital frequently.

Pakistan Navy also presented the children cheques as a token of financial support. They were very happy about the hospitality offered to them at the naval headquarters. The children had a photographic session with the Naval Chief and his wife before leaving the rendezvous. 

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Afghanistan : Taliban spring offence begins !

“These attacks are the beginning of the spring offensive and we had planned them for months.” 
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
He went on to add that the onslaught was a revenge for a series of incidents involving American troops in Afghanistan – including the burning of the Holy Quran at a Nato base and the massacre of 17 civilians by a US soldier – and vowed that there would be more such attacks.
A group of US soldiers at their village in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district at 2am enter homes and open fire. However, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force called it an individual act and said it had arrested the suspected soldier.
“After the Mujahideen offered to take revenge, our military commanders in four provinces – Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktiya and Lugar – coordinated major attacks simultaneously. The attacks were launched in four provinces in an hour.” Mujahid said.

Young gem from Pakistan Army shines abroad | Talha Zahid awarded with “Sword of Honour” at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

A young Pakistani cadet won the prestigious “Sword of Honour” for overseas cadets at the annual Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst here.

Officer Cadet Muhammad Talha Zahid from Pakistan Army attended the academy during 2011/12 along with cadets from well over 30 countries.

“I am the 5th Pakistani cadet to have achieved this honour since Pakistan Military Academy started sending its graduates here. I am thankful to my trainers and my family for all the encouragement they have provided. I am honoured that I was able to win this for Pakistan.” 

Not only this, Talha Zahid also became the first ever cadet here for a single year to have also won awards in the categories of :
  1. The Best Student (Best in Over all Academics)
  2. The Best in Defence Studies T
  3. he Best in International Affairs Studies.

The second Pakistani Officer Cadet was Waleed Bashir whose Regiment was declared the best.  
“I am honoured that I was able to attend the prestigious Sandhurst Academy. The experience was brilliant and we were able to meet cadets from all over the world. Every cadet seemed very impressed with the professionalism Pakistan army exhibits. Pakistan’s recognition this year is testimony to the fact that Pakistan Army is one of the best armies in the world.”
Waleed Bashir’s parents travelled from Bagh Azad Kashmir especially for this occasion said;   “We are overjoyed that Pakistan has won the Sword of Honour this year.”

Be-aware : Smuggled Mobile Guns in Pakistan priced 30,000 only !

Karachi: Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency has disclosed selling of  .22 caliber guns disguised as cell phones at a weapon market in Peshawar.
“The MOBILE GUN could be used to assassinate key politicians and other figures,” quoted a local newspaper citing the agency.
The gun is capable of firing four rounds in a quick succession are made of Europe and being sold unabated at a local market in provincial capital of KhyberPukhtoonKhwa. The gun price is about Rs. 30,000.
A letter from the agency alerts security agencies that terrorists, killers and criminals could easily buy and use the cell phone guns.
“Strict surveillance must be commenced to stop smuggling of the guns,” the letter recommended.
Security agencies including Airport Security Force, Federal Investigation Agency and Customs have been asked to provide special training to their staff to identify cell phone guns besides taking special measure to avoid any untoward incident.
“Awareness campaign through media should also be run so that common people, public servants and private security agencies could have a keen eye on cell phone disguised guns."

USA: Last year, over 110,000 active-duty US Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs

Air Force pilot
Patrick Burke with his wife, Elise, and their son, Jackson. In a drunk driving and auto theft case last year,
the Air Force pilot was found not guilty "by reason of lack
of mental responsibility" -- a result of the prescription drugs he'd taken. 
(Burke Family Photo, Burke Family Photo. / January 21, 2012)
With suicide, homicide and stress levels soaring in a military stretched to breaking by multiple deployments, the L.A. Times takes a scary in-depth look at soldiers who are increasingly medicated, zoned out and hyped up on prescription psychotropics - drugs that before Iraq would have kept them out of combat, or even the military. 
Last year, over 110,000 active-duty Army troops were taking prescribed antidepressants, narcotics, sedatives, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs - an eightfold increase since 2005 - with many sent out carting 180 days' worth of medications, allowing them to trade with friends or grab a fistful of pills when stress calls.

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General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Siachen Gayari Sector, today ( Pictures )

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Siachen, today, to personally see the rescue operation launched to recover 139 soldiers and civilians trapped under the avalanche. COAS was accompanied by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Nawaz Khan.

Pakistan gaming industry on the rise | Only Facebook gaming studio from Pakistan – and in fact the entire South Asian region !

According to a news release issued here, Islamabad’s White Rabbit Studios is the only Facebook gaming studio from Pakistan – and in fact the entire South Asian region – to be featured in the list of key social game developers. As a result of this partnership, the company will gain access to more than 30 million users in 6waves’ gigantic Facebook user network, said the release.

While White Rabbit Studios is a three-year-old game development company, primarily and solely focused on content creation, the Islamabad-based set-up is already considered a veteran in the social gaming scene. It is funded by a prominent Pakistani-American entrepreneur and first came to the fore in early 2010 with the release of Pakistan’s first social game on Facebook – Feline Frenzy – the release added.
White Rabbit’s Facebook partnership with 6waves will lend it an opportunity to become one of the leading content creation companies in South Asia; a rare feat in the services dominated IT sectors of Pakistan and India. “It is very exciting to see our company’s name mentioned along with the likes of Atari and Kabam,” said CEO of White Rabbit Studios Hassan Baig.
“We’re very confident in our ability to compete with the finest minds in centres of innovation across the world. We can do everything they can, and at more favourable economics. We may be considered underdogs at present, but the future, beyond any doubt, will belong to us,” he said.
The multi-billion dollar social gaming industry is reported to be growing at a faster pace than Hollywood, the press release stated; adding that 6waves has previously published several hit games on Facebook, and their partner vetting process is considered one of the most rigorous in the industry.
Overall, White Rabbit’s strategic partnership with 6waves not only bodes well for the future of the IT sector in Pakistan and portrays a new face of the country to the world, but also scripts an interesting new chapter in the history of tech rivalry between Pakistan and India, observed the release.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2012.

Another Arfa Karim in the making?

Pakistan has found another Gem! After the sad and irreparable loss of Arfa Karim, the youngest Microsoft Certification holder who died in Pakistan, we have found another smart and talented kid, who has achieved a number one position in mathematics. Do we have another Arfa Karim in the making?
Feroz Moosa ranked first in the online examination of mathematics conducted by the Australians. He is ready to make his country proud. This Pakistani child has been titled the Ambassdor of Mathematics by the Australians. But sadly our Pakistani Governement hasn’t given any kind of response to this brilliant achievement.
We know the Pakistani youth is ready for the challenges of the world! However, wouldn’t it be nice if encouragement and acknowledgement came from closer at home too? Especially as we are so short of role models?

Pakistanis ranked 4th most intelligent people globally !

London: Pakistanis have been ranked 4th most intelligent people across the world in a globally held survey.

“Pakistanis are equal to people of development and industrialized countries when it comes to intelligence,” survey quoted.
The survey was held by Institute of European Business Administration in 125 countries.
The survey quantifies various aspects of brilliance and intellectual work in the nations of surveyed countries.
“Pakistanis outshines in field of Intelligence despite dearth of required resources and opportunities,” the survey commented on Pakistanis.