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Muzaffargarh: Laying the foundation to build a better community, Pakpur Foundation’s model settlement Pakpur Noorghazi is more than a residential project. The Indus floods that left thousands of people homeless also stripped them of their livelihoods. Pakpur did more than give these people shelter; they gave them the tools they needed to rebuild their lives.
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/an-extraordinary-neighbourhood/Muzaffargarh: Laying the foundation to build a better community, Pakpur... more
Buner: Born blind in an underprivileged background, Mohammad Iqbal struggled for a normal life and now has it all down including a Facebook presence! With no means to facilitate him, Iqbal grew up under his parent’s supervision and learned everything he knew, including English, by listening to the radio and television.
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/believing-before-seeing/Buner: Born blind in an underprivileged background, Mohammad Iqbal struggled for a... more
Is it possible to reach the top when you’re heading downhill in full speed? Medalist skiers Ifrah and Amina Wali claim it is. Bagging medals on a national level and winning gold and silver at the likes of the slalom skiing events at the South Asian Winter Games in India.
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/the-ski-to-success/Is it possible to reach the top when you’re heading downhill in full speed?... more
Buner (Pakistan): Who says you need to be an electrical engineer to light up the darkness? Zahir Shah Malang proved that all you need is positivity and a hydropower station.
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/a-nightlife-in-elam/Buner (Pakistan): Who says you need to be an electrical engineer to light up the... more
While most want to see the world, Asad Mahmood, from the small city of Okara, Punjab, wants to see the universe. It was 18-year-old Mahmood’s passion that inspired him to seek the moon and stars and his determination that drove him to make the 6th most powerful telescope in Pakistan.
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/reaching-for-the-moon-and-stars/While most want to see the world, Asad Mahmood, from the small city of Okara, Punjab,... more
Arbab Landaye: The sky’s the limit for the Qazi brothers who didn’t let their fears, lack of finances or education interfere with their passion. Hailing from a town so small and short of facilities that you can’t even Google it, Qazi Sajjad attempted the extraordinary. He built his own version of a plane he saw in a 60’s Bond film using bamboo and a scrapped Suzuki engine!
http://merapassionpakistan.com/english/pakistan%E2%80%99s-own-wright-brothers/Arbab Landaye: The sky’s the limit for the Qazi brothers who didn’t let... more
The Washington Post...
Official: Avalanche buries 130 Pakistani soldiers on Himalayan glacier bordering India
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, April 6, 11:18 PM
ISLAMABAD — An avalanche smashed into a Pakistani army base on a Himalayan glacier close to India on Saturday, burying around 130 soldiers, a security official said.
Rescue efforts are under way on the remote and frigid Siachen Glacier, where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops are based, the security official said. He spoke anonymously because the military had yet to release a formal statement.
Personal Post from someone at The Washington Post...
He said the snow hit a battalion headquarters in the glacier’s Gayari sector at 5:45 a.m.
Siachen is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan.
The two neighboring countries have deployed troops at elevations of up to 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) there. There have been intermittent skirmishes since 1984, and the region is known as the world’s highest battlefield.
More soldiers have died from the harsh weather there than combat.
.. The Washington Post... . Official: Avalanche buries 130 Pakistani soldiers... more
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, co-director of "Saving Face," the Oscar-winning documentary about acid attacks against women in Pakistan and their fight for justice, isn't done with this subject.
The documentary, which focused only on women in Pakistan, was premiered March 8 on HBO for the U.S. audience. The film has yet to be been shown publically in Pakistan out of fear of reprisal against women in the film for being seen as damaging the reputations of their attackers and perhaps even their communities.
Every year in Pakistan around 150 women report being disfigured by acid attacks, according to the Acid Survivors Foundation. Many more are said to go unreported.
Victims often lack access to proper medical care. Those who do find medical attention may require up to 20 surgeries. Even with this level of assistance, they still will be missing the faces they once had.
In December 2011, during the filming of the movie, Pakistan'sparliament passed a bill that set a minimum mandatory prison term of 14 years to life for acid attacks.
Obaid-Chinoy has directed two public-service TV ads intended for broadcast in her home country. "Now, we are waiting to launch our outreach program in Pakistan, which includes radio, TV and public service broadcasts. Schools, associations, NGOs, mosques and some policymakers also will be contributing," she said.
http://womensenews.org/story/crime-policylegislation/120329/film-saving-face-too-dangerous-show-in-pakistanSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, co-director of "Saving Face," the Oscar-winning... more
Please see following regarding internet censorship in Pakistan:
... please sign the petition, a little thing can add up to a big thingPlease see following regarding internet censorship in Pakistan:... more
Where is the Liberal Outrage?... if Bush was doing this the left would be up in arms... :/ Just goes to show there is no Left or Right there is only Power and Peons... :(
http://youtu.be/_9DE0ON_UzoWhere is the Liberal Outrage?... if Bush was doing this the left would be up in... more
With the news that two senior American officers have been murdered while inside an official Afghanistan government office building by someone who was able to do it and just walk away tells us something about this conflict.
It’s been more than 10 years since America and its allies threw the Taliban out of power. We screwed up by taking our eyes off the ball so we could whip up a phony war in Iraq. This allowed bin Laden to relocate to Pakistan. This allowed the Taliban to regroup and retake much of the country. Before President Obama came into office and we started taking Afghanistan seriously again, the disregard President Bush showed for clearing out the viper’s nest of Taliban and their supporters will go down in the history books as one of the biggest failures of a long list of failures for which his woebegotten administration will be forever stained.
http://deepbrainmedia.com/why-cant-we-just-tell-afghanistan-hey-we-tried-see-ya/With the news that two senior American officers have been murdered while inside an... more
On December 30 of last year, ABC News reported on a 16-year-old Pakistani boy, Tariq Khan, who was killed with his 12-year-old cousin when a car in which he was riding was hit with a missile fired by a U.S. drone. As I noted at the time, the report contained this extraordinary passage buried in the middle:
Asked for documentation of Tariq and Waheed’s deaths, Akbar did not provide pictures of the missile strike scene. Virtually none exist, since drones often target people who show up at the scene of an attack.
What made that sentence so amazing was that it basically amounts to a report that the U.S. first kills people with drones, then fires on the rescuers and others who arrive at the scene where the new corpses and injured victims lie.
In a just-released, richly documented report, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, on behalf of the Sunday Times, documents that this is exactly what the U.S. is doing — and worse:
Full Story: http://peacerally.org/pakistan/u-s-drones-targeting-rescuers-and-mourners/On December 30 of last year, ABC News reported on a 16-year-old Pakistani boy, Tariq... more
Nearly all of the cases of terrorism that you hear about on the Alphabet Soup broadcast news networks are fake.
This is a case of real terrorism and that's why you didn't hear about it on the Alphabet Soup broadcast news networks.
Buried deep in the archives of America's intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush's administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives -- what is commonly referred to as a "false flag" operation.
More... The memos, as described by the sources, one of whom has read them and another who is intimately familiar with the case, investigated and debunked reports from 2007 and 2008 accusing the CIA, at the direction of the White House, of covertly supporting Jundallah -- a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization. Jundallah, according to the U.S. government and published reports, is responsible for assassinating Iranian government officials and killing Iranian women and children.Nearly all of the cases of terrorism that you hear about on the Alphabet Soup... more
Well probably not, but they should be. Caption Contest!
http://hammeroftruth.com/2012/google-zeitgeist-pro-imperialism-caption-contest/#disqus_threadWell probably not, but they should be. Caption Contest!... more
Texas doctors to operate on girl burned in U.S. drone strike
By Moni Basu, CNN
updated 11:42 PM EST, Wed December 21, 2011
PHOTO: Shakira, 4, is believed to have been burned in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in 2009.
(CNN) -- She has eyelashes but no eyebrows. She has all her fingers but is missing four nails. Her skin is so taut now that she can no longer frown.
But she can still smile.
Her face tells a story of suffering. Her name, Shakira, tells a story of a new journey.
Shakira means thankful.
Last week, 4-year-old Shakira arrived in the United States for what her caretaker, Hashmat Effendi, hopes will be the start of the rest of her life.
Shakira, believed burned in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, will undergo reconstructive surgery in January.
She will never look fully normal, but Effendi hopes the surgery will make it easier for Shakira to grow older and help others see what Effendi has seen all along: an effervescent bundle of love.
In 2009, Effendi was on a medical mission with Texas-based House of Charity in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The region's natural beauty was once compared to Switzerland's, but by then it was a Taliban-infested area rife with violence.
One of the doctors found three little girls left in a trash bin. They'd suffered horrific injuries.
"Who are they?" the doctor asked.
Where were their parents? Where were they from?
All anyone could say is that there had been a U.S. drone attack. The girls were likely hurt in the strike.
Drone strike victim treated in Texas
The doctor, who was traveling with House of Charity, took them back with him. They were in grave condition. Two of the girls died, but the littlest one had a chance of making it if she were treated right away.
She was only a year old, Effendi guessed, but small for her age. She was skinny. Dirty. Very bloody. She had fresh burns all over her face, her scalp and on her arms.
Effendi began searching for the little girl's family. She needed their consent before doctors operated on her. But when no one stepped forward, doctors proceeded anyway to treat the burns. Otherwise, they would have to amputate her arm. Otherwise, she might not survive.
Effendi named her Shakira.
"Life," she said, "was a gift for her."
Effendi continued to look for relatives, even scattered posters of Shakira everywhere and solicited the help of the Pakistani army and a government official. But still, no one claimed her.
Shakira was finally taken to Shalimar Hospital in Lahore, where she spent the next three years in a charity ward. Until last week.
Effendi was finally able to bring Shakira back to Houston, where Effendi lives.
When the Qatar Airways flight landed, Shakira turned to Effendi, whom she calls Mummy.
"Are we in America?" she asked.
"Yes," Effendi replied.
Shakira put her hands together and clapped.
On the plane, Shakira had learned to count from 1 to 27 in English. It was a good start, Effendi thought.
House of Charity has helped thousands of children with congenital birth defects or those who have been disfigured in war, but Shakira was special.
Effendi raised three sons, who are grown. Her house once again filled with the mirth of a youngster.
"She's like my tail," Effendi said. "She follows me around all day."
She took Shakira to McDonald's. Shakira gobbled up chicken nuggets. She learned that in America, chips were called French fries and tomato sauce was ketchup.
Effendi was ironing her clothes Tuesday when Shakira ran up to her.
"Mummy, do you love me?" she asked. "How much?"
"This much," Effendi said, gesturing.
Shakira ran into the bathroom, stood in front of the mirror and started screaming.
It was then that Effendi realized Shakira was overwhelmed.
She had gone that day to meet her doctor, Robert McCauley, at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. He volunteered to do the reconstructive surgery.
Shakira arrived in a turquoise striped dress, black leggings and white lacy socks. She wore beads around her neck and a big pink ring that House of Charity volunteer Larry Maxwell gave her. She called him "Nana," the Urdu word for grandfather.
At the hospital, Shakira touched McCauley's coat buttons; the nurse's stethoscope. She referred to McCauley as her doctor and understood as best a child could that he was trying to make her well.
"It's not easy and it's not a single-day procedure," McCauley said about the surgery. He will start January 16 with her right hand.
He will never be able to give her eyebrows or restore the missing nails on four of her fingers. Sometimes, when Shakira eats spicy food, her flesh feels raw and irritated. She will have to always be careful about that.
He will never be able to fix the severe discoloration on her forehead. But he hopes to reconstruct her nose, fix her eyes.
Shakira took it all in stride at the hospital. But it was that sense of belonging and being loved that was alien for her, Effendi realized. It was overwhelming.
"She needs security," Effendi said. "Yesterday was a very emotional day for her."
Effendi had been working with children for 25 years. But Shakira was teaching her new things.
Effendi hopes Shakira will be adopted by a family in the United States. It would be unfair, she said, to send Shakira back to Pakistan. She has no one there.
For now, Shakira will adjust to life in America in Effendi's home.
Effendi may never know where Shakira came from or who claimed her as a daughter.
But she knows she was able to give Shakira new life -- and a name that could not have been more fitting.
.CNN... . Texas doctors to operate on girl burned in U.S. drone strike By Moni... more
"Below I give some interesting and generally unreported facts that give important background on many of the failing states regularly in the news. For example, Somalia, Haiti, Iraq, Palestinian Territory and Afghanistan. It also includes Pakistan and Iran." - Brian McGavin, writer and analyst"Below I give some interesting and generally unreported facts that give important... more
Pakistan may continue its blocking of Nato convoys into Afghanistan for several weeks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has told the BBC.Pakistan stopped the convoys in protest at US air strikes which killed 24 of its troops at two checkpoints on the Afghan border last month.
link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16131824Pakistan may continue its blocking of Nato convoys into Afghanistan for several weeks,... more
US vacating air base in Pakistan used by drones
Cuts to first-class mail to slow delivery in 2012
Italy PM Monti unveils sweeping austerity packageUS vacating air base in Pakistan used by drones Cuts to first-class mail to slow... more