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Musharraf marks Pakistan’s Independence Day

August 15, 2011

DUBAI: The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, hosted a celebration marking the country’s Independence Day in Dubai yesterday.

The event was one of many taking place across the Emirates as expatriates celebrated in low-key fashion due to Ramadan.

More than 2,500 guests attended the function in the Dubai World Trade Centre where they listened to a short speech.

“Today isn’t about me and it isn’t about my political party, this is Pakistan’s day,” said Mr Musharraf. “Today is a happy day. Today all Pakistanis should remember Quaid-e-Azam [Pakistan’s founder Muhammed Ali Jinnah] and August 14, 1947.”

He said he remembered the birth of the nation vividly and recalled a train journey from his place of birth in the Indian city of Delhi to Karachi a few days before partition.

And upon his arrival he saw thousands of people at the station. “Everybody was crying and on that day I thought that was what freedom meant.”

Quoting a speech by Mr Jinnah he said the first duties of a government were to maintain law and order, tackle corruption and black marketeers, improve religious tolerance and end nepotism and poverty. He said none of these were being carried out by Pakistan’s current leadership.

“There are religious and ethnic difficulties but there should not be,” he said. “It should not matter if you are from Baluchistan, Sindh or Punjab. We are all Pakistanis,” he added.

“There should be no religious intolerance inside Pakistan and it shouldn’t matter if you are Sikh, Muslim, Christian or Hindu.”

He added that he planned to return to Pakistan on March 23.

Dozens of Pakistani expatriates gathered at the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi and consulate in Dubai to view flag-raising ceremonies yesterday morning.

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of the community decided to celebrate a day earlier. The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) held a celebratory iftar on Saturday.

Rizwan Fancy, a community welfare officer at PAD, said: “We held a small iftar event on Saturday to celebrate Independence Day. It was held in the PAD centre and we had about 150 people take part.

“There was a speech and lecture about what Independence Day means to Pakistanis and how important it is to work to help improve the situation there.”

He said the celebrations were less exuberant compared with previous years due to the holy month.

“Prayers were said and after we had opened our fasts we brought out a cake to celebrate Pakistan Day.

“We are all expatriates in this country so our home is Pakistan and we want to work so it is a good and stable country,” Mr Fancy added.

Source: The National

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APML issues legal notice to Guardian’s editor

May 18, 2011

From M Zulqernain Lahore, May 17 – Former President Pervez Musharraf’s party has issued a legal notice to British newspaper Guardian’s chief editor and a reporter for publishing what it described as a “fabricated” report on a secret agreement permitting the US to carry out a raid similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden. The All Pakistan Muslim League said the legal notice was served in the context of a “fabricated” news report in ‘Guardian’ that said Musharraf had, during his regime, struck a secret deal with the US allowing unilateral raids in Pakistan against bin Laden and other al Qaida leaders. The legal notice contended that the report aimed to malign the former President and to stigmatize his political image in Pakistan. It said, “Guardian, without confirming the veracity and authenticity of the news item published it and made propaganda with intention to malign the former President of Pakistan. The news item not only damaged the reputation (of Musharraf) but it has also established a ridiculous impression that as if Pakistan and the US worked beyond the sphere of their domestic laws as well as the international law”. Taking advantage of the defamation campaign, the political opponents of Musharraf criticised him for point scoring and tried to damage his political image, the notice said. It claimed Musharraf, currently living in self-exile outside Pakistan, had not signed any secret deal with the US for unilateral raids in Pakistani territory and the ISI chief had acknowledged this during his briefing to parliament on Friday. The notice said Musharraf would file a suit seeking five million dollars as compensation if the daily did not retract the report.

Source: IBN Live

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Pakistan ‘not pursuing’ Musharraf’s extradition from UK: Rehman Malik

February 23, 2011

Taking a U-turn, Pakistan has said it is “not pursuing” the extradition of former President Pervez Musharraf from the UK to ensure his appearance in court for a case related to ex-premier Benazir Bhutto’s murder, days after asserting that the matter will be taken up with Britain.

“We are not pursuing the extradition of Gen Musharraf from the UK,” interior minister Rehman Malik said at a joint news conference yesterday with visiting British immigration minister Damian Green and Sayeeda Warsi, chairperson of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party.

His remarks came days after Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry told the media that Musharraf’s extradition will be taken up with British authorities by Pakistan’s high commission in London.

At the press conference, Green was asked about Musharraf’s possible extradition from Britain where the former military ruler has been living in self-exile since early 2009, but Malik advised him not to make any comment.

FIA chief Waseem Ahmed too told the media that the agency is not pursuing Musharraf’s extradition. He said the FIA had not contacted Interpol in this regard.

An anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of five suspects charged with involvement in Bhutto’s killing recently reissued an arrest warrant for Musharraf after investigators said he had ignored repeated requests to cooperate with the probe into the assassination.

The court has scheduled the next hearing of the case for March 5 and asked prosecutors to present Musharraf on that date.

An FIA investigation team visited Musharraf’s farmhouse at Chak Shahzad in Islamabad on Friday and served the arrest warrant.

A copy of the warrant bears the mailing address of Musharraf’s London apartment, an FIA source was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.

The extradition of an accused from Britain to Pakistan is a complicated issue because the two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

Musharraf’s spokesperson Muhammad Ali Saif said the government’s attempt to extradite Musharraf is futile and that he did not plan on cooperating with the investigation.

Source: Daily News and Analysis

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Year 2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 73 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 139 posts. There were 72 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 2nd with 597 views. The most popular post that day was Membership for All Pakistan Muslim league (APML).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, google.com.pk, and live.feedjit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for apml membership form, pakistan, apml pakistan, all pakistan muslim league, and apml.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Membership for All Pakistan Muslim league (APML) September 2010
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QUAID-E-AZAM and HOLY QURAN December 2009

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APML – All Pakistan Muslim League Official Logo – The Shaheen. September 2010
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How to join APML? October 2010
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Pervez Musharraf: Most popular Pakistani leader on Facebook January 2010
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