- Up to £300million spent on scheme in Pakistan, despite claims of corruption
- Around 235,000 families pocket cash every three months to boost incomes
- They get 4,500 rupees (£34.50) as part of Benazir Income Support Programme
- Whitehall officials plan to expand scheme to 441,000 households by 2020
Standing in line, Pakistani families wait at a cashpoint used to withdraw money on cards loaded with funds from British taxpayers.
More than £1billion of our foreign aid budget has been given away in cash over the past five years, it can be revealed today. Continue reading »
The lawyer for the prosecution even threatened the defense attorney: “Do you have any idea in what cases are you appearing as a counsel, it’s a blasphemy case and this man has blasphemed against Islam and you should know that Pakistan is an Islamic state, we are all Muslims, and these are Muslim courts so you should not defend such a criminal. You people come from Lahore to pursue this case here we have unlimited people whom you cannot face, so you better watch yourself and stay away.”
Such is daily life for non-Muslims in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
“Pakistani Muslim mob demands death for Christian boy who ‘insulted Islam,’” by Lorraine Caballero, Christian Daily, October 19, 2016:
Nabeel Masih, 16, has been accused of blasphemy and is now facing the death penalty after he allegedly posted on Facebook a photo of the Kaaba with a pig’s head on top, an image that local Muslims claimed was “insulting and sacrilegious.” When he faced the court this week, around 80 Muslims confronted the Christian teen and called for him to be hanged, the Express details. Continue reading »
H/t reader Squodgy:
“A perfect opportunity for US created event via HAARP to trigger chaos resulting in “Haitian” response ( covert invasion and total takeover) camouflaging ulterior motive of total surrounding of IRAN.
Paranoia? I think not. We shall see.”
A group of researchers from the University of Miami has discovered a new earthquake hazard in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a study aimed at the major Chaman and Ghazaband faults in the region. The research showed the Ghazaband Fault holds a much higher potential for a high magnitude earthquake than previously thought, while the Chaman Fault accounts for only a third of the relative plate motion.
The scientists have used the satellite data from ESA’s Envisat satellite, collected in the period between 2004 and 2011, to measure the relative motion of the ground and model the faults movement using the time-series analysis technique with an accuracy of only a few millimeters.
According to results, the Ghazaband Fault is responsible for over a half of the relative motion occurring between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, showing a much higher potential for large magnitude earthquakes than previously assumed. One event of such magnitude was a 7.7 earthquake that occurred in Quetta, Pakistan in 1935. Nearly half of the city’s population was lost at the time. Continue reading »
Pakistan has started expelling all 3 million illegal immigrant Afghans back to their home country—in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
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Almost 16,000 Indian and Pakistani workers are stuck in Saudi Arabian camps without food and water, or visas to leave the country, after construction companies were forced to cut jobs as oil prices plummeted.
There are 7,700 Indians and 8,000 Pakistanis stranded, according to Bloomberg citing the foreign ministries in New Delhi and Islamabad.
More than 4,000 former workers for Riyadh-based construction and management company Saudi Oger have been abandoned in camps, said the Indian Foreign Ministry. It added that India’s Embassy is providing food to workers in 20 camps in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Continue reading »
The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.
Tensions have reemerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region that has long been controlled by India, but whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers. Continue reading »
In Islamic countries, women are second class citizens if not much worse. If women step out of line, they are targeted, or killed. In Pakistan there are 1,000 “honor” killings every year.
On July 15, top media star Qandeel Baloch was strangled by her own brother because of images such as the one below, Baloch posted on Facebook.
The brother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Sunday confessed to strangling her to death for “family honor” because she posted “shameful” pictures on Facebook. Continue reading »
A suicide bomber detonated himself near the children’s swings in a public park in Lahore, Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 70 people and wounding over 300 others. The dead were overwhelmingly women and children.
The park is in an upscale neighborhood in Lahore, near the city’s center, and witnesses say the park was unusually busy because of Easter. A state of emergency was declared in the area, with police sealing it off, and hospitals near the site are crowded with casualties. Continue reading »
The Pakistan Meteorological Bureau put out a lengthy 59 page report warning the citizens of Pakistan that Global cooling will begin in 2019 and there needs to be a strategy with urgent action in order for the society to cope with the changes. This is the second country to now come out and tell its citizens to prepare, Russia was first, now Pakistan.
Pakistan temps and global cooling forecast
Pakistan Mini Ice Age Warning to Citizens https://www.facebook.com/cda.isb.pk/?…
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Punjab authorities have closed down schools from Jan 26 to 31 because of biting cold, a private TV channel reported.
Life is almost paralysed by the biting cold in nine upazilas of the district. The poor are burning hay and fallen leaves to keep them warm.
Nine deaths believed to stem from hypothermia reported in Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Tak, Rayong and Udon Thani provinces.
Along with severe cold
In addition, the accompanying low temperatures have caused disasters for farmers across the nation.
Buffaloes have recently died due to the extremely cold weather.
Guangzhou residents were excited Sunday to observe snow falling in their subtropical city for the first time in 88 years.
Schools light bonfires, army readies help
People and livestock in upland areas of northeastern Laos are struggling with the freezing cold.
Okinawa’s main island in southwestern Japan gets its first measurable snowfall in history.
In the south, sleet fell on Amami Oshima Island for the first time since 1901. Residents there usually enjoy temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius this time of year.
It goes without saying that the atrocities of Paris on November 13, 2015 were unspeakable and sickening. But what is not being said in the wake of the incident—what has been ignored by the mass media—is predictably telling and ominous.
As in the wake of 9/11, the people of the world are being provoked, agitated and mobilized; the fear, horror, rage and shock channeled and shaped into wave of collective vengeance and hatred. Hatred towards what and whom?
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. But what is the Islamic State? Continue reading »
KABUL, Afghanistan — A deadly earthquake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday afternoon, registering a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and causing heavy damage in one of the world’s most impoverished and war-torn regions.
At least 122 people were reported killed, with 100 or more of them in Pakistan, and that figure seemed likely to rise significantly, officials in both countries said. Continue reading »
– Wikileaks releases ‘largest’ trove of docs exposing secret TiSA trade deal (RT, June 3, 2015):
WikiLeaks has published 17 secret documents related to a controversial trade agreement currently being negotiated behind closed doors between the US, EU and 23 WTO members. NGO Global Justice Now called the leak “a dark day for democracy.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 3, 2015
The documents released by the transparency group are allegedly associated with TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement) negotiations, which have been taking place in secret since early 2013. The participants of the talks include 24 WTO members, such as the US, EU and other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Australia, Pakistan and Israel. Continue reading »
– Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program (Reuters, Feb 16, 2015):
The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0) Continue reading »
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– Zionist Mercenaries Behind Slaughter in Peshawar (NODISINFO, Dec 22, 2014):
In Peshawar, Pakistan, terror attacks have taken the lives of hundreds of Pakistani people, leading to the wounding of countless others. In all such events truly innocent people were targeted via malicious plots. The purpose was and is to cause as much carnage as possible, and for those innocents who were slaughtered, maimed, and wounded, may God rest their souls and give them peace.
Yet another purpose is to cause mass slaughter and then lay blame, that blame, of course, being placed on the people of Islaam, whether deemed extremists, Taliban, or others. It is the means of Islamophobia which is to slaughter innocents by a plot and then lay the blame on those who had noting to do with it.
– ICYMI: India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War (The Daily Beast,Oct 19, 2014):
A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever.
India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 and had several crises that went to the brink of war. Both tested nuclear weapons in 1998. Now tensions are escalating between the two again.
– Top Ten US Aid Recipients All Practice Torture (Project Censored, March 4, 2014):
The top ten recipients slated to receive US foreign assistance in 2014 all practice torture and are responsible for major human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other major human rights organizations.
The violators and degree of aid they are expected to receive are: 1. Israel – $3.1bn, 2. Afghanistan – $2.2bn, 3. Egypt – $1.6bn, 4. Pakistan – $1.2bn, 5. Nigeria – $693m, 6. Jordan – $671m, 7. Iraq – $573m, 8. Kenya – $564m, 9. Tanzania – $553m, 10. Uganda -$456m
Each of the listed countries are accused of torturing people in the last year, and at least half are reported to be doing so on a massive scale. Continue reading »
– O, bomber! Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years (RT, Sep 24, 2014):
American jets hit targets in Syria on Tuesday in the US-led fight against Islamic State. Although the US has not declared war since 1942, this is the seventh country that Barack Obama, the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, has bombed in as many years.
Syria has become the latest country to have been openly targeted by the US, with Washington predictably not seeking the approval of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The US and NATO started a bombing campaign in the north of the country on Tuesday against Islamic State militants, who have taken over parts of the north and east of the country. The death toll from Tuesday’s campaign was put at 120, though this figure could rise, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who also said that eight civilians had lost their lives. Continue reading »
– “Pakistan Spring” Escalates; 3 Dead, Over 470 Injured As “Soft Coup” Hardens (ZeroHedge, Sep 1, 2014):
The violent protests that raged yesterday have turned deadly as clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters left 3 dead and at least 470 injured according to The WSJ. The military, who are acting as mediators between PM Sharif and opposition leader Imran Khan have warned both sides that they neither support the others view or sanction further use of violence to suppress crowds. Mr. Khan exclaimed to the people, “if you want to be free, if you want to have a real democracy, the time has come;” as another protester noted “the police were brutal, but that is good because whenever blood is shed in a movement, it turns into a revolution.” Meanwhile, the so-called “soft-coup” as WaPo refers to it continues to harden (threatening $3bn of US aid) as Prime Minister Sharif is left with fewer and fewer options.
— 1924 (@1924_AEK) September 1, 2014
— Mundo El Comercio (@Mundo_ECpe) September 1, 2014
Islamabad has been paralysed since an estimated 70,000 protesters arrived from Lahore on August 15 and marched on Constitutional Avenue – which houses the National Assembly and the Prime Minister’s residence. Since then schools and offices have remained closed. Continue reading »
– 20,000 Pakistan Riot Police Unleash Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets As Protesters Breach PM’s Residence, 230 Injured (ZeroHedge, Aug 30, 2014):
UPDATE: *POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH IN ISLAMABAD; AT LEAST 230 HURT: AFP
Against the background we initialliy explained here, and the escalation we discussed here, Imran Khan’s “Pakistan Spring” has grown dramatically. The former cricketing-legend and erstwhile opposition leader’s call for people to take to the streets to demand new ‘unrigged’ elections has 1000s of protesters breaching the Prime Minister’s residence in Islamabad. Along with anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri, Khan urged peaceful protest but, as AP reports, an estimated 20,000 police in riot gear are blocking the procession using tear gas and rubber bullets. Local hospitals report at least 100 injuries.
– Pakistan Faces (Another) Military Coup As PM Charged With Murder (ZeroHedge, Aug 28, 2014):
Having slammed the US for “liking only those governments in Muslim countries that are your slaves,” opposition leader Imran Khan, just as we warned here, has given the army 24 hours to prepare a broad-based reform agreement on behalf of the government (having been asked by Prime Minister Sharif)… i.e. coup-prone Pakistan appears to be back under military rule (for now). Then things got even more bizarre as WSJ reports, Prime Minister Sharif is to face murder charges related to the killing of 10 Muslim cleric Qadri’s followers. Qadriu has agreed to wait 24 hours for the army response before announcing his strategy.
Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn on Thursday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation.
For the second time in three days, Pakistan’s powerful army chief Raheel Sharif met Nawaz Sharif to discuss the over two weeks-long political turmoil. Continue reading »
– India, Pakistan Intensify Shooting Across Border; Iran Downs Israel Drone; ISIS Seizes Military Airport (ZeroHedge, Aug 24, 2014):
Since in the New Normal no geopolitical events appear to have any adverse impact on risk and asset prices (because the central banks are always there to protect investors should the market “plunge” by say 5%) with general newsflow completely irrelevant on what has been a straight line up in the S&P since the announcement of QE4 in December 2012, one might as well see how much further geopolitical events can be pushed further before it all crashes.
In other words, time for this weekend’s geopolitical update.
Overnight both Pakistan and Iran have done their best to add to the geopolitical instability, which has already englufed Ukraine, and half the middle-east and north Africa, when on one hand Indian and Pakistani troops intensified firing across the border over the weekend killing at least four, an Indian official said on Sunday, straining ties between the arch rivals who recently called off top-level diplomatic talks. On the other moments ago news broke that Iran had shot down an Israeli spy drone heading for Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.
Taking these one at a time. Continue reading »
– “Well-Armed” Taliban Tried To Hijack Airplane Leading To Pakistan Airport Shootout (ZeroHedge, June 9, 2014):
“The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations,” said Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman, as Reuters reports a well trained and heavily armed group of Taliban fighters attacked Pakistan’s largest airport in an attempt to hijack a plane. 27 people were killed (including 10 militants ) as the Taliban spokesman added ominously, “this was just an example of what we are capable of and there is more to come. The government should be ready for even worse attacks.” This attack comes a day after John Kerry’s dismissal of threats by some released Taliban prisoners that they will return to the battlefield and kill Americans as “a lot of baloney.”
As Reuters reports, a squad of highly trained Taliban fighters attacked Pakistan’s biggest airport in what they clearly expected to be a protracted siege.
Seven fighters were shot dead by Pakistani forces after five hours of intense gunfire at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. Three died after detonating their suicide-bomb belts.
At least 27 people, including 10 militants, were killed.
Wearing Airport Security Force uniforms and armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, the group shot its way into the airport after arriving at the cargo terminal in two mini-vans. Continue reading »
– White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public (Natural News, May 27, 2014):
The White House has officially admitted that fake vaccination programs have been used by the United States as a cover for covertly stealing DNA samples from the public as part of the so-called “war on terror.” The aim of the scheme, carried out in the Middle East, was to use DNA analysis to identify suspected terrorists who would then be targeted to be killed by the United States. Continue reading »