Archive for October 26th, 2010
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, (Urdu: عبدالقدیر خان); born April 27, 1936), known as Dr. A. Q. Khan, is a Pakistani nuclear scientist and metallurgical engineer, widely regarded as the leader of gas-centrifuge enrichment technology for Pakistan’s nuclear program. A founder of Pakistan’s gas-centrifuge-based uranium enrichment program, Dr. Khan built Pakistan’s gas-centrifuge program. His middle name is alternatively rendered as Quadeer, Qadeer or Gaudeer, and his given names are usually abbreviated to A.Q.. In a July 2010 interview, Khan said that he is still regarded as a Mohajir.After years of home arrest, Islamabad High Court on February 6, 2009 declared Khan to be a free citizen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country. The verdict was rendered by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam. In September 2009, expressing concerns over the Lahore High Court’s decision to end all security restrictions on Khan, the United States warned that Dr.Khan still remains a ’serious proliferation risk’.
Javed Chaudhry ( Urdu:جاوید چوہدری) is a newspaper columnist in Pakistan. His series of columns have been published in four volumes in Urdu language. His most notable column ZERO POINT has great influence upon people of Pakistan especially Youth and Muslims of Pakistan. He writes for the Urdu newspaper Daily Express four time a week, covering topics ranging from social issues to politics.Javed Chaudhry was born in Lalamusa , district of Gujrat, Pakistan. He received his degree in journalism from The Islamia University Bahawalpur. He has Four children and currently resides in Shahzad Town, Islamabad.He started his career in journalism in 1989. He worked at Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Pakistan, Daily Ummat and Daily Khabrain before joining Daily Jang in 1997.In January 2008, Javed Chaudhry joined Express News (Pakistan) as an anchorperson of a political Talk show “Kal Tak”, in which he analyses current affairs of Pakistan with guests from various think tanks and political parties.
The security measures include searching all people entering the shrine and directing all vehicles to be parked at a safe distance from the shrines perimeters. Five shrines, including the shrine of Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah, have also been closed in Kasur due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, police issued sketches of two terrorists suspected to have planted the bomb The sketches showed that both the suspects are believed to be in the 30-40 age range and are suspected to be Punjabi.
Two men riding a motorbike had left a milk container near the gate of the shrine in Pakpattan which is believed to have exploded in to a huge fireball, a witness had said.
At least six people were killed while twenty others were injured in the explosion after dawn (Fajr) prayers at the at the shrine in Pakpatan.
A Rescue 1122 official Asim Bhatti said nine of the injured were in critical condition after the blast.
Police also arrested nine suspected members of a banned outfit from the area during the day.
“We have four killed and about 12 wounded,” regional police chief Mohammad Kashif told reporters. “The rescue work is over. We’re now investigating.”
The blast blew up a boundary wall and damaged several shops and stalls outside the shrine, according to witnesses.
Police said the mausoleum was undamaged, adding that the blast took place near the eastern gate which was already closed for security reasons.
Sufi worshippers have frequently been the target of bloody attacks by militants in Pakistan.
Earlier this month, at least eight people were killed, and more than 65 people were injured after two bombs exploded at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazaar in Karachi on a day when devotees throng to the shrine.
In July this year, thirty five people were killed and 175 injured as three blasts hit Data Darbar in Lahore
Addressing the media in a joint press conference, Elahi said the PML-Q is ready to cooperate with all the political forces for the people of Pakistan.
Awan said that this meeting was a routine matter, as he has been meeting with members of various political parties all over the country.
He said that the the PML-Q is a stakeholder of the parliament and he has had earlier meetings with them as well.
Awan added that there is no room for pride in politics. “It is not exclusive, it is inclusive,” he said.
He said that the aim of the meeting was to understand the vision of the party that sits in the opposition adding that it was learnt that the PPP and the PML-Q share thoughts over National goals.
The minister said that these meetings will continue in the future interaction is important.
Earlier, during the course of the meeting, there were several speculations as to the purpose of the meeting.
According to Express 24/7 correspondent Mobeen Chughtai, this meeting was being viewed by analysts as a first step towards some sort of formal understanding between the PPP and the PML-Q, or perhaps even an alliance.
Considering the standing of the PPP in Punjab, along with the diminishing force of the PML-Q, the meeting could move towards some sort of an accord.
Political analyst Rasul Bux Rais, commenting on the meeting said that the PPP and the PML-N are not at good terms at the moment and so it makes sense for the PPP to court PML-Q, which he described as “a party for sale.” They will look for any avenue to come back into politics.
However, he believes that the PPP and the PML-Q, together, cannot make a government in Punjab unless they try forceful means, which will be costly for them.
He said that the Chaudarys of Gujrat symbolise the politics of opportunism and they even approached the PML-N earlier. However, Nawaz Sharif, who does want to unite the PML factions, does not want the Chaudarys or Sheikh Rashid on board.
According to sources, the health department has been struggling to control the virus as the number of affected people has risen to 823 in Punjab alone. Earlier four cases were also reported from Faisalabad.
The health department has also been blamed for not disclosing adequate information about the virus to the media to help spread awareness.
Scientists at the Agriculture University of Faisalabad claim to have prepared a liquid to keep the mosquitoes away and thus prevent dengue fever.
The entomologists at the university claim the liquid that has been prepared from citrus fruits can be applied on the skin to keep the mosquitoes away and spraying of the liquid over stagnant water kills the larvae.
The scientists at the Agriculture University have asked the government to use their product on a commercial scale to prevent a dengue outbreak.
Corruption comes with prevention
The district administration’s department of epidemic diseases is allegedly involved in the embezzlement of millions of rupees in the purchase of diesel for the anti-dengue campaign.
The district administration has sent the case to the anti corruption department which has started its inquiry.
The department of epidemic diseases was asked to spray the anti dengue insecticides in the district and no insecticide was sprayed, state sources. Sources also said that the department sent a fake report regarding the awareness campaign to the health department.
EDO Health Dr Fayyaz Ranjha has been suspended after the report was found fake.
The warehouse of the department has been sealed and the anti corruption unit is investigating the reports of embezzlement in buying the diesel for this campaign
The MQM Coordination Committee’s request comes in reaction to an interior ministry report that names several MQM leaders who may be at risk of assassination attempts.
The interior ministry named former Karachi City nazim Mustafa Kamal, Babar Ghauri, Haider Abbas Rizwi and Faisal Sabzwari in the list of MQM leaders whose lives are at risk. The report told MQM leaders to remain vigilant about their security and limit their movement, said sources.
The party, which has its roots in Karachi, has seen two of its top leaders assassinated recently.
Party chief Altaf Hussain also warned about threats to his life even though he lives under political asylum in London.
Karachi violence continues
A man was gunned down near Lyari Express when unknown assailants opened fire on Sunday. The man died on the way to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Another person was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the North Nazimabad area.
Police recently arrested Lyari gangster Baba Ladla, who is believed to be a prime suspect in target killings and for whom the government was offering Rs1 million.
According to a report , this year has seen 1,100 violent deaths in Karachi. The only other time killings of this nature reached such numbers was in 1995 during Benazir Bhutto’s second tenure.