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Taliban earn £1,600 bounty for each NATO soldier killed

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LAHORE: Taliban earn a bounty of up to Rs 200,000 (£1,660) for each NATO soldier they kill, insurgent commanders informed The Sunday Times on Sunday.
The paper said the money was said to come from protection rackets, taxes imposed on opium farmers, donors in the Gulf states who channel money through Dubai and from the senior Taliban leadership in Pakistan.

So far this year, 213 NATO soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 41 British troops, bringing the potential rewards for the Taliban to £350,000, The Sunday Times said.
The Taliban commanders told the paper that the bounty had more than doubled since the beginning of last year.
“The insurgents, who employ “hit and run” tactics against foot patrols and convoys, use paid informants, media reports and the local population to confirm the deaths of NATO soldiers,” the paper said. T
“We can’t lie to our commanders: they can check to see if there was a fight in that area. We get money if we capture equipment too. A gun can fetch $1,000 [£690],” a commander from Khost province who controls about 60 fighters told The Sunday Times.

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Turkish FM in new tirade against Israel

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DUBAI – Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hit out at Israeli policy in the Middle East in comments published on Tuesday, in the latest tirade between the longtime regional allies.


Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, seen here in March 2010, hit out at Israeli policy…

“If it (Israel) adopts aggressive policies, then Turkey will respond to this,” the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat quoted Davutoglu as saying.

“We will not remain silent on Israel’s attacks on innocent Palestinian people,” he added.

“What counts for us is the motive and not the relationship itself. If the aim is peace, then we will preserve good relations with any side,” he said.

Recently Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded Israel the “principal threat to peace” in the region.

Davutoglu said: “When Israel’s policies were based on diplomatic dialogue and peace we had good relations in 2008,” but this changed after the “Israelis attacked Gaza.”

If Israel chooses to follow the “path of peace and negotiations, and has a concrete vision… and a will to start indirect peace talks… with Syria, then Turkey will be glad to help in achieving this, as it had done before,” the minister told the London-based daily.

Turkey brokered preliminary peace feelers between Israel and Syria in 2008 but they were broken off that December when Israel launched a devastating 22-day offensive against the Gaza Strip.

In a memorable outburst, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of a debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2009, after telling Israeli President Shimon Peres: “You know well how to kill people.”

Relations were further strained after Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon gave Turkey’s ambassador a public dressing down to protest against a Turkish television series which showed Israel in a bad light.

Envoy Oguz Celikkol was made to sit on a low couch while the Turkish flag was removed from the talks table.

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May 6, 2010 at 6:07 am

Nawaz Sharif’s Indian Connections

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What make Nawaz Sharif U-Turn on NWFP and 18th Amendment? (2)

By Dr Shahid Qureshi

People of Pakistan are still in shock with the actions of Nawaz Sharif on the issue of 18th Amendment when he seemingly forced to support pro-Indian agenda parties like ANP/MQM and PPP. His links with Indians are not as simple and transparent as it looks. He is a apparently a fan of NDTV and Bombay Palace Restaurant in London.

“Late General Ziaulhaq decided to sack Nawaz Sharif due to his connections with the Indians’ just before Air Crash of 17th August 1988, Said a senior security source. If General Ziaulhaq was alive one more week Nawaz Shairf would have been removed’, said a defence source who closely worked with the late President Ziaulhaq and still alive. While talking to the writer in London on 9th April 2010, Agah Murtaza Poya former editor of The Muslim said, ‘I have mentioned it on many occasions that Zia was going to sack Nawaz Shairf’.

According to a book, “Air Massacre over Bahawalpur” page 341, written by Commodore Tariq Majeed: “Nawaz Sharif’s Indian Connection: India’s RAW hosted Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Delhi in 1978 and cultivated him in some ways, but he had been picked up and programmed by RAW’s masters, CIA and Mossad, to serve, like Ms Bhutto, the Zionist interests. What gives special significance and authenticity to this disclosure is that its author was a member of the key staff in ISI when Nawaz was being hooked by RAW.

Did Nawaz Sharif have any link with the C-130 disaster? Apparently ‘No’. In its aftermath he remained well in the background. Setting up the Commission to inquire into the disaster may also go in his favour. But deeper analysis alters the picture. In August 1988, Nawaz (Sharif) was Chief Minister of Punjab. The disaster occurred in his domain. He had plenty of intelligence resources, besides commanding one of the premier secret agencies, the Special Branch, that is exclusive to the province of Punjab and keeps the Chief Minister aware of what is going on and what may happen.

It is Zinjry’s (Zionist International Jewry) usual strategy that it connects certain of its leading local puppets and other prominent persons with major sabotage or sting operations in the target country. Many of the facts of the Air Massacre are still hidden. However, it is known, that with India’s secret establishment and thus with the Zionist network, Nawaz’s links were, if not closer, as close as those of Benazir.

On the eve of general election, The Muslim, Islamabad an English daily Newspaper, 24 January 1997, published a revealing column by a retired brigadier:

“Despite Nawaz Sharif riding a reasonable wave and popular ground swell, his acceptability to the people that matter still seems questionable. Besides, the known reasons of lack of commitment, competence and integrity, the ‘Indian Connection’ seems to be the biggest hump for Mian Sahib.

Mian watchers confirm that he was picked up even before he actually started appearing on the political scene. Intelligence reports on Mian Sahib’s visit to India in 1978 question as to why this unknown businessman from Lahore, resting in Dubai, was given a red carpet treatment and political parleys arranged with senior members of the Indian intelligence-political elite?

However, when Mian Sahib’s interest in politics became evident in 1979, and he brought himself to the Senior Minister status in the Punjab Government in 1981 and made it to Chief Ministership in 1985, the pieces started falling into place. And as early as mid-1985 Mian Sahib had started working for the Prime Minister’s slot, hoping to sweep Punjab in the next election. However, unrelated reports but authenticated by late General Zia’s family confirm that had General Zia lived another week he would have dismissed Nawaz Sharif for his Indian Connection, and diminishing his prime ministerial chances for good.

This connection which was kept subdued in the 1988 elections, surfaced again in the 1990 elections. Mian Sahib discarded his main IJI ally, Jamaat-i-Islami and went in for a bear hug with ANP [Awami National Party] and MQM [Mutahidda Qaumi Movement], the Indians dancing with joy. During his 3 years stint, 1990-93, Mian Sahib went soft on Islamization, retarded the nuclear option, expressed willingness to consider the ‘third option’ on Kashmir and was willing to recognize Israel, and when Nawaz Sharif had to finally bow out, the saddest were the Indians.”

Nawaz Sharif a ‘Security Risk’?
Few years ago Majeed Nizami editor of the Nawa-e-waqat a closest ally of Nawaz Sharif had to remark that they used to regard Benazir Bhutto as a ‘security risk’, it seemed Nawaz Sharif was a greater security risk. He was indeed the worst thing that had happened to Pakistan since independence. Whether it was money, morals or security, the nation found it difficult to trust him. It is interesting that while Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri freedom fighters were battling against the Indian army on the freezing heights of Kargil, Nawaz Sharif’s business proxies were selling sugar to India. India did not need to import any sugar and yet if Vajipayee had accepted to buy Pakistani sugar it was only to sweeten his relationship with Nawaz Sharif.

This is not meant to be a dossier on Nawaz Sharif’s wheeling and dealing, but it is about the implication of his wheeling and dealing for national security. Dhirubhai Ambani (late) was one of India’s top magnets. He had set up a big oil refinery in Jamnagar, but what bothered him was the very high premium demanded by the British insurance company. The insurance company said the refinery was only 130 km from Pakistan, which may be in the event of an India-Pakistan war, the first bombing target, but they might consider reducing the premium if Ambani brought a ‘certificate’ from Pakistan that it would not attack the refinery in case of a war with India.

In March 1999 Nawaz Sahrif had received at his London flats an Indian editor, R K Mishra, accompanied by a famous Bombay film star (may be Amitabh Bachan). Mishra chaired the Ambani group of Observer newspapers and Amabani reported to ‘control’ eight ministers in the Vajpayee government at the time and late Mr Ambani known to have visited Nawaz Sharif as Vajpayee’s emissary during and after the Kargil crisis.

In September 1999, Pakistan High Commission in London issued him a multi-entry visa. The visa was issued by using High Commissioner’s special powers, as no record was available.

In any event whatever else went on during these visits Ambani got the ‘certificate’ and the insurance company drastically reduced the premium had demanded.

This writer met Syed Mushahid Husain in London asked about this Ambani gate scandal. Nawaz Sharif’s information minister denied point blank and said even Musharaf government did not make that allegation against Nawaz Sharif. Well that was not very in competent of him?

The Jamnager refinery was just one instance, where the dismissed and exiled prime minister’s business interests impinged on national security and which were not reported in the press.

It is highly significant that when the Kargil crisis broke out both George Fernandez and K S Sudarshan, the former a socialist and India’s defence minister and the later leader of BJP militant wing RSS themselves exculpate Nawaz Sharif of any blame.

If the Indians were trying to protect Nawaz Sharif, they must have had very good reasons to do so, but Nawaz Sharif himself had no qualms in putting himself under the total protection of Washington.

Indians were able to plant a seed of animosity against the armed forces in the then naked head of Nawaz Sharif?

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Iranian agents rescue diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan

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ALI AKBAR DAREINI

TEHRAN: Iran’s intelligence agents mounted a “complicated” cross-border mission and freed an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in 2008 by gunmen in northwestern Pakistan, state television reported Tuesday.

The agents rescued Heshmatollah Attarzadeh of Iran’s Peshawar consulate “in a complicated intelligence operation” and took him back to Iran the report said.

Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said that Iran had asked Pakistan to free the diplomat, but after it failed to do the job, Tehran had handled the problem itself.

“We have a high intelligence capability in the region,” he said. “We have a good intelligence dominance over all other secret agencies active in the region,” he added, accusing US and Israeli intelligence agencies of supporting the kidnappers.

A senior Pakistani security official, however, maintained that Pakistani intelligence did help in the rescue operation.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, did not provide any further details.

Attarzadeh and his Pakistani bodyguard were driving over a narrow bridge in Peshawar on Nov. 13, 2008 when two gunmen blocked their way with a car and opened fire. The attackers fled with the diplomat after killing the guard.

Peshawar is the capital of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and borders the largely autonomous tribal regions, parts of which have become strongholds for Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants who have staged repeated attacks against the city.

In the 1980s, Peshawar was an intrigue-filled hub for US-backed guerrillas fighting Soviet troops in neighboring Afghanistan, some of whom went on to form the Taleban or Al-Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden, now perhaps hiding in the adjacent tribal regions, was among them.

Despite that legacy, the city of some 2 million people was once considered relatively safe for foreigners. But organized crime and militancy are on the rise – and increasingly hard to distinguish – and it was possible that the Iranian was kidnapped for ransom.

A year after Attarzadeh was kidnapped, a Pakistani employee of the same Iranian consulate was gunned down near his home.

Iran is mostly Shiite and is regularly denounced by the fiercely Sunni Al-Qaeda and Taleban that operates along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Hard-line Sunnis consider Shiites to be heretics and often call for attacks against them.

The operation marks the latest success by Iran’s intelligence services broadcast to be announced on television. Last month, Iran captured Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of an armed Sunni opposition group whose insurgency in southeast Iran had destabilized the border region with Pakistan.

Rigi was captured on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan last month after he had left Pakistan. The Pakistani government claimed that Rigi’s capture would have not been possible without Islamabad’s cooperation but Iran insisted that its intelligence agents alone captured the terrorist leader.

Indian tennis’s Mirza to wed Pakistani cricketer Malik

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Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, the family of India’s most successful woman tennis player confirmed.


Sania Mirza is ranked 92 in world women’s tennis

Mirza’s father said Malik, the former cricket captain of Pakistan, and his daughter would move to Dubai after the marriage, expected next month.

He added that she planned to continue playing tennis once she had recovered fully from a wrist injury.

Reports say the wedding celebrations will be held in both countries.

Receptions are expected in the Indian city of Hyderabad, where Mirza lives, and the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Broken engagement

Mirza, 23, said she hoped to be fully fit to represent India in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.


Malik is serving a ban on playing cricket for Pakistan

In a career often hit by injuries, Mirza touched a high of 34 in world rankings and is currently placed at 92.

Malik, 28, is among seven leading Pakistani players who are serving a one-year ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on various charges during a recent tour of Australia.

Pakistan lost all three Tests, five ODIs and the only Twenty20 match on the tour which ended in February.

Earlier his month, the Pakistan Cricket Board gave permission to Malik to play in a domestic Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.

Mirza was officially betrothed to a family friend, Sohrab Mirza, last July in a lavish ceremony but broke off the engagement in January, saying that they had “found ourselves incompatible”.

Just before that betrothal, two men allegedly tried to barge into Mirza’s home, demanding that she marry them.

Both allegedly claimed to be smitten by her beauty and said they had fallen in love with her.

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March 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

17 Indians get death for killing Pakistani in UAE

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DUBAI: Seventeen Indian nationals have been sentenced to death for killing a Pakistani man in a turf dispute between bootleg liquor gangs in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, local media reported on Monday.
The Pakistani man was beaten to death with metal bars in January 2009, while three others were injured in the attack, The National newspaper reported.
It said the dispute was between members of rival gangs vying to sell illegal liquor to labourers in the Al-Sajaa area of Sharjah.
The sentences marked the highest number of death penalties handed down at one time in the emirate, The National cited court officials as saying.
Local media said that up to 50 people were involved in the attack, but those sentenced to death were found to have been the leaders. Death sentences are usually commuted to life in prison in Sharjah.
Alcohol is banned in the emirate, which lies north of Dubai, where liquor can be sold by bars and restaurants with special permits. However, Dubai has also witnessed bootlegging violence.
The National reported in February that 13 members of an alleged bootlegging gang from the Jebel Ali area were accused of kidnapping two rivals, raping them and burying them alive.

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March 30, 2010 at 7:29 am