Archive for August, 2011

Mirza resigns, levels serious allegations against MQM

KARACHI: Senior Pakistan People’s Party leader Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has announced to resign from all party/government posts, Geo News reported Sunday.

Addressing the news folk at Karachi Press Club, he accused Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik of siding with the killers, misleading the party leadership, and contorting facts. He declared him an enemy of the state and a compulsive liar.

Malik is a compulsive liar and responsible for Karachi bloodshed, Mirza said, adding Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) doesn’t have a real mandate in Karachi or Hyderabad, they extort votes at gunpoint.

Levelling another very serious allegation against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, he said: “During a meeting with Altaf Hussain in London he (Altaf Hussain) said the US wanted to disintegrate Pakistan and he and his party (MQM) would side with the US in their goal. Therefore, Altaf Hussain said he would kill the Pathans”

Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza went on to say: “Altaf Hussain wrote a letter to the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair asking him to bust ISI before it produces any more Osama Bin Ladens.”

He asked as to what sin was committed by Wali Khan Babar, a Geo News reporter who was murdered in Karachi.

Mirza said five accused who were involved in the killing of Wali Khan Babar belonged to MQM and named one of them as Liaquat who, he said, was still at large. “Liaquat is the one whose car was used in the killing and he was the one who opened fire on Wali Khan Babqar.”

“MQM is the killer of Wali Khan Babar,” he reiterated.

Dr. Mirza also alleged that the present CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoy holds an important position in Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) which is a welfare wing of MQM.

He said MQM had held hostage all industrialists, businessmen and shopkeepers of Karachi.

Before starting the press conference he swore on the Holy Quran to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

Praising ISI and Pakistan Army Mirza said Pakistan’s existence is due to the sacrifices of our security forces.

Senior provincial minister, Works & Services Dr Zulfiqar Mirza is the Vice President of PPP Sindh and also a Central Executive Committee member besides a close aide of President Asif Zardari. He was elected from Sindh Assembly seat PS-57 Badin I.

Pledging at the beginning he requested reporters to take him seriously for the first and the last time. He arrived at the Karachi Press Club at 4:20pm. The best decision of my life is to marry Dr Fehmeda Mirza, he said.

Mirza noted that he has never bend the laws and he follows the principles of Shaheed Zulfiar Ali Bhutto. Allah Almighty through Mohrarma Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari blessed me with all that I own.

He added that I see eye to eye with my party. I’m a party worker and will always be that way. I am a Sindhi and proud of it, he added. He vowed never to bow down to cruelty.

Mirza said if anything happens to me then killers of Imran Farooq and Wali Baber would be responsible.

Mirza’s press conference ended at 6:15 pm which started around 4:25 pm.

August 28, 2011 Posted Under: Articles, News update   Read More

Russian firm to build space hotel

Vacationers who have money to burn may want to try this out starting 2016 – a five-day stay in a space hotel.

Russia has announced plans for an orbiting hotel that can house seven guests in four cabins, with a view of the Earth below, UK’s The Register reported.

“Our planned module inside will not remind you of the International Space Station. A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes. The hotel will be aimed at wealthy individuals and people working for private companies who want to do research in space,” it quoted Sergei Kostenko, chief executive of Orbital Technologies which will construct the hotel, as saying.

The report said a five-day stay will cost £100,000, on top of £500,000 for the journey – an equivalent of P42.034 million.

It will take about two days to get there aboard a Soyuz rocket, and an experienced crew will accompany them, the report added.

At the orbiting hotel, visitors can choose to have horizontal or vertical beds, while showers will be sealed to prevent a mess.

Guests will dine on food prepared on Earth to be reheated in microwave ovens, and have a view of space with binoculars and cameras in the room pods.

While iced tea, mineral water and fruit juices will be available, alcohol will be strictly prohibited.

In contrast, the Register reported crews aboard the International Space Station have to settle for sponge baths, and have their meals via freeze-dried tubes.

At the orbiting hotel, toilets will use flowing air instead of water, while waste water will be recycled and the air will be filtered to remove odor and bacteria.

However, the hotel may also be used as an emergency stop for the International Space Station if there is a crisis there. — LBG, GMA News

August 21, 2011 Posted Under: News update   Read More

Arab League calls for global pressure on Israel

A general view of an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League’s permanent representatives to discuss the latest developments of Israel’s air attacks on the Gaza Strip, in Cairo August 21, 2011. The Arab League on Sunday condemned Israeli air assaults on the Gaza Strip and said the United Nations must take action to end the attacks, in which 15 people have died. – Reuters Photo

CAIRO: The Arab League on Sunday condemned the Israeli raids on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and called on the international community to put pressure on the Jewish state to halt the strikes.

The pan-Arab organisation “calls on the international community to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to put an immediate end to this assault,” a statement from the League said.

It said it “calls on the (UN) Security Council to assume its responsibilities and take quick steps to halt this brutal assault.”

The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of the Cairo-based pan-Arab body on the situation in Gaza where 15 Palestinians have been killed and 50 injured in air strikes by Israel in retaliation to series of attacks Thursday in southern Israel which killed eight people.

The Arab League also condemned “Israeli aggression against the Egyptian forces”, referring to the deaths of Egyptian policemen killed Thursday as Israeli troops chased militants along the border.

The Arab League has confirmed its support to the Palestinians who aim to seek membership of the United Nations next month.

The Palestinians have said they will formally submit their request for UN membership to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 20 when world leaders begin gathering in New York for the 66th session of the General Assembly.

August 21, 2011 Posted Under: News update   Read More

Water aggression by India not acceptable

LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday said that the Pakistan government would not allow any country to exploit its water resources at any cost.
Speaking at ‘7th Achievement Award Ceremony 2011’ of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) at Expo Centre, he said that the government had asked the Indian government to honour water accords with Pakistan and had raised the water dispute at every international forum.
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Commerce Minister Ameen Faheem LCCI President Shahzad Malik, Senior Vice President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad and a large number of representatives of the business community were present on the occasion.
The prime minister said that the government was working on priority bases to eliminate the menace of terrorism as the deteriorating law and order was causing negative impact on the national economy.
He said that international economic crisis and the worst floods last year created gigantic and ‘mountain-like’ problems for the country. He said that under such circumstances crossing the export target of $25 billion was a marvelous achievement.
Gilani said that the tax collection was Rs 105 billion in July 2011, up 36 percent as compared to the last year’s in the same month. He said foreign aid of $1.1 billion in July 2011 was also 35 percent up as compared to the last year’s, adding that the government didn’t make any borrowing from the State Bank in July. He said that credit goes to the business community in this regard.
Responding to a point raised by the LCCI president, Gilani said that the PPP government had approached and raised its voice at all international forums against water aggression by India and brought it to the negotiating table.
About energy crisis, he said that it was the first priority of the government to import electricity to run the system while new dams would also be constructed to increase power generation in the country.
He said that the country was the facing the worst energy crisis. “Had some concrete measures been taken in the past, we would have not face such an energy crisis,” he said.
About unannounced load shedding, the prime minister said that a committee comprising the federal minister for water and power, the State Bank governor and others would present its recommendations to the federal cabinet after Ramazan and the government would take important decision in the light of its recommendations.
Regarding LCCI president’s demand for the government support to establish a Centre for Export Competitiveness, the prime minister said that he would direct the federal ministry to provide funds for this centre from the Support Development Funds.
About complaints of the business community regarding new tax reforms system, he said that the government was trying to devise a practical system. “We are in the middle of the way to achieve the target and soon we will devise a comprehensive system acceptable for all stakeholders,” he said.

August 21, 2011 Posted Under: News update   Read More