bin-ladenAmong the 19 hijackers that struck targets in New York and Washington on 9/11, none was an Afghani or Pakistani. They were Arab Muslims, mostly from Saudi Arabia, based in Europe and trained in USA, in all probability by Jews.

Yet all hell broke on Afghanistan and now Pakistan is being punished for its uncommitted crimes and US blunders. It may be recalled that when the US and its allies decided to invade Afghanistan in October 2001 on a flimsy excuse of getting hold of Osama bin Laden and disrupting and dismantling Al-Qaeda to avenge terrorist attacks allegedly masterminded by Osama, in that timeframe Al-Qaeda was an unknown entity. If nabbing or killing blue-eyed boy of CIA Osama and his 2-3000 ill-organised and ill-equipped henchmen from different countries was the real purpose, there was absolutely no reason for carrying out grand mobilisation and invading Afghanistan where he was based.

Either dialogue together with coercive diplomacy should have been carried out for another month or so, or some proof of his involvement furnished to Mullah Omar as asked by him to justify handing over his guest, or his rational suggestion of putting Osama on trial in a neutral country heeded to. In case these efforts failed, the US should have then carried out a combined covert cum commando operation backed up with well-coordinated intelligence backup support to round them up. Drones or cruise missiles could have been used to for the purpose.

However, the US tried to kill a fly with a huge hammer, which still managed to fly away. The real purpose of invasion was not Osama but to topple Taliban regime that had disagreed with unjust terms and conditions of US oil and gas tycoons wanting to pipe down energy resources from Central Asia to European and US markets via Afghanistan and Pakistan. Eager to give practical shape to its New World Order, the US wanted to convert Afghanistan into a permanent military base wherefrom it could monitor regional countries of its interest. Continue reading

091209_lynchbThe heavy focus on al Qaeda in the new AfPak strategy could complicate America’s broader strategy of strategic public engagement with the Muslim world. The politics of the focus make perfect domestic sense, as Obama — quite effectively, in a disappointingly Bush-like way — tried to recapture the mantle of the “good war” and to focus American public attention on 9/11. And to the extent that this represents a limiting of American objectives, then I’m all for it. But the heavy focus on al Qaeda risks rescuing it from the position of marginality in Arab and Muslim politics to which it has largely been relegated over the last year — and could end up strengthening the strategic threat of violent extremism even if it weakens al Qaeda Central.

I am not talking here about the much-discussed point that al Qaeda does not seem to actually be present in any significant way in Afghanistan. The argument here rests on claims that the goal is to prevent al Qaeda from returning to Afghanistan and that al Qaeda is so deeply interwoven with the various Talibans as to make the distinction meaningless. Both arguments are problematic -– but since both have been discussed elsewhere at some length, I won’t dwell on them. Continue reading

If you want to get a lot of consumers to buy your products or services, you must do something that can attract your consumers. There are several ways that you can explore to attract consumers. Just take a look at the following ideas and get many consumers interested to purchase what you are offering for.

The easiest and most effective way to attract consumers is by using internet to spread information about your products and services. Since the technology of internet is increasing day by day, this must be very helpful for you to make an advertisement there.

The most important thing that you have to consider to attract consumers is about the target market. If you have already determined your target market, you will be easier to decide the concept of advertisement you are going to use. Besides, knowing your target market will really help you to focus on your advertising and marketing efforts.

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Every day, we come across many vehicles. Some of them are adorned with advertisements while some maintain a plain look. The best way to utilize a vehicle as an advertising tool is the use of bumper stickers. They are really helpful for this purpose as they offer many advantages in terms of marketing potential and cost-effectiveness.

They can be used for various purposes. From religious to educational, from entertainment to informational, they can be utilized for each and every purpose. Many fans use custom bumper stickers to show their support for their favourite sports teams while the educational organizations use them in order to promote their institution. They can also be used to express the individual creativity of the vehicle owner. They are extremely good at conveying message to others on the road.

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Local search directories offer many benefits to a business owner: they’re effective at extending a business’s Web presence, they provide potential customers with the important contact and location information they need, and they can drive traffic to a business’s Web site. While these features can ensure that your business will be found, that is only half the battle; converting your listing’s audience into actual business is another thing. Continue reading

Chevrolet recently created an online forum called Chevy Nation. The forum is a social community that aims to familiarize the online audience with Chevy’s brand values and culture. Yahoo! has a separate division, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, that focuses on Internet advertising. Then there are the Webby Awards, dating back to 1996. One of the categories in the Webby Awards, which recognize the immense growth of the Internet and honor excellence on the Internet, is interactive advertising. Continue reading

After you’ve selected the keywords you want to optimize your website for, you need to focus on what is called on-page optimization. On page optimization is what you do on your website pages to improve organic rankings. The good news is that through years of research and experimentation I have identified the most important on page factors for improving organic rankings. Continue reading

Victims campaigners protested at being excluded from the news conference

An inquiry into child abuse at Catholic institutions in Ireland has found church leaders knew that sexual abuse was “endemic” in boys’ institutions.

It also found physical and emotional abuse and neglect were features of institutions.

Schools were run “in a severe, regimented manner that imposed unreasonable and oppressive discipline on children and even on staff”.

The nine-year inquiry investigated a 60-year period.

About 35,000 children were placed in a network of reformatories, industrial schools and workhouses up to the 1980s.

More than 2,000 told the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse they suffered physical and sexual abuse while there.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, said he was “profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed that children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions”.

“This report makes it clear that great wrong and hurt were caused to some of the most vulnerable children in our society,” he said.

“It documents a shameful catalogue of cruelty: neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, perpetrated against children.” Continue reading

At least 40 people have been killed and more than 80 injured in a co-ordinated attack at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, officials say.

Officials said at least four attackers started shooting at worshippers during Friday prayers attended by many staff from a nearby military headquarters.

Security forces fought back in an hour-long gun battle, before three attackers blew themselves up, reports say.

The Pakistani security forces have been targeted in a series of recent attacks.

Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said the latest attack had been co-ordinated, and some gunmen could still be hiding in the area.
Most of the dead are reported to have been serving or retired military officials.

Senior police official Aslam Tarin told Reuters news agency the attackers could have entered the mosque by scaling a wall.

Rawalpindi’s police chief, Rao Iqbal, said the attackers “first opened fire and then blew themselves up.”

The area around the mosque has been cordoned off by police.

The BBC’s Orla Guerin, in Rawalpindi, said helicopters had been overhead, suggesting security forces had been looking for attackers on the run.

Pakistanis buy goats at a market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on November 23, 2009
Pakistanis buy goats at a market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in Karachi on November 23, 2009
Hundreds of thousands of faithful, accompanied by their children will throng the Eidgahs and mosques to offer Eid prayers. They will bow their heads and show allegiance to Allah Almighty. Ulema and religious scholars highlighted the significance of Eid day and offered special prayers for the solidarity, integrity, prosperity and progress of the country and Muslim Ummah. They will deliver special sermons to highlight the significance of the day and the purpose of the sacrifice rendered by Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) centuries ago. Eidul Azha is being celebrated in commemoration of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim’s (AS) readiness to sacrifice his son, Prophet Hazrat Ismail (AS), for Allah. The special prayers will be offered for strengthening national solidarity, prosperity, integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan and the liberation of all occupied Muslim territories including held Jammu and Kashmir and occupied Palestine. The central Eid congregation will be held at Bagh-e-Jinnah (Polo Ground) where the top government officials,

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