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UK: Muslim woman barred from flight after refusing body scan

A Muslim woman is thought to have become the first passenger to be stopped from boarding a flight after refusing to go through a full body scanner for religious reasons.

The passenger was at Manchester Airport for a flight to Islamabad when she was selected at random to pass through the security screen.

She was warned she would not be allowed to board the Pakistan International Airlines flight if she did not comply with the request but she decided to forfeit her ticket.

Her female travelling companion also left the airport after she cited ''medical reasons'' for not wanting to go through the scanner.

More than 15,000 people have already passed through the £80,000 Rapiscan machine at the airport's Terminal 2. The Government introduced the scanner at Heathrow and Manchester airports last month.

Security staff use the X-ray machine to check for any concealed weapons or explosives but it has attracted criticism for also showing clear outlines of passengers' genitals. Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the scanners as an invasion of privacy.

Sources at Manchester Airport said the flight to Pakistan about two weeks ago was busy and that no other passengers objected when chosen to go through the full body scanner after check-in...
(US) Food Stamp Scam: Muslim Immigrants Amply Represented

We are not talking about the petty stuff—you know like buying some disallowed food or drink item or hiding some of one’s income in order to be eligible. This is about massive hundreds of thousands of dollars of fraud through the food stamp program and your tax dollars being sent to Africa and elsewhere.

As a matter of fact, I’m wondering if the raid on a halal meat store in Lewiston, Maine last week involved food stamps and money transfers to Somalia.

From the Oakland Press:

Fraud in the government program that helps the poor has added up to nearly $100 million since 2007, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. It’s a fraction of the more than $40 billion spent to feed people each year, but the crime has become a brazen way for some small stores to literally swipe cash from the U.S. Treasury, especially in the Detroit area.

There have been at least 122 fraud-related convictions of owners or employees in the five-state Midwest region since 2007, nearly double the number from 2004-06, says USDA, which oversees the welfare program. About half of those have occurred in southeastern Michigan.

Among the latest cases: A store west of downtown Detroit is accused of selling bags of the exotic chewy drug khat in exchange for food-stamp benefits. Agents in another investigation discovered that cash was wired to Somalia and other countries.

The boldest scam works like this: People hungry for cash ask the store to ring up a small food sale or a phony one. An employee agrees to hand over money, maybe $50, but takes a larger amount off the card for a nice profit, sometimes as high as 100 percent.

Taxpayers get stung when money is transferred to a store’s bank account from the U.S. Treasury.


More than 100 stores in Michigan have been kicked out of the program since fall 2007. Nationally, 1,437 were disqualified during the government’s 2009 fiscal year, said Alan Shannon, a Midwest spokesman for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.


North American Money Transfer Inc. recently agreed to pay $25,000 and open its books to investigators in a deal to dismiss an indictment that was tied to how it handled money that flowed through an Ypsilanti store, Abbas Phone Card and Grocery.

The government says food-stamp recipients instructed the store to take money off their cards and get it wired to Somalia and other destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The grocery would charge a 25 percent fee.
[URL="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-pakistan-loses-$400m-to-enhanced-oversight-330-rs-08"]Pakistan loses $400m to ‘enhanced oversight’[/URL]
Quote:ISLAMABAD: Over $400 million in reimbursement claims by Pakistan under Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for 2008 have been rejected by the United States because of new guidelines requiring ‘enhanced oversight and accountability’.<img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />

Total claims for 2008 were $1.4 billion, but Pakistan got $997 million in reimbursement, whereas the remaining claims were disallowed on grounds of “inadequate substantiation, over-billing” and other objections, sources told Dawn.

About $548 million were initially paid and the rest was deferred. It took the Pentagon another 18 months to settle the deferred claims. While paying $349 million last week in settlement of all claims from 2008, US officials reportedly tendered a callous excuse for the long delay: accounting problems.

Enjoy full article with popcorn.
[url="http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/03/whatever-happened-to-bin-laden/"]Whatever happened to bin Laden?[/url]
Quote:Those are the questions hovering over several recent developments in the Afghanistan war: the capture of Afghan Taliban military leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the killing of two key Taliban commanders and an increase in drone attacks.

But several authorities on the eight-year Afghanistan war say no one should expect to see bin Laden in handcuffs anytime soon.

“No, I don’t think we’re getting any closer,” says Stephen Tanner, author of “Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban."

Tanner says the ISI, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, knows where bin Laden is hiding, but is not ready to say.

“We got to make a deal with Pakistan because I’m convinced that he’s [bin Laden] protected by the ISI,” Tanner says.

Tanner says that rogue elements within the ISI - if not the Pakistani government – may be using bin Laden as a “trump card” to exert leverage over the United States. Tanner says that Pakistani leaders are concerned that the U.S. will draw closer to India, Pakistan’s chief rival.

Flashing the bin Laden trump card will insure that the U.S. will continue to send aid to Pakistan because it considers it a bulwark against radical Islam, Tanner says. Without the bin Laden trump card, though, Pakistan would be in danger of being abandoned by the U.S., Tanner says

The top US diplomat in Kabul warned ­yesterday that Pakistan posed a bigger security challenge to America and the world than Afghanistan, as Islamabad grappled with the latest terrorist attack on its soil and the escalating Taliban ­insurgency on its north-western border.

Christopher Dell, who currently runs the US embassy in Kabul, was speaking in the aftermath of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and the news that Pakistani Taliban groups had formed a common front to attack Nato troops in Afghanistan, in what is widely expected to be a bloody and possibly ­decisive summer this year.

"From where I sit [Pakistan] sure looks like it's going to be a bigger problem," Dell said in an interview in the heavily fortified US embassy in Kabul. "It is certainly one of those nuclear armed countries the instability of which is a bigger problem for the globe.

"Pakistan is a bigger place, has a larger population, its nuclear-armed. It has certainly made radical Islam a part of its political life, and it now seems to be a deeply ingrained element of its political culture. It makes things there very hard."

Fears over Pakistan's ability to cope with the rise of violent religious extremism were intensified by claims yesterday that police in Lahore had abandoned the Sri Lankan cricketers whom they were supposed to be protecting when gunmen opened fire on Tuesday. Surveillance ­footage showed three of the attackers walking down the middle of a street, apparently under no pressure. But Pakistani officials pointed out that six police officers died in the attack.

Senior officials in the Foreign Office and the Obama administration have privately expressed concern that Pakistan could prove to be more of a danger to global peace and security in the long run than Afghanistan, because of its nuclear ­weapons and its highly politicised and Islamicised secret service, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

Barack Obama is particularly alarmed at the decline in Pakistan's stability, and appointed a special envoy, Richard ­Holbrooke, to Afghanistan and Pakistan to coordinate diplomatic efforts. In a ­reflection of rising anxiety in Washington, Dell expressed those concerns openly.

Dell, who is serving as the US chargé d'affaires in Kabul after a similarly outspoken stint as ambassador in Zimbabwe, said there were signs the rate of infiltration of insurgents across the frontier from Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal areas had increased in recent days. He said it was possible the increase was a result of ceasefire deals agreed by militants and the Pakistani government.

"Every time the Pakistanis have signed a peace deal, two things happen," Dell said. "There is an uptick in the fighting on this [the Afghan] side, and the peace deals have fallen apart quickly. We think we've already seen an increase of fighters crossing the border."

The epicentre of the problem is Pakistan's Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) which have become a ­stronghold for an array of jihadist groups including al-Qaida and various splinters of the Taliban.

"Everybody says: 'We'll go into the Fata and clean out those nests'. Well, you know you could do that in theory. But you'd only create another problem with the backlash against the presence of American or other foreign soldiers," Dell said.

"There are no easy solutions in Pakistan. There is no silver bullet out there that we're going to discover one day that will make the problem go away. I think for all those reasons it's a deep challenge, and yeah, probably harder than Afghanistan."

The Guardian reported on Tuesday that three warlords in Fata had settled their differences, formed a group calling itself Shura Ittihad-ul Mujahideen, or Council of United Holy Warriors, and had agreed to focus their efforts on launching attacks in Afghanistan.

Major General John MacDonald, the new deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan, told the Guardian the insurgents were "most dangerous when they begin to collaborate with one another".

"We think we have already seen an increase in the number of fighters coming across the border particularly in the Kunar area right opposite Bajaur," he added.

He predicted that the coming surge in the number of coalition troops in Afghanistan would lead to an increase in fighting.

About 17,000 more US troops are due to arrive in the country in the next few months, and between three and five thousand are expected to reinforce British forces in Helmand province. General MacDonald said those troops would be used to push into places hitherto considered no-go areas for Nato troops.

"So yes, this summer you will see more violence," he said. "We're just about to kick a beehive."
[size="5"]The forgotten fifty-nine[/size]

Tarun Vijay

I stood alone. In that crowd at the railway station. Sabarmati Express, the Indian train connecting Ayodhya, a Hindu pilgrimage centre in UP, with the cosmopolitan urban centre Ahmedabad, passes through it. It had passed that year also and became a horrifying reminder of intolerance, butchery and politics over the dead.

I am least interested in the cases, the lies, the scandalous twists, the influencing of the case makers, the politics and the horrendous behaviour of those who become members of India’s central law-making body, Parliament, by virtue of an adult franchise.

My eyes were searching for an indicator, some information to know what happened to those families whose bread earners, parents, sole supporters and dearest relatives were suddenly brought dead in body bags.

There were little kids like Gayatri Panchal, who lost her two sisters, mother and father in that inferno. Sudha Rawal, an 82-year-old granny, Neelima, Lakhu Bhai, Bhimji Bhai……

Why they have to die a torturous death? And why the stalwarts, the leaders, the conscious keepers of the land never ever tried to approach them to know, how February 27 changed their world view and lives?

The next carnage, equally condemnable and horrifying, never included the dead of February 27. Both were Indians. I thought dead bodies do not have any religious prejudices. But here we saw, dead too can be made victims of the coloured attitudes.

Is there any answer to the question why Godhra is always, necessarily excluded from Gujarat? Why ‘Gujarat’ is simply and essentially a Muslim tragedy? Though one third of the killed were Hindus?

Why can’t we wail and lament for the Indian, whatever the religion, who dies whether in Godhra or ‘Gujarat’? The mental subjugation, the coercive secularism, the aggressive NGO-funded shrill voices, none of them takes into account the human side of the tragedies. Flags, headbands, the famous picture of the tailor with folded hands, half truths and pure lies in the courtyards of justice, nothing could demystify why Godhra occurred. Rather it has been pushed into the blind well of a secular Talibanistic edit that prohibits even an analytical, objective discussion on the February 27 carnage. Which occurred just eight years ago?

When the perpetrators of 1984 still roam free and the protectors are decorated, an Indian analysis and an Indian inference of Godhra may take decades. But it also throws up the same issue of a self-denial, our leaders in media and politics are delving into. Deny that it ever happened. Deny that the hurt was universal.

Indians are targeted today for various reasons — in Kashmir, Jammu, Bastar, Dantewada, Kohima, Pune, Mumbai. The list is growing by the day. Still the missing identity is Indian.

Recently I was in a discussion in Bangalore and the participants, all noble elitist drum beaters of freedom of expression and objectivity, simply focused on communally oriented themes of persecution, backwardness and atrocities. None of them even once spoke of the Indian pain — they would have been forced to talk of inconvenient truths like Kashmiri Hindus’ exile. And of course Godhra.

The exclusion is as painful as was the massacre. An activist, who works among tribals, showed the gathering pictures of dead bodies of people who he claimed were killed by the security forces . He din't show a single picture of the policemen killed by Naxalites or of those more than 10,000 common citizens brutally murdered by the red marauders.

Aren’t the policemen Indians? And those who were targeted by the Naxalites? Why romanticize the brutal murderers and exclude the agony of others? This dishonesty on part of the "secular, peace-loving" tribe is killing and shows off Stalinist traits.

The burning alive of Graham Staines was horrendous. But so was the killing of the octogenarian Swami Lakshmananand. Why exclude Lakshmananand and refuse to look dispassionately at the other side?

Nothing will be discussed and allowed to be printed till the Shahs of the secular Mecca deem it fit to be approved. Why?

Accept Valentine’s day, as if the day is the new constitutional order of the republic, a new national anthem. Otherwise be prepared to be lampooned and declared an uncivilized moron.


The end of dissent and inclusion is also the end of civility.

[url="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-suicide-bomber-kills-three-in-hangu-ss-01"]Suicide bomber kills at least [color="#FF0000"]10[/color] in Hangu[/url]
Shut 42 terror camps, India tells Pakistan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Defence minister A K Antony on Saturday asked Pakistan to shut down 42 terrorist camps he said were functioning in its territory if India-Pakistan talks were to succeed.

"Pakistan has not made any serious attempt to disband the camps that are functioning close to Jammu and Kashmir. The decision for bilateral talks has been made consciously and it was not an ad hoc one," Antony told reporters after inaugurating the new office complex of the Coast Guard station at Vizhinjam near here.

"Though there was no breakthrough (in the foreign secretary talks), being a conscious decision the process (of talks) will continue," he added.

The minister said the central home ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir government had evolved a formula to check infiltration and help terrorists to return to normal life.

"Many have surrendered too. With the conditions becoming normal, there is an increase in tourist arrivals in Kashmir. Attempts for terrorist infiltration are there and the armed forces are maintaining vigil on the border," he said.

On the US supply of arms to Pakistan, he said Washington should make sure that the weapons were used against Islamist militants on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and not targeted at India.

He denied that the government had any information that the Chinese were covertly helping Indian Maoists.

"The army will give logistic support to the state police (of Maoist-affected states). Paramilitary forces will be used for training the state police," said Antony.

He said the acquisition of defence equipments and aircraft had increased considerably in the past five years.

"The process for acquiring the Kiev-class aircraft, Admiral Gorshkov, from Russia is in the final stage," added Antony.

He said that after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the threat through sea had increased. The armed forces were engaged in coordinated efforts to prevent similar attacks.

"One of the positive aspects is that even fishermen have become alert and are giving valuable tip-offs to the (security) forces," said Antony.

Ten Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai in November 2008 by the sea and went on a killing spree over three days. They slaughtered 166 Indians and foreigners.

[size="6"]Pakistan Worst For Gender Based Disparities[/size]

Quote:PAKISTAN: Women’s International Day – Pakistan Is The Worst For Gender Based Disparities In Asian Countries.

Despite the Pakistani government’s few efforts to improve the women’s situation, physical and sexual violence, honour killings, forced marriages and structural inequalities within the society still make Pakistan one of the worst countries in the world in terms of gender gap according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2009. Pakistan is at the lowest bottom of the ranking among Asian countries and at 132 out of 134 countries. Economic empowerment also stood at 132, health at 128 and political empowerment at 55. The situation is getting worse, as its ranking was 127 in 2008 also Asia’s worst ranking in terms of gender based gap.

‘Global Gender Gap Report,’ is a framework for understanding the magnitude and depth of gender-based disparities in different fields of the life. Please see the link of the report at page 10 and 11 on following link; http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2009.pdf
[size="6"]Anti-Pakistan SMS campaign launched in India[/size]

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has reportedly launched a SMS campaign to discourage its people from making calls to Pakistan. According to reports, since Jan 21, 2010 a text message is being received on the cell phones in India to exercise extra care while calling anyone in Pakistan.

Whenever a call is made to Pakistan, the caller receives a text message, “You just made a call to ISD Code 0092 (Pakistan’s international dialling code). We urge you to exercise caution while calling unknown number and sharing personal details as it can be misused”.

The Prime Minister has admitted that the Government does not know whom to talk to in Pakistan as there are many power centres and nobody knows who is in control of that country. Theoretically there is a civilian Government in Pakistan, but in practice, power and authority are not vested in this Government. Hence the dilemma of the Prime Minister. Our self-respect demands that we should stop begging Pakistan to put an end to cross-border terrorism. Instead our message, through deed and not word, should be: “Do your worst, but do not blame us for the consequences.”

We should mean business in tackling terrorism and the war against terror to its logical conclusion. Our security forces and and intelligence agencies can do it, provided the Government wills it and means it. To win this war the Government will have to stand firm.

METROPOLITAN: Blast in Model Town area of Lahore

LAHORE: A powerful explosion rocked Lahore near a security agency building and a mosque in Model Town, where smoke was rising into the sky, sources said.

“It was a car bomb,” the DCO Lahore confirmed.

Many people are feared dead and trapped under debris, DawnNews reported.
[url="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/14-blast-in-model-town-area-of-lahore-zj-04"]Lahore blast kills three; 37 injured[/url]
Quote:LAHORE: A car bomb explosion killed three people and injured 37 others near the FIA building in Model Town, Lahore on Monday, reports DawnNews

They are still hitting Paki Army and Police. <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />

[url="http://www.samaa.tv/News17759-9_killed_45_injured_in_Lahore_blast_.aspx"]9 killed, 45 injured in Lahore blast[/url]

Lot of photos
Paki fora is saying this was CIA office

here is quote
Quote:Everyone knows it. It was fortified all the time, trenches were dug around its walls and its roof top was armed with a 15mm machine gun. Plus few policemen were there too all the time. I used crosssed that building 3 times a day while going to the mosque which is 10meters further ahead. They used to the greet me everytime i passed. And i knew them too.
Quote:A number of schools and religious institutions are located in the neighbourhood known as Model Town.

A number of prominent politicians, including the former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif live in Model Town.
Quote:AAJ TV saying building was used to interrogate suspected terrorists
[url="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/14-blast-in-model-town-area-of-lahore-zj-04"] link[/url]
Quote:Sailab Mehsud adds from Laddah:

TTP spokesman Azam Tariq claimed responsibility for the strike and said: “If the government does not halt military operation in the tribal area and drone attacks continue, the TTP will continue suicide bombings” at government installations.

AFP adds:

“We have 2,800 to 3,000 more suicide bombers,” he said.

very small number.
[url="http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-offered-Saddam-N-package/H1-Article1-517585.aspx"]Pak offered Saddam N-package[/url]
[url="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-mansehra-ngo-attack-qs-03"]Militants blow up charity’s office in Mansehra, kill six[/url]
Quote:MANSEHRA: Six aid workers, two of them women, of a US-based charity organisation were killed and eight others wounded in an attack in a remote village of Mansehra on Wednesday.

A government official said the attack on the offices of World Vision, a Christian charity, appeared to be the work of militants, but hastened to add that an inquiry had been ordered into the incident.
Quote:World Vision has been operating in the area since the October 2005 earthquake, helping women and children.
[url="http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/21-us-missile-strike-kills-four-in-pakistan-sk-53"]Two missile strikes kill 12 in Pakistan[/url]

[url="http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=228428"]Forex reserves fall to $14.72bn[/url]

Quote:KARACHI : Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves fell to $14.72 billion in the week ending on March 6 from $14.80 billion the previous week, a central bank official said on Thursday.

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