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Ram Mandir in Pakistan demolished

Shri Rama Pir Mandir of Karachi city was demolished illegally on 1st December 2012 at the behest of real estate builders and government officials with the support of local people. The demolition has generated fear and insecurity among Hindus and forced them to continue in Pakistan as second class citizens.

Four men entered the Hindu temple with their shoes. When devout Hindus protested, they were beatenup and abused them as Bhangi (sweeper) and Kafir (infidel). Laxman, one of those who tried to defend the temple is partially paralysed by stroke due to the assault.

A terrorised Hindu protestor of Pakistan

The men put the statues and tridents from the temple out on the ground. Then a bulldozer reduced the pre-partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir to rubble. A number of houses in the compound were also demolished, rendering around a dozen families homeless. They even pried opened the donation box and took away the cash and jewellery, the residents alleged.

Eye witnesses have confirmed that some bearded men associated with a political party oversaw the destruction. The real estate builders and government officials, who flouted court orders and destroyed a religious site. Workers paricipated in the demolition disrespected the idols of Hindu deities placed inside the temple. The builder physically hurt some members of the minority.

Hundreds of people from the Hindu community staged a peaceful rally from Doli Khata, Soldier Bazaar, to the Karachi Press Club to protest against the demolition of the Shri Rama Pir Mandir. The protestors demanded that the government immediately restore the temple with all its dignity.The President of the Schedule Caste Federation Pakistan, Kalidas Khandara is one of the leaders advocating restoration of temple.

Ramapir Mandir was restored by the government in the year 2000, which went to show that the place of worship was not only registered, but received government grants as it was a deserving heritage site

Hindus of Pakistan rush to courts whenever there is a threat to their temple. In 2012, three Hindu temples have been attacked. There seems to be no stipulated policy for preserving Hindu temples. Official double standards against Hindus is blatant. People coming from outside and building shanty towns in Karachi get lease permissions but Hindus living in Karachi for more than a century are denied of official permits.

Many Hindu families of Pakistan had already migrated to India due to persecution and humiliation at the hands of fundamentalists.

Osama Bin Laden killed by US government

A small team of U.S. operatives launched a targeted assault’ on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad where months of intelligence work had established that Mr. Bin Laden was living. Mr. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight, and the troops took custody of his body. The president of America had authorized the attack on bin Laden’s compound after he determined last week there was enough intelligence to take action. The location of the Pakistani compound where Bin Laden was hiding was confirmed last week, and he gave to order to proceed with the military operation against Bin Laden on Sunday morning.

Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 10, 1957, Osama bin-Laden was member of a wealthy family with close ties to the Saudi royal family. His parents divorced a year after he was born and he lived with his mother who had married another rich businessman Muhammad al-Attas. He had three half-brothers and one half-sister. His father Muhammed bin Laden was killed in 1967 in an aircraft crash. He attended an elite secular school till 1976 and studied economics and business administration at King Abdulaziz university in Saudi Arabia. Some reports said he dropped out of the university and pursued his interest in religion which turned him into his crusade for Jihad or religious war.
He had married four women as of 2002 and had more than 20 children. He participated in the Jihadi struggle against soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Later he established Al Qaeda, a militant underground organization to protect Islamic culture from the non-Islamic influences and to dominate the world with Islamic rule. He planned and executed 9/11 attacks on America and immediately after that went into to hiding to evade the arrest. Still he helped shape Al Qaeda’s strategy and was threatened with more attacks on US interests.

Abbottabad is situated about 60 kilometres north-east of the capital Islamabad adjacent to Pakistan military academy. He was hiding in a big house custom built to protect a high valued target. The operation started just after midnight and continued for an hour. It was conducted by U.S. special forces . Three helicopters dropped US navy Seals on the house where Osama was hiding. Two planes were flying overhead providing protection and communication support. Security men, specially trained for counter terrorism operations, forcibly entered the house. Osama Bin Laden was traced and shot in the chest and later in the head. Along with Osama, his Son, three other persons including a woman were killed in the operation. Wife of Osama was shot in the leg. No civilians or American soldiers were injured during the mission. US special operations forces took custody of Bin Laden’s body and DNA testing has confirmed his identity. Then the body was taken out of the Pakistan border by helicopters to a war ship. Body was washed and final rites were conducted in accordance with the Islamic traditions and was buried in the sea. Highly sophisticated weapons, vehicles, tools and techniques were deployed by the US in this operation.

A trusted courier of Osama Bin Laden, whom American spies had been hunting for years, was finally located in a sprawling mansion in Abottabad. The compound was so secure, so large, that American officials guessed it was built to hide someone far more important than a mere courier. Americans initiated an intelligence work that continued for eight months before confirming the presence of Osama in the building. US president Barak Obama relied on the intelligence and signed a presidential order to kill Osama in a foreign land. US army initiated a secret mission, even without the knowledge of Pakistan government establishment to eliminate Osama Bin Laden.

Dara intended to teach lesson to missionaries

The Supreme Court on Friday, 21st Jan 2010, upheld an Orissa High Court judgment that commuted the death sentence a trial court awarded to Dara Singh to life term. The court rejected CBI’s plea for death penalty to him. The bench comprising justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan delivered the verdict.

Lawyer Minakshi Lekhi hailed the Supreme Court judgment “While burning someone to death is abhorable, at the same time converting an innocent tribal is also an abhorable act. I appreciate all the findings of the supreme court,” she said. Few others felt that judgement is lenient.

Judgement concluded that the intention was to teach a lesson to the father about his religious activities , namely, converting poor tribals to Christianity. “All these aspects have been correctly appreciated by the High Court, which modified the sentence of death to life imprisonment, with which we concur. The deceased, Graham Staines, was engaged in propagating and preaching Christianity in the tribal area of interior Orissa,” the bench recorded the prosecution case. The court held that this was not one of the rarest of rare cases in which the death sentence should be awarded to the accused. Deploring the religious intolerance, the court noted “It is undisputed that there is no justification for interfering in someone’s belief by way of ‘use of force,’ provocation, conversion, incitement or upon a flawed premise that one religion is better than the other.”

Dara Singh, reacting to the verdict from Keonjhar district jail, told “All right. If it’s the verdict of country’s highest court, I accept it. My conscience says I am innocent. But I will go by the court order. My lawyers will decide the future course of action”. He declined to speak to the media. 54-year-old Dara has spent 11 years in different jails in Orissa since his arrest for the January 22, 1999 murders of Graham Staines and his two minor children at Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district.

He leads the evening prayer inside the jail. He also helps us in guarding the premises. He is staying among more than 500 inmates, nearly 40 of whom are suspected Maoists. No one has ever complained against him. No special security is arranged for him including during occasions when he is taken to the court to face trial in cases.

DaraSingh conscience is clear   Intolerance deplorable   Conversion is abhorable act

Salman Taseer assassination points to Pakistani extremists’ mounting power

Under tight security, thousands of people gathered in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday for the funeral of the slain governor of Punjab province, a chief ally of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Salman Taseer, an outspoken liberal in an increasingly intolerant nation, was shot multiple times in this capital city Tuesday by one of his police guards. The guard then surrendered to police and told them he had killed the politician for his public stance against Pakistan’s controversial anti-blasphemy laws.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/04/AR2011010400955.html

Rajkhowa a terrorist, punish him, say parents of Dhemaji victims

A couple of days after he was accorded a hero’s welcome on his release on bail, Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), is facing a lot of difficult questions to which he apparently does not have an immediate answer.

While the All Tai-Ahom Students’ Association (ATASU), an influential students’ body in upper Assam, has asked Rajkhowa why the outfit had killed one of its founders, families in Dhemaji, where 13 children were killed in an explosion on August 15, 2004, have questioned why the ULFA chief was being given such a public reception. “We want to know from Arabinda Rajkhowa why the ULFA had brutally murdered Dimbeswar Gogoi, a founder of the ATASU in 1990,” said Pranjal Rajkonwar, president of the students’ body.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Rajkhowa-a-terrorist–punish-him–say-parents-of-Dhemaji-victims/733436

BlackBerry says India can’t access encrypted data

Denying reports that it has agreed to allow access to its encrypted corporate data to Indian authorities, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) on Thursday said unscrambling encrypted email on its devices is simply not “technologically feasible.” India has been seeking access to all encrypted

communications as the terrorists involved the 2008 Mumbai attack communicated with their handlers by using sophisticated technology. It wants the Canadian company to install a server in India to monitor this service.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/BlackBerry-says-India-can-t-access-encrypted-data/Article1-644900.aspx

No withdrawal of security forces from Kashmir

Despite strong pleas by the political groups in Jammu and Kashmir, there is little likelihood of the thinning of security forces in the state, government sources said. The highly-placed sources told IANS that the state cannot risk withdrawing troops at this stage when the chances of militancy

reviving are beaming on the radar.

Also, there are reports that the separatists and their sympathisers were preparing for another bout of street protests in the summer of 2011, they said.

Despite strong pleas by the political groups in Jammu and Kashmir, there is little likelihood of the thinning of security forces in the state, government sources said. The highly-placed sources told IANS that the state cannot risk withdrawing troops at this stage when the chances of militancy reviving are beaming on the radar.

Also, there are reports that the separatists and their sympathisers were preparing for another bout of street protests in the summer of 2011, they said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/No-withdrawal-of-security-forces-from-Kashmir/Article1-645565.aspx

Rajkhowa gets conditional bail

The designated TADA court here granted conditional bail to United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Thursday.

Mr. Rajkhowa is now expected to be released from jail on New Year’s Day once his family members complete all the legal formalities. The development is expected to expedite efforts to work out the modalities of the much awaited peace talks.

Mr. Rajkhowa’s counsel and senior advocate Bijan Mahajan told journalists that conditional bail had been granted in all the six TADA cases pending against the ULFA chairman. “The bail amount has been fixed at Rs. 1 lakh with two sureties of a like amount. At the same time, he has been directed to deposit his passport, if he possessed one, to the TADA court. He cannot leave Assam without permission from the police station concerned. He has been directed not to hamper the investigations, tamper with witnesses or cause any offence while on bail.”

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1019942.ece

Binayak Sen, 2 others get life for sedition for helping Naxals

 Rights activist Binayak Sen , Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha were today convicted for sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment for colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.

Additional District and Sessions Judge B P Verma held the trio, who were present in the jam-packed courtroom, guilty under sections 124 A (sedition) and 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and provisions of Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/binayak-sen-gets-life-imprisonment-for-sedition/articleshow/7156895.cms

WikiLeaks: US felt removal of Shivraj Patil was inevitable after 26/11

After 26/11, the US felt that the removal of “spectacularly inept” Shivraj Patil as home minister was inevitable although he had been “protected” by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi despite being found “asleep on the watch” during earlier terror strikes in various cities.

According to a US diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks, the then US ambassador David Mulford said Congress was “desperately seeking to limit the damage” as it was in a “deep political trouble” over its handling of the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008.

“In this environment, removal of the home minister was inevitable. He has over the last four years proved himself to be spectacularly inept,” the cable said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/WikiLeaks-US-felt-removal-of-Shivraj-Patil-was-inevitable-after-26/11/articleshow/7122766.cms