Pakistan will Not allow Drone Attacks in Balochistan
The army chief’s warning was disclosed amid growing tension over American claims that Islamabad was refusing to target the Taliban’s ‘Quetta Shura’ – the leadership council of former Afghan ruler Mullah Omar.
Washington believes the ’shura’ is plotting attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan from ’safe havens’ in South-West Pakistan.US State Department and intelligence officials are believed to have warned Pakistani President Asif Zardari that they will launch their own drone attacks on the shura if the Pakistan Army fails to target its bases.
Tensions between Washington and Islamabad increased earlier this week after US Ambassador Anne Patterson said the ‘Quetta Shura’ was now high on its list of priority targets.
“In the past, we focused on al Qaeda because they were a threat to us. The Quetta Shura mattered less to us because we had no troops in the region,” she said. “Now our troops are there on the other side of the border, and the Quetta Shura is high on Washington’s list,” she said in an interview with the Washington Post.
She had earlier told The Daily Telegraph that Pakistan however has “different priorities.” Her comments and the threat of drone attacks on what Pakistanis call a ’settled area’ – a part of Pakistan proper rather than the tribal areas it has never fully controlled – has caused alarm throughout its military establishment.
Lieutenant-General Talat Masood, a retired senior Army officer and influential strategic analyst, said drone attacks in Balochistan would be a serious breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a threat to the alliance between the two countries.
“It would be really dangerous and would rupture the relationship. Pakistan’s tolerance levels would cross the threshold and it would be taken very seriously. It would mean the U.S does not respect our sovereignty and does whatever it wants. It would fuel anti-Americanism. Across the spectrum, the government and the army would not be able to swallow it,” he said.
Drone attacks have been successful in Waziristan, where American controllers in Afghanistan have collaborated with Pakistan Army officers on targets, and there is growing support within the Central Intelligence Agency for Predator strikes to be intensified. Eight militants were killed near Miranshah, North Waziristan on Wednesday when a drone struck a Taliban meeting.
Quran Burning Protest 3rd Day in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan protests against the burning of a Quran in Florida entered a third day with a demonstrations in the south and east Sunday, while the Taliban called on people to rise up, blaming government forces for any violence.
The desecration at a small U.S. church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan many of the demonstrations have turned into deadly riots. Protests in the north and south in recent days have killed 20 people.
In southern Kandahar city on Sunday, hundreds took to the streets for the second day in a row, and hospital officials said 20 people were hurt in skirmishes between police and demonstrators. On Saturday, nine people were killed and 80 injured when a protest turned into a riot.
At least two wounded police officers and 18 civilians had been brought into city hospitals, said Qayum Pokhla the provincial health director.
A morning protest in Jalalabad city was peaceful, with hundreds of people blocking a main highway for three hours, shouting for U.S. troops to leave and burning an effigy of President Barack Obama before dispersing, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.
A similar protest in eastern Parwan province blocked a main highway with burning tires for about an hour, with more than 1,000 people protesting against the desecration of the Quran, said provincial police chief Sher Ahmad Maladani. He said there was no violence.
The violence started Friday when demonstrators stormed a U.N. compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing 11 people including seven foreign U.N. employees.
The Taliban said in a statement emailed to media outlets that the U.S. and other Western countries have wrongly excused the burning a Quran by the pastor of a Florida church on March 20 as freedom of speech and that Afghans “cannot accept this un-Islamic act.”
NATO officials re-iterated their condemnation of the Quran burning in an apparent attempt to quell the rising anger.
INDIA World Champions 2011 as ICC Wished
Mumbai: Final of World Cup 2011 starts dramatically with twice a time toss , on both tossing Sri-Lanka won. Jayawardane who never scored solid in whole world cup as in the finals and ends up Sri-Lankan innings with more than 100 not out . Sri Lanka gives target of 275 in 50 overs to India.
India loosing first wicket on the 2nd ball of their innings and soon after they lost wicket of Sachin Tendulker . Virat and Gautham gives a solid recovery to India and Dhoni ends with the six . Glory comes to India .
Without any doubt India was not capable to win the World Cup of 2011 , but they won due to amazing captaincy of MS Dhoni.
MS Dhoni declared to be the man of the match. Yuvraj Singh declared man of the series and ICC President passed Trophy to Indian captain.
IPL Will Win This World Cup
World Cup 2007 begins and in the very first round India drops from the World Cup . ICC bears the loss of advertisement and assures this that India will be given more favors in future World Cups . Today 2nd April 2011 India is in finals of World Cup 2011 and ICC so called International Cricket Council is more like Indian Cricket Council.
Yes, this is the bitter truth which we have to realize more money is coming from India to ICC and ICC don’t want to disappoint Indians for this . Regardless of caring the sentiments of other nations fighting hard for playing entertaining cricket.
In a TV show on ARY News , when Basit Ali (Former Test Player Pakistan) was asked who will win this Final encounter he said “IPL”. He also hinted this is a signal for wise that IPL will take this cup. Sri Lankans might be given huge amounts so they could also come to IPL after this world cup. , otherwise stage is banned for Sri Lankans.
This is the history of sports since 50 years , many of the closed notches had been settled in wealth and need. As , Brazil comes to settle in 1998 Football World Cup for France might this could be another France.
Hope for the fair game.
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