August 2008 Blog Posts (11)

A Tale of Tribal Terror in Pakistan

Baba Kot, a village 50 miles from Usta Mohammad town of Jafferabad district in Baluchistan, is where this recent tale of tribal terror began.

The media reports and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) indicate that it was here that Mr. Abdul Sattar Umrani, a brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, a… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 31, 2008 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

Mobile Internet Revolution in Pakistan

Mobile application developers and high-bandwidth data network operators are being dramatically boosted by latest innovations, growing popularity and rising demand of smartphones such as iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Treo and other mobile platforms. Some 10 percent of phones shipped worldwide — and some 19 percent of phones sold at retail in the United States — are smart-phones.… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 27, 2008 at 9:44pm — 15 Comments

Indian Wind Power Giant Faltering

Indian Wind Power Giant Faltering

By Riaz Haq

India's Suzlon Energy (SUZL: BSE), with 8% market share of wind turbine in the US, is beset by quality issues at home and abroad, according the Wall Street Journal.

Suzlon Energy, with market cap of INR 270B, is a wind power company in India. In terms of market share, the company is the largest wind turbine manufacturer in Asia and the fifth largest worldwide. With… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 27, 2008 at 8:52am — No Comments

Zardari Corruption Probe Alive in Switzerland

While the news of President Musharraf's resignation and Asif Zardari's nomination for president occupy the big headlines, the renewed reports of the continuing Swiss probe into corruption allegations against Zardari are also vying for attention in the same week.

Swiss Judge Daniel Devaud has "confirmed to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 22, 2008 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Stop and Smell the Roses in Pakistan

By Mona Eltahawy

NEW YORK -- As an Egyptian whose country’s military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin’s bullet, I envy the Pakistani people their ability to now use the term “former president.”

As former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration dropped him quicker than you can say “hot freedom fries,” for those of us from the Muslim world -- awash in military dictators who have friends in high places in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 20, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

End of the days play!

Another sad day in the history of Pakistan, I really feel bad about what happen today. No matter what Pres. Musharraf did in his 9 years tenure, of course it can’t be totally correct or justified, but it is an undeniable truth that the progress we made as a nation and the development Pakistan has seen in these years is remarkable. There are few questionable things that happened in his era but I am sure that the situation would have been worse if either of the two current crooks were there… Continue

Added by khalid Hassan on August 18, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Is This the Dawn of Freedom We Yearned For?

Here are a few lines from Late Faiz Ahmed Faiz that capture the essence of where Pakistanis stand today:

Subah-e- Azadi

(Dawn of Freedom)

ye daaG daaG ujaalaa, ye shab_gaziidaa sahar

(This spotty, stained, dim light after the darkness of night)

wo intazaar thaa jis kaa, ye wo sahar to nahii.n

(Is this the dawn of freedom we yearned for?)

ye wo sahar to nahii.n jis kii aarazuu lekar

chale… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 14, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

India, Pakistan and Olympics Success Model

“Why are the top 10 medaling nations top 10?” Professor Daniel Johnson asks. “It’s not that athletic prowess is completely independent from wealth and population. These nations have more resources at their disposal.” Daniel Johnson, a college professor and an economist in Denver, Colorado has developed a mathematical model for predicting each nation's Olympics… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 12, 2008 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

Is India Really " Stable, Peaceful, and Prosperous?

In the past five years bomb attacks claimed by Islamist groups have killed hundreds across the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. An Indian Muslim was even involved in the failed assault on Glasgow airport in July last year. Yet George Bush reportedly introduced Manmohan Singh to his wife, Laura, as "the prime minister of India, a democracy which does not have a single al-Qaida member in a population of 150 million Muslims".

To be… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 8, 2008 at 5:29pm — 10 Comments

Scaling K2, the Ultimate Challenge

Not only is it dangerous, climbing Mount Everest is not cheap, either in terms of lives or dollars. And yet, hundreds are drawn each year to climb it. Commercial expeditions can cost climbers $60,000 to $75,00 each. Nepalese government charges fees ranging from $25000 for one member expedition to $70,000 for seven members. The total cost for climbing is steep, according to CNN. An expedition to the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 5, 2008 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Are Muslims the Least Educated in the World?

Courtesy of Ahmed Ali, NEDian in Southern California



o World Jewish Population. 14 million

o Distribution: 7m in America

5m in Asia

2m in Europe

100 thousand in Africa

o World Muslim Population: 1.5 billion

o Distribution: I billion in Asia/Mid-East

400 M in Africa

44 M in Europe

6 M in the Americas

o Every fifth human being is a Muslim.

o For every single Hindu the re… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 4, 2008 at 7:40pm — No Comments

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