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10. Ireland beat Pakistan, 2007

This would rank very high in the list of greatest upsets in World Cup history:

The shock result meant that Pakistan, winners in 1992 and runners-up in 1999, were out of the tournament at the preliminary stage – an early exit no one would have bargained for especially as two of the four teams in the group were Ireland and Zimbabwe.

West Indies had defeated Pakistan and Ireland had tied with Zimbabwe in the earlier matches and a Pakistan win over Ireland was taken for granted. And yet Ireland’s part time cricketers won by three wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method to make sure of a place in the Super Eight.

Put in to bat, Pakistan put up a shoddy show and were bowled out for 132 in the 46th over. That Kamran Akmal’s 27 was the top score underlines the irresponsible batting.

WB Rankin was the most successful bowler with three for 32 but Andre Botha was more impressive with two for five from eight overs, four of which were maidens.

Mohammed Sammi kept Pakistan in the game with some quick wickets but wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien stood firm and defied the varied Pakistan attack for a vital 72.

Light rain which slightly revised the target as 128 from 47 overs was not a dampener for Ireland who were home with three wickets and 5.2 overs to spare.

 

 

9. Kenya beat Zimbabwe, 2003

For a non-Test playing nation figuring in the Super Six was a bonus but Kenya went one better and qualified for the semifinals. This surprise victory over Zimbabwe clinched them a place in the last four and it was their third win over Test teams in the tournament.

They had earlier got the better of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But this win was probably the sweetest. As captain Steve Tikolo enthused ”today is the biggest day in every Kenyan’s life”. The Kenyan safari had gone from strength to strength and this was their most convincing win.

Opting to bat, Zimbabwe were shot out for 133 in the 45th over. Medium pacer Martin Suji caused the early damage while leg spinner Obuya took care of the middle order – each finishing with three wickets.

Andy Flower played a lone hand with a patient 63 while Douglas Marillier scored 21 at No 9. With history beckoning Kenya they stuttered losing three wickets for 62.

But Thomas Odoyo (43) and Maurice Odumbe (38) had enough skill and experience and figured in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 73 runs to seal Kenya’s unexpected place in the semifinals.

 

 

8. Kenya beat Bangladesh, 2003

On the basis of their one-day record, Kenyans have often felt that they deserved to be elevated to Test status ahead of Bangladesh and this result only succeeded in augmenting that feeling.

Kenya had performed well thus far: their victory over Sri Lanka confirming their above par showing. But few thought they were capable of toppling a second Test team within five days. Consistent scores down the order saw Kenya opting to bat to finish with 217 for seven in 50 overs. Maurice Odumbe top scored with a timely unbeaten 52 off 46 balls.

Bangladesh stayed in the hunt thanks to Tushar Imran (48) and Akram Khan (44) and at 151 for five with 12 overs remaining, victory was within their grasp. But Odumbe returned to haunt them this time with the ball.

He took four for 38 to cause a sharp late-order collapse and Bangladesh were bowled out for 185 in the 48th over with skipper Steve Tikolo chipping in with three for 14 from 5.2 overs.

With this Bangladesh lost all of their last 30 completed ODIs while Kenya’s qualification for the Super Six was confirmed. Incidentally Kenya recorded their sixth victory in seven games against Bangladesh.

 

 

7. Kenya beat Sri Lanka, 2003

Winning their first three matches comfortably, Sri Lanka set the pace in group B. Kenya on the other hand had gone down tamely by ten wickets to South Africa and had only beaten lowly Canada by four wickets.

They were given little chance against a supremely confident Lankan side and yet at the end of it all it was the Kenyans who had emerged winners by 53 runs.

Put in to bat, Kenya managed 210 for nine in 50 overs. Opening batsman and wicket keeper K.O. Otieno top scored with a bright 60 and there were some valuable contributions down the order.

But most of the batsman found it difficult to negotiate Muthiah Muralitharan who finished with four for 28. However, it hardly seemed the kind of total which would bother the batting might of the Lankans.

At 71 for two, they did seem to be on course. But leg spinner Collins Obuya triggered a middle order collapse and only Aravinda de Silva offered some resistance while top scoring with 41.

Left-hander Russel Arnold chipped in with an unbeaten 25 late in the order but it was too little too late and Sri Lanka were bowled out for 157 in 45 overs.

Obuya finished with five for 24 and the man of the match award. This result more than anything else saw Kenya join Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the Super Six from the group.

 

 

6. Canada beat Bangladesh, 2003

Nearly four years after upsetting the World Cup formbook when they surprised Pakistan, Bangladesh were themselves humbled by an associate member.

Canada were playing their first full international since 1979 and contained players born in eight different countries. Opting to bat, Canada were off to a decent start and were at one stage 70 for two.

Ian Billcliff top scored with 42 but thereafter there was a steady decline and Canada were bowled out for 180 in the last over.

Such a total should not have presented problems for Bangladesh, by now elevated to Test status but they started none too confidently. Still at 106 for four in the 21st over, they were on course but then they collapsed inexplicably losing their last six wickets for 14 off 44 balls amid a flurry of panicky strokes.

Canada’s hero was Austin Codrington, a 27-year-old apprentice plumber from Jamaica. He unplugged the Bangladesh batting with his wobbly medium pacers finishing with five for 27 – the third best figures by a player making his ODI debut.

The defeat ensured that Bangladesh would finish at the bottom of the table in the group.

 

 

5. Zimbabwe beat South Africa, 1999

If Pakistan were the ‘hot’ team in one group South Africa looked similarly unbeaten in the other group. They registered comfortable victories over India, England, Sri Lanka and Kenya to make sure of a place in the Super Six and along with Pakistan had emerged as one of the favourites for the title.

There remained one more group match against Zimbabwe who had started off well with victories over India and Kenya. But then they had faltered going down to Sri Lanka and England.

Moreover Zimbabwe had never defeated South Africa at any level and the odds were firmly stacked against them. Opting to bat they got off to a good start with openers Neil Johnson (76) and Grant Flower (19) putting on 65 runs in 14 overs.

Valuable contributions down the order saw Zimbabwe finish with 233 for six in 50 overs but few would have thought that the target would trouble an inform South African team.

However, Johnson and Heath Streak struck quick blows finishing with three wickets each and before one was aware of it South Africa were 40 for six.

Daryl Cullinan (29) and Shaun Pollock (52) shared a seventh-wicket partnership of 66 runs and Lance Klusener hit out boldly for a bright unbeaten 52 at No 9.

But the initial damage was too heavy to make up and South Africa were bowled out for 185 in the 48th over.

Zimbabwe joined South Africa and India in the Super Six.

 

 

4. Bangladesh beat Pakistan, 1999

As the group matches unfolded Pakistan were perhaps the ‘hottest’ team in the competition. They scored successive victories over West Indies, Australia, Scotland and New Zealand; had already made sure of a place in the Super Six from group B and were installed as one of the favourites for the title. There remained the formality of a match against Bangladesh.

Making their debut in the competition, Bangladesh had gone down tamely to Australia, New Zealand and West Indies and had only an unremarkable 22-run victory over fellow debutants Scotland on the plus side.

Moreover, Bangladesh had never defeated a Test side.

Put in to bat they performed commendably to run up a reasonable total of 223 for nine in 50 overs. Akram Khan was the top scorer with 42 while opener Shahriar Hoosain got 39. Forty extras including 28 wides also helped in boosting the total.

In form Pakistan batsmen should normally have reached their target quite comfortably but they were rocked by Khaled Mahmud who removed Shahid Afridi, Salim Malik and Inzamam in a trice.

The run out of Saeed Anwar did not help matters and at 42 for five, Pakistan required a miracle. The late order fought hard with Azhar Mahmood and skipper Wasim Akram – both of whom got 29 adding 55 runs for the sixth-wicket and Moin Khan and Saqlain Mushtaq not succumbing easily.

But the shocking start was always going to make the final target insurmountable and Pakistan folded up for 161 in the 45th over leaving Bangladesh to celebrate their ”greatest day in cricket history.”

 

 

3. Kenya beat West Indies, 1996

An enthusiastic bunch of cricketers from Kenya came over to the sub continent to play in the World Cup for the first time but their performance initially did not match their keenness.

They went down to India, Australia and Zimbabwe and with group matches against West Indies and Sri Lanka still to come, it was taken for granted that they would return winless.

And when they were all out for 166 in 49.3 overs after being put in to bat, a victory for West Indies seemed only a matter of time. Steve Tikolo top scored with 29 while Hitesh Modi and Thomas Odoyo chipped in with 26 and 24 respectively. Courtney Walsh and Roger Harper took three wickets each.

What happened over the next couple of hours was quite incredible as the West Indians collapsed in a heap. Rajab Ali took the wickets of skipper Richie Richardson and Brian Lara while Maurice Odombe removed Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jimmy Adams.

Keen fielding saw Keith Arthurton and Curtley Ambrose run out and the tail did not offer resistance. Only two batsmen Chanderpaul (19) and Harper (17) reached double digits as West Indies were shot out for 93 in 35.2 overs, leaving the jubilant Kenyans victors by 73 runs and with the right to compete with the major teams.

 

 

2. Zimbabwe beat England, 1992

Since their shock win over Australia in 1983, Zimbabwe had done nothing of note in the World Cup. They had lost the remaining five matches and then four years later in the sub continent, they lost all their six group games.

In 1992 in Australia and New Zealand their stock fell further and they lost their first seven matches. Their last group game was against England who had already qualified for the semifinals and the match seemed to be a mere formality.

This feeling gathered momentum when Zimbabwe were dismissed for 134 in 46.1 overs with Dave Houghton top scoring with 29 and Ian Butchart chipping in with 24.

Ian Botham and Richard Illingworth took three wickets each and the match seemed set for an early finish. It ended early all right but not in the manner almost everyone predicted.

Eddo Brandes brought Zimbabwe right back in the game with an opening spell of four for 16 as England slumped to 43 for five. Neil Fairbrother (20) and Alec Stewart (29) gave England a ray of hope by adding 52 runs for the sixth wicket but once this stand was broken, the tail offered little resistance and England sensationally were shot out for 125 in 49.1 overs to leave Zimbabwe shock winners by nine runs.

Brandes finished with four for 21 and played the starring role in shaping the biggest upset of the fifth World Cup.

 

 

1. Zimbabwe beat Australia, 1983

Not unexpectedly the bookies gave odds of 1000 to one on Zimbabwe winning the World Cup. After all they were making their debut and as the only non-Test playing nation among eight participating teams, it would have been great for them to even extend the teams in their group – reigning champions West Indies, Australia and India.

And yet by the end of the opening day of the World Cup the bookies were quivering with fear for Zimbabwe in the biggest shock in the competition’s short history – Zimbabwe beating Australia by 13 runs.

Put in to bat, Zimbabwe were off to a bad start losing five wickets for 94. But skipper Duncan Fletcher and Kevin Curren (27) turned things around with a sixth-wicket partnership of 70 runs in 15 overs, and this was followed by an unbroken stand of 75 runs in 12 overs between Fletcher (69) and Ian Butchart (34) and Zimbabwe were able to post a reasonable total of 239 for six in 60 overs.

The fearsome pace quartet of Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Geoff Lawson and Rod Hogg were handled with a degree of confidence.

Still a target of 240 at four an over seemed within Australia’s reach but accurate bowling and keen fielding made their task tough. Even the star-studded batting line-up that started with Graeme Wood and Kepler Wessels and continued with Graham Yallop, Kim Hughes, David Hookes, Allan Border and Rod Marsh were not up to it – thanks in the main to Fletcher who followed his invaluable knock by bagging four for 42 off eleven overs.

Australia were restricted to 226 for seven in 60 overs and the World Cup had started not with a bang but an explosion. It didn’t matter that they did not win another match – Zimbabwe’s place in cricket history was assured.

 


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{January 29, 2011}   Son of a Gun

 

By: Syed Ali Raza Abidi

Have you ever been stuck behind a police mobile van on a traffic light, or while driving? If yes, then I am sure you have noticed that the rifles laid flat on the lap of the Police or Rangers officers are pointing at you directly. The guns must be on safety lock while they are not in use as a standard procedure, but the thought of an accidental shot coming at you, forces you to try to move away as quickly as possible from the tail of the vehicle so the barrel is not aiming for you. It bothers me even more, because I have never seen a constable laying the rifle pointing at their officer sitting in the cabin with the driver.

 

Unfortunately, in our society it is a normal sight, and it really doesn’t bother many, we have grown up with it, but fail to realize that our brave and the valiant men act strong and brave only if they possess a firearm and the will to take a life if the situation arises. We need to understand, that possession of a firearm is an addictive dependency and a serious weakness a man can be associated with. In order to bring this change in our society, Pakistanis have to stop wishing for more sons and guns.

MQM’s Deweaponisation bill is a starter for the nation. Its a bold step, which directly addresses the wrong culture spread all over Pakistan especially after the Soviet-Afghanistan war. It is very likely if the civil society does not follow on, this bill may also find the shelf like the other important reform bills that have been submitted previously. This is an opportunity to rid Pakistan of the menace. The bombing, target killings, assassination, and harassment of citizens has clearly proven now that we are very irresponsible when it comes to guns! Pakistan has to take this bill seriously and work forward to encourage the political parties of the country, the Judiciary, the armed forces and the media to help ensure its legislation and enforcement. The Media can start by checking for validity of licenses of the big shots that carry personal guards in addition to the official escort, to create awareness.

 

The Deweaponisation Bill 2011 mentions the complete list of items ranging from daggers to rocket launcher, machine guns and hand grenades to ban in the country and also details the mechanics of the step-wise process which should legally take place across Pakistan, evenly and fairly together at the same time. This bill aims to revolutionise Pakistan as a weapon free country (except for the forces) by the next 5 years from the date this bill is passed. I wouldn’t mind if it took 10 years, but I would be happier to see a weapon free Pakistan by the time my children have grown up. Wouldn’t you?

We cannot immediately close down the manufacturing cottage industry which is so proudly known as the world largest illegal weapons market. But the government can at least start by imposing a heavy tax/duty on bullets to begin with, to discourage its usage, thus, reducing reach of many, especially the ones who use it on Chand raat(s), weddings, or on 31st of December. This collection will also help with feeding the treasury.

 

As a next step, Ministry of Interior may ask assistance with the trade department in order to find market for the used weapons, Pakistanis would have to let go of. The dealers who are importing and retailing can be asked to convert to buyers of weapons from the public at prices set by the Government and collect the firearms for export on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce to countries where they have responsible and mature citizens. This step will allow Pakistan will be earning hefty amounts of foreign exchange, improving the balance of trade.

 

Once the process above is complete, then the Interior Ministry can cancel all weapon licenses ever issued in Pakistan since its birth to complete the process, with the final announcement for reward of 10 time the price of the weapon if any citizens knows of another who is still in possession of a gun. Only with the involvement of the masses and in exchange for monetary benefits this deweaponisation bill can and will allow Pakistan to be a stronger and a safer country than any other in the world.

 

I accept, most of what is suggested maybe a dream. But if we really want to do it, nothing is impossible in this day and age. Let’s all be on the same level to start at least, and make fun of it later?

 

 




Thanks to couple of TV shows on local TV channels, earlier in the evening, Veena Malik has become the first lady from Pakistan to trend on Twitter, world wide.

Check following the record breaking snapshot of Veena Malik in Twitter Trends. The picture owner writes:

“Piece of history, saved for generations to come. Veena Malik Trending on Twitter”

 

 

 

 

You might not figure it out as an achievement for Veena Malik herself, rightly so, but the idea is to talk about the buzz that Twitter users from Pakistan can generate. They roared this evening, and roared high!

Luckily it was a chilly winter weekend, and every one had enough time to watch the TV and later on to discuss the lady in their Twitter feeds.

Veena Malik started getting mentioned in the twitter timeline around 8:00 PM when Geo aired a TV Show named “50 Minutes”, which discussed Veena Malik and her acts in the Big Boss, a Reality Show she did recently in India.

Veena Malik Mentions went real crazy around 10:00 PM when Express TV’s ‘Front Line’ hit the screens, in which Veena Malik herself was invited.

This post almost ends here, I am sorry if you were looking for a commentary on Veena Malik’s deeds in Big Boss, yes this is not the place to get that. But let me hook you to couple of links, where you might get some good reads and couple of shows!




The school going girls are not mentally matured, thus they are more attracted and inclined towards the social evils and immoral activities.

They do not like taking guidance from their elders and like to undergo different experiences themselves.

In this article, we will discuss various elements in order to judge and choose between mobile phone and Laptop for school going girls.

Mobile Phone:

Mobile Phones Can Easily Get Un-noticed: They can easily take their mobile phones with them at school and tuition centers – unnoticed by their parents.

They should only own a mobile phone when they get really mature enough to use them properly. I think girls should not be allowed to have a mobile phone until they reach to 14 grade (Graduation).

School have Strictly Prohibited Mobile Phones: Almost all the schools in Pakistan have implemented policies that prohibit using mobile phones in school. They even rusticate those girls who are found with the mobile phone. Many girls bring their SIM card instead of a mobile phone and they use their SIM on a mobile phone brought by one of their classmates.

Therefore, school administration and parents should make sure that the girls do not have a SIM card with them – they should check them and their belongings (books, school bag, hair bands, water-bottle, lunch box etc.).

Now many of you might be thinking that how their daughters and sisters can contact home if they are away – simple – they can make a call with the permission of their school administration via school’s landline number.

SMS/MMS: Many school students are addicted to the SMS service . Some also send their pictures via MMS to the opposite gender – especially when they have made friends in co-ed schools and tuition academies.

Wastage of Time: The students waste their valuable time in sending and reading text messages, playing mobile games, using mobile applications – instead of spending that time in their studies.

Mobile Cellular companies are also introducing ‘Youth Packages’ and SMS-bundles offers to promote their business and indirectly spoiling the youngsters. The students are seen messaging and calling late nights as they have subscribed to these packages. Parents should make sure that their children have a mobile phone and if they have then make them use post-pay packages so that parents can monitor on their kids.

Laptop

Use of Laptop for doing the School Homework: Laptop is a better for school girls as they can compose their assignments and search for the materials for their assignments from the internet.

Not only this, they can have a record of their assignments in their laptop. The laptop will also help them in making PowerPoint slides to aid them in their classroom presentations.

Observe School-going Children when they Use their Laptop: Laptop is better for school going girls because – if they do not have a mobile phone they would not be able to give their mobile phone numbers to boys and strangers –  is it that simple?  No! they can communicate via internet too.

It is the duty of the parents that they observe their activities on the internet and disallow them to make accounts on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, MSN Live Spaces, Hi5, Friendster and Orkut etc.

School going girls (boys too) should not be allowed use on the Instant Messengers and visit websites with Chat feature and web-messengers. As many school students trick their parents and even school staff by using web-messengers – as they can be used without being installed on the system.

Parents should make sure that the girls do not upload their photographs on any website or given their contact details or information, as some girls join different discussion forums too.

Parents and school Computer Lab Dept should install programs like NetNannyhttp://www.netnanny.com and Spector Pro etc. in the computers, to keep a check on the and restrict their activities by blocking some websites that are not fit for them – including Social Networking websites and YouTube etc.

Conclusion:

No doubt that both the devices come with hazards, however, laptop comes with possible benefits as well. If controlled and monitored better, laptops can be of great advantages for the school going girls, which will not only enhance their education experience but will help them in their careers as well.

Samia Adnan




The Samsung Chat 322 is a Bar Mobile phone weighing 95g. It′s dimensions are 109.5MM x 60MM x 12.3MM . The talk-time of the phone is Up to 12 hours 49 minutes. The phone operates at frequencies of GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz | GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz. The Phone has a Display of 2.2 inches, TFT 256K colors. This model comes with Camera of , 1.3 Mega Pixels Camera with , 4x Digital Zoom.

The first mobile to offer a QWERTY keypad with DUOS, Samsung Ch@t 322 gives traveling business people and communicating heavy texters better mobile options on the go. Whether you’re juggling two phone numbers or taking advantage of different tariff plans, access to two SIM cards helps you stay in touch with double the convenience! Enjoy anytime, anywhere access to your email, favorite social networking sites and even instant messaging! The QWERTY keypad facilitates typing while the optical joystick and menu shortcuts ensure navigation is a breeze! Always be connected – with your business colleagues, friends and family!

Access 2 SIM cards at the same time! Harness the power, convenience and connectivity of two mobiles in one handset! Whether you want to keep your personal and work phone calls separate, have greater coverage when traveling to different regions, or take advantage of the most advantageous calling rates, this DUOS feature makes it all easier and more accessible. Why manually switch back and forth between SIM cards when your phone does it all for you…automatically?!

Staying connected is so important – for business and pleasure! That’s why this phone comes with access to your favorite social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. You can even chat on instant messenger. With easy shortcuts and live updates from the home screen, you’ll always be socially up to date. Email is easier than ever – the mobile auto pulls so you don’t need to constantly check for new email! With Samsung, it’s so easy to keep up with your social life.

Not only is Samsung Ch@t 322 powered with great functions to keep you in touch socially and while doing business on the go, the enhanced user interface makes it easier to use! Optical trackpad makes you to navigate menus smoothly and to expedite functions. Explore mobile world more intuitive and comfortable.

Carrying and managing 2 SIM cards is not easy, but with Samsung Ch@t 322, it’s hassle free. Direct SIM switch key on sid, and the Smart home offers you to check all the info and the update status from SNS or IM, email, schedules and more as you need.

When you want to listen to the music, just plug in your headset to Samsung Ch@t 322, 3.5mm Ear jack fits your regular earphones, headphones and portable speakers.

Bluetooth v.2.1 handles wireless file sharing and free-of-charge messaging with nearby users.

Take a picture with 1.3 MP Camera and share on SNS right away.

View All  Samsung Chat 322 Specifications

General Information

Brand     Samsung
Model     Chat 322
Weight     95 G
Form Factor     Bar
Dimensions     109.5x60x12.3 MM

Operating Frequency     GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz | GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Mhz
Key Pad     Yes, Full Qwerty Keypad with Optical trackpad
Dual Sim     Yes, Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)

Display Details
Display Color     2.2 inches, TFT 256K colors
Display Size     Samsung Chat 322 has a display size of 176 x 220 px

Camera
Camera     Yes, 1.3 Mega Pixels Camera
Camera Res.     1280 x 1024 Pixels
Zoom     Yes, 4x Digital Zoom
Video     Yes, Video Messaging
Video Resolution     Yes, QCIF@15fps
Video Player     Yes, Video Formats : MP4, H.264

Camera Features     Shot Mode : Single, Continuous, Mosaic, Frame, Photo Effects : Antique, Fog, Moonlight, Colour boost, Posterise, Solarise, Blur, Sharpen, Stamp, Black and White, Sepia, Nagative, Milky, Lighting ( Image editor only)

Software
Games     Yes, 3 Embedded Java Games
Java     Yes, MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1
Browser     Yes, WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Access NetFront 3.5
Operating System     Samsung

Call Records
Phone Book     Yes, 1000 entries, Photocall
Missed Calls     30 Entries.
Received Calls     30 Entries.
Dialed Calls     30 Entries.

Battery
Stand By Time     Up to 588 hours
Talk Time     Up to 12 hours 49 minutes
Li-ion     1000 mAH

Memory
Internal Memory     Yes, Internal Memory : 45MB
External Memory     Yes, Up to 8 GB
Memory Slot     Yes, Micro SD Card

Message
SMS     Yes, SMS Storage 300
MMS     Yes
Email     Yes
Instant Messaging     Yes
Social Networking Services     Facebook and More

Music
Ring Tone     Vibration, MP3, Polyphonic
FM     Yes, FM Radio
Music     Yes, Music Formats : MP3, eAAC+ with 3.5 mm audio jack, 3D sound technology (DNSe)
Speaker     Yes
Headset     Yes

Data
GPRS     Yes, Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Bluetooth     Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Wirless Protocol     No
Port     Yes, Micro USB 2.0
Edge     Yes, Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Infra Red     No
Salespack     Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card

Others
Colours :
Black, White, Pink

Special Features :
PC Sync Application (NPS)



{January 23, 2011}   MQM and Hakim Saeed Murder

0:14

Lucman:

today we will unveil many secrets

Those declared culprits in the Hakeem Saeed murder, were they really responsible?

I have with me very senior person, who was the head of IB, the director general of Intelligence Bureau, has been placed in positions such as Personal Staff Office to the Prime Minister, Colonel Iqbal Khan Niazi and has experienced a lot and was replaced on the 12th October when Musharraf did a blood less coup.

Lucman: Color Sahab, welcome to point blank with lucman

Niazi: thank you

Lucman: I would like to thank you for a reason which I would like to tell my viewers as well that for the last 3 months I was after him to come in front of media and reveal the facts , tell us what are the real history and its right of the public as well.

Lucman: Hakeem Said, a legendary name of Pakistan, ex governor of Sindh, he was mysteriously assassinated in your tenure, then the murderers were arrested and were called that they are the real murderers. What was it?

Niazi: This is a dark incident from our history in which a charming and extremely respectable personality who was also governor of Sindh was murdered and the assassination was blamed on Muttahida Quami Movement. On this issue a JIT was constituted.

2:11

Lucman: JIT?

Niazi: Yes Joint Interrogation Team

Lucman: Joint Interrogation Team

Niazi: JIT, in which members of different agencies interrogate any indicted or accused arrested.

So the accused in this case was named Tipu.

Lucman: The person nominated/accused?

Niazi: Yes, accused with others as well. But according to Intelligence Bureau (IB) findings, Tipu was not involved in this murder. And the report of this joint interrogation team was a divided report. And the video of this JIT was being recorded. My joint-director Sindh took me in another room where I met another person named who belonged to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz, and is now deceased, and he said that the accused Tipu is wrongly accused but since the Rana Maqbool have declared in media that he is the accused, Rana does not wish to give a corrigendum in the media because of political reasons.

I took that video and went to Saif Ur Rehman, who was then at Governor House Sindh along with Prime Minister of Pakistan, and shown then the video of investigation, and shown the body language of the accused and interrogators

Lucman: So there was enough torture?

Niazi: Yes there was so that the accused was confessing to just anything the interrogator was blaming. Then I told them to watch the video yourself. Then they watched the video themselves and told me to go along with my Join Director to go to Rana Maqbool’s office tomorrow morning.

Niazi: When we went to Rana Maqbool’s office, we told them that Intelligence Bureau has a different assessment and the accused Tipu is innocent. He should not be used in order to get promotions or claim prize money and even then if you wish to accuse him, do not put a murder accusation on him, reinvestigate and further check it.

Niazi: Then Rana Maqbool flared up and started misbehaving with my joint director and told him that what mockery you are trying to do with me, we have declared him an accused, nominated him in murder and about to create a charge sheet and now you are telling us he is an innocent?

Niazi: The assessment of IB was that Tipu is not a criminal and is innocent.

5:17

Lucman: But on the basis of this Rana Maqbool was promoted to Inspector General of Police Sindh and he started a grand operation against MQM, in which many of its political activists were killed. So do you think those killed were innocent or guilty?

Niazi: Only Rana Maqbool can tell this!

Lucman: You also have to die one day?

Niazi: When this operation began, I was not part of it, nor was I in favor of starting this operation. Then they also established military courts so that the cases can be speedily disposed off and the accused we’ve arrested is quickly sentenced, and the disposal done in way that military courts gave them death sentence. Which were then set void and accused were set free when the civilian courts were restored, then was appealed in high court of Sindh.

Niazi: According to IB’s finding, the accused was an innocent.

Lucman: So I feel that all of us who were accusing one political party till to date – were wrong as per what you are saying now?

Niazi: Yes they were wrong accusations

Lucman: MQM is not responsible?

Niazi: I don’t know about the other acts of MQM, but in this case, according my surveillance and of my staff and according to the reports and statements of Intelligence Bureau, I feel safe in saying that the accused was innocent one hundred and one percent.

6:55

Niazi: A short example of this would be that the accused was made to record a statement that he, along with 9 accused was on the roof of a building. When our interrogation team went there, we could not find a single bud of cigarette, we could not find a single foot print, on a roof where the accused spent a whole night? We could not even find the presence of a bird there! So what kind of evidence was that which could not be confirmed?

Lucman: So the report of the joint interrogation committee was ever made public in which there was a conflict that the accused are innocent in this case.

Niazi: No it cannot come because only the concerned authorities are told about the view point of IB but they let go police and do it.




Corruption remains a substantial hurdle for our country where it is still comprehended to be far-flung and systemic. From top level to the bottom, widespread financial and political corruption, nepotism, and misuse of power is apparent and manifest in society. From last few months, we the people of Pakistan are so engrossed in political changes and happenings or I should say that we were being captivated deliberately to keep us distracted from what is going on in Baluchistan and  behind the doors at President House in Islamabad.

During my research on mineral and natural resources of Pakistan, I came across with the case of the mineral resources at “Reko Diq” and I was stunned that the picture that egresses is so muddy and mind boggling that any ordinary soul just cannot fathom what is going on. Renowned journalist Mr. Shaheen Sehbai was the first person who lifted the curtain up from this Scandal and brought it in limelight. Currently he is Group Editor of “The News” and a well known and respectable member of Journalism society.  In order to develop a better understanding and complexity of the the issue, I would like to narrow down some basic information about the resources at “Reko Diq” that I found in his detailed report.

He mentioned in his report that

“Reko Diq” is a large copper-gold porphyry mineral deposit on the Tethyan belt, located in southwest Pakistan in the province of Baluchistan. As Pakistan has limited resources, the license for exploration was first given to an Australian mineral exploration firm in 1993 who invested around $30 million and the government of Baluchistan entered into an agreement with the Australian company BHP Billiton according to which 75% shares will belong to them and 25% will go to Baluchistan government with federal government has no share at all. In 2006 BHP  Billiton sold the company to a Canadian and Chilean joint venture for $230 million. The new company was named Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) of Pakistan. In Musharraf era, two licenses (EL-6 and EL-8) for exploration were given on a 100 per cent ownership basis to these foreign firms, with Pakistan (or Baluchistan) having no share at all.  TCC has completed their feasibility report last year and claimed that the feasibility study and social and environmental analysis cost is $250 million while the overall estimate of the project $3.3 billion will be spent in the next 56 years.

Mr. Sehbai also mentioned that

The Pakistanis were never told the exact size of the gold and copper deposits that were found by these foreigners. Even until July this year, when a top level delegation of the Canadian company led by Aaron Regent met Prime Minister Gilani in Islamabad, the PM was told that 2.2 billion pounds of copper (10 million tons) and 13 million oz of gold will be extracted and development of this mega project shall generate a revenue of only about $3.5 billion for Government of Pakistan and $4.5 billion for Government of Baluchistan over 40 years. But the Canadian company has to report the real value to its own Canadian government agencies every year and on December 31, 2008 it informed these agencies, and its shareholders, that its 37.5 per cent share in Reko Diq would yield 17 million ounces of gold and 20 billion pounds of copper in measured, indicated and inferred resources. And these deposits have to be mined in 25 years, not as PM of Pakistan was told in 40 years.  The current prices of these two minerals, the total asset of the Canadian, Chilean and Pakistan government would be over $260 billion and according to former Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, as the prices of gold and copper go up, the total yield could be even $500 billion or may be a trillion.

After going through all this detail I was under the impression that since TCC (Tethyan Copper Company) is playing spoof games, our government will not issue them the mining license after January since their explore license is going to be expired after this month. But unfortunately, the way our politicians always give priority to their own interest rather than Nation’s, it is heard that there are deals going on in closed doors.  Some 20 top corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world’s largest gold mining groups have been meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Governor State Bank and others dignitaries in Islamabad urging them to promptly hand over one of the world’s biggest gold and copper treasures found in Baluchistan at Reko Diq, worth over $260 billion, to their companies, against peanuts.  Although CM Balochistan Mr. Raisani is stating that no deal has been signed as yet but TCC has already started advertising new jobs in local and national newspapers.

Moreover, a petition has been filed against assigning this project to TCC in Supreme Court under the panel of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry himself and 2 other honorable judges. Dr. Samar Mubarkmand, chairman board of governors of Reko Diq Copper Development project, said in a presentation in front of the court that  Pakistan is possessed with the expertise and technology to explore and refine the precious metals — an investment which will help the government earn $2 billion per annum.  According to the international mining experts, if Pakistan gets its fair share from the gold and copper mines, Baluchistan and Pakistan would become richer than any of the present oil producing Gulf countries, many times over. “They have the goods, they need the will,” they said.

I came across with different opinions on this issue.  Unfortunately most of us have become worldly-minded and just by looking on the surface those materialistic people seem under the misconception that thousands of jobs will be provided by the foreign companies and this agreement should go on. They are not sense the fact that Pakistan will loose billions of dollars in mishandled agreements to explore this natural resource. Why don’t we trust our abilities?  Why do we rely on outsiders to resolve our problems? I have no doubt in saying that we are talented enough and are capable of protecting our treasures. We are blessed with brilliant minds like Dr. Samar Mubarkmand who are ready to take the lead.  The government should support them instead of making few million dollars to fill their accounts which could cost the country billions.

For the sake of humanity and our country Pakistan, all of us including Supreme Court, parliament and the media have to play their vital role at this crucial time. Before it’s too late to regret, I hope that our leaders will think patriotically and take decisions that are in the best interest of the nation’s of Pakistan.


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Pakistan’s heartthrob Atif Aslam has joined the Twitter bandwagon

The singer posted his first tweet on January 7, updating his fans about his musical endeavours. “Recording ‘Allah Hu’ for the next gig. Will be aired soon,” Aslam tweeted through his Twitter handle @itsaadee. In a matter of a mere week, the artist has a Twitter following of 1,650 fans.
While celebrities like Sonu Niigam and Miley Cyrus have abandoned Twitter for the mess it created in their lives, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Rumer Willis is thankful for the micro-blogging website and says it gives celebrities an “outlet” in which they can respond to negative comments.
“Everyone has an opinion and if they say something negative, you can’t defend yourself because any response in itself is enough to validate the claim. But that’s the great thing about outlets like Twitter because, more and more, we’re getting control of our image. We can be in direct contact with the world and people can at least choose between second-hand and the direct information,” she said.
And singer Melanie Brown is enjoying what Rumer thinks is a Twitter bliss. Brown has shot down reports that she has fallen out with Spice Girls bandmate Victoria Beckham.
“Just read online some bulls**t about me and Victoria having a fall-out, where do they get this from I have no idea,” Brown wrote on her Twitter page.
Here is our collection of the best ten tweets celebrities posted this week.
Jemima Goldsmith
“Socialite” is an insult to any self respecting person and besides my friends all accuse me of being an anti-socialite.
Najam Sethi
I am not surprised or angered by the cynicism of young people. My generation has let them down.
Britney Spears
Seriously, I have the best fans ever. I love you all so much! Everything I do is for you!
Ali Zafar
In Singapore for Zee Cine Awards.
Amitabh Bachchan
Just finished writing Day 1000 blog. 1000 days, nonstop blogs … not a day missed … happy! Hope I can do a T1000 someday on Twitter.
Emma Roberts
Why didn’t anybody tell me Gwyneth Paltrow has a blog? [It’s] my new obsession.
Tyra Banks
People say my eyes change colours but I’m not so sure. I feel like the green just picks up reflections of what’s in front of it.
Paula Abdul
I don’t care what your passion is, be grateful for it and honour it. Don’t dismiss it because others don’t understand it.
Anupam Kher
The only thing that can make a person fly is his or her dreams.
Atiqa Odho
A woman is a beautiful flower in the garden of life. What would the garden look like without her?


{January 16, 2011}   Ek Zardari …..

According to news reports, Asif Ali Zardari was advised to tag ‘Bhutto’ to the name of Belawal at the time of his birth on September 1988 to give continuity of ‘Bhutto’ legacy. He out-rightly rejected it saying he wanted his children grow up as Zardaris. BB accepted his stance. She saw a strong man in his personality full of determination typifying Sindhi tribal culture submitting to his will. So strong was his hold on her personal life. This was the time when she was just coming out of desperate vulnerability after losing her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) and exposing herself to practical politics. Her father had always been a protective shield for her and she lived under his shadow. AAZ came in her life when she needed a strong man to lean on. A brawny AAZ replaced a strong ZAB; a husband replaced a father. Some might say that nature didn’t play a fair game with her.

 

When she was building her political career as the youngest Muslim prime minister of a major Muslim country; her husband was busy building his career in making quick buck through corruption. Soon, he became known as Mr.10% eroding her political image. When she was told about his corrupt practices, she found herself helpless. On one the hand, she, as prime minister, was fighting politico-military forces which restricted her political power to Islamabad; on another, she was living a private life under the dense shadow of her husband. She was trapped from all sides living a frustrated life hidden from the public. Quoting an example; once an honest Member of CBR (he was made Chairman CBR after his retirement) refused AAZ to ‘favour’ him in an unlawful case. AAZ complained to BB. The PM called the member to her office and in front of AAZ told him to do the needful. He politely declined giving his reasons. Frustrated as she was, she lifted the file and threw it at him. The bureaucrat slowly picked up the file and threw it back in her direction. At 12 midnight he was made an OSD at the behest of AAZ.

 

The next evening, he narrated the story putting major blame on AAZ, proving the point that she lived under his shadow. When foul money started rolling in political roulette during the vote of no confidence movement, she saw the parliamentarians were bundled to Changa Manga and Swat. It was then, she was made to realise how important it was to have a lot of money to keep upper hand in political dealings. From there on the 10% ratio started climbing up in scale and she looked the other way. In her mind he was strengthening PPP’s kitty; while in reality (as reported in press) he was striving to get a place in the list of top hundred billionaires of the world. As a result, she was removed from premiership on corruption charges and was put behind bars. This was the political aspect of his personality. There was a familial too. When she was behind the bars for most of his corrupt practices; he, instead of sharing her pains, made her pregnant in the cell. Incredible as it sounds, she behaved like an obedient wife accepting his desires and let him take part in an act which could be the last thing on her mind.

 

Time moved on. While the cases against her were still heard in the courts, the establishment collided with Mr. Nawaz Sharif and he was alsode-seated on the same grounds that she was removed earlier. It was her turn now. She was made the prime minister for the second time by the powerful forces in the name of fair democratic elections. This time, she had learnt her lesson in Pak power politics. She let her husband loose and in short period, he surpassed the 30% mark. When she was busy achieving national and international political goals; he was busy accomplishing his goal of building his financial imperium. In the process, he hit another goal and made his wife prime minister pregnant showing his power over her in the most primitive tribal fashion. Though this time she was aware of his corruption but his other activities disappointed her. She confided in her old friend who lives in Finchley, London and poured her heart out when she found out that he bought a luxurious Lockwood property in Surrey for his supposedly girl friend. It was then her friend realised that AAZ’s hold over her had a strong element of fear

 

It was after her removal from power the second time she decided to de-load the hold he had over her. As a first step, she used him as bargaining chip while jailed in Pakistan. After successful negotiations with Musharaf government, she arranged for him go abroad but not before she gave him a chance to prove his political weight in Lahore. He failed in that. Later, he ended up in New York where he stayed for medico-legal reasons until just before her return to Pakistan. It was during those days when a lady friend journalist of BB; Marianna Babar, came up with a story that their marriage had hit rock bottom and it was at the brink of breaking. According to reports even their assets were divided. A few weeks later the same story was taken up by an Indian Magazine; Outlook. By then, she had already made a deal with Mr. Nawaz Sharif by signing CoD and was negotiating with Gen Musharaf brokered by the UK and the US governments. She was advised not take a step that would have negative impact back at home. Also, she wanted to keep a fatherly figure over her children. Being a loving mother she did not want to hurt them. Thus the news of split was rebutted. According to her close friends, she had decided to keep him away from the politics and let him look after family business and take care of their children. The social, familial, cultural and political hold he had on her had come to an end at last. The brutal politics had converted her into a woman of steel.

 

The conspiracy theorists who believe in US’s hands behind her forthcoming murder, state that the Americans played double game with the couple. They negotiated with BB and kept Zardari as her husband before her return to Pakistan so he could play a special role designed for him. They say the American psychologist and psychiatrist Dr.Philip Salteil and Dr.Stephen Riech played with his mind while protecting him from Swiss and London courts for mental health reasons. To support their argument, the conspiracy theorists quote psychotherapists like Paul McKenna known to change personalities using hypnotic techniques. They believe AAZ had been brainwashed during his treatment for dementia. Could that be the reason AAZ telling a spiritualist from Pakistan in October 2006 in New York that he had an important role to play in global politics to avert the clash of civilisation?

 

The question is, was he really advancing in spirituality or showing symptoms of brainwashing and mind-control? There is a grey area between spirituality and mental health-related symptomatology in which the ongoing patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour are said to be caused by underlying belief systems which can enhance what may be perceived as divine command or egoism. Can he be placed in the grey area? A spiritualist is known for his uprightness, honesty, flawless character and mood stability. A brainwashed patient with mental health problems on other hand, suffers from temper unsteadiness, emotional outbursts, concentration problems, turning back on his promises and accumulation of irrelevant words in his utterances among other things. It looks like President Zardari’s present record is not different from the one he had in the past. He collected all the people with bad reputation around him. For them the business is as usual-make money through any mean. A former foreign secretary said something like this about his friends, ‘We were having dinner at this posh restaurant (in NY) and in walked Asif with a group of men who would never be seen in polite company.’

 

Finally, it was Mr. Asif Zardari himself who refused to tag ‘Bhutto’ to the name of Belawal. It is President Asif Zardari who has tagged Bhutto’ to Belawal’s name after having psychotherapy (hypnotherapy) in New York. Did the therapy turn him into a spiritualist or someone else? And what about his recent speech of telling PPP workers not to shout ‘Ek Zardari Sub Pe Bhari’. Instead he told them to yell ‘Jee Ye Bhutto’. To make his position known, he tilted his neck in his usual style and gave a long howl of ‘Jee Ye Bhutto’. Spirituality or no spirituality, can he really score political points by tagging ‘Bhutto’ with ‘Zardari’ or achieve political grounds by yelling ‘Jee Ye Bhutto’ after what he did to the poor people of Pakistan in his two and a half years of presidency? He is right about one thing, the motto ‘Ek Zardari Sub Pe Bhari’ has no wind left in it.

The end

 



{January 14, 2011}   Women want rich husbands

A new report suggests that gender equality may be a myth after all – it found that women today still want to ‘marry up’ – they want husbands who earn more than they do.

Catherine Hakim of the London School of Economics suggests men dominate the top positions because women simply do not want careers in business.

“Women’s aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning persists in most European & Asian countries,”.

“Women thereby continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers,” she added.

“It is thus not surprising that wives generally earn less than their husbands, and that most couples rationally decide that it makes sense for her to take on the larger share of child care, and to use most or all the parental leave allowance,” Hakim said.

Hakim also accused feminists of manufacturing ‘political ammunition for a war that has ended’.

“Women today have more choices than men, including real choices between a focus on family work and/or paid employment. Despite this, many politicians and feminists appear disappointed with the slow pace of change in women’s attainment of top jobs,” Hakim said.



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