» There were a total of 127 passengers on-board Bhoja Airlines Flight #B4-213, but officials do not expect to find survivors at this time. Reports suggest that the plane crashed in a residential area near Islamabad International Airport, and air traffic controllers may have lost contact with the pilot prior to the crash. Nearby, Chaklala airbase has been placed on emergency alert, as have hospitals and response crews around the area. Bhoja Airlines recently resumed air travel services after shuttering operations in 2000 due to overwhelming debt.
I am here, I am visible. America should give that reward money to me. I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to.Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed • Holding a press conference near the military headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, only twenty-four hours after the United States offered a $10 million bounty for the Pakistani militant’s capture. US officials have accused Saeed of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead, though the militia leader maintained his innocence during the conference. ”I want to tell America we will continue our peaceful struggle,” Saeed said, continuing, “life and death is in the hands of God, not in the hands of America.”source (via • follow)
» And they’re being open about it: Unlike China and other countries that have national internet censorship policies, Pakistan is discussing the issue openly, going so far as to take proposals to build a wall and putting ads in the country’s newspapers. It’s drawn a lot of controversy, however, partly as a result of the ads. “The authorities here are big fans of China and how it filters the Internet,” said Sana Saleem of the activist group Bolo Bhi. “They overlook the fact that China is an autocratic regime and we are a democracy.”
Your continued solidarity, your commitment and support will be crucial so that we can consolidate our gains and continue to address the challenges that remain.Afghan President Hamid Karzai • Thanking those who pledged their support of Afghanistan during an event on Monday, in which representatives from about 100 nations and international groups met on Monday to discuss the continued financial support of the war-torn country through 2024. Foreign troops plan to exit the country by 2014, but the country will need financial help building and sustaining its own security forces. The nations there offered support — but only on the condition that the next stages in the country avoids violence and terrorism, supports the constitution, and continues to build a positive human rights record. Absent from the meeting was Pakistan, who boycotted the United States’ presence after a deadly, controversial border attack last month. source (via • follow)