Police Raids FAST-National University Lahore Campus

November 7, 2007

Students protesting FAST-National University

About 100+ Computers & Management Sciences Students alongwith Faculty Members of FAST-National University (including many Ph.D) started their peacfull protest against imposition of Emergency in Pakistan by Chief of Army Staff General (Retd.) Parvez Musharraf.

 But as soon as the protest started and students & faculty members started to gather near main entrance of a huge purpose built campus of the University, Police raided the University.

As per very latest from inside the campus, Police has entered inside the campus building and have so far arrested 3 students and deployed heavy numbers of sergeants inside and outside the University.

 FAST-National University of Computers & Emerging Sciences is the top notch CS University of Pakistan and is rated amongst the best in South Asia. Graduates of FAST-NUCES are working in Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Dell, Sun to name a few.

University Website : FAST National University of Computers & Emerging Sciences

Update – Coverage of Event by National & International Media

BBC Urdu Service

Protest in The News International

Covered by The Dawn

The Post

Daily Times


Emergency to be Imposed in Pakistan?

August 9, 2007

Varoius media news, various information sources have suggested that Emergency shall be imposed in Pakistan mid-night today. Almost all newspapers of the country have reported the same.

Hereunder are a few headlines of leading newspapers:

Daily Jang : “If emergency isn’t successful, martial law shall be imposed”

Daily Nawa -e- Waqt: “Government in discussion with allies to impose Emergency”

Daily Express: “Emergency to be imposed – Presidential order is ready”

Daily Awaz: “Political orphans are asking for emergency for last 1 year – Emergency shall be challenged in Courts – Benazir Bhutto”

Daily Pakistan: “Emergency shall be imposed in the country today – Ch. Shujaat Hussain”

and the most interesting of all

Daily Times: President Musharraf is shown in Uniform in Headline and its written “My Dear Countrymen….”

 There are also news that US Secretary of State Ms. C. Rice called President Musharraf regarding the same for about 17 minutes early morning today around 2 AM Pakistan Standard Time.

 Source: Various Newspapers

M2 Motorway stuffed with expired stocks

August 7, 2007

A couple of days ago (04-August-2007), I alongwith my family, had to go to Islamabad from Lahore and then back on same day. I have always found journey on Motorway (M-II) a bit boring, dull and have never attracted me a great deal, rather I prefer to use GT Road. But due to some reasons, mainly to avoid jumps, jerks and to have a smooth journey we chose to travel via Motorway.

 As usual, people often stops at an eye catching, filled with natural beauty stop-over in Bhera, we also did the same. We bought newly launched Mirinda in Apple flavor from that restaurant – I felt the taste a bit awkward, a bit different from that to which I am used to in Lahore. Another family member also agreed that it looks a bit too different, all of a sudden when I looked at the expiry date, it read 16-Jul-2007. SHOCK!!

 We went to complain it to the restaurant manager, after examining it carefully (as if we were not supposed to report it to him) he replaced the bottles and asked the guy on duty to off-load all the stock in freezers. I thought that it was un-noticed and lack of quality control played a bit of role – hence didn’t feel much bothered.

On our way back, we stopped on the same spot but on the other side of the highway – my wife and sister bought a large bottle of mineral water made by PEPSI (Aquafina) – fortunately they didn’t open the seal and I went to their table as they had to go to get some snacks. I for no reason, just tried to check the expiry and it read 06-Jun-2007.

I got a bit angry and went to the manager that what is it going on here? In routine he went to the duty boy and checked other stock and they read the same expiry date. Instead of being sorry, he was behaving as they haven’t done nothing wrong. I asked for the replacement, they gave me the Nestle’s Pure Life, when I tried to read its expiry and manufacturing/botteled date, expiry, batch #  – nothing was there!

 Is there anyone who can report it to the concerned authorities? or is there anything which we can do in this regard? Is there any court where we can raise our voices? Is there any law that protects the consumer rights? Anything that can be done to stop this practise? They are charging as much as double than the market value and providing expired stocks, counterfeits. Instead of being sorry, they behave as they haven’t done anything wrong – buy or do not buy, that does not bother them at all!

CAS rejects WADA appeal over Pakistan Fast Bowling Duo

July 2, 2007

LAUSANNE, Switzerland: World sport’s highest tribunal has rejected an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to reinstate a ban on Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday it has no jurisdiction to rule in the dispute between WADA and the Pakistan Cricket Board, which overturned Akhtar’s one-year ban and Asif’s two-year ban for doping.

The decision means the two fast bowlers can continue to compete in matches. They tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in October.

CAS said it reached its conclusion “with some considerable regret.” The PCB’s statutes would have to contain a direct reference to the tribunal for it to be able to act in the case, CAS said.

With this decision – a chapter of doping has finally (hopefully) closed for Shoaib Akhter & Muhammad Asif – both bowlers missed ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in which Pakistan suffered a humiliating loss from cricket minnows Ireland, which followed the tragic death/murder of their coach late Bob Woolmer.

Courtesy: International Herald Tribune

Supreme Court Orders Abrar to Modify

May 28, 2007

As I feared at the time of Abrar’s new Album’s Launch that it will get a ban or will go into a controversy.

Supreme Court today has ordered Abrar ul Haq to modify the song and remove the words ‘Parveen‘ & ‘Namkeen‘. Court in its ordered has said that new generation listens keenly to Abrar’s Songs, so Abrar should be very careful with the wordings & lyrics using in his songs and he should produce songs which are positive in nature.

Pakistani Bloggers to be watched?

May 15, 2007

I, a while ago was checking blogstats. Came across a comment whose IP address said pie(.)net(.)pk. PIE is a state run authority to monitor cyber activities across Pakistan. On searching further, I came across following information.

IP Address belongs to Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited.
Domain as mentioned earlier is pie(.)net(.)pk
City is Karachi
Region is Sindh
Country is Pakistan

I suspect that I am personally being very pessimist but as always, one should also consider darker side of things as well.

Yesterday, GEO News website was hacked by some persons and was filled with nasty and filthy remarks for President Parvez Musharraf.

Today, when I came back home after dropping my family members, I sat down with my father outside main door of my house on a cement bench, and started reading newspaper, like I do, almost daily. On the last page of Lahore’s Jang, I saw a news that Government has now decided to watch News Websites of Newspapers & TV Channels.

The same day, some one from Pakistan Internet Exchange has visited my blog – which for sure rings a bell. I don’t know but I am sensing something is going to happen to such blogs, websites which utter things that are not acceptable to our Government and sooner or later there is going to be a crack down on such bloggers, writers, hosts etc.

I again & again tried to go through my blog that I shouldn’t leave any contact information which can be traced to my location. Thanks to my company that I am not using Pakistan’s Internet Services so that I can not be tracked with IP address.

Is it just my fear or something is in the air?

Bomb Blast in Peshawar

May 15, 2007

BBC Reports a bomb blast in Provincial Capital of NWFP Peshawar’s Hotel Marhaba on Naz Cinema Road. Atleast 15 have died and severals are injured. Blast took place near centuries old mosque Masjid Mahabat Khan.

 Eye Witnesses say that more than dozens have injured. Naz Cinema Road is one of the most busiest economic center of Peshawar.

French News Agency has reported 17 casualities. AFP Reports that 6 are injured.

News Courtesy : BBC Urdu Service

Update 1

Atleast 24 are now confirmed dead and 30+ are injured.