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Pak Soldiers: ISI Top Secret Letter unfolds new Dimension of the Perfect BB murder case-Asif Zardari’s & Rehman Malik’s Strange Behaviour?


December 27, 2011
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Exactly four years after the brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a letter of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), country’s top intelligence outfit, has revealed that the extremists groups related to al Qaeda have had their plan to assassinate Benazir Bhutto six days earlier then 27th of December 2007 the day when Miss Bhutto was assassinated reported The DAWN a Pakistani English Daily.

The five lines short letter with the subject of , “ al Qaeda Threat,” is addressed to Kamal Shah, the then Secretary of Interior Ministry by Brigadier Abdul Basit Rana.

The letter reads as, “It has reliably been reported that a few extremist groups related to al Qaeda have made some plan to assassinate Mrs.Benzir Bhutto and her adviser Mr Rehman Malik on 21 December 2007.The exact plan of execution not known.”

The letter is delivered to the Secretary Interior on December 10th, 2007, almost seventeen days before the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The copy of the letter shows that Kamal Shah immediately wrote a short note on the letter saying, “this is a threat with specific date, we should sensitize them,” Kamal Shah has further directed Brigadier (retired) Javed Iqbal Cheema, the then Director General of Ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) directing him to speak.

The third note which is not readable properly mentions as, “I have informed MrMalik by fax,’ by some Joint Secretary or Brigadier (retired) Javed Iqbal Cheema.

In this letter the specific Intelligence was provided by Brigadier Abdul Basit Rana of ISI, who according to this correspondent is yet not appeared before any investigation committee including the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Joint Investigation Team (JIT) headed by a grade 20 police officer Khalid Qureshi and the UN Commission on Benazir Bhutto.

“Since this was a top secret information provided by the agency and agencies do not give the access to the origin of the information so neither Brigadier Abdul Basit Rana was interviewed by UN Commission nor by anyone else,” confirmed Ch Azhar advocate, the prosecutor of the Benazir Bhutto murder case in Rawalpindi’s Anti Terrorist Court.

It has already come on the public record that the then Security Adviser of Benazir Bhutto, Mr Rehman Malik soon after receiving the “threat information” from Brigadier (retired) Javed Iqbal Cheema, had written a three page detailed letter to Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah on 12th December 2007.  In the said letter he had requested for enhancement of Benazir Bhutto’s security.

However, an elephant in the room or THE JOKER IN THE DECK, no one is paying attention to is the mysterious behaviour of Rehman Malik and lack of any emotional response by Asif Zardari following Benazir’s assassination.


Asif Zardari from the get-go started consolidating his power and seems to have rewarded Rehman Malik with the top post in the security establishment. Rehman Malik is a clear and present danger for Pakistan, if left unchecked, he can bring down the republic. 

An expert, while speaking on the condition of anonymity, say that the examination of Brigadier Abdul Basit Rana and further analysis of the information provided by him can further unfold the missing links of on going investigation of Benazir Bhutto murder case.


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Soraya Aziz: A Prayer for Pakistan


 A Prayer for Pakistan

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Let Pakistan be Pakistan again

Let it be the dream Quaid e Azam wished it to be

Let us remove the suffering, fear and pain

And seek a home where each man is free


Let Pakistan be Pakistan again

Let it be a land free from corruption, economic and mental slavery

Where leaders do not connive nor scheme

A land where people have the freedom of thought and expression


Let my land be a land of Unity and Equality

Let all our children have a right to quality education

Where our nation is free from the shackles of illiteracy

A land where effort and ability is rewarded and celebrated


Let my land be a land free of religious Extremism and Injustice

Let our nation practice their religion without fear of persecution

A land where our people are tolerant, moderate and respectful

A land which can be a role model to the Islamic world


Let us turn our dreams into Reality

May Allah (swt) give our nation wisdom, self-belief and courage to bring Change


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SANTOSH KUMAR’S BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS: بدلتا ہے رنگ آسماں کیسے کیسے

Sabiha Khanum: Pakistans first leading lady
 Updated :   Monday  November  21 , 2011  3:14:40 PM 
She was the quintessential first lady of Pakistani cinema and during the 1950s and 1960s,Actor Sabiha Khanum became one of Pakistan’s most sought after leading women.

The Ali Auditorium in Lahore witnessed a remarkable tribute to the singer cum actor organised by the Shakir Ali Museum and Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). Several leading personalities from the entertainment industry, who had worked and closely followed Khanum’s career, were also present on the occasion to shed light on her illustrious career.

Khanum, dressed in a black sari, entered the auditorium to a swarm of photographers and fans. The frail 75-year-old lady, returning to Pakistan after a long time stay in the US, seemed in a cheerful mood.

Former PNCA Director General Naeem Tahir recalled the vibrant impact of Khanum on contemporary actors due to her skills and technique. “Her contribution to film industry is very important because she did films at a time when the industry was struggling,” said Tahir. “She was always a fighter who could improvise when the times were rough, by moving abroad she had to give up a lot of the things she loved.”

In response to Tahir’s speech, Khanum clarified the reason for why she left the country. “My husband Santosh Kumar had passed away, so I found it difficult to act as it would have put me in a difficult position,” said Khanum. She moved to the US after Kumar’s passing as her children were settled there. “It was a difficult phase but I will always remember the love Pakistan has give me,” she added.
(Courtesy : The Express Tribune)

Sabiha Khanum – Santosh Kumar


Sabiha Khanum and Santosh Kumar

A remarkable nobility of looks and manners marked the screen presence of Santosh Kumar. When he met the screen queen of the 1950s, Sabiha, who was known for her vivacity and beauty, it was a rare combination that lit up the screen. They first worked together in the first film Santosh did in Pakistan, which was Masood Parvez’s Beliin 1950s. But, it was actually Anwar Kamal Pasha’s Do Aansoo, the same year that launched the pair in the cine-circuit of the country. Later, they did many hit films together, namely Ghulam, Qatil, Inteqam, Hamida, Sarfarosh, Ishq-e-Laila, Wadah, Saat Lakh, Hasrat, Moseeqar, Daman etc. But it is said that during the making of Hasrat in 1958, they got married. The Sabiha-Santosh pair was a symbol of the pure and earthy elements, enriching an atmosphere that was essentially classical. Their true brilliance is revealed in the ritually romantic excellence of films like Wadah, Qatil andMoseeqar, intermingling the ideal family saga with ecstatic lift of semi classical music. Although Santosh and Sabiha did well in costume films like Sarfarosh andSardar, they seemed more at ease in purely romantic flicks set in the village-meets-city tales. The fine tuned performances that they gave consistently were even praised by the top notch directors across the border.

The last movies of the pair, of course, as supporting actors, were Anjuman, and Mohabbat. Santosh died on 11th June, 1982, which also took much screen light out of Sabiha. Although she continued to play mother to lots of heroes on the celluloid, she wasn’t the same any more.

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Turkish Flag on Pakistani Rs 1000.00 Currency Note. Was the designer tipsy or just clueless?

Pakistanis love Turks, more than any other people. But, every nation has its own identity and Pakistan’s identity is first and foremost its Sabz Hilali Parcham.


Pakistan’s new 1,000-rupee note creates controversy


On 8 August 2007, Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain asked a National Assembly standing committee to probe and report within a month on why the new 1,000-rupee banknote carries an imprint of the national flag in lilac (like the Turkish flag)
rather than green, and why packs of note are now bound with a paper band and not stapled as was the past norm. 

The State Bank of Pakistan explained that the Pakistani flag does not appear on any SBP notes (the flag has a white band to the left of the field of green); the crescent and five-pointed star is merely a security feature printed with optical

variable ink (OVI) that changes color from magenta to green when the note is tilted. Furthermore, the SBP pointed out that bundling notes is the international standard and the practice of stapling notes has been halted in an effort to
increase the longevity of the nation’s notes.

Courtesy of Muhammad Rizwan.


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Maria Rosa Menocal : A Golden Reign of Tolerance

In honor of the Man, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), who started Al-Islam, the Deen or Path to Perfection as a Human Being & Against the Daily Anxieties & Stresses of Life. A Message of Tranquility, the Last Message from Al-Fatir, the Creator, The Undefinable, but who Created us and Defines Us.


The lessons of history, like the lessons of religion, sometimes neglect examples of tolerance. A thousand years ago on the Iberian Peninsula, an enlightened vision of Islam had created the most


advanced culture in Europe .


A nun in Saxony learned of this kingdom from a bishop, the caliph’s ambassador to Germany and one of several prominent members of his diplomatic corps who were not Muslims;


the bishop most likely reported to the man who ran the foreign ministry, who was a Jew.




Al Andalus, as the Muslims called their Spanish homeland, prospered in a culture of openness and assimilation. The nun, named Hroswitha, called it “the ornament of the world.”




Her admiration stemmed from the cultural prosperity of the caliphate based in Cordoba , where the library housed some 400,000 volumes at a time when the largest library in Latin

Christendom probably held no more than 400.

What strikes us today about Al Andalus is that it was a chapter of European history during which Jews, Christians and Muslims lived side by side and, despite intractable differences

and enduring hostilities, nourished a culture of tolerance.


This only sometimes meant guarantees of religious freedoms comparable to those we would expect in a modern “tolerant” state. Rather, it was the often unconscious acceptance

of contradictions on an individual level as

well as within the culture itself.


Much that was characteristic of medieval culture was rooted in the cultivation of the charms and challenges of contradictions — of the “yes and no,” as it was put by Peter Abelard,

the provocative 12th-century Parisian intellectual and Christian theologian. A century after his death, Abelard’s heirs, Christian professors and students on the Left Bank of the Seine,

were among the most avid readers of the two great philosophers of Al Andalus: one Jewish, Maimonides, and one Muslim, Averroes.


For many who came to know Andalusian culture throughout the Middle Ages, whether at first hand or from afar — from reading a translation produced there or from hearing a

poem sung by one of its renowned singers — the bright lights of that world, and their illumination of the rest of the universe, transcended differences of religion. It was in

Al Andalus that the profoundly Arabized Jews rediscovered and reinvented Hebrew poetry. Much of what was created and instilled under Muslim rule survived in Christian territories,

and Christians embraced nearly all aspects of Arabic style — from philosophy to architecture. Christian palaces and churches, like Jewish synagogues, were often built in the style of the Muslims,

the walls often covered with Arabic writing; one synagogue in Toledo even includes inscriptions from the Koran.


And it was throughout medieval Europe that men of unshakable faith, like Abelard and Maimonides and Averroes, saw no contradiction in pursuing the truth, whether philosophical or scientific or religious,

across confessional lines. This was an approach to life — and its artistic, intellectual and religious pursuits — that was contested by many, sometimes violently, as it is today. Yet it remained a powerful force for hundreds of years.


Whether it is because of our mistaken notions about the relative backwardness of the Middle Ages or our own contemporary expectations that culture, religion and political ideology will be roughly consistent,

we are likely to be taken aback by many of the lasting monuments of this Andalusian culture. The tomb of St. Ferdinand, the king remembered as the Christian conqueror of the last of all the Islamic

territories, save Granada , is matter-of-factly inscribed in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and Castilian.



The caliphate was not destroyed, as our cliches of the Middle Ages would have it,

by Christian-Muslim warfare. It lasted for several hundred years — roughly the lifespan of the American republic to date — and its downfall was a series of terrible

civil wars among Muslims.

These wars were a struggle between the old ways of the caliphate — with its libraries filled with Greek texts and its government staffed by non-Muslims — and reactionary Muslims,

many of them from Morocco ,

who believed the Cordobans were not proper Muslims. The palatine city just outside the capital, symbol of the wealth and  the secular aesthetics of the caliph and his entourage,

was destroyed by Muslim armies.


But in the end, much of Europe far beyond the Andalusian world was

shaped by the vision of complex and contradictory identities that was

first made into an art form by the Andalusians. The enemies of this kind

of cultural openness have always existed within each of our monotheistic religions,

and often enough their visions of those faiths have triumphed.

But at this time of year, and at this point in history, we should remember those moments when it was tolerance that won the day.

Maria Rosa MenocWhitney Humanities Center at Yale

and author of “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians

Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.


Maria Rosa MenocWhitney Humanities Center at Yale

and author of “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians

Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.”



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