Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Benazir Bhutto hysteria

President Asif Ali Zardari, Co Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party said that consolidating and strengthening democracy will be a lasting respect and honour to the memory of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

So what are you waiting for and why have you been stalling the process?

A recent survey by the International Republican Institute showed that 88 per cent of Pakistanis felt that their country was heading in the wrong direction.
I wonder why?

In his message read out at a memorial meeting, on the first death anniversary, in South West London, he called for unity in the rank and file of every Pakistani to achieve the objectives for which the former prime minister laid down her life.

So, why destroy the unity by introducing Bhutto’s faced on the national currency?
What exactly were her objectives?

She was a beacon of hope and expectation for the downtrodden and oppressed sections of the society, fighting for right of common man, his dignity and for democracy.

She will be remembered as a leader, who empowered the people, enhanced their status and her charismatic personality endeared her to everyone whom she met.

When did she do that?
She was a corrupt exiled leader, only allowed back into the country at the orders of the US? During her rule, her husband (the current President) was widely known as "Mr 10 Per Cent". In another words, he took 10 per cent of all deals.

Facts to note:

Benazir Bhutto was not a leader; she followed behind all others, especially the judiciary in challenging the dictator Musharraf.

The Pakistan Peoples Party was not the one who paid a heavy price for no-nonsense stand against non-democratic forces. The judges and lawyers did and paid a very heavy price.

What the Pakistan Peoples Party stands for, is any one guess.

The World is still waiting, waiting, waiting for a sign that Benazir’s party is heading towards democracy with the restoration of the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Benazir is honoured like no other in Pakistani in history.

December 27 has been declared a one-off public holiday throughout the country to observe the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

About 150,000 people travelled to Bhutto family mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, in the southern province of Sindh.

Who is Benazir Bhutto, other than a politician, like all other politicians?

Let us see who should be honoured.

The most revered and respected Pakistani is the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Do we remember him like Bhutto? No.

Pakistan is a Muslim country. The most famous shaheed in the Muslim world is Imam Hussain. Do we remember him the same manner? No.

The Most illustrious Muslim is the prophet Muhammad. Do we celebrate him in the same manner as Bhutto? No.

It just goes to proof, that the lunatics (in Pakistan) have taken over the asylum.

According to the Independent "vast portraits have come to adorn government buildings, bridges, billboards and supporters' cars across the country."

Now we have special Benazir Bhutto commemorative ten rupee coins.

It will be the first time when a face other than that of the country's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, has appeared on local currency. Why?

Islamabad airport has been renamed Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Why?

Is the only way to honour Benazir to rubber stamp and rename everything in her name?
Is that empowering the people? Or brainwashing the people?

It is time to stop hiding behind Benazirs photo/image and stop making her into something she never was.

She is dead and that is the main reason, she is being honoured. Each of these acts of honouring her is a nail in the coffin of Pakistan and step away from democracy.
She stayed safely in the back row, while others were brave enough to stand in the front row.
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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Tories select candidate for Southall

Gurcharan Singh is selected as the Conservative candidate for the Ealing Southall seat.

Councillor Singh was one of five councillors who defected from Labour to the Tories during the July 2007 by-election.

He represents the Lady Margaret ward and has been a councillor since 1982.

The former Mayor of Ealing is currently an advisor on "race relations" to the Conservative party leader David Cameron.

Some people will be surprised by councillor Gurcharan Singh's selection as he was a Labour councillor, only last year.

The general election is expected to take place next year.
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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Bush Sahib Bush Hain , Tou Musharraf Bhe Kam Nahii !

Bush and Musharraf Conference in urdu

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Musharraf Qawali - Chacha Wardi Landa Q Nai

Very amusing video with a very serious message for General Musharraf - in Punjabi

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Southall businessman calls for investment in Southall

Southall businessman Dalawar Chaudhry calls for investment in Southall.

When Dalawar Chaudhry met the Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a function on Monday, he asked for investment in Southall.

He said that Southall does not have enough sports and other activities for young people.

Without immediate investment this could lead to unemployment or radicalisation.

He urged the government to invest.
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Southall businessman condemns Mumbai terrorism

Southall businessman Dalawar Chaudhry condemns the Mumbai atrocities.

When Dalawar Chaudhry met the Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a function on Monday, he expressed his sorrow about the huge loss of life in Mumbai.

He said that whenever there is a such a situation in the Indian sub-continent Southall has always set the precedent. The people have sat down, had dialogue and condemned each and every senseless attack.

He was distressed and saddened by the scale of this killings which had clalimed the lives of innocent Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews and Christians.
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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

"Devout Muslim" drug peddler?

It is strange how certain newspapers portray Muslims.

Muslims are like any one else. Good and bad.

The Ealing Times reports starts of with:

A DEVOUT Muslim has lost his appeal against a nine-year jail term for his part in an extensive cocaine smuggling ring.

"A DEVOUT Muslim" and peddling 3.8 kilograms of cocaine do not go hand in hand.

Either, he is a devout Muslim or a drug peddler, not both.

He had 20 glowing character references.
Were they present at the deal?

No. Then they can't be of any value, as he found out in court.

Nadim Qaiser Khan who lives in Headstone but worked in Southall was seen passing a drugs parcel worth £189,000 to an accomplice.
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Monday, 1 December 2008

Lady Margaret ward forum date confusion

Just when is the next Lady Margaret ward forum meeting?

The Ealing Gazette (online) says it will be held on "Thursday, December 4".

Ealing Councils own ward forum link says it is on "Tuesday 9th December".

Yet, Ealing Councils "Around Ealing" magazine says it is "Friday December 12".

Who am I to believe?

I wonder if any one will turn up in this confusion?
No wonder attendances are low.

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Friday, 28 November 2008

Southall condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks

Residents of Southall condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks that have claimed almost a 150 lives.

As one prominent Muslim imam said on his friday sermon, we condemn all terrorist attacks, like the one in Mumbai, whether they occur in India, Pakistan or Kashmir.

We condemn terrorism, whether it is carried out by individuals against the state or by individusls with the full blessing of the state.

It is sad so many innocent lives have been lost, but it is nothing new.
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Thursday, 27 November 2008

Power station in Southall?

A local Southall councillor is opposed to the idea of a new power station in Southall.

Manjit Singh, ward councillor for Southall Broadway, is worried the planned Gasworks housing development and a new power station could result in overcrowding and may over burden the local infrastructure.

Energy provider Blue-NG is soon expected to submit plans for a £30 million power station at the old gas holder in The Straight.

Mr Manjit Singh, ward councillor for Southall Broadway, is opposed to idea of the power station and does not consider it to be a good idea for such a built-up residential area.

Would you live close to a power station?
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Southall Businessman In 'Bogus Visa' Trial

A businessman is on trial after being accused of supplying bogus information to support visa applications.

Joginder Singh Kaile, 48, a local businessman, promised to accommodate more than 60 nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles and aunts.

Joginder, of Western Road, Southall, is being tried at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was arrested in June 2007 and charged with 40 charges of breaching or attempting to facilitate a breach of immigration law by supplying false information to support visa applications for people from India, between December 2005 and August 2007.

That is over a period of 20 months. Yet that is equivalent of "two applications every week" according to prosecutor Anuja Dhir.

Something fishy somewhere.

Not as fishy as the following.

In October 1999, Indian Joginder Singh Kaile, 39, was jailed for six-and-a-half years after police uncovered a racket believed to have brought thousands of illegal immigrants into Britain.

He charged £7,000 per person upfront to fly them from India to Russia or Europe. They were then crammed into lorries or cars for the journey across Europe into Britain.

He then forced them to work in his sweatshops.
They had to pay extra for providing them with fake papers, cover stories or getting them jobs.

Many were found to be living in cramped conditions in a shed behind his house. They had to pay for the privilege.

The operation was run from his home in Southall. He lured the Indians with the promise of a better life in Britain through his company the Immigration Advisory Service.

The police described it as the biggest immigration racket they had come across.

Police believe that the scam, which ran from 1993, would have made him a millionaire, but they have not been able to track down his assets.

The last line is very deceptive.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and one charge of deception at the Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.
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Southall MP condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks

Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, condemns the Mumbai terrorist attacks that have claimed more than a 100 lives.

He said: "It is an attack on democracy, tolerance and equality."

"It is sad so many innocent lives have been lost, but it is nothing new."
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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Summary post test2

Your short introduction will be here ok

And the rest of your post here xxxxx
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Four Southall box junctions are illegal

Ealing Council has finally accepted that 4 hotly disputed box junctions in Southall are illegal.

A lot more motorist fined for entering 4 box junctions in Southall are set to receive refunds after it emerges that the Council knew for a long time that they were illegal.

4 weeks ago, Ealing Council said it would no longer enforce 6 illegal box junctions and any one iissued with a ticket since October 30 would have the money refunded.

Ealing Council blamed the Department of Transport for taking nearly 8 months to reach a decision over the legality of these junctions.

It now emerges that an email was sent by the Department of Transport on 20th June stating that they would not authorise the use of box junctions in the 6 disputed locations, 4 of them being in Southall.

Now, Ealing Council will refund anyone issued with a ticket since 20th June 2008 to comply with the Department of Transports guidance.

Councillor Taylor said that the Council was unaware of the email. He is furious that the email was never brought to his attention and has ordered an immediate investigation on how this could have happened.

At the end of 2007, several drivers were successful at appeal hearings at the parking adjudicator. Some time after that the Council sought the guidance of the Department of Transport.

On October 29 2008, a bus company successfully appealed and was awarded £700 in costs. The lawyer for the council was still claiming the box junctions were legal.

This defeat and advice from the Department for Transport resulted in a change of Council policy. These junctions were no longer to be enforced and any one iissued with a ticket since October 30 was promised a refunded.

Cabinet Member for Customer and Community Services, Councillor Phil Taylor, said: "Following a meeting with the Department for Transport in June we understood that double width yellow boxes could be placed at the T-junctions, as long as there was sufficient traffic flow in the area."

"We provided additional data and fully expected the DfT to confirm they were happy. Now eight months after we originally approached them, they appear to be suggesting this is not the case, but have still failed to provide us with a report setting out their position, despite repeated requests."

"It is ridiculous that it has taken the Government department which sets the rules so many months to interpret its own manual and we still have not received a definitive response. This just underlines how unclear the regulations are. "

But they did reply on 20th June 2008 saying the box junctions were illegal.

No the Council will refund anyone issued with a ticket since 20th June to comply with the Department of Transports guidance.

In the last financial year, the single illegal box junction at South Road/St Joseph’s Drive in Southall generated the Council a cool £1 million.

According to Ealing Times, this year twice as many penalty tickets were being handed out on these illegal junctions. Over £3 million has been collected on these illegal box junctions in Southall and Ealing Broadway.

The South Road/St Joseph's Drive box junction generated more than £2.1m and the 3 near by junctions generated a further £1m.
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Friday, 14 November 2008

PM orders acquisition of land for Baba Guru Nanak University

Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani issues instructions for the acquisition of land for the Baba Guru Nanak University in Nankana Sahib.

He told as a delegation of Sikh pilgrims representing various Sikh organisations based in Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and the Indian Held Kashmir, the Pakistan government would protect the rights of minorities.

He said efforts were being made by the government to make the Sikh pilgrims feel at home during their visit to religious shrines in Pakistan.

The prime minister told the delegation that the demands of the Sikh pilgrims, like commencement of direct PIA flights between Birmingham and Lahore, and the issuance of double entry visa to the Yatrees by Pakistan’s diplomatic missions abroad, had already been implemented.

He said the government was paying special attention to preserving religious and cultural heritage of Sikhs. The prime minister said special allocations were being made for the renovation and maintenance of their sacred places in Pakistan.

Sardar Manmohan Singh Khalsa, a leader of Southall based World Muslim-Sikh Federation, emphasised the need for Sikh-Muslim unity in the region. He said India-Pakistan relations had no effects on the ties between the Sikh community and the people of Pakistan.
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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Sikh yatrees arrive in Pakistan

Leaders of the Southal based World Muslim-Sikh Federation (WMSF) arrive in Lahore to celebrate the 540th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

As many as 169 Sikh yatrees from across the world arrived in lahore, Pakstan, on Sunday to celebrate the 540th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion.

The Pakistan Sikh Gurdawara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) received them at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Chairman of World Muslim-Sikh Federation (WMSF), Manmohan Singh Khalsa and President Nazar Khan Lodhi expressed their delight at the reception and respect they got after arriving in Pakistan.

"It is a sacred land, they commented, adding it seems as if we are among our own people."
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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Eid-ul-Fitr day shopping

It is always bad to do some late Eid shopping on Eid day.

The reasons can be multiple.
Suppose you want to buy some mathai.
What can possibly go wrong.

The weather - it could be wet.
The queue outside the shop - it is more than likely to be blocking the pavement.
The people serving inside are fast as tortoises.
Some one might takes all their family to choose the mathai.
Some one may want some leisure advice to chooose something and do some sample tasting.
The person serving is oblivious to the people in the queue.
Some one may want his friends to do some queue jumping.
This may aggravate some other people.

What ever the case, it not going to take less than 30 minutes to get served.
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Monday, 16 June 2008

Ealing Council's Illegal T Junctions

A T Junctions at "The Broadway - Junction of Herbert Road" in Southall, which incorrectly marked - bigger than it should be - illegal.

You can see the pedestrians crossing the road, forcing the motorists stop earlier than neccessary.

But their actions don't count when you appeal to the money grabbing Ealing Council.
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Sunday, 8 June 2008

Plans to hold terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge

Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that passing the anti-terror bill would help destroy the "very basis of free society that our ancestors fought so hard to create".

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, does not want to abandon his principles and wants dissenting MPs to compromise theirs.

Sir John Major urged the MPs not to abandon their principles and said that no such measure were contemplated when “Britain faced a more regular – and no less violent – assaults from the IRA.”

What do you make of the Prime Minister statement that “We have done everything in our power to protect the civil liberties of the individual”. Who is forcing him to erode them, apart from himself?

The Southall Muslim Community wants their MP Mr. Sharma to stand up and "protect the civil liberties of the individual”, when the Commons vote on extending the limit from 28 days to 42 days is on Wednesday.
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Friday, 6 June 2008

Blood Transfusion or not?

A Southall resident is critically injured in a hit-and-run car accident.

He needs a blood transfusion.

He cannot speak for himself but his wife insists that he would not want one because it is against Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs.

His sons do not share their beliefs.

Is it a "barbaric and senseless belief"?

Or is the true meaning lost in the literal interpretation?

Should the wife be prosecuted for upholding her husband's wishes?

Why do we want all others to understand our beliefs and rejects theirs?
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Monday, 2 June 2008

Money well spent?

Ealing Council went through a long process of planning to open a walk-in health centre on Southall Broadway.

Then it spent thousands of pounds per page on promoting it in newspapers. They even sent leaflets through each household in Southall, which most people bin or lose soon afterwards.

Nearly a year after the opening, you can search for the Broadway Health Centre on:
  • Ealing Council website
  • nhs uk choices website
  • yell site

and find almost nothing.

They could not even be bothered to register it on the nhs uk choices website.

Was the money well spent?

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Southall - Ajtama Deeni - Ladies Religious Gathering

Date: Sun 08 Jun 2008
Time: 2 pm

Guest and main speaker: Sahib Zadi Riffat Sayed Sahibah

Location: Southall, London Borough of Ealing. Read more!

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Pure Gold?

‘Pure Gold?’ is CAFOD's new photographic exhibition which reveals the truth behind the glamour of gold through striking images and accounts from three continents.

The exhibition opens in London on 21 May and then tours the UK.

Gold is the symbol of love, status, wealth and power. The sheer number of jewellers on Southall Broadway shows the addiction Asians have with gold.

Yet, for many communities in developing countries it symbolises environmental destruction and toxic pollution. One gold ring produces 18 tonnes of waste rock, which polutes water supplies with toxins.

See the reality in the Democratic Republic of Congo – where gold mining has contributed to a cycle of violence and poverty.

Hear the voices of communities in Honduras whose water supplies have been poisoned.

Meet the indigenous people fighting back in the Philippines after seeing their sacred mountain destroyed to make way for a gold mine.

Visit the exhibition and discover how you can help turn gold from a curse into a blessing for the countries where it is mined.

The London exhibition is running from May 21th to June 1st 2008.
The admission is free and the Oxo gallery is open daily 11am-6pm.
Find out more about the exhibition.
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Sunday, 25 May 2008

Southall - Jalsa - Seerat un Nabi

Date: Sat 31 May 2008
Time: 7 pm

Jalsa - Seerat un Nabi and Ghiyarviah Sharif

Guest and main speaker: Hazrat Allama Muhammed Shahid Raza Naeemi

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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Restoration of Judiciary in Pakistan

The chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 19, son of former premier Benazir Bhutto said:

"The party's long struggle for democracy will continue with renewed vigour.My mother always said, democracy is the best revenge."

Musharraf the dictator suspended the constitution and dismissed the independent judiciary, so that no one would question his continued rule.

After a long delay, the PPP are prepared to restore the judges BUT only if their hands are tied and are unable to question the rubber stamped pardons given to the most corrupt and powerful people.

This is exactly what the dictator Musharraf did.

What is the difference between the dictator Musharraf and the PPP? Where did this “democracy is the best revenge” disappear to?

Just empty words.

Even Benazir Bhutto did not a free and independent judiciary as a high priority. The priority was getting back into power.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

US detains 500 'enemy combatant' children

500 teenagers – some aged under 16 – are being held by the US military on the on suspicion of being terrorists.

Most of the teenagers are being held in in Iraq as "unlawful enemy combatants".

A total of 2,500 youths under the age of 18 have been detained, since 2002, for periods up to a year or more in Americas anti-terrorism campaign. This was disclosed last week by the United States the U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The U.S. report said “The juveniles that the United States has detained have been captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against U.S. and Coalition forces.”

None of the released/detained detained teenagers have been brought in front of any kangaroo court.

Had there been a shred of evidence against them, none of the lucky 2000 would not have released.

The hospitality dished out by the Americans is only likely to push them towards “engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against U.S. and Coalition forces.”
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Monday, 19 May 2008

Bush - the greatest threat to world peace

“We believe that the surest way to defeat the enemies of hatred is to advance the cause of hope, the cause of freedom, liberty as the great alternative to tyranny and terror.” – George Bush

What about freedom for the Palestinians?
They face daily tyranny and terror.
They have been ignored for decades.

At his recent speech at the Knesset Mr Bush lavished praise on Israel and called it a "homeland for the chosen people".

Was it for decades of occupation of Palestinian land and ethnic cleansing?

Mr Bush warns that "the light of liberty" is at risk.
He seems content on extinguishing the "the light of liberty" for the Palestinians.

Is this the democracy that he wants to spread?

Few Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims regard Bush as an honest broker, and his latest visit to the region has just reconfirmed their worst fears.

To put it into perspective, even the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has gone on record to state that he was angry at comments made by Bush, which were a denial of voice to the Palestinian people.

Nearing the end of his term in office, Bush wants to leave behind some proof of his success and calls on other leaders to show leadership, yet he has shown none himself.

Opinion polls show that most Europeans believe the United States is a greater menace than Iran or North Korea.

The United States poses the greatest threat to world peace.
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Thursday, 15 May 2008

Girl of 8 used as 'suicide' bomber

"Militants strapped explosives to a young girl and used her to blow up an army checkpoint in Iraq yesterday."

"They detonated the device by remote control as the child, thought to be as young as eight, walked towards a group of soldiers."

This is what the article in the Metro said.

Further down it states that the US Army gave the age of the girl as between 16 and 18.

Is there any truth in the Headline? No
Is there any truth in the first part of the story? No
Is there any truth in the rest of the story? No

"US: Bombers Didn't Have Down Syndrome.

It is just the normal sensational propganda crap to demonise the "enemy".

Fact: "British Army sent 15 soldiers under the age of 18 to fight in Iraq" http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/mar2007/chld-m08.shtml

Complaints can be made to the Press Complaints Comission
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