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Current Event Cat of the Day: Pakistani Taliban Attack

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The Pakistani Taliban are at it again, this time claiming responsibility for the bloody attacks on Karachi’s airport that killed least 24 people, including 10 members of their organization.

Surprisingly the 25-year-old pregnant woman who was beaten to death by her family for marrying against the family’s wishes was not the worst thing to happen in Pakistan this month. Never one to be outdone by angry family members throwing bricks at a pregnant woman in the name of “honor”, the Pakistani Taliban decided to step up their game and attack the country’s busiest airport.

On Sunday night, Taliban militants launched a violent assault on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi complete with rocket-launchers, suicide vests, and grenades. Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal, set off explosions and opened fire with machine-guns and rocket launchers, triggering a gun battle with police.

“They were well-trained. Their plan was very well thought out,” Qaim Ali Shah, chief minister of Sindh province, said.

Well not that well-trained… At the end of the six-hour assault, all ten attackers were dead and no planes had been hijacked.

After Pakistani officials reclaimed control of the airport, the Pakistani Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for the attack.

A spokesman for the group, Shahidullah Shahid, said the aim of Monday’s assault had been to hijack an aircraft, and was “a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages”.

Needless to say, the prospects for continued government-led peace talks with the Taliban are not looking so hot.

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This 9-Month-Old Pakistani Baby Has Been Charged With Attempted Murder

9-MOnth-old Baby Musa Khan 

After Pakistan’s troubled police force failed to spot 6 foot 5 Osama bin Laden hiding in their backyard, they’re determined not to let any more criminal masterminds get away – especially not Musa Khan, a 9-month-old baby boy, who has been charged with attempted murder.

Musa Kahn was charged alongside four adults in connection with a violent protest in a Lahore slum back in February. During the protest, slum residents threw stones at gas-company workers attempting to disconnect households that didn’t pay up. The police subsequently charged the entire family, including Musa, with attempted murder.

PAKISTAN-CHILDREN-JUSTICE-POLICEThe ridiculousness of the case became apparent when the child was required to appear in court. Forced to make an appearance and record his thumbprint (since he couldn’t actually sign his release papers), the baby screamed and cried, and required a milk bottle to calm him down.

He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly—how can he stone the police?his grandfather Muhammad Yasin said.

The baby’s official charge is attempting “to murder with intention or knowledge” and if convicted, Musa may face a maximum of 10 years in prison, with even stricter penalties if a judge determines that the crime was done in “the name or on the pretext of honour.” However, the child’s lawyer has argued that children under the age of 7 cannot be prosecuted under Pakistani law.

But Musa’s family is playing it safe and has whisked the child off into hiding until the case blows over. The boy’s grandfather revealed that he had sent the child 200 kilometres away to Faisalabad “for protection” against the “vindictive” police. Except it’s not really ‘going into hiding’ if you tell everyone where he was sent…

I’m not sure what’s more shocking – that Pakistani police see no problem in prosecuting a 9-month-old baby or that Pakistan has access to nuclear weapons.

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Did Pakistan Know Where Osama Bin Laden Was Hiding Out?

Osama Compound Pakistan

When Osama bin Laden was discovered to be hiding in a three-story house less than a mile away from a Military Academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan and not some hidden cave in the mountains, everyone thought either Pakistan must have known about it or Pakistani intelligence is… less than intelligent.

Pakistan has long denied they knew about Osama’s whereabouts and the U.S. has corroborated this story. But in a new article in The New York Times Magazine, Carlotta Gall, who spent more than a decade reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Times, suggests otherwise. Apparently documents collected from Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan and the word of an anonymous Pakistani official both contradict the official story from Pakistan and the U.S. that Pakistani military officials were unaware that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad. According to the report, the chief of Pakistan’s intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, “knew of Osama’s whereabouts,” according to its source, and the U.S. has “direct evidence” that Pasha knew where bin Laden was.

Carlotta Gall says that documents from bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound contained correspondence between the terrorist and other militant leaders, indicating they were protected by Pakistan’s intelligence service. Bin Laden often traveled in convoys in plain sight to visit fellow terrorists and he was “always knowingly waved through any security checkpoints.”

The U.S. still maintains that Pakistan had no idea where bin Laden was hiding out.

“AS US officials have said, we have no reason to believe that anyone in the highest levels of the government knew about the location of bin Laden. That continues to be true,” White House National Security Council spokesperson said when asked about the news report.

Pakistan would have made an official response too, but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently dealing with a cat/peacock situation. After finding the remains of a peacock and a very full cat on the lawn of his residence, Sharif interrogated the 21 officers guarding his home. 18 were cleared of any wrongdoing but three were suspended for negligence (aka not stopping the cat from eating his peacock). You know what… maybe they didn’t know about Osama bin Laden after all. Too many peacock crises to deal with.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: The Anti-Suicide Bomber

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A 15-year-old Pakistani boy is being hailed a hero after he tackled a suicide bomber – blowing himself up but saving his school.

On Monday, ninth grader Aitzaz Hasan and his friends spotted a very suspicious looking man wearing a suicide vest hanging around outside of their school in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu, in north-western Pakistan. Aitzaz and his cousin, Musadiq Ali Bangash, became increasingly suspicious of the stranger, who was attempting to pass himself off as a student by wearing a school uniform over his suicide vest.

Despite warnings from the others students to ignore him, Aitzaz confronted the stranger, hoping to stop him from blowing up the school. The confrontation led to a scuffle, which led to the suicide bomber panicking, which then led to the pre-mature detonation of the bomb.

Both Aitzaz and the bomber died at the scene. Although the blast injured two people, the school’s nearly 2,000 students were spared.

My cousin sacrificed his life saving his school and hundreds of students and school fellows,” his cousin Mudassar Hassan Bangish said.

“The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this…destruction.”

Aitzaz’s family is devasted by the news but are also proud of Aitzaz’s actions.

“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children,” Mujahid Ali, Aitzaz’s father told reporters.

Meanwhile, Pakistanis everywhere are urging the government to give Aitzaz some kind of award to recognize his bravery. Move over Malala – there’s a new Pakistani teenage hero!

Via: BBC News

Malala Book Banned in Pakistani Schools

I am Malala

Teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book has been banned from private schools across Pakistan for containing anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistani content.

Malala, who rose to international fame after the Taliban shot her in the head for promoting girls’ education, released a memoir in October, entitled I Am Malala. While the teenager may have become an international hero for opposing the Taliban, the private school authority in Pakistan thinks she is a “tool of the West.”

Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said the book will be banned in all 40,000 of its affiliated schools because it represents the West, not Pakistan. He also called on the government to bar it from school curriculums.

Kashif Mirza, the chairman of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, said his group had also banned the book because it didn’t show enough respect for Islam and it spoke favourably of author Salman Rushdie.

Malala “was a role model for children, but this book has made her controversial,” Mirza said. “Through this book, she became a tool in the hands of the Western powers.”

Conspiracy theories surrounding Malala, like the idea her shooting was staged to create a hero for the West, reflect the level of influence right-wing Taliban-lovers have in Pakistan – as well as the lack of education in the country. If only there was a book promoting education…

Or maybe private schools are just afraid that if they don’t ban the book, they will become targets for the Pakistani Taliban – whose number one enemy is apparently a 16-year-old girl.

Via: Al Jazeera

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Pakistani Taliban Are Open For Talks… And Other News

Pakistani Taliban Talks

While House Republicans and Democrats are refusing to speak to one another, the Pakistani Taliban has signalled that they are open to “serious talks” with the government.

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud said he would continue to target “America and its friends” but also wishes to engage in peace talks with the Pakistani government. At least they’re being honest! Hakimullah Mehsud denied carrying out recent deadly attacks in public places saying “we consider the safety of Muslims, of scholars, of mosques and madrassas as our sacred duty. As for explosions which cause damage to the life and property of Muslims, we have denied any link the past, we deny any link today.” Well, there goes the honesty… BBC News

Morsi on TrialWhile the violence in Egypt continues, a trial date has been set for the man who started it all (not really): Mohamed Morsi. The ousted former president will go on trial starting on November 4 for committing and inciting violence after the military kicked him out of office in July. Fourteen other members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement will be along for the ride too. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood is still calling for Morsi’s reinstatement and the military government’s ban on all Muslim Brotherhood related activities hasn’t seemed to quell the protests. In fact, it may have made them worse…. But Morsi shouldn’t worry too much. After all, ex-president Hosni Mubarak spent less than two years in jail serving out his “life sentence” for his role in killing protesters. Morsi should be out in no time! CNN

Bachmann TwerkMichele Bachmann cleared up a few common misconceptions about her self today: she is not Miley Cyrus, she has never “done twerking” and does not “intent to take it up.” Good to know. Apparently some people (who must have been watching Saturday Night Live  – or TV for that matter – for the first time in their lives) believed that Miley Cyrus’ impression of Bachmann twerking with House Speaker John Boehner was actually Michele Bachmann. But Bachmann doesn’t mind being mistaken for the pop star: “I will tell you as a 57-year-old woman, it’s been a long time since I’ve been confused for a 20-year-old.” Raw Story

Greenpeace DrugsAre Greenpeace activists crackheads or are Russian authorities sketchy? Probably both, but the environmentalist organization and Russia are in a “he said she said” debate regarding hard drugs allegedly found aboard the Arctic Sunrise. After Russia charged the 30 Greenpeace activists with piracy over an open-sea oil protest, they claim they confiscated some “narcotic substances” which were “presumably poppy straw and morphine.” Greenpeace says Russia is acting nuts. Also, the vessel’s American captain legally kept morphine in his safe for “medical purposes.” Reuters

Bruce and KrisSince the whole “Lamar Odom being a crackhead” thing didn’t pan out as expected, the Kardashains need a new scandal to keep viewers hooked and stop their ratings from plummeting further. So after 22 years of marriage Bruce and Kris Jenner have officially separated and are living apart. “We are much happier this way,” they told E! News, saying they “will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.” Next season on Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Kris Jenner goes on a lot of awkward dates with a lot of younger men and Bruce Jenner hides his emotions under his plastic surgeried face. DListed

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Pakistani Earthquake Kills Hundreds But Creates New Island… And Other News

Pakistan EarthQuake

Powerful earthquake packs a punch in Pakistan.

Hundreds are dead and hundreds more injured in Pakistan’s remote southwest province of Balochistan after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday.  The killer quake flattened entire villages and was so strong that it was felt as far away as Delhi and Dubai. But on the bright side, Pakistan got a new island out of it. After the earthquake struck, an island, about 200m long and 100m wide, appeared the coast near the port of Gwadar. But don’t try to visit the island yet – it’s still emitting some pretty heavy gas. BBC News

Mall AttackThe Kenyan mall attack is over but investigators are still trying to sort things out. The death toll from the attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi and the four-day siege that followed is expected to rise. Militants from the al Qaeda-linked network al-Shabab said Wednesday that 137 hostages had been killed – but no one knows if that’s true or not. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said 67 people died including six security personnel – but no one knows if that’s true or not either. Police are also still piecing together who exactly these al-Shabab gunmen were. Five of them were killed in the four-day standoff and another 11 have been arrested. Some reports suggest that a British woman (perhaps the “white widow” of a London 7/7 bomber) and two or three American citizens may have been involved, but again, no one knows if that’s true or not. To sum up: there are still questions. CBC News

Ted Cruz SmileAfter 21 hours of Dr. Seuss stories, Duck Dynasty quotes, and Obama rages, Senator Ted Cruz can finally go to the bathroom. The Texas Republican was forced to end his faux-filibuster marathon speech at noon when the Senate got together to vote on the House bill to fund the government but defund Obamacare. Cruz’s speech had no effect on the vote, and was probably just a stunt to get some campaign money from his tea-party base. The Senate is expected ignore Cruz and return the funding for Obamacare that the Republicans took out of the bill. #KeepCruzing Wall Street Journal

MacArthurThe MacArthur Genius Grant Winners have been announced but The Sun Herald definitely won’t be receiving one. The newspaper accidently published the list of this year’s “genius” grant recipients early, despite the fact that the caption under the photo read “hold for release at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.” Mistake aside, two dozen scientists, scholars, artists and other genius-like people will receive $625,000 over the course of the next five years to spend on whatever their little hearts desire. The prize money, which is meant to promote creative development, not reward past work, used to be $500,000 but was increased to take inflation into account. Now if only they could do that with the minimum wage… Washington Post

Aaron Alexis in ActionThe FBI has released a video of the Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. The video shows the shooter entering a building, loading his rifle, and searching nearly empty office space for more victims. According to the FBI, Alexis was under the “delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by electro-magnetic waves.” He had also sawed messages on his shotgun: “End to the torment,” “Not what y’all say,” and “Better off this way.” So yeah, he was a bit delusional. CNN

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Pakistani Actress Burned with Acid

Bushra Acid Attack

More troubling news out of Pakistan this weekend: Bushra Waiz, a young Pakistani actress, was left in critical condition after being attacked with acid while she slept at her family’s home.

The 18-year-old actress, also known as Shazia Aziz, was sleeping on Friday night when a man climbed a wall, entered the family home, and threw acid on her face. Bushra Waiz suffered burns on the right side of her face as well as her right leg, arm and eye. In total, about 33 percent of her face/body are severely burned but she is now in a “relatively stable” condition.

According to Bushra Waiz’s brother, Akhtar Waiz, the culprit was a TV producer named Shaukat Khan who wanted Waiz to marry him. According to Pakistan Today, Shaukat barged into the home around 3 a.m. and proposed to Waiz. When she refused, he threw acid into her face and fled the home, leaving the empty acid container behind. Someone doesn’t take rejection well…

The pair were also reportedly in a disputer over wages. Bushra was hired by Shaukat Khan to act in his stage dramas but then refused to pay her for her work. Sounds like he was pretty sh*tty husband material even before the acid attack.

Acid attacks are quite common in Pakistan – there were more than 150 reported cases in 2012 in the country. So I guess “acid thrown in face” isn’t really news in Pakistan, just your typical Monday. At least the women will get more use out of their niqabs. Maybe that was the plan all along…

Via: CNN

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Nanga Parbat

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Pakistani gunmen killed 10 foreign tourists in a shooting spree on one of the world’s highest peaks, Nanga Parbat – also known as Killer Mountain.

Around 15 gunmen attacked the camp at around 11 p.m. on Saturday after abducting two local guides. The armed militants entered the base camp of Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan disguised as policemen and opened fire on the tourists. Some tourists managed to flee but those who didn’t were shot dead. The attackers also beat up the Pakistanis who were accompanying the tourists, took their money and phones and tied them up.

The dead foreigners included three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, two Chinese, one Lithuanian, one Nepalese and one… American!!

The Pakistani Taliban has already claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for a recent U.S. drone strike that killed the Taliban’s deputy leader, Waliur Rehman, on May 29.

“Our attacks on foreigners will continue to protest over drone strikes,” a spokesman for the militant group said, “By killing foreigners, we wanted to give a message to the world to play their role in bringing an end to the drone attacks.”

Pakistan’s mountainous north was considered relatively safe… until now. And Nanga Parbat was one of the main attractions in the country… until now. Long story short, the shootings aren’t great news for Pakistan’s struggling tourism industry. However, the tourists in question probably should have clued in after seeing the “Killer Mountain” sign. That and the large number of Islamic militant groups roaming the area.

Via: The Huffington Post & Current Event Cats

Pakistani Taliban Hire New #2… And Other News

Must Find New #2

After a US drone in North Waziristan killed former Pakistani Taliban #2, Wali-ur-Rehman, the terror organization must choose a new #2.

And they already have – out with the old #2 and in with the new #2! Pakistani Taliban militants have chosen Khan Said as their new deputy commander. The position of #2 is a tough one to fill, especially since it’s always the #2 who gets killed in drone strikes – never the #1! But Khan Said has a great resume! It includes (but is not limited to) acting as deputy to Rehman, helping plan a 2011 attack on a Pakistani naval base, and freeing nearly 400 militant inmates in a jailbreak last year. The decision to hire him was unanimous. “There was absolute consensus over Khan Said,” one Pakistani Taliban member said. But… can he properly fill out his expense reports? Via: Reuters

Ricin lettersThe ricin letters keep coming! Someone sent a ricin-laced letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to stop his anti-gun efforts. The letter never reached Bloomberg but the three officers who did come in contact with the mail experienced diarrhea. Good thing it didn’t reach Bloomberg – that would have been an unfortunate sight watching him testing out New York’s new bike program with diarrhea dribbling down his bike shorts. Another ricin letter was intercepted on Thursday, this time addressed to President Obama. The text in the letter was identical to the one sent to Bloomberg and included the line: “what’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.” Diarrhea? Fox News & Politico

Herpes MAC RihannaA Rihanna concert lasts a few hours, but herpes lasts forever. A Harlem woman claims she got herpes at a Rihanna concert in Brooklyn from lipstick endorsed by the pop-star. The woman is suing M.A.C after a sales rep applied a used tube of “RiRi Woo” to her lips at a pop-up shop during the concert. According to the NY Daily News, she wanted her lips to look hot — not inflamed. Two days after the lipstick was applied, Greenidge developed a cold sore on her lip that her doctor diagnosed as herpes. “I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Starkeema Greenidge, a waitress, told the Daily News. Greenidge claims the herpes has caused her “mental anguish and emotional distress” and the company needs to improve its sanitary practices immediately if it wants to prevent further infections. Or maybe next time don’t let a stranger smear used products on your face at a Rihanna concert… NY Daily News

Sochi CorruptionCorruption in Russia? You don’t say…. Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister-turned-Kremlin critic, is claiming that Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. In 2007 Russia announced the Games would cost about $12-billion. Six years later, that number rose to $51-billion. Where did all this money go? Let’s see: there’s the Olympic stadium, three Olympic villages, a ski jump, hockey arenas, Alpine facilities, an Olympic cross-country venue, major upgrades to the city’s roads, bridges, hotels, trains, port, airport and its underlying power grid. Oh and $30 billion to Russian officials who “supervised” everything. National Post 

El Salvador ABortion CaseEl Salvador sounds like a fun place to get knocked up! The Supreme Court of El Salvador has refused to allow a seriously ill pregnant woman to have an abortion, even though her fetus has almost no chance of survival. All abortions are prohibited in El Salvador under any circumstances – no exceptions! The woman suffers from lupus and kidney failure while the fetus is missing part, or possibly all, of its brain. Well, if she makes it through childbirth, she can always flush the fetus down the toilet… BBC News

Newborn baby ChinaThe 22-year-old mother who flushed her newborn baby down the toilet in Jinhua, China, is no longer considered a murderer by police but is considered incredibly stupid. The baby boy was found alive inside a toilet pipe and was saved by rescuers who detached the section of pipe with the infant inside and took it to the hospital. The police are labeling the case an “accident” at this time after believing the umarried mother’s story she did not intend for the child to fall into the toilet. The police said she tried to retrieve the baby with a stick, then decided to flush the toilet to clear away the blood. The baby has now been released from the hospital and taken home by his maternal grandparents. CNN

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