India blocked Kashmir from prosecuting troops for alleged rights abuses, documents show

By Associated Press SRINAGAR, India — India has rejected every request over two decades to prosecute Indian soldiers in civilian court in Kashmir for alleged rights abuses including murder and rape, according to documents given Tuesday to the Associated Press. The revelation is likely to spark an outcry by Kashmiri activists who for years have accused Indian troops of abusing wide-ranging powers to search, ...

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WikiLeaks publishes ‘millions’ of Stratfor emails

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks on Monday began publishing more than five million confidential emails from US-based intelligence firm Stratfor, the anti-secrecy group said. The messages, which date from between July 2004 and December 2011, will reveal Stratfor's "web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods," claimed a WikiLeaks press release. "The material s ...

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Mehrangate scandal hits headlines again

By Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat The Mehrangate scandal has hit the headlines once again. As per details of the case, a PPP leader, retired Major General Naseerullah Khan Babar, had told the National Assembly in 1994 how the ISI had disbursed funds among politicians and various political parties to manipulate the 1990 elections by setting up the IJI. This was done to bring about the defeat of the PPP, whose gove ...

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Pakistan: The Asghar Khan Case

By S. M. Hali The curious case of the Mehran Bank scandal, which is now commonly known as the Asghar Khan case has taken an important position in Pakistan's judicial history. Air Marshal Asghar Khan, in 1996, had written a letter to then Chief Justice Nasim Hasan Shah against former army chief, General Mirza Aslam Baig, former ISI chief Lieutenant General Asad Durrani and Younis Habib of Habib and Mehran Ba ...

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Reopening of Pending Cases

By Mohammad Jamil The Supreme Court is set to initiate proceedings on 29th February in a case filed by Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan in 1996 following a statement of former interior minister Naseerullah Babar in the parliament alleging that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had distributed Rs 140 million to the political opponents of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the 1990 general elections. In 1996 ...

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Antagonism against Security Agencies-Asghar Khan Case

By Zaheerul Hassan It would not be wrong in saying that Pakistan is passing through its political transaction phase since three decades. Though, political elite took over government after the fall of Dhaka but political maturity remained far-off from them, which again resulted into military coup. It was late Prime Minister Bhutto who introduced political wing in Inter Service Intelligence with a view to con ...

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Why Internal Elements Target ISI?

By Sajjad Shaukat At this critical juncture, while Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is countering the sinister designs of secret agencies like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad which have continuously been supporting suicide attacks, target-killings, abductions, bomb blasts etc. in Pakistan, it is most regrettable that without knowing the ground realities and services of this agency, just like th ...

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Pakistan places ad calling for bids for national Internet filtering and blocking system

By Elizabeth Flock Here we go again. A government ad in Pakistani newspapers Thursday calls for bids for a national firewall for "filtering and blocking" of content on the Web, the technology and culture blog Boing Boing reports. For many Pakistanis, the ad — posted by the Ministry of Information Technology's R & D department — prompted flashbacks to the last major incident of Internet censorship in the ...

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