Youm-e-Difa, also known as Pakistan Defence Day, is a national day that is celebrated on September 6th every year to remember those who were lost in the war of 1965. (via pakistank2)
Three Frontier Works Organisation workers were trapped in the spill way of Attabad Lake when they were digging the way.
The workers were trapped in a place where water flow was so fast and all efforts of their rescue failed.
Colonel Arif, the commanding officer of Frontier Works Organisation, decided to set himself in the water to save his men.
Tying rope around his waist, the colonel went into the water to pull the stranded men out but he could not hold himself against the thrashing water flow as water swept him away. (viareenz)
It was like a dream come true for 12-year old Naima Gul, resident of Mingora, Swat, when she became the first female pilot of the Pakistan Army Aviation, after her wish was granted by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Tuesday.
“I don’t know how long I will live, but today my dream has come true,” Naima said, speaking at her induction ceremony.
67% of Pakistani journalists surveyed said they viewed U.S. drone attacks as acts of terrorism.
81% said the Mumbai hotel attacks in 2008 were acts of terrorism.
This brings to mind two questions:
If we were to survey U.S. journalists, what would the results be?
What would happen if we were to hear about the drone attacks in the context of “terrorism?”
“But how do they get all these AK-47s out there?” I asked a cab driver last year, while he was telling me about the violence that’s kept his familial village and much of the rest of Pakistan’s hilly tribal northwest in the stone ages. “They build them,” he said nonchalantly.
The bulk of Pakistan’s homemade automatic weapons and explosive devices are forged, built and sold at Darra Adamkhel, a village located near Peshawar where main street is an open-air arms market. Since an explosion at an American weapons depot in the 1980s unleashed scraps of modern weaponry on the region, Darra has served as a kind of Best Buy for tribesman, militants and terrorists, and helped maintain a terribly healthy culture of guns and inter-familial factions. (Efforts to curtail the grassroots arms trade have been mostly in vain, in part because of the lobbying efforts of America’s National Rifle Association.)
A few years ago, VBS’s Suroosh Alvi was taken to the bazaar by a family friend. In October of 2009, hellbent on dying maybe and long after every other Western journalist was banned, he returned for a follow-up. What Suroosh found on his return visit was a smorgasboard of DIYkilling tech that’s helping to feed increasing tensions and violence between just about everyone — the Taliban, local tribes, the Pakistani army, the American army — and maintain a stubborn tradition in which toting a Kalishnikov is simply a sign of honor, like a fancy watch. A fancy watch that can blow your head off. (via urbankiwi)