Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced on Thursday that General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will be military chief till 2013.

PM made the announcement in a three-minute televised address to the nation in which he showered praise on Kayani and termed him a respected person both nationally and internationally.

Gilani said that Kayani’s extension was necessary for continuity in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and said,
“He was a key designer of the strategy for the war on terror and it is progressing well under him. The war is going through a critical stage… continuity is needed at the moment and we are sure that the war on terror, under Kayani, will reach its logical conclusion successfully.”

2013 is also the year both the incumbent government as well as Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s tenures end.
In March, the government had also given a one-year extension to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha for similar reasons.

Kayani, arguably Pakistan’s most powerful man, had been due to retire in November. He had replaced former president General Pervez Musharraf on November 29, 2007. Before that, Kayani has also held the key position of ISI chief.
He also officiated as the director general of military operations and held that slot when the Pakistan Army first moved into the country’s tribal areas to flush out al Qaeda affiliates.
Kayani was also the man who reportedly brokered a power-sharing deal between Musharraf and slain former premier Benazir Bhutto – an accord that led to the issuance of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in October 2007.
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long and gone..

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Random thoughts

You have been away so long, so far
that now even your presence irritates me.

When you were parting, I wanted you to stay
and when you are back I want you to leave me.

Because when you left me here in this big blank space
where I see no one but me and I got used to of me.

You have left me in the dark for so long now
that even a ray of light is enough to enrage me.

So just go back to you heavenly abode
because in my misery I am enough for me.


Posted: July 21, 2010 in Pakistan, Persian, Songs and Lyrics
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Poetry (in Pashto/Dari language) by Persian poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1123).

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Bang bang

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Songs and Lyrics

The song I am simply addicted to since the last few days.

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Fifa fever..

Posted: July 12, 2010 in Sports
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World Cup 2010

  • Winners Spain
  • Teams 32
  • Golden Boot Thomas Mueller (Germany) – 5
  • Stats Total of 145 goals were scored (2.27 average goals per match), Germany (16) scored the most
  • Number of matches 64

World Cup 2006

  • Winner Italy
  • Teams 32
  • Notable Absentees Cameroon, Nigeria
  • Surprises Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Golden Boot Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 5
  • Stats A total of 147 goals were scored (2.30 per match); Germany (14) scored the most
  • Number of matches 64

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Away from him, in a different and beautiful city, after so many years, here she is again thinking about him.

‘Why doesn’t he just vanish from my thoughts?’
she said to her friend, who was ever ready to listen to her woes without complaining or replying.

So she continued like always,
‘Don’t you think we always miss what is gone and away from our life?
Those faded flowers, that missing watch, that home or city, that old friend or more?
I do, I do miss them and at times a lot.
But why?
Why cannot I just focus on the present and leave behind the past as if it never existed in my life!’

‘Because it did exist!’ her friend replied shrugging.

‘Coffee?’ asked her friend with a smile.

‘With extra mik!’ she replied trying to smile back at her.

He sure would have forgotten my face by now, she thought and smiled at her folly.

And with that coffee he was gone from her mind but not for long.

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A new face of clouds

Posted: June 30, 2010 in Random thoughts

It was warm inside; sort of getting unbearable to stay in any longer so I let myself out to take in a breath of fresh air, but the atmosphere outside was even more unpleasant.

I moved my head up as if to find the reason of this bitter weather and noticed that some gloomy grayish-white clouds have seized the bright sky. The sight rather seemed suffocating; hardly visible blissful sky was doing every effort to dodge the clouds and run away.
But the grey toxic clouds had a firm grip on the sky with its clutching hands and did not let the sky alone even for a minute.

Witnessing all this the suffocation inside me was reaching its height but I did not move and kept standing there for some time in doubt, I could not go back in that insufferably warm room and I cannot witness this scene anymore where the poor sky was at the mercy of lethal clouds.

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by Jaun Eliya

Posted: June 30, 2010 in Poetry, Urdu

Red or Blue?

Posted: June 29, 2010 in Movies, Quotes and Excerpts

The Matrix is one of my favourite movies, full of action, awesome animation, gorgeous costumes, sci-fi scenes, meaningful dialogues, impressive characters and what not!

But the mere reason of writing about it is one of the scenes from the first part of The Matrix.
The scene in which the hero of the movie, Neo has a conversation with the rather mysterious character Morpheus, who explains that what Neo has always perceived as “reality,” including his home, his friends, his job, and his entire existence in 20th century America, is actually a simulation caused by a race of computers that has taken over earth long ago and has enslaved human beings.

To be precise he explains Reality in these words:
“If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, the ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Our brains, according to Morpheus, are simply kept alive in a fantasy world so that we can provide electricity to the machines. But a few individuals are occasionally able to disconnect themselves from this matrix of fantasy and regain control of their body, thus combating a desperate battle for supremacy on the planet.
The Matrix is a film filled with religious notions and philosophical symbolism besides action and some marvelous animation.

The Scene-

When Morpheus and Neo meet, Morpheus offers Neo two pills. The red pill will answer the question “what is the Matrix?” (by removing him from it) and the blue pill simply for life to carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

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Recommended by my brother, I watched this movie called, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and truly enjoyed every minute of it. Just loved the animation, the characters, dialogues and above all just adore Toothless (that adorable dragon).

It is a story of vikings living on a small island and dealing with constant dragons attacks.
Hiccup, hero of the story is a Viking teenager who is not as tough and does not have a strong-built like his fellow-men so his father does not allow him to enter into the battlefield.
The rest of the story is about how he proves himself to be strong not in physique but in mind.
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