Sep 04

Super hit Lamha set to release on Sep 20

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Lahore: The multiple award-winning Pakistani feature film Lamha will be released on 20th of this month, say media reports.

This film has earned many accolades over the past year and audiences have been long awaiting its Pakistani theatrical release.

Lamha had its World Premiere at the New York City International Film Festival 2012 where it won the Best Feature Film (People’s Choice) award with Aamina Sheikh taking away the Best Lead Actress award.

Lamha also won the Best Feature Film at the DC South Asian Festival in Washington held in May 2013.

Sep 05

‘No Easy Day’: Ex Navy SEAL releases book on bin Laden raid

Washington: ‘No Easy Day’, the book that caught the attention of the Pentagon and the CIA and is written by a former Navy SEAL who helped kill Osama bin Laden, has been released on Tuesday.No Easy Day

The Nave SEAL, Matt Bissonnette, who wrote the book under the pseudonym Mark Owen, released the book earlier than planned, leaving many to think whether it is a political move. The book was earlier planned to release on September 11.

But the author said in an interview that it was not a politically motivated move.

“This book is not political whatsoever. It doesn’t badmouth either party and we specifically chose September 11 to keep it out of the politics,” said Bissonnette.

A firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the mastermind of 9/11 attack, which killed almost 3000 people, presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

In the account related by administration officials after the raid in Pakistan, the SEALs shot bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.

The author could face legal problems if Pentagon officials determine his book discloses classified information that could harm national security. A retired Army General says the book should have been approved by the CIA.

Retired US Army General James “Spider” Marks said, “The fact that this incredibly talented SEAL who’s a great patriot, made a big mistake by publishing this book without getting the authorities to do it.”

Jul 28

Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s in exchange for Dr Shakil Afridi

Washington: Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyer said Friday that they have written to the Embassy of Pakistan in United States (US) to repatriate Dr Siddiqui in exchange for Dr Shakil Afridi, and are also in touch with members of the US Congress on the issue.Dr-Aafia

Dr Siddiqui was sentenced to 86 years in prison on charges of firing on a US soldier in Bagram. US authorities accuse Dr Siddiqui of helping al Qaeda, notably Majid Khan, a Guantanamo detainee who recently pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

On the other hand, Pakistan intelligence agencies arrested Dr Shakil Afridi, a US spy, working for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in trying to ascertain al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s identity in the Abbotabad compound through a fake polio vaccination campaign. A tribal court later convicted Dr Afridi for helping a militant group and sentenced to 33 years in jail.

Dr Siddiqui’s lawyer, Tina Foster, said that they had sent a letter to the Ambassador Sherry Rehman, asking Pakistan to take action to repatriate Dr Siddiqui. However, Foster said that the Embassy of Pakistan has not sent her any “substantiative response” on the letter despite having acknowledged receiving it.

In response to Foster, Nadeem Hotiana, a spokesperson for the Embassy of Pakistan said that Pakistani authorities have been pressing US authorities to repatriate Dr Siddiqui ever since she was in US custody.

The Pakistani Embassy official said “Ms Foster did raise the matter of a possible exchange of Shakil Afridi with Dr Aafia. The matter was referred to the concerned authorities in Pakistan. It is not the place of the embassy to unilaterally create a response without Islamabad’s approval.”

Hotiana said that Dr Siddiqui’s lawyer has been told that her suggestions were forwarded to Islamabad.

“The embassy essentially had a liaison role in all matters relating to Pakistan-US relations. Decisions were taken by the relevant authorities in the capital.”

It is to be mentioned that during the arrest of a US diplomat Raymond Davis, who killed three Pakistani citizens in Lahore, different political factions urged Pakistan government to exchange Dr Aafia for Davis but later the diplomat was freed by a lower court for the exchange of money to the victim families.

Jul 12

Reema Khan will be the guest of President Obama tonight

Washington: Famous Pakistani film star and Producer Reema Khan, who is currently with his US national husband Dr Tariq Shahab in Washington, will be the guest of President Obama tonight.barack obama Reema khan

According to media reports, Reema Khan and his husband Dr Shahab has been invited by America’s President Barack Obama at White House alongside hundred of other Pakistanis living in US.