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Airplane Crashes in Pakistan

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Map of Pakistan (Photo credit: Omer Wazir)

An airplane with 127 people on board crashed near an airport in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Pakistan‘s GEO-TV reports, citing sources.

The country’s Civilian Aviation Authority confirmed reports of a crash, the station said.

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Pakistani Citizens Protest Electricity Shortages

On Tuesday, protesters took to the streets for a second day across eastern Pakistan to demand that the government put an end to chronic electricity shortages.

Massive protests turned violent. (Photo courtesy of the International Herald Tribune).

Massive protests turned violent across Pakistan (Photo courtesy of the Express Tribune)

Riots broke out in Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta, Faisalabad, Sialkot, and Gujranwala, leading to the arrest of an estimated 200 people.

In Lahore, protestors blocked traffic with burning tires. They also set fire to the Lahore Electricity Supply Company office, a Solid Waste Management truck, a Water and Power Development Authority car, and several private cars.

Lahore police attempted to disperse the rioters with batons and tear gas but were stopped by a barrage of stones. Though senior officials eventually convinced larger crowds to cease the violence, smaller protests continued into the night.

The worst reported violence occurred in Gujranwala, where over two dozen protests were held. Rioters burned down police stations and clashed with police, injuring thirty people, including fourteen policemen. Gujranwala police responded by arresting twenty people.

On Tuesday, residents staged protests in other parts of Pakistan, including tribal areas, where residents have faced up to sixteen hour blackouts every day.

The power crisis has not only reduced the quality of life for many Pakistanis but has also taken a toll on Pakistan’s economy. The industrial town of Faisalabad has seen commercial activity grind to a halt in the face of unscheduled sixteen-to-twenty-hour power cuts over the past several days.

The shortages and cycled blackouts known as “load shedding” are widely believed to be due to mismanagement and corruption on the part of government officials.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who heads Pakistan’s opposition party, lambasted the government for “sleeping and doing nothing for the last fifteen months” while Pakistan has “fac[ed] a severe power crisis.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani attempted to divert criticism by blaming the United States, whom he said should help Pakistan to solve its energy crisis.

According to the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. is working with Islamabad to build and rehabilitate six power plants. The Embassy says that the additional electricity supplied by these plants will resolve 20% of Pakistan’s current energy shortage. The U.S. has provided Pakistan with billions of dollars in military and civilian aid over the past decade, much of which was intended to help boost the country’s energy sector.

Analysts attribute Pakistan’s electricity woes largely to the government’s failure to charge sufficient prices for electricity. Many consumers, including the Pakistani government, fail to pay their electric bills at all. Accordingly, a lack of funds compounded with bureaucratic ineptitude and outdated transmission systems have much hindered growth in Pakistan’s energy production capacity.

However, increasing the price of electricity is a sore political issue among voters.

Via Impunity Watch.

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On this Day…

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In 1947, India and Pakistan became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

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Conservative Group Sues to See Dead bin Laden Pictures

On Friday, conservative legal group filed a lawsuit seeking public release of the photographs and video of the military raid that left Osama bin Laden dead.

Judicial Watch is demanding the Department of Defense comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for the material. The group particularly wants to see photos of bin Laden lying dead in his Pakistan compound.

The group says it is “irreparably harmed” by the “unlawful withholding of requested records.” I’m not sure how they’re personally being harmed by not seeing the photos of bin Laden, but whatever. Maybe logic doesn’t apply to these guys.

This week, some members of Congress were allowed to privately view the materials. The President stated, however, that his administration is keeping the photos private because they are very graphic and could be “an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool.”

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Pornography Found on Osama bin Laden’s Computer

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Officials who have gone through the files on computers, hard drives, and thumb drives found in Osama bin Laden’s compound said that numerous pornographic movies were among those files. They would not say whether the files had been viewed.

Information of pornography in bin Laden’s compound could tarnish his legacy with extremist followers. Among his many criticism of Western culture, Bin Laden took pains to denounce American culture for its exploitation of women.

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President Obama Declares bin Laden Dead

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And now for the biggest news story you’ll likely ever read on this blog…

Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks killing nearly 3,000 Americans, was killed in Pakistan on Sunday.

President Barack Obama issued a statement from the White House Sunday night to state that bin Laden was killed by American forces under direct order of the President. A small group of Navy SEALs rushed the compound where bin Laden was staying and killed him among a firefight. None of the Americans was harmed during the attack.

Former President George W. Bush issued a written statement hailing bin Laden’s death as a momentous achievement.

Let’s hope this news brings some bit of closure and relief for the families of the victims of 9/11. Please remember that they’re the reason we all care so much.

Enjoy your Sunday night/Monday morning, folks.

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