Murder case filed against PM Nawaz, ministers

 

#GoNawazGo

#GoNawazGo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, chief minister Punjab, federal ministers and other top officials saw a murder case filed against them for their alleged involvement in the killing of protesters in Islamabad, DSS News reported Wednesday.

The case was registered on Tuesday night at Secretariat Police Station in Islamabad after a district & sessions judge ordered framing of murder charges against the PM and others over the killing of protesters. Those nominated in the case are Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif and Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique.

Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), led by Dr. Tahirul Qadri, had approached the court for registering of case.

At least three people were killed and over 500 injured in clashes with police on August 30 after the Dr. Qadri and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan asked their supporters to march toward the official residence of Mr. Sharif.

A case was registered under section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code (intentional murder) while Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act was also included later in the case.

It was second murder case against Mr. Sharif after one filed last month in Lahore for killing of 14 workers of Qadri in clashes with police in June.

Dr. Qadri and Imran Khan began their long march against ouster of PM Nawaz on August 13 and it’s been over a month to the march, however government has refused resignation of the prime minister.

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A Map of Every Device in the World That’s Connected to the Internet

A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet

Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.

This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices. Matherly, who calls himself an internet cartographer, collected the data to put it together by sending ping requests to every IP address on the internet, and storing the positive responses. A ping is a network utility that sends an echo-request message (known as a packet) to an IP address—the internet’s version of “hey, are you there?”

That part was relatively easy compared to the visualization process, says Matherly. “It took less than five hours to gather the data, and another 12 hours or so to generate the map image.” For that, he used the matplotlib plotting library in the programing language Python.

With its rainbow of connectedness, the map is similar to one produced last year anonymously—which was illegal—and also to this project by CAIDA (these links and the credit to CAIDA has been updated). Although Shodan is well-known for its potentially shady practices that prey upon insecure networks, ping requests—the same thing your internet provider uses to test speed and data loss—are completely benign, Matherly says. “We’ve just advanced enough in technology where we can do it on internet-scale.”

Basically, Shodan is now able to send and receive the requests fast enough that the world can be queried in just a few hours. Armed with the new process, Matherly plans to track the changes in the globe’s internet connectivity over time. With the proliferation of the Internet of Things, we’re bound to see some of those black holes slowly colorize over the next few years. [Shodan]

Army is not involved in political crisis: DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa

DG ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa. — Flie photo

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army supports democracy and doesn’t think it necessary to respond to rumours, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa said at a briefing on Friday.

Army has clearly extended its support for democracy and Constitution, he said, adding that the army chief in his address on Youm-i-Shuhuda clearly said that the army believes in continuation of democracy.

Israrul Rehman was the first arrest in the Malala Yousafzai case, he said, adding that information gathered from him led to the apprehending of the others.Army has no connection with the ‘political activity’ going on in Islamabad, DG ISPR said, adding that the army had reaffirmed its support to democracy.

Army launched a joint operation carried out with coordination of intelligence agencies, army and police, he said, adding that a 10-member group known as ‘Shura’ was tracked down.

“A furniture shop owner Zafar Iqbal was its head and he was a supporter of Mullah Fazlullah…Fazlullah is in Afghanistan and his group attacks inside Pakistan.”

During the investigation, arrested militants admitted that Fazullah made the plan to attack the naval dockyard, Bajwa told reporters.

“They also admitted if they did not get caught, they were supposed to attack at least 21 more people. They have also killed a security guard of a university in Swat. They will be presented before an ATC.”

Edge of Revolution: New Nickelback song features glimpse of PTI rally

Canadian rock band Nickelback released on Friday the full music video for its latest politically-themed single Edge of a Revolution, featuring a short clip of a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) rally among other protests.

Directed by ace song video director Wayne Isham, the video shows the band performing in a dark classroom as filmed images of protests with riot police and posters are projected on a screen behind the musicians.

The music video veteran — who has directed song videos for artistes like Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, KISS, Roxette and Britney Spears —at the end shows the uniformed school children on their feet, pushing over classroom furniture and scattering papers in the air chanting “we want change!”.

The brief clip from the PTI rally shows red and green party flags along with a poster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

 — Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally
 Screengrab shows band playing in front of screen showing images from PTI rally

While the single was released on August 18 as part of the band’s upcoming album No Fixed Address, the full video was released Friday.

Nickelback will release its first album since 2011, reportedly titled No Fixed Address , this fall.

An excerpt of the song lyrics:

Hey, hey, just obey.

Your secret’s safe with the NSA

In God we trust or the CIA?

Standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus) No, we won’t give up, we won’t go away

‘Cause we’re not about to live in this mass delusion

No, we don’t wanna hear another word you say

‘Cause we know they’re all depending on mass confusion

No, we can’t turn back, we can’t turn away

‘Cause it’s time we all relied on the last solution

No, we won’t lay down and accept this fate

‘Cause we’re standing on the edge of a revolution

(Chorus ends) What do we want? We want the change

And how’re we gonna get there? Revolution

What do we want? We want the change

Standing on the edge of a revolution

With over 24 days into the PTI’s anti-government protest, these lyrics and the inclusion of the PTI rally clip in the music video seem to be an uncanny coincidence.

 

Nature’s fury: Death toll climbs to 115 as five more die across Punjab

LAHORE: At least five people were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents in different parts of Punjab, Rescue 1122 said, taking the total number of deaths across the province in the last 72 hours to 115.

Today, a father and daughter were killed when the roof of a house collapsed in Lahore’s Sabzazar area.

In the Pasroor area of Sialkot, three people including a woman and a child died and, two others were injured when the roof of the house caved in.

In Narowal, a young girl died in a similar incident.

A government official earlier today confirmed that 110 people have died across the country in heavy monsoon downpours and flooding.

Almost the entire city of Lahore is submerged by rainwater, which exceeds the draining capacity o f the city.

 Army helicopters rescue trapped people out of flood hit areas in Rawalpindi and surroundings. — Photo by Online

Rain-generating monsoon system weakened, says Met dept

The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the rain-generating well-marked low pressure area over west Rajasthan (India) had weakened and moved to Indian Punjab.

The contributing moist current from the Arabian Sea also lost its strength. The system is likely to dissipate by Sunday. But before that it was expected to produce another round of widespread rain, with isolated heavy falls over upper catchments of Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers, along with Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions.

Reports from different parts of the country indicated huge losses to property, cattle and crops, especially in Sialkot and Gujranwala regions, due to swelling of nullahs and exceptionally high flood in Chenab and Jhelum rivers.

In Lahore and Kasur, people were worried about the swelling of Ravi and Sutlej rivers, despite consolation by the Met department that there was no such threat for now.

Before the system causing heavy downpour dissipates by Sunday it is expected to produce another round of widespread rain, with isolated heavy falls over upper catchments of Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers, along with Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions.

Read more: Is Pakistan ready for a monsoon catastrophe?

Scores of people have been killed in Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to the heavy torrential rain since Thursday. A number of cities have received over 130mm of rain and the National Disaster Management Authority has said it expects “exceptionally high flooding” in the Chenab and Jhelum rivers over the next few days.

A high-intensity, late monsoon such as this is becoming a pattern now but according to experts the country is yet to learn from recent disasters.

“Earlier we would have well distributed rains during the monsoon season. Now thanks to climate change, the monsoon is becoming more erratic. This season the rainfall was largely below normal and now at the end of the monsoon we have a strong system with high intensity rainfall which is causing destruction,” explains Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry who has recently been appointed Special Envoy of the UN-World Meteorological Organisation on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Services for Asia.

Chaudhry is the former Director-General of the Pakistan Meteorological Department and also the lead author of Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP).

 Youngsters crossing the flooded Lakshami Chowk on LPG cylinder after heavy rain. — Photo by INP
Youngsters crossing the flooded Lakshami Chowk on LPG cylinder after heavy rain

“The NCCP had called for an improvement in flood forecasting systems across the country,” he points out.

“It had also called for the increased capacity of storm drainage systems in urban areas in expectation of the increased intensity of rainfall events.”

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Unfortunately, the comprehensive NCCP that was launched by the PPP government in February 2013 has now been shelved. Shortly after coming to power in the May 2013 general elections, the PML(N)-led government demoted the Ministry of Climate Change to a Division and slashed its budget. The national action plan to implement the NCCP in consultation with all the provinces and regions was never initiated in earnest.

According to Chaudhry, the NCCP was not being implemented simply because climate issues ranked very low on the country’s priority list.

The soapy revolution

Pakistan’s political crisis remains at fever pitch as thousands of anti-government protesters remain camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resignation.

A supporter of Tahirul Qadri bathes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

A supporter of Tahirul Qadri bathes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Islamabad.

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad.

Women supporters of Tahirul Qadri arrange their makeshift camp in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Women supporters of Tahirul Qadri arrange their makeshift camp in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Protesters bathe at a leaking water supply line close to the parliament building where they are camped in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri cook food in front of the parliament building where they have camped in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri cook food in front of the parliament building where they have camped in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan play near the prime minister's residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan play near the prime minister’s residence during an anti-government protest in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri distribute food to supporters of Imran Khan in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri distribute food to supporters of Imran Khan in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri wash clothes during an anti-government protest near the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AP

Supporters of Tahirul Qadri camp in the vicinity of the parliament building in Islamabad.

A protestor bathes at the roadside during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

A protestor bathes at the roadside during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri remove a container during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri remove a container during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Supporters of  Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad. - Photo by AFP

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri rest during an anti-government protest in front of the parliament building in Islamabad.

Hackers continue attack on Pakistani sites, leak sensitive data

A screenshot of the defaced PTV sports website.

ISLAMABAD: A network of hackers claiming to be a part of Anonymous — the global hacktivist network — continued a campaign of hacking, DDOS attacks and defacing websites belonging to the Pakistan government, security forces and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday.

The group, going under the names ASOR Hack Team or Anonymous Op Pakistan, hacked into multiple websites and leaked private data of government employees and security forces, raising serious security and privacy concerns.

  • An unofficial PML-N website http://www.pmln.us was hacked and defaced with political messages related to the handling of the Model Town tragedy. The website was restored.

  • The Faisalabad Police Department website http://www.faisalabadpolice.gov.pk was hacked and private data leaked online, including usernames, passwords and the names/CNICs/addresses/contact information of employees.

  • The T20 section of Pakistan Television’s sport website sports.ptv.com.pk/t20 was defaced with ‘Go Nawaz Go’ messages, only to be restored hours later. Another message on the page read: “The desks that are being thumped on the face of the Pakistani people are a testimony that this gang can only get together to rescue its politics…the poor will continue to die in hunger and load-shedding.”

  • Usernames, passwords and email addresses, allegedly from hacks into the Pakistan Army and other government websites, were leaked onto the internet. The link to the data dumps are currently blocked in Pakistan, but screengrabs circulating online show private data including names, contact information and worryingly, designations of a sensitive nature including arms manufacturers. Messages included with the leaked data said the attacks were taking place because the Pakistan Army was carrying out an operation in North Waziristan.

Two days ago, the group of hackers temporarily brought down numerous government portals in a bid to “remove every vestige of the Pakistan government from the Internet”.

The group also leaked a zip file containing 23,000 bank records allegedly connected to the government. The zip file contained a document that stated the leak was carried out by ASOR Hack Team.

It appears the group is affiliated with the global Anonymous network, given the updates carried out on various official Twitter accounts.