Our leader is Pakistan Khan!

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We all saw what Imran Khan said today to end the 126 day sustained protest against what is necessary to move this nation forward; it is not simply about election reforms or irregularities, it is about the fundamental rights of the people to choose their representatives. We have stood beside the container these 126 days, we have felt the commitment that Imran Khan was making to the people of Pakistan without a thought to what he would gain or lose from his sustained struggle for the truth. Today, he has proven beyond any doubt that there is nobody more Pakistani than him. Only three days ago, we heard PMLN calling him anti state, anti Pakistan; by suspending his protest, Imran Khan has demonstrated that a leader who is clear headed, fearless, tireless, committed is also sensitive to the pulse of the nation. Imran Khan is not just a politician; he is also a human being who felt the grief of other parents because he too is a father. Today, he has proven that he has the capacity to become a motivator, inspiration, and father of millions of Pakistan’s children. The Shaukat Khanum Hospital treats children more than any other age group, the Namal college and university is bringing the best education to a remote and deprived part of Pakistan. We have seen Insaf health drives to administer polio drops to infants, we have seen initiatives in education for the children of KP, and we will soon see Insaf kitchens feeding the children of Thar. Have no doubt that Imran Khan will coninue to lead growing number of Pakistanis; young, committed cadres to a Naya Pakistan. A leader who grows and matures every single day, was the only one who named the TTP as the perpetrators of the heinous crime that we all still can not believe actually happened. We stand behind you Kaptaan in your invitation to Nawaz Sharif to now form the judicial commission on his own volition. There should be no doubt that investigation of the 2013 election will be a continued demand and our leader has clearly said if Nawaz Sharif fails to respond, we will be back on the streets again. Justice will be demanded, the truth will be uncovered.

Salute Kaptaan and his team!

Imran khan Announces End of Dharna

Today my Nation wants me to stand by them and I will ! But I ask Nawaz Sharif, Will you stand by the country’s demand to investigate elections? Looking at situation in country we look towards you now. Democracy is not in just elections, it is in free and fair elections.

If required we will come back out on streets: says Imran Khan.

Here is a round up from Senior Anchors, Analysts and Politicians

We started the Dharna for National Interest, We are ending it for National Interest, it’s as simple as that.

Peshawar school attack: Imran khan postpones Dec 18 nationwide shutdown

PESHAWAR: As death toll from Peshawar school attack sends shock waves across the country, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Tuesday decided to postpone his party’s nationwide shutdown scheduled for December 18,

At least 120 people, mostly school students, were killed when armed gunmen stormed the school building located on Warsak Road.

PTI chief Imran, while speaking to the media, condemned the brutal attack and said his party will not go ahead with his decision to shut down the entire country.

Imran had announced to ‘paralyse’ Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore and then the entire country as part of his ‘Plan C’ to put pressure on the government for an audit of 2013 general elections.

No hostages: Terrorists wanted to inflict maximum casualties, says DG ISPR

PESHAWAR: The aim of the terrorists was to inflict maximum damage as they did not try to take any hostages, Army spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa told reporters on Tuesday evening.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Maj Gen Bajwa said that the terrorists entered the school from the lesser guarded rear entrance backside using a ladder. He added that the militants started to fire their weapons indiscriminately as soon as they entered the school auditorium. “This shows that they [terrorists] did not want to take any hostages.”

But Bajwa added that they were trying to uncover the depth of the militant’s plan given that the army had recovered ammunitions and rations from the militants which could have seen them last for days.

Quick army action rescued dozens

The ISPR DG said that within 15 minutes of the attack, a Quick Response Force (QRF) of the military had reached the school and started an operation against terrorists. Bajwa said that a total of 1099 students and staff were registered in the school, and that security forces managed to rescue 960 of them. Of these, 121 had been injured. Total 132 children and nine staffers were killed in the attack, he added.

While sharing the operational details of the terror attack and the subsequent counter-operation, the army spokesperson said that QRF pushed the seven terrorists back and confined them to the administration block.

He added that the Chief of Army Staff Genral Raheel Sharif directed an SSG group and its specialised unit SSG to conduct a rescue operation.

During the rescue operation, one of the attackers was killed at the door of the auditorium, while three others were sniped through the windows of the administration block. The remaining three militants were killed as the security forces stormed the admin block.

The operation left seven SSG personnel and two officers injured.

Bajwa claimed that the militants were in contact with their handlers during the attack and that soon after the QRF had moved in, the army intercepted their communication. “We know who they are and who they were in contact with but details can not be share due to operation reasons.”

“They were aware of locations and they must have carried out the recce of the area. And it is highly possible that someone from inside might have tipped them off,” said Bajwa.

The military spokesperson said that the area has been cleared and school has been handed back to its administration. However, an army cordon around the school was maintained late into the night as the military conducted controlled demolitions of recovered explosives.

Dispelling reports that there were intelligence intercepts warning of possible attacks on government and military installations, Bajwa said there were general threats regarding a terrorist attack on government and army installations since the start of Operation Zar-e-Azb, but the school had not been mentioned specifically.

‘I saw death so close’

PESHAWAR: A teenage survivor of Tuesday’s Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar school described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill.

Militants rampaged through the army-run school in Peshawar and killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in one of the bloodiest ever attacks in Pakistan.

Speaking from his bed in the trauma ward of the city’s Lady Reading Hospital, Shahrukh Khan, 16, said he and his classmates were in a careers guidance session in the school auditorium when four gunmen wearing paramilitary uniforms burst in.

“Someone screamed at us to get down and hide below the desks,” he said, adding that the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) before opening fire.

“Then one of them shouted: ‘There are so many children beneath the benches, go and get them’,” Khan told AFP.

“I saw a pair of big black boots coming towards me, this guy was probably hunting for students hiding beneath the benches.”
Khan said he felt searing pain as he was shot in both his legs just below the knee.

He decided to play dead, adding: “I folded my tie and pushed it into my mouth so that I wouldn’t scream.

“The man with big boots kept on looking for students and pumping bullets into their bodies. I lay as still as I could and closed my eyes, waiting to get shot again.

“My body was shivering. I saw death so close and I will never forget the black boots approaching me — I felt as though it was death that was approaching me.”

The Army Public School is attended by boys and girls from both military and civilian backgrounds.

As his father, a shopkeeper, comforted him in his blood-soaked bed, Khan recalled: “The men left after some time and I stayed there for a few minutes. Then I tried to get up but fell to the ground because of my wounds.

“When I crawled to the next room, it was horrible. I saw the dead body of our office assistant on fire,” he said.

“She was sitting on the chair with blood dripping from her body as she burned.”

It was not immediately clear how the female employee’s body caught fire, though her remains were also later seen by an AFP reporter in a hospital mortuary.

Khan, who said he also saw the body of a soldier who worked at the school, crawled behind a door to hide and then lost conciousness.
“When I woke up I was lying on the hospital bed,” he added.

Pakistan crush New Zealand by 147 runs in third ODI

Pakistani captain and spinner Shahid Afridi celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor during the third Day-Night International cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sharjah cricket stadium in Sharjah. -AFP Photo

SHARJAH: Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a swashbuckling hundred and Shahid Afridi made a fiery 55 and took three wickets to lead Pakistan to a crushing 147-run win over New Zealand in the third one-dayer in Sharjah on Sunday.

Shehzad’s 120-ball 113 created the foundation of Pakistan’s biggest-ever total against New Zealand of 364-7 before they dismissed the Black Caps for 217 in 38.2 overs to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

Pakistan won the first game by three wickets in Dubai while New Zealand took the second by four wickets, also played in Sharjah.

The win was Pakistan’s second biggest win against New Zealand, just behind their 153-run win at Karachi in 2002.

Shehzad’s knock, his sixth one-day hundred, was spiced with a dozen boundaries and two sixes while Afridi pulverised the bowlers with three sixes and six boundaries off just 25 balls.

It proved too much for New Zealand who were jolted right at the start with lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan (2-26) dismissing Anton Devcich (nought) and Martin Guptill (12) by the sixth over.

Captain Kane Williamson hit 46 while Ross Taylor made 31 during a stand of 45 for the third wicket but Afridi (3-37) had Taylor bowled while Haris Sohail dismissed the New Zealand skipper to leave them struggling at 115-4.

Sohail also had Jimmy Neesham (two) and Nathan McCullum (15) to finish with 3-45. Luke Ronchi was the last man out, bowled by Afridi for 41.

The 23-year-old Shehzad, who has scored hundreds in all three formats this year, built invaluable partnerships after giving Pakistan a brisk start of 63 with Mohammad Hafeez who made a 26-ball 33 with five fours and a six.

Shehzad added another 70 for the second wicket with Younis Khan (35) and 77 for the third with Asad Shafiq (23).

His innings helped Pakistan overcome the loss of regular skipper Misbah-ul Haq, who has been ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury sustained in the second match.

Shehzad finally holed out in the 37th over as paceman Matt Henry also removed Shafiq with the very next ball.

Stand-in skipper Afridi and Sohail (28-ball 39) ensured Pakistan did not lose sight of a big total with an 89-run stand for the fifth wicket off just 45 balls.

Sohail hit five boundaries and a six. Afridi’s whirlwind knock helped Pakistan collect 125 runs in the last ten overs. Sarfraz Ahmed chipped in with 30 not out off 14 balls.

Ironically, New Zealand had scored the previous highest total of 338-4 at this ground against Bangladesh in 1990. Anderson’s ten overs cost 96 runs as the Kiwi bowlers were hit to all corners of the park.

Misbah was replaced by Umar Akmal while New Zealand brought in McCullum, Neesham and Guptill. The fourth and fifth matches will be played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday.

Amir Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight

Welterweight boxer Amir Khan (L) battles with Devon Alexander of the US during a welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. — Reuters

LAS VEGAS: British boxer of Pakistani origin Amir Khan defeated Devon Alexander by a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight, using his superior hand speed and strength to dominate the American southpaw for 12 rounds.

The 28-year-old Khan consistently beat Alexander to the punch, jabbing his way to victory in the non-title fight on all three judges’ scorecards, 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

“I think it was one of my best performances,” said Khan, who looked unscathed except for a welt under his left eye. “I am the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I am getting better.”

Khan used his jab effectively to set up combinations that earned him the bulk of points as both fighters made it to the final bell in front of a crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Khan also showed off his much-improved defensive skills, the result of hooking up with trainer Virgil Hunter in September 2012.

Alexander, who looked impressive in his last fight against Jesus Soto Karass, went into the 12th round needing a knockout to win.

Khan was originally scheduled to fight the American for Alexander’s International Boxing Federation welterweight title last December in New York. But the Briton scrapped the bout because he thought he had a chance at landing a bank-breaking dream fight with Floyd Mayweather that never came off.

Alexander then lost the title to Shawn Porter, and Khan’s fellow Brit Kell Brook snatched it from Porter in August.

Khan won every round on one judge’s scorecard, all but one on a second and all but two on the third card. He connected on 43 percent of his shots, compared to just 20 percent for Alexander.

“I just fought a three-time world champion and proved myself to be a force at 147 pounds,” Khan said. “I think I’m getting better with age. I’m better than I was at 26 and now just starting to hit my peak at 28. I worked very hard and put on one of my best performances.”

Boxing fans the world over are hoping unbeaten Mayweather’s next fight is against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, but Khan showed Saturday that he would be a solid opponent if the highly-anticipated “richest fight in boxing history” can’t be realized.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan, who was fighting for just the second time as a welterweight. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt.”

In another welterweight fight at a different Las Vegas venue Saturday, former two division champion Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves fought to a 12-round controversial draw.

The decision resulted in plenty of boos from boxing fans who thought Bradley deserved the win.