Dr. Abdus Salam: Nonsense that won a Nobel prize! | A headline from history | 28th January


Today on 84th birthday of Dr. Abdus Salam. I am sharing a piece of news that was published in 1979, when Dr. Salam received a Nobel prize in Physics.

Megaupload.com blocked (shutdown) | Anonymous hacked Universal Music and other sites


On January 19 MegaUpload.com, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. MegaVideo, the streaming site belonging to same company, and a total of 18 domains connected to the Mega company were seized and datacenters in three countries raided. The official statement of US justice department can be found here

Just a few weeks ago, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak that his Mega ventures have nothing to worry about, as they operate within the rules of the law.

Complete copy of this Indictment can be found here
A day after the SOPA protest on the web by Wikepedia, Firefox, Piratebay, the hacker group Anonymous has taken the blackout theme to a whole new level: in retaliation for the closure of the Megaupload file-sharing site, and for its own SOPA protest, the group has started to systematically take down a number of websites for groups connected to the Megaupload case, including government bodies. Anonymous Hackers Hit DOJ, Universal Music, MPAA And RIAA After MegaUpload Takedown.

This was reported by Anonymous twitter account

On December 9, 2011, Megaupload published a music video titled: "The Mega Song", showing artists including Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys and will.i.am endorsing the company. The music video was also uploaded to YouTube, but was removed following a takedown request by the record company Universal Music Group (UMG). Megaupload said that the video contained no infringing content, commenting: "we have signed agreements with every featured artist for this campaign". Megaupload requested an apology from UMG, and filed a lawsuit against the company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Ashraf Aman first Pakistani to conquer the "killer mountain" K2

Pakistan history in the sports on mountaineering starts when in 1977 first Pakistani succeeded in climbing upto the summit of K2. Ashraf Aman is the first Pakistani to succeed in climbing the K2 summit which is also notoriously known as the "Killer Mountain". It once killed 16 people during a climbing expedition while 7 of them were highly experienced climbers and the rest 9 were high altitude porters.

Fosco Maraini describe the beauty of K2 in his book
"Just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man – or of the cindered planet after the last” Fosco Maraini

Sheikh Mujib ur Rehman release and events on January 8, 1972

On 16 December 1971, the allied forces of the Indian army and the Mukti Bahini defeated the West Pakistani forces deployed in the East. The resulting surrender was the largest in number of prisoners of war since World War II.

Upon assuming the presidency after Yahya Khan's resignation, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto responded to intense international pressure and released Mujib on January 8, 1972. These are some pictures of the events after this day.

Alif Noon amusing but also notorious for its lessons | Kamal Ahmed Rizvi

For youngster; no we are not talking about the political Alif Noon that you see on your TV now a days more often seen fighting to be the next ruler of Pakistan, blaming each other. It seems like ages to see something of monumental coming from PTV. Back in 90s when PTV was the only channel for the entertainment for mass Public, off course these were days when electronic media being controlled by the Govt. But there was more than manipulated media to remember of these days, there was a sense in media to follow moral values in society. These were the days when each and every second was rehearsed and scrutinized before putting it on air waves, the ultimate objective was to give the viewers best of best while assuring no-moral values of society have been compromised. List of impressive fantastic serials of the age of PTV is deep with all types of genres.

Qalandar Momand Life and struggle | Biography

By Shaheen Buneri
The eminent Pashto writer, poet, playwright, linguist, critic, research scholar and the patron chairman of the Peshawar Press Club, Prof. Habibur Rehman Qalandar Momand, devoted his whole life to the promotion of Pushto language and development of critical thought among the budding Pakhtun writers and poets.

Qalandar was born on 1st September, 1930. After passing his matriculation examination with distinction, he got admission at historic Islamia College. From his early days, he had a special flair for literary and research pursuits. He was a true revolutionary who worked all his life for the social, political and cultural emancipation of his people. He got his MA in English literature and LLB degrees from the University of Peshawar with distinction.

Dr. Abdus Salam: The Coffee House of Lahore By K K Aziz

The following are unedited pages from the Chapter 7 : The Roll of Honor a book by K.K Aziz : The Coffee House of Lahore.
  The Coffee House of Lahore By K K Aziz
Among my contemporaries and colleagues in Government College, companions in the Coffee House of Lahore and friends at these places and Elsewhere there is only one genius, and that was Abdus Salam.

Dungens of Lahore Fort | Symbol of Zia-ul-Haq dictatorship and Mughuls regime

Dungeons of Lahore fort that were once used by the Mughal Emperos to torture and imprison those who planned mutiny against their Empire were reopened for people to visit. But last time I visited back in 2011 they were still closed for renovation works. These Dungeons are more than a heritage of this country. They are a symbol of suppression of people's power, how Generals, King and Politicians have used these Dungeons for extra judicial killings of rebels of their times. Military dictator Zia ul Haq used these dungeons as slaughter house and torture cells during his regime. The Punjab Police CID had a detention center in the dungeons and other state intelligence services routinely tortured political activists and their like in those holding cells, their screams resonating in other cells, in complete isolation from the rest of the world.

List of Poems written by Arfa Karim Randhawa


I was reading about Arfa Karim on internet when I found a website that was sharing some beautiful poems written by Arfa Karim Randhawa

Dr. Abdus Salam : rebellion against religious Fanaticism

As a teenager who grew up being brain washed in government administered and enforced schools, our syllabuses always forced us to believe how exceptional our country. I was forced to believe how Pakistan is the most intellectually enriched country with a past full of saints, emperors and philosophers. But somehow they the system forgot to mention about a forgotten legend Dr. Abdus Salam.These were the times with no Internet no source for juvenile minds to clear facts and figures.

There is a paragraph in a book of Physics how he got Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. But we have to ask ourself is it enough to pay a tribute to humble patriotic genius like Dr. Salam. How do Dr.Salam`s faith have anything to do with his work for the progress of the mankind ? I guess this is a question even our educational policy makers cannot answer. History books are a part of educational system to learned you last, to find a identity, the greatness and the weak links in your history. Keeping students away from facts is like tempering with minds.

Wonder how we denounce mind controlling in madrasa but some how we end up following the same paths. None else than Zia manipulated fanatic ideology in society is to be blame that created a hollow society, covered with a blanked of Islamic fundamentalism. Zia avoided Dr. Salam's company during Dr. Salam work and visits in Pakistan. Zia did not wanted to be seen and photographed shaking hands with Dr. Salam. It was a time of humiliation and embarrassment for Zia to shake hands with a member from the faith against whom he passed discriminatory laws (Ordinance XX).
In December 1979, on his arrival in Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad He was received by junior army officers who were military secretaries’ top provincial governors and the President. Convocation of the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad summoned to bestow on him the.
Honorary Doctorate of Science was canceled because of. The warning from the students belonging to the right-wing Jammat-i-Islami to disrupt the function, and the venue was shifted to the hall of the National Assembly. In Lahore his lecture arranged to be held at the campus of the Punjab University had to be moved to the Senate Hall in the city because certain groups had demonstrated a day earlier and threatened to murder Salam. The University of the Punjab refused to honor him with a degree. The Government College did not invite him even to be it its precinct.
Book The Coffee House of Lahore by K.K Aziz

Pakistani society demoralized him to make educational lectures in Universities while Universities from all around the world was offering honorary degrees. Dr. Salam gave lectures in numerous Universities of Arab Muslim world.

A year later when he was in India five Universities gave him honorary degrees, including the Guru Dev Nanak University of Amritsar where he delivered the convocation address on 25 January 1981 in the (rural) Punjabi, and the University had, on his request, brought to Amritsar four of his old teachers who' had taught him in Jhang and Lahore. The Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, invited him to her residence, made coffee for him with her own hands, and sat on the carpet throughout the meeting near Salam's feet, saying that was her way of honouring a great guest. Later in his tour of several Latin American countries, including Brazil, he was received everywhere at the airport by the head of the State.
Book The Coffee House of Lahore by K.K Aziz

 In 1986 the Director General ship of the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) fell vacant and nominations were solicited. Salam wanted to be considered and everyone was sure that he would be elected. But the rule was that a candidate must be nominated by his own country. Pakistan nominated Lt.-General Yaqub Khan, a retired army officer. Both Britain and Italy offered to nominate Salam if he agreed to become their national. He refused. The Pakistani General received one vote. A French woman member of the electorate, when pressed by her government to vote for the Pakistani candidate, resisted, protested and then resigned, saying" An army general will run the UNESCO over my dead body."
Salam died; full of honours and laurels from across the world, on 21 November 1996 in Oxford. His brother who lived in Lahore asked the Government if it would like to provide protocol on the occasion of the arrival of the coffin. There was no response. He was buried in Rabwah on 25 November at 11.00 A.M at the foot of his mother's grave. I have provided these details of Salam's life and career because his biography is not available and few of my readers would know how he lived and worked. Now for my reminiscences of him.
Book The Coffee House of Lahore by K.K Aziz

Professor Dr. Abdus Salam, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1979, science advisor to Government of Pakistan (1960-1974), founding director of Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission(SUPARCO),received the Sitara-e-Pakistan for contribution to science in Pakistan (1959) and founded the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy which was renamed as The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in the honour of Salam in 1997.

Mystic Pashto poet Qalandar Momand Poetry colletion


Sahibzada Habib-ur-Rahman Qalandar Momand (September 1, 1930 - February 4, 2003) was a well known Pashto scholar, poet, critic, short story writer, journalist, linguist, lexicographer, and academician. He was also a trade unionist, nationalist political activist and a member of the Communist Party of Pakistan. He wrote most of his mystic poetry during the time he was imprisoned by Field Marshal General Mohammad Ayub Khan's in the dungeons of the notorious Lahore Fort. This is one of his beautiful work I found on this site.

Journey from Habib ur Rehman to being Qalandar Momand

Sahibzada Habib-ur-Rahman Qalandar Momand (September 1, 1930 - February 4, 2003) was a well known Pashto scholar, poet, critic, short story writer, journalist, linguist, lexicographer, and academician. He was also a trade unionist, nationalist political activist and a member of the Communist Party of Pakistan.

Qalandar Momand was one of the crown poets of Pashto language with a beautiful and tasteful language, He was jailed by Field Marshal Ayub Khan since he symbolized the potent Pukhtun voice
Article By Afzal Hussain Bokhari

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