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Muammar al Gaddafi: A Political Obituary

Talking about Early Elections Is a Joke: Gilani

Islamabad: Prime Minister Gilani

has declared the present government is entering its fifth year of rule and was preparing to present its fifth budget in June 2012, so talking about early elections is no more than a "joke." "How can you afford to dislodge an elected government? It would be inviting a third party," he remarked and advised the opposition parties to follow the constitution and mobilize the masses for the next elections, which would be held in 2013. Gilani said since the president has surrendered his powers of dissolving the assemblies in favor of the prime minister, why should he advise to dissolve the assemblies. "There is a constitutional process. If they (the opposition parties) do not like me they can bring a noconfidence motion against me in the assembly", he remarked and added the Constitution provides a procedure for the impeachment of the president. In response to a question about PML-N's intentions to


Pakistan as Seen by an American Correspondent

PML-N Rally in Lahore Asks Zardari to Go

Turkey Hosts Afghanistan-Pakistan Talks

Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari met along with Turkish President Abdullah Gul while their army chiefs consulted ahead of an international conference on Afghanistan. Afghanistan accuses Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) agency of supporting Taliban insurgents who have launched a string of dramatic attacks in recent months as foreign troops prepare to pull out most combat troops by 2014. It broke off talks with Pakistan after the assassination in September of Afghan peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani, which it blamed on Taliban insurgents it said were based in the Pakistani city of Quetta. "Now is perhaps the time to try to reverse


Anaheim, CA: The Islamic Shura

Council of Southern California has announced that Eid al Adha will be celebrated on Sunday, November 6.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (center), his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari (right) and Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai (left) are all smiles after their meeting in Istanbul

Pakistan Supports Military Action against Terrorists

Perth: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza

Gilani has said that Pakistan supports military action against terrorists and extremists to safeguard its own interest and global peace. "We are supporting military action against terrorists and extremists. The terrorists are working against the interest of my country and we are fighting for the peace, prosperity and progress of the entire world," Gilani said in an interview with ABC News' political correspondent Lyndal Curtis in Perth before leaving for home. Prime Minister Gilani said as a frontline state, Pakistan paid a huge price not only in the form of casualties but also in the shape of weakening national economy. He said he had got the Pakistani nation united against the fight against terrorism. "Nobody can win a war without the support of the masses. All the political forces [in Pakistan] including the parliament are on one page," he said. He mentioned that the casualties by NATO forces combined were far less in number than Pakistan alone. He condemned the recent incident of death of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan and added that he condemned every incident of



Afghanistan and Pakistan held their first talks on Tuesday since

the assassination of an Afghan peace negotiator, in a meeting hosted by Turkey

to heal a rift undermining prospects of ending the Afghan war.

Imran's Lahore Rally Stuns Opponents


Imran Khan surprised his detractors on Sunday by holding a massive public meeting, described by political observers as one of the biggest rallies held in Lahore over the past two decades. And in a hard-hitting speech he asked the rulers to declare their assets and threatened a civil disobedience movement and a countrywide blockade if they did not do so. "Declare your assets or face the wrath of people," the Pakistan Tehriki-Insaaf chief roared. He said the declaration of politicians' assets was necessary for transparent governance. If politicians did not do so, the PTI would set up a commission to prepare a

Nisar Lashes out at Imran & MQM

Islamabad: Leader of Opposition in

the National Assembly and PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Monday that the "Zardari group" had taken the country to a situation from which no single party could steer it out. Although the PML-N leader, as usual, lambasted President Zardari and the policies of the present government, the main target of his criticism were PTI chief Imran Khan and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. Unlike his other party colleagues, Chaudhry Nisar acknowledged that the cricketer-turned politician had managed to arrange a good show in Lahore on Sunday, but said conclusions could not be drawn on the basis of just one public meeting. He said politics was not a twenty-twenty cricket match. "You cannot bring about revolution in the country by gathering people from different cities in one city. You


Imran Khan laid out his "plan to save the country" as his supporters, including a large number of youths and women, raised enthusiastic slogans

list of politicians and their assets and take it to court, he said.

Mr Khan laid out his "plan to save the country" as his supporters, includ-

ing a large number of youths and women,


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UWS Launches Anwar Khawaja's Books & Organizes Mushaira

Olive Tree Initiative Club Hosts President Obama's Sister

Sadequain Foundation Wins Accolades

Niswa Association Is Helping Muslim Families in Crisis since 1990

Glimpses of the annual fundraising banquet organized by the Niswa Association at the Hyatt OC, Garden Grove on October 8, 2011

Garden Grove, CA: Niswa Associa-

tion held its Annual Gala and Dinner on Saturday, October 8th at the Hyatt OC in Garden Grove, CA. The evening offered Sufi-themed ambience and entertainment by renowned singer Ustade Maa Zila Khan. Ms. Khan is recognized as one of the most powerful Sufi singers in the world. Niswa Association is a non-profit social service organization which was founded by a group of South Asian

women and has been helping families in crisis for over 20 years. Niswa runs a Muslim women's shelter for victims of domestic violence, the first of its kind in the United States. They also provide a 24-hour hotline, counseling, legal assistance, job training, financial aid, health seminars, case management, referral services and housing assistance to help women and children in need. The audience of 350 guests en-

joyed a scrumptious Middle Eastern dinner and were entertained by comedy and impersonations by the emcees, Zishan and Naseem Qader. Then Niswa Vice-President Arshia Ghani told a compelling story about one of Niswa's clients and explained the services which Niswa offers. The presentation ended with Niswa's founder Dr. Shamim Ibrahim talking about the challenges women face and her hopes for the next generation of

young women. The successful fundraiser effort resulted in providing Niswa with much needed funds to complete construction on a new building which will be used as a rental property and transitional housing facility for Niswa clients. The music lovers in attendance were mesmerized by the voice of Ustade Maa Zila Khan, who sang until late into the night. With an impecca-

ble lineage, representing the seventh generation of legendary Hindustani classical musicians and now India's most celebrated Sufi singer, Zila Khan is also one of the most powerful Sufi singers in the world. She is the daughter of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. The enthusiastic guests were on their feet to show Ms. Khan their appreciation and love of her music. Please visit for more information.



Urdu Writers Society of North America Launches Anwar Khawaja's Books & Organizes Mushaira

Glimpses of the mushaira-cum-book launching ceremony at the Marhaba Halal Chinese Palace. Pictures by Natasha Khawaja and YKKB

n By Akhtar Faruqui Cerritos, CA: The Urdu Writers Society of North America Inc. (UWS)


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organized a mushaira-cum-booklaunching ceremony at the Marhaba Halal Chinese Palace on October 1. The event drew a large number of

literati and lovers of Urdu to hear scintillating poetical work of leading poets of Los Angeles and witness an absorbing book-launching ceremo-

ny preceding the mushaira. The event was a great success, thanks to the untiring efforts of Irfan Murtaza, President, UWS, who was

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Glimpses of the mushaira-cum-book launching ceremony at the Marhaba Halal Chinese Palace. Pictures by Natasha Khawaja and YKKB

Abdul Kalam, CEO, UWS and office bearers of the Urdu Writers Society in organizing the event. The poets who participated in the mushaira and won spontaneous applause from the appreciative audience included Mohammad Anwar, Atiya Niazi, Tabish Khanzada, Zafar Abbas, Irfan Murtaza, Asifa Nishat, Asadullah Hussaini Chakkar and Majeed Akhtar. Dr Meher Tabatabai and Mr Qaisar Madad were the chief guests of the evening. Consul Dr Khalid Ejaz and his wife were also present. Masroor Jawaid, who had especially flown from New York, admirably emceed the book-launching part of the function. His witticism and well-meaning banter had an enlivening influence on the proceedings. The book-inauguration ceremony marked the launching of two books - `Barida Badan' and `Safed Pathar' - of Anwar Khawaja, a wellknown literary figure, who has made his mark as a story writer and written

consistently for more than four decades. He is currently the Resident Editor of Urdu Link. His work has won accolades over the years: recently it was described as "nothing short of a feast" by Link's leading columnist, Arif Hussaini. Three local writers - Dr Firoz Alam, Zafar Abbas and Parvin Imdad - also read papers highlighting Khawaja's writings. Dr Alam's review was succinct and an apt summation of the writer's literary contribution. An outstanding story-writer himself, Dr Alam observed that a man may achieve quintessential excellence in his field but he is worth little if he does not happen to be a good human being. "Anwar Sahib sab se barh kar ye khasoosiat rakhte haen kae woh niahiat acche insan haen. Maen nae unko har zawiaye sae dekha hae, unse barh kar mukhlis, khaksar fitrat, sabir, Allah ki marzi kae samne razi baraza aur saada insaan kam hi meri nazron sae guzra hae. Shayad yehi

wajah hae kae panch dahion sae mutawatir likhnae kae bawajood unko Urdu adab kae aek wasitunazur maen woh shaurat aur muqam nahin mila jis kae woh haqdar thae kiyon kae aaj kae dor maen adab maen muqam hasil karane kae liyae quwwatae tehrir kae alawa aur bhi kuch chahiye." Mrs Parveen Imdad, in her paper, observed: "Anwar Khawaja Sahib nae bari maharat sae apnae ham asaron ki adabi kawishon ko sarahtae huae in sat motabir hastiyon kae sath bitae huae sohbat kae chand dinon ki yadon kae qieemti sarmae maen ham sab ko shamil honae ki dawat di hae." Zafar Abbas too paid glowing tributes to Khawaja's person and work. Natasha Khawaja, daughter of the gifted writer, informed the gathering that her father "researches at great length and incorporates his own personal experience into his work ... his research entails that he engages the reader in a way that he cannot put down the book" and remains fully ab-

sorbed in its contents. Khawaja is not only a fine writer, but a perfect gentleman, personifying the best traits of the people of Pakistan's north western frontier. Their sterling qualities of truthfulness and uncompromising honesty have endeared them to all and sundry. Governor Olaf Caroe during the Raj testified to these enviable traits in his monumental book "The Pathans." "There is not one mean bone in his sturdy frame," testified Arif Mansuri, President and Managing Editor of Pakistan Link. True. Many in the audience and Khawaja's colleagues present on the occasion shared Mansuri's view. Not surprising, the spacious Marhaba Palace hall burst into a thunderous and spontaneous applause as Mansuri, overwhelmed by his feelings for Khawaja, cited a line from a famous qawwali, "Maen to Khawaja ki diwani ...," to pay his personal tribute to the writer. The Urdu Writers Society of

North America and Pakistan Link gave awards to Anwar Khawaja in appreciation of his literary contributions on the eventful evening. The Urdu Writers Society also gave awards to Abubakr Vakil, Mohammad Ishaq, and Jamal Khawaja, prominent community leaders, in appreciation of their services for the promotion of Urdu in North America.


Cosulate General Eid-ul-Adha Holidays

he Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles will remain closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7-9, 2011, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and Iqbal Day. 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1250 Los Angeles, CA-90024 Tel: (310) 441-5114. [email protected] org


Islam's Treasures on Display at New York's Museum

"The public will find galleries filled with magnificent works of art that evoke the plurality of the Islamic tradition and the vast crossfertilization of ideas and artistic forms that has shaped our shared cultural heritage." The art pieces were acquired by collectors in the United States between the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the early 1930s. Many works came to the American market as exotic treasures as interest in and travel to the Middle East from Europe and the United States exploded, spawning a vast travel literature and piquing curiosity on both sides of the Atlantic about "The Orient". They cut across numerous domains including the world of science, such as a 13th-century astrolabe, the tool used by astronomers, navigators and astrologers of the era. From the world of architecture, there is an example of Indian windows made from intricately carved wood. The world of sculpture is represented by Iranian statues, made from stucco, measuring a meter and a half (five feet) tall. There is beautiful Arabic calligraphy next to ancient Qur'ans and ornate weaponry, including swords encrusted with rubies, silver and gold. One gem is the recreation of the reception room of a large residence in Damascus, dating back to the 18th century. Its marble floor has a geometric design with magnificent red velour pillows strewn throughout and its wooden walls are inscribed with verses from the Qur'an. "It's one of the highlights of the galleries," Baumeister said. "It's one of our biggest achievements."


NYPD Shadows Muslims Who Change Names, Says AP Report

Visitors look at ancient artifacts during a press preview of new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

People march in the American Muslim Day Parade on September 26, 2010 in New York

New York: Masterworks of Islamic

art will once again be on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum, which this week reopens an exhaustive installation following an eightyear renovation. New York's biggest and most comprehensive art museum unveils on November 1 its "New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia." Refurbished at a cost of some $50 million, the 15 galleries will display 1,200 breathtaking works from the Middle East and North Africa meticulously arranged in a stunning new exhibition space. "I think that what these galleries provide is a much better understanding of the complexity and also the interconnection between different cultures within Islamic art," said curator Mechthild Baumeister. "If you think about the art in these galleries, it spans 13 centuries," she said. "It's important to go back in history to understand the development of a culture, development of a style, interaction between cultures. Nothing exists in isola-

tion." The museum's galleries have been refurbished and re-envisioned to provide a show-stopping setting for the Metropolitan's Islamic art collection, one of the largest anywhere in the world. "The opening of these extraordinary new galleries underscores our mission as an encyclopedic museum and provides a unique opportunity to convey the grandeur and complexity of Islamic art and culture at a pivotal moment in world history," said Met director Thomas Campbell. The 15 new galleries trace the course of Islamic civilization over 13 centuries, covering a broad geographic expanse encompassing the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Central and South Asia. "This new geographic orientation signals a revised perspective on this important collection, recognizing that the monumentality of Islam did not create a single, monolithic artistic expression, but instead connected a vast geographic expanse through centuries of change and cultural influence," Campbell said.

New York: Muslims who change their

Olive Tree Initiative Club Hosts Readable Passport System Becomes President Obama's Sister Operational

The Olive Tree Initiative OTI attempts to promote dialogue and understanding of conflicts and trains students to become more empathetic about issues. For the first time since its inception, a group of young juniors at University High School in Irvine have pioneered the initiative at their high school in order to build understanding between different cultures and promote peace. "We are color blind. We don't care about someone's color or reli- Fellow authors Anila Ali and Karen Gottlieb gion and we don't make flank Maya Soetoro-Ng, center, before the book friends based on that," reading at the University High School said Sara Ali, president of the Club. Obama's sister, Dr Maya Soetoro Ng, Ellen Emerson, vice president, who read from her children's book thinks that "we'll more alike than dif- and signed copies of it for the excited ferent, if we care to learn." audience. She was followed by Karen That's exactly what OTI pro- Gottlieb, a Jewish teacher who wrote motes, an experiential understand- a book Mommy am I a...? with a Paking so that students get multiple per- istani teacher, Anila Ali. spectives. The Club's first event was Both the books promote peace with a world class speaker, President and multiculturalism.

Los Angeles, CA: Machine Readable

Passport system would become operational with effect from November 01, 2011 at the Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles. For queries about issuance of Machine Readable Passport, please visit the Consulate website or send an e-mail at [email protected]


was actually, as these things go, a relatively good news story, that as a result of the increased dialogue between Pakistan and India and the fact that they have reestablished some hotlines and emergency procedures, they were able to speak directly, thereby avoiding an incident," the spokesperson said in answer to a question. "So that's a very, very good step, and the kind of step and the kind of progress we hope to see continue," Nuland added. According to other reports, the Indian press has praised the Pakistan Army for coolly resolving the matter.

names to sound more traditionally American, as immigrants have done for generations, or who adopt Arabic names as a sign of their faith are often investigated and catalogued in secret New York Police Department intelligence files, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The NYPD monitors everyone in the city who changes his or her name, according to internal police documents and interviews. For those whose names sound Arabic or might be from Muslim countries, police run comprehensive background checks that include reviewing travel records, criminal histories, business licenses and immigration documents. All this is recorded in police databases for supervisors, who review the names and select a handful of people for police to visit. The program was conceived as a tripwire for police in the difficult hunt for homegrown terrorists, where there are no widely agreed upon warning signs. Like other NYPD intelligence programs created in the past decade, this one involved monitoring behavior protected by the First Amendment. Since August, an Associated Press investigation has revealed a vast NYPD intelligence-collecting effort targeting Muslims following the terror attacks of September 2001. Police have conducted surveillance of entire Muslim neighborhoods, chronicling every aspect of daily life, including where people eat, pray and get their hair cut. Police infiltrated dozens of mosques and Muslim student groups and investigated hundreds more. Monitoring name changes illustrates how the threat of terrorism now casts suspicion over what historically has been part of America's story. For centuries, immigrants have Americanized their names in New York. The Roosevelts were once the van Rosenvelts. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz. Donald Trump's grandfather changed the family name from Drumpf. David Cohen, the NYPD's intelligence chief, worried that would-be terrorists could use their new names to lie low in New York, current and former officials recalled. Reviewing name changes was intended to identify people who either Americanized their names or took Arabic names for the first time, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the program. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne did not respond to messages left over two days asking about the legal justification for the program and whether it had identified any terrorists.

The goal was to find a way to spot terrorists like Daood Gilani and Carlos Bledsoe before they attacked. Gilani, a Chicago man, changed his name to the unremarkable David Coleman Headley to avoid suspicion as he helped plan the 2008 terrorist shooting spree in Mumbai, India. Bledsoe, of Tennessee, changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad in 2007 and, two years later, killed one soldier and wounded another in a shooting at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark. Sometime around 2008, state court officials began sending the NYPD information about new name changes, said Ron Younkins, the court's chief of operations. The court regularly sends updates to police, he said. The information is all public, and he said the court was not aware of how police used it. The NYPD program began as a purely analytical exercise, according to documents and interviews. Police reviewed the names received from the court and selected some for background checks that included city, state and federal criminal databases as well as federal immigration and Treasury Department databases that identified foreign travel. Early on, police added people with American names to the list so that if details of the program ever leaked out, the department would not be accused of profiling, according to one person briefed on the program. On one police document from that period, 2 out of every 3 people who were investigated had changed their names to or from something that could be read as Arabic-sounding. All the names that were investigated, even those whose background checks came up empty, were cataloged so police could refer to them in the future. The legal justification for the program is unclear from the documents obtained by the AP. Because of its history of spying on anti-war protesters and political activists, the NYPD has long been required to follow a federal court order when gathering intelligence. That order allows the department to conduct background checks only when police have information about possible criminal activity, and only as part of "prompt and extremely limited" checking of leads. The NYPD's rules also prohibit opening investigations based solely on activities protected by the First Amendment. Federal courts have held that people have a right to change their names and, in the case of religious conversion, that right is protected by the First Amendment.




San Diego-Based Sadequain Foundation Wins Accolades in Islamabad


n By Salman Ahmad

he occasion was launching of "Mystic Expressions by Sadequain ­ an Odyssey to Exaltation with Ghalib, Iqbal, Faiz and Sadequain," SADEQUAIN Foundation's eighth publication. The venue was the high security residence of the High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan, where the High Commissioner Tim George and wife Geraldine George hosted San Diego, California-based SADEQUAIN Foundation for the book launch and an exhibition of twentyfour giclee reproductions of the artist's works.

The book launch was attended by ambassadors from more than forty countries, including the United States, England, France, and Saudi Arabia along with high ranking officials from other foreign embassies and Pakistan's senior government officials. With the heightened negative sentiments toward Pakistan by most of the foreign press these days, it was a reprieve that expatriates living in Islamabad appreciated the best their host country has to offer. Speaking on the occasion, the Australian High Commissioner emphasized that art and culture bring people of the world together and that Australia and Pakistan have held strong cultural ties in the past. He pointed out that Sadequain was himself a recipient of Australia's cultural award in 1975 when he visited Australia on a cultural exchange program. Mystic Expressions, a 12 X 12 inch hard cover coffee table book, is the first of its kind, which presents a collection of Sadequain's illustrations and interpretations based on the select poetry of Ghalib, Iqbal, and Faiz. In addition, this book includes a comprehensive retrospect of his palette. The extraordinary collection of illustrative paintings and two large murals based on the poetry of Ghalib, Iqbal, and Faiz by Sadequain that are included in this book represent a confluence of the most extraordinary talent of the art and Urdu literature.

Left: US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter and wife at the exhibition, with the author, Salman Ahmad Right: Mystic Expression by SADEQUAIN ­ An Odyssey to Exaltation with Ghalib, Iqbal, Faiz, and Sadequain Below: A section of the audience

The verses that Sadequain selected to illustrate reflect various states of self-realization and consciousness. As archetypal expressions of mystic vision, these paintings transcend our latent susceptibilities. They hold a beacon to the path of enlightenment, guide through the gateway of spiritual freedom, and provide a conduit to transpersonal truth. In these paintings, Sadequain seeks to share his observations, experiences, and interpretations of the truth, and his relationship to the world around him and beyond through the poetry

of his choice. As a thinker, Sadequain was deeply interested in the issues that have challenged the best minds of the human race ­ the questions about the mysteries of the universe, meaning of life on our planet and beyond, role of human beings in the universe, freedom and self -determination, survival and progress, and the fine line between reason and emotion ­ even in his own poetry he deals with such issues. Sadequain is known to have painted day and night all through his

life. It is estimated he painted over 15,000 pieces. He recklessly lost most of his works. He did not keep an inventory and the traces of most of his works do not exist. The market value of his work is pegged at well over $800M. The SADEQUAIN Foundation has been engaged in exhaustive research to locate Sadequain's murals, paintings, calligraphies and drawings, and to this day continues to do so. This book presents the illustrative works based on the poetry of Ghalib, Iqbal, and Faiz that have so far been discovered by the Foundation. There are many more yet to be discovered and thus the search goes on. In a December 2009 article in the Pakistani daily newspaper DAWN, a prominent art personality was quoted as saying that, after a few decades or so, not many people (in Pakistan) would remember Sadequain, because by then, all traces of his work would be erased. It was a hurtful statement, but sadly may come true. In a manner similar to the cases of a few fortunate poets, who are immortalized by prominent singers, an artist's work has to be kept alive by catalogs, exhibitions, and museums. This book is an attempt to salvage what is available at the moment. The SADEQUAIN Foundation regularly receives requests from

scholars, professors, doctoral candidates, university and college students, as well as school students, who are engaged in research about Sadequain's life and work. Dr. Pirzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, stated in an article that Sadequain's poetry should be the subject of research at the highest scholarly levels. Hameed Haroon of DAWN publications also made a similar statement about Sadequain's art. If art captures the pulse of the nation, then Sadequain had his finger on this pulse. During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, in foreign lands, Sadequain's art was considered one of the most effective ambassadors of the nation. Though Sadequain is no longer with us, his work still is. He used to say that he did not want his work to be locked in institutions, palaces, or residences. He wanted his art to be displayed in public for all to see. But that is not the case, not even close. His labor of love is locked behind closed doors and is decaying rapidly. If not preserved physically and cataloged professionally, the fear expressed in December 2009 by the prominent art personality may indeed come true. The SADEQUAIN Foundation is a not-for-profit organization registered in the USA. It is dedicated to discover, preserve, and promote the art of Sadequain. In pursuance of its goals, the Foundation has executed exhaustive research to locate hundreds of pieces of Sadequain's artwork in places as far flung as Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Middle East, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, USA, Canada, and more. The Foundation is poised to publish the largest art catalog in the country comprising of 12 volumes of Sadequain's work, spreading over 1,000 pages of text and over 1,800 selective images, it holds regular exhibitions of Sadequain's works, and conducts seminars at museums and universities to raise awareness about Sadequain's prodigious palette. The Foundation supports research on Sadequain's life and work, and provides authentication with history, analyses, and provenance.

ISEB Hosts Diabetes Workshop for Seniors


n By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

he Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) is organizing a sevenweek workshop for seniors on diabetes. The workshop comes within the framework of Alameda County's Public Health Awareness Program.

Alameda County has a diverse population of almost 1.5 million, 60,000 of whom have Type 2 diabetes, according to official statistics. Approximately 1,400,000 of adult Californians have been diagnosed with diabetes at a cost of more than $12 billion a year. The program, testifying to `pre-

vention is better than cure' strategy, is conducted in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English languages. Rajinder Singh, a diabetes educator, is conducting the program at the ISEB Islamic Center. She is fluent in all the four languages. She says the objective of the seven-week workshop is to teach: How to manage diabetes? How to take medication? How and why to monitor blood sugar, manage stress, be active? How to enjoy the foods one loves while controlling diabetes? Educational material, measuring utensils, diabetic ID bracelets, glucose tablets and pedometers are provided

free of charge to the participants. The diabetes educational program is presented with the cooperation and coordination of the Muslim Support Network Above: Diabetes instructor and audience at the ISEB workshop (MSN). Zeby Mohsin, MSN Vice Pres- shop for the MSN seniors and she was for providing Iqra room of the ISEB ident, says this is the second diabetes invited again because it helped many center to conduct the diabetes eduworkshop arranged by her organiza- seniors to managing their diabetes. cational program. He said everybody tion in cooperation with the Alameda Abdulrazzak Adenwala, MSN is welcomed to attend this program County. Last year also Rajinder Singh Public Relations Secretary, has which is held on every Monday from conducted a similar seven-week work- thanked the ISEB Executive Board 11 AM to 1PM.




Suez Crisis in 1956. With a French mother and a Jewish religion, she and her family were labeled "undesirable" and were kicked out. She came to the US in 1963. "If you live long enough," she said, "you see everything."


in the White House Executive Office Building - makes one believe that the cacophony of extremism will not silence the voices of reason. These emerging young leaders are citizens of two worlds - one enriched by the cultural values of their parents and the other they enrich by their positive energy. During their visit to Washington they found that there are many people like them advising the US President on important matters. In fact, the Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Countries is a Muslim of Indian origin with some Pakistani familial connections. These people probably not only understand the issues but also perhaps symbolize the spirit of Islam more than those who only know how to destroy but cannot build anything. Through their demeanor the White House staffers effectively convey the message that America is not the source of all ills in the world. Rather, a lot energy of America and its citizens like them is spent in helping cure what ills the world. Even though it is Fall in Washington, but for these young Pakistani Americans it is Springtime in their lives. In his lecture series, Jim Rohn said that "attitude determines choice, and choice determines results. All that we are, and all that we can become has indeed been left unto us." These young Americans of Pakistani origin who gathered in the White House and the footsteps of US Capital will perhaps be the future ambassadors of goodwill between two countries. The generations before them have laid a firm foundation of friendship. The harvest they will reap in the fall of their lives will depend upon their attitude and how they take advantage of this foundation. As Jim Rohn would say: "By our own attitude we and we alone actually decide whether to succeed or fail." And so it will be for these young citizens of two worlds.


advocacy groups should also highlight the great work being done by our law enforcement, the White House, FBI, and the DOJ. It must not be forgotten that we, as Muslims, are freest in America and if we were to go back to our native countries we will face discrimination even if we are Muslim minorities, such as Shias face in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and Ahmedis in most Muslim countries. Thus it is in our interest to work in collaboration with our law enforcement and civil rights administrations and build bridges. Only then can we truly be Americans.


The NYPD is not alone in its monitoring of Muslim neighborhoods. The FBI has its own ethnic mapping program that singled out Muslim communities and agents have been criticized for targeting mosques. The name change program is an example of how, while the NYPD says it operates under the same rules as the FBI, police have at times gone beyond what is allowed by the federal government. The FBI would not be allowed to run a similar program because of First Amendment and privacy concerns and because the goal is too vague and the program too broad, according to FBI rules and interviews with federal officials. Police expanded their efforts in late 2009, according to documents and interviews. After analysts ran background checks, police began selecting a handful of people to visit and interview.

Internally, some police groused about the program. Many people who were approached didn't want to talk and police couldn't force them to. A Pakistani cab driver, for instance, told police he did not want to talk to them about why he took Sheikh as a new last name, documents show. Police also knew that a would-be terrorist who Americanized his name in hopes of lying low was unlikely to confess as much to detectives. In fact, of those who agreed to talk at all, many said they Americanized their names because they were being harassed or were having problems getting a job and thought a new name would help. But as with other intelligence programs at the NYPD, Cohen hoped it would send a message to would-be bombers that police were watching, current and former officials said. As it expanded, the program began to target Muslims even more directly, drawing criticism from Stuart Parker, an in-house NYPD lawyer, who said there had to be standards for who was being interviewed, a person involved in the discussions recalled. In response, police interviewed people with Arabic-sounding names but only if their background checks matched specific criteria. The names of those who were interviewed, even those who chose not to speak with police, were recorded in police reports stored in the department's database, according to documents and interviews, while names of those who received only background checks were kept in a separate file in the Intelligence Division. Donna Gabaccia, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, said that for many families, name changes are important aspects of the American story. Despite the myth that officials at Ellis Island Americanized the names of people arriving in the US, most immigrants changed their names themselves to avoid ridicule and discrimination or just to fit in, she said. The NYPD program, she said, turned that story on its head. "In the past, you changed your name in response to stigmatization," she said. "And now, you change your name and you are stigmatized. There's just something very sad about this." As for converts to Islam, the religion does not require them to take Arabic names but many do as a way to publicly identify their faith, said Jonathan Brown, a Georgetown University professor of Islamic Studies. Taking an Arabic name might be a sign that someone is more religious, Brown said, but it doesn't necessarily suggest someone is more radical. He said law enforcement nationwide has often confused the two points in the fight against terrorism. "It's just an example of the silly, conveyor-belt approach they have, where anyone who gets more religious is by definition more dangerous," Brown said. Sarah Feinstein-Borenstein, a 75-year-old Jewish woman who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was surprised to learn that she was among the Americans drawn into the NYPD program in its infancy. She hyphenated her last name in 2009. Police investigated and recorded her information in a police intelligence file because of it. "It's rather shocking to me," she said. "I think they would have better things to do. It's is a waste of my tax money." Feinstein-Borenstein was born in Egypt and lived there until the

ing both President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif that "change is not only imminent but already underway and the corrupt will not find a place now to hide".


Butt, Asif Found Guilty

raised enthusiastic slogans. Caravans of youths from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also attended the meeting in the vast Minar-i-Pakistan ground. Imran Khan said the PTI would never use the army against its own people nor would ever beg for aid. "Jinnah would have never begged and Imran will rather die than beg," he said. Though there was nothing new in the speech or the plan, the large meeting helped his party to maintain the momentum it had built with a series of rallies in Punjab and other areas. Mr Khan said the PTI would end corruption, declare an education emergency, improve tax collection, pursue an independent foreign policy, bring Balochistan into the mainstream national politics, end the war on terror and protect rights of minorities and women. He said most of the crises in the country were a result of corruption of the ruling elite. Once it is taken up by an independent election commission and judiciary, the rest will be easy. "Pakistan is losing over Rs3,000 billion a year in tax corruption. If it can be tapped, the country does not need foreign aid. Once the government wins the confidence of the people, economic woes would simply go away." Mr Khan said a country that had "over 180 billion tons of coal reserves could not in any way be called an energy-starved state". There is an equally great potential in hydro-electric resources. "If the PTI can run thermal units even at 70 per cent of their installed capacity, currently running at 25 to 30 per cent, the country will have no energy crisis," he said. On foreign policy, he said the focus should be on "independence, not slavery: the PTI will want friendship with everyone, including the Americans, but on the basis of equality. The Americans will be told that Pakistan cannot fight their war and Pakistan Army cannot do its bidding. "Ties with China will form the cornerstone of PTI's foreign policy. I am leaving tonight for China at the invitation of the Chinese government and friendship with them will be pursued to the fullest." In a bid to dispel a perception of belonging to the `ultra right wing' he said the PTI would "declare an education emergency for women; they will be educated and their right to property will be ensured as enshrined in Islamic laws. The minorities should rest assured that the PTI will stand for them once in power". He said drone attacks were part of the problem rather than a solution. "They are feeding terrorism. The PTI believes that they are pushing over one million armed Pakhtuns to the other side of the divide. Once Pakistan quits the US-sponsored war on terror, these one million armed tribal people will take care of militancy and terrorism in their areas. It is simply a matter of making the right choices." He said: "The Lahorites are slow to wake up, but once they do, as they are now, they are unstoppable." He urged the people to "mobilize themselves to save the country". He concluded his speech by warn-

prime minister stressed that Pakistan has the resolve and ability to fight against terrorism. "At times we need capacity building and for that we want the world to support us," he said adding, "We are lucky that the entire nation is united and they have the resolve and ability to fight against terrorism and extremism."


London: Pakistan cricketers Salman

the course," a Turkish official said on the eve of the talks between Karzai, Zardari and Gul. "We sense that they have a genuine wish to talk to each other because they realize this trend is not helping either of them," he said. Islamabad, which denies supporting the Taliban, has complained in turn that insurgents from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, have been using Afghanistan as a base from which to launch attacks in Pakistan. With the United States and its allies hoping to hand over responsibility for security to Afghan forces by 2014, the rift between Islamabad and Kabul has stoked fears Afghanistan will face an escalating civil war as foreign troops pull out. PAKISTAN ARMY CHIEF AT TALKS: With Pakistan's foreign and security policy set largely by the Pakistan Army, its chief, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, was holding separate talks in Istanbul with Afghanistan army chief General Sher Mohammad Karimi and the head of the Turkish military. The trilateral talks will be followed by a regional conference on Afghanistan to be attended by Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and their counterparts from France and Germany, among others. REGIONAL COUNTRIES TO PLAY SUPPORTIVE ROLE: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday Afghanistan's neighboring countries should have only supportive role in ensuring peace, security and territorial integrity of the war-torn country and the Istanbul Regional Conference would help further this cherished objective. Talking to APP in Istanbul where she would represent the country at the Istanbul Regional Conference on Wednesday, Khar said the meeting was being attended by immediate and extended neighbors of Afghanistan and important countries of the world with stakes in that country.


Butt and Mohammad Asif were convicted Tuesday of fixing parts of a test match in the most serious corruption scandal to hit the sport in more than a decade. Eleven years after South Africa captain Hanse Cronje was banned for life for taking bribes from bookmakers, a jury at London's Southwark Crown Court found former captain Butt and bowler Asif guilty of both counts of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments as part of a betting scam. The 12 jurors were unanimous in their decision that both players were guilty of conspiracy to cheat, but could only reach a 10-2 majority verdict on the charges that the pair took money to do so. The jury took 16 hours to rule that Butt was guilty of both offenses and that Asif had deliberately bowled noballs against England in August 2010. But it needed another three hours to decide by a 10-2 margin that Asif was also guilty of the more serious charge of accepting payment for the fix. Butt, Asif and fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who had already pleaded guilty to both charges, could be jailed for up to seven years when they are sentenced later this week. "Match-fixing is not just unsportsmanlike but is a serious criminal act," Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sally Walsh said. "The actions of these two top international players went against everything that was expected from someone in their positions and they failed to take into account their fans of all ages and nationalities when deciding to abandon the values of sportsmanship so unconditionally.


Dr Dildar Ahmad Running for Riverside Public Office

hold rallies in front of the Parliament and the Presidency after Muharram, the prime minister said, when all of their options will exhaust, he would talk to them and tell them that "the only way forward is democracy".


r. Dildar R. A h mad, a local Pakistani leader, is running for a public office in Riverside, California.

cannot change politics with just one public meeting," he said. Responding to Imran Khan's allegations in the cricketing language, he said his party was ready to face Imran's bowling. But he warned the PTI chairman to be ready to face "bouncers and googlies" when the PML-N would start bowling. "We are ready to face your bowling provided you follow the rules and don't resort to ball-tampering," he said.

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