Wednesday, February 10, 2010




Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:23 PM PST

10 Most Alien-Like Insects on Earth


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Astrological Affinity Between Horoscopes

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:21 PM PST

Divinely Speaking

Clarifying astrological Affinity between horoscopes

The backbone to how things work together in horoscopy is all about the Rule of Affinity. Between one person and another, between one person and a team, an organization, a country. There is no exception to this rule. It is the fundamental element behind all synergy in this created universe.

But a better explanation on affinity is in order. For most, affinity is when I love baseball, and you love baseball, so we can get married. And the ultimate surmisation: affinity=joy! These are major flaws only because the general capacity to understand the depths of the principle is limited to material gratification.

The Rule of Affinity in the metaphysics of astrology works at a very much higher level: soul physics. In this respect, what might be detestable in the view of the other, might just be the catalyst needed to drive that person into a specific direction. A synergy actually only happens when what is missing in one, is present in the other, and a mutuality happens where one fuels the other into growth; yet in unique and separate directions.

In the recent charts studied just at the yoga prediction level, I find that the horoscope of the PM, Najib Tun Razak, actually possesses more affinity with Malaysia's horoscope. This is based on a direct after-analysis of his horoscope, outside of the yoga prediction system. Affinity in this case means, they can work together. Najib and Malaysia make a good team. Najib is good for Malaysia's horoscope, and Malaysia is good for Najib's horoscope. But what does that really mean? This does NOT necessarily mean 'success'. Instead, what it really means is 'mutuality' where the two, Najib and Malaysia will get to feed each other's goals. The question therefore must be: what is Najib's goal, and what is Malaysia's goal? If Malaysia is going down the drain, and Najib's chart has affinity, then it might mean he's going to help make that happen, or if Malaysia's destiny can be better, might he steer it to better directions? As it is, if Malaysia is expected to grow into a 'developed' nation, he should become a powerful catalyst, even more so than the PM, to make it happen. It's just that I see some not-so-nice yogas that can actually be referred to as doshas as well in Najib's chart.

But in understanding that Malaysia's governance is no less than an executive decision, it is therefore a collective aggregate. I can shortcut the big job of developing a database of horoscopes of key representatives in parliament by simply relying on the nation's horoscope. So this is what I'm going to do next. Besides we have Malaysia's birth time, and the nation's horoscope is more reliable than even the PM's. So tune in tomorrow.

Najib Razak's Horoscope

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:21 PM PST

Divinely Speaking

Astrological yoga predictions for Najib Tun Razak's horoscope

The following are astrological yoga predictions for Najib Tun Razak's horoscope. These are from ancient dictums derived from absolute and non-compromising 'classic' formulas. It must be regarded as fragments of 'provisions'. From here, the diligent student should try to arrive at an intelligent aggregate and eventually synergize it with a wholesome and direct analysis of the actual natal chart (not done yet). I will leave this here for a while and allow everyone to soak in my compilation. So please do not call it my analysis. It is not. I just listed out what existing yogas are 'present' in the horoscopes of the PM and the DPM, and the 'interpretations' listed were results of ancient precise terms in Sanskrit. Only the commentary is mine. Here goes:

Pasa yoga: active, talkative, no character, possesses servants, imprisoned. Commentary: The term used is rajasika; implying one of action and involvement, always engaged. But how the algorithms could factor in talkative and 'character' I am doubtful. Servants imply that he will have aids to do his bidding; suggesting that he's a 'team' person. The last word 'imprisonment' can also mean 'made disabled', or restrictions imposed. At the worst, it can be blatant imprisonment.

Chandradhi yoga: He becomes a commander, minister or king, will have long life, live without disease, will prosper, and overcome enemies. Commentary: The word 'king' was often described as a penultimate position that will command respect from subjects, and where he will lead whole communities or societies. To 'overcome enemies' aside from the obvious, is also metaphorical implying an aptitude for great problem-solving.

Kemadruma yoga: Royal born, loses wife, possessions, poverty, misery, diseases, wretched, unclean, servitude, rogue, hated conduct. Commentary: He is born to a high-ranking family, will outlive his wife, but if his wife's horoscope is more powerful, than separation is possible, his living conditions may deteriorate, and he may sideline his primary objectives and become loathed by others rather than be understood.

Gajakesari yoga: Destroys enemies like lion, eloquent, noble in assembly, energetic, long life, builds bright fame, exceptional intellect, victorious by valor. Commentary: A much desired yoga, it gives the subject power to overcome, makes commanding delivery, stands respected in a crowd. He is energized, blessed with longevity and builds a name for himself with his dare and intellectual brilliance.

Kalanidhi yoga: Passionate, amiable virtues, honored by great kings, attended by armies and royal paraphernalia, no disease, dangers, enemies. Commentary: A man driven by vision and passion, he is respected by his superiors. And of course, "attended by armies and royal paraphernalia" is an absolute description of his position as the nation's Defense Minister. This yoga also blesses him with a disease free life or enemies.

We are not shocked - only disappointed

Posted: 09 Feb 2010 01:14 AM PST

The Federal Court's unanimous decision declaring Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir the rightful mentri besar of Perak does not do justice to the judiciary. It only confirmed that the Constitutional provisions mean nothing and that the decisions of our courts need not be rooted in a sense of fairness and justice.


Political agenda disguised

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 05:53 AM PST

Ch'ng Teng Liang looks at the motive of those who demonstrated against the Penang state governent on 5 February, ostensibly in defence of Malay illegal hawkers.

Is Altantuya a forbidden issue?

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 05:33 AM PST

Malaysia's leading political cartoonist Zunar has condemned the action of the police and officers from the Home Ministry who confiscated his book "1 Funny Malaysia" from bookstores in Penang, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur recently. According to news reports, the raids were carried out under Section 18 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act.

ID cards for refugees: A step in the right direction

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 05:30 AM PST

Suaram welcomes the announcement by the Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam of the government's plans to issue identification cards to refugees recognised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Caution Series

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 08:23 AM PST

I stumbled across Loyar Burok a while ago.

Most of the contributors are members of the legal profession who, rest assured, do not take themselves too seriously.

Some of the postings are informative in a lawyerly way, some entertaining and some thought-provoking.

I've always liked the thought-provoking ones - they fulfil a need in me for discourse and disagreement.

The Caution trilogy appears to be a singular effort by one Aston Paiva, who promptly manages to offend me in his 3rd line of introduction by patronisingly encouraging readers "to keep an open mind".

As if everyone else walks around with a closed mind to amuse themselves.

But I consoled myself with the notion that I had every right to be offended as had he every right to offend me. And proceeded to read on.

All three of them are astoundingly articulate and spectacularly brilliant.

Caution: Easily Offended!
Caution: Easily Shocked!
Caution: Easily Disturbed!

Do not expect to agree with everything he says.

For one, I would expect that the Christians and Muslims would frown at the verses he has - in some cases - taken out of context.

Interestingly, the Christian verses that he finds offensive are in fact, the very ones that have once propmted me to question the veracity of the Christian faith.

Like him, I believe nothing is above and beyond question.

And being humans, we should expect that not everyone shares our beliefs and values.

..being offended is a good thing. It encourages you to assess yourself. To ask yourself why you feel offended? To inquire into the root of your distraught. To locate the source of your distress. You are forced to think..

-Aston Paiva

In light of the Asian mentality of not wanting to offend, particularly the Malaysian brand of refraining from broaching "sensitive" issues, I can agree with feeling.

3 Wakil2 Rakyat PKR Bermasaalah Akan Keluar PKR

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 06:29 AM PST

Mengikut maklumat dalaman yang saya dapat, dan saya berdoa maklumat saya ini salah, 3 orang wakil rakyat PKR yang bermasaalah akan keluar parti minggu depan. Mereka adalah YB Zahrain (yang ditolak PKR Penang), YB Wee Chee Keong ( yang menyebabkan kematian Tee Beng Hock dengan tuduhan ada exco Selangor terlibat dalam triad) dan YB Zulkifli Nordin yang terkenal lebih UMNO dari UMNO sehingga membuat laporan polis kepada YB Khalid Samad.

Ini adalah sebahagian dari projek UMNO dan Najib membeli wakil2 rakyat Pakatan Rakyat. Kemuncak perancangan mereka adalah percubaan membeli PAS supaya melompat ke Barisan Nasional.

Marilah kita sama-sama membuat solat hajat supaya Allah SWT mengagalkan usaha Barisan Nasional dan UMNO ini. Nasihat saya pada YB Zulkifli Nordin, lepas ni bila ada kedai judi baru dibuka, pergilah buat solat hajat dan tahlil doa selamat.

Apa bodoh sangat ke nak sokong UMNO? UMNO selama ni sokong Islam ke? UMNO selama ni jaga Islam ke?

Kepada YB Zahrain dan Wee Chee Keong, memang orang dah lama nampak perangai kamu. Dan ramai yang meluat dengan kamu semua.

Tulang Besi

DAP Voon,”Quality Time…??”

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 07:11 AM PST

A number of Batu Lintang  constituents who are clearly Voon Lee Shans ardent supporters clarified to Joey of audie1 that Voon is not running away from the battles and the just needs QUALITY TIME to be with his family as he ponders his next move." He has been given a showcause letter by DAP party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur as such he needs his families undivided  support to clear his mind and find the appropriate answers to the contents of the letter.

One should refrain from making unnecessary and unfounded judgements that Voons time is numbered and he will not be named to defend the N11 Batu Lintang State Seat. We have been hearing from ground zero level  that since the sms that has been sent out by Voon to the press,comrades,friends and relatives with regards to him ,"Not celebrating Chinese New Year in Kuching" the final nail has been delivered.

Whats more with  this statement from Chong,' There was no bad blood between us. Voon is making a mountain out of a mole hill and we informed him of the meeting but he did not want to come,"

The supporters added,"It does appear that Voons pride has been hurt and he needs the time off and he does require his constituents to understand the situation and the circumstances. He just needs time to addressed the whole problem and he wishes all a very Happy Chinese New Year. Just be cool and calm and Voon will overcome."

Afterall this is politics and there are no predetermined solutions to all problems. Voon has 14 days to reply and we shall know in due course whether the TIGER YEAR will be kind to the N11 assemblyman.


Sarawak Govt Credibility Strained Over NCR Policies

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 06:13 AM PST

Keruah Usit
Feb 10, 10
Penan chief Pada Jutang of Long Pakan, Baram, laughed when he heard that land rights lawyers Baru Bian and See Chee How had won two breakthrough Native Customary Rights (NCR) court cases on Jan 21. The High Court had found for Agi anak Bungkong and Mohd Rambli Kawi, against the Sarawak government.

Pada said that the news was both encouraging, and somewhat amusing. On the same day as the landmark NCR decisions, timber company Samling had been trying to persuade Penan villages in Baram to withdraw their own NCR lawsuit, telling the villagers they had no chance of victory.

NONEFive Penan villages, Long Pakan (left), Long Lilim, Long Sepatai, Long Kawi and Long Item, have begun legal action against loggers and the state government. The Penan communities claim they have traditional customary rights to the forest, and that the loggers are trespassing on their ancestral land.

"Samling's (community affairs officer) Stewart Paran and the camp manager paid a visit to Tua Kampung (headman) Ngot Laing, from Long Lilim. They claimed that Bian and See had filed many NCR land cases against the government, but were always unsuccessful," Pada said.

"They told the Long Lilim headman that the company wanted to apologise (for taking timber from the disputed area). They asked him to follow them to Miri to withdraw the court case. They said they felt 'kasihan' (pity) for us Penan, because Bian had taken several NCR cases to court, but could never win," Pada said with a smile.

Baru and See represent over a hundred communities from throughout Sarawak in NCR lawsuits, still awaiting adjudication.

"The company will be angry"

"The company told us that if we do not go with them to Miri to strike off the court case, the company will be angry with us," Pada said. "They told us that our own people will be angry with us as leaders, too, They threatened that they would not allow us to hitch rides on the company transport, to seek medical help or to get to school, if we went on with the court case."

NONEPada (right) reported harrowing experiences trying to seek humanitarian assistance from the logging company, to transport sick villagers to clinic.

"Last week Jung Ijah, an elderly woman from Long Item, fell ill in the afternoon and became unconscious for over an hour. Her fellow villagers went to Samling to ask for transport to the hospital. The manager refused. They went to the Interhill camp, but they also refused. Then they went back to the Samling camp, and they finally provided transport to Long Kevok around nine at night, then Miri the next day.

"It's not that they had no transport in the camps, the company simply refused," Pada shook his head.

NONEAccording to Samling's website, "For remote villages without road access, travel to schools, healthcare facilities and between villages can be challenging, sometimes taking hours, days, and sometimes weeks to get from one place to another…we help communities by providing transportation to schools, clinics among others and annual fuel provision."

Massive influx of timber workers

Pada also told Malaysiakini of the upheaval caused by the huge influx of timber workers into Penan lands.

"Some Interhill people come to the villages, and intrude into people's homes, looking for girls, sometimes after people are asleep. They bring arak (alcohol) and try to get people drunk, and make trouble."

Pada has complained to the camp manager, and warned against logging workers coming into the village.

"My son, Peliman Pada, was assaulted with a piece of wood by an Interhill man." he said.

"There was a village wedding party in Long Kabeng, and after dinner there was some dancing. The Interhill man came up to Peliman from behind and struck him on the back of the head with a two-by-three foot plank."

Pada says the alleged assault took place without any warning or apparent reason.

"Peliman had a fracture on the back of his skull. He went to Marudi. I made a police report in Long Lama. The police officer at the station wrote down the report, but did not give me a copy. He kept the piece of wood. He said 'come back only when I ask you to'.

"But the police have not investigated the assault."

Government defends land policies

Although Sarawak's land policies have come under fire over the past 25 years, the government's land acquisition policies, supporting wealthy timber and plantation companies, have proceeded apace.

However, recent court victories for NCR landowners have shaken the government.

NONEThe Sarawak government recently issued a press release condemning the Jan 21 High Court judgment in favour of Iban and Malay landowners. It announced it would appeal the finding.

The press release created a storm, by stating that Article 153 of the federal constitution does not protect land rights for Sarawak natives, including Ibans and Malays.

"Article 153, in its plain language, has no application to land or land rights," the statement argued.

The communal Sarawakian blog Hornbill Unleashed posted the government statement in full.

According to the blog, that the press statement had been prepared by the State Attorney-General's office, and the fax had been sent from the office of Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, the state's second minister for planning and resource management.

Since the uproar over the statement, the mainstream media, including the docile Borneo Post and Eastern Times, have removed the press statement from their online news sites – a mystifying "disappearing act".

The timing of the press statement appeared to coincide with the government's application to the High Court for a stay on the Jan 21 ruling. The High Court judgment had stipulated that the government and its business partners must return the NCR land to its rightful owners, including 15 Iban longhouses in Bintulu.

Arguments on the stay of the High Court judgment are scheduled to continue in court on Feb 12. But whatever the outcome of the court cases, the credibility of the state government's land policies, and of the logging companies it champions, is vanishing fast.

We no see eye to eye ...

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 04:49 AM PST

Boy, do you have a clue what the fcuk are you doing?

Shit like that can land you in jail for up the 20 fcuking years in Najibland.

Now get the fcuk out of my butt!

Vox Pox: What Perakians want

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:33 AM PST

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Tengku Fakhry serah penghakiman melalui kedutaan

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:02 AM PST

Tengku Temenggong Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra hari ini menyerahkan tiga penghakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Kota Bharu dan mahkamah sivil Kuala Lumpur, kepada isterinya Manohara Odelia Pinot melalui Kedutaan Indonesia.
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Hel Needed – The Friendly Old Owl With the ABCs

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 01:46 AM PST

Can anyone help me with this?

As a kid in the 1980s, I used to watch this video tape of a show over and over. It has the following characteristics:

1) Traditional cartoon animation

2) Featured a talking owl who taught about the alphabet – his catch phrase: "Hello again, it's me! The/Your friendly old owl with the ABCs," after he woke up from being perched on a tree branch at the start of each episode.

3) Each episode focuses on a letter of the alphabet – as the owl put it, "Big D… And little d."

4) Once every episode, he would invite us to look inside 'the magic pot'. The screen would zoom into the mouth of the pot/vase, inside which looks like outer space. Items that start with the letter of the episode would zoom towards us as the owl says out their names. After that was all done, the owl would reach his wing to dig around inside the vase and pull out the letters featured.

5) For the letter X, the owl admitted that there were very few words that begin with that letter. The magic pot was correspondingly sparse, with xylophone and x-ray being the only items.

6) At the end of each episode, a jazzy tune would play (led by clarinet or something similarly high pitched) we would see all the letter of the alphabet lined up in several rows – each big letter next to its small letter – and the letter pairs would light up or bulge out (I forget which) one by one until the featured letter pair was reached, at which point it would light up/bulge out for longer than the others.

7) There were other animals too, kind of guests for certain letters.

I've been trying my very best, but I simply cannot find any trace of this show online – not even the name! And I'm no noob when it comes to Google searches either. Unfortunately, there are lots of other cartoon owls to clog up the searches – such as Owl from Winnie the Pooh and Owl Johnson (I love to singa!).

Can anyone help me name this show or even find a copy?

It's a treasured childhood memory. I even remember the tunes for the magic pot sequence and at the end of each episode.

Mean-spirited Malaysians

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 12:37 PM PST

There's a lamentable mean-spiritedness in Malaysian politics, proving in more than one way that:

(a) we aren't quite ready for a two-party political system,

(b) some politicians don't consider all citizens of this country (including their own supporters and political opponents) as fellow Malaysians, and

(c) political attacks are often ad hominem rather than directed at the policies, governance and conduct of the other side.

The BN side

Of course we are familiar with the BN's denial of oil royalties to then PAS-ruled Terengganu and now PAS-ruled Kelantan. The States' right to oil royalties has been enshrined as a legal Federal-State contract but the BN government has arrogantly ignored that, and is spitefully frustrating the PAS State government (then and now) in a disgraceful mean-spirited manner.

We have also read with disgust how the current federal government is channelling financial allocations for maintaining Penang's heritage listings through Khazanah Nasional rather than the Pakatan government in Penang.

Just WTF has the investment holding arm of the government, roled as its strategic investor in new industries and markets, got to do with maintenance of the heritage buildings etc? Logic tells us that the State government should be responsible for the job, and thus the correct recipient of the funds.

Again, nothing more than BN's spite and mean-spiritedness, and a total disregard for logical and proper process.

We know that while BN MPs and ADUNs have received financial allocations for work in their respective constituencies, the non-BN MPs and ADUNs (in BN controlled States) are denied theirs.

The irony is there are actually BN supporters in those electorates represented by non-BN MPs and ADUNs. Such is the BN's spite that they would punish their own supporters as well. Perhaps those BN supporters should wake up and rethink who they ought to support the next time around.

The Pakatan side

Well, there's that infamous DAP function where some of those DAP people stepped on the photos/posters of the Perak frogs as they entered the venue. Totally unpleasant, and I'm glad Lim GE took avoiding steps.

PAS of course has been known to issue a couple of death (or tummy upset) curses wakakaka at their opponents in the BN - c'mon lah, Pak Haji!

Today I have been disappointed to read in Malaysiakini the headlines Rosmah to lose Unisel chancellor post which states:

Calls for first lady Rosmah Mansor to be removed as Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) chancellor are again making rounds, this time, by PKR politicians on micro-blogging site Twitter.

In a Twitter posting by PKR vice-president Azmin Ali, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim has agreed to Rosmah's removal in a month's time.

"Students urged the MB to remove Datin Rosmah (right) as Unisel chancellor.

"MB agreed and will announce in one month. Thunderous applause," read Azmin's posting.

Azmin's posting was referring to a gathering of 300 students from various universities with Azmin, Khalid and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

This is really pathetic, shamelessly partisan and totally mean-spirited.

She was invited by the previous Selangor government so why not let her term as Chancellor finish off without re-inviting her?

Why make such a spiteful announcement? It's pathetic, pitiful, petty and utterly childish. Don't Azmin Ali and other PKR leaders have more important things to do, like running Selangor State, than to dabble around with such masturbatory indulgences?

The argument that she should go because she is surrounded by controversies is not only too partisan but unsubstantiated.

We only have RPK's word that she was allegedly at the scene of Altantuyaa Shariibuu's last moments to personally 'supervise' the demolition of the late model's corpse – which without any shred of evidence other than RPK's 'I have been reliably informed ...' has been, in my opinion, an incredulous preposterous allegation.

There was also an argument that her Masters degree wasn't good enough – really, this is such a pathetic shabby argument.

OK, I know PKR is deliberately being vocal about Rosmah as part of their tactic to mitigate the Sodomy II fallout, by ratcheting up the anti-Najib campaign, but PKR should have remained on high moral grounds rather than ….. sorry, I keep forgetting they and UMNO are from the same stock … where spiteful pettiness and mean-spiritedness are their stock-in-trade.

I hope DAP will never descend to such petty bickering.

CartoonKini: GST

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:51 AM PST

Malaysia, Not Anwar, Is In The Dock

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:38 AM PST

The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial beginning of this month.

Guess who responded today? Check this link to find out: Malaysia Upholds the Rule of Law

Like someone once said, if you shine a beam of light through this imbecile's left ear, it travels unimpeded and exits through the right.

Ornithological specimens of identical plummage congregate in promixity

Posted: 10 Feb 2010 03:29 AM PST

My matey Dean Johns has come up with another gem in his Malaysiakini column, titled Here's to the birds and the beast.

It's a damn good read, full of humour, clever play of (English) words, and may even answer questions that some Muslim have concerns* over celebrating St Valentine's Day with their sweeties or boyfriends.

* I read about this in someone's blog (maybe Jeff Ooi's?) some years ago

Instead Johns did a flowery satire (excuse my pun) on the ecological consequences of the day reserved for lovers (pssst, hubby and wifey can and should be lovers too).

Johns is at his trademark (tongue-in-cheek) best in this article, and the cream of the lot in my opinion would be the following ornithological specimen:

If, like me, you've started to think by now that St Valentine's Day sounds to be pretty much for the birds, you're absolutely right. Because it's actually with our feathered friends, or so some historians believe, that the whole thing actually started.

About mid-February, apparently, after the long, cold Northern-Hemisphere winter, all the birds start to feel spring in the air and take to pairing-off, necking, billing, cooing, building nests and so on. In other words, it's on or around Feb l4 that, as the old English proverb so succinctly puts it, 'birds of a feather flock together'.

Many centuries ago, it seems, humans took a gander at all this amorous avian activity and started thinking it might also be good for the goose. "If birds of a feather can do it", people of medieval times must have reasoned, "we might as well have some flocking fun too."

But even in those unsophisticated times it probably wasn't considered polite to come right out and invite respectable chicks out for a night of flocking around.

Look at word 'gander' in his third paragraph above and guess what it means in that context.

As for his last paragraph/sentence here – wakakaka - guess why I am guffawing.


Posted: 10 Feb 2010 01:55 AM PST

Raja Azman Bin Raja Petra has been admitted into the Sungai Buloh hospital.

Initial reports say that he has swallowed or has been made to swallow razor blades.

Raja Azman was being held in solitary confinement ever since Malaysia Today came out with the story that he was beaten up by the police to make him confess to crimes he says he did not commit.

He was also made to spend a stint in the psychiatric ward after going berserk during one beating session he was subjected to.

The lawyers will try to seek permission to visit Raja Azman the soonest possible to establish what really happened.

How is Raja Azman doing? Anyone knows? This wait for good news that he is fine, is killing me, us.

The suspense is too stressful. I have lost my CNY mood completely.

On one side of the fence are the bad guys in the form of corruption and murder ie PKFZ, Submarine commission, inflated projects, falling stadium, TBH, Atlantuya, etc, etc, etc….. the guilty goes unpunished. In fact they openly ignore the rule of law, defiant and boasting to the Rakyat that there is nothing anyone can do about it……. is this justice ?

On the other side of the fence are the good guys, exposing corruptions and crimes, are being hunted and ISAed….. even to the extend of hurting family member in the case of RPK, in order to stifle exposure of their wrong doings and crimes in order to hold on to power.

I always believe that good will triumph over evil……. Let us show the world that we Malaysians are for good and not evil, we are Bangsa Malaysia and not Racist Malaysia……. the next GE we must ensure a new government in place to right the wrong. God will always be on the side of the righteous. It is the duty of every Malaysian to ensure this racist and corrupt government be brought to justice. Do not be a fence sitter…….please exercise your vote for a better Malaysia for all Malaysian.

Frankly and realistically we each and everyone of us are willing to gather more supports and votes by starting our own ground campaign thru emails,sms, tag line of acampaign NOW so that when GE13 comes we shall vote PR in with a massive popular majority so that this EVIL umNO & BN cannot and shall not get away with FRAUDS & FROGGIES. I done my own "VOTER GET VOTERS" campaign 2 months ago and shall keep doing it every single days. What about you guys n gals ? come on PLEASE do help RPK to help Sdr RPK, be strong and may Allah protect you and family. I am

Dear Pete and Marina, may God bless you both.My prayers are with you Pete. Damn those idiots. That's what they have been doing that caused numerous lives while in custody. They won't stop at anything. That was what happened to Kugan, Francis and many many more. It's not going to stop unless we stopped them. And the only option for us is to drive UMNO out. Yes, we can stop all the brutalities done by the authorities by denying UMNO power.

(Harakah Daily) – Pakatan Rakyat leaders have expressed shock at the news that the son of Malaysia's top blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin may have been admitted to hospital on the suspicion that "he has swallowed or has been made to swallow razor blades".

"This is terrible. We urge the police to make a public clarification as soon as possible," PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.

"For sure the people will want to know if the news is true and what actually happened. Already, the country has a very weak record in terms of police brutality and custodial deaths. Since RPK is involved, the obvious question now is – is the son being victimized because of the father. Is this fair?

Forced to flee

Raja Petra, better known as RPK, has long been a thorn in the flesh of the Umno-BN ruling coalition.

In his Malaysia Today website, he has exposed many top politicians including Prime Minister Najib Razak as well as top civil servants such as IGP Hassan Musa for having been involved in some form of alleged misconduct, or corruption or other.

So 'hot' have his revelations been that he was forced to flee the country in 2009 to avoid being thrown into jail on trumped-up charges. The Malaysian police have since launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive blogger.

Last month, RPK's bungalow was broken into by people he accused of having been sent by the government. Although they ransacked his belongings, nothing was stolen.

"They wanted me to know that this is not a robbery. And they also left me a 'message'. What this message means is not too clear at this stage but the knives and scissors they left all over the place appears to be telling me something, whatever that is," RPK wrote in a recent posting.

Berserk after beating

In a terse report published late on Tuesday night, RPK accused the police of torturing his son Raja Azman. He also said his lawyers were trying to get permission to visit Raja Azman at the Sungai Buloh hospital to find out what had happened.

"Raja Azman was being held in solitary confinement ever since Malaysia Today came out with the story that he was beaten up by the police to make him confess to crimes he says he did not commit," RPK said.

"He was also made to spend a stint in the psychiatric ward after going berserk during one beating session he was subjected to."

A Pakistani neuroscientist was convicted on Wednesday of trying to kill American military officers while she was in custody in Afghanistan, capping a trial that drew notice for its terrorist implications as well as its theatrics.

Aafia Siddiqui denied the shooting.

A jury in United States District Court in Manhattan found the scientist, Aafia Siddiqui, guilty of all seven counts against her, including attempted murder, after three days of deliberations. She faces life in prison when she is sentenced in May.

The verdict puts a final mark on one of the more twisted yet fascinating trials of a terror suspect, whose back story has attracted the attention of human rights groups as well as federal prosecutors.

In the course of the 14-day trial, Ms. Siddiqui was ejected numerous times for her outbursts, two jurors were removed from the case and one observer was arrested. There were suggestions of "secret prisons," and machine guns were waved around as evidence.

And after jurors delivered their verdict, Ms. Siddiqui was heard from again. As the jurors began leaving the courtroom, Ms. Siddiqui, her face mostly covered in a cream-colored scarf, turned in her chair to face them. Holding her right index finger in the air, she said: "This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That's where the anger belongs."

Though the outburst prompted marshals to remove Ms. Siddiqui, 37, from the courtroom, she returned as Judge Richard M. Bermanand lawyers for both sides discussed a sentencing date. She spoke again, though her comments were directed at the judge. "They're not my attorneys," said Ms. Siddiqui, before she was led out.

Ms. Siddiqui, who was described in 2004 by Robert Mueller, director of the F.B.I. as "an Al Qaeda operative and facilitator," raised suspicions when she and her three children vanished in Pakistan in 2003.

She did not turn up again until 2008 in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Her eldest child was with her; the other two are missing.

She was taken into custody in Ghazni after local authorities became suspicious of her loitering outside the provincial governor's compound.

While in custody, on July 18, 2008, prosecutors said, Ms. Siddiqui grabbed an M4 rifle from a police station floor and fired on Army officers and F.B.I. agents. She was shot in the abdomen.

Her competency — first to stand trial, and then to take the stand — has been a major point of contention in the case.

But after Judge Berman allowed Ms. Siddiqui to testify last week, she claimed that assertions that she had fired a weapon at officers was "the biggest lie."

The weapon was never in her hands, said Ms. Siddiqui, who explained that she was merely trying to escape from the station because she feared being tortured. She had been arrested the day before; in her purse were instructions on making explosives and a list of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

But the charges in the case were not terrorism-related and were restricted to the events in a 300-square-foot room of the Ghazni police station, which is why prosecutors hinged their arguments on the testimony of nine people who were in it or close by.

One of those witnesses was a chief warrant officer, whose name was withheld at the prosecution's request. He limped to the stand using a cane because of injuries sustained in an unrelated roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

Defense lawyers argued that an absence of bullets, casings or residue from the M4 suggested it had not been shot. They used a video to show that two holes in a wall supposedly caused by the M4 had been there before July 18.

They also pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony from the nine government witnesses, who at times gave conflicting accounts of how many people were in the room, where they were sitting or standing and how many shots were fired.

Ms. Siddiqui's lawyers said they had not decided whether to appeal. They suggested that prosecutors had played to New Yorkers' anxieties about terror attacks.

"This is not a just and right verdict," Elaine Sharp, one of Ms. Siddiqui's lawyers, said outside the courtroom. "In my opinion this was based on fear but not fact."

As that verdict was read on Wednesday, 11 guards stood around the edges of the wood-paneled courtroom.

"Today, a jury has brought Aafia Siddiqui to justice in a court of law for trying to murder American military and law enforcement officers, as well as their Afghan colleagues," prosecutors said in a written statement.

Perhaps the most riveting day of the trial was a week ago, when Ms. Siddiqui took the stand over the objections of her lawyers, who had fought her testimony until the last minute. Ms. Siddiqui recited a long list of academic achievements, including a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brandeis University.

But she suggested that her studies of chemicals did not equip her to be a terrorist. "To answer your question, I don't know how to make a dirty bomb," she said, adding that she "couldn't kill a rat myself."

In response, prosecutors asked her about six hours of target practice she completed while she was an undergraduate at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, which a witness verified.

One of the most sensational parts of Ms. Siddiqui's testimony was her claim of being held in a secret prison.

Ms. Siddiqui and her children, according to Ms. Sharp, were taken at gunpoint by forces backed by the United States in 2003 while traveling in Karachi, Pakistan.

Ms. Sharp said these events, and a traumatic subsequent detention, could explain Ms. Siddiqui's outbursts.

She added that her client was not anti-Semitic but pro-Palestinian. And she sent a message through reporters, some of whom were from Pakistan: "Dr. Siddiqui wants you all to know that she doesn't want there to be violent protests or violent reprisals in Pakistan over this verdict.



Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three is to stand trial in New York for attempted murder. But shadowy questions about her life remain – including her links to al-Qaida and her five 'lost' years

Aafia SiddiquiDr Aafia Siddiqui as a student in a photo provided by her family. Photograph: Declan Walsh/Collect

On a hot summer morning 18 months ago a team of four Americans – two FBI agents and two army officers – rolled into Ghazni, a dusty town 50 miles south of Kabul. They had come to interview two unusual prisoners: a woman in a burka and her 11-year-old son, arrested the day before.

Afghan police accused the mysterious pair of being suicide bombers. What interested the Americans, though, was what they were carrying: notes about a "mass casualty attack" in the US on targets including the Statue of Liberty and a collection of jars and bottles containing "chemical and gel substances".

At the town police station the Americans were directed into a room where, unknown to them, the woman was waiting behind a long yellow curtain. One soldier sat down, laying his M-4 rifle by his foot, next to the curtain. Moments later it twitched back.

The woman was standing there, pointing the officer's gun at his head. A translator lunged at her, but too late. She fired twice, shouting "Get the fuck out of here!" and "Allahu Akbar!" Nobody was hit. As the translator wrestled with the woman, the second soldier drew his pistol and fired, hitting her in the abdomen. She went down, still kicking and shouting that she wanted "to kill Americans". Then she passed out.

Whether this extraordinary scene is fiction or reality will soon be decided thousands of miles from Ghazni in a Manhattan courtroom. The woman is Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and mother of three. The description of the shooting, in July 2008, comes from the prosecution case, which Siddiqui disputes. What isn't in doubt is that there was an incident, and that she was shot, after which she was helicoptered to Bagram air field where medics cut her open from breastplate to bellybutton, searching for bullets. Medical records show she barely survived. Seventeen days later, still recovering, she was bundled on to an FBI jet and flown to New York where she now faces seven counts of assault and attempted murder. If convicted, the maximum sentence is life in prison.

The prosecution is but the latest twist in one of the most intriguing episodes of America's "war on terror". At its heart is the MIT-educated Siddiqui, once declared the world's most wanted woman. In 2003 she mysteriously vanished for five years, during which time she was variously dubbed the "Mata Hari of al-Qaida" or the "Grey Lady of Bagram", an iconic victim of American brutality.

Yet only the narrow circumstances of her capture – did she open fire on the US soldier? – are at issue in the New York court case. Fragile-looking, and often clad in a dark robe and white headscarf, Siddiqui initially pleaded not guilty, insisting she never touched the soldier's gun. Her lawyers say the prosecution's dramatic version of the shooting is untrue. Now, after months of pre-trial hearings, she appears bent on scuppering the entire process.

During a typically stormy hearing last Thursday, Siddiqui interrupted the judge, rebuked her own lawyers and made strident appeals to the packed courthouse. "I am boycotting this trial," she declared. "I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court." Previously she had tried to fire her lawyers due to their Jewish background (she once wrote to the court that Jews are "cruel, ungrateful, back-stabbing" people) and demanded to speak with President Obama for the purpose of "making peace" with the Taliban. This time, though, she was ejected from the courtroom for obstruction. "Take me out. I'm not coming back," she said defiantly.

The trial, due to start in January, is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. It is a tale of spies and militants, disappearance and deception, which has played out in the shadowlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2001. In search of answers I criss-crossed Pakistan, tracking down Siddiqui's relatives, retired ministers, shadowy spy types and pamphleteers. The truth was maddeningly elusive. But it all started in Karachi, the sprawling port city on the Arabian Sea where Siddiqui was born 37 years ago.

Her parents were Pakistani strivers – middle-class folk with strong faith in Islam and education. Her father, Mohammad, was an English-trained doctor; her mother, Ismet, befriended the dictator General Zia ul-Haq. Aafia was a smart teenager, and in 1990 followed her older brother to the US. Impressive grades won her admission to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, later, Brandeis University, where she graduated in cognitive neuroscience. In 1995 she married a young Karachi doctor, Amjad Khan; a year later their first child, Ahmed, was born.

Siddiqui was also an impassioned Muslim activist. In Boston she campaigned for Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya; she was particularly affected by graphic videos of pregnant Bosnian women being killed. She wrote emails, held fundraisers and made forceful speeches at her local mosque. But the charities she worked with had sharp edges. The Nairobi branch of one, Mercy International Relief Agency, was linked to the 1998 US embassy bombings in east Africa; three other charities were later banned in the US for their links to al-Qaida.

The September 11 2001 attacks marked a turning point in Siddiqui's life. In May 2002 the FBI questioned her and her husband about some unusual internet purchases they had made: about $10,000 worth of night-vision goggles, body armour and 45 military-style books including The Anarchist's Arsenal. (Khan said he bought the equipment for hunting and camping expeditions.) Their marriage started to crumble. A few months later the couple returned to Pakistan and divorced that August, two weeks before the birth of their third child, Suleman.

On Christmas Day 2002 Siddiqui left her three children with her mother in Pakistan and returned to the US, ostensibly to apply for academic jobs. During the 10-day trip, however, Siddiqui did something controversial: she opened a post box in the name of Majid Khan, an alleged al-Qaida operative accused of plotting to blow up petrol stations in the Baltimore area. The post box, prosecutors later said, was to facilitate his entry into the US.

Six months after her divorce, she married Ammar al-Baluchi, a nephew of the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, at a small ceremony near Karachi. Siddiqui's family denies the wedding took place, but it has been confirmed by Pakistani and US intelligence, al-Baluchi's relatives and, according to FBI interview reports recently filed in court, Siddiqui herself. At any rate, it was a short-lived honeymoon.

Fowzia Siddiqui Fowzia Siddiqui is the elder sister of Aafia Siddiqui. Photograph: Declan WalshIn March 2003 the FBI issued a global alert for Siddiqui and her ex-husband, Amjad Khan. Then, a few weeks later, she vanished. According to her family, she climbed into a taxi with her three children – six-year-old Ahmed, four-year-old Mariam and six-month old Suleman – and headed for Karachi airport. They never made it. (Khan, on the other hand, was interviewed by the FBI in Pakistan, and subsequently released.)

Initially it was presumed that Siddiqui had been picked up by Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) spy agency at the behest of the CIA. The theory seemed to be confirmed by American media reports that Siddiqui's name had been given up by Mohammed, the 9/11 instigator, who was captured three weeks earlier. (If so, Mohammed was probably speaking under duress – the CIA waterboarded him 183 times that month.)

There are several accounts of what happened next. According to the US government, Siddiqui was at large, plotting mayhem on behalf of Osama bin Laden. In May 2004 the US attorney general, John Ashcroft, listed her among the seven "most wanted" al-Qaida fugitives. "Armed and dangerous," he said, describing the Karachi woman as a terrorist "facilitator" who was willing to use her education against America. "Al-Qaida Mom" ran the headline in the New York Post.

But Siddiqui's family and supporters tell a different story. Instead of plotting attacks, they say, Siddiqui spent the missing five years at the dreaded Bagram detention centre, north of Kabul, where she suffered unspeakable horrors. Yvonne Ridley, the British journalist turned Muslim campaigner, insists she is the "Grey Lady of Bagram" – a ghostly female detainee who kept prisoners awake "with her haunting sobs and piercing screams". In 2005 male prisoners were so agitated by her plight, she says, that they went on hunger strike for six days.

For campaigners such as Ridley, Siddiqui has become emblematic of dark American practices such as abduction, rendition and torture. "Aafia has iconic status in the Muslim world. People are angry with American imperialism and domination," she told me.

But every major security agency of the US government – army, FBI, CIA – denies having held her. Last year the US ambassador to Islamabad, Anne Patterson, went even further. She stated that Siddiqui was not in US custody "at any time" prior to July 2008. Her language was unusually categoric.

To reconcile these accounts I flew to Siddiqui's hometown of Karachi. The family lives in a spacious house with bougainvillea-draped walls in Gulshan Iqbal, a smart middle-class neighbourhood. Inside I took breakfast with her sister, Fowzia, on a patio overlooking a toy-strewn garden.

As servants brought piles of paratha (fried bread), Fowzia produced photos of a smiling young woman whom she described as the victim of an international conspiracy. The US had been abusing her sister in Bagram, she said, then produced her for trial as part of a gruesome justice pageant. "As far as I'm concerned this trial [in New York] is just a great drama. They write the script as they go. I've stopped asking questions," she said resignedly.

But Fowzia, a Harvard-educated neurologist, was frustratingly short on hard information. She responded to questions about Aafia's whereabouts between 2003 and 2008 with cryptic cliches. "It's not that we don't know. It's that we don't want to know," she said. And she blamed reports of al-Qaida links on a malevolent American press. "Half of them work for the CIA," she said.

The odd thing, though, was that the person who might unlock the entire mystery was living in the same house. After being captured with his mother in Ghazni last year, 11-year-old Ahmed Siddiqui was flown back to Pakistan on orders from the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai. Since then he has been living with his aunt Fowzia. Yet she has forbidden him from speaking with the press – even with Yvonne Ridley – because, she told me, he was too traumatised.

"You tell him to do something but he just stands there, staring at the TV," she said, sighing heavily. But surely, I insisted, after 15 months at home the boy must have divulged some clue about the missing years?

Fowzia's tone hardened. "Ahmed's not allowed to speak to the press. That was part of the deal when they gave him to us," she said firmly.

"Who are they?" I asked.

She waved a finger in the air. "The network. Those who brought him here."

Moments later Fowzia excused herself. The interview was over. As she walked me to the gate, I was struck by another omission: Fowzia had barely mentioned Ahmed's 11-year-old sister, Mariam, or his seven-year-old brother, Suleman, who are still missing. Amid the hullabaloo about their imprisoned mother, Aafia's children seemed to be strangely forgotten.

That night I went to see Siddiqui's ex-husband, Amjad Khan. He ushered me through a deathly quiet house into an upstairs room where we sat cross-legged on the floor. He had a soft face under the curly beard that is worn by devout Muslims. I recounted what Fowzia told me. He sighed and shook his head. "It's all a smokescreen," he said. "She's trying to divert your attention."

The truth of the matter, he said, was that Siddiqui had never been sent to Bagram. Instead she spent the five years on the run, living clandestinely with her three children, under the watchful eye of Pakistani intelligence. He told me they shifted between Quetta in Baluchistan province, Iran and the Karachi house I had visited earlier that day. It was a striking explanation. When I asked for proof, he started at the beginning.

Their parents, who arranged the marriage, thought them a perfect match. The couple had a lot in common – education, wealth and a love for conservative Islam. They were married over the phone; soon after Khan moved to America. But his new wife was a more fiery character than he wished. "She was so pumped up about jihad," he said.

Six months into the marriage, Siddiqui demanded the newlyweds move to Bosnia. Khan refused, and grew annoyed at her devotion to activist causes. During a furious argument one night, he told me, he flung a milk bottle at his wife that split her lip.

After 9/11 Aafia insisted on returning to Pakistan, telling her husband that the US government was forcibly converting Muslim children to Christianity. Later that winter she pressed him to go on "jihad" to Afghanistan, where she had arranged for them to work in a hospital in Zabul province. Khan refused, sparking a vicious row. "She went hysterical, beating her hands on my chest, asking for divorce," he recalled.

After Siddiqui disappeared in March 2003, Khan started to worry for his children – he had never seen his youngest son, Suleman. But he was reassured that they were still in Pakistan through three sources. He hired people to watch her house and they reported her comings and goings. His family was also briefed by ISI officials who said they were following her movements, he said. (Khan named an ISI brigadier whom I later contacted; he declined to speak).

Most strikingly, Khan claimed to have seen his ex-wife with his own eyes. In April 2003, he said, the ISI asked him to identify his ex-wife as she got off a flight from Islamabad, accompanied by her son. Two years later he spotted her again in a Karachi traffic jam. But he never went public with the information. "I wanted to protect her, for the sake of my children," he said.

Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi, a geologist and uncle of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, at his home in Islamabad, Pakistan Photograph: Declan WalshKhan's version of events has enraged his ex-wife's family. Fowzia has launched a 500m rupees (£360,000) defamation law suit, while regularly attacking him in the press as a wifebeater set on "destroying" her family. "Marrying him was Aafia's biggest mistake," she told me. Khan says it is a ploy to silence him in the media and take away his children.

Khan's explanation is bolstered by the one person who claims to have met the missing neuroscientist between 2003 and 2008 – her uncle, Shams ul-Hassan Faruqi. Back in Islamabad, I went to see him.

A sprightly old geologist, Faruqi works from a cramped office filled with coloured rocks and dusty computers. Over tea and biscuits he described a strange encounter with his niece in January 2008, six months before she was captured in Afghanistan.

It started, he said, when a white car carrying a burka-clad woman pulled up outside his gate. Beckoning him to approach, he recognised her by her voice. "Uncle, I am Aafia," he recalled her saying. But she refused to leave the car and insisted they move to the nearby Taj Mahal restaurant to talk. Amid whispers, her story tumbled out.

Siddiqui told him she had been in both Pakistani and American captivity since 2003, but was vague on the details. "I was in the cells but I don't know in which country, or which city. They kept shifting me," she said. Now she had been set free but remained under the thumb of intelligence officials based in Lahore. They had given her a mission: to infiltrate al-Qaida in Pakistan. But, Siddiqui told her uncle, she was afraid and wanted out. She begged him to smuggle her into Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban. "That was her main point," he recalled. "She said: 'I will be safe with the Taliban.'"

That night, Siddiqui slept at a nearby guesthouse, and stayed with her uncle the next day. But she refused to remove her burka. Faruqi said he caught a glimpse of her just once, while eating, and thought her nose had been altered. "I asked her, 'Who did plastic surgery on your face?' She said, 'nobody'."

On the third day, Siddiqui vanished again.

Amid the blizzard of allegations about Siddiqui, the most crucial voice is yet to be heard – her own. The trial, due to start in January, has suffered numerous delays. The longest was due to a six-month psychiatric evaluation triggered by defence claims that Siddiqui was "going crazy" – prone to crying fits and hallucinations involving flying infants, dark angels and a dog in her cell. "She's in total psychic pain," said her lawyer, Dawn Cardi, claiming that she was unfit to stand trial.

But at the Texas medical centre where the tests took place, Siddiqui refused to co-operate. "I can't hear you. I'm not listening," she told one doctor, sitting on the floor with her fingers in her ears. Others reported that she refused to speak with Jews, that she manipulated health workers and perceived herself to "be a martyr rather than a prisoner". Last July three of four experts determined she was malingering – faking a psychiatric illness to avoid an undesirable outcome. "She is an intelligent and at times manipulative woman who showed goal-directed and rational thinking," reported Dr Sally Johnson.

Judge Richard Berman ruled that Siddiqui "may have some mental health issues" but was competent to stand trial.

Back in Pakistan Siddiqui has become a cause celebre. Newspapers write unquestioningly about her "torture", parliament has passed resolutions, placard-waving demonstrators pound the streets and the government is spending $2m on a top-flight defence. High-profile supporters include the former cricketer Imran Khan and the Taliban leader Hakumullah Mehsud who has affectionately described Siddiqui as a "sister in Islam".

The unquestioning support is a product of public fury at US-orchestrated "disappearances", of which there have been hundreds in Pakistan, and deep scepticism about the American account of her capture. Few Pakistanis believe a frail 5ft 3in, 40kg woman could disarm an American soldier; fewer still think she would be carrying bomb booklets, chemicals and target lists.

But there are critics, too, albeit silent ones. A Musharraf-era minister with previous oversight of Siddiqui's case told me it was "full of bullshit and lies".

Two weeks ago the Obama administration introduced a fresh twist, when it announced that next year (or in 2011) five Guantanamo Bay detainees will be tried in the same New York courthouse, a few blocks from the World Trade Centre. One of them is Siddiqui's second husband, Ammar al-Baluchi, also known as Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, who stands accused of financing the 9/11 attacks.

But while the Guantanamo detainees will be tried for their part in mass terrorism, Siddiqui's case focuses on a minor controversy – whether she fired a gun at a soldier in an Afghan police station. And so the big questions may not be probed: whether the ISI or CIA abducted Siddiqui in 2003, what she did afterwards, and where her two missing children are now. In fact the framing of the charges raises a new question: if Siddiqui was such a dangerous terrorist five years ago, why is she not being charged as one now? A senior Pakistani official, speaking on condition of strict anonymity, offered a tantalising explanation.

In the world of counter-espionage, he said, someone like Siddiqui is an invaluable asset. And so, he speculated, sometime over the last five years she may have been "flipped" – turned against militant sympathisers – by Pakistani or American intelligence. "It's a very murky world," he said.

"Maybe the Americans have no charges against her. Maybe they don't want to compromise their sources of information. Or maybe they don't want to put that person out in the world again. The thing is, you'll never really know."


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