Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo

Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo became Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi in 1993. After a distinguished academic career at the Universities of Karachi, Harvard and Paris he decided to devote his entire life to improve the quality of education in Pakistan.
At a very young age he was appointed as the principal of St. Lawrence’s Boys School in Karachi and later took charge of the St. Patrick’s High School in the same city. He was the founder of the St. Michael’s Convent School also and an author of many books.



by Brig Samson S Sharaf


Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo, Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rawalpindi passed away in the early hours of 18 February 2013. He fought his last battle of prolonged illness lasting over five years in spirituality, meditation, reading, writing and serving his community.

He was a Pakistani through thick and thin and a national icon the people must know about.

On his death, Imran Khan paid glowing tributes to him and his services to Pakistan.

The late Bishop was a reputed and respected figure. His passion, commitments and educational excellence cut across religious divides in Pakistan. From a young priest in charge of St. Patrick’s High School Karachi he had the singular honour of being on the senate of four National Universities ie Forman Christian College University Lahore, Kinnaird College University Lahore, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and Sindh University Jamshoro. He leaves behind a legacy of highly accomplished students and admirers that can make any Pakistani proud. His services in the field of education were recognised by the President of Pakistan who conferred on him the President’s “Pride of Performance” Award in 1990. (more…)


US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan

Fauzia Qurban
Photo: AP Pakistani sister Fauzia Qurban an ethnic Hazara, tries to hold back her tears as she talks about her brother Ali Raza Qurban, at her family home in Quetta, Pakistan.
Brutal sectarian bloodletting has killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and fired a flourishing human smuggling business in the provincial capital of Quetta.

Balochistan, Pakistan – long target of Western geopolitical interests, terror wave coincides with Gwadar Port handover to China.




by Tony Cartalucci


Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people. According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Why Balochistan? Gwadar in the southwest serves as a Chinese port and the starting point for a logistical corridor through Pakistan and into Chinese territory. The Iranian-Pakistani-Indian pipeline would enter from the west, cross through Balochistan intersecting China’s proposed logistical route to the northern border, and continue on to India. Destabilizing Balochistan would effectively derail the geopolitical aspirations of four nations.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980′s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself.


While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past three decades, including Al-Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support for sectarian extremists from northern Mali, to Libya, to Syria and beyond. (more…)

Galen Rowell: The Man And His Art

Simultaneously earthbound and heaven-seeking, the weather-beaten pinnacles of Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains bear witness to the region’s harsh climate. The Karakoram Range marks the convergence of the borders of Tajikistan, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, lending it importance in the world of geopolitics. [Photograph by Galen Rowell]



by Masood Hasan


On August 11, 2002, the lives of four singularly unique people came to an end as their small Cessna aircraft crashed at Bishop, California. Amongst those who died were Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara Cushman Rowell. Both extraordinary intrepid travellers, adventurers, photographers and mountaineers were returning from a trip to the Bering Sea and had a hectic and full schedule ahead.

 In the words of Tom Brokaw, an old friend and admirer of Rowel’s work, “he was a man who went into the mountains, into the desert, to the edge of the sea, to the last great wild places in the world to be absorbed by their grace and grandeur. That is what he did for himself.

For the rest of us, he shared his vision with – click – the release of a shutter, creating photographs as timeless, as stunning, and as powerful as nature itself.”

So wrote Brokaw and I can only add that seeing Rowell’s work is like rediscovering faith in God, for how else could such a unique and stunning world come into being were it not for a master creator? (more…)

Pakistan–Russia relations [5 of 5]




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Pakistan–Russia relations [4 of 5]

In 2012, Russia and Pakistan covertly developed geopolitical and strategic relations behind the scenes. These have mainly centered on world politics.
And as the NATO-led ISAF and the US Forces in Afghanistan plan to leave Afghanistan in 2014, the Russian Federation has come to the conclusion that Pakistan is a crucial player in Afghanistan and that:
As NATO withdraws, it becomes all the more important and urgent for Moscow to seek some sort of modus vivendi with Islamabad.




In 1990, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan sent fare well message to Moscow to set up the economic coordination between two countries. [38] In 1991, then Benazir Bhutto drove the high-level economic delegation to Central Asia and Russia after the collapse of Soviet Union. [38]

Senior military officials and Defence Attaché of Pakistan and Russia, jointly working together at the communications tent at the Nigerian Air Force Base.

In 2003, the bilateral trade between Russia and Pakistan reached to 92 million US dollar, which increased to 411.4 million in 2006. [16] The bilateral trade between each country reached to 630 million in 2008 and ~400 million in 2009. [16] In the following year, both countries established the “Russian–Pakistan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation to cooperation in science and technology and education”. [16] (more…)

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