Dear Eric I've not gone, only taken a step back in support of the abominable treatment of my good chum DR by those without the fortitude to take a bit of stick with out whaling like baby's, and the mealy-mouthed which believe that one has to respect other people‚Äôs silly and obnoxious ideas just because they are other people‚Äôs and in my admirably angry way I make the time rebuff their vexatious nonsense and drivelling tripe with healthy mix of derogatory and disparaging remarks aimed at the spleeny fly bitten measles. Oh BTW did to see that George Macdonald Fraser passed away last week.
Got some headlines from today's UK news papers just to remind your good self what you have left behind
At least 22 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan today.
The suicide bomber blew himself up among police guards deployed in front of Lahore High Court ahead of a planned protest by lawyers today.
An Associated Press photographer at the scene of the attack reported more than 25 dead and wounded people, including police and civilians.
‚ÄúIt was a suicide attack,‚ÄĚ the Lahore police chief, Malik Iqbal, told Dawn News TV. He said police were ‚Äúdefinitely" targeted.
Muslim girl found dead in river 'beaten by parents'
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
A Muslim teenager found dead in a river after fleeing an arranged marriage had suffered years of beatings from her parents, an inquest heard today.
Shafilea Ahmed, 17, vanished in September 2003 and her body was found five months later in the River Kent near Sedgwick in Cumbria.
She had been beaten by her mother and father, who also stole her ¬£2,000 savings, and had fled her home in fear of being forced into an arranged marriage and left to live in Pakistan, the inquest into her death was told.
Shafilea, from Warrington, Cheshire, was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer, the hearing was told.
But she was "torn" between her ambitions and her family and religion, the inquest at the County Hall, in Kendal, Cumbria was told.
During a trip to Pakistan in the year before her disappearance, she drank a caustic substance, possibly bleach, after being introduced to one possible suitor, the hearing has heard.
But three months after returning to the UK she vanished.
Shafilea was most likely strangled or suffocated, according to pathologists who examined her badly decomposed body.
No one has ever been charged over her death and her mother and father, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, both strongly deny any involvement in her disappearance.
But homelessness officer Anne-Marie Woods said when the youngster came for an interview to get her own flat she claimed to have suffered abuse from her parents.
"Shafilea said she had been staying with friends and she had nowhere to live and she was fleeing domestic violence and an arranged marriage that her parents had arranged for her," Ms Woods said.
"She said there had been an escalation of violence since she was 15/16 and that one parent would hold her down and the other would hit her," she told the hearing.
Ms Woods read from a statement Shafilea made in her application for council accommodation.
It said: "Over the past few years I've been experiencing domestic violence by my parents.
"I had saved ¬£2,000 which they took out of my bank account.
"My parents are going to send me to Pakistan and I'll be married to someone and left there.
"There had been a build-up of violence towards me, and my mother told me I was about to go to Pakistan for an arranged marriage.
"My mother had started to pack and my parents had been in to school to inform them we were going to Pakistan."
Coroner Ian Smith asked Ms Woods if Shafilea was genuine.
"She wasn't being a drama queen," she replied. "She came across as a shy, quiet girl.
She came across as being genuinely frightened of this impending arranged marriage."
The teenager turned down a place at a refuge for Asian women in Liverpool because she did not want to disrupt her education in Warrington, but was given emergency accommodation in a hotel and told a flat would be available on February 10 2003. Instead she chose to return home, the hearing was told.
Ms Woods added: "She had returned to her parents after they had agreed not to take her to Pakistan."
Retired police officer Brian Monaghan told the inquest he visited the Ahmeds' family home with a view to buy on the day Shafilea was reported missing by a former schoolteacher.
He asked Mr Ahmed why they were moving.
"He looked towards his wife and they spoke in what I assume was their native language," Mr Monaghan said.
"He then responded to me and said that his daughter had been seeing a young boy and there was some fall-out with the family over it and as such they intended to move back to an area where they had previously lived, which, if my memory serves me, is the Accrington area.
"He said that she, being his daughter, had been mixing with the wrong people and they had got into some trouble and brought shame upon the family. They were the terms he used."
Melissa Powner, a school friend of Shafilea's, told the inquest her friend liked wearing trendy clothes, was very clever, always laughing, and loved her family.
She also said Shafilea was unable to socialise much with her friends and had to hide her friendships with boys from her parents.
Miss Powner said Shafilea told her that her own sister had warned her to "go away, they're going to get you married off".
After Shafilea ran away from home in February 2003 her father turned up at school to take the "petrified" teenager home.
Man admits planning terrorist acts
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, PA
Published: 08 January 2008
A 29-year-old man was today jailed for four-and-a-half years after he admitted planning to fly to Pakistan to carry out acts of terrorism.
Sohail Qureshi, a qualified dentist, told fellow extremists he planned to "kill many" during a two-to-three week mission, the Old Bailey heard.
Qureshi, of Palmerston Road, Forest Gate, east London, was in e-mail contact with Samina Malik, the so-called "lyrical terrorist".
As he prepared to fly out to Islamabad in October 2006, he asked Malik, a WHSmith employee who worked airside at Heathrow airport, about security arrangements.
Malik, who wrote poems about martyrdom and beheading unbelievers, was given a suspended jail sentence last year after she was found guilty of storing a library of material for terrorism.
Qureshi was arrested as he prepared to board the plane to Pakistan with nearly ¬£9,000 in cash, a night sight, and military information stored on computer discs.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said he planned to carry out terrorist activity either in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Waziristan, a tribal region of Pakistan.
The court heard that police found a message on an extremist website in which Qureshi wrote: "Pray that I kill many, brother. Revenge, revenge, revenge."
Mr Sharp said: "Sohail Qureshi is a dedicated supporter of Islamist extremism."
Qureshi pleaded guilty to preparing for terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, the first time anyone has been convicted of the charge.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing an article for a terrorist purpose and possessing a record likely to be useful in terrorism.