The Candle in the Wind

 

By A Khokar       31 July 2009

 

The New Year 2008 was received amid high hopes in Pakistan that after decades of consecutive military as well as civilian dictatorial dark eras in the country, a candle of Democracy was seen lit in Pakistan with the hope that eventually it may bring the light of peace and prosperity for the people. In June 2008, this democracy was just few months old but seeing the absurd moves by the political parties;—– it was predicted that all the painstaking efforts that Mr. Pervez Musharraf took to groom and nurture this country to embrace an ‘Enlighten Moderation’ in democracy may be ditched all together. As per Musharraf plan a fully groomed and democratized country had since been handed over to the Politician in a plate and to be run on a turnkey basis. Somehow, the outcome of well sought democratic Elections held was that Pakistan could coin a Parliament run by unnatural coalition of two main Parties namely PPP and PML-N usually found sitting on opposite poles.

 

Although all the powers were transferred to the newly elected parliament but the government was being run by the authoritarian party leaders of both the parties (being ineligible for elections) while sitting outside of Parliament. Ever since the politicians have secured the Parliament and after capturing the rein of government are seen trekking the path of conceit and haughtiness. All the sign are there, that Pakistan is being turned into, an all out authoritarian regime. One may not feel it but a dictatorial style play let of coupe lead by Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, which was orchestrated by United States in Seventies in Chile, South America, is set to be repeated here.

 

President Musharraf when decided to hand over must have thought that he will see the country being run smoothly under his watch full eyes, progressing in leaps and bounds on his given lines but here we find that all together a different ‘Manual for Actions’ is opened.

 

This Manual contains the Doctrine of famous Economist Milton Friedman of ‘Chicago School of Economics’ which he prepared in late sixties for implementations at home specially for President Ronald Reagan’s term. This Doctrine was later tried and tested in Chile. The Manual tells that how out of blue, crisis full of shocks can be made to erupt and that how the crisis so occurred can be exploited to have a real change in society to achieve an economic outburst! This mechanism was titled as ‘Economic of Disaster’.

 

Friedman says that on the eruption of Crisis; there should be no let up for the public; Machiavelli also advices that injuries be ‘inflicted all at once’; other parallel crisis like hyper inflation, price hikes; shortage of essential consumers items like wheat flour, sugar, oil and Gasoline be hyped up; supplies be restricted and severely inflated to the critical exacerbating level and be seen beyond the reach of common man. Once crisis has struck, no real action should be taken which may bring some relief for people. All plans should intentionally be delayed and regime of by gone days be extensively maligned for it and exemplary punishment be announced against targeted opponents. Announcement of trial of President Musharraf for treason and awarding him death penalty is part of the game which is the talk of the day.

 

We can very well visualize that how Pakistan has been shocked by the man made crisis initiated even prior to Elections (in interim government days); within few months through an economic shock and Judicial turmoil a prosperous flourishing country was turned into impoverished one. Stock Markets experienced crashes on daily basis. There are shortages of commodities infested with hyper inflation across the board. There is acute shortage of electricity. Load shedding is imposed. Leaving aside the closure of big manufacturing factories; even the common artisan in the street are forced to close their businesses. One wonders that a nuclear state which can build a nuclear program of its own and is poised there haughty in the lines of nuclear powers of the world is unable to turn the simple wheel which can generate few joules of electricity. People spend their days lined up in queues under scorching heat for a bag of wheat flour or tin of cooking oil. When people set their foot out of their houses, Suicide bomb blasts are there to scare them with the loss of their lives.

 

But the teacher emphasizes that  in order to achieve a ‘Full Blanking’ that People must be made to forget their past and to erase the memory of good old days; even the sadistic acts be committed with an deliberate intent of terrorizing the public and then be actively harnessed to prepare the grounds for the introduction of radical changes.

 

The professor of ‘Manual of Economic of Disaster’ also says that soon after this stage is achieved, it is crucial to act swiftly before the Crisis-racked society slips back into the ‘tyranny of status quo’. He estimates that a new administration has some six to nine months at hand to achieve major changes. In order to win it; it is a scenario of now or never.

 

It is worth mentioning here that same Manual was initially opened in Iraq but with an addition of a special chapter of ’savagery and violence’ added by a Milton Friedman’s student; Mr. Donald Rumsfeld. Mr. Rumsfeld termed the new chapter of this ‘Doctrine as ‘Shock and Awe’. The entire wacky world is witness to this that Iraqis were forcibly subjugated to achieve the required ‘Blanking’ and to ensure that their past memories are erased. No let up or any help which may avail any respite or rescue be allowed; says Friedman. Finding no way out the deluded peoples eventually submit to the will of oppressor and turn to submit themselves in for further exploitation.

 

Once the people are found fed up to the brim and are found desperately… gasping for some relief; a small window be opened first; followed by rapid-fire transformation of economy, like tax cuts, free trade, privatized services, cuts to social spending and deregulation. Eventually as Chilean people saw that their public school were replaced with voucher funded private one. In Pakistan ‘Benazir cards’ for the poverty ridden class are being introduced. We may be having the most extreme capitalist make over under the authoritarian’s regime of coalition of two extremist parties (PPP+ Nune league apparently showing to public that they are dagger drawn). Country is held to ransom for their dictatorial and authoritative exploitations. What next? There is nothing except an utter chaos and anarchy in the society and an absurd race to grab the seat of power.

 

It is worth pondering that to what avail is the high held democratic rule? When it brings only the horror in our lives and plunderers and looters are seen in the driving seats?

 

But probably the worst of the ‘Manual of economy of Disaster‘ is yet to come?

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Let’s Start Afresh

By A Khokar  26 July 2009

The Larger bench of Supreme Court arranged under the auspice directions of CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhary has called for an explanation of Ex-President General Pervez Musharraf that— on 3rd November 2007 when he shelved the constitution and declared a state of emergency in the country; the able Supreme Court bench thinks; it is in violation of the constitution.  In the times when this country is all out at war and Pak armed forces are busy fighting the separatist and extremist and— all efforts are being implied to keep the nation united; barging up of such an controversial issue where CJP himself is (allegedly) party to it; it amounts to adding up further anarchy in the country which is already suffering from acute pulverization.

Whereas initiation of this controversy by CJP at this juncture looks like making of a mockery of his position and authority, it has also created a distinctive divide in the society and giving them enough of ammunition especially to the Pakistani electronic and print media for mudslinging and playing of an unending blame game for the time to come.

Anyhow it may keep many more smear campaign runners busy occupied in discussing the controversies and keep opening more Pandora boxes but matter of the fact is that out there; —-may it be the Heroism of Chief justice being widely admired in certain circles for the subject sensational verdict announced against General Musharraf—- or it is General Musharraf himself who earlier stepped aside as per US given plan to give way to PPP and has now preferred to stay away and has flown out of country; or—– may it be the present government which is getting weak by hours or the so-called present opposition (PML-N) who joined the PPP to form a coalition government but after seeing the enormity of difficulties lying ahead, simply quitted PPP and ever since they are sitting on the side line or say on the fences busy criticising the present day government. But does all these exercises do hold any waters— or—- is there anything good lying in it for our beloved country—Pakistan? That is the question to ponder upon—for which our answer always may come back as a Big NO. It’s not the time for duplicity any more. In fact all these stooges happen to be the Pan of a big game of conspirators being played on our soil which is keeping this country trapped in a state of chaos since long.

But pity is that PML-N after quitting PPP—- while it is seen perched on the fences is not just sitting there idle. They are there with specific purpose. Let us say and admit it openly that PML-N who could not secure the seat of power for them in the centre is now practicing third rate methods of nihilism against PPP with the aim to undermine the PPP government and to down play them by engaging the yellow press journalists and other anchors of various TV channels that through their exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or other unprofessional practices, they are all out to inculcate a belief among masses that destruction of existing political or social set up of PPP institutions is necessary and Pakistani society can only be put back on the tracks by PML-N under the popular leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

I hope we all aware of it that in Pakistan, the road to Islamabad governmental corridors and seat of power— passes via the gates of Washington. It will amount to denying the hard facts of our national political life on ground when we sheepishly try to climb up the high ladders of morality and high held primacy of Pakistan being a nuclear state and start blaming the so called military rulers for all their previous deeds. Not realising that when ever our army generals have been sending in— 111 Brigade for a coupe to moved in and climb up the Prime Minister House gates and secure a takeover, they have never been doing at their own accord. Why we simply forget that this has always been with the tacit approval and on the behest of United States and regime change has always been in compliance of Yankee diktat and on the agreed price.

Globally United States is in habit of regime changes in their targeted countries usually by coercive means. They spend a lot to get it done but unfortunately they have rarely met the desired successes anywhere. Most of the times, their plan goes awry. But in Pakistan, the Pakistanis happen to be the notch above the rest. Here US need not to have a regime change through usual CIA coercive methods or resorting to creation of unnecessary anarchy and mayhem which is normally seen spread over a long period of time. Here our armed forces have always been more than willing to give a mark swift success in carrying out such tasks and on time as per Washington dictates. It has been so easily done and without giving any hassle to the public that no US administration has ever find any flaws in it.

It may be cynical but one thing is very good that our generals they know that an ordeal of a bloody coupe often ends up very costly for the public life so they make it sure that it is a blood less operation. Our politicians’ creed is also found to be very cooperative in it. Whenever military has moved in, it has always been a simple turn over— not once but many a times.

In all this, our judiciary has invariably been playing a very positive and distinctive role. Needless to say or to give details; it will suffice to say that there has never been a single occasion when our Judiciary has failed in crowing the new dictatorial military rulers with full grandeur, pomp and show. Present Chief Justice of Supreme Court is no exception in it.

Knowing it all well; possibly how this judiciary could now come out with their verdict and single out a person like Musharraf [1]? When we all know well that in this Turkish bath all are standing —- stark naked.—- Iss Hamam main subhee tou Nangay hain.

The only way out can be that President while exercising the powers entrusted in him— declares a general amnesty for all our previous doings (Sins) including for himself. Let our past be a— buried past. Let’s repent — Close all the previous chapters—– and start afresh.

[1] Or say; nou sau choaey Billi kha key haj ko Challi

 

What Lies in the Future for Pakistan

By A Khokar 10 July 2009

Presently Pakistan is now a nation caught up between its Army and the Taliban, fighting a war— not of its own making. Its population lives in continuous fear of bombings and suicide attacks – the next one could be at the local mosque, an Internet cafe, or a roadside restaurant. Most Pakistanis are now resigned to full-scale army action seeing it extended across the country supposedly to exterminate the evil of Talibanisation in the society that lately Pakistan has decided to eliminate and evict this evil out from their country. There seems to be many snakes in the grass that this nation has to deal with.

Pakistan Army may be fighting the miscreants in Swat-Dir area to restore the government writ previously lost at the hands of Taliban or busy clearing the Terrorists dens in FATA area but the world weigh the volatile war situation in Pakistan differently. The Western media and western governments are focusing their usual rhetoric on the possibility of take over of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal by US lead forces— fearing that these may fall into Taliban hands. On ground Taliban may not be able to take over the nuclear arsenal directly but they fear it may be by design; of some coupe with in military with the help of Taliban sympathisers and—– thus endangering the whole world security. Pakistanis, on the other hand, are the people consistently living under these threats forced upon them by Taliban through violence and terror and fearing imposition of Taliban coercive and concocted mythology.

The most ballyhooed Obama’s Egypt speech to improve America’s image of a brutal aggressor has actually turned to be more of despair than a hope, when Muslims world as a whole finds itself fixed in the grip of US lead foreign occupying forces. For last one decade millions of people have been massacred and many more millions are displaced and their lands reduced to rubbles destroyed. Life in Muslim lands is literally—- turned to misery in all its spheres.

As expected Obama has failed to address the main catalyst and US own implanted oppressive agent, the regime of Israel which is the source of all the anarchies in Arab world. Rather he ended up admonishing the other repressive Arab regimes for their human rights issues and dictatorial practices. He categorically blamed Pakistan for harbouring the Terrorist like Al Qaeda and others inside its territory and declares them an eminent threat for the world security. Ever since, Obama is reverberating to deal with it squarely by every possible means available at hand. This amounts to declaring a full fledge US war against Pakistan which happens to be US ally also.

The Ghost of Osama bin Laden also keeps on emerging from his grave to come and deliver the messages at the hour of need that United States wants it the most. These messages in turn grant a new life to Terrorism and mark it that purported Al-Qaeda Terrorism is live and kicking as ever. This is very conveniently used as the pretext and an enabler that United States has very successfully evolved to exterminate any opposition in the way in the name of elimination of Terrorism. Al Qaeda and its Terrorism have proved to be the umbilical cords for US, so called moral grounds to maintain her presence in occupied foreign lands in and around of Iraq and Afghanistan. US are now eagerly looking ahead and waiting in the wings to invade their next planned ultimate target – Pakistan.

The pundits forecasting the wide range future of this region say that China and India are the emerging regional super power of the future. Where as Russian after retreat from Afghanistan and Central Asian States would like to keep on simply roaring from their dens in Moscow for some times to come. EU forces may remain confined with in their European borders but will keep on supporting the excursions of United States to secure the economic and natural resources for them. Russia is found to be self sufficient to propel its national economy and may not be keen in asserting its authority in the other world’s natural resources found like in Middle Eastern lands and is not likely to resort to any aggressive or deceptive scheming as United States is carrying out to mark n establish her hegemony in Middle East and Central Asia and control the resources in the wake of threats of take over by the emerging powers like China and India in the region.

United States having got recognised itself a lone superpower and a big brother who has come travelling here all the way from across the seven seas on their unique excursion to unfurl her set agenda and the goals as per their known plans of; Project for the New American Century (PNAC). In pursuance of the same United States may like that:

· The old world power Russia remains confined and restricted to its cocoons

· US may not be able to hamper the progress of India or China that they are making but certainly will do all possible moves to keep mineral resources in Middle East and Central Asia to remains in their control; for which US has already selected Afghanistan as their controlling hub. US is now busy turning Afghanistan into her master anchorage.

· AfPak is the new US policy designed to carve some of the countries on the Blood Brother lines [1]. US consider the Pashtuns living in Afghanistan and NWFP as one and see most of the NWFP as Part of Afghan enclave. Awami National Party (ANP) seemingly having adopted presently a docile posture in wake of current ablaze war conditions in NWFP; it is likely to prove to be the catalyst agent in it with their fan fared agenda of greater Pakhtunistan in the future. Year 2009 is a declared year of their most revered leader Bacha khan by them.

· US will like to throw Pakistan around Afghan enclave in between herself and India as well as China—- as a buffer country.

China is busy investing a lot in Pakistan and also in Afghanistan for a purpose that before this that US is able to completes the establishment of her anchorage in Afghanistan; China in order to secure the access routes to the economic sources in Middle east and Iran may like to consolidate its positions with in Pakistan and to occupy part of it on some lease agreement bases or otherwise to secure a ‘safe supply and communication corridor’ for herself. One can imagine the ruining of grass fields when US, China and Pakistan’s bulls will be fighting to win over. The lands along the entire stretch of corridor are likely to plunge into deepest of anarchy and mayhem.

Baluchistan, the treasure land of future mineral resources is currently infested with its separatist groups. They are the rouge elements addicted to foreign perks for their known lavish livings. If they do not shun their bad habits and stop playing in the hands of foreign forces having their vested interests. The only future for them in this scenario may be — to see Baluchistan torn apart and disintegrated.

India would like to stay where it is but would do enough to ‘cut n break’ Pakistan into thinner slice to attain a thin strip from north to south to work as a buffer (i.e. Punjab and Sind only) between US new formed enclaves and India .

While this all is going on, China will have to move in side Pakistan physically to secure its corridor connecting the Arabian Sea at Gwader port back to China through Baluchistan, Frontier and on the silk route to China.

There must be no doubt in any Pakistani’s mind that Pakistan is the future Battle field of the world. A country which is already targeted by USA to make it internally depleted and vulnerable and to leave it reduced to mere status of a buffer zone broiling in induced anarchy. Frederick Kagan, former West Point US military historian, who devised the Bush administration’s Iraq troop surge, recently called for the White House to consider various options for an unstable Pakistan, including the US to consider sending elite troops to Pakistan to seize its nuclear weapons if the country descends into chaos.

Shamelessly our arch enemy India, as mentioned above has also extrovert desires to join hand with US to see Pakistan cut to pieces and to a size of a ‘wafer strip’ between US new formed enclaves and India and grant it a status of Bhutan, Nepal or Sri Lanka— mere to stay there as a buffer zone from Kashmir in the north to Arabian sea in the south.

Conclusion

Even a common man on the streets of Pakistan can very well visualize the raging storms lurking at our horizons for us and that our Pak Armed forces, the saviour of this nation are very much engaged and are on war which is not being fought against our enemies on our borders but tragically it is against our own kith and kin living among us. These perpetrators are evil; our internal enemies found working against the interest of this land. One wonders that—- is this nation, a bunch of hypocrites, abetters and traitors that people here love to work against the interests of their nation and join hands with our enemies to act as enabler in the known ‘Big Game of Conspiracies’ being hatched to see this nation go down?

[Kabhee Rehmatain thi naazal es khitta e zameen par

Whee khitaa e zameen hey, keh azaab uter rahey hain]

Says Obaid Ullah Aleem

Links: http://www.pakspectator.com/,

[1]Ralph Peter , a retired Neocon Lt Colonel who served as US Intelligence Officer in Germany wrote an article “Blood Brothers – How a better Middle East would look” in Armed Forces Journal (USA) of June ’06.

Operation Rahe Nijat: in Need of a Fresh Spin

 

 By A Khokar    6 July 2009

 

Tehrik e Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) were the known traitors operating in Swatt-Malakand area; they were Satan found successful in infiltrating the inner core of our society—- disguised as the preacher and using the religion as their weapon. They enjoyed the support of other interested parties and forces like old MMA, JUI –Fazlur, and Jamaat e Islami who were seen successful in meddling of general public opinion in their favour to far right side. Thus areas under their influence were invariably found full of Taliban sympathisers.

 

 

But all it required a spin of a spin doctor like Rehman Malik to make use of Nizam e adel card that its timely usage exposed the savagery and implied tactics of fear and violence of Taliban and it helped turn away the public general opinion to shift back to centre right. Very conveniently, this enabled the present government to launch a full fledge armed operation Rah e Rast by Pak armed Forces and evict the menace of TTP.

 

  

 Although this operation is being conducted very successfully and surely the life in the affected areas may return to normal. IDPs will also return back to their homes but reportedly the higher command of TTP have slipped through the nets and these fugitives have joined and sought shelter of other subversive forces in South Waziristan, an area notoriously known as wild, inhospitable and most volatile— offering sanctuaries and safe havens to all such criminal and savage fugitives. Presently the Swatt operation may be requiring a hot pursuit of terrorist to be carried out and operation may be extended to new areas. Reportedly so; to keep up the required impetus the new operation of this hot pursuit in Waziristan is on its way and the subject operation is named as Rahe e Nijat,

 

  

One may think that this new operation for the time being may have the blanket cover of public opinion of Swaat operation and possibly same public backing be enjoyed and extended here also. Although general public is retired to the idea that Waziristan operation will also generate the flux of IDP and distressing rouge elements from here will escape to the areas like Southern Punjab and beyond requiring tough military operations but more noticeably the bibliography of nizaam e adil card and public opinion since formed and enjoyed earlier —are supposedly area restricted which may not be workable for the operations in waziristan and when further extended in southern Punjab.

 

 

Public opinion is a monster which must be kept harnessed all the times. In order to keep the public opinion in centre or at least on its centre right and to achieve a public backing to bear all the destruction and collateral damages involved which this nation may desperately be requiring in pruning of all its rouge non patriotic elements —- new spins like Nizam e Adil card are needed to conduct any such further operation.