US Occupation of Pakistan: Phase one is complete

 By A Khokar  31 August 2009

Pakistanis are watching it happen in the streets of Islamabad. The recurring nightmare has become a grim reality here that after watching last 8 years the horrors of the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and neighbouring Afghanistan, the exterminators and executioners of “war on terror” have finally arrived in The Land of the Pure—-Pakistan. Obama is fulfilling his declared campaign promise to Pakistan. The sudden arrival of U.S. marines, U.S. military Hummers, the hired killers of Blackwater have all arrived in Islamabad to start with.  The people in the streets are curious how the houses are being barricaded for U.S. personnel in Islamabad and the construction of the world’s largest U.S. “Embassy” are terrorizing this nation of 180 million people. The U.S. slaughter and destruction in Iraq and neighbouring Afghanistan for the last 8 years warns them of what may lie in store for them, for their families and their dream land-Pakistan.

Until this landing of U.S. forces, the nation’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs had been denying that 1000 U.S. marines were on their way to Islamabad. The thousand marines are now in the capital city of Islamabad. Some of them may be quietly slipping into Baluchistan where the presence of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) has already been reported. But most are here; supposedly to defend what will be the largest U.S. embassy being turned into a fortress in the world—- now under construction and to spearhead the subsequent phases of invasion and occupation.

The Costs

US Ambassador in Pakistan Anne W. Patterson says;

The total cost for housing and general support for the marines alone will be US$112.5 million. US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson said the money is allocated as follows: “$5 million was for Marine quarters, $53.5 for housing infrastructure, $18 million for improvement of general services office area, and $36 million for temporary duty quarters and community support facilities.”

In Patterson’s explanation of the massive expansion of the U.S. Embassy she talked about 4 Billion (that’s with a big “B”) dollars:

“The embassy expansion, she said, was a reflection of the long-term commitment that the US intended to have with Pakistan. Moreover, she said, quadrupling of the social, economic and military assistance that would touch $4 billion a year over the next 18 months, has necessitated staff increase.”
Ambassador Patterson did not clarify whether the $4 Billion covers the construction which will make this embassy the largest in the world. When this construction is seen in context and coordination with the new level of U.S. occupation of Pakistan, it looks more like a permanent military base than an embassy for running military and covert operations not only in Pakistan but also in the region.

Weapons and Hummers

Eye witnesses and informed journalists have been reporting sightings of U.S. personnel in Islamabad for the past week or so, but now they are seen moving freely throughout the capital. The law (Section 144) provides that Pakistanis who own guns are not permitted to carry them in Islamabad. But U.S. personnel are showing Pakistanis that they are above the law as they openly brandish their weapons. It has also been confirmed that 3,000 U.S. military Hummers, locked and loaded are awaiting dispatch in Karachi’s Port Qasim. For millions of Pakistanis news of these Hummers conjures up images of U.S. troops charging through the streets of Iraqi cities, armed to the teeth, terrifying and often killing unarmed civilians.

On Feb. 23, 2009 the Pentagon revealed that over 70 U.S. military advisers had been secretly working in Pakistan.

Blackwater and the CIA

Pakistanis have known about the 300 U.S. military “advisers” lodged in Tarbela. But news of the arrival of the notorious Blackwater mercenaries in addition to the thousand U.S. marines is riveting their attention. In Pakistan, Blackwater is trading its tainted name for a telling name “Xe Worldwide”, – the name behind which these paid killers are now hiding at the moment.

Also, last week, Creative Associates International Inc (CAII), a CIA front, has been operating in Peshawar. They have now sealed off a road and set up shop near the houses of senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, directly across from a school.

Dr. Shireen Mazari (Tehrik e Insaaf) speaks about the new arrival of U.S. forces in Pakistan and says:

The US marines; “Will some of these go to the Pentagon’s assassination squads, who may take up residence in some of the barricaded Islamabad houses and with whom the present US commander in Afghanistan was directly associated? Ordinary officials at Pakistani airports have also been muttering their concerns over chartered flights flying in Americans whose entry is not recorded – even the flight crews are not checked for visas and so there is now no record-keeping of exactly how many Americans are coming into or going out of Pakistan. Incidentally the CAII’s (CIA/Blackwater) Craig Davis who was deported has now returned to Peshawar! And let us not be fooled by the cry that numbers reflect friendship since we know what numbers meant to Soviet satellites.”

The Pearl Continental, a luxury hotel in Peshawar was bombed on June 9, 2009. The U.S. routinely blames these attacks on Muslim terrorists. The U.S. has also routinely sabotaged peace agreements between the Pakistan government and various resistance groups in Pakistan. Attacks like this are used to justify the current invasion and occupation by the United States.

Given little attention in the corporate media, Peshawar’s Pearl Continental Hotel was bombed on June 9, 2009. At the time of the bombing, Pakistani media reported officially that it was housing U.S. personnel at the time but did not mention Blackwater. However, Blackwater’s name began to surface in rumours and unofficial reports after the Peshawar bombing.

But seeing all this happening in the broad day light; the present government is keeping mum and eyes shut. “ik Khamoshi see Khamoushi hey”. Looks like they all are observing a good fasting practices in the month of Ramadan; see no evil–speak no evil.

Meeri Dunia lut Rahi thi aor main khamoush tha

Tukray, tukray dil key chuntaa kis ko itnaa housh tha

Links-refrences; Pak Alert press

Video: Top Conspiracies Exposed by Dr. Danish – Updated

On Aug 23 09, Sawal Yeh Hai with Dr. Danish, the first Pakistani talk show unveiled the truth about some of the most nefarious conspiracies in Pakistan history, sparked extensive debates in Pakistani media leaving behind most lucrative topics like Article 6 and Musharraf.

Featuring Brigadier (R) Imtiaz aka Billa (Ex DG IB ) Ghulam Mustafa Khar (Former Gov Punjab) and Lt. Gen (r) Naseer Akhtar who was Corp Commander Karachi in 1992

the conspiracies exposed included:

1, IJI Conspiracy: Political party IJI was created by ISI to promote Left Wing parties and to bring Nawaz Sharif as a leader to counter Benazir Bhutto and her Right wing party PPP and its allies.

2, Khar Conspiracy: Ghulam Mustafa Khar living in exile in London at Seth Abid’s apartment (infamous gold and drugs smuggler), where Mustafa Khar conspired with Indian RAW to eliminate top Pakistani Military leadership in a terror attack when Chief of Army Staff and all Core Commanders present at GHQ in a conference.  This conspiracy was busted later on and all involved were arrested. Mustafa Khar got immunity from Benazir Bhutto’s government!

3, Jinnahpur Conspiracy: The confessional statements by Brig (R) Imriaz and Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar finally unfolds (after 17 years) the truth in accusations on MQM regarding their attempt to carve out a separate homeland for Muhajirs called Jinnahpur. The statements by these two pivotal characters involved in the operation against MQM in 1992, proved that the operation was wrong and baseless which was launched by Nawaz Sharif Government against MQM and resulted in genocide of more than 15000 innocent Pakistanis.

4, Nuclear conspiracy:  A person named Rafiq Munshi, an engineer at KANOP, recruited by CIA to plant agents in Pakistan nuclear assets and collect information about Pakistan’s Nuclear program and to finally conduct technical sabotage. This conspiracy was busted and Rafiq Munshi was arrested. Later on Benazir Bhutto’s government released him and hired him as Political Advisor!!!

 

For Video please Link:

 http://www.pakalertpress.com/2009/08/28/video-top-conspiracies-exposed-by-dr-danish/

Videos

 Updates on IJI Conspiracy

 Updates on Khar Conspiracy

SAWAL YEH HAI with Danish on ARY: AUG 29 ‘09

Brig. (R) Imtiaz Ahmed and Ghulam Mustafa Khar (Former Gov Punjab) go head-to-head on London Conspiracy to topple Gen Zia’s regime and Operation ‘Galaxy’ launched by Brig Imtiaz to expose it.

Updates on Jinnahpur Conspiracy

 Dunya Today with Moeed Pirzada: Aug 27 ‘09

Interview of Brig. (R) Imtiaz (Former DG IB) who speaks at length his intelligence career and performance and achievements specially his controversial involvement in “Operation Midnight Jackal”.

 Blasts from Past:

 

Seeing the Military Boots off from Islamabad

 

 By A Khokar   30 August 2009

Nawaz Sharif of PML-N has been prime Minister of Pakistan twice but whenever he is asked about any incident which involves the national security or any question about foreign policy; time and again the man has been ironically quoted saying that he knew nothing about those events. If it happened; he was not asked?

At the face of it, this may look strange but it’s a reality that not only Mr. Nawaz Sharif alone but all the other so called national executive and prime Ministers with the exception of few have invariably been seen in the same saddle. What is this predicament of ours that this nation is facing and masses have to put up with a series of nincompoop prime ministers and their governments.

If we may be able to summarize the past state of affairs in Pakistan, it will come to boil like this that where as normally countries have got their military forces but here in Pakistan somehow our military got a country of its own. On the other hand the feudal lords in the country are seen wed with the Pakistan Military for a marriage of convenience and even now when the Military is seen stepping out of this wedding but an alliance to reciprocate each other is still on there to stay atop.

 Previously, especially all the prime Ministers have been just the figurative stooges installed to represent an institution of so called parliament. An eye washes for the public or other international forums. This may be difficult to digest as such but it is a stark reality of our Pakistani society. All the political turmoil’s starting from the war on terrorism, the state of unrest of law and order in the country or the other socio economic ordeals in Pakistan; all this stems from this undeniable verity of Pak Military being in charge of Pakistani affairs.

Throughout our history, the military has been in command of all Pakistani affairs. Recent Jinnahpur map issue made to pop up was certainly a made up operation then—- initiated by Pak military ISI to undermine the emerging middle class civil forces in our metropolitan city like Karachi. The Jinnahpur map operation was nothing but a glaring example to suppress and undermine a middle class awakening in our country and an effort to nip this awakening in the bud that it had the potential to endanger the oppressing Military-feudal lord’s alliance and their regimes.

In Jinnahpur map fiasco, captain (now retired Major) Nadeem Dar and his rangers B Company were merely a tool used in that exercise which the poor guy Dar knew nothing about the reality of this operation. The present day dust being kicked in the media and the TV talks shows in regard to Major Dar is just a hype and may not amounts to anything. The so called Revelation by Brig Imtiaz Ahmed or its acceptance of as falsie and fabrication by the Corpse Commander Lt Gen Naseer Akhter about creation of Jinnahpur in Karachi enclave is also a hype created with vested interests. But this late revelation does matter because it then brought a large scale devastation and destruction in Karachi. It in turn resulted in killing of thousands which is a most heinous crime ever committed by the forces and this will certainly go far.

 Anyhow our freewheeling media may be keeping us utterly busy and entangled at present in its sensational hypes like Prevez Musharraf trial basing on the recent declaration of Chief justice selective and self serving verdict and that it is so vehemently pursued by its would be beneficiary PML-N—- or— on the other hand the latest Jinnahpur maps revelations’ bomb shell dropped to counter and fix up PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif in it—-but fact remains that on ground —–at last our military has since—finally decided to hand over the rein of this country back to civilian for a change and President Musharraf did hand over this country laden with economic growth to run it on key turn bases. Our civilian government should accept it as blessings for them and should not look back. They must count it their blessings in disguise and start with building this nation—- forward on.

 So far military has been considering herself as the sole guardians and the only elite, faith full’s force working toward the up keep and safe guard of this country (as they think). Now it is civilians’ turn that they have to come up with some messianic figure backed by the hardworking zealots to excel the myth of military in our home land and prove that after Military they are the best saviours.

This is a race game of the fittest and that who so ever excels other—is winner. But civilians also have to show their magnanimity to say thank you to Pak military and go ahead with serving this nation in yet better ways.

Pakistan need to take the example of Turkey that right from their inception of The Republic of Turkey, their Military forces— like we had in Pakistan have been at the hems of the affairs. Turkey could only bring a transformation in their society when more able elites were born in the civil society and thus Army was found more than willing to hand over the rein to them. Turkish Military was given a send off with dignity and respect. Present day Turkey is out on the road paved with excellence and with a progressive society and a vibrant economy.

The cunning provocative and underhand method since applied against the Military to secure and shine up the political gains; or the kicking up of the dust of their trials etc may not bring any fruit bearing results. I am afraid that at present if the civilian do not take a heed and are unable to deliver their best the departed ghost of military will be justified to revisit.

Keeping in view the present day anarchy created and shows of nincompoop like posture of men atop; rather masses will soon start begging military to come back and take charge. It is pertinent to note that People have already started remembering the old good days spent under military rules;

In Habib Jalibs words and remembering the bygone days;

He says:

 Go keh yeh  zeeast baa piyadaa thee

 Magar dhoop sey chaa-oun tou ziada thee

 Links: http://www.pakspectator.com/

JinnahPur: Nawaz Sharif, His Hands in the Gloves

 By A Khokar  26 August 2009

A drama of Jinnahpur Maps was staged in 1992 to malign MQM which today is proved to be false in all respects.  Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League, then prime Minister is responsible for ‘The Act of 1992 Operation’ against the Citizens of Pakistan………….in which some 15000 civilians were put to death—allegedly demanding a separate homeland in Karachi enclave. This massacre is a Crime against Humanity. Why a trial be not held against him in International Courts?

Adolf Hitler will always be known in the history of mankind as being the most racial and barbaric dictator on the basis of ethnic and religious affiliations. The world soon realized the agenda of Nazi German forces. After invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany (on September 3rd 1939) which in turn resulted in formation of allies between United Kingdom and France for declaring a war against the onslaught of Nazi Germany and this era is termed as Word War II. In the year 1992, the same Nazis like story was repeated here in our country Pakistan; it was a different set of personalities involved and on different racial/political grounds but the hands in the gloves of oppressors are the same.

Yesterday night ex Director General of Intelligence Bureau (IB – which is classed as the top civilian intelligence setup of our country), Brigadier (R) Imtiaz appeared on a talk show named “Sawal Yeh Hai” (the question is?) hosted by Dr. Danish, on ARY OneWorld TV channel unleashing a unique un-told history. One is not sure if Brig (R) Imtiaz himself committed some crime by revealing the details of intelligence operations from the sad history of this country, but ones eye’s can’t stop tears rolling down the cheeks after listening to what has been done on this part of the planet back in early 90s.The other guest in the program was Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) who is termed as the deputy parliamentary leader of the party as well revealing a lot— of yet untold details from the history along with another operation by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to unearth plans of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA of USA) trying to plant agents from among the technicians working in the nuclear installations of the country.

There are strings of Khar Legacy also revealed; One of the stories he tell is that Ghulam Mustafa Khar was staying in London as self-exile. He was staying in the apartment of Seth Abid, where he was approached by Mr Joshi, a senior officer of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of India, to create a joint plan that when there will be Corps Commander conference going on in the Rawalpindi, Pakistan, they will explode the building with explosives and killing all the senior military leadership of Pakistan. According to Birg (R) Imtiaz, Mustafa Khar was the central role player of the plan and RAW was cooperating with him. Khar even met with Indra Ghandi, the then Prime Minister of India – who formally approved the operation. On the other hand Seth Abid, Mr Khar host in London when got suspicious, met General Zia ul Haque and informed him that Mustafa Khar have some dirty plans against the country. He says that Seth Abid was then planted as the Pakistani agent and used to communicate with Mustafa Khar from the ISI office – answering to a question if this is a true-tale, Brig (R) Imtiaz also revealed that all the conversations of the plan between Seth Abid and Mustafa Khar are still on record and are safe at Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at this time. Then he tells how the plan was busted with the help of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents.

When Mustafa Khar was phoned on the program by the host, he clearly rejected the allegations and asked that another program should be hosted and he be invited to take his views rather than on phone, to which Dr. Danish agreed.

A mass murder in 1992 Operation in Karachi was carried out and thousands perished.  After seeking a confirmation that he have experience of more than 11 years of service in Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Dr. Danish asked Brig (R) Imtiaz about another conspiracy of 1992 Operation against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), when Lt Gen Naseer Akhtar was Corps Commander of 10 Corps (Karachi) and Lt. Gen Asif Janjua was the Chief of Army Staff that whether any permission of operation from the then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was not sought about this operation? Brig (R) Imtiaz, said that the prime minister was in knowledge of it which is on record and neither he raised any objection about it. He confirmed that this is definite that when this operation began, MQM raised their  voice against the operation & the international community showed concern over this operation, Mr Nawaz Sharif also called on Lt Gen Asif Janjua, the then Chief of Army staff, to discuss the issue to which the then Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif instructed to continue the operation which is also on record. Dr. Danish then questioned about the political innocence of Mr. Nawaz Sharif, as he is famous for showing his deliberate ignorance including the Kargil war, as why he did not ask this operation to be stopped which was started and continued during his tenure?

Dr. Danish then took Lt. Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar on phone line and questioned him that if he did seek permission from the then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif to conduct the operation to kill 15000 workers of MQM to which he confirmed that the permission was sought and granted through a proper chain of command and proceedures. Mr. Nawaz Sharif remained present in the Pano Aqil Cantonment during all the conferences where the 1992 Operation was discussed at length along with Chief Of Army Staff and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan – and gave permission to conduct this—- genocide! Then he asked ex-corps commander about the alleged Jinnahpur map discovered from Karachi, to which he said that this was very disappointing to say that some map was there. There were never any of such map discovered, and this rhetoric of Map was also withdrawn just after two days. Lt Gen Nasee Akhtar declined twice on the phone that even while being Corps Commander of Karachi, he was completely unaware of any such thing called as Jinnahpur map. This to be noted here that Lt Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar is well known a responsible figure and mastermind of the 1992 Karachi operation.

Coming back to Brig (R) Imtiaz, Dr. Danish questioned that according to the ex-corps commander, Lt Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar – the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen (R) Asif Janjua was completely in loop of the operation. Dr Danish again asked about the  Jinnahpur saga and asks Brig (R) Imtiaz that being the then DG Intelligence Bureau to tell that from which office of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) the so called map of Jinnahpur was discovered? Answering to which he said that I investigated this whole issue for seven days and at the end concluded that this Jinnahpur map was a complete drama and conspiracy against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and there were absolutely no maps discovered from the offices of MQM. Brig (R) Imtiaz reiterated that Lt. Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar was the Corps Commander of the 10 Corp in Karachi during that time then how this is possible that he was completely unaware of the Jinnahpur map if there was any? How this become possible that those maps were also published? Who passed it to the press resulting in the headlines of all the newspapers on the next day? Including the headline of the JANG newspaper published in the London. This is bloody nonsense.

Breaking in tears, Haider Abbas Rizvi said that this is a big day of his life, it reminds him of his 15000 party workers killed in this operation, the way his party and the leader Altaf Hussain was accused of being agents of Research & Analysis Wing (RAW – INDIA). The way the patriotism of his party was challenged. He also requested Brig (R) Imtiaz to please swear upon Allah to tell everyone about those torture cells of MQM were ever existed? Haider Abbas Rizvi said that during the operation, women workers of MQM, including elder mothers and sisters were overrun by horses by Police and the Army during the operation, he thanked Lt. Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar of telling and accepting at last the truth today  after 17 years. Dr. Danish when asking another question, Haider Rizvi insisted Dr. Danish to please ask Brig (R) Imtiaz if those torture cell of MQM ever existed to which Dr. Danish said that as this is now clear that Jinnahpur map was a propaganda against MQM an implant and was fake, it is needless to question that MQM operated any torture cell anywhere.

This is one of the biggest blunder in the history of our beloved country that a political party was convicted of false crimes and an illegal operation was raged on them resulting in the deaths of 15000 workers, including infants, children and women. Out of whole of this episode of the Dr. Danish’s talk show, one thing we can easily conclude that this operation was started or at least continued on the behest of  then Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League  – which is indeed a symbol of shame for everyone being citizen of this country. Those who have lived in the city of Karachi during 1992-1999 are well aware of how this operation was conducted, how members of an specific political party (MQM) was killed under the blame of claiming of a separate state, which is all now termed as false. Since now this fact is revealed and the 1992 operation unearthed, Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N, proud owner of sugar mills, flour mills, rice mills, members of the elite class, the lions of the Punjab, should be ashamed of conducting such henious crimes and mass murder. They must be tried in International criminal court for their  crimes against humanity.

Now, one may asks that where is Mr. Chief Justice, Justice  Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary; the Giant? I hope he have seen the yesterday’s episode of Dr. Danish’s program or at least have read the newspapers? Will he the take suo-moto action now? Or his sou-moto actions are only meant for one of those blessed ones where there is a vested interest. By the way, 15000 (or lets say 1500?) illegal murders is not a joke! We need to take some serious actions against those responsible now – in order to avoid any genocide in future in our country, and in my humble opinion the list starts with 1. PML-N Leader Mr. Nawaz Sharif, 2. The then Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen (R) Asif Nawaz Janjua, 3. The then Corps Commander of 10 Corpe (Karachi), Lt. Gen (R) Naseer Akhtar, and so on…….and on…..!

……

Kissi kay bus main naheen tha, kissi kay bus main naheen

Bulandion  ko  sadda  paamaal  kar  Rakhnaa

Obaidullah Aleem

Links: http://www.pakspectator.com/nawaz-sharif-his-hands-in-the-gloves/

It is Unwinnable War?

 

Report by A Khokar    16 August 2009

 

“Taliban Are Winning: U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Rising Casualties.” Thus ran the startling headline on the front-page of The Wall Street Journal. The lead paragraph ran thus:

 

“The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency’s spiritual home.”

 

Source for the story: Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself.

 

The general’s spokesman in Kabul was swift to separate him from that headline and lead. They “go too far,” he said: The general does not believe the Taliban are winning or “gaining the upper hand.”

 

Nevertheless, in the eighth year of America’s war, the newly arrived field commander concedes that U.S. casualties, now at record levels, will continue to be high or go higher, and that our primary mission is no longer to run down and kill Taliban but to defend the Afghan population.

 

What went wrong?

 

Though U.S. force levels are higher than ever, the U.S. military situation is worse than ever. Though President Karzai is expected to win re-election, he is regarded as the ineffectual head of a corrupt regime. Though US have trained an Afghan army and police force of 220,000, twice that number are now needed. The Taliban are operating not only in the east, but in the north and west, and are taking control of the capital of the south, Kandahar.

 

NATO’s response to Obama’s request for more troops has been pathetic.

 

Europeans want to draw down the troops already sent. And Western opinion has soured on the war.

 

A poll commissioned by The Independent found 52 percent of Britons wanting to pull out and 58 percent believing the war is “unwinnable.”

 

U.S. polls, too, have turned upside down.

 

A CBS-New York Times survey in late July found 33 percent saying the war was going well and 57 percent saying it was going badly or very badly. In a CNN poll in early August, Americans, by 54 percent to 41 percent, said they oppose the Afghan war that almost all Americans favoured after 9-11 and Obama said in 2008 was the right war for America to fight.

 

The president is now approaching a decision that may prove as fateful for him and his country as was the one made by Lyndon B Johnson to send the Marines ashore at Da Nang in December 1965.

 

Obama confronts a two-part question:

 

If, after eight years of fighting, the Taliban is stronger, more capable and closer to victory than it has ever been, what will it cost in additional U.S. troops, more casualties, many years and billions to turn this around? And what is so vital to US in that wilderness land worth another eight years of fighting, bleeding and dying, other than averting the humiliation of another American defeat?

 

From Secretary Gates to Gen. Petraeus, U.S. military and political leaders have been unanimous that the Afghan war does not lend itself to a military victory. Unfortunately, the Taliban does seem to believe in a military victory and triumphal return to power, and imposing upon the United States the same kind of defeat their fathers imposed upon the Soviet Union.

 

Whatever United States media may say of them, Taliban fighters have shown a greater willingness to die for a country free of Americans than US Afghan allies have shown to die for the future that Americans envision for them.

 

In days, McChrystal is to provide the president with an assessment of what will be required for America to prevail.

 

Almost surely, the general’s answer will be that success will require thousands more U.S. troops, billions more dollars, many more years of casualties. And if Obama yet believes this is a war of necessity we cannot lose, and he must soldier on, his decision will sunder his party and country, and put at risk his presidency.

 

If he refuses to deepen the U.S. commitment, it is hard to see how the United States can avoid what is at best a bloody stalemate.

 

But if he chooses to cut America’s losses and get out, Obama risks a strategic debacle that will have our enemies rejoicing and open him up to the charge that he, the first African-American president, lost the war that America began as retribution for 9-11 and fought to prevent a second 9-11.

 

Had US gone into Afghanistan in 2001, knocked over the Taliban, driven out al-Qaida and departed, US would not be facing what it does today.

 

But American were seduced by the prospect of converting a backward tribal nation of 25 million, which has resisted every empire to set foot on its inhospitable soil, into a shining new democracy that would be a model for the Islamic world.

 

Now, whatever Obama decides, US shall pay a hellish price for the hubris of the nation-builders.

 

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Links: Adab-Arz.co.uk

Ref: Pat Buchannan Town Hall

 

The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born

 By A Khokar   15 August 2009

This was 14 August, our Independence day.  Day passed hung between despair and hope—in tears and laughter, full of emotions and enthusiasm. I was thinking that Pakistan is an Ideological State. The theorist set forth the rules that in ideological states it is a system of beliefs or ideas which, operates through “ideological State apparatuses” like schools, media, judicial and legislative institutions, etc to governs the lives of its people. This system constructs a specific illusory “reality” that masks any other existing and preferred socio-cultural contradictions found around the world in other nations.

 

Pakistan carries a specific ideology carved by the founder of our nation— Quid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who created this unique land for we Pakistanis in pursuance of the dreams once built by Sha-er e Mushriq, the poet of dignity and Inspirations— Ilamma Muhammad Iqbal. In the light of guide lines given by the founder the power relationship of ideology is wielded by the patriotic “national ruling bloc” and its Constitution set on the foot prints of founder’s directions. Ideology factor in Pakistan is affected at its grass root level not only by its ideological force but also by the consent of the ruled living in this dreamland.

 

In any new born nation first few decades— is the most crucial period of their infancy in their history and nations remain vulnerable to their internal and external threats. All the countries found on ideological base have many more enemies to face. Ironically, Pakistan has been attacked thrice by our eastern neighbour— to run it over and with the aim to subjugate us. Western borders are equally under constant threats of subversive activities directed by our enemies against the integrity of Pakistan.

 

The armed Forces of Pakistan consider themselves’ the cream of the nation and the patriot saviour of this country. They strongly believe that they are the only force which can uphold the integrity of this nation.

 

They find that the politician when ever have the rein of this country in their hands were found playing up with the country and its assets. They invariably saw them discriminating the poor masses and indulging in plundering and looting of national assets. Almost all the top line politicians are known to have amassed their wealth abroad along with their estate and properties. Europe and especially London happens to be the favourite resort of these fugitives.

 

Pak armed Forces are the strong fifth largest Army in the world. But the perpetual and unending state of political anarchy found in the country has been a matter of concern for the strong military command and they have always found themselves in very awkward situation. Being the guardian of the nation this can be said that they had the wish that country be run fairly and with their consent. But prevalent chaos and desperation has often forced them to take the rein of this country in their own hand. General Ayub khan, Zia Ul Haq and later General Pervez Musharraf, they all took over the rein of this nation amid acute chaos and confusion created by the politicians. They had the earnest desire to bring about the basic changes in the society and put this nation on a progressive track.

 

After every take over they always got hold of special technocrats, who could bring the required changes in society. Although under military regimes, democracy and political life has never flourished— rather it suffered acute setbacks on international level but country invariably progressed leaps and bounds under military regimes in all other fields otherwise.

 

General Pervez Musharraf chalked out a specific programme and spent some 8 years to build this nation on his planned lines and when he saw that his product was ripe and ready, he planned to hand over and genuinely he did so. But somehow, this has wilfully been labelled by taking over parties otherwise. Hand over was correct but the man had sensed the ulterior motive of people who were taking over and his 3rd November emergency case is specially hyped up to tick the man on constitutional default and to charge him for  treason. Strange enough— no judicial or political circle is levelling up a case or has objected to his initial take over in 1999 or his other subsequent legislations and presidential orders.

 

Unfortunately under the circumstance prior to his departure, somehow his 3rd November action could not be duly ratified by the parliament. Otherwise he could have not been challenged. Fore going of all other actions of his takeover in Supreme Court recent judgement and Charging him for his ‘only’ vulnerability of 3rd November is a sheer absurdity. In between the lines of the verdict of Judgment— only the keen eye will find that where as this judgement is political motivated, vindictive and a self serving judgement to save the skin of other abetting parties; but on ground—- Musharraf action of 3rd November of declaring emergency is mere an outcome of his desperation and mistrust for denying an exit to the man and not an act of treason by any standard.

 

Civil-Military Joint Ventured government is the only solution.

To run some smear campaigns or to malign our Army and its generals or level up the cases of treason against them are not justified because they believe to be the patriot and sole and sincere saviours of this nation. They are not the one who may commit any treason. They know how to lay their lives for the sake of this nation and they do so. These smear campaigns may end up as futile efforts. These practices are sheer absurdity and utter miscalculation on the part of certain groups with their vested interests. It wouldn’t lead us no where till we find such patriot and maestros among politician who can also come up at par and level up to the demonstrated ambitions of Army Generals and can demonstrate the capability of leading this nation from the front. But it is for sure that ‘those beautiful ones are not yet born’.

 

Pak armed Forces are the sole saviour of this nation. They deserve not to be isolated or left out in the cold. It is evident that our Military has also attained good skills and mastery in civil affairs and when we find now that our foundations are crumbling in real sense; —— wisdom must prevail.

 

Under the circumstance this country can only be best run on the bases of ‘Civil-Military Joint Ventured Government’ only. Military can be given a specific portfolio like Defence Ministry for the time being in government —- and why not?

 

Otherwise Choudhary Shujahat of PML-Q will prove right to say that no Judgement or legislation may put a stop or deter the move of ‘one Jeep and two trucks’ of military to come and take over in the future.

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Jab bhi chamman ko zarrorut parri, Khoon e jigar Humara lutta

Ab yeh kehtay hain; chamman Humara hey; Tumhara naheen

 

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Will the Chief Justice; Pass Order to Hang himself too

Edited by A Khokar 12 August 2009
If former President Pervez Musharraf is charged with treason, he will not be alone. So should be the politicians who supported him and the Supreme Court judges who endorsed his coup in the year 2000. Almost all of the top judges in Pakistan today fall into this category. This is why to save its own skin the Supreme Court did not even mention the 1999 coup and restricted itself to condemning Musharraf for his 2007 emergency rule. The incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan was among the judges who endorsed Mr. Musharraf’s coup. The Article 6 of the Constitution charges with treason not only violators like Musharraf but also the ‘abettors’ like the honourable judges who endorsed the violator. What a predicament.
A dispassionate analysis of the said article of the Constitution proves that it is not right to invoke a case against the executioner and leave the abettor out.
Article 6 states in clause 2 that “any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause 1 shall likewise be guilty of high treason”.
Article 6 cannot be applied selectively on President Musharraf alone but will have to be applied equally on all those who ‘abetted’ him.
Musharraf abrogated the Constitution twice. First in October 1999. It was a coup against an elected prime minister. Very few judges objected to the takeover and a majority of the judges took oath under the PCO, Parliament was dissolved and remained suspended for more than three years (endorsed by the Supreme Court) until it was reinstated in November 2002. The second was in November 2007 when the so called emergency rule was imposed. Interestingly, this was not a coup. The move targeted the judiciary. The government and the Parliament remained intact and the emergency lasted for six weeks.
Once Mr. Musharraf is charged for treason, justice cannot be selectively applied only on the action of 3 November 2007 while ignoring the more serious action of October 1999. It will therefore be imperative to try Musharraf and his abettors both for October 1999 and November 2007.
Now comes the one million dollar question: Will Article 6 be applied on the abettors of the two arrogations?
The ‘abettors’ in the Article 6 include senior members of the present Supreme Court who abetted the coup in 1999. All members of the present Supreme Court of Pakistan had pledged their allegiance to Musharraf by taking the PCO oath in 2000.
The abettors of the coups led by generals Ayub Khan, Yahya, and Zia ul Haq can be set aside because they and most of their abettors are no longer alive. But the ‘abettors’ of General Musharraf’s coup are around. All of them will have to be charged for treason along with Gen. Musharraf. That is the only way forward that across-the-board justice is seen done.
CJP and Musharraf case is a case of two dacoits, Dacoit A- (Mush) and Dacoit B- (I M Choudhary). They both assisted each other and carried out a robbery and committed a crime but later on, when caught. Mr B says that I repent my sins so I stand free of any charge of robbery— but insists that; where as I must be spared — ’A’ must be charged because this was a sinful act.
In the present scenario somehow Dacoit B happens to be a judge and ironically passes a judgement of the same crime accusing Mush but he puts a bar that he may not be touched. He does it all this because after robbery—- some time later reportedly he developed some misunderstandings with Mush.
This is called a self serving judgement to settle scores against a person in which he himself was an abettor. Why not to do the justice; the absolute justice and pass an order—-to set an example to hang himself along with Musharraf.[1]
But my advice is this: Let’s get out of the Musharraf-phobia and move on with life and the more important issues that the Nation is facing.
Theme Source: Ahmed Qureshi.com
[1] Ta keh yeh humari judiciary aamer hou jaey

Musharraf Music Masti

August 8, 2009
Watch Exclusive video of Musharraf’s song along with Hamid Ali Khan. this video was shown in Dunya News programme Hasb e Haal.
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High-profile victories in the battle against terror

 

 

 

 

 

 

BaitUllah Mehsud is Dead

 

 

 IT WAS around 1am on Wednesday and Pakistan’s most wanted man had taken the risk of spending the night at the house of a close relative. A diabetic, Baitullah Mehsud, commander of Pakistan’s biggest Taliban group, had been feeling poorly in the scorching summer heat of Waziristan and the local doctor called round to give him a glucose drip.

As he lay on a couch on the roof tended by his new wife, somewhere high up in the clear starry sky a distant unmanned plane was hovering, invisible to the naked eye. Its cameras locked in on him, a command was given thousands of miles away in the Nevada desert, and two Hellfire missiles tore into the mud-walled building.

Afterwards a Pakistani intelligence officer based in the nearest town, Makeen, said Mehsud’s torso had been “totally damaged except for his head”.

In the end it may have been the desire for a son that led to the Taliban leader’s demise. The 35-year-old had four daughters by his first wife but, in the tribal lands of Waziristan, it is only the birth of a boy that is greeted by rifle fire and jubilation. Last November Mehsud took a second wife, the daughter of an influential local cleric. He was spending the night with her at her father’s house in the village of Zangarha when the missiles hit.

Initial reports suggested only Mehsud’s wife and two of his fighters had been killed. But suspicions were raised when a large funeral was held the next day in the nearby village of Narghasi — under local tradition bodies must be buried by sunrise the following day.

“Our information is that Mehsud, his wife and seven guards were killed,” Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s interior minister, said yesterday. “But we’re still waiting for material evidence to confirm it totally.”

He said security had been stepped up in cities across Pakistan in fear of retaliation: “We are expecting some kind of revenge attack and are taking precautions.”

A Taliban spokesman said a council was under way to choose a new leader, although yesterday two other spokesmen dismissed the reports, claiming Mehsud was still alive. Last night a gun battle erupted between Mufti Wali Rehman and Hakimullah Mehsud, two of the rivals to succeed Mehsud. The Pakistan government reported that one of them was killed in the shootout. Local media claimed later that both men had been killed in an exchange of fire.

If Mehsud’s death is confirmed it will be the biggest success yet scored by the CIA’s pilotless drones. He had spread terror throughout Pakistan, killing hundreds of people in suicide bombings. His targets included the main hotels in Islamabad and Peshawar, as well as police and army barracks in Peshawar, Lahore and Rawalpindi. He was described by the Pakistani government as the “mother of all evils”.

He was also blamed for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, in December 2007, although he denied it. In March this year the US State Department placed a $5m bounty on his head. Yet only a few years ago Mehsud was unheard of. One western ambassador who finished his tour in Pakistan in 2006 said he had never heard his name.

Short, rather overweight and softly spoken, only his long black hair gave him the warrior image he cultivated. He trained as a body builder and fought with the Taliban in the 1990s as they swept into Kabul. He emerged as a Taliban leader after 2004, when Pakistani forces went into the tribal areas to hunt Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who had taken sanctuary in South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. A group of tribesmen, under the command of Nek Muhammad, fought back; the army retaliated by demolishing their homes.

When Nek Muhammad was killed by a US Predator drone, he was initially replaced by Abdullah Mehsud, who had been released from imprisonment by the Americans at Guantanamo. Soon Baitullah prevailed over his rival. By February 2005 he had signed a peace deal with the Pakistan army which ended the fighting.

The army withdrew from the areas controlled by Mehsud in return for his agreement not to harbour foreign militants or attack government officials. He took the opportunity to consolidate his power base. By the time the deal collapsed in 2007 he had reorganised his militia, now thought to number between 10,000 and 20,000 men.

The government’s decision to storm the Red Mosque in Islamabad in July 2007 brought him more recruits and the following month he humiliated the army by kidnapping more than 200 soldiers. They were held for three months and released in exchange for 25 Taliban prisoners, except for three Shi’ite soldiers who he had beheaded on video.

He was the obvious choice to head a coalition, the Taliban Movement of Pakistan (TTP). Its stated aim was the overthrow of Pakistan’s government and its focus was Pakistan rather than Afghanistan. But Mehsud’s men caused considerable nuisance for Nato troops in Afghanistan by launching repeated attacks on their supply trucks heading through the Khyber Pass.

Al-Qaeda used his territory as a sanctuary. Pakistani officials say between 1,000 and 1,200 Uzbek and Chechen fighters live in Waziristan. Mehsud used Al-Qaeda know-how to set up training camps, including indoctrinating suicide bombers, a weapon he once called his own atom bombs.

Many believe he must have had assistance from within the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI), which has had close links with militants since the 1980s. “He was originally supported by the military and ISI,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, a Pakistani military analyst. “But he had begun to bite the hand that fed him. His death is a very powerful signal to them all.”

Pakistan began to send troops into South Waziristan in June, although a full-scale offensive was not expected until the end of this month. The government hopes that by then it will have re-established control further east in the mountain valleys of Swat, where the army has been fighting since April against another Taliban group under the leadership of Maulana Fazlullah.

The government said yesterday that this operation would continue despite Mehsud’s death. “We’re not stopping our action,” said Malik. “If Baitullah is dead his forces will be demoralised but someone will replace him. The question is: who are the handlers for these stooges, who is giving them ammo and arms and vehicles?”

Perhaps the biggest achievement of this week’s drone attack is a new sense of trust between Washington and Islamabad. When Barack Obama took office in January this had hit rock bottom over Pakistan’s continuing sanctuary for Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and his supporters. So bad had things got that a senior US official said in April: “Looking back I don’t think I have ever been told the truth by a Pakistani official.”

Pakistan’s operation to clear militants from Swat suggested a new commitment. “If Mehsud’s death is confirmed this should go a long way to reassuring Pakistanis and Americans that both are determined to fight enemies that threaten the security of our countries,” said Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States.

Just as Washington feels Pakistan is interested only in militants that threaten its own territory, Islamabad has complained that America launches drone attacks only on Al-Qaeda suspects, not on the Pakistani Taliban. Officials claimed they had twice provided intelligence of Mehsud’s whereabouts to US officials but it was not acted on.

In the past three months this has changed dramatically. Mehsud was almost hit in June when his village was targeted for the first time. According to intelligence officials, of the 32 US strikes carried out in Pakistan this year, at least 19 have been in South Waziristan.

The Obama administration will now want something in return. It hopes that Pakistan will clamp down on the Afghan Taliban based in Quetta as well as the network of the notorious Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, based in North Waziristan, which recently seized an American soldier.

The TTP is choosing a new leader. All three main contenders are hardliners. The favourites are Hakimullah Mehsud, who masterminded attacks on Nato supply trucks, Mufti Wali Rehman and Maulana Azmatullah, although both of them may now be dead. Whoever succeeds is likely to be less skilled at maintaining tribal alliances.

“There are many potential successors who can easily replace him,” said M J Gohel, director of the Asia Pacific Foundation, a counter-terrorism think tank based in London.

 

 Source:The Times on Line