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Husain Haqqani interview: ‘If I leave my house, I fear I will be killed’

By; Dean Nelson south Asia Editor Daily Telegraph London
04 Jan 2012
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, he said he has been branded a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Washington lackey’ by ‘powerful quarters’ – a reference to the country’s powerful ISI intelligence agency –and that he now fears he will be murdered like his friend, the late governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, who was shot dead by one of his own security guards last year after being branded a ‘blasphemer.’

Mr Haqqani was forced to resign last year after a Pakistani-American businessman claimed he had asked him to pass on a memo to the American government calling for their help to oust Islamabad’s military leadership.

The businessman, Mansoor Ijaz, said the memo contained an offer, backed by President Asif Zardari, that if Washington helped to oust the current military leadership, a new ‘national security’ team would disband the Army unit which collaborates with the Taliban and other anti-Western militant groups.

He was recalled from Washington and now faces a Supreme Court commission inquiry amid accusations that he betrayed his country by colluding with the United States to compromise its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Both President Zardari and Mr Haqqani have denied any involvement in the ‘memogate’ controversy and Mr Haqqani has vowed to challenge the allegations in evidence to the commission.

He told The Daily Telegraph the allegations against him are false and part of a “psychological war” against the government of President Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani by “certain powerful quarters.”

Analysts said the row is part of a feud between the country’s elected political leadership and a military establishment determined to pursue the matter, regardless of how deep it plunges the country into further crisis. Western diplomats fear it could eventually bring down President Zardari’s elected government.

On Tuesday Mr Haqqani said both the president and prime minister were standing behind him and were determined to stay and challenge the allegations. He was speaking after his lawyer, Pakistan’s top human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, revealed he had taken refuge in the prime minister’s residence for fear that the ISI intelligence agency would force him to make a false statement on the affair.

He told The Daily Telegraph he had only left the prime minister’s residence on three occasions, each under heavy security escort.

“I’m a guest of the prime minister with whom I have had a long-standing political association. There are clear security concerns given the hysteria generated against me. Staying at the prime minister’s house is the safest option.

“My good friend Salman Taseer was killed by a security guard because he heard in the media that the governor had blasphemed. I’m being called a traitor and an American lackey in the media with the clear encouragement of certain powerful quarters even though I’ve not been charged legally with anything,” he said.

He had left the prime minister’s home to go to “the Supreme Court once to meet my lawyer with very heavy security, and one day to the dentist, when I had a toothache, and to the Abbotabad Commission (into the American raid which killed Osama bin Laden), with massive security.
“If required I will appear before the inquiry commission with the necessary security. It is not what I would like to do. I’d like to be able to go to a restaurant or visit my family,” he added.
Friends of Mr Haqqani said he has been alarmed by repeated suggestions that “his noose is tied” or that he may turn “approver” and give evidence implicating President Zardari in the affair in exchange for immunity.

They said none of the evidence against him – mainly BlackBerry message exchanges with Mansoor Ijaz – prove authorship or knowledge of the alleged memo to oust Pakistan’s military leadership.

“The president and prime minister are firmly standing behind me and the government is not going anywhere. This is psychological warfare against the government,” he said.







Poverty is Blessing: Some times


Pakistan and India may be known for  poverty stricken masses deprived of their basic civic amentias and equal job opportunities but owing to the current economic disasters and recession engulfing the West; the state of affairs of the masses out there is also not very different especially in US; the land we knew famous for its freedom and equal opportunities to excel.

The recession has forced many factories and other institutions to close their businesses and most of the people find themselves redundant. The closure of places from where the commoners used to earn their living has pushed them down and out of their houses that they are no more able to pay their rents or mortgages. They find themselves homeless and compelled to live on the road sides in the open–high and dry.

There are more than five times as many vacant homes in the U.S. as there are homeless people, according to Amnesty International USA. Since 2007, banks have shuttered about 8 million American houses, almost doubling the previous number, while 3.5 million homeless shiver in the cold. Experts expect 8 million to 10 million more foreclosures in the years ahead. Foreclosure is when banks repossess the properties for non-payment that people gone out of job or with little income cannot keep up paying their prescribe mortgages to the banks.

In the last few days, the U.S. government census figures have revealed that 1 in 2 Americans have fallen into poverty or are struggling to live on low incomes. And it is claimed that the financial hardships faced by their neighbours, colleagues, and others in their communities will be all the more acutely felt over the current holiday season.

Along with poverty and low incomes, the foreclosure rate has created its own crisis situation as the number of families removed from their homes has skyrocketed.

Since 2007, banks have foreclosed around eight million homes. It is estimated that another eight to ten million homes will be foreclosed before the financial crisis is over. This approach to resolving one part of the financial crisis means many, many families are living without adequate and secure housing. In addition, approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless; many of them veterans (retired Military men and women). It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.5 million vacant homes in the country.

Housing is a basic human need and a fundamental human right says ‘The Human Right council’. Yet every day in the United States, banks are foreclosing on more than 10,000 mortgages and ordering evictions of individuals and families residing in foreclosed homes. The U.S. government’s steps to address the foreclosure crisis to date have been partial at best.

The depth and severity of the foreclosure crisis is a clear illustration of the urgent need for the U.S. government to put in place a system that respects, protects and fulfils human rights, including the right to housing. This includes implementing real protections to ensure that other actors, such as financial institutions, do not undermine or abuse human rights.

Back home in India and Pakistan; the creed of Mirasi is known for their pangs of poverty and joblessness;. In recent floods in Pakistan when most of the villages and lands were found submerged under water; so were the houses of the feudal lords and their villas and entire houses with their house hold and live stock were seen swept away in the flood.

Just to save his life one Mirasi had climbed up on a tree; where he found shouted upon by one of the vadera that why he does not come and help him save his life and of his children… Mirasi very amusingly replied – Aj he tay Ghareeb hoon da sawad aya. ‘This is the day that I am enjoying the most and rejoicing that after all my poverty was a blessing for me that today I had nothing to lose’.
Alhamdo-lillah; peoples in Pakistan and India may be living under thatched roof huts and shelters or in shanty towns but most of them have got houses built of their own with each other’s help to live within their families. Jobs may be less, poverty may be gripping but unlike in the West, at least you have got a roof above your head. This is the blessing of the joint family system and of family bonds which keep the peoples united and they live happily; even when a Mirasi has to climb up the tree for his safety during floods.



Happy New Year

Wish you all a very Happy New Year. May this year be the year of blessings, successes and prosperity for you and your family.

Year 2011 was a year of Turmoil and Anarchy for Pakistan. 2012 demands that we trek with Utmost care and cleans our society of all parasites bringing a bad name this country and Islam.

Washington’s obsessive fear of Iran

America Sends Christmas Present to her Favorite Saudi princes

One must hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while US sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country where only this month a women was beheaded convicted of practicing traditional Arab witchcraft and sorcery.

The U.S. will also help upgrade 70 existing Saudi jets as part of the package, which is the first installment of a major arms agreement that will also send helicopters and munitions to the kingdom.

Of course the whole deal is built around Washington’s obsessive fear of Iran says BBC.
In Washington, senior state department official Andrew Shapiro said it would send “a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the Gulf and broader Middle East”.

“It will enhance Saudi Arabia’s ability to deter and defend against external threats to its sovereignty,” he added.

Since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, Saudi Arabia and Israel are the other poles in the region, and the U.S. has promised to continue to arm both for the foreseeable future.

Lately Iran has warned that if US gets further sanctioned passed against Iran in UN; It will make sure that not a drop of oil passes through strait of Hormuz. Currently some 1/5th of world oil supply from Persian gulf countries passes through this strait.

Earlier in both the Gulf Wars Saudi air bases were used by US to launch attacks inside Iraq against Saddam Husain; this time it may be used to assist Israeli attacks on Iranian Nuclear sites and other naval bases. guess.

What is up their sleeve to subdue Iranian neighbor Pakistan, is anybody’s guess.

A Long walk back home

Like Qaid e Azam M A Jinnah as founding father of Pakistan, in Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk an Ottoman and Turkish army officer is the founding father of modern Turkey. As a revolutionary founder of Republic of Turkey he after defeating the allied forces gained remarkable successes in military campaigns to secure independence for Turkey. Ataturk is known for embarking upon a program of political, economic, and cultural reforms, seeking to transform the former Ottoman Empire into a modern, westernized and secular nation-state. In recent past in Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf was also seen working on his foot prints in Pakistan to bring about a moderation in our extremists driven Pakistani society but this was interrupted and Musharraf was to go out defunct.

As a commander-in-chief of Army of the Grand National Assembly, Ataturk also became the President of country and ever since Turk Armed Forces have stayed at the helm of the Turkish affairs.

Under the peculiar Turkish situ and its strategic location, Turkey serves as a gate way to Europe for being at the cross road of Europe, Middle East and Asia. Earlier the humiliating defeat of Turkey and fall of Ottoman Empire have left deep scars on Turkish society where dejected masses of a defeated country were considering themselves as some cursed species and under wrath of God.

As a military man in order to revive Turkish society, it was a mammoth uphill task for Ataturk to bring the masses out of the darkness and groom the civil elites to execute his National plan of modernity and progress that he envisaged but this exercise often went awry for indulgence of Turkish civilian lot into mass corruption as well as other turmoil inflicted on the borders in Kurd area along Syria, Iraq and Iran’s borders and issue of Cyprus Island with Greece.

Ironically; Civilian elites in Turkey have taken very long to come out of their big sleep of hibernation and self imposed isolation as a defeated nation and to accept the renaissance scheme of Ataturk or come at par with the military till the present Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s party  came up and showed that they may equate and even excel the military and its popular plan of moderation for Turkey. Military too has been more than happy to hand over the rein to the Civilian government. Unlike Pakistan, Turkish civil government has been very thank full to the National Army for holding the fort for them while Civilians have been grooming themselves to come out of big sleep and take charge.

And rightly so there has been a win-win position for all. Turkey now stands on its own feet. It is member of European Union and the only country which has its vibrant economy in Europe.

Pakistan may also learn a lesson out of this Turkish exercise and rather than toeing the western dictated lines to declare its military commanders as dictators and running around seeking foreign help and orchestrating plots of deceits to demonize the military as this army was some foreign force in occupation of Pakistan. The politician ought to be mature and magnanimous enough to say thank you to military like Turkish they did when they were to take a full charge. After all Musharraf in Pakistan did give everything ready on a plate to politicians to come and run this country.

Coming back closer to the home where we find on our western borders confronted with the US lead NATO forces ready waiting in the wings to run over our country and our arch enemy India in the East rattling her sabres with hundreds of mechanized military tanks Armed units which she can never use against China in the high mountains or against the enemy advancing in the Arabian sea or the riverine in the east; except to have a run over us on the vast plans of Pakistan. Reportedly there are 70% of Indian Armed forces deployed against Pakistan, says;

How unfortunate it is to find our present government playing in the hands of our enemies and accepting their terms by creating OBL like killing fiasco, crafting memogate like scandals, lending score of bases to CIA, declaring the arch enemy India as MFN-most favoured nation against the interest and wishes of Pakistani peoples and its Military and giving slandering speeches against military and ISI— the way recently PM Gilani has been wolfing, are all signs of undermining of our own military forces who are busy on multiple national tasks engaging our enemy to keep them at the bay. Our sun browned sons and daughters serving in our Gallant Armed Forces they certainly know better what is there at stake.

But where do we stand as a nation now? We may find —that  those beautiful are not yet born who would rise and come at par to armed forces and take charge of this fortress and jointly run it like in Turkey they did or walk a walk like Turkish, they walked.

Lately this nation is pinning all its hopes on the ‘Lone Rangers’; Imran Khan but this seems as there is yet a long walk back home.

Who killed Benazir Bhutto?

Today, its 27th December. In  2007 this was the day that Pakistan lost a young vibrant leader and an able daughter….Miss Benazir Bhutto. May her Soul Rests in Peace.
Like her father ZA Bhutto, she too had always put up a brave face against all the facades of tyranny but for the consort with whom she had struck a pact to let her come in power t…o serve her country. But after her arrival in Pakistan; right before the time that she was to take over; Her issue of defiance and a rebel sprung up. she was taken as a defiant person and of no use to them while she comes in power. Having visualized this—-that they probabaly may not be able to  fulfil their evil agenda– she was removed from the scene.
Ina Lillah wa Ina Elahay Rajehoun
Afsoos oun Ghuchoun peh hey; jo bin Khillay Murjha gaey

A New Crescent is Rising on Our Horizon

It was a mammoth gathering of PTI at Mazar e Qaid –Karachi.

Maen Akela hi chala tha Jaanib-e-Manzil magar.
Log saath aate gaye aur Kaaravaan Bantaa gayaa
It’s time that youth must be leading this nation but they do require think tanks to show them the way to sail through the troubled waters of the time. Peoples with limited vision may be of the opinion that these Veterans Like Makhdom Javaid Hashmi, Raza Ali Kasuri, Sardar Assef ali and Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Hussain Qureshi may hijack the entire Imran khan’s show.

Contrary to all this and it may of much a surprise for the pessimist and despondent that joining of PTI by some senior and renowned figures—all the old foreign affairs diplomats and politicians is yet another great sign of strong Pakistan where they have sacrificed their everything even when they are at their prime age but prefer to be a member of the PTI team which has successfully set its oars to leap forward and save—Pakistan.

The wind of change is in the air. New Crescent is rising on this horizon to meet the stars on this land.

I see it as history is repeating itself; It’s like joining of old Muslim generals under the flag banner of teenage—- Muhammad Bin Qasim.

Let this truth be Known

Although it is yet to be proved whether memogate scandal cooked by the personal cabinet of President Zardari for their treacherous act asking the US government to demonize Pakistani armed forces and risking the national security is true or false but it has done one thing; it has brought Pak Military, government, Judiciary and the opposition at the Altar where only truth may prevail. Some of the culprits fearing their exposure have started trembling in their paints and are seen waffling about in desperation.

The Prime Minister Gilani who is known for wearing his ever new designer dresses for every occasion. His life style and exceptionally large and expensive lay out of flowers bouquet spread on the tables and rostrums where he makes the speeches are a glimpse of his indulgence in extravagant spending. God knows how beleaguered Pakistan is paying for his so elegant designer’s dresses and extravagant life style.

Lately on 22 December 2011 at National assembly forum in his speech he declared that Military generals were conspiring against the democratic government to take over and are running a state with in state. Such baseless slanderous remarks are certainly a sheepish rhetoric of a deluded insane person trying to divert the attention of masses and hide the truth of memogate plot which is being processed in the Supreme Court in order to consider it for its due investigation and affix the possible charges of treason against the culprits.

The PM enmity against Armed forces is so carnal and visible in his daily rhetoric that he even went against the very national line taken in case of OBL presence in the Pakistan. He adversely alleged Military for hiding the facts in regard to OBL stay at Abbottabad compound for last six years.

The waffling and show of his be wilderness is sure a sign of; Chor Ki dadhi Maen Tinka

‘The news International’ editor Mr.Malick says that: ‘Instead of ensuring an incisively exhaustive and honest investigation into the memo affair, the government is now clearly bent upon exploiting it as a martyr-making opportunity. Memogate was a simple isolated incident and only warranted a circumspect investigation into serious allegations against a Pakistani ambassador. Instead, it has deliberately been blown up into a full-scale conspiracy against democracy. Which is ‘Ridiculous’?’

But probably they may not know that every dog hath a day, when cats are left only to Mew.

Earlier on PM Gilani was also heard saying that as per US Gen James Jones affidavit, the memo alleged to be initiated by Ambassador Husain Haqqani is not real and rejected it as some figment of a shady Character Mansoor Ijaz–but this James Jones affidavit loses it credibility altogether when James claims that it is a fake memo but he feels obliged to forward a known ‘fake and misconceived memo’, to Admiral Mike Mullen for his perusal?

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has very strongly dispelled the speculations of any alleged military takeover and said that these are misleading and are being used as a bogey to divert focus from the real issues.

Gen Kiyani also emphasized that the issues of national security need to be considered on merit alone. He concluded by saying that irrespective of all other considerations, there can be no compromise on national security.

Ironically; in order to escape the accountability for their gross negligence in their governance and misappropriation of national assets; the present government is all out trying to provoke the Armed forces to draw them in to come and take over the country and the rein of government from them. This act is likely to avail them a chance by which they may escape and declare themselves the ‘martyr of democracy’.

For sure Armed forces are no more ready to come forward yet again and become a scapegoat that they in the best interest of nation should come forward to rescue the nation and bear all the brunt of loot and pilferage of national assets by this infamous government.

This would be as ‘the culprits are let to abandon the sinking ship and military is left to fight the fire.

Khaan peen nou Noor Bhari (PPP); tey Dhoun Bhannan noun Mr. Jumma




Pakistan may add drones to her inventory–easily

There is no doubt US got upper hand in drone technology and is free to carry out strikes at her will under self proclaimed ‘CIA’s judge-jury-executioner assassination program’ in the lands which may offer less or no resistance to drone operation for lack of their ability or other constraints like in Pakistan to counter drone attacks.

But I don’t think that those days are too far off when these defenceless countries would also be having this technology in hand and famous US drone bases like Creech air base in Nevada will be in reach and may equally be surveiled and attacked by the adversaries.

I mean they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. While simple cyber-hacking may bring down the drones, to add to their inventory like Iranians they did recently by taking down the most advanced surveillance drone RQ-170 Sentinel. Reportedly this surveillance drone was used in tracking down Osama Bin laden in his Abbotabad compound while surveilling in Pakistani air spaces at the altitude of 50,000 feet.

This Defiance may get you Killed

In recent past numbers of Pakistani leaders were killed and we do see that certain political parties and their affiliates tend to keep them placed on very high pedestals as they all died in the best cause and services of Pakistan but sadly this may not be true. So let’s try to see them in somewhat true prospective and avoid viewing them on the pages of distorted history as one has to be very careful not to absorb the bad with the good when we emulate the heroes.

If we only know that ZA Bhutto and Miss Benazir Bhutto who are graded as much high and ambitious leaders, in the eyes of masses but they were sadly put to death for their show of defiance toward their consort—US. They were unable to test the waters when US considered their acts—a revolt of a bosom ally. Ziaul haq too was killed under the same pretext. Lesser grade devils like Pervez Musharraf and Zardari; their lives may be spared for their unique display of loyalty as US proxies, with the hope that they may be allowed to pass their later days of life—on exile.

Z A Bhutto: If we may recall that he was seen by US as an emerging Asian leader who had started threatening US and Western designs and their interests in this region. After holding a famous Muslim leaders Summit Conference at Lahore in 1974, it was seen that he had started uniting some of the Middle Eastern leaders behind him which would make the western standings in ME somewhat untenable … Thus he was removed by sending him down the gallows. He was an ambitious leader but lacked the vision notwithstanding it that he may not be allowed the chance to swim freely in the very river where other ferocious crocodiles rule and occupy the spaces.

Miss Benazir Bhutto opted to trek a safer route. Unlike her father, she offered her services to US to be their subservient for which, she was trained and nurtured for long seven years in the west to become a perfect US Robot… She was made to land back in Pakistan on red NRO carpets laid by Musharraf to receive her on the prize post to be the next prime Minister……But somehow soon after her landing in the country, she was seen in a defiance mood. This US Robot had started malfunctioning and before this that it started operating in breach of her contract with US as a defiant Prime Minister; she too was removed from the scene.

As Pakistanis we may be gauging it a great loss of an able and a ambitious young leader but US eyes it differently that they just eliminated a malfunctioning Robot of theirs—gone awry.

General Zialul Haq services extended to US are most remarkable. He went all out to wage a war by renting out Pak Army to US to fight a US war in Afghanistan. He attained a towering success and defeated Soviet Union in Afghanistan and made it possible for the US to become a World sole Super power but his faceless master-US had abruptly abandoned Pakistan leaving him high and dry and a frustrated man. He was left to deal with the huge burden of Mujahedeen warriors and their rehabilitation after the atrocious Afghan war. The present day state of anarchy and chaos gripping the country is all a doing of the old disgruntled Mujahedeen now turned against their own country in the shape of hirelings called TTP (Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan).

Anyhow; fearing that Furious Ziaul Haq may not turn round to challenge US; he was blasted while in the sky only to mark it a rule of ‘Machiavelli: The Prince’ that all the proxies must meet their end after completion of their assigned tasks and ought to be eliminated. Later all the left over stock pile of US arms and Ammo which included anti-aircraft missiles earlier used against Soviet Union and still held with Pakistan were destroyed by a major CIA subversion attack carried out at Ojhari Camp near Rawalpindi.

In the immortal words of former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, we must keep in mind that “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests” and you may certainly be killed any time on the charges of revolting—as a Bosom ally of—US.

Did they all lose their lives in the best services and cause of Pakistan; remains a big question?