The last message for Pakistan

War and violence is not a solution to anything at all. War is imposed on Pakistan from outside as is the reaction to that war carefully engineered by the same forces. This combination of war and counter violence is called the ‘war within Pakistan.’ Peace is the only answer to the imposed war and planned balkanization of the country.

The last message for Pakistan

Abid Ullah Jan

For the people of Pakistan, here are the last words of my more than 20 years of work as an independent political analyst.

After pulling down ICSSA.org on March 6, 2008 and removing my years of work due to some rude realizations, DictatorshipWatch helped me put the facts in context in a new way. However, this experience also didn’t prove fruitful.

DW was subjected to hackers attacks, accusations from the ISI-propped commentators, labels of being a RAW and Mossad front and PTA’s internet ban under Zardari’s new tyrannical regime. Above all the futility of regurgitating the same conclusions without any impact is one of the factors that have led to this last message from DW with little remaining hope for Pakistan and its suffering masses.

The immediate priority for the nation, the decision makers, the warriors and the reactionaries is to understanding that survival of Pakistan lies in peace.

War and violence is not a solution to anything at all. War is imposed on Pakistan from outside as is the reaction to that war carefully engineered by the same forces. This combination of war and counter violence is called the ‘war within Pakistan.’ Peace is the only answer to the imposed war and planned balkanization of the country.

A quick look over the history tells us that Pakistan and India were not granted independence in 1947. It was a strategic withdrawal with so many bones of contention left for the two countries to keep fighting and draining their energy and resources.

India got a better deal in the end because the totalitarians, unfortunately, needed Muslims to be presented as the enemy after the fall of Soviet Union. Pakistan became the high value target due to its military strength and nuclear power. Iran and Iraq share the same tragedy and fate but the approach to dealing with each of them is different.

Another curse imposed on Pakistan since its inception has been the direct intervention and support provided to tyrant after tyrant, or one ‘democratic’ puppet after another. Together all these puppets undermined the country in various sways. The army was used as a mercenary forces against its own people as well as against the Soviet Union.

These puppets fought the American Jihad in Afghanistan with motivation for ‘mujahideen’ and justification for their cause provided through the ‘Jihad’ literature printed in the US – University of Nebraska at Omaha (See Washington Post archives) to be precise.

Many gullible Muslims from all over the world, particularly Pakistan sacrificed their lives in the CIA-led-Jihad, thinking they were fighting in the cause of Allah. Regardless of the foot soldiers’ intention, the undeniable fact remains that it was a ‘Jihad’ in the cause of the United States against the former Soviet Union. According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Soviet Union would never have intervened in Afghanistan had the US not provoked it.

After the Afghan ‘jihad,’ Pakistan’s army and ISI were once more engaged in propping up Taliban for the United States interest. This scribe pointed out in 1995 that whatever was presented in the US media about the rise of the Taliban was no more than a fairy tale – pure propaganda to be precise. Without the US support through Pakistan’s mercenary army, defeating the Afghan warlords, who were groomed by the CIA and who had defeated the Soviet Union, was just not possible.

Later on, it was shocking to see the full scale ISI-support to Taliban in service of the US strategic interests. However, when the Taliban refused to toe the line, they had to be removed from power just like many others around the world who became victim to the US engineered regime changes around the world.

That phase of using and abusing Pakistan is over. Now the reverse tide of the US-led Afghan Jihad is in full swing. According to the plan, the mercenary army is used to conquer its own country and attacks on the sitting government are planned and executed exactly like the war of terror against the Soviet-backed government in Kabul. No one cared about the collateral damage then and no one cares about it now.

Dollars are being funneled to support the so-called ‘Jihadi groups’ in Pakistan. At the same time, terrorists from outside, posing as the Taliban and al-Qaeda, an sent in from Afghanistan. Last week, the US regime in Islamabad claimed that 400 foreigners were arrested. Did anyone investigate them honestly? Are they Taliban from Afghanistan? Does it make any sense that Afghans would come from their occupied homeland and prefer to die at the hands of Pakistani forces? What could be the cause and motivation?

The reason it is Afghan Jihad in reverse is that disgruntled Afghans are now being used to settle score with Pakistan, which they believe has destroyed their country.

Within Pakistan, supporting a movement in the name of Islam is not something new for the US. This is the only potent weapon in the hands of the CIA. Nothing is easy than galvanizing sentiments and mobilizing a reaction in the name of Islam.

The easy way to create insurgency or a Jihad movement within Pakistan is to make the central government look like un-Islamic, working with the enemies of Islam and killing its own people. And there you go. Soon you will have thousands of foot soldiers ready to sacrifice their lives to fight the “evil” regime. In the 1970s, the US used the same strategy and pumped millions of dollars into the movement for Tahreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat in Pakistan to make overthrow of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government possible.

The present imposition of the ‘war on Terrorism’ on Pakistan is part of the strategy to make the central government look evil. On the other hand, covert support to the ‘Jihadi’ – insurgent – groups and terrorist from outside is increased simply to continue the action (from Pakistan military) and the reaction for the planned softening up of the high value target – Pakistan.

So the US-led-Jihad directed at Soviet puppet regimes in Kabul has now taken a u-turn. It is now directed at Islamabad through a clever manipulation of physical suffering, the divide and rule formula and the law of nature that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Subject any country to the factors engineered for Pakistan and it will meet the same fate.

The way out for Pakistan is to stop glamorizing the war and the reactionary violence as Jihad. Both the mercenary army and the reactionaries are furthering the cause of those who are bent on destroying Pakistan as we know it.

The true Jihad at the moment is staying away from the imposed from outside war and the engineered-from-within counter violence because that is exactly what is intended for Pakistan: the war within Pakistan – just as the war within Iraq. Otherwise, how could the US prolong its stay in Iraq without pitting Shia and Sunni against each other? To weaken Pakistan from within, a war within Pakistan was a key requirement. This war has to stop to give Pakistan a fighting chance for its survival.

The solution does not lie in war or counter violence. Pakistan is already “a declared war zone by US and Britain” and no one in Pakistan has asked “Why?” The foot-soldiers on both sides have been blinded into believing that they are fighting a war in the cause of Allah and the survival of Pakistan.

The war and counter war, the violence and counter violence has to stop. The polarization between “moderate” and “Mullah” extremes has to come to the middle and common ground to understand the horrible consequences of their sticking to extreme positions. Pakistani political and military ‘leadership’ have to find a way to make this happen because no one from outside can do it for them.

The Tribal-belt is deliberately being depopulated in a bid to stave off any future resistance in the case of planned Balkanization and denuclearlization of Pakistan. The U.N. says 1.5 million flee in Pakistan as it prepared to launch its well-known internationalising mission. The US has finally declared that if has plans to secure Pakistan’s nuclear weapons if the country to the Taliban. It means that its now necessary for the warlords to make Pakistan, at least, appear to be losing to the Taliban (if in fact that is not the case at all). This makes an end to the bloodshed all the more important.

With this last message, DictatorshipWatch has decided to cease its commentary on the news reports because from now onwards it would be no more than a running commentary on the planned demise of Pakistan and the agony of our loved ones – an agony that could have been avoided if any of our earlier analysis had been taken seriously.

The 2005 book, ‘The Musharraf Factor: Leading Pakistan to its Inevitable Demise,’ pointed out certain conditions and elements that were threatening the very existence of Pakistan. Instead of any improvement, the situation has further deteriorated on all those counts over the last few year.
The Mush factor has started a chain reaction. The enemies within multiplied and they are at the helms of affairs to intensify the war within. The press and media have imposed self-censorship on themselves and perpetuating the same lies and deceptions that glorify the war. With the exception of Imran Khan there is no honest leader at the national level, who can tell a spade a spade. There is no uniting force or personality which can influence change and bring everyone to the common ground with a pragmatic and sensible approach. That’s why the responsibility once more comes down on the shoulder of those who are actually expanding the conflict to the rest of the country inch by inch.

It is not an easy decision to shut up in circumstance when you need to speak up. But the futility of 20 years of long work is such a heavy burden and commenting on the long predicted suffering of the nation so difficult that there is hardly any motivation left to continue. The previous DW content will, however, remain on line as the unfolding events will vindicate its validity, impartiality, sincerity and most unfortunately its futility.

“Incoherent” policy

[Bravo, Nation!  It’s more of this kind of reporting that will free Pakistan from its bondage to American dictates.]

“Incoherent” policy

Published: May 21, 2009

SECRETARY of State Clinton was less than candid when she said that the US policy towards Pakistan over the last 30 years has been “incoherent.” To many Pakistanis it has been a well-thought out policy dictated by shortsighted self-interest. To defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the CIA worked hand in glove with Pakistani agencies to bring together militant extremists from all over the world to form an international brigade to operate from the tribal areas of Pakistan. No thought was given to the long-term implications of arming and training these elements that were to later turn their guns on their own creators. The fallout of the war unleashed by the US in Afghanistan turned out to be catastrophic for Pakistan. The country was flush with lethal weapons from Klashnikovs, rocket launchers and landmines to Ack-ack guns. The weapons were acquired by criminals and anti-state elements to the detriment of law and order in Pakistan. The US looked the other way as some militant groups resorted to producing heroin to raise funds. This caused tens of thousands of Pakistanis to turn into drug addicts. The international jihadi brigade trained thousands of others who are now challenging the writ of the state in Swat, Buner and Waziristan. The greatest crime the US committed was to turn its back on Pakistan once the Soviet army had withdrawn, leaving it to deal with thousands of local and foreign battle-hardened militants as it deemed fit.

From 1977 onward, one US administration after another, both Democrat and Republican, blindly supported the military dictators in Pakistan who damaged political institutions to strengthen themselves. Despite lip service paid to human rights and democracy, the US continued to put up with violations of the Constitution, suppression of human rights and acts of political engineering by its military allies in Pakistan. Many would challenge the claim by Secretary Clinton that what President Obama is doing is qualitatively different from the past. Drone attacks continue to take toll of innocent lives, violating Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty and weakening the elected government. The doubts being expressed about Pakistan’s capacity to safeguard its nuclear assets and the unending propaganda against its nuclear programme are considered unfriendly gestures.
To undo the negative after-effects of its selfish policies, the US needs to pay heed to Pakistan’s genuine concerns. More help than a mere donation of $110 million is needed to help the IDPs. Unless the issue of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris, there is little hope of peace in South Asia. It is time the US uses its clout to get the core issue resolved.

Gen Kiyani visits operation-hit areas of Buner

[Am I the only one to notice that in all the pictures of Army soldiers supposedly involved in the anti-Taliban offensive they are all so neat and clean, looking rather bored?]

Gen Kiyani visits operation-hit areas of Buner

Submitted 3 hrs 5 mins ago

Gen Kiyani visits operation-hit areas of Buner

General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, Chief of Army Staff visited the operation-affected areas of district Buner to review the first hand progress of ongoing operation on ground. COAS Kiyani arrived in Dagar town of Buner here Thursday and met with the commanders and troopers of the security forces being engaged in the offensive against militants in the area. He discussed the operational issues during his meetings with the field commanders, it was reported. Commanders of the forces briefed the COAS on the latest situation of the battle field and various aspects of the ongoing military operation, a spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Vast majority of Taliban ‘do not support al-Qaida’

Vast majority of Taliban ‘do not support al-Qaida’


Foreign secretary David Miliband has moved to draw a clear distinction between the ideologies of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

The two groups, which operate in a similar geographical location in the tribal areas that border Afghanistan and Pakistan, were frequently grouped together into the key antagonist of the Bush administration’s war on terror.

In a speech on rectifying the “division and distrust” that have characterised the west’s relations with the

Muslim world, Mr Miliband said the “vast majority” of the Taliban had no ideological ties with al-Qaida whatsoever.

The Taliban, ousted by a US coalition in 2001, seeks local Islamic rule, not global jihad.

Mr Miliband explained that a central part of Britain’s strategy in the country, where an insurgency still rages, was to convince the local communities that their aims were achievable through peaceable means.

“It is by drawing more Pashtun and other tribal representatives away from violence and into the political arena that we can hope to stabilise Afghanistan,” the foreign secretary said at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies.

“Some representatives of those conservative tribal values were excluded from the Bonn – victors only – conference in 2001.

“Peace and security in Afghanistan does not turn purely on the men in uniform; it depends on a broader and more inclusive political settlement.”

Mr Miliband revealed that he was in full support of the Afghan government in Kabul’s attempt to reintegrate elements of the Taliban willing to abandon violence and renounce al-Qaida.

On wider issues affecting the west and the Muslim world, Mr Miliband typified relations as being defined by “conquest, conflict and colonialism”, and argued the only way to change these perceptions was by building coalitions and winning consent.

After admitting that the west had become to be seen not as not “anti-terror, but as anti-Islam”, he called on the west to show “greater respect”.

“That means rejecting the lazy stereotypes and moving beyond the binary division between moderates and extremists,” the foreign secretary said.

“We should not just see Muslims as Muslims, but as people in all the many guises they occupy in their lives – at home, at work, in all the many aspects of a rounded individual life. There is always more to life than is captured by a single label.”

Beyond the Call of Duty

Beyond the Call of Duty

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Assalamualaikum

As always, I hope you have been well. Like all such previous instances, so much is going on. Let us discuss the most obvious. The military offensive taking place in Swat, the Operation Rah-e-Haq.

Remember in our last meeting it was mentioned that in the light of the reinstatement of the Nizam-e-Adl regulation the Enemy was left with only two options, 1) to have the regulation repealed or, 2) to prevent the regulation from being effectively enforced.

Since the regulation was approved by the National Assembly and signed by the Presidency, it is virtually impossible for the regulation to be repealed hence the Enemy, it is apparent, opted for door number 2. Fake Taliban/TTP immediately went on the offensive in order to disrupt the peaceful implementation of the regulation and Shariah Law. I hope it is now evidently clear to all of us that these savages and mercenaries never had any interest in attaining Shariah Law, they were using it as an excuse to create unrest. Again a point mentioned in our last meeting.

So, the Pakistan Military went on an offensive this time to crush the terrorists for good. Stories of grit and greatness are emerging out of the conflict in the Northern Areas. Deeds of valor and honor and courage are being added as chapters to the long and distinguished record worth more than 1400 years of unmatched glory.

Yesterday, I received a text message from a very dear friend, it was as follows,

“In the vollies of bullets, in the thunder of bombs, there are a few who just do not stop, knowing that they are surrounded by death, knowing that they could leave their wives widows and children orphans, but they just keep on moving because something is pumping in their hearts, and flowing through their veins known as honor, devotion, motivation. Death over surrender. This is why they say ‘Death before disgrace’. Pak Army Zindabad.”

I thought that a patriot had seen it fit to circulate a message in support of our brave soldiers. I was only half right. Yes a patriot sent this message, but a patriot and a mujahid of the first order, and not as support message but as his final will and testament. This was the last message sent by Captain Bilal Zafar aged 26 years. He embraced Shahadat at Dir on 17 May 2009. May Allah rest his soul.

Another incident regarding four SSG heroes came to everyone’s knowledge. Captured by the TTP’s fake Taliban, these brave men were to be slaughtered reportedly at the order of the traitor Sufi Mohemmed whose son had been killed earlier. Eight Taliban entered their cell with ropes to tie then up for the slaughter. Realizing what fate had in store for them these Tigers of the Pak Sarzammen refused to go down without a fight. The four heroes, unarmed, engaged the eight terrorists and killed them in mortal combat. Roused by the noise, two terrorists entered the cell armed with weapons and sprayed gunfire over the SSG heroes and they embraced Shahadat. May Allah keep them in Heaven and in His Divine Light. You may read the full story at,

http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/ssg-heroes-killed-eight-talibans-before-they-were-shot/

I would also like to quote an excerpt from a letter by a wife of an officer of the Pakistan Army currently serving in the Operation Rah-e-Haq, sent to Mr. Zaid Hamid and published on PakistanKaKhudaHafiz.wordpress.com,

“Our soldiers unlike our enemies do not fear death because they know that they are serving for the cause of a nation “PAKISTAN’ which was created in the name of Allah. And because of that, no matter how many hurdles India has thrown in its way, ALLAH HI PAKISTAN KA HAFIZ HAI.”

You may read the full letter of this brave daughter of Islam at,

http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/05/17/letter-from-a-ghazis-wife/

May Allah keep her husband, our brother, and a brave soldier of Islam in His protection and strengthen him to do his duty to the fullest.

Additionally, our soldiers are not only currently engaged in battling the Enemy but also in supporting the displaced people of the region who have had to migrate due to the conflict. Tightening their belts, the brave soldiers of Pakistan decided to eat less so their brothers and sisters can have some more rations. Due to this noble act of self sacrifice the soldiers of Pakistan are currently providing 80,000 individuals with food. Not to mention the fact that the mighty task of managing the IDPs is currently being predominantly undertaken by the Pak army.

Here we should cite other heroes of the Land of the Paks, the blacklisted Jamaat-al-Dawa is undertaking exemplary efforts to assist the Pak Army in this huge task and setting a great example of selflessness and common goodwill. Al Khidmat Foundation is also undertaking painstaking efforts to help the IDPs along with the Edhi Trust. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf has also mobilized its resources to help their stricken brethren in their hour of need.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am convinced that these are but a few of the stories of devotion and self sacrifice that have arisen and hopefully when the air clears we will come to know the full details of the bravery of our brothers. I implore you to do whatever it is that you can to help our brothers and sisters in the Northern Areas in this trying time.

For everyone’s benefit I am citing information if you wish to make a donation,

Edhi Foundation
Account No: 5626-2
Muslim Commercial Bank, Aabpara branch,
Aabpara, Islamabad.

http://www.edhifoundation.com/contact.asp

Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan
Account Number: 1354-01-01-3790-5
Muslim Commercial Bank
Islamabad

http://al-khidmatfoundation.org/

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Swat Relief Fund)
Account Number: 0008-126033-001
KASB Bank Limited
Blue Area Branch, Islamabad, Pakistan
Swift Code: PLCOPKKA

http://www.insaf.pk/

Additionally, as per ISPR,

“Pakistan Army has established a Relief Fund for the displaced persons of Malakand Division. All those desirous may donate in Army’s Relief Fund for IDPs in Account Number. 0028010121825-8, Askari Commercial Bank Limited, General Headquarters Branch Rawalpindi.

Donation can also be deposited in any branch of Askari Commercial Bank Limited, country wide.”

You may also visit, http://www.ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-press_release&id=651

Remember, either we stand together or we die alone. I am sure we all would prefer the former.

Zindabad Pakistan

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US Congress drops India mention in aid bill to save Pakistan blushes

US Congress drops India mention in aid bill to save Pakistan blushes

21 May 2009, 1137 hrs IST, Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN

WASHINGTON: Bowing to Islamabad’s sensitivities and the Obama administration’s lobbying, a US Congressional panel on Wednesday dropped an

explicit demand for

access to nuclear smuggler A Q Khan and preventing terrorist attacks against India as conditions in a legislation that triples US aid to Pakistan to $ 1.5 billion annually. ( Watch )

In marking up the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act (HR 1886 or Peace Act), the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), under pressure from the Obama administration, took cognizance of Pakistan’s complaint that it felt “humiliated” by language implicating the country in nuclear proliferation and cross-border terrorism, particularly mention of its  low-grade war on India.

In a token gesture, the committee reworked the language to say Pakistan will have to be providing “access to Pakistani nationals” connected to proliferation networks, “ceasing support, including by any elements within the Pakistan military or its intelligence agency, to extremist and terrorist groups” and “preventing cross border attacks into neighboring countries” as conditions for US security assistance.

It was the best the administration could extract from the Committee after Pakistani lawmakers remonstrated loudly about benchmarks they said were degrading. “We need aid, but aid with dignity,” Marvi Memon, a visiting Pakistani legislator close to former dictator Pervez Musharraf, said in a C-Span interview. “There are some no-go areas that are totally not acceptable.” She identified the legislative demand for access to A Q Khan as one such area.

But US law-makers remained unimpressed by what some Congressional sources said were Pakistan’s tantrums. “For far too long, Pakistan has taken US assistance with one hand, while undoing US efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan with the other. For far too long, Pakistan has been receiving US aid to fight terrorism, while keeping its army aimed at India. This legislation lays down an important principle — that Pakistani actions will have consequences,”Ed Royce, a Republican member from California said.

Making no secret that the bill would still hold Pakistan accountable on specific benchmarks, Royce said in a statement that “Congress is sending an important signal – that we must see progress on A Q Khan, ISI,and terrorists targeting US troops and neighboring India.”

The House committee bill now goes before the full House even as similar legislation, which is much lighter on benchmarks, makes its way through the US Senate. The two bills will then be discussed at a ‘conference’ — where the administration is expected to side with the less punitive Senate legislation — to arrive at one single bill which will be voted and sent to the President.

Former Presidential candidate John Kerry is leading the effort to dilute the benchmarks in the bill, arguing that make it too tough or rigid will not allow Washington to achieve its goals. But the House leadership is insistent that Pakistan has to be called to account and there should be no free lunches, as promised by President Obama.

“Contrary to what some have said, these are not ‘rigid’ or ‘inflexible’ condition,.” said Howard Berman, the Democratic chairman of the HFAC. “To ensure that the President has sufficient flexibility, we provide a waiver if he is unable to make the determinations (on non-proliferation and cutting terrorism links).”

“I think this is an excellent bill that will strengthen the critical US-Pakistan relationship and support US national security objectives in South Asia,” he added. Whether the Senate and the administration agrees remains to be seen.

Brown for Pakistan action over 26/11

[The “Crucible of terrorism” is in London. SEE: South Asian Terrorism: All Roads Lead To The British Empire

The Empire is back and it wants Pakistan.]

Brown for Pakistan action over 26/11

Hasan Suroor



LONDON: Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said action “has got to be taken” over the 26/11 Mumbai bombings so that India and Pakistan could move towards “more secure relationships.”

“I recognise that India’s difficulties arise from the Mumbai bombing and what that has done, and the action that has got to be taken as a result of that. I hope we can have better and more secure relationships between India and Pakistan,” he said at a press conference.

Without directly referring to Indian allegations of cross-border terrorism, Mr. Brown highlighted the need for Pakistan to do more to fight terrorism at home and said he was trying to persuade Islamabad to “focus” on the issue.

“I hope I can play my part in persuading Pakistan to focus more on the terrorist issues within its own borders. And I know that there will be general support for what I have called a regional strategy, where we deal with the crucible of terrorism, which is the south of Afghanistan and those parts of Pakistan that are controlled by, or are in the hands of, the Pakistan Taliban and Al-Qaeda. So I believe we can make progress over the next period of time.”

Mr. Brown’s remarks reflected his concern that India-Pakistan tensions in the wake of the Mumbai bombings could affect stability in the wider region.

During his talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Downing Street last week, he repeatedly stressed the “vital importance” of good relations between India and Pakistan in what he called “deepening” stability in South Asia.

India-Pakistan relations are to be part of a new “strategic dialogue” to be chaired by Mr. Brown and Mr. Zardari.

Mr. Brown congratulated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his party’s election victory.

“He is a very good friend of mine. He has done a huge amount of work, not only in India but also around the world, in promoting economic growth and the relief of poverty,” Mr. Brown said.