General Motors declares bankruptcy – the biggest manufacturing collapse in US history

General Motors declares bankruptcy – the biggest manufacturing collapse in US history

Obama warns of sacrifices needed to build a leaner carmaker
• Judge to rule on future of 235,000 GM employees worldwide

General Motors headquarters in Detroit, MichiganGeneral Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan: the company has $176.4bn of liabilities. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/EPA

America’s biggest carmaker, General Motors, declared itself bankrupt today in a legal filing at a federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, kicking off the biggest industrial insolvency in US history.

GM filed for Chapter 11 protection against its creditors’ demands at 8am local time after racking up losses of $81bn (£50bn) over four years, putting a veteran bankruptcy judge, Robert Gerber, in charge of the future of 235,000 employees worldwide.

Speaking in Washington a few hours after the filing, Barack Obama said the GM restructuring plan was “tough but fair”. He acknowledged that General Motors stakeholders – its parts suppliers, dealers, debt-holders, shareholders, workers and retirees – were making tough sacrifices to keep the company afloat.

“I want to be honest with you: building a leaner GM will come at a cost,” he said. “You will have to make a sacrifice for the next generation so that our children can grow up in an America that still makes things.”

Based in Detroit, the 101-year-old company is a stalwart of the US manufacturing base, producing vehicles with brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Hummer, Opel and Vauxhall. Its filing comes a month after its smaller rival Chrysler declared bankruptcy, leaving two of the top three American motor manufacturers under court protection.

GM will continue to manufacture and sell cars under bankruptcy and the US government is hoping for a swift, “surgical” process under which the company will emerge in smaller, streamlined form within 60 to 90 days.

Obama said the massive reorganisation of GM would leave the US government holding 60% of the company’s equity. But it was necessary to preserve an iconic symbol of American business and maintain a viable US auto industry.

At the White House, flanked by his economic advisers and cabinet secretaries, Obama reiterated that the government was a “reluctant” shareholder in General Motors, but said the alternative – extending more loans – would burden the new company with debt and would hinder its re-emergence as a viable company.

“I recognise that this may give some Americans pause,” he said. “We’re making these investments not because I want to spend the American people’s tax dollars but because I want to protect them.”

GM is the largest industrial corporation ever to go bankrupt in the US and the third-largest bankruptcy of any sort, behind the investment bank Lehman Brothers and the telecommunications firm WorldCom.

GM’s chairman, Kent Kresa, said the board had authorised bankruptcy‚ “with regret that this path proved necessary despite the best efforts of so many”.

He did his best to put a positive spin on the move, describing it as a “new beginning” for the company: “A court-­supervised process and transfer of assets will enable a new GM to emerge as a stronger, healthier, more focused and nimbler company with a determination not to just survive but to excel.”

Judge Gerber, who will rule on the competing claims of GM’s creditors, is an old hand at high-profile insolvencies, having handled the bankruptcy of firms such as Adelphia and Global Crossing.

The carmaker has received $19bn of emergency aid from the treasury to keep it afloat and a further $30bn of government funding is likely to be forthcoming to see it through bankruptcy.

In return for its support, the Obama administration is likely to get a 60% ownership stake in the company. Canada’s government, which is contributing billions of dollars in further help, will get 12.5% with unions and bondholders holding the rest.

Until it was overtaken by Toyota last year, GM was the largest carmaker in the world. But the company has been hobbled by a collapse in demand for new vehicles from the US market, where industry-wide sales of cars have dropped from 17m a year to fewer than 10m.

David Cole, chairman of the Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research, said last year’s soaring fuel prices proved to be the final straw, pushing customers towards smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles from Asian manufacturers.

“The financial meltdown in the economy has driven the auto industry into depression,” he said. “We have an auto depression, not a recession.”

To restore profitability, GM’s chief executive, Fritz Henderson, has made it clear that cuts will need to be deep and permanent. He is selling chunks of the company dubbed “old GM”, including its European operation, which employs 5,500 people making Vauxhall cars in Britain. Brands such as Saturn, Saab and Hummer are on the block and Pontiac, a sporty “muscle car” marque, is to close.

GM’s US manufacturing workforce is to shrink from 113,000 three years ago to just 38,000 by 2011. Scores of factories across the US are shutting for an extended summer break and GM is slashing its network of dealership showrooms by 40%.

The extent of the government’s intervention in the motor industry has alarmed business organisations. Thomas Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, warned today that GM would not prosper if it was run by the Obama administration and the United Auto Workers union.

“If members of Congress, along with government officials from the United States to Germany to Canada, are allowed undue influence over management’s decisions, then you can write this down: these companies will not return to profitability and their survival will be seriously challenged,” said Donohue.

Obama’s auto industry taskforce had initially hoped that GM could be kept afloat without going through bankruptcy. But bondholders, who are owed $27bn by the carmaker, have been reluctant to swap their debt for a small equity stake.

Over the weekend, 54% of these bondholders indicated that they were willing to accept an improved deal under which they could eventually get up to 25% of GM, stoking optimism that the bankruptcy could proceed swiftly, without a long, drawn-out fight over assets that risked pushing the company into liquidation.

The 24-page bankruptcy filing, which gives GM’s address as 300 Renaissance Centre, Detroit was lodged under the name of a Manhattan vehicle dealer, Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem, which is owed money by the carmaker.

A list of GM’s largest debtors is topped by the Wilmington Trust Company of Delaware, which represents bondholders owed $22.7bn, followed by the United Auto Workers union on behalf of employees owed $20.5bn.

Other claims include demands for money from the car rental firms Avis and Enterprise, the French advertising agency Publicis, the computer maker Hewlett-Packard, the oil firm Exxon Mobil and Lakshmi Mittal’s steel corporation, Arcelor Mittal.

Pakistan vows to wipe out Jundullah: report

[Here is one Western-sponsored terrorist group that Pakistan must eliminate, if it wants to prevent Iran from following America's example.]

Pakistan vows to wipe out Jundullah: report

The bombing in a crowded Shi’ite mosque on Thursday evening wounded more than 120 people in the southeastern city of Zahedan, two weeks before a presidential election in the Islamic Republic.—Reuters

TEHRAN: The interior ministry of Pakistan aims to wipe out Jundullah terrorist group, an organisation that has claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque in southeastern Iran, reports the Fars News Agency (FNA).

Pakistan’s interior ministry has presented all its information on Jundullah to the country’s intelligence services which include the ISI, MI and FIA. The ministry has also urged for the identification of group members and the immediate arrest of the ringleader Abdulmalek Rigi, according to FNA.

The report goes on to say Islamabad has ordered the group be disbanded and wiped out. The chief of the Iranian armed forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi, said Iran had located the base of the group and informed the Pakistani government of Abdulmalek Rigi’s position.

According to media reports, the group’s spokesman Abdoulrauf Rigi contacted the Pakistan office of al-Arabiya television network to report a bombing in a mosque in the Sisatn-Baluchestan province last week to claim responsibility for the attack.

The bomb blast occurred in the Iranian city of Zahedan while mourners participated in a ceremony marking the death of the daughter of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Iranian authorities have arrested and executed three men involved in the bombing. The trio was executed in Zahedan city.

So far Jundullah has claimed responsibility for a dozen terrorist operations in Iran, however according to the FNA, they have managed to escape punishment by crossing into Pakistan.

Tehran has warned Islamabad that it has the power and military means to trace and hunt down terrorist groups in Pakistan if such activity is not stopped by Pakistan.

Since the attack, Iran has closed down its border with Pakistan.

Taliban abduct hundreds in Pakistani tribal region

Taliban abduct hundreds in Pakistani tribal region

By ASHRAF KHAN and NAHAL TOOSI – 1 hour ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban militants armed with rockets, grenades and automatic weapons abducted at least 400 students, staff and relatives driving away from a boy’s school in a northwest Pakistani tribal region on Monday, police and a witness said.

The brazen abduction came amid rising militant violence in Pakistan’s tribal belt — actions the military says are partly aimed at distracting it from its offensive against the Taliban in the nearby Swat Valley.

Police were negotiating with the Taliban via tribal elders to release of the captives taken in North Waziristan, said Mirza Mohammad Jihadi, an adviser to the prime minister. He said around 500 people were taken and that they were being held in the Bakka Khel area.

Details were still emerging late Monday about what happened, and much was murky.

Police official Meer Sardar said the abduction occurred about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Razmak Cadet College in North Waziristan. The people were leaving the school area after they were warned to get out in a phone call from a man they believed to be a political official, Sardar said, citing accounts from a group of 17 who managed to get away.

Local media, however, reported that the group was leaving because their vacation had started.

Around 30 buses, cars and other vehicles were carrying the students, staff and others when they were stopped along the road by a large group of alleged militants in their own vehicles, according to a staff member at the school who was among those who escaped. The vehicle he was traveling in happened to be behind a truck on the road, and it was less visible, so the driver slipped away.

He requested anonymity out of fear of Taliban reprisal but said the school’s principal was among those abducted.

The staffer said the assailants carried rockets, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and other weapons. He estimated around 400 captives were involved.

It was unclear how many were students, though they made up the majority of the group. Cadet colleges in Pakistan are usually run by retired military officers and educate teenagers. They also typically provide room and board.

Late Monday, reports were coming in that at least one other bus managed to get away and reach a police station. Jihadi said at least 29 students escaped, apparently in addition to the 17 at Sardar’s police station in the Marian area.

North and South Waziristan are major al-Qaida and Taliban strongholds bordering Afghanistan.

Clashes over the past three days in South Waziristan have killed at least 25 militants and nine soldiers. In the latest attack, reported by the army Monday, militants fired rockets at troops, killing two.

The fresh fighting is fueling speculation that a month after re-igniting its battle against Taliban militants in Swat, the military will widen the offensive to South Waziristan. But army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said that for now, troops on the ground were simply reacting to attacks, not opening a new front.

“This is all to divert attention,” Abbas said.

With its hands full in Swat, opening a front in South Waziristan now would be risky for the military.

Known for its harsh terrain, reticent tribes and porous border with Afghanistan, as well as its history of limited federal government oversight, South Waziristan would likely be a stiffer test for Pakistan’s armed forces than Swat. The region also is the main base for Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.

However, the U.S. and other Western nations who have praised Pakistan’s strong-armed tactics in Swat would likely not want South Waziristan to stay untouched. It’s the tribal regions, after all, where al-Qaida and the Taliban have their key bases from which they plan attacks on Western forces across the border in Afghanistan.

The tribal areas also are the rumored hideouts of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.

Asked about a timeframe for clearing the area, Abbas simply replied, “A plan to go or not to go into South Waziristan — shouldn’t that be a highly classified matter?”

The army spokesman said major towns and cities in the Swat Valley will likely be cleared of Taliban fighters in a matter of days. It has already recaptured Mingora, Swat’s main urban center. But many of the estimated 4,000 militants in the valley are believed to have fled to the hillsides, and Abbas said clearing those rural areas could require months more work.

One other problem with tackling South Waziristan now is that it would exacerbate an already massive humanitarian challenge facing the country — that of up to 3 million people displaced by the fighting so far. Already, large numbers of families have begun leaving South Waziristan amid rumors of an imminent operation.

Journalists have limited access to the tribal belt and Swat, making it difficult to independently verify information provided by the Pakistani military or other sources.

Militants, including Mehsud loyalists, have threatened and carried out some revenge attacks over the Swat operation in major Pakistani cities, including an assault on police and intelligence agency offices in the eastern city of Lahore that left 30 dead.

On Monday, a blast at a busy bus terminal in Kohat town, an area near the tribal regions, killed at least two people and wounded at least 18 others, said local police officer Zafarullah Khan.

Help Hamza

URGENT: Help Hamza

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I appeal to my fellow Pakistanis, and our friends, to help Hamza Khan pay for his fourth surgery. It needs to be done within the next three days from today, Monday June 1, 2009. Five-year-old Hamza was playing by the roadside when bullets from a gun went through his stomach, liver and intestines. Little Hamza was caught in an armed attack by a group of people on a lawyer in Peshawar on Feb. 5, 2009. Thanks to the initiative of Mr. Rahimullah Yousafzai, Editor The News Peshawar, Pakistanis from across the country stepped forward to help Hamza. His father, 28-year-old Ahmadzada, at one point thanked the director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal when no more funds were needed [read the story below]. But now doctors have recommended a fourth surgery on the little kid. An amount of PKR 70,000 is required immediately to pay the bills at PIMS Hospital in Islamabad. Please help anyway you can. Ahmadzada and his wife can be contacted directly on his cell number is 0346.566.7290. Visitors are also allowed to meet Hamza. Please read the brief report below, published by The News in February, to understand the nature of Hamza’s injuries. – Ahmed Quraishi.

By Syed Inayat Ali Shah

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The News International.
WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM


PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted Pakistanis, five-year-old Hamza has been brought back to health and is now convalescing at home after receiving quality medical treatment.

He was injured while going to a shop on the Ring Road here on February 5, 2009. It so happened that a lawyer was attacked by his rivals and little Hamza happened to be there. He suffered multiple bullet injuries and doctors at the Lady Reading Hospital twice operated upon him.

However, Hamza couldn’t recover fully. Doctors recommended that he should be shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad for specialized treatment.

Hamza’s father, Ahmadzada, had by then exhausted all means. The 28-year-old rickshaw driver had shifted to the city from his native Tangi area in Charsadda district two months ago and had no money to treat his only son.

Talking to The News, he said he had rented a one-room house for Rs 1,500 per month on the Ring Road for his family that included his wife, two-year-old daughter Ayesha and Hamza.

On the fateful day when his son was injured, he was out for work and a kind elder named Haji Shaukat shifted his wounded son to hospital.

Someone suggested to him that he should make an appeal through a newspaper to seek financial help for Hamza’s treatment. The appeal was published in The News, Islamabad,[courtesy of editor, The News Peshawar Mr. Rahimullah Yousafzai] and soon he was receiving phone calls from all over Pakistan. “I got about 100 phone calls. All of them wanted to help me pay for Hamza’s treatment,” he recalled.

A military officer based in Kamra helped Hamza to get admitted to the PIMS. Every arrangement for transporting him and his father to Islamabad had been made and a philanthropist, who didn’t want to publicize his name and deed, paid all medical bills.

Subsequently, donations poured in from many known and unknown people. They included the staff at the Army Para Training School in Peshawar, a Pakistani family living in the US, a woman journalist from Islamabad and a number of young students. Some brought toys for Hamza, others left cash at his bedside.

The staff at the Governor House, Peshawar, the office of the Advocate General, NWFP, and the Pakistan Baitul Mal, Islamabad, also got in touch with Ahmadzada and offered help. It was heart-warming to hear Ahmadzada telling the lady who called from the Pakistan Baitul Mal that he had received enough financial support and didn’t need more. He advised her to provide support to other deserving patients.

Despite being poor, Ahmadzada showed the way to others. “All I can do is to pray all my life for those who helped me in this hour of need. I had no means to get Hamza treated,” he remarked.

Ahmadzada was full of praise for the doctors who helped in the treatment of his son at the PIMS. In particular, he named Dr Zaheer Abbasi and Dr Sibghatullah Afridi.

When contacted, Dr Zaheer Abbasi said Hamza was brought to the PIMS in a precarious condition, as his stomach, liver and intestines were damaged due to bullet injuries. “Now he is in a stable condition and has been sent home.”

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Pakistan’s Latest Generation of Holy Warriors, the “Anti-Jihadis”

A tribute to our Shaheeds …

These are the sons of the soil. They have sacrificed their lives for the country. The Whole Pakistani nation owes them so much. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to live freely in our country while they do this for protecting the citizens of Pakistan.”I am going to embrace Shahadat”. These were the last words of Captain Najam Riaz (shown here in video) to his parents when he left for Swat. And he did prove to be a man of his words. He embraced shahadat along with three other commandos last Teusday.

He was captured by the terrorists under mysterious circumstances on 21 April while he along with his three other companions were out of their camp in Swat Valley. The Commissioner Malakand, Muhammad Javed even visited them in captivity but didnt do anything about it as he was clearly sympethetic towards these terrorists. Last Tuesday, eight terrorists entered the room where these four commandos had been kept. The terrorists had with them, a rope, a video camera and some swords. The commandos knew what was coming.

Even though they were unarmed, in a matter of seconds, the four commandos jumped at the terrorists and within seconds, broke the necks of all eight of them. That was when two more of these terrorists entered the room and sprayed these men with bullets resulting in the martrydom of Captain Najam Riaz, Captain Junaid Khan and two other soldiers.

This video also shows Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed (SSG), Maj Abid Shaheed, Major Azhar Shaheed, Lieutenant Saifullah Shaheed and Lieutenant Zia Shaheed. All these men embraced Shahadat during the ongoing operation Rah-e-Rast (the right path) in Swat Valley.

Watch video: http://cache.allvoices.com/images/clear.png?1243575632

I am attaching pictures of Captain Omer Zeb Saheed who embraced Shahadat today in Dir District and also of Captain Junaid Khan Shaheed.And some of our politicians say that they don’t support the military operation. Who gives them the moral authority to decide. Are our corrupt politicians even near these brave and valiant soldiers.  Let Imran Khan see this and say that he doesnt support the military, let Qazi Hussain see this and let these terrorists see this and know that as long as such brave men are around, no one can dare threaten Pakistan.

Prayers are required for such brave men! And more…..braver families!

As received!


A tribute to our young officers

Director General ISPR Major General Athar Abbas wrote in the editorial of Daily The News on 23rd May 2009:

A tribute to our young officers…

During the operations in the Vietnam war, when our position came under heavy shelling, we left the position and took refuge under a rock”, writes Captain Jim. “After sometime, I realised that my platoon corporal, Harry was missing. I informed the company commander that I wanted to go back. He said, ‘don’t be stupid, it is not worth, do not risk your life, there is nothing left’. I insisted and he allowed me. I went there and came back, empty handed. ‘Did not I tell you that the risk was not worth’, the company commander said. ‘No sir, it was worth it’, I replied. ‘When I reached the company position Corporal Harry was alive, badly wounded. He said to me, Jim, I knew you would come. These were his last words, he died in my arms’.

http://www.ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-real_story&id=10

Major Abid – A hero to his last breath!

Unfortunately the Pakistan Army has been the butt of Public Criticism during the last few years, but the people forget that the Pakistan Army and its valiant soldiers have always been injecting the fresh blood in the national polity by their inimitable sacrifices, be it the floods or the earthquake or the war against the enemy.

Same spirit of sacrifice and valour is being exhibited in the ongoing struggle against the militants. The heroic story of Major ABID MAJEED bears testimony to this reality. On the fateful morning of May 18, 2009 Major Abid Majeed’s brother Major Khalid was entrusted the task of recurring the area from Shalpalam to Jura whereas Major Abid Majeed’s company was responsible for securing the area from Jura to Nazarabad. Major Khalid’s company successfully secured the area followed by Major Abid Majeed. Thereafter Major Abid Majeed’s company was ordered to more forward.

Thirteen vehicles of the company moved to safety however the last vehicle came under heavy and precise firing, near a nullah bend, by the militants. The driver of the vehicle embraced martyrdom there and then. No more movement was possible as the route was blocked. The forward troops tried to move back and rescue the trapped soldiers, however due to accurate and effective firing by the militants the movement was not possible. It was then at 1645 hrs that Major Abid Majeed decided to move back himself.

He took two soldiers, the first aid kit and a water bottle and ordered his company to engage the militants. In the rain of bullets he rushed to site, dragged the two bleeding soldiers Sepoy Tariq and Sepoy Nausherwan to a place of safety. He immediately poured water into their mouths and then started bandaging them to stop the flow of blood. In the meantime his shoulder got exposed and shot. Not bettered by it, he kept engaged himself in the task of bandaging. The second bullet hit in his ribs, still did not prevent him from completing his task.

Unmoved by the blood gushing out of his wounds he dragged the soldiers to a safer place. In the process he was hit by three bullets and he fell down. While bleeding profusely, he took the wireless to talk to his brother Major Khalid (for the last time), who was 100 meters away. “BROTHER I HAVE TO PAY SO MUCH TO SO AND SO, DO NOT FORGET IT. TAKE CARE OF THE MOTHER AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE THE JOB OF ELIMINATING THE MISCREANTS INCOMPLETE. I WISH I COULD MARCH ON TO MINGORA AND SEE IT CLEAR OF THE MILITANTS”. And then he succumbed to his injuries but he managed to save the lives of two soldier/comrades.

Sepoy Tariq and Nowsharwan can not control their tears at the mention of Major Abid Majeed’s name. The only words they utter are” Why Major Sahib why not us”.

Long live Pakistan Army! Long Live Pakistan!

Brigadier Syed Azmat Ali
Rawalpindi

In Loving Memory of Capt. Omerzeb (Shaheed) –

A brave soldier, an obedient son, a caring brother and a loving fiancé!

Many of us never knew personally Captain Omerzeb and his comrades who laid down their lives. However these chaps will always have a special place. We may be silent and not able to express our thoughts eloquently but that will not diminish the highest regards we have for these men of honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of this special breed.

Blow out, you bugles, over the rich dead!
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying has made us rarer gifts than gold.
These laid the world away; poured out the red
Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene
That men call age; and those who would have been,
Their sons, they gave their immortality.

Blow, bugles, blow! They brought us, for our dearth,
Holiness, lacked so long, and Love, and Pain.
Honor has come back, as a king, to earth
And paid his subjects with a royal wage;
And nobleness walks in our ways again;
And we have come into our heritage.’

Captain Bilal Zafar (Shaheed):

Captain Junaid Khan (Shaheed):

http://www.pakdef.info/forum/showthread.php?p=153786

http://www.grandestrategy.com/2009/05/sacrifices-by-us-capt-omerzeb-shaheed_27.html

The Sacrifices by Capt Omerzeb Shaheed

By: Qasim Butt

I was sitting next to him on the grass patch during my college days, enjoying the bright sunny morning. Belonging to a family of retired Army Officers, we shared experiences of our past schooling and friends that we made on different places. While our class fellows played in the basketball ground, cheering and shouting. We continued our pleasant conversation, and we came to astonishing fact that we have been class fellows even in Army Public School Peshawar while studying in class 3. With this it opened a new arena of our personalities and i found him an affable, courteous and a pleasant gentleman with a sense of dignity and honor embedded in his soul.

As the time passed by, various events brought us together on same crossroads. We shared couple of things in common, we both were debators, joined the same college-house which was Khalid house, won various events for our college-house and due to our inherited affinity towards armed forces, we used to admire the national role of Pakistan Armed Forces. The strange warmth in his amiable personality, some-how always made him stand-out from rest of the college mates. Helpful, kind, respectful and enthusiastically encouraging were his prominent traits. However, he earned great appraisal in the eyes of his teachers, class and college-house, when he won the notable prize of debate competition.

All these memorable events of companionship, just went through my mind’s eye like a quick flash-back of priceless golden past. Here I was, standing in an army grave-yard, saying his namaz-e-jinazah. Capt from 111th Long Course of 9 Azad Kashmir Regiment, once my class fellow and a friend, now had brought the trophy of pride again, back home for us to live with prestige. Capt Omerzeb (Shaheed) like his noble past of his childhood and adolescence, had won the accolade for his family, for Pakistan and for us. Capt Omerzeb (Shaheed) is just one of those abundant examples who have sacrificed themselves on the call of duty for the nation.

Capt OmerZeb (Shaheed) attained shahadat in the morning of May 21st 2009. While he jolted me with strong sense of self-determination of taking up the fight for better tomorrow. His Shahadat had a cleansing effect on my polluted thoughts of national disintegration and state failure. Capt Omer Zeb (Shaheed) re-invigorated us with a sense of living a life of valour, virtue and stature.

In the current times of national desperation, economic recession and destroyed socio-moral fabric, one is just too vulnerable to be overwhelmed by a thought of “Run for your life”. Capt OmerZeb (Shaheed) proved it imprudent and not worth a deal to run away from one’s home and let the vultures tear it apart. The enemies of Pakistan, should know by now that Allah has blessed this nation with the generation of iron-willed youth, belonging to noble families such as Capt OmerZeb (Shaheed), who are more then ready to keep up the traditions of sacrifice in the need of an hour.

Capt Omer Zeb (Shaheed) did his part and now it’s upon us to take it on and give a final brunt. We shall never forget the sacrifices of our shuhuda!!!

Comments:

By Majdy

Captain Omerzeb Shaheed was my sister’s fiance. He was to be my dear loving brother-in-law but he left us all on my sister’s (his fiance) birthday, 21st May 2009. We will never be able to forget him. Seeing his picture in your post has only made my eyes filled with tears… tears of pride… tears for his bravery. We loved him so much and now we miss him so much…

By mustajab

Captain Omer Zeb and I were room mates during our first term in Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul (PMA), and I left the Academy in third term, we kept meeting after that for sometime but in general we lost touch, and than I came to know about this!!! I’d like to post a note which i wrote about this brave man….

After I crossed the parking lot of PMA, I walked in with a senior who kept on swearing at me, into the line so I can get my company lines and room assigned, in the line I met an old college friend who also was selected, behind me was a GUY, who introduced himself to me as Omer Zeb, and said he was from Rawalpindi and we shared few introductory things, he said me maybe we will get the same Company (Platoon), and we had a big laugh like “yeah out of 300 people how would that be possible”, but maybe that was the moment of acceptance, we got the same Platoon and the same room as well.

It may sound a bit too pompous but yes that is exactly what happened. We took over the room, he was such a nice guy, we shared everything from our personal lives to all that ragging (form of punishment) we use to get in the Academy and passed some great times together, he was a very handsome young man, and when we went on holidays we had some nice times together. Like this we spent our years, and went off to our different professional lives. I was always a FUNG… a typical army term used for those who tend to be an asshole for daily army routine life.

He always used to guide me through the process and things, make me understand. Even when I left the league, he was the one who kept pushing me to get into civil life and do the best in it, like friends we trusted each other also, what he use to say me meant a lot to me, and what I used to say to him, we shared a great sense of friendship all together. In a while he got posted to the most God forsaken place in the country, and we LOST TOUCH… And yesterday I got the news that he DIED.

In Urdu he embraced SHAHADAT in NWFP. Life is uncertain that’s what I knew always. But it’s unfair, that’s what I am starting to understand now… this is my 3rd course mate in a row who embraced SHAHADAT… but he was for sure the dearest one… my friend I will never forget you and I will never forget the memories we had… may God give your family peace and courage to overcome this loss…. may you rest in peace at last after all you have been through…. and I will meet you again in this life or the next……. AMEEN

By Citizenjournal

I feel extremely-extremely sad on hearing this news. May Allah gives strength to both of your families.Amen!

By MZohair

My sincerest condolences to you..im so proud of captain omer zeb shaheed and ur brave family..i really am..of little wut i know, a shaheed is the one who lays down his life when their religion is under threat..and Islam has never been threatened more than it is being now..he has done a tremendous service to his religion, country and nation..im extremely proud of him..when i see people like him and the fortitude of their dear one like yourself, i know pakistan can never be a lost cause..my gratitude to captain omer zeb and ur family..may god elevate the status of all the martyred..

By bilal_ahmad_shaikh

Dear Majdy. I am deeply sad ever since I read your story and that’s true because sons are not bought from shops. May Allah bless Captain Omer Zeb with the peace of heaven and grant patience to your entire family and help us realize the worth of our brave soldiers who give away their lives just to see us live in comfort. I beleive you are a true sister and a caring citizen of Pakistan who shared the martydom of Omer Zeb with all of us. I say on Dunya T.V. His father and brother and my eyes couldn’t believe the calmness and satisfaction on the face of a martyer’s father…… God bless you and your family and May the sacrifice of Hundreds of sons like Omer ripe fruits of prosperity and safety for our beloved country.

By AhmedMehmood

Capt Omer Zeb (Sunny) is a family relative. I cant find words about his passion towards Army and country. He was indeed a brave man and most of all Allah chose him for this medal (Shahadat). I still remember when he was too young and i never knew how great this boy is at that time when his father was posted in Murree. Later he got older and he joined the army and I remember him saying to his cousins regarding his will for shahadat. He proved his words and will. But my tears can’t stop over his stolen youth.

But I see our freedom, fun, life, in our country is because of the janbaaz soldiers like him. He is our real “HERO” I salute you.. I heard “shaheed kabhi marta naheen” and thats true.. because i attended his funeral and the amount of blood rolling down his coufin is an example. I must say here that ” Sunny tera khoon zaya naheen jaye ga” SWAT phir abaad hoga aur tera naam hamesha ke liye amar rahe ga… You will always be in our heart.

Ae rah e haq ke shaheedo, wafa ke tasweero.

Tumhain watan ke hawain salam kehti hain…

By Razi_Haider

Last night I watched a TV program on this young shaheed, his family was interviewed by Dunyaa News. I saw his father,he is really very brave in that interview. He said “I’m really very proud on my son, he sacrified his life for our country”,

He also appealed to the corrupt politicians to stop criticising Pak military on this military operation. There politicians are criticising this ongoing military operation just to gain their political benefits out of it, they should be ashamed, our young soldiers are sacrificing their precious lives for the survival of our country and these pathetic politicans are exploring their benefits at this crucial time.

O ALLAH ALMIGHTY, please show the right path to the TALIBANS or plz destro them. They are not muslims at all, infact being muslim is a special status; these stupid, ignorant, dirty talibans are not human beings. My condolences to the family of this young shaheed, especially to his parents. May allah bestow a special place in heaven to all shaheeds of Pak Army and give patience to the families of these martyrs. We are really proud of u Captian UmerZeb, u will be alive always Inshallah as Shaheed never dies.

31 killed in SWA clashes

31 killed in SWA clashes

By Mushtaq Yusufzai &

Irfan Burki

PESHAWAR/WANA: Twenty-five militants, including a senior commander of Baitullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Miraj Burki, and six soldiers were killed and several others injured in the deadly clashes between the militants and security forces in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) tribal region on Sunday night.

Other reports said 13 soldiers were killed and over two dozens injured in the two deadly attacks. Fierce fighting between the militants and security forces forced thousands of the tribal families to leave their homes in the Mehsud-inhabited areas.

The latest clashes erupted with two different attacks on security post and a military convoy by the militants at Spinkai Raghzai and Tiarza areas of the restive region.In the first attack, which took place on the night between Saturday and Sunday, the militants opened fire on a security post located on hilltop in Spinkai Raghzai area.

According to sources, three soldiers were killed and six others seriously injured in the attack. Also, four soldiers went missing during the clashes and suspected to be kidnapped by the militants. There were reports that the militants beheaded them and threw their bodies in the mountains.

Military officials said though it was dark and the attack was unexpected, the soldiers retaliated and inflicted heavy losses on the Taliban fighters. Military spokesman, Maj Gen Athar Abbas, when reached by telephone, said 15 militants were killed when the troops fired back. Similarly, he said, several other militants were injured in retaliatory firing by the troops.

Similarly, three soldiers, including a lieutenant, were killed and some others injured in an ambush on a military convoy by Taliban near Tiarza on Saturday evening. The convoy was heading towards Tiarza from Shakai when came under attack.

The militants were not happy with the reinforcement of the security forces in the Mahsuds inhabited areas, which happen to be strongholds of the Baitullah-led militants. According to sources, commander Meraj Burki, who was a senior militant commander of Baitullah Mahsud-led TTP and his Shura member, had led dozens of fighters to ambush the military convoy.

The sources said it was well-organised attack organised by the 45-year old commander, Meraj, in which the militants fired on the convoy from various directions. The troops were reported to have suffered heavy losses and their vehicles damaged.

Military authorities said the troops retaliated and killed 10 militants. Tribal sources confirmed the killing of six militants in retaliatory firing by the security forces. Tribal elders in Tiarza said they received reports that commander Meraj had been killed in retaliatory firing by the troops. However, they said bodies of the slain commander and his five colleagues were in the custody of the security forces. Efforts were being made for receiving their bodies from the security forces.

Maj-Gen Athar Abbas said both the attacks came from the militants. He said the troops did not fire first and retaliated when came under attack by the terrorists. “The troops were there to consolidate their positions and had no offensive designs. No body can even prove that the soldiers had fired first,” the military spokesman argued.

Tribal sources said the security forces Sunday evening started heavy artillery shelling from FC camps in Jandola and Manzai towards suspected locations of the militants in Kotkai, Tiarza, Ladha, Makeen and Srarogha villages.

The militants attacked security forces at a time when a 15-member jirga of the Mahsud tribal elders and clerics was negotiating between the government and Baitullah Mahsud.Senator Saleh Shah, who is leading the jirga members in recent negotiations between the two sides, admitted that both the factions even agreed on ceasefire.

Asked would he and his jirga members now blame Taliban for violation of their ceasefire offer, Saleh Shah said though they were not happy over what happened in Waziristan, but the government had also committed violation and sent the troops to various places where the Taliban did not want them to be deployed.

He said the jirga would continue its efforts for restoration of peace and would leave for South Waziristan on Tuesday to hold talks with Baitullah Mahsud and his commanders for ensuring durable peace in the region.

The fighting caused mass exodus of the Mahsud tribespeople and many families were seen Sunday leaving their homes for safer places in Razmak, Bannu, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.Though announced several times, the government is yet to set up camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of South Waziristan Agency.

Majority of the fleeing tribespeople were reportedly taking shelters with their relatives, friends and even with strange people in the downtowns. AFP adds: “According to fresh reports we received from the site, more than 45 militants died,” Syed Ahmad, a police official in the tribal area, told AFP. Khan Badshah, another local official, confirmed that death toll and said the rebels had taken most of the bodies away for funeral rites.

Jundullah a threat to Pak-Iran ties, gas pipeline

Jundullah a threat to Pak-Iran ties, gas pipeline


By Amir Mir

LAHORE: The rising terrorist activities of the Pakistan-based militant organisation, Jundullah (Soldiers of God) threatens not only the Pak-Iran diplomatic ties but also the future of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, which was signed on May 22 by President Asif Zardari and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

According to well-placed diplomatic sources in Islamabad, Tehran has lodged a strong protest with Islamabad over the failure of its law enforcement agencies to dismantle the Jundullah network in Pakistan, which has claimed responsibility for the May 28 deadly suicide attack inside the Ameer al-Momenin mosque in Zahedan that killed 25 people and wounded 125 others.

The sources said Iranian officials had expressed their deep concern over the failure of the Pakistani authorities to proceed against the Jundullah network in Pakistan despite having been given specific intelligence.

The Pakistani ambassador was told that the Zahedan suicide attack could have been averted had Islamabad acted in time on the Iranian intelligence information.The Iranian authorities had reportedly told the Pakistani ambassador that the three terrorists (Haji Noti Zehi, Gholam Rasoul Shahi Zehi and Zabihollah Naroui), hanged publicly on May 30 in Zahedan for their alleged participation in the mosque bombing, had confessed to illegally bringing explosives from Pakistan into Iran and giving them to the main person behind the suicide attack.

Diplomatic circles in Islamabad say Tehranís concern over the growing terrorist activities of Jundullah, across the border in Iran, could be gauged from the fact that its Ambassador to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri had addressed an unusual press conference in Islamabad on March 20, accusing Pakistan of allowing its soil to be used against Iran and demanding concrete steps to contain its activities.

While claiming that the Jundullah network was located inside the Balochistan province, Shakeri had asked Islamabad to curb its anti-Iran activities by taking a decisive action against its leadership. The Iranian ambassador had given broad hints at that time that an Iranian diplomat, who had disappeared in Peshawar in 2008, could also have been kidnapped by Jundullah. In his reaction the same day, a Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman had stated that Islamabad was determined that the Pakistani soil would not be allowed to be used by Jundullah in any manner to destabilise the Iranian government.

However, the diplomatic circles in Islamabad say the Iranian authorities had warned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran on May 30 that Islamabadís failure to act against the Jundullah network in Balochistan could also jeopardise the future of the recently-signed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. They pointed out that the Pakistani and the Iranian presidents had only signed the initial agreement after 14 years of delayed negotiations and the most crucial gas sales and purchase agreement had not yet been finalised.

On the other hand, the Pakistani authorities in Islamabad do not rule out the possibility of a third player aiding and abetting the anti-Iran activities of Jundullah with a view to damage the Pak-Iran ties and sabotage the ëpeace pipeline projectí.

Asked about the origin of Jundullah, the sources said the organisation ostensibly represents the Baloch inside Iran who are disaffected with the Tehran government. While being interrogated at a Quetta jail, the sources said, Abdul Hamid Rigi, the brother of the Jundullah chief, had maintained that the group was formed to protect the rights of the Baloch in the Iranian Balochistan-Sistan region.

While asserting that the Pakistani authorities are making all possible efforts to dismantle the Jundullah network from Balochistanís soil, authoritative sources in the Ministry of Interior pointed out that the militant organisation in question had actually stepped up its anti-Iran activities following the June 15, 2008 extradition of Abdul Hamid Rigi from Pakistan to Iran.

Highlighting Pakistanís efforts to recover the Iranian diplomat kidnapped from Peshawar, the Interior Ministry sources said the Karachi Police had raided a Karachi locality in February 2008 to retrieve the Iranian diplomat alive. In the ensuing battle, two policemen died while 35 men belonging to at least two banned outfits, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan, were arrested. Yet the Iranian diplomat could not be recovered.

Iran closes border point with Pakistan

Iran closes border point with Pakistan

QUETTA: Iranian authorities have closed the zero point along the Pak-Iran border following a bomb explosion in a mosque in the border city of Zahedan.

The closure of the zero point has resulted in suspension of bilateral trade and movement of the people. Zahedan is about 80 km from Taftan, a tiny town along the Pak-Iran border.People in the border areas of Pakistan and Iran are facing difficulties due to the closure of the zero point, as they bring items of daily use from Iran and Pakistan.

They demanded of the Pakistani authorities to find a permanent solution to the problem. — PPI Mariana Baabar adds from Islamabad: Pakistan says that it is with Iran in the fight against terrorism and there will be no compromise on this principle under any circumstances.

Responding to a query pertaining to the summoning of Pakistan’s Ambassador in Tehran, MB Abbasi, over the deadly attack on a mosque in southeast Iran, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told The News: “Iran is our brotherly country with which we have excellent relations anchored in common faith and interests. The two countries are together in the fight against terrorism and there will be no compromise in this regard under any circumstances.”

According to the Iranian media, rebels had reportedly claimed responsibility for the explosion. One cannot remember the last time that Iran had to summon a Pakistani ambassador and that too over such serious charges.

Of late, relations between Iran and Pakistan have been all time high and only recently the two, in total defiance of the US and some other western powers, also reached an understanding on the Peace Gas Pipeline project during President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent visit to Tehran.

Iran on Saturday publicly hung three men accused of involvement in the bombing of the mosque that killed 25 people, an official said, branding them “terrorists” and “enemies of God”.

The executions were carried out near the mosque in southeast Iran, which was devastated by Thursday’s bombing, said Hojatoeslam Ebrahim Hamidi, Justice Chief of Sistan-Balochistan province.

It is well known in all world capitals that Jundullah, also known as “Army of God”, “Allah’s Soldiers”, and “God’s Brigade”, as well as the Popular Iranian Resistance Movement, is a Suuni tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran.

According to US media reports from the ABC News, it is made of members of the Balochi tribe and operates out of the Balochistan province in Pakistan, just across Iran’s border.In the past The News had published reports about this terrorist group, which had been ignored by the US and Pakistan.

These reports spoke of the State Department’s allocation of millions of dollars for a ‘regime’ change in Iran. Jundullah is accused of doing exactly that, though on Saturday Washington denied Tehran’s accusations that the US had backed the mosque attack.

Questions were also raised in the past when Iran started to build walls and fence off areas along the Pakistan border that Islamabad should not look away from the activities of Jundullah. However, Pakistan has always denied that such activities take place from its soil.

Even on Sunday, the spokesman made no mention of any feedback that the Foreign Office had received from its mission in Iran, and whether in the face of such serious accusations it was willing to look into its border areas with Iran. It is not a new development that a neighbour has eyed Pakistan with some suspicion.

Earlier this year, China, too, had sent two special envoys to Pakistan, who met with the political and military leadership, and brought to the notice of Pakistan that the headquarters of the separatist group, East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a militant Muslim separatist group based in the western Xinjiang province, had been set up in Fata.

Mines planted with foreign help: officials

Mines planted with foreign help: officials


By our correspondent

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Army has a strong conviction that the landmines planted by militants in parts of Swat, Dir Lower and Buner districts have been provided by foreign powers, a non-government organisation working for peace said at a seminar here on Sunday.

Addressing the seminar on the landmines and cluster bombs, Executive Director of Sustainable Peace and Development Organisation (SPADO) Raza Shah Khan said they were in contact with the Army to get the Swat Valley cleared of landmines.

“At present, when there is an all-out war, it is difficult for the Army to completely clear the valley. But I must tell you that the Pakistan Army de-mining squad is one of the best in the world and we will take up the issue once the situation improves,” he told the audience.

He and other speakers voiced concern over the mining of Mingora and the road leading into the town, and said once the operation was over, there was high risk that the mines might kill and maim civilians. It was said that locally made improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines had been planted along the Mingora-Peshawar Road and in the city, besides other areas to stop the movement of the Army.

The speakers also said the militants had mined certain areas in Dir Lower and Buner districts, where full-scale military operation had been launched to clobber the militants. A similar military action has also been underway to deal a blow to Maulana Falzullah-led militants in the once idyllic Swat Valley.

Raza Shah said the Army believed that mines, particularly anti-tank, had been supplied to the militants by hostile foreign powers. The people who fled the war in Swat have also confirmed the Taliban told them that the road had been mined. The internally displaced persons said the militants had asked them to use the avenues that were not planted with these devices.

The seminar was told that security forces also used heavy artillery fire in Swat Valley and some shells could still be unexploded, posing a serious threat to the lives of civilians, particularly children. The speakers observed that explosive remnants of war threatened lives for years and decades even after the conflicts were over.

Landmine Monitor Report of the Spado said that 89 people were killed and 182 injured in 2007 in mine, ERW and victim-activated IED incidents in Pakistan. Most of the casualties were of the civilians (177) while security forces suffered 94. Victim-activated IEDs were the main cause of casualties (91). Others casualties were because of anti-vehicle mines (80), anti-personnel mines (52), unspecified mines (32), ERW (10) and unknown devices (6). It has been observed that most of the incidents took place during travel. Majority of the casualties occurred in Balochistan (100), Fata (94) and in the NWFP (46).

Tag, You’re Homeless

Tag, You’re Homeless

by Shannon Moriarty

Published April 01, 2009 @ 08:15PM PT


Earlier this week, dozens of police and code enforcement officers descended upon a California tent city, separating those who could stay from those to be evicted with colored wristbands.

Since when is living in a tent city considered a privilege? What’s more, why must a city resort to tagging its homeless as though they are cattle?

If only this was an April Fool’s joke. But sadly, truth is stranger than fiction in Ontario, California.

A blue wristband means you can stay. Orange means you have to provide paperwork proving you lived in Ontario before becoming homeless. White means you have a week to leave the encampment.

This “tagging” of homeless people in the Ontario homeless encampment is meant keep out-of-town homeless from benefiting from the fine amenities at the tent city, according to the LA Times:

Ontario officials, citing health and safety issues, say it is necessary to thin out Tent City. The move to dramatically reduce the population curtails an experiment begun last year to provide a city-approved camp where homeless people would not be harassed.

Land that includes tents, toilets and water had been set aside near Ontario International Airport for the homeless. Officials intended to limit the camp and its amenities to local homeless people, but did little to enforce that as the site rapidly expanded, attracting people from as far away as Florida.

“We have to be sensitive, and we will give people time to locate documents,” said Brent Schultz, the city’s housing and neighborhood revitalization director. “But we have always said this was for Ontario’s homeless and not the region’s homeless. We can’t take care of the whole area.”

Officials believe the local homeless number about 140, less than half of those currently in residence. Schultz wants to reduce Tent City to 170 people in a regulated, fenced-off area rather than the sprawling open-air campsite it has become.

No other city has offered to take in any of the homeless who Ontario officials say must leave.

This is a outrageous example of city government putting their image before basic human needs. These tent city residents moved into this encampment for one reason: because they have nowhere else to live. Shrinking the number of people in tent city, branding them and forcing them to produce documentation in order to stay, does little more than shuffle around California’s most vulnerable citizens and shake up the routine and familiarity so crucial to surviving on the streets.

“Code enforcement” in tent cities certainly has its place in maintaining sanitation and order. But in practice, it can also be unnecessarily cruel. It means pets are banned, so the dozens of homeless families and individuals with four-legged companions will have to choose between their companion or their community (most will choose their pet). It means people who have been living in cars and on the streets for years, carrying all of their personal belongings, will have to furnish a document proving they lived in the city before becoming homeless.

These may not seem like big issues when you’re sitting safe-and-sound in house or office with a bed to return to each night. But when your home is the streets, and your pet is your life, and your tent city community is your only means of security, the thought of being uprooted again is downright devastating.

I read this story and got so angry I felt sick to my stomach. But like you, I’m just an outsider. Imagine how powerless these tent city residents feel after having “code enforcement” officers storm into their home, tag them like animals, and tell them to produce paperwork or get out.

I think this sums it up best:

Pattie Barnes, 47, shook with anger. “They are tagging us because we are homeless,” she said, staring at her orange wristband. “It feels like a concentration camp.”


Terrorists Killing Pakistanis With Indian/US Weapons

Terrorists Killing Pakistanis With Indian/US Weapons

Finally, the military admits what Pakistan’s pro-U.S. government has been hiding for months. The weapons that the terrorists – the fake Pakistani Taliban – are using to kill Pakistanis are coming from U.S. and India. Some members of the Karzai puppet regime have privately confirmed to Pakistani officials that they are incapable of stopping Indian terrorist activities on Afghan soil. To avoid embarrassment, Washington quickly ‘leaked’ a story that U.S. weapons given to Afghan security forces have reached insurgents. The timing of the leak conveniently coincided with the Pakistani army discovering the American double game. The Americans have been taking Pakistan for a ride for seven years.

By Dan Qayyum, PakistanKaKhudaHafiz.com |

Sunday, 31 May 2009.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Briefing reporters about the progress of operation Rahe Rast, military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas yesterday revealed the extent of foreign support that the TTP terrorists are getting from Afghanistan. Large caches of weapons of US and INDIAN origin have been found as the security forces completely secure control of Mingora city, destroying various training centers of terrorists and killing important militant commanders, the military said.

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The Americans have their excuses in order – Earlier this year it was revealed that over 200,000 US weapons – including assault rifles and grenade launchers – are ‘missing’ from the US army’s inventory in Afghanistan. The US army is unable to provide serial numbers for a large number of the missing weapons and no records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the rest.

The Pakistan Army, quite rightly, has told the Americans to stop worrying about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and start worrying about the weapons ‘lost’ in Afghanistan.

Coming to the issue of Indian made weapons found in Swat – India claims its consulates in Afghanistan only issue visas for Afghan tourists to India and runs scholarship programs for Afghan students. The Indians also claim their presence in Afghanistan is limited to reconstruction and aid efforts.

Here is what Christine Fair of RAND Corporation had to say about India’s actual operation in Afghanistan and Iran:

“I think it would be a mistake to completely disregard Pakistan’s regional perceptions due to doubts about Indian competence in executing covert operations. That misses the point entirely. And I think it is unfair to dismiss the notion that Pakistan’s apprehensions about Afghanistan stem in part from its security competition with India. Having visited the Indian mission in Zahedan, Iran, I can assure you they are not issuing visas as the main activity! Moreover, India has run operations from its mission in Mazar (through which it supported the Northern Alliance) and is likely doing so from the other consulates it has reopened in Jalalabad and Qandahar along the border. Indian officials have told me privately that they are pumping money into Baluchistan. Kabul has encouraged India to engage in provocative activities such as using the Border Roads Organization to build sensitive parts of the Ring Road and use the Indo-Tibetan police force for security. It is also building schools on a sensitive part of the border in Kunar–across from Bajaur. Kabul’s motivations for encouraging these activities are as obvious as India’s interest in engaging in them. Even if by some act of miraculous diplomacy the territorial issues were to be resolved, Pakistan would remain an insecure state. Given the realities of the subcontinent (e.g., India’s rise and its more effective foreign relations with all of Pakistan’s near and far neighbors), these fears are bound to grow, not lessen. This suggests that without some means of compelling Pakistan to abandon its reliance upon militancy, it will become ever more interested in using it — and the militants will likely continue to proliferate beyond Pakistan’s control.”

The Foreign Policy Magazine also recently confirmed the Indians were neck deep in supporting the TTP in Pakistan:

While the U.S. media has frequently reported on Pakistani ties to jihadi elements launching attacks in Afghanistan, it has less often mentioned that India supports insurgent forces attacking Pakistan. “The Indians are up to their necks in supporting the Taliban against the Pakistani government in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a former intelligence official who served in both countries said. “The same anti-Pakistani forces in Afghanistan also shooting at American soldiers are getting support from India. India should close its diplomatic establishments in Afghanistan and get the Christ out of there.”

Wounded Pakistani soldiers interviewed have recalled the stiff resistance they have faced while attempting to flush out terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons in Swat.

“They are well-equipped, they have mortars, they have rockets, sniper rifles and every type of sophisticated weapon,” says one Lt. Zaigham.“I am certain that foreign elements are behind these militants. Can I ask something very simple — who are their sponsors? What are their sources of funding? Who runs their logistics?”

Pakistan has substantial evidence and statements recorded by captured terrorists that confirm the involvement of Indian intelligence agencies in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan from Afghan soil.

Even some Afghan officials have confirmed that India is using Afghanistan to stir trouble in Pakistan.

“India is using Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan and Afghan security agencies are unable to stop Indian intervention due to absence of centralized government mechanism”, said Afghan Government’s Advisor, Ehsanullah Aryanzai, on the sidelines of Pak-Afgan Parliamentary Jirga at a local hotel on April 2, 2009.

The Lahore Police Commissioner Khusro Pervez has also said earlier today that Pakistan had unearthed evidence of a commute in Afghanistan a year and a half ago between members of Indian, Afghan and Israeli intelligence agencies.

‘I have firsthand knowledge of captured terrorists trained by Indian nationals in Afghanistan, who then crossed over and carried out attacks in Pakistan. The failed kidnap attempt on Sri Lankan cricketers earlier this year was carried out by militants working directly for Indian and Israeli intelligence agencies’, Khusro added.

Ironically, the suspects of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers were inside the ISI building on the very morning of the massive bombing that resulted in the collapse of the building on May 27, 2009.

It has been blatantly obvious to Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies that the Indians are up to their necks in supporting terrorism in Pakistan. Now that Indian made weapons have been found in Swat, will the civilian government take up the matter on a diplomatic level?

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Does CNN Know How Many Of Its Indian Journos Have Intelligence Links?

Does CNN Know How Many Of Its Indian Journos


Have Intelligence Links?


Indian agents managed to enter PTV, Pakistan’s state-run channel

This is how Washington and London’s new slave-soldier in Asia is destabilizing the region, while the Am-Brit media keeps the pressures on Pakistan, Iran, Russia and China. Read how SAFMA was created with RAW’s help. This report uncovers some juicy details about RAW’s tactics, straight from the mouths of some of the foreign journalists who have worked in New Delhi. Names are mentioned here. Learn also how Indian operatives managed to lay their hands on the archive of PTV, Pakistan’s state-run channel. Our special correspondent, Christina Palmer, leads a team of investigative journalists that has produced this report.

By Makhdoom Babar

Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Mail.
(Additional reporting by Christina Palmer in New Delhi, Sandra Johnson in Washington D.C and Cherry Ferguson in London)

Saturday, 30 May 2009.

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http://dailymailnews.com/200905/29/news/dmtops5.jpgISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN—This is the age of information, the IT and above all the media, both print and electronic. It is said that after the renaissance of media across the world, the wars are fought and won with the media being on the frontline.

Be it US attack on Iraq or be it a terror attack in India, the media is immensely used to propagate one’s views and perception. The media endeavors are extensively manipulated to change the world opinion in own favor and against the enemy. Almost all the governments have given a free hand to their respective intelligence agencies to manipulate media and fund the media organizations and individuals to gain the required results. No matter if it is the CNN journalists embedded with US troops invading Iraq or the venom emitting Indian journalists and TV anchors targeting Pakistan after the Mumbai carnage, the intelligence hands are always there to direct them and to fund them.


However, the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has taken the issue more seriously than its contemporary agencies in the region and even across the world. A comprehensive investigation into the matter by the team of investigative journalists of The Daily Mail reveals that in fact RAW moved into the direction of utilizing media factor almost 30 years back. In the mid 80s, when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India, RAW sent a media related proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) which was approved straight away.

According to this proposal, RAW was given a free hand to use as much as required funds to create a solid grip on national and international media. Initially, RAW came up with a long term project through which it RAW started short listing young, potential and ambitious Indian journalists and later started helping them penetrate them to different media organizations across the world. Today, according to rough estimate, 90 percent of the Indian or Indian origin journalists working in different media organizations throughout the world have direct or indirect links to RAW. They are exploited by the intelligence of their mother country to promote Indian perceptions and deliver according to RAW’s requirements. The success of RAW in this direction can be gauged from one fact that it has managed to get Indian journalists inducted even in leading Chinese media organizations like China Daily, the Beijing Review, etc.

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With a massive population of emigrants, it is not unusual to see Indians getting jobs in news organizations. Many of them have relatives back in India. This is the weak point exploited by RAW to recruit Indians working for foreign media. The situation is worse if the target was an Indian from a minority background, or from the lower caste Hindus. In this case, RAW does not need to resort to its usual intimidation tactics.

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In the 2nd phase, RAW started funding local media organizations in India and also started buying the services of journalists working in the foreign countries’ leading media organizations. According to a Japanese journalist, who worked in India for a Japanese news agency for about 3 years, India-based foreign journalists are very well “look after” and “entertained” by RAW officials who develop interaction with these foreign journalists through operatives who develop friendships in the initial phase as influential and mysterious friends. These India-based foreign journalists are at least once a year, are offered a vacation trip to Dubai where their boarding, lodging and even shopping, are all paid off by their newly acquired influential and rich “friends”. According to some reports, RAW is practicing the same with certain Islamabad-based foreign journalists.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that RAW started another project around five years back under which airtime is purchased on popular English language international television channels and then during that air time, special programs are televised to promote India’s view point with RAW’s perspective. India Hour on BBC is one of the examples in this direction.


The Daily Mail’s investigations further reveal that RAW launched a mega project to control regional journalists and to bring them to a secret RAW platform when it established South Asian Free Media association (SAFMA) a few years back. The SAFMA, the darling baby of RAW has so far been focusing on highlighting the issue of Indian occupied Kashmir with RAW’s perspective and nothing much or more. The members of SAFMA, whenever asked as to how they manage to generate funds for the highly lavish functions and seminars under its banners since all of them are paid employees of different media organizations of South Asia, remain mum on this point.


Back home, RAW is not only funding individual columnists and intellectuals but is also comprehensively funding a number of newspapers and television channels. RAW not only makes direct payments to a variety of regional and English language newspapers but also arranges advertisement support for these media organization. Many of these newspapers are run as “projects” of RAW and all assets are owned by the agency itself.

Some the newspapers that are getting regular RAW funding and patronage include India News, Aajkal, Al-Hind Al-Yom [Arabic], Asia News, Bharat Observer, The Christian Messenger, Daily Excelsior, Daily Roshni, The Daily India, Dakhshan bharat, Deshdoot, The Echo of India, Daily Greater Kashmir, Daily Jaihind, Kashmir Times, Kashmir Observer, Maharashtra Times, Nagalnd Post, Daily Phayul, Rajdhani Times, Daily Saij etc. These newspapers despite getting direct funding from RAW, also have the blessings of getting government advertisements and advertisements of leading Indian Business houses, having extraordinary relations with RAW. Furthermore, all the Indian airliners have strict orders from RAW to purchase these newspapers for on-board circulation. Apart from these newspapers support, RAW has also ‘gained” the “services” of different columnists, reporters and analysts at top media organizations like Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu and Hindustan Times etc.


Coming towards the Electronic media of India, RAW has made remarkable achievement in diluting media with Intelligence endeavors. It is not only funding different anchors and analysts but RAW has established a huge network in shape of ZEE T.V. Though RAW spends a huge chunk of money to achieve targets by funding 9x News, Aajtak, NDTV 24×7, Times now, TV9, Time TV etc, yet it runs the most venomous news Channel the Zee TV.

Zee News’s offices are considered to be Media Headquarter of RAW.


The investigations of The Daily Mail further reveal that RAW controls whole paraphernalia of media network including ZEE TV and Films Network, Asian News International (ANI) etc. The ZEE network retains the pivotal position in this RAW controlled propaganda and misinformation spiral. It was actually RAW that has been the master mind behind the establishment of ZEE Television Network. According to our sources the proposal for establishing a private sector television channel actually under the control of Indian intelligence agency was first presented to the Late Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The proposal could not materialize at that time as Mrs. Gandhi had certain reservations about giving more powers to RAW for she suspected it of being behind her earlier electoral defeat at the hands of another Late Prime Minister of India Mr. Murar ji Desai.

However, Indian movie star Amitabh Bachan who was a personal friend of Rajiv Gandhi got the cue. His brother later reportedly siphoned part of the Rs.64 crore kick-backs of the Swedish Bofor guns deal into setting up a private satellite channel by the name of TV Asia.


TV Asia enjoyed certain patronage from Indian government and intelligence agencies though it was financed privately. In return RAW enjoyed certain leverage on TV Asia; nonetheless its officials continued the campaign for having their own channel. The breakthrough was achieved when a high ranking RAW operative Vasant Parekh found a willing partner in the Chairman of Essel Group of Industries, Subash Chandra.

The Essel Group was mainly involved in the business of entertainment and amusement parks. Being an adventurous entrepreneur, Chandra indicated his willingness to Vasant Parekh for investing partly in the RAW’s satellite TV venture provided it also shared a big portion investment and backup support. RAW hierarchy did not require much persuasion to dole out a hefty amount of US$ 25 million as an initial participation share in the project. The deal was struck and the ZEE Television Network was formally launched in 1992 with Subhas Chandra as the Chairman and Vasant Parekh as the founding member on its Board of Directors. It was agreed to induct and employ a certain number of RAW operatives in all cadres of the network. RAW personnel were thus recruited amongst the program producers, anchors, newscasters, and even amongst the marketing and business managers.

The arrangement facilitates RAW to send its agents undercover to Pakistan and even other countries. Having a media tag gives these operatives an easy access to cultivate a number of personalities in the target country, which would have been otherwise difficult. The broad outline of the propaganda objectives of ZEE TV defined by RAW were:


—Repeat the Indian rhetoric of cultural and social uniformity of South Asian sub-continent, which is a cover for Indian hegemonic designs in the region, and especially with regards to Pakistan. RAW affiliated Indian media commentators make it a point to repeat this in order to nullify Pakistan’s unique ethnic, cultural and historical attributes.

—Malign Pakistan by a deliberate negative projection of the events and developments in the country. The aim is to systematically build a poor image of Pakistan may it be in the context of internal political developments, religious or social events, women issues, child labour, brick kiln workers, Ahmedi or Christian minorities, sectarian clashes, the MQM-ANP-BLA and other movements, foreign policy or bilateral relations with India. Although human rights violations, social, cultural, religious and economic problems exist in India at a much gigantic proportion, the Indian media and journalists abroad are tasked with downplaying these issues.


—Projection of India as a modern secular and progressive state which is the world’s largest democracy;


—Propagation of India’s foreign policy objectives and its position on Kashmir;


—Promotion of Hindu mythology through serials based on mythology as well as soap operas telecast on the network;


In pursuance of this policy ZEE lays special emphasis in cultivating prominent personalities in Pakistan for accomplishing the ideological agenda. Bigwigs in Pakistani entertainment and show biz, poets, writers, eminent sportsmen and politicians are a prime target.

The common modus operandi is that Pakistani celebrities are invited as chief guests or special guests to various ZEE television musical shows and events. A lot of praise is showered, calling them artists whose talent is not restricted by any boundary, frontier or divide and that the people of the two countries love each other, only the politicians conspire to keep them separated. Overwhelmed by the tremendous show of hospitality the artist either ends up unwillingly endorsing the host’s views or says something that is construed to be negating the ‘Two Nation’ basis of Pakistan’s independence. According to credible information RAW also sponsors organizing of performances, shooting of videos and securing of contracts for Bollywood movies and entertainment agencies for some of these personalities belonging to the Pakistan entertainment, film and music industries.


The Daily Mail has learned that RAW’s further tightened its noose on media during the first government of BJP under the then Minister for Information and Broadcasting Parmod Mahajan. RAW had in the meanwhile already taken control of the struggling television news agency Asian News International (ANI) founded by an ambitious cameraman Prem Parakash. When the agency ran into financial troubles RAW came forth to help it with idea of producing South Asia News line which all the Indian entertainment TV Channels not producing their own news bulletins were force to telecast. Parmod reportedly threatened these channels with the sweeping powers under the PRASAR BHARATI (Indian Broadcasting) ACT, 1990 Chapter IV, 23; “Power of Central Government to give Directions” if they did not comply. Even his successor Sushma Swaraj kept calling shots at the media also making coercive use of the draconian Indian National Security Act, 1980. Three Advisory Bodies have been pivotal in this regard to streamli mittee. The DFF amongst other things virtually controls the films dealing with news, current events and documentaries. RAW has a permanent representation on this Committee which can use any pretext to penalize channels not receptive of its directives.


Our correspondent Saira Ilyas adds from London: The enormous success of ZEE in South Asia and Middle East encouraged its sponsors to target the Asian viewers in Britain and Europe. The prime objective was to disillusion the expatriate Pakistanis and Kashmiris from their ideological basis. Britain being the home of largest Kashmiri refugee community outside Asia has become a cause of concern for the Indian establishment. The growing influence of Kashmiri community in the political circles of UK, their frequent protests over the human rights violations in the Indian held Kashmir and demand for the right of self-determination for Kashmiris is often embarrassing for the Indians.


ZEE UK was therefore launched in 1995. The ZEE’s strategists, however, realized that Braitain and Europe was a different ball game. To lure the Pakistani expatriates it was decided to telecast a mix of Indian and Pakistani programs. It is learnt that a team was sent to Pakistan to negotiate the purchase of PTV programs for telecast on ZEE UK. ZEE was able to procure from the PTV library many classical dramas, the most recent hit telecasts, musical programs, special occasions telecasts for Eid, Muharam, Ramadan including and other purely Islamic religious programs. These programs were reportedly sold to the ZEE at throw away prices. The PTV establishment of the time credited itself for having sold the programs with no other clientele. Little did they know the diabolic use that ZEE had planned for these programs. However, PTV authorities maintain that some of its programs were recorded off air by a Lahore based spurious company and sold to ZEE TV. Subsequently PTV obtained a court injunction to stop ZEE from telecast of some of its programs. Nonetheless this gap is now filled by the private productions that have mushroomed in Pakistan over the last few years.


The ZEE UK program managers ran an extra-mile in their endeavors to establish it as a neutral TV of the entire South Asian community in Europe. The propaganda against Pakistan was deliberately kept sublime in the initial year of its launching. However, it continued its policy of reporting negative developments in respect of Pakistan and black outing positive aspects may it be as non political news as winning a cricket match by Pakistan. Nonetheless, ZEE’s one sided hype during events such as the Kargil conflict and later during the Mumbai terror attacks gave away any semblance of neutrality that the channels had been portraying. The propaganda blitz unleashed by ZEE since the take over by the BJP appointed RAW administration has exposed the real face of the channel and the Indian government’s propaganda campaign; the Central Press Accreditation Committee (PIB), Film Advisory Committee (DFF) and Hindi Advisory Committee.


It is popularly believed in the South Asian community in UK that ZEE-RAW nexus was fully unveiled during the RAW staged hijacking drama of an Indian airliner in December 1999. Throughout the hijacking drama ZEE newscasters and expert panelists many among whom were actually undercover RAW officials, continued to narrate RAW orchestrated script like parrots in an unbelievable frenzy. ZEE was further exposed by completely biased reporting following the RAW staged spate of attacks in India after September11 such as the attack on the sham State Assembly of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Parliament, US Consulate Calcutta as well as the 2002 border standoff between Pakistan and India and lately the Mumbai carnage.


RAW prolific media network however received a setback when its sponsored Reminisce Television Network (RTN) could not succeed in UK and Europe. The free to air transmission of RTN’s Channel Asia 1 could not get enough advertisements due to over crowding of the market by many Asian Channels. The RTN also had an Urdu Channel ANJUMAN to target Pakistani viewers besides Gujarati, Lashkara (Punjabi), Bengali and other regional language channels. RAW is now concentrating on ZEE and SONY Entertainment Television (SET).


This is just one case that The Daily Mail has presented here for its valued readers across the world. The Daily mail is near to complete its investigations about RAW’s relations to many other Television Channels and newspapers of India and Aajtak-RAW nexus would be the 2nd of this series of investigative reports. The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that RAW is spending at least 500 million to 700 million rupees on media organizations and individuals per year and ZEE TV project is not included in this budget.

The Daily Mail is published from Islamabad and Beijing.

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DALIT VOICE, June 1st – 15th, 2009

DALIT VOICE

Vol. 28 June 1st – 15th, 2009 No. 11
Editorial
  • Mere 2% anti-Advani upper caste vote swing from BJP brought about “spectacular” Cong. victory
Reports
  • End of “Patel era” in Gujarat
  • Hindu party bid to keep Tribals enslaved
  • Govt. control on banks saved them from Brahminical swindlers
  • Brahminical rulers start cursing Obama
  • Iranians love Ahmedinejad
  • How Jews can trust Brahmins who loved Hitler & caused Holocaust ?
  • Did Babasaheb have faith in RSS : A Hindu terrorist lie ?
Articles
  • London book Award function on June 29
  • Elite Muslims misguiding innocent masses, blocking unity with Dalits
  • Pakistan launches “Friends of Mustadafeen” society
  • Hindu-Muslim unity not possible
  • Dalits can fight arrogant Hindus by learning martial arts
  • COMMUNICATION : Dalit – Bahujans are not sleeping: Caste armies can finish manuwadi maoists
  • Dalit teachers in universities a big disappointment
  • English will unite persecuted millions
  • What about money locked up in temples?
  • Muslim rule liberated Dalits & made them fight Hindu tyranny
  • A country that honours only frauds

© 2004 – 2009 Dalit Voice

Elite Muslims misguiding innocent masses, blocking unity with Dalits

Elite Muslims misguiding innocent masses, blocking unity with Dalits

V.T. RAJSHEKAR

We addressed two meetings of elite Muslims in Bangalore on our recent Pakistan visit (April 14-22, 2009) leading a delegation of Dalit writers) and found both disappointing.

The first one was the Karnataka state leadership of the Jamate-Islami, a Muslim religious organisation, and the other Muslim businessmen and professionals. All these years in our writings and speeches we have been expressing disappointment over the Muslim ruling class lack of interest in uniting with Dalits, their blood brothers and jointly fighting the country’s principal oppressors, the Brahminical forces. As early as 1997, we published a booklet, on the revolutionary “spirit of Islam” demanding self-introspection by Muslims. But 11 years are over the elite Muslims did not bother about our suggestion.

Both the meetings confirmed our fear that the elite Muslims are more interested in seeking friendship with their deadliest Brahminical enemy , rather than with the Dalits who are their blood brothers and too willing to join them.

HINDU-MUSLIM UNITY

When we told the Indian Muslims how Islamic Pakistan celebrated Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti, which the Indian Muslims ignored, they were not shocked. Nor were they shocked when we said Pakistan’s largest University of Punjab at Lahore invited us to deliver a talk of “Mustadafeen and Muslims”.

In Pakistan, we have been able to win over lots of Muslims and make them think on the Indian Mustadafeen (Dalits) but the Indian Muslim leadership, comprising three sections — religious, political and business — had no interest in us.

MUSLIMS THINK DALITS ARE HINDU

Our repeated call for Dalit-Muslim unity had no takers among the elite Muslims. Our book, Dalit-Muslim unity: Why & How?, written by a noted Dalit scholar of UP, Dr. Ram Nath, was first published in Urdu and thousands of copies were sold. Then it came out in English and Hindi. It had no response.

The masses of Muslims are keen to join with Dalits but we have no access to the Muslim masses. The religious leadership has tremendous influence but it thinks that Dalits are Hindu and can’t be trusted. This is our problem.

ROLE OF IQBAL

When we told the Pakistani people that a mere 2% of Aryan Brahmins are controlling India, they were shocked. But the Indian Muslim leadership also knows it and yet it is doing its best to woo the very cobra that caused the partition.

Allama Iqbal, a Kashmir Brahmin, who knew the class character of this cobra, impressed the Muslim leadership of united India and particularly M.A. Jinnah that partition was the only solution to escape from the jaws of this cobra.

Only a minority of Muslims then heeded his warning. That is how India became the world’s largest Muslim country because the Indian Muslim leadership decided to stay on and consequently got suffocated under the Brahminical dictatorship.

The elite Muslims who form not even 5% of India’s Muslim population — which may be as large as 20% — send their children to convent or Hindu schools, have Hindu neighbours, lawyers, accountants, clients, colleagues. They are entirely hinduised (meaning corrupted). They live in Hindu areas, speak English, have business connections with Hindus and always depend upon Hindus.

DALITS KILL MUSLIMS IN GUJARAT

Even after over 60 years of Hindu brutality, the elite Muslims continue to pour milk to the same serpent rather than uniting with Dalits who are too willing. The moment you say this the elite Muslim comes out with a familiar question: who demolished Babri Masjid, who killed Muslims in Gujarat Genocide? But they do not know that the Dalits who killed the Muslims did so after Hindu leaders bribed them and befriended them. Dalits did not kill Muslims because they hated them. Such is the depth of ignorance in this elite class.

The elite Muslims, of course with minor exceptions, are an intellectually corrupted lot and hence we have no hope in them.

PAKISTANI BOMB

However, the over 95% of the Muslim masses, target of Hindu terrorism, are pure and uncorrupted. They live with Dalits and work with Dalits. Both know their enemy is the Aryan Brahmin. But we have no access to them as they do not know our language.

So a big gulf exists between the two. The Dalits having been hinduised since centuries are used against Muslims to kill them. The most famous case is the “Gujarat Genocide (2002)”.

Pakistan is currently undergoing a difficult period to the delight of the Brahminical forces. Zionist forces controlling the West are very much afraid of Pakistan possessing the bomb which, they fear, may be used against Israel if Israel attacks Iran. Indian rulers, who are sworn enemies of Islam, have joined hands in this campaign against Pakistan.

However, the Pakistani people have full confidence in the Pakistani army but right now corrupt politicians led by President Zardari are ruling the country. This will not last long. Media people asked us a pointed question everywhere: “When India is so hostile to Pakistan how Dalit writers happen to come here?” Our answer gave them a shock. We said: “Over 80% of the Indian population is non-Hindu comprising SC/ST/BCs and Muslim/Christian/Sikh who do not hate Pakistan or Muslims. Anti-Pakistan hatred is fanned by a less than 15% upper caste Aryan Brahminical forces who also hate the Indian Muslims”. Pakistan discovered its trusted friends in us, the Dalits. But the Indian Muslim leadership is yet to discover us and Dalit Voice which has been working for Dalit-Muslim unity for the past 30 years. A Pakistani Muslim intellectual put it so beautifully:

“Untouchables who embraced Islam emerged as two sovereign nations — Pakistan and Bangladesh. But those Untouchables who remained inside India as slaves got no opportunity for conversion.

We agreed with him but added:

“Yes. This is true. But even those Muslims who decided to stay on in India (even after partition) have been reverted back to slavery by the country’s Brahminical masters”.


COMMUNICATION

Pakistan launches “Friends of Mustadafeen” society

DR. YOUSUF IRFAN, DIRECTOR, SIR GANGA RAM HERITAGE FOUNDATION, LAHORE

A dozen speeches you made and discussions held during your recent visit to Pakistan have so inspired us to spare our thoughts for India’s most “wretched of the earth”, the Dalits, who form about 30% of India’s population.

The Quran has directed the Muslims to fight for the oppressed in the cause of Allah (Surah 4, Al-Nisa).

The Surah asks the Muslim to:

Fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated and oppressed (Mustadafeen).

In the case of India Mustadafeen means the Untouchables, the victims of Brahminism who form about 30% of the country’s population.

Punjab University lecture: Your lecture on “Mustadafeen and Indian Dalits” at the University of Punjab on April 21,2009 was so much convincing and inspiring, that the entire audience was moved. At the next day’s breakfast with you in the house of Brother Naeem Tahir, who heard you at the university, we decided to form an organization for the welfare of the oppressed and deprived people especially in the region of South Asia.

We have announced the formation of the organization named “Friends of Mustadafeen”. The office holders of the association: patron in chief: Prof. Yousuf Irfan, president: Manzoor Ahmed; vice-president: Dr. Muhammad Abubakar; Gen.Secretary: Naeem Tahir; co-ordinator: Rashid Shafiq.

Motivating spirit: The association will work for the liberation of the oppressed people.

The motivating spirit behind this association is V.T. Rajshekar who has pleaded the case of Untouchables (Dalits), Backward Classes and oppressed nationalities in the region so effectively that we feel honoured to launch “Friends of Mustadafeen” in the region. V.T. Rajshekar is made a life member of the governing body of the organization.

Urdu daily articles: Your week-long stay has convinced us that you are our friend, philosopher and guide. I will also write on your visit to Pakistan for Dalit Voice. I have written a two-part article in Nawa-e-Waqt, the famous Urdu daily.

I have also noted points of your talk on various topics on which I will write a book titled “V.T. Rajshekar in Pakistan”. You have been very inspiring and motivating to all audience — be it in seminar, lectures, print or electronic media in Pakistan. I have conveyed your regards to Dr. Mujahid Mansoori and we shall give you good news soon. People have been asking about you. Even media men are keen to be in touch with you.

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Hindu-Muslim unity not possible

After we returned from Pakistan, we delivered two speeches to Muslim audience in Bangalore — both disappointing. The first lecture is to the state leadership of the Karnataka unit of the Jamate-Islamic and the second one Muslim businessmen.

You say that our talk there inspired you to set up an organisation to liberate the Dalits (Mustadafeen) but the Indian Muslims, we are sorry to note, are more interested in promoting Hindu-Muslim unity, which is never possible, rather than promoting the Dalit-Muslim unity which is quite possible.

ENEMY HIDDEN

This is the difference between the Indian Muslim leadership and that of Pakistan.

But the masses of Indian Muslims are pure: revolutionary and boiling with anger. But the problem is the masses — who form 95% of the Muslims of India — do not know who is their enemy. The Muslim leadership comprising three sections: religious, political and business, is hiding the enemy. Instead of fighting the enemy as directed (surah 8) in the Quran they are courting the enemy. The Muslim is directed (sura 60) to identify the friend from the foe. But in India, they are doing exactly the opposite.

It is a shame that the Muslim ruling class — religious, political and business — nowhere in India is thinking of the Mustadafeen (Dalits). At least 90% of the Indian Muslims are converts from Mustadafeen. Conversion liberated them from social oppression. For forgetting their blood brothers they are today subjected to terrible violence by the Brahminical forces — EDITOR.

Jirga make efforts for swap of bodies in S. Waziristan

Jirga make efforts for swap of bodies in S. Waziristan

WANA: Mehsud tribal jirga has stepped up efforts for the swapping of bodies, following deaths of 25 Taliban and martyrdom of 6 security personnel during yesterday’s skirmishes in South Waziristan.

Clashes at Tayarza and Spinkai Raghzai yesterday had culminated into the death of 25 militants including commander Miraj Burki, who is said to be the Kanigarm commander of Baitullah Mehsud Group.

ISPR said that four security personnel have gone missing also. Following the incident, Mehsud tribal jirga has stepped up its efforts for the swapping of corpses and it is likely that after talks with the parties involved, the bodies could be swapped today.

On the other hand, Mehsud tribesmen of South Waziristan’s areas Makeen, Kotkai, Spinkai, Raghzai, Ladha, Sararogha and other adjoining areas are seen shifting to North Waziristan, Bannu, Tank, and Dera Ismail Khan due to tense prevalent situation.

Indian troops martyr 30 Kashmiris in May

Indian troops martyr 30 Kashmiris in May

ISLAMABAD: Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 30 Kashmiris, in occupied Kashmir including three woman and four children, in the last month of May.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the total of Kashmiris martyred included four killed in custody. The killings rendered three women widowed and 13 children orphaned while two women including an eleventh class student were molested by the troops during the period.

Seventy-two civilians were arrested and 499 injured as a result of troops’ use of brute force against peaceful protestors while one youth went missing in custody. One residential house was also damaged by the troops with heavy mortar shelling during siege and search operation.

Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt

[Is this article further evidence of a US/Britain split?  Discussion of this technical issue is surely taboo in America.]

[SEE: As-Sahab: English transcript of the interview with Mulla Nazeer Ahmad, the amir of the mujahideen in the South Waziristan]

Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets

hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt

• Tribesmen plant devices to guide drone attacks
• Locals shun fighters for fear of becoming targets

The CIA is equipping Pakistani tribesmen with secret electronic transmitters to help target and kill al-Qaida leaders in the north-western tribal belt, in a tactic that could aid Pakistan‘s army as it takes the battle against extremism to the Taliban heartland.

As the army mops up Taliban resistance in the Swat valley, where a defence official predicted fighting would be over within days, the focus is shifting to Waziristan and the Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud.

But a deadly war of wits is already under way in the region, where tribesmen say the US is using advanced technology and old-fashioned cash to target the enemy.

Over the last 18 months the US has launched more than 50 drone attacks, mostly in south and north Waziristan. US officials claim nine of the top 20 al-Qaida figures have been killed.

That success is reportedly in part thanks to the mysterious electronic devices, dubbed “chips” or “pathrai” (the Pashto word for a metal device), which have become a source of fear, intrigue and fascination.

“Everyone is talking about it,” said Taj Muhammad Wazir, a student from south Waziristan. “People are scared that if a pathrai comes into your house, a drone will attack it.”

According to residents and Taliban propaganda, the CIA pays tribesmen to plant the electronic devices near farmhouses sheltering al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

Hours or days later, a drone, guided by the signal from the chip, destroys the building with a salvo of missiles. “There are body parts everywhere,” said Wazir, who witnessed the aftermath of a strike.

Until now the drone strikes were the only threat to militants in Waziristan, where the Pakistani army had, in effect, abandoned the fight.

But now, emboldened by a successful campaign to drive militants out of Swat, a region about 80 miles from Islamabad, the army is preparing to regain lost ground in the more remote tribal belt.

It will be a much tougher campaign than in Swat, with the army pitched against a formidable, battle-hardened opponent. Yesterday Taliban fighters ambushed a military position in what could be a prelude to much more intense combat.

For the US military, drones have proved to be an effective weapon against al-Qaida targets, and they are becoming increasingly accurate.

On 1 January a drone-fired missile killed Usama al-Kimi, a Kenyan militant who orchestrated last year’s Marriott hotel bombing in Islamabad, a senior official with Pakistan’s ISI spy agency said.

It is a high-tech assassination operation for one of the world’s most remote areas.

The pilotless aircraft, Predators or more sophisticated Reapers, take off from a base in Baluchistan province.

But they are guided by a joystick-wielding operator half a world away, at a US air force base 35 miles north of Las Vegas.

Barack Obama has approved the drone campaign, which is cheap and limits the danger posed to US troops. But the strikes have many unintended victims. A Pakistani newspaper estimated that 700 people had been killed since 2006, most of them civilians, as a result of drone attacks.

For the tribesmen who plant the microchips and get it wrong, the consequences can be terrible. Last month the Taliban issued a video confession by Habib ur Rehman, 19. “They money was good,” he said in a quavering voice, describing how he was paid 20,000 rupees (£166) to drop microchips hidden in a cigarette wrapper at the home of a target.

Rehman said his handler promised thousands of pounds if the strike was successful, and protection if he was caught. The end of the video showed Rehman being shot dead with three other alleged spies. Residents say such executions – there have been at least 100 – indicate how much the drone strikes have worried the Taliban.

In Wana, the capital of south Waziristan, foreign fighters are shunning the bazaars and shops, and locals are shunning the fighters. “Before, the common people used to sit with the militants,” said Wazir. “Now they are also afraid.

Paranoid militant commanders are closely monitoring cross-border traffic with Afghanistan, from where they suspect the chip-carrying CIA spies are coming, said Imtiaz Wazir, a resident of Spin Wam village in north Waziristan. “If I go to Afghanistan without any purpose, the militants come to ask why,” he said.

A local transporter named Haji Hamid who gave the wrong answer, he said, was found shot dead two months ago, his legs and fingers broken.

The drone strikes are despised across Pakistan, where politicians including President Asif Ali Zardari denounce them as a breach of sovereignty. But behind the scenes his government is quietly colluding with Washington.

A former CIA officer who served in Waziristan in 2006 said that small American teams comprising CIA agents, radio experts and special forces soldiers are stationed inside Pakistani military bases across the tribal belt.

From there, the CIA recruits a network of paid, and sometimes unwitting, informers – known as “cut-outs” – to help identify targets, he added. In most cases they are poor local men.

Ironically, support for the drone strikes is strongest in the frontier, especially among embattled security officials. “They are very precise, very effective, and the Taliban and al-Qaida dread them,” said the provincial police chief, Malik Naveed Khan, with undisguised admiration. The strikes have caused friction between the US and the ISI, which would like America to give it control over the new technology. “The problem with the Americans is that the only instrument up their sleeve is the hammer, and they see everything as a nail,” said a senior official.

The ISI resents the US for failing to target Mehsud, whose deputy claimed for last week’s Lahore attack that killed at least 24 people, including an ISI colonel.

But as the army prepares to attack South Waziristan, with broad public support, the warlord’s luck may be running out. Authorities in North West Frontier Province are preparing for up to 500,000 refugees, added to 2.5 million displaced by operations in Swat.

Mehsud faces other challenges, too. Rival militant groups, with army support, are challenging his dominance in South Waziristan.

And he faces the ever-present danger that some visitor could drop a “pathrai” at his doorstep, and bring an American drone with it.

Administration blocks helicopters for Israel due to civilian casualties in Gaza

Administration blocks helicopters for Israel due to civilian casualties in Gaza

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has blocked Israel’s request for advanced U.S.-origin attack helicopters

Government sources said the administration has held up Israel’s request for the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. The sources said the request was undergoing an interagency review to determine whether additional Longbow helicopters would threaten Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

“During the recent war, Israel made considerable use of the Longbow, and there were high civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip,” a source close to the administration said.

The sources said Israel has sought to purchase up to six new AH-64Ds in an effort to bolster conventional and counter-insurgency capabilities. They said Israel wants to replenish its fleet after the loss of two Apache helicopters in the 2006 war with Hizbullah.

The Israel Air Force has also requested U.S. permission to integrate the Spike extended-range anti-tank missile into the AH-64D. Spike ER, developed by the state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has a range of eight kilometers and was installed on the Eurocopter Tiger and AgustaWestland A129 helicopters.

The sources said the deployment of Spike would require integration into the Longbow’s millimeter-wave fire control and acquisition system. They said this would require permission from both Boeing and the U.S. government.

Israel’s Defense Ministry and air force have discussed procurement of additional Longbows with the U.S. firm Boeing. But the sources said the Longbow as well as other defense requests have been shelved by the administration amid its review of the potential use of American weapons platforms by Israel.

During his visit to the United States, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also sought to win approval from the Defense Department for the installation of Israeli-origin electronic warfare systems in the Joint Strike Fighter.

Netanyahu was said to have met Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a review of Israeli defense programs with the United States. Defense Minister Ehud Barak was scheduled to meet Gates in Washington in early June.