The Long-Running Pakistani Intra-Govt. Feud Over the ISI’s Worst Whitewash of Lies and Abuse

[This case puts the ISI’s most embarrassing screw-up and attempted strong-arming cover-up right in the international media eye, the worst outcome possible for the corrupt spy agency.  The confusion which has been generated over the kidnapping of the prisoners from Adilaya jail (which allegedly never happened) has given the spies time to have their way with the unfortunate bunch, before dumping their emaciated bodies in ditches.  These guys are the ones who staged the ultra-embarrassing GHQ attack.  To add even more mystery to the obscured events at the jail, we now read that one of the prisoners is the brother of Ahmed Abdul Qudoos, the man who allegedly rented the apartment to Khalid Sheikh Mohammad where he was captured, along with alleged “al-Qaeda” leader, Ramzi bin al-Shibh.  The gang which attacked GHQ is allegedly composed of the same bunch of Yemeni-Balochs who called themselves “Jundullah.”  They allegedly tried to kill Musharraf, killed Daniel Pearl and supposedly have also been staging attacks inside Iran from Balochistan.]

In court’s crosshairs, Pakistan’s military refuses to produce prisoners

BY SAEED SHAH

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

ISLAMABAD — In a court battle testing the impunity long enjoyed by Pakistan’s intelligence service, the Pakistani military said Thursday that it wouldn’t bring forward seven men who were mysteriously kidnapped from prison in 2010 — allegedly by intelligence agents — because they were in extremely poor health.

By rebuffing the Supreme Court’s demand to produce the men, the Pakistani military gave new ammunition to critics who long have contended that the powerful spy agency that it leads, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, secretly holds and abuses prisoners. Four other men kidnapped in the same incident have turned up dead in recent months.

None of the 11 men who disappeared from the Adiala high-security prison in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi in May 2010 have been charged with any crime. The families have asked the court for their release, and the ensuing legal showdown has for the first time opened a window onto the inner workings of the ISI and another spy agency, Military Intelligence, which are believed to have imprisoned and tortured hundreds of Pakistanis.

“This is a historical case. It is the first time the ISI has confessed to holding people,” said Amina Janjua, the chair of Defense of Human Rights, a group that campaigns for Pakistan’s missing persons.

The case also is testing the objectivity of the activist high court, which has been widely accused of pursuing a legal campaign against President Asif Ali Zardari and his government, an agenda that has played into the hands of the military. Critics say the Supreme Court has been soft on the military, but this case has brought the military-led spy agencies under unprecedented scrutiny.

Since the restoration of democracy in 2008, a three-way battle for power between the executive, the judiciary and the military has largely paralyzed government — to the frustration of Washington, which wants Pakistan to focus on fighting extremism, helping to end the war in Afghanistan and fixing its sickly economy.

More than 1,000 people are alleged to have disappeared into the hands of intelligence agencies since 2001, of whom about 500 are still missing. In the western province of Baluchistan, dumped bodies of dissidents and separatist sympathizers turn up regularly.

The four prisoners whose bodies recently were found were cases of “clear-cut murder. Nothing else,” Janjua said. “They did not die natural deaths. Their bodies were blue and black.”

Of the seven remaining detainees, four are being held at the Lady Reading Hospital in the city of Peshawar and three others at a facility in Parachinar, in the tribal areas close to the Afghan border. The men, all deeply religious Muslims, apparently were terror suspects, although no charges were ever brought against them in court.

Abdul Qudoos, a brother of three of the detainees, said he believed that they were being slowly poisoned. Last month his family received a phone call telling them to pick up the body of one of his brothers, Abdur Saboor, 29, from an ambulance parked outside Peshawar.

“His arms were as thin as sugarcane. Just a skull and skin left of him,” Qudoos said in an interview.

In a written statement to the court, lawyers for the ISI, Military Intelligence and military headquarters tried to safeguard the agencies’ secrets. They told the court that the detainees being held at the hospital were not in condition to be produced. Those held in Parachinar could be brought only after the court reviews a “highly confidential” letter from the “internment authority.”

“The allegation of poison and torture, contained in the petition (from the families) is without any shred of evidence,” the military’s response said. “These are wild, diabolical and vicious allegations against a superior agency of the country.”

The military claims that the men were abducted by people pretending to be intelligence agents and that it only took them into custody during anti-Taliban operations in the tribal area.

“These men were in good condition” when they disappeared, said Inam ul Rahiem, a lawyer for the families. “How did their health deteriorate?”

The families’ legal team is scheduled to press the court on Friday to hold the intelligence agencies in contempt for not producing the detainees.

According to the families, all 11 men were picked up by intelligence agents in late 2007 and early 2008 and abducted by the spy agencies a second time from the jail itself. The men all were devout Muslims and many were associated in some way with Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque. Qudoos’ brothers used to supply the mosque with copies of the Quran and other religious texts.

“The lies of the agencies have been exposed but they keep telling them,” Qudoos said. “We need intelligence agencies, but not to pick up people, torture them and kill them. If they have issues with people, they should be brought before the courts.”

(Shah is a McClatchy special correspondent.)

 

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Russia allocates $100 million for NATO chopper maintenance

Feb 6, 2012

Mi-35. Photo: RIA Novosti

Russia will allocate 100 mln dollars for the technical maintenance of its Mi-17 and Mi-35 choppers delivered to Afghanistan for NATO troops.

This will be a voluntary donation to the Russia-NATO target fund established last April to deliver and repair military hardware used by NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Last year, Russia signed a 367,5 bln dollar treaty with the US on delivering 21 Mi-17B5 choppers to Afghanistan.

(RIAN)

Saudi, Syria, and Obama’s Double Standards On Human Rights

[SEE:  Obama’s double standards ]

Saudi, Syria, And Human Rights

Tim Marshall

You may have noticed recently the new found Saudi pre-occupation with human rights.

The Saudi government is shocked, shocked I tell you! at the crackdown by the Syrian regime against sections of its repressed population. They are far more shocked at that , than at their own repression of their own people, and indeed the overt Syrian violence is of a greater scale. They are so shocked they have joined the Qataris to lead the charge to overthrow President Assad’s regime.

The Saudis don’t have pubs, but if they did, they might have signs up as once shown in some of the British pubs of yesteryear to try and prevent bar room arguments and indeed brawls – ‘No politics, no football, no religion’. So it might be rude at this juncture to point out the following:

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Sunni led regimes. Both are fearful of their giant Shia neighbour – Iran. Iran is the closest ally of Syria. Syria is led by Allawites who are an offshoot from Shia Islam. You may have noticed that most of Syrian civilians who have taken up arms against the regime are Sunni Muslims. If Saudi and Qatar help push over the Syrian regime, Iran is weakened.

If you took the above view, you might conclude that when Saudi and Qatar did their utmost to collapse the Arab League monitoring mission to Syria, they were prepared to fight to the last Syrian civilian to achieve their stated aim of protecting Syrian civilians.

The monitors were understaffed and under equipped, nevertheless, as long as they were around Assad’s big guns were kept in reserve. When the mission was suspended, and the UN resolution defeated, out came the big guns, and people died in in greater numbers. That this would happen was obvious.

Of course you could take a different view. That the Saudi regime is genuinely horrified at all acts of repression against citizens, or in the Kingdom’s case, subjects.

If you took that view you would agree that when Saudi troops opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators yesterday at a protest in the Shia populated east, killing one ‘masked gunman’ it was entirely justified because they are combatting ‘terrorist gangs. We’ve heard that phrase before, from Bashar Assad. A local activist said that the Saudi army deployed 8 armoured vehicles to disperse the protesters. Sound familiar?

On the human rights front, the Saudi authorities have just shown their concern for the individual, above the ‘greater good’, by arresting a young man on the charges of apostasy and blasphemy.

23 year old Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari was arrested last night as he was returned to Riyadh by Malaysia.

Mr Kashgari had tested his right to an opinion by tweeting about the Prophet Muhammad on the Prophet’s birthday saying “I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others’ .

This caused a twitter storm in the Kingdom with 30,000 follow ups, a face book page being set up calling for his death, and the religious authorities demanding he be arrested and beheaded. One cleric was so upset he ended up weepingduring his sermon.

Mr Kashgari apologised, withdrew the remark from Twitter, and himself from Saudi Arabia , fleeing to Malaysia enroute to New Zealand.

He was transiting through Kuala Lumpur airport when the Malaysian police arrested him and put him on a plane home.

There is a strong possibility the young man will be now be killed by the state. What might save him is his apology added to publicity about his case.

At a time when the Saudis are so publicly championing human rights in Syria, they may not wish to embarrass themselves on the world stage. The two events are very different, one a nationwide uprising by significant sections of the people, the other, an individual who has broken a law for which the penalty is death. Where they meet, is in the individuals right to a voice without fear of death.

Multiple Near-Miss Bombings of Israeli Diplomats’ Cars False Mossad Flag Attacks, or Iranian Revenge?

Iranian-Linked Gang in Azerbaijan Plotted to Kill Chabad Rabbis

Azerbaijan officials said they caught an Iranian-linked Muslim gang that plotted to kill Chabad rabbis and others in Baku.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo

Israel news photo: Flash 90

“Azerbaijan officials said they uncovered an Iranian-linked Muslim gang that plotted to assassinate Chabad rabbis and others in Baku. The rabbis teach at the Chabad Jewish school in Baku.”

Israel accuses Iran of bombings in India, Georgia

  • In this television frame grab taken from NDTV, investigators are seen gathered at the site where an Israeli embassy car exploded Monday in New Delhi.NDTV via AFP/Getty Images

    In this television frame grab taken from NDTV, investigators are seen gathered at the site where an Israeli embassy car exploded Monday in New Delhi.  NDTV via AFP/Getty Images

In this television frame grab taken from NDTV, investigators are seen gathered at the site where an Israeli embassy car exploded Monday in New Delhi.

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister has accused Iran of being behind a pair of car bombings against Israeli diplomatic targets in India and Georgia.

Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of lawmakers from his Likud Party on Monday that he believed the Iranians were responsible for the attacks in New Delhi and Tbilisi. Two people were wounded in India and the bomb in Georgia was discovered before it went off.

Netanyahu said Israel has thwarted other attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and elsewhere.

“In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege Hezbollah,” he said.

Iran has accused Israel of involvement in a series of killings of officials and scientists involved in its controversial nuclear program.

Monday afternoon, an explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat’s car on the streets of New Delhi, Israeli officials said. The driver and a diplomat’s wife were injured, according to Indian officials.

The explosion took place close to the embassy, said embassy spokesman David Goldfarb.

Television footage showed a charred minivan with blue diplomatic plates, its rear door apparently blown out.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor would not discuss who was injured nor the extent of the injuries because it was a security matter.

“We are looking into the incident and cooperation with local security forces is excellent,” Palmor said, from Israel.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said two people were wounded, the driver and the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

“They are in the hospital and being tended to,” he said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. The bomb in Tbilisi was discovered before it went off.

Shota Uitashvili, spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, said the driver noticed a package attached to his car’s undercarriage on Monday and called police.

Police found a grenade in the package and it was defused, Utiashvili said.

He said the car was in a parking lot about 200 yards from the embassy, where the driver had parked it in the morning after coming from his home.

It was not immediately clear where the bomb was attached to the car.

The Israeli Embassy in Tbilisi declined comment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Saudi Wahabbi Money Intended To Help Talibanize the New Middle East

[The Islamization of the Spring countries is fulfilling CIA’s diabolical plans for the Muslim world.  Saudi/Taliban style justice awaits all those unfortunate enough to passively accept the synthetic revolutions that they have been sucked into.]

Saudi Arabia’s new role in world finance

Matein Khalid
Saudi arabia will increasingly define the economic and security architecture of the Middle East as the US withdraws its combat troops from Iraq and the Israel-Palestine peace process degenerates into diplomatic deep freeze.The fall of Hosni Mubarak and the resurgent threat from Iran has convinced Saudi Arabia to adopt bolder policies to preserve the geopolitical status quo. This was the reason Saudi Arabia intervened in Bahrain, upgraded its energy infrastructure links with China, negotiated a $60 billion high tech weapons programme with the Pentagon and stakes the kingdom’s prestige in the new GCC consensus to suspend Syria’s membership in the Arab League.

The Saudis have now concluded that the Baathist regime in Syria, Iran’s most reliable Arab ally since Sadat signed the Camp David accords in 1979, is living on borrowed time. In Iraq, SaudiArabia’s clients are Iyad Allawi’s Iraqna and the powerful Sunni tribal shaikhs of Anbar/Diyala province. InLebanon, Saudi allies have challenged the power of Hezbollah as the dominant force in its political calculus.Saudi Arabia has played a critical role in Yemen, a nation of obvious strategic significance to the kingdom.

The most immediate impact of Saudi financial largesse will be feltin Bahrain and Oman in the GCC, Jordan and Pakistan. The recentSaudi decision to buy 72 Euro fighters and 80 F-16 planes is a compelling argument to invest in the shares of Eads and Boeing.

Saudi Arabia’s $138 billion social spending programme, expansion of its armed forces under the incoming defence minister Prince Salman and $20 billion in foreign aid commitment means the kingdom will calibrate its oil production to ensure that oil prices do not fall below its $80-$85 level and will make sure the world’s oil importers are not devastated by another July 2008 style black gold bubble.

Now that Egypt has negotiated an IMF agreement and has a Muslim Brothers led government in place, it is entirely possible thatSaudi Arabia will scale up its $4 billion aid programme for its unsettled Red Sea neighbour. A new elected Egyptian government, allied to the Saudis, would be a force for stability in the Arab worldand could even broker a Hamas-Fatah rapprochement that is a prerequisite for a new peace agreement with Israel. Saudi Arabia will also finance reconstruction in post Baathist Syria. This could have huge significance for the extremely high risk premium in Mena countries.

Researched and compiled by MATEIN KHALID. Mr Khalid is a fund manager, a Wharton MBA and Director of a securities firm. He can be contacted at: ktglobalinvesting@gmail.com

The Anti-NGO Wave Is Building In Africa

MP accuses NGOs of working for foreign powers

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

An MP has criticised the civil society for acting as puppets of foreign countries.

Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau accused NGOs agitating for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to step down from his post over the ICC charges he is facing of vendetta driven by Western nations.

He alleged that they were being used by foreign powers to cause “disorder” in the country.

“The civil societies are behaving badly and are not taking this country in the right direction. They are being used by Western nations,” Mr Kamau claimed in his constituency at the weekend.

Mr Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, former Civil Service boss Francis Muthaura and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang are facing charges of crimes against humanity in The Hague.

Mr Kamau said the G7 Alliance led by Mr Kenyatta, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Ruto would not disintegrate.

Tajik Helicopter On NATO Contract Crashes In Afghanistan

[On the surface, it seems odd that a Tajik helicopter was working in southern Afghanistan.]

Pardaphash

Copter On NATO Contract Crashes In Afghanistan

(RTTNews) – A helicopter on contract by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has crashed in the Zabul province of southern Afghanistan killing all four crew-members hailing from Tajikistan, reports quoting officials said on Sunday.

While Provincial Deputy Governor Mohammad Jan Rasolyar attributed the crash to a technical malfunction, the Taliban in an online statement claimed that its fighters shot down the chopper.

The Russian-made EY-106 helicopter belonged to the global logistic company Supreme Group, which provides services for the ISAF in the war-torn country.

The company in a statement said the helicopter crashed on Saturday while ferrying food and water to ISAF troops. “Investigations as to the cause of the crash are ongoing, but no other parties appear to have been involved in the incident,” the statement added.

A NATO helicopter had crashed in the southern province of Helmand last month killing six foreign soldiers.

by RTT Staff Writer

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