Karimov, Obama’s Pal, Is Being A Jerk, Denies Kazakh Troops Passage To “Peace Mission 2012” War Games

Tashkent Denies Kazakh Troops Permission To Pass Through Its Territory

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AKazakh official says Uzbekistan has refused to allow Kazakh troops to pass its territory en route to Tajikistan to take part in the joint military maneuvers with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Talking to journalists in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, Kazakhstan’s military attache Serik Zhumadilov said Kazakh troops had to make a detour via Kyrgyzstan to reach Tajikistan to take part in Peaceful Mission 2012 military exercises that started last week and ended on June 14.

Military units from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan took part in the exercises.

Uzbekistan refused to take part in the maneuvers even though it is an SCO member.

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov said Thursday that the maneuvers have strengthened military cooperation between the SCO members.
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

Tajik President Rahmon ‘s Brother-In-Law Receives 5 Bullets in the Head In Dushanbe

 

Tajikistan Leader Rakhmon——————————————-Mumin Safarov

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon ‘s brother-in-law has been shot dead in the Tajikistan capital, Dushanbe

Dushanbe / NationalTurk – Mumin Safarov, the husband of Rakhmon’s sister, was killed by 5 gunshot wounds when he was attacked in the south-west of the city late on Wednesday in Tajikstan

Mumin was head of the state forest safety watchdog Tajikles. An investigation in underway. Tajikstan Media groups have criticised Tajikistan for clamping down on the press over the past couple of years. Emomali Rakhmon, the Tajik president, has ruled the mountainous and poor country since the end of a civil war in the mid-1990s.

Tajikistan blocked the release of  the Dictator by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen last month  and earlier in 2012 it cut local access to Facebook, the social networking site, after it carried copies of an article predicting revolution in Tajikistan.

Egypt supreme court calls for parliament to be dissolved

Egypt supreme court calls for parliament to be dissolved

Protesters react outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo June 14, 2012
Protesters gathered outside the supreme court to hear the ruling

Egypt’s supreme court has caused outrage by calling for the dissolution of the lower house of parliament.

It has ruled that last year’s parliamentary election was unconstitutional, deciding that one third of the seats were “illegitimate”.

The controversial decision, days before Egypt’s presidential election run-off, has prompted the ruling military council to hold an emergency meeting.

The Muslim Brotherhood said it would send Egypt into a “dark tunnel”.

Its Freedom and Justice party won 46% of the vote in the three-month poll and senior Brotherhood figure Essam Al-Arian warned that the decision would leave the incoming president without a parliament or a constitution.

Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who took part in the first round of the presidential vote in May, said that dissolving parliament amounted to a “complete coup”.

The Salafist Al-Nur party which has the second biggest representation in parliament said the ruling showed “a complete disregard for the free will of voters”.

In a separate ruling, the supreme court also decided that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq could continue to run for president in the June 16-17 election, rejecting a law that would have barred him from standing.

Mr Shafiq is standing against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi in a tight run-off. He told supporters that the court had made a “historic ruling and verdict that meant there was no way for anyone to do particular laws for particular people.”

The court had been considering the validity of last year’s parliamentary election, because some of the seats were contested on a proportional list system, with others on the first-past-the-post system.

According to the official Mena news agency: “The constitutional court affirmed in the details of its verdict that the parliamentary elections were not constitutional, and the entire composition of parliament has been illegitimate since its election.”

The head of the supreme court Farouk Soltan told Reuters: “The ruling regarding parliament includes the dissolution of the lower house of parliament in its entirety because the law upon which the elections were held is contrary to rules of the constitution.”

Many of the seats ruled unconstitutional were won by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ahmed Shafiq at a news conference, June 3, 2012
Ahmed Shafiq was the last prime minister under Hosni Mubarak

The supreme court had also been asked to rule on a law passed by parliament – the Political Exclusion Law – which bans senior officials from former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime from standing for office.

The court ruled that the law was unconstitutional, and therefore decided that Mr Shafiq’s candidacy was still valid.

There was a large security operation outside the court as demonstrators gathered for the judgement.

A barbed-wire fence was constructed around the court grounds to keep protesters out. Rows of police in riot gear stood guard.

Many demonstrators shouted slogans and held posters demanding that Mr Shafiq be disqualified.

One activist, Mohamed Abdel Quodous, said Mr Shafiq should be disqualified because he was considered a “remnant of the old guard” and was a “humiliation to Egypt and its revolution”.

The US at war with Pakistan

The US at war with Pakistan

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By Asif Haroon Raja

The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has emerged as the chief basher of Pakistan.

He has been spewing venom against Pakistan from the time he took over as Director CIA. He was the one who advocated making drone as a choice weapon in war on terror and in accelerating drone war in Pakistan since 2009. This is notwithstanding that the final approver is President Obama and he signs the death warrants. Despite Pakistan’s loud protests to put an end to extra judicial killings through drones which kills 97% of innocent people, Panetta arrogantly says that drone strikes would continue. His attitude towards Pakistan, particularly Pak Army and ISI has always been abrasive and hostile. All the statements he made on Pakistan as head of CIA and now as Defence Secretary were stinging and threatening.

Stiff necked and arrogant by nature, Panetta sees everything in Pakistan with a jaundiced mind. We recall how he behaved after the shocking 2 May stealth raid in Abbottabad, asserting that either Pak Army/ISI were complicit or inefficient. He is principally responsible for dissuading Obama to extend a formal apology over Salala incident. He has been trying to intimidate Pakistan to reopen NATO supply lines and made an issue over cost of transit fee for containers. He provocatively stated that the US will not pay excessive transit fee of $5000 per container knowing well that the US is currently paying five times more to the Central Asian States to transport supplies via northern route. He is the one having created hype over conviction of traitor Dr Shakil Afridi who worked as CIA agent and was linked with a terrorist group Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in Bara. Afridi-Mangal Bagh connection is another clue that CIA is connected with LI.

Finding that his bullying tactics are not working because of the solid front put by Gen Kayani and new DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheer, his blood pressure has risen so high that he has become a madcap. On his recent trip to New Delhi, in an attempt to irk Pakistan, he sang the tune of Hillary Clinton provoking India to play a more active role in Afghanistan. At Kabul, he growled that the US is at war in Pakistan’s FATA. He said that the US had reached its limits of patience and it couldn’t tolerate Haqqani terrorists residing in North Waziristan (NW), come across the border, attack and kill ISAF troops and returnback to their safe havens. He warned that Pakistan must eliminate insurgents’ safe havens in NW.

Let us examine the grouses of Panetta whether they have some meat, or are capricious and motivated. If the militants belonging to one-third force of Haqqanis under Sirajuddin are crossing over from 2-3 crossing points into adjacent Paktia and Khost provinces where bulk of Haqqanis under Jalaluddin are operating in eastern Afghanistan, why can’t ISAF and ANA equipped with sophisticated surveillance equipment intercept the infiltrators crossing the border by manning border posts and mining crossing places? NATO hadlaunched an operation in Khost last year; why couldn’t it subdue the main body of HN or was it just a ruse to lure Pak Army? Why have most of the border posts opposite NW and South Waziristan (SW) been withdrawn? Why can’t the infiltrators be caught and killed when they marry up with their comrades across the border and then travel upwards towards their intended targets well in depth?

Why does the 480,000 strong combined force of ISAF-ANA-Afghan Police-US security contractors expect Pak security forces to singly take on the dual job of fighting the militants in all the seven tribal agencies and adjacent settled areas as well as man over 1000 border posts all along the porous western border and also checkinfiltration while the other side conveniently adopts a rearward posture to avoid battle casualties and bad mouth Pakistan? It complains like a fidgety and nagging mother-in-law. It wants Pakistan to continue deploying 147000 troops along its western front without expecting payments for services rendered. Rather, it wants additional forces at the cost of thinning its presence on eastern front to launch another military operation in NW but without asking for reimbursement of dues. Stoppage of $800 million CSF is not aid money but the arrear repayments of 2010/11, Washington owes to Pak Army.

The US is at war with Pakistan since 2002 but kept it hidden till Obama took over in January 2009. By accelerating drone war in FATA and stepping up covert war and propaganda campaign after declaring Af-Pak region as a single combat zone, the US had subtly converted its covert war to overt war. Since March 2009, SW and NW have been mercilessly hit by CIA operated drones killing hundreds of innocent civilians, mostly aged men, women and children, sleeping in their houses. Although big claims have been made that high profile al-Qaeda leaders were targeted by drones, the fact is that 97% of victims are civilians and veracity of 3% killed militants has never been substantiated. If the safe havens are in NW as alleged by Panetta, it boggles one’s mind as to why the Predator and Reaper drones, supposed to be precision guided systems   didn’t destroy any of them? The only restraining reason could be that the US considers all the towns and villages in NW as sanctuaries and want Pak Army to destroy all of them.

If the ISAF with the help of ANA had been successful in overpowering the strongholds of Taliban in Eastern and Southern Afghanistan, which constitute 60% of total territory of the war torn country, it could then justifiably lament over the adverse impact of safe havens across the border and blame Pakistan? Reality on ground is that the ISAF and ANA have utterly failed to contain the rising power of Taliban what to talk of subduing them. It was because of stiff resistance put up by the Taliban that the US was compelled to order complete withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan by December 2014. Hardly a day passes when no clash or bomb blast takes place resulting in fatality of occupation troops and such incidents occur in all parts including Northern, Western and Central Afghanistan including Kabul.

So how come, the whole onus of ISAF’s performance is attributed to few crossings in NW by elements of HN? How come, a tiny portion of HN in NW has become such a dreadful monster that it has crippled the military power of US-NATO-ANA? If it is such a horrifying fiend, why it is expected that it can be tamed by Pak military? Safe havens and HN are not the problem; the real problem is that groups under the command of Maulvi Nazir in SW, Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Haqqani group in NW refuse to tow American line and are not confronting Pak Army. The US is forcing Pakistan Army to mount an operation in NW so that all militant forces including pro-Pakistan groups gang up against it.

Let us now examine the conduct of Pakistan’s so-called allies bunched up in Kabul. Isn’t it true that the CIA invited RAW to Afghanistan to undermine Pakistan? Isn’t it a fact that the US and Karzai regime helped India in establishing dozens of Pakistan specific consulates filled with RAW officials and in establishing over 100 training camps closer to Afghan-Pakistan border to train saboteurs and in allowing India to transport thousands of tons of arms, ammunition, explosives and military trainers to Afghanistan under the garb of road construction projects? Who would believe that RAW, and RAAM created by former, carryout covert war against Pakistan at a massive scale without the knowledge and connivance of Washington, US military, NATO and CIA? It is now an established fact that a group of six colluding intelligence agencies under CIA stationed at Sehra Naward near Kabul are assiduously working on an agenda to secularize, denuclearize and balkanize Pakistan.

Who can deny that Pakistani Taliban were the creation of CIA and Mossad to defame Islam and Afghan Taliban, and to incapacitate Pak Army? Who doesn’t know that Nek Muhammad was the first one cultivated by CIA to confront the Army, and when he learnt that he had been wrongly briefed and he signed a peace deal with Lt Gen Safdar at Shakai Fort in June 2004, he was killed by CIA operated drone. It is a well known fact that Abdullah Mehsud after his arrest in Afghanistan in November 2001 was shifted to Gitmo Prison where he was thoroughly brainwashed and then infiltrated into FATA via Afghanistan in 2005 to galvanize Taliban movement. Likewise, his cousin Baitullah Mehsud was also brought in line and the two worked independently but in unison to establish TTP. Both had been led up the garden path that the US will help in creating Islamic caliphate in FATA.

Pakistan has ample proofs of foreign support to Mullah Fazlullah in Swat. He and his followers after being dislodged from their base have been provided safe havens in Nuristan and Kunar from where they are carrying out acts of terror in Mehmand, Bajaur, Dir and Chitral duly aided by Kabul regime and agencies. Unlike state sponsored cross border terrorism from across western border, Pakistan or its Army and ISI are not involved in abetting cross border terrorism into Afghanistan or even in Kashmir where genuine freedom movements are waging. While the other side has no proof against Pakistan, the latter has abundant proofs against Afghanistan based intelligence agencies.

It is an open secret that the training centre run by Mossad in Badakshan for which Muslim religious teachers were provided by India imparted ideological training to young recruits and trained them as suicide bombers. Targets given to them were military convoys, mosques, shrines, funerals, wedding parties, schools and religious scholars. Can the US deny that Blackwater secretly inducted in Pakistan in early 2008 is the extension of CIA? Documents seized from the car of Raymond Davis and diary containing addresses and phone numbers revealed that he and his colleagues were linked with all terrorist groups in Pakistan and a huge CIA network was operating in Pakistan.

Isn’t it true that despite the policy of appeasement, top officials of Pakistan have been off and on mentioning in categorical terms that RAW is involved in Balochistan? PM Gilani had handed over proofs to Indian PM Manmohan at Sharm-el-Sheikh in 2009 which shook him. India’s RAW-run websites like http://www.saag.org openly claim India hand behind Balochistan. Karazi has been shown proofs by ISI on several occasions that Afghan soil is used by RAW and others to destabilize Balochistan and FATA. Dissident Baloch Sardars like late Balach Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti and several others that led the insurgency were provided safe havens in Afghanistan and were patronized by CIA, RAW, MI-6 and Mossad.

All these agencies have established their tentacles in Balochistan and in league with BLA, BRA and BLF are involved in attacking security forces, target killing non-locals and Hazaras, abductions, and mutilation of dead bodies. 30 Farari (training) camps are operating in Afghanistan and 121 in interior Balochistan to train Baloch terrorist groups as was disclosed by IGFC Balochistan in his press conference on 2 June. He said our agencies are confronting 20 foreign intelligence networks in Balochistan. Several runaway Baloch rebels are living in luxury in European countries and USA and are encouraged and helped by foreign powers to pursue their separatist agenda. US Congress, Senators and media are audaciously running a campaign for independent Balochistan.

Having forced the Army to take up a backseat, the rebels and their mentors now want the paramilitary forces to also pack up and clear the way for foreign intervention unopposed. For this reason, issue of missing persons is being blown out of all proportions.  Retired Justice Javed Iqbal heading the Commission on missing persons stated that there was concrete evidence to show that foreign intelligence agencies were responsible for making Balochistan restive as well as the disappearance of Baloch nationalists. He decried the baseless propaganda by foreign and local media about missing persons that FC and agencies were involved in this racket.

What I have failed to comprehend is the infuriation of chief justice Iftikhar over the press conference of IGFC Balochistan Maj Gen Obaidullah concerning foreign intervention and worsening law and order situation of Balochistan. He has further tensed the situation by stating that he might summon Gen Kayani before the court if enforced disappearances didn’t get controlled. I went through the contents of IGFC’s briefing and found nothing objectionable in it. He substantiated what Justice Javed had said and is doing a wonderful job to preserve the sanctity of the federation under adverse conditions. He should be encouraged rather than discouraged particularly when the police and civil administration are not playing their due role to provide security to the people. Now that his services have been placed directly under Chief Minister Raisani, the latter should order elimination of rebels training camps which are training target killers and saboteurs and terrorizing people of Balochistan. I am sure, the US and India so fond of eliminating sanctuaries and training camps in other countries would have no objection to this act against terrorism. Or else, the US could be requested to divert few of the drone strikes from FATA to Balochistan to destroy Farari camps.

Pakistan’s alliance with the US has proved very costly. It suffered a loss of 40,000 human lives, $70 billion economic loss and extreme social trauma.  Pak security forces have suffered 5000 fatalities while combating militants, mostly aided by foreign powers. No other country involved in fighting terrorism can match Pakistan’s sacrifices. Had it not been for the excellent fight put up by the Army, Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary, Levies, Khasadars, Police and tribal Lashkars and routing the strongholds of the militant forces in Swat, Shangla, Malakand Division, tribal agencies of SW, NW, Bajaur, Mehmand, Kurram, Orakzai, Khyber and Dara Adam Khel, as well as provincially administered tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, terrorism would have flooded Pakistan and then spilled over to India, Iran, Afghanistan Central Asian States, China and Russia. ISAF could not have stayed on for that long in Afghanistan. In other words, Pakistan is absorbing the major brunt of terrorism as a frontline state at a very heavy cost and easing the pains of all these countries. Its sacrifices are unparalleled and resolve unshakeable.

Instead of appreciating its difficulties and rewarding it for what no other country could do, Pakistan is being unjustly distrusted and punished by the US and neglected by the world. Pakistan’s interests are disregarded and sovereignty repeatedly violated. Pakistan has been rendering full support to USA even after finding out that it was being treated as a foe. NATO containers were allowed to transit through Pakistan from October 2001 till 26 November 2011 free of cost. Pakistan continued to follow the policy of appeasement despite Washington’s spiteful attitude and didn’t run out of patience. It blocked the supply routes only when the US arrogantly refused to own up its mistake of brutally killing 24 soldiers of Pak Army at Salala and to tender an apology and to stop mutilating Pakistan’s sovereignty by ceasing drone attacks.

The US wants the supply routes to be reopened or else it will block the aid supply and may even impose sanctions, or attempt another unilateral military action. The US behaved in a similar haughty fashion when Raymond Davis was arrested and when the US Navy SEALs carried out a unilateral strike in Abbottabad. Believing in the dictum of ‘might is right’, power drunk American leadership wants Pakistan to accept its insults, humiliations, discriminations and lies  without uttering a word of protest and behave like a slave country. America is the most impatient and trigger-happy country which acts on its whims, but Panetta incongruously says the US is losing patience. His Asst Defence Secretary Peter Lavoy also came with a swollen head thinking that the threatening posture of his boss might have softened up Gen Kayani, but he got the shock of his life when Kayani fittingly refused to meet him. Times have changed and earlier the US understands it, better will it be for it.

It is time for the US to admit its follies in Afghanistan and stop playing a double game of fighting and talking with the Taliban in the same breath. Time for fighting is over and now the entire focus should be on negotiations to ensure a safe and speedy withdrawal of 130,000 troops and heavy equipment stranded in Afghanistan. At the same time, the US should also pick up moral courage to admit that it has made mistakes in dealing with Pakistan and should take immediate steps to alleviate the hurts it has caused to Pakistan and to remove its security concerns. Both are possible only if Obama wriggles out of the heavy-handed influence of Pentagon and CIA and relies more on Pakistan to help in ending the endgame on a positive note favorable to all the stakeholders. At the same time our leaders should also become more assertive in highlighting the perverse role of foreign powers in internal affairs of Balochistan and present solid proofs to the world bodies and international community at the earliest.

The writer is a defence and security analyst and a freelance columnist who writes for national and international newspapers/websites and has authored several books.
Email:asifharoon7751@yahoo.com

USS Enterprise Violates Pakistani Territorial Waters, Sets-Up 75 Miles from Gawadar Port

US violates int’l laws; moves USS Enterprise into Pakistani water near Balochistan

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The News Tribe

Karachi: After failing to strike a deal on Nato supply with Pakistan, violating international laws the US has moved its USS Enterprise, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, into Pakistani territorial waters near Gawadar city of Balochistan province.

“After the deployment of the aircraft in Pakistani sea the country’s security agencies are now investing into the matter. The movement apparently shows the increasing interest of the US in Balochistan province of Pakistan,” sources said.

“The US has moved its biggest aircraft carrier 65 to 70 nautical miles away from Gawadar in the second week of June,” a well informed source told The News Tribe correspondent.

The USS Enterprise, which holds a crew of over 4,000, had taken part in several wars.

Indian Officials Suckers for Hillary’s Fake Charm, As US Sets-Up Next Indo-Pakistani War

Washington wants Pak out, India in as Afghanistan mentor

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External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said, alongside Clinton. AP

New York: Washington wants India to fill up the post-US vacuum in Afghanistan and play a bigger role training Afghan security forces as a NATO deadline to withdraw all its combat troops from that country by the end of 2014 draws near.

There is irony in the situation as the same US administration wanted India to downsize its footprint in Afghanistan till a couple of years ago for fear of offending Pakistan. Now US criticism of Pakistan is no longer hush- hush. In fact, the mood on Capitol Hill is so rabidly anti-Pakistan that a US Senator held up a Farm Bill in the Senate last week by wanting to tack on a bill to choke aid to Islamabad.

Tired of catering to Pakistan’s sulks about an Indian presence in Afganistan, the US is increasingly looking to India as a partner in developing Afghanistan. New Delhi has provided some $2 billion in assistance  to Afghanistan since 2001. Both the US and India have strategic partnership agreements with Afghanistan. At the cost of sending Pakistan into a paroxysms of rage, US Secretary Hillary Clinton proposed a trilateral engagement between the US, India and Afghanistan.

Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to Washington, made clear this month that India has every intention of preventing “a regression in Afghanistan to the situation it was before 2001.” However, India has sought reassurance that the US and its allies will retain a substantial presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 because of concerns that a resurgent Taliban and al-Qaeda might allow Afghanistan to become a haven for Islamic jihadists obsessed with Kashmir.

“Any perception of lack of will on the part of the international community to deal firmly with terrorist groups will risk Afghanistan sliding back to being a safe haven for terrorist and extremist groups that threaten the region and beyond,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said, alongside Clinton as India and the US held their annual strategic dialogue in Washington.

Krishna also stressed the necessity to deal with “terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens” beyond Afghanistan’s borders in a veiled reference to Pakistan. The two governments also discussed terrorist safe havens in Pakistan.

Greater cooperation in counter-terrorism also populated the jammed agenda for the strategic talks. The US State Department, through its anti-terrorism assistance programmes, conducted eight courses in India in 2011 and will provide 14 courses in 2012 on topics ranging from bomb blast investigation, critical incident management, to cyber investigations and forensics.

“It’s not enough just to talk about cooperation on issues ranging from civil nuclear energy, attracting US investment to India or defending human rights or promoting women’s empowerment,” said Clinton.

“We have to follow through so that our people, citizens of two, great pluralistic democracies, can see and feel the benefits,” she added.

A day after listening to US industry leaders vent their frustration at the Indian government’s inability to pull off big ticket reforms, Krishna said he was “conscious of the fact that there is a degree of skepticism about the economic content” of the US-India relationship. He promised foreign investors a level playing field and transparency.

He said US companies will be able to participate in plans to invest more than $1 trillion on India’s infrastructure build-out in the next five years.

Two-way trade and investment has grown 40 percent since 2009 and is set to exceed $100 billion this year, but Clinton pointed out that there is “a lot of room for further growth.”

The two sides agreed Wednesday to expedite negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty.