Posted by yourpakistan on February 28, 2014
By S. M. Hali - Opinion Maker
Renowned English playwright William Shakespeare, in his epic Julius Caesar, has Mark Antony proclaim after Caesar’s murder, “Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war;” Here the expression implies the military order “Havoc” to be a signal given to the English military forces in the Middle Ages to direct the soldiery (in Shakespeare’s parlance ‘the dogs of war’) to pillage and chaos.
In Pakistan, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a motley group of terror leaders, operating under an umbrella organization of various militant groups based in the northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Pak-Afghan border. They have varying agendas but converge upon wreaking havoc in Pakistan and creating mayhem and chaos. In December 2007 about 13 groups united under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud to form the TTP. Its current leader is Mullah Fazlullah, who has taken refuge in Afghanistan. TTP’s stated objectives are resistance against the Pakistani state and enforcement of their interpretation of Sharia. The TTP is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban movement led by Mullah Omar and has defied his order of not targeting Pakistan; instead it is following the course charted by Al-Qaeda.
The devastation inflicted by TTP in Pakistan has taken a toll of 51,326 precious lives to date, out of which 810 have been killed in 2014; barely seven weeks into the new year. More ominously, after the Government of Pakistan’s announcement of peace talks on January 29, 2014 with the TTP, 370 fatalities have occurred till February 23, 2014. One would have expected the TTP to have ceased terror attacks once the peace dialogue was in progress but they threw caution to the wind and continued their course of destruction. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on February 18, 2014
The face of war however, has changed as “terrorism” has overwhelmed the world and is inflicting chaos, mayhem, mass murder and destruction.
This more hideous face of war is more dangerous than armed conflicts between nations. The enemy is faceless, resides among the local population, hides his identity as well as his heinous agenda and strikes with impunity when least expected. His targets are schools, hospitals, places of worship, entertainment and trade centers.
By S. M. Hali – Opinion Maker
Renowned playwright William Shakespeare, in his epic play ‘Henry VI, Part II. Act V, Scene 2, states: “O war, thou son of hell, whom angry heavens do make their minister. Throw in the frozen bosoms of our part. Hot coals of vengeance! Let no soldier fly.” The bard, who is famous for his allegories, metaphors and symbolism, addresses “war” as “son of hell”. This poetic expression holds good even in contemporary times, where war continues to wreak havoc, devastation and bloodshed.
Pakistan is bearing the brunt of terrorism, which has spread like the contagious Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), which is extremely feeble and elusively fragile to withstand environmental exposures. Thus HCV moves through concealed routes of blood and secreted material to reach the sensitive organs like the human liver and brain to eke out its survival and consolidate its position, waiting months and maybe years to strike when it is strong enough to destroy the entire microcosm of the human body and cause a painful death.
Terrorism, being illegitimate and unconstitutional, tends to secure its existence and broaden its sphere of influence through clandestine means. Foreign support including ideological direction, lethal weapons and sophisticated equipment, training in militancy, financial sustenance, and ensuring availability as well as the management of space within local population, provides the terrorists the necessary impetus to solicit their warped philosophy, twisted logic and criminal designs. In fact it would not be out place to argue that the terrorists without the support of local sympathisers become “fish out of water” and their misguided thoughts leading to criminal acts of violence also die a natural death in the absence of requisite support.
Recent upsurge in terrorist activities and deadly attacks have traumatized the local population and left deep scars on the minds of every Pakistani. Thus William Shakespeare’s apt and pertinent description for the terrorists being the real “sons of hell” remains valid. These “sons of hell” have no respect for human life, be they women, children, old persons, invalids, sick or even those engaged in religious rituals. The terror mongers continue to spread the fires of hell for humankind although in return they earn the curses, condemnation and hatred of society. The sad part is that these “sons of hell” demand the imposition of Sharia Law but forget that no religion in the world propagates, slaughter, carnage and butchery of innocent people in the name of religion. Islam, on the other hand, is the religion of peace while the Almighty Allah has ordained that “…if any one slew a person —- it would be as if he slew the entire humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” (Al-Quran 5:32).
It is also ironical that the “sons of hell” motivate, brainwash and subliminally program their agents of death, the suicide bomber by promising a permanent place in heavens, where 72 houris await them after they pull the string of their suicide jacket causing death and destruction of the innocent victims. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on February 7, 2014
Pakistani forces for your uninterrupted Bollywood Blockbusters
By Ahmad Ali Raza and Ibn Yusuf – Opinion Maker
“If you have never experienced the danger of war and imprisonment, the agony of torture and hunger, you are much ahead of 500 million people in this world”
Looking back at the last 10 years, Pakistan has lost more than 50,000 of its men including civilians and the military troops in the name of war against terror. The number of people injured isn’t even comparable.
More than 2,400 security personals have lost their lives and another 6,500 were injured as a result of war on terror only in the years 2009-2010. Inter comparison of lives lost between the civilians and the military forces shows more civilians were prone to the collateral damage. Sadly, this sacrifices is rarely acknowledged, forget the global media we rarely hear of the names behind these numbers on the local news channels.
Our armed forces are busy fighting a battle in which several international forces have colluded against Pakistan. To win such a war, a multilateral strategy is required which includes the fight on battle field, psychological warfare on media and on foreign diplomatic front. The moral support of common people for the troops involved in such a war is always of extreme importance. No country can win a war solely by its armed forces without the support of people of that country.
With the ongoing loss of life telecast right to our TV Sets or should I say our 3D, Plasma Sets. Pardon me for I’m certain the common man doesn’t really care for he can stream entertainment right on his screen and care the very least for men sacrificing their lives for their uninterrupted Bollywood shows. But for the men on the battle field, every day is loaded with a whole new challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on January 30, 2014
میں ایک پاکستانی ہوں، ٹی وی پر چلنے والے ایک اشتہار نے مجھے حیران کر رکھا ہے، اور کچھ لوگ بہت شاد بھی ہیں اسے دیکھ دیکھ کر مختلف کمپنیاں ایک شو کے لیے تعاون کر رہی ہیں جس کا نام ہے “پاکستان آئیڈل”۔
“ارے کیا کہا؟ آئیڈل؟” آواز پاس ہی سے آئی تھی اور خاصی محظوظ لگ رہی تھی اس لفظ سے۔ “یہ وہی آئیڈل ہے نکمے اور کام چور والا؟”
“ارے نہیں بھئی دوسرا والا آئیڈل ہے۔” میں نے جھنجھلا کر کہا تھا۔
“آئیڈل یعنی کہ بُت؟ ارے بھئی پاکستان میں تو مجسمہ سازی کی اجازت نہیں تھی، بہر حال اب بن رہا ہے تو کس کا؟ علامہ اقبال کا یا قائدِ اعظم کا؟”
“کسی کا مجسمہ نہیں بن رہا جناب، یہ مختلف کمپنیاں مل کے ایک شو کر رہی ہیں، پاکستان کا چُھپا ہوا ٹیلنٹ ڈھونڈیں گی!”
“اچھا اچھا، کہاں چُھپا ہوا ہے یہ ٹیلنٹ؟ کیا سائنسدان آئیں گے یا ہونہار طلباء؟”
اس سوال نے مجھے جی بھر کے بے مزہ کیا تھا۔ “جی نہیں حضورِ والی، گلوکاری کا چُھپا ہوا ٹیلنٹ!”
“اچھا۔” آواز کچھ بُجھ سی گئی تھی۔ “اور لوگوں کا کیا ردِ عمل ہے اس پر؟”
“ارے کیا پوچھ لیا آپ نے، لائنیں لگی ہوئی ہیں آڈیشن کے لیے۔ اور اگر کوئی رد ہو جائے تو سوشل میڈیا پر انصاف کی فریاد لے آتا ہے اور موبائل کمپنیاں مفت آڈیشن کی سہولیات بھی دے رہی ہیں فون پر۔”
“اس سے ایک بات تو ثابت ہو گئی۔” اب کے مایوسی سے جواب آیا تھا۔ “ایک قیمتی چیز ایسی ہے جو یہاں بڑی بے مایہ ہے اور ہماری قوم بے دردی سے اسے لُٹا رہی ہے، جبکہ دوسری قومیں اس چیز کو بہت سینت سینت کر رکھتی ہیں اور سوچ سمجھ کر خرچ کرتی ہیں۔”
“اس میں اتنی مایوسی کی کیا بات ہے کہ ہم کوئی قیمتی چیز خرچ کر رہے ہیں؟ یہ تو فخر کی بات نہیں؟! بہر حال ایسی کیا چیز ہے وہ؟”
یک لفظی جواب آیا: “وقت!” Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on January 15, 2014
By Brig Asif Haroon Raja / Opinion Maker
When war against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan was won by the Mujaheddin duly supported by Pakistan in 1989, the US claimed that the war couldn’t have been won without surface to air stinger missiles. In its view, stingers made the difference and forced the Soviets to beat a hasty retreat. In the ongoing war on terror in which the US for all practical purposes has lost the war and its forces are in the process of pulling out from Afghanistan and will depart by December 2014, the US is trying to project drone as the winning weapon against terrorism. It must not be forgotten that it is not the gun which matters but the man behind the gun. ISAF has the most sophisticated and lethal weaponry of all kinds together with latest technology but still couldn’t defeat the ill-clad and ill-equipped and under-strength Taliban. Drone has been selected as a choice weapon since it is unmanned and free of combat risks to US soldiers. Mounting casualties, suicides and loss of heart by NATO soldiers were the reasons to bank upon drones.
Had Pakistan not stood up against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, nothing could have prevented Afghanistan turning into a satellite State of USSR and its Islamic identity, its tribal customs and traditions and historical heritage, all would have been destroyed. It cannot be denied that Afghanistan snuggled out of the stranglehold of USSR because of Pakistan’s momentous role. In its bid to save Afghanistan, Pakistan itself got entangled in innumerable problems. Wave of conspiracies, intrigues and terrorism ruined Pakistan’s peace.
War against the Soviets produced Jihadis in Pakistan and gave rise to Kalashnikov and drug cultures. Most of the Jihadis who took part in Afghan Jihad were from FATA and some parts of settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) like Malakand. Religious seminaries imparting religious training were converted into military training centres duly funded by CIA and Saudi Arabia. Since Jihadis came from other Muslim countries as well, camaraderie developed among them. A small force of about 500-700 from Saudi Arabia under Osama bin Laden supported by CIA also took active part in Jihad. This force was later named as al-Qaeda in mid-1990s. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on January 9, 2014
Pakistan Challenges in 2014
This year is the ongoing war on terror which has taken its toll on the Army. Proposed peace talks which have so far have made no headway and about which the nation stands divided is another weighty problem. Possibility of launching a major military operation in North Waziristan (NW) cannot be ruled out in case the talks fail.
By Brig Asif Haroon Raja/Opinion Maker
Learning from his folly of sidelining most deserving and senior most Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan and appointing Gen Pervez Musharraf as COAS in October 1998, PM Nawaz Sharif this time acted sensibly. Hullabaloo made by the media over delay in announcing the names of new CJCSC and COAS and then the supersession of Lt Gen Haroon Aslam was soon drowned after he appointed second and third senior most officers Gen Rashad Mahmood and Gen Raheel Sharif as CJCSC and COAS respectively strictly on merit.
Both are professionally sound with sterling qualities of head and heart and enjoy clean reputation. Gen Rashad is a go-getter and is likely to infuse more life in his huge organization. Belonging to a martial family and brother of Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed Nishan-e-Haider, Gen Raheel is fully qualified to take forward the good work done by his predecessor Gen Kayani. He has taken no time to settle down and make his presence felt. He knows that 2014 will be a highly challenging year. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on January 2, 2014
Pakistani government has directed its intelligence agencies to identify & apprehend the members of US security firm Blackwater operating in Pakistan.
The government has issued a deadline of one week following reports about the ongoing presence of Blackwater agents in the country, according to a Press TV report.
The report, citing Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), said Blackwater agents are still operating inside the country. The American security firm was reportedly behind the killing of senior Haqqani network leader Naseeruddin Haqqani Nov 10.
Naseeruddin Haqqani, the son of Haqqani network leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, was killed in a firing incident in Islamabad. Naseeruddin Haqqani was responsible for fund-raising, logistics and political affairs of the Haqqani network.
In 2009, the former Pakistani government denied that the US security firm was active in the country. According to the report, the security firm has carried out targeted assassinations across Pakistan.
The American security contractor was formed to provide training support to military and law enforcement organisations. It is specialized in carrying out covert operations in hostile territories.
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Posted by yourpakistan on December 25, 2013
“Pakistan needs a leadership that can rise above all schisms and think out of the box with honesty and dedication; such people are there but only need to be put in place.” Raja Mujtaba
By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD – Opinion Maker
After the scheduled retirement of daily newsmaker Chief Justice Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudry, another favorite General is sworn-in to replace General Ashfaq Kiyani – the outgoing Army Chief and expiry of Asif Zardari’s fraudulent presidency, the intriguing news stunts appear to have subsided. Nothing has changed over the years except Pakistan is floating in a bubble of political, social, economic and strategic entanglement and it is just a matter of time that foreign masters could undermine its flight without notice. Pakistanis are camouflaged into a world of fantasy and dream that crime-riddled corrupt politics of the few could rescue them from catastrophic consequences unthinkable to conventional wisdom at the present. Being a nuclear power in a highly competitive world of power politics is often a problem than a sustainable strength. It is not the power of nuclear weapons to be a decisive factor, but morally and intellectually enriched intelligent leadership to define the national interests effectively and to assume a powerful role of persuasive motivation and influence to gain favorable standing in global affairs. Pakistan is at great loss with nothing of that sort. Over half of century or more, Pakistanis failed to produce any intelligent and credible leaders to represent its national interests to a challenging world of competing interests. For too long, Pakistan’s national interests were not part of the political characters encroaching political power through backdoor conspiracies and secretive intrigues to maintain the status-quo for foreign dictates. There are critical issues involving large segments of the society and politicians to be complacent in sustaining institutionalized corruption and dismantling the foundation framework of the freedom of the nation. There is no scarcity of informed, well educated and intelligent people to take up the challenging role of new-age leadership to change the course of self-geared destruction of the society but most are not part of the corrupt “no system” of politics as they have not earned wealth through bribes and backdoor deals, so their chances to any meaningful participation in national politics are non-existent. The institutionalized corruption is itself an operating powerful system of governance and it denies receptive opportunities to outsiders – the honest and educated people of the new generation to enter into politics and make the difference. Money is a big motivator and hand-changer like the mafia of the feudal landlords and boxed-in family-based politicians of the few. None would feel the pinch if Pakistan is dismembered again and all that was precious and noble core values to its freedom fighters from the British colonial rule.
John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, 2005) knows too well how international economic development projects are planned and carried out by the World Bank and other international corporations affiliated to this paradigm. Pakistan is no exception as it owes some $70 Billions un-payable debt to the International Monetary Fund managed by the US. The mafia-like game works like this explains Charley Reese……….. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on December 7, 2013
Balochistan has undergone several periods of open armed conflict since the Pakistani armed forces intervened to end Qalat’s independence in 1948. Fighting resumed again in 2004. Since then, this region has been turned into one of the world’s most dangerous regions for journalists by you, the armed separatist groups and the militias created to defend the central Pakistani government.
Reporters Without Borders accuses you, the Baloch armed groups, of the following crimes:
- Imposing terror, creating information “black holes” in southwestern Pakistan and turning the city of Khuzdar into one of the world’s most dangerous places for the media.
- Constantly threatening news providers and their families in order to force them to censor themselves.
- Threatening news media and their reporters with reprisals if they give you “negative” coverage or if they refuse to report your activities and public statements.
- Carrying out bombings, the aims of which have included killing journalists who go to cover the targeted events.
- Killing many journalists, including Mehmood Ahmed Afridi of the newspaper Intikhab, Abdul Haq Baluch of ARY News TV, Abdul Qadir Hajizai of Vsh TV, and Faiz Muhammad Sasoli of the daily Aaj Kal and the Independent News agency.
You should be called to account for these gross violations of freedom of information, which contravene article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Posted by yourpakistan on December 4, 2013
Fazlullah helps India in feeding Terrorism in Pakistan
By Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Opinion Maker
Maulana Fazlullah is son-in-law of Maulana Sufi Muhammad who had founded Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), which was banned by Pakistan government. He belongs to Babukarkhel clan of Yusafzai tribe of Swat district. On January 12, 2002, he became the leader of TNSM since Sufi had been put behind bars. In 2006, he started broadcasting his fiery speeches twice a day in Swat Valley, preaching virtue and exhorting the people to abstain from vices. While condemning western systems, he stated that imposition of Islamic laws was the sole cure for all the evils in the society. As his audience grew in size, he started taking practical action against so-called evil doers by torching electronic and video shops arguing that dance and music were major sins. His armed men threatened barbers not to shave beards and were forced to close their shops. Mujras and singing were disallowed. He opposed anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saying that it was western conspiracy to make Muslims impotent. He barred women from taking part in education and imposed ban on female education in Swat district. Some 400 schools enrolling 4000 girls were shut down and 170 schools were blown up or burnt. He had also ordered death of Malala Yusafzai simply because she spoke in favor of education of girls. She was shot at from a point blank range on October 9, 2012 but she miraculously survived.
Once Fazlullah gained popularity and earned the nickname of ‘Mullah Radio’, he urged the people to donate money and help him in introducing Islamic system so that they could get speedy and cheap justice. Gullible women donated their jewelry. He also started collecting money through extortion and kidnapping for ransom to strengthen his financial position. From the ill-gotten wealth he collected, he constructed a Madrassa in Mingora worth Rs 25 crores, which became his base of operation and he used it for the purpose of training terrorists. He also opened training centres for preparing teenage boys as suicide bombers. Siege of Lal Masjid in Islamabad in July 2007 and its tragic ending propelled Fazlullah to forge an alliance with Baitullah Mehsud to consolidate his hold over Swat. Read the rest of this entry »
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