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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Posted by yourpakistan on November 22, 2013
As a child, whenever I used to read about the signs of Qiyamah, I used to think about a few signs that were quite confusing for me at that time.
- Knowledge will be taken away, and ignorance will prevail.
- Liars will be thought of as honest, honest people will be thought of as liars.
- Leaders will become persecutors, the lowest and the worst man in the nation will become its leader.
- False accusations will become the norm.
Literacy rate in the world is increasing every year, then how will Knowledge be taken away and who will take away that knowledge? How will someone consider a liar as honest and an honest one as a liar? How can the leaders be persecutors, and if they are, then why will the people vote for them? How and why will people accuse each other for anything and why will it become a norm?
Different people have different answers; but as a student of mass communication, when I started to watch talk shows and news on different channels, I got answers to all my questions one by one.
There was a time when we had only one TV channel (PTV) in Pakistan and it was controlled by the government. In 2002, under General Parvez Musharraf, media became independent and broke the state’s monopoly on the electronic and print media and opened the floodgate. Today we have more than 90 TV channels and, according to sources in the PEMRA, around 55-60 applications, waiting for approval, have been submitted for the license of new satellite channels. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on November 15, 2013
A Shuhada (Martyrs) Convention was held today, under the auspices of Jamat-ud-Dawa, to dispel the deliberate confusions being created in the society following the bombing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike. Attended by 3000 religious scholars, it was resolved that deliberate confusion is being created by certain segments of the society about ‘martyrdom’ status of the slain warriors.
The religious scholars stressed that the terrorists are increasingly resorting to the menace of Takfeerism (declaring Muslims as Infidels), to justify their atrocities and nefarious aims. It was further underscored that the US is using drone strikes to target tribal Muslims, who as a reaction are resorting to terrorism activities and sabotage.
Appealing to the Government of Pakistan and all the religious-political parties, the scholars pointed out that they should direct their activities towards the real enemy, and shouldn’t confuse the masses in unnecessary debates of attainment of ‘martyrdom’.
Lauding the sacrifices of Pakistani armed forces, the highly learned participants iterated that the Pakistani nation would stand alongside its armed forces, and will give a befitting reply to anyone who dare gaze at Pakistan with mal-intent.
At the end of the conference, a resolution was passed stating that the Government of Pakistan should part way with the United States on the so called ‘War on Terror’, stop the US from carrying on drone strikes on Pakistan’s soil, and carry on negotiations with TTP militants so that peace can be maintained.
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Posted by yourpakistan on November 15, 2013
Nukes are the ultimate weapon for any country
Pakistan as an active player in the region and with the importance it enjoys due to its unique strategic location is wary of any threat, and is vigilant and able to deter every kind and size of enemy.
‘Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapon for any country’; this is now only a partial truth. After the dawn of nuclear weapons and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nuclear weapons were considered the ultimate weapon; because after that bombing, there was no country to challenge the might of the US and the Allied powers, and that is why the World War II came to an end.
But with the passage of time, and with the development of the delivery systems of the nuclear weapons, the states with nuclear weapons find it difficult to just remain nuclear, without the advancement of their nuclear weapons’ delivery systems. There were many developments in the theoretical realm as well, – many new concepts emerged, like Limited Warfare, Second Strike Capability, MAD, and many more concepts like these were introduced by military scholars. Therefore, the concept that ‘a country that has nuclear weapons is deterrent to any attack’ was shifted to the concept that ‘a country with nuclear weapons that has the best delivery systems has some sort of defense against nuclear-tipped missiles’ and a vigilant eye on the world nuclear advancements is considered formidable.
Nuclear weapons are mainly of strategic nature – to use it against enemy population, striking-capability areas, and to annihilate big areas and cities. The main feature of the strategic nuclear weapons is the greater range, so that it can threaten the enemy’s decision-making ability and can target the enemy thousands of miles away. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on November 9, 2013
Iqbal tried to invoke in the Muslims a collective ego, beyond the ego of the self, that could enable a collection of men as large as 70 million to act as one, single body, with a flux too big to be resisted and with a personality too strong to be altered.
‘Personally, I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single State. Self-government, within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of North-West India.’
But there is indeed much more to understand from that address made by a man of profound wisdom, with in-depth vision in the history and philosophy of Islam, extensive study of contemporary issues, and active involvement in the political process of his time. The address covers the philosophical, the historical, and the futuristic prospects of the Muslims of the Subcontinent; in fact, it makes history by submitting the true, eye-witness sentiments that ran between the Muslims, the Hindus and the British at those sensitive times. Moreover, it gives us an insight into how things gradually grew up to the demand of ‘Pakistan’, something impossible even as an idea at the beginning.
The Muslims of the Subcontinent, 70 million at that time – a Muslim community bigger as compared with the number of Muslims living in any other Muslim state of that time – did not have a necessary idea of dividing their homeland, India, for the solution of the miseries that had surrounded them. To this time and even later, the Muslims were pushing only for separate electorates for Muslims according to their population in any province, so that they would eventually form governments in the Muslim majority provinces. In this background, Iqbal was a thinker who could look beyond the canvas of time, and remind the Muslim how they become a nation, and how being a distinct Muslim nation, it is their prerogative to have a political identity in addition to the social and cultural one. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by yourpakistan on November 9, 2013
اقبال اپنے اسلاف کے شاندار ماضی کو ملت کے نوجوانوں میں جلوہ گر دیکهنا چاہتے تهے. ملتِ اسلامیہ کا درد اور اس کی تعمیرِ نو کا جذبہ اقبال کے دل میں موجزن تها. وہ اپنی فکر سوچ کو شاعری کے قالب میں ڈهال کر خوابیدہ ملت کو بیدار کرنا چاہتے تهے
9 نومبر سنہ1877 ء کو پیدا ہونے والے باکمال شاعر، بلند پایہ مفکر ڈاکٹر علامہ محمد اقبال تاریخ کا ایک روشن اور ناقابلِ فراموش باب ہیں۔ انہوں نے اپنے کلام وپیغام سے برِ صغیر پاک وہند کی ملتِ اسلامیہ کو ایک نیا ولولہ اور نئی جہت عطا کی. انہوں نے اپنی علمی اور فکری دولت کو اپنی شاعری میں بے حد خوبصورتی سے سمویا. مسلمانوں کی تاریخِ فکر وادب میں اقبال کی شاعری اور فکر نے انمٹ نقوش چھوڑے. یہ اقبال کے افکار کی وسعت ہی تهی جس نے انہیں ‘شاعرِ مشرق’ کا لقب دلوایا اور عقل وعشق کی گتھیاں سلجھانے میں انہوں نے رومی وغزالی جیسے عظیم فلسفیوں سے بھرپور استفادہ لیا۔
اقبال مسلمانوں کے علمی اور روحانی ورثے سے اچهی طرح واقف تهے اور مغربی علوم وتہذیب کو بهی بخوبی جانتے تهے. وہ آگاہ تهے کہ مغرب کی مادہ پرستی انسانیت کو کس طرح نقصان پہنچا کر انسانی فکر اور ثقافتی ترقی پہ اثرانداز ہوتی ہے، اسی لئے وہ ایک ایسے نظام کا خواب دیکهتے تهے جہاں انسانی شخصیت کی تطہیر اور اجتماعی طور پر قوم وملت کی روحانی وفکری تعمیر ہو سکے. اقبال اپنے اسلاف کے شاندار ماضی کو ملت کے نوجوانوں میں جلوہ گر دیکهنا چاہتے تهے. ملتِ اسلامیہ کا درد اور اس کی تعمیرِ نو کا جذبہ اقبال کے دل میں موجزن تها. وہ اپنی فکر وسوچ کو شاعری کے قالب میں ڈهال کر خوابیدہ ملت کو بیدار کرنا چاہتے تهے.
اقبال کہتے ہیں:
دیارِ عشق میں اپنا مقام پیدا کر
نیا زمانہ، نئے صبح وشام پیدا کر
خدا اگر دلِ فطرت شناس دے تجھ کو
سکوتِ لالہ وگل سے کلام پیدا کر
اٹها نہ شیشہ گرانِ فرنگ کے احساں
سفالِ ہند سے مینا وجام پیدا کر
میں شاخِ نازک ہوں، میری غزل ہے میرا ثمر
مرے ثمر سے مئے لالہ فام پیدا کر
مرا طریق امیری نہیں فقیری ہے
خودی نہ بیچ، فقیری میں نام پیدا کر
(اقبال کا یہ پیغام ان کے فرزند کے نام تها مگر اپنی عمومیت کے باعث ملتِ اسلامیہ کے لئے ایک روشن راہ ہے۔)
اقبال نے اپنی شاعری سے ہر موڑ پر مسلمانوں کی رہنمائی کا فریضہ انجام دیا. انفرادی واجتماعی زندگی کا کوئی ایسا پہلو نہیں جسے اقبال نے اپنی شاعری کا حصہ نہ بنایا ہو. اقبال کے کلام میں دین، فلسفہ، عرفان، ایقان، خودشناسی، خداشناسی غرض تمام رنگ نظر آتے ہیں. اقبال نے اپنے کلام کے ذریعے نہایت پُر تاثیر انداز میں اسلامی تہذیب اور اعلی دینی واخلاقی اقدار کا درس دیا ہے۔
اپنی معرکۃ الآراء نظم “طلوعِ اسلام” میں ملت کو پیغام دیتے ہوئے کہتے ہیں:
مکاں فانی، مکیں آنی، ازل تیرا، ابد تیرا
خدا کا آخری پیغام ہے تو، جاوداں تو ہے
حنا بندِ عروسِ لالہ ہے خونِ جگر تیرا
تری نسبت براہیمی ہے معمار جہاں تو ہے
تری فطرت امیں ہے ممکناتِ زندگانی کی
جہاں کے جوہرِ مضمر کا گویا امتحاں تو ہے
نبوت ساتھ جس کو لے گئی، وہ ارمغاں تو ہے
کہ اقوامِ زمینِ ایشیا کا پاسباں تو ہے
اقبال کی شاعری کا محور قوم کی بیداری اور فلاح ہے۔ اقبال اس عزم کے علم بردار تھے کہ اسلام اور ملتِ اسلامیہ کو ایک بار پھر عروج حاصل ہو۔ ان کی فلسفیانہ فکر مسلم امت کی نشاۃِ ثانیہ کی جد وجہد کی غماز ہے۔
سبق پھر پڑھ صداقت کا، عدالت کا، شجاعت کا
لیا جائے گا تجھ سے کام دنیا کی امامت کا
اقبال کا کلام ملت کیلئے دعوتِ فکر ہے۔ ایک جگہ وہ مسلمانوں کے اندر چھپے جذبۂ ایمانی کو جگاتے ہوئے کہتے ہیں:
خدا تجهے کسی طوفاں سے آشنا کر دے
کہ تیرے بحر کی موجوں میں اضطراب نہیں
سنہ ۱۹۴۴ء میں یومِ اقبال کے موقع پر قائدِ اعظم محمد علی جناح نے مفکرِ پاکستان کو خراجِ عقیدت پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا تھا: “اقبال ایک عظیم شاعر اور فلسفی ہونے کے ساتھ ساتھ ایک عملی سیاست داں بھی تھے۔”
اقبال ملتِ اسلامیہ کے عظیم معمار تھے۔ ان کا پیغام ہر دور میں ملت کے لئے مشعلِ راہ ہے۔ موجودہ دور میں ملتِ اسلامیہ جن مسائل اور آزمائشوں سے دوچار ہے ان کے پیشِ نظر فکرِ اقبال کو عام کرنا وقت کی اہم ضرورت ہے۔ مسلمانوں کے لئے ان کا پیغام اس ایک شعر میں سمٹا نظر آتا ہے:
قوم مذہب سے ہے، مذہب جو نہیں تم بھی نہیں
جذبِ باہم جو نہیں، محفلِ انجم بھی نہیں
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Posted by yourpakistan on October 29, 2013
The Indian state is a state sponsor of terror, both at home and abroad. No amount of rhetoric and false accusations against Pakistan can hide this. The international community would do better to recognize this fact; the sooner the better.
The Indian state is dealing with the repercussions of its own oppression – repercussions which include non-state actors attacking its interests in defence of their own. Accusing Pakistan of being behind such groups is a good way of detracting from the fact that they are the independent product of Indian state oppression.
Lately, it seems that the Indian state propaganda tape recorder has been stuck on repeat. Daily statements made by government officials and shoddily made reports from Delhi’s state sponsored media keep repeating the same lines: ‘Terrorists who are sponsored by the Pakistani state are using Pakistani soil to attack Indian interests.’ These statements are usually followed by demands that Pakistan should ‘dismantle’ its ‘terror network.’
There are some very serious problems with this narrative. Firstly, India has shown the world no proof whatsoever that the Pakistani state is sponsoring non-state actors who attack Indian targets within India proper. Even after the hulla balloo of Mumbai, India handed over no concrete evidence that Pakistani state help was gained by the perpetrators of the attack. Even if non-state actors based in Pakistan’s inaccessible areas are involved in operations against India, this does not mean that they have the support of state elements – there is simply no causal link here. This is even more apparent when we see that Pakistan is itself a daily victim of terrorist attacks from non-state actors. If the Pakistani government has difficulties protecting its own citizens, how can it protect India’s?
Secondly, sponsoring non-state actors against India makes little geo-political sense. It only decreases Pakistan’s international prestige and increases pressure, at a time when the Prime Minister is on a PR mission to promote peace ventures and economic growth. It would make little sense for Nawaz Sharif to sponsor non-state actors against India when he is literally falling over himself to appease them. Fourthly, reputable international think tanks and policy institutes have found no proof of Pakistani involvement in terrorism against India. Neither, for that matter, have foreign governments. Surely the Indian state will not doubt the impartiality of these sources?
So why does the Indian state keep repeating this narrative? There are a number of reasons why repeating this story is beneficial for the Indian government. Foremost, it detracts from the real issue of why the Indian state is being attacked by non-state actors. The Indian state’s crimes against its own people have fermented more than 240 separatist freedom movements across the country. Just in the seven North Eastern states of the country, there exist 15 separate major insurgencies. These include:
Kashmir is no different, here again, a freedom loving peoples’ aspirations have been brutally crushed. But this is but a drop in the ocean of discontent across India. Over the past 60 years, the Indian government has been involved in documented and proven crimes against humanity, including state sponsored genocide. The Indian state is dealing with the repercussions of its own oppression – repercussions which include non-state actors attacking its interests in defence of their own. These groups need no help from Pakistan, nor do they ask for it. Accusing Pakistan of being behind such groups is a good way of detracting from the fact that they are the independent product of Indian state oppression.
Another benefit of accusing Pakistan of terrorism is that it maligns Pakistan’s reputation internationally. India has a big voice in the international spotlight, much bigger than Pakistan’s. The Indian state has powerful loyalists in nearly every major news outlet in the West who can contribute to this media bashing of Pakistan. And thus, if Pakistan’s reputation is maligned, then less of the world believes it – especially when it rightly accuses India of cross border state terrorism. Yes, readers might wonder if this is just Pakistan accusing India of something which it itself is accused of doing, but no, Pakistan has proof – solid, concrete proof. Pakistani agencies have, over the past 10 odd years, recovered Indian-made propaganda, weapons and spies involved with terrorist groups such as the BLA and the TTP.
All the evidence points to a sophisticated operation, run mainly from Afghanistan, under the guidance of Indian intelligence agencies and funded by the Indian state, all with the aim of destabilize Pakistan. Recently, the U.S. State Department officials, too, recognized the evidence and gave statements in support of Pakistan’s claims.
The Indian state is a state sponsor of terror, both at home and abroad. No amount of rhetoric and false accusations against Pakistan can hide this. The international community would do better to recognize this fact; the sooner the better.
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Posted by yourpakistan on October 25, 2013
The current US Secretary of Defense also confirmed in a previously unreleased video that India has, over the years, ‘financed problems for Pakistan’ using Afghanistan as a base. When Bilal Lashari’s WAAR was released just days ago in Pakistan, a lot of eyebrows were raised over the depiction of the Indian involvement in terror on Pakistan’s soil. Prominent Pakistani journalists declared it as jingoistic propaganda, far removed from reality – PKKH
It is, therefore, a timely slap in the faces of the pro-Indian lobby in Pakistan that the recently retired Indian Army Chief General Vijay Kumar Singh admitted India’s involvement in doling out money to separatist terrorists in Balochistan and sponsoring bombings elsewhere in the country. VK Singh is a political ally of BJP leader Narendra Modi, also known as the Butcher of Gujarat for his role in the massacre of Muslims in the Indian state in 2002.
VK Singh’s admission comes in an inquiry report prepared by India’s DG Military Operations, highlighting the activities of an army unit called the Tactical Support Division (TSD) – raised on the directives of the Defence Minister and National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon. It consists of six officers, five JCOs and 30 men, and is operated out of the capital, Delhi.
The TSD is said to have been given tasks ranging from clandestine monetary support and training of separatists and other terrorist elements targeting the Pakistani state and military, as well as targeted assassinations of senior political and religious leaders, including Jama’at ud Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed, blamed by India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed has a US$ 10m bounty on his head, placed by the United States last year, although bizarrely it is for ‘information leading to (his) arrest’ that would stand up in court – an admission by the Americans that the current information, including that from India, for Saeed’s alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks is insufficient and inadmissible in court.
In light of the above, it is criminal of the Pakistani state and the Interior as well as Foreign and Defence Ministries to ignore General VK Singh’s admission of guilt in running a terrorist cartel in Pakistan and not call for his immediate arrest and extradition to Pakistan, along with Colonel Munishwar Nath Bakshi who heads the TSD. In addition to these two, Pakistan must also demand the extradition of Colonel Purohit, a serving Indian Army Officer who was found involved in a series of bombings on Indian soil, including the Samjhauta Express bombing of 2007. All of these attacks were initially blamed on Pakistan by the Indian media and security officials.
Pakistan must also press on the United States to put a leash on the Indian presence in Afghanistan and restrict it from using that country to destabilize Pakistan. The current US Secretary of Defense also confirmed in a previously unreleased video that India has, over the years, ‘financed problems for Pakistan’ using Afghanistan as a base.
Additionally, Pakistan needs a strong media and broadcast watchdog to keep an eye on the presence of the pro-Indian lobby in Pakistan’s media, acting against the national interest by deliberately downplaying Indian terrorism in Pakistan, and serving Delhi’s interests by using every opportunity to attack Pakistan and its security forces.
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Posted by yourpakistan on October 14, 2013
What is the interest of India in these two consulates (at Kandhar and Jalalabad), nothing other than carrying out, aiding, abetting terrorism in Pakistan — stabbing Pakistan in the back
Pakistan is the only country subjected for several years to continuous drone attacks
By Sadaf Zamir- Opinion Maker
The premeditated progression of propaganda against Pakistan in the form of obdurate comment alleging that Pakistan is presently an epicenter of terrorism was aptly put forth, at the forum where it could receive utmost approbation. It may seem quite true on the face of it, but what needs to be explored and brought forward are the dramatis personae continually promulgating this and to analyze behind the scenes ground work shaped during the last decade.
Pakistan is the only country subjected for several years to continuous drone attacks which are also termed by some reviewers as ‘State sponsored assassinations by US’. While the figures of casualties vary on drone attacks, from US official sites versus Pakistan government and independent bodies, there is consensus on some independent analysis. As of Dec 10, 2012, there were total 351 drone attacks in Pakistan, killing 2590 people including 176 children and injuring 3228 people. Since then there have been more than twenty strikes in 2013 alone killing more civilians and children. Not a single victim has was ever accused of any specific crime or allowed to answer those charges before an impartial judge — constitutional rights guaranteed to all persons.
According to a CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict) report ” Equally heartbreaking is the psychological toll. One need not have his or her home destroyed, or a loved one killed, by a drone strike to be traumatized. The mere sound of an approaching drone, in fact, can be just as devastating as its detonation. I have heard Pakistanis speak about children in the tribal areas who become hysterical when they hear the characteristic buzz of a drone. “ the report also mentioned that drones frequently “hum overhead” 24 hours a day, and that six of them sometimes linger above the same area — “often flying close to the ground and putting people in constant fear of being hit.” Imagine the effect this has on psyches, and particularly on young ones already scarred by war and displacement. In this regard, it is pertinent to mention here that Malala Yousafzai represents not only young victims of suicide attacks but also the damage done directly or indirectly due to drones.
Research also tells us that the innocent people who are traumatized in similar ways living under continuous threat are the softest targets for psychological enticement. Those who want to avenge their loved ones killed by drones including babies, women and aged family members may therefore be particularly prone. It has time and again been emphasized by the analysts as well as the political leaders in Pakistan that drone attacks are a major cause as well as a claim of justification for terrorist assaults. If the impacts of terrorism and suicide attacks in Pakistan are analyzed in terms of benefactors, one can speedily come to the conclusion that most of the so-called Taliban merely act as marionette and are serving foreign connivers who engineer, coax and trigger suicide attacks.
In addition, the earlier observations of many analysts are now being established in the form of hard core facts based on recent evidences that terrorism is one major form of covert war orchestrated by external enemies of Pakistan. Not only behind some terrorist groups and parties in Karachi, but also behind many factions of so-called Talibans, teeming support from across Pakistan’s borders in the form of tactical planning, design, finances, equipment and weapons has always existed, which has significantly amplified during the last decade. Most of the spying equipment, weapons and various forms of sophisticated and crude ammo used in terrorism are apparently being supplied through Afghanistan borders. It is worthwhile to note here that there is a multitude of Indian Consulates as well as intelligence offices near Pakistan borders.
One may wonder on the aims and objectives of establishing three consulates and some three dozen facilitation cum intelligence centers just on Afghan-Pakistan border. The direct borders with Pakistan do not have as many offices or consulates. Obviously, there is no Indian civilians there who need to be facilitated through these offices. As once also declared by Ex-President Parvaiz Musharraf, “What is the interest of India in these two consulates (at Kandhar and Jalalabad), nothing other than carrying out, aiding, abetting terrorism in Pakistan — stabbing Pakistan in the back”. It can very easily be inferred that foreign nationals with unclear motives and perhaps the merchandise coming, in the name of trade to Pakistan through Afghanistan, are extraneously facilitated than through direct borders. This may aid in further understanding what the facilitated foreign nationals may be doing for several years just in the border areas of Pakistan including Waziristan, Dir and Chamman.
On top of everything is the fact that whenever the leadership in Pakistan gets close to dealing peacefully and negotiating with so-called Talibans, there is colossal hue and cry globally, many are prompted at local forums in saying that the factions of taliban are not identifiable, which ones are required to join the negotiation table or perhaps they are not worth it. On the other hand, the drone attacks and the suicide attacks come quickly into play such that the negotiating parties become astringent again. Recently, the suicide attack on one major group by another so-called taliban faction, may suffice to give food for thought to people who are still in doubt. The need is to clearly flesh out the foreign involvement behind the most controversial and damaging episodes of the recent past.
Climate warfare is also alleged to have played a vital role in achieving maligned designs in Pakistan, starting from 2005 earthquake in Mansehra and Kashmir to most of the floods and the recent two earthquakes at the 7.8 intensity in Quetta and Sindh. Mansehra and Kashmir still have many foreigners who came as relief workers and engineers. Needless to emphasize global interest in the Reqo-Diq mines and usage of border belt of Pakistan for its significance as trade corridor from Waziristan to Chamman to Gwadar. Interestingly, the epicenters have been where our enemies could have most wished.
a. Rediff.com November 11, 2010
b. The Hindu
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