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Pakistan Loses A Match, Wins Rare Unity

Posted by yourpakistan on March 31, 2011


Mosques, churches, Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples were united in special prayers for the national team. Party flags disappeared in favor of the national flag, and Pakistanis learned a valuable lesson: an over-politicized nation has better things to do than watch boring politicians shouting on equally boring talk shows.

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Many Pakistanis were struck by the scenes they saw on the streets of Islamabad and Rawalpindi today: smiling shopkeepers, courteous car drivers and jolly passersby. The scenes were almost similar in Pakistani cities like Quetta, Karachi and Muzaffarabad. Teenagers painted their cheeks in the colors of the Green and the Crescent, and shops and offices displayed homemade and professional banners in support of the national team. Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Hindu places of worship across Pakistan were on the same page today. A nation demoralized by political and economic mess and beset by the disaster of fighting someone else’s failed war was suddenly transformed in the days leading up to today’s match.

Pakistani cricket team lost the match in the 2011 World Cup semifinal against India on Indian home turf. The defeat was minor: 29 runs short of victory. It seemed like a win that turned into defeat toward the end.

But more important than anything else, a nation divided by petty politics was united in a way not seen in a long time. It appeared Pakistanis wanted an excuse to show unity.

Instead of the flags of the failed political parties which dominate the landscape, this was a day for the Pakistani flag, which was seen in abundance in all the major cities and towns.

For a change, political talk shows that have nothing to offer except screaming, unimaginative and divisive politicians, took a backseat. An over-politicized nation got a break from politics and focused on other pursuits that make life beautiful.

Pakistanis were hurting after the defeat in front of the Indian team, make no mistake about that.

This is no ordinary sporting event. See the Indian reactions that preceded the match. A parrot owned by a roadside Indian fortune teller was killed by Hindu extremists for predicting a Pakistani win. Also, Indian hackers attacked Pakistani websites that predicted an Indian defeat. The worst thing to happen in Pakistan in the run up to the match was comments similar to what a Facebook user wrote on the wall of a Pakistani group for cricket fans after end of the match: “I still love my team … and I still hate END-ia!”

But generally Pakistanis did not resort to exaggerated expressions of rivalry, as in the Indian cases of the murdered parrot and the hacking of Pakistani sports websites.

For Pakistanis, it’s tough losing a match against India. Forget all the niceties about this being ‘just a game’. There is a reason why sporting events between Pakistan and India are so charged. It’s a war without bullets. Pakistanis can’t forget that India is the country that invaded Pakistan without provocation in 1971 and cut it in two. India dragged the region into a nuclear arms race. And India is yet to stop indirect claims to Pakistani territory. Lastly, the Indians are using the foreign-occupied territory of Afghanistan to arm and send terrorists into Pakistan and kill Pakistanis.

So, for Pakistan, the winner of the 1992 World Cup, it’s difficult to be defeated in the 2011 semifinal in front of India when victory was so close. But theirs is a team that did reach the semifinal against great odds. And, more importantly, Pakistanis displayed unity despite a failed and divisive political culture, and despite foreign intervention by governments that encourage dividing Pakistanis between ‘liberals vs. extremists’ and ‘secular vs. Islamists’ in order to perpetuate a failed war in Afghanistan.

This match has shown that if we stop fighting other people’s wars and stop letting politics dominate everything, then we can recreate Pakistan’s golden age of the mid twentieth century, when Pakistan made impressive strides in culture, sports and economy.

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Pakistan Replaces USZ with China as its Principal Arms Supplier

Posted by yourpakistan on March 30, 2011


Latest reports confirm that Pakistan is beefing up its arsenal of long-range missiles by embracing China as its new strategic arms partner and backing away from the USZ, analysts have told Fox News. Pakistan earlier this month test-fired a nuclear-capable missile from an undisclosed location – the second in a month of try-outs for its short-range surface-to-surface Hatf 2 class rocket, co-developed with the Chinese. It was the latest in a series of arms collaborations between the two nations, which view their strategic partnership as a counterweight to a boldly arrogant inhumane India, which has American support.

Until the mid-1960s, the United States of Zionism was the principal supplier of weapons to Pakistan, one of the world’s most-powerful nuclear nations. But the USZ began to back away from the relationship after years of difficult and sometimes unpredictable relations following the 9/11 attacks. “China is perceived as not coming with nearly as many strings attached as relations with the United States of Zionism”, said Nate Hughes, director of military analysis at Stratfor, an intelligence website run by former CIA operatives. This was starkly marked in November when on the same day the USZ delivered some of the 18 F-16s it had pledged to Pakistan, Islamabad announced it had ordered an arsenal of SD10 mid-range homing missiles and radar systems to equip its JF-17 Thunder jet fighters from China.

More is on the way. China is scheduled to send Pakistan 250 JF-17s over the next five to 10 years, a $1.3b deal to buy J-10 fighters and a recent order for six submarines, all advanced under-sea vessels with an air independent propulsion system. Earlier this month, China formally began the construction of two state-of-the-art fast-attack missile crafts for the Pakistan Navy, in addition to eight F22P war frigates it ordered from Beijing back in 2005. Although the value of these contracts are kept a tight secret, some want to know how Pakistan can commit such enormous resources to defence spending. That locks Pakistan into a deeper relationship with China, arguably an additional downside when diversity of suppliers is a standard policy in many countries to ensure accessibility to weaponry. “It creates a dependency, especially when you start to talk about sophisticated modern technology. You create dependency in terms of upgrades, in terms of spare parts and ammunition, contractor relationships and training,” said Hughes.

 

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New Delhi Finally Submits To General Kayani, DG ISI Pasha

Posted by yourpakistan on March 29, 2011


Wants To Open Talks With Pakistan Army Chief And The Spy Boss

An Indian government source in New Delhi tells Daily Mail’s Ajay Mehta that the Indian government has instructed its envoy in Islamabad to start contacting the Pakistani military in an effort to expand the scope of Pak-India official engagement.

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India has asked its envoy in Pakistan to open channels of communication with Pakistan Army Chief General Pervez Kayani as well as ISI chief Shuja Pasha, which, if the two agree, could open up new possibilities of engagement between Pakistan and India.

“We have given the green signal,” an Indian government source confirms. As new efforts are launched for Pak-Indian talks, there is realization in the Indian capital that its efforts to talk are incomplete because there is no communication with the Pakistan Army — effectively the real power center.

The Indian diplomatic outreach to General Kayani is under the rubric of engaging all stakeholders, an approach that won’t attract extra attention, Indian officials hope. However, Kayani is yet to respond to Indian overtures.

Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani has accepted Manmohan Singh’s invitation to attend the World Cup cricket semi-final match in Mohali this week. While the event is not expected to significantly alter bilateral ties, it may clear the air.

India remains hesitant about including the Pakistani Army Chief in the official dialogue. In 2009, ISI chief General Ahmed Shuja Pasha attended an Iftar dinner at the residence of Indian envoy to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal, which was seen to herald some kind of a thaw.

Earlier, too, India showed interest in engaging the Pakistani Army Chief, but to little avail. The Pakistani Army Chief leads the strategic dialogue process with the US, which includes both civilian and military components. But India remains wedded to the civilian establishment. Kayani is a different kettle of fish. His earlier statements on Indian threat projections and the centrality of those projections in Pakistani military preparedness have shown him to be bold when it comes to Pakistan’s India policy.

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For the sheeple of Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on March 28, 2011


How many of you are fully cognizant of the risks involved in taking out a revolutionkeeping in mind the threats that we face from our Western border (USZ) and the Eastern border (India & Israhell)?

If you did not know, the USZ has been waiting for a very long time for the security situation of Pakistan to deteriorate so that it can move inside and seize Pakistani nuclear assets. Israhell on the other hand has been advising, training and equipping Indian armed forces deployed in Jammu & Kashmir for close to roughly 10 years now. Indian fighter aircrafts, missiles and other military hardware developmental programs that were still on the drawing board for the past 30 years, have all of recently started seeing the light of the day. Its moving its dependence from Russian hardware to American and Israhelli because they are being more helpful to it in bringing us down. So when and if a war breaks out or the situation gets worse (like Tunisia, Egypt or Libya) USZ special forces along with heavy air cover from their aircraft carriers that are just a stones throw away from entering our waters, are going to come in and seize the nuclear sites and hardware (armaments) while the Indian Army would invade from the East and “help” with air support in attacking our armed forces or for that matter any other sort of resistance.

But they cannot do this as long as the security situation in Pakistan is contained in a small area and not widespread. And plus until they have the exact location of all our nuclear missiles. In the first Gulf War, USZ special forces along with Israhelli special forces killed close to 3,000 of their nuclear scientists before going in to destroy whatever nuclear related R&D work was present. In the second Gulf War they did the same but this time they also went after Army officers, government employees and others who were loyal to the Iraqi people. After the human command and control structure had been completely erased, important buildings (sewage & water pipelines, hospitals, factories, roads, bridges etc) were laser designated and bombed in the air campaign known as ‘Shock and Awe’, ground troops were deployed.

Even though they still have not been able to take over Iraq, the death toll of the civilian population has been so great that if you knew even 1% of the misery those poor souls go through, you would feel like ripping your heart out. The rebels are resisting but they need help in getting their country back. Same thing happened with Afghanistan but in their case, since they did not have an easily recognizable command and control structure or people it was hard to track and identify any of them, without getting on ground first. They overcame this obstacle by creating their own brand of taliban, the TTP. Now these guys previously identified and located most of the groups loyal to Pakistan. When the war started, those loyal to Pakistan were taken out first and then their people made to work for them under the threat of death, destruction to their families. It took the Pakistan Army/ISI and allied (the real taliban) assets some time in clearing up the water but they were finally able to do so and that is when we started winning the ‘War on Terror’ and they (the USZ) started losing it.

One such fine example is operation ‘Rah-e-Rast’. Many people do not know about this but those who were connected to it somehow say that after routing the (fake) taliban from Swat, the security situation in Pakistan changed drastically to such an extent that foreign military experts were shocked because in their expert opinion the Pakistan Army level of preparedness and their command and control structure would have taken them close to three years in routing out the (fake) taliban from Swat, instead of a month’s time. The few odd bombings that you sometimes hear about in the news are what you call in spy lingo, from sleeper agents. One does not know who or where they are until and unless they have not completed their work or you have the list of the person who knows where they are. We recently got a break in this department of espionage with the capture of USZ special forces operative, Raymond Allen Davis. Anyone recall the bomb attack on ISI headquarters in Faisalabad a few days before R.A.D was released? Reports were circulating that RAD had disclosed the location of some TTP hideouts, which in turn had been successfully taken out by the security apparatus of Pakistan. But since there is not one operative working over here with such agents under his command, a sleeper from another agent’s pool was sent ahead with that bombing on the ISI HQ.

Why do these guys always target the military? Why not the civilians or the bureaucrats, government employees? Because they do not hold any power to dislodge them. As long as the military structure is intact the security threats to the state of Pakistan will always be at a minimum. Now coming to another aspect of Pakistani politics, If you guys have been following the recent developments you would have seen the SC repeatedly threatening the civil government to do its bidding or else it will have its decision enforced with the help of the armed forces. A very strong nexus has been in development between the Pakistan Army and the Supreme Court for quite some time now. A nexus which is proving to be very perplexing and difficult to discredit or dislodge.

Now coming to main thing at hand, there is widespread talk and indications that the Supreme Court might dissolve the current government setup and install a caretaker government in its place. Now this caretaker government is being said, will be constituted from the young generation. An example would be those who have just given their CSS, PCS exams etc or are already working in the government or in some other non-governmental setup. So if you happen to be in such a position then best of luck, if not then get yourself in place but if you cannot then do not despair, just keep working or studying because when the time comes everyone will be called upon to work for his country and then you too will get a chance. In the meantime, read and educate yourselves as much as you can because when the time comes, you wont have any time to read except to act.

Submitted by Muhammed Ahmed ShoaibPakistan Cyber Force

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Kayani Office Delays Report on Military Abuse for US Aid

Posted by yourpakistan on March 27, 2011


Afraid of the Leahy Amendment being imposed on the Pakistan military, the office of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is dragging its feet on the release of a committee report regarding video footage showing cold-blooded execution allegedly by Pakistani soldiers.

That Kayani has his heart in the right place was evident when he fulfilled dreams of a young 12-year-old Najma Gul from Mingora, suffering from Thalassemia, and made her a pilot for a day in the aviation wing of the Pakistan Army, after she was inducted as the first woman pilot of 9 Squadron.

However, when it is a matter of the blockage of eagerly sought US dollars as aid to an army hard hit while fighting militancy and terrorism, it is more a matter of the head over the heart.

A ‘Leahy Amendment’ is a provision in an authorization act (such as an annual Foreign Operations Authorization Act, or an annual National Defence Authorization Act) either limiting support to foreign countries or certain elements of a foreign government (such as a particular military unit) for failure to comply with human rights standards. Leahy Amendments are commonly attached to security assistance and defence authorisations.

To ensure compliance with various Leahy Amendments, the State Department conducts ‘human rights vetting’ of governments or units the US is considering providing training, equipment, or other support under authorities covered by a Leahy Amendment, prior to the support being provided.

If the committee report says that Pakistani soldiers were guilty of human right abuse then according to the US Leahy Amendment, ‘no assistance can be provided to a foreign security force unit if there is credible evidence that the unit has committed gross violations of human rights’. In order for the US government to be in compliance with the Leahy Amendment in Pakistan, it must review the human rights record of Pakistani security force units that are potential recipients of US assistance. The Pentagon is not exempted from this requirement.

In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on March 25, US Defence Secretary Gates publicly stated that he was mindful of the Leahy Amendment yet it was unclear that it was actually being implemented. The request by President Obama for an additional $1.496 billion in security assistance for Pakistan for FY2011 makes thorough vetting of Pakistani military units a priority, says the Refugees International.

Each time ISPR DG General Athar Abbas is approached on the findings of the committee report, he says it is still in process, also admitting that he has no knowledge of how the Leahy Amendment will hit Pakistan if implemented.

Many had lauded the decision of General Kayani when on October 8, 2010, he had sent up a board of inquiry to establish the true identity of uniformed personnel and the veracity of the video footage. The board was to be headed by a major general, a two star officer of Pakistan Army. He was assisted by two/three senior officers with the experience of investigating into such incidents. Necessary technical expertise will be made available to the board.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani referred back to his Command Directive on the issues of human rights and extrajudicial killings, and stated that such violations of his orders, if true, will not be tolerated. He categorically stated that it is not expected of a professional army to engage in excesses against the people whom it is trying to guard against the scourge of terrorism. Expressing his determination to take strictest possible disciplinary action against the perpetrators, if identified to be soldiers of Pakistan Army, he termed the incident unacceptable under any circumstances. He emphasized that Rules of Engagement (ROE) are sacrosanct.

According to the Refugees International, the US State Department has documented reports of arbitrary or unlawful killings by government agents, including targeted killings of individuals accused of crimes as a result of excessive physical abuse while in custody. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) reported between 300 and 400 extrajudicial killings by security forces during counterinsurgency operations in 2009, reports of which continue in 2010. In part because of the prevailing insecurity in areas of combat and in part because the military restricts access to journalists and society groups, it is difficult to document human rights violations. A number of activists in Pakistan expressed fear to Refugees International of reporting on military abuses.

It is of the view that the US and other donors desire to support the Pakistani military to perform civilian duties because ‘it can get the job done’ is short-sighted. While the Pakistani Army may have the capacity to implement reconstruction programmes, especially in unstable areas, its dominant role is preventing its civilian counterpart from performing such responsibilities. This is particularly relevant in the Fata, where the US should find ways to strengthen the civilian government and enhance the overall development of this impoverished area, on the basis of communities’ levels of vulnerability and need instead of military expediency.

Military operations in Fata continue to displace thousands of civilians. The role of the Pakistani military in the humanitarian response as well as allegations of human rights abuses in its counterinsurgency operations has yet to be prioritised, particularly by the US government. Simultaneously, US development funding in the Fata is not having its intended impact, while projects that could significantly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis are not receiving enough support. While Refugees International recognizes the complexity of the US role in the region, greater oversight of humanitarian and human rights issues should inform the US government’s strategic partnership with Pakistan.

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Blessing in disguise THAR COAL: By Ch Saqib Idrees Taj

Posted by yourpakistan on March 26, 2011


Whenever I try to write an article I prefer to write on power crisis and its remedy because no country can flourish without cheap energy (electricity, fuel and gas). It affects our industry and agriculture directly.

Currently Pakistan is facing severe energy crisis especially in gas and power, no measures are yet being taken to overcome this shortage on permanent basis, and the present government lacks the ability and interest to do so.

Industry had a severe blow due to energy crisis, our textile sector has almost gone to the edge of bankruptcy. Agriculture is severely affected due to expensive electricity and expensive fertilizers, resulting in 100% increase in food items in just 3 years.

Pakistan is rich with minerals no doubt about it but unfortunately due to dishonest leadership and wrong policies we have pushed Pakistan into serious energy crisis, we are not using technical people rightly most people in government sector are less paid and hired on reference not on merit, people in respective ministry are not technically sound and they lack the ability to take decisions are run projects also they usually fail to manage due to incompetency

We have world largest reservoir of coal in Tharparkar and we have world second largest reservoir of gold and copper in Reko Diq and also we have world best and cheapest man power

If Pakistani government focuses on these two projects on emergency basis then we can meet our financial and power requirement within few years.

According to experts Tharcoal is unmineable and for such type of coal Americans has devised a procedure to convert this underground coal into coal gas similar to suigas and then we can use this gas to make electricity, fertilizer and diesel. Currently Dr Smar Mubarik Mand and his team from Atomic Energy commission are working on it, I think that he is still facing financial problems and lack of interest from Government of Pakistan and I heard him once saying that nobody asked him to work on this project but he himself started afterwards he got some government support.

According to Dr Samar Mubarak this is clean energy as it will not pollute environment. Because when we do underground gasification carbon particles are 10 times less in this gas compared to coal when burned. And the Carbon dioxide CO2 is recaptured after combustion and re-injected in the gasifier well for further gasification.

The cost of electricity from this is 3 to 4 cent per unit < 3.5 Rupees/unit which is cheap and capital investment is 1$/KW, as compared to energy from coal 1.6$/KW, Hydel 2.3$/KW and nuclear power 3.5$/KW.

Also we can get diesel from this coal gas and it will cost 17-20$/barrel whereas crude oil price in open market is 80$/barrel and diesel price 250$/barrel.

According to rough estimation we have around 175 billion tons of coal in Tharparkar but actually it is much higher than estimation. If we still consider this estimation correct we can produce 50,000 MW Electricity for 500 years and every year 100 million barrel diesel can be extracted for 500 years according to Dr Samar Mubarak and his research team. It means we can export diesel instead of importing and it means we can save a lot of money.

In Punjab university chemical department research students have successfully demonstrated extraction of diesel from coal gas, it means we do have research facilities and talent but no supervision and funding. We should upgrade our top notch universities to international standards and provide research facilities with proper funding. Petroleum and Mining engineering should be uplifted so that we can produce good engineers and technicians at home.

Allah SWT has gifted us with enormous hidden treasures all we need a sincere Leader like Imran Khan and a team of intellectuals and technologists who has the ability and qualification to understand and manage such Mega Projects.

Here I want to share an example of Bangladesh who is planning to generate 5,000 megawatt of power by using Underground Coal Gasification technology in the country deepest coalfield of Jamalganj.

As per report, the plan is being considered as Australian company Mitchell Group, USA based Clean Coal Ltd and two other companies from Australia and Canada have proposed the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources to install the quantity of electricity there.

Australian company Mitchel Group recently submitted a proposal to the PM Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury to install the mega power plant. According to the proposal, they want to install a 10MW plant in any coal field in the country on experimental basis.

Earlier the USA based Clean Coal Ltd proposed to install such power plant within 3 to 5 years after signing agreement on build own operate basis.

At the end I want to emphasize on some points that our party should take care of, if they are really serious to bring some change in country

1. Make a strong financial team to develop a strong policy for tax collection from rich and give relaxation to poor

2. Focus on Energy crisis and constitute a team of experts to make parallel policy

3. Agricultural reforms and Textile/industry uplift

4. Clear foreign policy

5. Education emergency

6. Law enforcement

Dams should also be built on emergency basis not only to generate electricity but also for water storage to meet agri demands

Regards,

Ch Saqib Idrees Taj

ME Telecom Engg(Aust), BE Elect Engg(UET LHR)

Member PEC, PCO-134

Spokesman for IT&T Punjab

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Pakistan: The Silent Coup

Posted by yourpakistan on March 25, 2011


Feroz Khan is a Toronto based political analyst with interests in military history and issues of conflict management and conflict resolution. Khan has contributed this exclusive piece for PTH which we are posting here. We should clarify that the views expressed are those of the author and PTH does not subscribe to them. However, this piece raises pertinent issues for a debate. Therefore, we are publishing it without prejudice to anyone.

The pointing finger points to the silence of the Pakistani army towards the murders of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. Has no one wondered why the security establishment has been so silent on the issue? Can no one hear the loudness of this silence? When something is too obvious, it is not really obvious and when all other possibilities are eliminated, what is left no matter how improbable is always the truth.

There are serious things presently afoot in Pakistan and the events clearly hint of a massive imbalancing of the scales of political power in Pakistan. There is a silent coup d’ etat underway in Pakistan and Pakistan, as a state, is quickly becoming a state of martial law. Two events, isolated yet connected, have changed the nature of power in Pakistan and those two events were the extensions given to General Kayani as the Chief of Army Staff and to General Pasha as the head of Inter-Services-Intelligence (ISI).

What these extensions imply is that the Pakistani military and the Pakistani military intelligence (ISI) have institutionally merged and the idea of a political power, which was always considered to rest with the chief of the army staff, will now be equally shared between the chief of the army staff and the director-general of the ISI.

This means that the pantomime of a civilian democracy in Pakistan has become irrelevant and the civilian government has become a bonsai government and the Pakistani army, sub voce, has become an autonomous center of power in Pakistan accountable to no one but its own ideological worldview and its own metrics of interest in the Pakistani political system. It also means that interregnum of democracy in Pakistani politics, which started in 2008, may be coming to an end.

In a sense, both Generals Kayani and Pasha had held important positions during General Musharraf’s military rule and with both having secure extensions to their tenures, it can be safely said that Pakistan has reverted to the status quo of February 2008; a state of political reality which had existed in Pakistan before the elections of February 2008.

Also, the military rule that started in 1999, with a lapse of three years from 2008-2011, has been reestablished. It means that the policies of the Musharraf era vis-a-vis Afghanistan, India and towards the United States will be followed faithfully by the dyarchy of Kayani and Pasha. This means that with the end game in Afghanistan fast approaching its point of eventual terminality, there will be resurgence in the Pakistani Army-ISI’s support of jihadi organizations and groups as possible strategic assets to secure its interests in a post-Americanized Afghanistan.

This also means that the military-mullah alliance had to be re -calibrated in view of these newly emerging realities and obstacles to that alliance had to be removed. The murders of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti and the silencing of all liberal dissent against the spread of an intolerant religious ideology have to been seen and understood in the light of this shared consensus between the Pakistani military, ISI and the religious groups in Pakistan.

The Pakistani media’s role is, and has been, the vocalization of this agreement and to facilitate this aim by creating a climate of fear, hostility and insecurity in which no voice can be raised against this development; the cementing of the Pakistani military’s ideological and political view point onto the politics of Pakistan.

This coup d’ etat, by the Pakistani military, is different from the past coups in Pakistani history. Unlike the past coups, this time the military has no wish to share power with the civilian politicians and unlike the past, where it covertly supported the religious parties; it is now overtly supporting the religious parties’ attempts to influence political power by its silence and refusal to condemn their acts of terror and violence in Pakistan.

The glue, which is binding and reinforcing this alliance is the fact that both the military and the religious groups in Pakistan see eye to eye and agree on the key issues of foreign policy, domestic politics, ideological moorings of Pakistan and on their political perceptions on what is the right course of action in Pakistani politics: the move towards an ideologically conservative society, which protects the traditional roles of the military and the religious groups as the defenders of Pakistan’s ideological, geographic and moral frontiers.

It is in this vortex that the story of Raymond Davis starts to make sense and it is this logic which explains the outbreak of the intelligence war between ISI and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Once the CIA realized that it could not count on ISI to tackle the problem of jihadi organizations acting against the United States interests, it decided to act unilaterally to deal with the problem and this act of independence by CIA threatened ISI, and Pakistani military’s strategic calculations towards the region (read post- United States’ influenced Afghanistan).

Therefore, CIA and its unilateral policies in Pakistan had to be stopped at all costs and it is within this prism that the murders of Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti also make sense. If the politics of Taseer and Bhatti had been allowed to be successful, and the repeals to the Blasphemy Laws had, indeed, been affected, it would have immeasurably strengthened the cause of liberal-secular politics in Pakistan and would have caused untold harm to the military-mullah alliance itself. Both Samaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti were seen as a threat not because they had the political constituencies of support behind them, but because they had the potential to galvanize such a constituency not only within Pakistan, but also internationally and that would have undermined the military’s traditional importance to the United States as the sole interlocutor for the United States’ interests in Pakistani politics.

Frederick the Great of Prussia had once remarked “audace, tojour, audace” on the eve of a battle to his generals telling them that it was audacity, which won battles and not courage. The first rule of a successful coup is not to be losing side and the second rule is to do everything possible to make sure that one comes out on the winning side and this is exactly what has happened in Pakistan.

Faced with the prospect of a defeat and the lessening of its role in Pakistani politics and internationally, the Pakistani military mounted a desperate coup d’etat inside Pakistan to secure its long term interests and the first shots of this coup, which were heard all over the world were fired on January 4th 2011 and since then, Pakistan has become a different country and because of this, may be, the world has also changed.

 

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Persona Non Grata: US Agrees to Recall 331 ‘Diplomatic Staffers’

Posted by yourpakistan on March 24, 2011


By Asad Kharal

According to a deal reached between relevant officials of Pakistan and the US in exchange for the release of US national Raymond Davis, as many as 331 US officials, most of whom are suspected of being engaged in espionage under diplomatic cover, have been identified to leave the country. Pakistani authorities, The Express Tribune learnt, have agreed that these US officials would not be declared ‘persona non grata’ if they left the country voluntarily within a stipulated time.

Previously, Pakistan was almost ready to summarily expel these persons, who have various levels of diplomatic immunity, as most of them were issued Pakistani visas without getting prior No-Objection Certificates (NOC) following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), sources familiar with the matter revealed.

According to the Standard Operating Procedures, all embassy and consulate staff working under different diplomatic covers like contractors, consultants, technicians and administrative staff were required to be vetted by relevant officials before issuing them visas.

Pakistani officials while handing over a list to the US officials had demanded that these US officials should be recalled immediately. When Pakistan was assured that they will leave the country within the stipulated period, it extended assurances that these US officials will not be declared persona non grata.

This was one of the salient features of the secret deal which is also said to include a substantial increase in aid, weapons and mandatory scrutiny of all persons seeking diplomatic immunity. Intelligence officials said that Pakistani authorities had been trying to “trap someone to expose the cover of these consultants and technicians in front of the world community and Pakistani people”.

With the help of this achievement, Pakistan has successfully neutralised operatives of ‘friends’ (allies in the war in terrorism) involved in anti-state activities against our sovereignty.

The Express Tribune learnt that Pakistan has devised “an adequate response policy to counter the severity of our friends’ reaction”. An official, who is privy to these developments, said that most of the suspected persons on the list were “involved in suspicious activities, including photographing and filming of sensitive installations like air bases (Warsak, near Peshawar and Multan), defence bunkers along the Pakistan-India border near Lahore, recruiting persons supporting their activities and launching local people for suspicious activities by offering lucrative benefits”.

Sources familiar with the issue said that Raymond Davis case had firmly established the veracity of some Pakistani authorities’ insistence on stopping “out-of-context additions” of diplomatic immunity in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2011.

 

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Terror Threat looms as Pakistan Qualifies for Cricket World Cup Semi Final, to be Played in India

Posted by yourpakistan on March 23, 2011


Hindu Terror outfits to disrupt Pakistan Semi Final should India fail to qualify. Significant threat of terror attacks targetting Pakistan cricketers and citizens travelling to India to attend games.

Breaking News Exclusive | Dan QayyumPKKH

Pakistan team management is set to be briefed by Pakistani intelligence officials on the increased terror and disruption threats from Hindu extremist groups based in India, in the wake of Pakistan’s qualification to the Cricket WorldCup Semi Final scheduled to be played in Mohali, India.

Pakistan qualified for the Semi Final after comprehensively beating the West Indies on Wednesday and will be joined in Mohali next Wednesday by the winner of Thursday’s Quarter Final match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, India.

Intelligence sources have specifically pointed out Abhinav Bharat, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrangdal among other Hindu extremist groups as planning to disrupt the next Wednesday’s Semi Final in Mohali should India fail to beat Australia tomorrow and qualify. Specific threats against the safety of Pakistan’s cricket team were issued earlier this month by Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, warning Pakistan not to send its team to Mumbai – which is scheduled to host the final on April 2nd.

‘We have reports of VHP and Bajrangdal, among other Hindu terror outfits, planning to disrupt the Mohali game in case India does not qualify, or if it appears at any point in the match that it may lose to Pakistan – if it does qualify,’ said an intelligence official while speaking on condition of anonymity.

‘We are aware of the militant wing of Abhinav Bharat recently meeting senior Bajrangdal and VHP leaders in Gandhi Nagar. Indian media has already raised the bogey of supposed LeT (Lashkar-e-Tayba) terror threats which makes it easier for these Hindu terrorist groups to take advantage and carry out a terror attack to sabotage the final in Mumbai, incase India is booted out by Pakistan in the semifinal. The team hotels in Mohali and Mumbai (should Pakistan qualify) would also be under threat’, he added.

On Tuesday Pakistan Cricket Board officially requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure fool-proof security for its players if they qualify for the World Cup Semi Final and Final due to be held in India.

“Given the threats made by the Shiv Sena party warning Pakistan about playing in Mumbai and also statements made by some other extremist elements, the board just wants to be sure everything is in place if the team has to play in India,” another reliable source said. He said the PCB had contacted the ICC and asked the world body to ensure that Pakistan faced no problems playing in India.

Sources said that Pakistan foreign and interior ministries had already been in touch with their Indian counterparts to ensure proper security for the Pakistani players if they have to play in India. Following their qualification to the Semi Finals due to be held in Mohali, Pakistani diplomatic sources in India have confirmed the team will be thoroughly briefed upon landing in India on the security threats and risks involved in playing on Indian soil. Plans to swiftly evacuate the team from the Stadium and from the team hotel in event of trouble are also being drawn up.

Investigations in India recently have unearthed Hindu extremist groups’ involvement in a large number of terror attacks in India over the last few years, including the Ajmer Dargah blast, Malegaon blasts, Mecca Masjid blast among others. In another incident over 60 Pakistani citizens were burnt alive when the Samjhauta Express train travelling to Lahore, Pakistan from Delhi was bombed by Abhinav Bharat.

A number of arrests made during these investigations include serving Indian army officers who are said to have supplied the terror groups with explosives. Indian authorities and media had initially blamed Lashkar-e-Tayba for these attacks.

“The Indians have also issued visas to around 3000 Pakistanis wishing to travel to India for the World Cup semifinal and final and obviously their security is also a concern for the Pakistan government,” the source said.

India have not played Pakistan in any bilateral series since the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008. Pakistani cricketers have also not played in Indian Premier League after 2008.

“Pakistani players have not played in India since the first edition of the IPL in early 2008, so obviously the PCB wants to be sure the players are not uncomfortable going to India,” the source said.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi had initially said that his team would prefer to play its quarterfinal or semifinal out of India because of the pressure involved in playing in front of Indian crowd. Afridi later retracted his statement saying that Pakistan were willing to play at any venue including India as their main emphasis was on cricket and doing well on the field.

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U.S. Lashes Pakistan-China Atomic Deal

Posted by yourpakistan on March 22, 2011


U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said an atomic trade deal between China and Pakistan goes against Beijing’s commitments as part of an international nuclear export control group, Asian News International reported on Saturday (see GSN, March 9).

Chinese firms intend to build two new 340-megawatt light-water reactors at Pakistan’s Chashma Nuclear Power Plant, according to previous reports.

“We expect China to abide by the commitments that it made when it joined the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2004, and in particular we think the construction of new nuclear reactors such as the Chashma 3 and 4 would be inconsistent with those commitments,” Blake said. “That remains our longstanding position.”

The 46-nation export control organization has largely sought to limit member nations’ atomic dealings only to those countries that have signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Nuclear-armed Pakistan has not signed the treaty.

China has contended the two new reactors at Chashma should be permitted by the nuclear export group because Chinese involvement at the nuclear site predates the nation’s NSG membership.

While underlining U.S. opposition to the Pakistan-China nuclear deal, Blake said Washington understood “the need to support Pakistan’s energy development.” He said the United States has tried to assist Pakistan to “not only refurbish some of its existing [energy production] capacity to make it more efficient … but to look at new ways to help, again, meet those energy challenges.”

The Obama administration has turned down repeated calls from Islamabad for civilian atomic assistance (seeGSN, March 18).

New Delhi has also voiced strong reservations to the Pakistan-China deal.

Blake, however, said New Delhi had not requested that Washington take a more strident stand against the nuclear deal: “Not beyond what we’ve already talked about which is again, to hold Pakistan to its NSG commitments. I think that’s their principal concern as well.”

The United States joined other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency governing board earlier this month in unanimously voting to approve a plan for monitoring the planned third and fourth reactors at Chashma.

“[Indian officials] also understand that Pakistan has severe energy needs and that this affects internal stability and therefore it’s important for all countries to help … Pakistan to meet its own energy needs and that in turn can help, for example, many businesses get back on their feet and employ more people,” Blake said (Asian News International/Sify.com, March 19).

“What I’d like to emphasize is that it’s very important that on the one hand China observe its NSG obligations, but on the other hand, that the international community do as much as possible to help Pakistan to meet its energy needs. …We think there’s a lot that can be done in non-nuclear areas that help do that,” Blake was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying.

Blake, the State Department’s point man for South and Central Asian Affairs, said he had not discussed Beijing’s nuclear dealings with Pakistan when he met with Chinese officials last week (K.J.M. Varma, Press Trust of India/Deccan Herald, March 19).

 

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