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Posted by yourpakistan on May 31, 2011

PKKH Editorial

Those whose faith only increased when people said, ‘Fear your enemy: they have amassed a great army against you,’ and who replied, ‘Allah is enough for us; He is the best protector’ – Quran 3:173

Pakistan has on its east a hostile neighbour almost five times bigger in size. Its military is more than twice the size of Pakistan’s army in personnel, and almost four times in military equipment and hardware. Its economy is over 10 times the size of Pakistan’s.

Moreover it has never accepted Pakistan’s existance and continues to dream of ‘un-doing’ Pakistan’s creation. It has been successful in dismembering Pakistan after conspiring with traitors within the land and taking advantage of internal political differences and weaknesses.

Pakistan’s neighbour on the east, spends billions on covert and intelligence operations in Pakistani territory. It funds thinktanks and lobbyists around the world to undermine Pakistan internationally and does not miss any opportunity to question the founding principles of Pakistan. It is supported by regional and international powers both politically and militarily, and continues to buy and upgrade state of the art weaponry directed at Pakistan.

Despite all of this, over the last ten years India has relatively been the ‘easier’ neighbour to deal with – because on Pakistan’s west lies Afghanistan, home to the armies and intelligence networks of around thirty-six nations spending over three billion dollars every month to occupy that land. These are highly trained and experienced armies and intelligence agencies, including some of the most powerful agencies in the world such as the CIA, Mossad and the MI6 – plus a host of other European intelligence units. Supporting them are around 94,000 US soldiers, 48,000 NATO forces, 20,000 security contractors (read mercenaries) and over 100,000 strong Afghan National Army under direct US command. The target, as has become increasingly apparent in the last few months and years, has always been Pakistan.

Defending Pakistan

With resources that are a drop in the ocean compared to what Pakistan’s enemies are spending, Pakistan’s armed forces have been Alhamdolillah successful in defending Pakistan’s existance – minor incidents aside.

Pakistan is fighting a war – make no mistake about it. It is fighting not just the enemy within, funded and armed by hostile forces on the other side of Pakistan’s western borders, but it is also fighting the greater objectives of Afghanistan’s occupation by Western forces as well as India’s attempts to take advantage of its destabilization.

Pakistan’s nuclear programme has always been seen as a threat by the West.

Afghanistan’s occupation by design intended to destabilize Pakistan enough for its nuclear programme’s safety and validity to be questioned. India jumped on board as it saw an opportunity to cut Pakistan to size sitting in America’s lap in Afghanistan – as it had earlier sat in the Soviets’ lap.

You only have to look as far as Libya, and probably Syria in the near future, to see the fate of nations with weak defences.

Alhamdolillah compared to the sheer size of the threats Pakistan faces, the losses It has taken are negligable. Although valuable lives have been lost in hundreds of terror incidents directly related to the occupation of Afghanistan, when Muslims fight wars they do not mourn their losses, they take pride in their martyrs.

Keeping the faith

Pakistan may take more hits in future. Our resolve will be tested. The enemy wants to weaken Pakistan’s defenses, its armed forces, and they are putting all their military might and resources towards it.

We need to stay vigilant, and our role continues to work towards bringing the armed forces and the citizens closer, and not allow the enemy to force us to doubt those who have laid down their lives and achieved miracles with Allah SWT’s blessing in the last ten years defending this land.

Traitors within us are already using recent incidents to justify their anti-army agendas, calling for defence spending cuts, calling for resignations and to bring the ISI under Rehman Malik / Zardari’s control, in other words under US control. The court case in US is designed to declare the ISI a terror outfit.

It is noticable how they never call for mismanagement and incompetency within the government to be stopped, or corruption to be controlled and the money diverted to education and healthcare – no, they call for our defence spending to be diverted instead. Whose agenda are they serving?

The nation and its soldiers need to hold firm and stay united. We’ve held our own despite difficulties and natural disasters of epic proportions, for ten years. We’ve held firm despite internal insurgencies and terrorists being strengthened to massacre our people and test our resolve.

We may be down but we will stand on our feet once again. But InshaAllah when our enemy falls, and they are on their knees, they will not be getting back up.


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Calling America’s Bluff

Posted by yourpakistan on May 30, 2011

HAS Obama unwittingly called his own bluff? The spooky so-called mastermind Osama Bin Laden is rubbed out, courtesy a Hollywood-style hit squad operation. What more is there to say?

Everything, actually. But nervous authorities want to curb jubilation so as not to give the exasperated American public any funny ideas about pulling their stupendously expensive military apparatus out of battered Afghanistan.

Many American tycoons are profiting from these perpetual small wars and, with those profits, calling all the shots in Washington. Yet Bin Laden was apparently out of the active terrorist equation since almost 9/11 itself, cut off from real command except for his role as a symbol for a tiny contingent of angry Arab youth. Can the troops, ‘kill squads’, drones and all please go home?

The quick answer from impervious, imperial Washington is, nothing has changed since Bush told us that everything had changed. The top brass and the arms dealers are addicted to hunting monsters largely of their own making everywhere.

That’s a pricey enterprise for a US leadership that tells its citizens that the country is broke, as if it is the citizenry’s fault and not that of the bankers, brokers and other sleazy-money magicians.

The few Americans who still swallow the official line that the US is in Afghanistan solely to destroy Bin Laden’s organisation are about to face the stark fact that the government has been lying. By poll data, at least two-thirds of Americans want to withdraw troops from Afghanistan now. The declared purpose of the ‘war on terror’ was to snuff out the reputed leader and financier of 9/11, not to crush the Taliban or install the phony democracy Afghanistan now has. George W. Bush showed remarkably little zest in ferreting out the alleged culprit — ‘alleged’ because the US could not prove anything at the time.

Here was a serenely arrogant empire doing what it pleased, gunslinger-style, to destroy an ultimately pathetic, if widely hated, figure.

According to their own ever-shifting accounts, American spokespersons found Bin Laden himself really posed no threat. Al Qaeda was a brand name anyone could adopt. So Bush probably had a point: Bin Laden really wasn’t worth fretting about anymore except as a mobilising figurehead to keep enough of the American public on the government’s side — a war for feeding vast profits into Wall Street, energy companies and other well-connected industries.

Bin Laden was doing invaluable service for American elites by staying alive. Accidentally or not, he fulfilled the dearest desires of Washington’s second-rate right-wing ideologues. Bin Laden and Bush, and their allies, played happily into each other’s hands at the cost of the rest of us. The former sensed that his arrogant enemies would pounce on the opportunity to attack Muslim lands, gut civil rights at home and bankrupt the economy. Once any ‘mission’ is set in motion, as any bureaucrat knows, a hundred additional reasons are concocted to enable it to continue beyond the stated goal.

Yet the US cannot afford to act as the world’s policeman nor even the world’s hit man. The US economy remains on its knees, or at least for 90 per cent of the citizens who find they do not count anymore. Americans reside in a class society where the rules, once somewhat fair, have been reordered to award the rulers total licence. Bin Laden was an excuse, not the reason, why the US plunged so deeply into the Middle East and South Asia.

Does Pakistan owe the US an abject apology for Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad? Must amends be made? Why exactly?

Never forget that Bin Laden surfaced during the 1980s’ Afghan war under the patronage of the US and the Saudis. Bags full of high denomination dollars were stuffed into the tattered pockets of Afghan refugees in Pakistan to lure them to serve the holy cause of expelling the Russians. Later, and not without many warnings, Bin Laden turned against his masters. During the mercifully short rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan, an Islamic mini-caliphate on the model of the earliest Islam was imposed.

Scarcely anyone wants to relive that miserable experience but, foremost, Afghans now want Americans and Nato out.

Bin Laden was briefly a major figure among the Taliban but soon, for his own authoritarian reasons, had to distance himself.

Reporter Robert Fisk met him several times and noticed that Bin Laden preferred Fisk be escorted by his own Al Qaeda guards. Bin Laden clearly felt safer in Pakistan than in Afghanistan, where he was dependent on the fickle Taliban.

Now that he is beneath the waves, there is no central figure to direct the movement, although there will be groups of Muslims who will assume a franchise on Al Qaeda. The next phase will likely be an armed version of Trotskyism, one that will acquire its devotees both among the upper-class and ordinary Muslims without the remotest chance of success.

Bin Laden left no concrete or coherent legacy, except for a vague exhortation to form an Islamic caliphate. Obama never had a better chance to end the military mayhem in Afghanistan yet he looked intent on passing it up. Pakistan owes the US the most abject of apologies only if US forces depart soon. If they don’t, then Bin Laden never mattered and it will be the US that ought to be doling out apologies for all the lies its spokespersons have been telling about its motives in the region.

Source The Dawn

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PNS Mehran Base Attack: Terrorist Were Using Walkie Talkies of NATO Forces

Posted by yourpakistan on May 29, 2011








The Nation Pakistan

The walkie talkies used by the terrorist are used by the NATO forces in Afghanistan. According to the ongoing investigations in the attack on the Pakistan Naval Base Mehran in Karachi, the terrorists were using the LXT 303 walkie talkies made by an American company, Media Reports say. According to the investigation officer, there walkie talkies were specifically made to be used in military operations. The terrorist had at least three walkie talkie sets which were set one channel through which they were contacting each other, Media Reports added.

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Pakistan Shuts Down U.S. ‘Intelligence Fusion’ Cells

Posted by yourpakistan on May 27, 2011

Los Angeles Times

Pakistan also tells the U.S. to cut back its troops in the country, in a move amid deepening mistrust after the U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden and a CIA contractor’s shooting of two Pakistani men. Joints Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen heads to Pakistan for talks. 

Reporting from Washington— In a clear sign of Pakistan’s deepening mistrust of the United States, Islamabad has told the Obama administration to reduce the number of U.S. troops in the country and has moved to close three military intelligence liaison centers, setting back American efforts to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries in largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

The liaison centers, also known as intelligence fusion cells, in Quetta and Peshawar are the main conduits for the United States to share satellite imagery, target data and other intelligence with Pakistani ground forces conducting operations against militants, including Taliban fighters who slip into Afghanistan to attack U.S. and allied forces.

U.S. special operations units have relied on the three facilities, two in Peshawar and one in Quetta, to help coordinate operations on both sides of the border, senior U.S. officials said. The U.S. units are now being withdrawn from all three sites, the officials said, and the centers are being shut down.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the steps are permanent. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew Thursday to Pakistan for a hastily arranged meeting with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the head of the Pakistani army. A Pentagon official said the two will probably discuss Pakistan’s demands for a smaller U.S. military presence.

The closures, which have not been publicly announced, remove U.S. advisors from the front lines of the war against militant groups in Pakistan. U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus spearheaded the effort to increase the U.S. presence in the border areas two years ago out of frustration with Pakistan’s failure to control the militants.

The collapse of the effort will probably hinder the Obama administration’s efforts to gradually push Pakistan toward conducting ground operations against insurgent strongholds in North Waziristan and elsewhere, U.S. officials said.

The Pakistani decision has not affected the CIA’s ability to launch missiles from drone aircraft in northwest Pakistan. Those flights, which the CIA has never publicly acknowledged, receive assistance from Pakistan through intelligence channels separate from the fusion centers, current and former officials said. The move to close the three facilities, plus a recent written demand by Pakistan to reduce the number of U.S. military personnel in the country from approximately 200, signals mounting anger in Pakistan over a series of incidents.

In January, Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor, shot dead two men in Lahore who he said were attempting to rob him. He was arrested on charges of murder but was released and left the country in mid-March, prompting violent protests in several cities.

Soon after, Pakistan ordered several dozen U.S. special operations trainers to leave the country in what U.S. officials believe was retaliation for the Davis case, according to a senior U.S. military officer.

Then, on May 2, five U.S. helicopters secretly entered Pakistani airspace and a team of U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden and four others at a compound in Abbottabad, a military garrison city near the capital, Islamabad. The raid deeply embarrassed Pakistan’s military and inflamed anti-U.S. sentiment across the country.

Javed Hussain, a retired Pakistani brigadier, blamed the decision to close the three intelligence centers on the mistrust that has plagued U.S.-Pakistani relations in recent months. Washington’s decision to carry out the raid against Bin Laden without informing Pakistan’s security establishment brought that mistrust to a new low, he said.

“There is lot of discontent within Pakistan’s armed forces with regard to the fact they’ve done so much in the war on terror, and yet they are not trusted,” Hussain said. “Particularly after the Abbottabad raid … the image of the armed forces in the eyes of the people has gone down. And they hold the U.S. responsible.”

The two intelligence centers in Peshawar were set up in 2009, one with the Pakistani army’s 11th Corps and the other with the paramilitary Frontier Corps, which are both headquartered in the city, capital of the troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The third fusion cell was opened last year at the Pakistani army’s 12th Corps headquarters in Quetta, a city long used by Taliban fighters to mount attacks in Afghanistan’s southern provinces. U.S. troops have staffed the Quetta facility only intermittently, U.S. officials said.

The closures have effectively stopped the U.S. training of the Frontier Corps, a force that American officials had hoped could help halt infiltration of Taliban and other militants into Afghanistan, a senior U.S. military officer said.

The Frontier Corps’ facility in Peshawar, staffed by a handful of U.S. special operations personnel, was located at Bala Hissar, an old fort, according to a classified U.S. Embassy cable from 2009 that was recently made public by WikiLeaks.

The cable, which was first disclosed by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, hinted at U.S. hopes that special operations teams would be allowed to join the paramilitary units and the Special Services Group, a Pakistani army commando unit, in operations against militants.

“We have created Intelligence Fusion cells with embedded U.S. Special Forces with both the SSG and Frontier Corps” at Bala Hissar, Peshawar, the 2009 cable says. “But we have not been given Pakistani military permission to accompany the Pakistani forces on deployments as yet. Through these embeds, we are assisting the Pakistanis [to] collect and coordinate existing intelligence assets.”

Another U.S. Embassy cable said that a “U.S. Special Operations Command Force” was providing the Frontier Corps with “imagery, target packages and operational planning” in a campaign against Taliban insurgents in Lower Dir, an area of northwest Pakistan considered an insurgent stronghold.

In September 2009, then U.S. ambassador, Anne W. Patterson, wrote in another classified message that the fusion cells provided “enhanced capacity to share real-time intelligence with units engaged in counter-insurgency operations” and were “a significant step forward for the Pakistan military.”

The intelligence fusion cell in Quetta was not nearly as active as the facilities in Peshawar, current and former U.S. officials said. Pakistan has long resisted pressure to intensify operations against Taliban militants in Quetta. The city, capital of Baluchistan, is outside the tribal area, which explains Pakistan’s reluctance to permit a permanent U.S. military presence, a U.S. official said.

Despite the ongoing tensions, Pakistani authorities have agreed to allow a CIA team to inspect the compound where Bin Laden was killed, according to a U.S. official. The Pakistanis have signaled they will allow U.S. intelligence analysts to examine documents and other material that Pakistani authorities found at the site.

A U.S. official briefed on intelligence matters said the reams of documents and electronic data that the SEALs seized at the compound have sparked “dozens” of intelligence investigations and have produced new insights into schisms among Al Qaeda leaders.

 Source Los Angeles Times

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Karachi Terror Siege part of Indian, Israeli, Afghan, US Spy Agencies’ Conspiracy: Paper

Posted by yourpakistan on May 26, 2011

The Taliban attack on Karachi’s Mehran Naval Station is part of a conspiracy hatched by the American, Indian, Israeli and Afghan secret agencies, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed. 

Four to six Taliban terrorists entered PNS Mehran on Sunday night, destroying two US-supplied maritime surveillance aircraft and killing ten military personnel during their 17-hour siege of the naval air base. 

The ongoing tussle between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)and the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) has intensified, while the Indian, Israeli and Afghan secret agencies have stepped in to support the American secret service, raising concerns about possibility of more attacks on Pakistan’s military and other strategic installations, The Nation reported.

In collaboration with the CIA, India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Israel’s Mossad and Afghanistan’s Research and Analysis Milli Afghan (RAMA) have enhanced their activities in Pakistan in order to exert pressure on the ISI, it added.

Intelligence sources are of the view that the terrorist attack on the PNS Mehran base in Karachi is a part of this conspiracy, and through it, a message has been conveyed to the military leadership that more such attacks could be carried out if their (international conspirators’) agenda is not followed, the paper said.

A strong response from ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has dashed “India’s nefarious design of surgical strikes in Pakistan”, while China’s clear stance and expression of support for Pakistan has also played a pivotal role in this regard, it added.

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Foreign Hand Behind PNS Mehran Base Attack

Posted by yourpakistan on May 25, 2011

Information pieced together by anti-terror experts has confirmed that the May 22 attack at PNS Mehran Base in Karachi was the work of professionals and fully trained terrorists backed and supported by foreign authority and intelligence network.

Officials engaged in recollection of information from the scene of incident have learnt that at least three of the attackers appeared to be from Uzbekistan had full knowledge the area and technically updated in urban warfare.

Some officials also find the footprints of Al-Qaeda leader Saif el Adil’s role behind the May 22 attack but others do not rule out the possibility of the behind the scene role of a major intelligence network.

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Attack On Naval Base: Two-Front War Against Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on May 24, 2011

For Pakistan, the writing on the wall is clear. We are in a two-front war: One directly with the US and the other an unconventional war where nonstate actors are being trained by powerful external powers to undermine the military and intelligence organizations from within for the final external assault. But our civil and military leadership seems oblivious to these increasingly overt signals.


That Pakistan is facing a two-front war since 9/11 should have been apparent to at least the intelligence and military leadership. After all, the evidence was there from the moment General Musharraf surrendered the country to the Unites States.

There was the publication of the article by a retired US military intelligence officer Ralph Peters in the US Armed Forces Journal titled Blood Borders which envisaged the partitioning of Pakistan and Iran. There was the commencement of US demands to ‘do more’ on the Pakistani state, especially its military, and there was the ‘invasion’ of hordes of American private security contractors and special operatives–most without going through the proper visa clearance process, especially after the coming to power of the Zardari-Gilani combine courtesy the NRO brokered by the US and Pakistan’s military leadership.

Unfortunately, the Pakistani state, especially its military and intelligence leadership miscalculated gravely when they fell in the US trap of a military-centric approach to dealing with terrorism and extremism. The results have been disastrous for the Pakistani state and nation. The US effectively, under international law, declared war on Pakistan’s people with the drone attacks, and the military and intelligence set up neglected to calculate the costs of the US short-term lures of tactical weapons and a few downgraded F-16s. Apart from other fallouts, Pakistan suddenly found itself the victim of suicide bombings, internally displaced people and the Pakistani Taliban whose increasing funding and sophisticated arms should have raised alarm bells.

Additionally the economic costs have now also run into billions and we are today facing a war ravaged nation deeply polarized and totally unable to feel secure in their own territory despite a huge military and intelligence network.

The attack on Mehran Base in Karachi has made it clear that the policy of destroying Pakistan’s military and intelligence set up is being operationalised but the question for us Pakistanis is why our intelligence and military leadership is going along with this scheme of things – or at least why it is unable to develop a viable counter response to this policy.

Some of us had been pointing to the dangers of having US forces embedded within the Pakistan military far before the WikiLeaks made this public. That the May 2nd incident was a major security and intelligence lapse cannot be denied although the cover up has come in the form of the ‘stealth technology’ pretext. But how can one explain the complete CIA covert set up in Abbottabad?

The incident certainly created a disconnect between the military leadership and the younger officers and soldiers and the lack of accountability of the former has done little to restore this equilibrium. As if to ensure that such an eventuality does not come to pass the attack on the Mehran base has taken place. To suggest that it was not a security and intelligence failure is to hide one’s head in the sand. Yes, as usual our soldiers fought bravely and many were martyred but why should they have been exposed to this danger in the first place? It is time some responsibility was accepted and the leadership made accountable.

How long will we continue to place our soldiers and young officers in these lethal situations created by leadership lapses?

What is equally disturbing is to discover that four to six terrorists held the whole base hostage for over sixteen hours and at the end of the operation it was given out that two terrorists may have escaped while four were killed. In comparison eleven of our soldiers were martyred, including our commandos. The terrorists were trained and carrying sophisticated weapons including RPGs. Who has been training these people and where are the money and arms coming from? If they are the Pakistani Taliban, who is behind them? Why did the government not make public the weapons’ makes and origins?

A larger question is how the details of the base and the location of the targets reached the attackers? These terrorists were not targeting the base in a random fashion. They knew where to go to get to their target: the P-3C Orion surveillance planes especially suited for anti-submarine warfare.

Linked to this is the question of why target these planes? Who would benefit from their destruction? The non-state terrorist actors are supposed to be located within Pakistan and Afghanistan; but it is the US and India which could target Pakistan by sea – and both have been threatening to attack Pakistan post-May 2. The US has its bases in Oman and Bahrain while India has a vast blue water navy.

The question that arises then is whether this was a probe attack to check out our defenses?

Just as the May 2 incident exposed our faulty intelligence and military preparedness, this incident has done the same on yet another front. That a few well-trained terrorists can hold up a whole naval base despite inputs from the Rangers and the Army does not bode well for Pakistan’s military preparedness.

The writing on the wall is clear for Pakistan. It is in a two-front war: One directly with the US and the other an unconventional war where nonstate actors are being trained by powerful external powers to undermine the military and intelligence organizations from within for the final external assault. But our civil and military leadership seems oblivious to these increasingly overt signals. Or are they totally mesmerized by US lures?

Our nuclear assets are not under threat militarily for reasons I have already explained at length in an earlier write up. But a security and military environment is being created where a diplomatic and political campaign to take control of the nuclear assets can reach fruition. This is a well thought out strategy that the US has been operationalizing since 9/11 when it gained military and intelligence access into Pakistan and saw how easy it was to seduce the Pakistani military and subsequently the civilian leadership.

While not denying the extremist militancy and terrorism within Pakistan, we need to realize that the targeting of military installations and intelligence vulnerabilities is the handiwork of trained and well-armed operatives who of necessity have strong external backers. Of course we need to counter the extremist threat but to let this bogey blind us to the two-front war being waged against our very existence as a nation and state post-9/11would be to play right into the hands of our very real, very skilled and very powerful external enemies.

Unfortunately, that is what our civil and military leadership is falling prey to so far. In the process the critical cohesiveness and morale of our military and intelligence institutions, the strongest institutions in the country, is being threatened. It is time to arrest this leadership decay through accountability of those responsible. We have already lost over 35 000 Pakistani lives. How many more martyrs can we afford as a result of fatal leadership lapses?

Dr. Mazari is an adviser on defense policy to a political party and the former director of Islamabad Institute For Strategic Studies. She wrote this comment for Reach her at callstr[at]

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War Against Pakistani Military

Posted by yourpakistan on May 23, 2011

Mumbai-Style Attack On PNS Mehran: Pakistani Military’s Multiple Enemies

What happened at a Pakistan Navy aviation base in the past few hours is something that could normally result from an attack by one country on another. An enemy would have to come from across international borders to destroy P-3C Orion surveillance aircrafts parked at a high-security navy aviation base. And not any enemy would do. This enemy would have to possess quality military and intelligence skills to execute such a hit. Up to 15 terrorists can sneak into a maximum-security navy base but cannot simultaneously hold themselves up against commandos from the police, navy marines and the army while still finding time to attack and destroy two major assets in the arsenal of Pakistan Navy.Unknown ObjectWhat is unfathomable is how a ragtag army of bandits, supposedly based in barren mountains on the Afghan border, could have pulled off such a feat against one of the top seven militaries of the world.

This is an impressive feat. The terrorists are still holed up inside the base at the time of writing this report [8:40 AM Monday], nearly ten hours into the attack. They have managed to target several Pakistan Navy assets, create a major hole in Pakistani war capability, shake the national morale, and give a boost to protracted propaganda in mainly US media about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and sites. Not to mention causing a loss of tens of millions of US dollars to Pakistani treasury, and much more in terms of reputation and self-confidence.

This incident is particularly damaging to the morale of the Pakistani nation, coming on the heels of a major security breach on 2 May, when an internal collusion or security compromise at some level of government was probably responsible for allowing the United States military to conduct a major operation on the outskirts of the federal capital for nearly two hours with getting caught.

The only way a group of 15 terrorists could have pulled off PNS Mehran is for them to be top-notch commandos or trained by such commandos. Some analysts, especially in the United States, claim that terrorists on the Afghan border fighting Pakistan are well trained thanks to the training imparted by Pakistani military or intelligence to them before they rebelled post-9/11. But this does not make sense. Pakistani military trained the mujahideen in the 1980s. Most of them are old now whereas most of the terrorists gathered at the border with Afghanistan are too young to have seen fighting in Afghanistan.  Everything about the daring attack on PNS Mehran stinks: the timing, the execution, and the target.

A key observation after this attack is that Pakistani military is under attack by friends and foes alike. The overlap is amazing. From the start of the US occupation of Afghanistan, American media and CIA’s PSYOPs turned focus on Pakistani military and intelligence, discrediting both at every opportunity. In the same vein, it seems that al-Qaeda forgot about the Arab world and Israel and focused only on Pakistan for bombings and mayhem. Even the TTP, the self-designated Pakistani Taliban, ignored US occupation in nearby Afghanistan until recently and focused solely on attacking and killing Pakistanis.

The attacks from both sides against Pakistani military are determined and multifaceted.

US diplomats, military officers and CIA agents have spent years convincing us that ‘extremists’ inside Pakistan have ‘turned against the country’ and are responsible for sophisticated attacks. But the evidence suggests that almost all major terror attacks in Pakistan since 2004 are the work of terrorists belonging to a single place: the Afghan border. Call them TTP, bandits, or guns-for-hire. Whatever you call them, they have the best intelligence, the best training, and very good equipment to fight and communicate.
In November 2007, after weeks of sifting through the record from Pakistan’s ‘war on terror’ since 2002, a small group of Pakistani analysts reached the conclusion that, for Pakistan, the war by the United States in Afghanistan was a sideshow. The real war, we felt, was a simmering one against the Pakistani military that sought to reduce its large footprint in the region.

Evidence has accumulated since 2006 that CIA has been encouraging several allied spy outfits, including that of India, to meddle inside Pakistan.

The group of Pakistani analysts concluded that the United States, while cooperating with the Pakistani military very closely, was pursuing a parallel policy of pushing Pakistani military to transform itself over the short and long terms. The short term goal was to fully assist the US military mission in Afghanistan. The long term goal was to drop Pakistani interests in Kashmir, Afghanistan, China and Central Asia and firmly get in line behind US objectives in all four areas.

If we put the daring attack on the Pakistani navy aviation base in Karachi aside, one can see a long list of daring Mumbai-style attacks that have targeted the Pakistani military. Some of them include:

1. The attack on GHQ, the headquarters of Pakistan Army, Rawalpindi, 2009.

2. The attack on a mosque on a Friday in a Parade Lane military-dominated residential area, Rawalpindi, 2009.

Both attacks involved commando-style operations at maximum-security military sites, engaging highly trained regular forces and taking hostages where possible. A third attack, on the visiting cricket team of Sri Lanka in March 2009, was also eerily similar to Mumbai.

A common denominator in all three attacks was that it was Mumbai, as in being similar to the attack on Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai in November 2008, where 10 or 11 attackers carried out a sophisticated operation, taking hostages and successfully engaging the highly-trained commandoes of Indian military for three days. India accused Pakistan of training the attackers. An American newspaper later revealed that at least one of the planners of the attack was an active informant for CIA, raising the specter that the American spy agency knew of the attack beforehand to the extent of taking part in planning it, but failed to warn the Indians for unknown reasons.

From assessing the available info so far, one thing is obvious: Pakistani military is under attack from multiple directions and players. I’ve been saying this for 3 years now: Pakistan’s military is the target. Different attackers. The same target.


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Pakistan Air Force (PAF) In Action Against Kabul

Posted by yourpakistan on May 22, 2011

Pakistan Air Force planes went into action today and destroyed enemy mortar and machinegun positions, which had been attacking the two Pakistani posts of Miskinai and Sangpura in the Bajaur area since yesterday.

From the Newspaper

Giving this information at a press conference at the Government House this evening, the Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt-Gen K.M. Shaikh, said that the Afghan Askaris were firing at these posts since last night, but Pakistan stood up courageously.

He said this morning the air force was alerted, and it carried out reconnaissance of the enemy positions before blasting them to bits.

Details of the air action have not yet been received, but according to the minister there was no casualty on [the] Pakistan side.

Gen Shaikh said that Afghanistan had again infiltrated her troops into Pakistan territory during the last two days at three places. About 1,000 or more Afghan Askaris entered on May 19 in the Bajaur area at Sahi. And then again last night at Miskinai and Sangpura.

Gen Shaikh said those Afghan soldiers who were wounded and have been captured have confessed that over 1,000 Afghan troops had infiltrated into Pakistan.

When asked, he did not name as to which country had supplied arms and ammunition to Afghanistan. But he said it was obvious that “Afghanistan does not manufacture arms and is being supplied with these arms by some countries. The captured arms bear these markings as well.”

Gen Shaikh described at length the Afghan policy over the so-called Pukhtoonistan issue and said “this is just a camouflage to protect the throne of Afghanistan by the Kabul ruling junta”.

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American Follies, Not Pakistani Complicity

Posted by yourpakistan on May 21, 2011

Forget Pakistan. It is United States and arrogant officers at CIA who committed a long series of mistakes, often against honest Pakistani advice, and entangled US in a long and hopeless conflict. OBL is but one case of those follies.

MAK LODHI | Friday | The News International

Though much of the blame is coming Pakistan’s way yet it was the Americans who made crucial mistakes all along the war against terror that enabled the biggest fugitive to slip and hide. After Afghanistan’s invasion, the US drifted from the target area and got stuck in Iraq in 2003.

In Pakistan, the US committed another folly. It announced head money for all the wanted persons in the al-Qaeda hierarchy yet failed to put the money where the mouth was. Instead of directly rewarding the persons who struggled hard on their personal initiative, it paid to the government which divided it as booty.

Interviews of some of the persons who actively worked for big catches have disclosed that they were disappointed when the reward money did not reach them, leaving the spirited officials high and dry.

The News is holding back names of the officials who were not authorized to speak on such a sensitive matter. They quote several instances when they went beyond the call of duty and dug out details, many of which would lead nowhere but some of them worked wonders. The officials would work for weeks on end without caring for their own families to go hunting terrorists from city to city across the length of the country and sometimes spending money from their pocket only to be able to make a big catch possible and hoping for prize money. Sometimes they would enter a hornet’s nest without being properly equipped, putting their lives at risk and launching a frontal attack on the holed-in terrorists.


One particular case they quoted as a reference point was the arrest of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani along with other top-of-the-line terrorists from Punjab in 2004.

Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was the mastermind of bombings of US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. Other terrorists arrested from the same venue included Feroze Abu Bakr, Zubair Ismail who were co-accused in the bombings; Talha Zubair, a Saudi who had been trained for suicide attack on former President Pervez Musharraf; Muhammad Kashif Mushtaq alias Abdullah from Lahore, driver Asif Iqbal alias Faisal from Mandi Bahauddin and Habiba, Ghailani’s Uzbek wife. The men carried total prize money of $25 million. Their arrest provided a treasure-trove of information for later investigations about al-Qaeda hiding in Pakistan. In fact all the leads for later probes by US and Pakistani agencies came from 51 computer discs recovered from the place. The CDs showed photographs of targets in the US, particularly corporate New York on the basis of which the US issued high alerts.

It is very important and central to war on terrorism to know how Pakistani special agents made their way to their hideout.


On June 12, 2004 a Pakistani agency arrested Musaad Aruchi, a close relative of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Ramzi Yousaf who were in CIA custody. Musaad had identified the photograph of a gifted al Qaeda cyber space techie known as Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan. The officials were tipped to arrest him from Lahore Airport on July 13, 2004. The job was well performed, the person was nabbed and they were complimented.

The next day the officials made a routine check at Naeem Noor Khan’s home in Lahore but they found nothing. As per their duty the officials apprised their seniors and the matter ended.

However, the next day, sitting in their office, they started sifting through the papers that they had collected from his house. There were various addresses and numbers of his relatives and contacts. Probing every address and number was a frustrating job that went on for days. Being trained investigators they still hoped for a clue. Somehow, the head money of big terrorists was on their mind. “Can’t they find anyone?” they thought. Shuffling the papers, they came across a visiting card of a tyre shop owner. Not having much faith, they thought they might as well try. They went to check it up. The tyre shop owner simply told them that he had sold tyres to a car No LOX 247.

That’s it. But again, the next day they checked out the car which they couldn’t find easily. After spending another week of vain hope and frustration, they found the vehicle which belonged to one Haji Mohammad Afzal. The person was totally blank but they got some suspicion about the person’s bearing and conduct. Tired and fatigued, they brought him along and the next day had a long session with the person, offering carrots and sticks. At last he gave in and disclosed that the vehicle had been bought by Abu Rubbiyya alias Qudrat Ullah. The name sent them jitters. He was nobody else but al-Qaeda’s chief in Punjab. It was the biggest breakthrough in al-Qaeda’s network in Pakistan. Haji Mohammad Afzal disclosed that Abu Rubbiyya himself drove a black Toyota No LXH2402.

According to the officials, Qudrat Ullah had already disappeared after the cyber techie’s arrest. The Americans made a blunder and leaked this to themedia. The officials were searching the car all over Pakistan the next day. They were lucky to trace it in Gujrat. On July 24, they were in Gujrat at 9 am. They found the car at 02:00 pm being driven by one Mohammad Asif. After a few hits with gun butts, he was busted. He was Abu Rubbiyya’s driver. He disclosed that he was deputed with some foreigners. He named Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and led them to the house.

The officials were not well-equipped but they had no choice. Putting their lives in grave danger, they cordoned off the house. Khalfan was expecting it as his driver had not turned back. He opted to fire first. The officials returned it and called in reinforcements from local police. The crossfire continued till next morning. The officials had spent more than 24 hours without a wink but they did not give passage to terrorists to make good their escape. It was the biggest catch in al-Qaeda’s terrorist network. The officials hoped to win the head money of $25 million for the whole lot.

But to their disappointment, they did not have even one-step promotion. “When we asked for a share in the head money, we were admonished,” they told The News.

None of the officials ever received a cash prize, they said. The officials of the agencies learned this disappointing news. “Had we gotten the award we would have gone to arrest Osama bin Laden as well,” they said confidently.

Since 2004, agents working for Pakistani spy agencies lost the heart to take personal initiatives and only went by the book, obeying the orders as they came. The spirit to push their way through had died.


The active role of Pakistani agencies and their officials further waned in the wake of Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal on July 18, 2005. The deal had a very disappointing impact over Pakistan and its agencies lost the will to fight the war on terror. The dismayed establishment in Pakistan learned to its chagrin that India, not Pakistan, was America’s strategic partner in the region. “It was a turning point in relations of the two nations,” I forewarned on this page on July 2, 2005, pointing out that “it will tilt the balance of power in South Asia.”

This was the second biggest folly committed by the freak administration of former US President George W. Bush after his order to invade Iraq.

The third folly is the unilateral US action to take out the biggest trophy, Osama bin Laden, and decorate it on its temple for Democrats to win the next elections.

It’s a paradoxical situation for the staunchest US ally. It appreciated taking out OBL but it can’t have the heart to appreciate the way the US did it. “The US action has injured the feelings of its partner, rubbed salt into the wounds and trampled over Pakistan’s sacrifices,” a Pakistani official said. “Don’t forget that you ran away from Viet Nam with your tail in your legs. You will be doing the same from the craggy mountains of Afghanistan without Pakistan,” he forewarned.

Background interviews conducted by The News also show that few buy the idea that US could not trust Pakistan. “It was a planned insult for Pakistan, an excuse to put Pakistan in a tight spot and use it as ruse to stop aid to Pakistan,” the educated elite believe. “The US left Pakistan and Afghanistan in the same way after using us for Soviet Union’s defeat,” they believe. Pakistan is fast heading for the third divorce from the US. This time it will not come from the US but from the weaker partner.

First published by The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language daily.

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