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NATO Supply Route Blockade: Pakistan Siezes US Military Equipment

Posted by yourpakistan on December 31, 2011


The paramilitary rangers has started taking possession of highly sensitive US cargo stranded in Pakistan following the blockade of the Nato supply route by Pakistan in protest against the November 26 air strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani border guards.

Sources told Express News that Pakistan Rangers has been directed by ‘high authorities’ to take over the cargo containing military hardware and ammunition till the government makes a decision about the re-opening of Nato supply route.

Pakistan Rangers is said to have acquired a yard, namely Mega 6, at Karachi’s Port Qasim for this purpose. “We have acquired a suitable place at Port Qasim where the sensitive cargo will be stored for the time being,” a senior official told Express News. Read the rest of this entry »

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Airstrikes Report: Pakistan, USA Far from Same Page

Posted by yourpakistan on December 30, 2011


As the US seeks to end its missions in Afghanistan, relations between Pakistan and the US appear to be heading for a crash landing. The army is expected to issue within a week its detailed response to the findings of the US probe into the November 26 Nato airstrikes which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. By Kamran Yousaf

There will almost certainly be several differences in opinion. Although Pakistan had already rejected the report’s conclusions in its initial responses, the detailed reply will be significant because it will set the tone for future cooperation with the US, a military official said. “The US investigation report is being analysed and a detailed response will be given within a week,” confirmed the official, who asked not to be named. Indications are that the army will totally reject the findings as questions are being raised about the impartiality of Brigadier General Stephen Clark, who led the US inquiry. “Brig Clark had commanded the same company which was involved in the Salala incident, so how can he be impartial,” the official asked. Though the US probe has conceded that Nato must accept the major blame for the attack, it found that Pakistani soldiers fired first at American and Afghan forces.

However, the army said that Pakistan’s position was unambiguous: the November 26 attack was “totally deliberate and Nato was solely responsible.”

Army denies that US briefed General Kayani
Meanwhile, the army denied reports that the American military briefed army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on its investigations. Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby told the media that a report by military investigators was delivered to Gen Kayani on Sunday by a US officer based in Islamabad, who explained the findings in person. The full report from the joint US-Nato investigative team was not released publicly until Monday, to allow time for the Pakistani leadership to read it first, Kirby said.

“We wanted General Kayani to be able to see the entire thing,” he said, calling the approach “an appropriate professional courtesy” to Kayani. However, a Pakistani security official told AFP that “no such briefing took place and the report was not handed over in person to the army chief.” “The report was delivered to the concerned department (at army headquarters) but not to the chief,” the official said. The disagreement over the facts looks set to be the first of many this week.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2011.


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Old Rivals (PPPP & PML-N) to Team up Against Common Foe “Imran Khan – PTI”

Posted by yourpakistan on December 29, 2011


Alarmed by the growing popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), two bitter rivals of the past have started warming up to each other. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has conveyed to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership that his party will not obstruct the Senate election scheduled for March next year. As a quid pro quo, he demanded that the government announce fresh parliamentary elections immediately after the Senate polls.

Officials from both the PPP and PML-N told The Express Tribune that the two parties were readjusting their positions on the fluid political chessboard and might reach an understanding soon. They admitted that the ‘unmatched’ rise of the PTI was the trigger behind this. Officials said Sharif’s message was delivered to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani by ‘top PML-N leaders’ a week ago. The prime minister then shared it with the PPP leadership at the meetings of its parliamentary party and core committee.

Both sides confirmed that they have negotiated in recent weeks, but did not say their talks were meant specifically to evolve a consensus on checking Imran Khan’s growing popularity. “This is a proposal from Mian Sahib (Sharif) … but has never been a point of discussion for us,” said PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira. “Let’s see what happens,” was his answer when asked whether Khan’s gains could draw the two parties closer to each other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan Rejects USA Report on Mohmand Assault

Posted by yourpakistan on December 29, 2011


By Mirza Hassan

Pakistan has rejected the US report on NATO attack in Mohmand Agency that killed 24 Pakistan Army Soldiers, saying that with Brigadier General Stephen Clark as head, the investigation can never bring out unbiased findings. Reports said Pakistan dismissed the report on the Nato assault as the head of investigation team Brigadier General Stephen Clark has been linked to the strategic team involved in the attack. And that is why, he is believed to be an inappropriate choice to carry out investigation as a neutral party.

A report by military investigators was delivered to General Ashfaq Kayani on Sunday by a US officer based in Islamabad, who explained the findings to the general, Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby told reporters. The full report from the joint US-Nato investigative team was not released publicly until Monday to allow time for the Pakistani leadership to read the findings first, Kirby said.

“We wanted General Kayani to be able to see the entire thing,” he said. The approach represented “an appropriate professional courtesy” to Kayani, he added. A summary of the report was released Thursday and the officer who led the investigation, Brigadier General Stephen Clark, briefed reporters by phone the same day.

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What Do the Generals Want? A ‘Smart Coup’

Posted by yourpakistan on December 27, 2011


The GHQ seems to have at least three immediate priorities: the generals want the memogate to be investigated in order to expose breaches over national security; they want US-Pakistan relationship to be renegotiated, and they want the economy to grow because economic growth ensures internal security and is also a prerequisite to the growth in the defence budget. 

Farrukh Saleem

The PPP leadership—for reasons best known to the it—has little or no interest in getting to the bottom of the memogate quagmire. Prime Minister Gilani is convinced that the memogate is a “non-issue”. Secondly, the PPP seems bent upon using the US as leverage against its own generals. And, on the economic front, it’s now becoming quite apparent that the PPP simply lacks the capacity to turn things around or even plug the rapid liquidation.

There is evidence that the army is coming out of its barracks. The de facto division of power in our current model of the governance is between and among the army, the executive and the judiciary while the de jure model has three branches—the executive, the judicial and the legislature. From August 1947 up until July 2007, there were only two centres of power—the Army and the political parties. Over the past four years, the judicial branch, along with the executive and the army, has become the third centre of power (the legislature continues to be in deep hibernation).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Fall of Yet Another Pillar “PIA” Pakistan International Airline

Posted by yourpakistan on December 26, 2011


It seems like this present government has taken an oath to squash every desire or realization that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had when he saw Pakistan come into existence. There have been numerous examples in the last 4 years of their governance where these imbeciles have choked and strangled every institution to its death. We have seen law enforcement agencies being completely ineffective, the education system is in tatters, an age-old railway system is on its last leg, and now the government have set their eyes – or perhaps had it the day they came in to power – on the national airliners of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines. 

Ambassador’s Diary – Dr Samiullah Koreshi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The government has done everything in its power to destabilize anything that even remotely operates as a vital cog in running the state, no matter how big or small that cog is. For years we have been hearing that PIA may die soon, but never have been these alarms ringing louder than they are now. What we are seeing is a proper decimation of PIA with precise planning and plotting by this dangerous regime. The reason why we point the fall of PIA towards Zardari and his cronies is backed with evidences, which probably hasn’t yet caught the attention of our media, and if it did, then less than adequate coverage was given to a problem as glaring as it is. The slow disintegration of the PIA, an institution as big as it is, has actually left a lot of people wondering as to how can it go wrong so abruptly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jinnah, And Pakistan, Were Culmination Of Ten Centuries Of Muslim Empire

Posted by yourpakistan on December 25, 2011


Jinnah, And Pakistan, Were Culmination Of Ten Centuries Of Muslim Empire

A nation that formed and gelled through ten centuries of imperial rule, culture and religion was destined to emerge. The Quaid made it happen in 1947.

GENESIS OF PAKISTANI NATIONALISM | PakNationalists.com

Pakistan was destined to emerge thanks to our history of a thousand years in this region. It was a matter of time. A destiny’s hand made it happen in 1947. That hand is Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the Pakistan Independence Movement and the man who helped create modern Pakistan.

Pakistan’s ancestors, the Muslim dynasties of Central and South Asia, ruled the region for centuries. This rule came to an abrupt end in 1857 at the hands of British invaders. But it only took us 90 years to regain our power to rule our destiny again; 90 years from 1857 to 1947, gaining independence from imperial Britain. Modern Pakistan could not claim all the former glory of its ancestors. Most of the dominion ruled by our ancestors, the last of them the Mughal Dynasty, went to Indian Hindus who were in the majority in those dominions. That is how India gained independence from Britain one day after Pakistani independence. India came into existence for the first time in ten centuries as a nation ruled by its indigenous majority, freeing itself from both Muslim and British rule.

 

In Pakistan, 14 August 1947 marks the day when Pakistanis successfully ended British occupation and formalized their centuries-long history of successive empires in Central-South Asia. This history is credited at its peak with producing brilliant art and culture in three languages: Persian, Turkish and Arabic, and producing wonders such as the Taj Mahal, located in what is known today as India, and other countless magnificent historic buildings that stand today in Pakistan.

Pakistan is a long story that culminated in 1947 at the hands of a man chosen to do destiny’s work.

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MQM took NATO Containers with Weapons: Afaq Ahmed

Posted by yourpakistan on December 23, 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afaq alleged that the containers were first removed from Port Qasim and placed at the construction site of an underpass for vehicles in Liaquatabad. When the construction project was completed, the containers vanished, as has been documented in police reports.

Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) chairman, Afaq Ahmed has alleged that his rival, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), under Altaf Hussain, had acquired containers full of weapons belonging to NATO after 2002, as confirmed by reports by then Karachi police chief Shoaib Suddle.

By Gibran Ashraf

Speaking in the second part of an exclusive Express News show To the Point with host Shahzaib Khanzada on Friday evening, Afaq said that police reports of NATO weapons containers disappearing from Port Qasim were authentic and that the MQM had received them.

He added that the lack of a hue and cry on NATO’s part signalled complicity. Additionally, Afaq said that former President Musharraf was a party to the plan. He called him an “American agent”.

Providing details of an alleged “weaponisation programme”, Afaq alleged that the “containers were first removed from Port Qasim and placed at the construction site of an underpass for vehicles in Liaquatabad.” When the construction project was completed, the containers vanished, as has been documented in police reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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How A Few Pakistanis Conspire Against Pakistan Military And ISI

Posted by yourpakistan on December 23, 2011


One day an idea is discussed on Twitter in Pakistan. Next day, an anti-military draft is released in Hong Kong, and another submitted to the Supreme Court in Islamabad.

SPECIAL REPORT | PakNationalists.com

Here is an interesting sequence of events that shows how Pakistan’s military and its main foreign intelligence-gathering agency, the ISI, are targeted from the inside by a group of Pakistanis conspiring against a vital pillar of the State.

One day, a group of Pakistanis linked to foreign embassies decides to launch a legal campaign to oust and prosecute the two generals that lead the army and the ISI.

The next day, a rights group based in Hong Kong issues a detailed slanderous paper full of lies and insinuations against our military, mirroring and endorsing biased and motivated propaganda coming from foreign countries. Of course, the Pakistani viewpoint is not reflected in the document.

On the same day, a case is filed in the Supreme Court demanding Army chief Gen. Kayani and ISI’s Lt. Gen. Pasha are tried for treason.

What is Kayani and Pasha’s crime? The two have overreached – in the eyes of the conspirators – in probing whether someone from Pakistan wrote a secret memo to the US government seeking support to mount a coup against the country’s military and intelligence leaderships, replacing them with US stooges.

As government’s probe flounders and suspicions arise of a possible cover-up, the two generals approach the Supreme Court to ensure such a probe happens.

What the generals did was legal and respectful of the law. After all, what spy agency in any country wouldn’t show interest in a conspiracy targeting the institution and involving a foreign government?

THE CONSPIRACY

Probing possible internal breaches to national security is inherent to the job of ISI and should be backed by the government and the military. But for some reason this did not suit newspaper editor Beena Sarwar, TV producer Fifi Haroon, New America Foundation fellow Najam Sethi, and UN coordinator Marvi Sirmed.

There are indications that Farahnaz Isphahani, President Zardari’s media adviser and Husain Haqqani’s wife, is behind the idea of demanding the resignations of the two generals. But there is no evidence implicating her. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Biggest Genocide: 40 Million Girls Killed In One Country

Posted by yourpakistan on December 22, 2011


Forty million women killed, buried alive, abandoned, or married off at young age to old men. And if they are not killed, entire villages force their girls into prostitution.

SPECIAL REPORT | PakNationalists.com

This the place where 50,000 unborn girls are aborted every month, where thousands of little girls are either buried alive or abandoned. A place where the female ratio is lowest in the world. A place with the highest number of underage girls married to older men, and the highest number of female infanticide: the practice of burying new born baby girls alive.

Around 40 million women have been aborted, murdered or abandoned in this one nation since 1980.

This is India. Home to the biggest genocide against women on the planet.

And it continues as we speak.

“It’s the obliteration of a whole class, race, of human beings. It’s half the population of India,” said women’s rights activist Ruchira Gupta of Apne Aap Women Worldwide.

If a baby girl survives abortion or being buried alive in India, she is forced into prostitution.

It is a crime in India to use an ultrasound to determine the sex of a child and it is also illegal to perform an abortion based on gender, but the laws are rarely enforced.

The Indian government has the resources to spend on stopping this massive ill-treatment of women but it prefers to spend billions on weapons. Read the rest of this entry »

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