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While Karachi burns, MQM leadership enjoys Dubai getaway

Posted by yourpakistan on March 29, 2012


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The self-proclaimed saviours of Karachi fled to Dubai yesterday leaving the hapless citizens of the city to fend for themselves as the city came to a standstill in face of violence and arson.

PKKH Exclusive | Mehreen Bilal

MQM’s top leadership was in Dubai last night as Karachi came to a standstill after killings earlier in the day. The city became a target of fierce aggression as tyres and vehicles were set on fire, people were killed in firing incidents and roads were blocked on the day when MQM announced to mourn the death of two of its workers. At least 10 people lost their lives, two dozen were injured and around 46 vehicles set alight in the violence.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan, MQM’s Deputy Convener and parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, former mayor of Karachi Mustafa Kamal, and Federal Minister Babar Ghori were spotted late last night in the executive lounge of Dubai’s Avari Hotel and were seen in relaxed mood engaging in banter.

This is further proof of the disconnect that exists between the political elite of Pakistan and its citizens who often feel that they are left to fend for themselves in the face of terrorism, corruption and the inability of the state to run its affairs.

MQM has been engaged in bitter turf wars with rival political parties, land mafia and extortion gangs over the last few months resulting in many deaths and loss to property.

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Pak-US Relations: The Role of Parliament

Posted by yourpakistan on March 29, 2012


Nadeem Malik – AAJ News Anchor

NYT: Raza Rabbani, a senior government lawmaker, responded that the parliamentary committee’s recommendations on American policy were “broad policy guidelines” and not a final decision. In Islamabad, Parliament was supposed to start a long-awaited debate that would pave the way toward re-engaging diplomatically with the United States. But the opposition stalled the debate, with some lawmakers expressing fury at news reports that the go…vernment had already promised to reopen the NATO supply lines. Ayaz Amir, an influential lawmaker with the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N party, questioned why Pakistan even bothered blocking the supply routes if it was assumed they would start right back up again. “We are fooling ourselves, and we are also fooling the Pakistani people,” he said. 

The most scathing criticism came from Maulana Fazalur Rehman, an influential religious politician, who warned that if the government failed to win broad political backing for its review of American ties, he would take his protests onto the streets. “We will not let such a decision to be implemented in the field,” he said. Mr. Rehman asserted that given urgent efforts by the Americans to start negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan, American weapons transported through NATO supply lines could ultimately be turned back on Pakistan, earning loud applause from fellow lawmakers. And he asked how the government intended to bring covert American operations in Pakistan under the law of the land. The session was adjourned until Wednesday evening, when the formal debate is due to begin. Meanwhile, outside Parliament, a newly formed alliance of religious parties and extremist groups, the Defense of Pakistan Council, held a large street rally against the reopening of the supply routes. “If Parliament compromises on the security and sovereignty of the country, then we cannot guarantee the security of the lawmakers,” said Maulana Sami ul-Haq, head of the alliance, as hundreds of protesters chanted anti-American slogans.

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NATO Containers Should Carry Perishable Items Only

Posted by yourpakistan on March 26, 2012


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja

Gen Musharraf had accepted the US demands in September 2001 since he suffered from legitimacy bug and country’s economic health was unsatisfactory. He agreed to make Pakistan a frontline state in the global war on terror assuming that it would benefit him as well as Pakistan. He had not foreseen that war on terror will backfire on Pakistan with debilitating effects on socio-politico-economic-military health of the country. He and his colleagues naively presumed that irrespective of its poor track record, this time the US will not ditch Pakistan. They couldn’t perceive that the US in concert with its real strategic partners would embark upon a deadly covert war to destabilize, denuclearize and Balkanize Pakistan. They couldn’t imagine that part of armaments carried forward from Karachi to Afghanistan would be utilized to arm anti-Pakistan elements within Pakistan and those based in Afghanistan. Musharraf became more complacent when for several years the behavior of the US officials remained friendly and economy improved substantially, enabling him to carryout development works and poverty alleviation program and also buttress conventional and unconventional military strength. Indian leaders with smiles on their faces also duped him and he considered them as good friends of Pakistan.

Attitudes of the US and Indian leaders changed from mid 2008 onwards after the suicide attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul in which Indian Defence Attache Brig RD Mehta died. Blame was pinned on ISI. As head of intelligence wing in occupied Kashmir, Mehta had impressed his seniors with his novel ways of picking up, torturing and killing innocent Kashmiri youths in fake encounters. In Kabul he was involved in organizing training of Afghan Army and in drug trade. His death anguished India and US military intensely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan: Price of Freedom & Treacherous Elite

Posted by yourpakistan on March 26, 2012


Coming from a family which migrated from Indian East Punjab into Pakistan in 1947, Pakistan day on 23rd of March every year use to be heavy and saddening for my late mother. She and her family paid the highest and ultimate price for Pakistan by sacrificing her father (my grandfather a respectable businessman) and his five brothers. My mother never saw her father as she was born after his martyrdom. My 1 ½ year’s old aunt was shot and injured during this exodus 1947 from India to newly born Pakistan. We never saw our maternal grandfather (nana) so we use to call father of the nation Qauid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah nana Jee.

By Dr Shahid Qureshi 

The brutal murder of my younger brother and The London Post journalist Faisal Qureshi in October 2011, by terrorists in Lahore is again a signal for people that Pakistan has not yet got it freedom? Pakistan needs to fight another war of independence from within. These national days used to be heavy for my late mother. My father had his own story of forced migration from India to tell.

My family and other millions were forced to become refugees (Mohajirs) in Pakistan. So becoming a refugee is not a matter of choice but need. People don’t become refugees for fun. Pakistan has approximately 4 million refugees and IDPs (internally displaced persons) as a result of two Afghan wars and treacherous behaviors of Pakistani leaders.

People are different around the world and Punjabis generally and Lahorees especially are known to be very empathetic, passionate and always stood by the down trodden, underdogs and victims of oppression. That is why Lahorees are known as ‘zinda dilan Lahore’ live hearted people of Lahore’. British were very careful and particular in learning about the local people and that was one of the reason they were able to run such a big empire from a small island for over two centuries. All most half of the Royal Indian British Army was from four districts of undivided Punjab of British India. There must be something in the people of these districts? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Rise & Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

Posted by yourpakistan on March 24, 2012


23 March: The Rise And Rebirth Of Pakistani Nationalism

“We recognize that an informed Pakistani citizen is the most potent weapon in our effort to bring change to the Pakistani political system.” PakNationalists Forum

PRESS RELEASE | 23 March 2012 | PakNationalists Forum
PakNationalists.com

Today is the 72nd anniversary of Pakistan Resolution. It is an occasion to remind ourselves what Pakistan and Pakistani Nationalism are, and why it is important for us to remember. Pakistan is the modern incarnation of ten centuries of Muslim dynastic rule in Central and South Asia. Our nation has given birth to a distinct culture, language and race, drawn from Turkic, Persian, Arab and Aryan heritages and races.

The Muslim imperial rule ended in 1857 at the hands of European colonialism. Soon after our forefathers led an independence movement for ninety years that culminated in the rise of Pakistan on the morning of 14 August 1947.

Pakistan was destined to happen sooner rather than later. But it was the inspirational leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah that made Pakistan happen in 1947. Hundreds of thousands of young Pakistanis joined him at the time to make Pakistan a reality. It was a cause that was fought through creativity, passion and patience.

Pakistan encompasses many Pakistani identities and Pakistani languages. All of the Pakistani identities and languages are interrelated culturally and ethnically. All Pakistani languages use the Arabic alphabet for writing. This makes the languages of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan the only three non-Arabic languages to use the Arabic script.

Pakistan is a modern Muslim nation, where Pakistani Christians were active participants in the Pakistan Independence Movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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23 March: Challenges and Response

Posted by yourpakistan on March 23, 2012


The threat to National Purpose, thus has become endemic, because United States has succeeded in achieving ‘Media Management goals’, and now is aiming at ‘Perception Management’ of the Pakistani nation. For this purpose, a huge sum of US$ 1.4 billion has been allocated by the US Congress, to be spent in Pakistan for ‘Institutional Support’.


By General Mirza Aslam Beg

It is a day of reckoning for us, to recollect the failings of the past, and to carve-out a new destiny for the nation. No doubt Pakistan has faced serious challenges to its security, mainly due to foreign aggression in the region and our collusion with them. Having come full circle now, Pakistan is moving on the corrective course. Symptoms are encouraging:

One. The Parliament is laying down the ‘New Rules of Engagement’ establishing the correct level of working relationship with the United States and other countries. Two. The judiciary is handling with discreet care, some very sensitive issues, such as, President’s immunity; the NRO cases; scandals and corruption cases of institutions and agencies. An independent judiciary is the hope for justice and rule of law to be established in lawless Pakistan, where even the President of Pakistan eulogizes the Prime Minister for his defiance of the judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Relations with the United States

Posted by yourpakistan on March 20, 2012


The United States has not paid a penny out of the coalition support fund (CSF) since June 2010, almost 40 percent war bills submitted by Islamabad before that were rejected considering inflated, the amounts pledged under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Law never materialized and so called strategic dialogue process led us to nowhere.

by Nadeem Malik (Islamabad Tonight Anchor)

With Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) deliberations and recommendations finalized, some key issues need to be discussed threadbare for few days in the Joint Sitting of the Parliament, instead of acting as a Rubber Stamp to put a seal of approval on whatever has been tabled in the House. The reality so far is that this parliament approves everything which has the blessings of President Asif Zardari, PML (N) Chief Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. The Parliament itself does not bother to use its wisdom on issues which relates to the national security of the motherland.

As a basic rule of thumb, there should be no unnecessary dragging of dispute with the United States, which so far remains our single largest trading partner and a key donor, with powers to hold massive votes on the boards of the Bretons Woods Institutions. It also remains the major arms supplier of our armed forces and we get our beloved F-16s from them. So rationale should prevail.

However, there needs to be no leniency on free-for-all CIA operations in Pakistan. There should be no place for private contractors of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the State Department. Americans should never be allowed to recruit locals for espionage in tribal areas or any other part of Pakistan (They are freely doing it since 9/11). There should be no scope of US Special Operation Forces in Tarbella Ghazi or no Trainers on our bases and there should be no imbedded soldiers on our land. Read the rest of this entry »

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Missing Persons: ISI, MI Counsel Says RAW And Mossad Involved

Posted by yourpakistan on March 20, 2012


The counsel for Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) has revealed in the Supreme Court that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Israel’s Mossad are active in Pakistan. He was speaking during the hearing of the missing persons case.

He said that they were behind kidnappings in the country and were being helped by terrorist groups.
The chief justice asked the defence counsel if the agencies had any credible information of the involvement of RAW and Mossad, and why they did not take any against them. “We did not bar you from taking action against RAW and Mossad.”

Terming the intelligence agencies’ reply on Adiala missing persons unsatisfactory, the apex court on Friday took suo motu notice against the abduction of a boy who used to provide food at camps set up by the relatives of missing persons outside parliament.

A three judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry directed Inspector General of Police Islamabad and Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq to submit a report of the incident by March 17 and present the abductee before the court on March 19.

Addressing Maulvi Anwarul Haq and Raja Irshad, counsel for ISI and MI, the chief justice said that this time a man was abducted right under the nose of the federal government. Advocate Tariq Asad the counsel for missing persons told the court that Omar Mehmood Khan was picked up by the intelligence agencies because he used to serve the food to the families at the missing persons’ camp at D-Chowk (in front of the Parliament). Read the rest of this entry »

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Saving Pakistan From Secularism

Posted by yourpakistan on March 15, 2012


PKKH Exclusive | Kulsoom Khan

 There is a relatively new force that’s gaining quite a momentum recently, the force, however, is every bit as intolerant and extreme as the very ‘bogeyman’ it hopes to defeat and replace. The rise of secularism and it’s shameless promotion by the Pakistani media has not gone unnoticed in a society where religious sentiments run deep. In a country where the majority makes up 97% of the Muslim population, implementation of a secularist ideology does not sit well, not only does it contradict the basic tenets of the Islamic faith and tawheed, where the only recognized source of law and governence is Allah, but it also goes against the ideology that laid the groundwork for an Islamic state. Although Pakistan does not qualify as a Shariah-abiding state, it’s constitution does partially stem from Islamic laws. Which ironically also allows the freedom of religion, surprised? A hot topic among liberals and moderates. Arguably, since both ideologies allow the freedom of religion, this in itself should defeat the secular propaganda being meted out these days, however the rise of Islamic thought in the last decade has given a new spark to the age old ’secularism verses religion’ controversy. Today liberals are openly advocating a nationalist and secular disposition towards Pakistan on the media forefront, simultaneously giving a false illusion of what the religious sector wants, thus once again bringing the ‘mullah’s and the likes’ under the ugly lime light of intolerance and backwardness. The liberals argue, Pakistan should be at the top of our priorities, the Muslims however, have reserved that spot for something they argue is synonymous with Pakistan, the religion of Islam. It’s no secret our forefathers entered this land chanting the ever beloved slogan of, “Pakistan ka matlab, laa illaah illallaah”. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/11 – ‘Afghans’ Will Never Forget

Posted by yourpakistan on March 13, 2012


“This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven,” Karzai


Anar Gul gestures to the body of her grandchild, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul. / By Allauddin Khan, AP
PKKH Exclusive| Tabish Qayyum

Here comes the defining moment in Afghanistan’s infamous war ; 11 deadly years of violence that has jeopardized the entire region seems closer to a reverse-tide as US face a deadly situation post recent ‘Massacre’ by its rogue staff sergeant at the pre-dawn of 11th March. Sixteen Afghan Civilians including 9 children and women along with older men were killed being shot in the face at point-blank range; corpses were later burnt allegedly by some highly inflammable chemical. This crater for US forms very close to an already dark abyss where US policies fell last month after the burning of Holy Qur’an, resulting in deadly reprisals and anti-American sentiment taking strong hold in every nook and corner of Afghanistan.

The ‘rogue terrorist’ belonged to Lewis Mc-Chord which is considered as one of the largest American military installation in US with a horrendous reputation of violence, “The most troubled US base ever” as a military site “stars and stripes” calls it. Few of the soldiers deputed by this facility were involved in civilian killings in Afghanistan back in 2010. Four to Five soldiers were convicted of one of the most brutal charges where one of the convicted staff sergeant acknowledged cutting out fingers and tooth of the victim to keep them as war trophies. Suicide rates due to post-traumatic stress disorder are also high at this base which has largely been involved in violence both domestic and in war-theaters outside US. Recently 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division of this base sent about 2,500 soldiers to Afghanistan in December for a yearlong deployment. The brigade had deployed to Iraq three times since 2003; this is its first deployment to Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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