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From Kabul to Wagha to Dehli: A Plot for #Terror Consortium

Posted by yourpakistan on November 15, 2014


After a lull of a few months, the country was once again rocked by a deadly explosion on November 2nd, at the border village of Wagah. The target of the attack was the border post closing ceremony, held routinely at the only land crossing between Pakistan and India. This was not the first targeted terror attack since the commencement of the military operation in North Waziristan but the most deadly, nonetheless, as regards the number of civilian casualties incurred.

Wagah Border Terrorist Attack

The attack in which 62 people lost their lives and around 200 got injured occurred on the 8th of Muharram – a time when the security arrangements across the country are beefed up generally, due to sensitivity of the Ashura days of the holy month of Muharram. The attacks that occur during Muharram are customarily sectarian in nature but in case of the Wagah attack, no sectarian link was established or claimed.

Three different militant outfits claimed responsibility for the attack, the first being Jundullah; soon afterwards, the TTP splinter group, Jamat-ul-Ahrar and later a lesser known outfit called the Mahar Mehsud group accepted responsibility. It is interesting to point out that it is not the first time that the responsibility for a terror attack was claimed by two or more different terrorist organizations. Most terrorist outfits are merely names to achieve different ends. The assertion over terrorist activities serves many different purposes for these militant organizations. It can be a recruitment gambit to attract or engage new members and/or to avoid backlash from sympathizers that are ever present within our society.

As far as the Jundullah is concerned, it has often represented the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in the past, especially the Mohmand faction of the TTP, that has now splintered to form the TTP Jamat-ul-Ahrar (TTPJuA), headed by Omer Khalid khorasani. These two groups are similar in the sense that they have same ideology, goals, involvement in targeted sectarian activities and have close ties with the Al-Qaeda. They have simultaneously accepted responsibility for terror attacks previously also, such as in the case of  the ISI-Sukkur headquarter attack, the Peshawar church blast and the Gilgit tourist killings, to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Pakistan should fit American visitors with Electronic GPS-tags

Posted by yourpakistan on February 8, 2011


Hundreds of Indian students, mostly from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, have been humiliatingly fitted with electronic GPS tags in the United States, after federal authorities last month shut down the ‘sham’ Tri-Valley University (TVU) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The University was being used in an immigration scam helping Indian students get student visas to the United States. Radio-tagging is usually reserved for convicted criminals, allowing their whereabouts to be monitored in real time, and helps restrict and monitor their movement to certain geographical areas.

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Since 9/11 when the ex-president and Army Chief Parvez Musharraf gave the Americans unprecedented access to Pakistani facilities, we’ve seen an upsurge of US nationals suspected of involvement in anti-state activities within Pakistan. This American engagement is the elemental reason for terrorist activities which have caused heavy losses to the Pakistani Nation over the years. Last year, Pakistanis were stunned to watch several incidents where US citizens were caught by the Military Police at checkpoints leading up to the city’s military zone known as “Lahore Cantt”, short for Cantonment. Most of the time, these US individuals refused to say what business took them to the military zone. The US Consulate in Lahore is located far away from this zone, which compounded the mystery. These US nationals also refused to allow the police to check their vehicles, which is a standard procedure that all Pakistanis undergo considering the security situation.

The people of Pakistan, who are already frustrated due to the incompetence and misconduct of PPP Government, have to further bear the nauseating tactics of the American intervention. Only now the case of Raymond Davis, a CIA Contractor and American terrorist has come forth which has cost the lives of four innocent Pakistanis. As usual, the witty old American administration has carefully stated that Raymond Davis is a member of the US embassy’s “technical and administrative” staff. One must note that the roles stated by the US embassy are nowhere close to security or spy operations. However, reports in the US media have confirmed his links with the CIA as a contractor. We are not least surprised by the purposeful equivocalnesses of the US embassy’s affirmations in this regard.

A number of US citizens have been arrested for the same reasons with some being deported while others released. These arrests were made for a diverse range of accusations including possession of illegal weapons, driving vehicles with fake registration plates, and suspicion of involvement with terrorist outfits etc.

These incidents have increased since the Pakistan People’s Party took over after the 2008 elections. Attempts have been made, with full blessing of the US government – as confirmed by recently release Wikileaks cables – to clip the wings of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

PPP’s initial attempts, soon after coming into power, to reign in the ISI by placing it under Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s portfolio failed dramatically as the Chief of Army Staff General Kiyani forced Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani into a humiliating U-turn, even as the latter was airborne on an official visit to the United States. Ever since then, friction between the Interior Ministry, the US consulate spear-headed by Hussain Haqqani and the ISI has continued over various issues, including issuance of visas to previously deported personnel and US citizens who had failed the ISI’s security clearance. In addition to this, many US citizens arrested by the law enforcement agencies have been released on the orders of the Interior Ministry.

Perhaps Pakistan’s security interests would be best served if every US citizen on an ‘official’ or ‘diplomatic’ visit to Pakistan is fitted with a similar electronic tag around the ankle which would let the law enforcement agencies monitor their movements and take action if any of them are found trespassing on to sensitive locations or violating the terms of their visa. After all, Pakistan and its people deserve security and respect as much as any other Nation in the World

 

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Blackwater Infiltrates Streets Of Islamabad

Posted by yourpakistan on May 19, 2010


Almost each and every street of the Federal Capital is infiltrated with notorious Blackwater, TheNation’s investigations reveal. After weeks-long efforts, this newspaper has finally managed to get trails of the exact locations of as many as fifteen houses in the private residential areas of the city that are hired by the notorious spy agency among other 70 residences hired in the sectors of F series, E-7, G-6 and G-8.

Of the aforementioned 15 lodgings, the postal records of that are available with TheNation, three each are located in sectors F-7/3, and F-8/3, two each in F-6/2 and E-7, one each in F-6/3, F-7/1, F-7/4, F-11/4 and G-6/4. Similarly, of over 70 (the number may vary) suspected operative venues of Blackwater, 55 are reportedly located in the F Sector and the remaining 15 in other sectors.

The information received from credible security officials and some informed residents of the localities, where Blackwater personnel are residing, reveals that a significant number of these accommodations are acquired on rent in the name of a renowned US-based international non-governmental organisation, fifteen other fake humanitarian NGOs and security agencies.Unknown Object

In addition, 43 residences are operating in the name of one fake humanitarian NGO that neither exists on ground nor carries any legal documentation. 350 Blackwater personnel are residing in the city along with unspecified number of US marines and spies of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The US marines, spies, and Blackwater ‘contractors’ all introduce themselves as American diplomats, carry fake diplomatic cards, passports and car plates that provides them the cover of complete diplomatic immunity from Pakistani municipal and criminal laws. It is also learnt that majority of the personnel of these notorious organisations living in Pakistan not only understands Urdu, its standard and slang versions, but can also speak it. They learn Urdu in Washington before stepping into Pakistan. Most of the Americans arrive here on diplomatic visas or under the garb of humanitarian workers.

A spokesperson of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education confirmed that none but only two of the NGOs used by Blackwater to get rental accommodations were either registered with the Ministry or had any legal record available with the Ministry. The two registered NGOs are granting humanitarian assistance in Pakistan’s military operation-hit areas and do not have any extended offices in Islamabad but dozens of suspicious houses have been acquired for rental use in their names here.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, several times, has publicly denied the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan. Despite attempts on Thursday evening, the Interior Minister was not available for comments and official version of the Ministry could not be attained due to the absence of Ministry’s spokesperson.

Originally published by TheNation.

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Blackwater-MQM Ready to Fight in Karachi

Posted by yourpakistan on February 26, 2010


MQM has ordered its elite terrorist wing to move from South Africa to Pakistan for the final round with the Armed Forces and make Karachi Beirut of Pakistan leading to the separation as independent territory. Though it might not be relevant to the South African government now but may become problem in future.  It is understood that elite terrorist unit is active by looking at the targeted killings of 18 Haqiqi (Mohajir Qumi Movemnt) in the month of January 2010 alone, and 81 members from  June 2009 – December 2009 in six months period, the total number of Haqaqi workers killed in the past eight years from 2002-2010 is shamefully 154.  There are other groups whose members have been killed allegedly by London – Edgware based MQM-Altaf group.

Approximately 16 or more members of MQM elite terrorist wing have entered into Pakistan some with different IDs in the past four weeks. Some of the people arrived in Karachi had bounty on their heads and are wanted in Pakistan for heinous crimes. The master mind of the group is known as Qamar Ghalib Teddy (Johannesburg), Sohial Commando, Rizwan Haider, Nadeem Mullah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan Interior Minister Malik says no Xe-trained officials in PM squad

Posted by yourpakistan on January 29, 2010


US private security contractor Blackwater, formerly known as Xe Security, was neither operating in Pakistan nor its trained security officers were part of prime minister’s safety escort, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Wednesday.

“I said this earlier and categorically say once again that there is no existence of Blackwater in the country,” said the minister. He was replying to a question when asked to comment over media reports about inclusion of Xe-trained officers in the official security escort of the prime minister.

Meanwhile, the minister said the US official security experts had been imparting training to Pakistani civil law enforcementagencies; especially police officers, under a pact signed during Pervez Musharraf era, which was aimed at increasing their professional skills and standard to combat terrorism.

Responding to another query, Malik welcomed the recent Indian announcement for consideration of Pakistani cricketers for second edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), adding that his ministry would certainly allow the players to fly to India; in case they formally receive offer and agree to participate in the IPL. “We welcome the Indian decision, which was made due to strong protest of our nation. India should show same flexibility for resolution of Kashmir as well as water disputes, and come at the dialogue table,” he maintained.

Regarding Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s speech in the National Assembly, Malik said the PM has clearly given the message of national unity and called for working together to achieve combined targets of national development.

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CIA asked us to eliminate Dr. A Q Khan: Blackwater chief

Posted by yourpakistan on December 13, 2009


In a stunning revelation, US private security service agency, Blackwater’s founder, Erik Prince, has claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had asked the agency to kill Pakistani nuclear scientist, A Q Khan.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Prince said the CIA had asked the Blackwater to eliminate Khan, however, authorities in Washington “chose not to pull the trigger.”

Dr Khan’s inclusion in the target list would suggest that the assassination effort was broader than has previously been acknowledged,” Prince said. Prince has also admitted to Blackwater’s participation in some of the CIA’s most sensitive operations, including raids on suspected militants in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prince said Blackwater’s, which now known as Xe Worldwide Services, role changed remarkably after its officials started providing security cover to CIA operatives in the field. Raids on suspected insurgents in Iraq, known as “snatch and grab” operations, were mostly carried out during nights between 2004 and 2006.

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ALERT: Blackwater Recruiting Agents Fluent In Urdu & Punjabi For Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on September 15, 2009


Blackwater USA is looking for mercenaries fluent in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language, and Punjabi, the language spoken by natives of Pakistan’s largest populated province.  The US military already deploys officers and commando units manned by people fluent in Pashto, spoken in most of western Pakistan and southern Afghanistan.  Keeping in view the denials of the US embassy in Islamabad and the expanding American presence on Pakistani soil, these recruitments are obviously not meant for running call centers.  Since Washington has unilaterally decided that Pakistan is now a ‘war theater’ after Iraq and Afghanistan, it is only natural that American terrorism will also be unleashed in Pakistan.  Blackwater is in Pakistan.

Blackwater USA has concealed its Web presence.  If you type http://www.BlackwaterUSA.com, you will be redirected to the website of an organization called U.S. Training Center , which offers military and personal security courses.  The website does not overtly say or indicate it is linked to Blackwater, but on Sept. 12 a media release was posted on the homepage defending Blackwater against accusations the private ‘army’ overbilled the US government for work in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.
The bigger news, however, is that ‘Blackwater USA’ is hiring in Pakistan.  While BlackwaterUSA.com does not exist on the Web any longer, I 3an employment form on a secured page of the private security firm’s website that clearly indicates the private mercenary army is hiring Urdu- and Punjabi-speaking agents.  This would complement the existing Pashto-speaking agents that both Blackwater private mercenary army and its employer, the US military, have on the ground in Afghanistan and – as reports increasingly indicate – in Pakistan.
Snapshots of the screen from the page titled secure.blackwaterusa.com show that the page is part of the Blackwater Employee and Applicant Resource System (BEARS).
Blackwater USA has concealed its Web presence.  If you type http://www.BlackwaterUSA.com, you will be redirected to the website of an organization called U.S. Training Center , which offers military and personal security courses.  The website does not overtly say or indicate it is linked to Blackwater, but on Sept. 12 a media release was posted on the homepage defending Blackwater against accusations the private ‘army’ overbilled the US government for work in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.
The bigger news, however, is that ‘Blackwater USA’ is hiring in Pakistan.  While BlackwaterUSA.com does not exist on the Web any longer, I 3an employment form on a secured page of the private security firm’s website that clearly indicates the private mercenary army is hiring Urdu- and Punjabi-speaking agents.  This would complement the existing Pashto-speaking agents that both Blackwater private mercenary army and its employer, the US military, have on the ground in Afghanistan and – as reports increasingly indicate – in Pakistan.
Snapshots of the screen from the page titled secure.blackwaterusa.com show that the page is part of the Blackwater Employee and Applicant Resource System (BEARS).

The snapshots shown here indicate that hiring continues as we speak for agents and for people with military training who can speak Urdu, Pakistan’s national language, and Punjabi, spoken by the natives of Pakistan’s largest populated province.  Obviously, agents with proficiency in the two languages will be operating in and around Pakistan since there is little utility for such agents anywhere else in the world. This is the latest in a pile of circumstantial evidence that supports the growing concerns within the Pakistani public opinion that private US security firms are setting up shop in Pakistan, bringing to the country the same mayhem that has engulfed Iraq and Afghanistan, possibly with the permission of influential people in the Pakistani government.
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A petition has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan today requesting that the government of Pakistan be ordered to explain why the US embassy in Islamabad is building a fortified embassy the size of an international airport, spread over 52 to 54 acres.  The petitioner, who is a private Pakistani citizen, has accused the United States of constructing a military base in the heart of the Pakistani capital in the guise of an embassy.
On Aug. 5, PakNationalists/AhmedQuraishi.com broke the news of how a Washington-incorporated private company that calls itself an NGO and executes contractual humanitarian work for the US government in conflict zones is suspected of acting as cover for Blackwater in Peshawar.
On Jul. 27, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur [DPA] reported that residents of an upscale suburb in Peshawar have formally complained to the Pakistani government that armed private Americans were spreading fear in the area.
We also received a statement issued by Mr. Richard Snelsire, the spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, denying these reports: Since 2002, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed more than $3.4 billion in humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Pakistan in relief, health, education, and economic development programs. Creative Associates is one of many organizations USAID engages to deliver this assistance, which also includes the Government of Pakistan, local non-governmental, and international humanitarian institutions.  This organization has no link to any international security firm, nor is it affiliated in any way with an intelligence service.
Recent allegations against USAID partners such as Creative Associates are false, and place individuals delivering humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Pakistan at risk. Richard Snelsire
Despite these denials, the Pakistani government and the US embassy are unable to explain several incidents in Peshawar and Islamabad over the past few weeks that involved privately armed American citizens, especially accounts by private citizens confirming they have seen and interacted with these foreign agents in public places.  In at least three incidents, these privately armed Americans were released by police authorities under pressure from the government despite involvement in altercations with local Pakistanis.  In one case, an armed US citizen physically assaulted a Pakistani police officer and uttered obscenities against the host country.
The alarming part of this story is that the embassy of Pakistan in Washington is reported to have issued several hundred entry permits and visas to individuals without seeking clearance from the country’s security departments.  In one recent report, it is reported that the Pakistani ambassador issued 360 visas to US citizens in one month, sometime this year, from the ambassador’s discretionary quota of visas and again without clearance from Pakistani security departments. Who are these Americans who are arriving in Pakistan in the tens and hundreds at a time when the US embassy in Islamabad follows a strange practice where a staffer personally calls any US citizen in the United States in order to warn them about coming to Pakistan for personal reasons or pleasure, apparently because of the security situation?

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