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Pakistan: Are They Our Leader Or Criminals?

Posted by yourpakistan on February 22, 2015


Criminals of Pakistan

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. (Opinion Maker)

Leaders with No accountability and No Shame

Pakistan is in ruins. The nation and its imagery, law and justice, commerce, thinking hubs, political governance all appear dysfunctional and self-contradictory. Eroding freedom of thoughts and action speaks of missing accountability of political elite. The nation is fast becoming victim of a US planned blue-print being used in Iraq. Vengeful sectarian killings and dismantling of economic, political and moral infrastructures to incapacitate the nation by its own sadistic rulers. All fighting against all to end the very existence by collective madness. The paid Pakistani political and security agents are instrumental in carrying out heinous crimes. Increasingly and without any logical redress, common citizens are the targeted aim of the political cruelty. No wonder, once conditions favorable to cruelty are established, it spreads like frightening wildfire. The governance demonstrates dead-ended political conscience of the interest of the people. After decade-old American entrapment in the bogus war on terrorism, the country has lost the energies and capacity to deal with any major problems of security and national unity. The foreign agenda is focused on breaking the moral and spiritual lifelines of the Pakistani nation by its own agents of influence. There are no brave and proactive politicians to stop the continuing political stagnation. The nation faces colossal disaster day in and day out but nobody is held accountable for the crimes. The Generals are convenient spectators and Nawaz Sharif is happy, the herd is politically manageable to complete his inherently fraudulent term of office as prime minister.

Pakistani Leaders Are MenaceDaily blood baths of civilians go unabated adding to statistical record for lack of adequate security. The latest cold blooded murder of 55 innocent people at Wagha border and 100 or so injured adds nothing new to grieving citizens belief that Pakistan is governed by most inept, incompetent and corrupt people ever witnessed by an informed nation. No politicians assume responsibility for the protection and safeguard of life and property of ordinary Pakistanis. There is obvious disconnect between the people and the political rulers constantly hated and feared by the masses. The conflicting time zones are widening in which ordinary people suffer versus the ruling elite breathe as daily civilian casualties continued to rise because of the Taliban attacks and targeted massacres of the ordinary citizens. Who is a failure and who should be held accountability? Is the Pakistani security apparatus so incompetent and ill equipped that it cannot ensure public safety? Given the lack of accountability and lack of shame, there is nothing to prevent these political criminals from repeating their crimes. So the killings of the innocent civilians go unabated. Strange as is, opposition activists raising voices against the Sharif regime are conveniently arrested and jailed but not the Sharif brethren who kill the citizens at random and implement planned massacres. Those facilitating crimes against the people occupy positions of political leadership and even law and justice cannot question them – abetted by the political class, committed the greatest heist in history.

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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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War on Terror or Terror of War?

Posted by yourpakistan on August 6, 2013


Terror War Lead by USA

By Rehan Rasheed – Opinion Maker

The year 2014 is cut-off date for withdrawal of the US-led forces. We have seen that the US wants to exploit its position to use the Asian trade routes to her own advantage to fulfill the global designs. The importance of this region, especially the Indian Ocean, was narrated well by Admiral Robert Long in 1981 when he talked of its significance for the US and the Western world at large and put accent on “the will and resolve of US to protect vital interests there”.

Viewed in this perspective, it is not the “End Game” in Afghanistan. It is rather the start of a “New Game” and the entire region has much on stake. Thus, rather than a War on Terror, it should be termed as a Terror of War. Terror of war and a response thereof are interconnected in all dimensions. Preparation for war leads to the better strategy that ultimately results in the victory. Formulation of strategy requires priorities. The best strategy, as Sun Tzu says, is to attack the enemy’s strategy. This is but a simple way to describe the warfare.

Pax Americana – a global hegemony exercised by Americans, the term used to indicate the military and economic position of the US in relation to other nations requires enough resources to corroborate its global leadership syndrome. The world is already pluralized. The awakening of China, integration of Europe and revival of Russia make things difficult to support her supremacy therefore formalization of global strategy for supremacy in view of the emerging realities is always a top priority for the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan-U.S. Security Relationship at Lowest Point Since 2001, Officials Say

Posted by yourpakistan on June 16, 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The security relationship between the United States and Pakistan has sunk to its lowest level since the two countries agreed to cooperate after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, endangering counterterrorism programs that depend on the partnership, according to U.S. and Pakistani officials.

Both sides say further deterioration is likely as Pakistan’s military leadership comes under unprecedented pressure from within its ranks to reduce ties with the United States. The army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, was jeered last month by fellow officers who demanded in a town-hall-style meeting that he explain why Pakistan supports U.S. policy.

Kayani “is fighting to survive,” said one U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of current sensitivities. “His corps commanders are very strongly anti-U.S. right now, so he has to appease them.”

Outspokenness to top officers is virtually unheard of in the strict Pakistani military hierarchy, and open criticism of Kayani “is something no Pakistani military commander has ever had to face before,” another U.S. official said. “Nobody should underestimate the pressure he’s now under.”

Tension over U.S.-Pakistani relations is building on the American side, as well. Lawmakers on Wednesday expressed outrage that a number of Pakistanis who had helped gather intelligence for the CIA about Osama bin Laden’s compound have been arrested.

Among them is Maj. Amir Aziz, a doctor in the Pakistani army’s medical corps who lived next to the bin Laden residence in Abbottabad for several years and has not been seen since shortly after the raid by U.S. commandos in early May that killed the terrorist leader.

Officials said Aziz was among several Pakistanis paid to keep track of and photograph those entering and leaving the compound, without being told whom they were looking for.

“Their families don’t have any idea where they have been taken,” said one neighbor in Abbottabad’s Bilal Town subdivision. “Nobody knows what they had done.”

A U.S. official said the CIA tried to get the doctor and other informants out of harm’s way before their arrests, offering to relocate them. But they refused and “thought they would be okay,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. A Pakistani military spokesman said reports that an officer had been detained were “totally baseless.”

After years of sporadic tension between Washington and Islamabad, the immediate cause of the rupture was the raid on bin Laden’s compound, located minutes from Pakistani military installations. Pakistan was not informed before the operation, a level of secrecy that left its military and intelligence services angry and humiliated.

In recent weeks, Pakistanis have escalated their demands that the United States stop its covert campaign of drone strikes on al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban bases in the country’s tribal areas, and at least some U.S. personnel are being withdrawn from a base in the southwest part of the country used by the CIA to launch the unmanned aircraft. A U.S. Special Operations training program for Pakistan’s tribal defense force has largely ceased. Visas have been withheld from CIA and military personnel assigned to Pakistan programs, according to officials from both countries.

Pakistan is a key player in the administration’s war strategy in Afghanistan, but U.S. officials are under similar pressure at home to take a tough line. Many in Congress see bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan and the fallout from the raid as additional proof that the Pakistanis are unreliable partners who refuse to fully commit to fighting insurgents and do not deserve U.S. assistance or trust. U.S. military and economic assistance to Pakistan, although only a small fraction of the overall cost of the Afghanistan war, has totaled nearly $21 billion since 2002.

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates acknowledged that U.S. intelligence that had been given to Pakistan in mid-May about insurgent bomb factories in the tribal regions was leaked, and that the facilities were abandoned before military strikes could take place.

In a congressional hearing Wednesday with Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “Just this morning, we see word that our putative ally arrested five people under the suspicion that they helped the United States to get Osama bin Laden, after publicly saying, of course, they wanted us to get Osama bin Laden.”

“Most governments lie to each other,” Gates responded tersely. “That’s the way business gets done.” Even some of the United States’ closest allies, he said, “send people to spy on us. . . . That’s the real world we deal with.”

Mullen warned against pushing the Pakistanis too hard. The relationship is a challenge, he agreed, and “some of the criticism is more than warranted.” But “if we walk away from it, it’s my view it’ll be a much more dangerous place a decade from now, and we’ll be back.”

U.S. officials said they took some comfort in the fact that, despite the strong public rhetoric in Pakistan, a series of meetings with high-level Pakistani officials since the bin Laden raid has been frank and productive. Mullen; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Gen. James N. Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command; and CIA Director Leon Panetta have all traveled there in recent weeks.

The Pakistanis have responded positively to some U.S. demands, including granting the CIA access to the Abbottabad compound and to bin Laden family members in Pakistani detention. On the civilian side, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani this week publicly called for a resumption of the U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue, suspended several months ago, following meetings with Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides. Before leaving Islamabad on Tuesday, Nides announced disbursement of $190 million in U.S. aid for Pakistani flood victims.

But there are few illusions on either side about the depth of the chasm between them. The bin Laden raid followed other incidents that infuriated the Pakistani military, including WikiLeaks’ publication of State Department cables recounting private conversations between U.S. officials and Kayani, and the U.S.-demanded release of Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor accused of killing two Pakistanis in Lahore in January.

The drone campaign is under particular challenge. Last month, Pakistan’s Parliament passed a resolution calling for an immediate end to the strikes. Last week, the military issued a statement that called them “not acceptable under any circumstances. There is no room for ambiguity in this regard.”

U.S. officials say they could continue without Pakistan’s cooperation, launching the drones out of bases in Afghanistan. But there is a fear that the instability and high feelings in Pakistan could provoke an even more extreme public and military backlash.

Even before the current tensions, Pakistan criticized the program, expanded by the Obama administration to nearly 120 strikes last year, for targeting too many low- and mid-level militants rather than high-level commanders. The Americans, a senior Pakistani military official said, are fixated on drones and use them as indiscriminately as “a rifle bullet.”

The most recent drone strikes took place Wednesday in North and South Waziristan in the tribal areas, where local officials said 15 militants were killed.

Witte reported from Islamabad. Staff writer Greg Miller in Washington and special correspondents Shaiq Hussain in Islamabad and Haq Nawaz Khan in Peshawar contributed to this report.

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Genral Kayani Orders Cut in US Military Presence

Posted by yourpakistan on May 6, 2011


Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has made it very clear that any action similar to American raid in Abbotabad violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military / intelligence cooperation with the United States.

The COAS made the categorical announcement while addressing the 138th Corps Commanders’ Conference at General Headquarters here on Thursday.The Corps Commanders were informed about the decision to reduce the strength of US military personnel in Pakistan to the minimum essential.

As regards the possibility of similar hostile action against our strategic assets, the Forum reaffirmed that, unlike an undefended civilian compound, our strategic assets are well protected and an elaborate defensive mechanism is in place.

The meeting considered one point agenda of Abbottabad incident in which Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces. The Forum discussed the incident and its implications and on military to military relations with the United States.

While admitting own shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it was highlighted that the achievements of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), against Al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates in Pakistan, have no parallel. The Forum was informed that around 100 top level Al Qaeda leaders / operators were killed / arrested by ISI, with or without support of CIA.

However, in the case of Osama Bin Laden, while the CIA developed intelligence based on initial information provided by ISI, it did not share further development of intelligence on the case with ISI, contrary to the existing practice between the two services. Nonetheless, an investigation has been ordered into the circumstances that led to this situation. The Forum, taking serious note of the assertions made by Indian military leadership about conducting similar operations, made it very clear that any misadventure of this kind will be responded to very strongly. There should be no doubt about it.

The Forum reiterated the resolve to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and to fight the menace of terrorism, with the support and help of the people of Pakistan. The 138th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held here on Thursday and discussed the incident of killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and reiterated the resolve to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to fight the menace of terrorism, with the support and help of the people of Pakistan.

The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani while presiding over the meeting held at General Headquarters “made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States,” a press release issued by ISPR said. One point agenda was the Abbottabad incident in which Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces. The Forum discussed the incident and its implications and on military to military relations with the United States.

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Excuse Me, Is CIA Calling Us Terrorists?

Posted by yourpakistan on April 30, 2011


It is ironic that the United States considers ISI among US-designated 36 terrorist groups. Though the blame also lies with us for working so closely with the United States, which merely uses and abuses us, I’d just like to point out how the CIA is amongst organizations that have no right, in any sense, to call anyone a terrorist organization.

IMAAN HAZIR MAZARI | WWW.PAKNATIONALISTS.COM

Might they be reminded of how CIA ordered the bombing of North Vietnam, use of napalm jelly and Agent Orange in South Vietnamese villages?

What about the murder of 28000 innocent citizens of the Dominican Republic during a CIA operation to remove a socialist government?

Such ‘situations’ extended to Cuba, with the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961, Chile, with the coming to power of the brutal Pinochet through a CIA-backed coup and even in Guatemala where nationalist Jacobo Arbenz was killed and removed through a CIA operation, merely to serve US interests.

But the biggest thing that makes this American move against ISI ironic is their consistent support for Israel, barring in 1956, when they needed the Suez for their own interests. The United States has literally supported a state engaged in genocide.

That is terrorism to a whole new level.

Ms. Mazari is a college student and an activist. Reach her atimaan@ufone.blackberry.com

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Afghan Taliban Will Support Pak Army Action Against Hakimullah Mehsud Led TTP in NW

Posted by yourpakistan on April 28, 2011


By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press

Crumbling unity among militants could provide the Pakistan army an opening to conduct a limited offensive against a particularly vicious Taliban group in a strategic tribal region, according to analysts and a senior military official.

The target of such an operation in North Waziristan would be the most violent factions within the so-called Pakistani Taliban. Their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, is believed to be increasingly isolated after executing a prominent former Pakistani official over the objections of senior militant leaders.

Although Mehsud has been linked to attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, his main focus appears to be in plotting carnage elsewhere in Pakistan. And that makes him a prime target for the army.

Washington has long urged the Pakistanis to launch an operation in North Waziristan, a region overrun by an assortment of militant groups including al-Qaida. Most U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan take place in North Waziristan. Already there are more than 30,000 soldiers in North Waziristan, and some analysts say the Pakistani army could quickly redeploy to the area. The army has 140,000 soldiers in the tribal regions that border Afghanistan.

The Pakistanis, however, are unlikely to target the Haqqani group, which the U.S. considers its greatest enemy in Afghanistan. U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complained last week that Pakistan’s secret service maintains links to the Haqqani network. The Haqqanis are Afghan Taliban who control parts of eastern Afghanistan and have bases in North Waziristan. If the Haqqanis and other militant groups in North Waziristan cooperate with a military assault against the Pakistani Taliban, that would give the army more options.

The fissures among the militants were laid bare in February, when Mehsud released a gruesome video that confirmed the shooting death of former Pakistani spy Sultan Amir Tarar, better known as Col. Imam, according to a senior Pakistan army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

As Pakistan’s consul general in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province during the Taliban’s rule, Imam was the conduit for money and weapons to the religious movement. A former Pakistani intelligence officer, Imam met regularly with Afghan Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. Imam was known to have kept contact with leading Taliban in hiding in Pakistan since the U.S.-led coalition ousted them from power in Afghanistan in 2001.

Mehsud’s group had held Imam for 10 months. The killing confounded Pakistani military officials. They had long believed the Haqqanis held sway over the myriad of groups — including militants from Uzbekistan, Chechnya and the Middle East — operating in North Waziristan. “We always thought that the Afghan Taliban had a sway over these groups, but Col. Imam’s killing shows that no one is in control of anyone there,” he said. “His death was a shock for us.”

Taliban members who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they feared being arrested said Mullah Omar made a personal plea for Imam’s life. Also requesting that Imam’s life be spared was Sirajuddin Haqqani, a key leader of the Haqqani group.

The senior military official said Mehsud defied Mullah Omar and Sirajuddin Haqqani and went ahead with the execution after the government and army refused his demands to free several of his imprisoned men. Not only that, Mehsud boasted on a jihadi website about the killing, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The same website carried an Urdu language condemnation of Mehsud’s organization, calling those behind the execution “beasts” and “ignoble killers,” SITE said.

The divisions that Imam’s death revealed among the militant groups could provide an opportunity for the army to hit hard at insurgents in the North Waziristan town of Mir Ali, where Mehsud set up bases after fleeing last year’s military assault on his headquarters in neighboring South Waziristan, according to Mahmood Shah, a retired army brigadier and former security point-man for the government in the tribal regions.

Mir Ali is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the town of Miram Shah, where the Haqqanis are based. Tribal elders from North Waziristan, all of whom were too afraid to talk on the record, fearing retribution from militants, said the landscape in their home region has undergone massive upheavals since the army operation in South Waziristan.

They said Mehsud and his men were among the most troublesome of the militants, largely because of their affiliation with criminal gangs. Mehsud and his followers are also among the richest, having accumulated wealth through kidnappings for ransom, thefts and extortion, said a tribal elder from Shawal district of North Waziristan.

Mehsud’s close affiliation with Lashkar-e-Janghvi, a Punjabi-based Sunni Muslim militant group blamed for dozens of attacks against minority Shiite Muslims, has also provided him with a reservoir of suicide bombers. They have carried out dozens of attacks throughout Pakistan and in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials who did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject said the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed six CIA operatives in Afghanistan’s Khost province in December 2009 was trained by Lashkar-e-Janghvi’s Qari Hussain, who was also a member of Mehsud’s group. Hussain was killed in a drone attack but was quickly replaced by a cousin and fellow tribesman of Mehsud’s.

Mehsud has overseen the Pakistani Taliban ever since his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a CIA missile strike on Aug. 5, 2009. Hakimullah Mehsud is affiliated with the Taliban’s most violent factions and has survived U.S. and Pakistani attempts on his life.

In recent years the United States has identified Mir Ali as the site of a reconstituted al-Qaida. Also on the run in Mir Ali is Ilyas Kashmiri, a confidante of Mehsud’s. The United States this month put a $5 million bounty on Kashmiri’s head.

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US Forces Kicked Off Shamsi Air Base

Posted by yourpakistan on April 22, 2011


Source: The News

Pakistan has stopped all US operations from the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan, an airport which was given to American forces for use after 9/11 and drone attacks were launched from the base on targets in the tribal areas, military sources have confirmed. It was also used extensively in 2001 when thousands of US sorties took off to bomb Afghanistan a few weeks after the 9/11 attack in New York.

As the relations between Islamabad and Washington have strained due to latter’s mounting interference and repeated breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty, the US Embassy spokesman, Alberto Rodriguez, confirmed that there are no US forces at the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson, when approached about his version on the vacation of US forces and the deadly drones from Shamsi airfield, explained that the airfield does not belong to the PAF while the Pakistan Army sources confirmed that the airfield was free from the American forces.

No one was prepared to share with The News the dates or the time period when the Shamsi airfield was vacated by the Americans although the sources insist that it is a recent development.

Almost a year back, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar spoke on the topic of the Shamsi Air Base confirming that it was being used by American forces for logistical purposes but, he added, the government was not satisfied with payments for the use of the facility.

Mukhtar, however, did not go into the nature of airfield’s use by the American forces. Prior to Shamsi, Pakistan had also got vacated from the US forces the Jacobabad Air Base and Pasni, which were used for its operations in Afghanistan.

The US has been using the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan province to station unmanned Predator drones that have been used to attack terrorist targets inside Pakistan’s tribal areas. Shamsi airfield, also called Bandari, is a small airfield and air station located about 200 miles southwest of Quetta near the town of Washki.

In 2009, media reports revealed that the airfield was used by the United States Central Intelligence Agency as a base for Predator drone attacks on so-called militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas but ended up killing several hundreds innocent people. On January 9, 2002 a US Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft reportedly crashed on approach to Shamsi. All seven crew members were killed in the crash.

In February 2009, The Times of London had announced that it had obtained Google images from 2006 which showed Predator aircraft parked outside a hangar at the end of the runway of the Shamsi airfield. Before that, a US Senator Dianne Feinstein said that the CIA was basing its drone aircraft in Pakistan. The US company Blackwater was also reported to have a presence there, hired by the government to arm the drones with missiles.

It was General Musharraf who had permitted the US to use its airbases not only to attack Afghanistan but also to launch drone attacks on the people of Pakistan in the name of the so-called war on terror. The present regime also continued with Musharraf’s policies and allowed much larger number of drone attacks than before.

WikiLeaks had revealed that Prime Minister Gilani had endorsed the drones’ policy. Gilani was reported to have even said to the US officials that his government would raise hue and cry over these drone attacks for the sake of countering the public pressure.

However, of late and after the Raymond Davis episode, things became extremely tense between Washington and Islamabad with the CIA insisting to carry on with its operations, including the drone attacks inside Pakistan, while the ISI is adamant to restricting the Americans from crossing the red-line.

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Counter Terrorism Strategy: The Impact of ‘Banning’ an Organisation

Posted by yourpakistan on April 12, 2011


By Saba Imtiaz – Tribune PK

During a Senate session last week, Interior Minister Rehman Malik inadvertently highlighted the issues with Pakistan’s counter-terrorism strategy. In response to a question about bans on ‘religious and welfare organisations’, Malik told the Senate that only four groups have been banned over the past three years for their involvement in terrorism.

The answers to other questions revealed what the ‘impact’ of these bans has been. Over 8,000 people were injured and 3,169 were killed in 2,148 terrorist attacks during 2008-2010, excluding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). There are also issues with prosecuting suspects – Malik said 352 of the 606 suspects of terrorist attacks were acquitted by the courts in the same time period.

Well-known organisations were first banned in the early 2000s, but others remained off the radar. Al Qaeda was banned in 2003, two years after the 9/11 attacks, and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan was banned in 2008. Religious groups who fundraise for militant organisations or groups like Jundullah – which Malik blamed for the Ashura attack in Karachi in 2009 – did not make the list.

Banning organisations does not signal an end to their activities. The government has previously claimed that thousands of activists of banned organisations are being monitored and have been placed on the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

In its assessment of the security situation in 2010, the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies stated, “Better coordination among intelligence agencies, capacity building of law enforcement agencies, curbs on terrorism financing and, most importantly, adequate measures to prevent banned militant groups from operating across the country remained persistently lacking.”

“The bans have had no major impact,” says analyst Imtiaz Gul. “Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad have continued their activities under different names. The government has not banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), even though the United Nations has banned it. There is a tacit acceptance of their activities.”

According to the ATA, when an organisation is banned, its accounts are frozen, its literature and digital material is seized and the publication of literature, issuing statements to the press or addressing public gatherings is banned. The organisation has to submit income and expenditure accounts for its political and social welfare activities and disclose funding sources to the government.

Last year, five armed groups in Balochistan were banned, which has not served to quell the insurgency in the province. Banned organisations openly operate with new aliases, fundraise and channel funds, distribute literature and run charity wings. Their websites, statements and videos are easily accessible. While the government did ban organisations again which had regrouped with new names, this does not appear to be a uniform policy. JuD operates openly as the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and has at least seven other aliases. The US added the foundation to its list of blacklisted organisations in 2010, recognising that LeT used the name to evade scrutiny.

Since the bans are not effective, financing and recruitment continues. According to a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, LeT’s annual military operations budget was Rs365 million. A suicide bomber recently arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan revealed that over 400 suicide bombers were being trained in North Waziristan.

Banning an organisation is a first step, which needs to be followed up by a comprehensive strategy and enforcement. But while the bans, raids and arrests are loudly touted as Pakistan’s commitment to combating terrorism, analysts believe they are merely for show, given how these ‘banned groups’ work and recruit openly.

 

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For the sheeple of Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on March 28, 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Muhammed Ahmed ShoaibPakistan Cyber Force

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