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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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Pakistan High-speed Changing Political Spectrum

Posted by yourpakistan on January 17, 2013

“Today Pakistan has come of age; when people are willing to die no one can defeat them. Long live Pakistan.” Raja Mujtaba

Dharna in Islamabad

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja 

Operation ‘Weaken Pakistan through covert war’ launched in 2002 by so-called allies of Pakistan was part of four-dimensional plan to destabilize, de-Islamize, denuclearize and destroy Pakistan. For eleven years concerted efforts have been made by the US and its allies grouped together in Kabul to achieve their objectives. The first phase of destabilization has progressed fairly well and today Pakistan’s socio-politico-economic-military fabric is seriously disheveled. Fast crumbling economy has made the state fragile and vulnerable to military intervention. But for deceptive friendship and slavish compliance of our leaders, this sort of progress was impossible to achieve by our so-called allies. So far it was intensely debated whether India or religious extremism cum terrorism was the existential threat to Pakistan’s security. It is now being said that the biggest threat is posed by the ruling coalition subservient to the wishes of Washington. In its near five-year tenure, the PPP led regime has left no stone unturned to destroy each and every institution of Pakistan and to bring bad name to democracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistanis More Optimistic Than US, India About Hard Work: Survey

Posted by yourpakistan on August 1, 2012


No matter what the prophets of doom say in nightly news shows on TV day in day out, an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis still believes that hard work is duly rewarded in the country and leads to material success, according to a recent poll by Pew Research Center — a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington DC.

In fact, of all the 21 countries where the survey was conducted, Pakistan came on top with 81% of respondents saying people succeed if they work hard as opposed to 15% who believe hard work is no guarantee of success.

The United States followed Pakistan with 77% of respondents saying hard work assured success. India, China and Japan were more sceptical with only 67%, 45% and 40% of the respondents recognising a close link between hard work and success, respectively.

“Fundamentally, the survey reveals that Pakistanis haven’t lost faith in the country. The Pakistani youth believes that current problems are short-term and can be resolved,” said Asad Umar, who joined politics in April after resigning from Engro Corporation, Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, as its CEO. “That’s why Pakistanis believe in hard work — and its direct relationship with material success – more than the people of the United States, Germany or Japan.”

The survey was conducted between March 28 and April 13 in all provinces face-to-face with 1,206 people of the age of 18 years or more. 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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A 1000-Word Novel

Posted by yourpakistan on March 7, 2012

“Humans plan and manipulate while Nature smiles at their short-sighted and fallibility.”

A Persian Proverb

Political historians say that it might have happened in the not very remote past in an impoverished South-Asian country plagued by scarcity and misfortunes, at the verge of an economic-political abyss. It might have been caused by the bad governance of a ruling elite obsessed by self-interest, political power and determined to preserve the decades-old political “status-quo.” It might have occurred because of the unjust power structure of a few ruling over a mass of humanity nearing 190 million – 95% of them suffering from humiliation, deprivations, extreme poverty, sickness, hunger and by a sense of betrayal by their own elected representatives.

By Dr. Haider Mehdi

Sakinah Bibi, 24, once a beautiful and vibrant young woman grabbed her two children aged 4 and 2 and jumped in front of a moving train. An hour later her husband hanged himself from a tree. This was the 14th suicide in the last two weeks. Sakinah, in her suicide note, said that she could not tolerate her children’s starvation any longer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Rules Pakistan

Posted by yourpakistan on February 13, 2012

“Where is Pakistan going?” asked a lady of me in Karachi recently. “When do you think the government is going to change? Who will form the next government?”

“To arrive at honest answers,” I said, “We must first detach ourselves from emotion and ask the most basic of questions and then face the answers bravely, for they are unpleasant but undeniable truths.”

By Humayun Gauhar – Opinion Maker

First: “Who is supposed to rule Pakistan?” Answer: “The people are the true rulers of Pakistan, or should be, because they are the vicegerents of God. They are His vicegerents or Khalifa because they are the greatest of His creations, ashraf ul Makhlooqat. He has, therefore, given them free will and devolved on them that quantum of His sovereignty, as they need to run their affairs according to His tenets. It is a conditional and limited devolution, for the moment they lose sight of His tenets they lose His devolved sovereignty. God enjoins us in the Holy Quran that in times of distress, “Hold on to the rope of God and the rope of the People” – hablum min Allah wa hablum min an naas. The ‘rope’ symbolizes Man’s Covenant with God and the people. It is not literally a rope that God is talking about. Rope is just symbolic, akin to an umbilical cord that attaches us to our Creator and humanity. ‘The People’ is not a horde or mob but humanity in all God’s glory, humankind, Mankind – naas.

One of God’s most important tenets is:
Choose your leaders, which implies a democratic choice.
Choose from amongst yourselves, and;
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Pakistan Fighting Terrorism

Posted by yourpakistan on October 13, 2011

“Terrorism cannot be fought without addressing the root cause that is denial of justice, opportunities and reduction of gap between the rich and the poor. Slogans do not fill the empty stomachs or provide jobs etc.” Raja Mujtaba

By Sobia Hanif – Opinion Maker

Almost a decade has gone by since our involvement in the US-led war on terror and today we are more vulnerable to acts of terrorism and violence than we ever were. In recent years the trend of growing terrorism has shifted from previously hard hit areas such as KPK and FATA to urban centers where it was previously least expected. Now major cities and sensitive locations are under greatest threat. In 2009, terrorists concentrated their activities in KPK but in 2010, Lahore became the hub of terrorist attacks. This year also, we have seen terrorists relocating and strengthening their positions, and regaining control of areas where they were fast losing influence. In a report to the Congress on October 2, 2011, President Obama informed its members that ‘Pakistan’s counter-terrorism measures had failed to yield results this year with insurgent activities gaining ground’.

While many in the Pakistani establishment could easily brush aside US criticism by accusing it of conducting propaganda against Pakistan, one must also not forget that Pakistan for its part has yet to devise a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy. While acknowledging Pakistan’s sacrifices and its sincerity in trying to up-root terrorism, we need to realize that our counter-terrorism strategies are not as effective as we would have liked them to be. If that had been the case the ten years down the road, Pakistan would have been a much safer place than it is today. Therefore, it is only sagacious to search for loopholes within our strategies and devise methods which can effectively thwart terrorist attacks and eventually eliminate the menace of terrorism from the Pakistani society.

The phenomena of terrorism in Pakistan, is not only extremely complex but also multi-layered. At its heart, there are issues such as conflict of ideologies; whose brand of Islam is right and how to have this brand imposed on others. The recent treacherous killing of members of the Shia Hazara community in Balouchistan indicates a surge in sectarian violence in the country which must not only be condemned but also met with an iron fist. But the issue is not all religious or sectarian. A sense of bereavement and depravity, a lack of belongingness, a frail political establishment and overpowering military not to mention the avarice of an unwholesome few who play the pawn in the hands of external agents, have created a monster which is difficult to contain and almost impossible to eliminate.

In the past decade or so, the citizens of Pakistan have witnessed a gradual but assured destruction of its assets. Ascending terrorist activities have not only snatched away a sense of security and economic well being but has also hurt our pride and standing in the world. While on one hand, Pakistan is struggling to tackle internal security threats, on the other hand, it is combating a war of perceptions on the international front. It is constantly being bombarded with allegations of duplicity in the war on terror, ignoring the bitter reality that Pakistan has suffered the most in all respects during the course of this long war. The world community must understand Pakistan’s genuine security concerns amidst US with drawl from Afghanistan in the near future. Neither do we want history to repeat itself nor can we change our neighbors.

As the menace of terrorism continues to wreck this country apart, the political establishment has decided to let the military deal with the issue on its own which relies mainly on a four-tier approach; clear, hold, develop and disintegrate. As yet, the first two stages of this approach are underway while the latter two cannot be carried out without a favourable public opinion and support. The Chief of the Army Staff, Gen Kiyani rightly remarked during the National De-radicalization Conference held in Swat in July this year that ‘there is no military solution to terrorism’. Therefore, the government needs to re evaluate its present policies on counter-terrorism and adopt substantial measures to compliment the army and other security forces in their efforts to eradicate terrorism.

While Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani has advocated for a ‘Triple D’ approach which comprises of Dialogue, development and deterrence, it is yet to see an implementation. The government ought to devise a counter-terrorism strategy based on a holistic approach whereby the root causes of terrorism are addressed, coupled with an effective military campaign and collective regional and international efforts to dismantle terrorist networks in the country. In this respect, Pakistan may learn from the experience of regional states such as Sri Lanka which successfully defeated the LTTE (Liberation Tigers OF Tamil Ealam) in 2009.

Enduring efforts by successive governments to resolve the issue politically coupled an effective military campaign eventually ended the 26 years old armed conflict which resulted in the loss of more than 80,000 lives, with hundreds of thousands internally displaced. In this regard, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahindra Rajapaksa agreed to coordinate efforts against terrorism and promote intelligence sharing for greater regional peace. Pakistan agreed to learn from the Sri Lankan experience of countering terrorism. However, despite optimism, we have yet to witness the fruits of such cooperation. Having already lost more than 35,000 lives, it is high time that we devise and follow a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy by accepting the fact that terrorism is hollowing out the foundations of this great nation and providing a justification to hostile external agents to sit and gloat about the realization of their vile designs.

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People are Vying for Another Quaid-e-Azam

Posted by yourpakistan on June 19, 2011

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja – Opinion Maker

Till 9/11, Pakistan was a fairly stable and prosperous country but its complexion changed once Gen Musharraf opted to align Pakistan with USA and become its coalition partner. War on terror initiated by USA was designed to destabilize Pakistan and not to root out terrorism. The war forced upon Pakistan led to the creation of Pakistani Taliban in Waziristan who later formed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). They made their mark by promoting virtue and fighting vices and dispensing speedy justice to the aggrieved. They espoused Shariah saying that Islamic system was the sole remedy to the malaise afflicting Pakistan’s society. Their demand for Shariah was neither irrational nor unreasonable since well over 90% people in Pakistan wish that they should follow their lives in accordance with precincts of Islam. They seek Islamic system since the British imposed legal system and Westminster parliamentary form of governance have kept the people deprived of justice and equitable means of social upward progression.

The legal system is complicated; time consuming, expensive and pro-rich. Voice of the poor is never heard and it is always the privileged who wins court battles because of their wealth and power. The innocent lacking the means to contest legal battles get punished. The law courts take 15-20 years to decide land and property disputes mainly because of faulty registration of FIR and tedious legal lacunas. The ordinary people are in the stranglehold of perverse Thana culture and Patwari system as well as under the sway of Maliks, Sardars, Waderas, Chaudhris, fake Saints and Pirs.

As far as elections are concerned which are the cornerstone of democracy, Pakistan has never had fair and free polls. These have always been rigged in way or the other. The system is so faulty that only the dirty rich can participate. Those getting elected sell their souls to enter the hallowed corridors of power and once in power it gives them a certificate to indulge in loot and plunder. The ones who get tickets to take part in elections by the NRO cleansed party heads are those who certify to do as told to do. As such the legislators become puppets in the hands of political party head and the latter acts as the poodle of Washington. This practice became entrenched after Gen Musharraf decided to field King’s Party in 2001.

The 2002 elections were thoroughly rigged and Rangers, NAB, ANF, ISI, IB, FIA were used to coerce opponents and to win over candidates for King’s Party. Even then PM Zafarullah Jamali could carry the day by thinnest majority of one vote only. In the 2008 elections were rigged to bring results as per the US script. Out of 84400000 voters list, 37200000 (44%) were found bogus. NADRA as well as Election Commission played a role in this fraud. A large number of elected members have fake BA degrees and have not been proceeded against even after finding out that they had indulged in fraud.

It is an established fact that over 50% do not vote and the rest who cast votes are mostly from lower classes residing in rural areas. They are herded to the polling stations like animals and made to stamp on the election symbol of the choice of the ones wielding authority. Baradari affiliation is another factor in deciding whom to vote for. Hence merit, credibility and reputation of the contestant are of no significance. The ones claiming to represent 180 million people do not speak the truth when over 50% do not take part in elections and from among the voters, 44% are bogus. Since the legislators get elected through fraudulent means and are mostly of shady character, they get disconnected with the masses the moment they enter the parliament. They have no regrets for not fulfilling the promises they had been making during the election campaign. They remain beholden to their party heads and to foreign patrons who had helped them in acquiring power and in opening avenues to fill their coffers with ill-gotten money. Self interest and not national or people interest become their primary concern.

While the performance of politicians has always remained questionable, the current regime has crossed all limits of depravity and brought immense disrepute to the country. There is disconnect between the leaders and the led and both live in different orbits. While the rulers and their associates are multiplying wealth and are insensitive to the cries of the people grinding in the mill of poverty, the neglected class hates the rich and holds them responsible for their wretchedness.

Expression of hatred comes in the form of growth of extremism and bouts of violence which has now taken the form of terrorism. It is because of the apathy of the rulers and the elites and their high lifestyle that the people are vying for Shariah which they feel will reduce the ever widening gap between the rich and poor; it will dispense equitable justice to all irrespective of the high status or low position of the accused and will help in equitable distribution of wealth which is presently entirely in the hands of 10% well heeled class.

70% people in Pakistan can barely make two ends meet and 35% out of them live below poverty line. They are desperate for a healthy change and would heed towards any one promising a change. They argue that all forms of systems have been practiced in Pakistan but Islamic system has never been tried and given a chance to prove its worth. Their demand carries weight when seen in the historical perspective that Pakistan was established on the basis of Islam. Otherwise there was no earthly reason to demand partition of India and independent homeland for Muslims. The 1956, 1962 and 1974 constitutions were framed in the light of Quran and Sunnah, but despite Pakistan being given the name of Islamic Republic, in practice all our systems are west oriented as inherited from the British.

It was under such pathetic conditions where the ruling class remained oblivious of the declining fortunes of the people that the tribesmen of FATA suffering from acute poverty and backwardness looked towards the TTP with high hopes. TTP’s manifesto appealed to their senses since the leaders of this outfit led a Spartan life and their demands were for Islamic laws and not for material gains. They pleaded the cause of the poor and denounced anti-Islamic practices adopted by the wealthy class. Their preaching resembled that of Afghan Taliban, who during their rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 had to a large extent eliminated vices like feudal lordism, drug business, obscenity and vulgarity, lawlessness, injustice, ethnic and sectarian conflicts and ostentation.

The people got carried away that Pakistani Taliban promoting virtue and combating vices would also bring a similar change in Pakistan and their sympathies started veering towards them. Deprived classes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and other parts of Pakistan also got afflicted with this sympathy and as a consequence the TTP recruited sizeable number of youth from settled parts of KP, Southern Punjab and other parts of Pakistan. TTP also got aligned with Maulana Fazlullah led TNSM in Swat.

Seeing the rising power of this outfit which was banned by the government, several other militant outfits geared towards Kashmir Jihad and banned by Gen Musharraf in 2001/02 joined hands with TTP. The latter provided safe havens and training facilities to urban based militants who in turn agreed to facilitate terrorist acts within cities. Jihadi outfits agreed to confront security forces since all felt that Gen Musharraf led Pak Army was fighting American war for dollars and hence was as bad as US-NATO occupation Army. This perception persisted even when democratic government took over, and particularly when military operations against the militants were intensified from June 2008 onwards.

Perception of the people got muddled up when the militants led by Maulana Fazlullah in Swat region began a reign of terror under the name of Islam. Kidnapping for ransom, slaughter of kidnapped persons, targeting of mosques, shrines and funerals, display of beheaded bodies at Khooni Chowk in Mangora, mass destruction of schools, bank robberies, extortion of money, forceful recruitment of youth and turning them into suicide bombers, forcefully marrying young girls to the Taliban fighters, flogging of women and forcing the women to stay indoors were actions which ran contrary to Islamic principles. The people also saw the Taliban becoming affluent in short time and the prosperous paradise of earth Swat turning into a prison house. It made the people think as to which brand of Islam the Taliban wanted to impose in Pakistan which had no scope for education of their children and kept 52% women home based.

The people of Swat in particular and public in general who were in two minds turned against the Taliban when Maulana Sufi intoxicated with power brushed aside peace treaty inked in February 2009 in which it was agreed that militants would surrender their arms in return for application of Nizam-e-Adal and recommenced militancy in Swat, Lower Dir and Buner. When a joint resolution was passed by the parliament and the Army was directed to cleanse the restive area of the scourge of terrorism with full force, the people stood behind the Army.

When the Army achieved laudable successes, it was profusely eulogized by the Swatis. They saw the Army as their savior, not only freeing them from the cruel clutches of militants but also helping them in their resettling phase and keeping the militants at bay. Mutual trust and respect between the people of Swat and Army has developed to an unprecedented level. However, the people of that area that had seen good days under Wali of Swat when justice was speedy and cheap have still not been given Nizam-e-Adal. Existing judicial system has failed in convicting even a single terrorist out over 1000 arrested by security forces during Operation Rah-e-Rast.

People got wary of Taliban when suicide attacks against soft targets and group attacks against hardened targets in urban centers intensified from 2009 onwards. Their aversion for the militants grew when they learnt that the preachers of virtue and Islamic system were secretly aligned with foreign agencies and working on their agenda. Their worries multiplied when they heard of the presence of notorious Blackwater and later of under cover CIA operatives. They have thus got sandwiched between militants of various hues, Blackwater and foreign spies including US Special Forces, all spilling their blood.

On top of it are the parasitic and incompetent rulers who least care for them and are so engrossed in increasing their bank balances abroad that they accept each and every wish of USA bent upon harming Pakistan. Joint resolutions are unanimously passed but never implemented to reduce the perverse influence of USA. Instead of giving hope they are spreading hopelessness by sticking to their corrupt and anti-people practices. It is only the Army and the ISI which are standing up to US pressures.

The people are caught between the devil and the deep sea. On one side are the scrounging rulers refusing to give them any relief from unbearable economic hardships and forcing them to commit suicide, or join the ranks of militants to become suicide bombers. On the other are ruthless militants killing them? The media instead of galvanizing their spirits is further spreading despondency by creating an impression that armed forces and ISI are incapable of defending security interests of Pakistan. People are vying for a leader blessed with sterling qualities of Quaid-e-Azam who should remove the blanket of despair and usher in true democracy to make Pakistan a truly Islamic welfare state.

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Posted by yourpakistan on May 31, 2011

PKKH Editorial

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

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

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

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

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

Defending Pakistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping the faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Obama’s Brilliant Blunder

Posted by yourpakistan on May 20, 2011

It was the classic example of sustained planning, careful handling, and perfect completion. The world press is universal in congratulating President Obama on the meticulous execution of his most brilliant blunder. It is one case where a prefect plan is now mired in collasal long term consequences all of which do not favor America. Obama has gained short term profit for long term loss.

Reading the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times one wonders if the embedded White House corp work for different news organizations or the propaganda arm of the White House. Treats from US players are as ubiquitous as water on the Niagara Falls. It seems the White House Press Corp fails to differentiate between Puerto Rico and Pakistan. It is abundantly apparent that the US diktats are supposed to be followed verbatim. Islamabad should in effect be doing America’s bidding even if the acts are against Pakistan’s national interest.

The US media is unable to take an independent stand and view Afghanistan as a lost war. The desperation of the Obama Administration was elf-evident when he tried to humiliate the ISI and the Pakistani Army during operation Geronimo. Faced with a unanimous approbation of the joint House of the Pakistani parliament, the US has no choice but to huff and puff the same old threats that it paraded in 2001. What could be more stark than “we will bomb you to the stone age”. A decade later that threat seemed childish and far removed from reality. Today’s Pakistani leaders know that–and Senator Kerry knows that they know it.

The US wants a speedy exit from Afghanistan. At that point aid to Pakistan would have ended anyway. The excuses being put forward to end the aid hold no water.

The politics of Asia is changing. China and Russia are the players that will change this part of the world. Both want Pakistan on their side. That Pakistan and China have been preparing for the US retreat from Afghanistan. Beijing and Islamabad have been striving to strengthen strategic cooperation in the region. Economic symbiosis of China and Pakistan envelopes all the Central Asia Republics. It is an open secret that Pakistan and China are joining hands to shape the region’s security with Afghanistan at its center. Road and Rail links from the land locked countries to the warm waters of the Sea of Karachi are integrating the economies of Central Asia.

As Pakistan extricates itself from South Asia, it is building bridges with the Central Asia states. The end of the war in Afghanistan calls for new alliances, and new strategies. With America forces pulling out, Pakistan is crucial, indeed critical for stabilizing the situation. China is emerging in a potent, new role. Not to be left behind, Moscow too is looking at the same countries and see the potential of integrating Pakistan into the Central Asia economy.

As Dr. Jamil Khan so poignantly points out. Pakistani real estate places it in a driver’s seat in Central Asia. Lord Curzon said it best “whoever control Central Asia controls the world”. No country can control Central Asia without Pakistan, adjoining Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The gift of Pakistani geography makes it extremely valuable. Stealth technology may have fooled the radars–or so the Americans would have us believe–but the fact remains that US technology has not been effective in Afghanistan.

Every country has leverage. The US should not take Pakistan for granted.

Prime Minister Gilani’s four-day trip to the Peoples Republic of China comemrates the 60th year of Pakistani-Chinese friendship–which has not seens any ups and down. The friendship has grown from strength to strength. The killing of OBL has given extraordinary significance to the trip. It is pedagogical to note that we are witnessing a paradigm shift. A new strategic partnership with far-reaching implications is emerging. It is significant for Pakistan and China, but impacts the US, Bharat, South Asia and the West.

Shastri Ramachandaran writing for the Global Times is right on the money when he says “In the history of China-Pakistan relations, rarely has a Pakistani prime minister‘s visit to Beijing attracted so much attention.”

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