‘Project Malala': The CIA’s Socio-Psychological Intelligence [1 of 2]

All Hearts and Prayers with Yousufzai: Pakistani girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yusufzai at a school in Mingora, the capital town of Swat Valley in the KPK province of Pakistan.

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 TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY IN WAR

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by Nayyar Hashmey

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Note for WoP readers: Zaheeruddin Jeddy, a friend and a fellow blogger circulated an article published by SIASAT.PK. Jeddy’s email carried a small note from him and I QUOTE:

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I am not able to say who are the chaps running this website. But it has been on-line since long and does have a lot of interesting content and links as you will see if you go to the Home page of the website.

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The author of the article has signed himself as ZHO HAQ. That doesn’t tell us who he is or how he has got all this enormous amount of information no one else has. I suggest you go to the article in the website itself.
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The article is such that sometime it appeared to me a piece of yellow journalism but some time like a very interesting, analytical piece on the background of the shooting attempt on Malala Yousufzai, the child activist from Pakistan’s paradise like valley of Swat.

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In response to Jeddy’s email, here are some points that I jotted down on this specific article. Since this lengthy note comprises of my comments with particular reference to the post mentioned by Jeddy Sb, therefore, you might notice that some paragraphs suddenly jump into the text. My apologies.

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As far your own assessment of the situation dear readers, please go through the article by taking the link. For this, just hover your cursor over the blue colored url’s or the words and you will directly land on to the site itself to read the particular post/information.

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In addition, there is a post by Zaki Khalid which also throws ample light on Malala’s case. Read this as well and reach a decision yourself. If you find my note bit lengthy and boring, feel free to jump directly to Zaki Khalid’s article which follows this note of mine. As usual click on the line at the bottom of this page and click over the tag line next.
Your assessment, opinion, comment etc. would of course be much welcome.

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To my Indian friends, please do come with constructive criticism/analysis with a new approach, new angle. I say this because Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are full of comments from such Indians who don’t seem to have much of a life besides commenting on Pakistani affairs considering, of course, that India is God’s paradise on Earth.

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I have never met the teenager girl, nor her father, but I do appreciate her intense desire to continue her studies, even though the so called Taliban oppose such a wish of Malala and thousands of other girls who similarly are as much desirous to gain learning as Malala wants to. But before I continue with my personal opinion on the background of this attempted murder, here is a poem courtesy  LUBP site.

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The murderous attack on young Malala is such a crime that it cannot be condoned on any ground, any pretext whatsoever. Ehsanullah Ehsan of the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, while accepting the responsibility of this attack, has quoted an instance from Hazrat Musa’s life, when Hazrat Khizar killed a child saying this child could spread evil in the society and thus would be a bad name to his parents, who strictly observed the commandments and were hence a pious family.

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On 6 June a YouTube channel run by Islamabad-based Pashto-language Khyber News television posted a three-part video interview with spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan and his deputy Sajjad Mohmand of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
According to Khyber News, the interview was conducted in the Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency in Pakistan`s tribal areas, but the report does not say when the interview took place. The interview begins abruptly without any introduction. It appears that parts of the interview have been edited. Image Source: Biyiokulule online

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That stance is so ridiculous, no sane person would vouch for its application in today’s world. Firstly this matter refers to the two prophets, who had direct communion with God. Does this mean this so called bunch of sub-human animals too have a direct communication line (Naoozbillah) with God availing the status of Prophets?

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God forbid! if such creed of Taliban comes into power here in Pakistan, this country would no more remain Pakistan but a Slaughteristan.

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But as the case mostly is, out of evil, comes good. This incident shows how ruthless this band of murderous thugs are and what will be the state of affairs of the state of Pakistan should these criminals ever come into power!!!

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But let’s not confuse these thugs with the Taliban of Afghanistan (TOA), who are fighting for liberation of their homeland from occupation of the US and NATO forces (similarly as they did this against the former USSR). As far as their interpretation of the Quran and Islam is concerned, I do not concur for its for the people of Afghanistan to decide how and by whom should they be governed.

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We shouldn’t forget that Afghanistan for centuries has remained aloof from the many waves of change that have rippled all across the globe causing revolutionary effects in different societies of the world. However, in contrast the Afghans have been living in a typical tribal social setup, and, therefore, modern concepts of social and political make-up cannot straightaway be applied to the Afghan culture. And to expect their society to change overnight is a sheer folly, whether we Pakistanis do it, the Americans or for that matter any other country in the world may try to do so.
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Their psyche, their Pashtunvali, their habitat and their strong religious roots, sign only towards a watch post which says, its only the Afghans and Afghans alone who are to decide when and how the transition from a tribal social structure to a modern system of governance and social transformation should take place.

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Coming now to the article in Siasat.pk, dear readers, there are many points we may agree but there are so many other ones where we may not. For example:
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The writer doesn’t specify the source/s from where did he get the information that he divulged in his report, yet he is right about the situation in Swat. The hollowness of the current situation which our government would want us to believe, has so emphatically been proved wrong, The daylight manifest of this hapless situation is this ghastly attack on Malala, hence it can no more be camouflaged under the artificial peace that prevails in the paradise of Pakistan.

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To say that  Muslim Khan has been in the US and worked there as a painter, (which I confirmed from website of the NPR), there is quite a possibility that he might have been picked up as a spook, but again the writer has not given any source or a link from where one can establish that he indeed was picked up by some intelligence network to act the way he has been acting.

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To say that his son has been studying in the Peshawar University should also not be a surprise because a son cannot be punished merely because his father is indulging in anti-state activities until and unless it is established that he has been a party to his father’s acts.

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Another “commander” was in Karachi working for PTCL during the operation.

Again no name of this “commander”, neither the source which made the writer to affirm that some guy working in the PTCL was the commander during Swat operation.

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Nowadays to acquire ammo and arms is not that difficult. A huge smugglers network is available in the arms bazaar scattered all over Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its, however, definitely laxic on part of the establishment to have allowed this arms bazaar to proliferate so that it gets into the hands of anti state elements.

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Additionally the possibility of such non state actors who work on behalf of such anti Pakistan organisations/individuals and spying agencies cannot be overlooked. Quite possible that they might have been “gifted” these arms and amm from such organisations to enable their “assets” to do their bidding in Pakistan.

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(Not a single so called foreign militant was ever captured or shown on media) &
Not a single commission or report to tell us what was all that about.
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Quite right, the very statement makes me smell rat in the sordid story of this so called Taliban Movement of Pakistan.
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In 1965 in Operation Gibraltar not one of the 5000 sent to Kashmir made it back. Musharraf and gang of four even refused to take back the bodies of the Martyrs who starved in Kargil. Human being are a commodity, leveraged for momentary benefit.

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To blame the whole establishment of Pakistan’s armed forces to be callous to trade their soldiers as a commodity is a far-fetched statement. Like any other organisation/set up in this country, we have everywhere a mix of every type of individuals. Good, bad and the ugly. There are corrupt, selfish power-hungry politicians who just sell beautiful promises to the people and then trade their mandates just to gain petty as well as the hefty benefits, while they sit in the chamber of representatives, the National Assembly of Pakistan.

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Yet I have seen so many politicians also who will ride on their bicycles, motor bikes and if they have none of their own, would ride in a public rickshaw to dispose of their duties honestly. There have been such similar selfless workers in our political parties that they would bear all expenses from their own pockets and help redress the grievances as far as they could.

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Similarly there are dedicated, patriotic and professional to the core Pakistani generals who would lay down their lives just like ordinary soldier. But I do agree with the writer when he says:

“Musharraf and gang of four even refused to take back the bodies of the Martyrs who starved in Kargil. Human being are a commodity, leveraged for momentary benefit”.

The type of psyche, the lust and the petty selfish-ism which was the trade mark of general P. Musharraf, such thing was normal with him. But all other generals in the Pak army are no Musharraf. There was one Musharraf as COAS and he is gone. Khass kum jahan pak.

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BBC (Who concocted her “Diaries” initially), ruling coalition (who have used her as a propaganda tool to continue the WOT) and our local Media

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This is the meat of Haq’s article: Although its normal in the writing world that somebody writes a crude, unreadable piece and the editor/moderator edits it to make that piece readable with all the writing finesse so that people get interested in the story. This is the essence of writing.
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That BBC’s Abdul Hai Kakar did some editing of Malala’s writing is quite normal and there is nothing wrong with that. But what makes me to ponder over the connections this Abdul Hai Kakar has with the two mouthpiece radio houses of the famous/notorious CIA, The Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
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BBC, howsoever, reliable in reporting it might be, but is of course a part of the mainstream media in the west which day and night broadcast all types of in/formation, dis/information, mis/information so as to brainwash people to achieve the over all agenda of the Am-Brits imperialistic policies in the world. Another matter which irks me further is the present attachment of AH Kakar with Mashal Radio in Prague. (SEE http://www.rferl.org/info/about/176.html)

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Crowds gather in the rain at Prague’s Old Town Square. Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is the city where Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are located. Radio Mashal is part of the RFE/RL transmission networks.  Image source: The National Geographic

Mashal is part of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe. That these two broadcasting stations are the extended arm of the CIA is no secret. Both always have been having high power transmitters During cold war, their main transmitting facilities were then located near Munich, the capital of the southern state of Bavaria in Germany, but now have relocated to Prague in the Czech Republic.

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During my student days, it is the same city which was part of the Communist Block (which the late Winston Churchill called the Iron Curtain). The two radio stations used to broadcast highly effective news, pop music, dramas and other features in English as well as the local languages of respective socialist block countries.
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The counties concerned used to try their utmost to jam these broadcasts (which of course were principally designed to motivate/instigate the peoples in the Soviet block countries to rise against their rulers, the same fashion they now adopt to instigate the people in Islamic lands to rise in the name of democracy, human rights, and all sort of similar blah blah.

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Propaganda has now become such a science that mostly propaganda does not look like propaganda at all. The strategy of information, dis/information is now so sophistically targeted to the masses and is so well sugar coated that it doesn’t look at all like propaganda.

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So they did it against the former Soviet block countries and they now do it mainly against Islamic countries, hence I would do give weightage to Haq’s assertions that Malala’s innocent wish to study against the heavy odds that she was facing, could have been hijacked by the US intel guys.

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Do also check the times and dates and her differing accounts. You can drive a truck through that thing.
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Again there is much substance to this sad event and how Haq presents it. Seems much logical. Is it a surprise that just after two days the US administration decides to release the 2 billion dollars in favour of Pakistan. Add to this the mass hysteria created by the government in power and the mainstream media in Pakistan, who anyway are always desperate to go for such meat that provides them higher ratings. Poor Malala lives or not (I pray to Almighty Allah for her earliest recovery) but for them these behind the scene actors, the motivators and the media houses are not so pious as to continue weeping day and night for poor Malala).

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The iron is hot and as they say strike while the iron is hot, so lot of projection, lot of money but after some time this courageous daughter of Pakistan will be forgotten as ever. The purpose of the people in establishment, the government, the ruling party and the big media houses will get what they want, and the chapter will be closed as have all other chapters in the chequered history of this land have been forgotten. Files closed.

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Now let me come to this lady Farhat Taj. I just checked the sources and found Haq’s assertions to be true. This lady married a Norwegian guy, converted to Christianity and now writes all sorts of venomous trash against Pakistan. I do agree with Haq that there is a sizable chunk of Afghan Pashtuns as well as non Pashtuns living in the northern provinces adjoining the Central Asian Republics. They mostly are against Pakistan. Why? because they act on agendas which suit them even if it does not suit the Pashtuns in the mainland Afghanistan or Pakistan.

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This lady Farhat Taj belongs to the same brand of Afghans. Her writings are uploaded by my dear friend Peter Chamberlin. Whenever I read her posts on Peter’s blog, I never did find any thing which could be termed as neutral writing, which normally is and should always be the hallmark of credibility in journalism.

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This is how Haq would portray Salim Safi to be in next five years.

I am pained to see, however, Haq placating poor Salim Safi. I am a regular reader of Safi’s columns. He is very good at analyzing what has been, or is still afflicting this land of the pure. Views may differ. There are many things which I like in his writings, his analyses, but there are also things which I don’t. Merely to castigate somebody because he/she differs with you and brand such person as an unpatriotic is neither good nor it does any justice to the credibility of the writer himself.

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From what I have been able to gather from Haq’s opinion piece, (may be am wrong to infer this) is that Salim Safi actually is the pen name of Pir Zubair Shah. But this Pir Zubair is a writer of American ‘Foreign Policy’ magazine. He belongs to Waziristan. I do not know any thing about his credentials as a Mohib-ul-Watan (a partiot) or otherwise. I believe, however, that to name somebody as a traitor or non patriot merely because one is associated with a US magazine, newspaper, a think tank or a university is not responsible journalism.

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This Pir Zubair Shah, I even spotted an image of him (see below) and that’s not what Salim Safi is. Safi belongs to Swat and not Waziristan.

Pir Zubair Shah is a Pakistani journalist, hailing from South Waziristan in the tribal areas along the Afghan border, with the New York Times· Image via Wikipedia

As far Brig. (R) Asad Munir, Haq did not elaborate why does he include him in the ‘line of Pakistani Traitors’ and who these Munir Bros are! Asad Munir put up a piece in a Pakistani daily and I uploaded it here on pages of this site too. In his column Munir rightly did point out the malaise and advised us Pakistanis to shun away deluding ourselves which we mostly do, to get rid of the habit of “Ye sabb Hanood aur Yahood ka kiya dhara hae”.

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I perfectly agree with him. We cannot though deny what Am Brits are doing here in Pakistan, yet to throw all blame on Yahood-o-Hanood is a tendency that can make us sick and we would continue absolving ourselves of all responsibilities as conscious and task oriented citizens.

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We cannot and we should not give ourselves a clean chit for our own doings, our bad governance, our mismanagement, our visionless policies, our petty as well as hefty greeds and then pointing our guns to India, Israel, America or any one else.

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After all, these countries too have their own priorities, their short and long term interests. And why should they not. Every country, every nation pursues its national goals for its own citizens and so should we. If we won’t allow these countries, their agencies, their henchmen to do their bidding in Pakistan, it would be difficult for them to do something against our interests.
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Safi’s association with Brig Asad Munir again has also been one reason Haq has formed the basis to declare both as ‘asteen ka sanp’ in Pakistan. Since he hasn’t given any source, or a credible link by which I could vouch for his assertions, I am unable to have the courage to so liberally issue the certificates of patriotism as does he.

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Brig. Asad Munir, formerly of the ISI, has also come under harsh criticism of Haq. Criticism though is a bit of polite rendition of his words. He has actually slandered Brig. Asad Munir along with Salim Safi.

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Such certificates based on personal whims/personal views has always been vogue in the political and journalistic culture of Pakistan, but its high time that we stop brandishing traitors/non patriots merely because somebody has a different view point than ours.

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And finally now this tailpiece:

Sure the TTP are animals. Condemn them. Leave them no quarter.

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But in the end, do know that they are just pawns, Bogey men.

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They are our Emmanuelle Goldstein for our two minutes of hate.

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Those behind the curtain also deserve our condemnation.

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