The picturesque Wakhan Corridor has become a nest of vipers-with untelligence agencies from Delhi, Washington,and Tel Aviv infesting the area to keep watch on Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Wakhan chas to be sanitized and cleansed of all intelligence agencies. The Wakhan Corridor or Wakhan Salient is often called the Afghan (the local word for Pakhtun) Panhandle and was created by the British in 1895–a progeny of the Great Game between Britain and Russia.There are three passes (Broghol, Irshad, and Dilisang) in the territory which have been used to link the Tajiks to the Pakistanis throughout the centuries. These were the passes which were the sustenance of the 7000 year old Pakistani Mehargarh Civlization and the 5000 yearl od Pakistani Indus Valley.
WAKHAN – A NEST OF VIPERS
WAKHAN: THE CORRIDOR
The Wakhan Corridor has become a nest of vipers–with intelligence agencies from Delhi, Washington and Tel Aviv infesting the area to keep watch on Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The Wakhan corridor has to be sanitized and cleansed of all intelligence agencies.
The Wakhan Corridor or Wakhan Salient is often called the Afghan (the local word for Pakhtun) Panhandle and was created by the British in 1895–a progeny of the Great Game between Britain and Russia.There are three passes (Broghol, Irshad, and Dilisang) in the territory which have been used to link the Tajiks to the Pakistanis throughout the centuries. These were the passes which were the sustenance of the 7000 year old Pakistani Mehargarh Civlization and the 5000 yearl od Pakistani Indus Valley.
The corridor is a long and slender land corridor that forms the eastern part of Afghanistan. It is situated in the Pamir Mountains. It is roughly 210 kms (100 mi) long and fluctuates between 20 kms (10 mi) to 60 kms (40 mi). Named after the Wakhan region of Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province the artificial boundary was marked by Russian-?Afghan Boundary Commission of 1884-1886; resulted in mapping by Major A. St H. Gibbons and his assistants in 1895-1896 and 1898-1900 . Lo and behold we later discover that Marco Polo traveled through this land to reach China.
RELEVANCE TO PAKISTAN
Through the ages, there have been archaeological evidence of the Pakistani Indus people traveling through the Broghol, Irshad, and Dilisang passes to Tajik, Uzbek and Kashgar lands. Dr. Ahmed Hasan Dani, one of the foremost archaeological giants of our century describes the evidence of the trade which went on between the Pakistanis and the Tajiks and beyond through these three passes.
The only legal border crossing between Afghanistan and Tajikistan is at the town of Ishkashim. Pakistan must have access to these cities so that new rail and road links can be built to Fergana, and Dushambe. As part of the Trade agreement, Pakistan must insist on opening the three passes so that the Wakhai people can begin living a decent life and that trade can be carried on through the passes, which has been rudely interrupted by the Red October Revolution of 1917.
The “Blame Pakistan First” crowd blames every problem on the planet on Islamabad. V\Different countries have imposed proxy wars in Pakistan. The wars have been imposed on Pakistan after the occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. It has created an orgy of foreign inspired violence, terror, and imposed on the Pakistani people a cornucopia of corruption and complacent leadership every sinew of which exudes bad governance. The conspiracy theorist believes that the war on Afghanistan was a pretext to wage a proxy war on Pakistan.
• The Pakistani nation is facing a multidimensional threat to its security and this is not the time to rock the boat. Undoubtedly, change is needed, but through the constitutional process because the ‘hidden hands’ that destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia now are focusing on Libya and Syria, and may soon return to strike at Pakistan.
• The ruling junta in Pakistan is seeking ‘political consensus’ to complete the tenure and remains devoid of the political will to deal with the burning problems in the northwest region, Balochistan and Karachi. The Karachi turmoil has given the wake up call to the people of Pakistan to correct the course before it is too late!
• And in the absence of good ideas and options for change, let our politicians have a look at the anti-corruption movement of the Indian political activist, Anna Hazare and start a movement in real earnest, rather than giving hollow statements that have no meaning at all.
• The opposition leaders could provide the lead and many would follow them. But they have to do a lot of homework to carefully prepare ‘the bill’ to be tabled in the National Assembly. The bill must initiate the policy and plan of action ensuring that “it is forged out of the utter failure of our representative democracy and that the democratic institutions remain accessible to ordinary people.”
• We must understand the meaning of the words of God: “Thus, have we placed leaders in every town, its wicked men, to plot (and burrow) there-in, but they only plot against their own souls and they perceive it not” – Surah Al-Annam.
THE ANTI- PAKISTAN SPY NETWORKS ARE ACTIVE IN WAKHAN AND KABUL
The perpetrators of the proxy wars in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Balochistan and Sindh are the same ones that have waged crusades on Muslims states. According to Mirza Aslam Beg, “the spy network in Afghanistan, which was established in 2001 under the RAW and supported by the CIA, Mossad, MI-6 and BND, has been targeting all the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan, particularly Pakistan, and succeeded in turning the war against it by the year 2005. Since then, our army has been engaged in a running battle with our own tribals. Swat Dir and Bajaur are relatively calm, but FATA is boiling. The insurgency in Balochistan is being fomented by the same spy network in Afghanistan.”
General Beg had earlier written about the the network operating against Pakistan in the article titled Global Conspiracies against Pakistan, published on August 14, 2007: “Sarobi near Kabul is the nerve centre headed by an Indian General officer, who also commands the Border Road Organisation (BRO). Its forward bases are Ghazni, Khowst, Gardez, Jalalabad, Asadabad, Wakhan and Faizabad.
The Faizabad training camp depicts a Pakistani camp for Chinese dissidents, with Muslim mullahs, trainers and guards. BRO has built an all-weather road from Sarobi to Asadabad to Faizabad. The Sarobi network targets the province of NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Pakistan. Dissidents from Pakistan are trained at Sarobi for missions inside NWFP.
Wakhan salient has been infested with dozens of electronic outposts covering Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
“Kandahar with its forward bases is targeting Balochistan. The dissidents from Balochistan are trained at Lashkargah for undertaking missions with support of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). One of their tasks is to target the Chinese working in the province, particularly at Gwadar, SaIndak and Hab. From the anchorages, on the Pakistani coast at Jiwani and Kot Kalamat, the Americans jointly plan operations with BLA inside Balochistan. They also use the Pakistani outposts at Mand for operations inside Iran. The American warships in the Arabian Sea and their intelligence bases in Muscat, provide the backup support. The facilities at Jiwani and Kot Kalamat were provided by Pakistan, as logistic support bases to the Americans for operation in Afghanistan, but the same are now being used to destabilise Balochistan and Iran
I had a world map in my room. Growing up, I always wondered about the mystery of a strange stretch of territory that seemed to impose itself on the Northern borders of Pakistan. It did not seem natural. The thin stretch of land prevented the Pakistani border to touch the historic lands of Tajikistan. It did not ever make sense to me. Reading the history of Pakistan, it was rarely mentioned. Maps themselves did not even mention the name. There is ample evidence of the treachery that allowed Pakistani territory to be handed over to others.
• The artificial state of Afghanistan was constructed at the expense of Pakistani, Tajik, Iranian, and Uzbek territory.
• The Wakhan Corridor is Pakistani territory and should be returned to Pakistan.
• Pending final disposition, the Wakhan passes must immediately be opened.
• The Wakhan Corridor wil be used to build rail and road links to Fergana and Dushambe.
WE SHOULD NOT SIGN ANY TRADE DEAL WITH AFGHANISTAN WITHOUT THE OPENING OF WAKHAN PASSES TO US
The Wakhan has often been called “The roof of the world”. In the words of E.F. Knight here it is “Where Three Empires Meet” (Published Karachi 1980. Today The Russians and the British are gone. Today Tajikistan and Pakistan as successor states and “Afghanistan” as the buffer state meet in this intersection with links to China. According to Dr. J.N Banergi, Fahien entered the area through this route. According to Dr. Dani, the earlies Muslim inscriptions which speak about the spread of “Islam in the time of the Abbasid Khalifah, Al-Mamun (AD 813-833) in Wakhan, Bolor, and right upto Tibet.”
The Wakhan corridor was the high road of the Silk Road, one of the main routes through the mountains separating western Eurasia and Pakistan from the markets of eastern Eurasia and China. Marco Polo used this route in the 13th century on his way to China and described the Pamir valleys. Afghans must open Wakhan corridor passes (Broghol, Irshad, Dilisang) to get trade deal.
Pakistan should never sign any trade deal with Afghanistan without opening of Wakhan passes to Pakistan.
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Moin Ansari is a 50-something US-raised Pakistani American living in the US. His political background is well to the left of centre, and is very interested in investigative history, international relations, immigration, cultural integration and language policy issues. He is presently working on a long term doctorate in history.
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