Rural Pakistan: More Colors, More Scenes [1 of 4]


A very common village scene in Pakistan. Common? Yes, but why then did I, select this image! Because image though common has been shot in such a way that (probably) some photoshopping, has rendered it have a look of painting and that’s the beauty of this image.
 

– RURAL – PAKISTAN – MORE – COLORS – MORE  – SCENES

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Text: Nayyar Hashmey 

Images: Saraiki Youth Forum/Value9

 

Normally I don’t like photoshopped images, but this one here has been done with such finesse that the green background perfectly fits into the greener fields which are a hallmark of rural Pakistan.
Bullock carts though are gradually being replaced by mechanized transport such as a tractor or the tractor trolley, yet its still the iconic symbol of the village life in Pakistan.

Look how green is my village!
Overview of a village home

A village woman selling roasted chickpeas, peanuts, or corn (depending upon season)

A view from the Chanan Pir Festival. Channan Pir is a village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, it is named after a Sufi saint and contains his tomb. It is located between the Derawar and Din Garh forts and lies a few kilometres from Yazman town, and in the start of the Cholistan desert.
The village is linked to the saint Jalaluddin Surkh-Posh Bukhari who was said to have come to the village while travelling en route to Jaisalmir during the 13th century.
It is a centre of the spiritual and cultural heritage of Yazman and Cholistan. Cultural activities are observed when the Urs (a religious fair) of Channan Pir is held. Urs is held on seven consecutive Thursdays starting in the month of March every year. The visitors throw tabbaruk (the sacred sweet) and the persons who pick and taste this tabarruk are supposed to be fortunate in achieving their worldly pursuits.

The Silhouette

A village scene from the Chakwal district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan.

The big bohrh (banyan) tree with its thick cool shade

Colorful trolley, colorful attire, all in a rural setting 

Cane-ware seller with his products on bike, specially including the cane trays commonly called “changairs” used for freshly cooked bread loaves (the chappatis).

The nests of weaver birds, a very common sight in the rural areas of Pakistan. To ward off predators and the ‘thieves’ like common crows these nests usually have an entrance on the bottom side.  This camouflages the entrance and checks other intruders not to disturb the sanctity of the house.
If there is an opening large enough for a crow to intrude, they usually trespass the weaver birds’ homes and eat up the eggs.

Although diesel driven generators are gradually taking over the conventional out-moded wells from where farmers draw water through Persian wheels, still in the areas where there is no electricity  or fuel costs are too much for the men on farms, Persian wheels are still being used for irrigation.
Here in this image in the Soon Sakesar valley in the Khushab district of Punjab, Pakistan, a camel driven Persian wheel draws water for drinking as well as for irrigation.

Fresh from the field: Vegetables on display

The cuty little one trying to copy her mother in blowing the pipe. Such blow pipe is used to throw air or oxygen in to the simmering wood fire which with supply of more oxygen ignites into proper flames, which otherwise keeps on sending smoke with almost no heat which is needed to cook the meals or milk at proper temperature.

Mairi peeng de hularay

The huge charpoy or hamacha outside a driver hotel

The Morning Scene: Charpoys with bed sheets,  pillows and khes’es. The house inmates have had a sound sleep. There is an electric fan standing nearby to cool up the nightly summer weather.
Soon these charpoys will be removed and stacked against a wall. The conventional home textiles too will be folded and then put on a charpoy again till the fall of the next evening.

Covered all in produce from the field, a villager on way his home.

A simple toy made by village craftsmen for the children of Pakistani villages.
The toy has two wheels made of wood. A simple mechanism makes the small reed stick to beat a tiny drumlet. When the child walks, the moving wheels run the stick and the drum beating starts. The sound of the beating of the drumlet as well as the moving ‘vehicle’ elates the children and their jubilation knows no bounds.

Blues, hues and reflection.

Plantation on raised beds: Green raised fields are typical of villages in Punjab and Sindh.

The boats, oars and the river. Waiting for you.

A milk man on his way to serve his customers

A bullock ready to move·

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The Motorway and the Dark Ages [2 of 2]


As happens in our beloved country, laws go out the window the moment someone demonstrates piety. And the enforcers tuck tail when those that demonstrate piety descend on civilisation in hordes. This is how states lose their writ and with it their sovereignty. That loss was a fact poking one in the eye that day.
Will some cleric tell us why piety doesn’t equal civic sense and regard for the laws and why the supposed spirituality of such congregations as the Tableeghi ijtama doesn’t translate into responsible civic behaviour?
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TRANSLATING SPIRITUALITY OF RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS INTO RESPONSIBLE CIVIC BEHAVIOUR!

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by Ejaz Haider

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This past Sunday, the Lahore-Islamabad stretch of the Motorway collapsed. Let me explain.

The Motorway is not just a road. It is a system with a structure, an environment that impacts behaviour and is in turn affected by it. To put it another way, the Motorway is a physical communication system, which allows for uninterrupted, relatively high-speed travel through a number of road safety measures that are both physical (rest areas, eateries, restrooms, petrol pumps, ATMs, a culture of cleanliness) and legal (rules and regulations about speed levels for different vehicles, where and when to stop and rest, lane discipline, road signs, reflectors, mobile workshops, ambulances, et cetera).

The efficient functioning of this system rests on two pillars: normative and coercive. The normative aspect of the Motorway, the internalisation of the culture, has developed to a point where occasional morons are either scoffed at or proactively chided by other commuters. This is complemented by the coercive aspect, i.e., through the enforcement of rules and regulations. The Motorway Police, decidedly the best component of the police force in Pakistan, acts with alacrity, enforces rules and does not like influence peddling. (NB: Sadly, some of their sheen is going but that is another story.) (more…)

The Motorway and the Dark Ages [1 of 2]


The people who are sincere to the faith must be knowing the way the Holy Prophet [pbuh] preached. It was not the monologous discourse that he had with the kuffars of Mecca but amicable, passionate interactions that most of Mecca’s non believers turned to the fold of Islam.
However, much to the disdain of hapless listeners and believers, common Muslims are, being bombarded with the tableegh by our tableeghi brethren in a manner that stands exactly opposite to what the Holy Prophet [pbuh] would wish us all Muslims to follow.
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THE WAY WE  PROSELYTIZE!

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by Nayyar Hashmey

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While I upload this next post, let me recount my personal experience of our tableeghi brothers. Longtime back when I was a student of the Punjab University Lahore, on a weekend I was travelling from Lahore to Lyallpur via the Faisalabad bound Daachi Express. There at the Railway station Lahore, I met a school fellow of mine. He was not only a school fellow but also a mohallaydar as well. So being two Lyallpurias studying in Lahore, we tried to find a joint seat in the train which we got without hassle.

Now in the train while our journey was on, the train passing through the vast expanse of Punjab plains on our right and left, my buddy the mohallaydar and the class fellow of the school days, started his tableegh. He told me to follow the five pillars of Islam and to strictly try to become a religious man like him and after that likewise start the tableegh as he was doing.

Frankly speaking, am a Mussalman and firmly believe in the five rukkans and try my level best to follow them as much as possible  However, what I did not and still don’t understand is the way the tableeghi brothers start preaching without looking into what state of mind the other person is, what mood he is in, what thoughts he has – about his family, his own self  his job, his business etc. etc. So this is what was happening in my discourse with this friend who was speaking all about Islam [of course of his own version, of his own approach and in his own mood]. Every time I tried to open my own mind, my own approach — was of no avail, he did not intend to listen to and kept on his monologous tableegh – non stop.

Later in my life I had some encounters with these tableeghis but it were just casuals and, therefore, need no mention. However, during my stay in Lahore, it happened so often that in peak summer months of Punjab, at noon while you are in deep sleep [enjoying your siesta] a strong bell call may buzz and go on ringing without any stop. Thinking that the person might be in some trouble and perhaps needs your help in emergency, you get up and with sleepy eyes meet the “guests”. And guess who are these guests. Five or six gentlemen with long beards who come to inform you just about a meeting of “Ahabab” in so and so mosque and you “must” come.

Of these some groups do have the courtesy to tell you that meeting of these “Ahbab” is after Ishaa prayers but then there are also the ones who will not even give you time but persuade [and mind you, their persuasion is almost a coercion while they go on painting to you the dreadful picture of what will happen to all those non tableeghis, the non practicing Muslims [and I count myself as one of them].

I have nothing against these tableeghi brothers except their modus operandi which I do find is as much lacking in one’s civic responsibility as has been found by Ejaz Haider which he describes in this latest post.

Two years back when I shifted from Lahore to Rawalpindi Bahria Town, I developed acquaintance with some co-residents here in Phase VIII of the Bahria. Here again few guys happen to be Tableeghis. Now whenever these Tableeghi Bhais meet me, their sermons start, like a recorded tape.

Like typical tableegh walas, they won’t listen to your viewpoint, will go on talking about the tableegh-e-Islam with their persuasive/coercive invitations to become a tableeghi.

Having no grudge, no bias against these men of piety, I sincerely believe their mode of tableegh is oppressive, aggressive and non inviting. I do not know how the real tableeghi’s will respond to my request to them i.e. to be amicable and compassionate in their discourse, but I do know that those who are sincere to their faith must be knowing the way the Holy Prophet [pbuh] preached.

It was not the monologous discourse that he had with the kuffars of Mecca but amicable, passionate interactions that most of Mecca’s non believers turned to the fold of Islam. However, much to the disdain of hapless listeners and believers like me, common Muslims are, however, being bombarded with the tableegh by our tableeghi brethren in a manner that stands exactly opposite to what the Holy Prophet [pbuh] would wish us all Muslims to follow. 

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Osama bin Laden Myth [2 of 2]



OBL in his interview to the Karachi daily. I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.
Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.
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OSAMA’S INTERVIEW

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by Paul Craig Roberts

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Following is the interview in full detail:

Ummat: You have been accused of involvement in the attacks in New York and Washington. What do you want to say about this? If you are not involved, who might be?

Usama [Osama bin Laden]: In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful. Praise be to Allah, Who is the creator of the whole universe and Who made the earth as an abode for peace, for the whole mankind. Allah is the Sustainer, who sent Prophet Muhammad for our guidance.

I am thankful to the Ummat Group of Publications, which gave me the opportunity to convey my viewpoint to the people, particularly the valiant and Momin true Muslim people of Pakistan who refused to believe in lie of the demon.

I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.

There is also a warning for those Muslim countries, which witnessed all these as a silent spectator. What had earlier been done to the innocent people of Iraq, Chechnya, and Bosnia?

Only one conclusion could be derived from the indifference of the United States and the West to these acts of terror and the patronage of the tyrants by these powers that America is an anti-Islamic power and it is patronizing the anti-Islamic forces. Its friendship with the Muslim countries is just a show, rather deceit.

By enticing or intimidating these countries, the United States is forcing them to play a role of its choice. Put a glance all around and you will see that the slaves of the United States are either rulers or enemies of Muslims.

The US has no friends, nor does it want to keep any because the prerequisite of friendship is to come to the level of the friend or consider him at par with you. America does not want to see anyone equal to it. It expects slavery from others. Therefore, other countries are either its slaves or subordinates.

However, our case is different. We have pledged slavery to God Almighty alone and after this pledge there is no possibility to become the slave of someone else. If we do that, it will be disregardful to both our Sustainer and his fellow beings. Most of the world nations upholding their freedom are the religious ones, which are the enemies of United States, or the latter itself considers them as its enemies. Or the countries, which do not agree to become its slaves, such as China, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Syria, and the former Russia as received.

Whoever committed the act of 11 September are not the friends of the American people. I have already said that we are against the American system, not against its people, whereas in these attacks, the common American people have been killed.

According to my information, the death toll is much higher than what the US government has stated. But the Bush administration does not want the panic to spread. The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; the people who are a part of the US system, but are dissenting against it. Or those who are working for some other system; persons who want to make the present century as a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity so that their own civilization, nation, country, or ideology could survive. They can be any one, from Russia to Israel and from India to Serbia.

In the US itself, there are dozens of well-organized and well-equipped groups, which are capable of causing a large-scale destruction. Then you cannot forget the American Jews, who are annoyed with President Bush ever since the elections in Florida and want to avenge him.

Then there are intelligence agencies in the US, which require billions of dollars worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This funding issue was not a big problem till the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these agencies has been in danger.

They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taliban and then this incident happened. You see, the Bush administration approved a budget of 40bn dollars. Where will this huge amount go? It will be provided to the same agencies, which need huge funds and want to exert their importance.

Now they will spend the money for their expansion and for increasing their importance. I will give you an example. Drug smugglers from all over the world are in contact with the US secret agencies. These agencies do not want to eradicate narcotics cultivation and trafficking because their importance will be diminished. The people in the US Drug Enforcement Department are encouraging drug trade so that they could show performance and get millions of dollars worth of budget.

General Noriega was made a drug baron by the CIA and, in need, he was made a scapegoat. In the same way, whether it is President Bush or any other US president, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United Sates? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.

Ummat: A number of world countries have joined the call of the United States for launching an attack on Afghanistan. These also include a number of Muslim countries. Will Al-Qa’ida declare a jihad against these countries as well?

Usama: I must say that my duty is just to awaken the Muslims; to tell them as to what is good for them and what is not. What does Islam say and what the enemies of Islam want?

Al-Qa’ida was set up to wage a jihad against infidelity, particularly to encounter the onslaught of the infidel countries against the Islamic states. Jihad is the sixth undeclared element of Islam. The first five being the basic holy words of Islam, prayers, fast, pilgrimage to Mecca, and giving alms Every anti-Islamic person is afraid of it. Al-Qa’ida wants to keep this element alive and active and make it part of the daily life of the Muslims. It wants to give it the status of worship. We are not against any Islamic country nor we consider a war against an Islamic country as jihad.

We are in favour of armed jihad only against those infidel countries, which are killing innocent Muslim men, women, and children just because they are Muslims. Supporting the US act is the need of some Muslim countries and the compulsion of others. However, they should think as to what will remain of their religious and moral position if they support the attack of the Christians and the Jews on a Muslim country like Afghanistan.

The orders of Islamic shari’ah jurisprudence for such individuals, organizations, and countries are clear and all the scholars of the Muslim brotherhood are unanimous on them. We will do the same, which is being ordered by the Amir ol-Momenin the commander of the faithful Mullah Omar and the Islamic scholars. The hearts of the people of Muslim countries are beating with the call of jihad. We are grateful to them.

Ummat: The losses caused in the attacks in New York and Washington have proved that giving an economic blow to the US is not too difficult. US experts admit that a few more such attacks can bring down the American economy. Why is al-Qa’ida not targeting their economic pillars?

Usama: I have already said that we are not hostile to the United States. We are against the system, which makes other nations slaves of the United States, or forces them to mortgage their political and economic freedom.

This system is totally in control of the American Jews, whose first priority is Israel, not the United States. It is simply that the American people are themselves the slaves of the Jews and are forced to live according to the principles and laws laid by them. So, the punishment should reach Israel. In fact, it is Israel, which is giving a blood bath to innocent Muslims and the US is not uttering a single word.

Ummat: Why is harm not caused to the enemies of Islam through other means, apart from the armed struggle? For instance, inciting the Muslims to boycott Western products, banks, shipping lines, and TV channels?

Usama: The first thing is that Western products could only be boycotted when the Muslim fraternity is fully awakened and organized. Secondly, the Muslim companies should become self-sufficient in producing goods equal to the products of Western companies. Economic boycott of the West is not possible unless economic self-sufficiency is attained and substitute products are brought out. You see that wealth is scattered all across the Muslim world but not a single TV channel has been acquired which can preach Islamic injunctions according to modern requirements and attain an international influence.

Muslim traders and philanthropists should make it a point that if the weapon of public opinion is to be used, it is to be kept in the hand. Today’s world is of public opinion and the fates of nations are determined through its pressure. Once the tools for building public opinion are obtained, everything that you asked for can be done.

Ummat: The entire propaganda about your struggle has so far been made by the Western media. But no information is being received from your sources about the network of Al-Qa’ida and its jihadi successes. Would you comment?

Usama: In fact, the Western media is left with nothing else. It has no other theme to survive for a long time. Then we have many other things to do. The struggle for jihad and the successes are for the sake of Allah and not to annoy His bondsmen. Our silence is our real propaganda. Rejections, explanations, or corrigendum only waste your time and through them, the enemy wants you to engage in things which are not of use to you. These things are pulling you away from your cause.

The Western media is unleashing such a baseless propaganda, which make us surprise but it reflects on what is in their hearts and gradually they themselves become captive of this propaganda. They become afraid of it and begin to cause harm to themselves. Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people.

It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that. You can understand as to what will be the performance of the nation in a war, which suffers from fear and helplessness.

Ummat: What will be the impact of the freeze of al-Qa’ida accounts by the US?

Usama: God opens up ways for those who work for Him. Freezing of accounts will not make any difference for Al-Qa’ida or other jihad groups. With the grace of Allah, al-Qa’ida has more than three such alternative financial systems, which are all separate and totally independent from each other. This system is operating under the patronage of those who love jihad. What to say of the United States, even the combined world cannot budge these people from their path.

These people are not in hundreds but in thousands and millions. Al-Qa’ida comprises of such modern educated youths who are aware of the cracks inside the Western financial system as they are aware of the lines in their hands. These are the very flaws of the Western fiscal system, which are becoming a noose for it and this system could not recuperate in spite of the passage of so many days.

Ummat: Are there other safe areas other than Afghanistan, where you can continue jihad?

Usama: There are areas in all parts of the world where strong jihadi forces are present, from Indonesia to Algeria, from Kabul to Chechnya, from Bosnia to Sudan, and from Burma to Kashmir. Then it is not the problem of my person. I am helpless fellowman of God, constantly in the fear of my accountability before God.

It is not the question of Usama but of Islam and, in Islam too, of jihad. Thanks to God, those waging a jihad can walk today with their heads raised. Jihad was still present when there was no Usama and it will remain as such even when Usama is no longer there. Allah opens up ways and creates love in the hearts of people for those who walk on the path of Allah with their lives, property, and children. Believe it, through jihad, a man gets everything he desires. And the biggest desire of a Muslim is the after life. Martyrdom is the shortest way of attaining an eternal life.

Ummat: What do you say about the Pakistan government policy on Afghanistan attack?

Usama: We are thankful to the Momin and valiant people of Pakistan who erected a blockade in front of the wrong forces and stood in the first file of battle. Pakistan is a great hope for the Islamic brotherhood. Its people are awakened, organized, and rich in the spirit of faith. They backed Afghanistan in its war against the Soviet Union and extended every help to the Mujahideen and the Afghan people.

Then these are very Pakistanis who are standing shoulder by shoulder with the Taliban. If such people emerge in just two countries, the domination of the West will diminish in a matter of days. Our hearts beat with Pakistan and, God forbid, if a difficult time comes we will protect it with our blood. Pakistan is sacred for us like a place of worship.

We are the people of jihad and fighting for the defence of Pakistan is the best of all jihads to us. It does not matter for us as to who rules Pakistan. The important thing is that the spirit of jihad is alive and stronger in the hearts of the Pakistani people.

Copyright Ummat in Urdu, BBC translation in English, 2001

Read about Osama Bin Laden in Michel Chossudovsky’s international best-seller America’s “War on Terrorism”

According to Chossudovsky, the “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest. Globalisation is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.

Copyright © 2012 Global Research

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According to the Canadian scholar Michel Chossudovsky, the “war on terrorism” is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Osama bin Laden, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The “war on terrorism” is a war of conquest and Globalisation is the final march to the “New World Order”, dominated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex.
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BUSTING THE OBL MYTH

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by Paul Craig Roberts

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The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi daily — Ummat — and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al-Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon.

The interview was sensational. The alleged “mastermind” of 9/11 said that he and al-Qaeda had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s World Monitoring Service had the interview translated into English and made public on September 29, 2001.

Osama bin Laden’s sensational denial was not reported by the US print and TV media. It was not investigated by the executive branch.

No one in the US Congress called attention to bin Laden’s refusal of responsibility for the greatest humiliation ever inflicted on a superpower.

To check my memory of the lack of coverage, I googled “Osama bin Laden’s interview denying responsibility for 9/11.” Some Internet sites reproduced the interview, but the only mainstream news source that I found was a one minute YouTube video from CNN in which the anchor, after quoting an al-Jazeera report of bin Laden’s denial, concluded that “we can all weigh that in the scale of credibility and come to our own conclusions.” In other words, bin Laden had already been demonized, and his denial was not credible.

The sensational news was unfit for US citizens and was withheld from them by the american “free press,” a press free to lie for the government but not to tell the truth.

Obviously, if bin Laden had outwitted not only the National Security Agency, the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the FBI, but also all 16 US intelligence agencies, all intelligence agencies of Washington’s NATO puppet states, Israel’s Mossad, and in addition the National Security Council, NORAD, US air traffic control, and airport security four times on the same morning, it would be the greatest feat in world history, a movement building feat that would have made al-Qaeda the most successful anti-imperialist organization in human history, an extraordinary victory over “the great satan” that would have brought millions of new recruits into al-Qaeda’s ranks. Yet the alleged “mastermind” denied all responsibility.

I remember decades ago when a terrorist attack occurred in Europe, whether real or an Operation Gladio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Gladio) false flag attack, innumerable organizations would claim credit. Perhaps this was the CIA’s way of diverting attention from itself, but it illustrates that every intelligence service understands the value to an organization of claiming credit for a successful attack.

Although bin Laden denied responsibility, in 2011 some al Qaeda leaders, realizing the prestige value of the 9/11 attack, claimed credit for the attack and criticized Iranian President Ahmadinejad for questioning the official US story.

Although only a few Americans are aware of the September 28, 2001 interview in which bin Laden states his non-involvement with the 9/11 attacks, many Americans have seen post-2001 videos in which a person alleged to be bin Laden takes credit for the attacks.

There are two problems with these videos.

Experts have examined them and found them to be fakes, and all of the videos appeared after bin Laden was reported by the Pakistan Observer, the Egyptian press, and Fox News, to have died in mid-December, 2001, from lung disease. 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html See also http://www.legitgov.org/News-Bin-Ladens-Death-and-Funeral-December-2001

Bin Laden also suffered from kidney disease. According to a CBS news report on January 28, 2002, Osama bin Laden was hospitalized for dialysis treatment in the Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi on September 10, 2001, the day before 9/11. 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/where-was-osama-on-september-11-2001/3194

Obviously, a man suffering from terminal lung and kidney disease did not survive for another decade to be murdered by a US Navy SEAL team in Abbottabad.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/pakistan-tv-report-contradicts-us-claim-of-bin-laden-s-death/25915 See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13329078

A Pakistani TV interview with the neighbor of the alleged “bin Laden compound” exposed the assassination hoax. This sensational interview also went unreported by america’s “free press.” I had the interview translated, and it is available here. http://www.globalresearch.ca/pakistan-tv-report-contradicts-us-claim-of-bin-laden-s-death/25915 See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13329078

Shortly after the alleged assassination, 30 members of the SEAL unit died in a mysterious helicopter crash in Afghanistan, and now we learn that not a single one of the thousands of sailors on the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, witnessed bin Laden’s alleged burial at sea from that ship.

The press reports with a straight face that for unexplained reasons it was kept secret from the ship’s sailors. This is supposed to be the explanation of the sailors’ emails reporting to family and friends that they witnessed no burial at sea. Some speculate that the SEALs were bumped off before their questions to one another — “Were you on that raid?” — reached outside the unit.

Apparently, it doesn’t strike the media or the public as strange that the US government captured and killed the terror mastermind without interrogating him and without keeping any evidence or presenting any witnesses to support the assassination claim.

Adolf Hitler claimed that communists burned down the Reichstag and that Polish troops had crossed the frontier and attacked Germany. With 9/11, americans experienced Washington’s version of these grand lies. An omniscient bin Laden dying from terminal illnesses in distant Afghanistan defeated the American National Security State and drove his attack through the walls of the Pentagon itself, requiring for our defense a “war on terror” that destroyed US civil liberties and financially ruined the country in order to prevent the triumph of a man who died of natural causes in December 2001.

On May 9, 2011, Professor Michel Chossudovsky republished the September 28, 2001, Osama bin Laden interview in Global Research. See below…

INTERVIEW WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN. OSAMA DENIES HIS INVOLVEMENT IN 9/11.

By Global Research
Global Research, May 09, 2011

Global Research Editor’s Note

We bring to the attention of our readers the following text of Osama bin Laden’s interview with Ummat, a Pakistani daily, published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. It was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001.

The authenticity of this interview, which is available in recognized electronic news archives, is confirmed.

Osama bin Laden categorically denies his involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Bin Laden’s statements in this interview are markedly different from those made in the alleged Osama video tapes.
In this interview, Osama bin Laden exhibits an understanding of US foreign policy. He expresses his views regarding the loss of life on 9/11. He also makes statements as to who, in his opinion, might be the likely perpetrator of the September 11 attacks.

This is an important text which has not been brought to the attention of Western public opinion.

We have highlighted key sections of this interview. It is our hope that the text of this interview, published barely a week before the onset of the war on Afghanistan, will contribute to a better understanding of the history of Al- Qaeda, the role of Osama bin Laden and the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Michel Chossudovsky, May 9, 2011

Full text of September 2001 Pakistani paper’s “exclusive” interview with Usama Bin-Ladin

Ummat (in Urdu), Karachi, 28 September 2001, pp. 1 and 7.

http://ummatpublication.com/2012/11/25/

UMMAT’S INTRODUCTION

Kabul: Prominent Arab Mujahid holy warrior Usama Bin-Ladin has said that he or his al-Qa’ida group has nothing to do with the 11 September suicidal attacks in Washington and New York. He said the US government should find the attackers within the country.

In an exclusive interview with daily “Ummat”, he said these attacks could be the act of those who are part of the American system and are rebelling against it and working for some other system. Or, Usama said, this could be the act of those who want to make the current century a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity. Or, the American Jews, who are opposed to President Bush ever since the Florida elections, might be the masterminds of this act.

There is also a great possibility of the involvement of US intelligence agencies, which need billions of dollars worth of funds every year. He said there is a government within the government in the United States.

The secret agencies, he said, should be asked as to who are behind the attacks. Usama said, support for attack on Afghanistan was a matter of need for some Muslim countries and compulsion for others. However, he said, he was thankful to the courageous people of Pakistan who erected a bulwark before the wrong forces.

He added that the Islamic world was attaching great expectations with Pakistan and, in time of need, “we will protect this bulwark by sacrificing of lives”.

Contd…

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