US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan


Fauzia Qurban
Photo: AP Pakistani sister Fauzia Qurban an ethnic Hazara, tries to hold back her tears as she talks about her brother Ali Raza Qurban, at her family home in Quetta, Pakistan.
Brutal sectarian bloodletting has killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and fired a flourishing human smuggling business in the provincial capital of Quetta.
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Balochistan, Pakistan – long target of Western geopolitical interests, terror wave coincides with Gwadar Port handover to China.

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QUETTA KILLINGS: ORCHESTRATION FOR A PAKISTAN SPRING?

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by Tony Cartalucci

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Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people. According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Why Balochistan? Gwadar in the southwest serves as a Chinese port and the starting point for a logistical corridor through Pakistan and into Chinese territory. The Iranian-Pakistani-Indian pipeline would enter from the west, cross through Balochistan intersecting China’s proposed logistical route to the northern border, and continue on to India. Destabilizing Balochistan would effectively derail the geopolitical aspirations of four nations.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980′s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself.

THE US -SAUDI GLOBAL TERROR NETWORK

While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past three decades, including Al-Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support for sectarian extremists from northern Mali, to Libya, to Syria and beyond. (more…)

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Why Pakistan is not a failed state


The next time someone tells you Pakistan’s about to fall to the Taliban or end up carved into four pieces, you can tell them to zip it. There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan. It has come to stay.
Don’t let them distract you, for we have a wonderful destiny to achieve, and a dream called ‘Pakistan’ to fulfill with 18 crore wickets in hand. [Image: More than 24,000 Pakistanis form the world’s largest “human national flag” in Lahore. –APP Photo]
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A WARNING TO THE DOOM MERCHANTS –

PAKISTAN WILL NOT BOW DOWN

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by Michael Kugelman

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Note for WoP readers:

While uploading this piece by Kugelman, I happened to come across a moving note by fellow blogger Global Pakistani. As I continue with the articles that are not written by us Pakistanis but from the western media most of whom parrot the same worn out tune of Pakistan a failed state, this note is a befitting response to such malicious reports disseminated by the mainstream media in the west.

Dear readers, what to speak of foreign press, our achievements are not given due projection by our own media because we are the people deriving much pleasure in denouncing our own country, our own values and our own identity. There are many amongst us who not only in drawing room discussions but also in the open chats, speeches and interaction, start casting doubts on the very Raison d’être of the nation state of Pakistan.

This message, therefore, by Pakistani by Choice blog is as much meant for our fellow Pakistanis as it is for the western propagandists who day and night try to brandish Pakistan as a failed state solely because it does not fit into the frame work the western imperialists and the US Neocons are trying to build for this part of the world… [Nayyar]

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For decades they’ve talked about how Pakistan is on the verge of collapse, a failed state, better off chopped into four smaller countries. Ever since the nation’s birth our enemies have steadfastly worked overtime to reverse the miracle of Pakistan.

Pakistanis are arguably among the most resilient people in the history of this earth. No other nation can soak up as much pressures that Pakistan has in recent years.

We’ve fought wars, brought superpowers down on our doorstep, faced internal strife and terrorist attacks, faced monumental refugee crisis, earthquakes, floods, and have been labelled terrorists. However, each time we’ve dusted ourselves off and moved on with a solid determination and the steely resolve that makes us ‘Pakistanis’.

It is, therefore, no surprise that despite being deprived of top level international cricket for more than 15 months, being isolated internationally and reeling under the most harrowing incident of the game, fighting a war inside our borders and looking after three million of our brothers and sisters made homeless due to conflict, we manage coming on top of the world in T20 finals and so many other events where we occupy one of the top three positions in the world.

This is who we are.

This is what we do.

The next time someone tells you Pakistan’s about to fall to the Taliban or end up carved into four pieces, you can tell them to zip it. There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan. It has come to stay.

Don’t let them distract you, for we have a wonderful destiny to achieve, and a dream called ‘Pakistan’ to fulfill with 18 crore wickets in hand. (more…)

In defence of General Kayani


He is probably the first chief who has admitted that the army has committed mistakes; all other chiefs have justified army takeovers, citing different reasons. He is trying to change the course and avoid mistakes of the past, and yet no chief during his service was criticised the way General Kayani has been.
The army as an institution is being blamed for acts committed by past generals.
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DEMONIZING THE ARMED FORCES: GOOD FOR NOTHING

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by Asad Munir

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The army and its agencies have been playing a political role since 1958, if not before that. It has not even been five years since the last military ruler relinquished power. In the country’s 65 years of history, the army has directly ruled for more than 33 years and indirectly, maybe more.

It has been formulating or influencing the making of foreign policies related to certain countries since independence. To expect that the army should now withdraw from the political scene is desirable but not practical. It is rather a wish based on idealism.

To compare our army chief with those of other democratic countries is also unrealistic. Comparing the army with other institutions of the state and arguing that they chose the profession of soldiering and that they are being paid for their job may not be a very rational approach, keeping the nature of their task in view. The mere fact that General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s statement kept all media amply focused demonstrates that the army is still considered by all to be a major player in our politics, even if it is undesirable.

When General Kayani took command of the army, about 19 administrative units of Fata and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were completely or partially under the control of Taliban. Now, there are two.

The army is fighting the longest war in its history, in which it has lost about 5,000 soldiers and over 800 have been rendered disabled for life. It is a war not owned by many Pakistanis. No previous chief has commanded an army in such difficult times as General Kayani. No army chief has seen beheadings of his soldiers with their sacrifices not recognised by the nation.

General Kayani shoulders the difficult task to motivate them, keep them committed to their goals and prevent any division in the rank and files of the army. Since 2008, many in this country have been inviting General Kayani to intervene in political affairs and get rid of this government. However, he has refused and also convinced his corps commanders that they should not do so.

He is probably the first chief who has admitted that the army has committed mistakes; all other chiefs have justified army takeovers, citing different reasons. He is trying to change the course and avoid mistakes of the past, and yet no chief during his service was criticised the way General Kayani has been. The army as an institution is being blamed for acts committed by past generals.

The perception that the chief is the sole decision-making authority may not be true in all cases. There are nine corps commanders having their own opinions but the chief faces the brunt of the negative onslaught by the media, also with the responsibility of responding and pacifying those under his command.

Why is the army different from other institutions that are ridiculed by the media? Soldiers do not put their lives at stake only for money; there are additional factors which motivate them to fight, such as pride, honour, ghairat, patriotism, belief in a cause, recognition, comradeship and unit cohesion, etc. High morale matters to them. Unit cohesion is the trust between leaders and the led.

Creating an impression that the army has good junior officers and soldiers but that senior officers have always let them down is undermining this very basic concept. The army traditionally does not support individuals, be it the ex-army chief, which is why General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is not in the country, for which he may not be very pleased with General Kayani.

To blame the institution as a whole for the wrongdoing of some individuals affects the morale of the troops.

The Afghan Taliban captured Kabul in 1996 and Islamists took control of Timbuktu in April 2012. In both cases, their armies had disintegrated. We face serious threat from the Taliban; they want to take over this country through armed jihad. The army is the institution preventing them from fulfilling their evil designs. Do not demoralise the troops by criticising the army as an institution; focus on individual culprits. God forbid, if there is a division in the army, it will lead to anarchy and consequently, no other institution of the state will survive.

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The writer is a retired brigadier who has served in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. He can be reached at: asad.munir@tribune.com.pk

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Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat


There’s a reason why the US media doesn’t use the term defeat however applicable it may be. It’s because your average “Joe” understands defeat, the shame of defeat, the sting of defeat, the anger of defeat.
Defeat is a repudiation of leadership, proof that we are ruled by fools and scoundrels. Defeat is also a powerful deterrent, the idea festers in people’s minds and turns them against foreign interventions, police actions and war.
That’s why the Times won’t utter the word, because defeat is the antidote for aggression, and the Times doesn’t want that. None of the media do.
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CUT-AND-RUN TIME

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by Mike Whitney

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Note for WoP writers: In the post that follows, Mike Whitney raises an important point. Selecting an excerpt from the New York Times, he quotes: America thinks it is in Afghanistan to help the Afghan women. Take a look at this August 2012 editorial titled “The Women of Afghanistan”:

“Afghanistan can be a hard and cruel land, especially for women and girls. Many fear they will be even more vulnerable to harsh tribal customs and the men who impose them after American troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

Women s’ rights have made modest but encouraging gains over the past decade. But these could disappear without a strong commitment to preserve and advance them from Afghan leaders.

The editorial continues:

…all Afghans should be invested in empowering women. As Mrs. Clinton has argued, there is plenty of evidence to show that no country can grow and prosper in today’s world if women are marginalized and oppressed.” (“The Women of Afghanistan”, New York Times)……

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The author has rightly pointed out that actually its not the rights of women in Afghan society, but Washington and other international partners….

So says Whitney, its more It is about “America’s global interests”, particularly, pipeline corridors, mineral extraction and the Great Game, controlling real estate in thriving Eurasia, the economic center of the next century. That’s why the US invaded Afghanistan, the rest is propaganda.

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In addition to what the oped writer of Counterpunch has so tacitly answered about this pseudo feelings for Afghan women, question arises what about the women of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan etc. where women can’t even vote, go to a shopping center if not accompanied by their menfolk.

Fact is that the American administration gets passionate for women’s rights only when a country goes astray from the goals set for it by the US. Similarly, the other US passions for human rights, democracy, enlightened moderation and such bla bla come only in action when a country follows an open, independent policy in its national interests, but may not fit into the agenda set by the US and its allies in the West.

In our context we have seen a manifestation of this hypocritical, sinister policy with respect to its stance on Kashmir. When respective Pakistani governments sided with US vis-a-vis its arch rival in the cold war era, US had espoused the human rights for Kashmiris with perhaps still more warmth than Pakistan itself. But after the demise of the erstwhile Soviet Union there was nothing left by which the US could get an advantage from Pakistan and hence the same Kashmiri freedom fighters are now branded as “terrorists” same as US has termed the Afghan Mujahideen who fought against the USSR on America’s behest, but now are fighting a war of independence as terrorists. [Nayyar] (more…)

Turning point for Pakistan


Pakistanis’ response to the shooting of innocent Malala by the TTP hoodlums could be a “turning point” for the country.
“When she fell, Pakistan stood… This is a turning point,” said Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father, adding that her 14-year-old daughter was recovering “at an encouraging speed” in the hospital in Birmingham (UK). Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012
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  PAKISTAN’S GREAT DAUGHTER LEADS HER NATION TAKE A NEW TURN

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 by Aijaz Zaka Syed

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In the lives of individuals as well as nations sometimes seemingly small, inconsequential incidents can set off profound, watershed changes. Has that turning point arrived for Pakistan? As a well wisher of the country and someone who has, with the rest of the Muslim world, watched with grave concern the imploding of the land of the pure over the past few years, one really hopes so.

The outpouring of public support and outrage over the cowardly assault on Malala Yousafzai is unprecedented. There have been endless protests and rallies in cities and towns across Pakistan in solidarity with the schoolgirl still fighting for her life. October 12 was observed as a day of prayers and vigil for Malala across the country.

More than 50 ulema issued a fatwa condemning the attack in strongest terms as ‘un-Islamic.’ There have been similar, unqualified condemnations from various religious organisations and parties, not to mention visits by Prime Minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other bigwigs. (more…)

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