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May I Ask Mr. Imran Khan?

Courtesy: The News Blog: http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/08/may-i-ask-mr-imran-khan/
Courtesy: Dunya Blog: http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=5274
Pakistan should get rid of its excess baggage
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/18104#ixzz24SrzxCMF

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No wonder, Pakistani politicians are used to issue such reckless statements to give cover to their political moves or policies. In a recent statement after the terrorist’s attack on PAF Base Minhas, Kamra, PTI (Movement for Jusitce) chief Imran Khan has said:

“Though, Pakistan army is planning a military offensive against Taliban and other militant groups in North Waziristan, today’s attack on Pakistani airbase might be its reaction from the militants.”

May I ask Mr. Imran Khan that a “Reaction” is always the response of some “Action” then how is it possible that in absence of any “Action” of Pakistan Army in Waziristan or in any other area of the country, the attack on PAF Base would be termed as a “Reaction”?

Isn’t your statement a blatant attempt to provide cover to Taliban’s Terrorists ‘Actions’? At least you have admitted the presence of Taliban terrorists in Waziristan & have witnessed their Anti-Pakistan action & aggression yourself.

Imran Khan a cricketer-turned-politician could not succeed in 16 years of his political career. He hardly could secure the only seat for PTI from his hometown, Mianwali in 2002 General Elections. It was only after 30th October 2011 when his party could manage to hold big rallies & brought itself into main stream politics. Credit goes to the ‘Hidden Hands’ for this, analysts claim. Despite claiming to be a Centre Right & Progressive Political Party, PTI is always considered to be a Right Wing Group and Imran Khan himself is known as “Taliban Khan” due to covert support of Taliban Militants in Pakistan.

Pakistan, being the front line state in the US & NATO led war against terror, is paying heavy price for its commitments. At one side it is being labeled as the terrorist’s safe heaven at other side it is the prime target & victim of worst terrorism by the same terrorists for whom it has earned a bad name.

Recently US Congress has passed a bill declaring Haqqani Network a terrorist outfit & demanding Pakistan to launch an operation against it in its tribal areas. President Obama has endorsed the bill making it a law. Now it would be correct to say Pakistan has been asked to chase its own tail.

Now, Pakistan has only two options:

  1. Launch offensive against all sort of Extremist/Terrorist/Militant/Jihadi outfits across the country & save itself from the consequences; or
  2. Use delay tactics to avoid any such operation, resulting in more terrorism, attacks & damages, which could lead the world to give it the status of a rogue state.

Perhaps there is no third option, the destiny has been written, the war has begun, only wisdom needed to read what is written on the walls. Pakistan either continues to deny the existence of Pakistani & Afghani militant outfits in its territories, or launch a complete offensive against all banned or supported groups for its own sake & to clear its position.

I strong believe, in response to this coward & terrorist ‘Action’ of Taliban, Pakistan Army should show strong ‘Reaction’. May be the time has come for Pakistan to get rid of its excess baggage.

The Pak-Afghan Romance – Part-II

Courtesy Dunya Blog, August 16, 2012: http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=5198

After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on December 27, 1979 hype was created around the word as if Soviet Union is going to conquer the world specifically Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran & the oil rich gulf. In response, the USA not only condemned this act of USSR but also made drastic changes to its foreign policy which included reduction in trade in grain & technology with Soviet Union, postponement of SALT-II arms control agreement, enlarging strategic forces, beefing up NATO forces, establishing a Caribbean Joint Task Force Headquarters, unleashing the CIA, installing a program of draft registration, & providing more military assistance to Pakistan, South Korea, and Thailand, & for all these preparedness US alleged Soviet aggression on Afghanistan to expend its regime throughout Asia.

Ultimately the Soviets wanted to invade Iran, secure Persian Gulf Oil, secure Warm Water Ports and expend their Asian Empire. The US, they said, had to respond to this expansion of this cold war. Jimmy Carter, the then US President established a 100,000 persons rapid deployment force for the protection of Persian gulf declaring it vital for US security interests, this is known as the Carter’s doctrine. All these changes & preparedness were in response to the Soviet aggression on Afghanistan as stated by the US, but a careful analysis of the pre December 27, 1979 events reveals some other picture. This all was planned by the U.S. long before the Soviet intervention and was part of a great game. Unfortunately, Soviet Union, fearing collapse of the allied Govt. in Kabul and being encircled by China in the east beefed up NATO forces in the west, intervened Afghanistan and trapped by the Carter Administration.

Pakistan, on the other hand, was not only helping the rebels but also mediated between rebels USA. American CIA was providing assistance to anti-Soviet forces through the Pakistani Intelligence Services in a program called “Operation Cyclone”. The enthusiastic Muslims in Arab World, like Osama Bin Laden, find there way to wage Jihad (Holy War) against atheist communists, who eventually evolved into Al-Qaida. In the absence of any Central Command the fight continued in a complete chaos & most of the fighters (Mujahidin) turned into War Lords.

Numerous training centers had been established in Pakistan. Different groups in collaboration with Pakistani Agencies started recruiting locals to fight with Muhajidin against the aggressors & their supporters in Afghanistan. Pakistan received loads of weapons & huge funds from Islamic as well as western countries to facilitate Afghan fighters. But the groups who received the said funds embezzled it & the weaponry used for political, ethnic & sectarian purpose in Pakistan, especially in the port city of Karachi. Jamat-e-Islami was among one of those groups.

The nine years of war turned a developed Afghanistan into a destroyed country. Millions were killed, hundreds of thousands were injured & partially disabled, Millions flee to neighboring countries. Pakistan alone received more then 3 million of refugees. Not only refugees but a culture of Heroin & Kalashnikov was also entered Pakistan with these refugees. Indeed Pakistan too had to pay as much as Afghanistan was paying the price.

Just after the Soviet-Afghan war ended, Pakistan started to realize its blunders made during the war. The nine years of engagement of the Mujahideen into Afghanistan was enough to give them clue of their future. Indian held Kashmir was their next destination. The insurgency in Kashmir was not indigenous, Pakistan based militant groups are responsible for that, India claims. Specifically, they held Lashkar-e-Taiba & Jamat-ud-Dawa responsible for that. Not only this, Afghanistan also couldn’t remain peaceful as after the Soviet’s departure the Ex-Muhajideen turned to be the War Lords & waged Jihad against each other for greater influence in the Govt. & for extended territorial controls.

Pakistan, on the other hand had suffered sectarian violence with the arrival of these Mujahideen from Afghanistan as most of the groups belongs to Sunni Deobandi or Salafi school of thought. A sharp raise in killings of Shiite Muslims had been observed during 1990s & continue till date. The incident of 09/11 made the situation even more worst when, Taliban, a group of Afghan Madarasah Students who had started resistance against the Ex-Mujahideen (turned to be the war lords) & had made an interim Govt. in Kabul, retaliated against Pakistan after the later has announced its support to the U.S. Govt. in their war against terrorism.

The support to the US in its war against terrorism made Pakistan the prime target of the Taliban. A series of suicide bomb attacks have taken the lives of almost 40,000 innocent citizens. Moreover, the extremist/militant groups from the same Ex-Mujahideen of Pakistan joined Taliban in large numbers. This time not only the US interests in Pakistan, Foreign Delegates or Innocent Pakistani Civilians but Armed Forces also became their target. Attack on Pakistan Army’s GHQ, attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team, attacks on Pak Army’s check posts & convoys in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa and FATA & attack on PAF base in Karachi are some of the examples.

While writing these lines, have received news & footages about terrorist’s attack on PAF base Kamra (Attock) just 70 km away from capital Islamabad. Whatever people say, this all is the after effects of the wrong foreign policies of the past Governments & military establishment & wrong decision of arming the incapable & sectarian-based militants that they have not only targeting the opposite sects but also have turned against our own military, defence installations & national security.

(to be continued…)

Jamat-e-Islami Finds New Shoulders to Climb onto

In a recent meeting between Syed Munawar Hassan of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) & Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) both the leaders agreed on a joint campaign against Govt. & its allies & vowed to defend Judiciary from conspiracies. Imran Khan, while briefing the media stated that JI & PTI are like minded & want change in the country, for that both the parties agreed to omit chances of alliance with any of the parties in the house.

It was the first time PTI tried to evade political isolation unlike the past & tied the knots with a right wing party with less political weight unlikely to yield benefits to PTI. Jamat, despite its strong organizational structure & educated middle class follower-ship, hardly managed to win a few seats in its 65 years history in Pakistan. Wikileaks also exposed its connections with Taliban & Al-Qaida. Does Imran Khan really showed a mature approach by joining hands with JI or as per past experiences, had done a blunder again by closing the doors for other political parties, which could put PTI into real political isolation. Interestingly as against Khan’s claim both JI & PTI are different in nature, approach, vision & mission. JI is conservative in nature while PTI claims to be liberal & enlightened as per Iqbal’s vision.

In a recent survey, PEW research centre revealed Imran Khan as the most popular leader in Pakistan. 7 out of 10 Pakistanis liked Khan in a face to face survey by the centre. Media is projecting him as a National Level Leader. Political Analysts have already expressed their opinion in his favour. In this scenario JI’s hand shake with PTI is chary. Does JI, this time, is trying to use PTI’s shoulders to climb onto? Like it had done with Z.A.Bhutto back in 1970s, Zia-ul-Haq, a military dictator, during 1980s, Nawaz Sharif during 1990s & sectarian & religious groups during 2000s by exploiting Anti American sentiments.

During Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989) Jamat was considered to be on the same page as Pakistani ISI & US CIA & was blamed for being funded by CIA to fight their war in Afghanistan against USSR. Its influence in Military & Civil Establishment put more doubts on its role. The question is how PTI circles would take this alliance? Are they ready to be known as ‘Fundamentalist’ or they would opt to be known as ‘Liberals & Progressives’? Possibly Jamat is intended to grab its share out of this alliance in case PTI gets a landslide victory in upcoming elections.

Perhaps, PMLQ or MQM were the most suitable options for PTI if it is to show maturity in politics & broaden its chances to be in power.
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PS: We initiated a poll to have an idea what general public thinks if the alliance with Jamat-e-Islami & other sectarian outfits will harm PTI? See the results.

https://sknawaz.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/alliance-with-jamat-e-islami-other-sectarian-outfits-will-harm-pti/