A little PR Exercise by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

Posted in cia, isi, pakistani government, balochistan, pakistani politics, pakistani government, pakistani politics, politics, taliban, Terrorism hitting Pakistan with tags , , , , on October 29, 2009 by smartfoundation

On her recent visit to Pakistan, US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton received a warm welcome in Pakistan (as far as the official version of the story is concerned). However,fact of the matter is that she was confronted with a very hostile set of questions by a few Pakistani journalists who had that opportunity to sit with her and talk about different bilateral issues between US and Pakistan.

I had the chance to watch that TV recording and perhaps she was herself not very much ready to face this kind of environment during her brief exposure to the Pakistani media.

But, we must give credit to those individuals sitting with her. Surely, they were among the media elite and they truly proved their representation of the common Pakistani people.

It is to her credit also, the way she calmly answered those tough questions. But, I must say it was the need of the hour to deliver the concerns of the Pakistani nation to any incoming high level US official coming to see us.

Perhaps the gravity of the situation cannot be assessed individually by any US official on a quick tour to the country, especially when our government has turned deaf ears towards the local think tanks, nation loving intellectuals and important of all the common people. So it is our national duty to assert upon the US, our rights to be respected as an ally, not as slaves. As a front line friend caught in their war, not as an enemy fighting against another enemy. And Pakistani media has played that role effectively in this brief meeting today.

However, with her answers, comes a great deal of ambiguity in my mind regarding the real motivation that drives US government to take decisions about cooperation with Pakistan. And in my mind, this whole tour was a PR exercise, rather than tour for the delivery of some decisive and concrete measures to safeguard Pakistan against the terrorism. So in my personal opinion:

1- Perhaps US government is indecisive about taking further measures in Afghanistan. Perhaps they are at a loss to decide as what to do. Pulling out is a failure. And keep pushing in is also a failure.

2- US government is finding ways to get rid of this war on terror in Afghanistan. They want to shift this momentum to Pakistan and get themselves out of that country. May be they are planning another ground for the same war?

3- Or on the other hand, it’s a wolf in the lamb’s skin? Pakistani nuclear installations are considered highly dangerous and Neocons are actively seeking to take control of them.

4- The only organized institution remains to be the military in this country, that will not compromise on the security of the country in the name of foreign aid and money and sell Pakistani nation for a few billion dollars (Obama knows Asif Ali Zardari) and that truly safeguards Pakistan from its hostile neighbors. And active lobbyists and Neocons are trying their level best to destabilize Pakistani army.

I can tell you that this visit of Ms. Clinton did not bring to us any message of solidarity and cooperation in terms of the real terror threat faced by the Pakistani people. On the other hand it brought a few thousand tube wells for irrigation, a few more IPPs (when the only reason for this power short fall remains to be the corruption of the Pakistani government and their inability to pay the dues to oil and gas companies), Tarbela maintainance (which Pakistanis are fully capable to maintain themselves). And this PR exercise is partially over for now. Let’s get back to normal day issues (Bomb blasts in the country streets and a fight in Waziristan).Least, Americans wont mind it, unless and until we keep on killing our brothers, fathers and sons for them.

Kabul Blasts and Attack on Pak Army GHQ

Posted in cia, isi, pakistani government, balochistan, pakistani politics, ISI, pakistani government, Terrorism hitting Pakistan with tags , , on October 11, 2009 by smartfoundation

Earlier Attack on Indian embassy in Kabul was one of the deadliest in the recent past. This blast on the 7th July, 2008 killed at least 58 and wounded another 151. The suspected suicide car bombing took place at the gates of the embassy when officials were trying to get inside the premises.

Not so surprisingly enough, that blast was blamed on ISI (Pakistan’s premiere intelligence agency) in a New York Times report published on 1st of August, 2008.

However, earlier, on July 21st, Pakistan handed over to India, comprehensive evidence of Indian involvement in a number of terrorist acts on its soil.
According to sources, a dossier containing proofs of India’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan was handed over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh during their recent meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

A substantial part of the shared material dealt with the Balochistan insurgency and Indian linkages with the insurgents, particularly Bramdagh Bugti, Burhan and Sher Khan.

Pictures of their meetings with Indian operatives were part of the evidence, which also described Bugti’s visit to India and the meetings he had with Indian secret service personnel.

It mentioned of the India-funded Kandahar training camp, where Baloch insurgents, particularly those from Bugti clan, were being trained and provided arms and ammunition for sabotage activities in Balochistan.

In October 2008, another attack on Indian embassy rocked Kabul claiming 17 lives and injuring 76.

“We are pointing the finger at the Pakistan intelligence agency, based on the evidence on the ground and similar attack taking place in Afghanistan.” Afghan ambassador to USA, Javed Tayyab told the media in a special interview.

India had launched a decisive campaign to blame Pakistan for every terror activity in the region, one wondered why Pakistani officials had fallen asleep in that context to answer India in the same manner and unfold Indian activity on Pakistani soil.

While India had not only been active in Baluchistan, Afghan contacts and American shelter was allowing Indians and Israelis to sneak into Pakistan and carry on terror activities in FATA and Swat.

And response to Kabul blast this time was quick and decisive. A blast in Peshawar and then an attack on Pak Army GHQ at Rawalpindi.

But, as Army is having concerns on Kerry Lugar Bill and government is raising repeated alerts about Taliban taking over Pakistan, this attack on GHQ has raised issues about the safety of the critical Pakistani installations. Which is good music for president Zardari and Mr. Malik. Just to show that they have been reporting the factual position to the world and that Army really does not support their point of view.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister had been chanting the slogan of Waziristan operation since some time now. Without mentioning any foreign elements involved in orchestrating the stream of terror, he kept reiterating the need of hitting Waziristan with full force. While Army was not much willing for this operation, an attack on GHQ has placed question marks about the timing of the demand and need of this operation in Waziristan. Why would Army avoid an operation that would be critical for security of the country? Or was it really that critical for the security of the country? If no then has it really become important now? Does this attack satifies the need of Mr. Malik for an operation in Waziristan? Especially when, on the other hand Americans are considering to negotiate with Taliban..

And if Americans negotiate with Talibans and settle their terms with the help of Pashtuns, this war will shift to Pakistan, meaning Mehsud tribes and their aides fighting for something else (to destabilize Pakistan) under the name of Al-Qaeda with India and Israel. So the game seems to be changing now. With Karzai prepared to leave and Talibans being allured for negotiations, map of the war will be Pakistan, not Afghanistan.

Who will be responsible for bringing this war into the country? Who will be responsible for not hitting the right enemy? For nipping the evil not from the bud?

Missing links point to some serious security leaks within our own rows. And it is our national duty to point out those traitors inside our community at all levels and bring them to justice.

Imran Khan for the Change

Posted in cia, isi, pakistani government, balochistan, pakistani politics, pakistani government, pakistani politics, politics with tags , , on October 10, 2009 by smartfoundation

This title looks hilarious. But let us try to pull something different out of that porridge of Pakistani politics. In the past, we have tried our best by giving them all the chances to govern us again and again, but, of no avail. They have all come up with different tricks to loot us and and come up with different accusitions.

Whether it be PPP, PML, MQM, Jamat-e-Islami, etc. they all have their own history of defying national interest and going against the will of the Pakistani people.

PML-N had emerged as a strong public force amid Supreme Court crisis and showed a characteristic that was considered only to be the hallmark of PPP, only due to the foolish arrogance of Mr. Zardari. But yes, they had been in speedy contacts with US officials also since their re-emergance.

PPP has shown its inability to govern with Mr. Zardari and Company at the top, breaking all previous records of corruption and napotism in the country. And we are seeing a lot of begging going on in the international community. Sometimes we are begging before G-8, sometimes before IMF, sometimes before Saudis and this time a Friends of Pakistan forum was arranged for that reason. Surprisingly, Mr. Obama knows our beloved president very well and has previously been the part of an American congress committee that was looking into the corruption cases put against Mr. Zardari in a not so distant past.

Our Mullahs had been fighting on 2 Eids recently. They could not unite the nation to celebrate even 1 holy event, so it is out of question to trust them for a unified leadership that provides the country with a progressive road map.

And who wants to talk about MQM? Certainly, not me.

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We need a nationalist by heart. A statesman with a love for his nation. A leader with a passion to work for his people. A human being who has enough courage to stand tall and speak the truth while defying all the ods.

Who comes to my mind while thinking of these attributes? Not someone old enough in the political game of Pakistan. But someone who has bluntly spoken about the rights of the Pakistani people and raised the truth.

I am only talking about Imran Khan.

In my personal opinion, the change is inevitable and it will not be brought by the people fighting for their own benefits in the high ups and down the orders. Our system needs a clean revamp. New faces, new ambitions, new roadmap for success and an altogether change.

We have already given so many chances to those in the power. They have always failed us.

Our social community, media and others are literate and wise enough to see the difference of a capable leadership in power. I believe we are ready for that change and Imran Khan is an optimal choice to act as the beacon of that change.

The Inevitable War and the Democracy in Iran

Posted in politics with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by smartfoundation

In Iran, Ahmedinejad was elected president for the second time after country’s 10th presidential election held on Friday, June 12.

What went wrong with this picture?

Ahmedinejad has constantly been an active player in defying the American and Israeli pressure in the region and standing against the western powers and continuing his efforts for a peaceful nuclear Iran and his continuing support for Hezbollah and Palestinians in the middle east. It will not be wrong to say that he has been the only leader in the Muslim countries to stand and be very vocal and expressive about his anti-Israeli ambitions. His is considered as a hardliner and in turn has made his state been declared as a hardliner state, least in the views of American and Western Media.

His ability to sustain heavy international pressure through sanctions and counter it through oil embargo, threats like closure of strait of Hormuz (Iran being the leading producer and exporter of oil in the world), and denouncing dollar as the international trading currency for Iran has made him a highly inspired personality in the Muslim world. Many people and local scholars are now quoting his example regarding the defiance of a leader to save his nation.

This scenario is certainly unbearable for Americans and Israelis to even think about Ahmedinejad’s second reign in the country. A strong leader in Iran and its strength in the region are the constant barrier in American agenda to gain maximum power and resources in Eurasia.

With the decline of American economic reign and its widespread military operations, Americans are desperate to wage another war. Israel’s ever wanting love for power and war has its hawks eyed at Iran for a new War. Unfortunate for both of them, Ahmedinejad has been re-elected, just enough to increase the misery and frustration of Israelis and Americans.

USA was a key player in 1953 Iranian change. Today, Obama administration dreams itself to be back in 1953, playing the same game, with corporate media behind it. Conducting covert operations in Iran, campaigning and showing videos of the revolts in Tehran and how the people want democracy (Like the Iraqis wanted democracy in Iraq during the times of  Saddam Hussein).  Web is tweeting about the Iranian revolt. Israelis have launched a comprehensive campaign against Iran in the social internet media.

BUT IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? IS THIS REALLY THE TRUE PICTURE?

Iranian age analysis indicate more then 50% of Iranian population below 30 years of age. It has a literacy rate of 77%. Which indicates that Iranian population is well educated, energetic and certainly knows about its rights and cannot be fooled into a forced vote situation.

By the way, who shouted when the polls were rigged in USA?

State lies, media lies, corporations lie, and God knows who else lies. But lies are not to be covered forever. WMDs were never found, 9/11 mysteries were never uncovered. Osama Bin Laden was never found despite of heaps of sophisticated technology with CIA and NSA.

Now we are being lied into Iran’s nuclear abilities and then Iranian revolts.

The image portrayed in front of the world would now be of a truly destabilized Iranian nation stuck in the midst of regime change revolts and a half gained nuclear ability. West could easily stage a war on this theme.

BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER WAR BASED ON STATE LIES.

USA should be more concerned about their boys dying in the battle fields around the world, about Wall street on the edge of collapsing, about its giant companies crashing and filing bankruptcies, leaving Israel alone to survive in peace and harmony in the middle east and respect its neighbors including Iran. West should not be interfering in the domestic matters of Iran, if its people have decided to give way to true democracy in the country.

Where are the Environmental Organizations? These People Need Clean Air and Water to Live. Spread the Word and Serve the Cause

Posted in Environment, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2009 by smartfoundation

Pak Arab Fertilizers is a fertilizer company, now privately owned and spreading poison and toxic wastes to the surrounding population since last 30 years or so in Multan city.

Pak Arab Fertilizers

Pak Arab Fertilizers

Since the passage of last 30 years, population surrounding Pak Arab has grown many folds and so does the threats engulfing them.

Google Map of Pak Arab Fertilizer and surrounding Toxic Dumps

Google Map of Pak Arab Fertilizer and Surrounding Toxic Dumps

Above google map shows the toxic dumps of lime and by-products increasing on a daily basis.

Affected Area - Undrinkable water and Toxic Air

Affected Area - Undrinkable water and Toxic Air

Above image shows a rough estimation of affected area that does not have access to clean air and water. Increased cases of gastro and diarrhea have been observed in recent years.

Note: Above estimation is on the basis of direct contact in normal wind situation. Actual observations can lead to increased affected area due to high wind speeds and careful water sample calculations.

Following images are not from any remote areas of the world. These photographs were taken a few days back and show how people’s lives are highly endangered while living in the shadow of a sophisticated fertilizer plant as Pak Arab Fertilizer.

Close up Image of Toxic Waste Dumps

Close up Image of Toxic Waste Dumps

Following image shows a self made road between the toxic dumps to connect to highway for ease of transportation.

Self Made Road between the Toxic Waste Dumps to Connect to Main Highway

Self Made Road between the Toxic Waste Dumps to Connect to Main Highway

Local children have no choice but to play in that toxic waste filled water. The water you see in the following picture is tested to be extremely hazardos.

Children Playing in the Poisoned Water

Children Playing in the Poisoned Water

Our social responsibility compels us to look at the difficulties and hazards faced by the local population and give them their birth right of fresh air and clean water to drink.

This whole scenario has not been created suddenly. Rather, it has been in development since last 30 years. Now that it has taken its ugly shape, we should intervene to take those people out of misery, who live in the shadow of huge profits earned by the millionaires.

Pak Arab fertilizer factory should be moved to an unpopulated place and this plant should be shut down forever.

UN and government teams must join hands to initiate projects to clean air and water in that huge region.

Sometimes among all those claims of big environmental organizations and NGOs, these issues remain unseen and hidden.

These people need help. Save them from slow poisoning.

You are responsible to spread the word and serve the cause.

Rolling Out the Product: A New Full-Court Press for Pakistan War

Posted in afghanistan, cia, isi, pakistani government, balochistan, pakistani politics, taliban, Terrorism hitting Pakistan on May 6, 2009 by smartfoundation

We are now in the midst of a full-blown campaign to “roll out the product” for a new war: this time, in Pakistan. Anyone who lived through the run-up to the invasion of Iraq should be able to read the signs — anyone, that is, who is not blinded by partisan labels, or by the laid-back cool of a media-savvy leader far more presentable than his predecessor.

We noted some of these signs in a long post yesterday and won’t belabor them here. But today brings yet another bumper crop of panic buttons and alarm bells from the powers-that-be, with ever-increasing emphasis on the “Taliban kooks with Muslim nukes” theme: one more variation on the old “mushroom clouds rising in American cities” ploy that has worked like a charm for our militarists lo these 60 years or more.

Read the full article at:http://uruknet.com/?p=m54013&hd=&size=1&l=e

Deja Vu

Posted in pakistani politics, politics, Terrorism hitting Pakistan with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2009 by smartfoundation

Part I: Shiekh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, 6 Point Agenda and the Agartala Conspiracy

Many among us believe that East Pakistan was lost in result of a violent Pakistani Army crack down, Mukti Bahini movement in retaliation and finally through 1971 Indo-Pak war, when Indian forces had East Pakistan surrounded from all sides and Pakistani soldiers had to surrender in a shameful manner.

Shiekh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman is considered to be the key man behind the Bangladesh movement and referred to as Father of the nation in Bangladesh.

A student political leader, Mujib rose in East Pakistani politics and within the ranks of the Awami League as a charismatic and forceful orator. An advocate of socialism, Mujib became popular for his leadership against the ethnic and institutional discrimination of Bengalis. With the passage of time and gaining of strength, Mujib’s Awami League became explicitly clear about their agenda of a seperate Bangladesh, putting aside all the loyalty and united Pakistan claims of the party.

Since when Mujib had been working on his agenda of a seperate homeland for Bengalis can be understood by the fact that even during the 65 war, he refused to utter a single word against India. Awami League had developed close relations with India and hence fear of India as a cementing force, to keep Pakistan united, lost its credibility.  Bengalis had already started to treat India as an ally in wake of Awami League’s propaganda.

In 1968, Mujib was arrested alongwith 34 other persons from East Pakistan for charges of sedition and conspiring with India against the stability of Pakistan. Although the case was ultimately withdrawn in the face of a massive popular uprising, which ultimately resulted in the fall of General Ayub Khan’s rule in 1969; It is now acknowledged by all historians and politicians of Bangladesh that the Agartala case was not a false case.

At the heightening of sectional tensions, Mujib outlined a 6 point agenda, which was seen as separatism in West Pakistan.

6 Points Agenda

  1. The constitution should provide for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore Resolution and the parliamentary form of government with supremacy of a Legislature directly elected on the basis of universal adult franchise.
  2. The federal government should deal with only two subjects: Defence and Foreign Affairs, and all other residual subjects should be vested in the federating states.
  3. Two separate, but freely convertible currencies for two wings should be introduced; or if this is not feasible, there should be one currency for the whole country, but effective constitutional provisions should be introduced to stop the flight of capital from East to West Pakistan. Furthermore, a separate Banking Reserve should be established and separate fiscal and monetary policy be adopted for East Pakistan.
  4. The power of taxation and revenue collection should be vested in the federating units and the federal center would have no such power. The federation would be entitled to a share in the state taxes to meet its expenditures.
  5. There should be two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings; the foreign exchange requirements of the federal government should be met by the two wings equally or in a ratio to be fixed; indigenous products should move free of duty between the two wings, and the constitution should empower the units to establish trade links with foreign countries.
  6. East Pakistan should have a separate militia or paramilitary force.

Although Mujib had been insisting, before elections, that six points, stood for the integrity of Pakistan, yet in 1974, he confessed that party had laid its clear plan in 1966, when the 6 points program was declared. A clear path was chartered out before people; it was a path of different kind where Bengalis had to break away from the ‘bondage of Pakistan’.

The fact was later confirmed by Tajuddin, former minister of Bangladesh. According to Kuldip Nayyar, “Tajuddin told me at Dhacca that the 6 point program was the beginning and we knew we would become independent one day.”

In Dhacca on January 10, 1972, Mujib said, “I had been working for the independence for the last twenty five years (1948). Now my dream has come true.”

Back in RAW headquarters in India, the Bangla Desh Operation possibly began a year before the actual operation was underway. Even when the world did get a whiff of it in the shape of the Mukti Bahani, many remained unaware of RAW’s involvement. By then Phase I of the operation was already completed. Phase II saw the Indian Armed Forces poised for the liberation of Bangla Desh. RAW, along with the Mukti Bahani, when they developed into a formidable force, provided information to the Indian forces.

Information collected by an IB foreign desk operative in London from a Pakistani diplomat indicated that the West Pakistanis were contemplating action against Bengali Muslims in Pakistan. By 1968 Indian operatives had already been in contact with the ‘‘pro-Mujib’’ faction. A meeting convened in Agartala during 1962-63, between the IB foreign desk operatives and the Mujib faction indicated to ‘‘Colonel’’ Menon (which in fact was Sankaran Nair’s non de guerre) that the ‘group’ was eager to escalate their movement. ‘‘Colonel Menon’’ had warned them that in his opinion it was far too early for them to take any positive action. As Colonel Menon might put it….‘‘they jumped the gun.’’ But this was a total disaster.

With the go-ahead signal, RAW’s underground network in East Pakistan came alive. Every six weeks 2,000 guerrillas were trained by RAW, capable of taking on the enemy in hit and run encounters. Mukti Bahini  gained strength and weapons from India.

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Sources: Edited excerpts from Media Monitors Network, wikipedia.com, Inside RAW: The story of India’s Secret Service by Asoka Raina,New Delhi, 1981