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It’s all about AF-Pak

July 30, 2009


By:

Majid Mahmood

Defense and International Relations Analyst

majid.majoom[at]gmail.com


The climate of Himalayas is set to change yet another time. The melting of snow on Himalayas in summer is a natural phenomenon but the melting of tensions two heavy weights of the region namely Pakistan and India is so artificial that its sensation does not require any sophistication. Once again the stage is being set to restart so called composite dialog between two arch rivals in South Asia and the meeting of the Premiers of two countries at the sidelines of NAM in Sharm-el-Sheikh was the beginning to open the dialog process. However events leading to Sharm-el-Sheikh needs to be scrutinized so that to avoid illusions and unnecessary hope about the future.

Traditionally the bilateral issues between Pakistan and India have been Kashmir, water dispute, Sircreek, Siachin, nuclear related issues and military matters related to ratio of forces etc. Before the 9/11 the strategic equation of the region differed considerably as compared to the present day scenario. India and Pakistan had been struggling on the basis of equality for influence in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Despite some deficiencies Pakistan was in a much better position prior to the occupation of Afghanistan by the U.S. Thus by becoming the client state of America in its so called war on terror Pakistan not only lost its strategic space but handed over its sphere of influence to American led forces and India which have interests contrary to Pakistan. On the other hand Indo-U.S relationship has entered in a new phase of strategic partnership and the Indo-U.S nuclear deal was its manifestation.

After the regime change in America the world of President Obama was different. America is stuck in the quagmire of Afghanistan and is facing a resurgent Taliban threatening the very existence of American led coalition on Afghanistan soil. Domestically the economic melt down and the military failure in Iraq contributed to the free fall of a once super power. A four month review was initiated by President Obama on Afghanistan. The outcome of the review was that Pakistan and Afghanistan were bracketed into Af-Pak and a contact group consisting of India, Iran, Russia and China was formed in the pretext of ‘regional solution’. The team that stabilized Iraq by unleashing a deadly chaos and implementing a typical divide and rule policy is now focused on Af-Pak namely Gen Petraus, Gen Stanley Machrystal and special viceroy on Af-Pak Mr. Richard Holbrook.

Without the help of Pakistan U.S can’t even stay for a week in Afghanistan and to implement the chaotic policy of Af-Pak it is important to consume Pakistan in war in Afghanistan with its undivided attention. Indian presence in Afghanistan is a big distraction for Pakistan. Particularly after the Mumbai blasts in November 2008 the situation worsened and the two countries were again at the brink of war. This climate of war was not favorable to U.S interest in the region as it needs Pakistan’s undivided attention in its war in Afghanistan. So it was decided that in U.S to bring Pakistan and India on the dialog process so that normalization of relations could take place and in such a way that Pakistan’s interests could be curbed effectively while big concessions from Pakistan be granted to India so that U.S could effectively engage India in Afghanistan.

There should be no doubt about the fact that recent resumption of dialog between India and Pakistan is an American political venture and is the part of ‘Af-Pak’ Policy. The efforts to revive the peace process started in a trilateral summit when president Zardari visited U.S in May 2009. Under U.S umbrella a memorandum on transit trade route was signed aimed at giving New Delhi a trade route via Pakistan through Wagha-Torkham route of 520 KM (which have been reportedly approved by cabinet recently) into Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the eve of the summit termed this memorandum “a historic event”. President Zardari has recently been on the record of saying that “India is not the enemy of Pakistan” and to the extent that “India has not been an enemy to Pakistan “. Secondly America has ‘pressurized’ India to end the mantra of Mumbai blast and Ajmal kasab and revive the peace process de-linked from Mumbai events.

Thirdly it has pressed Pakistan not to be obsessed with its Indian presence in Afghanistan and probably have ‘guaranteed’ that Pakistan would not be destabilized through Afghanistan. If one revisits history the situation is pretty much contrary as far as these so called guarantees are concerned. As Pakistan has been striped of its influence in Afghanistan, America has also urged Pakistan to shun its strategic assets related to Kashmir. Is it a mere coincidence that America’s honorary ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Rehman Malik has indicated a swat type Operation in southern Punjab? To implement the Indo-Pak part of Af-Pak strategy the visits of president Obama national security advisor James Jones and under secretary of state William burns to Pakistan and India were of significance. There have been reports of William Burns ‘pressing’ India to ‘trim’ or at least lower the number of Indian consulates so that Pakistan could be ‘satisfied’. So one could easily judge that in the pretext of reviving a peace process the real American agenda is to board India and Pakistan onto the war on terror and consume Pakistan in its war. Moreover a Big Offensive in Helmand province bordering Pakistan is being conducted by U.S marines and to crush the resisting forces in Afghanistan it is required by U.S military that Pakistan should send more troops to Balochistan-Afghanistan border from the eastern border which is only possible when tensions between India and Pakistan are over.

Now let’s move towards Sharm-el-Sheikh via Yekaterinburg, Russia. President Zardari was snubbed by Prime Minister Singh bluntly at SCO summit accusing Pakistan of cross border terrorism from its soil. Response was a usual smile. So it was necessary to send such a personality to Egypt through which defeat could be presented as victory easily and to add a so called credibility. That person was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. Though nothing was changed in the original American script, Gillian’s participation could serve as a ‘credibility’ factor so that sincere audience back home could be fooled easily and exactly that happened when media personals on the payroll of government touted of Pakistani success in the press. Secondly how could a government formed as a result of deal with America safeguard the interests of Pakistan? .Moreover this is the same Prime Minister who crumbled to Indian pressure after Mumbai events and had agreed to send D.G ISI to India.

The text of the Sharm-el-Sheikh joint declaration clearly summarizes the recent diplomatic maneuvers of U.S. The traditional issues between Pakistan and India have been effectively sidelined and now so called terrorism have become the main issue between Pakistan and India as declared in the introduction of declaration. The main issue touched besides traditional poverty and development crap was of Balochistan. Some influential elements in media are over excited about the fact that Prime Minister Gillani have handed over the dossier regarding alleged Indian involvement in supporting separatist insurgency. The fact of the matter is that nothing of that sort ever happened and this is evident from the point regarding Balochistan in joint declaration which states “Prime Minister Gillani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas.

This is a vague and ambiguous statement. In diplomacy this is a weak statement which explicitly shows that such statement is for public consumption. Further more India rejected such claims made by Pakistani newspaper. The Hindu quoted a senior Pakistani official saying “the newspaper report was incorrect. The only time that Pakistan handed over a file containing what it called evidence of an Indian hand in Balochistan was at the first meeting of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism in March 2007”. Foreign office spokesman Abdul basit was deliberately vague when journalist asked him about the dossier handed over to India at Sharm-el-Sheikh. All I can say is that whatever was discussed and whatever was handed over is contained in the Joint Statement [signed at Sharm-el Sheikh],” Mr. Basit said, declining to comment any further as he could not discuss “intelligence matters.”. Secondly the meeting between the leadership of two countries in Egypt was to improve bilateral relation ship and not to mend fences. If that would have been the case then Pakistan should have proactively pursued a vigorous diplomatic campaign in the world against Indian involvement in Balochistan which is clearly not the case.

However what is dangerous is the fact that Pakistani leadership ignored all the traditional bilateral issues with India and joint declaration is the proof that ‘terrorism’ would be now the central point of agenda in future Indo-Pak talks and that talks would be as usual for time pass as previous composite dialog process have been. On one hand America is making billion of dollars of deal with India in defense industry, enhancing nuclear corporation and help uplift the Indian economy and on the other hand weakening Pakistan through its so called war on terror. By removing India as a distraction for Pakistan it wants to consume the country and particularly the military of Pakistan. The bracketing of Pakistan with Afghanistan clearly exposes the mentality of U.S which wants to make the Af-Pak region synonymous to Rwanda or Congo while constructing India as a regional power. It is high time to snub America’s war on terror and uproot its presence from the region for peace and stability. The military leadership of Pakistan should also make itself clear on the foreign policy matters as its representative’s presence on important events like e.g. in signing the disastrous transit trade memorandum poses a serious question and gives the impression that all the government maneuvers have a tacit approval of military. Media should avoid spinning the facts on the behalf of power circles and complete impartiality should be observed while covering the events. For the long run Pakistan needs an alternate political system and a leadership that could take the foreign policy challenges head on, having a global vision of dominance, could bring industrial revolution in resource rich country and provide peace and prosperity for its adherents.

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CHALLENGES AFTER A MONTH LONG SWAT OFFENSIVE

May 29, 2009

By: Z.Kazmi

Can be reached: zahir[dot]kazmi[at]gmail.com

 
May 26th marked first month since the Government finally decided to launch the offensive in Swat. It’s time to take a stock of issues that stare in face while the Army is in the midst of successful operations. This ongoing success in operation Rah-e-Rast has come at a great cost. The government and the people of Pakistan face a logistical challenge to provide for an estimated 2.5 million people displaced from the region, the army is straining to keep a vigil on two fronts while doing an active rat hunt in Swat, many soldiers have laid their lives and still more innocent people have perished as a result of collateral damage.
 
Is there an end in sight? Will we be successful in ridding the country from the cancerous militants? Will emerging broad-based political resolve last or fizzle out? No one has the crystal ball to predict the future of our fight against extremism but an empirical view of such conflicts indicates that we have to brace ourselves for more sacrifices and a long drawn campaign that should also aim at defeating Taliban on ideological plane besides physically humbling them. This battle cannot be won by the government and its military instrument alone. It rather calls for a synergistic approach marked by declaration of Jihad by every single soul in this country against the distorters of our peaceful religion—be they Taliban, their ideological supporters with in our ranks or the outsiders who provide them material support.
 
The ongoing battle to regain control of Mingora is a bloody house to house clearance that is showing signs of success as the Taliban have reportedly started retreating to regroup elsewhere. As per the Director General ISPR, this Taliban stronghold may take a few more days to clear. The Army faces a challenge of plugging the holes from where these rats can withdraw and fight elsewhere later. It is difficult to identify a Talib from a common citizen except the Tajiks, Uzbeks or Ghurkhas. There have been claims of some non state actors, non Muslims, fighting amongst the Taliban ranks and are well trained mercenaries who stand their ground and fight until death.  
 
While most of Buner’s area has been cleared and the citizens are relieved due to less hours of curfew, Dir and Shangla are reportedly still under Taliban influence. The long hours of curfew have created enormous difficulties for the destitute in the area. These are the places in urgent need of resources to survive. The police and district management of these areas is dysfunctional and should be replenished to bring a semblance of peace and order. The army and paramilitary forces will have to reinforce and support the former in regaining hold from the Taliban. Since the Spartan civic facilities were razed to dust by Taliban, the Army will not only have to help rebuild these structures but will also keep their engineers and medical services’ foot print for a protracted period.
 
The key political and military challenge will be to not to let the impetus of these operations to die down, failure to do this will give Taliban the much needed Lebensraum (breathing space) and allow them to regroup and fight elsewhere. While Army may be able to milk its resources and extend its operations to Waziristan and other areas; will the government, media moguls and general population have the appetite and stamina to do their part? As such operations will be dictated by resource constraints like handling of more IDPs.
 
The present crisis situation of provisioning the IDPs demands generous public support. The displaced people need to be sheltered, fed and psychologically supported. While such displaced people can absorb the shock of displacement due to natural disasters like 2005 earthquake, they will be easily disaffected in the present case. If we don’t want these embittered people to fall in Taliban’s fold we will have to stand with them in their hour of need. These people are not acclimatized to harsh summers and hence our donations should include electricity generators, fans and good shelters too.
 
Let us understand that this crisis cannot be handled by military alone, which can only clear and secure Swat and other areas. It asks us to leave the comforts of our homes and help our countrymen displaced by war. We will be worse than Taliban if we fail to support them till they return to Swat and take a fresh start—lest there will be more Talibs ready to drive us out of our abodes.

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The Sacrifices by Us: Capt OmerZeb Shaheed

May 27, 2009

By: Qasim Butt

I was sitting next to him on the grass patch during my college days, enjoying the bright sunny https://docs.google.com/File?id=dcbknf3v_131f3xhvggd_bwinter morning. Belonging from a family of retired Army Officers, we shared experiences of our past schooling and friends that we made on different places. While our class fellows played in the basket ball ground, cheering and shouting. We continued our pleasant conversation, and we came to astonishing fact that we have been class fellows even in Army Public School Peshawar while studying in class 3. With this it opened new arena of our personalities and i found him an affable, courteous and pleasant-talking gentleman with a sense of dignity and honor embedded in his soul.

As the time passed by, various events brought us together on same crossroads. We shared couple of things in common, we both were debators, joined the same college-house which was Khalid house, won various events for our college-house and due to our inherited affinity towards armed forces, we used to admire the national role of Pakistan Armed Forces. The strange warmth in his amiable personality, some-how always made him stand-out from rest of the college mates. Helpful, kind, respectful and enthusiastically encouraging were his prominent traits. However, he earned great appraisal in the eyes of his teachers, class and college-house, when he won the notable prize of debate competition.

All these memorable events of companionship, just went through my eyes like a quick flash-back of priceless golden past. Here i was, standing in an army grave-yard, saying his namaz-e-jinazah. Capt https://docs.google.com/File?id=dcbknf3v_134f7fn9vfr_bOmerZeb(Shaheed) from 111th Long Course of 9 Azad Kashmir Regiment, once my class fellow and a friend, now had brought the trophy of pride again, back home for us to live with prestige. Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed) like his noble past of his childhood and adolescence, had won the accolade for his family, for Pakistan and for us. Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed) is just one of those abundant examples who have sacrificed themselves on the call of duty for the nation.

Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed) attained shahadat in the morning of May 21st 2009, while hitting into road side IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device). While he jolted me with strong sense of self-determination of taking up the fight for better tomorrow. His Shahadat had a cleansing effect on my polluted thoughts of national disintegration and state failure. Capt OmerZeb (Shaheed) re-invigorated us with a sense of living a life of valour, virtue and stature.

In the current times of national desperation, economic recession and destroyed socio-moral fabric, one is just too vulnerable to be overwhelmed by a thought of “Run for your life”. But being a https://docs.google.com/File?id=dcbknf3v_132n76ncwf5_bPakistani, Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed) proved it imprudent and not worth a deal to run away from your home and let the vultures tear it apart. The enemies of this Land of pure, should know by now that Allah has blessed this nation with the generation of iron-willed youth, belonging from noble families such like Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed), who are more then ready to keep up the traditions of sacrifice in the need of an hour.

Capt OmerZeb(Shaheed) did his part and now its upon us to take it on and give a final brunt. We shall never forgo the sacrifices of our shuhuda!!!

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Reflection of throughts…

April 15, 2009

By : Dr. Hena Jawaid

henajawaid000@hotmail.com

History of Pakistan is totally interlaced with voices and wishes of people. Any writer, poet or visionary whoever successfully adhered to desires and values of common mass or marked their value of existence has excelled sphere of all ages. In this way, our National account is filled with One Voice,” Voice of People”. Every successive period of 20 years consist upon a person who communicates with society through indigenous tone, understanding and language. Though, it’s a clear reflection whoever implicitly encompass or approach thoughts of people on every levels, always remain in heart core of society.

Primarily, on large scale, people would like to see following attributes in these representatives of society; Co- existence, Unifying, Assimilation, Inter-marriages, Development of Muslim State, Better role of women and Mysticism (National as well as Individual) moves towards life. There are some fixed patterns and Math that has been set by Nature which altogether link up connections among these people of different ages. It is concluded by every mean of turns and counts that consensus or joint force of people contains enormous power of faith, change and harmony. It can bring vehement transformation as well as disintegration of its structure leads towards harsh sequels for Human Fate.

Things which are passing in extrinsic and intrinsic world through our conscious and subconscious states respectively contain some different messages and codes for its people. The significant point is this, if that code is ever tried to comprehend through individual approach, then that can never be accessed up to its core. On contrary to this, upon collective basis people can influence, realize and modify these worlds or even able to pass Hardest Hurdle of any realm.

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Seventh Valley

April 13, 2009

The seventh valley in the system of Attar is “the Valley of Chosen Poverty and Annihilation” (Faqr-o-Fana). The advent of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was like the humanity stepping into this valley. Since then, “chosen poverty” (faqr) seems to have acquired an interesting shade of meaning. The Prophet himself lived on the simplest means and the first four caliphs continued the practice (three of them got assassinated because they refused to keep bodyguards). Collectively, these four caliphs were called “the Rightly Guided” (Khulafa-i-Rashideen). Beyond them, Muslim rulers adopted hereditary rule, pomp and luxury. Yet there has never been in the world of Islam anything exactly like the Western dogma of “the Divine Right of Kings.” The highest honor for a Muslim king was to be called “the leader of the faithful” (Amirul Momineen). Many were power-hungry and some went to the extent of devising the title “Zilli Ilahi” (the Shadow of God on Earth) but any political treatise from Muslim history, if analyzed in depth, yields a very different premise than the one suggested by the Western dogma of the Divine Right (and this difference might be due to the significance of the “great sacrifice” of the Prophet’s grandson Imam Husain and the invisible work of Sufis whose real significance is yet to be understood).Surprisingly, since the advent of the Prophet, we find a tendency of comparatively more egalitarian groups overcoming comparatively less egalitarian ones. Exceptions might be there, but usually we find that power shared among more people tend to triumph over systems where power is shared by fewer. Wikipedia should be sufficient for further reading on the following randomly chosen examples: § Tariq Bin Ziyad versus Visigoths in Spain, 707-11 § Mongols of Genghis and Hulagu versus Muslim empires like Khwarizm and Abbasids, 1206-58 § The First Battle of Panipat (Babur versus Ibrahim Lodhi), 1526 § The Battle of Plassey, 1757 § The Battle of Waterloo, 1816 Thinkers like Iqbal would have liked to interpret this tendency of “modern history” as a manifestation of the first of the two spiritual principles associated with the seventh valley. The principle is “chosen poverty” (faqr): victory is not the prerogative of Muslims but of any group or nation who knowingly or unknowingly adopts this principle up to any extent (Iqbal made it abundantly clear in his famous poem `The Answer to the Complaint’ (‘Jawab-i-Shikwa’). The second principle is “annihilation” (fana). In the next post, we shall see how the ancient world was rolled up at the advent of the Prophet and what pattern seems to be governing subsequent calamities is what we shall see in the next post.

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ABU ALI HASAN IBN AL-HAITHAM

April 13, 2009

By: Dr. Hena Jawaid

 


(965-1040 C.E.) “… experimental proof of the specular reflection of accidental as well as essential light, a complete formulation of the laws of reflection, and a description of the construction and use of a copper instrument for measuring reflections from plane, spherical, cylindrical, and conical mirrors, whether convex or concave.” Book VI of the Optics

 

Abu Ali Hasan Ibn al-Haitham was one of the most distinguished physicists, whose contributions to optics and the scientific methods are marvelous and dazzling. He is known in the West as Alhazen. Ibn al-Haitham was born in 965 C.E. in Basra, and was educated in Basra and Baghdad. Since the main events that we know of in ibn al-Haytham’s life involve his time in Egypt, we should set the scene regarding that country. The Fatimid political and religious reign took its name from Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). The Fatimids headed a religious movement dedicated to taking over the whole of the political and religious world of Islam. As a consequence they refused to recognize the ‘Abbasid caliphs. The Fatimid caliphs ruled North Africa and Sicily during the first half of the 10th century, but after a number of unsuccessful attempts to defeat Egypt, they began a major advance into that country in 969 conquering the Nile Valley.

 

They founded the city of Cairo as the capital of their new empire. These events were happening while ibn al-Haytham was a young boy growing up in Basra. From Baghdad, he went on to Egypt, where he was asked to find ways of controlling the flood of the Nile. Being unsuccessful in this, he feigned insanity until the demise of Caliph al-Hakim. He also traveled to Spain and, during this period, he had sufficient time for his scientific pursuits, which included optics, mathematics, physics, medicine and development of scientific methods on each of which he has left several outstanding books. Hasan ibn al-Haitham (Alhazen) He made a thorough assessment of the passage of light through various media and discovered the laws of refraction. He also carried out the first experiments on the scattering of light into its constituent colors. His book Kitab-al-Manadhir was translated into Latin in the middle Ages, as also his book dealing with the colors of sunset. He dealt at length with the theory of various physical phenomena like shadows, eclipses, the rainbow, and speculated on the physical nature of light.

 

He is the first to describe accurately the various parts of the eye and gave a scientific rationalization of the process of vision. He also attempted to explain binocular vision, and gave a correct clarification of the apparent increase in size of the sun and the moon when near the horizon. He is known for the earliest use of the camera obscura. He contradicted Ptolemy’s and Euclid’s theory of vision that objects are seen by rays of light emanating from the eyes; according to him the rays originate in the object of vision and not in the eye. Through these wide-ranging researches on optics, he has been considered as the father of modern Optics. The Latin translation of his main work, Kitab-al-Manadhir, exerted a great influence upon Western science e.g. on the work of Roger Bacon and Kepler. It brought about a great progress in experimental methods. His research in catoptrics centered on spherical and parabolic mirrors and spherical aberration. He made the important observation that the ratio between the angle of incidence and refraction does not remain constant and investigated the magnifying power of a lens. His catoptrics contains the important problem known as Alhazen’s problem. It comprises drawing lines from two points in the plane of a circle meeting at a point on the circumference and making equal angles with the norrnal at that point. This leads to an equation of the fourth degree. 1572 C.E. Latin Frontpage of Ibn al-Haytham’s book.

 

In his book Mizan al-Hikmah Ibn al-Haitham has discussed the thickness of the atmosphere and developed a relation between it and the height. He also studied atmospheric refraction. He discovered that the twilight only ceases or begins when the sun is 19° below the horizon and attempted to measure the height of the atmosphere on that basis. He has also discussed the theories of attraction between masses, and it seems that he was aware of the magnitude of acceleration due to gravity. His contribution to mathematics and physics was widespread. In mathematics, he developed analytical geometry by establishing linkage between algebra and geometry. He studied the mechanics of motion of a body and was the first to maintain that a body moves perpetually unless an external force stops it or changes its direction of motion. This would seem equivalent to the first law of motion. The list of his books runs to 200 or so, very few of which have survived. Even his monumental treatise on optics survived through its Latin translation. During the middle Ages his books on cosmology were translated into Latin, Hebrew and other languages. He has also written on the subject of evolution a book that deserves serious attention even today.

 

In his writing, one can see a clear expansion of the scientific methods as developed and applied by the Muslims and comprising the systematic observation of physical phenomena and their linking together into a scientific theory. This was a major breakthrough in scientific methodology, as distinct from conjecture and nod, and placed scientific pursuits on a sound foundation comprising systematic relationship between examination, proposition and confirmation.

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IQBAL Sciences

April 10, 2009

By: Dr. Henna Jawaid

IQBAL Sciences (New discourse on exploration of his vision) Since love first made the breast an instrument of fierce lamenting, by its flame my heart was molten to a mirror, like a rose I pluck my breast apart, that I may hang this mirror in your sight Gaze you therein. Allama Iqbal. Iqbal, despise of his valuable advises and alerting cautions for Muslim ummah regarding coming intellectual crisis. Unfortunately, Entire nation has cherished him as only a magnificent poet. Instead of bring him forth as a thinker, philosopher and scholar. He has been bound up within walls of great poetry and beauty. A man born 100 years ago tried to unravel myths of educational dilemma among emerging souls of Ummah in front of Muslims. He stated on many occasions that this course of educational work-up will devour our new generation and would probably paralyze the arising thoughts of younger minds. The monotonous route will have devastating future. But from minor to major scales of vision, every Pakistani leader and individual discounted his massage and disregarded his thought, integrated into their own languages and benefits. Taaleem key taizaab main daal iski khudi ko, Ho Jaey Molaim Tou Jidhar Chahe Isey Phair. These have not occurred in usual course. Things have taken place n the same order as described by this man. He warned whole nation from aspects of coward ness, individualistic and materialistic approach towards life opportunities and blessings. But the blind path tracking of ummah behind west has dissolved all powers of faith in its bottom. (Persian) Ilm o Fun ra ae jawan e shoukh o shang. Maghz mee bayed na malboos e farang. (Its knowledge and skills O young boy, Not dress of west but their minds.) Eventually, the learned icons turned the visions and targets of young brains in the way that upholding a dignity of religion and the concept of sovereignty of One God over the world has lost its meaning and passion. Fortunes of any nation depend on people love and despise status. The day, we have deprived of our goals and means of existence, that is the day when we lost all powers of confrontation because according to Iqbal, in near future existence and survival will rest only with those who has got strongest of belief and concept of living. I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon. How the intrigues of enemies got success by dumping his whole ideology and vision for Muslim life is appalling. The false eulogy of real Scholar has cost us heavily by bestowing grave losses in our lap. His philosophy has made access to only few people and to a main extent his predictions about future political drama which is present in his prose as well as poetry has been concealed in a well manner. Arise, and soar with the sun’s new-born rays, To breathe new life into dying nights and days. Although, it’s too hard to at once turn everything upside down and made it in accordance to his idea. But, still an endeavor to reveal his proposals about the true Muslim state can help in lifting up covers from the all- influencing humanitarian approach of this man. Although Iqbal has a significant position for our national identity and his message is invaluable for the nation. There are not many circles in Karachi for the study and analysis of his work. As in Lahore, Iqbal Academy of Pakistan is doing great job regarding this. Iqbal Sciences is bringing this opportunity to the ground of reality. It is for the exploration of the layers of Iqbal’s texts and to spread his words of wisdom for the solution and support of the nation. Its sessions will consist upon Workshop based lecture and activities, Discussion and Q/A sessions, Availability of books for purchase at special discounts and Audio-visual series. It’s all starting up with the hope of betterment of nation as a human being, citizen, student and responsible professional. —————————————–

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US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats

April 7, 2009

By Barbara Crossette

April 05, 2009 “The Nation” March 31, 2009 — -In the wake of the accusation by Chas Freeman that his nomination to lead the National Intelligence Council was derailed by an “Israeli lobby,” a forthcoming memoir by another distinguished ambassador adds stunning new charges to the debate. The ambassador, John Gunther Dean, writes that over the years he not only came under pressure from pro-Israeli groups and officials in Washington but also was the target of an Israeli-inspired assassination attempt in 1980 in Lebanon, where he had opened links to the Palestine Liberation Organization. 

Dean’s suspicions that Israeli agents may have also been involved in the mysterious plane crash in 1988 that killed Pakistan’s president, General Mohammed Zia ul Haq, led finally to a decision in Washington to declare him mentally unfit, which forced his resignation from the foreign service after a thirty-year career. After he left public service, he was rehabilitated by the State Department, given a distinguished service medal and eventually encouraged to write his memoirs. Now 82, Dean sees the subsequent positive attention he has received as proof that the insanity charge (he calls it Stalinist) was phony, a supposition later confirmed by a former head of the department’s medical service.

Dean, whose memoir is titled Danger Zones: A Diplomat’s Fight for America’s Interests, was American ambassador in Lebanon in August 1980 when a three-car convoy carrying him and his family was attacked near Beirut.

“I was the target of an assassination attempt by terrorists using automatic rifles and antitank weapons that had been made in the United States and shipped to Israel,” he wrote. “Weapons financed and given by the United States to Israel were used in an attempt to kill an American diplomat!” After the event, conspiracy theories abounded in the Middle East about who could have planned the attack, and why. Lebanon was a dangerously factionalized country.

The State Department investigated, Dean said, but he was never told what the conclusion was. He wrote that he “worked the telephone for three weeks” and met only official silence in Washington. By then Dean had learned from weapons experts in the United States and Lebanon that the guns and ammunition used in the attack had been given by Israelis to a Christian militia allied with them.

“I know as surely as I know anything that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, was somehow involved in the attack,” Dean wrote, describing how he had been under sharp criticism from Israeli politicians and media for his contacts with Palestinians. “Undoubtedly using a proxy, our ally Israel had tried to kill me.”

Dean’s memoir, to be published in May for the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Memoir Series by New Academia Publishing under its Vellum imprint, has been read and approved for publication by the State Department with only very minor changes, none affecting Dean’s major points. Its underlying theme is that American diplomacy should be pursued in American interests, not those of another country, however friendly. A Jew whose family fled the Holocaust, Dean resented what he saw as an assumption, including by some in Congress, that he would promote Israel’s interests in his ambassadorial work.

Dean, a fluent French speaker who began his long diplomatic career opening American missions in newly independent West African nations in the early 1960s, served later in Vietnam (where he described himself as a “loyal dissenter”) and was ambassador in Cambodia (where he carried out the American flag as the Khmer Rouge advanced), Denmark, Lebanon, Thailand (where Chas Freeman was his deputy) and India. He takes credit for averting bloodshed in Laos in the 1970s by negotiating a coalition government shared by communist and noncommunist parties.

He was sometimes a disputatious diplomat not afraid to contradict superiors, and he often took–and still holds–contrarian views. He always believed, for example, that the United States should have attempted to negotiate with the Khmer Rouge rather than let the country be overrun by their brutal horror.

As ambassador in India in the 1980s he supported then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s policy of seeking some kind of neutral coalition in Afghanistan that would keep the American- and Pakistani-armed mujahedeen from establishing a fundamentalist Islamic state. For several years after the Soviet withdrawal, India continued to back Najibullah, a thuggish communist security chief whom the retreating Soviet troops left behind. After the mujahedeen moved toward Kabul, Najibullah refused a United Nations offer of safe passage to India. He was slaughtered and left hanging on a lamppost.

It was in the midst of this Soviet endgame in Afghanistan that Dean fell afoul of the State Department for the last time. After the death of General Zia in August 1988, in a plane crash that also killed the American ambassador in Pakistan, Arnold Raphel, Dean was told in New Delhi by high-ranking officials that Mossad was a possible instigator of the accident, in which the plane’s pilot and co-pilot were apparently disabled or otherwise lost control. There was also some suspicion that elements of India’s Research and Analysis Wing, its equivalent of the CIA, may have played a part. India and Israel were alarmed by Pakistan’s work on a nuclear weapon–the “Islamic bomb.”

Dean was so concerned about these reports, and the attempt by the State Department to block a full FBI investigation of the crash in Pakistan, that he decided to return to Washington for direct consultations. Instead of the meetings he was promised, he was told his service in India was over. He was sent into virtual house arrest in Switzerland at a home belonging to the family of his French wife, Martine Duphenieux. Six weeks later, he was allowed to return to New Delhi to pack his belongings and return to Washington, where he resigned.

Suddenly his health record was cleared and his security clearance restored. He was presented with the Distinguished Service Award and received a warm letter of praise from Secretary of State George Shultz. “Years later,” he wrote in his memoir, “I learned who had ordered the bogus diagnosis of mental incapacity against me. It was the same man who had so effusively praised me once I was gone–George Shultz.”

Asked in a telephone conversation last week from his home in Paris why Shultz had done this to him, Dean would say only, “He was forced to.” 

About Barbara Crossette

Barbara Crossette, United Nations correspondent for The Nation, is a former New York Times correspondent and bureau chief in Asia and at the UN.

She is the author of So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1995 and in paperback by Random House/Vintage Destinations in 1996, and a collection of travel essays about colonial resort towns that are still attracting visitors more than a century after their creation, The Great Hill Stations of Asia, published by Westview Press in 1998 and in paperback by Basic Books in 1999. In 2000, she wrote a survey of India and Indian-American relations, India: Old Civilization in a New World, for the Foreign Policy Association in New York. She is also the author of India Facing the 21st Century, published by Indiana University Press in 1993.

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Summary of 8th SOIS Session

April 6, 2009

By: Dr. Hena Jawaid henajawaid000@hotmail.com

Although the attendance this time was less than the last time, the session was found to be more interesting than usual. I would like to thank everyone who attended, and those who intended to but couldn’t.

This was the first in the series of four workshops planned for April. This series focuses on revisiting Pakistan in the light of Iqbal’s ideas, and this particular session was an introduction to the history of Pakistan from this perspective.

In the first half we looked at brief descriptions of each of the seven valleys which birds pass through in their journey towards Simorgh (their collective ego and their unseen king) in The Conference of the Birds by Attar: Desire, Love, Knowledge of Mysteries, Detachment, Oneness, Wonderment and Poverty-and-Annihilation.

It was observed that each valley is different – in the fifth, the birds attain absolute unity but at the very entrance into the next, “that unity that had got written on their souls was no more…” This would appear to be retrogression but actually it is a necessary bridge between realizing unity within themselves (sixth valley) and externalizing it (the seventh valley).

In a brief interlude, Mr. Abbas M. Husain, director TDC, explained that the seven valleys are roadmap to any journey of self-development and can be applied equally to an individual as well as a nation (“Your creation and resurrection are like the creation and resurrection of a single soul,” says Verse 28 of Chapter 31 in the Quran).

In the second half of the session the participants concluded that when the history of Pakistan is divided into seven stages on the basis of consensus-seeking moments (explained in several previous sessions), then those stages become identical with the seven valleys of Attar. The conclusion was that even our mistakes were exactly those which were listed in the roadmap: we have been on the right track so far.

In 2007, we entered the seventh valley. What we now need to do is to shed the luggage of the sixth valley and live up to the challenge of the seventh by merging our individual selves into the consensus of the nation.

How to do that? The question will be addressed in the next interactive session on Saturday, April 11 (Please bring more friends with you if you can – but let’s know in advance).

Consensus Literature –Saturday, April 11

 

Art and literature is usually categorized as “high” and “popular”. This workshop introduces a third option: “consensus literature”. How is it different from our common perception of literature, what can we learn about ourselves through it and how far does it go in showing us new options for our future? These are some of the issues which are being addressed here.

 “Iqbal Academy Pakistan is offering a series of weekly workshops about the basic ideas of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and related subjects. Participation is free for the month of April, but due to limited space, please register yourself in advance and be there in time.” (seats will be given on a “first come first” basis).

Resource Person:
Khurram Ali Shafique, author of The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality

Venue: Teachers’ Development Center, 129-G, P.E.C.H. Society, Block 2, Karachi. Phone: (021)4392949

Timings (for all workshops): 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Contact for further information: Dr. Hena Jawaid henajawaid000@hotmail.com

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Reinforcing the status-co

April 6, 2009

By: Majid Mahmood

majid.majoom[at]gmail.com

Published at https://pakmission.wordpress.com/

 


Consider a fifth grader studying mechanical engineering under the banner of a science subject. The only possible rational solution would be to remove the course and follow the simple outline of science subject that a 5th grader could understand, but instead administration of school decides to remove the current teacher and replaces him with a new one while continuing the previous course. This is what exactly happened in Pakistan on 16th of March 2009 when the government decided to reinstate the deposed judges including chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudry. So was it a real change that could turn the fortunes of Pakistan or merely just another illusion yet again for the people of Pakistan?? The latter seems to be very true.

Under the current emotional storm any man having a certain degree of rationality and commonsense could easily judge that current so called revolution is nothing but the reappointment of judges that were toppled by Pervaiz Musharraf and in no way correlate to the solution of grave problems Pakistan is facing today. I would discuss the Political and Intellectual aspects of the myth that is being portrayed by the media tha“”independence of judiciary would solve all the problems of Pakistan””. Politically speaking the state power centers are in a firm grip of two colonialist power Britain and America and it has been since the birth of the state to date. All the regimes regardless of Civilian or military have all been securing the interests of America or Britain while people remain suffering and betrayed.

The fact that current Political setup imposed on Pakistan was very carefully designed by America and Britain is so real that hardly any one could deny. America was preparing a post Musharraf scenario in which the prime interest was to safeguard the so called war on terror and needed the support of a liberal and secular party that could serve them. So by the support of Britain PPP came to power after February 18th “”free and fair elections” and according to the script made a coalition government with PML (N). The subsequent events over a year proved that America continued to support the Zardari regime to date until the dismissal of Shehbaz sharif government in Punjab. Lawyers were already planning a long march for reinstatement of judges while sharif’s dismissal added fuel to the fire.

The extent of open Anglo-American penetration in our affairs was yet again exposed when intense diplomatic efforts began to calm down Zardari and Nawaz sharif because the joint interest of these colonial powers the so called war on terror was at stake and they feared that the attention and resources of the government would be wasted to stop street agitation instead of focusing on “”extremism and terrorism “”. So by their collective efforts they managed to brook yet another deal to solve the judicial and sharif’s dismissal crisis and prime minister announced that all judges would be restored to November 2nd position. Economically Pakistan is being handcuffed to the conditions of IMF and World Bank and of course money doesn’t come for free. There is a grave crisis of energy. Domestically uncertainty prevails and people are at the ultimate level of desperation and hopelessness thanks to ever chanted democracy. We are slaves from inside out

The point I want to emphasize is that the Challenges are grave. The very existence of Pakistan is at stake thanks to war on terror along with the ever collapsed economy. So can a judge solve these ever green problems? The graveness of situation requires the same level of competent leadership having a vision and an ideology to solve the problems of Pakistan. Media and Politicians are playing with the emotions of Pakistani people and what is evident is the complete failure of November 2nd judiciary. This emotional hype created deliberately is yet again the symbol of hypocrisy of politicians and media. Instead of admitting the complete failure of the political system (democracy) and their incompetence they are handing yet another lollypop to the people of Pakistan. Alas!! God help Muslims of Pakistan

Now coming to the intellectual part of the Problem. Can judiciary be independent in this political system and further more can effective justice be delivered to people of Pakistan. The answer is again a legendary “no”. As we can analyze while seeing the democracies around the world that the sovereignty lies with the parliament. So all the institutions have to obey what is being legislated in the parliament including the judiciary .Judiciary would have to manage that what is being legislated is implemented accordingly and punish those who violate the laws. So by this destructive power of legislation which comes from the secular ideology is the basic reason why judiciary cannot be independent e.g. if government is threatened by a certain judgment that it could go against them they have the power to remove that judge and that was precisely the case when the steal mill privatization judgment came and after some time Pervaiz Musharraf using legal ousted him.

Parliament has the power to curtail the powers of judiciary by passing legislation and whenever the government would think of being exposed it would take certain appropriate steps to do so. Draconian laws like NRO and 17th amendments are just two examples of many that how these laws were being legitimized by the parliament and independent judiciary could do nothing about it. It is written in the constitution of Pakistan that President, prime ministers, governors, chief ministers and other government officials at the helm of affairs are not subjected to any accountability while performing their duties. In other words those people who’s every word and actions effects the people who so ever he is are not accountable. So why would people in charge at the helm of affairs be afraid of re instating a harmless judge that could do nothing to make any significant change in the system.

Furthermore there is also a fundamental question that needs to be answered can effective justice be delivered to people of Pakistan. The British panel courts and the pathetic condition of our judiciary further create distrust in this present judicial system. Justice delayed is justice denied. This thing is quite and the reality is so much open and evident that needs no explanation. While justice Iftikhar chaudry was the C.J of Pakistan Supreme Court the common phrase among the masses was “”Allah thane aur Kachehry Kay chaker say bacahayee “”. Judges can be easily bribed to get the judgment of your desire. Furthermore making matters worse a common man cannot the bear the expense of a lawyer let alone leaving aside the fee of Supreme Court lawyers. There are also many types of court like district courts, shariah court, high courts and then supreme courts which are further complicating the matters. Why the justice is not provided in first place. The laws through which judiciary makes decisions are based upon British panel laws which is in fact the biggest torture and injustice as they are extracted by limited human minds.

The only system that could provide real and quick justice is the judicial system of Islam which can only be implemented while implementing all other system of Islam in totality. Quick and effective justice along with giving open punishment in public reduces the crimes literally to zero. It is said that the period between 12th and 16th century of Islamic state recorded only 200 crimes .Such is the effective this system is for humanity. So what needs to be done is not the replacement of a mechanical engineering teacher but to remove the course entirely and replace it with such a course that could be understood by a 5th grader. So we need to replace the current system entirely with practical and tangible system that is of course Islam instead of appointing judges and making face changes. Is any one hearing in the storm of Emotional slogans? Is the rationality prevailing?

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American AF-Pak Policy and Pakistan Options

April 6, 2009

By: Majid Mahmood

majid.majoom[at]gmail.com

https://pakmission.wordpress.com/

Nothing can be more embracing for the people of Pakistan than Obama’s latest statement that there would be no “blank check” for Pakistan. Indeed it is this alliance of secular, libral fringe elements (Pakistan ruling elite) with America that has brings Pakistan at the brink of disaster. With more than 1500 Pakistani troops dead along with economic damage more than 35 billion dollars, displacement of more than half a million people thus becoming refugee in their own country, increasing hatred between army and civilian population, suicide bombings and destruction of social fabric are few of many rewards Pakistan received in so called war on terror.

More heat is yet to come in the aftermath of much touted about Obama’s review of “Af-Pak” region. The outcome is very clear that center point of focus is now the complete destabilization of Pakistan and its armed forces. International campaign has been launched to create an international public opinion that Pakistan is the source of destabilization Afghanistan and so called free world. Special envoy for Af-Pak Richard Holbrook said in an interview You could have a great government in Kabul,” the Afghan capital, Holbrooke said Friday, but “if the current situation in western Pakistan continued, the instability of Afghanistan would continue.” Obama described the country’s border region as “the most dangerous place in the world,” and warned that the United States’ patience was wearing thin after Washington provided more than $12 billion in aid to Islamabad over seven years only to see Al Qaeda remain intactHe further continued that After years of mixed results, we will not and cannot provide a blank check,” Obama said. “Pakistan must demonstrate its commitment to rooting out Al Qaeda and the violent extremists within its borders. And we will insist that action be taken, one way or another, when we have intelligence about high-level terrorist targets.” Another warning came from top adviser to the US Central Command in an interview with Washington Post. David Kilcullen, who advises CENTCOM commander Gen. David H. Petra us on the war on terror, urged US policy makers to focus their attention on Pakistan as a failure there could have devastating consequences for the entire international communityBritish were also toeing the same line all along. Devastating attacks were also made by Key elements of Britain and America on Pakistan army for supporting Taliban elements.

 

So in Pakistan united states would be doing two things one creating a vicious civil war situation more worse than 2007 & 2008 with focus on targeting political centres like Lahore, Islamabad & Peshawar. It has already begun in Lahore as this event came shortly after Obama’s speech. Secondly army would be launching a major offensive in Tribal belt to protect United states & NATO forces in Afghanistan. So U.S would spill war thus expanding the war theatre into Pakistan just like it did in 2007 which was the bloodiest year in Pakistan history. So we would be seeing more suicide bombings in cities than in 2007. Drone attacks would continue but on a faster rate and expansion of targets to balochistan is also expected thus creating major chaos in Pakistan. Government may push army to conduct operations in balochistan like in NWFP. Meanwhile in Afghanistan U.S led forces containing new contingent of 17000 U.S troops would be deployed on key strategic provinces bordering Pakistan to defeat Taliban and prevent their humiliating defeat. Secondly defences of Kabul would be made strong as Taliban control three of the four supply routes to Kabul. This spring may be decisive and would greatly determine the future of South Asia. Cross border commando raids in the pretext of hot pursuit into Pakistan territory cannot be entirely ruled out.

On political front Iran would be a key player in Afghanistan and if the U.S plan of involving Iran succeeds than Pakistan would definitely be dumped. At an international conference on Afghanistan at The Hague, in the Netherlands, the Iranian delegate, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh, responded positively to Barrack Obama’s new strategy for winning the war against the Taliban. Three weeks earlier U.S senate intelligence committee was briefed the fact that non military convoys of NATO were passing through province of Iran bordering Afghanistan. This fact exposes the reality that Anti American stance of Iranian governments is mere a bluff used to fool Muslim ummah. Time will tell exactly the nature of Iranian corporation in Afghanistan as America would have to sell the Iranian led solution to its European allies who are already vary of Iranian nuclear plan. So we shall have to wait. Russia would not be given a big stake in Afghanistan due to obvious reasons. Political reconciliation with “moderate Taliban” doesn’t seem to be successful. Most probably a political government based upon ethnic divisions would be formed which would obviously be overwhelmed by Northern alliance and Iranian influenced elements. Again this government would a definitely be American puppet. Second option might be to keep American stooge Hamid karzai as president while forwarding a candidate as prime minister powerful than president.

 

The bottom line is that situation would be more severe for the Muslims of Afghanistan and Pakistan as America and its European allies are not here to stabilize the region but to create more chaos and suffering in the pretext of freedoms and democracies. The real challenge lies for Pakistan that how can it alter its fate as the time is running out. Problems are grave and require a radical solution, at the same time requirement of visionary ideological leadership which not only drive Pakistan out of the storm but making it the future power of the world. Its time for Pakistan to use its geo-political muscles to oust allied forces from Afghanistan. A fresh starting would be to pull out from war on terror followed by immense and sincere diplomatic moves to build relations with Russia. This would then complicate the matters for U.S who is finding a more resurgent Russia a big problem in central Asia. Russia as well as china is resentful of American colonialist hegemony within the region. However such a policy should be made carefully as one would not want to replace U.S with Russia. Similar efforts should be made to politically isolate America from its allies. Germany and France are already vary of sending more troops to Afghanistan so it provides an opening for Pakistan to negotiate on equal terms thus creating drift in NATO.

One of the most important things that Pakistan has is a strong military equipped with nuclear weapons and a sophisticated delivery system. To make matters worse for U.S Pakistan is located in a very strategic location that is over looking the most important trade route of the world “the straits of harmoz” through Gawader port. The U.S Centcom Head quarter is in Qatar is again in the vicinity of Gawader. All major U.S military bases in Afghanistan are in our range. A country whose economy is on death bed can afford to loose its major bases in Afghanistan and Middle East?? . Pakistan is not a banana republic and needs to understand the immense political potential of its nuclear capabilities. It’s high time to add new direction to our strategic assets towards West Asia (Middle East) rather than only focusing towards India.

Surely if Pakistan makes its independent foreign policy without U.S dictation its has to take into account the fact that Afghanistan and Pakistan are interlinked together and neither of them can be isolated from each other. So new Pakistan made AF-PAK policy should also focus to eradicate the miseries and suffering of our Muslim brothers in Afghanistan and unity of Pakistan and Afghanistan can be made into a reality only through their Common creed or aqeedah that is Islam. The problems of afghan tribal society are same as that were of Arab society 1400 years ago. In that horrifying darkness there came a light that not only organized the Arabs but made them a Super power and that light was transformation of their society on the basis of Islamic aqeedah followed by Islamic system of governance. Massive internal reformation on the basis of Islamic aqeedah and Islamic system that is required in both Pakistan and Afghanistan so that the Af- Pak region could be the leading regions of the world.

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To Defeat India,Understand The Mindset

February 6, 2009

We need to understand that the Indian foreign policy, military and intelligence doctrine work on ‘Chankya’s ideology.’

The synopsis of that ideology is that all of India’s neighbors are its enemies. And all of the neighbors of India’s neighbors are India’s friends. That’s why India has bad relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and even Bhutan. India has always had very good relations with Afghanistan, Iran, and Russia.

Chankya ideology also states clearly that India is the super power of the region (Bharat Mata), and all its neighboring countries are its proxies or satellites. This is from where the rhetoric of regional economic bloc, regional zone and South Asian economic zone originates from.

After the Mumbai attacks India has started exerting tremendous pressure on Pakistani government. Pakistani government on the other hand has shown amazing weakness in dealing with this critical situation. This was the first time in Pakistan that the private Pakistani media countered the Indian media warfare while the state-run media (PTV+APP) were weak. Times of India, The Hindu, and other Indian newspapers had to acknowledge that the Indian media onslaught was ripped apart by Pakistani media. Sadly, as always, Pakistan has lost ground at the diplomatic front. This has been Pakistan’s failure since Tashkent Agreement. This is because of our incompetent and corrupt governments. India has cornered us diplomatically, and is pressurizing us militarily. They enjoy the sympathies of U.S. and the rest of the world.

What are the main objectives of India, Israel, and U.S.?

With regards to Pakistan, these three countries form a nexus. They want to finish off our nuclear program, disband our eyes and ears i.e. the ISI; break Pakistan into three or four smaller parts since it is easier to govern a country with 180 million people if its broken down into smaller pieces, disband our army, make Pakistan a satellite state of India, just like Nepal or Bangladesh.

India is now a strategic ally of U.S. India is moving its troops into Afghanistan, so that it can corner Pakistan from both fronts. U.S. wants Indian troops to support its troops in Afghanistan against Taliban. The intelligence arm of any country is the nation’s first line of defense. It’s the eyes and ears without which any military force can’t function. All western and Indian propaganda against ISI is baseless and ridiculous. All officers of ISI are taken from the armed forces. There can be no political appointee. Whereas the Indian RAW has political appointees. The Hindu fundamentalist government of BJP back in the 1990s inducted political appointees into RAW en masse. If ISI is disbanded Pakistan will become an easy target for Indian military. The important thing to keep in mind for all the Pakistani peaceniks, pacifists, and candle light vigilantes and artists like Sameena Pirzada and others is that the peace process between India and Pakistan only started after Pakistan became a declared nuclear power. That is when India understood that war between two nuclear power countries is no longer an option. That’s when confidence building measures, trade links, cultural exchanges, sports, took place. As long as Pakistan was not a declared nuclear weapon state India maintained a threatening attitude towards Pakistan. Without nuclear weapons I can say confidently that India will leave no chance to annihilate us.

The problem with Western experts on South Asia is that they don’t understand the dynamics of Pakistan-India conflict. The root cause of conflict between Pakistan and India is Kashmir. Without the resolution of this conflict permanent peace between India and Pakistan cannot be achieved. There is peace in Europe today because they have resolved their problems and disputes and all countries treat each other with equal respect. Not to forget that two brutal world wars were fought in Europe that completely devastated Europe. After such devastation Europe got together and realized that mutual peace is must for coexistence. Peace between two countries can only be on equal terms. The U.S and Soviet Union were able to co-exist because both had nuclear weapons. If Pakistan is destabilized then it’s not possible that India will remain intact and enjoy exponential growth rates.

When experts come on TV and say that extremists on both sides don’t want peace, this is utter rubbish. Only extremists in India don’t want peace with Pakistan! Why? Because in order for Pakistan and India to have lasting peace, Kashmir dispute must be resolved according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Does anyone in Pakistan not want resolution of Kashmir dispute? No. Is there anyone in India who doesn’t want resolution of Kashmir? Yes, their military establishment, their foreign policy establishment, BJP led extremist parties, and a majority of the Indian people. Why do they not want the resolution of Kashmir dispute? Firstly, they call it their internal issue and say it is our ‘Atut Ang’ [integral part]. Secondly, there are so many independence movements going on inside India that they can’t afford setting an example of Kashmiri independence. Recall that India functions on Bharat Mata ideology and they will never give up Kashmir. Everyone in Pakistan is ready to resolve the Kashmir dispute so it’s baseless to say that hawkish elements in Pakistan do not want good relations with India. RSS, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and even members of BJP have openly said again and again that Pakistan must be destroyed. These are not just small groups; these parties have formed governments in India.

Writer is a Communications Engineer, and independent analyst based in Karachi, Pakistan.

This article was origanly published at http://www.AhmedQuraishi.com on 23 December.

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Pakistan’s Present and Future War

January 8, 2009

January 7, 2009

Published @ PakistankaKhudaHafiz

The writer is a retired brigadier of the Pakistani army. Email: nicco1988@hotmail.com

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India’s quest for security and response to perceived external threats is shaped and complicated by its past. India desires to exist as a great power with a capability of bullying its neighbours and turning them into vassal states. Pakistan has been the major impediment towards India’s quest for great-power status. Wary of the freedom struggle in Kashmir, an exaggerated threat of Islamic militants and fear of another Two Nation Theory from within, Indian strategists have been toying with the idea of using a small but lethal rapid-reaction force for a limited duration inside Pakistan. However, India cannot accomplish what it has failed to do in the past six decades, unless the breeze blows in its favour.

By Samson Simon Sharaf
Saturday, January 03, 2009

India has carried out a revaluation of its strategic options with Pakistan, and the coming years could witness an all-out strategy of coercion by it, a strategy so effectively applied by Israel in the Middle East. India’s biggest advantage in conceptual and technical military cooperation with Israel lies in the fact that its technology is largely indigenous and facilitates material transfer with no end-user problems. Pakistan is already engaged in a war of attrition and the future will be a serious test of its strategy of defiance and ability to ride out the crises as a cohesive nation state.

India’s quest for security and response to perceived external threats is shaped and complicated by its past. India desires to exist as a great power with a capability of bullying its neighbours and turning them into vassal states. Pakistan has been the major impediment towards this India’s quest for great-power status. Wary of the freedom struggle in Kashmir, an exaggerated threat of Islamic militants and fear of another Two Nation Theory from within, Indian strategists have been toying with the idea of using a small but lethal rapid-reaction force for a limited duration inside Pakistan. However, India cannot accomplish what it has failed to do in the past six decades, unless the breeze blows in its favour.

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Geopolitical Diary: Pakistan’s Nuclear Option

December 31, 2008

December 30, 2008 | Stratfor

It has now been more than a month since the Nov. 26 Mumbai attacks, and India has not responded militarily in Pakistan. Some war preparations have been made and New Delhi has by no means taken the military operation off the table, but the crisis, for now, has hit a temporary lull. In a recent unscheduled conversation between Indian Director-General of Military Operations Lt. Gen. A. S. Sekhon and his Pakistani counterpart Maj. Gen. Javed Iqbal over the crisis hotline between New Delhi and Islamabad, Iqbal may well have overtly reminded Sekhon of Pakistan’s longstanding nuclear first-use policy. India may have consequently taken a step back to re-evaluate its options and the consequences of direct military intervention in Pakistan.

Two nuclear-armed foes adhering to a no-first-use policy are unlikely to have a nuclear exchange, because both have pledged not to escalate before the other. In first-use, one or both adversaries deliberately hold their nuclear weapons out as a deterrent to various forms of aggression or when the conventional dynamics are unfavorable to them. Like NATO in Europe during the Cold War, Pakistan is simply incapable of quantitatively matching Indian demographics and conventional military forces (challenges only compounded by Islamabad’s qualitative and technological disadvantages in relation to India). Nuclear weapons are Pakistan’s ace in the hole, and consequently Islamabad maintains an overt first-use policy, just as the United States and NATO never ruled out first-use.

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SU-30’s Cobra Maneuvers – A Treat for PAF Shaheen

December 29, 2008

By: Qasim Al-Yaldram
Published @ https://pakmission.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/su-30s-cobra-maneuvers-a-treat-for-paf-shaheen/

The disparity between the IAF and PAF has always been in numbers ,since there inceptions. But the technological edge, as most people
know, have always been PAF Shaheen’s school of specialism. In 1965, PAF fighter pilot was interviewed upon which he said “They are falling like birds.” For detail view click the following http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFHlzP69n9c. That was the state of readiness our PAF has ever been since.
India has been trying hard to cover the vacuum that PAF Shaheen legacy makers left. And to some extent they have been quite successful in acquiring the Mirage2000s (French) and recently Russian state of the art roll out SU-30 MKI. The aircraft has impressed many airforces around the globe including, Indonesia, Malaysia, Venezuela, China and India in particular. Recently, Indian Airforce has been able to couple SU-30MKI aircrafts with there own indigenously developed and Israeli acquired avionics, making it a lethal fighter plane then ever before.

However, the game is not over yet!!! The will to remain intact in the
war, only decides a ‘Victor’. SU-30MKI is equipped with some most
advance Actice ESA RADAR system Phazotron, which can track upto 15 air targets including cruise missiles and helicopters.  SU-30MKI can perform complex air combat maneuvers like Pugachev’s Cobra, Cobra Turns and Kulbits. And above all, the best part of the parcel is, SU-30MKI has Thrust Vectoring capability which may seem, flawless.

Even said and agreed with the technological beauty of this plane. Yet, war is not all about technology and numerical disparity. It is the way how good, one can exploit the weakness of its adversary. SU-30MKI was designed for air superiority missions including air interception and ground attack capabilities. Its air maneuverability is improved by installing canards in the front. Yet it remains a heavy plane when in the air. Thrust vector may sound amazing, but the fact is, the true potential of thrust vectoring capability during a dogfight still remain a question of doubt as of today.

The thrust vectoring in SU-30MKI forms an introverted V shaped thrust, which does not pitch the aircraft as needed, in certain air combat maneuvers e.g. doing scissor. And very unlike in F-22 Raptor which has two dimensional pitched thrust. Therefore, when the thrust vectoring is implied, it creates massive drag for such iron mass in the air, consequently, SU-30MKI is unable to sustain its height instead, it starts sinking down. And before, SU-30MKI has completed its Cobra maneuver, the pilot may be looking for ejection button, as dozen of bullets have already been drilled in to its plane by an adversary.

SU-30MKI aircraft implies two Saturn Al-31FP turbofans, which gives
good thrust to the aircraft. Yet, the quality of these engines due to
Russian origin still remain highly susceptible as compare to RD-93
(Advance version of Russian RD-33), Pratt & Whitney or even Rolls
Royce. In case of any disruption of the engines, Indians Airforce has
no other choice but to send the engines back to Russia to be fixed,
rather repairing them at home.

The ability of any aircraft, is exhibited as soon as it can be
airborne in real time situation. SU-3MKI needs one minute spacing to
take-off. Where as PAF Shaheen has been able to reduce the airborne
time of A-5 aircrafts to less then one minute, which are considered to
be oldest aircrafts serving today. One minute spacing means, a window
of time span for PAF Shaheen to attack and destroy the rest of the
SU-30MKI planes getting ready for taxi.

Last but not the least, the man behind the weapon really matters. In
some of the recent air exercises held by Indian and US Airforces
together like Red Flag 2008. It was found that pilots of SU-30MKIs had less then 100 flying hours, altogether. Whereas PAF Shaheen are far more superior in terms of flying hours and quality of awareness towards the practicality of technology during the war. However, its not far when SU-30MKI pilots would enhance there flying hours, excavate the true potential of this aircraft and use it for there
advantage.

The world is undergoing global force-repositioning phase, where every
strong nation is getting ready for offensive. It is imperative that
air war doctrine of PAF Shaheen should be revised and should put on
offensive footing rather then ground support and air interception
missions. PAF Shaheen are second to none even now. But much more work has yet to be done by fast forwarding the JF-17 induction and J-10
procurements. PAF Shaheen has to re-establish there objectivity in
terms of Pakistan’s vision of calling itself “FORT OF ISLAM”.  PAF
Shaheen has to think out of geographic boundaries and have to start
working on air superiority and surgical strikes mission in India and
in middle eastern fronts.

Pakistan ka matlub kia La illaha lllAllah!!!

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How Much More Disgrace You Want, Mr. Adnan Sami Khan?

December 19, 2008

Letter to Mr. Adnan Sami Khan, the young Pakistani singer who, in a fit of rage, left Pakistan and traveled to India, settled there, and turned his back on his homeland and his people. Today, he learns the hard way the value of the motherland.

Dear Mr. Adnan Sami Khan,

I am your fellow citizen from Pakistan, writing you to ask you:

Adnan, trust me, you don't even look Indian!Adnan, trust me, you don’t even look Indian!

How much more disgrace you are going earn from your so-called friends in “India”. You have made your singing career in India, every one admired you but when it came to filing a case for nationality in India, they reminded you that you are a Pakistani and treated you the way they treat their suppressed class known as the untouchables.


Now in your very words, your friend Jagjit Singh has dumped you. How much more you’ll disgrace your legacy, your heritage and your green identity?


Therefore, I, being Pakistani fellow citizen, invite you to come back and start afresh in your own country. Allah will help you in making your way up. The amount of respect you’ll earn by working for your green passport and green flag will be enormous.

The time is right. We welcome you back home to Pakistan. That’s why we call Pakistan “Home”. Home is the place where one can be at peace like nowhere else.


Below is the news report that provoked to write this letter and offer a piece of advice to you to come back home, to
Pakistan.

Adnan Sami can’t sing: Jagjit Singh
http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=62618

MUMBAI: Singer Adnan Sami refuses to believe that Indian ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh criticised him by saying “he can’t sing and should go back to Pakistan”.

“I can’t believe Jagjit would talk like this about me. He’s always been so sweet to me. I’m his biggest fan. And why would he say I came to India to become an actor?

“When I came here, I weighed three times more than what I am. And why would he accuse me of sending my money to Pakistan? I earn and pay taxes in Mumbai, I can show you my PAN card,” said Adnan.

Singh, who openly acknowledges Mehdi Hassan as his main inspiration, told a website in an interview that Adnan can’t sing and should go back home.

Jagjit Singh was quoted as saying, “He (Adnan) became a singer by mistake. He had come here to become an actor and by mistake he became a singer. He can’t even sing. People like him should be sent back to work there (Pakistan) because they make money in India and send it to Pakistan.”
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Best Regards,

Kazem Al Yaldram
PakMission

Mission.pak AT gmail.com

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Awaiting the Time-Bomb

August 22, 2010

By:
Qasim Butt
IT Professional & Ex-Scholar NDU

The geo-politics of the world is dynamic, while we Pakistanis tend to slay back and browse around the television channels and watch more of the fun happening during ramazan.Yet more corruption takes birth with in us, every passing day.

The so-called strategists at the helm of affairs are almost numb at this point of time, when every passing week something is happening which is adding to further humiliation at the cost of compromising our prestige. Lest, fitna and qitaal is dearly taking place with in our communities around the state. The geo-politics of the country is deteriorating with every passing moment yet we stand tall being Pakistanis and our distracted scoped youth compete with extra amount of zeal singing songs under the caption of “Azme Alishaan”. Unfortunate and pity it may seem, Pakistanis with ‘Azm’ of such ‘Alishaan’, two young teenage muslim brothers brutally baton charged to death and hanged upside down, in the month of ramazan in Gujrat Riots (2002) look-like.

Allah has made Quran easy to understand for us, only if we strive and make intentions. Quran provides examples helping us to interpret our surroundings. So that we may be able to grasp the ultimate wisdom and apply in our lives individually and as a society. However, with absence of such knowledge and no adherence of law of any kind either divine or man made, it is clear that any nation of any cast or creed is bound to be amongst ultimate disgruntles. Especially those will be amongst zaalimoons if they forgo the teachings of Quran and Sunnah intentionally.

The history tells us that Israelis had a super state around 3000 thousand years ago. And that super state had reached to the extend of proclaiming itself a divine state to rule the nations of world. As a matter of fact, Jews had rightly declared there state as divine state, because Allah blessed there state with Prophets(A.S) as there kings to lead them with pride in this world. Prophet Daud(A.S) and his son Prophet Suleman (A.S) were Just and most powerful kings bani israel had ever seen. The star of david and temple of solomon are the means of cherishing the golden history for bani Israel. They(A.S) were blessed by Allah to rule upon physical(nations,tribes, lands, wind, water, animals,ants, birds etc.) and meta-physical(jinn, spirits etc.) beings in there reign. Yet as Bani Israel indulged in moral and religious corruption, Allah first divided the divine super state into three states and eventually annihilating them completely the hordes of Roman Empire.

The purpose of bringing back the events from the pages of history is to teach people to mend and rectify ways of living. For,everything that exists or ever existed goes back to Him alone as He is the UItimate sustainer of this universe. The sanctity of any individual , family, society, community or nation is bound to be destroyed by the ultimate mechanism set in motion by Allah Alone, in case committing of corruption. The destruction of any nation is in there own hands. And here we may positively say that Pakistanis have activated the self destructive mechanism of Allah by themselves, which executes in step by step processes. Many people consider Pakistan as sacred land yet they forgo the notion of implying the sanctity of “Haakimiyet of Allah” in the land and upon the people. And it is this very fact that they turn a blind eye and fail to understand why such natural and geo-political disasters are befalling upon this nation one after the other. Because they fail to hangon to the idea that to Allah belongs everything that existed, exists or will ever come into existence. And they also fail to perceive the fact that if we do not mend our ways Allah has no compulsion of transferring the military and political power to another Muslim nation who could really take on the challenges of today.

The events of social corruption has been countless with consequently occurring geo-political disasters since year 2001. Pakistani nation had profoundly paid dearly in various means of socio-economic-political-military embarrassments over and over again, by committing betrayal to its Muslim neighbours(Iran and Afghanistan), backing off from the basic freedom right support to Kashmiri people, loosing the trust of all weather friend China plus Saudi Arabia and trading there own muslim people for peanuts in the name of ‘war on terrorism’.

The torturous murder of two muslim brothers blown up by the media this ramazan is rightful. It is blood boiling and heart breaking. The two young brothers were mercilessly being beaten to death while people stand for sight seeing. What more Allah’s wrath could be upon the people of this nation, that they stand silent of such corruption taking place. It is high time to realize for all the people in the helm of affairs, to bring all individuals to justice as per Shairiah, those involved in direct and indirect killing of two young teenage muslim brothers and make out an example of merciless mob, to follow for the rest of nation. Like mentioned above, the brutal torture resulting in the killing of these two young muslim brothers should be eye-opening for Pakistanis, to benchmark themselves with Hindu mobs of Gujrat Riots of 2002. Where, hindu mobs rapped muslim women, ripped open the wombs of pregnant muslim women and burnt the muslim families alive while there bodies were dragged in the streets. Pity it may seem, hence there appear to be no gap between the hindu mobs of Gujrat(2002) and merciless so-called muslim mobs of Sialkot(2010).

The two young muslim brothers from Sialkot have in deed attained shahadat in the month of ramazan. And there Shahadat is major milestone in our journey towards the national moral & religious corruption. It should be wakeful for us as individuals and as nation to start reverting back to our deen and work for the establishment of haakimiyet of Allah. Take charge of our national interests in mature manner and bring the tool of foreign policy in proactive motion to fight the current challenges of geo-politics and bring back the peace in our region. OR Before, we are invaded and dishonoured in similar fashion as happened in the past. The time bomb is ticking, and its not far, better revert today and undo the damages that we have done before its too late. Where as , its already late.

May Allah bless the young souls of two teenage muslim brothers amin.

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Invitation to Join the cause of Noble

October 2, 2009

Dear All,

Aoa,

We invite you to join the group of Syed Adnan Subzwari at Facebook. Hes working on alternate source of producing cheap electricity for sake of removing the energy crisis for Pakistani nation. More we join more we create awareness. We need to spread the word and market it by any possible means. Mr. Adnan is also working animated science project and animated movie for Quaid-e-Azam.

We ask you to please join the community at the Facebook and promote his cause. His blog is http://syedsubz.blogspot.com/ We are looking for moral and financial support from around but that will be done inshAllah transparently.

We are counting on you please join us and spread it!!

Thanks, regards

Your brother in Islam and Pakistan,
Syed Adnan Subzwari
Mission Pakistan