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Are Many TV Anchors and Journalists in Pakistani Media Corrupt

By Akhtar Malik

21 July 2013

imagesThe news are in circulation that many of our media persons are on the payroll of foreign powers. They have been tasked to tarnish the image of Pakistan Army and negate the ideology of Pakistan.

There can be no written proof of such payments to these journalists which are aimed at purchasing their conscious. One has to see their actions and listen to their words very critically. These people are so subtle in their way of action that a common person may not notice any abnormality in their conduct. One has to read in between the lines to get the truth. The way they target our national interests and embarrass our patriotic ambitions is really “Fantastic”. American President Obama had declared in public that the US government has kept $ 400 million for Pakistani media. It is absurd to think that this amount will be paid to anchors / journalist who are promoting ideology of Pakistan and Islam.

It may take years for someone to understand the methodology of the paid and sold out media persons. They will never come out openly against our national interest because if they do so they will be exposed and neutralized. So far no action has been taken against these people in Pakistan. There are two main reasons for this. One, that so far we have been ruled by people who are themselves slaves of foreign powers, so they will not harm the interests of their masters. Two, our internal accountability system, like judiciary, is not geared to dispense justice in the national interest. When our Chief Justice sets free the terrorist guilty of carrying out lethal attack on GHQ, on the plea that ‘the evidence against the terrorists was gathered by the investigators and did not come to us from impartial sources’, how can someone  expect him that he will punish traitors in media? Supreme Court is not ready to even make public the Media Commission Report that contains lot of material against corrupt media. The national institutions like ISI have lot of information on these people. But these institutions may be reluctant to take this issue in the courts for the reasons as mentioned above.

The best remedy available so far is the social media and public pressure / protest against such traitors in our media. Once these criminals are exposed properly they will lose their moral ground to operate against the national interests of Pakistan.

the writer can be reached at akhterhayatmalik@yahoo.com

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Remembering the Martyrs of Pakistan Army in Siachen Glacier

Martyrs Never Die

The martyrs were from Karachi and interior Sindh, from Punjab, Balochistan, Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They were in Siachen not to secure a plot or a seat in parliament. They came to serve the motherland. God and all Pakistanis should look after their children.

By ADNAN GILL | Wednesday | 11 April 2012 | The News International
PakNationalists.net

pak-defence-blog-by-mubashir-taqi-1“ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—One hundred and thirty-nine brave Pakistanis, 124 of whom were members of the Pakistani army, lie buried under 80 feet of snow on the Siachen Glacier after an avalanche crashed down on a battalion headquarters at Gyari near Skardu on Saturday. The massive avalanche which hit before dawn while the victims were sleeping was 1,000 meters long and 25 meters wide.

On Sunday military spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said it was not clear whether any of the victims were still alive. As these lines are written, hopes are rapidly fading, as not a single survivor or body has been dug out from the snow. Funeral prayers have already been offered in Pakistan for the victims of the tragedy.

Pakistanis should not think of them as dead but as living, because they laid down their lives for the motherland. God has instructed us to remember such people as martyrs, and martyrs never die. The martyrs of Siachen are going to be in good company in heaven, with all the heroes who laid down their lives in defense of our frontiers.

The people of Pakistan should not let the tragedy lower their morale. The morale of Pakistani officers and men is as high as ever. As Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff, said in a statement in reaction to the incident, that the tragedy “in no way should affect the morale of the troops defending the motherland at the highest battlefield.”

Gen Kayani, who visited the site on Sunday to personally supervise the rescue effort, gave the assurance that the army and the air force had mobilized all available resources for the operation. In his instructions to local commanders, he asked them to “utilize all available resources” and “leave no stone unturned” in their efforts to find those buried under the snow.

Indeed the Pakistani army did not leave any stone unturned. The valiant members of the search and rescue teams, who joined the effort defying tremendous difficulties including the freezing cold and the fierce wind, used sniffer dogs and specialized heavy machinery for digging. More than 200 army personnel pressed ahead although extreme weather conditions had worsened by fresh heavy snowfall. Even daytime temperatures plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius.

The Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram Mountain Range is the world’s highest battleground at more than 20,000 feet, where Pakistani and Indian soldiers are facing each other since 1984. The terrain is extremely inhospitable and the temperatures can plunge as low as minus 150 degrees C. More soldiers die from cold and bad weather, blizzards and the icy winds than in fighting. There has not been much fighting since Pakistan and India declared a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Siachen Glacier is.

There is no ethnic distinction between these martyrs. Among them are Punjabis, Pathans, Baloch, Sindhis and Urdu-speaking Pakistanis. They laid down their lives to enable us to return to our children and our families in the safety of our homes all over Pakistan. These 139 martyrs did everything to make sure that Pakistan’s borders are secure and the citizens of the country continue to live in honor, dignity and freedom.

None of the individual among the martyrs lost his life arrived on the Siachen Glacier to secure a piece of agricultural land or a residential, or a seat in parliament in the future. But who will look after the martyrs’ family and children? God and Pakistanis from all walks of life who have a desire to serve the motherland.

The dedication of the martyrs of the Siachen Tragedy will be a source of inspiration for generations of Pakistanis to come.”

This op-ed appeared in The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper.

Is It True That Muslims Are Their Own Worst Enemies

What kind of holy war is this that drives people to turn on fellow believers and what divine goals do these holy warriors hope to achieve?

By AIJAZ ZAKA SYED

Sunday 23 June 2013

Last Update 23 June 2013 3:23 am

“Some of my Pakistani friends had been offended when some time ago in an emotional piece I had the temerity to suggest that some of the greatest crimes against Islam and its followers have been committed in the land that was earned in the name of the faith. It was a situation of, in Parveen Shakir’s words, “Baat toe sach hai magar baat hai ruswai ki” (although this is the truth, it’s not good for our reputation).

Friday’s attack on a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, killing at least 15 people, is the third major suicide bombing in the country in the past six days. With these terror strikes in Pakistan last week, more senseless, totally absurd atrocities have been added to the long roll of crimes perpetrated in the name of Islam against the Muslims by fellow Muslims.

On June 18, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a funeral in Mardan in northwestern Pakistan. A member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly was among 35 people killed in the deadly blast.

On June 16, at least 25 people, including 14 female university students, four nurses, a medical officer and the deputy commissioner of Quetta, were killed when a bomb tore through a bus, followed by a suicide attack and a bloody gun battle in the Bolan Medical College hospital, where the injured students were taken for treatment. The authorities reveal that the first attack targeting the students of the region’s only all-women university was carried out by a female suicide bomber and has proudly been claimed by the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi,.

The Quetta terror strike was apparently aimed at strengthening the hands of Pakistan’s new leader, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has gone against the established traditions to confront the United States and his own army, warning in no uncertain terms that the dance of death in Pakistan’s skies must end.

With all those Lashkars, Jaishes and defenders of faith though, Pakistan hardly needs the services of Uncle Sam or assorted Indian and Zionist conspirators and saboteurs. Of course, this isn’t the first such attack and, rest assured, it will not be the last one. This conflict has already claimed more than 48,000 lives in the past few years, suggests a report by South Asia Terrorism Portal and Institute for Conflict Management.

In the past few years Pakistan has witnessed so much of mindless violence and splurging of innocent blood in its streets, mosques, schools and hospitals that the issue now evokes little more than helpless resignation and revulsion. After a point, death becomes a dull, daily routine and lost lives mere statistics.

But indifference and aversion cannot wish away this menace, this deep sickness that has crept into Muslim lands in the past few years. Convenient and convoluted interpretations and spin cannot treat this deadly disease.

What sort of people send a young woman to blow herself up with other totally innocent, unsuspecting fellow women on the way to college with stars and dreams in their eyes? What kind of religion do they believe in and where and how they came up with this morbid, sick interpretation of the faith? No religion sanctions killing of innocent people, especially women and children, least of all Islam. The faith I know and believe in along with more than 1.6 billion people sternly warns its followers against targeting of innocents including animals and plants even during a conflict.

What kind of holy war is this that drives people to turn on fellow believers and what divine goals do these holy warriors hope to achieve? Do they really think God will reward them for snuffing out the beautiful lives that He created? Would He shower His blessings on them for spilling the blood and guts of His children in the prime of life? Can there be a greater atrocity and outrage against the faith that so many believers led by the Prophet himself, peace be upon him, sacrificed so much to spread and strengthen?

Islam was sent down as a blessing for the whole of humanity, demolishing all false distinctions of birth, color, gender and social status. Who would have thought that Muslims would be killed for believing in it by fellow Muslims? According to a much quoted Hadith, the Prophet is said to have warned of a period when his followers notwithstanding their extraordinary numbers would find themselves under siege everywhere. Who would have known that the Muslims would end up their own worst enemies and of their own kind?

And this isn’t a problem that is confined to Pakistan. From the killing fields of Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to the battlefronts of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, it is the same sickening story of the faithful being slaughtered at the hands of fellow travelers.

Groups like Al-Qaeda and Tahreek-e-Taleban that seemingly came into being to avenge the Western crimes and injustices against the faithful have killed more of their own people — an infinite number more — than their intended enemy. Indeed, more believers have died at the hands of their brethren than all the recent Western wars put together may have.

Remember the decade-long disastrous war between Iran and Iraq at the turn of the last century? Millions perished in the pointless clash, not to mention the mutual destruction of the two oil-producing nations under the benign gaze of the West and the rest. In Syria, what began as a people’s uprising against the long night of the Bathist tyranny has turned into a bitter, endless civil war claiming nearly 100,000 lives.

Clearly, we have a serious problem in our midst and the sooner we confronted it the better for everyone. We can go on deluding ourselves that all is well and that this is all part of a grand conspiracy to malign Islam and Muslims and do nothing. We can stand and stare while the world around us unravels and more and more impressionable minds are claimed by violent extremism with fingers inevitably being pointed at our faith.

Alternately, we could start fighting back confronting the dark forces in our midst. The enemy within now threatens our very identity and the sweet name of the faith that continues to conquer hearts and minds against all odds. This is the only way forward if we believe in Islam’s humane teachings and care for the future of our succeeding generations.

This is not a tiny fringe that we confront anymore. What we are staring at is an extraordinary ideological and existential challenge, the kind Muslim societies have never encountered in their eventful history. This calls for an equally extraordinary response from governments, Muslim scholars, intellectuals and everyone who is concerned over this mayhem and murder in our name. Mere condemnations and denouncements from the pulpit will not do. It is time for more effective measures to fight the scourge and present the real face and spirit of Islam — not just before the world but for the sake of our own. This is the real jihad right now”.

Aijaz Z. Syed is a Gulf based commentator. Email: aijaz.syed@hotmail.com

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Pro-Pakistan Baloch Militia Re-claimed Mustung from the Rival BLA

Posted by Indus Press on Jun 25, 2013
993516_10200617690182311_688595864_nMustung, Baluchistan, June 24: Locals witnessed heavy clashes between the two rival groups where the Baloch Musalah Defah Tanzeem (BMDT) a pro Pakistan militia led by Haibatan Mengal cleaned the district Mustung from Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and hoisted the national flag right in front of the ‘Farrari camp’ used by BLA militants,on Monday, signalling the wipe-out of militants from their stronghold.
A statement issued by Haibatan Mengal the commander of B.M.D.T group said that the district Mustung was cleaned from anti-Pakistan elements after a successful ambush by the BMDT.
“We announce the patriotic people of Baluchistan that the task of cleansing Mustung district from terrorists has been successfully completed which was once occupied by Foreign funded criminal group.  We Muslims shall never allow anyone to work against the unity of Pakistan in the name of freedom, we warn terrorists to immediately stop their activities as they are not supported by patriotic Baloch people,” said the statement.
Some 43 terrorists from BLA clan have been reportedly killed in the clash including the 2 local commanders of BLA Babo Baloch and Qadir Baloch.

What Position Should Imran Khan Take on War On Terror Now

By Akhtar Malik
27 June 2013
US-Drone-attacks-on-PakistanThe factor of ‘coming out of war of America’ is vital and very basic condition, but it is not the only factor contributing to terrorism in our country. There are factors like religious extremism, foreign funding to our banned outfits, harboring of out terrorists by international players, politicization of police/investigative institutions and a very poor/outdated/time consuming judicial system which are seriously hampering our efforts to eliminate terrorism. PTI will have to address all these factors in order to achieve success in this field.
Should we abandon the ‘rhetoric’ of coming out of war of America? Partially yes and partially no. It may be noted that Obama had declared last year on the eve of his election as President that ‘the decade of war on terror has come to an end’. Pakistan should have been shrewd enough to declare an end to this war also, but we didn’t. Now the situation is; America is preparing to pull out from Afghanistan and is all set to negotiate with Taliban, who were so far being considered as arch enemies. Pakistan has not yet been able to decide whether to have dialogue or not and if yes, then with whom? Is TTP ready for dialogue? Is TTP the only outfit to have dialogue with, and what about other organizations like Lashkar e Jhangvi, who are equally responsible to play havoc with our lives? How and where the dialogue will take place? What will be agenda? And most important factor- what will be course of action left for Pakistan in case the dialogue fails? The question of stopping the NATO supply is also meaningless at this stage.
Another aspect which most of the analysts tend to overlook is the possibility of continuation of drone attacks even beyond 2014! The US will be leaving a skeleton force in Afghanistan on the plea of training etc and the same is true for the presence / operation of CIA agent like Black-water, in Pakistan. So if the Pakistan govt doesn’t formally announce a farewell to ‘American war’ within next one year, I am afraid that drone attacks will continue as usual even after the exit of US / NATO forces.
The composition of future govt in Afghanistan is very important for us because all our efforts to control terrorism will hinge on that govt. The new, future Afghan govt must cooperate with us in terms of cutting off all kind of support to terrorist groups, failing which we will not see any peace and prosperity in Pakistan. We should also reciprocate in similar manner by disarming all sorts of militant groups, whatsoever their missions and names may be, as violence always begets violence and we have already paid heavily for this mistake. The only institutions to carry arms should be the armed forces and law enforcing agencies.
Imran Khan may be advised / briefed on above lines who should demand, as an opposition leader, similar actions from PML-N govt.

THE SUICIDE BOMBERS AND SECURITY OF ‘NAMAZ E JANAZA’

By Akhtar Malik

19 June 2013

179121_29651116Yesterday a very tragic incident took place in Mardan KPK, where 29 people have been killed and over 60 wounded in a suicide bomb blast. A PTI MPA Imran Mohmand was also one among the killed. The suicide bomber blew himself in Namaz e Janaza of a petrol pump owner who was murdered a day ago.

This is not the first incident of its kind. The terrorists have targeted a large number of funeral processions/ namaz e janaza in the past, particularly in KPK andTribal areas. As a matter of fact any kind of gathering like Jumma paryers, Eid prayers, funeral processions, namaz e janaza and peace jirga have always been a lucrative and easy target for a suicide bomber. A bomb explosion in such places invariably results in colossal loss of innocent lives.

It is agreed that stopping a suicide bomber is a very difficult task- almost next to impossible. But with little care and effort the damage can be minimized. Though you cannot stop the bomber from operating his explosive device but you can force him to blow himself up away from the intended target, thus minimizing the damage.

It is pity that through a decade of suicide bombings, our people have not been able to adapt to this lethal threat. Though the local security arrangements are made in Masjids for Jumma or Eid prayers, Namaz e Janaza is generally left open for any intruder to join and blast himself. The issue concerns the community equally as it concerns the government. The community should develop a sense of self security and take all measures as are applicable.

The huge gatherings like peace jirgas, should be avoided as far as possible. When unavoidable these should be staggered and kept small.

Namaz e Janaza is always a planned activity. The time and place is announced beforehand. It should be handled like any public meeting or ‘Jalsa’. The coordinators should therefore control the entry of people through specified gates, where the guards should physically check all the persons.

I hope KPK government in particular and public in general will learn to live with this menace by becoming more security conscious, till the time the country is able to bailout from the ‘war on terror’.

Why is Britain Supporting MQM Despite of Knowing it to be Party Causing Trouble in Pakistan

Britain’s Special Relationship With MQM’s Altaf Hussain

o   London Raid: Britain arm-twisted MQM chief Altaf Hussain to get behind Zardari

o   MQM’s Farooq Sattar warned British diplomats in Pakistan against ‘defaming’ Altaf Hussain

o   Farooq Sattar told a British diplomat that his party ‘is the only party’ in Pakistan ‘loyal to and shares common interests with’ Britain

o   Britain supports MQM through DFID, but the British govt. was not pleased when the party ended alliance with PPP

o   MQM sought British government support at United Nations against Pakistan on delimiting constituencies in Karachi

o   British high commissioner declined invitation to visit MQM’s head offices in Karachi to avoid suspicions over UK-MQM links

 

SPECIAL REPORT | 22 May 2013
PakNationalists.com

LONDON—Britain is soft on MQM and its chief Altaf Hussain, who gets to use London as a safe haven. He gets legal protection as a British citizen. But occasionally, Britain gives Altaf Hussain a little slap on the hand every now and then when he gets out of line.

This is apparently what happened one night in December.

MQM was creating problems for Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari. Britain helped put together his coalition government. Former American ambassador Anne W. Patterson regularly intervened with opposition politicians to get them off Zardari’s tail every time he got in trouble.

This time it was Britain’s turn to talk some sense into Mr. Hussain. So a group of British investigators descended on the London office of MQM chief and occupied it for two days, on Dec. 6 and 7, 2012. The declared mission was to search his office for evidence linking him to the murder of Imran Farooq, a MQM cofounder mysteriously assassinated in London in 2010.

This piece of information – the British raid and London’s links to domestic Pakistani politics – represents one aspect of the intriguing relationship between Britain and MQM, a violent Pakistani ‘political’ party that almost occupies the country’s largest city, Karachi, where police and the military dare not tread. Residents of Karachi, also the country’s richest city, are forced to pay protection money to MQM and to an assortment of other parties like ANP, PPP and several criminal syndicates that are linked to one or more of these political parties.

The raid came as a shock to MQM, which had come to rely on Britain as a trusted safe haven for the party’s leadership.

Several weeks after the raid, Dr. Farooq Sattar, a top MQM politician and Altaf Hussain’s main representative inside Pakistan, met with Mr. Francis Campbell, the British deputy high commissioner in Karachi. The meeting was anything but cordial.

A desperate Farooq Sattar warned the British diplomat against harassing the party chief in London.

“MQM has evidences,” Sattar warned Campbell in the meeting, “that the British government is backing the PPP government in its policies of encircling MQM at home and threatening and pressurizing Altaf Hussain in London.”

This revelation comes from a British politician with access to information on his country’s unique relationship to MQM, which controls Pakistan’s business hub and is effectively threatening secession.

PakNationalists.com has concealed the names of the British politician and the Pakistani journalist on their request.

The information is a diplomatic treasure trove that appears to have been gleaned from British diplomatic correspondence, but PakNationalists.com has no way of verifying this information. However, the British source’s links to United Kingdom’s foreign policy community are unquestionable.

The data confirms what many in the Pakistani government already know: that Britain maintains a close relationship with MQM, protecting Altaf Hussain’s London safe haven, financially nurturing the party through British public funds, and, between 2008 and 2013, using the party to prop up the PPP-led coalition that served American and British interests in Pakistan and the region.

FAROOQ SATTAR & FRANCIS CAMPBELL

The Sattar-Campbell meeting is said to have taken place in Karachi sometime in January 2013. Sattar almost accused the British government of arm-twisting Altaf Hussain. “He termed the raid on MQM’s office in London as an attempt to defame MQM in Pakistan,” said the British politician. “He emphasized that MQM is the only political party [in Pakistan] that is loyal to British Government and shares common political interests with the British Government. He also requested Francis [Campbell] to intervene to resolve the political crisis in Sindh.”  [In upcoming reports, PakNationalists.com will show how several other Pakistani politicians made similar claims to British

To be fair to MQM, the information that the British politician provided is not limited to MQM but also covers meetings between Pakistani political parties and politicians and between British government representatives. Pakistanis will be stunned to read how some of their politicians are almost slavish in their dealings with the British government. This information will be released on PakNationalists.com over the coming days.

Despite the raid, the British government continued its special relationship with MQM. The raid was not publicized in the British media, and the party office in London and its chief were not put on media trial. Not a single British media outlet was briefed by the British government on this raid. No British media questioned what Britain’s business was allowing a Pakistani political party chief wanted by Pakistani courts to have a safe haven in London, using British soil to incite violence in Pakistan.

WASEEM AKHTAR & JONATHAN WILLIAMS

After the Sattar-Campbell meeting sometime in January, MQM legislator Waseem Akhtar met the British press attaché Jonathan Williams in Islamabad. This meeting is said to have taken place in the first week of February. The British source does not disclose where this meeting took place. Akhtar and Williams discussed the British government’s position on Pakistani general elections and MQM’s development projects in Karachi funded by the British government. For the first time, Akhtar hinted at MQM’s plans to end political alliance with Zardari’s PPP and sought British government’s support in the elections. Akhtar asked Williams to arrange for a visit by the British High Commissioner in Islamabad to MQM’s headquarters in Karachi to raise the party’s profile. To this, Williams was noncommittal, saying High Commissioner Adam Thomson would visit officials from all political parties before elections.

It is thought that a week or so after this meeting, the MQM ended its alliance with PPP on Feb. 16.

ISHRAT UL EBAD & ADAM THOMSON

On March 7, the British High Commissioner Adam Thomson traveled to Karachi to meet Governor of Sindh Ishrat ul Ebad, a MQM appointee. According to the British politician, it was most probably in this meeting that Thomson bluntly conveyed to Ebad and to MQM London’s displeasure at the demise of MQM-PPP alliance. “Mr. Adam Thomson conveyed to Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, Governor Sindh, that MQM’s departure from alliance with PPP was not received well by” the British government, says the British politician. On his part, Ebad accused Pakistani intelligence agencies and the PPP of working together to undermine MQM’s influence in Karachi.

“Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad stated that practically Karachi is being governed by intelligence agencies and PPP is [undermining] the image of MQM in collaboration with intelligence agencies,” says the British source. The British high commissioner also conveyed to Ebad that he won’t be able to visit MQM headquarters in Azizabad, Karachi, in order to avoid creating an impression that Britain is sponsoring the party.

“The BHC regretted the invitation of MQM regarding High Commissioner’s visit to MQM HQ on the plea that BHC wants to dispel the impression of directing and formulating MQM policies by BHC,” said the British politician. Apparently the Ebad-Thomson meeting did end on a high point after all. The British high commissioner apparently conveyed to MQM official his government’s approval to fund two Karachi-based NGOs owned by MQM. One of them is called Ehsaas. The other NGO is called Raasta. The funding is to come from DFID, the British government agency that disperses aid to other countries in support of British policy objectives.

WASEEM AKHTAR

The British politician referred to another pre-election meeting between MQM’s Waseem Akhtar and an unnamed British diplomat. “Wasim Akhtar of MQM has assured British diplomats that if the British government helps MQM return to power, the party will look after UK’s interests in establishing a Business Zone at Baba and Bhit Islands adjacent to Kimari,” said the British source.

NASREEN JALIL & FRANCIS CAMPBELL

On April 1, senior MQM politician Nasreen Jalil visited Francis Campbell, the deputy British high commissioner in Karachi, where she sought British government’s support in taking the battle against Pakistani government and the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the United Nations. “Nasreen Jalil of MQM met British Deputy High Commissioner [Francis Campbell] at his residence in Clifton, Karachi on 1 Apr 2013, at 2000 hours. Nasreen conveyed party’s reservations on new delimitation of constituencies in Karachi. She added that new delimitation will lead to Talibanization of Karachi which may affect the smooth withdrawal of NATO supplies (containers) through the port city. She informed the British diplomat that MQM has taken the matter to the UN and requested UK’s support. MQM is also planning to invite a EU delegation to apprise them about the party’s stance on delimitation issue,” according to the British source.

WHAT ALL THIS MEANS?

These insights lay bare the extensive relationship between MQM and the British government. They also show the extent of problems that Pakistan is facing because of British safe havens for extremists and fugitives. Since the 1970s, Britain has allowed itself to become a safe haven for militants and extremists from the Middle East. In mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Egypt and Saudi Arabia publicly protested over British government’s protection for militants fighting to topple governments in Cairo and Riyadh. London has also played host to dissidents opposed to the Russian government under Vladimir Putin. It is obvious that Britain gives shelter to political fugitives to use them for its strategic policy. Aside from sheltering Altaf Hussain, there is strong evidence that Britain is hosting BLA terrorists involved in killing innocent Pakistani teachers, laborers and government officials.

London is also home to a British extremist group, Hizb al Tahrir, widely known to be penetrated by British intelligence, which in turn uses the group to further British interests in Middle East and Central Asia. The group has recently escalated a covert campaign to recruit lower- and mid-level soldiers and officers in Pakistan Armed Forces. It is the first case of a British-based group targeting Pakistani military personnel in what is suspected to be British psy-ops.

British sanctuaries for fugitives involved in violence and terror should top the Pakistani agenda. Another European country, Switzerland, has given a safe haven to Brahamdagh Bugti, the BLA terrorist commander who managed a terror campaign in Pakistan for years from his Afghan hideouts under American watch before he was escorted to safety in Europe by the American Central Intelligence Agency.

The British and Swiss examples point to a trend in development that needs to be nipped in the bud. This requires Pakistani government action, which is missing.

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