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OPERATION ZARB E AZB BY PAKISTAN ARMY AGAINST TERRORISTS IN N WAZIRISTAN

OPERATION ZARB E AZB

THE GOVT HAVE ACTIVATED MILITARY FRONT, WILL THEY ALSO ACTIVATE DIPLOMATIC AND PENAL FRONTS?

Latest-Pakistan-army-SSG-commando-wallpaper-and-picture Latest-Pakistan-army-SSG-commando-wallpaper-and-pictureA full fledged and comprehensive operation has been launched in North Waziristan by Pakistan Army to give a final blow to TTP and other terrorists. PAF, Army Aviation and ground troops will participate in the operation. The operation will continue till last terrorist is eliminated and final victory is achieved.

When I first saw this breaking news on TV from ISPR I thought that Army has taken this initiative at their own, bypassing the govt. But then the same statement of ISPR flashed the words that the operation has launched under the directions of the govt. As usual the govt was nowhere visible, till Kh. Asif and Pervez Rashid gave befitting statements. As a matter of fact I wanted to see my PM active and in action at this crucial moment. A press release from Min of Interior should have declared this operation instead of ISPR doing it. This should have been followed by a brief address of PM to the nation explaining as to why the dialogues with TTP have failed and why the operation has become unavoidable. The next day the PM should have taken the Parliament into confidence on this event of national importance. But alas! the statecraft still remains illusive to our 3rd time PM..

The Military Front

I am sure the military will do its job well and proper as they have done in swat and SW. Many terrorists will be killed, some will be apprehended but many will escape also. Collateral damage will also take place as is the case in any war. NW has a peculiar position as there will be some strategic interests at stake in the shape of Afghan freedom fighter (call them good Taliban). The problem of IDPs will be pronounced. Many civilians will migrate to Afghanistan also. After few weeks the Army will take control of the area as they did in SW and will deny a crucial space, base and hideout to terrorists. But the terrorists will flee to other tribal agencies and will even take refuge in settled areas where they may still find lot of supporters and sympathizers. Many of them will take refuge in Afghanistan and will continue their activities against Pakistan from their safe heavens. Though Pak Army has requested the Afghan National Army to destroy the hideouts of TTP in their areas but neither they nor the US/NATO will render any help to us in this regard.

The Diplomatic Front

Afghanistan is the most important factor. For a lasting peace we must have a friendly or at least a neutral govt there. A hostile govt there will neither cooperate with Pak nor will they eliminate our escaped terrorists. Here comes the diplomatic acumen of Noon govt and how they deal with this factor. Similarly Indian interference and their support of terrorists need a diplomatic initiative. Will NS be able to do that?

The Penal Front

Terrorists and their supporters will take refuge in cities as well. Many TTP and other terrorists who are sentenced to death are still in jails. Will the govt execute them? We are at war and this menace cannot be dealt with through peacetime procedures like registration of FIR, witnesses, civil courts etc. Will the govt improve these procedures to quickly punish the killers, or they will be kept waiting in jails till they are freed through a jail break?

Our civil governments have miserably failed to tackle post war scenario in Swat and S Waziristan. It is yet to be seen as to how the govt will act in present situation. It is not recommended to spread Pak Army in all nooks and corners of the country and leave aside the civil rehabilitation work.

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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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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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Why Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister Nawaz Has Soft Corner for India

No Word On Indian Terrorism in Samjota Express attack, the Indian propaganda, and full support to Indian positions on Mumbai and Kargil.

 By ANSAR ABBASI | The News International | 10 May 2013

imagesPML-N chief and the generally anticipated next elected prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statements on Kargil and Mumbai incidents have raised many eyebrows and are seen as crossing the red lines.

In his bid to appease India or vent his pent up anger on the military establishment, days before the May 11 elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif have gone to the extent of committing that if he returns to power he would share the reports of commissions on Kargil and Mumbai incidents with New Delhi.

Like his other leading competitors including the PTI and the PPP, Nawaz however did not touch the issue of Kashmir in his election campaign or in his media interviews. Instead, Sharif who has served as the prime minister of Pakistan twice, promised to share with India his government’s findings on Kargil and Mumbai attacks.

He also did not utter a word about Samjhota express massacre of Pakistanis; the latest heroic handling of the Indian government and its ruling Congress party of the dead body of condemned terrorist and killer of 14 Pakistanis – Sarabjit Singh; the tit-for-tat murder of Sanaullah, a Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail; the recent matrydom of some Pakistani soldiers by Indian troops etc.

While Pakistani security agencies have been talking of the Indian role (besides other international powers) to fuel terrorism in Balochistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif assured New Delhi, “If I become the prime minister, I will make sure that Pakistani soil is not used for any such designs against India.” Nawaz Sharif, whose second government was dismissed unconstitutionally by former dictator General (R) Musharraf in October 1999 following differences on the Kargil issue, recently reiterated his party’s old stance of setting up a commission on Kargil to fix responsibility, surprised many by going to the limit of assuring India that he would share the findings of the report with New Delhi. He was also quoted to have given similar assurance about the outcome of the commission on Mumbai attacks. These statements of Nawaz reflect his anger on the basis of his past experience with the Pakistan Army and the security agencies but he apparently lost the balance by giving such an assurance India that could not be in the interest of Pakistan and its defence establishment.

How can a leader of his stature announce that if he becomes the chief executive of the country he would share with the Indians what should have been purely our internal matter and pertains to Pakistan Army? Such a pro-India stance of Nawaz Sharif where he talks everything that pleases India but ignores all those issues that could place New Delhi on the defensive is beyond comprehension.

Any talk on part of Pakistan and any of its leading political personalities on Mumbai attack, which according to Indian propaganda was the work of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, requires extra caution. But here too, Nawaz Sharif promises a probe and sharing it with India.

Despite all sorts of Indian propaganda, there has been no sharing of any substantial evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The Wikileaks had even shown the US telling India that the latter has no evidence of Pakistan and its premier intelligence agency’s involvement in the Mumbai attack. India also implicates Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai attacks but has not produced any evidence as such and because of the same reason Hafiz Saeed was released by the Lahore High Court after he was arrested soon after the Mumbai attacks.

While the political leaders are expected to understand the sensitivities involved in any such matter, President Asif Ali Zardari soon after his election as president of Pakistan had also shocked many here in Pakistan by telling India that Islamabad would pursue the no-first-use nuclear policy whereas Pakistan’s declared policy is of “nuclear deterrence”.