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Pak Taliban & US Agenda by Zaheerul Hassan
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Pakistan president signed Swat peace pact as demanded by parliament, NWFP government, locals of Swat and Malkand Agency. Government and Armed Forces fully endorsed the pact with the hope of establishment of permanent peace in the area. The political leadership has favored the government steps towards restoring of peace but some black sheep present amongst Taliban are still trying to enforce their self composed agenda with the support of foreign hands. Murdering / abducting of police and security elements, lashing of a girl, capturing Buner, not dropping weapons, challenging government writ, un-acceptance of high and supreme courts authorities, threatening media, declaring political parties and democracy as “Kufar” (un-Islamic) and rejecting NWFP act of establishing Darul Qaza reveal, (one) either Sufi Muhammad do not has any control over the armed wings of Taliban, (two) some of Taliban groups supported by foreign elements are continuously trying to sabotage the peace process while challenging the government writ ,(three) Taliban desire to enforce their agenda only through force, (four ) Taliban are playing deliberately or unconsciously in the hands of anti Pakistan forces/ countries, (five) some of Taliban groups headed by Baitullah Mehsood are not interested in restoring of peace in the area. Anyhow Pakistani nation has seriously started thinking that why Taliban of Swat and surrounding areas are not behaving and abiding by the state’s laws despite that government has accepted their demands and enforced the Islamic Justice System in the area. They seem to be working for the instability of Pakistan which is in fact the Americans and her ally’s agenda. Pakistani political parties (including Jimat-e- Islami & Imran Khan’ Therik–e–Insaaf) and military leadership condemned the Taliban and Sufi Muhammad statements regarding democracy and others affairs.
The western media coupled with some of Pakistani political leader has started propagating that Taliban is going to take over Islamabad and its nuclear assets. Mr. Obama is advocating for hot peruse since his pre-elected era as US President has started yelling again that Islamabad Government is very week and is unable to control Talibanization in Pakistan . On April 29, 2009 while addressing a news conference President Barak Obama said that civilian government in Pakistan is very fragile and don’t seem to have the capacity to deliver basic services: schools, health care, rule of law, a judicial system that works for the majority of the people. The US aim of squabbling Islamabad government and propagating Talibanization of Pakistan indicate that Pentagon has launched preemptive prior to carryout some physical actions deep inside of Pakistan territory.
At the same time he also stated that Pakistan military had begun to realize that home-grown militants are more dangerous and not India posed the biggest threat to stability. Obama also told in the news conference that he was confident about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and that the Pakistan Army recognized the dangers of weapons falling into the wrong hands. On the contrary, in the recent past the American administration criticized Pakistan Armed Forces, ISI and also tried to malign these agencies for supporting Taliban. The questions arise, why this shift in policy and pressure on Pakistan is being mounted on prior to start of three nation’s talks, which will be held in next week. The answer is, “Washington is probably now interested to make a dent in the relationship of political and military leadership”. US authorities has also started showing carrot to Mr. Nawaz Shiref, which means that they have selected an alternative of the present government and will try to create another political turmoil in Pakistan.
The changing stance and giving such type of statements once the three nation’s talks are going to be held soon in Washington have increased the tension particular between Pakistan and US. Henry Clinton very rightly said that Presidents of US, Pakistan and Afghanistan will carry out the talks under the tense environment. Mrs. Clinton and her colleagues should know that tense environment is because of biased policy of America and its allies in relation to war against terror. India is being given undue advantage in the region against Pakistan and China. Obama administration seems to be living in fool paradise once she says that India is not a threat to Pakistan. Here I would also say that launching any physical campaign against nuclear Pakistan by US or any of its allies will be a suicidal mission for them.
In this context one can simply say that Obama deliberately wants to close his eyes on the core regional issue i.e. Kashmir and just asking Pakistan to do more by pitching her in so called war on terror. It is wroth mentioning here that American top brass has the strategy of controlling the states while admiring and encouraging one or some of the components of any targeted government. Thus, we can say that Washington believes in the policy of divide and rule. US is applying same strategy to be effective now on Islamabad. Let’s hope that our government tackles this situation wisely. The statements of Obama and some official of his administration will also be taken as their futile efforts at the time of President Zardari visit. Here I also want to add that such type of statements of any head of the state or official should also be termed as unethical part of diplomatic norms and customs. Unfortunately, in this regard, American leadership is on the top of the list. On April 30, 2009 Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani responded promptly on Obam’s current statement while saying that US supported a dictator, Pervez Musharraf, for eight years and the present democratic government continues to suffer from its effects. As usual American government now explained that Obama’s Statement have been published in the media without any reference to the context and they believe that present government is capable to handle all types of crises.
Now coming to the ongoing Taliban Problem of Swat and Buner the exaggerated, situation have been painted by the foreign press to carry out media trial of Pakistan. The world probably does not aware of the facts that these few Taliban will never be successful in taking control of Pakistan; since it is an Islamic moderate nuclear state and its majority is true believer of real Islam. We also know that the current situation occurred as a result of the demand of few uneducated persons, which is not even closer to the actual concept of Islam. The Taliban movement has nothing to do with Islam or ideology. They are illiterate and jobless people. Not a single Taliban belongs to a well-off family. In Swat three types of people reside i.e. (1) kissan (peasants or working class, which are Gujjars and Kohistanis), (2) Kashran (nominated people by jirgas who help implement orders), and (3) Mashran (advisors, lumberdars or deputies of the Maliks). Above them are Maliks who rule. The Taliban leadership forcibly employing the jobless youth and paying them monthly salary from Rs. 3,000 to 8,000 along with arms and weapons. For money they do everything which they are ordered to do as the saying goes you can win “the Pakhtoon by bribe and Baloch by tap”. From where this money is coming, from where these weapons are pouring in – this is not a million dollar question, which has no answer. Obviously there is foreign backing and support of all kinds.
These Taliban have not only defaced Islam or Shariah but they have also destroyed the Pakhtoon culture. Pakhtoons are traditionally hospitable and respectful. But the Taliban have demolished this concept. They deceive, cheat and betray – contrary to the Islamic code of ethics. They in the name of talks hold hostage government officials, police or FC men and demand ransom like thugs and kidnappers. They raid mazars of pirs, have desecrated Rehman Baba and Khush-hal Khan Khattaks tombs and kill the spiritual leaders – basically for the sake of looting money from their abodes. They have threatened t Many ask why the Taliban fighters wear masks and hide their faces, while Islam prohibits such a practice, kindly refer to Surah al-Baqara’s Ayaat number 11 and 12. If it is because they do not want to have photographed as it is forbidden in Islam, then why Muslim Khan and others hold press talks in front of TV cameras. Many of them must have got their NADRA cards and passports with their photographs. The only reason seems to be that the Taliban have a number of foreigners in their ranks and files who want to hide themselves from public.
On April 30, 2009 Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Athar Abbas revealed in a media conference that due to the successful operation, launched jointly by the FC and the Pakistan Army, life was returning to normalcy in Lower Dir. He said Buner and Lower Dir have been cleared however Sultanwas and Pir Baba are still with the militants. The FC has established its headquarters at Daggar, he added. DG ISPR also disclosed that government and the security forces had been exercising maximum restraint despite clear violations of peace deal by the Taliban and moreover militants are being supported by hostile agencies and the countries adjacent to Afghan border. These hostile agencies are CIA, RAW and RAAM. Pakistan Has already asked Afghan governments and US to seize the border by erecting proper obstacles but somehow Karzai and Washington never gave positive response to this suggestion. US always insisted in increasing her forces in Afghanistan which only reflect her ultimate desire of staying in the region to contain China, Russia and capture the natural resources of Central Asian states. Though, Pakistan is passing through the most dangerous period since her inception but her nation, Armed Forces and Intelligence agencies are strong enough to defeat the conspiracy against the lonely nuclear Muslim state. There is strong perception in the masses that US never tried to hit Baitullah Mehsood due to one or other pretext and at the same time is trying to get help from Iran to make the northern alliance strong .The deliberate silence over Iran nuclear programme now , asking help from Iran in northern portion of Afghanistan, supporting India and anti Pakistan Taliban, criticizing Islamabad, Army and Intelligence agencies , backing Baloch Liberation Movement are enough examples of showing ulterior motive of Washington . The region is contaminated with variety of Taliban, CIA Taliban, Mullah Omer Taliban, KGB Taliban, Punjabi Taliban, warlords of the Mujahideen, drug cartels, al Qaeda terrorist groups, extreme religious fanatics, mercenaries and foreign troops all interlinked to one another, each trying to rule, plunder, loot and kill in the name of Islam. CIA with the help of her adopted kids (RAW, RAAM AND Mossad) is deliberately tarnishing the ISI image by involving the later in helping Taliban. But I will just say that Pakistani nation, its security forces and intelligence agencies are strong enough to defeat the interior and exterior anti Pakistan elements and foreign hands .Media has started positive role in the current situation. Concluding I must ask my nation to be untied and strengthen our Armed forces, its intelligence agencies and throw away black sheep present amongst us. We must pay tribute to the troops of security forces, people who have left their area, laid their lives for fighting Pakistan Battle. American top brass must know that they are earning hate and nothing else by involving them in crushing innocent people particularly Muslims. I would also like to ask my Taliban brothers to come on right track, throw away the weapons, hold the pen and join the main stream of Pakistani nation and fight for true Islam instead enforcing self composed agenda and playing in the foreign hands.