Rethink On Pakistan…....?
Wikipedia says that the 90% of the world wide Islam based terrorism has its roots in Pakistan.
If we take a cue from encyclopedia, “State terrorism is violence upon a national population committed by national governments or their proxies. State terrorism can be affected directly, at the hands of national military or security forces, or indirectly, through state sponsored terrorist organizations. States can terrorise their own populations, to secure rule and suppress dissent, or foreign citizens, to support favoured or destabilize unfavoured foreign regimes.”
In the light of the above definition, Pakistan comes very close to fit in this status. The political, economical, and human rights abuses in Balochistan and the investigations in 9/11, 7/7, and Mumbai terror attacks etc. give ample evidence of Pakistan's role.
The abuse of basic human rights the Baloch people by the Pakistani state of clearly depicts it that it is state terrorism. The bombardment on civil Baloch population, the abduction of Baloch People and specifically of feeding children and females is against the charter of the United Nations. The day light abduction of Baloch leaders from court area and cold blooded killing of them and muffling their faces with chemicals and the sexul abuse of Baloch females all are state terrorist activities. The history of 60 years clearly shows the picture of state terrorism in every walk of life.
Pakistan has been accused by India, Afghanistan, and other nations (including the United States, the United Kingdom and China) of its involvement in the Terrorism in Kashmir, Afghanistan, and China. Satellite imagery from the FBI which shows the existence of terror camps and data produced by India's Research and Analysis Wing clearly suggest the existence of many terrorist camps in Pakistan with at least one militant admitting the help given by Pakistan in training them.
Pakistan had emerged as the biggest exporter of Terrorism to the world. Although India /Kashmir and Afghanistan are their favourite hunting grounds but at the same time Balochistan is their local market where they are using terrorism as an effective and main source against Baloch People to combat their struggle for freedom.
The role of Pakistani Intelligentsia and 9/11:
The investigations revealed the involvement of Pakistani intelligence ISI and its role in the 9/11 attacks so clearly that there is no point of doubt that the head of ISI General Mohamood Ahmad was the man ordered to send money to Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers.
One of those reports was that an ISI agent, Saeed Sheikh, had wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, considered the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers. That report by itself, if it had become widely known, would have had explosive implications for the prospect of positive relations between Pakistan and the United States after 9/11. But even more potentially explosive was the report that Saeed Sheikh had wired this money at the instruction of none other than ISI chief Mahmoud Ahmad. This “damning link”, as Agence France Presse called it, had explosive implications not only for US-Pakistani relations but also--given the close relations between the CIA and the ISI--
Chapter 9, Pakistan and its ISI
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions
David Ray Griffin
And similarly Nafeez Ahmed, for instance, gives us the following report in The War On Truth:
The Pakistani newspaper Dawn cited “informed sources” in Pakistan confirming that “Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed has been replaced after the FBI investigators established credible links between him and Umar Sheikh.” When the FBI traced calls made between Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad and Ahmed Omar Sheikh Saeed’s cellular phone, a pattern linking the ISI chief with Sheikh clearly emerged. The US intelligence community believed that “it was at General Mahmud’s instruction that Sheikh had transferred 100,000 US dollars into the account of Mohammed Atta.” 18
Page 139, Chapter 6
The War On Truth
Although Pakistan has denied its any involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attack. But the reports of the investigations had made it a clear evident that ISI has been the co-sponsor with al-qaida of 9/11 attacks.
Pakistan and International Terrorism:
Certainly Terrorism is Pakistan’s chief export to all countries.
Pakistan has denied any involvement in the terrorist activities in Kashmir, arguing that it only provides political and moral support to the secessionist groups. Many Kashmir terrorist groups also maintain their headquarters in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which is cited as further proof by the Indian Government. Many of the terrorist organisations are banned by the UN, but continue to operate under different names. Even the normally reticent UNO has also publicly increased pressure on Pakistan on its inability to control its Afghanistan border and not restricting the activities of Taliban leaders who have been declared by the UN as terrorists. Both the Federal and State governments in India continue to accuse Pakistan of helping several banned terrorist organizations like ULFA in Assam. Experts believe that the ISI has also been involved in training and supplying Chechnyan militants.
At this scenario underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim’s case becomes very significant. He is believed to have masterminded the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, and is reportedly enjoying a VIP and lavish lifestyle in Pakistan.
In 1999, when terrorists hijacked an Indian Airlines plane IC 814, they demanded the release of three dreaded ultras, including Masood Azhar and two others. One of the released terrorist, British-born Omar Ahmad Saeed Sheikh, was sentenced to death on July 15 by an anti-terrorism court in Hyderabad in Pakistan for kidnapping and murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.The other released terrorist Masood Azhar still roams freely in Pakistan and shares close connection with powerful state officials. He is also living as a VIP having funds from Pakistan intelligence and keeping highly equipped personal guards.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist organization based in Pakistan, has a long history of involvement in various terror activities in India including Red Fort attack in 2000, Indian Parliament attack in 2001, 2006, Mumbai local train bombings – just to name a few. So, has become the loving child of Pakistani Army therefore enjoying lot of facilities for its establishments.
As per the CIA report, the attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul was also carried out by Pakistan based terrorist groups along with ISI. India presented evidence to Pakistan regarding the involvement of ISI, but all in vain.
Terrorism emanating from Pakistan is not only injuring India, but also hurting other parts of the world. The 9/11 attack on America, the London bombings in 2005, a foiled attempt to attack the Glasgow airport - all had some connection with Pakistan. Pakistan Intelligence (ISI) being linked with them either giving training or funding or supported them in other means.
Further, the doubts about Pak’s link to terrorists were laid to rest by Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, who had confessed to the fact that he transferred nuclear technology to Iran and Libya. A United States State Department official on condition of anonymity told a US daily that Libya did not get nuclear warhead documents from China but from Pakistan’s nuclear scientist Dr Khan’s supplier network.
The question here arises as to how such a vast terror network could work without the knowledge of the-then Pak leadership? Although Pakistan claims to be a responsible nuclear power, yet it shies away from taking responsibility or acknowledging the fact that their chief nuclear scientist sold nuclear weapons technology to rogue nations, often using Pakistani military transports that could hamper world security.
Until Pakistan became a key ally in the War on Terrorism, the US Secretary of State included Pakistan on the 1993 list of countries which repeatedly provide support for acts of international terrorism.The recent 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot is also blamed by various sections in the media as being a handiwork of elements in the Pakistani administration. Press editorials from around the world have consistently and strongly condemned Pakistan's "terror exports"
In fact, many consider that Pakistan has been playing both sides in the fight against terror, on the one hand helping to curtail it while secretly stoking terrorism.
Role of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI):
As per Wikipedia "ISI has provided covert but well-documented support to terrorist groups active in Kashmir, including the al-Qaeda affiliate Jaish-e-Mohammed".
ISI is the Pakistani Government main Intelligence organization which is playing its role for the last sixty years in different national and international Issues.
The first achievement of ISI was that it has built and spread a chain of Madressas through out Pakistan for the propagation of Pakistan fundamental idea logy of islamization.
And the second achievement is that it has built Pakistan Armed forces i.e. army, air force, naval force, and even the atomic bomb as the pillars of Islamo-fascism and uses them for national and international terrorism.
The afghan game war on the name of Islam was another achievement of ISI and by this game it got billion of dollars from America and Arab countries. And as a result of all this ISI put the world security at risk by creating thousands of Talibans and Alqaida members and turned them for other goals and objectives.
The ISI’s strategy, however, deeply conflicts with that of the West - a point underlined by the resurgence of al Qaeda and the Taliban and the beginning of war on terror almost six years back. With new developments in Pakistan, reliability on the ISI is failing. The West should rethink over its intelligence strategy towards Pakistan now, especially in the wake of Balochistan missing persons and several international terrorism acts.
America's Least Favorite Countries
The New polls by US News on 20/02/1999 shows the following results.
Iran (80 percent of Americans view unfavorably)
North Korea (77 percent of Americans view unfavorably)
Afghanistan (75 percent of Americans view unfavorably)
(Tie) The Palestinian Authority and Pakistan (73 percent of Americans view unfavorably)
Iraq (66 percent of Americans view unfavorably)
Journalist Stephen Schwartz notes that several terrorist and criminal groups are "backed by senior officers in the Pakistani army, the country's ISI intelligence establishment and other armed bodies of the state."According to one author, Daniel Byman, "Pakistan is probably today's most active sponsor of terrorism."
Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, has often been accused of playing a role in major terrorist attacks across the world including the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, terrorism, Mumbai Train Bombings, London Bombings, Indian Parliament Attack, Varnasi bombings, Hyderabad bombings and attacks. The ISI is also accused of supporting Taliban forces and recruiting and training mujahedeen to fight in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Based on communication intercepts US intelligence agencies concluded Pakistan's ISI was behind the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008, a charge that the governments of India and Afghanistan had laid previously. The Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has constantly reiterated allegations that militants operating training camps in Pakistan have used it as a launch platform to attack targets in Afghanistan urged western military allies to target extremist hideouts in neighboring Pakistan. In response to the growing extremism from Pakistani border, the US has started bombing selected terrorist hideouts within Pakistan, as well as raiding villages in Pakistan to capture and kill suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban members hiding in Pakistan.
Pakistan is also said to be a haven for terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Omar, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Sipah-e-Sahaba. Pakistan is accused of sheltering and training the Taliban in operations "which include soliciting funding for the Taliban, bankrolling Taliban operations, providing diplomatic support as the Taliban's virtual emissaries abroad, arranging training for Taliban fighters, recruiting skilled and unskilled manpower to serve in Taliban armies, planning and directing offensives, providing and facilitating shipments of ammunition and fuel, and on several occasions apparently directly providing combat support," as quoted by the Human Rights Watch.
In fact, the US has stated that the next attack on US could originate in Pakistan.
Pakistani state sponsored internal terrorism:
March 1948 just couple of months after the creation of Pakistan. The invasion of Pakistani army into Balochistan and forced annexation of Balochistan on 27th March 1948 has been recorded in the history as the First terrorist act by the Pakistani army.
And from that day till now the Baloch people are facing bombardments, army operations, forced disappearances, illegal detention, extra-judicial killings, tortures, and internally displacements just because of asking for freedom.
The tale of all these in-human acts starts from the first day when the Pakistani forces stepped into Balochistan Land. The crime of Agha Abdul Karim Khan was that he announced a struggle for freedom for the Balochistan so he was behind the bars under MPO for twenty years. The arrest and killing of Nawab Nauroz Khan was a breach of oath made by Pakistani army on the Holly book “Quran”. The hanging of Hameed Baloch to death was a killing by court on a false and baseless case. The death of Babu Lawang Khan was for defending the honour of Baloch females. The bombardment of Nawab Akbar khan was for asking the rights for Baloch Nation. The death of Dr. Khalid was by putting eyes to eyes Pakistan terrorist army to leave our homeland. And the killing of Balach khan was asking for freedom of Balochistan as Agha Abdul Karim Khan asked for freedom.
Now a-days Balochs are facing the Fifth Army Operation by the Pakistani Military forces. And they have lost thousands of their loved ones including females, feeding childs, students, old age citizens. They have lost their properties and homes and even the parts of their bodies.
The ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) agencies are reportedly largely responsible for the arrest and disappearance of more than 4,000 persons since the start of the ‘war on terror’, as reported by various local groups. In the first nine months of the PPP’s government only around a dozen people have resurfaced from intelligence agency custody. During the same period, about 52 persons have gone missing after their arrests, mostly in the southern province of Balochistan, where military operations continue.
A former interior minister Aftab Sherpao in the cabinet of ex-president Musharraf told the national assembly in December 2005 that 4000 persons had been arrested in Balochistan province and for the most part were missing. Human rights organizations in the province claim that not more than 100 of these persons have been produced before courts. The current advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister in Charge of Interior Affairs, Mr. Rehman Malik, has again confirmed on February 14, 2009, that around 1000 persons are missing in Balochistan Province, and the Chief Minister of Balochistan says he has a list of 800 missing persons.
The incidence of abduction of Three Baloch leaders Gulam Mohammad chairman BNM, Shair Mohammad Baloch central committee member of BRP and Lala Munir Central committee member of BNP by ISI from on 3rd Aprial 2009 from the Turbat district court area and cold blood killing them and throughing there dead bodies on road side has made it clear for the Baloch peopleand as well for the world that now raise against Pakistan and use all forms of struggle for disintegration of Pakistan.
Two key American officials, director national intelligence and director military intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan has allowed Taliban to operate freely from Quetta while the tribal areas have become a central nervous system for al-Qaeda. More than this, the intelligence agencies are convinced that the Taliban are poised to take over Peshawar the capital of NWFP.
Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said. An agreement signed by the Pakistani Army with Taliban seems to have allowed the militant group free rein to expand their harsh religious rule rather than establishing peace, a media report said.
The worth of financial support to Pakistan:
Until now United States has poured billions of dollars on the begging hand of Pakistan. If we make an analysis of the Financial support which US gave to Pakistan as helping hand for Afghanistan, Pakistan in return has given 9/11, nuclearisin Iran, Korea, Libya, double game on the war on terrorisim, ISI aiding Al-qaida and Taliban in planning for training and attacks on Nato forces, drug trafficking to the Americans etc. And then we see that Pakistan made nuclear tests and put eyes to eyes of American in 1999 by testing the Nuke Arms and declaring its atomic bombs as Islamic Atomic Bombs.
According to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Taliban and al Qaeda are freely operating in Pakistan's restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
Emphasizing on the same issue, a senior US Congressman Frank Pallone said, "It is obvious that in the area near Afghanistan, which is used by al Qaeda and the Taliban as a way to move into Afghanistan and oppose American forces there, there is no control. It is obvious that even though they have outlawed the organizations that were trying to sever Kashmir from India, they continue (to exist). So the government really has no control.”
Now the question arises - from where do the militants get finance to sustain their activities? "The United States has provided Pakistan more than USD 10.5 billion for military, economic, and development activities. Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which borders Afghanistan, are vast unpoliced regions attractive to extremists and terrorists seeking a safe haven," the GAO said.
According to a report published in June this year by GAO and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said the Coalition Support Funds cannot prove that the money went to projects or operations specifically fighting terrorists.
In analyzing the accounting procedures followed by Pakistan for utilizing the fund for war on terror, the GAO found numerous concerns about the accuracy of the Pakistani accounting.
"As a result, we conclude that Defence cannot accurately determine how much of the aid has been reimbursed to Pakistan since 2001 were actually incurred,” the report said.
Clearly, Pakistan has been inefficient in countering terrorism despite the huge aid offered by the US.
Pakistan’s role as US Strategic Partner:
In the past, there have been numerous instances when Pakistan stood on the brink of being declared a terrorist state. In 1992, it came close to being named a state sponsor of terrorism in when then Secretary of State James Baker charged the-then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of supporting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
The-then US envoy in Islamabad, Nicholas Platt conveyed to Sharif, “We (US) are very confident of our information that your intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, and elements of the Army are supporting Kashmiri and Sikh militants who carry out acts of terrorism.”
In 1999, US Congressman Gary Ackerman called for Pakistan to be blacklisted as a terrorist state if it does not immediately cease assistance to terrorists in Kashmir.
The Democratic co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India said that if Islamabad does not shun helping "Islamic terrorists in the Kargil and Dras area of Jammu and Kashmir and (unless it) withdraws its forces from the region, the State Department must add Pakistan to its annual list of state sponsors of terrorism."
The 9/11 Commission Report suggested Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism. The-then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had opposed it, saying it would destroy US’ influence in Islamabad. And that has been the dilemma of Western policy towards Pakistan ever since.
The US, flag bearer of democracy, has a major role to play in declaring Pakistan a terrorist state, but its action has always been directed more by its strategic interest rather than any genuine desire to eradicate terrorism.
However, ISI’s role is a contradictory one. This can be proved by former President Pervez Musharraf’s statement, “The ISI is a disciplined force, for 27 years they have been doing what the government of Pakistan has been telling them.” This clearly raises a question on whether the ISI is secretly helping the terrorist organizations on its own or is it acting on government’s dictation?
An increase in Islamic radicalism, given the brittleness of local political institutions and a serious economic downturn, is a growing risk for a number of countries around the world (Algeria, Egypt, Somalia and Yemen being a few worth particular focus). But nothing comes close to South Asia. Pakistan's problems are creating spillover effects in Afghanistan and India; and responses from both countries (and from the United States) will exacerbate Pakistan's political instability and increase security tensions across the region. Perhaps the biggest risk of all -- a major terrorist attack inside the United States -- is more likely to come from terrorists operating out of Pakistan/Afghanistan than from anywhere else.
In spite of all the above points, whether Pakistan is using the funds provided by the US, or the CIA reports indicating the involvement of Pakistani organizations in terrorist activities, point towards one conclusion - Pakistan’s soil is being used for terror activities. It is therefore high time that US must come to the forefront and call the bluff of its ally in ‘global war on terror’ and declare it a Terrorist State.
Pakistan is a tree based on Iso-fascisim and Taliban, Alqaida, and dozen of Islamic Fascist groups, idealogies, Islamic nuclear bombs, ISI as international terrorist Organization, 9/11, 7/7, Mombai attacks etc. all are its products.
Untill and unless the Tree (Pakistan) is there the world would see more and different varity of fascist products of its.
Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation released a research video on Rethink on Afghanistan as it was a tremendous effort to get new ideas and dig down into the realities. And their next project is on a similar research on Pakistan as “rethink on Pakistan”. At this point I am sorry to say that getting views or involving people like Zaid Hamid of Pakistan means just pushing the world into the hands of Islamo fascist radicals.