Obama has announced the partition of Pakistan – Webster Tarpley

December 30, 2009 at 7:47 pm (Interview, Pakistan, Politics) (, )

A former NATO officer claims US Special Forces have conducted secret raids inside Pakistan’s border regions. The operations were conducted between 2003 and 2008, but only one was ever made public.

 According to reports, troops were looking for high value targets among both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The one that became widely known in September 2008 was condemned as a provocation by the Pakistani government.

Ethnic groups from Pakistan’s Belugistan province where most of the raids occurred blame the government in Islamabad for allowing these things to happen, said RT LIVE investigative journalist Webster Tarpley.

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Pakistan opens up its nuclear arsenal to the US

December 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

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The United States has been negotiating highly sensitive understandings with the Pakistani military about the security of Pakistan ’s nuclear arsenal, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine.The journalist wrote that during meetings with current and former officials in Washington and Islamabad, he was told that the agreements would allow specially trained American units to provide added security for the Pakistani arsenal in case of a crisis.At the same time, the Pakistani military would be given money to equip and train Pakistani soldiers and to improve their housing and facilities, the report says.

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The Dark Shadow of Blackwater

December 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) (, , )

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The prominent academic Dr Shireen Mazari following despite pressure from the US wrote in September:“Now, even if one were to ignore the massive purchases of land by the US, the questionable manner in which the expansion of the US Embassy is taking place and the threatening covert activities of the US and its ‘partner in crime’ Blackwater; the unregistered comings and goings of US personnel on chartered flights; we would still find it difficult to see the whole aid disbursement issue as anything other than a sign of US gradual occupation. It is no wonder we have the term Af-Pak: Afghanistan they control through direct occupation loosely premised on a UN resolution; Pakistan they are occupying as a result of willingly ceded sovereignty by the past and present leadership.”

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The Rise of the Far Right in Europe

December 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm (Global Issues, Islam, Khilafa) ()

Source: Khilafah Magazine

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The BBC Question Time programme on 22nd October 2009 was host to a controversial member of the panel; Nick Griffin, Leader of the British National Party (BNP). Mr Griffin was openly given a platform by the BBC to express and defend BNP views towards Muslims and ethnic minorities etc.This has provoked much debate about the limits of ‘free speech’ and a question mark on whether a plural society should be tolerant of far right and fascist views. Reactions from politicians towards the BBC’s decision to welcome Nick Griffin to Question time have yet again been exploited for party political broadcasts and winning hearts and minds.

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Suicide attacks in main cities of Pakistan is part of the comprehensive American strategy for Malakand and Waziristan operation

December 30, 2009 at 7:20 pm (Pakistan, Politics) (, )

By Imran Yousafzai

American agenda is obvious; carryout bomb blasts and suicide attacks in the main cities of Pakistan and extend the domain of civil war in Pakistan. Following this agenda America has already extended this war starting from Waziristan to Mohmand, Bajaur, Orakzai, Khyber, Malakand and Bannu. And now preparations are underway to extend it further to Southern Punjab. Besides New York Times and various other western media outlets “Honorary American ambassador” to Pakistan Rehman Malik has already declared southern Punjab to be the next Swat. The bizarre story the government want us to believe is that out of total 5000 “terrorist” of Swat, 7000 have already fled to Southern Punjab despite 2000 were allegedly killed during the military operation in Swat. Conducting suicide attacks at suitable times to stop the popular backlash against these American military operations is part of the American psychological war which is closely commanded by American general Petreaus and others who have quite an experience in implementing this policy in Iraq.

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It’s all about AF-Pak

December 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) (, , )

Source: Khilafah Magazine

The climate of the Himalayas is set to change yet again. The melting of snow in the Himalayan summer is a natural phenomenon but the melting of tensions between two heavy weights of the region – Pakistan and India – is so artificial that its sensation does not require any sophistication.

Once again the stage is being set to restart the so called composite dialog between two arch rivals in South Asia and the meeting of the Premiers of two countries at the sidelines of NAM in Sharm-el-Sheikh was the beginning of the dialog process. However events leading to Sharm-el-Sheikh need scrutinizing so as to avoid illusions and unnecessary hope re the future.

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

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Pakistan’s Decade of 1999-2009 in Review

December 30, 2009 at 3:28 am (Economics, Pakistan) (, )

By Riaz Haq

This December 31, 2009, is not just the end of the year; it brings a momentous decade of achievements in Pakistan to a chaotic and bloody end. After a relatively peaceful but economically stagnant decade of the 1990s, the year 1999 brought a bloodless coup led by General Pervez Musharraf, ushering in an era of accelerated economic growth that led to more than doubling of the national GDP, and dramatic expansion in Pakistan’s urban middle class. The decade also cast a huge shadow of the US “war on terror” on Pakistan, eventually turning the nation into a frontline state in the increasingly deadly conflict that shows no signs of abating. Along with the blood and gore and chaos on the streets, there are hopeful signs that rule of law and accountability is beginning to prevail in the country with the restoration of representative democracy and independent judiciary, largely in response to an increasingly assertive urban middle class, vibrant mass media and growing civil society. Let’s look at some of the highlights, low lights and then discuss the shape of things to come.

High-lights:

1. Pakistan’s tax base and government revenue collection more than doubled from about Rs. 500b to over Rs. 1.2 trillion.

2. Pakistan’s GDP more than doubled to $165 billion (nominal) since 1999. It has reached $440 billion in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP).

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Pakistan receives first Saab 2000 AEW aircraft

December 30, 2009 at 3:04 am (Pakistan) (, )

By Siva Govindasamy

Source: Flight International

The Pakistan air force has taken delivery of the first of its four Saab 2000-based airborne early warning and control aircraft from Sweden.

Islamabad became the first military customer for a Saab 2000 derivative when it signed a deal for the Saab Microwave Systems Erieye radar-equipped type in June 2006. Its first example made its flight debut from Saab’s Linköping site in mid-2008.

“The aircraft landed at one of the Pakistan air force’s main operating bases, marking a major milestone in the overall modernisation plan,” says the service.

“Besides detection of high- and medium-altitude flying aircraft, this state-of-the-art system is also capable of detecting low-level flying objects over land and sea at extended ranges [and] of picking even the surface targets over the sea,” says the air force.

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Celebrating New Year

December 30, 2009 at 2:59 am (History, Islam) ()

By Komal Hashmi

Man has advanced so far and yet knows so little. Many a times we donot realize that the customs we deem normal in our daily lives may have origins that are contradictory to our religious believes. Celebrating the solar new year is one of them.

A common man does not know the roots of the calendar we follow and the origin of the names of the days we happily teach our children and use in our daily lives. This is my humble attempt to educate others who like myself, were naïve to this reality.

Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, totaling 304 days, winter being considered a month less period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, allowing the calendar to equal a standard lunar year (355 days). Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year either under Numa or under the Decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers differ).

Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year in Europe during the Middle Ages, including March 25 and December 25. However, medieval calendars were still displayed in the Roman fashion of twelve columns from January to December. Beginning in the sixteenth century, European countries began officially making January 1 the start of the New Year once again — sometimes called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the eighth day from December 25.

The names of the months are derived from names of pagan gods or goddesses or from names of paganistic rituals.

January is named after Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year. 

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Rape in the ranks: Female US soldiers raped by comrades fight war on two fronts

December 28, 2009 at 12:57 am (Global Issues) (, , )

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Undercut crime: Israel admits illegal organ harvesting

December 28, 2009 at 12:55 am (Global Issues) ()

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Ron Paul- Can US Afford Their Foolish Troop Surge in Afghanistan?

December 28, 2009 at 12:47 am (Economics, Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , , , )

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CIA False Flag Operations May Include Suicide Bombings in Pakistan Which are Blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda

December 28, 2009 at 12:29 am (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , )

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Interview with an anti-war US activist- Bill Ayers

December 28, 2009 at 12:21 am (Global Issues, Interview, Politics) (, , )

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The Ongoing Deadly Threat

December 27, 2009 at 7:23 pm (History, Pakistan, Politics)

Brig (R) M. Shafi Khan

This paper covers the real and imminent threat to Pakistan’s survival. When the partition became imminent, Hindu leaders and Mountbatten advanced the date of transfer of power from June 1948 to August 1947 to impose a sudden/abrupt implementation of the partition leading to chaos: migration of 10 millions and death of 5 millions seekers of their own homeland. Pakistan was denied means to run the state. Mountbatten was refused the position of common Governor General by Quaid-i-Azam which embittered him further. Quaid-i-Azam had read his mind to scuttle the establishment of Pakistan and prove it unworkable and failure on ground hence his rejection of M.B’s offer. On 19 July 1947 Mountbatten, bitterly venomous, addressed Quaid-i-Azam:

M.B: “Do you realise what this will cost you?”
Jinnah: “It may cost me several crores of rupees in assets.”
M.B: “No, it may will cost you the whole of your assets and future of Pakistan.”

The evil eye followed Pakistan all the way.

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Retrospective Study of Muslim League – A Book Review

December 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm (History, Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Basharat Hussain Qizilbash

The Pakistan Historical Society is keeping the spirit of scholarship and enquiry alive by consistently producing thought provoking issues. This issue contains fourteen research papers by Pakistani and foreign scholars and constitutes the first part of the investigation into the role of the All India Muslim League in the creation of Pakistan.

Dr. Arshad Islam, an Associate Professor at the Department of History and Civilisation at the International Islamic University Malaysia, explores the role of Syed Ahmed Khan in Shifting Muslims focus to modern education under the British rule. The task turned out to be daunting. The challenge from the Muslim conservatives was most threatening. The propounder of the ‘Two Nation’ theory was dubbed as an atheist, a traitor, a ‘neicheri’ (believer in Nature, not God) and a British agent.

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Pakistan and Mountbatten Deceits

December 27, 2009 at 6:56 pm (History, Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Syed Mohammad Tahir

Pakistan and Israel are the only countries in the world based on religious ideology. Surprisingly and unfortunately Pakistan inherited a lot from its colonial roots. The following lines would make starling disclosures about the sordid role of Lord Mountbatten in giving three districts to Indian dominion having Muslim clear majority along with head works and a significant part of army and ammunition and thus gave massive lose to newly born state Pakistan combined with a touch of Kashmir problem.

Previously it was supposed that Lord Radcliffe – a commission assigned to mark boundaries between two states – the arbitrator did everything on his own, but fresh light has been thrown after careful investigation conducted by many researchers including by an Indian writer on Mountbatten’s intervention who altered the Radcliffe Award in India’s favour at eleventh hour.

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It’s Israel’s proxy war, not America’s for oil

December 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , )

By M. Shahid Alam

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It has been apparent to all but the purblind – a defect in understanding assiduously cultivated by America’s mass media – that the war the United States is ready to wage against Iraq has almost nothing to do with its security.

In an age when the people believe that their voices must be heard, the United States must sell its wars the way corporations sell their products. In the past, the people were asked to lay down their lives for visions of glory; now, governments appeal to their self-interest. The first Gulf War had to be fought to protect American jobs. If Saddam Hussain stayed in Kuwait, he would raise the price of oil, and Americans would lose their jobs.

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Time for some truth mongering- Capital Talk with Moulana Shah Abdul Aziz

December 27, 2009 at 2:07 am (Interview, Pakistan, Politics) ()

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Dr. Israr Ahmed- Iblees ki Majlis e Shura

December 27, 2009 at 12:28 am (Allama Iqbal, Islam) (, )

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