Pakistan-U.S. alliance scarred

June 19, 2008

A New York Times report about Pakistan threatening to postpone or cancel an American programme to train a paramilitary force because of last week’s U.S. air strikes has been widely picked up in the Pakistani media.

Eleven soldiers from the Frontier Corps died in those air strikes in the Mohmand agency in circumstances that remain unclear. But the U..S.-Pakistan alliance forged after the September 11 attacks has been deeply scarred as a result, says the report. It quotes former Pakistan Army chief General Jehangir Karamat as saying that the United States deliberately targeted Pakistani forces and that there had not been a statement from the United States that this was friendly fire and that the intention was not to attack Pakistani forces.

The Frontier Corps is the very paramilitary force that Washington had begun spending $400 million to train in counter-insurgency techniques.

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Such is the anger in Pakistan, inflamed further by Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s
threat to send troops in to Pakistan to stop cross border attacks, that defence expert Shireen M Mazari questioned whether America was a “dubious ally or an outright enemy.”

Air strikes are blunt instruments and rarely win hearts and minds, says writer Eric Margolis. Attacks by U.S. aircraft, Predator hunter-killer drones, U.S. special forces and CIA teams have been rising steadily inside Pakistan’s FATA, and instead of intimidating the Taliban, they have ignited a firestorm of anti-western fury among the tribesmen, he writes.

But the United States says cross border attacks into Afghanistan have been increasing – there were 50 percent more in April than the year before- attributing it to lack of pressure on the militants on the other side of the border.
 

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Patriotic way, to prevail “Democracy in Pakistan”…?

Democracy as a system of governance and interest representation demands respect for dissent and opposition. It recognizes the principle of majority rule and guarantees protection of minorities. Democracy also builds faith in electoral contestation to gain public office and gives legitimacy to political parties as primary instruments for acquisition and transfer of power from one set of individuals to another. Democracy teaches us equality, tolerance and justice without any discrimination to establish welfare society based on peace, progress and prosperity.

Therefore, it is essential to denounce the killing of innocent people in Pakistan, since it look excellent and compassionate but are we really feel sorry for that killing of innocent people ? if it is so, then we must eliminate the route cause of suicide killing and other hatred, being a democratic Islamic country and people, we must think in the light of teaching of our prophet (PBH) because killing for killing and bloodshed of innocent people, due to one pretext or other can never gives flowers in return, peace cannot prevail in this circumstances we must adopt democratic ways and means to settle the differences with who so ever they may be.

In reality, factual reason behind this hate is not born by us, but borrowed by us for the sake of US pleasure “Aa bel muje mar”. Because, those who were supported, financed, equip and trained by the USA and its allies, and who fight in the name of freedom of Afghanistan from occupied forces, were not aware about the truth behind their fighting, their fighting, was to protect the interest of USA, they were fighting a war of USA against USSR, for the political gain of USA (petrol resources around the Afghanistan and get easy excess for ,Iran, china) and when they realise their national interest was going to be robed, they dare to refuse, what kind of robbery was that is mentioned in the recently release book by the France authors.

“ French authors Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie recently published a book entitled Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth which tells of the negotiations for oil pipeline rights in Afghanistan that collapsed in August 2001 after the U.S. told the Taliban: Accept our offer of a carpet of gold or you’ll get a carpet of bombs.”

Despite the fact that, “Bush administration was expecting from Taliban, to cooperate with their plans for exploiting the oil resources of Central Asia. US were sure until August, that the Taliban, as a source of stability in Central Asia, would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia.” But, all of a sudden a trusted partner of USA, turn in to so-called terrorist?

But fortunately, the Taliban realize that their national interest was going to be robed by USA; they dare to refuse, to accept US conditions for their support in exploitation of oil resources from central Asia.

As a last hope in the talks between the Bush, administration and the Taliban which began in February 2001, shortly after Bush’s inauguration. A Taliban emissary arrived in Washington in March with presents for the new chief executive, (an expensive Afghan carpet). But the talks themselves were less than cordial. Brisard said; “At one moment during the negotiations, the US presentatives told the Taliban, ‘either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs’.”

USA and its allies attack the Afghanistan under the immediate aftermath of September 11, there were press reports—against, largely overseas protest and hiding the factual reality behind the attack on Afghanistan, they almost destroyed remaining infrastructure and killed thousands of innocent people, such as they attack the Iraq under wrong pretext of having the WMD and against the will of the world to capture the oil resources and acquire a place for their continuous presence in the middle east for their political gain. The United National has lost its credibility as neutral authority to intervene and protect the small and week nation against foreign aggression but instead ,UNO, proved as failed organization playing in the hands of the brutal power intimidating and capturing the countries, in order to grab their, resources such as OIL and to attain political influence, while killing their innocent people under one pretext or other in the name to “demoralized” them and to accept the terms and condition suitable for the occupier.

At present they (US/NATO) are fighting their war of military/political interest in the region, involving the dependent country like Pakistan, under intimidation of sever consequences to bear, if refuse to support them; The current demand draft of 11 points, submitted by the so-called democratic imperialistic state of USA is a clear sign to a sovereign government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to accept and obey as matter of master’s voice.

This act is a kind of intimidation and direct involvement in the internal matter of a sovereign state. This act create a question as if we are really a sovereign state or part and partial of USA, Because, they want Pakistan to fight and kill his own people under one ploy or another, want to drag them in to the chaos and uncertainty, so that they can further impose more condition on the Pakistani Government to follow them, dip and dip until armed forces of Pakistan loose the trust of the Pakistani people and come openly to fight against his own people like they did in east -Pakistan, this is the movement they (USA) are waiting for, so that their, in time financial help to the traitor can play the role to disintegrate the strength of the nuclear country.

This is a moment invite us all for serious consideration weather to keep our independence in tact or bow down before this mighty evil, democratically bullying to accept the terms and condition of his interest, or in other words be ready to loose our independence for ever.

How? a patriotic person can repeat, the past mistake for supporting the fight, for external political and regional gain instead, we have already paid to much price in the form of social unrest, ethnic conflicts, drug- addicting and arms problems through Pakistan, If, we have to survive as a Sovereign Islamic Nation, in this world with dignity and respect as a free nation, then we must adopt and adhere the following essential change immediately;

• Decentralize the power on the basis of division to empower the people at grass route level without any delay.
• Allow free, complete education with technical knowledge to every able citizen.
• Establish research institute at divisional level to encourage the youth with god gifted skill to develop and those who are interested in research work in all field, it is necessary step towards self sufficiency in technology.
• Provide guarantee for job opportunity to all man and women after education/technical training.
• Rapid industrialization of small, medium and cottage industries be allowed at the divisional level with total protection to capitals and facilities to flourish.
• A cooperative farming should be introduced at divisional level for large scale agriculture product and development of agro-industries.
• Supply of controlled price utilities could only be possible if we follow the mass industrial and agriculture production
• Provide separate working facilities for production and services to women, so that majority women force of 52% can join the force of national production/services.
• Insurance coverage should be provided all working man/women along with complete medical treatment coverage.
• Better residential facilities be provided to all
• Export oriented foreign policy should be adopted and find markets for our excess products in the regional country surrounding us, and provide them market place for their excess products.

The right way to reverence to Martyr is to eliminate the causes after the incidents. If we can redress the route cause after the suicide killing, we can save many lives in future. The only way out is the change of system, the route cause of all kind of grievances, the time is to empower the Pakistani at grass route level to eliminate the socio-political injustice and strengthen the unity within the society at large, and closing the door for outsiders or intruder to penetrate in our society because of social unrest.

Pakistani people are left at distant from the corridor of power. As this policy is denial of right of Pakistani igniting the unrest within the society, let the people of Pakistan, to rule their country according to their aspiration and desire to build, which can provide equal opportunity to all without any discrimination for the establishment of welfare society. Only the society base on tolerance, equality and justice can be the real guarantee for the prosperous and strong Pakistan

See http://www.idp.org.pk
Ilyas khan Baloch
Organizer Islamic democratic party

Brave words Mr Ilyas but the ruling clique i.e mullah-general-politician nexus in Pakistan will never allow such a change which effectively involves voluntarily giving up a lot of power.I frankly can’t see them doing that.But good you think like that all the same.

An Indian supporter of Balochistan.Perhaps when you are free you can sell your resources to us at market prices instead of giving them for nothing to punjabistan and with that money implement your impressive plan.Good luck and take care.

Posted by Shantanu Chatterjee | Report as abusive

Nice analysis dear Ilyas.
One thing which i would like to express is that, I dont see any change in future decates, there is a sort of Political lobby in Pakistan. Every time they comes on the screen and do their own business in making money to use the poor nation OR either they younger generation (brother, sister,daughter,sons)they occupy the same seats and implement their elders strategy to makes money. There is no one sincere to this country. Political changes is the base of true democracy in the current scenario. It will come when every person of this nation is educated. Then they can easily decide where to go what to do. Otherwise they have to listen and obey what the Chaudharies, Waderas, Maliks, Raees,Numberdar is ordering.
Young independent generations can turn the game into the right way in the ground.

Posted by Usman Khattak | Report as abusive

i believe that it is about time that the US end its close relationship with Pakistan. The US and Pakistan have opposing value systems: the US is a free democratic society, progressive and secular; Pakistan is a land dwelling on obsolete theological concepts and sent backwards in time by religious fundamentalism and a hatred of all things not Islamic.

in the same time frame that the US sent a man to the moon and fought for freedom and social justice, Pakistan promoted hatred and division and supported Islamic and Sikh terrorism and violence.

its about time that the US and Pakistan part ways. Pakistan stands for all that the American people have fought against.

Posted by david | Report as abusive

Besides losing Afghanistan, one of major mistakes Pakistan made is giving up support to the Sikh freedom fighters struggling for a homeland in northwest India. They looked up to Pakistan and Pakistan betrayed them. But all is not lost. Kinck out the Indians from Afghanistan and eliminate their spies and mercenraries in Balochistan and NWFP, and then support the Sikh freedom movement. You will not regret it.

Posted by Dalbir Singh | Report as abusive

Balbir, Not sure why have you got such anti indian feelings. If your anger is stemming from the 84 riots, i would request you to forgive and forget. Do not forget Guru nanak teachings. Punjab is Punjabi state not a sikh state. Sikhs are hindus anyway and i am sure you will not agree.

my hunch is that you are born in US or Canada and dont have an inkling of the india social fabric. Look at the prime misnister of india, deputy chairman of planning commission and the list goes on. They have all acheived this because ofthe fair play. You guys want to side with pakis and do not understand that they will screw you like they have done it in the past. Read Mughal histoary mate. Pls shed this ignorace and bol sat sri akal and you will be nihal one day.

Posted by Arun | Report as abusive

Oye Dalbire! don’t worry yaar all hindus are sikh and all sikh are hindu.If you want we will change the name of Hindustan to Khalistan

Posted by sudhir | Report as abusive

DALBIR SINGH

SON DONT REPEAT THE ANTI SIKH MASSACRE OF 1983
shshshshshhshshshs

Posted by yogi | Report as abusive