U.S. Predator strikes cripple al Qaeda in Pakistan?

February 6, 2009

America’s ramped-up Predator drone campaign against al Qaeda in Pakistan’s northwest is starting to pay off, according to U.S. and Pakistani intelligence authorities quoted in a clutch of media reports.

Eleven of the group’s top 20 “high value targets” along the Afghan border have been eliminated in the past six months  Newsweek magazine reports, citing Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The strikes by the unmanned drones circling high above Pakistan’s rugged tribal areas have been so pin-pointed that in one case a missile fired at a hideout in North Waziristan didn’t just hit the right house, but the room in which Mustafa al-Misri (“Mustafa the Egyptian”) and several other Qaeda operatives were holed up. the magazine reports, quoting a Taliban sub-commander.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official goes so far as to suggest that the CIA-directed strikes have been so successful that it was possible to foresee a “complete al Qaeda defeat” in the mountainous region , according to this report in America’s National Public Radio.

Is that stretching the gains,  a bit too triumphalist a picture?

Al Qaeda’s leadership cadre had been “decimated” with up to a dozen senior and mid-level operatives killed as a  result of the strikes and the remaining leaders reeling from the attacks, U.S. officials say in the NPR report, adding achievements of the past several months should not be under-stated.

“In the past, you could take out the No. 3 al-Qaeda leader, and No. 4 just moved up to take his place,”  NPR quoted a U.S. official as saying. “Well, if you take out No. 3, No. 4 and then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, it suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to revive the leadership cadre.”

What has changed ?
One, according to Newsweek, greater assistance from Pakistani intelligence agencies who have finally started helping the Americans track and kill members of al Qaeda in the lawless frontier belt.

Two, there has been some kind of purge in the ISI, with 140 pro-Islamist officers mustered out of the agency since September, it quotes a diplomatic official in Washington as saying.

Another reason, according to NPR, is the introduction of the Reaper  hunter drone,  an enhanced verion of the Predator that can carry two Hellfire missiles, as well precision-guided missiles.

Time to declare victory ?  Far from it. Indeed these reports come just when U.S. supply lines to Afghanistan through Pakistan have again been hit again with the bombing of a bridge in the Khyber pass, and  Pakistani forces are struggling to regain control of the Swat valley from Taliban militants after a year of fighting. Why, even Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province remains to some, a city essentially under siege.

That doesn’t suggest a waning of militant forces in the region.

Perhaps the best conclusion you can draw is that the Predator strikes have had an impact on al Qaeda’s ability to strike at the United States, but the group is by no means decimated.

Bill Roggio, writing in The Weekly Standard Blog, says Taliban and al Qaeda control in Pakistan and Afghanistan has actually expanded since the 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate which concluded that al Qaeda had  regenerated its network in northwest Pakistan and maintained a safe haven there. Here is a PDF of the declassified NIE.

“Despite Pakistani claims to the contrary, the Pakistani Army is losing ground in the northwest while NATO is still searching for the right strategy in Afghanistan, where the Taliban legitimately claim much of the rural regions are under their control,” Roggio says warning against making overly optimistic claims.

[File pictures of a Predator drone and a protest in Peshawar]

Comments

The #1, #2…you gottu be joking..its a group of militants..stop calling them organization and the illusion of #1, 2, 3..they would have been much more succesfull fi they were so well organized like a state military..CIA may claim they bombed AL-queda #2, #3 or what ever..its like fooling your self to look for bombing people who were leaders during gulf war..
They are a gang of fighters who act on their will, kidnap someone and ask for bukshish..or carry out a suicide attack on targets as per contract..
The advertising of Al-queda as a professional organized terror group by US has done more harm than anything good. Now there are 100s of groups like ULFA who took nspiration to start such dream militant groups all around the world. 1000s of youngsters who fascinate playing with guns have joined groups like Let.
As far as intelligence gathering by CIA for drone attacks are theyre..all they do is declare good amount of prize money for locals who give them info on where abouts of terrorists and rest of it are just glossy painting to the news done by media, pak army and the US in their own ways for their individual cause..

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive
 

It seems to be a derivation of the marketing strategy “Take the war to others turf”. Bushes policies have made America safe, precisely by that philosophy. With Al-Qaeda and Taleban trying to protect its people in Pakistan, it is in survival mode i.e. “Stay alive to fight another day”.

ISI removed that many terrorist handlers? Good news… but what do they do when they are unemployed? Join them right? They should have been imprisoned… BTW I just heard the news that AQ has been freed… Is anyone thinking in Pakistan?

Posted by Jerry | Report as abusive
 

Oh yeah jerry..pakistan has a well thought plan before freeing the A.Q khan the worst nuke smuggler of anytime..

How else do you think Taliban and Al-queda would get their hands on Nukes to fight the west ??

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive
 

Anitha i dont think you have a life do you?

all i see is just your bubbles why dont you get a job at kalkutta red district you ll be an assett to your country working there lol.

Did they share the plan with you? I bet you it must have been a very dark place and utmost secrecy when they informed you hena lol.

I hope you signed the confidenilty documents too lol

and is jeerry yur latest punter from kalkutta?

You lot i mean idiots are not willing to belive that ISI is the master of all tricks. If we can smuggle nuclear technology so can we shut india up…and we have what has india done to pakis even after crying to the whole world we will do this n that n that n this…

Fcuk all indians are incompotent and roven with your elite force in action in mumbait what a bunch of fools they were…worser performnace then the dads army programme..

If i was a indian i would kill myself at the incomptency of the indians lol…

Posted by ali | Report as abusive
 

Oh yeah Ali..If anycommon man of some country should kill themselves for their army performance..
Remember the 90000 paki soldiers surrender in 1971..oh you dont have to go so far behind..read news about 26 soldiers surrendering to tribal terrorist 2 days ago along with 4 police men.
Now go kill urself..

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive
 

Ali

—Even if hypothetically agreeing with our allegation that we may be incompetent, we stand a chance to become competent enough….But what about you Paki’s, murdering innocent & unarmed civilians, raping you did with the holy Jew rabbi’s wife & murdering in cold blood,Is this Paki ‘Mardangi’? No! this is Paki ‘hijra-giri’, you’ll are impotent, & do not stand a chance to change for the better…(granpa askin-how’s your granny Zohrabai kothewalli, lol)

Posted by Anup | Report as abusive
 

Ali:

Last time when I did a Paki girl, she told me that she had 2 sisies in Lahore and a brother named Ali, So many Alis are in Pak, It could be even you. Hows your Heera Mandi business going Ali, I must say very good, You are not dead of hunger, so you are getting food everyday and you got access to a computer too. WoW. No hard feelings Ali, I paid well for the very good service sorry great service.

Anyways lets come to point, whatever ISI has done till today is illegitimate, lets see how long it carries on this. You get what you give.

I will not ask you kill yourself, coz you will die of hunger when there are no customers like me around.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

can we come out of this blame game and try to fix the problem … right now a country is violating the air space of another country ..just on the principle of might is right… America went to Iraq without the consent of UN and same is what it is doing in Pakistan it is not acceptable in any way and if they are justified to launch drone attacks any wherein the world just because some idiots banged themselves with the twin towers.. then they are supposed to be the originators and gainers of this complete terrorism menace.

Posted by kashif | Report as abusive
 

Kashif:

We don’t start it, but it seems like Pakis, whenever tested on logic they start abusing people. Just like they started terrorism on Kashmir.

We absolutely dont care what pak or pakis are doing in their dirts. Its always them who poke their nose in our affairs.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

Well that is what i am saying lets talk beyond this .. i think this is not a place where we should be abusing each other i beg pardon on Ali’s behalf

Posted by Kashif | Report as abusive
 

Punjabiyaar
Anitha, Anup and Punjabiyaar, you Indians are doing very well projecting your filthy mentality.

Ali, dont argue with the idiots, let them bark. Lets not stoop down to their level.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive
 

Umair wrote:
“Ali, dont argue with the idiots, let them bark. Lets not stoop down to their level.”

Ali, Listen to what big brother is saying, just take care of your Heera Mandi Business. Don’t mess with us.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

Dear Sanjeev Miglani,
Al-Qaida is not some regional terrorist group that neutralizing some it can collapse. “complete al Qaeda defeat” in the mountainous region only may not mean al Qaeda Inc,. is gone. Yes the danger will be significantly low. To me it is simplistic to say “complete al Qaeda defeat”. This never happens unlike war between nations and one is never 100% sure or it will be like Bush’s meaningless “mission accomplished” situation.

This statement from some US official: “Well, if you take out No. 3, No. 4 and then 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, it suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to revive the leadership cadre.” is too mathematical and assumes Al-qaida leaders are waiting to be attacked and do not foresee the need to promote leadership (at other SAFER places in the world). Remember, Al-Qaida top guys are very smart and they are well known by US commentators to forecast on issues even unrelated to terrorism (eg, real estate- well before even US experts thought is going to happen). As you said Al qaida is by no means decimated. Their support network in the region has to go.
The questions are: Is Taliban has links with Al Qaida? Mullah Omar did have but does he has now. Is Baitullah Mehsud Taliban split from Omar? Omar will like to go back to his old turf-Afghanistan, but Mehsud’s Taliban appears to be focused on Pak. Mehsud offered help to Pak to fight against India. If at all ISI is having connection, are or were they with Omar and/or Mehsud.
The point is that in the past Taliban has played crucial role in the prosperity of Al-Qaida (Pak-Taliban connections were strong at that time). Obviously this Taliban-A Qaida link needs to be broken. Is US working on it? How sure is everyone that Pak (ISI) is not assisting any kind of Taliban? Sacking 140 pro-Islamist officers mustered out of ISI is encouraging, but what is going to be their fate. Retired army officers and ISI are known to train Kashmiri militants. There is strong reason that Kashmiri militants would love to hug these pro-Islamist officers. Will Pak make sure this does not happen? I doubt. All this tells me that US/NATO (US at least) can not leave this region because when the pressure on the lid is gone, regrouping will start undoing the $/men/time.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

If i was a indian i would kill myself at the incomptency of the indians lol…
- Posted by ali

Hey Listen Ali, you WIMP.
Do not use Reuters as a site to spit the anger against the incompetence of your Pak govt. IDIOT it is not our fault it is them. Listen you SOB, if you are so jealous of India, you should have thought before 1947 and you would be living a much better life in India and not so angry at the world and not producing this hatred out of your keyboard– the toy someone gave you by mistake for insulting bloggers and religion. We are proud of our country PERIOD Honestly, your govt has turned your country into terroristan and you cannot stop it or perhaps are stupidly proud of it. Look out of the window IDIOT, Taliban is sitting outside wearing rags and carrying polished AK-47…lol You got reasons to do suicide (your criterion) or take action (I suggest this). You will do neither of this. Why? You have a severe case of BBS syndrome (lack balls, brain and spine)…lol.
Remember you said the other day you said “long live LeT long live Kashmir”. I am not sure that you are a terrorist or not but you sure are a terrorist sympathizer. Listen IDIOT, I say “death to LeT, LONG LIVE KASHMIR TILL ETERNITY AND PEACEFULLY IN INDIA.” Go to your LeT brothers training camp and beg them for a job. Listen, even those LeT coward bros of yours will not take you, since you are such a useless fella. Why?– you got BBS. Go f..off and see a psychiatrist.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

“”"Anitha, Anup and Punjabiyaar, you Indians are doing very well projecting your filthy mentality.
Ali, dont argue with the idiots, let them bark. Lets not stoop down to their level.
- Posted by Umair”"”

—-Umair, listen do not try to play a “wise man” if you cannot. Saying idiots to “Anitha, Anup and Punjabiyaar” and telling Ali (the guy who started this, as always) not to stoop down, you have not only agreed with what Ali said, but found a new low.

Kashif: First off, Thank you for your post. If you have been visting the blog, you will notice, this man cannot reason without abuse. Bloggers have ignored him mostly, but he deserved this time.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

long live india, but under Zardari presidency and Kyani millitary command.
i hope all of you will agree with me.

Posted by kamran | Report as abusive
 

Calm down Rajeev

It was not Ali, it was Anitha who started. Anitha suggested Dr. AQ Khan was a nuke smuggler, well thats an insult. He is the hero of 170 million Pakistanis.

On top of that, Punjabiyaar wrote: “We don’t start it, but it seems like Pakis, whenever tested on logic they start abusing people. ”

Now what Anitha stated was not logic, it was utter non-sense. Did you see the language used by Anup and Punjabiyaar above? I could have responded with very abusive language but i didnt. Thats why I stated Anitha, Anup and Punjabiyaar have revealed their filthy mentality. Specially Anup and Punjabiyaar.
And you dont call Ali an SOB ok!!! what is their to be jealous about India? huh. Hey man absolutely nothing. I am proud to be a Paki. I am writing you from Islamabad and this beautiful city literally resembles Washington DC. Come over and take a look around, Pakistan is far from what you imagine. This is a beautiful and great country. I am totally astonished at your ignorant remarks, in this age of media and internet you dont know about a country just next door. Well, thats good sometimes they say ignorance is a blessing. Keep well in your dreamland.

Posted by Umair | Report as abusive
 

There is no need to be emotional guys even though I am a Pakistani,I’d say its Ali’s fault to kick up the dust in this discussion.His comment is unjustified and not true and also he has used filthy language.I’ll say sorry on his behalf.
Terrorism is a problem in Pakistan and we have launched a war against it.I don’t think we have even succeeded 1% in it.

Posted by Roxio | Report as abusive
 

Umair:
I will be short-I gotta go.Patriotism is understandable.

On AQ Khan, I agree with Anitha and the whole world and your own govt (scapegoat or not) and wikipedia and many other independent reports I have seen.
Umair, Truth hurts. He is your hero but live with the facts and do not abuse when told.
JUst one report as an example.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Qadee r_Khan

Relevent quote
“In January 2004, Khan confessed to having been involved in a clandestine international network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation from Pakistan to Libya, Iran and North Korea.”

That explains and Ali had to accept the truth and not say that filthy stuff he gotten used. He might be living in some rough neighbourhood–but this is Reuters.

What PUnjabiyaar wrote was post-Ali. Damage done got response. and then you support.

talk to you later. I really have to go than get into dirty bomb business

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

If AQ Khan is not Nuclear proliferator why was he undergoing house arrest untill recently? and why is he sought by America and IAEC for his nexus with Libya, Iran and N Korea?
He might be your hero and to most Pakis but that is not changing the facts.
And i personally don’t think we are in a race with you on who is better. Coz no indian thinks of competing with Pakistan. We are competing with China and other fast growing economies. Remember that there is no P in BRIC.

Coming back to the topic, I don’t think the drone attacks will yield results. CIA might be taking away no 2,3,4,5 etc but still Terrorist fan following is growing. One Al Quaeda is giving birth to many similar organizations. Unless the ideology of hate and their sympathizers are destroyed there will not be any lasting victory.

Posted by chirkut | Report as abusive
 

ALI:

A Q Khan IS a smug-gler and he confessed it on PTV in 2004, Umair + Ali you missed that show probably. Not only he is a smuggler he also earned the name of “PHOTO CHOR” coz he stole the nuclear designs.

He literally ran away from Denmark after stealing blue prints. Khan was convicted, in absentia, in Dutch court for conducting nuclear espionage and sentenced to four years in prison, but could not be prosecuted because it was impossible to deliver summons to him in Pakistan.

Well here is a video about him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wciSG_3-x 28

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

Umair

—Pleaseeee! Don’t stop Ali, I beg of you, it gives me a high, gleefully responding to him,love u Ali, lol,
—On a much serious note, atleast he speaks his heart & mind as he understands & comprehends, without any strings attached, appreciable- not like you, a hypocrite, ‘Zubaan pe Allah, Astein mein churi’

Posted by Anup | Report as abusive
 

Anitha

Mushy is comming to india, if you want i can arrange a one to one with you, but then again he does have taste lol. The old boy still got charisma you know and still can slaute you know what i mean anitha. You sound like the indian women bandit rani by the way the one that gets raped by incompotent 20 indian men and still walks off on her legs. Thats the mardangi of the idnians lol…By the way you are welcome to work in heera mandi i mean after all you have kalkuta red light experience on your CV which can NOT be ignored lol.

Posted by Ali | Report as abusive
 

Who cares if he stole the plans for nuclear does it matter the bottom line as we have enough to put one up every indian arse n mouth and the press the red button on their forehead and send them to hell on a oneway ticket.

Hindus Anup n your little incompotent calomonadis will come back in life —re-carnation as RATS lol….Which the benaglis are doing good job at killing them. Imeanthey have broke the record so when you little indian do come back as rats please dont go to dhaka cos you ll be killed like how indian got killed when the cross the border to go paki land lol.

Posted by Ali | Report as abusive
 

Well what am I reading, Ali you are quite funny the fact you could not care less what the idiots think. I slaute you for responding to them just the way they want you to but better.

By the way is punajbi putar sisies still in heera mandi or had the gadi doen too much millage? Mind you if Pakis can make nuclear weapons surely we know hoe to put the gadi back to zero milage lol.

Go Mushy go get in the indian nickers we know they love General lol. After all indian are not that dumb they know Mushy has experinec we young guns still have some way to go lol.

Posted by Hussain | Report as abusive
 

Ali says:
“I can arrange a one to one with you, but then again he does have taste lol”

Ali are you a pim-p. You know his taste as well. How much do you make from this business ? A lot I guess !

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

punjabi yaar…

ask your maa she in fifty fifty on the business after all she was my first call girl lol…

so my little boy when you finished your job at the call center go home and ask her mind you she did sign confidetialty file.

Posted by ALI | Report as abusive
 

“it gives me a high”

I wondered who was the little kid peeking through the letter box and now i realise that was you…

no wonder it gave you a high seeing your mum on the sofa getting it every angle you are a very naughty boy…

dont miss her too much she is coming home due to credut crunch the buisiness not lookig good…but then i have earned what i needed to…

Posted by Ali | Report as abusive
 

anup putar kia chlay gaiy ho maa kay puday may lol

Posted by ali | Report as abusive
 

Ali:
“ask your maa she in fifty fifty on the business ”

Sorry Ali she is not in this filthy business. It must be YOUR mom after sedu-cing Musharraf,AQ Khan and the devil of mecca, jumped into this business, and got a pim-p right in her own home.

I hope you are getting enough food to eat these days.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

You guys are so incompotent the sikhs what hapened to Khlistan went to hell…2 turbinators got killed and you put your arms down. Thats how strong punjabis are yu pathetic limbless indian mards.

Are we getting touchy now ooohhh dont worry i know you cant confront your mother but you had no probs peeking throught he key hole…when she had high profile visits remember lol…you naughty little boy.

By the way a sugesstion go and get her checked out surely she would got HIV by now after all india is the capital iof HIV at least you cant disagree tothat you IDIOT!!!

Posted by ali | Report as abusive
 

Idiots put your tails between your legs and RUN…

as you did in 1965/1999/1947/1948 except 1971 but that was because the gadaar bengalis anyway they will be in the sea soon….and your carnation theory that you come back as animals I know what you will be a…….

kant wait to read ooohhh…A SEWAGE RAT!!! which bengalis are good at killing lol.

No ACTION its been over two months and all we hear –

camps in paki land…infrasructure bla bla go to HELL!!!

If you want to do something do it!!! But then idiots are just good at BARKING!!! CARRY ON…..

Posted by aLI | Report as abusive
 

“Idiots put your tails between your legs and RUN…
as you did in 1965/1999/1947/1948 except 1971 but that was because the gadaar bengalis anyway they will be in the sea soon….”
—Check Saf’s older posts if you are sacred of visiting neutral reports. BT”Idiots put your tails between your legs and RUN…
as you did in 1965/1999/1947/1948 except 1971 but that was because the gadaar bengalis anyway they will be in the sea soon….”
—Check Saf’s older posts on Indo-Pak wars, if you are sacred of visiting neutral reports—you would do suicide instead of feeling proud. But then your brain has such a short memory–can be explained by your BBS syndrome deficiency in balls brain and spine).
Did you check one of our heroes, a Muslim borther who smahed Paki ass in 1965 and was decorated with PVC.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Hamid _(soldier)

a”nd your carnation theory that you come back as animals I know what you will be a…….”
—–And then you say all Kashmir means everyone including Hindus and the feeing like this yeah sure secular Kashmir–as secular as Pakistan perhaps. “Death to LeT and LONG LIVE KASHMIR IN INDIA TILL ETERNITY IN PEACE”

Ali, Enjoy the Gang bang you are having today.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive
 

Ali:
“except 1971″

This is getting touchy, isn’t it ?

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

@chirkut

Dude, if Western countries, as well as China can have nukes then why cant Pakistan? Why is it that the Western countries can have nuclear bombs & threaten weaker states at will, but a country like Pakistan cannot have nukes for self defence? Always remember how helpless they have made India,the likelihood of your country “doing a Gaza” on mine has evaporated owing to us having nukes. AQ Khan is a HERO & we will always regard him as such…his incarceration was a disgrace & I wish it had never happened.

Secondly, it must be remembered that Pakistan was growing at 7% the entire decade all the way till 2007…last year the growth was 5% and this year its forcecast to be 4%….which is not bad given that so many developing countries even in the Far East even have shrinking economies. Pakistan has no desire to be a superpower,but it DOES want to be an economic powerhouse…similar to South Korea i.e. smaller country but with a great economy. Right now our growth has been derailed but wait till things pick up again…we’ll be one of the HOTTEST EMERGING MARKETS AROUND!!

I strangely agree with your view on the drone attacks…violence begets violence & they are a symbol of a US administration clutching at straws to find solutions to problems that have overawed them.

Posted by Qasim | Report as abusive
 

@Ali

Bro dont let these Indians get to you…the trick is not to insult their religion or start lashing out…we can politically disagree with them, it would be more effective

Posted by Qasim | Report as abusive
 

@ Sanjeev Miglani

I have to congratulate your evil genius in somehow winning a position of influence @ Reuters…and I am dumbfounded that a so-called “neutral” news organization would put an Indian in charge of a blog about Pakistan…its nakedly biased & has obviously been used to air your personal prejudices instead of any constructive discussion. Pakistanis do not appreciate being subject to a smear campaign from their southern neighbours,esp. at a time when we were trying to make peace with your hypocritical pesk government & establishment.

Posted by Qasim | Report as abusive
 

Ali

AAAHHH-Odepius Complex! that’s your mental disorder…

Posted by Anup | Report as abusive
 

@punjabiyaar

“Khan was convicted, in absentia, in Dutch court for conducting nuclear espionage and sentenced to four years in prison”———->if you are somehow trying to convince us whether we CARE about how he got nukes then stop trying. We dont care HOW WE became a nuclear power, its the end that has justified the means.

How about you stop poking your nose across the border & start caring a little for the rights of Kashmiri Muslims? Look at this article from Amnesty International…

Thousands lost in Kashmir mass graves

18 April 2008
Call on India to investigate enforced disappearances and mass graves in Kashmir and Jammu
Hundreds of unidentified graves – believed to contain victims of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other abuses – have been found in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Amnesty International has urged the Indian government to launch urgent investigations into the mass graves, which are thought to contain the remains of victims of human rights abuses in the context of the armed conflict that has raged in the region since 1989.

The findings appear in the report Facts under Ground, issued on 29 March by the Srinagar-based Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). The report details the existence of multiple graves which, because of their proximity to Pakistan controlled-areas, are in areas not accessible without the specific permission of the security forces. Since 2006, the graves of at least 940 people are reported to have been discovered in 18 villages in Uri district alone.

The Indian army has claimed that those found buried were armed rebels and “foreign militants” killed lawfully in armed encounters with military forces. However, the report recounts testimonies from local villagers saying that most buried were local residents hailing from the state.

The report alleges that more than 8,000 persons have gone missing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. The Indian authorities put the figure at less than 4.000, claiming that most of these went to Pakistan to join armed opposition groups.

In 2006, a state police report confirmed the deaths in custody of 331 persons, and also 111 enforced disappearances following detention since 1989.

Unlawful killings, enforced disappearances and torture are violations of both international human rights law and international humanitarian law, set out in treaties to which India is a state party. They also constitute international crimes.

Amnesty International has called on the Indian government to unequivocally condemn enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure that prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all sites of mass graves in the region are immediately carried out by forensic experts in line with the relevant UN Model Protocol.

Take ActionAll past and current allegations of enforced disappearances must be investigated and, where there is sufficient evidence, anyone suspected of responsibility for such crimes must be prosecuted in fair trial proceedings, with all victims granted full reparations.

Posted by Qasim | Report as abusive
 

We the young paki power dont care what hapened in 1971 so what bengalis wanted their homeland they got congrats to them and wish themthe best….

they are our bredrens even though few past generals treated them like indians what can we do. Move on mate thats history done n dusted you are talking to a citizen of a nuclear countrymate we put it far up ur arse and wount even need to press the red button…lol

idiots i love your sistas so much that i visit india few times when dawood bahis not visting after all someone needs t look after the empire lol.

Posted by ali | Report as abusive
 

@Qasim

“rights of Kashmiri Muslims”

Huh, how about rights of Kashmiri Pandits which had to migrate due to systematic murders by “Kashmiri Muslims”. If muslims were mishandled in India then remember there are more muslims in India that Pakistan, they are not asking for separate state. Its Pakistan which is playing the Kashmiris on Religion. But for How long ? Thats the question.

Its a matter of time when Indian Govt. ends Section 370 in Kashmir and it avails no Special status. Huge investments will come in Kashmir and Kashmiris will be part of mainstream, then you again have to revert to Open war. Once you start open war we will slice out the Baluchistan from you, remember Bangladesh.

Till then you can keep having Wet dreams of Kashmir.

If you don’t care about “how you got nukes” and “how you sold them” or “how you use them” then its time to consider “how you lost them”, If Americans stop the aid, will you eat nukes instead of Roti and Haleem ?

Buddy Stop singing Nukes everytime, concentrate on economy. You cannot boost your economy by selling Nukes.

Posted by punjabiyaar | Report as abusive
 

Ali sister..stop dreaming..if u r so obsesses with mushy the prez of a gay nation..ok..tell me how much does he charge for service..i hope u both will njoy each others company..i will pay and u can have him..
but remember to come back and tell us your good news after 9 months..

Posted by Anitha | Report as abusive
 

@Anitha and punjabiyaar.
Ignore the comments for Ali and cahoots.
Remember the saying that goes like: “Never get in a fight with a pig because you will both get muddy…and the pig likes it!”

@Quasim
Nobody is questioning your rights to have nuclear weapon but as Punjabiyaar said “If you don’t care about “how you got nukes” and “how you sold them” or “how you use them” then its time to consider “how you lost them”.

Pakistan’s 4-5% growth does not matter because you don’t have the critical mass. Macau grew by 27% last year but since their GDP is so small that nobody cares for those 27%.

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It appears that most pakis in their madness and anger are behaving like headless chickens. Attacking anyone and everyone under the sun.
Stop attacking Sanjeev. He is not biased in the articles and is raising some very well researched and pertinent issues.

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Since Ali, Hussain and Qasim are all small men from a very small country with small achievements and a small heart.

We of India will take the higher road. We will wipe the slate clean and try real peace with Pakistan, I mean sincere real peace.

Before India takes such a risky venture, a few things must happen:

-Smash every Madrasa
-Handover Daewood Ibrahim and all the other criminals
-Handover Osama Bin Laden to the U.S., we know you guys know where he is
-Smash the Terrorist/Jihadi/Extremist network
-Quit preaching hate in your schools against India
-Hand over Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul
-Hand over that dirty cheating double talking rat A.Q. Khan, he was a very Nalak Student in school by the way.

If Pakistan can deliver these things, we can share some Halal Goat together.

If Pak cannot deliver on these things, then prepare to fall on your own knife. We will give you every opportunity to hang yourselves with your own lies, deception and treachery.

We will not lose.

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@Ali, Qasim, Hussain,

Did you realize that you guys there cannot live one day without hate and blame? You guys cannot function without hate, hate at Indians, Jews, Americans, the West, Europe.

Just think.

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I ………….. am dumbfounded that a so-called “neutral” news organization would put an Indian in charge of a blog about Pakistan”
- Posted by Qasim

Oh Qasim, what have you just said. If you have strong case, these articles would look shallow. But you don;t have one and have now started the ultimate no-no of attacking media in this way; shows your lack of reasoning and facing the realities. I am sure you have noticed that media around the world almost independently say the similar things.

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“”””“Why is it that the Western countries can have nuclear bombs & threaten weaker states at will, but a country like Pakistan cannot have nukes for self defence?””””
—posted by Qasim

Almost Everyone has the right. How you develop/acquire nuclear weapons is as important as the weapons themselves–perhaps even more important. Plus it has to be in responsible hands, which Pakistan for a # of reason is not.
Developing nuclear weapons is science, and it has to be ethical–Builds up a nation’s image in the eyes of the world. But you do not think so. Give me one reason why you are so proud of AQ other than saying he made pak nuclear. Is he a great scientist—NO? reasons have been discussed In the blog aleady. There is a phrase that says “one eyed man is the king in a state of blind persons”. Guys you really need to responsible for your own good.

“Re”member how helpless they have made India”
—means India has every reason to attack but cannot due to Paki Nuclear weapons.

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During the times of Mushy (Ali’s boyfriend—lol) as a President, an unfortunate incident happened (many, but let us talk about this). In the middle of the night Mushy got a call that the only factory producing condoms in Pakistan has broken down. [Why one?-- More population is considered better!]. Still Pakistan needed the stuff and this was a crisis situation since the supplies would be depleted in a day, leading to increase in population than the imaginary economic growth. Mushy needed immediate help, but was too embarrassed to ask the West—obviously, what a thing to ask for in the middle of the might from another country. So he thought what the heck, why not ask our Indian friends? He called and woke Indian Punjabi wrestler Dara Singh who he thought would help him out. Ali on the side, Mushy asked Dara in embarrassment “Bhaji, a situtation has arisen, can you help me out?” Mushy told Dara the problem. Dara said “Koi Gal nahi (no problem). We have multiple factories since unlike you gadhas, in India we use family programming to control the population that allows lesser kids but quality education. That’s one reason India is developing faster. But Mushy murakh, if you do not have good engineers to fix as a result of your poor education because of “more the better policy”, why not have at least 2 factories.” Mushy had no answer and got redder in the face. Dara said “Chaddo, how much supplies you need?” Mushy told Dara Singh some 1000s of boxes # of boxes and in all colors of the rainbow. While begging also, smart Mushy did not want to lose an opportunity and thought why not tell these Indians about Pakistani Mardangi and he said “Bhaji, send them in 11 inch size range, not smaller they’ll be all useless in Pakistan otherwise” thinking now these Indians would know the Mardangi of pakis. Dara did not blink an eye and agreed as a helpful peace-loving neighbor. Next day, the shipment was in Islamabad. Mushy went and open the box himself. It was in rainbow color and checked the size, which said in bold digits 11 inch. Mushy was happy and thought “ek goli se do shikar”. But then he saw in small letter under 11inch, written as “SMALL”!!!!!!. He told his boyfriend Ali who thanked GOD for smaller mercies and is now having second thoughts of visiting India with Mushi on his talk.

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Oh Qasim, what have you just said. If you have strong case, these articles would look shallow. But you don;t have one and have now started the ultimate no-no of attacking media in this way; shows your lack of reasoning and facing the realities. I am sure you have noticed that media around the world almost independently say the similar things.
“”””“Why is it that the Western countries can have nuclear bombs & threaten weaker states at will, but a country like Pakistan cannot have nukes for self defence?””””
—posted by Qasim

Almost Everyone has the right. How you develop/acquire nuclear weapons is as important as the weapons themselves–perhaps even more important. Plus it has to be in responsible hands, which Pakistan for a # of reason is not.
Developing nuclear weapons is science, and it has to be ethical–Builds up a nation’s image in the eyes of the world. But you do not think so. Give me one reason why you are so proud of AQ other than saying he made pak nuclear. Is he a great scientist—NO? reasons have been discussed In the blog aleady. There is a phrase that says “one eyed man is the king in a state of blind persons”. Guys you really need to responsible for your own good.

“Re”member how helpless they have made India”
—means India has every reason to attack but cannot due to Paki Nuclear weapons.

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