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Completing the Big Picture
Dear Readers, Assalam – o –Alaikum The 21st century has ushered wars into the Muslim lands.After the Crusades in the 11th and 12th centuries, this is the most massive, and consequently even bloodier, Western invasion into the Muslim heartland. Led by the United States, these are the new Crusades, launched under the generic name of War on Terror. By September 2000, almost a year before 9/11, a plan for such an invasion had been finalized by the Zionist think tank The Project for the New American Century (PNAC). The grand strategic objectives of the US for the 21st century were outlined in the following chilling statement of Grand Strategy in the final report presented in September 2000: “As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's most preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievement of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests? [What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities. Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership of the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.” From the Project's founding Statement of Principles This is the Neo-Con vision of the future world where the United States would attempt a fair amount of killings to re-shape the world in order to maintain its dominance in the 21st century. Explaining the role, power and vision of the PNAC, on December 16th, 2002, famous journalist John Pilger writes in New Statesman: “Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W Bush said what America needed was “a new Pearl Harbor.” Its published aims have, alarmingly, come true”.
He further writes in the article: “One of George W Bush's “thinkers” is Richard Perle. I interviewed Perle when he was advising Reagan, and when he spoke about “total war”, I mistakenly dismissed him as mad. He recently used the term again in describing America's “war on terror”. “No stages,” he said. “This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” Pilger further writes in the same article: “Perle is one of the founders of the Project for the New American Century, the PNAC. Other founders include Dick Cheney, now vice-president, Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defence secretary, I Lewis Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, William J Bennett, Reagan's education secretary, and ZalmayKhalilzad, Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan. These are the modern chartists of American terrorism. The PNAC's seminal report, Rebuilding America's Defences: strategy, forces and resources for a new century, was a blueprint of American aims in all but name. Two years ago it recommended an increase in arms-spending by $48bn so that Washington could “fight and win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars”. This has happened. It said the United States should develop “bunker-buster” nuclear weapons and By: Farzana Shah make “star wars” a national priority. This is happening. It said that, in the event of Bush taking power, Iraq should be a target. And so it is”. About the war strategy to be deployed by the Neo-Cons, Pilger further writes: “In the Los Angeles Times, the military analyst William Arkin describes a secret army set up by Donald Rumsfeld, similar to those run by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and which Congress outlawed. This “super-intelligence support activity” will bring together the “CIA and military covert action, information warfare, and deception”. According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld, the new organisation, known by its Orwellian moniker as the Proactive Pre-emptive Operations Group, or P2OG, will provoke terrorist attacks which would then require “counter-attack” by the United States on countries “harbouring the terrorists”. In other words, innocent people will be killed by the United States. This is reminiscent of Operation Northwoods, the plan put to President Kennedy by his military chiefs for a phoney terrorist campaign complete with bombings, hijackings, plane crashes and dead Americans - as justification for an invasion of Cuba. Kennedy rejected it. He was assassinated a few months later. Now Rumsfeld has resurrected Northwoods, but with resources undreamt of in 1963 and with no global rival to invite caution. You have to keep reminding yourself this is not fantasy: that truly dangerous men, such as Perle and Rumsfeld and Cheney, have power. The thread running through their ruminations is the importance of the media, the prioritised task of bringing on board journalists of repute to accept our position”. This is no conspiracy theory. These are the hardcore grand strategic objectives, strategies, policies and operations of the US foreign policy for the 21st century, already set in motion a decade ago through the orchestrated “Pearl Harbor” of 9/11 under the code name War on Terror (WOT). The primary battle grounds chosen for the invasion, occupation and waging multiple theater high intensity wars are Afghanistan and Iraq, with Pakistan being the next direct target and battle ground for the 4th generation war already raging in full intensity with devastating consequences for the country. Afghanistan and Iraq are the staging areas for more
high intensity wars and for the control of the global trade routes, natural resource regions and for containing hostile ideologies and civilizations;all under the façade of WOT. Having seen through the American game, it is time to build the responses. Pakistan is now taking the full brunt of this massive 4GW. As a softening up operation, a bloody overt as well as covert war has been waged against Pakistan on all axes–by exploiting internal political instabilities, igniting sectarian wars, supporting insurgencies, staging economic collapse, launching media psy-ops –and to target the country diplomatically under the pretext of supporting “terrorism”.Creating “terrorist” groups within Pakistan and in other Muslim lands is as critical a dimension of this war as waging the “pre-emptive war” against them. Though, no Muslim country, from NorthAfrica to the Far East, is safe in this war, Pakistan is the hotly contested battleground now. These challenges and the crises are also the greatest of opportunities for Pakistan. America's wars have turned into military and economic disasters for the occupation forces. Under the staggering burden of two active wars and global deployments, the US economy at home is collapsing. US and NATO supplies pass through Pakistan giving incredible leverage to Pakistan to decide the fate of the US war in Afghanistan. Despite facing the most ruthless wave of terrorism and insurgencies, the Pakistan army has held its ground and emerged triumphant against overwhelming odds. Pakistan's strategic and nuclear assets remain safe, making the country the natural born leader of the Muslim bloc. The tide is turning in Pakistan's favor. The winds are changing against the occupation forces. Pakistan now has to take a decisive step. As far as Pakistan's National Security and sovereignty is concerned, is the presence of United States and the NATO in Afghanistan, part of the solution or part of the problem? And if it is part of the problem, which it is, then how will Pakistan exert itself to reclaim its rightful place in the region and secure its National Security interests in the 21st century? Great leaders are the greatest assets of any nation, more so in times of such staggering crises. The finest moments for Pakistan are now visible, the moment of destiny is close; let's hope great leaders are as well. MayAllah be our protector.Ameen
. Farzana Shah
Conflict and Chaos in the Muslim Lands
The sinister struggle for control of Pakistan and the Muslim world between two opposing fascist ideologies of Western / Hindu Zionists and Kharjee Takfiris
by: Zaid Hamid
They said it – lest we forget: “When the wealthy Jews play, the nations and the rulers dance." "The Jews make countries fight each other and when they want, make peace. But whatever happens, they get rich from this.” Founder of Zionism, Theodore Herzl "There is only one power which really counts. The power of political pressure. We Jews are the most powerful people on earth, because we have this power, and we know how to apply it." – Vladimir Jabotinsky, Jewish Daily Bulletin, July 27, 1935. remained in a state of covert war ever since. India, a State which is secular on paper only, is led and controlled by idol worshiping Brahmin pagans with extreme hostility towards Pakistan, hence becoming the natural born collaborator of the Zionist State. The following quote by the founding father of the Jewish State completes this geopolitical and strategic equation in totality. “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan. Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work there from against Pakistan. It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.” David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister. His words, as printed in the Jewish Chronicle, August 1967.
Almost ninety years ago, in the beginning of the 20 century, Muslim world received a most shattering and devastating blow as maps of the Muslim world were radically re-drawn by the invading and victorious Western powers as spoils of war when the Ottoman Empire was defeated and dismembered. It was during this outrageous and sacrilegious pillage of the Muslim lands that the State of Israel was sanctioned to the World Jewry by the triumphant British Empire. It took another great war few years later with horrendous death and destruction to the humanity, both in the East and the West, to finally materialize the dream of the Zionist Jewry – the State of Israel in the holy lands. A political, military and ideological dagger pierced the Muslim heartland. Pakistan was born almost at the same time as Israel. Both countries, representing two diametrically opposite religious ideologies hostile to each other, were born to be enemies and have
As the 21st century unfolds, the contemporary times are witnessing yet another epic struggle within the Muslim heartland. Muslim world is desperately fighting in an existential war this time against two
violent ideologies which have invaded from opposing prongs. The entire Muslim heartland – from the Arabian Peninsula to the greater Middle East including Pakistan - is the battle ground, and the ultimate prize. Not just that the heart and soul of the Muslim world is at stake, even the geography is once again threatened to be altered radically. In terms of phenomenon and scale, the threat is so severe and unique that it has baffled even the finest Muslim thinkers, philosophers, generals and analysts who are desperately trying to understand and then cope with the staggering emotional turmoil and the ensuing ground violence within the Muslim lands. The ideological, political and military confusion and chaos is so complete within the Muslim world that the mature reason and sound logic has almost given way to irrational radicalism or defeated resignation to the fate as violence, anarchy and the sheer pace of the events cripple the capacity of the Muslim world to develop even a reactive response let alone a pro-active one. There is no strategic threat analysis, hence no long term response strategy. The Muslim political leadership, despite hanging on to the power, has crumbled in totality to rise to the challenges, hence giving a free run to the invaders, leaving the hapless Muslim population to the wolves. Once again it seems sharply clear that the colonial and anarchic invading forces – operating on external and internal axis -- would further attempt to divide, conquer and dismember the Muslim countries into smaller territories. The 4th Generation war deployed in the greater Middle East today was first applied, experimented and perfected upon pro-Soviet Yugoslavia in the last decade of the 20th century, obliterating the country into history. Now the American wars are being waged right into the Muslim heartland, with genuine threats of re-drawing of greater Middle Eastern Maps as well. After bringing death and destruction to Afghanistan and Iraq, Pakistan is now in the eye of the storm, already staggering under the sheer scale of violence, war, chaos as well as political and economic anarchy. Still, the threat is manageable, downslide can be checked and rock solid responses can be built but this remarkable turnaround would need genuinely great leadership with vision, courage and spiritual prowess to dream and then achieve the seemingly impossible under these desperate conditions.
Today, the Muslim world finds itself between the two proverbial jaws of an alligator, facing the following invading prongs from the opposing directions: 1. The Western Crusaders, US, NATO, NeoCons and the Zionists. Using the full might of the western military and industrial power, backed by the massive use of information warfare and Psy-ops weapons, another wave of physical colonization of Muslim lands has begun. 2. The Radically anarchic Takfiri Kharjee religious militants. Exploiting the heretical interpretations of religious ideals, these terrorist gangs have been on rampage within the Muslim lands, primarily targeting Iraq and Pakistan with devastating effects. By declaring war from within on the Muslim lands, the Kharjees have become the most valuable assets for the Western crusaders to justify their global war and colonization. The crisis confronted by the Muslim world today of facing two prongs of attacks from opposing violent ideologies has only one precedent in the entire 1400 years of Muslim history though in terms of phenomenon and scale the threat today has magnified many times over. Historically, it is not new for the Muslim world to come under attack from the powerful Western civilization or radical Zionists ideologies from the Judeo-Christian world. The Crusades are a vivid and brutal expression of the militant and violent JudeoChristian anarchists' ideology invading Muslim heartland for religious, political and economic reasons. Similarly, radical anarchist thoughts within the Muslim world are also not without precedent. The Kharjiites in the early days during the times of companions of the Prophet (pbuh) declared war on the Muslim political and civil society. The radical and anarchists ideology of Assassins came later during 10th century and wrecked havoc within the Muslim society for almost 200 years during the times of Crusades and after. The great Kurdish Sultan of Syria and Egypt Salahuddin Ayubi had to fight and subdue Assassins within the Muslim society before he could attack and
counterattack invading Crusaders from the Western world. It would be interesting to note for our readers that the English word Assassin has come from theArabic word Hashashin, meaning the ones who use Hashish or drugs. The Murderous thugs of The Order of the Assassin cult were drugged with Hashish and then sent on dangerous suicide missions within the Muslim world for murders, sabotage and creating terrorism, hence the word Assassins came into the use in Western languages representing the qualities of a hidden terrorist murderer. In mid nineteenth century German historian Von Hammer wrote a rare and invaluable book on the ideology and practices of medieval age assassins titled the History of the Assassins and vividly explain their murderous practices and cult ideology which almost succeeded in overrunning the entire Muslim heartland even coming close to murdering Sultan Salahuddin at the peak of the Crusades. But even Salahuddin could not finish off the cloak and dagger cult of the Order of the Assassins who were finally and decisively eliminated ruthlessly by the rampaging Mongol armies which had also overrun the Capital of Khilifat in Baghdad around the 13th century AD. It is only now after the times of Crusades that the Muslim world is again facing two prongs of opposing violent fascist political ideologies – Crusading Zionists and the Assassin Kharjees. – often fighting with each other as well within the Muslim world for control, power, influence and turf. The game is sinister, evil and indeed bloody with violent consequences for the Muslim world. External invasion fueled by religious fanaticism of the JudeoChristian Zionists and aided by Hindu Zionists and internal sabotage by home grown cult of Kharjees recreate the threats, risks and the environment of the crusades after almost a 1000 years. Similarly, though all Muslim Ummah disapproves of Western invasion of Muslim lands, Kharjees are exploiting the Zionist invasion to wage their war against the Muslim societies and governments by declaring them partners in crime in these Crusades and thus Kharjees are also trying to grab the strategic control of Muslim world by exploiting the emotional upheaval and anger within the Muslim societies due to lack of any quality leadership within Muslim countries.
War on Terror (WOT) actually means War of Crusades by Zionists within the Muslim world for its colonization using the radical ideology of Kharjees as a justification for invasion and forcing the Muslim society to accept the Zionist invasion by presenting to them the Kharjee ideology as a bigger threat to the Muslim world. So even if the Kharjee threat is not real in certain lands, creating, fabricating and promoting the phantom bogey through orchestrated media campaigns and psy-ops remains an integral part of the entire Zionist war effort. While Zionists invade Muslim lands and occupy them, they want Muslim world to fight and finish off the Kharjees first. On the other hand, it is the ultimate desire of the Kharjees to bring about a massive high intensity conflict between the Muslim world and the Crusading Zionists so that a power and leadership vacuum within the Muslim world would allow Kharjees to break out and grab power just as Assassins did in the past during Crusades. Both Zionists and Kharjees want the other to finish off the Muslim world and are using the bogey of the other to justify their presence within the Muslim heartland and society. Both are waging war against the Muslim world and the battle ground is the Muslim urban societies with devastating effects. In reality, they are often willing partners to destroy the status quo within the Muslim world by violent means. The net result for the Muslim world would remain total and complete destruction if any or both of the ideologies succeed. The commonly known name for the modern day Kharjees in Pakistan is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the so called Al-Qaeda, both of which have waged bloody wars within the Muslim world against Muslim States and Muslim societies while also occasionally terrorizing western societies as well. Comprehensive analysis and introduction of this ideology and its patronizing gangs have been discussed in detail in BrassTacks September issue. Baitullah Mehsud, Hakim ullah Mehsud, Mullah Fadlullah, Ayman Zawihiri and Osama Bin Laden as well as Uzbek militants and Lal Masjid gangs are examples of this anarchic cult in modern times. Another example of Kharjee thought is the group of Utaibi who took over Holy Kaaba in 1979 in an armed rebellion against Saudi monarchy during Hajj which resulted in thousands of deaths in fighting in holiest Masjid of Muslims in Makkah. The similarities between the siege of Makkah in 1979 and siege of Lal Masjid in 2007 in Islamabad are strikingly obvious with similar
that is happening in ME,Africa andAsia has to do with one or more of these objectives and the clash between US foreign policy and the rest of the regional players who have a stake in preventing US from achieving these objectives. These world wars and global agenda have nothing to do with “war on terror”. The “WOT” is the new great game to gain strategic foothold in the 21st century. Political heavyweight, Zbigniew Brzezinski, clarified the importance of Central Asia to US plans for global dominance in his book, “The Grand Chessboard”. In it he states: “Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some 500 years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power”…“For America, the chief geopolitical prize is Eurasia—and America's global primacy is directly dependent on how long and how effectively its preponderance on the Eurasian continent is sustained”….“How America manages Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe's largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75% of the world's people live in Eurasia and most of the world's physical wealth as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for 60% of the world's GNP and about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources.” “The Grand Chessboard” To achieve the above stated six Grand strategic objectives, Muslim lands need to be further dismembered. US forces need to be based within Muslim lands. Ethnic and sectarian wars ignited to create “new blood borders” on ethnic and religious lines. Muslim nuclear potential needs to be blunted. Defense of Israel is not possible if Pakistan or Iran posses nuclear weapons and Ballistic missiles. If Pakistan does not agree to surrender its nuclear weapons and missile program, then TTP Kharjees to be deployed to create such mayhem and anarchy within Pakistan that Pakistan becomes a failed and dysfunctional state forcing the world community to “step in” to prevent “proliferation” of nuclear weapons into “wrong” hands. The New Middle East map planned by US, for whom
ideological, militant and political goals of the Kharjees and with similar ends to the two cult rebellions.
The Great Game:
Having understood the ideology of the two invading prongs, this brings us to the grand strategic objectives of Neo-Con foreign policy for 21st century in Middle East, Africa and Asia. This is the larger game of the Neo-Cons for which an “enemy” had to be created and Zionist backed Kharjees played that anarchic role within the Muslim world rather brilliantly. 1. Defense and Security of Israel and to create weak headless States in Middle East, even changing geography to create a new Middle East. Stopping Muslim countries from acquiring nuke weapons is integrated part of this objective. 2. Containing and destruction of political and militant Islam. 3. Control of fuel assets. 4. Control of global trading routes, oil pipelines and strategic water ways like Gulf, Suez, Bosporus, horn of Africa, Gibraltar, Malacca straits. 5. Encirclement and Containment of Russia. 6. Encirclement and Containment of China. We emphasize that everything, repeat – everything
multiple wars would be launched in the region, is similar to what is shown below. US government has recently officially denied any such plans to reshape the Middle East. But the events on ground and US force positioning in the region points towards what the US denies.
Pakistani planners and strategists. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for Public Policy Research founded in 1943 during the post WWII era is located in Washington, DC. It is an organization dedicated to strengthening national defense, Jewish cultural and political institutions of and related to Israel. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is fundamentally made up of mostly scholars, corporate executives and politicians with Neoconservative leanings to the right. It is more or less a central “think tank” of Zionism. They over-see and make decisions regarding trade, economics, social welfare, government tax spending, US policies on foreign affairs and all US defense policies related to Israel and the entire Middle East. AEI is a nonpartisan organization composed of Neoconservative and Compassionate Conservative Zionists. The AEI considers itself to be the AmericanJewish political presence in the world. World domination is their goal. The Neoconservative dream world is a Jewish World. Global domination with Israel by its side is the main concern of the US government and all its Neoconservative think thank organizations, such as theAEI. Christian Zionists, or dispensationalists, give Israel total support because they think there has to be an Israel there, a place — not for Jews, but for the battle of Armageddon, which they actually believe must occur. Its part of the required steps, they believe, that will lead to their Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. American Christianity — referring to what is variously called American Evangelism, Christian Zionism, or Dominionism, and comprising much of mainstream American Protestantism — isn't really Christianity at all. By 1947, the Jewish Zionists in US had formed a powerful, $100 million a year, lobbyist organization in Washington that pushed Truman into
The modern easy to understand name for Zionists is Neo-Conservatives Christian Evangelicals and they rule United States of America today with their ideological allies in London, Tel-Aviv and Delhi. The belief of Christian Zionists is that State of Israel must be protected at all costs as that is the place where final war with Anti-Christ, Armageddon, will take place and Christ would return to earth to lead the good Christians. Hence their fanatical loyalty to Jewish Zionists and their ideals of creating a greater Israel in the Middle East at the cost of Muslim world. Crusades of the Middle Ages were religious wars. Crusades of the 21st century are equally fanatical in religious fervor, driven by the same ideals which drove the frenzy of earlier Crusades. It should be noted that not every Jew is a Zionist just as not every Christian is a Neo-Con. In fact true Jews and good Christians hate Zionism and Israeli policies. There are millions of them as well but they are denied space by the mainstream media which is also controlled by the Zionists. A quick search on Google throws up many such Jewish and Christian groups rejecting Jewish and Christian Zionists. It would be appropriate here if we give some time and space to understanding the Neo-Con Christian ideology as it is least understood phenomenon in
military might to promote US values around the world especially in the Middle East which translates for the Zionists into the US protecting and supporting Israel at all costs.
Hindu Zionists – Hitching a ride with Western Zionists:
Hindu Zionists too are no different from their JudeoChristian counterparts in antipathy towards Islamic world but suffer from an intrinsic inferiority complex against Muslims due to the fact that Muslims had ruled India for a thousand years till 1857 and then India fell into the hand of the British for another 90 years. Hindu zealots are burning with anger to revenge their 1000 years of shame and subjugation at the hands of Muslims but lack the courage and ferocity to do the job themselves especially against Pakistan, their arch enemy. They need Western Zionists to do the job for them. It is the ultimate dream of their foreign policy and diplomacy to get the Western countries to attack and destroy Pakistan. One can still remember the eagerness and impatience of the Indian government to offer bases to the US forces after 9/11 to attack and destroy Pakistan! Just like Israelis, Indians also plan to fight Pakistan to the last American!! About Hindu Zionists and their objectives, Vijay Prashad writes on August 8th, 2001, in a fascinating and thought provoking article titled Hindutva and Zionism: “The fantasy entertained by the Hindu Right government is that an alliance with the world's lions (USA-Israel) will allow India to sup at High Table, to eat high on the hog. Certainly the expectation is that trade will follow the military tie-up. For that reason, we see a wholesale sell-out by the Hindu Right to US-Israeli foreign/military policy objectives. The Hindu Right recognize the persistence of US imperialism, and Israeli subimperialism -- and they want a piece of the action in South Asia. It appears that the Hindu Right seeks the franchise for US lackey against what it sees as Islamic fundamentalism and Chinese Communism. But the alliance with Israel is not so strange after all, because at the ideological level, Hindutva is much like Zionism, for both extol the importance of the Race-State, and both cast aspersions at the presence of a Muslim minority. An India-born analyst at the Zionist Freeman Center in Houston, Texas, makes just this connection: "Islamic fascists
pushing the U.N. into giving away 55% of the Palestinian people's land to Zionist Jews. But in 1947, the United States government was not infiltrated so much with Jewish Zionists or nonJewish Zionists. The State Department, Senate, House of Representatives, Pentagon, and White House were still Christian and conservative Americans – very unlike today. Today, that infiltration is massive -- it almost represents a coup d'etat. The most recent Zionist group to infiltrate the US government is called Neocons (neoconservatives). In the 1960s Irving Kristol and other East European Zionist Jews founded the Neocon movement in New York. They followed the political, philosophical writings of another German Zionist Jew who taught at the University of Chicago and whose class many of them attended. His name is Leo Strauss (1899-1973). Kristol, the godfather of the Neocons, became the managing editor of Commentary magazine, which according to the Christian Science Monitor, became the "neocon bible." Later, he founded additional magazines: the Public Interest and the National Interest. Neocons teach that one of the best ways to maintain political order is to have an external threat. It unifies the people behind the President. If there is no external threat, they say, government should manufacture one. In that vain perpetual war is a good goal. War is also good because it keeps people from their more hedonistic tendencies. Therefore, the US being the world's only superpower, should aggressively use its
see Bharat [India] as the soft spot to propagate their irrational creed and foment violence. India tries to placate them. Israel expels them. This is what Bharat should do. If they hate Hindu Rashtra so much they are free to leave for Dar-ul Islam." At the unofficial level, the links seem to be growing. Among semi-fascists the links are deep. The restless lions of west and south Asia join the tigers of East Asia to encircle China and the predominantly Muslim states of west and central Asia.”
The Dirty Wars:
Post 9/11 American wars to redraw the Middle East are based on what Robert Greene, in his book “The 33 strategies of War”, described as unconventional or dirty war. Greene explained this war further; “A general fighting a war must constantly search for an advantage over the opponent. The greatest advantage comes from the element of surprise, from hitting enemies with strategies that are novel, outside their experience, completely unconventional. It is in the nature of war; however, that over time any strategy with any possible application will be tried and tested, so that the search for the new and unconventional has an innate tendency to become more and more extreme. At the same time, moral and ethical codes that governed warfare for centuries have gradually loosened. These two effects dovetail into what we today call “dirty war”, where anything goes down to the killing of thousands of unwarned civilians. Dirty war is political, deceptive and supremely manipulative. Often the last recourse of the weak and desperate, it uses any means available to level the playing field. The dynamic of the dirty has filtered into society and the culture at large. Whether in politics, business or society, the way to defeat your enemy is to surprise them, to come at them from an unexpected angle. And the increasing pressures of these daily wars make dirty strategies inevitable. People go underground: they seem nice and decent but use slippery devious methods behind the scenes.” So basically now, following is the brief summary of the ridiculous situation in which Pakistan finds itself today due to these US “dirty wars”. It is a master piece of Pakistan's foreign and national security policy blunders, failures and confusion fully exploited by the Zionists and Kharjee Fascists.
1. US is threatening to invade Pakistani tribal areas and regularly attack targets of its choice using Drones and other means. Relations between US and Pakistan are tense, nervous and based on mistrust and betrayal. US supplies pass through Pakistan making US vulnerable to developments in Pakistan. War in Afghanistan is not going as US had wanted creating a military and political crisis for United States and NATO, making US even more nervous and jittery towards Pakistan. US now want Pakistan to fight Afghan Taliban and other resistance groups on behalf of the Americans and is using all forms of carrots and sticks to push Pakistan into another war in North Waziristan. 2. Pakistan is still not sure on its role in Afghanistan and remains clueless without an Afghan policy nor has defined rules of engagement with the US. Even after nearly 10 years of Afghan war, Pakistan has no vision to protect its interests and assets in Afghanistan nor have defined and declared national security goals. Despite the anarchic chaos and the conflict within Pakistan due to US presence in Afghanistan, the government and the military is still not sure what is good for Pakistan – American presence in Afghanistan or their withdrawal from it!! 3. Kabul government remains hostile to Islamabad supporting multiple insurgencies, supporting the Indians to establish bases all along the western borders, staging terror campaigns inside Pakistan and protecting
wanted terrorists. Pakistan has not made any significant breakthrough in the Northern alliance nor taken any independent initiative to play aggressive role as peace maker in Afghanistan. The hesitation and lack of confidence to get involved is breathtaking in Islamabad. 4. TTP Kharjees, Al-Qaeda and their allied militant gangs have maintained their open war against the State of Pakistan. Their supplies remain open from Afghanistan making it impossible to eliminate this threat decisively despite major gains made by the army against these terrorists. The entire judicial system of the country has collapsed to respond to the threat. Security forces are fighting a reactive war where the advantage remains with the terrorists to hit at urban soft targets of their choice with surprise and impunity. 5. Afghan Taliban are still not considered as assets for Pakistan nor offering any direct support to crush the Kharjee insurgency against Pakistan. They have not declared any war against Pakistan though but are extremely unhappy with the way Pakistan has handled the entire crisis. 6. Indian Zionists continue to work on the plan to get Pakistan beaten up by the Americans. They have been on this agenda since 9/11 when they had offered bases to the US to attack Pakistan! It is Indian desire that a situation is created in which an open confrontation is developed between Pakistan and US where US would be doing the dirty job of destroying Pakistan to the utter pleasure and advantage of India. US and India have now successfully forged an open and aggressive alliance against “Islamic” threat from Pakistan. Meanwhile Indians are busy trying to crush the Kashmiri uprising and resistance in the valley taking advantage of the favorable environment in the region against Islamic militancy and Pakistan. 7. The government in Islamabad remains incapacitated, corrupt and dysfunctional almost turning Pakistan into a banana republic if Army and the Supreme Court were not there to salvage some dignity. The economic and governance collapse is almost total with real possibilities of a street level anarchic chaos
unless the regime is changed urgently. This is what both the Zionists and Kharjees had planned to bring about from the very beginning and is being facilitated by the corrupt regime. 8. National media remains equally confused and directionless, even hostage to the Kharjee terrorists and the Neo-Cons. US information warfare has penetrated deep into Pakistani media controlling the direction, content and the perception management of the Pakistani nation. Despite massive devastation and TTP driven war against the State, media remains dreadfully silent to nail and name the perpetrators. The “free” media has willfully surrendered its “freedom” to the dreaded terrorists. 9. Despite having closest and common national security interests, Pakistan has still not used the power and clout of China to exert itself in the region and in Afghanistan to create a favorable space for both countries. 10. Iran remains isolated from Pakistan despite some cooperation at security and economic issues. Both countries have not yet discussed Afghanistan and American presence seriously nor have forged any common strategy to secure Afghanistan after the US withdrawal or to force a US withdrawal. 11. Pakistan has still not built any relations with Russia which has great interest in countering US aggressive postures in Eurasian region and is looking for allies in South and WestAsia.
Hindu Zionist- Bal Thakery
The Challenge and the Response: The biggest failure of Pakistani leadership so far is that they have failed to see the threats emerging from the Neo-Con ideology!! The Neo-cons are as sinister and existential threat as the Kharjee terrorists but in Islamabad, Neo-Cons are taken as friends and masters. While Kharjee terrorist threat is considered as the biggest national security risk, the Neo-Con colonial and hostile agenda against Pakistan and in the region is dismissed as just a conspiracy theory! This sheer lack of political, historic and philosophical vision, touching the limits of stupidity and insanity by the political leadership has brought Pakistan to this unprecedented crisis stage. Pakistan's has still not decided if the US presence in Afghanistan is part of the problem or is it the part of the solution to Pakistan's national security challenges. It cannot get more ironic than this. It is the US presence in Afghanistan which is causing all the chaos and anarchy in the region. Indians, Kharjees and the terrorism breed under the US umbrella. When Afghan Taliban were in Afghanistan between 1996 to 2001, not a single incident of bombings, terrorism and insurgency was reported in Pakistan. Indians had been eliminated from Afghanistan and drugs were not flowing into Pakistan. There was no insurgency in Baluchistan. Pakistan had not lost a single soldier or civilian to political terrorism during that period. TTP never existed. Even if the so called Al-Qaeda existed in Afghanistan, they
were kept in strong check by the Afghan Taliban, never causing any security hazard to Pakistan. Even today, a strong mind exists in Pakistani government and policy makers which strongly feel that US must stay in Afghanistan to bring “stability”! They feel that NATO supplies must pass through Pakistan so that Pakistan may maintain leverage over US in Afghanistan. It is believed by them that if Pakistan demands US withdrawal from Afghanistan, it would make US openly hostile towards the Islamic Republic and it would impose sanctions on Islamabad and the country would collapse under the economic meltdown! They believe and propagate that Afghans are not capable to manage their own affairs hence a foreign Western force is required to eliminate “terrorism” from the region. The Neo-Con perception management and disinformation teams have done a fantastic job at spreading despondency and strategic confusion within Pakistani leadership. Major segments of the Pakistan government are open collaborators with the Neo-Cons. They are not expected to protect or understand Pakistan's security needs. But even a segment of the patriots, for lack of understanding of the Neo-Con threat and their great game against Pakistan, believe that US should continue to stay in Afghanistan and give above reasons as excuse. This great confusion within the political and military leadership is the precise reason why there is still no Afghan policy or vision in Pakistan despite suffering so much for the last 10 years.
Let us make it clear firmly and decisively. If Pakistan wants to come out of the crisis, there is no option but to be ruthless. 1. There can be no peace in Pakistan if US remains in Afghanistan. It is the US presence which has brought Pakistan to this brink. Sooner we throw the Americans out, the better. The leverage which Pakistan has over US for economic and military aid due to their supply lines passing through Pakistan is nothing compared to the damages, losses and chaos which is created in the country due to the US presence. 2. US is broke economically and militarily. The two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have broken the back of the Neo-Con war machine. There is no way US can threaten Pakistan militarily. 3. This major US vulnerability should be powerfully used in strategic negotiations to demand a US withdrawal and to eliminate Indian influence from Afghanistan. Pakistan must now decisively demand a US withdrawal from the region. 4. A regional political and diplomatic power bloc between Pakistan, China, Iran and Russia can be created which should further bolster Pakistan's posture in demanding a US withdrawal. All countries are anti-US and want exit of the Western forces from Afghanistan. 5. Pakistan must aggressively and openly engage with all factions of the Afghan conflict and exert its due role in bringing the warring Afghan factions closer to peace. Most of the Northern Alliance factions are former Afghan Mujahideen parties of the Afghan Jihad era and can easily be brought back into our fold. So far, no serious attempt has been made to bring them back. 6. Pakistan should pro-actively and preemptively hit at TTP and Kharjee bases in Afghanistan and exert pressure on US, NATO and Afghan regime to “do more” to check and control the logistics and supplies of the terrorist networks. The war against Kharjees will have to enter Afghanistan by all covert
and overt means. 7. Zero tolerance and no mercy policy towards Kharjee terrorist with special military courts to put to trial and eliminate the captured militants. Since the civilian courts have totally collapsed to respond to the threat, the clauses in the military law to be invoked which allow for a military court martial for the captured “civilian” terrorists and insurgents. 8. Neo-Cons influence into Pakistani media and policy making to be eliminated and to be replaced with indigenous homegrown national security and media policy to revive the national ideology and patriotism. The crisis is staggering. The challenge remains phenomenal. The stakes are of life and death for this nation. If it was not for the army, the country would have already disintegrated under the two prong Kharjee and Zionists threat axes. Pakistan has never faced such monumental existential threats of such staggering intensity in such short duration of time. What is cruelly ironic is that this crisis is self created by the leadership in the past 10 years and has emerged due to deliberate blunders of policy, diplomacy, politics, strategy and perception management. The solution lies in undoing the damages done on the above mentioned points. The crisis is still totally manageable in shortest possible time. The problem is sharply defined, solutions clear. Assets are available, resources are in hand, military strength available to enforce political decisions and the global and regional geo-politics rapidly turning in Pakistan's favor, military gaining ground against internal threats and beginning to hard bargain with the foreign forces but still we see complete lack of coherence in the national policies. The ship remains rudderless and in seriously turbulent waters. The crisis of leadership is phenomenal undoing all the sacrifices and the advantages gained on ground. If saving Pakistan means bringing a regime change in Islamabad first, then so be it! ********************
Synopsis of the Month
By: Zaid Hamid
Eastern Front, Pakistan-India relations and National Security:
Pakistan and United States concluded their “strategic dialogue”.This is one last, desperate attempt by the US to exploit the slavish PPP government to extract maximum concessions from Pakistan in an environment when the mood of Pakistani patriots and armed forces is extremely hostile towards the US policies. The US is losing the war in Afghanistan. Their supplies are highly vulnerable when passing through Pakistan. There is absolutely no military pressure, which the US can bring against Pakistan due to these factors. The only way the US can assure constant support of Pakistan is through bribes, traitors, arm- twisting, bluffs and carrots for economic and military aid. The Americans could not have hoped for better slaves than the present PPP government, and now when the Pakistan army is flexing its muscles, the US finds it prudent to invest, once again, on the crumbling PPP regime. This is the reality of the “strategic dialogue”. The only man present at the talks and trusted to defend and protect Pakistan's national interests was General Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff. The foreign minister has already sold the country cheap. The press briefing of the FM, bragging about their achievement in the strategic dialogue, included subjects like how the US has generously offered to “train” hundreds of Pakistani journalists in the US and help Radio Pakistan to expand its operations! This is further penetration of the US into the local media in order to control the hearts and minds of Pakistani masses in the perception management war, permitted by this government under the façade of the “strategic dialogue”! What is so “strategic” about expanding the broadcast of Radio Pakistan into the rural regions and why is the US required to do that? The game is obvious: The US has been allowed total and complete penetration to redefine Pakistan's social, moral, ideological and military profile to its own strategic advantage. How far the US can achieve this sinister
of Pakistan, insisting that all those elements that are hostile to the US policies within the government must be removed. The main man the US hates is Governor NWFP, Owais Ghani. The PPP government has already initiated the move to remove him, to be replaced with someone the US can rely upon. 4. The US wants to have an aggressive presence inside the Pakistani State and private media to control its direction, and content and use it as a psy-ops weapon to re-program the collective national psyche of the Pakistani nation. Training hundreds of Pakistani journalists in the US, buying private channels, opening direct American channels and controlling Radio Pakistan and PTV are the important steps. Blocking anti-American analysts, journalists and anchors is also part of the strategy. 5. In the name of social development, aid and donations, empowering the western NGO's and sub-nationalist provincial governments in order to bypass the federal government and directly embark on the US projects without any federal and legal control of the Pakistani State. With ANP, BLA sympathizers and MQM already in power in the NWFP, Baluchistan and Sindh provinces, this American task will be carried out rather th smoothly. The 18 amendment has also cleared the path for provincial autonomy, paving the way for complete secession. The role of the ANP in creating a separatist trend and rifts over Hazara community as well as eid moon sighting, are just two examples. 6. The US wants to limit the military and economic cooperation between Pakistan and China, especially on nuclear deals. All details on Pak-China nuclear deals are demanded by the US. 7. A highly conditional military package of 2bn dollars is being offered as carrots to the army to behave. It is like a post dated cheque, which can be cancelled anytime the army creates difficulty for the US interests, like blocking NATO supplies or not waging a war against Afghan Taliban. The allegations of HR violations against the army are also a part of this carrot and stick doctrine to increase pressure.
The diplomatic flirting! The US got what they wanted from the PPP regime agenda depends upon how long this PPP government can survive. Removing this sold out PPP government has now become a necessity for the Pakistani patriots. This was primarily an “order taking” exercise as far as this PPP government is concerned. Everything the US desired has been accepted without any conditions. However, the Pakistan army is a different ball game altogether. This shall be discussed as well, but first let's see what the US requires from this PPP government as well as the state of Pakistan under the so- called strategic dialogue. It is interesting to note that the US demands are not just limited to Pakistan's support in their war on terror; the real agenda is long term US interests in the 21st century and bringing Pakistan into its fold as a colony, obliterating its role as an independent, strategic, Islamic nuclear power. Many of these points have been raised in the media but many more remain untouched. What we write below is exactly what the US is demanding, based on their needs and plans for the region: 1. The US wants total, unconditional, unrestricted assistance from Pakistan in fighting the Afghan resistance. That means putting Pakistan on the war path with Mullah Omar, Haqqani and Hekmatyar. Military operation in North Waziristan to be initiated and drone strikes to continue without any restrictions. 2. The US wants uninterrupted supply line for US and NATO forces inAfghanistan. 3. The US wants to re-shape the political profile
8. The US wants the ISI to be under civilian control, making the Interior Ministry more powerful. The ISI is seriously resisting the CIA's attempts to expand its operations in Pakistan. When the CIA was allowed to establish “anti-terror” units in the tribal areas during the Musharraf era, they created TTP instead of capturing Osama Bin Laden. Now the ISI is more cautious making the CIA furious. 9. The entire NADRA database, air line travel data and access into Pakistan's telecom networks are also demanded. Just to remind our readers, the PPP government has accepted all the above conditions but army has not; hence major hurdles still remain for the US policy makers. General Kayani is a one man army when it comes to protecting Pakistan's strategic core interests within the government. He had Owais Ghani as an ally but now OG is being targeted by the Americans as well. A deadly trap is being laid around Pakistan with the objectives ranging far beyond Pakistan's support to the US in Afghanistan. The political elements have all compromised the national security and honor. A final showdown seems to be close at hand within Pakistan's political and security establishment as well, while the Americans are aggressively trying to exploit the crumbling regime. Pakistan also wanted the US to get involved in Kashmir, to increase pressure on India and to give preferential treatment to Pakistan for trade and business access, but the Obama administration resisted these suggestions, irritating the Pakistani military leadership. This is the harsh, stark and shameful reality of these “strategic dialogues”, which depicted almost a master-slave relationship, with humiliating conditions as well as abusing Pakistan's alliance since the last 10 years. In the coming years, the conflict between Pakistan and India is bound to rise exponentially, as climate changes create other axes of friction in addition to Kashmir, terrorism and water. There is no way the US can bring Pakistan and India into one collective, security arrangement camp against China. There is also no way Pakistan would give up its nuclear security umbrella under this emerging hostile regional scenario.
The man the US fears the most and the Pakistani patriots are counting on! The US desire has already brought it on to a collision course with the Pakistani patriots. This PPP regime is pushing its luck dangerously by doing the American bidding in an environment where the mood of the armed forces and patriots is visibly angry. The US knows this and has tried to send signals to the Pakistani patriots and military that any move against this PPP government will not be welcomed. However, these are just empty US bluffs. The US is in no position to threaten the Pakistan army while the NATO supplies pass through Pakistan, the US also desperately needs Pakistan to find an exit strategy in Afghanistan. If the Pakistan army decides to get tough, the US would not have any other option but to succumb and accept the terms of surrender given by Pakistan. The US military knows this and they are nervous about the possibility, as its demonstration was seen when Pakistan blocked the NATO supplies recently. The NATO supplies are still vulnerable, sending sharp signals to NATO and the US that they are dealing with the wrong people in Islamabad on very wrong terms. The tide has now turned against the US. The US is forced to accept the reality that Pakistan cannot be isolated from the developments in Afghanistan and that the fate of the US may depend upon it. Even the weak PM is forced to speak what the Americans do not want to hear. The drone strikes are a
sensitive issue for the Americans and now the PPP regime is also under pressure to stop this arrangement, though they will not go ahead with it. This is no more the post 9/11 era, when the US could get away with murder. Now the US is facing defeat in Afghanistan, Pakistan military is exerting itself and the US has no choice but to comply. This PPP regime has no future anyway. Americans are betting on the wrong horses, yet again. While India is the strategic partner for the US in the 21st century, Pakistan remains their immediate shortterm need till the time they remain engaged in Afghanistan. The US President has decided to visit India, avoiding Pakistan and sending signals to Islamabad that India remains their priority ally, but the Americans are also nervous over the possibility that it might infuriate the Pakistani patriots and armed forces. Some damage control was attempted by Mr. Obama and his team before the Indian visit. Pakistan would want Obama to raise the issue of Kashmir and India would want to avoid that. Pakistan would want Obama to avoid targeting Pakistan over terrorism allegations but India would want to achieve that. Such is the delicate balancing act that Mr. Obama will have to perform in India. As the signs indicate, India will have their way. Kashmir will not be raised and Pakistan will be targeted for supporting “terrorism” inside India. While Kashmiris are desperate to draw attention towards their cause, the body language of the Obama visit is highly provocative for Pakistan. Kashmir is making headlines these days and would be a difficult proposition for either Obama or India to ignore. 1. India's top most writers are now raising their voices in favour of the Kashmiri resistance and uprising, creating an embarrassing situation for the Indian government. 2. The uprising within the valley is gaining momentum and is now a major crisis for Delhi. 3. Clashes on the Line of Control between Pakistan and India have become more frequent, raising fears that any false move by either side can initiate serious hostilities.
The Indian and American media is constantly pushing the theme that all terrorism across the globe is emerging from Pakistan or the tribal pocket of North Waziristan, where Pakistan army is reluctant to wage a high intensity war. The choice of words and their constant reference to Pakistan is a classic example of perception management to paint Pakistan as the “epicenter of terror”, by the Indian and American media. Any attack in the US or even anywhere in Afghanistan, is blamed on “terrorism” from North Waziristan. The US is indeed desperate to draw Pakistan into its war. Subsequently, the ironically stunning fact of the matter is that the terrorists in North Waziristan are actually assets created, planted, equipped and supported by the Indians from Afghanistan, right under the nose of the Americans and the Karzai regime. The objective of backing and supporting these terrorists in North Waziristan is to draw the Pakistan army into an all out war against the Afghan resistance groups, especially those of Haqqani, which are giving a tough time to the American and NATO forces. In a news report, the so- called Taliban are openly seeking the protection of the Karzai regime in case the Pakistan army launches attacks on them in the North. This is comically ironic as this local TTP terrorist gang is actually a CIA/RAW asset and not anti-US fighters. Lately, these TTP terrorists have stepped up their attacks on the forces including use of IED's and better communication equipment. All these logistics and supplies are coming from Afghanistan. It is the American CIA and Indian RAW which continue to support insurgency and terrorism inside Pakistan. The Army knows it, the government knows it but the PPP regime is too corrupt and compromised to raise the issue with theAmericans or the Indians. In the absence of any political or diplomatic support, the army has its own ways to try and contain the incoming terrorism. Already there are reports of Indian cellular networks having their coverage in sensitive FATA regions of Pakistan. Indians have installed their cell phone towers in Afghanistan, expanding their coverage into Baluchistan and FATA, allowing the Indian assets to have direct communication links bypassing Pakistani cellular and communication networks. It is obvious that Pakistan does not have any national security policy towards the threats emerging from the Afghan side. The confusion in Islamabad is appalling, and is being fully exploited primarily by the Indians.
Pakistani FO has also sent signals to Obama to watch his step. Pakistan wants Obama to force India on Kashmir and has warned US not to give any UNSC related concessions to India. Obama will not accept Pakistani demands on Kashmir and the UNSC seat issue does not suit US also, so that is settled for now. Now, Obama tries to appease the Indians by offering them massive trade deals and also “threatened” Pakistan indirectly over “terror” groups. Indians are NOT happy with this. They had expected a coup against Pakistan. This is just admonition. Not acceptable to Delhi. The Indians have cultivated a strong lobby in the US, which continues to threaten Pakistan. These are mostly pro-Israel Zionists or Neo-cons who hold powerful positions in the US administration and lobbies. McCain has come out openly in favor of Indians and against Pakistan, even threatening a joint US-India military strike against Pakistan. This is exactly the scenario we built in our October issue article, Armageddon 2014,available at http://www.brasstacks.ca/?p=1782 This is the harsh reality. In the long term, Pakistan will have to fight on multiple axes against a combined coalition of Americans and Indians. Pakistan still maintains an India specific military doctrine with no capability or training to fight high intensity asymmetrical wars within its own borders, in urban environment against organized armies. As long as Pakistan controls the lifeline of the Americans in Afghanistan, it is safe from a direct confrontation. Americans had their own game plan in the region when they walked into Afghanistan. They have achieved nothing as yet except creating chaos and anarchy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Secondly, they have not been able to “secure” Pakistan's nuclear assets so far. Their Indian allies had given them a plan – to support TTP terrorism at such a scale that Pakistan becomes a dysfunctional failed state and the global community then moves in to “de-nuclearize” Pakistan. Even that plan has failed after the TTP got a severe thrashing at the hands of Pakistan army. But that plan holds even today. The TTP is now being reequipped, re-supplied and re-organized, to be relaunched by the Indians from Afghanistan. Another massive wave of anarchy, violence and mass murder has already been orchestrated by the TTP. On the other hand, the Indians will definitely launch a false flag “terror” attack anywhere in the world, most
Obama stuck in Pak-India quicksand – Damned if you do, Damned if you don't Outrageously enough, it is Pakistan that gets blamed for terrorism in India as well as in the rest of the world. On this Obama visit, this is exactly what the Indians would try to exploit. Indians plan to fight Pakistan to the last American. The Indian foreign policy towards Pakistan heavily relies upon using the American muscle to bully Pakistan into submission. Obama is treading dangerous ground here. He cannot disappoint the Indians and he cannot antagonize the Pakistanis. He did try to walk the razor sharp line. The diplomatic minefield that he is treading through has zero margin for error. He has to please the Indians. To start with, he launched his tour from Mumbai Taj Mahal hotel and prayed for the dead of 26/11 attacks. With the anniversary of the attacks just 3 weeks away, the timing of the visit is critical for Indians to exploit the occasion in their favor. But Obama is sensitive to the fact that there are certain red lines the US cannot cross when giving concessions to India. Neither Pakistan can be demonized unconditionally nor can Indians be given a UNSC seat or military use of nuclear technology in return for favors. Indians want it all. Obama is cautious, visibly cautious. It is getting difficult for Obama to avoid Kashmir but he did not embarrass the Indians on this visit. Despite the fact that 12 US lawmakers have urged him to appoint a dedicated Kashmir envoy, he simply decided to go soft on India and tried to appease the Indians by lots of carrots but would not like to get involved in Kashmir at this stage nor would he risk making Pakistan more hostile than it already is. The
are pointing towards it. NATO continues to provoke Pakistan. TTP would be their most prized asset to create a false flag to be blamed on JeM (Jaish-eMuhammed) or LeT. This is the shape of things to come.
Western Theatre andAfghanistan:
Pakistani and American security interests clash in Afghanistan. While Americans consider Afghan resistance as THE enemy, Pakistan has its own priorities, hedging the bets for the time when the US withdrawal takes place from the graveyard of the empires. Samjhota Express attack and burning by Hindu radicals was blamed on Pakistan first probably against western assets and then blame it massively on Pakistan. Pakistan will be blamed for not “doing enough” against “terrorist” groups and then US/NATO would take the matters into their own hands. The NATO incursions into Pakistan are exercises to test the waters and to judge Pakistani response. Even after nearly 2 years, India is still pursuing the 26/11 attacks, desperate to create international embarrassment for Pakistan. With a weak government in Islamabad, Pakistani defense remains equally hopeless. India is going regional, exploiting its contacts in Bangladesh to frame and nail LeT(Lashkar-eTayyaba), the group Indians blame for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. There is no doubt that hardliner Hindu extremists would be going over board to cash in on the opportunity to create a diplomatic crisis for Pakistan. In the past also, Hindu extremists have bombed a train coming from India, Samjhota express, killing about 100 Pakistanis. The attacks were blamed on Pakistani groups and ISI but later an Indian MI officer was arrested for his links with Hindu extremists. The explosives used belonged to the Indian army. Also, it is now totally in the open that “Al-Qaeda” is an orchestrated phantom bogey, created to justify US intrusions into the region. So many times “Al-Qaeda” operatives turned out to be secret service agents. The Indians are disappointed with what Obama has given them with regards to Pakistan bashing. If Obama does not do it, Indians would create a “terror attack” to force him to do it. Pakistan should watch its back now. Another 26/11 is just around the corner. All the signs
Afghan resistance knows this and they have the patience and the time to let the fatigue set in the occupation forces. Till date, none of the Afghan groups have waged any war against Pakistan, despite Pakistan's closest association with the US since the last 9 years. In fact, Afghan resistance has been trying to contain the violence of the TTP and sectarian wars in the tribal regions, which had become a menace for the Pakistani State. It is a ruthless cut - throat war in Afghanistan, where the Americans have played the most sinister betrayal with Pakistan by allowing the th Indians to wage a bloody 4 generation insurgency through Afghanistan. With the Americans facing defeat, Indians are visibly nervous as well and Pakistan is now in a position to pay them back. There is no way the Pakistani and US interests would converge in Afghanistan. The Afghan resistance had been waiting for this time all along. US and NATO faced their first major test in Pakistan since their invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, which explicitly established Pakistan's strengths and exposed NATO's vulnerability in their Afghan war. Not just that the NATO supplies were blocked by a very angry Pakistan army, the supply convoys all over the country were ruthlessly targeted by the militants to cause hundreds of millions of dollars losses in lost fuel and supplies. For the last 9 years, the presence of CIA, NATO and RAW in Afghanistan have brought death, destruction and misery into Pakistan. The friction between ISI and CIA was rising since the past many months. When NATO attacked and killed 3 Pakistani soldiers, the Pakistan army responded by blocking NATO supplies. The war between Pakistani nation and the US and its allies is now in the open. Tempers are high at all levels
and the mood is defiant in Pakistan. For the first time, US and NATO are sensing that they have crossed the red line. Once the NATO supplies were blocked, the panic in US and NATO were immediately visible. Pakistani armed forces made sure that their anger and fury was conveyed to the western Capitals in full. The flurry of activity is breathtaking. A full blown military and diplomatic crisis is now brewing and US/NATO are most vulnerable. Pakistan is in a very strong position to deal with NATO at the moment. Pakistani reaction has surprised the US and NATO, and there is nothing they can do about it except come to terms set by Pakistan. The unbelievable happened pretty quickly when US and NATO came down on their knees to seek forgiveness for killing Pakistani soldiers. Pakistani armed forces had put their foot down decisively but the PPP government were weak- kneed and were too eager to comply with the US demands. In the absence of support from the government, the army could not continue to block the supply route for long. The Parliament, Cabinet and the leadership could not take the US pressure. The Army rubbed it in properly, but the PPP government was more than eager to oblige NATO. NATO supplies are just one issue where the US is so heavily dependent upon Pakistan. In fact, the entire US survival and exit strategy in Afghanistan is in the hands of Pakistan. This is an ironic situation where US finds itself in the shoes of the Soviet Union, whose fate was also decided by Pakistan in the 80's. The US is now desperate to withdraw but want to have a face saving exit. The US also does not want Pakistan to fill the vacuum, hence want Pakistan to get into a state of war with the Afghan resistance instead. The pressure on Pakistan to invade North Waziristan is for this sole purpose only. Pakistan has been refusing to get involved in the American war inside Afghanistan and has focused only on eliminating the TTP terrorists. These are serious policy level, strategic differences where now Pakistan is in the driving seat as the Taliban continue to draw more blood from the occupation forces and the cost of invasion has already broken the back of the US economy. The US is still hopeful that Pakistan will succumb to their demands. This PPP government would, but the army will not. It is the army which has taken the brunt of failed policies of the Musharraf era and now would not be making those mistakes again. This is a seriously concerning No way out -- A super power bogged down in Afghan hell hole! factor for the US, which is now facing a very firm and determined Pakistan army which has its priorities defined. Desperate for an exit strategy and after taking severe losses at the hands of Afghan resistance, the Obama regime has given the go ahead for talks between resistance and the intermediaries. The Kabul government is talking on behalf of the Americans but the real bet is on Pakistan here. This is what gives so much leverage to Pakistan to nail down the US in Afghanistan. This PPP government is so compromised by the Indians and the US that despite all the support to terrorists of TTP and BLA from Karzai regime as well as the NATO attacks in Pakistan, they were going in over drive to allow trade between Afghanistan and India. While NATO supplies were being blocked by the army, the PPP regime was allowing goods, bound for India, to pass through Pakistan. The leverage that Pakistan has on Afghanistan is the total and complete control of Afghan food, fuel and trade supplies. But this great geographic advantage is not being turned into a strategic asset in any diplomatic or political forum by this government. It was Pak army which exploited this advantage briefly but the FO and the regime remains spineless. The Americans are feeling that their presence in Afghanistan and support to the Indians is causing major unrest and apprehensions in Pakistani patriots. The concerns of Pakistan army are also being noted. While the Americans have arm twisted the PPP regime to sign a pro-India transit trade
deal, they are quick to defend their move as well. In the coming days, the Indians will be given the full transit facility, bypassing the concerns of Pakistan army and patriots. For now, just the first steps have been taken. The Pakistani military is now fully exerting itself on the Americans and NATO over Afghanistan. It is rather amusing to notice how the US and NATO find themselves in a desperate situation, as the Pakistan military continues to talk and walk tough with them. The NATO supplies were resumed, after sending the US and NATO into a panic attack. The US heaved a sigh of relief, though remaining extremely nervous. On another axis, the US has given a go ahead for talks with Afghan Taliban. Now, despite the Indian and Afghan displeasure, it is Pakistan, which holds the key to any US exit strategy and peace talks. Over here also, Pakistan is now aggressively exerting itself. The US is getting desperate in Afghanistan. Their peace initiative has not taken off yet and the Taliban have not just rejected it but also stepped up their attacks. As usual, Karzai was quick to blame Pakistan for all the defeats and humiliation at the hands of the Taliban. This is getting comical now. The US itself is cutting peace deals with the Taliban, even paying them for transit of NATO supplies. High level resistance leaders from Haqqani group have met the Karzai regime members. Still, Karzai feels that it is Pakistan's doing that the US is facing defeat. During the Afghan war of the 80's against Soviets, Pakistan was indeed a base camp for the resistance. With 4 million refugees all over Pakistan, hundreds of training camps were established all along the border and a massive supply chain was built with thousands of horses, donkeys, trucks and pickups transporting weapons, ammunition, food and communication equipment into Afghanistan. It was a gigantic operation but was critical to defeat a super power. Without the base areas, training camps, weapons and supplies and steady stream of fighters – no war of resistance can be fought. The entire world joined hands to support the resistance. Only then a super power was defeated. Today, not a single weapons truck or horse goes into Afghanistan, not a single training camp exists inside Pakistan. Fighters are based inside Afghanistan and they are not backed by any power of the world. The region is most heavily monitored for training camps, supply trains and fighters. Not even the US has ever
accused Pakistan of training Taliban or supplying them with weapons. Then how can the US or the Karzai regime blame Pakistan for their defeat in the Afghan debacle? The Taliban are based inside Afghanistan. Their weapons are snatched from the US, NATO or the Afghan army. Their money comes from the US and NATO paying them for safe passage! They may be minimally supported by anti-US countries in the region but not by Pakistan for sure. The West has accused Iran of supporting the resistance but failed to produce any proof. Even if few Taliban cross into Pakistan, it remains insignificant in affecting the larger outcome of the war. If Pakistan is required to wage a war with the Afghan Taliban, why are the US and NATO cutting peace deals inside Afghanistan and even paying the Taliban and not fighting the militants? This is a classic case where the US and Karzai are trying to pass the buck and rest the blame on Pakistan. If the US is losing the war in Afghanistan, it is not due to Pakistan. This is what Islamabad needs to make them understand. But the real bone of contention between Pakistan and the Western Forces in Afghanistan, are 3 critical issues: 1. North Waziristan operation, which the US insists that Pakistan must carry out against Haqqani group. That is where the “do more” mantra continues to be heard. The US wants Pakistan to clash with theAfghan resistance. 2. US and NATO attacks inside Pakistan, including drone strikes. 3. Smuggling and illicit trade through NATO containers and Afghan transit trade. Hundreds o f NATO containers have gone “missing”. NATO has not complained about the missing containers! That makes the whole scenario even more suspicious. It is clear that the entire operation is being done under their tacit approval. Hundreds of containers carrying war equipment, guns, explosives and surveillance equipment are being emptied in Pakistan by either secret private contractors like Blackwater or being handed over to local anarchic and terrorists groups for future civil war in the country. This is the most sinister and threatening aspect of NATO supply lines through Pakistan. The US is
desperate to find excuses to justify its Drone war inside Pakistan. Spreading lies and disinformation against ISI and Pakistan army remains an important part of this strategy. The US has made it clear that it will continue with the drone war inside Pakistan. There is nothing this PPP regime can do about it; in fact they have approved of it. The biggest American strategy and desire is to draw Pakistan into an open confrontation with the Afghan Taliban and to force Pakistan to launch a military operation in North Waziristan. To achieve this, the TTP has been asked to increase attacks inside Pakistan and to brandish their presence with audacity in the region. A trap is being set for Pakistan. The TTP are also trying to gain sympathies by pretending to be associated with Afghan resistance and working against the US interests by claiming to kill “US spies”. In reality, these so called “US spies” are often Pakistani loyalists, who side with the army against these terrorists and are then punished, execution style to send messages to the local population. The attacks th on Masjids on the bloody Friday of November 12, which killed and wounded over a hundred tribesmen were also a part of this terror tactic. The hundreds of ordinary worshipers killed in Masjids, were not “US spies” as claimed by the TTP. To appear as the good guys, the Americans were also forced to give a reluctant approval to Pakistan's deals with Iran. For years, Americans have been resisting any trade or defense deal between two Muslim neighbors, but now for sometime is unable to prevent working relationship between the two countries. Pakistan and Iran are coming closer. This is a major US concern. The US response is to increase its presence in the “soft regions” of Pakistan. The Americans are now highly active and aggressive in the “soft spots” of Pakistan – Baluchistan, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan region. There is a huge game plan underway to completely take over and shape the media and perception management teams of these regions through a direct media control program run by the CIA. The PPP regime has allowed unchecked and direct access to the CIA and Voice of America into the State and private media in the country and now allowing the US more direct access into these sensitive regions. Pakistan army is being blamed for “excesses” in these regions, the youth is being instigated to find their own “voice” and “freedom”, and a chessboard is being set for breaking off these regions on the Yugoslavia pattern. The game is on, big
time, and the US wants to make the most of it while this sold out regime exists in Islamabad. Note how the “journalists” from “soft spots” are invited. The US now has plans to open a consulate in Baluchistan also. It has openly cited the reasons for this consulate as to monitor the developments in Baluchistan and to have a direct contact with the people of Baluchistan. One can feel that a sinister US game is unfolding on the Western front of Pakistan, especially orchestrated by the CIA and RAW. Despite major military gains by the army, Pakistani State and the nation are now genuinely in trouble on the Western borders with no response strategy from the government at all. The entire burden has fallen on the Army.
Political / EconomicAxes:
The country is on the verge of a street level uprising! It is make or break time for this corrupt regime. If the corruption does not bring it down, inflation, economic collapse or the strong arm of the Supreme Court can deliver the final blow. The crises are brewing on all axes with severe ferocity. The country is affectively being run by the IMF and World bank. Since hemorrhage of financial resources and coffers has not been blocked, taxes remain the only means for the corrupt regime to bleed the masses to death. It is now dangerous to the point of a social explosion as the government continues to impose staggering taxes on the poorest of people. Basic food stuff is also almost untenable now. With fuel prices
alive and continues to pose serious challenges. The government is incredibly lucky to have survived this far. Now its future is genuinely bleak. The PPP government is on its way to commit political suicide! It already has. Just the formalities need to be taken care of. By declaring an open and all out war against the Supreme Court, the odds are now heavily against the PPP government. The way it is going, it seems that any day a judicial coup de grace can send this PPP government packing. The Supreme Court took a step back to give a breather to the regime. Massive behind the scene maneuvering by the government, Supreme Court, army Chief and the Americans have stalled the demise of the government, perhaps for a few weeks. The crisis remains as the institutions continue to be at war with each other. The Army has not yet decided on the future political setup, hence has not offered full backing to the Supreme Court to move decisively against the government's corruption and crimes. The PPP was relieved to be given this concession. The Supreme Court is the only institution, which can nail the government on genuine criminal charges. This whole so called democratic setup is a fraud, with MNA's forging their educational documents to get elected and involved in massive corruption. The government and the departments are so corrupt that it has become an international embarrassment. The government continues to defy the Supreme Court, find avenues to do more corruption and continues to feed the nation to dogs! Prices are being hiked, taxes are being imposed and inflation is skyrocketing but there is no financial or fiscal discipline in the government. They just don't want to stop scavenging. The business community is in an uproar but there is nothing they can do about it. Incredibly, since the rulers are all landlords and feudals, the tax bodies have been asked not to tax their agricultural incomes. In this country, the feudals and the lords are a tax- free community. While billions of rupees worth of loans of the rich and powerful have been written off, the State Bank is now giving signals that more loans would be written off to benefit the “poorest” rich of the country! This is the organized money swindling business: Getting your loans written off. Everyone in the government is part of this racket. The audacity of the corrupt knows no bounds. Even the name of the ISI is exploited by the corrupt to fool the decision makers. Zardari's bravado is now touching the limits of stupidity. He has made enemies with almost all power
Hungry, abandoned and burdened by the Government – violent street chaos is possible hitting record levels and more taxes being imposed, a street rebellion is just a spark away! If we outline the priorities of this government, they would be the following. Everything that is happening in Pakistan on the judicial and economic front, has to do with this priority list of the government: 1. Survival against Supreme Court's aggressive judicial inquiry. 2. Survival against IMF's harshest terms which would initiate a rebellion on the streets if implemented rapidly. IMF is now running the country and collapsing the national economy. 3. Corruption and minting money in the shortest possible time. They know that they will not get any other chance to rule and loot, hence the urgency is breathtaking. Destroying the State institutions for corruption prosecution remains a top most priority as the entire PPP government now faces criminal cases of corruption due to NRO. 4. Maintaining some sort of law and order to keep the system going till they last. The Government is trying to deceive the SC but we see little chance of that. Corruption scandals continue to surface everyday and the SC continues to take notice of these. The media is now getting bolder in humiliating the regime and the army is exerting itself forcefully. The IMF driven economy is not sustainable and it would snap if exerted any further. Terrorism is
groups in the country. Supreme Court, Army, Media, PML(N) and the terrorist gangs of TTP. Only MQM and the ANP remain allied to PPP so far, though their alliance is also shaking up rapidly. Sensing the pressure building upon the PPP regime, the opposition parties tried a desperate bid of their own to try to put up a unified opposition. That also seems to have fizzled away as many larger factions stayed away. Nowhere in the world such shamelessly corrupt and criminal elements could come to power except in Pakistan, where the CIA sponsored democracy threw the scum of the earth into the parliament and the corridors of power. Below, we have compiled quotes from the mighty and the powerful in the land, which would give an idea how sickening the whole system is. These are actually quotes of the Governors, Ministers and MP's, most of whom are corrupt, criminals and gangsters. The National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is a medal and I regret not being listed in it. Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer Everyone, whether he is a Baluch, Sindhi, Seraiki, Pashtun or Punjabi should be given an equal right to indulge in corruption. Minister of State for Defence Production, Abdul Qayyum Jatoi The other issues are all domestic and could be discussed later on… I can co-exist with a pig, but not with a Punjabi. Nawab Kher Bakhsh Marri, Baluch Nationalist Leader We, in the PML-N opposed Musharraf's policies and rejected dictation from abroad. If the Taliban are also fighting for the same cause, then they should not carry out acts of terror in Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif Let's persuade people to consume less sugar and then we will see where these hoarders sell their sugar. Information Minister, Qamar Zaman Kaira The Governor Punjab's status is no better than toilet paper. Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah I'm a badmash (gangster) and know well how to
deal with this lot. Sindh Home Minister, Zulfiqar Mirza You must understand the environment in Pakistan. This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped. Former President General Pervez Musharraf I don't say that there is no corruption in my ministry, but the question is where is it not? Federal Minister Railways, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour (Burying women alive) is a centuries-old tradition and I will continue to defend it. Federal Minister for Postal Services, Israr Ullah Zehri We were ready to break Pakistan and were much more determined to chant the slogan of 'Pakistan Na Khappay' : No need for Pakistan. Sindh Home Minister, Zulfiqar Mirza I apologize to the departed soul of the Sikh ruler (Ranjit Singh), for frequently quoting his name in meetings for the wrong reasons. I was wrong. Ranjit (Singh) was a great administrator of Punjab. Leader of Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Iftekhar Chaudhry is the scum of the earth – a thirdrate man – a corrupt man. Former President General Pervez Musharraf Even more gorgeous than I had expected, now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you. If he (the cameraman) keeps insisting, I might hug you. President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari to Sarah Palin Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah is a 'manjan seller' Central Secretary for Information of Pakistan Peoples Party, Fauzia Wahab I am not afraid of jail's mosquitoes. President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari The MQM will openly support the patriotic generals if they take any martial law-type action against corrupt politicians and feudal lords.
and chaotic anarchy. Change is inevitable. Even Zardari and Gilani know it. They are barely hanging by a thread and just might end up hanging at the end of a rope, if they continue to fail as they have so far. Time is one luxury they do not have.
Karachi witnessed sectarian war expanded into the urban metropolis. TheTTP is now expanding the axis of war against Sufis and Shias. The Sufi/Barelvis and Shias have lately taken serious hits at the hands of these terrorists. Swat valley remained quiet. The CIA has gone hyper in its drone war inside Pakistani tribal regions. They are mostly targeting Afghan Taliban, Haqqani group and their allies. The TTP, which fights against Pakistan, is not being targeted. The Army maintains their pressure on the TTP. But the TTP has regrouped and has been re-supplied in the recent weeks and has re-launched their war against the State and the army. Many serious hits against military and civilian population have resulted in major loss of life and property. The centre of gravity of TTP lies in Afghanistan and they are being used by the CIA to draw the army into an open confrontation with the Afghan Taliban and to launch a war in North Waziristan.
In fool's paradise – oblivious of the brewing storm
Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain My own brother approached me and said lala (brother), 'Can I also join your party?' I told him to run away … he is a known gambler. Dr. Sher Afgan Niazi, Member of All Pakistan Muslim Leagues The PML-N has appointed Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah as a “loudspeaker”. Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer How did a person, who used to sell tickets at the Bambino cinema in Karachi, reach the Surrey Palace and became richer than Queen Elizabeth before his ascendancy to the presidency? It is a million-dollar question that only the PPP top leader has to answer. Spokesman PML(N), Siddiq ul Farooq These people are in power today, truly the shame of the nation. This is the true face of democracy in Pakistan. The crisis for the army, Supreme Court and the patriots is that whom should they replace this stinking, corrupt regime with? The Army chief is weighing his options and meeting the politicians who may be just workable. The system has reached critical limits of failure. It is untenable now. Army or the Supreme Court would bring an organized change. Street violence would create anarchy. It is a race between organized change
BLA continues its assassination campaign of proPakistan intellectuals and leaders and political opponents, even if they are Baluch. There is absolutely no response from the Baluchistan government to this threat, which continues to operate with impunity.
By Shahzad Masood Roomi “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan. Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work there from against Pakistan. It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.” David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister. His words, as printed in the Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967. Traditionally, India is considered the only real enemy for Pakistani state but above mention statement of first Israeli premier and history of covert relations between two countries –even before 1992, the year India formally recognized Israel and established diplomatic relations –proves that Pakistan was perceived as a security threat despite the fact that Pakistan never showed any such intentions against Israel. Apart from that, this statement was an announcement of natural strategic alliance between Israel and India against Pakistan. Just like India, a nuclear armed Pakistan is also a nightmare for Israel as well due to its strong ideology and armed forces. Israeli threat perception of Pakistan stepped up further after the participation of Pakistani armed forces personnel in Arab-Israel wars of 1967 and 1973. Even today various Pakistani military schools are training military staff belonging to Muslim countries located next to Israel. Pakistan is the only country in the Muslim world that has top of the line military training infrastructure and skilled military trainers making it a natural target for Israel's overt and covert plans. As desired by David Ben Gurion, today, India is serving as covert base against Pakistan. Not only this but both are colluding against Pakistan in every possible way to make it fragile on economic, political th and military axes. Indian 4 generation war against Pakistan is a manifestation of this covert war and has Israeli collaboration and assistance. Covert military and diplomatic relations between the two predate to 1960s when Indian foreign spy agency RAW was formed on the footsteps of Israeli Mossad though nature of these relations was covert during Cold War to avoid annoyance of Soviets. After dismemberment of Soviet Union in 1991, India and Israel established their diplomatic relations after India formally accepted Israeli state in 1992. These
Pakistani Pilot shooting down Israeli jet in 1967 Arab Israel war
In conventional warfare domain, US and Israel are the biggest supplier of advanced weapons to India which India is going to use against Pakistan in the next conflict whereas Pakistan has been denied number of weapon systems, even those who are purely defensive in nature. These sales began after 2003, when the cunning Indians proposed the idea of forging an alliance among India, Israel and United States, against common threat of “Islamic terrorism and fundamentalism”. Below is a brief summary of previous and current arms deals between India and Israel. These facts and figures should suffice to showcase how Israel is arming India to execute her Cold Start military doctrine against a nuclear armed Pakistan. From 2001 to 2009, India purchased arms worth staggering $24 billion from Israel and emerged as the largest military hardware client of Israel. According to the figures released in 2008 by the Israeli Defense Ministry, India accounted for 50% of Israel's military exports. Supply of 3 state of the art Phalcon AWACS air surveillance system to IAF. Deliveries have been started already since last year. System would allow Indian forces to look deep into Pakistani lands and skies. Indian air force's SU-30MKI, fighter jets were upgraded by Israel Aviation Industry (IAI) boosting their electronic warfare and jamming abilities. Sale of long-range Green-Pine radars to India. These radars are capable of detecting any flying object from hundreds of kilometers. In 1996 India purchased 32 Searcher Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Electronic Support Measure sensors and an Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation simulator system from Israel. In 1997, Israel offered its Barak-I vertically launched surface to air missile (SAM). India bought this missile system with the ability of destroying targets like cruise missiles.
David Ben Gurion Pakistan’s arch enemy relations proved a marriage of convenience for both India and Israel. Israeli war industry found a huge market to sell weapons and allowed India to arm its forces with most lethal weapon systems against Pakistan, creating imbalance in the military equation existing between the two rivals. Israel is an active partner in Indian military buildup for her Cold Start war plans against Pakistan. Infiltrating the sensitive circles of enemy's military and strategic infrastructure to make it implode from within is an old ploy of Mossad. Today it is fully utilizing the cover of NATO forces in Afghanistan, UN and US personnel to find alternate ways to gain access into Pakistan's security infrastructure. Pakistan, having 6th largest military machine of the world with nuclear weapons at her disposal, is too big a target to take on for Israel alone. This military strength of Pakistan helped both India and Israel to push their strategic alliance further.
India-Israel military relations:
The nature of Indo-Israel military co-operation is secretive. India is one of the 39 countries with whom Israel has signed “secret co-operative agreements” in order to conceal the information about joint military projects. Much of these plans are related to denuclearization campaigns against Pakistan which has been put into top gear after 1998 in political affairs, diplomatic engagements and media debates by this Indo-Israel nexus around the globe.
During 1999 Kargil crisis, Israel supplied India with laser guided missiles and munitions making it possible for Indian air force's Mirages to destroy Pakistani bunkers in mountains. According to Jane's Defense Weekly, India was provided with Heron / Machatz 1 UAVs for high altitude surveillance, laser-guided bomb and many other systems within 24 hours. In 2000, Israeli submarines reportedly conducted test launches of cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in the waters of the Indian Ocean, off the Sri Lankan coast. In June 2002, as part of “Operation Parakram,” after the attack on Indian Parliament, Israel supplied hardware through special planes after a visit by the Director-General of Israeli Defense ministry. India has signed a $30 million contract with Israel Military Industries (IMI) for 3,400 state of the art Tavor assault rifles and 200 Galil sniper rifles, as well as night vision and laser range finding and targeting equipment. India buys the counter-infiltration devices Israel uses in Golan Heights and in the Negev Desert. 4 battalions were sent to Israel for special training against insurgency in Kashmir, called the Ghatak force. India launched Israeli Spy satellite with ability to draw real time 3D maps. Israel advised India on new methods of curbing Kashmiri struggle. Indian newspaper The Pioneer, wrote on 3 March 2001: "Fencing of the Indo-Pak border is not enough. To check Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism, top security experts of Israel have suggested that hi-tech gadgets ranging from an electronic barrier system of radars to thermal imaging devices should be immediately installed on India's sensitive international border in J&K and Punjab sectors.” Israeli involvement in Kashmir issue is not a secret anymore. Recent wave of Indian military human crimes in the valley is a
Israeli Heron UAV’s purchased by India culmination of adopting the military tactics used by Israeli defense forces against Palestinian citizens. Emergence of a horrifying resemblance between the two forces' counterinsurgency approach vividly explains how Indian army is getting its lesson from the masters of oppression. Result is a bloodbath in Kashmir with deaths of innocent children and women exactly replicating Gaza which came under attack by Israel in 2008. Indeed, India and Israel are natural allies as these are the only two “democratic” countries in the world that have killed over 1 million people in between 1947 and 2010, even without labeling any charges. Strategic blunders in foreign policy affairs by Islamabad and US military invasion into Afghanistan after 9/11 provided another base for combined Indo-
Israeli made Tavor assault rifle for Indian army
Israel clandestine operations inside Pakistan's FATA and NWFP regions from Afghanistan. Pakistan has been bleeding profusely since last 10 years due to these furtive wars. Indians are willing partners in these dirty wars as they have succeeded in damaging Pakistan and its armed forces much more than they could in previous four wars since 1947. The excerpt, re-produced below, from Janes intelligence report, of 2001, vividly explains the connection between RAW and Mossad; “The Indian spy agency RAW and the Israeli spy agency Mossad have created "four new agencies" to infiltrate Pakistan to target important religious and military personalities, journalists, judges, lawyers and bureaucrats. In addition, bombs would be exploded in trains, railway stations, bridges, bus stations, cinemas, hotels and mosques of rival Islamic sects to incite sectarianism. Pakistani intelligence agencies also said that RAW had constituted a plan to lure Pakistani men between 20 and 30 years of age to visit India so that they could be entrapped 'in cases of fake currency and subversion' and then be coerced to spy for India." Not surprisingly, the pattern of terrorism and social unrest in Pakistan since 2001 is exactly the same. Pakistan army is the biggest encumbrance to Indian hegemonic designs in the region so weakening it through surrogate wars remain an obvious imperative. After engaging Pakistan army on Western theatre, exploiting economic pressures due to internal war is the next step in ultimate game against the army and state. Pakistan has spent billions of dollars while fighting against Indian and Israeli proxies in Northern areas. On the other hand, it requires billions more, every year, to maintain a credible balance of forces in the region vis-à-vis India. Strong lobbying by IndianIsraeli political and diplomatic engagements and media ops has painted Pakistan army as a collaborator against US/NATO forces in Afghanistan. Compelled by this propaganda, US administration is hesitating to give any economic waiver to already economically strained Pakistani military. Consequently, whole modernization of Pakistan military is about to suffer, further weakening the country's defenses. Obviously, this Indo-Israel nexus enables India to enjoy considerable influence over the American media. Pakistan's global outlook has been devastated by this influence haunting country's foreign direct investment (FDI) as well. US insistence on giving
India a bigger role in Afghanistan overlooking all its security implications on Pakistan is yet another expression of this media influence. In his article carried by Opinion Maker, in May 2010, titled 'Framing Pakistan: How the pro-Israel media enables India's surrogate warfare' Maidhc Ó Cathail wrote: “The media component of India's alliance with Israel affords India a powerful weapon to wage surrogate warfare against Pakistan and enables both Tel Aviv and Delhi to pursue their common objective of destabilizing the nuclear-armed Muslim nation”. Characters like Fareed Zakaria, Stephen Schwartz, Daniel Pipes and others have been tasked to create a monstrous image of Pakistan, as source of global terrorism and an unreliable and devious ally. Not very surprisingly this heinous media onslaught has met with unprecedented level of success due to complete diplomatic failure of Pakistan. Denying nuclear capability to any Muslim country is foremost strategic goal of Israel. Attacking preemptively deep into enemy territories and destroying their under-construction nuclear installations is an old Israeli military strategy. Israel destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981. In 2007 Syrian secret nuclear installation met with the same fate due to devastating attack by Israeli Air Force. Pakistani nuclear installations are constant targets of Israel, and this is one point where US is also fully onboard in the sinister drive of Indo-Israel covert nexus. Making
Israel destroyed Iraqi nuclear plant in 1981
Pakistan a nuclear free state is one of the greatest ambitions of the Americans. According to intelligence circles of Pakistan, India and Israel tried at least twice to destroy Pakistan's nuclear plant at Kahuta; in 1984 and in 1998 just before Pakistan declared itself as NCapable country. But after failure of previous attempts to destroy Pakistan's nuclear capability, India, Israel and US trio th cultivated covert plans, using 4 generation asymmetric warfare, to meet their ends. A detailed evaluation of this war had been carried out in June 2010 and October 2010 issues of Brasstacks Monthly th Security Review. A brief tactical excerpt of the 4 generation war against Pakistan is given below; Insurgencies in North and North Western provinces. These are supported by Indian RAW from Afghanistan. TTP in FATA and BLA in Baluchistan are creating mayhem and chaos by unleashing terrorism and anarchy. An extreme sense of insecurity is prevailing in masses due to target killings, suicide bombings, sectarian violence and ethnolinguistic sadism in all major cities. Increasing frequency of these incidents depicts a very bleak picture of national security profile. This frenzied situation presented foreign secret services like CIA, MI6 and RAW and private mercenaries like Blackwater (Xe Worldwide) with an opportunity to establish their independent footprints in Pakistan to carry out kidnappings, assassinations and sabotage operations as well as eavesdropping and spying. The entire Drone operations and subsequent assassinations are being conducted by CIA and their mercenary contractors with impunity. Economic intimidation of Pakistan and to destroy Pakistan's food supply chain, through water aggression is relatively new but most ruthless move in this hushed war by India. Violating Indus Water Treaty, India built multiple dams on Pakistani rivers in Kashmir region. Media ops and propaganda warfare have been launched using disinformation, twisted
analysis and planted intelligence reports about Pakistan, its nuclear weapons and its possible extinction in the near future. Corrupt and incompetent government in Islamabad accelerated economic meltdown of Pakistan through staggering corruption. National financial policies and institutes have been handed over to IMF and World Bank and by taking loans on compromisingly unforgiving conditions. On diplomatic plain, worldwide cloak-anddagger Israeli spy network is working in semblance with Indian diplomatic presence in the countries who have not established any diplomatic relations with Israel.
Despite hostile intentions of Israel and India, a campaign with renewed vengeance against Pakistan and its nuclear assets began after 9/11 when Islamabad failed to demonstrate any sense of sovereignty while allying itself in US war on terror. This move provided necessary foothold to RAW-Mossad nexus against Pakistan. Pakistan has paid heavily for that mistake. It is time to fix this historical error. In a fascinating development in late October, when a US delegate confronted a Chinese diplomat about Beijing's uncompromising support for Pakistan in military and nuclear domains, the Chinese responded with a heavily-loaded remark: "Pakistan is our Israel". Remarks of Chinese diplomat may sound sarcastic to Americans but undoubtedly this is the strongest expression of Chinese aspiration of having a long term strategic partnership with Pakistan. For Pakistan, this is ideal time to get out of US camp where Israeli and Indian lobbies are dominating and dictating the terms. A uni-polar world is coming to an end with the emergence of China and now Pakistan will have to make an ultimate decision about its strategic partnership in 21st century. Intimidation by US on political and diplomatic fronts, sacrifices of core strategic interests made to appease US and grand failure of this appeasement policy must serve as helping tools for Islamabad while weighing its options for future strategic partnership.
Propaganda & Warfare in Cyber World: Pakistan's weak flank
By: Farzana Shah After sea, land and air warfare, traditional arch rivals India and Pakistan are now facing each other in another arena. With the help of Israelis, Indians have launched another war on a new axis against Pakistan – Cyber Warfare. In certain aspects, cyber warfare is complex, more penetrating and detrimental to the national security than conventional warfare. It is fought on the cyberspace using weapons like Cyber espionage, web vandalism, gathering data, Distributed Denial-ofService Attacks (DDOS), equipment disruption, attacking critical infrastructure, compromised counterfeit hardware, virus and worm release. Potential targets include; Emergency services Financial markets and bank systems Power grids Water and fuel pipelines Strategic Weapons systems Communication networks (Military / Civil) Industrial and Engineering Complexes E-Government services (internet based utility services, web servers) The Internet security company McAfee stated in their 2007 annual report that approximately 120 countries have been developing ways to use the Internet as a weapon and target financial markets, government computer systems and utilities.
Global Cyber Wars:
China and US are spearheading cyber war at global level with dozens of cyber attacks on each other's critical IT infrastructure. Both countries are spending millions every year in order to fight against cyber attacks. Lethality of cyber warfare becomes palpable by the fact that till April 2009, Pentagon had spent more than 100 million dollars in just 6 months to fight against cyber attacks on its different systems. Money spent on propaganda operations are apart from this. In October 2010, US army created its first ever US army Cyber Command headed by a 3 star General. ARCYBER headquarters will be located in the National Capital Region and will realign soldiers and civilians into essential ARCYBER headquarters positions. ARCYBER is the Army's service component command to US Cyber Command, a subunified command under US Strategic Command to operate the Defense Department's information resources of 15,000 computer networks across 4,000 military bases in 88 countries. The total command strength of 21,000 soldiers and civilians will be located around the globe. Not only US army but US navy and air force have also setup their respective cyber commands to tackle cyber threats from hostile enemies (read China). This aggressive cyber warfare capability build-up by US has triggered serious restiveness among Chinese intelligentsia and media. The People's Daily, a Chinese government-run newspaper, said in an editorial:
“The US was the first country in the world to introduce the concept of cyberwar; it has introduced and developed a new kind of army, a cyber army, and even set up a hacker brigade. US intelligence agencies can, through technical means, fully monitor, follow and erase online information harmful to the US' national interest. It is really ridiculous that under such circumstances, it demands other countries to allow the free flow of information on the net.” From Pakistan's perspective, unlike any other conventional threat, cyber warfare is rather a new battle field for Pakistani government, its intelligence agencies and citizens. Pakistan is not geared nor prepared to respond to this latest threat. India has all the reasons and resources to use this as a weapon against Pakistan, but more recently Israel has joined hands with Indians increasing the threats for Pakistan. Cyber espionage, web vandalism and information gathering are known cyber threats to its security establishment and government. Apart from these cyber threats, recently cyber world has been used ruthlessly as a part of propaganda warfare by IndoIsrael alliance. As per various media reports one can be sure that Indians and Israelis are taking these known cyber threats to next level by using money, talent and technology to defame Pakistan and its nuclear program. How eagerly Indians wanted to gain an edge in cyber warfare technology is evident from what Indian Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta told to Start Post; “The Indian Armed Forces are increasingly investing in networked operations, both singly and in a joint fashion. We cannot, therefore, afford to be
Maj. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez assumed command of the US Army Cyber Command from Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell, who is also the commanding general of US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, as well as US Army Forces Strategic Command. vulnerable to cyber attacks. Information Technology is our country's known strength and it would be in our interest to leverage this strength in developing a formidable 'offensive' and 'defensive' cyber warfare capability. Harnessing the gene pool available in academia, private industry and the younger generation of talented individuals is imperative,” Statement of Indian Naval Chief is an endorsement to the media reports that India has offensive cyber warfare plans. Pakistan is the natural target though Indian military establishment and political leadership used Chinese threat as an excuse for introducing this new war theatre in the region.
Recently in August this year (2010) the Indian government decided to recruit and form cyber army of software professionals to spy on the classified data of hostile nations (read Pakistan and China) by hacking into their computer systems. Astrategy was drafted for this purpose earlier in a high level security meeting on July 29, 2010, chaired by Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and attended by the director of Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) as well as the senior officials of the telecom department, IT ministry and RAW.
US army cyber command centers According to the strategy drafted in the meeting, India will recruit IT professionals and hackers who will be assigned to be on the offensive or to launch preemptive strikes by breaching the security walls of enemy's computer systems. The most important factor to note is the involvement of the Indian National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) along with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) which will be responsible for creating these cyber-offensive capabilities. It is to be noted that NTRO is a key government agency of India that gathers technical intelligence while DIA is tasked with collating inputs from the Navy, Army and theAir Force. The Indian Army conducted a war game called the Divine Matrix in March 2009. The most interesting aspect of this exercise was that Indian Military simulated a scenario in which China launches a nuclear attack on India somewhere in 2017. The purpose of the exercise was to describe how China will launch a cyber attack on India before the launch of the actual nuclear strike. Chinese were not amused by this Indian war gaming and simulation. “We are surprised by the report. Leaders of China and India had already reached at consensus that the two countries will not pose a threat to each other but rather treat each other as partners.” Foreign Ministry's spokesman Qin Gang expressed his views on the Indian cyber warfare exercise. But recently the Indian Army chief and the ex-chief has clearly threatened that there can be a nuclear war in the
region (a veiled message and threat to both Pakistan and China).
Indo-Israeli Cyber nexus against Pakistan:
Though no large scale cyber attack has been reported yet in Pakistan but limited cyber skirmishes have already taken place between Indian and Pakistani hackers in the recent years. In 2008 a group of Indian hackers defaced a Pakistani website of Ministry of Oil and Gas. Pakistani hackers, in retaliation, attacked and defaced many Indian websites. This year also many websites were defaced by hackers on both sides. This is where the interests of both India and Israel converged. According to reports, Israel has recently established a cyber task force for Cyber Warfare against Islam and Pakistan, besides harming the Palestinian cause. A budget of $ 1,50,000,00 has been also allocated to this force to carry out various digital espionage and information gathering operations against Pakistan.
Propaganda warfare and Cyber Space:
In a new development, Israel has also setup a huge workforce of writers on the internet and is still increasing its strength. Primary task of this force would also be to wage propaganda war against Pakistan and its nuclear weapons and armed forces. Israelis are waging a net based disinformation and psychological war against Pakistan since long. Hebrew websites and magazines have been targeting Pakistan by orchestrating near to impossible scenarios about vulnerability of Pakistani nukes and the
“possibility” of their falling into the hands of AlQaeda. Israelnationalnews.com, IsraelNN.com, and Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine are few to name among these media outfits where Israelis are spiting their venom against Pakistan. Israeli government first tested these cyber propaganda tools during operation Cast Lead (brutal military operation in Gaza in 2008) when bloggers, surfers and writers were asked by the ministry of foreign affairs of Israel, through www.giyus.org (Give Israel Your United Support), to promote words like “holocaust”, “promised land” and “murder of jews” on social networking and blogging websites like Face book, Twitter, MySpace, BlogSpot, wordpress etc. Israeli government went to the extent to give written messages which were to be posted on the aforementioned websites as if they were the personal responses or views of the citizen of any country. Israeli lobbies have been heavily exploiting their clouts in US and UK to wage propaganda wars against Pakistan's nuclear program through satellite news channels (like BBC, FOX, SkyNews) and news papers (New York Time, Washington Post). Disinformation campaign was also launched from US and Western media when operation Rah-e-Rast was initiated in Swat and Malakand regions. Taliban threat was so exaggerated that the perception was created as if Islamabad was about to fall to the Taliban! Indian government also took active part in this campaign. Indian premier took this disinformation war to new heights by saying that some of the Pakistani nuclear installations are already in Taliban control! Israeli cyber operations were resolutely countered by the young Palestinian bloggers by posting thousands of pictures and footages from GAZAover the internet.
A hacked Indian website organizations and intelligence agencies responsible for cyber war and perception management through propaganda wars in cyber space. The whole existing system and organizations have failed to deliver in these times of great crisis and threats in the arena of cyber warfare due to reliance on old fashioned methods of information collection and processing. This should be clearly understood that in the modern world only those nations would have the advantage on the battle field, in both conventional and unconventional wars, which have fought and won the war in the cyber world first. The entire military equation in a war can be changed dramatically without even firing a shot, by controlling the critical infrastructure and perception of the target population through propaganda war in cyber world. Weapons like E-bombs have emerged as a new threat to cripple the military communication infrastructure by producing massive electromagnetic pulse. Pakistan must start work on Transient Electro Magnetic Pulse Emanations Standards, known as TEMPEST in military parlance to counter electromagnetic-pulse bombs that can interrupt wireless signals. Since Pakistan had faced interception of its vital highly secret data on military operations in FATA by India through its assets in the area therefore, it's a must that we should work on TEMPEST making it difficult for a cyber spy to hack into our systems minimizing the chances of interception of data transferred by defense agencies. Pakistan now urgently needs to create a new centralized, aggressive and pro-active Command for Cyber and Information warfare under the office of Chairman Joints Chief of Staff. It is not too late yet. An entire flank of Pakistan's defense has been left unguarded and unprepared.
In Pakistan, where billions are being spent on conventional forces and strategic nuclear assets, it is alarming to see the absence of any serious threat perception in the theatre of cyber warfare. The government as well as the armed forces have neglected this threat too long and now are hopelessly unprepared to respond to the new challenges. Pakistan will now have to respond to this threat on literal war footings. There is absolutely no coordination, planning or understanding within various civil and military
In the Chilghoza Grove!
It was November 1986. I began my early morning bumpy ride in an open back, Toyota pickup truck from the border village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, into the Paktika province of Afghanistan. Our destination was the rear Head Quarters of Commander Khalid Farooqi of Hizb Islami. Being a guest, I was given a preferential treatment and got my seat next to the driver. All other men, weapons and supplies were loaded in the open back of the truck. Winter had started to set in and there was a biting edge in the morning breeze. I was comparatively comfortable in the cabin but the men at the back were already feeling the slicing cold; the realization made me feel thankful at being treated as a guest. I had already received my AK-47 from the base, and now held my weapon tightly as we jerked through our treacherous journey. Entering the killing fields of Afghanistan was always a sobering experience. As always, the rush of adrenaline and excitement caused a quivering sensation deep inside me. In the shining morning sun, our pickup truck was driving fast into the open plains. Getting caught in the open by Soviet Gunship helicopters was not the desired option and our route was also under the observation of the Communist army posts, dotted at various locations. Around eight, fully armed, tough men were in the truck, silent but observing the sky and the plains for possible threats. I have to confess, my heart was pounding faster than usual. This sudden change of mood and atmosphere was sharply visible even amongst the Afghans in our truck. Just a few
minutes earlier, the group was jovial, laughing and in a light mood, while in their camp in Pakistan. Crossing the border into the front lines had affected them as well. Now they were serious and sharp eyed, anticipating the unexpected.
The region of Paktika was mountainous but had wide valleys, almost turning into plains at many locations. This entry point from Pakistan into Afghanistan was an important staging area and a logistical route for the resistance for Eastern and Central theatres and was therefore, hotly contested by both, the resistance and the Soviets. Soviet planes and Helicopters would regularly bomb Angoor Adda and the routes coming into Afghanistan from it. Urgoon was the major town in the region under the control of the Kabul regime and the plains had many strong and fortified mini garrisons and posts, not just in the valleys but also on many deeper mountain ridges, which they could hold. The front line posts were all manned by the Afghan Communist army, with tanks and artillery, while the Soviets provided them air cover through their fearsome MI-24 Gunships and MiG bombers. Enemy spotter planes for spying and observation would regularly fly high, keeping a close eye on all Mujahideen movement from Pakistan into the Eastern regions. In those days, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) or Drones were not around and the Soviets relied upon small planes for spying and observation. The Mujahideen, on the other hand, were based in small camps inside Afghanistan, with their backs towards Pakistan, dug into the foothills or on the mountain slopes and ridges overlooking the plains. Often the Afghan army would make advances towards
the foothills and ridges and would be met with fierce resistance from the Mujahideen. The ridges overlooking the plains and the passages into Afghanistan were prized targets and bitterly contested. The Soviet and Communist army objectives were to block these routes and dislocate the resistance. The Mujahideen were determined to hold their ground and keep the supply routes open. If these routes were to be blocked by the Soviets, the entire resistance in the eastern and even central Afghanistan would be choked. The stakes were extremely high for both the warring factions and this region was under severe pressure since the beginning of the war in 1979. The Communist army would also set up ambushes on the Mujahideen trails and convoys, planting landmines to block the convoys and then attacking briefly, before withdrawing into their fortified posts. Here it was purely post warfare but with regular bouts of fierce clashes in the open after which both sides would withdraw into their fortresses and hideouts. On their part, the Mujahideen would also plant landmines on the roads and routes between various posts and used to raid the garrisons and posts to capture them. Due to the lack of any air support or ability to shoot down the Soviet aircraft, the Mujahideen could not stay in the plains for long and had to retreat quickly into the safety of the mountains, else they would be made minced meat by the Soviet air power. With their bases and lairs hidden in the safety of the mountains, the Mujahideen landmines and fire was a constant nuisance for the Communists military convoys and posts, often irritating and provoking them enough into launching a major offensive towards the hills and ridges in order to dislodge the anti-aircraft guns of the Mujahideen dug in there. The entire population of the region had migrated towards Pakistan, leaving their homes, lands and dry fruit orchards behind; thus creating a haunted aura about the whole region with thousands of houses and villages dotting the slopes and plains but not a soul within. One would get an eerie feeling walking through them. Now only the resistance or the occupation forces and their allies fought bitter battles within these villages and plains. For the resistance, it was an exciting, yet unforgiving life, full of all the ingredients of a brutally ruthless, real life, action packed suspense thriller, with zero margin for error. The beautiful land was now the most cruel and unforgiving territory. I was indeed
In the Afghan society in those days, and perhaps even today, little things signify huge messages. In a country where literacy rate was in single digits, a pen in the breast pocket was a proud sign of a literate man; two pens meant a very educated man and three perhaps were only reserved for Nobel laureates! Pistol gun belts, reading glasses, pens, walkie- talkies, binoculars and a pickup truck with a driver, were respected signs of a real Commander. Junior warriors would compete to have any of these trophies and display them with pride, as these drew admiration and respect from the fighters and the community alike. Khalid possessed everything that signified a Commander or Qomandan, in local dialect. A resistance group during an assault action against communist army's convoy mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside already, but was also well aware of the threats and dangers that lurked all around. “Only yesterday there was an air attack on this road on one of our trucks”, the driver broke the news, making me a touch more anxious than I already was. “So, what happened to the Mujahideen?” I asked, pretending not to be moved by the possibility of a similar scenario being repeated for us as well. I also wanted to calculate the risk factor for our own survival. “MashaAllah, they all became Shaheeds. May Allah accept their sacrifice”, he said in a casual manner, with his right index finger pointing towards the sky followed by a gesture of a prayer for them. I tried pretending to be unmoved, nodding my head in agreement, but acutely aware of a little knot forming in my stomach and a lump rising in my throat. With my eyes now firmly fixed on the sky, we had no further conversation for the next one hour till we finally reached the base camp of Commander Khalid Farooqi. ********* I instantly liked him and felt that he was pleased to see me as well. Seated in a warm mud house, on a cotton mattress over Afghan carpets, dressed in traditional Shalwar Qameez suit, Commander Khalid Farooqi was a burly Pashtun, with a thick beard and a pleasant face, clad in a large brown turban and a gun belt holding a holster with a Tokarov TT Pistol and a row of rounds shining on his chest. Two pens flashed their caps in his breast pocket and a couple of handheld walkie -talkie units lay close by.
I was exceptionally eager to have a detailed discussion with Khalid. It was incredible that while I was just 22 years of age and fresh on the battlefront, with only my fourth expedition since March, my perceptions had become acutely alive to the global geo-politics and local dynamics of the resistance. I was observing, noting and analyzing the war and its direction, implications and fallout. The role of the present day super powers, the political developments, strengths and weakness of the resistance as well as the Soviets and the role of contemporary Muslim world were of great interest to me in the light of the global history of former Muslim resistance movements. History of the Muslim warriors, conquests, defeats and the wars of resistance had been my passionate subject always. I was sadly aware that since the last 250 years, Muslims had not won a single war of resistance against the dominant occupation forces from the West. Muslims were passionate resistance fighters but had always lost
Caucasus and the Central Asian regions which were overrun by Soviets in 19th century the wars despite decades of resistance. The statistics were frightful. The tide of history in the past few centuries had been against Muslim resistance wars. Siraj-ud-Daula and Tipu Sultan lost to the British in 1757 and 1799 respectively. The War of Independence of India was lost in 1857. Imam Shamil in Chechnya lost to the Russians in 1861. Central Asian States of Samarkand, Bokhara and Tashqand were also lost to the Russians during the same era in the late 19th century. The Ottoman Empire was dismembered in the post world war period. Umar Mukhtar in Libya lost to the Italians in 1931, Palestinians lost to the Jews in 1948 and Kashmiris lost their freedom in 1947. Even as a child, in the books of Naseem Hijazi, I had read about the treachery and betrayals within the Muslim resistance movements as well as the failure of the Muslim community at large, to rise in times of crises. I was also aware of the political and diplomatic blunders, which had caused the Muslim military advantage to collapse on so many occasions. The Muslim experience with the Russians was particularly painful, considering the last 400 years of debacles since the Russian empire started to roll down from Moscow, overrunning the Muslim state of Tataristan in times of Ivan the Terrible and Peter the 'not so' Great, in the 16th and 17th centuries, sweeping through the entire Caucasus region and the then Central Asia in the 19th century, and finally rolling into Afghanistan in 1979. Before this time, the Russians had not been defeated by any Muslim resistance group, despite their heroic sacrifices throughout the centuries. I was eager to know if the Afghan resistance would also meet the same fate, or whether this time destiny had other plans in store? Why this time it would be different, if it were to be, from the sad and tragic historical experience of the Muslim resistance wars in the past? These were critical questions itching for answers. My heart, mind and soul had been ignited into passionate and serious ponderings and readings since my first interaction with the resistance forces, just a few months back, to search for the answers. Within my heart, I was determined to play my role in proving history wrong this time. Whatever I had witnessed by this time had shown me that the Afghan resistance leadership was yet again hopelessly short of vision, courage and wisdom to play a decisive role on the global canvas. The real fears were that the gains made
on the battlefield, through staggering sacrifices of over a million people thus far, and the atrocious reality of dislocating over 6 million Afghans, would ultimately be lost on the negotiating table, when the major power players of the world would achieve their objectives in this new great game. The Afghan resistance was hopelessly divided politically as well as militarily, though the presence of a common Soviet threat had maintained some semblance of a unified resistance front. Little had I known at that time, that these passionate pursuit for answers to the complex questions haunting the Afghan resistance, were training me to become a Security and Defense analyst in the later years. Today, after nearly 24 years, when I run my own Security and Threat Analysis Think Tank, addressing the same security and political issues which were once haunting Afghanistan and Pakistan, gives a feeling of déjà vu. Now, in retrospect, I can see that nature herself had conspired to turn a young engineering student into something he could never have become otherwise. While thousands of young volunteers came and participated in the Jihad at that time, their role remained focused on pursuits of their passion or duties. Some were plain foot soldiers, some doctors, some engineers, some educationists and others media managers. They did their duty with courage, passion and honor. Some died in the battlefields and some went back to their lands with great stories of courage, passion and valor. When the history of Afghan resistance will be written, such honorable men will be remembered with respect. Many greater men will remain unsung, unknown. They were the best this Muslim Ummah could produce at that time. When there was total darkness and the Ummah was directionless, with Muslim lands under siege and occupation, they sacrificed their families, homes, careers and wealth to live and die by the sword for a noble cause they so passionately believed in. They were the true salt of the earth. They gave their best and InshaAllah have received the ultimate reward from their Creator. It was at the very onset of my Afghan adventures that I had started to realize that perhaps Allah (swt) had destined my humble role to be more encompassing, far reaching and on a higher plain, than the rest of my comrades in arms. Allah had created such circumstances that I was given the exposure and the
experience the others never had. I was thrust into certain circumstances that the others could not even dream of. I had interacted with the leaders at all levels and was shown what the others perhaps overlooked. I was protected and guarded even in the face of death as if angels had been appointed to pull me through against all odds. I could see and feel dangers being diverted when I would pursue them knowingly or unknowingly and sometimes even foolishly. On the very private and personal level, the Afghan occurrence was truly a mystical experience for me. There were forces operating on plains which were beyond intellect, beyond experience, beyond any logic. They could be felt but not explained and they were affecting me profoundly from a sublime, transcendent level. I take no credit for all these blessings for I know how vulnerable I was on these battlefronts and how totally dependent upon divine mercy. ********* Now, I was seated in front of Khalid Farooqi and wanted to pick his brains on the issues that were making me uncomfortable. We had a detailed discussion on all these issues. He was candid, open and frank. Even now I get an eerie, nostalgic feeling, pondering over the fact that the critical issues raised and discussed on the Sarobi base that day, actually came back to haunt the resistance a few years later and degenerated the Jihad into a ruthless civil war, leading up to another foreign invasion and occupation of the country in 2001. Khalid Farooqi, for that matter all Mujahideen leadership, collapsed when the time for closure came after years of bitter war and resistance. Though they succeeded in reversing the tide of history at least on this count that the Soviet Empire was forced to roll back from a Muslim land for the first time in 4 centuries, and the Afghan Jihad became the first organized Muslim resistance to defeat a super power of the time. These are great achievements no doubt, but greater and more honorable heights could have been reached had the Afghan leadership been taller in stature and sharper in vision and spirituality. In November 1986, as a 22 year old novice into the war, Allah had shown me the painful shapes of things to come. My diary had saved some of the questions I had written for him, though our discussion revolved around tactical, battle field operations in the theatre
Ammunition boxes being carried in cloths sheets due to lack of backpacks under his command. From the government in exile to the role of Geneva talks, to the unity within the Afghans, to the role of the UNO and OIC, as well as disputes within the Afghan resistance, came under discussion. As per the fears raised by me back then, a couple of years later, the Afghan cause was sold in the Geneva accord after the Soviet withdrawal and the Afghans were abandoned by the US, the UN as well as the OIC, leaving them to fight a bitter war within themselves and against the last remains of the Communist army of Najeebullah. Afghan Mujahideen could not form a government in exile after the Soviet withdrawal, nor could they capture any major city, which would have acted as their new Capital. The bloody and failed battle of Jalalabad in 1989, doomed all hopes of a Mujahideen government, and thus till 1992 Najeebullah held his ground, till he was finally overrun by the alliance of Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras, threatening the Pashtuns of being sidelined in the new power struggle. A bitter civil war with the Pashtuns ensued, which later, in 1996 invited the Pashtun Taliban and then theAmericans in 2001, as allies to the non-Pashtuns, who had by now formed their own military coalition of Northern Alliance. The Afghans have not seen peace ever since. In 1986, when I, as a youngster, could foresee this tragic end in the making, it is strange how the major power players in the world, Pakistan or among theAfghan Mujahideen leadership, could not see it coming. Perhaps they saw it and it was also a part of the plan not to give any closure to the Afghan resistance after the Soviet withdrawal, and to create the chaos we see today in order to create circumstances for the American invasion in the 21st century. Back in Sarobi camp, my diary entry had these painful questions noted down: 1. Government in exile. 2. Air defense systems against new black jet used by red army. 3. Coordination, cooperation between different Hizb's. 4. Mujahideen membership of OIC and UNO. 5. What do the Mujahideen require and expect from the Islamic world? What is your call to
the Islamic world? 6. Any chances of Soviet pullout and political solution, is Jihad the only way? any optimism regarding the Geneva talks? 7. In Afghanistan, Russians are working on a mass program of intellectual revolution and nearly 25 thousand children are taken to Russia for education. How do you think you will tackle this problem as it can tremendously affect the future of freeAfghanistan? At the tactical level, the needs and requirements of the Mujahideen had already been written by me and shown to Khalid. He approved of them as well. It was shocking for me to see that the resistance was paying with blood for equipment, which could have been easily procured off the shelf and used in making life comfortable for the resistance, both in transit and in the battlefield. It was even stranger that such a rag tag army was nailing down the mightiest Soviet army, for which NATO had spent billions of dollars to counter. Winter had almost set in and I was seeing men without socks, without gloves, without backpacks to carry their stuff into the mountains. The wounded were carried in cloth sheets, as there was no concept of field stretchers. Hardly anyone carried water bottles or tied military belts around their waists to hold bottles or knives, for none were available despite the desperate need for these most basic items. For lack of ear guards, the ears of the Mujahideen would bleed, as their shoulder fired RPG launchers or recoilless rifles would be held uncomfortably close to the ears for multiple fires. For absence of Range finders, many precious rockets or shells would be wasted in trying to find the range of the target through trial and error, which would not only waste ammunition and alert the enemy, killing the advantage of surprise, but would also give away the friendly position, which would then receive hostile fire causing casualties. Binoculars were rare even at the front line posts. Even on my very first visit, I could see the absence of this most basic but vital battlefield equipment, but those providing billions of dollars of weapons and ammunition, somehow failed to notice. Later, when I was back in Pakistan, we created a supply line of this equipment for the fronts, sending in thousands of such needed items and units, though considering the size of the resistance and the need, our entire effort was just a drop in the ocean.
In this aspect, my diary entry read: Requirements of the Mujahideen 1. Range finders 2. Ear guards 3. Binoculars 4. Stretchers 5. Belts 6. Backpacks 7. Gloves 8. Socks I spent a day with Khalid on his base, picking his mind and mixing with the resistance to get the feel of the battlefield. The Mujahideen were preparing for a major attack on a post before the snow fall and onset of winter, which would slow down the operation. Khalid wanted me to stay close to him but I insisted in going to the forward attacking base. I could sense the same protective care in him which I had felt in Kochi Khan in March, at Jalalabad, when I insisted on going in the open assault and he wanted me to stay close to him, near the recoilless rifle. Finally, I had my way and Khalid reluctantly allowed me to move to the forward base and handed me over to Dr. Awwal Jan, the front line operational commander of Sarobi front for Hizbe-Islami. My diary recalls these very nostalgic moments when I had moved to the forward location: 19th November 86 It's my fifth day with the Mujahideen Sarobi in Paktika. Preparing for days for a big action. Commander Khalid is leading the Mujahideen united front against one strong govt. post. Attack would be in a few days and preparations are underway for the big show. I had good sittings with Khalid. He is a fine Mujahid with good tactical sense. During the attack he wanted me to stay at the Ack Ack guns, being used in anti-personnel role against the government post, but I want to go with the mujahideen in the open
Soviet war on Afghan nation - the landmines and the victims assault. Let's see what Allah has for me. Still have few days to go for that. I am thoroughly enjoying the feeling of spiritual purity only reserved for the battle fronts. May Allah accept our humble effort and bless us and the Jihad with His help and pleasure. (Ameen)” Dr. Awwal Jan was a very pleasant, tall and firmly built man in his mid 40's. We both took instant liking to each other, and from here onward, he would play the role of my mentor and guardian angel. From the rear base of Khalid, we drove next to the foothills, further into the mountains overlooking the plains towards Urgoon. It was here that in a narrow ravine, the Mujahideen, under the command of Awwal Jan, had their base hidden deep in the jungle under the overhanging peaks. Consisting of few grey tents and dugouts on the mountain slopes, it was an ideal defensive position and almost totally camouflaged from the air. A small stream of ice-cold water ran right through the narrow canyon housing the base. Trees of special pine nuts, called Chilgozas grew in thousands, laden with ripened fruit. In Pakistan one could only dream of having Chilgozas due to their high cost, but here we were based in their jungle. Throughout my life before or after, I have not eaten so many Chilgozas as I did in those few days, with the Mujahideen of Sarobi. There, I also tasted the true flavour of another kind: Dr. Awwal Jan taught me Pashtu, which I noted down in my faithful little diary. The base consisted of about 40 Mujahideen, who were basically at a screening position to give time to rear bases to prepare and respond in case any attack came from the enemy posts, and were also serving as fighting and reconnaissance patrols for area dominance and surveying in the region. Each day, the fighting patrols would leave the camp and would look for enemy movements, ambush opportunities, battle field reconnaissance and mine clearing operations. It was exciting work and excellent education for me, very necessary for training and orientation of the guerrilla war tactics. Dr. Awwal was a trained mine sweeper as well. Every day, he carried a long mine detector in his hand, followed by his men, including me, and would go to clear landmines from the posts and passages, which were planted by the enemy. Enemy scouts would deliberately plant mines inside empty Mujahideen foxholes and trenches on the ridges, making it extremely dangerous to step into trenches without sweeping them first. Once, in my naivety, during a patrol, I moved ahead of the group and tried to enter a small foxhole on the ridge overlooking the plains. If Awwal Jan had not shouted in time to warn me, I would have lost a leg for sure. He pulled me back, swept the ground inches away from me, with his minesweeper. His headphones made small beeping sounds which only he could hear, but the expression on his face showed that he had found something. Circling the round metal disc over the suspected area, he asked one of his men to dig out the mine. Using a bayonet to prod the earth surface lightly, he found the deadly trap, removed the dirt from it carefully, and then lifted it from the base using the blade of the knife. It was for the first time I witnessed a live mine being taken out from the land, a spot I had almost stepped on. Ashiver of chill went through my spine. I was red with sheepish embarrassment. Very carefully, Awwal Jan unscrewed a small bolt on the side of the mine and jerked it slightly, bending it sideways. A small fuse
A typical Mujahideen Observer group on a hilltop like detonator fell out. He put the bolt back and then pressed the top of the mine with both hands, it made a small “clicking” sound. Now the mine was safe. If the detonator had not been taken out and I had stepped on the mine, it would have blown away my leg. He looked at me kindly, not saying a word but performing the whole operation right in front of me, to teach the invaluable lesson once again without saying it – stupid men don't last long! Afghanistan has millions of mines planted across the country by the Soviets. It was a brutal way to fight the population that offered such stiff resistance. It is estimated that with the present demining pace, it would take almost 400 years for the country to be cleansed of all the deadly traps spread all over the countryside in farms, around rivers, lakes, plains and in fields. In later years, I had more close shaves with landmines in every region of the country. It is nothing short of a miracle that I am alive today after so many close encounters with these elusive and deadly foes. It was due to the threat of these weapons that the Mujahideen had developed the practice of single file marching, in the suspicious zones. Each man would step into the footmarks of the one ahead of him in order to avoid making contact with unsafe ground. The first man of the column was always at risk and had to be the bravest. That day, we pulled many more mines from trenches and foxholes. The Mujahideen were preparing for a major offensive, and clearing the area was necessary. These patrols were invaluable in battle field orientation and survival tactics. I was relishing every moment of these, under the patronage
of Dr.Awwal Jan. A Hizb camera team from Peshawar also arrived which intended to film the entire operation. Daud was the chief cameraman. Those were the days of VHS video cameras which recorded on tapes. Also, the digital age of still cameras had not arrived and still pictures were taken on film cameras. A film roll would take weeks or months to be taken from the battlefield to get back to Peshawar for processing, and only then one would know what had come out. Daud had a passion for his work. A young, sober man of medium height, in his mid twenties; we became instant friends. We talked about each other's lives, passions and ambitions. We promised to meet again in Peshawar when I would return. I noticed two pens in his breast pocket! That night I had insisted upon being given the night sentry duties. My turn of guard was near dawn and by the time I completed two hours of my duty on the hill, it was daybreak. Days started early on those fronts. Everyone was awake, leisurely and casual. Some were busy in preparing breakfast and others trying to snuggle back into their sleeping bags after prayers. It was a beautiful cold morning and hardly anything signaled the bloody adventure that was about to hit us like a thunderbolt. Around 7o'clock in the morning, a young man came rushing in through the narrow gorge, which housed our base. He was one of the Mujahideen from a nearby
similar camp. He was breathless and in obvious panic. He charged into our tent where about 20 Mujahideen had gathered in and around, and made a loud announcement in Pashtu, “Askar Raghley”, the enemy troops have arrived! He then quickly delivered the rest of the message that the enemy had attacked at dawn and was rapidly gaining ground towards the foothills, backed by tanks and the infantry! What happened after that was even more stunning for me. For a second, the listening crowd remained dead silent and frozen to allow the messenger to complete his message. Then suddenly, the casual, leisurely crowd exploded into an electrifying flurry of battle preparations. While everyone prepared to get their gear for moving out to face the enemy, I just watched in amazed silence. In less than five minutes of receiving the news, the first batch of Guerillas had already geared up and left for the battle! The sheer pace and the flawless efficiency, with which these seemingly carefree, sleepy young men were transformed into hardcore war machines, would put any professional army to shame. Even the most highly trained Special Forces of any country could not have moved out as quickly as they did on that particular day. One young man who led the first batch out was, Baryaley. He shouted at everyone to follow him and those who were ready were led by him into the battle. He had the courage, the flair and the initiative. I could see a leader in him. I still see him in my memory, moving rapidly and then stopping briefly to turn around and making a “follow me” gesture. The image is permanently etched in my memory. I waited, observed and then left with Dr. Awwal Jan, who was delayed because he was busy opening the boxes and distributing the ammunition. Once all were fully armed, he too left with about 20 remaining men including myself. We marched through the narrow gorge at a fast pace and advanced forward towards the foothills. The excitement was razor sharp. We could hear fierce gunfire at close range, signaling that the fight was already hot and close. Daud also had left earlier, with an advance group. We reached a “Y” junction within the gorge. I could see that Awwal Jan did not want me to go with him to the front. Already the sounds of gunfire had become rapid and loud. His guardian angel mode had been switched on. He ordered me to turn right, climb the
hills and get on to the high ridges along with 10 older men, who he thought would find it difficult to keep pace on the deadly mountainous tracks. We were told to hold the ridge. I wanted to go with him and so I insisted. He paused, looked at me, and I saw a painful smile on his face. He glanced back where his Mujahideen were charging fast and then turned towards me with a silent but firm plea, “You are holding me back. Please go!” I could clearly see the love, care and concern on his face as well as the desperation to go with his men, but he wanted to make sure that I would be away from harm's way. I decided to obey him and turned right. A relieved Awwal Jan turned left and charged down the valley to join his men. I climbed and reached the ridge. There lying on my belly, I lifted my head to see the battle in the valley below. It was an awesome and formidable sight! The mountain foothills as well as the entire valley plains were within the range of my view, clear as a picture, in the early morning sunshine. I was at an ideal position to observe the tactics of the battle. In the plains right in front of me, was a column of enemy tanks pointing their guns straight at us and advancing towards the mountains. They were about 3 kilometers away. I could see the enemy infantry following them too. On my left towards the foothills, the Mujahideen were seen breaking out from the mountain slopes and moving into the plains. It was going to be a face to face infantry battle now. Suddenly I saw a huge flash above the tank and before I could react to it, a tank shell flew inches over our heads with a massive, whistling “whoooosh”, and crashed with a cracking, thunderous explosion in the mountain side just behind me. God!
Spoils of war - A captured Soviet tank used by Mujahideen
A Russian tank totally destroyed by a Mujahideen anti-tank mine That was scary! It had shaken me completely. The tanks were now taking direct aim at the very ridge I was lying on, but I had learned something as well. The flash on the tank would signal a fire and we would quickly slide backwards into the safety of the ridge slope. The shell would fly over our heads and hit the mountain behind us and then we would rise again to see the action. It was naive of us to think that a few feet of ridge would protect us against a direct, high explosive or armoured piercing tank shell. If the ridge edge had taken a direct hit, it would have blown us all into oblivion. At least a dozen shells were fired at us but all went inches above our heads and missed the ridge slopes. It was around noon now, and the battle had been raging for a few hours now. I could see that it had come to a stall with neither side making advances, but the firing continued. Suddenly, I heard a huge explosion, which once again shook us all, but somehow, something was different. There was no flash of the tank barrel, so what could have caused this explosion? Then we saw a plume of thick black smoke emerging from under the leading tank. The tank was smoking heavily and had come to a stop. It had either hit a Mujahideen anti-tank mine or was hit by a recoilless rifle or RPG, which had broken its tracks, grinding it to a halt. Once we realized that it was incapacitated, we were ecstatic. Screaming “Nara-e-Takbeer” at the top of our voices, I felt a deep personal satisfaction at getting back at this particular tank. This was the one that had fired the maximum number of shells at us, served it right; it was
personal now! Moments later, we heard another similar bang and another plume of smoke rose from the tank behind the first, wounded one. The second tank had come closer to the first one to tug and drag it away from the battle field. The rescue tank itself struck a landmine and was also incapacitated. We were now truly delirious, screaming our hearts out with excitement. With two tanks damaged and abandoned, the enemy attack began to fizzle out and the remaining tanks and armoured cars began a slow withdrawal, allowing the Mujahideen to advance a little further. Then tragedy struck. The Mujahideen were using 14.5mm and 12.7mm anti-aircraft guns positioned in the mountains, in antipersonnel role in this battle. These guns were also firing on the enemy tanks and armoured cars in the valley, from around 2 kilometers away. One Mujahid had advanced forward and was able to climb the abandoned wounded tank, and had turned its 7.62mm Granov machine gun around to fire at the retreating enemy. This was an act of mad bravery and raw courage. The Mujahideen, anti-aircraft gunners could not tell the difference between the government soldier in uniform and the Mujahid on top of the tank. They zeroed on the tank and fired, killing the Mujahid. At night, when we were all safely back at the base, I was shattered to know that the killed Mujahid was none other than Baryaley.
There were more sad news to come: Daud had been wounded as well. A mortar shell had landed near him while he was filming the action, wounding him critically. He was taken out towards Pakistan and no one knew about his condition. My diary records the day's events in these words: 20 November 86: “Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Today, we had a long action day in actual battle. The enemy attacked us in the morning but by the grace of Allah, the Mujahideen were able to beat off the attack. It was a full day's action with heavy casualties to the enemy both in men and equipment, the Mujahideen gave one shaheed and two wounded. One of the wounded is my friend Daud. I have not seen him after his injury but I am told he is serious. May Allah accept his effort in His way. He was a member of the camera team, which had come from Peshawar to film the Jihad. I only participated in watching the whole action and seeing the miracles in the Jihad. The enemy was very far from my post to fire upon, but by the grace of Allah I had a good view of the live action, something that pays an important role in the training of a soldier. We thank Allah for his mercy upon His humble servants. All praises are for Him, the Greatest, the Almighty.” I was glad to see Dr. Awwal Jan safely back. He was dusty and tired but very happy. He was a graceful man and showed emotions with a flair of dignity. I could see that he was happy to see me safe as well. At night, after everyone had had a warm meal, there were a thousand stories to tell over the hot cups of Afghan chai. Each man excitedly narrated his tales, around the warm campfire in the bitter cold. The fact that there were no enemy aircraft deployed on that day, was surprising for me. The Mujahideen had come out in the open to confront the advancing Afghan army. We too were highly exposed on the ridges. It was easy picking for the Soviet air force, but they did not show up. The reports of a proposed Mujahideen attack on the nearby post had reached the enemy too. They had launched this attack to throw the Mujahideen off guard and to disrupt their attack plans. It was clear that the enemy did not want to capture territory nor came with a determined plan to push the Mujahideen back. It was a pre-emptive strike in order
to cause panic and confusion, in which they failed, and incurred severe losses in the process. At night when I went into my sleeping bag in the tent, I pondered over the day's events. It was a massive educational process for me, witnessing the entire battle in a kaleidoscopic sequence and in understanding the tactics of the war being fought. It was often said within the Mujahideen ranks that Afghan army were cowards and that they would not fight well in a battle. There was a general tendency within the resistance and even within the Arabs and Pakistanis, to rubbish the Afghan army. I saw the Afghan army fight that day, and they fought well. They came out of their fortresses and into the open. They took the war to the Mujahideen without the Soviet support and without any air cover. They fought a bitter battle all day and then withdrew by the evening, after giving a dawn surprise to the resistance. I began to take the Afghan army seriously. The Communist army comprised of Afghans as well, and all Afghans are natural born fighters, irrespective of their religious beliefs or ethnic distribution. In the later years this fact was proven beyond doubt. After the Soviet withdrawal in 1988, the Afghan communist army held their ground on their own for almost 4 years against the combined might of all Mujahideen groups. This underestimation of the Afghan army caused many debacles in the years to come, the biggest one being the defeat of the Mujahideen at the hands of the Afghan army at Jalalabad in 1989. I was there too and experienced their tenacity first hand once again. Two days later, while we were preparing for our attack on the Afghan army post, I received the very sad news – Daud had died too! (To be continued)
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