Iranian polls & American noise

Before going into the allegations it’s important that the two contestants are discussed so that the reader knows if the results went either way would it really have made any difference to the American led West. It’s only America and her allies that are really making the noise rest all have left it as the internal matter of Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, born 28 October 1956 is now the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He became president after winning the 2005 presidential election and re-elected to a second term in June 2009. Many Iranians and members of the international community have considered Ahmadinejad’s most recent electoral victory to be fraudulent. Despite his title, he does not hold the highest constitutional office in Iran, Article 113 of the Constitution of Iran empowers the Supreme Leader of Iran (Ali Khamenei). Prior to becoming president, Ahmadinejad was mayor of Tehran and governor general of Iran’s Ardabil Province.

Ahmadinejad has been a strong and vocal critic of the United States and Israel; he backs strengthening Iran’s relations with Russia, China, Venezuela, Syria, and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. He is a strong supporter of Shanghai Conference Organisation, apparently an economic block but with clear tone of American sentiment. Ahmadinejad has always maintained that Iran’s nuclear program is for energy needs and not for nuclear weapons development. With him as the President, Iran has refused to end nuclear enrichment despite United Nations Security Council resolutions calling for it to do so. Ahmadinejad argues that the sanctions imposed by the West over Iran’s nuclear enrichment are illegal and that Iran will continue to abide by International Atomic Energy Agency monitoring of its nuclear program. Now after Obama’s speech in Cairo, where he conceded that if one country has the nuclear technology so can the other countries, thus the nuclear issues ceases to be an issue. In spite of the repeated assurances by the Iranian government that Iran was not on the path to acquire nuclear weapons had the IAEA carry out an inspection. During three years of the most intrusive inspections in the history of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA’s Director-General Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei has repeatedly reported that he can find no “indication” of diversion of “source or special nuclear materials” to a military purpose. Despite this, the Bush Administration finally succeeded in forcing the Governing Board of the IAEA to send the dossier on Iran’s nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council.

According to a speech translation disputed by the Iranian government, Ahmadinejad has called for the dissolution of the state of Israel. He also calls for free elections in the region. He believes that the Palestinians need a stronger voice in the region’s future. One of Ahmadinejad’s most controversial statements was in which, according to the initial Islamic Republic News Agency translation, he called for the “occupying regime” to be “wiped off the map,” though the translation and interpretation of the comment is disputed. He has also been condemned for describing the Holocaust as a myth, which has led to accusations of anti-Semitism; the interpretation of this quote is also disputed. In response to these criticisms, Ahmadinejad said “No, I am not against Jews, I respect them very much.” Ahmadinejad also clarified, “I’m not saying that [the Holocaust] didn’t happen at all. This is not the judgment that I’m passing here.”

During his presidency, Ahmadinejad launched a gas rationing plan to reduce the country’s fuel consumption. He also instituted cuts in the interest rates that private and public banking facilities could charge. He issued a directive, according to which the Management and Planning Organization should be affiliated to the government. Now coming to Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh, is painted as a reformist politician. He is a painter and architect who from 1981 to 1989, served as the fifth and last Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran; thereafter, the constitution was changed and the post of the Prime Minister was removed. Mousavi is currently the president of the Iranian Academy of Arts and was a candidate for the 2009 presidential election.

Before that, Mousavi was the Minister of Foreign Affairs; currently he is also a member of the Expediency Discernment Council and the High Council of Cultural Revolution. However, as of 2009, he has not participated in their meetings for a long time which is interpreted by political analysts and commentators as a sign of his disapproval. Mousavi holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University. In the early years of the revolution, Mousavi was the Editor-in-Chief of the official newspaper of the Islamic Republic Party, the Jomhouri-e Eslami (Islamic Republic) newspaper.

Here it may also be mentioned that no one can contest the elections for the top offices of the President and the parliament before the candidates are cleared by a body of clergy who really direct and control the political shape of the country. Thus no matter who wins and takes the office; there would be no major shift in the announced policies except for the cosmetics. Therefore reading between the lines, either of the two would mean the same to America and her allies, so why all this noise? America has had a declared policy to bring about a regime change in Iran for which purpose; for this purpose, The U.S. opened an office of Iranian affairs in the State Department — overseen by Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of the then Vice President Dick Cheney — and tasked the unit with drawing up plans to overthrow the Iranian government. The U.S. Congress has reportedly appropriated more than $120 million to fund the project.

In February 2006 to the delight of LA’s Iranian community, the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, announced plans to spend $85m on boosting “democracy programmes” (compared with $3.5m in 2005). Now some question that may be that moment of change has arrived therefore America is making all the noise. On the other hand, there are countries that want to replace the uni-polar world with a multi-polar one. Leaders of emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) underlined on Tuesday support for a democratic and just multi-polar world order based on the rule of international law, equality, mutual respect, cooperation and coordinated action of all states. Traditionally, the post-revolution Iran is a staunch supporter of such moves that hurts the USA.

The current situation in Iran has echoes of an earlier revolutionary period. What Ahmadinejad ridiculed as “passions after a soccer match” during his carefully orchestrated press conference on Sunday in fact resembles 1979 when he himself took to the streets to overthrow the Shah and establish the Islamic Republic of Iran. What used to be the revolutionary mantra “Margh-bar shah” (death to the shah) in 1979 turned into “Margh-bar dictator” (death to the dictator) in 2009. In his boldest and most historically symbolic move yet, Mousavi urged his supporters to channel their anger into civil disobedience and called on them to gather on their rooftops after sunset to call “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Great). The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini used the same tactic to unite the country in protest against the monarchy. Since Saturday, nights in Tehran echo these chants, sending a powerful message to those who were revolutionaries themselves 30 years ago. Has Mousavi been cultivated, a very remote possibility that he is forcing to launch such a vigorous civil disobedience that may shatter Iran or has he become so egoistic that he has put the future of Iran at stake. It would have been in the larger interest of Iran had Mousavi accepted the results like Richard Nixon did when he first lost the presidential elections knowingly that it had been rigged. Nixon did so for the people to retain faith in the system. If not, then Mousavi should have initiated the legal process to establish the rule of law.

It remains to be seen to what extent history will repeat itself. The relatively bloodless revolution of 1979 was a general strike of unprecedented popular determination, which lasted over 5 months and put an end to 25 centuries of monarchy. In the end, the shah did not take his autocratic rule to its logical conclusion and fire on the demonstrators. Having sensed the gravity of the movement, the Shah preferred to depart and leave Iran in the hands of Ayatollah Khomeini. In 2009, the sociopolitical and international realities are vastly different. Whether popular sovereignty or authoritarian tenacity prevails in the end, Ahmadinejad the revolutionary of 1979 may have developed the taste for power and finding it difficult to relinquish it. If that be the case he should show grace and offer for a more acceptable solution.

But for America, no matter who takes the office would not bring about any change unless either America accepts to talk to the present political leadership or have the system dismantled and a chaos is created to break up Iran; the Greater Middle East Initiative. Here it would not be out of context to suggest that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia must play its role to defuse the situation in Iran; failing which if Iran is destabilized, the entire region can be on fire. The evil would have won at the cost of the humanity.Raja G Mujtaba

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Destabilization 2009, the CIA, Mossad and the new media destabilization of Iran. Is Russia next?

It’s the 2009 presidential election in Iran and opposition leader Mir-Houssein Mousavi declares victory hours before the polls close, insuring that any result to the contrary will be called into question. Western media goes into overdrive, fighting with each other to see who can offer the most hyperbolic denunciation of the vote and President Ahmadenijad’s apparent victory (BBC wins by publishing bald-faced lies about the supposed popular uprising which it is later forced to retract). On June 13th, 30000 “tweets” begin to flood Twitter with live updates from Iran, most written in English and provided by a handful of newly-registered users with identical profile photos. The Jerusalem Post writes a story about the Iran Twitter phenomenon a few hours after it starts (and who says Mossad isn’t staying up to date with new media?). Now, YouTube is providing a “Breaking News” link at the top of every page linking to the latest footage of the Iranian protests (all shot in high def, no less). Welcome to Destabilization 2.0, the latest version of a program that the western powers have been running for decades in order to overthrow foreign, democratically elected governments that don’t yield to the whims of western governments and multinational corporations.

Ironically, Iran was also the birthplace of the original CIA program for destabilizing a foreign government. Think of it as Destabilization 1.0: It’s 1953 and democratically-elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh is following through on his election promises to nationalize industry for the Iranian people, including the oil industry of Iran which was then controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. The CIA is sent into the country to bring an end to Mossadegh’s government. They begin a campaign of terror, staging bombings and attacks on Muslim targets in order to blame them on nationalist, secular Mossadegh. They foster and fund an anti-Mossadegh campaign amongst the radical Islamist elements in the country. Finally, they back the revolution that brings their favoured puppet, the Shah, into power. Within months, their mission had been accomplished: they had removed a democratically elected leader who threatened to build up an independent, secular Persian nation and replaced him with a repressive tyrant whose secret police would brutally suppress all opposition. The campaign was a success and the lead CIA agent wrote an after-action report describing the operation in glowing terms. The pattern was to be repeated time and time again in country after country (in Guatemala in 1954, in Afghanistan in the 1980s, in Serbia in the 1990s), but these operations leave the agency open to exposure. What was needed was a different plan, one where the western political and financial interests puppeteering the revolution would be more difficult to implicate in the overthrow.

Enter Destabilization 1.1. This version of the destabilization program is less messy, offering plausible deniability for the western powers who are overthrowing a foreign government. It starts when the IMF moves in to offer a bribe to a tinpot dictator in a third world country. He gets 10% in exchange for taking out an exorbitant loan for an infrastructure project that the country can’t afford. When the country inevitably defaults on the loan payments, the IMF begins to take over, imposing a restructuring program that eventually results in the full scale looting of the country’s resources for western business interests. This program, too, was run in country after country, from Jamaica to Myanmar, from Chile to Zimbabwe. The source code for this program was revealed in 2001, however, when former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz went public about the scam. More detail was added in 2004 by the publication of John Perkin’s Confessions of an Economic Hitman, which revealed the extent to which front companies and complicit corporations aided, abetted and facilitated the economic plundering and overthrow of foreign governments. Although still an effective technique for overthrowing foreign nations, the fact that this particular scam had been exposed meant that the architects of global geopolitics would have to find a new way to get rid of foreign, democratically elected governments.

Destabilization 1.2 involves seemingly disinterested, democracy promoting NGOs with feelgood names like the Open Society Institute, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy. They fund, train, support and mobilize opposition movements in countries that have been targeted for destabilization, often during elections and usually organized around an identifiable color. These “color revolutions” sprang up in the past decade and have so far successfully destabilized the governments of the Ukraine, Lebanon, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, among others. These revolutions bear the imprint of billionaire finance oligarch George Soros. The hidden hand of western powers behind these color revolutions has threatened their effectiveness in recent years, however, with an anti-Soros movement having arisen in Georgia and with the recent Moldovan “grape revolution” having come to naught (much to the chagrin of Soros-funded OSI’s Evgeny Morozov).

Now we arrive at Destabilization 2.0, really not much more than a slight tweak of Destabilization 1.2. The only thing different is that now Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media are being employed to amplify the effect of (and the impression of) internal protests. Once again, Soros henchman Evgeny Morozov is extolling the virtues of the new Tehran Twitter revolution and the New York Times is writing journalistic hymns to the power of internet new media…when it serves western imperial interests. We are being asked to believe that this latest version of the very (very) old program of U.S. corporate imperialism is the real deal. While there is no doubt that the regime of Ahmadenijad is reprehensible and the feelings of many of the young protestors in Iran are genuine, you will forgive me for quesyioning the motives behind the monolithic media support for the overthrow of Iran’s government and the installation of Mir-Houssein “Butcher of Beirut” Mousavi.


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Kazakhstan The Pyramid, Borat and Israel

Pyramid of Peace

We all have heard of the ‘Seven Wonder of the World’: Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Garden of Babylon, Statue of Zeus, Colossus of Rhodes, Taj Mahal, Wall of China, and Leaning Tower of Pisa – but I bet very few readers may have known the ‘Eight Sinister Sites of the World’. Well, one of them happens to be right inside Muslim-majority nation, Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana. Like the city itself – The Pyramid of Peace – was build by Kazakhstan’s communist turned nationalist dictator Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev, who has dedicated this building to “the renunciation of violence and to bring together the world’s religions”. However, a closer look by its visitor would show that building has nothing to do with no prophetic religion, especially not Islam, which Nursultan himself profess to follow – but the Pagan Temple of Freemasonry.

The Pyramid of Peace was designed by Britain’s famous architect, Baron Norman Foster (b. 1935), the winner of Agha Khan Award for Architecture (2007) in partnership with Turkish architects, Tabanlioglu Architecture. The Sembol Construction began working on the building in 2005 and finished it by late 2006 at the cost of over US$70 million.

Kazakhstan is one of the largest country in the world (twice the size of Alaska). Islam was introduced to Kazakh communities in the 8th century. About 57% of Kazakhstan’s 20 million population profess to be Muslims of Hanafi school. Before the Russian occupied Kazakhstan, there were mosques in every city, town and village. However, when Kazakhstan got independence from USSR – only 300 mosques escaped the communist anti-Islam tyrany.

According to New Jersey Jewish News (May 7, 2009) – Stalin’s (a Jew) purge of Muslim Kazakhs in the late 1930s injected large number of Jews into Kazakhstan. Before that, the few Jews there were either descendents of Russian-Jewish soldiers who settled in that area in the 19th century or of Bukharan Jews who traded along the Silk Road. Around 18,000 Jews migrated to Israel after the collapse of Communism in 1990s. Between 15,000-20,000 Jews still live in Kazakhstan. Dr. Alexander Baron is president of Mitsva, the unbrella association of Kazakhstani Jewish institutions and a Jewish representative in Kazakhstan Parliament.

Kazakhstan established diplomatic relation with the zionist state in 1992. Nazarbayev has visited Israel in 1995 and 2000. In 2008 – Israel and Kazakhstan began a joint military developments. Nursultan family is reported to own several billion dollars in foreign banks – thank to Israeli-Kazakh Jewish billionaire Alexander Mashkevich, who owns close to 25% of Kazakhstan economy.

In 2006 – Nazarbayev’s government invited Sacha Baron Cohen to visit Khazakhstan and see himself that Kazakh Muslims are not prejudice as he depicted them in his movie. Baron Cohen, an Orthodox Jew makes fun of his fellow Jews in his movie Borat – a sort of traditional Ashkhenazi humour, hiding behind a purportedly Muslim character – while the words “Muslim” and “Islam” are not even heard in the movie though Jew figure prominently throughout – an Ashkhenazi humour claiming to speak on behalf of world Jewry – but a Zionist project to provoke and divide Israel’s enemies.

Kazakhstan is rich in oil, coal, copper, silver, lead, nickle and zinc. It also shares Caspian oil (estimated 17-33 billion barrels) with other four neighbouring countries (Islamic Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Russia). USSR carried out 80% of its underground nuclear test in Kazakhstan.

The other ’Sinister sites’ include Israel’s Supreme Court Building, Rockefeller Center, The EU Parliament, The Georgia Guidestones, The Denver International Airport, St. John The Divine Cathedral, Temple Square (Utah), and the Manitoba Legislative Building.

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Talibanization: It’s all about Gwadar Port & Transit Trade Route

Do you think that Muslims were involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on WTC that took 3,200 lives on American soils?  If it so, then newspapers of 2001 carried different story, saying that all the pilots who collided their aircrafts with the New York building and Pentagon were from Arabs descent.  According to US think tanks and research centers, some of the youth who underwent a regular training of flying with a view to carry out planned terrorism, were Arabs and remaining came from Egypt. They were all from affluent and highly educated families. It is also an established fact that there was not a single Afghan involved in this terrorist act. Then, why did US attack Afghanistan?

However, based on the intelligence intercept reports that indicated Osama bin Laden’s presence (accused of providing financial support to the terrorist plot) in the mountainous areas inside Afghanistan, the US & NATO troops invaded the region in 2001. As the invasion was very controversial, therefore, US started rationalizing by blowing the theme of extremism and Talibanization. In fact, the sole objective of the US was not to apprehend Osama bin Laden or toppling of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. It was rather the game of possessing the enormous natural resources of Central Asian Republics as well controlling the transit trade routes.

Now, after eight years of the invasion, it has become increasingly clear that there was a subtle link between the 9/11 terrorist attack and taking over of natural riches of CARs.

Pakistan Army is presently engaged in massive operations in the north-west of the country where Talibans have challenged the writ of the Government.  In order to stop possible suicide bombing, the security has been put on “high alert” in the country.  When is this war going to end?  It is early to say anything, nevertheless, the conflict started in June 2002, when security forces were targeted in the name of backwardness of the Balochistan province.  The insurgent situation escalated when the Phase-1 of Gwadar project was completed in 2005, and a number of Chinese Engineers were made subject of attacks by the Baloch insurgents who see their interest in the port as a threat to their survival.  The situation became worst when the Chinese Premier was not allowed to visit Gwadar for opening ceremony of the Seaport, due to security reasons.  But, our media and political analysts were not prepared to reveal the truth that the whole issue hinges on the development of Gwadar deep
Seaport and transit trade route.

Perhaps, the unrest could have been restricted to Balochistan only, but KKH-II project ignited the whole frontier province as well.  Here, the insurgency started by razing girls’ schools in the name of enforcement of Shariah in Bajaur, Malakand, Swat and adjoining tribal areas, when China signed MoU in 2004 for further expansion and upgrading of the existing Karakoram highway that links Gilgit to Kohat via Chitral, Dir, Swat connecting Gwadar to Western China.  The KKH trade route agreement alarmed many countries.  US viewed the Highway project as alarming for its endeavours in exploiting the riches of CARs.  India considered it as a dangerous development for its security.  The Kashgar-Gwadar trade route affected the trade and economic interest of neighboring states of the region.  Side by side, China started laying rail-link from Shanghai to Kashgar. In order to deny Chinese access to Gwadar and to stop Pakistan from exploiting economic benefit, the theme of provincial rights and backwardness proved quite successful.

However, the same strategy could hold the grounds in the tribal areas and NWFP.  Therefore, keeping in view the environment of the area and emotional attachment of the people with the Islam, the propaganda theme regarding the presence of Osama bin Laden & al Qaeda leadership was blown out of proportion.

The western media was already showing concern regarding militants’ infiltration to orchestrate and launch cross-border attacks from their sanctuaries on Pakistani soil.  Similarly, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of alleged relationship between ISI agency and the militants.  Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Pentagon, US Gen. David Petraeus, commander Central Command, US think tanks and media cartels, questioned the alleged relationship between ISI and the militant Talibans.

The tug of war to reach the natural resources of CARs is generally called as “new great game” with Iran, USA and Russia as old players in the game.  Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that India would attempt to create hurdles and would ensure that the port does not become hub port.  There is strong evidence of Indian support in planning, commissioning and preparing acts of terrorism in Balochistan through setting up of 26 centres of terrorism (consulates) along the western border in Afghanistan.  Reliable sources have revealed that explosives were brought in by Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under the garb of “reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts” in Afghanistan through Iran to be used for sabotage acts against Balochistan.

The suicide bombing inside Pakistan has been a source of concern throughout the world.  According to US and NATO Commanders, the next attacks on the US will likely to originate from Pakistan’s tribal belt.  They also warned that Pakistan’s nuclear assets may fall in the hands of Islamic extremists.  The terrorists are targeting Pakistan Army, ISI and law enforcing authorities.  There are incidents where soldiers’ bodies were mutilated.  But Pakistan Army reacted with constraint due to collateral damage.  In this way, Pakistan security forces were attacked on two fronts: on the one side, they were confronted with the suicide bomber inside the country and on the other hand, they were attacked by the Taliban in the tribal areas.  Even then, the “Aristotles” sitting in the media circles are terming it “Pashtun’s revenge”.  However, it is far away from reality.  In fact, trained militants from regular Israel and India forces duly supported by US, are fighting against Pakistan Army in the tribal area & Swat region.  The situation might have aggravated, if Pakistan Army had not launched military operation in these areas.  The Government “peace initiatives & deals” were aimed to bring peace in the area.  But the leaders and operational commanders of Talibans, pursuing US & India agenda were not interested in peace as well as Nazim-i-Adil Regulation.

Now, let us see other facet of the topic.  India’s objective is to prevent Pakistan from offering safe transit routes to the Central Asian Republics.    It is interesting to note a tit for tat response by Indians on the issue of the establishment of Port.  When the Chinese began the Gwadar port, the Indians began to help Iranians construct the Chabahar port next door.  The Chabahar port ironically also located in the Baloch part of Iran, will be accessible for Indian imports and exports, with road links to Afghanistan and Central Asia. India is helping build a 200-kilometre road that will connect Chabahar with Afghanistan.  The US financed Ring Road connects Kabul to Iranian port of Chabahar through Herat.   India has successfully completed the work of Zaranj-Delaram highway and it will connect India with Central Asia countries.  It links Zaranj, which lies on Afghanistan’s border with Iran, to Delaram, situated on the “garland highway”. The garland highway links Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kunduz.

China has developed a new security concept based on “Soft power” that seeks to assure China’s economic development.  However, US considers China as a future rival and expresses concern over China’s growing military might.  Despite changes in the international situation, China-Pakistan friendship has remained strong and steadfast.  China has helped Pakistan in developing its economy.  Chinese assistance has been invaluable in areas as diverse as construction of nuclear power plants, dams, roads and industrial, Gwadar port on Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast.  Pakistan too can help in China’s growth in opening energy supplies from the Gulf to China.  If China can lay hands on the resources of CARs, then China can achieve its economic goals within five years instead of planned 25 years.

The trade prospects with China are envisaged to evolve along with the construction of the port.  It is expected that China’s use of the Gwadar port for exports originating from the western region will provide her preferred option. Thus, it may be visualized that the Gwadar port will be an integral part of China’s Foreign Trade route in future.  The existing Karakoram highway already connects western China to Pakistan through Gilgit-Chitral-Dir-Swat to Kohat and then linking to Indus Highway.  With further expansion and upgrading of this traffic artery and proposed linkages to Gwadar via planned Kohat tunnel, Tank, DI Khan, Taunsa, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Kashmore, Sikarpur, Ratodero, Khuzdar.  M-6 Motorway linking D G Khan with Ratodero and M-8 Motorway linking Ratodero with Gwadar.   It shall make it the shortest and viable route connecting Gwadar to Western China.  M-6 Motorway linking D G Khan with Ratodero and M-8 Motorway linking Ratodero with Gwadar.

The most important point is that there is no river bridge on this route.  This developmental plan is between two independent states.  It is not a conspiracy against anybody, then why the region has become tense and volatile.

China too is interested in having its share in the new Silk roads.  China will pay for the transit route.

Gwadar port emerges as a place of great strategic value, giving tremendous boost to Pakistan’s economy as well uplifts the standard of common people of the area.  This is not acceptable to US, India and other countries.  Just see, no sooner Pakistan Army has initiated a military operation to flush out Talibans from the tribal areas, an increase in the volume of propaganda targeting nuclear assets has been observed in the press.

The miscreants who have been carrying out suicide bombing, razing girls schools, maiming the opponents and killing innocent childrens, are being called as ‘Talibanization”.  However, Taliban was created by US with the view to secure the trade route from Qandhar to Herat and CARs.  In this creation, almost 75 per cent of Soviet sponsored Afghan Army personnel and Khalq & Parcham party were included.  Amongst, was the then Defence Minister of Najeeb Government, Gen. Shahnawaz Tani.  Should Gen Tani be called as Taliban?  It was part of the planned strategy of US to defame Islam.  Similarly, now Talibans are being made to fight against Pakistan Army.  In 1994, it was securing trade route, and even today, the same trade route is the bone of contention.  Additionally, Gwadar Port has added many new dimensions in intensifying the conflict.

How long this process will take?  The tribal areas will continue to remain battlefield.  During swat operation, the arrest of Afghan citizens is a proof that Afghan warlords sitting in Afghanistan, are controlling the insurgency in Pakistan.  They are providing arms and ammunition to the insurgent militants.  It is very clear that US and NATO forces are playing games after being denied access to the trade route.  The US investment amounting to billions of dollars has not reaped profitable results.  The trade through Iranian port of Chabahar is conditioned to the peace of the area.  The unrest is due to wrong policies of US which has made favourable conditions for the drug barons supported by Afghan warlords and of course US/NATO commanders.

The volatile situation has restricted neighboring countries to extract benefits from the trade route.  The government of Pakistan and its people are suffering due to the non-operationalization of the trade route.  The only option left is to find a new trade route to fulfill the growing energy requirements of the country. Amid the turbulence in Afghanistan, alternate corridors is the only option left to fulfill the growing energy requirements of the country, allowing Central Asia fresh breath to develop trade in several directions.  In fact, the trade route is already in place.  US and China are forced to use this route, despite of difference in opinion. If you see the map closely, you will find a small corridor Wakkan Valley (Afghanistan) stretching in between Pakistan and Tajikistan and later joining Western China in Kasghar.  There is a vast pass at “Qila Panjah” in Afghanistan.. Here the distance of Pakistan with Tajikistan is just 50 KM.

The road connecting Kohat tunnel with Swat and Dir is called KKH phase-II project.  If Chitral is connected to Tajikistan via “Qila Panjah” (Afghanistan) linking to KKH till Kashgar (China).  Then, one trade route can emerge and China, US Russia can benefit from this trade route.  An elaborated network of infrastructure being put in place across Pakistan and the improvement in Korakoram Highway, would provide China the shortest possible access to the Middle East and other world markets through Gwadar Port.   The traditional route of Turkmenistan to Tajikistan via Uzbekistan already exists since Soviet Union era.  In this way, Kasghar-Gwadar trade route will not be restricted to China only.  Rather, will prove beneficial for the rest of the world by connecting it with the CARs.  It will become necessity for the big powers to restore peace in NWFP and tribal Areas.  Afghanistan will also be getting transit fee for the route, but whether India will accept this unique trade route or not.  Time will tell. Khalid Khokhar

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Pakistan's Road To Glory

Dil Dil Pakistan

In 2003, BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries/islands voted. Dil Dil Pakistan was third in top 10 songs.

T20 Best Picture – This One Captures It All

Celebrations In Indian Occupied Kashmir After Pakistan Win

Residents in Indian Occupied -ruled Kashmir Sunday fired crackers in the region’s main city after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win the World Twenty20 championship, witnesses said.

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Srinagar — the Kashmiri summer capital — erupted in celebration after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets and as scores of Kashmiri youth poured on to the streets and lit firecrackers.

The youths also chanted pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans as Indian paramilitary troops stayed in their bunkers, witnesses said.

Thousands of Kashmiris, including women and children, were glued to their televisions sets to watch the tense final.

“It is a great victory and one day I hope we will merge with Pakistan,” said a die-hard Pakistani cricket fan, Mohammed Yaseen.

Residents in Muslim-majority Kashmir valley traditionally support Pakistan in sports events.

Indian-occupied Kashmir is in the grip of a nearly 20-year insurgency that has so far claimed more than 47,000 lives by an official count.

India annexed Kashmir almost half a century ago and does not recognize U.N. resolutions that India’s leaders accepted earlier to allow the Kashmiris a free and fair referendum on whether they want to join Pakistan or India. The issue remains an unfinished business of the British withdrawal from the region after two centuries of colonization. India was ruled Muslim emperors from what is now Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia before the British invaded the region in late 18th century.

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Cornered tigers roar once again

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A Pakistan with momentum is a beast that cannot be contained. England discovered that fact to their cost in 1992 at Melbourne, when Imran Khan’s cornered tigers sprung at their throats to seize the country’s first major global title. And now, a generation later but in a campaign of distinct and glorious parallels, Sri Lanka have also sampled the unstoppable alchemy that occurs when cricket’s most emotional and temperamental participants find a way to meld their ambitions to their deeds.

It doesn’t always end up this way. Two years ago against India, in the inaugural World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg, Pakistan blew their chance for glory when Misbah-ul-Haq choked on his emotions at the end of a stunning match-turning counterattack, and chose the wrong ball to flick over fine leg. And then, of course, there was Pakistan’s last appearance in the 50-over World Cup final, against Australia right here at Lord’s in 1999, when the conviction in the performance and the margin in the result – eight wickets – exactly mirrored today’s effect and upshot.

In fact, it is a decade and a day since Pakistan’s demolition at the hands of Australia, and only two players remain from that match. Abdul Razzaq bowled two overs that day for 13, having limped to 17 from 51 balls while batting at No. 3; Shahid Afridi flogged two fours in 16 balls, and wasn’t called upon to put his legspin into practice. Ten years and a thousand memories later, Razzaq and Afridi rose to the needs of the hour and turned themselves into the game’s critical performers. Like the identities of the teams in this poignant final, it was a detail that can only have been scripted by the fates.

“Me, Shahid and Razzaq, we were chatting with the guys: ‘Please this time we will hold our nerves and make our final touch’,” said Younis, who added how surprised he had been by the maturity of Afridi’s batting. “He took singles,” he said in admiration of a man who added calculation to his aggression, and paced the chase to perfection. Two lusty swipes into the stands thrilled a packed Lord’s, but not half as much as the scruffy leg-bye with which the title was sealed. Rare is the Pakistan team that puts substance over style, but when it occurs, the overall effect is electrifying.

As for Razzaq, he had his own reasons to impress – his omission from the last World Twenty20 in South Africa was the catalyst for his defection to the ICL, which in turn led to his two-year exile from international cricket. He cut through the red tape last month, but only returned as a replacement for the injured Yasir Arafat last week. Nevertheless, he slipped effortlessly into his time-honoured utility role, this time as an under-rated old hand to balance the youthful aggression of Wasim Akram’s acolyte, Mohammad Aamer. After nine deliveries of the final, old and young had claimed a pair of ducks between them. And those lead weights of expectation had been alchemised into gold.

Younis has now stepped aside from Twenty20 cricket, much as Imran Khan bowed out on a high in 1992. For all his quiet insistence that this competition lacks the prestige of the 50-over World Cup, he knows that he and his players have achieved something wonderful, and every bit as lasting as the memories forged by Imran, Miandad, Wasim and Mushtaq, way back in the mists of time.

“I’m the second Khan winning a World Cup for Pakistan, so I’m very proud of my Khans,” said Younis. “This is my dream. I dreamed all the time of lifting the World Cup. My thinking in all my career is that I will be remembered for a team like 1992. I was not in the Imran Khan team, and this is a dream come true. I’m really happy. Though this World Cup is Twenty20, at least we won our second World Cup. This is a gift to our whole nation.”

He is not wrong. To get a sense of how much Pakistan needed this victory, you have to look beyond the bedlam in the stands at Lord’s where a shimmer of bouncing green shirts gave a surface-level glimpse of the euphoria, and instead burrow deep into the parks and gullies of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar, where a nation starved of joy has been given the timeliest succour. It is arguable, in fact, that there has been no more timely sporting victory since a newly unified South Africa won the Rugby World Cup back in 1995.

Where Francois Pienaar’s Springboks drew a newly unified nation ever more tightly together, the achievement of Younis’s men has been to help slow the fragmentation of a state that is rapidly being considered by the world at large to have failed. Both the captain and his Man of the Match hail from the troubled North West Frontier Province, and Afridi himself from the Khyber Agency, the symbolic frontline of Pakistan’s War on Terror. Chaos can seem at times to be embedded in the Pakistani DNA, but as both men showed in their performances in this tournament, it does not have to be this way.

“If you see the whole nation, where law and order is not good, we are from them,” said Younis. “How can we be consistent? With these kind of things going for us, if you see our cricket it is all the time suffering from a lot of things. After that we are still winning the World Cup. It is a great achievement for us. I am requesting to all of the countries you must come to Pakistan. Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault.”

For the moment, any prospect of cricket resuming in Pakistan is futile, despite the joy of this occasion and the hope for the future that it generates. But in the shorter term, what we witnessed at Lord’s today was the will of a troubled nation to pull in the same direction. From the fight within the team to the reaction around the stands, it was clear how much the notion of Pakistan still means. Next summer, the prospect exists of England hosting their “home” Test series against Australia. Today was a taster of the euphoria that would bring. It must be allowed to happen.

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GEORGE GALLOWAY: THE NOBLE MAN

Unlike many politicians who would rather stay on the safe side, even if that means betraying their conscience, George Galloway represents a rare breed of morally-guided politicians who are willing to call the spade a spade even in the face of danger and brutality.
The British lawmaker has displayed immense courage in speaking up against crimes and injustices inflicted by Israel, the United States and their European allies in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine.

In 2003, Galloway was expelled from the Labor Party when a party body decided that the strong statements he had made in opposition to the invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies had brought the party into disrepute.

Unshaken and defiant, Galloway then co-founded the Respect party, a new leftist-leaning coalition with a number of small groups.

Galloway had castigated the horrible genocide of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who died as a result of the draconian sanctions imposed on that Arab country and enforced by the United States.

In 2006, when the West and several Arab regimes were utterly silent, or colluding with Israel, Galloway spoke up loudly and eloquently against the barbaric Israeli aggression against Lebanon which utterly destroyed civilian homes and infrastructure, especially in southern Beirut, and killed hundreds of innocent civilians all over Lebanon.

In so doing, he exposed the nefarious war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Israel, including the dropping by the Israeli air force of millions of cluster bomblets all over southern Lebanon for the express purpose of killing and maiming Lebanese peasants, farmers, shepherds and children for many many years to come.

Now, the brave gentleman has arrived in the huge besieged concentration camp known as the Gaza Strip, leading an aid convoy of food and medicine for the thoroughly tormented people of Gaza.

Interestingly, his auspicious arrival coincided with the occurrence of the annual anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) who said “one of the greatest forms of Jihad, is to utter a word of truth in the presence of tyrant.”

“I am here to meet the heroes of Palestine’s resistance, the government of Palestine, the people of Palestine,” Galloway told reporters as thousands of jubilant Palestinians turned up to greet the man and his companions.

“I have entered Palestine many times but the most emotional of these is after the 22-day genocidal aggression against the Palestinian people,” said Galloway, who kneeled down to kiss Gaza ground.

“We are all Palestinians”

Unafraid of upsetting Israel, its criminal-minded allies, quislings and hangers-on, Galloway said what most politicians in the capitals of Europe and North America, not even in the Arab-Muslim Middle East, wouldn’t dare say, namely that Hamas is the legitimate Palestinian government and that the Palestinian people’s will ought to be respected.

Galloway denounced former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a staunch supporter of the Hamas-isolation policy.

“He doesn’t represent the British people,” said Galloway.

Blair, like most other western politicians and officials, remained utterly silent as Nazi Israel was raining white phosphorus bombs on Gaza recently, killing, maiming and incinerating thousands of innocent civilians, including hundreds of children, whose only “crime” was their enduring vigor and determination to live and be free.

However, instead of getting disgracefully consigned to the dustbin of history, as, indeed, he should have been, Blair was appointed by the crime-boss of the White House, the unmissed George Bush, as Peace Envoy to the Middle East.

Bush and Blair will always be remembered as despicable war criminals who shamelessly indulged in every type of dishonest behavior to justify or cover up their criminal conduct.

In truth, they shouldn’t be free men, their natural place should be behind bars.

We salute you

Well, Mr. Galloway, on behalf of the Palestinian people and all free-minded men and women around the world, I salute you for being a voice for the voiceless and for speaking up loudly, eloquently and defiantly for truth and justice.

George: It is for upholding these sublime values that great men are created.

I salute you for challenging the forces of hypocrisy and moral duplicity back in Britain who instead of calling Israel, a criminal state ruled by an evil clique of war criminals, by its real name, hasten to blame the helpless victims for surviving the recent genocide in Gaza and for clinging to life, dignity and freedom.

I also salute you for being “non-conformist,” because in a world overwhelmed by hypocrisy, immorality, human depravity, unethical expediency, and repulsive political correctness, it takes a true non-conformist to uphold true human values.

And, above all, I salute you for exposing and putting to shame the treacherous Arab leaders who played their fiddle while Gaza was burning.

Sir, May God bless you.

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