Testing moments for the NSG!

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie shakes hand with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani prior to their meeting in Islamabad.

By Air Cdre Khalid Iqbal (R)

In keeping with its discriminatory policy of selective application of Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the United States has decided to object to a Sino-Pak civilian nuclear arrangement for setting up two atomic power plants in Pakistan. America is expected to make certain obstructive observations during the meeting of ‘Nuclear Suppliers Group’ (NSG). NSG is an international cartel of nuclear technology suppliers and was not created by an international treaty. Regulations of NSG are nonbinding. China joined the cartel voluntarily. It is interesting to recall that the NSG was created in 1975 to standardize nuclear trade rules as a reaction to India’s testing of a nuclear explosive device. The objective of creating the NSG was to prevent access of nuclear material and know-how to the countries which are non-signatories to the NPT.

Ironically the same NSG was pressurized by America, Russia and France to make country specific exemption to kick start US-India nuclear deal (Agreement 123) in 2008. IAEA also buckled under pressure to make country specific exception to enable India’s access to nuclear material and know how. India continues to be a non-signatory of NPT. Now the NSG is under the international focus because global nuclear trade regime is at its defining moments. Under duress the group exempted India from a long standing NSG requirement that non nuclear weapon states benefiting from nuclear trade must put all their nuclear activities under the safeguards and supervision of the IAEA, ensuring that they are for peaceful uses. In the aftermath of the US–India deal the NSG will have to perform a delicate balancing act to find the least unsatisfactory solution to China’s challenge. In the view of some NSG states, an agreement permitting China to regularise the exports under the 2004 nuclear cooperation agreement with Pakistan would be the least damaging outcome.

Nevertheless, in a typical twist of hypocrisy, an erratic perception is being generated that the Pak-China arrangement appears to be violating international guidelines forbidding nuclear exports to the countries that have not signed the NPT or do not have international safeguards on reactors. Contrasting it with Agreement 123 reveals that whereas Pak-China arrangement is purely for power generation under comprehensive IAEA safeguards, Agreement 123 exempts 8 nuclear reactors from IAEA safeguards allowing sufficient fissile material to make around 280 warheads per year. This is in addition to India’s ongoing programme of 13 fast breeder reactors. As such it is a misnomer to calls Agreement 123 as ‘US-India Civil Nuclear Deal’. It is indeed US-Indian collusion toward nuclear weapons proliferation programme.

As a follow on to Agreement 123, America and India have recently signed a nuclear fuel reprocessing agreement to further augment their dubious bilateral nuclear deal that would open the venues for India to recycle American spent nuclear fuel. This would facilitate participation by US firms in India’s rapidly expanding civil nuclear energy sector. As a part of ‘United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Non-proliferation Enhancement Act of 2008’, India is required to establish a ‘Civil Nuclear Liability Regime’ to limit compensation by American nuclear companies operating in India, in case of nuclear accidents. ‘The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill 2010’ has attracted resistance from labour rights and human rights activist individuals and organizations. Scars of Bhopal accident are too fresh in the memory of Indian public to support this controversial legislation.

‘China National Nuclear Corporation’ is contemplating to set up two new power plants at Chashma, the sale is a leftover of an agreement that China had entered into, before its joining of the NSG in 2004. At that time China was completing work on two reactors for Pakistan. That agreement carried a provision of commissioning of two additional reactors. As Pak-China nuclear agreement is expected to come up before the NSG, the US has communicated to China that it expects Beijing to cooperate with Pakistan in ways consistent with Chinese nonproliferation obligations. Western and Indian media has gone into top gear to create a perception that this bilateral cooperation would breach international protocol about the trade of nuclear equipment and material.

China and Pakistan have rejected the unfounded US concerns. Beijing has defended its nuclear cooperation with Islamabad. China has indicated that it would work with Pakistan to promote a strategic partnership to deepen bilateral cooperation. While commenting on the US reaction to the deal, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson reiterated that China and Pakistan have maintained cooperation in recent years in the civilian use of nuclear energy and this cooperation is in line with our respective international obligations, which is totally for peaceful purposes under IAEA safeguards. From Pakistan’s perspective, Pak-China civilian nuclear cooperation is under IAEA safeguards; therefore concerns, if any, are misplaced. NPT states that even non-nuclear states would have the inalienable right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Furthermore, it is amazing to see how floodgates of nuclear facilitation have been opened for India, a non signatory to NPT, and at the same time how Iran, a member of NPT, is being denied access to peaceful levels of fuel cycle. Likewise, America is now bent upon blocking legitimate access of nuclear energy to Pakistan, even under IAEA safeguards. China is likely to exercise its sovereign right and ignore the guidelines, which are voluntary and non-binding. China might also argue that the exports could be justified by the need for regional balance in South Asia in the aftermath of the NSG’s lifting of sanctions against India. A spokesman for the US State Department told reporters that China should request a formal exemption from the guidelines to export the reactors. Some other NSG states, however, disagree and fear that such a request for an exemption by China could expose individual NSG states to pressure from China to get the exemption, and if China failed, it could threaten to leave the NSG. These are indeed testing moments for the NSG. It has to either prove its mettle as a custodian of fair play and equity or go down in the history as a mafia of the opportunists.

—The writer is a regional security analyst & a former Assistant Chief Of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force.

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  1. mahboob a. khawaja says:

    Pakistan- Strategic Delusion

    Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.

    President George W. Bush declared in his 2006 State of the Union message that “our own generation is in a long war against a determined enemy…….without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War, which projects an “arc of instability” caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will last between 50 and 80 years. According to one of its architects, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are just “small wars in the midst of a big one.”
    (Tom Hayden “Our Government Is Planning to Stay at War for the Next 80 Years- Anyone Got a Problem with That? LA Times, April 1, 2010)

    The cruelty of the American led bogus war on terrorism has transformed Pakistan into a beggar nation, solely looking to military and economic aid for all its operations. The military Generals and their by-products – the ruling PPP Zardari and in waiting Muslim League Nawaz Sharif, have infected the body politics of Pakistan with corruption and tyranny, draining out all of the positive thinking and creative energies of the nation for a promising future. They must be held accountable for these crimes against the people of Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s much optimized strategic relations with the US at best appears to be “an odd marriage of convenience.” After decade old war against the “Islamic terrorism”, the Bush presidency failed to achieve any known aims – if there were any aims of the unwanted war except to occupy the natural resources and to dominate and secularize the Muslim world with guns and bullets. Bush had no sense of the eventualities of the “war on terrorism.” It was an outcome of sheer madness and hopelessness of the US – a superpower at the time to deal with the crisis of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The US military is entrenched in Iraq and Afghanistan and all the strategic indicators point out to only one possible conclusion that the US and its European and other paid allies will negotiate with the Taliban in Afghanistan to ensure safe exit from the faith-based unconquerable mountainous people of southwest Asia.

    Pakistan is much needed for any closure process to take its shape. Its corrupt and weak government will do all to appease the master. India and Iran are viewed as irrelevant neighbors for any rational strategic approach to conflict management. The US and its allies are defeated parties in the unwanted conflict in Afghanistan. It showed poor sense of strategic analysis how a superpower at the time, jumps into big thinking but does not know where it stands in global moral and political standing of principles. America lives with a history of failed wars across the globe. Sean Underwood (“US-Pakistan Relations Fleeting” March 29, 2010), the Swiss ISN Zurich Security Watch points out that

    “the current close relationship between the US and Pakistan is likely to be short-lived, as Washington treats Islamabad as a fair-weather friend and no real strategy exists to seal a concrete deal.”

    President Bush envisioned a century long crusade against the Muslim world but ended up bankrupting America leading to the collapse of its financial institutions which supported the madness of warmongering and as a superpower transformed into being a broken superpower for all purposes. Even the European allies do not take the US seriously in global consultancy and advisory for their strategic future. Perhaps, the European had their own lesson learnt from the dictates of history after killing millions and millions in support of the nationalism for the two WW and leaving history to judge them as naïve and egoistic people only suitable for killing each other for racial supremacy. The global world of politics is full of the tyranny and corruption of wars. Tyranny and corruption of wars knows no bound. America’s survival depends on continued conflicts and its military engagements throughout the world. Chris Floyd (“Darkness Renewed: Terror as Tool of the Empire: ICH, 04/2009) explains the reality of the US corruption:

    …”and let’s say this plainly, clearly and soberly, so that no one can mistake the intention of Rumsfeld’s plan – the United States government is planning to use “cover and deception” and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people. Let’s say it again: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the other members of the unelected regime in Washington plan to deliberately foment the murder of innocent people – your family, your friends, your lovers, you – in order to further their geopolitical ambitions.”

    Wars are marked on the global chessboard. The Obama presidency is continuing the Bush policy of war engagements against the Muslims across the globe. The scenario and acts are derived from the preconceived notion of strategic engagement to attack the splinter groups of Talaban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and provoke a challenge to be responded with full fledge military response as justification for the US led war efforts in southwest Asia. Chris Floyd looks beyond the obvious:

    “In [a Los Angeles Times] article by military analyst William Arkin… [comes] the revelation of Rumsfeld’s plan to create “a super-Intelligence Support Activity” that will “bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception.” According to a classified document prepared for [Donald] Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization – the “Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)” – will carry out secret missions designed to “stimulate reactions” among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to “counterattack” by U.S. forces.”

    Pakistanis find themselves in living hell that Saeed Qureshi, a reputable international journalist describes it “Kiamat- Doomsday of Pakistan (April 11, 2010). The national interest of Pakistan is not the focal point for any strategic dialogue with the US but to further the interest of the most corrupt ruling elite enjoying high standards of living in a nation deprived of basic human needs and aspirations for its survival. Military aid will strengthen the military, not the humanitarian sustainability of the common folks. Foreign aids do not help to develop a nation’s capacity for change and growth. The aid phenomenon simply creates a culture of long term systematic beggary assistance to the recipient nations. Economically and militarily interdependent Pakistan is preoccupied with its domestic instability, lack of political institutions and corrupt leadership holding the political powerhouse with the help of foreign masters and military establishments. The so called political leadership is transitory and its survival even in short terms is questionable. The Generals enjoy little credibility in collaborating with the PPP Zardari government known as thugs and indicted criminals by Pakistani NAB courts and Swiss legal justice for money laundering cases. They do need some kind of umbrella protection to carry on the business of killing their own civilian population under the guise of “terrorism” as the US alleges and wanted them to put up the act. The strategic alliance has dual meaning and purposes. By providing military hardware to Pakistanis, they will continue the proxy war against the suspected militants and the Talaban groups in particular, in tribal belt areas of south and north Waziristan. You will recall, during the decade old war, the US could not grab any known figures of Al-Qada or Talabans to gain strategic credibility of a worthwhile cause in that part of the world. The US never wanted to capture any of those figures either. It was a bogus war aimed at killing and destruction of the habitats of Muslim people in the Middle East and southwest Asia. The US does not want to be seen as a defeated party in Afghanistan and Iraq- a fact becoming clear to all the military observers. The US desperately needs Pakistani ISI to shield its military failure and the final defeat. Sean Sherwood (“US-Pakistan Relations Fleeting”, March 29, 2010) offers detailed observation:

    “Improving security in Pakistan, the rationale for Pakistani cooperation with the US, their historically troubled relationship as well as conflicting national interests of the two states all indicate that this close collaboration is unlikely to become permanent.
    In recent months, US military operations and counterterrorism efforts in South Asia have experienced a noticeable shift in the level of cooperation from the ISI. In Pakistan, increased cooperation between the two intelligence communities has created a successful two-month period in which authorities captured or killed 20 senior Taliban officials and members of al-Qaida in Pakistan, one of the largest setbacks experienced by the Taliban since October 2001. Among those captured in Pakistan was Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Talibans’ second in command. Also captured was Mullah Abdul Kabir, member of the influential Quetta Shura council.”

    To reinforce its strategic importance and role in Afghanistan, according to Ehsan Azari (“US-Pakistan What Strategic Dialogue”: openDemocracy.net, April 8, 2010), the Obama administration has “recognized Pakistan as a central player in Afghanistan, a role it played with horrible consequences during the 1990s; precipitating the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan which provided a launching board for al-Qaida. Pakistan has a history of undertaking some tactical combat operations, including even mock operations, against limited groups within the Taliban insurgency in order to attract US policy makers and increase the cash flow. It has now become clear that the recent arrest of Taliban leaders in Pakistan was designed in part to punish those Taliban who enter into negotiation in Kabul bypassing Pakistan. Kai Edie, the former UN special representative to Afghanistan, accused Pakistan of sabotaging clandestine discussions with senior Taliban leaders. Pakistan rarely chooses to harm those Taliban who are Pakistani military strategic partners, since it relies on their support. At the very moment that Pakistani civilian leaders pledge to cut off the Taliban bases in Pakistan, shadowy ISI agents are secretly giving assurance to the Taliban that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban in the ‘anti-American Jihad’.”

    Historically, Europeans and others had countless strategic pacts and understandings to pursue their own vested interest and articulate hostiles befitting to their strategic needs and priorities. None of the military pacts were ever a factor for peace and harmony amongst the contending European powers. All were violated in spirit and purpose to fuel the two World Wars in Europe. Pakistan had several of those including CENTO, SEATO and secret military arrangements with Britain and the US but none were activated or implied to help Pakistan when India moved aggressively to dismember Pakistan in 1971 on East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. To balanced the imbalanced strategic equation in southwest Asia and particularly to counteract India, Pakistan buys weapons from the West, it lacks manufacturing capability or large industrial complex as India enjoins much with its own strategic planning and cooperation of the former Soviet Union to be self-sufficient. Pakistan faces multiple challenges both on the domestic front and on its borders with India and Afghanistan. What good is this strategic alliance or relation if there is such a thing?

    The corrupt leadership would lean to any foreign governments to acquire strategic partnership or affiliation to ensure its own short-long terms survivability. It is a deceptive position of extreme strategic weakness that Pakistan is made to fight on different fronts- war that has been camouflaged to be a Pakistani conflict. In reality, it is an American sponsored terror to cripple Pakistan and punish the Muslim nation for its original alliance with the Talaban. General Musharaf was bribed to work as an agent of influence to change Pakistan into a people of Islamic “terrorism.” President Bush claimed to have paid $10. Billions to the Pakistani Generals to wage war against al-Qaida and Talabans. The trail of tyranny and corruption continued under the PPP Zardari regime to engage in a strategic dialogue with the US for their own good and future governance. Imagine, if Pakistan had stable political institutions and genuinely proactive and responsible leadership, it was conceivable that the US Obama administration would have attached real world strategic value to its relations with Pakistan as an ally, not as a bribed entity to fight for the master. Would this strategic dialogue contribute to Pakistan’s domestic stability and position on the border with Afghanistan? Sean Sherwood (“US-Pakistan Relations Fleeting”) explains the sensitivities involved:

    “Theoretically, Pakistan will remain a close ally of the US; however, this cooperation will not be backed by any meaningful exchange of information. Convincing senior Pakistani officials that cooperation with the US is in their best interests will be a difficult task for American statesmen, especially as Pakistan begins to experience more security within its borders than in past years because of the ongoing offensive. Once additional security has been established by Pakistan, the level of ISI’s cooperation with the US intelligence community is likely to reduce in the area of combating the Taliban and al-Qaida. While a stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s interest, a strong Afghanistan is not.”

    Would this conflict ever end? Or is it a strategy to gain pause and then to go for new and innovative long war against the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan? Tom Hayden (“Our Government Is Planning to Stay at War for the Next 80 Years- Anyone Got a Problem with That? LA Times, April 1, 2010) asks the Obama administration:

    It’s time the Long War strategy was put under a microscope and made the focus of congressional hearings and media scrutiny. The American people deserve a voice in the strategizing that will affect their future and that of their grandchildren. There are at least three important questions to address in public forums:

    * What is the role of the Long War idea in United States’ policy now? Can the Pentagon or president impose such war-making decisions without debate and congressional ratification?

    * Who exactly is the enemy in a Long War? Is Al Qaeda (or “Islamic fundamentalism”) considered to be a unitary enemy like the “international communist conspiracy” was supposed to be? Can a Long War be waged with only a blanket authorization against every decentralized group lodged in countries from Europe to South Asia?

    * Above all, what will a Long War cost in terms of American tax dollars, American lives and American respect in the world? Is it sustainable? If not, what are the alternatives?

    The strategic alliance with the US is not a new phenomenon for Pakistan but a failed act of history. Its role and importance accrue no value to the well being of the masses of Pakistan. The nation’s health is dangerously sickening, not being able to THINK rationally of its present and the future. The common citizens of Pakistan are experiencing social and economic chaos and political hardships with increasing daily bloodbaths and killings of the innocent civilians. Those responsible – the foreign masters and the Pakistani political accomplices must be tried in court of law and punished for crimes against the humanity. American drone attacks alone are reported to have killed more than two thousand civilians in the Pakhtoonistan province of the NWF. How would a strategic delusion bridge the gaps for the ordinary beleaguered citizens of Pakistan? Would this on-going bogus war on terrorism help to strengthen the resolve for change and development in Pakistan? Would it pave the way to organize public concerns and growing discontentment to oust the PPP Zardari gang from power? The military will continue to be a rollercoaster in any future political shaping of the country with the US holding the string for either democracy or dictatorship. History shall judge the nations and leaders by their actions, not by their claims.

    (Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution, and comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of many publications including Muslims and the West; How America Lost the War on Islamic Fundamentalism; To America and Canada with Reason; “Pakistan: Enigma of Change”, “Pakistan: Leaders who could not lead”, “Pakistan: how to make sense out of nonsense”, “Pakistan at Crossroads”, “ How the US and Britain Lost the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?”, “To President Obama -War is War, Not Peace.” Comments are welcome at: kmahboob@yahoo.com).

  2. mahboob says:

    Pakistan – in Search of Identity

    Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.

    Pakistan is besieged between its ideology, its meaning and the encompassing corrupt and wicked political governance. Rationally, we define ideology and concepts to give clear meaning and purpose for understanding and role-play, discarding the abstract assumptions to vital topics of human interest and values. Pakistan appears to have its ennobling enemies within itself and daily death tolls and societal destruction provide ample data to think of the growing despotism and politically geared domestic madness to undo the foundation of its existence. Few days earlier, Allama Mohammad Iqbal’s 133 birthday was celebrated across the nation. Dr. Mohmmad Iqbal, the poet and philosopher of the East, was not just an imminent scholar but a visionary leader and political reformer of the Muslim nation that had lost sense of political direction, and moral and intellectual identity and lived under the continued subjugation of British imperialism. His vision for the rebirth of the Muslim Ummah was not subjective but an objective movement and a passionate goal of political freedom for the confused Muslims of the colonial India into an Islamic State of Pakistan. Those celebrating the Iqbal’s birthday, were they conscious of what Iqbal had envisioned of the Muslim people and their freedom from the colonial rule vis-à-vis what Pakistan is today? Not sure, if majority of those involved in the festive activities knew who Iqbal was and what his mission was for the future of the Muslims in British occupied India. Imagine, if Mohmamad Ali Jinnah and Iqbal were alive today, would they have identified themselves as nationals of the contemporary Pakistan? Objectively, there is nothing common between the Pakistan of today, and what those leaders had envisioned to free the believing people from the yoke of Hindu-dominated colonial India operating under the British sovereignty.

    Alarming rates of domestic and foreign generated bloody conflicts –the “war on terrorism” have sucked up the resources of the poverty stricken nation for change and development goals. The military leaders and the politicians are ignorant of the consequences of such catastrophic engagements. The nation lives in great discord under corrupt political governance as it slipped away from its original roots of the ideological THINKING to encounter the emerging political challenges of the contemporary 21st century world. Islam, the real lifeline and identity of the Muslims, has been denied its rightful place in the working of institutions and governance of Pakistan. If Islam is not the point of reference for the Muslims, then what else would be relevant and rational to make sense for the existence of the nation? Another major setback seems to be that after the death of Sheikh Abu ul Alla Moudoodi, Pakistani political institutions failed to produce an Islamic thinker and visionary to assume the leadership role. Emerging conflicts expose divergent challenges that Pakistan appears incapable to deal with.

    The US is not only morally and politically corrupt but financially a bankrupt nation lacking global trust. It wants to reassert its superpower hegemony to avert challenges to its global claim to military and political supremacy. The American led “War on Terrorism” is a continuing 12th century Crusade against Islam and Muslim people, and its major thrust has been to conquer the Arabs and other Muslims people, occupy the much needed natural resources of oil and gas for the industrialized West and to maintain its political hegemony over the rest of the world. Authoritarian Arab rulers and the egoistic rulers in Muslim societies have collaborated with the Western onslaught to weaken the Islamic unity and identity and to invade the Muslim world under false pretext implying gangesterism and causing killings and societal destruction. Muslim intellectuals and the so called Muslim leaders are indifferent to the ultimate purpose of the Western Crusade. It means massive deaths and destruction of the Muslim world and making them subservient to the US command and imperialism. They talk of peace, freedom and justice but war is the means to achieve this goal. War is a business and a favorite trade to support the Western economies. The Western political leaders have heavy investments in the war economy that the Arabs and other Muslims do not comprehend as the end users. They have given-up Islam as system of life in return for favors of political and military protectionism from the British and American masters. The modern slavery is more comfortable and enjoyable to the beleaguered Muslim rulers than challenging the combined US and European political agendas of global domination and control over their natural resources. The “war on terrorism” is a planned menace to human growth and survival. The US led war will consume all the wealth and resources of the Muslim people and instigate reactionary extremism and sectarian killings within the Muslims and make them redundant for any useful role in global affairs. Realism points out that once again the entire Christian world has been united to pursue the Crusade against Islam. The wars on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the net result of this strategic plan. Across the Muslim world, there is no Sultan Salahudeen to challenge and defeat the Western crusaders. All the contemporary rulers across the Muslim world are subservient to the American and European political masters. If the Muslim rulers failed to grasp this overwhelming fact of the global politics, it is their mental sickness and absurdity. Those thinking people of the Muslim world questioning the rationality of the “war on terrorism” are dubbed as “Islamists”, insurgent fighting against the Western interests and “terrorists.”

    A decade earlier, Pakistan was identified as a “failed state.” After the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan was sought as a “friend” and “partner” in fighting the US led war. According to the US strategic plan, Pakistan is now the most dangerous country hatching terrorism. In the process, Pakistani nation has been victimized by the foreign mercenaries, causing daily bloodbaths of innocent civilian population engulfed with sectarian violence, destroyed businesses and trades and installing corrupt political elite to wage war against their own people. The US bought and bribed the Pakistan Generals and politicians to achieve this strategic goal. The Pakistani Generals and their accomplice politicians (Bhuttos, Zardaris and Sharifs – all by products of the military rule), are driven by self interest, greediness and cruelty toward the national interest. Pakistan lives on borrowed money and foreign aid as it owes some $64 billions to the World Bank. Its economy is underdeveloped, its masses live in primitive ways devoid of modern luxuries and most often deprived of the basic human needs and amenities of life. No nation has ever developed its economy based on borrowed money and foreign scheme of things to their culture and values. Nobody can justifiably explain where these loans of $64 billion dollars were spent in the interest of Pakistani nation and their development priorities. Few corrupt rulers have encroached the rights and freedom of the people and Pakistan survives under neo-colonialism. After more than 63 years of freedom from the British colonial rule, Pakistanis continue to be an impoverished nation always wanting foreign aid for its meager survival. One major factor which made defining impact was the role of intelligent and visionary leadership and development of public institutions to build the nation’s capacity in economic and politics to further the goals of change and development. Pakistani society has not produced any proactive visionary leaders to lead the nation into the 21st century.

    The enthusiastic people seem to celebrate the birthdays of Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Mohammad Iqbal but forgot their mission and its pursuit and political priorities. The physical body remains in tact but soul is dead. Even some of the most educated and intelligent ones cannot THINK out of the box. Whereas, able and educated Pakistanis look for escape from reality and are rushing to migrate to foreign lands. Consequently, Pakistan is run by ignorant, corrupt and cruel people who have nothing common in thoughts and values with the Muslim masses. Was this the meaning and purpose of the Pakistan’s ideology dear to Iqbal and Jinnah? Out of its life span since the independence, forty years were stolen by the military Generals and the remaining time is exploited by the military generated politicians and the feudal lords, all owing allegiance to the foreign masters. General Musharaf was rewarded for his loyalty to the US policies and practices by killing thousands of fellow Pakistanis and transforming others as reactionary “terrorists” to enrich the US databank and lives happily in a $1.4 million mansion in London under 24/7 security extended by the British Government. With stolen wealth from Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto family and Zardari own many splendid palaces in Dubai, Paris, UK and Switzerland. The current rulers of the PPP Zardari-Bhutto gang are the wrong people, with wrong thinking, wrong policies actively following the US led agenda to dismantle Pakistan. The on-going “war on terrorism” is the means to achieve that goal. Most in the political governance are corrupt and uneducated people. Had Iqbal and Jinnah lived so long, would they have liked to identify themselves with these liars and indicted criminals as Pakistani nationals? During his recent visit to India, President Obama went out of the way to appease India and offer political support for its futuristic ambitions to be a global power. Indian politicians were not corrupt nor did India have the military rulers, so it advanced progressively and became a self-sufficient industrial power. India has historical image revered by the Western nations.

    Pakistanis have lost on many fronts. The military rule enabled India to grab the East Pakistan and make it Bangladesh, how foreign agents like Musharaf and Benzair Bhutto and Zardari could argue the rights and freedom of Kashmir and a decaying culture of war and fighting against themselves. Mr. Qureshi, the Pakistani Foreign Minister claims (DAWN, Nov 13), that Pakistan has made its concerns and objections known to the US ambassador in Islamabad on the Obama statement of support to India’s proposed seating at the UN Security Council. Strangely enough (DAWN, Nov 14), reports that Philip Crowley, the US State Department spokesman, clarified that that he was not aware of any concerns made by the Pakistani Government. You can draw your own conclusion who is lying? Do thugs and criminals ever speak the truth? What happened to the $60 million dollar money laundering case against Miss Benzair Bhutto-Zardari in Switzerland? Who is responsible for the daily killings of the civilians by the US managed drone attacks in Pakistan? How did the Pakistani Generals acquire $10.billlion dollars worth of assets? Why there are still 8 millions people or so the recent flood victims uncared for and living under the open sky? If the Pakistani politicians have consented to the US coercion to get the innocent people killed in return for cash rewards, one wonders, how would it matter to Zardari-Gilani or any other if they let the whole of the Muslim nation go down the drain for billions of paper money in Swiss banks?

    Islam is a divine force of human UNITY, not division and destruction. It unites the diverse humanity as One People-Ummah, whereas, the non-believers divide, exploit and kill the mankind. Visionary thinkers and reformers are always few to forbid the evil and invite the people towards goodness. Often true benefactors of mankind are wrongfully identified and labelled as “insurgents” and “terrorists” but they are always determined in their pursuit of revulsion against the evil and wickedness. Wicked people deceive nobody except themselves. Zardari-Bhuttos, Sharifs and the Generals are dead entries of the past, not the leaders to lead for the future making. Pakistan NEEDS change and visionary leadership for its rebuilding of the unity of the nation, its freedom from foreign coercion and exploitation and to have a sustainable future of its own. Are there any educated and intelligent Pakistanis around with living conscience to THINK of a navigational change and to take steps for the security of Pakistan and its freedom from foreign slavery and deliver justice to the people who scarified their lives for the making of Pakistan?

    (Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution, and comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of many publications including Muslims and the West; How America Lost the War on Islamic Fundamentalism; To America and Canada with Reason; “Pakistan: Enigma of Change”, “Pakistan: Leaders who could not lead”, “Pakistan at Crossroads”, “ How the US and Britain Lost the Bogus Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?”, “To President Obama -War is War, Not Peace”, “ Can Obama Remake America?”, “ Pakistan Strategic Delusion”, “ The Arab People Look for Peace and New Leadership”, “ Pakistan Looks for Change” and “Pakistan’s Living Graveyards.”. Comments are welcome at: kmahboob@yahoo.com).

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