Foreign organisations have imperialist agenda

ISLAMABAD – The notorious reputation of some foreign organisations working outside their mandate glued with sheer indulgence in questionable activities and interference in governmental affairs in Pakistan is not a new phenomenon, as the Western media has time and again reported this.

The imperialist agendas of such agencies lead one to recall the pre-partition days when the infamous East India Company had penetrated deep down the very roots of the Sub-Continent under the garb of trade.

Renowned former banker and author of famous book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins, has narrated a detailed confessional account of his dark corporate past in the aforementioned book. The writer provides an eye-opener of the extent to which corporate Western organisations in the form of multinationals, industrial groups, developmental agencies and monetary set-ups like the USAID, World Bank and IMF, with CIA at their back, bribe, influence, seduce, provoke and even threat individuals or countries to get the things go their way. In one of the confessional statements he published in the book, he wrote, “Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign aid organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families, which control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalisation.”

So mightily powerful these omnipotent corporate organisations are as they can influence, buy, harass or terminate anyone who hinders the course of their expansionist agendas. Perkins disclosed in the same book that suspicious deaths of two Presidents; Jaime Roldos of Ecuador, and Omar Torrijos of Panama, were not accidental rather CIA killed them. “They were assassinated because they opposed that fraternity of the corporate, government, and banking heads whose goal is global empire. We Economic Hit Men failed to bring Roldos and Torrijos around, and the other type of hit men, the CIA-sanctioned jackals who were always right behind us, stepped in,” he writes alleging that CIA killed Omar Torrijos for he negotiated with Japanese government to build a sea-level canal and refused to bow before American pressure. (Omar was killed) “In a fiery plane crash which was connected to a tape recorded with explosives in it,” John revealed.

Jeremy Scahill, in one of his recent articles, in which he wrote that a Pakistani firm had hired a former US government official Roger Noriega “to lobby the US government, including the State Department, USAID and Congress,” revealed the questionable intent of USAID in Pakistan. Later, in a subsequent interview, an anchorperson had asked the American journalist if Blackwater personnel in Pakistan posed as USAID workers, he replied, “They may be posing as aid workers.”

TheNation reported on January 31 last how USAID was all set to propagate one of its controversial educational programmes by bypassing Education and Information Ministries in collusion with Chairman PEMRA, before a “conscientious babu” Mansur Sohail, who heads the Information Ministry, stopped them from doing so.

Besides, the lucrative FATA-based project $45 million monitored by the USAID that failed miserably without yielding any significant results further questions of what use an agency like USAID is for Pakistan.

Perkins rightly noted that when economic hit men fail, the jackals step in for outright intervention. One wonders if Pakistani Government would ever wakeup to the repeated interferences of economic hit men and hegemonic jackals. Sikander Shaheen

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