Pentagon Seeks Contractor to Move Weapons Through Pakistan/Afghanistan

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by Jeremy Scahill

The United States military is in the process of taking bids from private war contractors to secure and ship massive amounts of US military equipment through sensitive areas of Pakistan into Afghanistan, where it will then be distributed to various US Forward Operating Bases and other facilities. According to thecontract solicitation (PDF), “There will be an average of 5000″ import shipments “transiting the Afghanistan and Pakistan ground lines of communication (GLOC) per month, along with 500 export shipments.” The solicitation states that, “This number may increase or decrease due to US military transportation requirements,” adding, “The contractor must maintain a constant capability to surge to any location within Afghanistan or Pakistan” within a 30-day period. Among the duties the contractor will perform is “intelligence, to include threat assessments throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

And while it seems the United States is trying to put a Pakistani or Afghan face on the work, the terms of the contract mandate that US personnel will be involved with inherently risky and potentially lethal operations. Among the firms listed by the Department of Defense as “interested vendors” are an Afghan company tied to a veteran CIA officer and run by the son of Afghan defense minister, General Abdul Rahim Wardak, and a Pakistani outfit with links to Blackwater.

Perhaps most striking about this US military contract solicitation is the admission by the military that contractors are being used for shipping and guarding military hardware as a runaround to the current official policy of the US and Pakistan governments that the US military does not conduct operations in Pakistan. “Due to current limitations on having US military presence in Pakistan and threat levels precluding US Military active involvement with the contractor ‘outside the wire’ in Afghanistan, the contractor must be proactive at identifying appropriate methods for obtaining the necessary in-transit visibility information,” according to the contract solicitation.

Many of the companies that have currently expressed interest in the contract are registered as Pakistani or Afghan businesses. It is well established that the US military depends on Pakistani and Afghan intermediaries to pay off the Taliban and other resistance groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan to allow safe passage of US military hardware and other supplies, meaning the United States is effectively funding both sides of the war. As my colleague Aram Roston reported last year for The Nation, “US military officials in Kabul estimate that a minimum of 10 percent of the Pentagon’s logistics contracts–hundreds of millions of dollars–consists of payments to insurgents.” Other US military sources have told me the number might be as high as 20 percent.

The current contracting arrangement for which the DoD is soliciting bids is essentially a more formalized way of doing the same thing. But while the contractor may place a Pakistani or Afghan stamp on the paper trail and allow the United States and Pakistan to deny that US personnel are involved, the security language of the solicitation actually mandates that US personnel work the operations.

According to the solicitation, the contractor must provide personnel “capable of facilitating, coordinating, obtaining, and reporting critical movement control data and information from the appropriate US government personnel at multiple locations.” The personnel must “have the ability to obtain necessary identification…to gain access to base camps within Afghanistan without escort.” Most importantly, “Personnel must have a valid US Secret Security Clearance.” That level of clearance—”Secret”—cannot be issued to a foreign citizen, meaning that the contract actually necessitates US citizens working on the contract, presumably in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

This arrangement is not new. In fact, this is precisely the arrangement I reported on last year for The Nation (See “The Secret US War in Pakistan“). According to Blackwater and US military sources, US military shipments were being protected on a contract with Kestral Logistics, a powerful Pakistani firm, which specializes in military logistical support, private security and intelligence consulting. It is staffed with former high-ranking Pakistani army and government officials. A former senior Blackwater executive with experience in Pakistan told me that Kestral subcontracted to Blackwater and that “Blackwater has provided convoy security for Defense Department shipments destined for Afghanistan that would arrive in the port at Karachi. Blackwater, according to the former executive, would guard the supplies as they were transported overland from Karachi to Peshawar and then west through the Torkham border crossing, the most important supply route for the US military in Afghanistan.” Blackwater, he said, was paid by the Pakistani government through Kestral for consulting services. “That gives the Pakistani government the cover to say, ‘Hey, no, we don’t have any Westerners doing this. It’s all local and our people are doing it.’ But it gets them the expertise that Westerners provide for [counterterrorism]-related work,” according to the former Blackwater executive.

All of this is consistent with the US military’s current contract solicitation. What’s more, Kestral is listed as an “interested vendor” on the current DoD contract. According to federal lobbying records, Kestral has hired former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger Noriega, who served in that post from 2003 to 2005, to lobby the US government, including the State Department, USAID and Congress, on foreign affairs issues “regarding [Kestral’s] capabilities to carry out activities of interest to the United States.” Noriega was hired through his firm, Vision Americas, which he runs with Christina Rocca, a former CIA operations official who served as assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs from 2001 to 2006 and was deeply involved in shaping US policy toward Pakistan. Since late 2009, Kestral has paid Vision Americas and a Vision Americas-affiliated firm, Firecreek Ltd., at least $60,000 to lobby on defense and foreign policy issues. Read more of this post

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True but Hidden Face of Pakistan

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Thoughts of Foreigners after visiting Pakistan


The biased media intentionally hides the soft image of Pakistan from the World. The video consists of the views of some Foreigners who have recently visited pakistan. They have experienced the reality with their own eyes rather believing in the media.

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Its time to wake and join the struggle against the UST (United States of Terrorists).

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Why a True Pakistani Loves Pakistan?

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If you are a Pakistani Parent, a Pakistani Teacher or Professor or anyone else who has a responsibility to guide the future generations of Pakistan, then i beg you to transmit the message of this video to our younger generations as much as you can. There is a need to convey the importance and the value of this great gift of Pakistan which is given to us by our elders after crossing an ocean of Fire and sword. Nobody had given us this Pakistan on a plate, our forefathers had snatched the blessings of liberty from the jaws of slavery for us.

Today it looks very easy to sit in an Air conditioned room and point out the problems of Pakistan one by one without doing an effort to solve them out. In my opinion just taking birth in Pakistan is not good enough reason to entitle yourself as a Pakistani. This is not just a nationality, this is the name of a title, honor and respect which could only be achieved after deserving it.

Our elders left their everything to call themselves a Pakistani, what we have done till now???? Think please !!!

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This video is dedicated to Pakistani Youth. They have to come forward now to protect their Liberty, their everything, that is Their Pakistan. Their elders had sacrificed for them and now they have to sacrifice for their children. No one from outside will come to make Pakistan stronger and Prosper. Outsiders will only come to destroy Pakistan. It’s time now to wake up, come forward n take the challenge of making Pakistan as one of the Greatest countries of the World-as Quid e Aazam dreamed for it.

Pakistanis should not sit relaxed in their homes and enjoy the looting being done with their beloved country by the corrupt dacoits (Politicians). They have to admit that this country was created after a very hard and a very long struggle and since its creation, it has been protected by giving enormous sacrifices.

Pakistan belongs to Pakistanis, and Pakistanis have right to live and govern Pakistan. Nobody should be allowed to come from outside and hijack Pakistan, because it was made only for PAKISTANIS. Rest of everyone should pack their luggage and go back from where they have come.

We Pakistanis need true and sincere FRIENDS not evil MASTERS !!!!

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Video: Long Live Pakistan; Sohna Pakistan!

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Pakistan in pictures

Flag of Pakistan

Map of Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah: The Founder of Pakistan

Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal: National Poet, Philosopher,Thinker

National Anthem of Pakistan

National Anthem of Pakistan ( in Urdu )

National Anthem of Pakistan in English

Pakistan's National Monument was built in the Shakarparian Hills, at the west viewpoint overlooking the capital city Islamabad, Pakistan. Built with expensive red granite marble the shape is that of a blossoming flower, with petals. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces of Pakistan: Balochistan, North West Frontier Province, Punjab, and Sindh. In the large view you can see some murals of famous monuments which are located in the respective provinces. And the three smaller petals represent the Northern areas, Kashmir and the country’s tribal areas.

Minar-e-Pakistan is a tall minaret in Iqbal Park Lahore, built in commemoration of the Pakistan Resolution. The minaret reflects a blend of Mughal and modern architecture, and is constructed on the site where on March 23, 1940, seven years before the formation of Pakistan, the Muslim League passed the Pakistan Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan), demanding the creation of Pakistan. This was the first official declaration to establish a separate homeland for the Muslims living in the South Asia. Pakistan now celebrates this day as a national holiday each year.

Mazar-e-Quaid (Urdu: مزار قائد) or the National Mausoleum refers to the tomb of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It is an iconic symbol of Karachi throughout the world. The mausoleum completed in the 1960s, is situated at the heart of the city.

Khyber gate: Entrance to Khyber pass and Torkham border of Afghanistan from Peshawar, North Western Pakistan.

Ziarat, Balochistan, Pakistan

Jasmine: National flower

Cedrus deodara: National tree

Peregrine Falcon is the state bird of the country recognized as "Shaheen" and officially the military iconic symbol of the PAF

Chukar: National bird (official)

Asiatic Lion: National animal (unofficial)

Markhor: National animal

Indus Dolphin: National Mammal; is only found in the Indus River in Pakistan

National Game: Field hockey; Pakistan is 4-time world champion (1971, 1978, 1982, 1994 )and 3-time Olympics champion (1960, 1968, 1984) while Pakistan also won Champions Trophy for 3 time ( 1978 , 1980, 1994 ).

Cricket: Pakistan 1992 World Champion

Pakistan: ICC T20 World Cup 2009 winner

Shahid Khan Afridi: currently holds the highest career strike rate in the history of international cricket and the world record of Fastest Century

Wasim Akram: a former Pakistani Cricketr. Widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers ever, Akram holds world records for the most wickets taken in both ODIs and Test matches. Recently Wasim has been inducted in ICC Hall of Fame.

Shoaib Akhtar: Fastest bowler in the world. He set a world record by clocking 100mph

Jahangir Khan: is a former World No. 1 professional Squash player from Pakistan, who is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten times. Between 1981 and 1986, he was unbeaten in competitive play for five years. During that time he won 555 matches consecutively. This was not only the longest winning streak in squash history, but also one of the longest unbeaten runs by any athlete in top-level professional sports.

Jan sher Khan: is a former World No. 1 professional Squash player from Pakistan, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest squash players of all time. During his career he won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times.

Minar-e-Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque - Lahore

Food street - Lahore

National Stadium - Karachi

Baltoro glacier - Pakistan

The Karakoram Highway (KKH) (Urdu: شاہراہ قراقرم, Chinese: 喀喇昆仑公路) is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 4,693 m/15,397 ft as confirmed by both SRTM and multiple GPS readings. It connects China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan and also serves as a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World."

The Karakoram Highway

Beautifully painted Pakistani trucks along the Karakoram Highway, Pakistan. The Karakoram Highway connects northern Pakistan with far north-western China via the Khunjerab Pass (4693m) and is the highest international road in the world.

Bualtar Glacier, Hoper, Pakistan

Hunza Valley - Pakistan

The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and one of the largest mosques in the world. It was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 to 1993 when overtaken in size by the completion of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Subsequent expansions of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, Saudi Arabia during the 1990s relegated Faisal Mosque to fourth place in terms of size. It is conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan.The Faisal Mosque is named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project.

The Badshahi Mosque (Urdu: بادشاھی مسجد) or the 'King's Mosque' in Lahore, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

It is capable of accommodating 5,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 95,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the completion of the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. Today, it remains the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca, the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

The mausoleum of Sheikh Rukn-i-Alam. Multan, Pakistan

Hanna Lake (Urdu: حانا جھيل) is a lake near Quetta city in Pakistan and is one of the main attractions in the city. The lake is located a little short of the place where the Urak Valley begins and 10 km from Quetta. Golden fish in the lake comes swimming right up to the edge of the lake.

Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Nothern areas, Pakistan

Shandur Polo festival, Pakistan

Mahodand Lake, Kalam, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan’s M2 motorway: For sheer spotlessness, efficiency and emptiness there is nothing like the M2 in the rest of South Asia

Motorway connecting Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan

M2 Motorway from Lahore to Islamabad, Pakistan

M1 Motorway from Islamabad to Peshawar, Pakistan

Gwadar, Pakistan

Shangrila Lake, Pakistan

Neelum Valley, Pakistan

Typical Neelum Valley village, Pakistan

Pakistani Girls In Traditional Dress: Pakistani girls representing the four provinces of Pakistan seen here in traditional garb. Such costumes are often seen on the 14th of August or the 23rd of March on Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan. The application of face paint indicates that they are dressed up as either Pakhtun or Baluchi women, while the girl on the left is from the eastern Indus Valley region of Sindh or Punjab. (From left to right: Sindhi dress, Pakhtun and Baluchi dress)

Kalash People of Pakistan

Kalash Valley, Pakistan

Sunflower fields in Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan

Tent pegging, A passion of Punjabi and a thrilling game, very famous in central Punjab, Pakistan.

Murree, Pakistan

Murree (Pakistan) in winter. Road blockade due to land sliding

Glowing Fountain and Oyster Rocks in arabian sea, Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi: An aerial view of Pakistan's port city of Karachi, the city of lights. Copyright Mohsin Hassan

Karachi - The City of Lights, Pakistan

Miani Horr, Balochistan, Pakistan

Shogran in the Kaghan Valley, NWFP, Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan - sunset at Blue Area

7th Avenue Islamabad- Bird's eye view, as seen from Daman-e-Koh (Margallah Hills), Islamabad - Pakistan

Rawal Lake located in the outskirts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, is considered to be a paradise on earth that one must not be miss. Rawal Lake is an artificial reservoir in Pakistan that fullfills the water demands for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. This artificial lake covers an area of 8.8 km². Rawal Lake is located within an isolated section of the Margalla Hills National Park.

Heavenly View at Khanpur Lake...Some 50 kilometers north-west of Islamabad, on the road from Taxila to Haripur. One can indulge at this place away from city life.

Tarbela Dam- The world's largest earth-filled dam on one of the world's most important rivers - the Indus - is 103 km from Rawalpindi. The dam was completed in 1976 at a cost of Rs.18.5 billion. Over 15,000 Pakistani and 800 foreign workers and engineers worked during its construction. It is the biggest hydel power station in Pakistan having a capacity of generating 3,478 MW of electricity. Its reservoir is 97 km long with a depth of 137 meters while total area of the lake is 260 sq.km.

Mangla Dam- World's third largest earth-filled dam is only 115 km south-east of Rawalpindi.

Mangla Dam Water FLow

Kallar Kahar Lake, Pakistan

Rama Lake- Near Astore, Northern Pakistan

Satpara Lake, Sakardu, Pakistan: One of the largest fresh water lakes of the country.

Banjosa village is around 3 and a half hours drive from Islamabad and a 30 min drive from Rawalakot, district headquarter of Poonch District, in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan

Banjosa , Azad Khasmir, Pakistan

Toli Peer Meadow, Northern Pakistan

Shyokh Valley near Kaphalu, Karakoram Range, Pakistan

Walking upwards through the Gasherbrum II Icefall, Karakoram Range, Pakistan

Shandur Valley - Vertorama, Pakistan

Sword Dance: The Pashtuns are known for dancing with their guns and/or swords. Also known as Khyber sword dance.

A popular Sindhi folk dance usually done when somebody returns home victorious

Balochi Folk Dance: Baloch people give a great importance to the occasion of birth. The occasion is celebrated by music, singing and dancing.

Bhangra: folk dance of Punjab is the bhangra which is described as being like rock and roll and which is always done at the beginning of the harvest season.

Wakhi Dance: Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Wakhi children dance at Wakhi Cultural Festival at Lok Virsa, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Kalash Dance from Kalash Valley, Pakistan

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The Great Imran Khan | A Tribute |

Instead of looting the money of poor people of Pakistan and then hiding himself in a cave in any western country, he left the luxurious life which he could easily pass in any foreign country without any problems at all but he preferred to return back and serve those people who are his own. Who took care of him when he was nothing and no one hardly knew him.

He knows that now its his turn to serve them when he is the GREAT IMRAN KHAN and the whole world knows him.

Thumbs up for you Khan…all the loyal n true people of Pakistan are with you.
Long Live  Pakistan!

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