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Pervez Musharraf announced to form a new party to give 3rd option for Pakistan- Part 2

Part 1: Intro and Pervez Musharraf’s values

The 3rd Option for Pakistanis:

Pervez Musharraf said that he wanted to provide the third option to the people of Pakistan. The first two options in the coming elections will be Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by incompetent Asif Ali Zardari (well officially led by his son who has no concern regarding Pakistan); and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz group (PML-N) led by ever shifting sides of Nawaz Shareef. It’s interesting that PPP is even an option left, let alone to be among the first two choices! This is the sad reality of Pakistani politics.
Pervez Musharraf’s 3rd option for Pakistanis is going to be the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), the name for his would be newly formed party. The party will be launched in July in London, and according to the News:
On the other hand, it is learnt that some important leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), which ruled the country for five years under the patronage of Gen (Retd) Musharraf, are in close contact with the former president. “These PML-Q leaders are assuring the former president of not only full support to the APML but also joining it,” said the source. [The News.com.pk by Mazhar Tufail May 17, 2010]
Many of the people of Pakistan that would vote for his party would do so because of him, not because of the party values and mission, this is the dilemma Pakistan faces. Pakistanis in general align themselves to the parties based on the following three categories, a party based on ethnicity, a person, and by religious sect, where ethnicity and the personality of a person often overlaps.

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Seymour Hersh says that American troops are carrying out Battlefield Executions

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says that US forces in Afghanistan are carrying out what he referred to as “battlefield executions” of prisoners.

To read more click at The Huffington Post.

This is interesting. In the second video Seymour Hersh raises some very important points that are not addressed by the US politicians and the policy makers nor by the US media!!!

Video One:

Video 2:

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My Encounter of a Kid Researcher

Few days back I went to a branch Library of Ann Arbor District Library. Busy within my own world of thoughts, I suddenly saw a family friend, Uncle “M.” He has been here in US certainly over 2 decade now (came from Pakistan). So we started having a brief conversation, which went a little like this:

Me: Assalam-o-Alaikum (peace be on you) Uncle M, how are you?

Uncle M: Good Alhamdolilah, how are you?

Me: I am good. What are you doing here?

Uncle M: Just sitting here and waiting. Came here for him (pointing towards his son)

Son walks pass me saying to his father that he needed to print something. I glanced over the stack of books in front of him and asked

Me: What is he doing?

Uncle M: He is researching. He has a paper, so he is working on that paper.

I had this sarcastic laugh, which came out naturally and said “Haha he is researching! He is in class of what like 5 or 6 and he is researching. Back home our high school graduates don’t even do that!”

Uncle M: He just kept his smile on the face, like not willing to say anything in the Library.

And then we exchanged hal aur ahwal (asking about each other familes) and I left.

I studied my k-10 education back in Karachi, Pakistan. I went through the Cambridge System too (just O Levels). Research, I didn’t know how to do it until I came to US and had to write spontaneous essays, researched papers, critically think and write what I think!

This shows the state of education in the State of Pakistan. A nation cannot move ahead, when the State has a gay Educational System. Forget the Public Education, that is not worthy of even talking about, I am talking about the education in the Private Sector. Of course, Private or Public, they both try to fulfill and prepare the students to fulfill those requirements set by the State (well for the most part, if you rich then all is well for you!).

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Examining the Washington Post Article: Poor schooling slows anti-terrorism effort in Pakistan

On January 17, 2010, the Washington Post, one of the top US Newspaper, published an article by Griff Witte entitled “Poor schooling slows anti-terrorism effort in Pakistan.”  The article contained some serious misinformation, and misrepresentation whether intended to be or it just happened to be there by accident.  Below are what I think important ones to be discussed.

The Problem and US Aid:

The problem of the Pakistani Education System[1] is known by Pakistanis, and it is a recognized problem. For decades the United States has funnelled US Tax Payer’s Dollars to mainly Pakistani Army in “aid” and either to the corrupt “democratic” government or to the US sponsored Dictatorship in Pakistan!

For the first time in the history of this Pak-US alliance, US President Obama will be sending US $ in “aid” not for the Pakistani Military but instead for the Educational System of Pakistan!

So Washington Post in regards to this very seroius problem in Pakistan- which is ignored by the corrupt elite, the so called Democratic governments, and also ignored by US sponsored Dictatorships- has just further increased the misconception of the Americans.

American Public is very ill-informed about Pakistan and has many misconceptions about Islam. Thanks goes to the American Media, that is designed or has happened to evolve is such a way that the usual reportings on these topics are just based on bunch of lies, phobias, assumptions and generalizations. Washington Post, NY Times, Chicago Tribune and many more mainstream newspaper mediums share some what the same amount of “problem” relating to reporting the issues in the Muslim World, in particular of Pakistan in this case.

Examining the Article & the Real Issue:

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At least 500 Families went Bankcrupt in a Day!

500 families to around 2000 individuals went bankcrupt in one Day in Karachi, the industrial and economic backbone of Pakistan. WHY? because Police and Rangers were chilling in their headquarters, when this “mob” burned the economic Hub of Karachi.

Blame Taliban if you want Altaf Hussein and Asif Ali Zardari, but some of us will remember that not a single security agency was there to protect and control the situation. All this has happened before and is happening again!

Public is being fooled and getting fooled.

These families were not terrorist, they were mainly Pashton middle class, selling products @ wholesale. Will you pay for their rehablilitation Oh President of Islamic Republic, becoz thats what the Islamic Law says. May I ask you Mr. Zardari and Mr Mustafa Kamal- The Mayor of Karachi- that where was the entire POlice force, Anti Terrorist Squad, Rangers, Pakistani Military in Karachi cantonments???

Public is still sleeping.

Our freek politicians are having Picnic in Gwadar from public’s millions of ruppees of tax while taking loans from IMF, World Bank, US, and when people are being killed like its Modern Warfare game. Where is the humanity in that!

Chulloo bhar pani mein sharam se doob marna chahiye in haram khoroon ko.

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Karachi Burns on the Day of Ashura: Blood and Destruction Shook the Province

 Umer Sultan- December 29, 2009 AD/ 11 Muharram, 1431 AH

Cars parked outside a government building were set on fire. From Dawn News

Today was the Day of Ashura in Pakistan, and as normal the Shia Muslims where having their Tazia in the commemoration of the martyrdom of the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Hazrat Imam Hussein ibn Ali (R.A). Despite of Police security, a suicide bomber penetrated the procession, and bombed the innocent people giving death and destruction to thousands of families who lost their loved ones in it.  Various parts of Karachi were put on flames by unknown people, and so far officially 32 40 people have passed away (updated on Jan 3rd). No Police Force, No Rangers and no other Government security agency was there to stop the destruction in the immediate aftermath of the suicide bombing.

Recently Pakistan has been under attack by many different groups. Different foreign agencies are operating, extremist and militant groups are targeting under the label “Taliban,” now known as “Pakistani Taliban,” since they have been disowned by The Talibans, which are Afghan Talibans. No one has taken responsibility of these heinous acts.  The victims of this attacks were not Shia only but Sunnis too but that doesn’t matter. Who will take responsibility of this crime is something to watch. There might be a banned extremist group like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and some other group, there might be some other group disguised as Taliban (disguised because we don’t know who these Pakistani Taliban really are).  There is a possibility that this might be an operation by some agency, or some political element of Pakistan, there might and might and might… Continue reading

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Rising Anti-Americanism in Pakistan- Right and Left View US As Imperial Force

I have been personally following various Pakistani blogs about these Conspiracy Theories that US Black Water agents are operating in Peshawar,& US is increasing the number of marines in Islamabad & Peshawar. The following news at last has captured this trend, late but not too late. US War against Terrorism is losing the popular support of another close ally. The following report describes the situation for basic understanding of rising popular opposition.

Anti-Americanism rises in Pakistan over U.S. motives

By SAEED SHAH
McClatchy Newspapers

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For weeks now, the Pakistani media have portrayed America, its military and defense contractors in the darkest of lights, all part of an apparent campaign of anti-American vilification that is sweeping the country and, according to some, putting American lives at risk.

Pakistanis are reacting to what many here see as an “imperial” American presence, echoing Iraq and Afghanistan, with Washington dictating to the Pakistani military and the government. Polls show that Pakistanis regard the U.S., formally a close ally and the country’s biggest donor, as a hostile power.

U.S. officials have either denied the allegations or moved to blunt the criticism, but suspicions remain and relations between the two countries are getting more strained.

The lively Pakistani media has been filled with stories of undercover American agents operating in the country, tales of a huge contingent of U.S. Marines planned to be stationed at the embassy, and reports of Blackwater private security personnel running amok. Armed Americans have supposedly harassed and terrified residents and police officers in Islamabad and Peshawar, according to local press reports.

Much of the hysteria was based on a near $1 billion plan, revealed by McClatchy Newspapers in May and confirmed by U.S. officials, to massively increase the size of the American embassy in Islamabad, which brought home to Pakistanis that the United States plans an extensive and long-term presence in the country.

The American mission in Islamabad was forced to put on three briefings for Pakistani journalists in August trying to dampen the highly charged stories, which could undermine U.S.-Pakistani relations just as Washington is preparing to finalize a tripling of civilian aid to Islamabad, to $1.5 billion a year. Over this last weekend, an embassy spokesman had to deny suddenly renewed stories that the U.S. was behind the mysterious death of former military dictator General Zia ul Haq back in 1988.

Pakistan is a key priority for the United States because of its nuclear weapons and its potential usefulness in taking on al-Qaida within its borders and ending the safe haven for the Afghan Taliban.

I think this recent brouhaha over the embassy expansion has been difficult to beat back,” said Anne Patterson, the U.S. ambassador, in an interview last week. “I can’t really understand what’s behind this because what we’re doing is actually quite straightforward. We’ve tried to explain it carefully to the press, but it just seems to be taken over by conspiracy theories.”

Briefing Pakistani journalists last month, Patterson told them that there were only nine Marines stationed to guard the embassy in Islamabad and that, even after the expansion, their number would be no more than 15 to 20. Press reports had put the figure at 350 to 1,000 Marines. She also stated categorically that “Blackwater is not operating in Pakistan.” But the stories refused to go away.

Patterson said she wrote last week to the owner of Pakistan’s biggest media group, Jang, in protest of the content of two talk shows on its Geo TV channel, hosted by star anchors Hamid Mir and Kamran Khan. She also complained about a newspaper column of influential analyst Shireen Mazari in The News, a daily, saying that the shows and the column were “wildly incorrect” and had compromised the security of Americans.

There are 250 American citizens posted at the Islamabad mission on longer-term contracts, plus another 200 on shorter assignments, the embassy said. The present embassy compound can accommodate only a fraction of them. According to independent estimates, there are some 200 private houses for U.S. officials, on regular streets located throughout upscale districts of Islamabad.

Pakistani press and bloggers also targeted Craig Davis, an American aid worker, insisting that he’s an undercover secret agent. Davis, a contractor to the USAID development arm of the government, is based in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, and now appears to be at risk. Last year, another American USAID contractor in Peshawar, Stephen Vance, was gunned down just outside his home.

“In one or two cases these commentators have identified very specific embassy employees as CIA or Blackwater, and that very much puts the employee at danger. In at least one case we’re going to have to evacuate the employee,” Patterson said, without identifying the individual involved. “What particularly scared us about him is that Stephen Vance, who was the other AID Chief of Party in Peshawar, was of course assassinated a few months ago. So there is a track record here that’s sort of alarming.”

In recent days, shows on two popular private television channels, Geo and Dunya, which broadcast in the local Urdu language, put up pictures of homes in Islamabad that they claimed were occupied by CIA, FBI or employees of the controversial Blackwater company of private security contractors, now called Xe Services. Some of the houses were identified with their full address. It is believed that several of the homes weren’t occupied by Americans but others were. According to the U.S. embassy, bloggers are now calling on people to “kill” the occupants of these houses.

A survey last month for international broadcaster Al-Jazeera by Gallup Pakistan found that 59 percent of Pakistanis felt the greatest threat to the country was the United States. A separate survey in August by the Pew Research Center, an independent pollster based in Washington, recorded that 64 percent of the Pakistani public regards the U.S. “as an enemy” and only 9 percent believe it to be a partner.

The Ugly American of the sixties is back in Pakistan and this time with a vengeance,” said Mazari, the defense analyst whose newspaper column was the subject of the American complaint.

It’s an alliance (U.S.-Pakistan) that’s been forced on the country by its corrupt leadership. It’s delivering chaos. We should distance ourselves. You can’t just hand over the country.

While the anti-U.S. sentiment appears genuine, it is uncertain whether the current storm, and the particular stories that it thrived on, was orchestrated by a pressure group or even an arm of the state. In the past, Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, part of the military, has very effectively used the press to push its agenda.

The U.S. provided more than $11 billion in aid to Pakistan since 2001. Yet in recent days, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has complained that too much of the promised new enhanced U.S. aid package would be eaten up in American administrative costs, while President Asif Zardari demanded that multibillion-dollar civilian and military aid money, currently stuck in Congress, be speeded up.

The Pakistani government has repeatedly stated that joining the U.S. “war on terror” has cost the nation an estimated $34 billion, and ministers frequently lambaste the U.S. for trespassing on Pakistani territory with use of spy planes to target suspected militants – an emotive tacit for the Pakistani population.

Ambassador Patterson said that “the (Pakistani) government could be more helpful” in combating the anti-American controversies, which took on a new fever pitch since the beginning of August.

The weak Islamabad government appears unable to come to the defense of its ally and even tried to score some popularity points by joining the U.S.-baiting.

A widely believed conspiracy contends that America is deliberately destabilizing Pakistan, to bring down a “strong Muslim country” and ultimately seize its nuclear weapons. Pakistanis, especially its military establishment, also are distrustful of U.S. motives in Afghanistan, seeing it as part of a strategy for regional domination. Further, Pakistanis are appalled that the regime of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul is close to archenemy India.

Part of the reason why we can’t fight terrorism is because the terrorists have adopted what I’d call anti-U.S. imperialist discourse, which makes them more popular,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, an analyst and author of Military Inc.

Many also blame the U.S. for “imposing” a president on the country, Zardari, who is deeply disliked and who last year succeeded an unpopular U.S.-backed military dictator. So democrats resent American interference in Pakistani politics, while conservatives distrust American aims in Afghanistan.

“You used to find this anti-Americanism among supporters of religious groups and right-wing groups,” said Ahmed Quraishi, a newspaper columnist and the leading anti-American blogger.

“But over the past two to three years, young, educated Pakistanis, people you’d normally expect to be pro-American modernists, and middle-class people, are increasingly inclined to anti-Americanism. That’s the new phenomenon.”

(Shah is McClatchy Newspapers’ special correspondent in Islamabad.)

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