Tag Archives: Major Athar Abbas

Pakistan’s Northern Regions left devastated after a record breaking Monsoon Rain

By Umer Sultan

Pakistan faced the worst Monsoon Rain which caused floods wiping hundreds of villages for ever, taking hundreds of lives including many that will never be able to make it into the official “death list.” The China-Pakistan road link is disconnected and the city of Peshawar, capital of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province from the rest of the country.

On Saturday, as I was helping my sister cook Halva, she said to me:

“It feels like our lives are very selfish. There are people Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Pakistan, Umer Sultan

Is India and Pakistan heading for Nuclear War?

The following article is an important one to read about the current events.

——————

“India Preparing for Nuclear War”

By Zaheerul Hassan

Reliable sources stated that Pakistani authorities have decided to move her forces from Western to Eastern border. The move of forces would start soon. The decision has been taken after receiving the threat from Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor to strike Pakistan on November 22, 2009. Indian Chief warned that a limited war under a nuclear overhang is still very much a reality at least in the Indian sub-continent. On November 23, 2009 Pakistan Foreign Office Spokes man Abdul Basit asked the world community to take notice of remarks passed by the Indian Army Chief. He also said that India has set the stage and trying to impose a limited war on Pakistan. There are reports that Indian intelligence agencies have made a plan to hit some Indian nuke installation, alleging and then striking Pakistan. It is also added here that India has started purchasing lethal weapons. According to the careful survey a poor Asian country (India) has spent trillions on purchasing of Naval, Air force and nuke equipments.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Kashmir, Pakistan

How Pakistani Army Defeated Pakistani Taliban Stronghold and What US Army can do to defeat Afghan Taliban

I bookmarked a news report few months back, when Pakistani Army and Pakistani Taliban militants were going back and forth at each other without any definitive result. Then came a voluntary tribal militia, known as Lashkars, that aimed at securing the villages from the militants.

The attacks from the Pakistani Taliban and their cult made the lives of villagers threatened. The consequence of the military operation of Pakistani Army against P. Talibans and Taliban’s resistence was burden upon these poor villagers. The Tribal leaders based on their tribal shura (consultation) decided that their villages needs to be defended and secured. The leaders called for volunteers to pick up arms and defend their families and villages. The Pashtun tribesmen armed themselves against Pakistani Taliban, and took upon themselves to secure, relieving the Pakistani Army from their operation.

What a modern sophisticated, a well-trained and discipline army could not do; a volunteer force of tribesman with rifles and AK-47 achieved the goal for the Pakistani forces and for their villages.

Spokesman for Pakistani Major General Athar Abbas said:

“The military — in areas like Bajaur and Dir and part of Khyber — is encouraging these people to expel these militants and terrorists. They are so deep-rooted and widespread it may not be possible for the government and law enforcement agencies to completely get rid of them. Lashkars in Bajaur and Upper Dir — they are pretty successful, they are resisting, expelling all the Taliban.”

Can America use the same tactic in its fight against Afghan Taliban? Although the nature, agenda and the character of Afghan Taliban is different from the Pakistani Taliban, making Afghan tribal leaders in alliance with the security forces and treating them with respect can change the attitude of the local tribesman. Engaging with tribal leaders, voicing in their tribal jirgas and shuras, promising them security in return of keeping their village and tribe clean from Taliban, and fulfilling those promises if tribal leaders fulfill their part, can improve public sentiments towards the foreign troops.

US Forces cannot win if widespread sentiment in Afghanistan views NATO forces as the occupying force. They need Afghan public support, and that means Afghan people! Not just support from one city or two, or people sitting and enjoying their luxurious life having no concern of the local people whatsoever.

If people’s need for living is provided, there won’t be common people fighting US forces because of unemployment, or because their poppy fields were burned. US government should seriously pressurize the Afghan government regarding corruption. The needs of the people should be fulfilled by providing them public services. Trust between government and its people needs to be established!  For that engaging tribal leaders is imperative and only then Afghanistan can prosper.

Afghanistan has lived through many wars and destruction, its time people of Afghanistan should be able to live their lives without any geopolitical involvement.  Afghan people should be equipped with a system that can make their country stable and prosperous.

Bookmarked News report below:

Private armies on frontline of Pakistan war
By Sajjad Tarakzai (AFP) – Jul 11, 2009

Leave a comment

Filed under America, Pakistan, Umer Sultan