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Why India Cancelled Talks with Pakistan?

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By Sajjad Shaukat

By using the pretext that Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit held meetings with the

Hurriyat leaders of Kashmir, Indian new government led by the fundamentalist party BJP’s

leader and Prime Minister Narindra Modi called off peace talks, scheduled to be held in

Islamabad on August 25, 2014 between foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan.

Although India’s suspension of negotiations has come as a surprise not only for both the

countries and the peace-loving nations of the region, yet it has exposed real intentions of

the BJP rulers who have been breaking all the pervious records. While cancellation of peace

dialogue with Islamabad has put a question mark. But its reply is quite obvious, if we see various

developments in this respect.

It is notable that the extremist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Modi is implementing

anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. In this context, BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a

staunch promoter of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) stated on July 12, this year that India needed

only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and the only solution of Kashmir was war, as “there

is no peaceful, democratic solution.

Hence, the decision to terminate the secretary level parleys came as a political maneuvering

by Narindra Modi’s regime, showing signs of Indian arrogance and intransigence, driven by

emotional reaction, on which BJP top leadership capitalized to win the elections 2014. Besides,

India recently intensified unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir including

Working Boundary in Sialkot and other sectors to terrorize Pakistan, without caring the fact that

the latter is also a nuclear power.

India has never been sincere in engaging in meaningful peace process with Pakistan. Every

Indian government due to international pressure found it easy to make false pledges that it

was willing to engage in peace process to resolve all issues including Kashmir dispute with

Islamabad. But, New Delhi earnestly endeavored to find excuses and pretexts to cancel peace

talks, while shifting the blame to Pakistan. For example, in 2002, under the pretension of terrorist

attack on the Indian parliament, India postponed the dialogue process. Again, in 2008, India

cancelled the ‘composite dialogue’ on the pretext of Mumbai terror attacks.

It is mentionable that on winning elections, Narindra Modi’s invitation to leaders of South Asian

nations including Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to his oath-taking ceremony in May

2014, came as a pleasant surprise for political observers, media analysts and general public in

South Asia and world over. The hopes became high and expectations appeared reassuring that

relations between India and Pakistan will get normalized and a way forward will be found to

resolve all outstanding disputes between both the neighboring countries.

But, on May 27, Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Prime Minister Sharif who went to New

Delhi to participate in the oath-taking ceremony proved faultless, because Modi raised baseless

issues of terrorism as pre-conditions to advance the Pak-Indian dialogue to resolve various

issues including the core dispute of Kashmir. He said that slow pace of trial against the terrorists

regarding the Mumbai 26/11 terror case, being held in Pakistan—Islamabad should take action

against the culprits, and should stop cross-border terrorism in India.

While showing unrealistic approach, and talking in the terms of Hindu religious extremism,

Indian new prime minister ignored the fact that on July 19, 2013 the Indian former home

ministry and ex-investigating officer Satish Verma disclosed that terror-attacks in Mumbai in

November 26, 2008 and assault on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001 were carried out by the

Indian government to strengthen anti-terrorism laws.

Similarly, Modi also neglected the statement of Indian ex-Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde

who revealed on January 20, 2013 that organized training camps run by the fundamentalist

parties, RSS and BJP were promoting Hindu Terrorism. He also explained that these extremist

parties were behind the Samjhauta Express, Meccca Masjid and Malegaon blasts.

Earlier, New Delhi has been accusing Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) of

these terror attacks, while Indian new prime minister is again blaming Pakistan for the Mumbai

As regards cross-border terrorism, former Indian Army Chief Gen. VK Singh openly confessed

in September 2013 that special intelligence unit like Technical Services Division were raised

by him to operate inside Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir to conduct

terrorism and to bribe the politicians in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Notably, The Times of India had reported that Congress Party’s heir, Rahul Gandhi feels that

“the bigger threat to India may be the growth of radicalized Hindu groups which create religious

tension and political confrontation with the Muslim community.”

Nevertheless, Indian hegemonic designs and imperialistic motives coupled with Hindutva radical

dream of “AKHAND BHARAT” must be uncovered through foreign and Pakistani media’s

investigative projections, arguing that India as a usurper and occupying state is not sincere to

engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve outstanding disputes including Kashmir with Pakistan.

In order to show to the western world, and under international pressure, New Delhi resorts

to make false pledges and commitments to hold peace negotiations at various levels with

Islamabad, displaying that it is keen and eager to resolve all issues through peaceful dialogue. Its

real intentions get exposed only when every time, India makes a rash decision to cancel peace

talks on one pretext or the other.

It is also a set practice of India to engage with Kashmiri leadership prior to any high level

meeting with Pakistan. Kashmiri leaders are the central representatives about whom New Delhi

and Islamabad will proceed to decide their fate through peace parleys. Therefore, they cannot be

ignored as vital stakeholders. In this regard, Indian interpretations of stakeholders in the light of

Simla Agreement (By ignoring the Kashmiri leaders) are absolutely mischievous.

It is of particular attention that in the past, every Indian government led by Indian Congress and

BJP had been facilitating meetings of Pakistani officials with the Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership.

But, Modi government’s decision to put off Pak-Indian secretary level talks also seems

politically-motivated. Besides, soon after assuming power, Modi government, hurriedly decided

to forcibly annex and integrate disputed territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K),

uncovering its intentions to wrap up the article 370 of the Indian constitution which ensures a

special status to J&K. The aim behind is to fortify measures and continue its illegal occupation

in the J&K. Therefore, United Nations Military Observer Group India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

in New Delhi was asked to vacate official accommodation, claiming that its role had become

irrelevant, and indicating its intention to violate UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir

dispute, and to further commit human rights violations in the India-held Kashmir.

So, Indian extremist rulers’ efforts to abrogate article 370 in the Indian occupied Kashmir

indicates that BJP led Modi government is proceeding with a plan to promote Hindutva

philosophy and annex Kashmir as part of Indian union.

In this connection, external media analysts including those of Pakistan must also point out that

India has also disregarded US suggestions to make concerted efforts to engage in dialogue

process with Islamabad. While exposing Indian delaying tactics coupled with baseless

allegations that cross-border infiltration from Pakistan is on the increase, and Islamabad is not

taking any action against the alleged terrorists of Mumbai attacks. Similarly, Indian Army’s

surge and LoC violations indicate that India is finding excuses to spoil relations with Pakistan.

Moreover, Indian propaganda that Pakistan has been sponsoring terrorism in Afghanistan also

reveals the real face of Indian leadership who spare no time in maligning Pakistan even from

Afghan soil where India has itself established secret network, and from where, with the support

of anti-Pakistan secret agencies, it has been sending heavily-armed militants who from time to

time, target check posts of Pak Army including other civil and military installations.

Nonetheless, BJP government has revealed the true face of Hindu leadership—their anti-Muslim

and anti-Pakistan psyche by canceling secretary-level talks with Pakistan on the unjustified plea

that Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit held meetings with the Hurriyat leaders, prior

to holding of the scheduled dialogue. New Delhi’s sudden decision to call off talks has come as

a serious blow to peace process between the two countries, sabotaging all signs of optimism that

peace will be brought in South Asia under new leadership of Modi–Nawaz affinity. Instead of

showing courage to face the issues and take steps to address them, confronting the two nuclear

nations, India’s move to cancel the secretary level talks have further uncovered Indian real

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Pakistan: Compelling Army for Action

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By Sajjad Shaukat

More than ten workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and two policemen were killed,

several persons were injured including policemen, while many of them were taken hostage, and

police vehicles were burnt, as pitched battles took place between the followers of PAT chief

Dr. Tahirul Qadri and police in different cities of Punjab on August 8 and 9, this year when

PAT activists clashed with police in Model Town, Lahore after the city and the province of

Punjab were virtually sealed off by the authorities with containers and barricades to stop the PAT

workers’ participation in their Youm-e-Shuhada (Martyrs Day).

Acting upon similar planning of the civil government, in a crackdown, police has also arrested

several workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and detained motorcycles to prevent its

supporters from reaching Islamabad in connection with August 14 long March (Azadi March)

along with their leader Imran Khan who said that he would sit there as long as his demands are

not met by the government.

While criticizing the present government of PML (N) led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and

his brother Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of the Punjab province, PTI chief Imran Khan on

August 3 vowed to end what he termed is the ‘Sharif family monarchy’ in the country by his

Azadi march. Khan explained that there was no real democracy in Pakistan, and the sit-in at

Islamabad will not end until a ‘new Pakistan’ is made.

Meanwhile, in a press conference, on August 11, Imran Khan revealed as to how PML (N),

Najam Sethi, an employee for Geo TV was made PCB chairman as a gift of rigging in the polls,

while the ex-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice

Khalilur Rehman Ramday including other high officials also played his role in this regard.

It is notable that some analysts are indicating differences of opinion between Imran and Qadri,

when they talks about revolution in the country. But fact remains that pointing out rigging

in the polls and the multiple problems faced by the country as well as the people, in one way

or the other, both Imran and Qadri pledged to make a new Pakistan, and they are not against

democracy. Their real intent is that the entire electoral exercise is deeply flawed. Hence, they

emphasized the introduction of electoral reforms in Pakistan, because the issue is that this

corrupt system must go. Now, Tahirul Qadri has also announced that his revolution march will

also join Imran’s long march on August 14.

In the recent past, Imran Khan contacted various political and religious parties like PPP, MQM,

PML-Q, JI and PAT to increase pressure on the PML-N government for overhauling the Election

Commission of Pakistan (ECP) due to the rigging in the general elections 2013. The PPP leader

of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah had also endorsed Imran Khan’s call for resignation of all

members of the ECP. In these developments, some analysts had remarked that a grand alliance

of the political parties will be concluded for mid-term elections or a massive movement could be

launched against the rulers.

Now, the tension has increased between the ruling party on the one side and PTI, PAT PML-
Q on the other in wake of police crackdown and violent clashes. In this respect, some ministers

has been saying that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri want to create civil war in the country like

Egypt and Libya, and they will be responsible for martial law in the country. While on August

8, PTI chief Imran Khan said, “If the army steps in, it will be because of you…the high-handed

measures (that the government) is taking…we have the right to peaceful protest. If they try to

stop it, then there is likely to be violence.” He elaborated that when he was demanding justice, no

While condemning the strict measures by the government, and deployment of Army in

Islamabad, under the pretext of article 245 of the constitution, various leaders including the

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq and the PPP leader Syed Khurshid Shah who tried to

defuse the tense situation through dialogue urged the government not to try to stop the PTI long

march on the Independence Day, as peaceful protests are part of democracy. They also hinted

that military can take over in the drastic circumstances. Besides, some other political leaders

and analysts have also been stating that the ongoing system of democracy can be derailed, and

martial law can be imposed in the country.

It is mentionable that in May 11, 2014, country-wide protest rallies led by leaders of PTI and

PAT, PML-Q and JI were held against the rigging in the elections, demanding a corruption-free

state, instead of a system that brought corrupt politicians in parliament. In this context, Tahirul

Qadri and Imran Khan stated in their speeches that there was no parliament, and denied the

presence of democracy, constituted of good governance and purity, as the country is being ruled

by some particular families, while poor people of the country are deprived from basic necessities.

Undoubtedly, democracy has displayed its success in the west, but, it has proved to be fruitless

in Pakistan. Therefore, it is generally said that “any instrument can be misused.” Pakistan’s

politicians and media have always claimed that they nourish democratic ideals, but, we could not

establish this system on a strong footing due to irresponsible approach of our political entities

including responsible media.

Past experience proves that our political parties have worked on undemocratic principles

like hostility for the sake of hostility, formation of alliances and counter-alliances to win the

elections. Much time is wasted in retaliation against the previous government instead of fulfilling

the promises, made with the voters during election campaign. So, they forget the real aim of

public mandate by resolving the economic and social problems of the masses. In this context,

they also misguide the general masses by forming extreme opinion among them towards their

opponents. In fact, concentration of wealth in few hands has created a privileged class of

landowners and industrialists who contest elections winning the same against each other again

During the election campaign, they employ all means, fair or foul to defeat their opponents

and capture political power. They mislead the general masses through, false propaganda and

Besides, various mal-practices such as horse-trading, nepotism, bribery, illegal obligations and

other forms of corruption are very common among our political leaders. Past experience also

shows that an alliance of different parties is formed to launch a mass movement to topple the

government, which ultimately leads to military rule in the country when there is no third option,

because state can not survive in anarchy.

It is noteworthy that in 2011, during the Memogate case, some political entities and media

commentators were saying that martial law will be imposed in the country. The then Chief of

Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated, “The Pakistan Army has and will continue to

support democratic process in the country.” As Army was acting upon the principle of non-
interference in political affairs, therefore, the previous government completed its tenure.

However, in case of Pakistan, it is owing to the lack of pre-conditions for the success of

democracy like education, tolerance, responsible media and political consciousness that general

masses become an easy prey to the system, conducted by shrewd politicians who deceive the

At this critical juncture, Pakistan is facing multi-faceted crises such as soaring prices, energy-
shortage, unemployment, crimes, lack of health facilities etc. Besides, the country has

perennially been facing subversive activities in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and

other parts of the country where security forces and law-enforcing agencies are coping with the

militants. And our Armed Forces are successfully obtaining their objectives in North Waziristan

Agency (NWA) through military operation Zarb-e-Azb against the terrorists who had challenged

the writ of the state, and had frightened the entire nation by their terror-acts.

Nevertheless, in wake of the present political unrest which is turning to violence, we must know

that it has been created by the rival politicians themselves, not by military. If there seems to be

no compromise particularly between the PTI-PAT and the ruling party PML (N), Armed Forces

which are already coping with external and internal threats as part of their duty are responsible

to tackle the unresolved challenge. So, our own politicians can compel Army to take action, as

everyone wants that civil war-like situation must be avoided.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Pakistan: Lesson on the Independence Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

The Independence Day which is celebrated every year on August 14 has come at a time when

Pakistan is facing multiple threats of serious nature internally and externally. These are not only

worrying all the citizens, but are also creating division between the rulers and the opposition

parties including rival politicians, taking the country towards anarchy.

On the one side, the present government of PML (N) led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has

been celebrating the Independence Day with jubilation, while on the other, workers of Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by their Chief Imran Khan including coalition-parties like Pakistan

Awami Tehreek (PAT) and PML-Q have been protesting against the government, and are

determined to take Imran’s long March (Azadi March) to Islamabad on August 14. Imran Khan

has repeatedly said that he would sit there as long as his demands like resignation of the Prime

Minister Nawaz Sharif, impartial investigation regarding the rigging in general elections 20113

Pointing out rigging in the polls and the grave problems faced by the country as well as the

people, both Imran and Qadri pledged to make a new Pakistan, and are not against democracy.

Their real intent is that entire electoral exercise is deeply flawed. Hence, they emphasized the

introduction of electoral reforms, because the issue is that this corrupt system must go. Tahirul

Qadri also announced that his revolution march will also join Imran’s long march on August 14.

Meanwhile, the civil government has virtually sealed off Rawalpindi, Islamabad and the Punjab

province with containers and barricades to stop, especially the Azadi March. In the crackdown,

police has also arrested several supporters of PTI and its coalition partners and detained

motorcycles to prevent its supporters from reaching Islamabad.

All the efforts for reconciliation, made by the PPP leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid

Shah and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq have failed. Because of the tough stand of

the government and long marchers, situation has reached point of no return. Therefore, some

ministers and political analysts are remarking that civil war in the country may be initiated like

However, during this very day, Pakistan is in the state of war, being waged by the security forces

and intelligence agencies against terrorists. In this respect, our Armed Forces are successfully

obtaining their objectives in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) through military operation Zarb-
e-Azb against the terrorists who had challenged the writ of the state, and had frightened the

entire nation by their terror-acts. Pakistan has perennially been facing subversive activities in

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and other parts of the country including tribal areas

where security forces and law-enforcing agencies are coping with the militants.

And Pakistan is facing multi-faceted crises such as soaring prices, energy-shortage,

unemployment, crimes, lack of health facilities, and dependence upon the US-led developed

countries, IMF and World Bank for financial aid.

Externally, Pak Army and Rangers have boldly been responding to India’s unprovoked firing at

the Line of Control in Kashmir including Working Boundary in Sialkot and other sectors. While,

the fundamentalist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is implementing

anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. In this context, BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a

staunch promoter of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) stated on July 12, this year that India needed

only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and the only solution of Kashmir was war, as “there

is no peaceful, democratic solution.

Moreover, Pakistan’s security forces have also been facing cross-border terrorism from

Afghanistan side, encountering heavily-armed militants who from time to time, target check

posts of the Army, and other civil and military installations.

Nevertheless, it was due to the strong unity among the Muslims under the leadership of Quaid-
i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that Pakistan became a tangible reality on August 14, 2047. But

that unity started declining after passing through various crises.

It is because of lack of unity among our politicians, leaders, security forces and media that

foreign opportunists have been manipulating the chaotic situation of Pakistan in order to fulfill

their secret agenda by destabilizing it, as it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. In

the past few years, nefarious designs of the external enemies can be gauged from various anti-
Pakistan developments such as subversive activities, sectarian violence all over the country, and

separatism in Balochistan.

Notably, present drastic situation cannot be comprehended by the general masses and even

the political leaders who abruptly change their opinion without logic. Therefore, they become

unintentional victim of the external plotters who succeed in creating a rift particularly between

the political groups, divided on ethnic and linguistic lines. These foreign enemies also seek to

create a division between the political leaders and the Armed Forces of our country.

It is regrettable that on the one hand, our multiple crises show that Pakistan is rapidly advancing

towards a ‘failed state’ owing to the sinister designs of some external powers, while, on the other

hand, our media, particularly most of the TV channels conduct controversial debate between

politicians and commentators, contesting internal politics. Some, political entities have ignored

the sacrifices of Pakistan’s security forces and country’s intelligence agency, ISI regarding the

At this critical hour, while deteriorating situation demands selfless unity, but accusations and

counteraccusations between the rival politicians have become routine practice. In this regard,

they opine as to what the people want, but conceal as to what people actually need?

No doubt, today Pakistan stands at the crossroads of its destiny, facing multi-faceted internal and

Nonetheless, as regards the lesson on the Independence Day, it demands true national unity

among every segment of society. The 14th August reminds that instead of creating political

turmoil, our political leaders must resolve their differences through compromise—in a

democratic and constitutional way. They must pledge that they will not exploit their regional,

provincial and political differences at the cost of the national interests so as to continue or grab

political power. In this respect, a blind dedication to one’s own political agenda, race, tribe and

creed should not be allowed to create hatred in one group against the other.

They must avoid manipulating present thorny issues in order to gain the sympathies of general

masses, and to increase the members for their parties. If any controversy has arisen between the

government and the opposition parties, it can better be settled through reconciliation.

For this aim, in order to castigate the plot of the external enemies against the country, our rulers

and politicians must also stop exploiting any crisis against the Armed Forces and ISI whose

image are deliberately being tarnished by the external conspirators.

Besides, Pakistan’s media, especially TV channels must create national cohesion among various

segments of society. For this purpose, the owners of these channels must detect and terminate

the services of some anchors who are working on the payroll of foreign enemies. As electronic

media attract more viewers, so Pakistan’s TV commentators should give a matching response to

malicious propaganda of the US-led some western countries including India and Israel which are

leaving no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan, its army and ISI.

At this critical juncture, Pakistan’s survival lies in strong cohesion which is also essential for our

political leaders themselves, as at present, even a layman can note that our country is in chaos

and it seems as if there is a “war of all against all” in the sense of ‘Hobbesian state of nature.’

Undoubtedly, the lesson on the Independence Day is that it demands selfless national unity

among all the citizens, political and religious leaders, members of civil society, media and

security forces to cope with the anti-Pakistan conspiracy.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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India: Modi’s Impetus to Hindu Chauvinism

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such as BJP, RSS, VHP,

Shiv Sena and other similar groups which have been propagating Hindutva (Hindu nationalism)

felt pleasure, because Indian elections 2014 based on the campaign against Islam, Muslims, and

Pakistan enabled BJP hardliner Narendra Modi to get a land sliding triumph.

Prior to the elections of Narendra Modi as Indian Prime Minister, some people were opining

that Modi, being an economic reformer, will not fall prey to the Hindu Hawks surrounding him,

and will move ahead with his “Economic Agenda” rather than “Hinduvta Agenda.” But, it was

widely believed that he would give an impetus to the Hindu chauvinism in India.

Undoubtedly, Muslims were aware of Modi’s agenda to reduce the Muslim community in India

to second class citizens. Muslim anxiety in India is multiplying due the fact, because, during the

election campaign, Hindu majority was mobilized on ‘hate Muslim’ slogans and ‘anti Pakistan’

jargons. Hence, Modi regime is likely to target and persecute Muslims in India, while the

incessant and unjust Indian propaganda against Pakistan is beyond anybody’s cognition.

However, as part of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan move of the BJP including other Hindu

extremist parties, Indian Prime Minister Modi is giving impetus to Hindu chauvinism which

could be judged from various recent incidents and developments, and which point towards

emergence of Hinduvta under the umbrella of Shiv Sena backed by BJP government led by

hardliner-cum-reformist Modi. Encouraged by the election-victory of the BJP, on May 28, this

year, in a provocative act to disturb communal harmony among different religious communities

in India, Rashtriya Hindu Andolan, a little known Mangalore-based Hindutva outfit and activists

from various right wing groups organized a protest in Mangalore in front of the office of Deputy

Commissioner by demanding the authorities to ban the morning Muslim call to prayer (Azan)

across the country. Moreover, forcing the Muslim employee in a Parliament Canteen by BJP

leader to break his fast by stuffing piece of bread in his mouth, statement of Deputy Chief of

Goa, declaring India as a Hindu state, opposition to declaration of Sania Mirza as Ambassador of

Indian state by calling her daughter-in-law of Pakistan might be cited as instance.

On July 12, while threatening a nuclear war, BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, a staunch

promoter of Hindutva stated that India needed only two years to defeat Pakistan militarily, and

the only solution of Kashmir was war, as “there is no peaceful, democratic solution.”

Besides, soon after assuming power, Modi government, hurriedly decided to forcibly annex and

integrate disputed territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), uncovering its intentions

to wrap up the article 370 of the Indian constitution which ensures a special status to J&K. The

aim behind is to fortify measures and continue its illegal occupation in the J&K. Therefore,

United Nations Military Observer Group India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in New Delhi was

asked to vacate official accommodation, claiming that its role had become irrelevant, and

indicating its intention to violate UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir dispute, and to

further commit human rights violations in the India-controlled Kashmir.

Furthermore, New Delhi which has initiated unprovoked firing at the Line of Control (LoC) in

Kashmir including Working Boundary in Sialkot and other sectors across Pak-Indian border,

wants to continue it.

Nevertheless, New BJP led-Indian government is vigorously pursuing an aggressive agenda of

jingoism to strengthen its hold in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Besides keeping pro-
movement leadership of Kashmir under detention and house arrest, masses are being subjected to

worst kind of psychological trauma with a purpose to weaken the ongoing Kashmir movement.

In this context, Indian refusal to repeal draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act

(AFSPA) and the Public Safety Act (PSA), continuation of oppressive regime through barrel of

gun, search operations to harass innocent masses especially the youth, undemocratic attitude

towards peaceful protestors (wherein recently a 15 years old youth has been shot dead in

Kulgam), creating environment for revocation of article 370 of Indian constitution to absorb IOK

as state like Bihar and Punjab, conspiracies to divide Kashmir on communal lines by creating

separate and protected colonies for Kashmiri Pandits, and setting side Pakistan’s efforts to

resolve the core dispute of Kashmir including other issues between both the neighboring

countries might be cited as example.

It is notable that abrogation of article-370 was one of the election slogans of Modi’s BJP. Now,

Modi’s government has accorded top priority to this issue and intensified the efforts towards its

attainment. Article 370 protects people of J&K in matters of citizenship, ownership of property

and fundamental rights, besides acting as jugular vein between State government of J&K

and central government of India. New Delhi is also making large scale propaganda to justify

revoking of article 370 at all possible domestic and international forums.

As already stated, BJP led India is trying to change demography of IOK by settling Pundits in the

valley by offering hefty financial incentives. It is aimed at getting legitimate control over IOK.

Such a move has always been rejected by all leading political parties of IOK.

It is the right hour that Pakistan’s high officials and media must expose the real intentions of the

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi who is implementing Hindu chauvinism as per agenda of

BJP, Shiv Sena and other Hindu fundamentalist parties.

In this respect, Pakistan’s internal entities must show Indian evil designs to suppress Kashmir

movement, and make all out efforts to bring IOK under Indian fold. In this regard, BJP- led

Indian government’s inner psyche to promote Hindutva philosophy also needs to be linked—

Indian extremist Hindus’ desire that India becomes a classical Hindu state where all others are

to be treated as second rate citizens, as Hindutva thinking does not accept outsiders as Indians.

This is particularly in reference to Muslim community and Christians living in India. These

internal entities of Pakistan must indicate perennial human rights violations by Indian security

forces against people of the Indian-held Kashmir, shameful criminal silence by world opinion

builders and key communicators regarding atrocities on Kashmiris, draconian laws, arrests of

the Kashmiri leaders on any plea for an indefinite time and illegal detentions—rape of innocent

women, extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri people including the youth.

While on such human rights violations, the state and Indian security and law-enforcing agencies

appear to be in connivance. Thus such organized crime goes on in IOK on behest of New Delhi.

The aim is to maintain calm and suppress the voice of people of Kashmir.

Pakistan’s internal entities, especially media must point out the practice of enforced

disappearances, perpetuated under the auspices of two black laws, AFSPA and Jammu Kashmir

Disturbed Area Act as an enduring legacy in Indian controlled Kashmir since 1989. They should

widely promote the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani’s appeal to the UN

Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, about taking steps to initiate investigation into the gross human

rights abuses, being committed by Indian troops in the occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, BJP government is stressing the need to open cross LoC routes between IOK and

Gigit-Baltistan (GB) under the gambit of providing relief to divided families between IOK and

GB, besides boosting the depressed economy of GB. There are scores of wicked objectives

behind this move including exploitation of sectarianism and projection of human rights violation

in GB against Pakistan. Opening of LOC routes will afford India to engage in recruiting agents

and contracting favorable audience for promoting Indian chauvinism, based upon its aggressive

policies and anti-Pakistani propaganda. Such a jingoism of New Delhi, in the long run, would

instigate anti-Pakistan sentiments, and promote separatism on the lines, followed in Baluchistan.

It will realize India’s longstanding dream of accessing Central Asian states through GB. This

scheme would also help India to contain China’s presence in GB by restraining their economic

interests. So, our media must expose Indian designs, behind opening of cross LOC routes.

Particularly, educate domestic masses of GB and opinion builders of Pakistan that India wants

to manipulate sensitivity of GB by targeting depressed economy, sectarian divide and divided

kinship. New Delhi, wants to open LoC between IOK and GB for fulfilling its own vested

interests at the cost of our country.

It is mentionable that on the one hand, Modi is projecting himself as a young, secular and

energetic Indian leader, having a vision to bring economic reforms in the country, besides

fostering friendly relations with neighboring and regional countries, while on the other hand,

his projected image is being eclipsed by various statements and actions of his party leaders,

challenging the secular status of India.

We can conclude that BJP’s hardliner and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving a

greater impetus to Hindu chauvinism which could destabilize the whole region in the modern era

of renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and promotion of human rights.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Pakistan: Appreciating Media During North Waziristan Operation

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although in the western counties electronic TV channels enjoy much freedom of expression,

yet they follow self-imposed code of conduct during serious national issues, especially like war.

For example, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy in the US homeland, American

government, opposition, media and public had become one, because the country was at war

against the non-sovereign entities, popularly called terrorists.

As regards Pakistan, in the recent past, the electronic media was playing irresponsible role by

showing the panic-ridden messages of the terrorists, and live coverage of the counter-terrorism

operations. For example, the electronic media recklessly failed to demonstrate sense of censor,

showing maturity in live coverage of the Karachi Airport operation against the militants. In

this context, certain information including move of own echelons, different steps or techniques,

used by our security forces, supervision of operation by a particular tier of command, arrival of

higher officials and reports submitted to Army’s high command were required to be strongly

censored, as the same information was also made available to terrorists through live coverage.

Live coverage of security personnel moving in a particular direction was utterly irresponsible,

as such movements were part of the operation, the outcome of which was yet to be decided.

The operation was to proceed in different phases to imbalance and eliminate the terrorists. This

required media to show sustainable patience, calmness, self-control and forbearance. A line must

be drawn beyond what media should not be allowed to operate and make noise.

Both Pakistan’s intellectual and non-intellectual citizens started raising questions that

irresponsible media coverage creates misperceptions and demoralizes own security forces. This

also entails conducting proper training of media reporters and anchors which must be ensured by

media houses.

They opined that in crisis situation, lives are at risk. Hence, media should not disclose names of

victims, vital locations, forces, weapons, and tactics adopted. It is also duty of media to create

maintain sense of hope among domestic audience, especially when the operation is still going

on. Noting the irresponsible approach of the electronic media, even general messes said that

there should be an effective media controlling body to monitor and direct the media to engage in

coverage of sensitive installations such as airports, air bases and other security outfits.

But by setting aside past practice, during the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb against

the militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), Pakistan’s media proved that it can play its

positive role against terrorists by standing side by side with the Armed Forces. Particularly, TV

channels of the country displayed that they have been observing self-control mechanism, related

to the war against terrorism, which is essential to defeat the merciless insurgents of the state.

Since June 15, 2014 when the military operation started, and the jets of Pakistan Air Force have

been bombing militants’ hideouts in North Waziristan, while Pak Army has been killing the

insurgents including foreign fighters through ground offensive which has successfully been

achieving its goals, covering the details of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan’s domestic media has

conducted itself in a dignified manner, showing sense of maturity and reverence for the Armed

Forces. Media appears to have exercised restrain and prudence, while covering the operation.

Irresponsible reporting and signs of sensationalism have been kept out, thereby, attaining

credibility and earning appreciation of the nation.

It is notable that domestic media of the country did not provide much space to the terrorists to

express their pessimistic viewpoint during the ongoing military operation in NWA. Therefore,

there was no chance for the terrorists to get glorified through indirect means of media projection.

Everyone knows that operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched in North Waziristan to destroy

and eliminate the threat, posed by the militants who were challenging the writ of the government

and were disturbing law and order situation in the country. The entire nation abhorred them

for their elusive conduct, power motives and designs to undertake violent acts of terrorism

including suicide bombings, attacks against Armed Forces, vital installations and innocent

civilians. Government of Pakistan and general public were fed up from shadow acts of terrorists,

as they frequently engaged in kidnapping for ransom, looting, target-killings, extortion, coercive

methods of recruiting and mischievous techniques of fundraising.

Upsurge in terrorist activities and their open proclamations to continue with their devastative

strategy of frightening terrorism and exploitation led to public anger and frustration. Hence,

Pakistan’s government undertook tough decision to eliminate all terrorists and destroy their

sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency which had become hub of these culprits.

In this regard, when the Pakistan Government decided to launch the ongoing military operation

Zarb-e-Azb against the militants in North Waziristan Agency, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

took the nation into confidence through parliament and senate, asserting that Pakistan would not

be allowed to become safe havens of terrorists. He further stated that military operation would

continue till achievement of ultimate objectives. Earlier, DG, ISPR Directorate, Major-Gen.

Asim Saleem Bajwa stated, “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan

have launched the operation against foreign and local terrorists…who had been waging a war

against the state of Pakistan by disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our

economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property…with the support of the entire

nation, these enemies will be denied space across the country.” On June 16, 2014, Chief of Army

Staff, General Raheel Sharif also pointed out, “Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched with

the objectives of rooting out terrorists, eliminate their sanctuaries in NWA and rid the country of

However, the entire nation including media, civil society, political parties, social workers,

intellectuals, and general masses appreciated the government’s decision to undertake military

operation in NWA with a view to getting rid of terrorists from FATA.

While the international community appreciated PML (N) government for going after the

terrorists, the domestic media played a positive role in projecting the achievements of Armed

Forces in cleansing NWA/FATA of the terrorists. The collective national urge and longstanding

desire of Pakistani masses to eliminate the militants from these areas have been optimistically

projected by domestic media. The nation took a sigh of relief, hoping that disruption, destruction,

sense of fear, uncertainty and prevailing disorder created by terrorists, will soon come to an end.

As media reports revealed precision strikes by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) against registered and

well-identified positions of terrorists, the nation expressed its indebtedness to PAF for their

remarkable performance. Similarly, the ground operation has also been objectively projected by

domestic media, giving all possible details of the present operation. In fact, unlike the past, our

internal media has been showing sense of responsibility, maturity and high esteem for national

concerns and interests in its efforts to project or cover operation Zarb-e-Azb, for which media’s

optimistic role be eulogized.

It is mentionable that Pakistan’s media, politicians, leaders of religious parties and general

masses are showing solidarity with the armed forces, which could also be judged from the

recently-held countrywide protests and rallies in support of the North Waziristan operation, and

assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Nevertheless, media coverage of operation Zarb-e-Azb proves that domestic media has shown

signs of conscientiousness, sense of patriotism and proclivity to support anti-terror campaign. As

terrorists pose a serious threat to Pakistan’s internal security, therefore, all segments of society

including media anchors fully support the government’s decision to eliminate the terrorists.

No doubt, we can conclude that the entire nation is at war against the ruthless insurgents, but the

positive role of media is appreciating during the North Waziristan operation due to the fact that

all our TV channels have been encouraging the Armed Forces in their fight against the militants,

while projecting that state is more powerful than the misled bands of terrorist outfits.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Afghanistan and Iraq: it’s the Same War

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Four years ago the U.S. and Britain unleashed war on Iraq, a nearly defenseless Third World country barely half the size of Saskatchewan.

For twelve years prior to the invasion and occupation Iraq had endured almost weekly U.S. and British bombing raids and the toughest sanctions in history, the “primary victims” of which, according to the UN Secretary General, were “women and children, the poor and the infirm.” According to UNICEF, half a million children died from sanctions related starvation and disease.

Then, in March 2003, the U.S. and Britain — possessors of more weapons of mass destruction than the rest of the world combined — attacked Iraq on a host of fraudulent pretexts, with cruise missiles, napalm, white phosphorous, cluster and bunker buster bombs and depleted uranium (DU) munitions.

The British Medical Journal The Lancet published a study last year estimating Iraqi war deaths since 2003 at 655,000, a mind-boggling figure dismissed all-too readily by the British and American governments despite widespread scientific approval for its methodology (including the British government’s own chief scientific adviser).

On April 11, 2007, the Red Cross issued a report entitled “Civilians without Protection: the ever-worsening humanitarian crisis in Iraq.” Citing “immense suffering,” it calls “urgently” for “ respect for international humanitarian law.” Andrew White, Anglican Vicar of Baghdad added, “What we see on our television screens does not demonstrate even one per cent of the reality of the atrocity of Iraq…”

The UN estimates two million Iraqis have been “internally displaced,” while another two million have fled — largely to neighbouring Syria and Jordan, overwhelming local infrastructure.

An attack such as that on Iraq, neither in self-defence nor authorized by the United Nations Security Council is, in the words of the Nuremberg Tribunal that condemned the Nazis, “the supreme international crime.” According to the Tribunal’s chief prosecutor, US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, such a war is simply mass murder.

Most Canadians are proud that Canada refused to invade Iraq. But when it comes to Afghanistan, we hear the same jingoistic bluster we heard about Iraq four years ago. As if Iraq and Afghanistan were two separate wars, and Afghanistan is the good war, the legal and just war.

In reality, Iraq and Afghanistan are the same war.

That’s how the Bush administration has seen Afghanistan from the start; not as a defensive response to 9/11, but the opening for regime change in Iraq (as documented in Richard A. Clarke’s Against all Enemies).That’s why the Security Council resolutions of September 2001 never mention Afghanistan, much less authorize an attack on it. That’s why the attack on Afghanistan was also a supreme international crime, which killed at least 20,000 innocent civilians in its first six months. The Bush administration used 9/11 as a pretext to launch an open-ended so-called  “War on Terror” — in reality a war of terror because it kills hundreds of times more civilians than the other terrorists do.

That the Karzai regime was subsequently set up under UN auspices doesn’t absolve the participants in America’s war, and that includes Canada. Nor should the fact that Canada now operates under the UN authorized International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mislead anyone. From the start, ISAF put itself at the service of the American operation, declaring “the United States Central Command will have authority over the International Security Assistance Force” (UNSC Document S/2001/1217). When NATO took charge of ISAF that didn’t change anything. NATO forces are always ultimately under US command. The “Supreme Commander” is always an American general, who answers to the American president, not the Afghan one.

Canadian troops in Afghanistan not only take orders from the Americans, they help free up more American forces to continue their bloody occupation of Iraq.

When the U.S. devastated Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1961-1975), leaving behind six million dead or maimed, Canada refused to participate. But today Canada has become part of a U.S. war being waged not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in a network of disclosed and undisclosed centres of physical and mental torture, like Guantanamo Bay in — let’s not forget — illegally occupied Cuban territory. And what we know about what the U.S. government calls terrorism is that it is largely a response to foreign occupation, and what we know about American occupation is that it is a way the rich world forces the rest to surrender their resources.

General Rick Hillier bragged that Canada was going to root out the “scumbags” in Afghanistan. He didn’t mention that the Soviets, using over 600,000 troops and billions in aid over ten years, were unable to control Afghanistan. Britain, at the height of its imperial power, tried twice and failed. Now, Canada is helping another fading empire attempt to impose its will on Afghanistan.

Canadians have traditionally been able to hold their heads high when they travel the world. We did not achieve that reputation by waging war against the world’s poor; in large part we achieved it by refusing to do so.

Canada must — immediately, and at the minimum — open its doors to Iraqis and Afghanis attempting to flee the horror being inflicted on their homelands. We must stop pretending that we’re not implicated in their suffering under the bombs, death squads and torture. This means refusing to lend our name, our strength and the blood of our youth in this war without end against the Third World.

David Orchard is the author of The Fight for Canada: Four Centuries of Resistance to American Expansionism and ran twice for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party. He farms at Borden, SK and can be reached at tel 306-652-7095davidorchard@sasktel.net  www.davidorchard.com

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Buddhism in Myanmar: Extremism and Crimes Against Humanity

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Global Research
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Myanmar is undergoing a state of upheaval and transformation. As of now, the country is experiencing changes on the political, economic and social frontiers.

Amidst such transitions, Myanmar is also witnessing increased cases of religious intolerance. In spite of its rich cultural heritage and legacy of socio-religious harmony, present-day Myanmar is surely not the best place for its religious minorities.

Recently, the government of Myanmar proposed a law that seeks to impose a virtual ban on religious conversions (any case of religious conversion will need prior approval of the state). This proposed law is just one of the many recent ones that are being put into effect to target the country’s religious minorities: there are plans to outlaw interfaith marriages, and also to limit the birth-rate among non-Buddhist families residing in Myanmar.

But that’s not all. The worst part is the fact that these discriminatory laws are being backed by radical Buddhist monks (collectively known as the Mabatha), and there have been petitions signed by as many as 1.3 million people calling for elimination of Muslims from the country.

A Historical Perspective

Just like any other religion, Buddhism too has seen its principles being put at stake by its own clerics and clergymen. For centuries, Buddhist sects and monasteries have failed to arrive at a common consensus on various issues, both big and small.

Should a monk’s robe cover both shoulders or just one? Answer awaited.

Also, in spite of Buddha’s non-violent teachings and principles, Buddhist monks are no strangers when it comes to violence and conflict. During the colonial era, several Buddhist monastic orders made it mandatory for their members to engage in armed violence against the Europeans.

As such, politics is not unknown territory for Buddhist monks who claim to have denounced the world. In the period ranging from 1980s to 2000s, many Burmese monks participated in the pro-democracy struggles.

However, after the political transition of 2011, two extremist Buddhist outfits — the Mabatha and the 969 Movement — have dominated Burmese political thought and ideology. Firebrand radical Ashin Wirathu has emerged as the de facto proponent of communal discord. Both the 969 Movement and the Mabatha seem to have one common goal: creation of an exclusively Buddhist state in Myanmar.

Crimes Against Humanity

Back in mid-2012, communal violence took a turn for the worse, when riots broke out in the western state of Rakhine, killing hundreds and displacing over 140,000 Rohingya Muslims. The government simply refused to step in, and even when it did, the authorities blatantly sided with the extremists and essentially rendered the Rohingya people helpless. This showed that anti-Rohingya activities in Myanmar were (and still are) nothing more than planned religious pogrom being conducted by the Buddhist terror outfits in assonance with the government of Myanmar. More details about the ill-effects of the riots can be found here.

Apart from planned genocide, Buddhist extremist groups also indulge in anti-minority propaganda in the form of economic boycotts against Muslim businesses and false criticism of religions they do not like (which include, apart from other faiths, forms of Buddhism that do not agree with their extremist actions). Of course, Islam is the centre of their hatred: when delegates of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation visited Myanmar in 2013, banners reading “Islam is a faith of animals with uncontrollable birth-rates” were flashed.

Fundamentalism Among Myanmar’s Monks — Exploring The Causes

The question is, if certain sects of Buddhism are engaging in violence, why are they getting away with it? Fundamentalism can be found in any religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam… you name it! But in every religion, the majority of the followers are always against fundamentalism.

But in case of Buddhism, the anti-extremist or moderate voices are too feeble.

The problem is that the average Buddhist is taught, time and again, to think of monks as ascetics who have renounced worldly comforts and are thus immune to human flaws. Even if a monk errs, he is not called ‘corrupt’, but is instead termed as ‘deviant’. The robe of the present-day monk is still equated with the Wisdom of Buddha, even if the said monk is miles apart from the teachings of the Enlightened One. As a result, each Buddhist monk considers himself to be a Pope in his own right — incorruptible.

More importantly, on the practical front, the radical monks serve as handy allies for the pseudo-civilian government of Myanmar. Therefore, even Aung San Suu Kyi, so well known for her pro-liberty credentials, has chosen to be a mute spectator while innocent Rohingya children are being massacred.

A Ray of Hope?

Yet, all hope is not lost. In Myanmar, even though the extremists seem to have the upper edge, there are voices who are trying to protect the country’s secular fabric. Led by monks such as Metta Shin U Zawana, some intellectuals and students are coming forward to question the policies and propaganda of the radical outfits. Bloggers such as Nay Phone Latt have written extensively on this subject.

However, the Mabatha and the 969 Movement are quick to discard the peaceful voices as “echoes of treachery”. When the government’s discriminatory policies against the Rohingya were criticized by women activists, the Mabatha terrorists termed the activists as “traitors”.

Conclusion

Buddha preached that salvation could be attained only if one were to free himself or herself from worldly desires. Universal brotherhood of humankind was the underlying principle of Buddhism in its pristine form.

Unfortunately, modern-day extremist monks of Myanmar are more concerned with ethnic cleansing. Their critics are summarily silenced by the government of Myanmar, and this has left the Rohingya people at the mercy of the terrorist-members of the Mabatha and the 969 Movement.

This is where the international community needs to step in. The Dalai Lama, for instance, should be requested to help spread the true message of Buddhism among the Burmese masses and specifically criticize the extremists for defaming Buddhism.

The actions of the fundamentalists is causing great tension and turmoil in Myanmar (not to mention the fact that it is putting the lives and property of the Rohingya people at stake). If Myanmar actually intends to progress towards true democracy and prosperity, it will have to eliminate the terror groups like the Mabatha and the 969 Movement, and attempt to safeguard the interests of its religious minorities. True development seems impossible as long as terrorists are dominating the Burmese politics and society.

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Calls for Revolution, Civil Disobedience in Pakistan as Protests Continue

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“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday

Imran Khan speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2012. (Photo: World Economic Forum)

Opponents of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have issued calls for a revolution and mass civil disobedience as days of protest bring chaos to the capital of Islamadad.

Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in demonstrations led by former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party and cleric and activist Tahirul Qadri of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party.

The two have called for Sharif to resign, accusing his government of fraud. On Thursday they began separate convoy protests from Lahore to the capital.

“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday.

“We don’t want mid-term elections … what we want is revolution,” Qadri said.

On Monday, Kahn said he would defy a government ban and lead a march on Tuesday into Islamabad’s “red zone,” where government offices are located, unless his demands were met.

“Tomorrow’s foray into the prohibited zone is part of the struggle for real democray, for freedom and to get rid of corrupt rulers. I invite fellow country from all regions and places to join the march,” Khan said.

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Chinese police have surrounded the Palestinian embassy and demanding delivered a senior staff

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Chinese police have surrounded the Palestinian embassy and demanding delivered a senior staff

Akharriet – Nihad long : It seems that a diplomatic crisis ridden diplomatic relations between Palestine and China, and almost cause a coup in the Chinese position towards the Palestinian cause, disappeared Gaza squares Chinese unusually during the aggression ongoing and continuous, did not announce any effective anti-aggression and supportive of the Palestinian people in Chinese cities.

Chinese police, according to the newspaper ‘Graca’ Jordan, citing what it called “private sources, besieging weeks ago, the headquarters of the Palestinian embassy in Picken, and refuses to break the siege of the embassy, ​​until it is delivered, a senior official at the embassy accused him of issues related to the exploitation of his diplomatic and fraud.

In detail, according to the documents refer issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry demanded that the Chinese authorities of the Palestinian embassy in Beijing delivered the first secretary at the embassy, ​​Mohammed Ramadan, a nearby Palestinian Ambassador Ahmed Ramadan, son-brother of President Mahmoud Abbas, where he Mohamed Ramadan over the years, smuggling and selling luxury cars after he introduced to China customs exemption on the grounds that it diplomacy, and profited from behind the amount of 15 million dollars, according to the document.

The sources revealed that the diplomat Mohamed Ramadan required refuge with his wife and children inside the embassy, ​​and refuses to leave, but at the airport, but the Chinese authorities insist on the arrest and interrogation of the charges against him.

For his part, as do the Palestinian delegation to the joint efforts of all in Cairo in order to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to solve this problem without affecting relations with China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a strongly worded book of the Palestinian Embassy in Beijing, said the circumstances of the case that almost ridden that diplomatic relations between the two countries.

They confirmed the Chinese Foreign authorities have security enough evidence to prove the involvement of Ramadan, and demanded in her book No. 48, handing Mohamed Ramadan for interrogation to the concerned authorities, which will retain the right to take further action depending on the circumstances, in a reference to it may be subjected to trial and imprisonment.

The sources expressed fear that the Palestinian cause to lose the sympathy of the influential countries on the world stage, particularly a superpower and has the right of veto ‘veto’ in the Security Council, the size of China.

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A leading Pakistani politician calls for unified “Islamic army” to fight I$raHell

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Pakistan has one of the largest armies in the world and the only Muslim country to possess nuclear weapons.

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A PML-Q leader has called for Muslim countries to form an “Islamic Army” to stop Israeli atrocities in Gaza and liberate Palestine.

In a statement on Sunday, Salma Hashmi of Pakistan Muslim League-Q said: “Israeli fighter jets and military tanks have been killing hundreds of innocent Palestinian people including women and children but the governments of Muslim countries have been issuing just condemning statements.”

She said all Muslim countries must take immediate measures to form a joint army like NATO if they were serious to retaliate against the brutal Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people.

“When Western countries, including the USA, Britain, France, Canada and others, could join hands to protect their interests by forming a joint military alliance in the shape of NATO then why are Muslim countries reluctant to form a joint Islamic army which should be funded jointly by all Muslim countries,” she said.

Ms Hashmi said that if billions of dollars that the Arab countries had deposited in American, Swiss and French banks were withdrawn and an oil embargo was enforced, a big financial crisis would emerge in Western countries.

She also urged the Muslim countries to form joint banks like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, adding that Arab monarchs and elites should transfer their money from Western banks to the proposed non-interest based joint Islamic bank.

The Israeli siege of Gaza has entered its third week and more than 600 Palestinians have died, mostly women and children.

30 Israeli soldiers have been killed so far, including two Americans fighting for the IDF since the ground offensive began last Thursday.

One Israeli soldier, Shaol Aron was captured alive by Hamas’ military wing, Al Qassam Brigade on Sunday.

Sources

Dawn

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