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Imran Khan’s Collusion with Pakistan’s Military

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By Nauman Sadiq for Veterans Today 

The predicament of Imran Khan’s fanboys has been somewhat like the pubescent girl who falls head over heels in love with a promiscuous playboy; and when her family and friends try to knock some sense into her by telling her that your sweetheart is cheating on you, instead of heeding to their well-meaning advice, she thinks they are jealous of her love life.

No wonder playboys like John F. Kennedy and Imran Khan turn out to be popular and revered leaders because they understand the elementary psychology of the masses. The puerile multitude doesn’t understand that grown-up politics is about following democratic principles and institution-building rather than putting the destiny of one’s nation in the hands of cavalier messiahs.

In order to assess the prospects of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as a political institution, we need to study its composition. With the benefit of hindsight, it seems the worst decision Nawaz Sharif took in his political career after returning from exile in November 2007 was his refusal to accept Musharraf-allied Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) defectors back into the folds of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). After that show of moral uprightness in the essentially unprincipled realpolitik, the PML-Q turncoats joined PTI in droves and gave birth to a third nation-wide political force in Pakistan after PML-N and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

If we take a cursory look at the PTI’s membership, it is a hotchpotch of electable politicians from various political parties, but most of all from the former stalwarts of the PML-Q. Here is a list of a few names who were previously the acolytes of Musharraf and are now the ‘untainted’ leaders of PTI which has launched a nation-wide crusade against corruption in Pakistan: Jahangir Tareen, a billionaire businessman who was formerly a minister in Musharraf’s cabinet; Khurshid Mehmood Qasuri, who was Musharraf’s foreign minister; Sheikh Rasheed, although he is not officially a PTI leader but he has become closer to Imran Khan than any other leader except Imran Khan’s virtual sidekick, Jahangir Tareen; and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a former stalwart of Pakistan People’s Party who served as a foreign minister during the Zardari administration until he was forced to resign after the Raymond Davis affair in 2011, to name a few.

Allow me to scribble a tongue-in-cheek rant here on Imran Khan’s ‘Naya Pakistan Revolution’: This struggle for revolution isn’t the first of its kind in Pakistan and it won’t be the last. The first such revolution took place back in 1953 against the unjust status quo of Liaquat Ali Khan and Khawaja Nazimuddin’s Muslim League. The revolutionary heroes of yore, Ghulam Muhammad, Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan, laid the foundations of the dictatorship of proletariat in Pakistan. The first such dictatorship of proletariat lasted from 1958 to 1971, and its outcome was the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Bengalis and the separation of East Pakistan.

The second such revolution occurred against the elected dictatorship of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1977 and the revolutionary messiah, Zia-ul-Haq, ruled Pakistan from 1977 to 1988 with an iron hand. After sufficiently consolidating the gains of the revolution in Pakistan, he also exported the revolution throughout the Af-Pak region. The immediate outcome of the revolution was the destabilization of the whole region. It spawned many tadpole revolutionaries whose names we now hear in the news every day, such as the Taliban, the TTP and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The last such revolution took place against the monopoly capitalism and corrupt cronyism of Benazir Bhutto’s People’s Party and Nawaz Sharif’s Muslim League in 1999. However, unlike the Stalinists of Zia, Musharraf was a Trotskyite. He joined forces with the neo-Trotskyites of the US like Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld and an internecine struggle ensued which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Stalinists and Trotskyites in Pakistan alone, not to mention the millions of peasants who were displaced by this conflict in Pakistan’s tribal areas. No offense to the new revolutionaries such as Imran Khan, Jahangir Tareen and Sheikh Rasheed, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

On a serious note, however, another reason why Imran Khan is desperate now to destabilize the central government is that despite forming the provincial government and ruling Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for five years, he has no tangible achievements to show. Criticizing the government from opposition benches and making electoral promises is always easy, but showing visible improvement in the affairs of the province which one administers is a hard sell.

The electoral promises of cracking down on corruption and doing away with bureaucratic red-tape might earn him a few brownie points in front of his immature audience, but to treat the malady of corruption, we must first accurately identify the root causes of corruption. Corruption and economy are inter-linked. The governments of prosperous countries can afford to pay adequate salaries to their public servants; and if public servants are paid well, then they don’t have the incentive to be corrupt.

There are two types of corruption: need-based corruption and greed-based corruption. Need-based corruption is the kind of corruption in which a poor police constable, who has a large family to support, earns a meager salary; he then augments his salary by taking bribes to make ends meet. I am not justifying his crime, but only describing the factual position.

After establishing the fact that corruption and economy are inter-linked, we need to ask Imran Khan what is his economic vision to improve Pakistan’s economy, and on what basis does he claim to improve the economy on a nation-wide scale when he failed to make any visible improvement in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa during the PTI’s five-year rule in the province? All I am trying to say is the magic wand of savior-type messiahs cannot solve our problems overnight; reforming Pakistan would be a long-term process which would need, more than anything, adherence to democratic principles and institution-building.

Finally, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are the grownup political parties in Pakistan. They learned their lesson from the politics of confrontation during the 1990s that the security establishment employs the Machiavellian divide-and-conquer tactic of hobnobbing with weaker political parties against stronger political forces in order to disrupt the democratic process and maintain the establishment’s stranglehold on its traditional domain, the security and foreign policy of Pakistan. The new entrant in Pakistan’s political landscape, Imran Khan’s PTI, will also learn this lesson after paying the price of colluding with the establishment, but by then, it might be too late.

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UN Day: Pakistan’s Army’s Peacekeeping Measures

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By Sajjad Shaukat
Every year, United Nations Day is celebrated on October 24. On this day in 1945, the United
Nations (UN) came into force when the five permanent members of the Security Council ratified
its charter This followed a declaration by the UN General Assembly in 1947 which designated
24th of October as United Nations Day, by proclaiming that the day would be instrumental in
making people aware of the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gain their
support for its work.

Since its creation, Pakistan has played a significant role as UN member, in bringing peace
through active diplomatic, moral and material support in various regions of the world. Therefore,
this very day also reminds Pakistan’s Army’s role in UN peacekeeping measures, during war and
peace time.

Pakistan’s Army is considered the best organized institution, and is highly respected in the
country, as since the founding of Pakistan, its military has played a key role in holding the state
together, promoting a feeling of nationhood and providing a bastion of selfless service.
Today, Pakistan’s position as one of the largest troop contributing country in the world with one
of the highest peacekeepers’ casualty figure is testimony to its commitment and endeavours
towards promoting the noble cause of global peace. It is not easy to achieve peace in world’s
conflict ridden areas. But Pakistan Army’s history is replete with sacrifices, services to humanity
and promoting collective security for human prosperity.

In this regard, Pakistan is a big player in UN peacekeeping forces. Pakistan joined the United
Nations on September 30, 1947. Since 1960, it has been actively involved in most of the UN
peacekeeping missions. Major contributions of Pakistan Army are in Congo, Liberia Somalia,
Ivory Coast, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, East Timor Haiti etc.
Even, at present, more than 8200 troops of Pakistan Army are engaged in different peacekeeping
missions across various volatile countries.

The performance of Pakistani peacekeepers has been recognized worldwide by several world
leaders including those of the UN. An undeniable professional standing of Pakistani forces has
made them the passion of every special representative of Secretary General and Force
Commander in each of UN peacekeeping operations. In this respect, Pakistan’s dedication
towards UN has been acknowledged by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who himself visited
Pakistan and inaugurated the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) on 13 August
2013 and praised Pakistan’s efforts in UN peacekeeping missions.

However, Pakistan has participated in 41 UN missions in 23 states where total 142,542 Pakistani
personnel engaged, taking start from UN Congo Operation in 1960. Pakistan Army delivered its
services there, and contributed in ordnance, transport and staff. It is still present in Congo, and
provided a Battalion Group comprising one infantry battalion and supporting elements.

For maintaining and monitoring ceasefire during transition of West Irian from Dutch rule to
Indonesians, Pakistan contributed 1500 infantry troops from October 3, 1962 to April 30, 1963.
In a rare acknowledgement of excellent role done, Chinese Premier Chou-En- Lai had said, “The
only example in United Nation’s history, when United Nations force had gone in…performed its
role honestly and came out, was Pakistan’s military contingent to Indonesia.”

Besides, Pakistan’s contribution was in United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM) as
a military observer from January to September 1964. Yemen entered into a state of civil war in
1962. To ensure that this conflict did not escalate into global incident, the UN set up its Yemen
Observation Mission. And, United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia (UNTAG)
was established to assist the special representative of the UN Secretary General to ensure the
early independence of Namibia through free and fair elections, and to carry out a number of
other duties. For the purpose, 20 military observers from Pak Army performed their duties from
April 1, 1989 to March 21, 1990 in Namibia.

Notably, Pakistan Army played a positive role in the Middle East, and was on forefront for peace
restoration. United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM) was set up in April 1991,
following the forced withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Its task was to monitor the
demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border and deter border violations. Pakistani forces
which helped continuing their services there from April 1991 to 2003 were assigned the most
difficult area in the north of Kuwait city—reclamation of Bubiyan Island was also entrusted to
them. The operation was carried out by a task force of Pakistan Army Engineers. The
professionalism and dedication displayed by this force was praised at international level.
While, inside the United Nations Transitional Authority on Cambodia (UNTAC), the Pakistan’s
military forces carried out peacekeeping operations in the most thorny and remote areas during
the period-May 1992 to August 1993. They overcame enormous logistic and operational
problems, and proved their courage and determination by defending themselves and those for
whom they were sent. Coping with the odds, they handled crisis after crisis and persuaded the
warring factions to lay down their arms.

And on the request of the UN in Latin America under the United Nations Mission in Haiti
(UNMIH), Pakistan provided one infantry battalion, ‘PAKBAT’ which arrived in Haiti in March
1995 and was deployed in Cape Haitien—the area faced extremely volatile security situation and
was also the hotbed of political agitation. ‘PAKBAT’ discharged its duties with an extensive
patrolling program, covering various regions there.

Nevertheless, Pakistan’s Army has worked in difficult terrains and situations for the global
peace. Now, inside the country, although Pakistan Armed Forces are facing a tough situation in
wake of war against terrorism, yet they are contributing to global peace and prosperity; having
still a large number of their presence in various parts of the world.

Now, the major powers must abandon their false propaganda against Pakistan and its Armed
Forces, as the latter did more in response of international demand of world peace.

Nonetheless, in pursuance of Pakistan Army’s unwavering commitment towards international
peace, 130 Pakistani soldiers have sacrificed their lives. In this connection, Pakistan’s Army
positive role in the UN peacekeeping measures reflects Pakistan’s desire to see the principles of
human dignity, freedom and self-determination.

 

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Khazarain Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror

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By Sajjad Shaukat
Renowned historians agree that besides other causes, major cause of the French Revolution of
1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged, which rapidly
increased under the reign of King Louis XVI who had continued the policy of taking out
international loans, and the debt drove the country to near bankruptcy, leading to the Revolution.
They opine, “The French Revolution began because the people of France wanted to end the
monarchy and aristocracy…The people signed the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which
declared that all estates are equal…all men are born equal under the law…the Revolution
cherished the genuine aspirations of people such as liberty, equality and justice, which became
the inspiration of people not only in France, but also in Europe and from there to the whole
world.”

But, this enthusiasm died, when France witnessed the era of Reign of Terror from September
1793 to July 1794. The Reign of Terror was essentially created by the radical leader of the
revolution Maximilien de Robespierre.
According to a researcher, “The guillotine became the preferred method of executions and
became known as “The National Razor.” Joseph Guillotine, a doctor, suggested its use for all
executions, because it was a quick, painless death…The device was a large timber frame with a
space at the bottom for the neck of the prisoner. At the top of the machine is a large angled blade.
Once the prisoner is secured, the blade is dropped, severing the head and bringing about
immediate death.”

During the Reign of Terror, the revolutionaries executed many high ranking members of
France’s elite class through the guillotine which also included King Louis XVI, his wife Marie
Antoinette, Louis Philippe II, Madame Roland, and the Girondins.

The Reign of Terror was controlled by the Committee of Public Safety-the Jacobins.
Robospierre ran the country and got an army of 800,000. It was the biggest army ever, in Europe,
up to that time. Researchers say, “Between 20,000 and 40,000 people were executed. At their
trials, they could not speak in their own defense. The victims were clergy, aristocracy, and
common people. Anyone who disagreed with the Jacobins was a threat to the Republic.”
Robespierre even executed some of his fellow leaders like Danton and others who were
beheaded in 1794. The Reign of Terror ended when several of the main instigators, including
Robespierre and Saint-Just, were beheaded. However, the French Revolution had started to
murder itself.

Regarding the Reign of Terror, David Thomsan writes, “The Terror was not an instrument of
class war, and 70 percent of its victims belonged to the peasantry and laboring classes.”

According to Indian historian, V. D. Mahajin, “The Reign of Terror has been described as
martial law gone mad…On 10 November [1793], Madam Roland was executed. When she
mounted to the scaffold, she exclaimed: Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”
By taking advantage of the Reign of Terror and unrest in the country, Napoleon Bonaparte, the
French General seized the power through a coup and became head of the government as the First
Consul. He later proclaimed himself Emperor of France. Quite opposite to the ideas of the
French Revolution, Napoleon ruled over France by establishing a dictatorship, a monarchy and
an aristocracy. He also militarized France and engaged the country in several wars.

If we take cognizance of the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution, we need to know that in
the modern era, Khazarain Mafia has also gone mad and follows the French Revolution’s Reign
of Terror in its worst form. This Mafia has refined the tactics of the guillotine and tortured to
deaths millions of people, belonging to various nations. If guillotine resulted into quick death of
persons, Kazarian Mafia’s techniques have been eliminating the human beings not only through
mass murder, but also through perennial pain which may also be equated with slow poison.
As regards the historical background of the Kazarian Mafia and its connections with Israel and
Zionist Jews, various writers of the Veterans Today, including Senior Auditor Gordon Duff have
already exposed its evil-designs.

In this respect, under the titles, “The Hidden History of the Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia”
and “Khazarians Then, Khazarians Now”, Preston James and Mike Harris wrote on the VT, “The
curtain is now being pulled back to fully expose the Khazarian Mafia and its evil plan to
infiltrate, tyrannize the whole world and eradicate all Abrahamic Religions and allow only their
Babylonian Talmudism also known as Luciferianism, Satanism or ancient Baal worship…the
Khazarian Mafia (KM), the World’s largest Organized Crime Syndicate that the Khazarian
oligarchy morphed into by their deployment of Babylonian Money-Magick…It has been
exceedingly difficult to reconstruct this hidden secret history of the KM…We have done the
best we can to reconstruct it…It was Mike Harris that connected the dots and made the actual
discovery of the presence of the Khazarian Mafia’s secret history and blood oath to take
revenge on Russia for helping Americans win the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and
their blood oath of revenge against America and Americans for winning these wars and
sustaining the Union. At the Syrian Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious
Extremism December 1, 2014—in his Keynote address, Veterans Today Senor Editor and
Director Gordon Duff disclosed publicly for the first time ever that World Terrorism is actually
due to a large International Organized Crime Syndicate associated with Israel…And the shock-
waves from his historic speech in Damascus continue to reverberate around the world even to
this very day. And now Gordon Duff has asked President Putin to release Russian Intel which
will expose about 300 traitors in Congress for their serious serial felonies and statutory
espionage on behalf of the Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East
nations. We now know that the Khazarian Mafia (KM) is waging a secret war against America
and Americans by the use of False-flag Gladio-style terrorism, and via the illegal and
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, the IRS, the FBI, FEMA, Homeland Security and the
TSA. We know for certain that the KM was responsible for deploying an inside-job, Gladio-
style False-flag attack on America on 9-11- 01, as well as the Murrah Building Bombing on

April 19, 1995….Khazarians develop into a nation ruled by an evil king, who had ancient
Babylonian black arts, occult oligarchs serving as his court…The leaders of the surrounding
nations, especially Russia, have had so many years of complaints by their citizens that, as a
group, they deliver an ultimatum to the Khazarian king…he must choose one of the three
Abrahamic religions for his people…Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Khazarian king chose
Judaism, and promised to stay within the requirements laid out by the surrounding confederacy
of nations led by the Russian czar. Despite his agreement and promise, the Khazarian king and
his inner circle of oligarchs kept practicing ancient Babylonian black-magic, also known as
Secret Satanism…Sadly, the Khazarians continued their evil ways, robbing and murdering those
from surrounding countries who traveled through Khazaria. Khazarian robbers often attempted
to assume their identities after they murdered these visitors, and became masters of disguises
and false identities—a practice they have continued even to this very day, along with their
child-sacrifice occult ceremonies, which are actually ancient Baal Worship…The Khazarian
leaders had a well-developed spy network through which they obtained prior warning and
escaped from Khazaria to European nations to the west, taking their vast fortune with them in
gold and silver. They laid low and regrouped, while assuming new identities…To accomplish
their invasion, they hired Oliver Cromwell to murder King Charles 1, and make England safe
for banking again. This began the English Civil Wars which raged for nearly a decade, resulting
in regicide of the royal family and hundreds of the genuine English nobility. This is how the
City of London was set up as the banking capital of Europe and launched the beginning of the
British Empire. The Khazarian Mafia (KM) decides to infiltrate and hijack all World Banking
using Babylonian Black-Magick, also known as Babylonian Money-Magick or the secret art of
making money from nothing also using the power of pernicious usury to accumulate
interest…The Rothschild banksters regroup and continue their covert attempts to install their
own Babylonian money-magick bank inside America. In 1913, the Rothschild KM was able to
establish a beachhead by bribing crooked, treasonous members of Congress to pass the illegal,
Unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act on Christmas Eve without a required quorum. The Act
was then signed by a crooked, bought off President, who was a traitor to America, like the
members of Congress who voted for it. The KM put an illegal, unconstitutional tax system in
place, in order to make sure that Americans would have to pay for high-level USG spending,
approved by a bought-off, crooked Congress and Presidential puppets, put in place by corrupt
KM campaign finance…It is easy for the KM to garner enough money to elect anyone they
want, because when you control a bank that is a secret major counterfeiter, you have all the
money made for you that you desire…they also bribed members of Congress to approve the
Internal Revenue Service, which is their private collection agency incorporated in Puerto
Rico…The Bolsheviks, at the direction of the Rothschild KM, raped, tortured and mass-
murdered approximately 100 million Russians, including women, children and infants. Some of
the torture and bloodletting was so extreme, we are not going to mention it here in this
article…They called this racially-paranoid mass Judaic delusion of world conquest, “World
Zionism”, which is really a form of covert Babylonian Talmudism or Luciferianism…It is
important to realize that the Rothschild KM took Germany down to nothing after WWI, created
a vacuum for Fascism, and then rebuilt it, creating Naziism and installing Hitler as a counter-
force to their Russian Bolshevism…Hitler became a problem for the KM when he broke free
and begin acting in the interests of the German people and the free people of the world, and
developed his own banking system free of the Rothschilds…We see the same thing today with
the Khazarian war against Islam, because Islam forbids usury. That is why Israel is so vocal and

aggressive about destroying the Islamic people of the world…The KM expected this to be a
large WWII and when they supported both sides, this could be used to industrialize the whole
world and maximize their bankster money-power…After WWII was finished, the Rothschild
KM deployed the Cold War, and used this as an excuse to bring Nazi scientists and mind-
kontrol experts to America under Operation Paperclip. This allowed them to set up a worldwide
spying and espionage system that far exceeded any of their prior efforts…Under this new
system, they continue to infiltrate and hijack all American institutions, including the various
American church systems, Freemasonry (especially the Scottish Rite and York Rite), the US
military, US Intel, and most private defense contractors, the Judiciary and most agencies of the
USG, including most State governments, and both major political parties as well…The
Rothschild KM was able to use their self mis-labelled, so-called “holocaust” to serve as a mind-
kontrol trigger to thwart and resist any criticism of their Zionist ways.”

As a matter of fact, Jews are owners of the many big cartels of the US in particular and the world
in general. Based in the US, they have been running the major multinational corporations, arms
factories, five star hotels, oil companies, liquor business, banks, film industry, print and
electronic media on international level. Having influence on the financial institutes like World
Bank and International Monetary Fund, Jews have direct and indirect hold on the global
economy. Thus, by dominating the American internal policies Khazarian Jewish Mafia has
moulded country’s foreign policy for their own interests and those of Israel. By changing
America into a corporate industry, they have converted the world into a corporate industry.
It is notable that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US emerged as the sole
superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his Zionist-advisers, American former
President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order (NWO),
with the US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political, economic and religious
interests of the Khazarian Mafia.

In the unipolar world, even the United Nations system became an instrument of the US policy to
establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World—Muslim countries were
compelled to realign their domestic policies according to Washington’s dictates. In order to
obtain the hidden agenda of the Khazarian Jewish Mafia, the US imposed its sudden terms of
globalization such as free markets, privatization and de-nationalization etc. on the ill-prepared
developing countries and the Muslim countries, which left behind shattered nations and a global
financial crisis and increased poverty in most of these countries, which resulted into painful
deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of medical treatment. It further widened the gap
between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The Khazarian Mafia has continued to
drive the project of globalization.

Besides, America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic
cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, with
vetoing any effective action by the UN to curb the Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the
Muslims all over the world.

When President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives crossed
all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious interests of Israel and the
Khazarian Mafia at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans.
Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.” Under the
cover of the false flag operation of the 9/11, the US President Bush orchestrated the drama of
global war on terror.

Bush who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception that the
ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Islamic countries also
warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.” It was due
to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan,
Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush anti-terrorism war. By
manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western
countries including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.
During the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (By the US-British- led forces) and after occupation,
the brutal tactics of the US-led NATO like heavy air bombardment and ground shelling by the
sophisticated war machinery, including special military operations and extra-judicial
assassinations killed several innocent persons. Particularly, the US military strategic warlords
who preferred to create a paralyzing effect of ‘shock and awe’ displayed the terrible inferno of
destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In case of Iraq, many of the Iraqis including some members of the former Interim Governing
Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly, ‘Newsweek’ admitted in
its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US forces “used very heavy hand in Fallujah
where more than 400 people were killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council
resigned in a protest against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of
the deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a 500 pound
bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score of civilians at prayer.”
Like Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and civilians in
Iraq. In November, 2004, a number of world’s televised channels including those of America
showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and killing an already captive and wounded
Iraqi prisoner at close range in a mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.
Nobody can deny the fact that these were the worst examples of the US-led state terrorism or use
of abnormal force.

It is of particular attention that the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate
mass round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq,
including some Arab countries without evidence. Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and Indian
secret agency RAW have helped the CIA officials in arresting the Muslim men, having beard and
ladies, wearing scarves. Besides Guantanamo Bay and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture
cells were present in several Islamic countries and were also set up in ships where US secret
agencies and military personnel employed various methods of torture on the militants and

suspected persons like physical violence and even murder. American notorious private military
firm Blackwater also eliminated countless Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In March, 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that acting under
the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign
intelligence agents and torture centers in various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand
etc. where torture was conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.
The report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in Bagram Airbase
(Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the
Sunni community and germinated a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of
thousands of lives.

It revealed, “At the height of that sectarian conflict, 3,000 bodies a month were strewn on the
streets of Iraq. Rounding up Sunnis in American pickup trucks, the captives were thrown into
secret prisons established in libraries, airports, and ministries. Anti-occupation politicians,
human rights activists, and journalists were murdered. The purpose was also to terrorize ordinary
Iraqis who opposed the US occupation.”

In this regard, the report focuses on the role of retired Colonel James Steele who worked with the
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. David Petraeus who also served as President
Obama’s CIA director. Steele sent regular memos to Donald Rumsfeld who forwarded them to
Vice-President Dick Cheney and President George Bush, while, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis
died and millions were displaced as a result of the chaos and brutal practices.
In this connection, some latest reports suggest that more than 3 million people including civilians
died in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan which was not attacked, but was, deliberately,
destabilized by CIA, RAW and Mossad, as the latter is the only nuclear country in the Islamic
World.

Following his predecessor, President Barack Obama also continued the ruthless killings of the
Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Khazarian Mafia.

Apart from air strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies and mosques in Afghanistan, he
converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. into concentration camps. As part of the US double
game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS
and ISIL), including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more
than 2 million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial strikes
of the US-led Western countries—suicide attacks and bomb blasts, conducted by Al-Qaeda and
ISIS. Besides, during the phony global war on terror, in these countries and Afghanistan and
Iraq, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became homeless. The plight of
refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children due to lack of medical treatment and
starvation has shocked the peace-loving people of the international community.

President Obama had also broken all the record of human rights violations by extrajudicial
killings of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated drone attacks in Afghanistan,
Somalia, Yemen etc. in general and Pakistan in particular.

It is mentionable that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and President Obama
provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic genocide of the
Palestinians and Kashmiris by equating the wars of liberation in the controlled territories of
Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their forces have been employing military terrorism such
as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre and targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these
territories.

It is noteworthy that a number of investigative reports after lab-verification verified that since
1948, Israel used the banned chemical and radiological materials against the Palestinians,
Egyptians and Syrians, and during various phases of the Palestinian Intifada, which resulted in to
severe convulsions, the burning sensation, the difficulty to breathe, the vomiting and pain found
in relation to the victims—mostly women and children, a majority of whom died in the long run.
In 2006, during the war against Lebanon, Israel used banned chemical weapons like phosphorous
bombs in Lebanon and Gaza, which killed 286 Palestinians and injured 4,200.

Notably, the main purpose of occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces was to
possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq. In case of the Middle East, we can see the
resources of natural gas reserves in the whole Persian Gulf region. Hence, the motives of the
CIA-led Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in financing with billions of dollars to the
opposition rebel groups and ISIL in Syria was to occupy the natural gas and oil of the region.
Many analysts say that Russia supplies Europe with a quarter of the gas. America and its
European allies which are involved in the Syrian war want to end European dependence on
Russia. American President Obama had openly said to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
In this context, F. William Engdahl wrote, “Today the US-backed wars in Ukraine and in Syria
are but two fronts in the same strategic war to cripple Russia and China and to rupture any
Eurasian counter-pole to a US-controlled New World Order. In each, control of energy pipelines,
this time primarily of natural gas pipelines—from Russia to the EU via Ukraine and from Iran
and Syria to the EU via Syria—is the strategic goal.”

It is worth-mentioning that according to the retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a
memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans
to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years, starting with Iraq and moving
on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. In an interview, Clark said that this
strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.
Similarly, when during the regime of the then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan
initiated the construction of Gwadar deep-seaport in Balochistan province in March 2002 with
Chinese assistance, sirens went off in the capitals of some European countries, especially the US,
India and Israel which took it as a threat to their global and regional plans.

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to the
Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its ideal
location among South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-resourced Central Asia has
further increased its strategic significance. Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources
irritate the eyes of Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv who intend to weaken Pakistan for their
collective aims.

Based in Afghanistan, CIA, Mossad and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS and
Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) including their linked terror outfits and Baloch separatist
groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-
Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by arranging the subversive activities. In this connection,
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.

Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat
inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In
his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli,
Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud,
falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.

Indicating dual policy, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the
instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies.
The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”
Although in the present world of social media and Internet, such a sinister politics has been
replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings, reconciliation and economic development, yet
by following the old strategies, Khazarain Mafia has been practicing the most horrible form of
colonialism and neo-colonialism, while employing ruthless techniques of terrorism by assisting
the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various terrorism-related attacks in
the US, Europe and other Western countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq,
Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Philippines etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred
thousands of persons which also include Christians.

It is also of particular attention that on September 25, 2016, at the UN General Assembly, while
indicating the unjust global order, Pope Francis condemned the global financial institutions,
calling on them to ensure that countries “are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which,
far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty,
exclusion and dependence.”

Earlier, addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis said, “No religion is immune from forms of
individual delusion or ideological extremism…We must be especially attentive to every type of
fundamentalism. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetual in the name of a
religion, an ideology or an economic system…Every life is sacred.”

Taking note of America’s non-acceptance of the Syrian refugees, Francis reminded the law-
makers by remarking that the United States “is part of a larger whole on America in the

Americas, where immigration is a deeply rooted part of history…We, the people of this
continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.”
While calling for an end to the arms trade by arms dealers, Francis explained, “Deadly weapons
for money are being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and
society…Money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”
He further added, “If politics must truly be at the service of human person, it follows that it
cannot be slave to economy and finance.”

Meanwhile, since September 2015, when Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon-
based Hezbollah started successful military operations against the CIA-supported rebels and
mercenaries after their failure to topple Assad’s government, proving links of Al-Qaeda and
ISIS, several false flag terror assaults in Europe and the US, were, in fact, arranged by Mossad in
connivance with some CIA operatives and ISIS terrorists to increase anti-Muslim phenomena in
the West—now, more resentment is found against the US-led West, and even the moderate
Muslims are likely to join the militants. Another aim, especially of Mossad is to radicalize the
Muslims against the Western Christians and the latter against the former.

The pro-Israeli President Donald Trump who manipulated these terror assaults, continues his
anti-Muslim policies. Being a capitalist, President Donald Trump is blindly pursuing the goals of
the Khazarain Mafia. Like Napoleon Bonaparte, he is a staunch warrior, as his policy war-like
strategy regarding Afghanistan and North Korea show. Taking note of Trump’s contradictory
approach and emotional statements, some Americans call him a sick man. In fact, like the
revolutionaries of the French Revolution, President Trump has also gone mad.
Now, Russian-led coalition has almost defeated the ISIS and its linked militants groups in Syria
and Iraq, who are on flee.

While, implementing secret strategy of the Khazarain Mafi, besides supporting the fanatic Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, American extremist President Donald Trump is also
backing the Indian leader of the fanatic party BJP and the fundamentalist Prime Minister
Narindra Modi against China and Pakistan in accordance with anti-China, anti-Pakistan and anti-
Muslim agenda. President Trump is leading the clandestine Indo-Israeli nexus as part of the
invisible war of the Khazarian Mafia.

Nonetheless, according to an estimate, more than 8 million Muslims (Excluding the missing
persons) have been killed during war on terror and in various terror related attacks by the
terrorist groups. The figure of their fatalities is more than 6 or 7 million, which has,
exaggeratedly been claimed by the Jews in connection with the Holocaust. While, the fake war
on terror shows no end, American President Trump is likely to accelerate the massacre of the
Muslims, Christians and military personnel of the US-led West in Syria, Afghanistan etc., and
other vulnerable countries by furhter motivating the terrorist outfits like ISIS to target the
Muslims and Christians through more acts of terrorism.

If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists, the
rigid and racist policies of the President Donald Trump who is completing the unfinished agenda
of the Khazarain Mafi could culminate into civil war in the US who is already facing multiple
internal crises which are owing to the prolonged war on terror (And in Afghanistan). While the
world has already been radicalized on religious lines, this cabal can bring about a major war
between the Muslim and the Christian worlds. The most dangerous aspect is that this conspiracy
of the Khazarain Mafi may culminate into nuclear war between America and Russia, which will
envelope the entire world and take it to the state of nature.

Returning to our earlier discussion, we can, undoubtedly, conclude that like the radicals of the
French revolution, Khazarain Mafia has gone mad and follows the Reign of Terror of the French
Revolution in its worst form.

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Refocus on Kashmir Black Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris all over the world as a protest against Indian illegal occupation of Kashmir on October
27, 1947, yet this time, this very day has come at time when the people of Kashmir have
accelerated their legitimate struggle in the aftermath of the martyrdom of the young Kashmir
leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) in wake
of continued sieges, prolonged curfews, arrests and detentions of the Kashmiri leaders. Since
July 8, 2016, Indian forces have martyred more than 200 innocent persons who have been
protesting against the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.

Some online authentic sources suggest that recent wave of Kashmiri intifada has witnessed
repression of Indian armed forces; large numbers of the dead and injured have been youngsters.
The pellet guns used by security forces have damaged the faces of 1600 people and more than
1100 people have partially or wholly lost their eyesight making 2016 as the year of dead eyes.
An Indian journalist Sagarika Ghose in her piece in “Times of India” admitted that India has
become a “de facto Hindu country” and “the boiling situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is a
sign of triumph for Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Two-Nation theory”—also admitted that “Today
Kashmir is a cantonment, patrolled by lakhs of security forces.”

Another Indian journalist Santosh Bhartiya in an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Modi
published on ‘Rising Kashmir’ has claimed that although “the land of Kashmir is with us, the
people of Kashmir are not with us.” New York Times editorial “Cruelty and Cowardice in
Kashmir” also has the same shade commenting on an incident on the current situation in the
valley. Former chief of RAW, Dulat felt that “the ongoing unarmed uprising has worsened under
the current government due to alienation and the anger of youth; young Kashmiri minds have
gone out of control…There is a sense of hopelessness. They aren’t afraid to die. Villagers,
students and even girls are coming out on the streets. This has never happened in the past.”

While, by manipulating the false flag terror attacks at a military base in Uri and Baramulla, the
BJP-led Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has intensified war-hysteria against Pakistan.
After deployment of heavy arms and weapons at the Line of Control (LoC), Indian forces have
increased troops and continue shelling in Pakistani side of Azad Kashmir. New Delhi’s main aim
is to deflect the attention of the international community from the new phase of Kashmiri
Intifada, while in this regard; pressure has been mounting on the Modi government both
domestically and internationally to resolve the dispute of Kashmir with Pakistan.

However, during the partition of the Sub-continent, the people of the state of Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the
British-led formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K, in
connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord
Mountbatten joined India.

The design to forcibly wrest Kashmir began to unfold on August 16, 1947, with the
announcement of the Radcliffe Boundary Award. It gave the Gurdaspur District—a majority
Muslim area to India to provide a land route to the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir.
There was a rebellion in the state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by
Pathan tribesmen. Lord Mountbatten ordered armed forces to land in Srinagar.

When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India
made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into
effect on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to
enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wish to join Pakistan or
India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding plebiscite. Instead, in
March 1965, the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an
integral part of the Indian union.

The very tragedy of Kashmiris had started after 1947 when they were denied their genuine right
of self-determination. They organized themselves against the injustices of India and launched a
war of liberation which New Delhi tried to crush through various forms of brutalities.

It is notable that since 1947, in order to maintain its illegal control, India has continued its
repressive regime in the Occupied Kashmir through various machinations.

Nevertheless, various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the
Indian army and paramilitary forces against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has
been manifested in brutal tactics like crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted
killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation
of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter.

According to a report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, since 1989,
there have been deaths of 1,00000 innocent Kashmiris, 7,023 custodial killings, 1,22,771 arrests,
1,05,996 destruction of houses or buildings, 22,776 women widowed, 1,07,466 children
orphaned and 10,086 women gang-raped/molested. Indian brutal securities forces have continue
these atrocities.

In fact, Indian forces have employed various draconian laws like the Jammu and Kashmir
Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and
Public Safety Act in killing the Kashmiri people, and for the arbitrarily arrest of any individual
for an indefinite period.

Besides Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out
grave human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, “The Muslim
majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security
forces.

In its report on July 2, 2015, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings of
the innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir. The
report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered

Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected
militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces has been
tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of accountability has in
turn facilitated other serious abuses…India has martyred one 100,000 people. More than 8,000
disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”
In this respect, European Union has passed a resolution about human rights abuses committed by
Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages
across the northern regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Then researchers and other groups
reported finding thousands of mass graves without markers. In this respect, in August, 2011,
Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged in its
report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked
graves.

Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have revealed that unnamed graves
include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake
encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.
Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi
reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with Kashmiris, demanding
their right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive governments are trying to ignore
the dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the sake of their alien rule.
But, New Delhi is still showing its intransigence in order to resolve Kashmir issue with Pakistan
by neglecting the fact that Kashmir remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the neighbouring
countries.

In this context, Egbert Jahn in his book, “Kashmir: Flashpoint for a Nuclear War or Even a Third
World War?” has pointed out, “The Kashmir conflict is embedded in the wider conflict over the
incomplete creation of nations and states on the Indian subcontinent, which during the east-west
conflict even threatened at times to escalate into a nuclear world war between Pakistan and the
USA on the one side and India and the USSR on the other. Until now, there have been three wars
between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir: in 1947–49, 1965 and 1999… finally,
the Indo-Chinese border war of 1962…after these wars…and could unexpectedly again lead to a
regional and under certain circumstances…even a major nuclear war or a Third World War.”
Meanwhile, like the previous year, Pakistan’s recent serious and sincere effort at the annual
session of the United Nations—highlighting Indian atrocities, the Kashmir dispute and
demanding its solution has infused a new spirit among the Kashmiri people.

Although 27th of October is celebrated every year as the “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the
Kashmiris, living on both sides of the LoC and all over the world as a protest against Indian
illegal occupation of Kashmir, yet the issue is still alive due to continued struggle of the
Kashmiri people.

 

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US may revoke Pakistan’s “Non-NATO Ally” status

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis is threatening to do to Pakistan, something many in Pakistan want to do voluntarily.

US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis has just stated that the US is considering revoking Pakistan’s status as a non-NATO ally.

Pakistan joined a club of US partner which are given non-NATO ally status in 2004. Being classed as a non-NATO ally gives nations outside of Europe and Europe’s often controversial near-abroad, similar rankings and ostensibly privileges as formal members of the US led alliance. Other members of the non-NATO ally group include Israel, Japan, South Korea, Egypt and Jordan.

Mattis has stated that the US may kick Pakistan out of the group because of Pakistan’s alleged support of the Afghan Taliban.

Donald Trump and his cabinet colleagues have worked hard to push a narrative that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism and that in particular, Pakistan aids armed factions in neighbouring Afghanistan. The allegations which have thus far not been backed up by any evidence, are similar to the kinds of things said by Indian mass media and  Hindutva politicians.

However, Pakistan’s growing schism with the United States is, in reality, over a host of issues, all of which are related to Pakistan’s pivot away from the US and its related pivot towards China and Russia.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor build on the border between the two countries is arguably the most important part of One Belt–One Road. It is certainly the most involved and potentially rewarding part of One Belt–One Road which has been or is being built to-date.

In line with One Belt–One Road, Pakistan has been intensifying economic and political cooperation with China.

At the same time, Pakistan’s relations with Russia have reached an all time high. Pakistan’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which was attained this year (along with India) shows that Pakistan is now a full member of the geo-political security group whose most prominent founder members are China and Russia. By contrast, Pakistan’s effective junior membership of what amounts to ‘NATO Lite’ has been one fraught with bearing the burden of a failed US policy in Afghanistan, a policy that many Pakistanis have come to increasingly resent and for good reason, it has objectively failed to bring peace to Afghanistan and security to Pakistan.

China and Russia’s firm defence of Pakistan which came shortly after Donald Trump’s speech announcing a troop surge in Afghanistan, sent a clear message that China and Russia value their Pakistani ally and will diplomatically defend Islamabad against what amounts to baseless allegations from Washington.

As I wrote previously in The Duran

“Russia learned from experience what the US has failed to learn after nearly 16 years in Afghanistan: no peaceful solution can take place without the Pashtun majority having their interests accounted for. The strongest group around which many Pashtuns now rally is the Taliban and has been so for decades.

Russia who in the 1980s fought against the people who would come to support the Taliban in the 1990s, has realised that there is a time for war and a time for dialogue.

It was this approach that allowed Russia to accept Akhmad Kadyrov as a loyal subject to Russia even though he had been a supreme enemy of the state just years prior to this reconciliation. Likewise, in Afghanistan, Russia realises that the Taliban, the moderate rebels of modern Afghanistan, cannot be disregarded and nor can they be bombed into coming to the peace table, not least because many Taliban leaders have already made comparatively generous peace offers that Afghanistan’s neighbours such as Pakistan could easily work with.

Russia has let the ideological wars of the past slip into memory and Russia’s modern leaders have learned the lessons necessary to formulate a new Afghan policy. This new Russian policy of dialogue with the Taliban is in line with that of Pakistan which seeks a stable country free from American or Indian influence on its western border and it is also what China seeks as China requires a stable Pakistan and a comparatively placid Afghanistan in order to complete a crucial section of One Belt–One Road infrastructure in the region. Iran too has come to this realisation in more ways than one.

Ultimately, Russia’s pragmatic approach to Afghanistan is one of dialogue between the Taliban and Kabul. The Taliban’s  popularity among Pashtuns remains strong and most importantly, the Taliban commitment to dialogue is not theoretical but realistic, as many Taliban leaders have stated that they seek a negotiated peace with Kabul once the US vacates the country. This could also help forming a united front against ISIS in Afghanistan, a group opposed by both the Kabul government and the Taliban and of course also Russia, Pakistan and China.

As I wrote shortly after the initial troop surge announcement,

“Today, Pakistan is increasingly supportive of proposals by China and Russia which involve a negotiated settlement to the conflict which involves both the current fractious government as well as the increasingly powerful, influential and in many regions popular Taliban factions. Such proposals fit in with Pakistan’s long term strategy in Afghanistan and suit Islamabad’s contemporary regional desire for stability.

While in the 1980s and 1990s India tended to side with Russia, it is looking increasingly likely that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to take a more American approach to the conflict.

 However, it remains far from certain whether India will commit troops to the recently announced ‘Trump surge’ or whether India can offer anything at a peace keeping table beyond joining with the United States to further alienate Pakistan, causing Islamabad to grow even closer to Beijing than it already is. In this context, growing closer to Beijing also means implicitly growing closer to Moscow as China and Russia have offered similar solutions to the conflict, both of which involve fostering dialogue between the government in Kabul and the Taliban.

China is all too aware that The United States is isolated in the region in respect of a peace process. Iran is increasingly seeing things along the same lines as Russia and China and in any case, the chances of Donald Trump working with Iran anywhere are nil. The lone exception to this pattern of isolation is India. Under Modi, New Delhi may use Trump’s offer to try and upset the status quo of the region in which all of the key powers are increasingly cooperating with China’s One Belt–One Road project, India being the lone country which under Modi is increasingly hellbent on antagonising China at every opportunity”.

Ultimately Trump’s plan of drawing India into the Afghan conflict in order to antagonise or ‘contain’ Pakistan, ultimately failed. India is happy to supply the rhetoric to such an endeavour but has not been eager to supply the men or material commitments.

Because of this, the US is now directly threatening Pakistan with a demotion from a US led alliance. The trouble for the US is that Pakistan is increasingly seeing such moves as a welcome change.

Popular Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan has been calling for Pakistan to distance itself from US military and geo-political power for many years and now mainstream opinion in Pakistan has largely caught up with such a notion.

Pakistan is no longer quietly seething about the US attitude towards Islamabad. Instead, Pakistan feeling confident in its own economic progress and having faith the good intentions of China and Russia, is moving closer to a position of withdrawing from America’s orbit of its own accord. In this sense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis has just threatened Pakistan with something that many in Pakistan want and want badly.

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Pakistan: Another “Major Strategic Partner” Now Fighting For Its Life

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Can Pakistan survive a military intervention if it is to be announced yet another link of the so-called “axis of evil”

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New Eastern Outlook
Pakistan: Another “Major Strategic Partner” Now Fighting For Its Life

So the Trump White House is really on the ball now. After suddenly discovering what North Korea has always been, it has done the same with Pakistan, and is trying to cover its essential ignorance by saying how unhappy it is about it.

Rex Tillerson is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan on the grounds that it is “providing safe haven for terrorist groups“. He is careful to say however that this is an ongoing problem, and that as “relations have been deteriorating for several years” the damage was done before his appointment, and is therefore beyond the ability of the present State Department to reverse. This hardly indicates a genuine resolve to counter terrorism, but given the number of terrorists the US sponsors to suit itself this is not surprising.

Pakistan doesn’t seem worried, largely because it has been hearing all this for many years. It has never been a secret that since the Soviets took over Afghanistan in 1979 various groups have found shelter in Pakistan and then managed to arm themselves against the invaders. When the Soviet withdrawal was followed by civil war many combatants again based themselves in Pakistan, as they were never sure whether their friends in Afghanistan wouldn’t become enemies the following day when the pattern of alliances changed, as it frequently did.

Pakistan was always quick to point out that its various governments have not provided direct support, with funds, arms or personnel, to any of these combatants. This may be disingenuous, as Pakistan has also failed to properly investigate a number of murders of former Afghan combatants who have renounced violence and set up shops in Pakistan, and continues to repatriate refugees to areas where fighting is taking place, thus exporting conflict as they have no alternative but to take up arms to defend themselves. But it is up to the US to prove such allegations, and it has failed to do so despite their antiquity.

The reality is that Pakistan is fast becoming just another country which has been played and used by its Western friends. Of course it harbours unsavoury people: it was sponsored to do that. It suited the West to have a bad boy in the region, who could be blamed for everything and used as an excuse, and Pakistan was happy to fulfil that role to secure its own survival in a world where states based on religious preference were frowned upon, and increasingly pressurised to become the liberal democracy Pakistan has never pretended to be.

But now the West has new bogeymen: the same ISIS it happily funds and arms and recruits for, whose oil it buys and whose smuggling routes it controls. Pakistan is small potatoes now. The West doesn’t need an implied threat to other regional countries when these monsters are prowling around, consuming everything in their path, while little Pakistan insists on trying to be a fully-fledged member of the international community and build diplomatic relations with countries like China, who can offer it more than the US can materially.

Tillerson doesn’t care about fighting the Taliban, and Trump promised during his campaign to reduce US involvement in these expensive foreign conflicts. He is telling Pakistan that it is no longer useful in the battles the US wants to wage. So what is the country actually there for? Pakistanis realise the problems answering that question will raise, and are thus protesting about the “false narrative” being presented about their country, but are finding out the hard way that there is always an unacceptable price to pay for friendship with the US, and now it is time to pay it.

From white crescent to two fingers

As is well known, India gained its independence from the UK under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. One of the key pillars of Gandhi’s approach was Hindu-Muslim unity: he maintained, in effect, that being Indian was more important than belonging to this or that group of Indians. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s All India Muslim League initially advocated the same thing, and Jinnah himself created the Lucknow Pact of 1916 which sealed this unity in the form of a demand for self-government which safeguarded Muslim rights.

The British attempted to counter this with the old tactic of splitting the opposition. Jinnah was well aware of why this was being done, but by 1947 was prepared to grant the British the partial victory of creating two new states instead of one, thus making it appear that their hypocritical complaints about “respecting the rights of Muslims” were justified.

If Jinnah’s doctor had been professionally able to tell the world that he was already dying of lung cancer partition might have been avoided. But it also served a deeper purpose. Jinnah is revered amongst Pakistanis (referred to as Quaid-e-Azam, the “Great Leader”, just like Kim Jong-un). But he is seen as the villain of the piece by the many millions who revere Gandhi, and by the British who needed to blame someone else for losing their colony.

India was thus allowed to be independent as long as it ultimately continued to play the Western game. If it didn’t, the bad guys next door would come calling, and would have to answer to the West through them.

Pakistan was always unworkable because the majority Muslim population was on opposite sides of the Indian subcontinent. East Pakistan eventually became independent as Bangladesh, following a war in which it was supported by India, and there are ongoing disputes over the ownership of Kashmir. Its rightful borders are also disputed by Afghanistan, which has never accepted the Durand Line as delineating its own sovereign territory, and much of Pakistan has never been under the control of the central government at all: the heroin-producing areas have always been run by local warlords, who like ISIS are portrayed as invincible warriors by the Westerners who derive such profit from their products.

But the Muslim state wasn’t supposed to be workable, as this would encourage it to make its own decisions. It was merely an irritant to everyone else who might think they could evade Western protection. Everything given to India was matched by support to Pakistan, including nuclear capability derived from the West , whilst it continually endured the sort of governments, civilian or military, which the West continually says it has the right to remove when it suits it.

All this was successful in stopping the spread of Communism to the subcontinent. It has not prevented India emerging as a serious economic power however, at the expense of Pakistan. But other countries take Pakistan seriously, as it has been there 70 years and has industry and exports to offer. Its neighbours are no longer scared of it, and it is seen as relatively moderate in the Muslim world – contradicting the Western narrative about the inherent violence of Islam.

The West has other bad guys it is using to threaten everyone with. It doesn’t need Pakistan when it can blow up a few hotels in India or send the Chinese in to buy everything up. The Muslim state is being left to find a new way to make itself useful. If it doesn’t, it will go the way of so many others, as it doesn’t have the resources to prevent this.

Mirage without the desert

Pakistan was founded as the Muslim Homeland in the same way Israel is the Jewish Homeland. But Mecca and Medina are in Saudi Arabia. Any number of states are now more aligned with the Western narrative about Islam, and thus Pakistan can’t play that card internationally any more.

What other claim does it have to exist? Merely the fact that it is there. Its people are not ethnically different from millions of others who call themselves Indian or Afghan, regardless of which ethnicity they belong to within those national groups.

Nor is there a Pakistani language. It is standard practice for border agencies around the world to distinguish between Pakistani Pakhto and Afghan Pashto when assigning interpreters, but the differences between the two languages are so small the speakers of each don’t realise when a misunderstanding has occurred, and the resulting problem is ignored by those same border agencies.

Do Indian subcontinent Muslims, specifically, need a homeland? They already have them, on either side. The West helped create Bangladesh out of Pakistan, and many Pakistanis have family and fellow ethnics living there. The West also has a vested interest in making Afghanistan work, having intervened to secure this, and to keep it in moderate Muslim hands rather than let the Taliban regain power alone. Returning Pakistan to Afghanistan, which ruled it during the days of Ahmad Shah Durrani, would help achieve this objective if a diplomatic excuse could be found for doing this.

If Pakistan can’t profit from being the bad guy any more it has two choices. It could get even worse on its own account, and thus hasten its destruction in the name of “protecting the world”. Or it could be the good guy, the friend of one and all, and thus hasten its destruction because it serves no purpose. It has goods to offer, but not diplomacy. Getting into bed with Pakistan means getting involved in all its existing conflicts with India and Afghanistan and taking a position on them, which doesn’t help any of its neighbours win other friends, who are more useful in both trade and influence terms.

Therefore Pakistan is continuing to do what it has always been encouraged to do: play all sides at once, simply to keep conflicts going and prevent anyone developing their own resources. The difference now is that it is increasingly making the rules of this activity itself, seeing the West no longer needs Pakistan to do this as it once did. It decides for itself how far it wants to tolerate or help the Taliban and the other combatant groups in Afghanistan. It makes claims to Kashmir when it wants, not when the West wants it to.

Offering its people the same old Pakistan may prevent domestic revolt. It is doing precious little to help it in the rest of the world, but what other choice does it have? Even the old staple of blackmail – “We are your allies, you said we were good, so it will embarrass you if you don’t keep supporting us now” – won’t work when others are using all its old selling points more effectively, and reunification of part of the Indian subcontinent, however that is achieved, will be seen as a positive development by the international community.

Better the Devil you don’t know

Pakistan is seeking another guarantee of its legitimacy, and it is this which Tillerson is really objecting to. Long friendly with China, it is now prepared to allow Beijing to establish a naval base in the country, as a quid pro quo for being allowed to participate in the One Belt, One Road initiative , a supposedly economic scheme which looks remarkably similar to the “Road of Communist Conquest Ending in Australia” we were often warned about during Cold War times.

The idea is that if you allow another country to establish a base in yours, that country has an interest in maintaining the government and state which took this decision. It won’t want another country to take over, and possibly review this arrangement. That’s exactly how the US ended up with so many overseas bases in newly independent countries fighting for their identity, and why the US wants to stop others doing the same, having seen this work.

Pakistan doubtless expected the same benefits when it allowed the US to establish bases there from which to engage in conflict in Afghanistan. The US isn’t using Pakistan for this purpose any more because its presence there provoked anti-American riots led by radical Islamic groups, just like it did in Iran in 1979. The US remembers what happened there, and thinks the same might happen in Pakistan, and from there many other countries. It has scaled back its presence, but Pakistan has been weakened anyway by the experience, and is even less use than it was becoming already.

China needs nothing from Pakistan which it can’t get elsewhere, including a new naval base. In bilateral terms this new friendship exclusively favours China, but it blunts domestic discord because the concept of “Imperialist China” isn’t as evocative as “Imperialist America” because people haven’t had as much experience of it yet. The US would still rather destroy useless Pakistan than allow it to be useful to someone else, but at least this destruction is threatened by Imperialist non-Muslims without rather than radicals within, giving you better odds if you are the Pakistani government.

Pakistan is damned whichever way it looks because it has played the Western game, and thus expected Western protection, throughout its history. However big its army is, whatever deals it strikes, it has nowhere to go and nothing useful to do. The only question is whether other countries are prepared to fight wars over it, which is presently unlikely, or whether China will allow it to remain as a cautionary tale for those who wish to resist its own geopolitical games.

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US Threatens Pakistan as Part of New Afghan War Drive. Islamabad Seeks Beijing’s Support

US government officials have begun to spell out the meaning of Trump’s threat to punish Pakistan if it does not suppress Afghan insurgents operating from its border regions. These punishments include not just cuts to aid and payments for services rendered in fighting the Afghan war, but also encouraging India, Pakistan’s arch-rival, to play a larger role in Afghanistan, and a more pro-Indian stance on the seven-decade-old Kashmir dispute.

India has repeatedly boasted of its readiness to mount military raids inside Pakistan, even if they risk provoking all-out war between South Asia’s rival nuclear powers.

Rattled by Washington’s threats, Islamabad has turned to Beijing for support, further heightening tensions in a region where India and China are engaged in their most serious border stand-off since their 1962 border war, and Indian and Pakistani troops routinely exchange fatal artillery barrages across the Line of Control that separates Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Trump insisted that Pakistan must “immediately” change course and stop “harboring criminals and terrorists” in his Monday evening speech outlining plans for a massive US escalation of the Afghan war. Elaborating on this, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a Tuesday press conference that Washington’s relations with Islamabad will henceforth be determined by whether it heeds US demands on the conduct of the Afghan war. Those who provide “safe haven” for terrorists have been “put on notice,” he declared, “warned (and) forewarned.”

Failure to comply, Tillerson suggested, would cost Islamabad financially and result in a further downgrading in relations, or worse. Asked what specific actions Washington might take against a recalcitrant Pakistan, he said,

“We have some leverage that’s been discussed in terms of the amount of aid and military assistance we give them; their status as a non-NATO alliance partner. All of that can be put on the table.”

Although Tillerson did not mention it, senior Trump administration officials are known to have considered threatening Pakistan with designation as a “state sponsor of terrorism.” Such a designation would automatically entail the loss of all US financial support and scrapping of all US arms sales, and likely lead to the sanctioning of government and military officials.

Lisa Curtis, who last month was named deputy assistant to the president and senior White House director for South and Central Asia, called, in a report issued by the Heritage Foundation last February, for the “terrorist state” designation to be held in reserve for use beyond the Trump administration’s “first year.”

Tillerson also indicated that the US will resume the drone strikes that have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and terrorized the impoverished population of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The former Exxon CEO refused to directly answer a question at Tuesday’s press conference about the drone strikes, which are a flagrant violation of international law. But in sidestepping the question, he declared,

“We are going to attack terrorists wherever they live.”

The US military-security establishment, along with Democratic and Republican Party leaders, has long blamed the resilience of the Afghan insurgency on Pakistan’s reputed failure to crack down on the Taliban and its allies, especially the Haqqani Network.

The reality is that Washington and its NATO allies are waging a brutal neo-colonial war of occupation, propping up a corrupt and reviled puppet government in Kabul with night raids, drone strikes and other acts of terror.

Consequently, the Taliban, notwithstanding its reactionary Islamist ideology, is able to draw on widespread popular support. Pentagon officials themselves concede that, despite the US spending close to a trillion dollars, losing more than 2,400 troops, and raining death on one of the world’s most impoverished countries for the past 16 years, the Taliban insurgency is the strongest it has been since American forces invaded the country in October 2001.

Mentioned only in passing by Tillerson on Tuesday was the other element in Washington’s double-pronged threat to Pakistan: Trump’s call for India to become more involved in Afghanistan, especially in the provision of economic assistance.

India lost no time in welcoming Trump’s new Afghan war strategy, which includes among its core elements removing all restraints on US commanders targeting civilian areas and otherwise using the US war machine as they see fit.

“We welcome President Trump’s determination to enhance efforts to overcome the challenges facing Afghanistan and confronting issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists,” said an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement.

India’s corporate media has lauded Trump’s endorsement of India in his Afghan speech as a “key security and economic partner” of US imperialism. In an op-ed column titled, “Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy presents India a chance to increase sphere of influence in South Asia,” Firstpost senior editor Sreemoy Talukdar termed Trump’s Afghan policy a “loud” endorsement—one that has huge implications for India in South Asia, where it jostles for influence with a mercantile China.”

To the dismay of Pakistan’s ruling elite, New Delhi has supplanted Islamabad over the past dozen years as American imperialism’s principal regional ally. With the aim of building up India as a counter-weight to China, Washington has showered India with strategic favours,

Under Narendra Modi and his three year-old Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, the Indo-US strategic alliance has undergone a qualitative transformation. India has parroted Washington’s provocative stances on the South China Sea and North Korea disputes, dramatically increased its military-strategic cooperation with America’s principal Asia-Pacific allies, Japan and Australia, and thrown open its ports and bases to routine use by US warships and fighter jets.

The US establishment, be it National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and the rest of Trump’s cabal of generals, or the liberals of the New York Times, accuse Islamabad of playing a “double game”—that is, of fighting the Pakistan Taliban and providing logistical support to the US war in Afghanistan, while surreptitiously protecting the Haqqani Network and other elements of the Taliban with close ties to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

This is truly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. It was the CIA that instructed the Pakistani ISI in the use of Islamist militia as proxy forces. At America’s behest, Islamabad helped organize and train the Mujihadeen who were used to draw the Soviet Union into the Afghan civil war, then to bleed it militarily for the next decade.

Moreover, the US has repeatedly employed Islamist militia and terror groups, including in regime-change operations in Libya and Syria. And it has done so while cynically claiming they are the target of the “war on terror” that successive US administrations have invoked as the pretext for military interventions in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and for sweeping attacks on democratic rights at home.

Pakistan’s maintenance of ties with sections of the Taliban is bound up with its strategic aim of securing a major say in any political settlement of the Afghan war and its mounting anxiety over the “global Indo-US strategic alliance.”

For years, Islamabad has been warning Washington that its strategic embrace of India is fueling an arms and nuclear arms race in South Asia and encouraging Indian belligerence. But these warnings have been curtly dismissed. At most, Washington would agree to somewhat curb India’s ambitions in Afghanistan. Now even that is being set aside.

As the US has downgraded its relations with Pakistan, Islamabad has increasingly turned to its “all-weather friend,” China, to offset Indian pressure. Beijing, for its part, long sought to woo New Delhi with offers of investment, including a leading role in its One Belt-One Road Eurasian infrastructure-building scheme. But with India under Modi emerging as a frontline state in Washington’s military-strategic offensive against China, Beijing’s stance has changed markedly.

Over the past two months, Chinese government officials and the state-owned media have repeatedly threatened India with a border war unless it withdraws its troops from a remote Himalayan ridge, long under Beijing’s control but also claimed by Bhutan.

Underscoring the extent to which the US drive to harness India to its war drive against China has drawn South Asia into the maelstrom of great power conflict and is polarizing the region along India-US versus China-Pakistan lines, Beijing has given Islamabad a strong show of support in the wake of Trump’s Afghan war speech.

First, a Chinese Foreign Ministry representative came to Pakistan’s defence, saying the country had made “great sacrifices” and “important contributions” to the fight against terrorism. Then, the Chinese foreign minister, who was already in Pakistan on a previously scheduled visit, agreed in meetings with the Pakistani leadership to “maintain the momentum” of high level military-security and economic cooperation. This is to include Beijing and Islamabad enhancing policy coordination in the “emerging global and regional situation” and pressing forward with the development of the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Russia has also made clear its opposition to Washington’s plans to intensify the Afghan War and bully Pakistan. Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said Tuesday,

“Putting pressure [on Pakistan] may seriously destabilize the region-wide security situation and result in negative consequences for Afghanistan.”

Traditionally, Russia has enjoyed very close relations with India. But New Delhi’s alignment with Washington is placing the Indo-Russian strategic partnership under severe strain.

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So-called Baloch Independence Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Every year, 11th Aug is celebrated by the Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) as the so-called
Baloch Independence Day to pollute the minds of the patriot people of the Baluchistan province
against the federation of Pakistan.

During this day, shutter down strikes on small scale in the far-flung areas of Balochistan and
demonstrations of small attendance by exiled BSNs take place, including active social media
campaign.

The anti-Pakistan section of Baloch people propagate that Balochistan got independence from
British on 11th August 1947. The Khan of Kalat (KoK) rejected the idea of joining Pakistan.
Pakistan invaded Balochistan and took control by imprisoning Khan of Kalat and his family
members within the palace.

It is notable that the insurgency of 1948 which started by Shehzada Abdul Karim of Kakat on
small scale continued, because it was not supported by other realist Baloch leaders, and it was
based on misguided thoughts suggested by few Indian Congress leaders. The aim was to
destabilize Pakistan by creating militancy in Balochistan.

As these hostile elements, while following the foreign agenda of the anti-Pakistan countries
distort the historical facts; the Baloch must need to know the actual perspective about accession
of Kallat state with Pakistan.

No doubt, Baloch leaders and people of Balochistan played a vital role in creation of Pakistan,
and ultimately succeeded under the leadership and guidance of Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali
Jinnah in achieving Pakistan as an independent state. In fact, Balochistan is an integral part of
Pakistan with a history of supporting Resolution of Pakistan-1940, which envisaged creation of a
separate homeland for Muslim majority areas of the Sub-continent, as the Baloch had strongly
opposed plan of the united India.

Unfortunately, there are still certain dissident elements which not only opposed the idea of Two
Nation Theory—the fundamental ideological base for creation of Pakistan, but also left no stone
unturned in misguiding the Baloch regarding Balochistan’s accession to Pakistan. In reality,
before the independence of Pakistan, the territories which are now consolidated into the province
of Balochistan did not constitute a settled province. Apart from Quetta District that was
administrated under civil law, the rest of the territory was under Frontier Crimes Regulations
(FCR). The then government of British India constituted a special body of tribal elders known as
“SHAHI JIRGA” for consultation by Assistant Governor General (AGG) on local issues relating
to British Balochistan. On June 29, 1947, “SHAHI JIRGA” of the British Balochistan as
representative body of AGG along with elected members of Quetta Municipal Body
unanimously passed a resolution of forming part of Pakistan. The State of Kalat had customary
over lordship on the princely states of Kharan, Makran and Lasbela. As these three states decided
to join Pakistan in March 1948, the Khan of Kalat also acceded with Pakistan on March 27,
1948. The brother of KoK Shehzada Abdul Karim of Kakat having mustered 130 tribesmen

started insurgency in 1948 which never took off ground and the matter was brought under
control.

Regretfully, Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) distort history of accession of Kalat with Pakistan
and give reference of the so-called insurgency of 1948 by brother of KoK, whereas the document
of accession of State of Kalat with Pakistan was signed by KoK himself as legitimate ruler of
State of Kalat.

Notably, as a result of the general elections 2013, the government led by the nationalist leader
Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was established in Balochistan, while on
December 7, 2013; local bodies elections were largely held in a peaceful manner in the province.
However, these elections proved that majority of the Baloch are loyal to the federation, and do
not favour separation of the Balachistan, as they have rejected the case of separatists, being
projected by anti-Pakistan powers.

Even a Gallup survey of the UK official body, DFID, conducted on July 20, 212, had disclosed
that the vast majority of the Baloch people oppose the idea of an independent Balochistan. This
survey has also proved that some external entities have been conducting acts of sabotage in the
province by backing the minority groups.

It is due to the progressive works of Pak Army in the province that a division has been created
among the militant groups’ leaders in Balochistan. On 2011, I had visited Balochistan along with
other journalists. I saw a number of institutes, set up by army, and these were providing
education, especially technical training to thousands of Balochis. Besides other developments
works, Pak Army was also imparting army training to the Baloch youth. So, the purpose of army
is to uplift of the Baloch people with creation of jobs and to bring them in the mainstream of the
country. However, I had also a trip to far-flung areas of the province and witnessed various mega
projects and mineral sites, protected by armed forces. People also told me that subversive events
are being arranged by the minority separatist elements so as to create chaotic situation in the
province.

Similarly, CPEC which is a game changer, will not only develop Balochistan, but will also
provide employment to the Baloch.

As regards the deteriorating situation of Balochistan and the missing persons, everyone knows
that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Baloch Salvation Front (BSF) and their affiliated
outfits, including another group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for
secession of the province gets logistic support from American CIA, Indian RAW, and Israeli
Mossad.

In this respect, in the recent past, new wave of terrorism in Pakistan, especially Balochistan
killed several innocent people, while various terrorist outfits, particularly the Islamic State group
(Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL), and the affiliated faction of the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur- Ahrar (TTP-JA also known as JuA) claimed
responsibility for these brutal acts. TTP based in Afghanistan has its connections with ISIL and
other terrorist organizations and affiliated terror groups, including Baloch separatist elements,

and all these outfits are promoting the anti-Pakistan agenda of the foreign entities against
Pakistan. As part of the double game, CIA, RAW, Mossad and Afghan intelligence agency,
National Directorate of Security (NDS) which are in collaboration, are using these terror outfits
in destabilizing Pakistan and particularly Balochistan in order to fulfill the covert strategic aims
of the US-led India and Israel against Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran.

These external secret agencies are especially supporting the TTP which is hiding in Nuristan and
Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. Reportedly, Mullah Fazlullah led TTP is behind several terror
activities inside Pakistan, as the latter has also become center of the Great Game due to the ideal
location of Balochistan. With the tactical assistance of CIA, particularly, RAW is trying to
damage Pak-China CPEC project.

In the past few years, these militants kidnapped and killed many innocent people and the security
personnel in Balochistan. They also massacred many persons through suicide attacks, bomb
blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence. Therefore, they are responsible for dumped
bodies and extrajudicial killings in the province. On a number of occasions, these insurgent
groups claimed responsibility for their subversive acts. A majority of the disappeared individuals
are also in the detention centers (Farrari Camps) which are being run by foreign-assisted Baloch
feudal lords (Sardars) who want to continue old system of feudalism in the province so as to
maintain their status, prestige and influence at the cost of people of the province.

It is mentionable that India, the US and Israel have been internationalizing the Balochistan issue
in accordance with their secret goals. In this context, in connivance with the Baloch separatist
leaders who have taken refuge in Switzerland, Sweden, US and London, these foreign elements
use media, various NGOs and human rights organizations for false propaganda against
Pakistan’s security agencies in relation to extrajudicial killings, mutilated bodies and the missing
persons.

It noteworthy that the armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the
foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e- Azb and Radd-ul- Fasaad
which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. And
Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by
capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.
Besides, since the government of the Balochistan province announced general pardon and
protection to the Baloch militants as part of reconciliation process, many insurgents and their
leaders have surrendered their arms and decided to work for the development of Pakistan and
peace has been restored in Balochistan.

But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country show that the US-led India,
Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage to weaken Pakistan and to damage the
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Taking cognizance of historical facts, the idea of observing the as the so-called Baloch
Independence Day must be denounced by all the segments of society, while, every year, the
majority of the Baloch reject the call for shutter down strike in relation to this day. But, theseanti-Pakistan aims of the separatist elements also needs to be countered by our own historians,
analysts and media persons and through social media by giving true perspective of history and
denouncing the hostile elements who distort the facts in order to advance their vested interests in
accordance with the direction of the external entities who want to destablise the federation of the
country.

These internal entities of the country must point out that People of Balochistan, especially the
youth are very loyal and patriotic Pakistanis who believe in unity and sovereignty of the country.
They cannot be misled by elusive designs of greedy leaders who plan to observe August 11 as
the so-called Independence Day.

Particularly, media must proactively project the role of Baloch leaders in creation of Pakistan
and in defending the state of Pakistan. For the purpose, talk shows must be held giving correct
perspective of historical records by explaining the process of accession of State of Kalat with
Pakistan and internal rift between KoK and his brother.

 

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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Indian Independence Day: Black Day for Kashmiris

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Every year when India celebrates Independence Day on August 15, Kashmiris on both sides of the
Line of Control and the world over observe it as the Black Day to convey the message to the
international community that India continues to usurp their inalienable right to self- determination.

At present, this very day has come at a time, when the Indian-Occupied Kashmir is bracing continued sieges and prolonged curfews, while Indian security forces have martyred more than 200 innocent persons who have been protesting since July 8, 2016 against the martyrdom of the young Kashmir leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces.

However, every year, Indian Independence Day is marked by complete shutdown, as deserted streets, closed businesses and security patrolling the streets could be seen in the Indian-Held Kashmir.

Noting intensity in the war of liberation and hoisting of Pakistani flags by the Kashmiri protesters in the aftermath of martyrdom of Burhan Wani, this time too, Indian occupation authorities will impose stringent restrictions in Srinagar and other towns by deploying heavy contingents of police and troops to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations.

But, indigenous freedom movement by Kashmiri people against the Indian occupation forces have
accelerated since the Indian forces martyred Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani.

It is notable that during the partition of the Sub-continent in 1947, the people of the state of Jammu
and Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the British-led formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K, in connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord Mountbatten joined India.

The Radcliffe Boundary Award gave the Gurdaspur District—a majority Muslim area to India to
provide a land route to the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir. There was a rebellion in the
state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by Pathan tribesmen. Lord
Mountbatten ordered armed forces to land in Srinagar.

Indian forces invaded Srinagar on 27 October 1947 and forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir in
utter violation of the partition plan and against the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India
made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into effect
on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir.
On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding plebiscite. Instead, in March 1965,
the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an integral part of the
Indian union.

Kashmiris organized themselves against the injustices of India and launched a war of liberation
which New Delhi tried to suppress through various forms of state terrorism. Passing through various phases, the struggle of Kashmiris which has become an interaction between the Indian state terrorism led by the Indian security forces and war of liberation by the freedom fighters keeps on going unabated.

It is mentionable that since 1947, in order to maintain its illegal control, India has continued its
repressive regime in the Occupied Kashmir through various machinations.
Nevertheless, various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the Indian army and paramilitary forces against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has been
manifested in brutal tactics like crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted killings,
sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation of Muslim
women and killing of persons through fake encounter.

According to a report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, since 1989, there
have been deaths of 1,00000 innocent Kashmiris, 7,023 custodial killings, 1,22,771 arrests, 1,05,996
destruction of houses or buildings, 22,776 women widowed, 1,07,466 children orphaned and 10,086 women gang-raped/molested. Indian brutal securities forces have continue these atrocities.
In fact, Indian forces have employed various draconian laws like the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act in killing the Kashmiri people, and for the arbitrarily arrest of any individual for an indefinite period.

Besides Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out
grave human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, “The Muslim majority
population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces.
In its report on July 2, 2015, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings of the
innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir. The report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces has been tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of accountability has in turn facilitated other serious
abuses…India has martyred one 100,000 people. More than 8,000 disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”

In this respect, European Union has passed a resolution about human rights abuses committed by
Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages across the northern regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Then researchers and other groups reported finding thousands of mass graves without markers. In this context, in August, 2011, Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged in its report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked graves.
Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have revealed that unnamed graves include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.

Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi
reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with Kashmiris, demanding their
right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive governments are trying to ignore the
dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the sake of their alien rule.

Nonetheless, August 15 which is the Independence Day for India, is Black Day for the Kashmiris and their brethren in Pakistan including those living all over the world, as they re-affirm their
commitment to continue their struggle against Indian illicit occupation, and till the attainment of this liberation.

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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Who is Behind Afghanistan’s Blame Game against Pakistan?

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Senator’s McCain and Graham in South Waziristan, Pakistan

     By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today

Terrorist outfits such as the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL) and its affiliated militant groups which are being backed by American CIA and Israeli Mossad arranged several acts of terrorism in the Middle East, especially Syria. ISIS through its linked militant groups has, also, been conducted acts of sabotage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

When any terror attack occurs in Afghanistan, Afghan government revives old blame game against Pakistan.

On May 31, this year, a massive truck bombing of the Afghan capital’s diplomatic section killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds of others, including foreigners. It was the deadliest terror attack in the 16-year-old conflict.

Taliban denied responsibility for the terror attack. But, Afghanistan’s intelligence service accused the Haqqani network by saying that a Taliban-affiliated group in Pakistan, carried out the attack. Addressing the conference-the “Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation”, held in Kabul on June 6, 2017, which was attended by representatives from 26 countries and international organizations,Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized Pakistan for a lack of cooperation in promoting Afghan peace and alleged that Taliban insurgents are using sanctuaries on Pakistani soil to wage the insurgency in Afghanistan.

In the same speech, President Ghani offered peace talks to the Afghan Taliban by reiterating his preconditions such as recognition of the Afghan constitution, continuity of the reforms of educating and advancing the rights of women, and renunciation of violence and linkages with terrorist groups.

A Taliban spokesman rejected Ghani’s offer of a peace dialogue by stating that it is another attempt to endorse and to prolong foreign occupation of Afghanistan.

However, during the same conference, a powerful bomb went off at a main mosque in the western city of Herat, killing at least 10 people. Again, Taliban spokesman denied its involvement in connection with the explosion.

On the other side, Pakistan’s special Corps Commander Conference took the stern notice of Afghanistan’s allegations and threats and vowed to defend the country with full forces.

According to the press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), issued on June 6, 2017, the “Special Corps Commanders Conference presided over by Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for Afghanistan to introspect and not allege Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism…the conference reviewed the security situation…Strongly condemning the Kabul blast…meeting has expressed complete solidarity with Afghan government…instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look forward and identify the real issues…Armed forces will defend the country from each challenge and will continue work to establish peace in the region.”

ISPR statement further reported that the meeting reaffirming continued support to regional peace and stability, the forum reiterated military’s resolve to defend the motherland against all types of threat.

Nevertheless, we need to know that who is behind Afghanistan’s blame game against Pakistan and why the same continues unabated in wake of terrorism-related assaults in Pakistan.

It mentionable that the armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. And Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.

Besides, since the government of the Balochistan province announced general pardon and protection to the Baloch militants as part of reconciliation process, many insurgents and their leaders have surrendered their arms and decided to work for the development of Pakistan and peace has been restored in Balochistan.

Peace has also been restored in Karachi and other provinces of Pakistan, including the tribal areas. But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country show that the US-led India, Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage to destabilize Pakistan and to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

In this regard, as part of the latest wave of terrorism, at least 35 people, including nine police men were killed and several others injured in a suicide blast near Arfa Tower on Ferozpur Road in Lahore on July 24, 2017.

On the same day, ISPR statement said that Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa raised concerns with the visiting Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and US Forces in Afghanistan, General John W. Nicholson, over “the blame game perpetrated by some quarters in Afghanistan and United States to undermine Pakistan’s contribution to the war on terror.

The army chief elaborated, “This theme is being played at a time when policy review is being undertaken in USA…despite provocations, Pakistan will continue to act positively as we consider defeat of terrorism as national interest.”

The ISPR statement further pointed out that Nicholson reiterated his appreciation of Pakistan Army’s professionalism and admiration for resilience of the people. Both agreed on need for continuous engagement and coordination for peace and stability in the region.

Notably, a visiting United States (US) Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain was taken on a tour of South Waziristan by Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on July 3, this year.

During their visit to South Waziristan, the delegation was briefed on recent measures taken for the improvement of the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border and enhanced surveillance.

Speaking at the event, Senator McCain stressed the importance of continued cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Senator Graham expressed his satisfaction with the progress against the fight against terrorism by stating, “I cannot stress how impressed I am with what’s happened in the last two years. It speaks well of the Pakistani Army and the people in this region”. Senator Whitehouse also lauded the military’s efforts in curbing terrorism.

As a matter of fact, the US and India do not want to see peace and prosperity in the region. Sadly, Pakistan’s dominant role in Afghanistan’s peace process under the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) has, deliberately, been sabotaged by killing of the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur in CIA-operated drone attack in Balochistan. After the incident, Afghan Taliban leaders refused to participate in the US-sponsored talks with the Afghan government. While, in the recent past, with the help of Pakistan, a series of meetings were held in Islamabad and Kabul among the representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US to develop an understanding for the earliest possible resumption of stalled talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban with view to ending nearly 15 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan.

Owing to America’s double game, trust deficit deepened between Islamabad and Washington. Therefore, on June 10, 2016, a high-level delegation of the US visited Islamabad and met the Pakistan’s former Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif and Adviser to the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz separately.

During the meeting, expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, Pakistan’s former Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and was counterproductive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-i-Azb against terrorists. He explained, “All stakeholders need to understand Pakistan’s challenges-inter-tribal linkages and decades—old presence of over three million refugees—blaming Pakistan for instability in Afghanistan is unfortunate”.

US ambivalent policy about Islamabad could also be judged from some other development. In this respect, another delegation of US Senators including Senator Lindsey Graham led by Senator John McCain, Chairman of US Senate Arms Services committee visited Islamabad and North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on July 3, 2016. The US Senators visited areas cleared of terrorists during Operation Zarb-e-Azb. American delegation appreciated the Pakistan Army’s accomplishment of cleansing the entire area of NWA right up to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after witnessing the terrorists’ hideouts and communication infrastructure dismantled by the Pakistan Army.

Outwardly, American top officials have been appreciating the capabilities of Pakistan’s security agencies against terrorism, but inwardly, they are not pleased in relation to the successes, achieved by the armed forces of Pakistan against the militants, because America is acting upon a dual strategy in relation to Islamabad—also due to the reason that Pakistan in the only nuclear country in the Islamic World, which irritates America and its allies-India and Israeli.

In this context, in the recent past, new wave of terrorism in Pakistan killed several innocent people, while various terrorist outfits, especially the ISIS, and the affiliated faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA also known as JuA) claimed responsibility for these brutal acts. TTP based in Afghanistan has its connections with ISIL and other terrorist organizations and affiliated terror groups, including Baloch separatist elements, and all these outfits are promoting the anti-Pakistan agenda of the foreign entities against Pakistan. As part of the double game, American CIA, Indian RAW, Israeli Mossad and Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) which are in collaboration, are using these terror outfits in destabilizing Pakistan and particularly Balochistan, including Afghanistan through various acts of terrorism in order to fulfill the covert strategic aims of the US-led India and Israel against Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran.

These external secret agencies are particularly supporting the TTP which is hiding in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. Reportedly, Mullah Fazlullah led TTP is behind several terror activities inside Pakistan, as the latter has also become center of the Great Game due to the ideal location of Balochistan. With the tactical assistance of CIA, particularly, Indian RAW is trying todamage Pak-China CPEC project.

While, India, the US and puppet rulers of Afghanistan have always blamed Islamabad for cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan to divert attention from the acts of sabotage, which they have been arranging in Pakistan. Main purpose behind is also to pacify their public, as the US-led countries have failed in their fight against the Taliban who are waging a war of liberation against the occupying forces.

As regards the terrorism-related incidents inside Afghanistan, India, Israel and the Afghan government want to prolong the stay of the US-led NATO forces in that country and are using the militant outfits to create further unrest there, while shifting the blame game towards Islamabad.

In this regard, suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat on August 1, this year killing at least 20 people. The Taliban denied that they were behind the attack, while the ISIS group took the responsibility. While the majority-Sunni country has been relatively free of sectarian violence, the ISIS terrorists have repeatedly targeted gatherings of Shiites, so that sectarian riots could be erupted in the war-ravaged country.

ISIS on July 31, 2017 claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, which began with a suicide bomber blowing him up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. Similarly, a car suicide bomb exploded in western Kabul July 24, 2017, killing at least 27 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Besides various terror assaults, on January 10, 2017, an explosion took place in Governor House Kandhar (Afghanistan) where diplomats of United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also present along with the Governor, Deputy Governor, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other dignities. The blast killed 12 people—five UAE diplomats and injured 18 persons, including Governor of Kandhar and UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan. IGP Abdul Razziq went outside the hall few minutes before the blast. IGP Razziq put blame on Pakistan’s Haqqani network and its primary intelligence agency, ISI on the very next day. The matter was investigated by two committees, consisting of NDS and Afghan government and UAE, including Scotland Yard. IGP Razziq did not cooperate with the investigation teams, even though he was responsible for the security of Governor House.

It is mentionable that the US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on July 13, 2017 that the United States “is not winning the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan”, promising to brief lawmakers on “a new war strategy to call for thousands more U.S. troops.” Now, American President Donald Trump has decided to dispatch more troops in Afghanistan.

According to data released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, “The Afghan government was assessed by the US military to control or influence just 59.7 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts as of Feb. 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016.”

In fact, Taliban who are fighting against the US-led NATO countries for the liberation of their country are targeting their installations and military personnel. In this connection, two US soldiers of NATO were killed and six others were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked their patrol on August 3, 2017 in eastern Afghanistan, marking the second incident in just as many days when insurgent attacks have killed Western troops. But, in order to divert attention of their public from NATO’s defeatism in Afghanistan and the prolonged war of the 16 years, some of these countries shift the blame game towards Pakistan and Russia.

In this respect, at a news conference in Kabul, on April 24, 2017, the US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan supposedly stated that Russia was providing weapons to the Taliban. But, Moscow denied these false allegations.

Especially, the US is behind Afghanistan’s blame game against Pakistan in relation to terrorism.

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