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« Reply #1440 on: December 27, 2010, 08:32:05 am »
Petraeus commends Pakistan's counterinsurgency

AP Interview: Top US commander in Afghanistan lauds Pakistani efforts against militants

by ELENA BECATOROS
AP News

Dec 26, 2010 12:50 EST

http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/12/26/petraeus-commends-pakistans-counterinsurgency-3/

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« Reply #1441 on: December 28, 2010, 06:29:05 am »
Taliban kidnap 23 Pakistanis in show of strength

 
By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and NAHAL TOOSI

The Associated Press
Monday, December 27, 2010; 7:00 AM

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« Reply #1442 on: December 28, 2010, 06:31:25 am »
Militias stem Pakistani Taliban, but at what cost?


Private militias in Pakistan help stem Taliban's advance, but possible pitfalls ahead


by CHRIS BRUMMITT
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Dec 27, 2010 12:42 EST

http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/12/27/militias-stem-pakistani-taliban-but-at-what-cost-2/



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« Reply #1443 on: December 28, 2010, 09:12:52 am »
Unauthorized US strikes kill 46

Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:42AM


Non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes in the troubled northwestern Pakistan have left at least 46 people dead and several others injured in the past two days.


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« Reply #1444 on: December 29, 2010, 06:21:46 am »
US drone attacks are no laughing matter, Mr Obama


by Mehdi Hasan



The president's backing of indiscriminate slaughter in Pakistan can only encourage new waves of militancy


December 28, 2010


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/dec/28/us-drone-attacks-no-laughing-matter





 

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« Reply #1445 on: January 02, 2011, 06:49:35 am »
U.S. Drone strikes kill at least 18 in Pakistan


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January 1, 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani intelligence officials say three U.S. missile strikes today along the Afghan border killed at least 18 people.

Nine were in a car that was hit, and five more were attacked as they tried to recover the bodies. A third strike again targeted a moving vehicle.

U.S. authorities often target militants and militants' facilities in the region. The latest strikes came a day after four missiles struck a convoy of suspected militants, killing eight.


 
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« Reply #1446 on: January 04, 2011, 05:33:52 am »
South Asia
Jan 5, 2011 
http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MA05Df02.html 
 

Pakistan premier scrambles to restore majority



Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani faces the difficult task of restoring his government's majority after a key coalition partner went into opposition.

The Muthahida Quami Movement (MQM) announced its decision to leave the government on January 2, leaving Gilani scrambling to forge new alliances amid widespread concerns about recent fuel price hikes and other economic policies, as well as calls for him to face a parliamentary vote of confidence.

MQM Youth Affairs Minister Faisal Sabzwari told journalists in Karachi on January 3 that his party "withdrew from the cabinet on December 27 and today we have decided not to sit on the
government benches but to sit with the opposition in the National Assembly as well as in the senate".

"However, even while sitting in the opposition, we will continue to support the good steps of the government," Sabzwari added.

Gilani met on Monday with opposition leaders in an effort to come up with the handful of seats needed to restore his majority in the 342-seat National Assembly. Gilani, who co-chairs the ruling Pakistan People's Party, expressed confidence that a solution would be found, telling reporters that "the government is not going to fall".

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« Reply #1447 on: January 04, 2011, 05:44:33 am »
New Year begins with multiple US missile attacks in Pakistan


By Patrick Martin

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WSWS, January 4, 2011

The New Year began with three separate US missile attacks on targets inside northwest Pakistan, as the Obama administration intensifies an illegal cross-border war that took the lives of more than 2,000 people last year, according to published estimates in the US and Pakistan.

Nine people were killed in the first missile attack, which struck a moving vehicle in the North Waziristan tribal region, the main focus of US attacks. Two hours later, US drones fired more missiles at people attempting to retrieve the bodies of the victims of the first attack, and five more died.

A third attack on Saturday evening hit another moving vehicle in North Waziristan, killing at least four more. Less than 24 hours earlier, four US missiles hit another group of vehicles in the same region, killing at least eight.

The more than two dozen killed over the weekend is only a small fraction of the total death toll on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan. Both US and Pakistani sources say that the total number of strikes using missiles fired from Predator drones was approximately 120 in 2010, double the number in 2009, with estimates of the death toll ranging from 1,200 to 2,100.

While the US government typically classifies all the victims of the drone attacks as "militants" and "terrorists," Pakistani sources suggest that the majority, perhaps the vast majority, are innocent civilians, including hundreds of women and children.

While the Predator drone strikes in 2009 were divided roughly equally between the adjacent districts of South Waziristan and North Waziristan, the Pakistani army offensive into South Waziristan in October 2009 shifted the focus of the missile strikes almost entirely to North Waziristan. This is the last area in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas where guerrilla groups opposed to the US occupation of Afghanistan still have relatively free rein.

In a speech to Pakistan’s National Assembly Monday, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the latest drone attacks as "counterproductive," claiming, "Our military and political leadership had very ably alienated local tribesmen from the militants but when a drone attack is carried out, they get reunited again."

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« Reply #1448 on: January 04, 2011, 07:06:16 am »
Pakistani Govt Announces Deal With Pro-Musharraf Bloc

Deal Poised to Keep Minority Govt in Power

by Jason Ditz, January 03, 2011
http://news.antiwar.com/2011/01/03/pakistani-govt-announces-deal-with-pro-musharraf-bloc/


Pakistan’s minority government appears to have gotten a brief stay of execution tonight, as Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani announced that his government has reached a deal with the pro-Musharraf Pakistani Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) for their support in the event of a vote of no-confidence.


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« Reply #1449 on: January 06, 2011, 08:00:51 am »
January 5, 2011

Assassination Deepens Divide in Pakistan

By CARLOTTA GALL

Supporters of Mr. Taseer waved at the helicopter carrying his coffin from the funeral at Governor's House in Lahore to a cemetery on Wednesday.


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The emotional funeral of the assassinated governor of Punjab and the cheering of his killer in court Wednesday highlighted the intensifying struggle between secular and religious forces in Pakistan that has grown nastier than ever in the country’s history.

As the 26-year-old assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, appeared before a magistrate in Islamabad, to be charged with murder and terrorism, he was showered by hundreds of supporters with rose petals and garlands. Moderate religious leaders refused to condemn the assassination, and some hard-line religious leaders appeared obliquely to condone the attack.

Meanwhile, thousands of mourners thronged to the funeral in Lahore of the governor, Salman Taseer, a prominent voice for secularism who had recently become the focus of religious fury for speaking out against the nation’s strict blasphemy laws.

Many of the nation’s top politicians, including Mr. Taseer’s chief rival in Punjab and the leader of the opposition, Nawaz Sharif, did not attend the services. Neither did President Asif Ali Zardari, a friend and ally of Mr. Taseer, but out concern for his own security.

Government ministers and party officials indicated that they were dropping the campaign to change the blasphemy laws that Mr. Taseer had championed. No senior official would be drawn to comment on the religious extremist aspect of the killing at the funeral. Those who did comment, indicated a shift in the government position, by suggesting the killing was a political murder and a conspiracy, rather than a religiously motivated attack.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi avoided all comment and merely expressed his condolences to the family when approached by journalists. The Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, went as far as to say he would shoot any blasphemer himself.

“We have a very, very severe polarization in the country,” said journalist and author Ahmed Rashid, an expert on the Taliban and radical Islamism. “We have a small minority of extremists and small number of liberals speaking out, but the very large silent majority are people who are not extremist in any way but are not speaking out.”

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« Reply #1450 on: January 07, 2011, 06:55:08 am »
Will US Use Punjab Governor’s Death as Pretext for More Drone Attacks?

by Hannah Gurman, January 07, 2011
 
On Tuesday morning, the reports of Salman Taseer’s assassination topped headlines around the world. Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, had been killed by one of his own security guards in a market in Islamabad. The assassination comes amidst mounting political chaos in Pakistan, marked by the instability of the government’s ruling coalition and the increasing prominence of Islamist opposition to the country’s secular leaders.

In its initial coverage of these developments, the mainstream press has drawn attention to many issues, including the price of fuel, which was the immediate cause of the defection of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, from Prime Minister Gilani’s ruling coalition, and Taseer’s opposition to a blasphemy law, which imposes a death sentence against those who insult Islam. But one thing the mainstream press has not addressed is the U.S. war in the Af-Pak region. Following the coverage of Taseer’s death, you would not even know that such a war existed.

This is a remarkable omission in light of how the strategic focus of the U.S./NATO war has shifted from Afghanistan to Pakistan in the last year, as evidenced by the latest progress report on the war and the current pressures being placed on Pakistan to cooperate with the U.S. agenda. In 2010, there were 118 drone attacks along the border between Afghan and Pakistan, mostly in North Waziristan, more than double the number in 2009.

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« Reply #1451 on: January 08, 2011, 08:52:45 am »
U.S. to offer more support to Pakistan

By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 8, 2011; 12:00 AM



The Obama administration has decided to offer Pakistan more military, intelligence and economic support, and to intensify U.S. efforts to forge a regional peace, despite ongoing frustration that Pakistani officials are not doing enough to combat terrorist groups in the country's tribal areas, officials said.

The decision to double down on Pakistan represents the administration's attempt to call the bluff of Pakistani officials who have long complained that the United States has failed to understand their security priorities or provide adequate support.

That message will be delivered by Vice President Biden, who plans to travel to Pakistan next week for meetings with military chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani and top government leaders. Biden will challenge the Pakistanis to articulate their long-term strategy for the region and indicate exactly what assistance is needed for them to move against Taliban sanctuaries in areas bordering Afghanistan.

The strategy, determined in last month's White House Afghanistan war review, amounts to an intensifying of existing efforts to overcome widespread suspicion and anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, and build trust and stability.

President Obama and his top national security aides rejected proposals, made by some military commanders and intelligence officials who have lost patience with Pakistan, to allow U.S. ground forces to conduct targeted raids against insurgent safe havens, officials said. They concluded that the United States can ill afford to threaten or further alienate a precarious, nuclear-armed country whose cooperation is essential to the administration on several fronts.

The conclusions were referred to in a publicly released, five-page summary of the review as unspecified policy "adjustments." Several administration officials said that the classified review identified areas where stronger effort was needed rather than specific new programs.

The review resolved to "look hard" at what more could be done to improve economic stability, particularly on tax policy and Pakistan's relations with international financial institutions. It directed administration and Pentagon officials to "make sure that our sizeable military assistance programs are properly tailored to what the Pakistanis need, and are targeted on units that will generate the most benefit" for U.S. objectives, said one senior administration official who participated in the review and was authorized to discuss it on condition of anonymity.

Pakistan has complained in the past that promised U.S. aid, currently projected to total more than $3 billion in 2011, has been slow to arrive and that requests for helicopters and other military equipment have remained unfulfilled.

Beginning with Biden's visit, the time may be ripe for a frank exchange of views and priorities between the two sides, another administration official said. The Pakistanis "understand that Afghanistan-Pakistan has become the single most important foreign policy issue to the United States, and their cachet has gone up." But they also realize that they may have reached the point of maximum leverage, this official said, "and things about their region are going to change one way or the other" in the near future, as Congress and the American public grow increasingly disillusioned with the war and a timeline for military withdrawal is set.

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« Reply #1452 on: January 08, 2011, 09:29:43 am »

The General Wants Back into His Labyrinth


Pakistan's former military leader has announced he's returning from exile and wants his old job back. Here's what he would do differently -- and why he wouldn't want Hamid Karzai as his counterpart next door.



INTERVIEW BY LAURA WELLS | JANUARY 6, 2011

On any given day, Pakistan tops the list of states on crisis alert. But this week has been rocky in the south Asian country, even by that low standard. On Monday, the country's government looked like it might imminently fall; the prime minister's ruling coalition shattering as its second-largest party pulled out. Then on Tuesday, one of the country's most moderate politicians -- Punjab Governor Salman Taseer -- was assassinated by one of his own bodyguards.

 So it's perhaps not surprising why some in Pakistan are looking with a bit of nostalgia to the government of former president and military leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who ruled the country for nine years. Musharraf, who has been in a self-imposed exile in London since 2009, has leaped at the chance to come back to politics, announcing on Jan. 3 that he'll be back in Pakistan with his newly formed political party in time for the next round of elections. Late last year, prior to his announcement, Foreign Policy spoke with the former president about what he would do, if given a second shot at ruling Pakistan. Excerpts:
 

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« Reply #1453 on: January 09, 2011, 06:28:08 am »
Weekend Edition
January 7 - 9, 2011

The Demon in Pakistan's Soul

The Assassination of Salman Taseer


By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

To say that Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was equally controversial and courageous when he expressed his views is an understatement. The story of his assassination reads truly like a chronicle of a death foretold, and brings to the fore the demon that’s been eating away at the soul of Pakistani society: religious intolerance. It was a demonstration of bigotry and hatred at its worst as the killer security guard kept smiling before the cameras, showing off his pride at what he had done. Condemnations of the murder by fellow politicians, Taseer’s own party leaders and opponents, came equally reluctantly.

While the mullah brigade won another day on Tuesday in Islamabad, the vernacular media also came out as a party to their culpability in which the two sinisterly rejoiced. How can anyone dare defend a poor Christian woman convict accused of having blasphemed against the Prophet of Islam? The question was asked repeatedly. No prizes for guessing the unanimous answer. The stage was being set to kill Taseer and to make a horrible example of anyone else who dared tread the same path.

A sizeable section of the media gave enough coverage to obscure prayer leaders from here and there who announced head money for killing Taseer. Others demanded his dismissal from the governor’s office and declared him murtid (a lapsed Muslim). The state watched as the threats were issued; no action was taken to apprehend those who openly incited the faithful to murder. Even in his own People’s Party, no one came forward to defend Taseer’s views on the very controversial blasphemy law that was enacted by the dictator Zia-ul-Haq and further strengthened by Nawaz Sharif when he was last the prime minister. PPP MP Sherry Rehman is the only other courageous politician in the entire party who has drafted a new law and deposited it in parliament, seeking to amend the blasphemy law that has now claimed several lives. Unfortunate as it is, she is seen to be acting alone, with no other ruling MP openly coming to her aid in the crucial matter.

A sustained media campaign was mounted by Taseer’s arch enemies, the Sharif brothers and their minions, to smother his image. His opponents often struck the Punjab governor below the belt by releasing his family members’ pictures to the media in which they appeared partying, as proof of their waywardness and “un-Islamic” behavior. The hate campaigns were unending, yet Taseer had the dignity to walk away with grace, issuing no denials whatsoever. Responding in kind was way beneath the man.

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« Reply #1454 on: January 10, 2011, 04:29:45 am »
South Asia
Jan 11, 2011 
http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MA11Df01.html 
 
US bends to Pakistan's wish


By M K Bhadrakumar

The unscheduled visit by United States Vice President Joe Biden to Islamabad this week underscores Washington's embarrassment and anxiety that it stands excluded from a regional initiative on Afghan peace process that could be about to take off. The rapid sequence of events over the past fortnight has taken Washington by surprise.

There have been so many difficult moments in the US-Pakistani relationship through the past nine years since the US invasion of Afghanistan. But Biden's mission can only be compared with the visit to Islamabad by the then-US secretary of state Colin Powell  in mid-October 2001. If the Powell mission was seminal to the US invasion of Afghanistan, Biden's mission may well turn out to be formative in sowing the germane seeds of peace.

The trail leading Biden to Islamabad began in Istanbul on Christmas Eve when, as part of Ankara's three-year old initiative, Turkish President Abdullah Gul hosted a fifth summit meeting of the trilateral forum comprising his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts Asif Zardari and Hamid Karzai. The Turks take their mediatory role very seriously and have indeed met with some measure of success in bringing Kabul and Islamabad closer together as neighbors - an endeavor in which the US has repeatedly failed. But then, Turkey's credentials cannot be easily matched.

A home for the Taliban
Turkey is an "ally" of the US, Russia and Pakistan and a long-lost friend of China; it has "normalized" with Iran and Saudi Arabia and is an active Organization of the Islamic Conference member; Turkey has a claim over the "Turkic" heritage of Central Asia; Ankara maintains good equations with various Afghan groups and kept a line open to Taliban leadership in the late 1990s; Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organization country with an International Security Assistance Force contingent that acquitted itself well; and Turkey is a generous donor for Afghan reconstruction.

 
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« Reply #1455 on: January 10, 2011, 04:59:32 am »
Pakistan will implode if the US does not leave Afghanistan


BY Imran Khan




Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer was assassinated last week. Photograph: Niklas Hallen / Rex Features

The continuing US presence in Afghanistan fuels extremism in neighbouring Pakistan


January 9, 2011

The assassination of Salmaan Taseer has shown only too clearly the growing extremism in Pakistan, the radicalisation of its society and the polarisation that is taking hold. This is not just between the religious and the secular, but also the polarisation that the "war on terror" has caused between the various religious sects.

There were no Pakistanis involved in 9/11 and al-Qaida was then based in Afghanistan. The only militancy we were suffering was among the tribal groups who had fought against the Soviets and whose idea of jihad was a war against foreign occupation. Yes, there was sectarian violence, but suicide bombers were unheard of.

So after 9/11, when General Musharraf chose to ally with the Americans in the "war on terror", it was a fundamental blunder. Overnight he turned the jihadi groups created to fight foreign occupation from supporters into enemies, people prepared to fight the Pakistani army because of its support for the US invasion.

Musharraf then made a second mistake in sending the army into the tribal areas. Our own tribespeople immediately rose up in revolt. Rather than co-opting these people – and, remember, every man is armed – we made new enemies. Then along came the American drones to kill more of our people. Soon, the American "war on terror" was seen as a war on Islam by the majority of Pakistanis and certainly by the Pashtuns in the tribal areas. Terror and extremism intensified.

Every year extremism gets worse, our society becomes more radicalised and the bloodshed grows. This is how you must see the context of this assassination. Society is now so polarised that because Taseer criticised the blasphemy law he was seen as criticising Islam. But that was not what he said. This assassination would not have happened before the "war on terror".

Imams of different sects are being killed now, and mosques and churches bombed. The fanaticism keeps getting worse. As disturbing as Taseer's assassination is, just as disturbing is the way his assassin has become a hero. That is why this whole thing is so dangerous, it shows where we are headed.

 
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« Reply #1456 on: January 11, 2011, 05:33:00 am »
Pakistan PM Warns Media to Stop Reporting on ‘Extremists’

Says Media Has 'Obligation' Not to Give Attention to Extremist Groups

by Jason Ditz, January 10, 2011
 
Today discussing the possibility of an increase in the government-mandated rate which media outlets receive for printing mandatory government advertisements, as well as the possibility of finally paying outstanding debts to those outlets, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani demanded that the media outlets stop covering “extremists” so much.

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« Reply #1457 on: January 12, 2011, 05:29:06 am »
Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

If Palin Lived in Pakistan, Could She Face a Drone Strike?


by Robert Naiman



Suppose that Sarah Palin lived in Pakistan. Suppose that Jared Loughner, the alleged killer of federal Judge John Roll and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staffer Gabe Zimmerman, had once traveled to Pakistan. Suppose that a "credible source" told a U.S. intelligence official that Loughner, while he was in Pakistan, had met with Sarah Palin. And suppose that Sarah Palin had published a map showing Gabrielle Giffords' congressional district under the cross hairs of a gun sight (of course, as the world knows [1] - including, presumably, people in Pakistan - this last statement is not a supposition, but an established fact [2].)
Under his constitutional authority as Commander-In-Chief, under the authority granted by the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, under any other provision of U.S. law, could the President of the United States order a drone strike on Sarah Palin's house?

This is exactly the sort of hypothetical question that courts consider all the time in judging whether government actions are legal and constitutional. If the government has the legal authority to do X, does it also have the legal authority to do similar thing Y? If not, why are the two situations legally different? We claim, in the United States, that we live according to the rule of law. A fundamental premise of the rule of law is that you cannot have one law for Fred on Monday and another law for Suzie on Tuesday. If you have one law for Fred and another for Suzie, then you have laws, but you do not have the rule of law.

But despite the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, this particular question has never been tested in a U.S. court. The lawsuit the ACLU and CCR brought seeking to force the government to establish legal standards for assassination by drone strikes was dismissed last month [3] on other grounds without testing the merits of the underlying argument

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« Reply #1458 on: January 13, 2011, 05:19:40 am »
‘Great Game’

Biden Said to Reassure Officials Against Ground Invasion

by Jason Ditz, January 12, 2011

According to Pakistan’s Foreign Office, officials pressed Vice President Joe Biden on the growing US designs on the region, cautioning that the Pakistani government would not tolerate a new “great game” across Central Asia.

The term “great game” refers to the 19th century conflict between British and Russian forces for control over the area from Persia to the British Raj. Mentions of a new modern era “great game” generally refer to vying for resources in the region as opposed to military occupations like the one the US is currently in the midst of in Afghanistan, as no one other than NATO appears to have serious designs on such military endeavors

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« Reply #1459 on: January 13, 2011, 05:22:43 am »
Biden: Patience Wearing Thin on North Waziristan Invasion

Warns US Will Not Wait Forever

by Jason Ditz, January 12, 2011


Despite reportedly reassuring officials that a US ground invasion was not forthcoming, Vice President Joe Biden also spent much of his time pressing Pakistan on their own invasion of North Waziristan Agency.

Officials say that Biden warned leaders that America’s patience was “wearing thin” on the long promised invasion, and that the US would not wait forever for them to do so. US officials have repeatedly suggested the notion of a US ground invasion of the region if Pakistan doesn’t follow through.

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« Reply #1460 on: January 13, 2011, 05:50:38 am »
US does not want to break up Pakistan



* US vice president assures no US boot will tread on Pakistani soil

* America is not enemy of Islam

* Rejects impression that US will impose war on Pakistan



ISLAMABAD: United States Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the US does not want to break up Pakistan, refuting the claims that Washington has imposed its anti-terror war on the South Asian country.

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« Reply #1461 on: January 13, 2011, 06:06:39 am »
We are not the enemies of Islam: Biden


 Wednesday, January 12, 2011

 
ISLAMABAD: US Vice President Joe Biden delivered a bold message of support for key anti-terror ally Pakistan during a trip to Islamabad Wednesday, telling the country that America is "not the enemy of Islam".

After talks with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani which he described as "extremely useful", Biden addressed anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, fanned by the ongoing war in Afghanistan and a covert US drone campaign on its border.

"There are even some sections in Pakistani society and elsewhere that suggest American disrespects Islam and its followers," Biden told a joint press conference at the prime minister's residence.

"We are not the enemies of Islam and we embrace those who practise that great religion in all our country," he added.

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« Reply #1462 on: January 13, 2011, 06:18:51 am »
Shadow over Pakistan security grows

By ASIF SHAHZAD and SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
(01-12) 12:14 PST RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) --

Banners showing Mumtaz Qadri, alleged killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer are hung on his home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Photo: Muhammed Muheisen / AP


The police guard who confessed to gunning down a Pakistani governor had been assigned to the president and prime minister 18 times over the last three years and to two foreign delegations, according to police reports that also cast suspicion on four other elite bodyguards who could "take terrorist action anytime."

The documents, obtained by The Associated Press, highlight the danger of extremist infiltration into the security forces of the unstable, nuclear-armed country. The police force, which helps form the front line in the war against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, is seen as being especially at risk.

"There is no psychological or personality test, or any other method to check on the background of personnel," a former police chief of Punjab province, Khwaja Khalid Farooq, told the AP. "It is dangerous to give someone a gun and power without putting them through a good system of recruitment and training."

U.S. officials have long worried about the loyalty of Pakistan's security forces, especially the powerful army, given historical ties to Islamist militants fighting in Afghanistan and Indian-held Kashmir. The army is better than the police at weeding out radicals, according to analysts, but current and former military officers have participated in attacks in recent years.

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« Reply #1463 on: January 13, 2011, 06:34:46 am »
Group protests US plan to give billions in military aid to Pakistan

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 -- 3:09 pm

 
US-India advocacy group USINPAC slammed the Obama administration’s new aid package to Pakistan, denouncing it as counterproductive to US efforts at fighting terrorism and advancing government accountability in the developing nation.

"The U.S. has been trying to get the Government of Pakistan's support in the war on terror for the last ten years. However, in spite of billions of dollars provided to them, the impact of the aid to the lives of people of Pakistan has been negligible,” said USINPAC chairman Sanjay Puri.

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« Reply #1464 on: January 14, 2011, 05:12:06 am »
.Published on Thursday, January 13, 2011 by OtherWords


A Nation of Laws? Or Assassins?

Remote control killings by unmanned drones in Pakistan aren't making our country more secure.

by Jim Cason



The failure of the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan to contain the anti-government insurgency has led the Obama administration to expand the undeclared war in Pakistan. According to the Long War Journal, the number of U.S. attacks in Pakistan, using unmanned Predator drones, has gone from five in 2007 to 117 in 2010.

Government officials here in Washington say privately that they expect the covert war to expand even further this year. Yet Congress and the public have undertaken no significant examination of this new war's consequences.

Members of Congress have almost daily reminders of the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the form of the dead and wounded U.S. soldiers that return to this country. Lawmakers travel regularly to attend funerals of the fallen.

The U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan produce many casualties, but none of those killed are citizens of our country. The pilots operating the remote-controlled drones used to launch missile attacks in Pakistan usually sit behind computer screens far from the battlefield. For policymakers in Washington, this is a war without cost or hometown casualties.

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« Reply #1465 on: January 14, 2011, 05:38:28 am »
South Asia
Jan 15, 2011 
http://atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MA15Df01.html 
 
 
Al-Qaeda to unleash Western jihadis


By Syed Saleem Shahzad and Tahir Ali

ISLAMABAD - With the Afghan war entering its 10th year, completely undeterred by the American drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal region, al-Qaeda is putting the final touches to plans to recruit, train and launch Western Caucasians in their countries; the aim is to spread the flames of the South Asian war theater to the West.

Al-Qaeda began planning the operation in 2002, after the fall in late 2001 of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where the group had been given sanctuary. Al-Qaeda had regrouped in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, and used this base to developed propaganda media structures to recruit in the West. (See The legacy of Nek Mohammed Asia Times Online, July 20, 2004.)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FG20Df05.html

Now, after eight years, a picture is emerging that shows the failure of Western intelligence to asses the real pulse of their societies, and the inability of North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces to prevent Afghanistan from once again becoming the nerve center of al-Qaeda's terror operations.

Canadians head to North Waziristan  

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« Reply #1466 on: January 14, 2011, 07:16:33 am »
Mortar Attack From Afghanistan Kills Eight in Pakistani Tribal Areas

NATO Promises Investigation of Their Apparent Attack

by Jason Ditz, January 13, 2011

Pakistani officials report that a barrage of mortars was fired from across the Afghan border, likely from either NATO troops or Afghan military forces, and destroyed a home in the North Waziristan Agency, killing eight people.

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« Reply #1467 on: January 14, 2011, 11:02:50 am »
Speech Pathology: Rain Puddles in Heaven, Hellfire on Earth


BY Chris Floyd



Empire Burlesque , January 14, 2011

As President Barack Obama consoled the nation Wednesday with talk of "rain puddles in heaven," his agents were murdering four more people in his illegal war in Pakistan. The incongruity was excruciating; you could almost feel your neck snapping from the moral whiplash induced by the contrast between word and deed.

But of course this contrast remained totally obscured. Instead, the media was saturated with bipartisan praise for Obama's heavenly puddles and "transcendent" rhetoric about "aligning our actions with our values" and measuring our lives by "how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of others better." Naturally, in the midst of so much self-congratulatory afflatus, there was not much room for a short story from the Associated Press noting that Wednesday saw yet another attack by American drone missiles on a remote village in Pakistan.

Yet even this report was itself drenched in the mindset of righteous murder that lurked behind the treacly tropes that Obama was delivering to a rapturous crowd. You can see it in the language of the very first paragraph:


Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft fired four missiles at a house in a militant-infested area of northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least four people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.


An "infested" area -- the language used for vermin, for insects, for filthy creatures fit only for extermination. These insects are what is being killed in the wilds of Pakistan: not human beings, not sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. Just strange, worthless little creepy-crawlies called "militants." And if you think this is too extreme an extrapolation, not truly representative of the imperial mindset, recall the words of Admiral William Fallon.

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« Reply #1468 on: January 15, 2011, 11:55:07 am »
Pakistan ‘Moving Methodically’ on North Waziristan Invasion

Zardari Expected to Face Pressure During US Visit

by Jason Ditz, January 14, 2011

 
Pakistan’s Foreign Office insisted tonight that the government is “moving methodically” toward its long-promised full scale invasion of North Waziristan Agency, a comment seemingly aimed at curbing the growing US criticism of their lack of such an invasion.


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20 NATO oil tankers torched near Dera Murad Jamali

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 At least 20 Nato oil tankers have been set ablaze when some unidentified miscreants opened indiscriminate firing on the tankers here in Naseerabad on Saturday while one driver got serious injuries and other is missing.

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« Reply #1470 on: January 16, 2011, 06:58:18 am »
Politics makes convicting Pakistani assassin difficult

Dilpazeer Awan, a property adviser and the brother of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the gunman detained for the killing of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, sits in his office near his house in Rawalpindi January 15, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Mian Khursheed


 By Michael Georgy

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan | Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:28am EST

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) - The brother of a Pakistani police guard who assassinated a liberal politician for opposing the country's anti-blasphemy laws is optimistic he will never be prosecuted -- and he probably has good reason to be.

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« Reply #1471 on: January 16, 2011, 07:01:47 am »
US rejects involvement in cross border shelling


Updated at 0230 PST Sunday, January 16, 2011
 
ISLAMABAD: U.S. embassy on Saturday ruled out reports suggesting involvement of NATO in any cross border shelling incident on January 13.

Spokesman for U.S. embassy while commenting on the reports that NATO forces were involved in a cross-border shelling incident on January 13, which left eight Pakistani civilians killed, said that these reports are baseless and incorrect.

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« Reply #1472 on: January 16, 2011, 07:05:38 am »
A CIA purge in Pakistan


 Friday, January 07, 2011
 Ahmed Quraishi
The writer works for Geo Television. aq@paknationalists.com



The United States was never, and is not, an enemy of Pakistan. But the US political, military and intelligence thrust in Afghanistan over eight years has decidedly placed the US on the side of our enemies. This is a US choice, not a compulsion.

From day one, Washington chose to turn Kabul into the new hub of anti-Pakistanism in the region. A lot of evidence suggests a CIA role in tolerating and exacerbating anti-Pakistan insurgencies along our Afghan border. Today all anti-Pakistan terrorists take refuge in US-controlled Afghanistan. American political engineering inside Islamabad [‘Exhibit A: the crumbling coalition government’] is motivated by an overriding key objective: downsizing the Pakistani military and forcing the nation to accept Indian regional hegemony. If Pakistan does not accept this it will be punished.

The role of CIA drones in destroying Al-Qaeda is a myth. The agency’s figures on Al-Qaeda in Pakistan’s border regions are questionable, to begin with. The single-biggest achievement of drone missiles is pushing Pakistani tribesmen into the hands of terrorists and mind-control technicians who reprogramme them to kill Pakistani civilians and soldiers.

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« Reply #1473 on: January 17, 2011, 06:20:42 am »

WikiLeaks Revelation: How US Policy in Pakistan Heightens the Risk of Nuclear Attack

The Obama Administration is pushing for the very policies that are destabilizing Pakistan and its nuclear materials.



By Fred Branfman, Truthdig
Posted on January 16, 2011, Printed on January 17, 2011


There are few scenarios more frightening for America than a domestic nuclear terrorist incident, which could kill tens of thousands of people, devastate the economy and turn America into a police state. And the greatest potential source of nuclear materials for such an incident lies in Pakistan. As a March 2010 Harvard study reported, Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile “faces a greater threat from Islamic extremists seeking nuclear weapons than any other nuclear stockpile on earth.”

The single most significant revelation of the State Department cables released by WikiLeaks is thus that U.S. policy is actually increasing the danger of a nuclear incident. The cables reveal that the U.S. has so alienated the Pakistani people that their government fears cooperating with Washington on nuclear matters; that the U.S.-India nuclear energy agreement  has convinced Pakistani officials to enlarge their already unstable nuclear stockpile; and that Washington has expanded U.S. military operations into Pakistan in a way that Ambassador Anne Patterson herself secretly admitted “risks destabilizing the Pakistani state” (9-23-09 cable). These newly disclosed official U.S. cables, which strongly point to the growing threat to Americans from mismanaged U.S. policy, require urgent congressional hearings, greater media investigation and public protest.

A growing number of observers are beginning to awaken to the increasing danger of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile, such as Fareed Zakaria who recently wrote: “I had always believed that ultimately, Pakistan's governing elite was in charge, its military would not allow the country to crumble, and its nuclear arsenal was safe. After last week, I am not so sure.” But Zakaria and others have failed to acknowledge that bungled U.S. policy toward Pakistan, not just an incompetent Pakistani military,  is helping increase the danger of  a nuclear incident. U.S. ground and drone assassination, and pressure on the Pakistani military to undertake military offensives in tribal areas, is increasing support for extremism in Pakistan.
The assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer  by an extremist, supported by large sectors of Pakistani public opinion, as well as the rest of Taseer’s bodyguards, is an urgent wakeup call about the growing danger to the security of Pakistani nukes from the 120-130,000 Pakistanis working at nuclear sites. Steve Coll has reported in the New Yorker that “Pakistan’s Personnel Reliability Programs, as they are known in the nuclear security trade, involve not only evaluating the suitability of bodyguards for governors but also the management of the country’s swelling stockpile of fissile materials and nuclear bombs. Taseer’s betrayal should give pause to those officials in Washington who seem regularly to express complacency, or at least satisfaction, about the security of Pakistan’s arsenal.”

Despite this, however, the Obama Administration is still pushing for the very policies that are destabilizing Pakistan and its nuclear materials – as revealed by the Wikileaks cable. While outside observers have criticized U.S. policy towards Pakistan, the critical importance of the Wikileaks cables is that they offer official proof that (1) U.S. and allied experts are extremely worried about the instability of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile; and (2) U.S. policy is destabilizing both Pakistan and its nuclear materials, and thus endangering U.S. national security.

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« Reply #1474 on: January 18, 2011, 06:02:31 am »
The Companies Behind Drones and Targeted Assassinations


by Jim Cason



January 17, 2011

The failed U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan is leading the Obama administration to expand the undeclared war in Pakistan. One aspect of this new war is the escalating number of targeted assassinations by unmanned drones. According to the Long War Journal, the number of U.S. drone strikes has risen from 35 in the last year of the Bush administration to an estimated 115 in 2010.

The United States has gone from fighting wars in Afghanistan to launching assassination missions in other countries with tools operated by computer operators thousands of miles away. As Mary Ellen O’Connell states in her comments to my colleague Joe,  the use of drones is in direct violation of international law. According to O’Connell, Congress has so far held only one hearing on this issue and the courts have refused appeals to stop the use of  targeted assassinations even when the individual in question is a U.S. citizen. Newspapers such as the Washington Post applaud this decision.

We at FCNL aren’t applauding.  If War Is Not the Answer in Afghanistan, the undeclared wars that are expanding to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries are no better. Beyond questioning the policymakers who order these attacks, several people I have spoken with in the FCNL network have suggested that we begin to look at the companies that are making these weapons of war and assassination.

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« Reply #1475 on: January 18, 2011, 07:18:12 am »
January 17, 2011

Pakistan’s Failure to Hit Militant Sanctuary Has Positive Side for U.S.

By ERIC SCHMITT

A car and home in Miram Shah, Pakistan, were damaged in what was suspected to be an American missile strike in 2008.

WASHINGTON — Pakistan’s refusal to attack militants in a notorious sanctuary on its northwest border may have created a magnet there for hundreds of Islamic fighters seeking a safe haven where they can train and organize attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan. But theirs is a congregation in the cross hairs.

A growing number of senior United States intelligence and counterinsurgency officials say that by bunching up there, insurgents are ultimately making it easier for American drone strikes to hit them from afar.

American officials are loath to talk about this silver lining to the storm cloud that they have long described building up in the tribal area of North Waziristan, where the insurgents run a virtual mini-state the size of Rhode Island. This is because they do not want to undermine the Obama administration’s urgent public pleas for Pakistan to order troops into the area, or to give Pakistan an excuse for inaction.

“We cannot succeed in Afghanistan without shutting down those safe havens,” Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week, underscoring a major conclusion of the White House’s strategic review of Afghanistan policy last month.

But as long as the safe havens exist, they provide a rich hunting ground, however inadvertent it may be.

Pakistani Army operations in the other six of seven tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan have helped drive fighters from Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban, the Haqqani network and other militant groups into North Waziristan, the one tribal area that Pakistan has not yet assaulted.

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« Reply #1476 on: January 18, 2011, 07:31:43 am »
Zardari’s mysterious meetings with Obama, CIA chief

 Saturday, January 15, 2011
 By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir


ISLAMABAD: The meeting between President Barack Obama and President Asif Ali Zardari has taken place without a formal agenda and no official brief account of the bilateral ties was readily available to the visiting president that could help him in the talks.

The Foreign Office was kept in dark about the meeting. President Zardari spoke to the four political leaders on phone about his trip just before his departure for the United States, but without dropping any hint about the one-to-one scheduled encounter with the US president.

This he did because he could claim that he took the political leadership into confidence about the meetings.

The meeting followed by Asif Ali Zardari’s all-important get-together with the CIA chief has made it further convoluted. The subjects, which have reportedly taken up for discussion, are strategic cooperation, economic relations and terrorism.

At the same time it has been speculated that an assurance had also been sought from the US president for further endorsement of the incumbent political set-up back in the country.

It could not be ascertained that either of the two had brought the performance of the administration in Pakistan under discussion and its image among the masses.

Asif Ali Zardari, who left with three personnel of his staff, did not take any official from the Foreign Office for the trip declared ‘private’.

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« Reply #1477 on: January 18, 2011, 07:55:48 am »
January 17, 2011

The Blasphemy Law

Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan

By B. R. GOWANI

I read Professor M. Shahid Alam’s recent article “Pakistan: A political murder or war” (Counterpunch Weekend Edition January 14, 2011)  http://www.counterpunch.org/shahid01142011.html
His allegations of the United States role in Pakistan and the corrupt Pakistani establishment that have screwed up the country can’t be refuted. I have a problem, however, with his view on the blasphemy law.

On January 4, the Governor of Pakistan’s largest province Punjab, Mr. Salman Taseer, was murdered by one of his security guards for speaking out against the draconian blasphemy law, under which anyone saying anything derogatory against Islam, Prophet Muhammad or the Qur'an can be punished and even sentenced to death. A poor Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, was accused in June 2009 of passing some disparaging remarks about Muhammad. She and her family members were beaten up by a mob. She has spent more than year in jail. The Governor, along with his wife and daughter, went to meet her in the jail last November and assured her that he would talk with the President about pardoning her.

Alam thinks Taseer was assassinated for his “obstreperous stand,” that is, stubbornly defiant stand. One wonders what other stand can be taken against the stubborn militants. At one place he states that Taseer’s murder was “unfortunate,” but then he also says it was “unnecessary” and that [although] the governor had acted unwisely in denouncing the blasphemy law, but that did not make him guilty of blasphemy.” The question arises then; would his murder have been deemed “necessary” by Alam if Taseer had “blasphemed”?

His argument was that “public protests” had conveyed a clear “signal” to the administration of not being in favor of repealing the blasphemy law, and so it was unwise for Taseer to have campaigned for its repeal. Does it mean that tomorrow if thousands of Sunnis show up on the streets demanding the expulsion of Shias from the Islamic fold, it would be alright to do so because the people were demanding it?

At one point he recommends that President Asif Zardari should have reprimanded Taseer and fired him.

Taseer was the only politician who, in such a dangerous country, stood up for the minorities. Sherry Rehman, the former information minister in the Zardari cabinet, was the other prominent person who wanted the blasphemy law to be amended. She is in hiding right now because of the threats. On Sherry’s efforts to amend this law, Alam says:

“Was this an initiative inspired by foreign embassies, some Pakistanis speculated, not unjustifiably in a country where Western embassies routinely poke their nose in the country’s domestic affairs.”

It’s a universal fact that the US meddles a lot in Pakistan’s affairs and even if the “Western embassies” are behind the amendment issue, where is the harm? The Damocles sword will be lifted from the heads of the minority communities, at least.

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« Reply #1478 on: January 19, 2011, 06:03:42 am »
Rocket attack kills Pakistani soldiers

Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:47PM


Pakistani troops patrol a town in the country's northwest.


At least three soldiers have been killed and several others wounded in a rocket attack in Pakistan's violent North Waziristan region.

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« Reply #1479 on: January 19, 2011, 06:39:01 am »
US strike kills five in NW Pakistan: officials


(AFP) – 18 hours ago

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attacked a compound in northwest Pakistan's tribal area on Tuesday, killing five militants, security officials said.

"A US drone fired two missiles at a militant compound in Dashgah village killing at least five militants," a senior Pakistani security official told AFP.

"We are trying to ascertain the nationality of the militants killed in the attack.

Dashgah is around 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal district, which borders Afghanistan.

A security official and an intelligence official in Peshawar, the capital of the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, confirmed the attack and the death toll.

Washington says wiping out the militant threat in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt is vital to winning the nine-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and defeating Al-Qaeda.

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