While the United States, ever more strident, is ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to snap its “ties with the Haqqani network”, the group’s chief Sirajuddin Haqqani on Friday warned Washington against any military adventure in the North Waziristan tribal agency.The Haqqanis belong to Zadran tribe, which are mostly based in Paktia and Khost provinces of Eastern Afghanistan.Speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location, Sirajuddin said he’d look forward to a US ground attack in North Waziristan. “The United States will suffer more losses [in North Waziristan] than they did in Afghanistan,” he said. ReadMore…
A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday that the U.S. should consider military action against Pakistan if it continues to support terrorist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.”The Read More…
An international survey forecast that China either will replace or already has replaced UnitedState as the world’s superpower, state media said.The majority of those surveyed in developing economies, such as Pakistan, Mexico and China, are optimistic that China will replace the United States as the world’s dominant power.That sentiment is also largely shared in Western Europe countries, such as France, Spain, Britain and Germany, all of which report percentages of more than 60 percent seeing China overtaking the US with the highest in France at 72 percent. Readmore…
Pakistan Courts China as US Announces Military Aid Cuts
US is withdrawing some $800 million in military aid from Pakistan looks to do more serious harm to US-Pakistani relations, but if administration officials expected the “rebuke” to be met with an act of contrition from
the Pakistani military, they were mistaken. Readmore…
China builds Pakistan’s case for NSG membership
China is learnt to have questioned India’s membership proposal before the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on grounds that an exception should not be made for just one country. In a clear attempt to build a case for Pakistan too, China has told the 46-member grouping that all potential candidates must be considered for membership, reported Indian Express Readmore…
China praises Pakistan, downplaying risk of riftMa Zhaoxu, said his government stood by Pakistan, in comments apparently intended to quash any notion of a rift over the attack in Xinjiang, where members of the Uighur minority have protested against Beijing’s control and the Han Chinese presence.“Pakistan is an important front in the international fight against terrorism, and has made an outstanding contribution to battling terrorism,” Ma said in a statement on the ministry’s website (www.mfa.gov.cn). Readmore…
ISI chief on secret China visit as US ties take a blowISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has embarked on a secret visit to China that is being seen as part of Pakistan’s efforts to reduce its dependence on the US in the wake of strained military and intelligence ties.Lt Gen Arshad undertook a week-long trip to Beijing last month to discuss what officials in Islamabad described as “the option of a strategic dialogue” between Pakistan and China on the pattern of the Pakistan-US engagement Readmore…
China to give squadron of advanced fighter aircraft to Pakistan
Taking bilateral defence relations to a new high, China will give Pakistan a squadron of the advanced J-10B fighter aircraft.The J-10B fighters are equipped with the latest weapons and Pakistan will be the first country, after China, to have these advanced aircraft. Readmore…
ISI chief asked US to stop drone strikes
After years of pussyfooting, Pakistan has finally asked the United States to stop the CIA-run unmanned air strikes into its tribal areas.
According to diplomatic sources, Mr Pasha told acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell that the raids had become a major source of embarrassment for the Pakistani government as it was blamed for failing to stop a foreign power from killing its own citizens. Readmore…
US ducks question on ending drone attacksA White House spokesman has sidestepped a question about the stirring call from a former American intelligence chief for an immediate halt to the drone attacks inside the Pakistani soil, saying the US makes “no apologies” to go after terrorists. Readmore…
Timing of US drone strike questioned
The American ambassador to Islamabad phoned Washington with an urgent plea: Stop an imminent CIA drone strike against militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border.Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said the jirga “was carelessly and callously targeted with complete disregard to human life.”The former aide said the strike reflected the CIA’s anger at the ISI, which it blamed for keeping Davis in prison for seven weeks.”It was in retaliation for Davis,” the aide said. “The CIA was angry.” Readmore…
Under fire from afar: Harrowing exhibition reveals damage done by drones in Pakistan
If you want to understand the impact of the “war on terror” on America’s ally, Pakistan, look no further than Noor Behram’s photographs which show, he says, collateral damage as a result of US drone strikes in the tribal area. Readmore…
Lawsuit against Pakistan intel agency could be disastrousThe Consequences of this judicial inquiry have the potential to be disastrous.The intrusion of these actions into the politics of Pakistan will fuel violence and extremism, directed against the government the US intends to support. Readmore…
Another CIA chief flees PakistanCIA chief in Pakistan pulls out after clashes.The station chief was evacuated for “medical reasons” a fortnight ago. But an official familiar with CIA-ISI relations told The Independent that the US’s top clandestine officer was due to be replaced in September, after just 10 months on the job. The illness, the official added, merely “expedited” his recall. The station chief will not be returning to Pakistan.The CIA’s Islamabad station chief, who oversaw the intelligence team that uncovered Osama bin Laden’s hideout, has left Pakistan.American television, citing US and Pakistani officials, said the officer who headed one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s most sensitive positions worldwide was not expected to return. Readmore… OR Readmore…
US stresses Pak role in Afghan peace planThe United States was not contemplating any reconciliation process in Afghanistan without the active engagement of Pakistan, said Marc Grossman, US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.“The US does not foresee any reconciliation in Afghanistan without Pakistan,” the US envoy said. Readmore…
Blinded by its military might, the US for a long while insisted on reaching a solution through the use of force, and when experienced setbacks after setbacks conceded only to talk to what Mr Lodin called “foot soldiers” and failing again it came round to contacting the top leaders of the Taliban hierarchy.Strangely, in this exercise for a ‘safe exit’, the Obama administration has failed to appreciate the key input Pakistan is making in the war on terror and has been working against its interests. And the pleas of their own man on the spot, Ambassador Munter, for stopping drone attacks have been turned down by the CIA, which apparently had the power to overrule any suggestion in this matter. In the final analysis, the groundswell of anti-Americanism existing in the country gets reinforced. While on the one hand, it wants to pursue a policy of reconciliation, on the other it persists in indulging in acts that provoke tribesmen’s sympathy for the Afghan resistance and provides new recruits to its cause. The dual-track policy is counterproductive.
President Barack Obama Wednesday ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer and declared the beginning of the end of the war, vowing to turn to nation building at home.As the Iraq war winds down, Obama said, he wants to see troops redirected to Afghanistan. He said the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda was a war “we have to win” and repeated his call for two more combat brigades in Afghanistan to counteract “deteriorating” conditions. Obama lost hope and saying Washington would no longer try to build a “perfect” Afghanistan from a nation traumatized by its blood soaked history.A recently released congressional investigation concluded that U.S. nation-building efforts in Afghanistan fuel corruption and distort local economies, undermining U.S. aims to stabilize the country. American-trained and funded Afghan militias have reportedly terrorized the local civilian populations, in some cases “beating, robbing and even killing with impunity.”
But he ultimately rejected appeals from the Pentagon for a slower drawdown to safeguard gains against the Taliban and his decision will be seen as a political defeat for talismanic war General David Petraeus.
The Taliban “considers this announcement, which currently withdraws 10,000 soldiers this year, only as a symbolic step which will never satisfy the war-weary international community or the American people,” it said.
The statement, emailed to media by Taliban spokesman Tariq Ghazniwal, also accused the United States of “repeatedly giving false hopes to its nation about ending this war and claiming baselessly about victory”.
Though the drawdown will nominally remove 33,000 surge troops, only between 3,000 and 5,000 troops will actually be leaving any time soon.U.S. military officials have indicated that despite the expected reduction in forces, the U.S. will maintain a military presence in Afganistan beyond 2014.
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, recently said Washington did not want any “permanent” bases in Afghanistan.American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troops, spies and air power based in
the troubled country for decades.
Russia, China and India concerned about ‘strategic partnership’ in which Americans would remain after 2014.Russia has already urged U.S to remove its military bases from Central Asian countries since the military action in Afghanistan is over.but the US secret agenda is to stay in Afghanistan for indefinitely to push forward their real agenda.
Taliban says it proved the “colonialist motives of America” in the ongoing occupation. Zabiullah Mujahid, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s spokesperson, in an e-mail exchange with Rediff.com, said the Afghan Taliban would never fall into a trap that aims to prolong the United States-led International Security Force’s stay in Afghanistan.U.S. had a three point agenda for the Afghanistan. One, they would use the Afghani against the Iran. Two, they would like to pressurize them to arrange shelter and training camps to the rebels of Shin kiang in Afghanistan. And three, the American wanted to exploit their resources and fourth, construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan.
Northern Alliance was in fact engaged in training a number of youth for infiltration and carrying out subversion activities in Xinjiang to blame eventually Taliban and Pakistani mujahideen. The training was being provided by the Indian intelligence agency RAW and their Israeli counterpart Mossad. Some Americans posing as foreign journalists tried to convince its head Moulana Sami-ul-Haq, to lend its support to raise his voice against ‘Chinese repression’ in Xinjiang.But all U.S, Israeli and Indian efforts to involve any Islamic group of Pakistan against China so far failed.
There are at least five bases in Afghanistan which are likely candidates to house large contingents of American special forces, intelligence operatives, surveillance equipment and military hardware post-2014. In the heart of one of the most unstable regions in the world and close to the borders of Pakistan, Iran and China, as well as to central Asia and the Persian Gulf, the bases would be rare strategic assets.
News of the US-Afghan talks has sparked deep concern among powers in the region and beyond. Russia and India are understood to have made their concerns about a long-term US presence known to both Washington and Kabul. China, which has pursued a policy of strict non-intervention beyond economic affairs in Afghanistan, has also made its disquiet clear. During a recent visit, senior Pakistani officials were reported to have tried to convince their Afghan counterparts to look to China as a strategic partner, not the US.
American negotiators will arrive later this month in Kabul for a new round of talks. The Afghans rejected the Americans’ first draft of a strategic partnership agreement in its entirety, preferring to draft their own proposal. This was submitted to Washington two weeks ago.
The Afghan Taliban, while rejecting Karzai’s announcement of a Shura (council) for talks, has announced its ten-point agenda:
In his e-mail Zabiullah Mujahid said, “Islami Amarat (the Pakistan Taliban)
itself is striving for peace in Afghanistan. The Taliban considers peace as a basic human right, but the Taliban has objections over this offer, which is a ploy to deviate the world’s attention from Afghanistan where the American-led foreign forces have almost lost their war against the mujahideen.”
- Peace is the cry of the day. Every Afghan citizen wants to live in peace, which is a basic human right. But for the peace process, a viable plan should be adopted. This plan is only profitable for the Americans.
- First, there should be positive steps. The common people must realise that the Afghan environment is turning peaceful. Announcing a Shura list is nothing more than lip service.
- For a peace process such people should be brought forward who were never involved in the killing of innocent Afghanis. Peace-loving people should be included in the Shura; those who never served foreigners interests; and those who are known as righteous amongst the masses.
- 150,000 foreign forces are deployed in Afghanistan. They are killing innocent Afghans on daily basis. The Karzai government seems helpless and cannot make decisions on its own regarding minor issues. So how we can believe in such a big offer from a puppet regime? Could Karzai independently make any decision?
- This announcement from Karzai is nothing else but a ploy to hide the defeat of the Americans. And also to prolong the Afghanistan’s occupation by NATO forces.
- Through this plan Americans want to get the support of the Afghan masses and other nations.
- This announcement is an attempt by the Americans to get the mujahideen to lay down their arms.
- Americans want to deviate attention from the Afghan Taliban’s aim and demand, which is the establishment of a true Islamic Shariah in Afghanistan. The time is near when the Americans would run from the country and the Taliban would emerge as the real Islamic State.
- The Taliban asks when the Americans entered Afghanistan in 2001, why did they not feel the need for a council? Now the announcement of a long list of brokers for talks shows that the foreign forces could not win this war. It is too late now; the Taliban would never become a part of such a plan.
- Finally, Amarat Islami rejects all such offers by the Americans as it is a plan to stay longer in Afghanistan. Their extended stay will prolong the dark period of their occupation, which is full of violence, torture and injustice. So, the mujahideen will continue their jihad until the withdrawal of foreign forces.
Source: the Guardian&ridiff
US provoke civil war in Pakistan to break up in parts. BLACKWATER MERCENARIES RESPONSIBLE FOR FALSE FLAG BOMBINGS IN ORDER TO UNLEASH CIVIL WAR IN PAKISTAN?
Taliban denied involvement in suicide bombing on civilians in Pakistan.
It is not Taliban nor any Muslims organization that commits suicide bombs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.It’s actually the private American war company called “Blackwaters”.They explode bombs then blame it on Muslims to justify what they are doing there. This company is paid by the US government to help in wars.It now seems that Blackwater, the US mercenary company, may well have been responsible for a series of bombings aimed specifically at civilians in an effort to alienate the Pakistani people from the Taliban.
Tweeter now use by Taliban as a tool of “Information war” against America in Badar Spring Offensive.It is showing how powerful Taliban has got was because it has capable to use American technology against them.
The Guardian reports that Alemarah Web, the official website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, now has its very own Twitter feed. There were 224 followers when the article was published, but it now seems to be up to 652. The majority of tweets are in Pashto, but there are some occasional updates in English such as “11 US-NATO invaders killed, 11 wounded in clash amid ‘Operation Badar'”
|Tweets: The Taliban now online by sending its first tweet in English on Thursday|
Taliban is now tweeting in English in addition to Pashto. “Their website is in Pashto, Persian, Urdu, Arabic, and English. They have been trying to reach an international audience for quite some time.”
After almost 10 bloody years, it is the beginning of the endgame in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden drew America into Afghanistan; his death will be seen by many as the strategic rationale to depart. Even before this game changer occurred, the talk in Washington and other capitals was focusing on troop withdrawals, political settlements and negotiations with the Taliban.
After the downfall of the USSR, the US has engaged upon itself, on a contradictory basis, the mission of
recreate the world in its own image but the representation of hegemonic disruption creates sub-national actors such as Taliban an imperative role in the global power relationships between great powers. It is not Taliban’s material power or its ability to utilize force that presents its greatest impact but their capability to use power to press forward an ideology that gives its position in great power politics that challenge the US to dis-engage in global or hegemonic war that leads to the dominance of one state, which then establishes an international order and act as “world –police”. In Afghanistan, finally the hegemonic scheme started to weaken, a challenger appears in the form of ISI and Pakistan Army now the cycle
begins yet again with a hegemonic competition the hegemonic order weakens. As the world stand witness to scheming propagation of an ideology that the hegemonic ideology spread by the US; the so called war on terror. This only inspired the emergence of more traditional insurgencies; and the seizure of power in nation-states the manipulation of the ungovernable failed states to develop sanctuaries, the sponsorship of radical regimes already in power, and terrorist attacks against the US and its allies sending a unswerving coercive message: “back off! From this part of the world which we considered OURS! We don’t need you! We don’t want you! Get the heck out of my country you dummy! (by Ayesha V in comment section).
The Americans have tried several options to negotiate peace in Afghanistan on their terms – “A non-Talibanized peaceful Afghanistan.” Pakistan too has endorsed the idea. Both are on the wrong track, because in this brutal contest, the Talibans have won and have the right, to lay down the terms for peace and not the American and the allies who have lost the war. In fact the Americans have to demonstrate ‘diplomatic wisdom’ to accept defeat, as the Soviets did in 1989 and asked for the ‘safe exit’. In 1989 Pakistan helped the Soviets to withdraw, because Mujahideen were friendly, but now Pakistan has no such leverage over the Taliban. And the dilemma!
The Taliban of today are very different from the Mujahideen of 1989 – their elders. The hard-core of Taliban consists of the die-hard, 20-30 years old Afghans, who have grown under the shadows of war. They are hardened fighters, with life time experience of war. They are brutal and ruthless. They are guided by one single idea, that is, “to defeat the enemy and liberate the country.” That is the single purpose, which is a matter of life and death for them. As early as 2002, they defined it in these words: “We have resolved to fight the occupation forces till they are routed. When we gain freedom, we would take decisions under a free environment. It is unthinkable for the Afghan nation to follow the American plans, as it was not in harmony with their national ethos and traditions. We will carry the war to its logical end, and Insha Allah we will triumph over the enemy and win our freedom”. Word by word, they have done, exactly what they claimed.
Mullah Umar and the senior Taliban leadership do have a soft corner for Pakistan and USA, for helping the Afghans to defeat the Soviets, but the “hard-core Taliban” consider USA and their allies, including Turkey as their enemy. They consider the Pakistan Army and the ISI as their enemy, because they joined America’s war on Afghanistan. Even Mullah Umar, who has full control over the movement, cannot take decisions against the wishes of the ‘hard-core Taliban’. Therefore, for the Americans, their allies and the Pakistanis, the only course open is to negotiate with the Taliban, who are “prepared to engage with the Northern Alliance to work-out a new constitution for the future government in Afghanistan.” Any other course to be adopted would lead to greater chaos.
As for the Taliban, they are at peace with themselves. They have fought and sacrificed for over thirty years and will continue to fight, because their faith and commitment to the cause, provides them the abiding strength and resilience to face the mightiest of the mighty. They already have won the contest and will wait for the time they will be asked to define the peace parameters. There is a rethink in Pakistan also to establish friendly relations with the Afghans – our neighbours. The ISI is in the process of re-claiming the lost territories.This change in mood and temper therefore, must be correctly understood, to explore new possibilities, in order to establish a meaningful relationship with Pakistan. (By General Mirza Aslam Beg)
This development hurts USA badly as they need a safe exit from Afghanistan. Targeting ISI and calling it a terrorist organization, is counter productive and demonstrates American frustration at the changed situation, which they have failed to understand. President Karzai is already doubting the power of the U.S. in Afghanistan, and considering switching sides to Taliban. President Obama has planned a withdrawal from the country but No safe-exit for American, when begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, Daggers Drawn Tend to Draw Blood, cost dearly in blood and treasure.
Islamabad and Kabul seem to be working together to counter what Pakistan has described as a new “Great Game” in Afghanistan. Political analysts describe it as U.S. intentions to establish permanent bases on Afghan soil to be used for launching attacks against Iran and other countries.
Times of India says. Even as Fathollahi claimed that India and Iran had “close viewpoints” on Afghanistan, But Iran does not share India’s concern that the Pakistani army and ISI might foist themselves on Afghanistan once the international security forces leave the region by 2014. Unlike New Delhi, Tehran wants the forces to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.However, the Iranian foreign minister said his government considered Pakistan an integral constituent of any regional strategy, including on Afghanistan, and has always believed in co-operating with Islamabad.”The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister also threw cold water on resurrecting the Northern Alliance or dividing Afghanistan–”Northern Alliance is not separated from other parts of Afghanistan”.
There has been a lack of trust between Washington and Islamabad
mainly because of the way the US forced Pakistan to participate in the war, and twisted its arm to act against its own interests. The US took advantage of the chaos that reigned during the power transition from Musharraf to Zardari. Langley grew the CIA network and dramatically increased drone bombings, fully knowing that this would destabilize the situation in Pakistan.
Both sides are trying to secure their national interests while jockeying with the different players in the region. General Kayani got an extension on the promise that Islamabad would be able to secure a position on the negotiating table–a commitment given to him by none other than Mrs. Hillary Clinton. The US needs a fall-guy for its defeat in the Hindu Kush. The graveyard of empires has defined the limits of a Superpower. Washington knows it needs Pakistan, no matter how frustrating and irritating the relationship is.
Today the US is facing some of the pugnacious Pakistani resilience. Unlike Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq, or Libya, the U.S. cannot even think about using blatant force to pressure Pakistan, a fact of which the Pakistanis are well aware of. All the US can do it send scores of mercenaries into Pakistan to try to intimidate it. However JSOC operations can go only so far–and the ISI is now wise to US tactics and is countering them in a potent manner. Islamabad has a knife on the NATO jugular–it controls the main US supply line from Karachi to Kabul in Afghanistan.
Sources in Pakistan confirm the that difference between the US and Pakistan can be encapsulated in the following few bullets:
- The Pakistanis want the CIA infrastructure dismantled in Pakistan and a halt to drone strikes.
- In a post-US Kabul, Islamabad wants a smaller Afghan National Army of about 100,000 instead of 400,000 that the US wants.
- The US wants a highly centralized Afghan government while Pakistan wants a lose confederation.
- Rawalpindi wants reconciliation with the “Good Taliban” while the US wants to hammer the “Bad Taliban”.
- The situation is complicated by the differences between the hawkish General Petraeus‘ political ambitions and Admiral Mullen’s pragmatic approach of including the Pakistanis in the final Afghan settlement.
According to press reports this disastrous “War on Terror” has cost Pakistan more then $ 75 billion and US has merely compensated less then $ 10 billion over the past decade. The Pakistanis want to halt the US supply lines–and really don’t care about US aid anymore.
It is apparent that the ephemeral strategic alliance made by President George W. Bush and Gen. Pervez Musharraf is as dead as a door nail. The Pakistani official quoted by Ms. Parlez is a poignant reminder of the reality of US-Pakistani relationship “The feeling of being allies was never there,” … “I’ve said to the Americans: ‘You are going to fail in Afghanistan and you are going to make us the fall guy.’ I still think this is going to happen.”
Source: pakistan patriot